Another General Conference, and Tepito! …..October 6, 2014

¡Buenas tardes familia!

It appears that General Conference finished just as quick as it started.  This weekend was full of inspiring messages and I highly enjoyed each talk.  I was also delighted by the new dynamic added to the conference now that various speakers spoke in their native languages.  If I remember right, there were two speakers who spoke in Spanish, which was great to hear.  It is fine to listen to the translators who do the voice over for the conference speakers, but for me it is better to hear the speakers actual voice coming live from the Conference Center pulpit.  As a side note, I don’t know if there were subtitles provided for everyone watching at home on TV, but one of the Spanish speakers made a small joke that doesn’t quite translate to English.  In his talk, the speaker was talking about service.  He said “el hombre quien sirve, sirve; pero el quien no sirve, no sirve.”  In Spanish, so say that something or someone “sirve” can mean that they serve others or that they serve for something (work/function).  So, this sentence in Spanish is a good play on wording.  Sorry for all of you who missed the joke.
Anyway, we did have two investigators who accompanied us Sunday to see the morning conference session.  Jesus and his wife, Maria, attended with us and watched the session.  They appeared to be asleep during much of the session, so I hope that they understood what was being taught and shared.  Jesus and Maria both have around eighty so we hope that they will not feel to old to change and be baptized.
Today, Elder Castillo and I went to Tepito with Elder Preciado and Elder Wagner.  Tepito is the largest street market in Mexico and is famous for its abundance of merchandise.  One can find anything in Tepito, from computers and watches to clothing and tennis shoes.  It is fairly easy to get lost if you don’t know where you’re going.  We adventured around a little and bought a few things, such as t-shirts and ties.  I was honestly astounded by how large Tepito is… and to think that all the stands are set up every morning and torn down every evening.
Our adventure in Tepito today did help me see one thing.  Today’s world offers many distractions.  Just as was mentioned in conference, we must take care with our priorities and keep ourselves focused on the best things, not just on the good or better.  One thing that I have come to notice as a missionary is that many people do not want to change for the better simply because they don’t want to sacrifice the things of this world.  The Lord is offering us eternal life, and Satan knows that he only needs to keep us enticed with a few small things to make us miss that goal.
It is time to close up, but not without letting you hear my testimony.  I know that Christ lives.  He and our Heavenly Father love us deeply.  Just as Alma stated, “all things denote that there is a God”.  As evidence of his love, he has once again called prophets and apostles to show us the way and teach us his gospel.  Any man who desires his own personal confirmation of these truths must only “ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true”.  In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Elder Gardner

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