If you have not already heard the Gilbert Temple will be dedicated on March 2! The open house will be from January 18 - February 15, and the cultural celebration will be on March 1. They just announced it last Saturday so we are still waiting for more announcement on what this will mean for the missionary work. In our letter from President Nattress this week he said they will be training us on how to prepare everyone for the temple. The letter also said that we will have three expanded zone conferences in the next month. We have interviews this week so I'm sure he will tell us more about it then. It's exciting times here in the Arizona Gilbert Mission!
Our past week has been great! Last P-day we had a zone activity and we went to Elder and Sister Thompson's (the senior couple in my district) apartment and had lunch and played games. Three missionaries in our zone had a birthday this month so this activity was kind of like a big birthday party. We were also able to teach one of our investigators three times this week. We don't think she has a job so it's really easy to find a time to meet with her. We were also able to have a lesson with another investigator last night. The lesson went great and it's amazing to see how she has been prepared to hear the gospel and to accept it. She is going to be baptized on November 16.
One thing I've learned this week is that the Lord's hand is in everything that we do, especially as missionaries. It's amazing to see how the Lord times things perfectly so that we are able to talk to people. While we were riding our bikes we stopped to talk to this lady getting her mail. We came to find out that she was a former investigator. We don't know why the last missionaries stopped meeting with her, but she told us that we could come by next weekend. I know our Heavenly Father helps us through everything that we do no matter what we going through. Something that I've noticed a lot in my scripture reading is how many times it says to trust God and we can get through anything that is put before us.
Thanks for all your prayers and your support! I love you all so much!
Elder Joshua Gandy