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12 March 2012

Week 15: Change of P-days!

So… surprise! P-day has been moved to Mondays now! Haha.. it makes more sense to have P-day on Mondays in my opinion, because there's just a lot of downtime with P-day in the middle of the week. Because Sundays we have church and then we have weekly planning and district meeting on Mondays, and then with P-day on Wednesday, it's just a lot of time that could have been used to work. So yeah, P-day is now Monday, after our district meeting and weekly planning, so here I am emailing you my family!

Mom - I can't believe she is starting Jr. High already this coming year.... that's crazy. But that's cool you saw Mr. Carter! And yeah, we'll see how she feels when fall comes around, but I think it'd be good for her (to work at the farm). She'd probably make a few friends there and would have a decent time, I think. She needs to carry on the legacy! ;)
Dad - Understandably no email from you this week, just because of the change. So I can't really respond to anything, but I hope you are doing well!
Marilee - I'll respond to yours separately as usual.

Well, it'll be kind of a shorter email because it hasn't been as long since the last time I emailed, but I hope you still enjoy it! Last Wednesday, we played some basketball in the afternoon which was pretty fun, and then later that night headed to the home of a man named José Rosado. We taught him the first lesson, and it went pretty well! He said he'd be baptized if he knew it was true, but then said the next time we could come back would be in a couple of weeks. We're not waiting that long, and we're going sometime this week to pass by and see if he's there, and teach him some more. He's a pretty good guy, and I think there's some potential with him. But that's basically all we did Wednesday night, was teach José and then head home and plan.

Found an Argentine t-shirt here.

Thursday was a pretty full day. We had Elder Duclos with us, an Elder from the Juncos area, because all of the ZL's and DL's in the mission had a meeting, and.. it's complicated, but he just ended up spending the day with us. After our studies we headed for an area called Cañaboncito to contact. It was pretty cool, and we met some cool people. We then passed by some people, but nobody was home. Eventually we were able to get to Oscar Perez's house, and we taught him about the Book of Mormon, and why it is so important, and what it really means, because there are some incredible things we're promised if we truly read and pray about the Book of Mormon. It was a pretty good lesson, and I think something touched him. After, Elder Duclos went back with his companion (it was like 7:00 at night), and then Elder Hammer and I went to the Gonzalez' for dinner. That was how the night ended!

Friday was just kind of a contacting day. Once again, all our appointments fell through, so we just contacted for most of the day. We met some pretty cool people, but none that were really interested in learning more. So that was pretty much the day to be honest. Just walking around in the rain at times, and in the humidity and heat in others haha.

Saturday we left our house a little bit late, but were able to pass by a man by the name of Luis. He's the dad of one of our investigators, and he was once a member of the church for 5 years. So we invited him to read and pray about the Book of Mormon again, and he said that he would! So that was pretty cool. He's a pretty good guy and believes that Joseph Smith was a prophet and everything, but we just need to get him back to the true church haha. Afterwards, we contacted a bit, and then went to a dinner with a member in the ward, Alex Burgos. He's actually a recent convert, but he invited all the Elders in Caguas over to have a dinner of roast beef, mashed potatoes, and corn on the cob. :) It was a great meal! Then we visited for a little while, and then Elder Hammer and I went to a guy's house by the name of Robby. He's a really cool guy, and he received the first lesson pretty well! He said he'd read and pray in the Book of Mormon, and he was really pretty receptive. It was a good lesson. That's how the day ended, so we ended on a good note!

And then yesterday. The new rule is that if we don't have an investigator in church, we have to leave after Sacrament Meeting to go to work. We had to leave after Sacrament Meeting to go to work. For whatever reason, yesterday was just a LOOOONG day haha. I was just tired all day. We had Elder Martinez with us for the afternoon because his companion, Elder Griffin, had interviews in Humacao with a few other people. So we basically just contacted for a while, and then after Elder Martinez went back with Elder Griffin, we... contacted some more, and then had a lesson with Milton, one of our investigators. It was an okay lesson, but he hasn't seemed interested, and he doesn't really talk, so we're probably going to have to let him go. :\ But yeah, that was how our evening ended.

Then today we woke up early to get ready for district meeting and then we had weekly planning, and then came here to email! I think we're going bowling today haha, so we'll see how that goes.... I guess Elder Hammer's not too good either, so I'll be fighting with him for last place! ;) But yeah, that's the week!
Oh, and I don't know if the CD's have gotten here yet, because the Zone Leaders haven't been to the office for a while. Transfer day is Wednesday, so they might check the mail that day, or we might have to go up there or something, but in any case, I should be able to check sometime this week for them. And just again, did my iPod make it home?? Sorry to keep asking, but I just want to know haha.

Anyway, that was my past few days! We've had a little bit of success, and still moving forward. Thank you for your support, as always! I love you all very much and pray for you always. I sincerely hope that you are all doing well, and I encourage you to keep reading in the Book of Mormon, because it is such an important book. The things that we can come to know and understand about the gospel through this book are so incredible. Read the last 2 paragraphs of the introduction to see what I mean. There are some great promises there. Anyway, I love you muchly and hope you're all doing great!

Con mucho amor


Elder Kimball Ray Gardner

Puerto Rico San Juan Mission

Alma 29:9

3 Nephi 5:13

1 Cor. 13:11

D&C 4

Joshua 1:9

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