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Monday, August 18, 2014

August 18, 2014

Dear family,

It has been another great week!  I can't believe it is already half way through August.  It feels like the summer just started.  This summer really doesn't seem that bad.  Maybe that's because it is my second summer.  We didn't have a lot of lessons this week, but a lot of cool things happened.  The Emerald Bay ward had a scout dinner for all of the cub scouts and boy scouts.  The family we're working with came and they are really getting to know more of the members.  We stopped by to say hi and we noticed a lot of people we didn't know.  They were several less active members and non members there and their parents.  Hopefully we and the members can invite them to start coming to church.  The ward is also having another ward social next week which I am excited about.  We were also able to do service for a part member family on Saturday.  We helped them move their yard and trim some large over-grown bushes in their back yard.  They were very grateful for the help.  We don't have an appointment to start teaching them yet, but it was a great start to getting to know the missionaries.  It was also nice to get in some service clothes and do some yard work.  I am not usually a fan of yard work, but it was fun.

We stopped by a less active family this week to set up an appointment.  We were not able to meet with them yet, but the wife came to church this week with their kids.  They probably haven't come ever since I have been in the area.  Now I don't know if us stopping by had anything to do with them coming to church, but I have seen that happen before.  Stopping by and just saying hi and then see them at church that Sunday.  One visit can really make a difference.  Just going a little out of your way to say hi to someone that you haven't seen at church in a while might make a big difference for that person. 

There are some great things happening in this area and we have a busy week ahead of us!  It will be exciting to see what happens!

Another cool thing that I forgot to mention is that the Gilbert mission is putting together a choir.  I guess the choir is going to perform each week at the reception area at the stake center by the temple.  We have had a couple rehearsals so far and I think the first performance in on the last Thursday of the month.  It's going to be a lot of fun.  Another benefit of having a small mission!

It's exciting to be a missionary!  As everyone that has been on a mission probably knows, every day brings something different!  Each day, week, month there is something to learn, progress to be made and faith to build.   I'm grateful for this opportunity!  We will be finishing the Book of Mormon pretty soon as a mission.  I don't think I have every read through it in such a short amount of time.  It has been great to read and study it again.  Also to focus on the Gospel of Jesus Christ as we have been reading through it. 

Thank you so much for all of your prays.  I love you all so much!


Elder Joshua Gandy

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