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September 15, 2014

Dear family,

Well it has been another fantastic week as a missionary.  We are still working with L.  and he wants to be baptized on the 27th.  We actually met with him a couple times this week.  He is doing great and loves to learn.  We taught him some of the commandments this week and he is already living them.  It's not very often when your investigator doesn't drink coffee or tea or something like that.  

There is member in our ward who was baptized about 2 or 3 years ago and she usually has a "missionary dinner" at her house every month.  She invites the family that fellowshipped her and there are usually a couple of non members that she invites.  We went over for dinner this week and she invited our 94 year old investigator and her daughter.  It was a great dinner and we were able to teach the restoration at the end.  Earlier in the week we went to a family history training for Elder Bartlett (They train all the missionaries in family history so that if we need to we can help someone get started) and I had a few minutes to look at familysearch while they did the training.  While I was looking I found out that we are possibly related to two of our investigators.  They mentioned their ancestors once before in one of our visits and it just matched up perfectly.  Of course it is probably 7 or 8 generations back, but I decided to mention that to them at the dinner.  They actually got quite excited and said they would have to find out if it's the same people.  It was the same name, place, and story so there is a good chance it's the same person. 

J. who was baptized at the beginning of August, received the priesthood on Sunday.  His fellowship did the ordination and we could tell it was really special for both of them.  We visited with J. earlier this week and taught him about the priesthood and he could tell how special it really is.  He is also really excited to go home teaching.  He is super friendly man and loves to serve others.  We also stopped to see him another time this week and he just happened to have a childhood friend over.  We were able to teach his friend about the restoration and answer a few of his questions.  His friend wasn't interested right now, but it was a great opportunity for this new convert to do missionary work and talk about the church with his friend.

There were some other exciting things that happened this week, like random non members coming to church.  It is always exciting when that happens.  We also found out that one of our wards is getting a new bishop next week.  Bishop Anderson has been an amazing bishop and is a great example of a loving priesthood leader.  The Val Vista stake and these wards have amazing leaders and I'm grateful that I am able to work with all of them.  I'm excited to find out who the new bishop will be.

I didn't realize how much it actually rained last Monday when I was emailing, but there are still parks full of water.  I took a few pictures of one park in our area that probably had 7 or 8 feet of water in some areas.  It was pretty cool.

I'm excited for this next week!  I'm sure we will see many miracles!  It's great to be a missionary!  I've learned so much and my testimony grows every day.  Thank you for all of your prayers.  I love you all so much!

Love,
Elder Joshua Gandy

This is what all the rain did to one of the large parks in our area.

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