April 13, 2015…… Back to the Hills

¡Buenas tardes familia!

Here we are into another week!  The kids are back into school here as well.  They had two weeks of vacation for Semana Santa, but the break has come to an end.  Things have gone well this week.  The weather has stayed calm.  We received a little rain today, but it has mostly been sunny and the air has been contaminated this week.  That makes it feel a little like an oven, because even though it doesn’t get really hot here, the sun’s rays get trapped in the atmosphere and one really starts to feel the heat hit your face.  It looks like the air is cleaner now, thanks to the rain.
This week, things have gone better, as we have been able to organize ourselves better.  That has helped us get some more work done and work a little more efficiently.  The challenge here in this area is that half of the area is basically a long rectangle, which makes it take longer to walk around.  Hopefully this week we can organize our schedules even better and get some more done.
The baptism that we were going to have this last weekend got postponed and will be happening this weekend.  The father of Erick (who is going to be baptized) wants to attend church and the baptism, and he had a small accident with his foot last week, so they asked us to re-schedule it for this week.  So, we are looking forward to the baptism this week.  Erick is really excited and is really prepared for his baptism.  He will also be able to receive the Aaronic Priesthood shortly after his baptism, which will be great for him.
Today, we had the chance to visit Tulpetlac, my second area.  It was fun to hike the hills a little bit again and visit some people that I have not seen in a while.  We were able to visit the Tellez Family, Sister Aguilar, and Sister Florencia and Araceli.  While there, we also ran into Elder Winters and Elder Polanco, who were also visiting some people.  Elder Winters will be returning home at the same time as me.  He has actually been in three of my areas. One of the blessings of being in this mission is that everything is so close together that it is fairly easy to visit people like this to say good-bye.  I hope to visit San Felipe and my other areas in the coming weeks.
Unfortunately, I don’t have much time today, so I have to close up.  I know that this is the work of the Lord and that this is His church.  Christ lives and directs this work through His chosen servants today.  Through His atoning sacrifice, we can all be forgiven of our sins if we only follow him and repent.  This is indeed a message of hope and happiness.  Of this I testify in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Elder Tyler Gardner
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