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05 April 2013

Week 70: Testimony

I've seen and felt what the light and truth and the cleansing power of the Atonement can do for people. It changed me. This weekend helped me to understand even more about Christ and what he's done for me. I'm so thankful for everything that He did, and I know that if it worked for me, it can work for anyone. I don't know what it's going to be to finally break through the darkness – there is that gall of bitterness that Alma talks about, and we don't get out until we do our part. Joseph Smith wasn't freed from the influence of Satan on a whim - he had to work for it. Same with Alma in his gall of bitterness: he had to cry out to the Lord Jesus Christ for forgiveness. At some time or another we all need to cry out. Cry out for help, for guidance, or for that light. We need faith not only in Jesus Christ, but in His Atonement.

Everybody has their own time in their lives where they figure out who they are. Who knows? In any case, I'm confident that it will all be okay, and the Lord will keep watch over us.
Anyway, talking about my week, I didn't spend much time in my area haha... too much running around doing zone leader things. We also had our Easter Conference last night and today, and it was pretty cool. We stayed at some campsite in Aguas Buenas, which was really pretty, and then we woke up dark and early to do some pioneer activities, including some handcarts! That was fun. We also had some breakout sessions to help us all learn how to be better missionaries and plan better. It was really good, and then afterwards we had a choir practice for some celebration thing happening in April, so... yeah! That was about it haha. :)

Oh, and before I forget… Happy Birthday Dad!!!! The big 5-0! ;) Haha just kidding, that's next year, right? And if you can pass on my "Happy Birthday" to Marilee also, that would be great!! Tell her that I love her very much. I sent you both birthday cards, so look for those!! :)

I love you all so much, and I know that through this Gospel, everything will be okay. :)

With all the love of my heart,

Elder Kimball Ray Gardner

Puerto Rico San Juan Mission

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