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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

December 8, 2014

Dear family,

It has been another busy but great week!  It is always a great week when you are a missionary!  It seems like a lot has happened this past week.  Hopefully I can remember everything.  I'm still trying to get use to my new area and everything that is going on.  Having four wards definitely keeps us busy!  It has been a little different serving in a singles ward.  This week we went to the FHE on Monday for a little bit.  There were a couple recent converts there.  We were hoping to teach them afterwards, but they left early.  Every Tuesday they have a group of ward missionaries and just some other members in the singles ward come to the church.  They meet for a minute and then they split up and go make visits to people in the ward.  Sometimes they are less active members or non members.  It was a lot of fun!  I went with a member that is getting ready to go on his mission.  We were not able to have any lessons that night, but we talked to a really nice man on the streets and we met a non member roommate of a less active member.  Hopefully we get to start teaching them.  I wish I was able to go with the missionaries before my mission.  That would have been awesome!   

We had a zone meeting on Tuesday.  We have been focusing a lot on the "He is the Gift" video that the church has come out with.  So in zone meeting we talked about how to use it when talking to people on the streets and introducing it to members and helping them share it with their friends.  We did a lot of role playing which is always fun!  I have been use to doing district meetings all by myself, so it was a little different to do a training with someone else.  It went really well though!  When we visit members that is mostly what we talk about with them.  We show them the video, if they haven't already seen it, and then we invite them to share it on their social media and then to pass out the pass-along cards that came in the Ensign.  Our Sunday was really busy because we showed it to the Relief society and young women in two of our wards and the young men in one of our wards.  We also plan to do that again in our other wards next Sunday.  Sunday really is one of our busiest days!

So some exciting news about some of our investigators.  One of our investigators is on date to be baptized on January 3rd.   The missionaries have been teaching her for almost a year.  She started progressing a couple months ago and this week she accepted a baptismal date.  We also got a new investigator this week.  She was being taught by the missionaries in her friend's ward and the missionaries gave her to us so she can be fellowshipped in the ward she actually lives in.  We had a lesson with her and she came to church on Sunday with her two boys.  There were a lot of members that came up and introduced themselves and she felt really welcomed.  We are super excited to teach her.  We have a couple other investigators and potentials that we are focusing on and are hoping to start teaching more regularly.  We also have a couple less active members that we are working with.  This area has a lot of great potential and I'm excited to see all the miracles that are going to happen.  

It has been a busy week and this week is going to be busy again!  We have interviews with President Nattress this week.  Elder Allen F. Packer of the seventy is coming to do a mission tour this week.  I'm super excited to go to that meeting this week.  We also have a couple lessons already set up and we are hoping to take someone to the Mesa temple Christmas lights this week.  It is going to be another great week!

I'm really grateful to be a missionary.  It is an amazing blessing to have this opportunity. I learn so much every day.  I'm grateful for my testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  I know that Jesus Christ lives.  That He is our Savior and Redeemer.  It's amazing to bear our testimonies and tell people that no matter what trial or difficulty that is going on in their life, they can find that hope and peace and love through Jesus Christ.  He truly is the greatest gift from our Heavenly Father, who loves every single one of us.  Thank you for all of your prayers.  I love you all so much and I pray for you every day.  Have a wonderful week and a great Christmas season.

Love,

Elder Joshua Gandy

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