It has been an amazing week full of miracles. We received a call last Monday afternoon from a lady we did not know. She started the conversation by saying, "You don't know me, but I have been looking for you." At first, I thought that was really strange and weird, but she told us she is not a member, but wanted us to come give her a blessing. She continued to tell me more about herself. and we learned that she met with missionaries about 2 or 3 years ago, and was close to being baptized, but her husband at the time didn't want her to. She just recently moved into our ward and told us that recently every time she passes a church building and the temple she has these feelings that keep pointing her to the church. We gave her a blessing that night, and met her daughter who is 17 and her grandson (that she has basically raised) who is 11. We came back on Wednesday and taught them the restoration and had a great lesson and she accepted to be baptized on June 13th! They definitely felt the spirit and have a desire to be baptized. We met with them also on Saturday and they came to church on Sunday. They loved church and the ward did a great job on welcoming them. It couldn't have gone better! I'm super excited to teach this family!
We also started teaching another family, who was a referral from other missionaries. This person was invited to meet with missionaries with one of her coworkers. Her coworker recently had her husband pass away, and she saw how strong her coworker was during that difficult time, and wanted to learn more. She loves the thought of having an eternal family. We had our first lesson this week, and she has started reading the Book of Mormon. She said we could text her every night to remind her. She didn't come to church this Sunday because she had family come into town, but she is planning on coming this next week. She also has a 9 year old daughter who we are going to teach as well.
We have been working with several other people like a 17 year old who is a great soccer player. He has a lot of friends that are members and wants to learn more about what they believe. We are also hoping to work with a couple of old investigators from the area book. One of them said they might come to our mission choir concert which is this week. We also found a couple of potential investigators who we are going to teach tonight.
We had a really busy Sunday yesterday. We started about 6 in the morning and got out of our last meeting at 6:30 in the evening. I went to two ward councils, two sacrament meetings, other classes, and a stake ward missionary training in the evening that they asked us to give a class at. It was quite the day, but I learned a lot at church. During one of the ward councils the bishop ended by saying thank you to the ward council and giving this thought. He talked about being a disciple of Christ and how we do what we do in our calling for Christ. We don't do it for ourselves nor for the bishop, but we do it because we love Christ. It made me reflect on when we are doing our calling and when we are serving others, how often do we remember that. If that is our desire and we just remember that, I can't imagine getting discouraged. I can't imagine wanting to quit. I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior. I'm grateful for the gospel and how much it has blessed our family.
Thank you for all of your prayers. I love you all so much!
Elder Joshua Gandy
P.S. So random cool fact, the person who played Joseph Smith in the restoration movie and who is Peter in the bible videos is in one of our wards and we had dinner at his house. It was kind of cool, it was like Peter was at the dinner table.
This is a street in one of the wards we cover. It is just a little different compared to Gilbert.