A Race Against Time….. March 2, 2015

¡Buenas tardes a todos ustedes!

Oh my, here we go.  February has kicked us out the door and March is taking off.  It is truley surprising the way time flies, especially here in the mission field.  I feel more and more that I am racing against the clock.  While these are indeed the best two years, I believe that phrase hardly does the experience justice.  Things are going great here.  We continue having lots of work here, but unfortunately our investigators haven’t gone to church the past couple of weeks.  Once again, we must beat this obstacle and help our investigators to build up their faith.
Despite the challenges, Elder Polanco and I are doing well.  This week, we had our Zone Conference inAragon with the Aragon Zone.  The conference focused on chapter ten of Preach My Gospel which talks about certain teaching skills that we need to develop as missionaries.  Yes, even (or especially) missionaries need to review the basics from time to time.  That’s OK though, because it is through the basics that we can become excellent.  Actually, we have had quite a few district meetings this past month that have focused on commitments, the atonement, and our purpose as missionaries.  Sometimes we need a firmer and fuller understanding of the fundamentals so that we can keep progressing in other aspects.
This week, we have really been focusing on working with the investigators that we have and working more with the members and leaders of our ward.  This transfer, the other side of the ward was ‘white washed’ as we say in English missionary terms, or in Spanish we say that two elders came to ‘abrir area‘ (open the area).  However you say it, two elders came and started working from scratch basically, relying on the Area Book to start out.  The two elders that arrived are Elder Medina and Elder Boyle.  Elder Boyle is new; he just arrived to the field this transfer so he has only two weeks here in Mexico.  I was talking with him the other day and he told me that he also went to Provo High.  He graduated this last year and while talking with him, I found that he knows Jared.  I’ll see if I can send a picture of us together next week to see if Jared recognizes him.  We hope that with their help, we will be able to push the ward forward.
Well, unfortunately my time is up and we need to get going.  I know that this is the work of the Lord and that I have been sent here to preach His gospel.  This is truly the greatest work that exists.  One is rewarded highly if they dedicate all of their heart, might, mind, and strength to this work.  I know that God loves us.  He want each of His children to be happy.  I know Christ lives.  He is our perfect example of love, and we can learn to love has he has loved us.  In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Sincerely,
Elder Tyler Gardner
Mar 2, 2015
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