03 September 2010

September 3, 2010


So this weeks once again has gone by so fast, I can't believe that I leave this Tuesday! Here I come Hawaii! I can't wait to get out of here even though I've loved it here for the last 2 1/2 weeks I want to get out into my mission field and make a difference in people's lives. Later this week we had a TA where we teach volunteers and it was awesome to see that the gospel can answer so many simple questions that we take for granted in knowing already. But like I said it was a great experience to see how an investigator can receive direction while feeling the spirit.

Earlier this week we had a district meeting, and the branch pres asked Elder Flynn to give the prayer but it sounded like my first name and so out of habit I just stood up and gave the prayer. Afterwards everyone was busting up, and then they found out that my name was flint and so yeah...it was a funny moment I thought to share.

I've now got lesson's 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, down, though that's not how you teach them. but you get to know each concept and the principles in each lesson, so you can teach it with the spirit and toward there needs D&C 11:21 "seek not to declare my word, but first seek to obtain my word, and then shall your tongue be lost...(and) shall have my spirit and my word, yea, the power of God unto the convincing of men."

So it's been a crazy week for my companion his leg was hurting him pretty bad and so we got a MRI done on it and found out that he has a contusion on his patella and torn cartilage! It was devastating and even worse he found out he has to get surgery on wed and he'll be here for another month! But I know there is a purpose to his stay. It's been a blessing though in ways. We've learned to be more dependent on each other and have come closer as a companionship.

Last Tuesday Richard Hinkley spoke to us for our devotional, and as always it was amazing. He gave us 10 pts to be the best missionary.

So today was my hair cut before I take off. But before I came here I always enjoyed cutting my hair myself with the flobee so when I got to the barber and they asked how I'd like it. I had no clue what language they speak to get what you want haha. So I just said just cut it short. Well that's exactly what I got. It looks like I wont be getting a hair cut for the next year haha.

Preach My Gospel is absolutely amazing! It's so simple but so profound in how the gospel works & how we should prepare to meet God ( Alma 34:32). I strongly encourage that all families especially father's and son's to spend 15mins a week studying from Preach my Gospel. I promise you will see a strength in the family. That you will have the spirit more in your life and in the family to be able to recognize and act upon it's promptings. I know as you live the gospel with strict obedience & hard work, God will be pleased with you and will bless you in ways that you may never come to realize until looking back upon your life. I know He will Because He has with me throughout my life and infinitely on my mission. I say these things in thy Holy name, Jesus Christ, Amen

One last note, I found out that you don't have to send me letters, there is a easier way and it's free. Go to dearelder.com and type in my Hawaii address. It will send it to me in Hawaii from your computer and it will be much faster and cheaper. :) I love all you guys, and i know that who ever might be reading this has had a major impact on my life, so thanks for all that you have done!

Elder Gardner

(The Elders in my District)

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