It has been quite the week with transfers! So for my last transfer I went to the Queen Creek zone. So my area is actually partially in Queen Creek and on the border of San Tan valley. It is a little different compared to Gilbert. I'm a lot closer to mountains and there are a lot more farms and open fields. It's a little different. Also my new companion is Elder Legrand. He is from France. After only having companions from the western United States, it is a little different. He has been out for about a year and a half, so he speaks English very well, but still has a thick french accent. For the first couple of days I was having a little bit of a hard time understanding him, but I'm getting use to it. I'm really excited to work with him. He has a great desire to work hard and is an awesome missionary.
My area consists of three wards: the Sunset, Circle Cross, and Hasting Farms wards. They are very different compared to my last wards. Elder Legrand has only been in the area for a transfer, so we are both trying to figure out what is going on in the area. As I looked through the area books, I realized there were a lot of people that neither of us knew. Most of this week we were stopping by these investigators. There were several that were not interested, but there were some that said they lost contact with the missionaries and invited us back. Looking through the area book, I can tell there is a lot of work to do in this area. There are a lot of former investigators and potentials to work with. We also found a couple of great potentials and received a great referral this week. We are hoping that they will all become new investigators this week. I'm really excited to see what happens in this area.
Transfers were on Wednesday this week, and there were some cool things that happened before I left the area. There is a Vietnamese family in one of the wards and the grandmother that lives with them is not a member. On Monday evening this family called us and said the grandma would like to learn about the gospel of Jesus Christ. The grandma doesn't speak english, so the family translated the lesson for her. She also didn't have much of a religious background so we were trying to teach the very basics simply. I don't know what it was or if there was something special about the situation, but the spirit was really strong in the lesson. It reminded of the scripture in Doctrine and Covenants 90:11 "For it shall come to pass in that day, that every man shall hear the fulness of the gospel in his own tongue, and in his own language, through those who are ordained unto this power, by the administration of the Comforter, shed forth upon them for the revelation of Jesus Christ."
It was sad to leave my last area because of the people we were teaching, but I'm excited to be in this area. I know I was transferred here for a reason. I doesn't really make sense for me to leave the area I know better than the back of my hand to spend only six weeks in an area that I don't know at all, but I know I'm here for a reason. I don't know what that reason is yet, and I may not find out while I'm here, but I know Heavenly Father puts us where we need to be. We have been able to see several miracles so far, and I know that as I try to follow the spirit and do the best that I can, we will continue to see those miracles.
It seems like a lot has happened this past week and I wish I could tell you everything that has happened. Thanks for all of your prayers. I love you all so much!
Elder Joshua Gandy