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Monday, August 4, 2014

August 4, 2014

Dear family,

It has been an amazing week!  It didn't turn out the way that we planned, but it was great and we learned a lot.  So J. was suppose to be baptized on Saturday, but it has been pushed back a week.  We finished teaching him the lessons and he had his baptismal interview and he was all ready, and then on Friday he was electrocuted at work.  Don't worry he is doing fine.  He ended up getting two large cuts on his arm and had to get a lot of stitches and he wasn't suppose to get them wet for over 24 hours.  So he is going to be baptized this Saturday.  I believe that this is all happening for a reason and that we will see miracles from it.  He is still doing great and loves coming to church and learning about the Gospel!  We also met with a part member family this week.  The wife who is the non member in the family,  had questions about church last week and had a couple of concerns.  We had a really great visit and were able to teach and answer questions.  While we were there she actually shared a scripture from the Book of Mormon with her husband.  We shared the scripture (it was Ether 12:27) with her last week and she liked it so much she put a bookmark on the page.  It was really cool to see that she remembered that and wanted to share it with her husband.  We also had another new member lesson with R. this week.  He has had a problem getting work off on Sunday but he has come the last two Sundays. 

I feel like I've learned a lot of different lessons this week and I wish I had time to tell you all the stories.  While we were sharing a message with one member family they were talking about how they find peace when they serve.  I realized that it really is hard to worry about yourself and your own little problem when you only thinking about others and serving them. One day we didn't have a dinner appointment and not much was happening that afternoon.  I was kind of having an off day and probably wasn't in the best mood.  Right before we went in for dinner we decided to stop by one more family.  As soon as they opened the door they asked us if we wanted a bowl of soup.  They ended up feeding us dinner and we had a great lesson with them at the end.  It turned my day around.  I felt great afterwards and I was excited to go out and work that evening.  That was actually on Friday and I'm glad I was in a better mood before I found out about J.  That was a miracle and it shows that God really does know all of us and knows what we need and wants to bless us.

It's amazing to see all the miracles that happen every day and that the Lord's hand is in His work.  It's amazing to be a missionary and to serve in this way.  The Gospel of Jesus Christ is amazing and truly changes us.  I love you all so much and thank you for all of your prayers.


Elder Joshua Gandy

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