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January 18, 2014

Dear family,

It has been another great week!  It has been a busy week with many different activities this week like zone conference.  

Our investigators are doing very well.  B. is ready and excited to be baptized on Saturday.  We have a couple more lessons to teach him and he will be all ready.  He has made quite of few friends in the ward so we are expecting quite a few youth from the ward to be there at his baptism.  This ward hasn't had a baptism for quite a while so we are hoping that many of the adults come to.  This ward has a lot of youth so even if just the youth came there would be a lot of people there.  We are also hoping that his parents will come.  They are not very supportive, but said they might come.  

Our investigator in the singles ward is doing great.  He said he wants to be baptized, but just doesn't know when.  We invited him to be baptized on February 14th, but that weekend might not work for him.  It will probably be the week before or after.  He has been to church for several months and he says he already feels like a member.  

The over age youth that we have been teaching, came to church for the second time in a row.  They even came early! We had a lesson with them this week and they are doing great.  They are really trying to pray every night and read their scriptures.  There is a family just a couple doors down that started to fellowship them recently and they have helped a lot helping them come to church.  She is currently on date for January 31st, but that might change to a later week.  

One of our other investigators is still not wanting to meet with us right now, but many members in the ward are praying for her and reaching out to her.  She wants to be baptized, but wants to wait and doesn't want to meet with us right now.  We hope to have a lesson with her this week.  

We had a great zone conference this week!  Pres. Nattress focused on the words ask, seek, and knock as it says many times in the scriptures.  He talked about the importance of prayer and relying to the spirit to know where to go and who we need to go by.  We also talked about literally knocking on doors.  We don't tract a lot in this mission, but they committed us to knock on ten doors a day.  That is not very many doors, but it adds up.  We talked about a lot of other things along with that.  It was a great zone conference!

This week we were asked to help with a combined young mens and young women's activity on Wednesday.  For the activity they were writing their testimonies in the cover of a Book of Mormon and writing letters to missionaries in their ward.  They asked us to come and teach them how to give a Book of Mormon to someone and to talk about the importance of writing to missionaries.  It was a lot of fun to interact with the youth in the ward.  One of the best ways to prepare to leave on a mission is to become a missionary before you leave.  

It has been a great week and I'm sure this week will be another amazing week.  It is just great to be a missionary.  I'm so grateful for this chance to serve our Heavenly Father.  I know this is Christ's church and that we have a prophet on the earth today.  I know that the Book of Mormon is true.  Our mission started another Book of Mormon read.  We are going to read it in three months.  It is amazing the spirit that comes into our lives as we read from the Book of Mormon.   Thank you for all of your prayers and all that you do for me!  I love you all so much!

Elder Joshua Gandy 

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