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25 February 2013

Week 65: February – Gone!

I heard about some big snowstorm that hit Utah from some tourists on Sunday, so I hope you're still surviving the winter cold! And I hope you have fun with the hiding of the Easter eggs in the snow! ;) Haha anyway, that's great news that BYU beat Utah State in basketball, thank you for that!

Anyway, this week was pretty amazing. It's incredible how the Lord guides us to His elect, because we were led and guided to a family of SIX! The familia B..., and they live in Cantera. They're a beautiful family, and so humble and receptive. They're dependent on a ride to church, and so weren't able to come when their ride failed, but they wanted to, and they already said they'd get baptized! I'm so excited to work with them. Besides that, we got a referral from the Metro sisters named Ricardo who is also so prepared! He is a fruit from the train contacting project we've been doing in the mornings, and he's so open and receptive to what we teach, and he was all ready to go to church on Sunday, but thought it was at 9:30 at night. It was interesting though, because we ran into him at the church at 9:30 (we were out with the bishop setting our baptismal date), and were able to talk with him and clarify for next Sunday. He's so great and I'm so excited to see where he goes!

On top of that, we had received another referral from the train contacting, and we found a new investigator, their neighbor, and then we found them and a few other people who live around them. In total, there are about 7 new investigators we were able to teach yesterday and set up return appointments. Amazing! It's incredible how the Lord provides when we simply asked. Elder Durfee and I talked to each other about what would happen if we specifically asked for a baptism. So we did. And look at what's happening now in Santurce.

Speaking of baptisms, we set a baptismal date last night with C... R...! Bishop came with us to the appointment, and it was fantastic, and very spiritual. She's very interested in family history, so we're hoping that it will help her stay focused and set on her goal.
With Hno. Feliz

Oh, and we had another little miracle with Hno. Celso Feliz, our recently turned active less-active. He came to our English class, and we asked if he could visit an investigator quickly with us afterward. He said no at first, but as the evening went on, he said "I'll drop you off over by their house". On our way over, he told us he'd drop us off AT her house, and then as we passed by, he said he'd come in with us! However, she was on her way out, but we were able to talk with her briefly about if she had read in the Book of Mormon, and about why it's important to read from it. And then Hno. Feliz invited her to church! It was fantastic. After, he told us "You know, I really enjoyed that!" That was a really great experience, and I'm glad and thankful to have been a part of it. He's a great guy, and he's on the way back home. :)

It was a pretty crazy week, full of frustrations and happiness, and we saw the hand of the Lord in our work! It was amazing, and I'm so thankful to have been a part of it. It's tough, and tiring, but I'm more happy and content than I have been in probably my life. :) I love you all so very much, and don't worry Mom, when I come home I will leave again, but I'll be a lot closer. :) I love you all so very much and hope you're all doing great! Love you!!

Con mucho amor,

Elder Kimball Ray Gardner
Puerto Rico San Juan Mission

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