A Very Enlightening Weekend… April 6, 2015

¡Muy buenas tardes a todos!

Me da mucho gusto a saludarlos esta tarde.  La Conferencia General ya pasó, y espero que todos hayan encontrado inspiración y revelación durante esta conferencia.  Escuchamos muchos discursos muy buenos y alentadores durante esta conferencia, muchos de los cuales nos amonestaron a ser mejores.  Ademas de la conferencia, esta semana fue bien, aun que no ha pasado mucho tiempo desde que hablamos la ultima vez.  Elder Iñiguez y yo hemos estado organizándonos porque todavía estamos acostumbrándonos a trabajar los dos áreas.  Hay mucho que hacer, pero todavía no sabemos exactamente como hacer todo.  Espero que podamos hacer mejor esta semana.
Translation:
I am very happy to talk with everyone this afternoon.  General Conference has passed, and I hope that everyone has found inspiration and revelation during this conference.  We heard many great and motivating talks during this conference, many of which admonished us to be better.  Besides the conference, this week went well, even though not much time has passed since we last talked.  Elder Iñiguez and I have been organizing ourselves because we are still getting used to working in both areas.  There is much to be done, but we still don’t know how to cover everything yet.  Hopefully we can do better this week.
This week has been Holy Week or Semana Santa here in Mexico.  Everyone has two weeks or so off from school, and many had last Thursday and Friday off from work.  Semana Santa is basically an extended celebration of Easter.  While we mainly focus on and remember the resurrection of Christ when we celebrate Easter, the Catholic tradition here involves reenactments of the crucifixion on the Friday before Easter Sunday.  I have heard that in some reenactments, they actually nail the actor of Christ to the cross.  I don’t know if that is true, but that’s what I’ve heard.  Years ago, many had the tradition of getting wet in pools and such on the Saturday of Semana Santa.  To cut down on water usage for such activities, many cities actually turn off the water during Semana Santa.
Friday, we had the baptism of Rocio.  Elder Brown and Elder Iñiguez have been teaching her for some time, and Elder Brown came to baptize her.  Thank goodness the baptism happened, because there almost wasn’t enough water in the chapel to fill the font.  Because it was Semana Santa, it looks like the city water supply had been cut of for a few days.  When we arrived, the cistern looked like it was almost empty.  We had to tinker with the floater switch a little to turn the pump on so that we could fill the font.  Just as the font filled up, we ran out of water.  The baptism went well, and Rocio will be confirmed this Sunday in Sacrament Meeting.
Saturday and Sunday, we were basically in the Stake Center all day for General Conference.  I noticed that many speakers touched on the importance of prayer, the family, parenting, personal revelation, receiving the Spirit, and a few other things.  I was very inspired by a few talks that were given, especially President Uchtdorf’s talk he gave during the Priesthood Session.  I will be studying and reviewing all of the talks during the coming weeks, as I am sure that there is even more that I can capture from each talk.
Well, it is time to wrap-up my email for this week.  I wish everyone a great week!  I know that this is the work of the Lord.  Especially after listening to this latest General Conference, I am sure that we are led and guided by a living prophet of the Lord who is Thomas S Monson.  He and the other leaders of this church are inspired and directed by the Lord Himself.  Each and everyone of us can find protection and guidance by following the teachings and councils that we received this weekend.  I know that our Savior lives and loves us.  In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Sincerely,
Elder Tyler Gardner
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