Dia de los Reyes…..Jan 7, 2015

Tyler’s P-Day was Wednesday this week because of transfers.

¡Buenas tardes a todos!

Aquí estamos con bien llevando la obra adelante.  Ya empezamos otra semana, y los cambios ya pasaron.  Ahora estoy con el Elder Polanco, mi nieto, de la Republica Dominicana.  Es un poquito interesante ver los compañeros que he tenidio en la mision.  Parece que cada otro compañero que tengo es alguien quien mas o menos conozco antes de tenerlos como compañero.  Pues ay vamos y estamos muy animados por estar empezando otro año y otro ciclo.
Here we are doing well and continuing forward with the work.  We have already started another week and transfers have taken place.  I am now with my grandson (I trained his trainer), Elder Polanco, who is from the Dominican Republic.  It is a little bit interesting to see the companions that I have had during my mission.  It seems that every other companion that I have is someone that I knew a little before being companions with them.  Anyway, we’re doing well and we’re excited to be starting a new year and another transfer.
New Years passed us by this last week.  Not much of excitement to report there.  We had to be home on time anyway.  The celebrations for New Years here in Mexico usually consist of a dinner, fireworks, and probably some alcohol as well, so there was not much that happened of interest anyway.  The streets were very empty though when we went out the first to work.
Dia de los Reyes took place yesterday, so many kids woke up to a happy little surprise of gifts yesterday morning.  As I explained last year, because there are so many different cultures here in Mexico City, some families celebrate Christmas more than Los Reyes and in other families vice-versa.  From what I have seen here in this area, most families just do a family dinner for Christmas and then the gifts come from Los Reyes when they arrive.
As for us here, we keep working whether it is New Years or Dia de los Reyes or any other holiday for that matter.  We actually had a baptism this last weekend.  We were able to baptize Pedro Mora on Friday last week.  We had the service in the morning and Pedro was very excited to be baptized.  He has since told us that he feels very good and feels that a weight has been lifted from his shoulders.  What a great way to start the year.
We have a couple more investigators that we are hoping to baptize this month.  We will continue to help them prepare for their baptisms.  Unfortunately, my time is up for this week, but I will send pictures next week.  I know that this is the work of the Lord.  We are truly helping many people come to Christ and start on the path to eternal life.  God is with us and he guides our steps.  I testify that the Book of Mormon is true.  I now that God listens to and answers our prayers.  In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Elder Tyler Gardner

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