15 December 2011

15 December 2011

I just know that I'm having the time of my life and feeling the most accomplished. Why?...I finally understand what it means to forget myself completely and put it into action. To have a vision and complete it. To be a leader who thinks nothing else then those I have stewardship over. It's so so true exactly as christ said, For whosoever will save his life shall LOSE it: and whosoever will LOSE his life for my sake shall find it. But we must have this type of attitude. D&C 64:34 Behold, the Lord arequireth the bheart and a cwilling mind; and the willing and dobedient shalleeat the good of the land of Zion in these last days. 
 I have a hard time explaining what i mean without actually going through it. But Boy and I learning a ton! and Loving life.  I sure enjoyed my last week.

15 November 2011

These pictures are named the "Pink Panthers" and the "Purple Pimps" haha have to make life fun.

15 November 2011

9 November 2011

Yup so I got transfer over here in Makakilo zone in the area of Kapolei. I can never remember exactly what I want to say once I sit down at the computer. So actually im in a tri-companionship on a special assignment with one of the elders I'm with. I'm still the senior zone leader, the other zone leader is Elder Garen Routt who lives in Provo Utah. Apparently he was best friends with JC Hatch who i played football with and then he also lived next to Jessica Bonati before she move to Provo haha. What a small world! it's been great, he's awesome and we've had a fantastic week with each other. actually this has been one of the best weeks I've had in a while! Elder Routt is just about to hit his year mark. My other companion has been out 7 months and he's from Western Samoa and lived back and forth also in New Zealand.
My health and looks are marvolous. my facial hair is another story haha.
 

31 October 2011

Flint hasn't written much in the last few weeks. But we did get some pictures from him to share



02 October 2011

19 September 2011

Aloha Everyone,
    What a week it has been for Elder Davies and I. It couldn't of ended any better with one of the most spiritual baptisms I've ever been apart of. It has not just affected the now new member but the entire ward and all of her friends and family. I've never seen so many big tough boys be touched so strongly by the spirit. Almost the entire ward came together in support of the baptism and the desire to do missionary work spreading like a wild fire throughout the ward. Not to mention this weekend and is now the last week for Elder Davies as he now starts his new chapter in his life. Luckily I still have a year to go and hope to become the incredible missionary he has become who has influenced not only and entire ward as he has the last 6 months but all the islands of Hawaii. He has been an example to many, and I find myself quite fortunate to have been able to serve by him day after day the last 4 1/2 months! Just one of those people that enter into your life and leave an endless mark for the better. I know myself and the ward that he will be greatly missed and remembered in our hearts forever.
    Love, Elder Gardner

12 September 2011

Aloha everyone,
   What a week it has been for Elder Davies and I. It's hard for me to gather my thoughts on what to say each week cause i can't even remember what happened just a couple days ago. Everyday is pack with something that wasn't in our plans. I guess that's just preparing me for the future, at least that's what I hear from parents and families. 
    I never realized how much goes into the church and what the leadership has for responsibilities to take care of. I get them a lot more credit now as I've been working hand in hand with Bishops, Stake Presidents and Area Seventies. Would never have thought before my mission I'd be accounting with and Area Seventy. But besides the point, there really is a lot of sacrifice and love that is put into every activity, event, and just the weekly Sacrament meeting. Just a thought I was pondering about. The organization of the church blows me away. You know the church is true when you can get a 19-25 year old boy to get up at 5:00 a.m. Go to meetings and church till 2 in the afternoon and then get back to work the rest of the day. Testimony for sure.
    Zone Conference was this week! I never realized how much went into a zone conference especially when it's off island. There always a spiritual boost that keeps the fire going. Elder Davies and I trained on the importance of Following up on all commitments. So we did a demonstration by pulling up 2 Elders in front and gave both a waffle cone and a big scoop of Ice Cream symbolizing the commitment we gave then. Then 1 of the Elders we allowed them to eat there Ice cream because we followed up with them, while the other one we said all you could do is watch your Ice cream melt, not only that we got an advisory tool by blowing a heater on it because He will do all he can to prevent the work from progressing. It ended up being a good way to show everyone the importance of following up so they can enjoy ice cream, or the blessing that come from keeping there commitments. It was over all a great Zone conference as they always are. Can't believe that the next one will be for Christmas. 
    On the other hand we had an awesome week as out baptism date from Sept 17 is looking really solid! We're stoked, as Elder Davies will have his last baptism on his last weekend before he goes home with a super solid investigator who wants him to baptize her. What a way to end the mission with a bang! We're really looking forward for this coming Saturday.
   Thanks for everything, Love Elder Gardner!

30 September 2011

These are the pics that we took at the baptism! It was one to always remember!

02 September 2011

29 August 2011

Aloha everyone.
   We had one of our more successful week. We have been working so hard the last 5 weeks or more and haven't seen any success. But as we always do we just keep working, and then all it takes is last week a member who saw an missionary opportunity came and got us and introduced us to his friend and invited him to meet with us this last week. As a result we had one of the most spiritual lessons. These are the moments that make the gospel worth it. When you teach someone who is so humble and is wanting to keep commitments. As of right now we have a baptismal date Sept 17, 2011. The Last Sunday for my companion Elder Davies. Just that lesson alone made all that hard work worth it. It seems to be that way with life. We seem to go through so much and then the blessing comes. Elder Davies always says, "live for the moments that make the gospel worth it." What a true statement.
  Thanks for all the support! 
    Love Elder Gardner

23 August 2011

23 August 2011


Aloha Everyone,
   This week was quite the exhausting week, with many unexpected events that happened. It first started out early in the week with a missionary in the zone. He was feeling really sick and went into the doctors. Which later turned to him being rushed to the E.R. and several tests where taken. And I learned that if your not about to die they take for ever to take care of your needs. Maybe it was just that night but he had many tests and then later that night around 1:00 am he had his appendix taken out. It was quite funny though cause there was no one  in the hospital really with this nurse testing him and the Elder asked her how many have tried to run away from the hospital and she replied," How may have tried or Succeeded?" and we asked succeeded, and she replied back that 3 have successfully succeeded. Right then the Elder said," It's about to be FOUR!" while trying to sit up with all these cords attached to him. It was the funniest thing I'd seen in a long time. Plus it was late and by then everything is funny. So that is how the start of my week happened. 
   I love my mission though! I've learned so much! Have an awesome week
Love Elder Gardner


11 July 2011

11 July 2011

Aloha everyone, 
     I just have a short story to share with you this week from a member and how the gospel has changed there son's life. There son had been struggling with dyslexia his entire life in school even till he reached in high school. And the father shared with us how they tried multiple programs to help him, but there wasn't any direct results from there efforts. But as the father and mother prayed together to see what they could do, they felt a strong impression on something so simple. That they need to read the Book of Mormon as a family every day. Something so simple and something we're all asked to do. Yet this time the family gained an added measure of strength with the impression they felt. And every sense then they haven't missed a morning where they gather together to read as a family. They mentioned that it definitely wasn't easy or got a lot read at times but they always had family scripture. After months had passed the teacher of the son approached the family to share with them that she doesn't know how but there son has improved drastically in his ability to write, read, and understand the material given in class. Just a small and simple thing that seems to always bring great things to passed. 
    I just have to say I absolutely love reading the Book of Mormon, I always feel the spirit and then there is always something that stands out to me that I can work on that day in becoming what God wants me to be or a lesson I need to learn. It seems so simple, but all of us know who have put it as a priority it some how blesses us in our unique way. 
   I love you all, thanks for all the support and love. 
Red head, 
Elder Gardner

29 June 2011

27 June 2011

We had a touching experience with the recent baptism we had last
Friday. As this passed week we had a follow up lesson with her about
how the Holy Ghost works within us. Toward the end of the mission she
shared with us something she recognized as the Light of Christ that
prepared her toward baptism. She shared how a friend has invited her
to stay in the mainland this passed spring and summer. At first she
was stoked to go but afterward she shared how she had this distinct
feeling that she wasn't suppose to go. That something was resisting
her to go with her friend. As a result she followed the prompting and
expressed to her friend that she wouldn't be going with her but will
rather stay back in Hawaii. Well just that next week she met Two new
friends through soccer who are apart of the singles branch we cover.
To make a long story short, those two friend became the pivoting point
of her life as they invited her to listen to the missionaries, and she
now is one of the most recent converts of the church who couldn't be
happier. The exciting part of this all is that she recognized how God
paved the path for her because she listen to the spirit and stayed in
Hawaii. No one knows what would of happened if she went, but we do
know what would of happened if she stayed.
  When I think of missionary work I like to refer to 1 Nephi 8:12-16.
Lehi is a great example of the attitude toward missionary work. In vrs
12 just think of how wonderful the gospel has been in your life and
how it has shaped you. We all have those moments to look back on when
we have partaken the most sweet, the most white, and most desirable
fruit above all other. Whether it was the influence of the atonement
in our life, or just that simple moment in the room feeling the spirit
by a sincere prayer.
  But I love the first thing Lehi does after he partakes of the
fruit, that he casts his eyes around for his family. He looks for
missionary opportunities around him knowing that we are all brothers
and sisters under God who is are loving heavenly father. That as it
states in vrs 14 "they stood as if they knew not whither they should
go." I've really come to find on my mission and as I look back when I
was in Utah that there really are people who want a better life but
don't know where to go to find it. Yet the cool thing is that we do
and we can be that tool in God's hands and answers to searching
prayers.
   How do we do that? Lehi once again shows how in vrs 15 as he
beckons with a loud voice to come and partake of the fruit. Just by
simple invites to come to church, a family home evening, a dinner to
show we are normal, or ward activities. It's by small and simple
things that brings great things to pass. Just as vrs 16 states as they
came and partook of the most desirable fruit!
   Truly missionary work has brought the greatest happiness in my
life because i've learned  the greatest joy come from the success of
others. What better success can come into a person's life then the
gospel of Jesus Christ and the comfort to know God's perfect plan! I
love all of you and I"m grateful to have seen how the gospel truly
does bless families as we live faithful to what God asks us.
 Love Elder Gardner

20 June 2011

20 June 2011

Aloha Everyone,
   Sorry about the last week of having no email. My companion and I
had a meeting in Oahu that lasted all day. But I'll recap on what's
happened the last 2 weeks in Maui for us. Last week we had our zone
conference which I like to look forward to cause afterwards I always
have this extra boost to work that much harder or to work on something
I can improve on. But this time it was a little different as now
instead of me recieving the training I was giving the training to 25
other missionaries. It's crazy to think how fast time has flown by as
I feel like it was only yesterday when I remember my very first zone
conference and to compare how I used to think to now. But I do look
forward to the opportunity to help others, as I have found the
greatest happiness comes from the success of others. Its so cool to
see a missionary step out of old habbits or take a step out of the
comfort level there used to and watch them grow and flourish into a
confident missionary with a purpose. Nothing can beat that.
   Then this passed week we had an incredible baptism in the singles
ward who has been taught for quite a while now but couldn't ever
commit to a date. She's been the hardest person I've ever had to
teach, but those make the best baptisms cause of all the sweat, tears
and prayers that go into it. Hopefully the picture I sent will be
posted to see.
   Also this passed week we had a lesson with our investigator who
was the one who beared his testimony in fast and testimony meeting and
then later told us he wanted to be baptized as soon as possible. Well
he cancelled a few lessons and we started to doubt his sincerity. Then
he kept pushing the date back until all his family could be there
which would of been at least a month if not longer. My companion and I
were pretty nervous cause this is what he did last time and by the
time the date came he dropped last min. We didn't want him to loose
the feelings he had shared with us and his softened heart.
   Yet he called us up on wed and wanted to meet as soon as he got
off work. So we did so and he bought us some lunch and we just talk
story to gain a mutal relationship and then began the lesson on the
Plan of Salvation as he had some questions referring to it. As it
comes down to it. He really grasped the concept and lightbulbs were
flashing left and right. By the end of the lesson he was so determined
to get baptized as soon as possible before the advesary could take his
turn and make an effect. So with out hessitation he scheduled this
coming friday to get baptized with or with out his family. He just
wants to do it.
  Well to make this long story longer and get to the point. We got a
call yesterday being sunday and it was him stating how he is now on
the Big Island where his wife was working for the week and went to
church there. He then asked for the approval if he could just get
baptized over there sense his family was mostly with him; and the rest
is history. He ended up flying over there last min and then getting
baptized. For us and the history with him it was a miracle before our
face and exciting moment for my companion and I. As now latter today
we'll be meeting with him again to have him share his experience of
being baptized. So that's the major updates for this week.  Thanks for
all you do.
 Love Elder Gardner

07 June 2011

6 June 2011

Aloha Everyone!
     
     Every week just seems to have it's unique flavor. Especially this week sense a lot happened in the space of 7 days. I'll see if I have time to write all that I want.
     On Wed. Elder Davies and I went to Molokai. We ended up Leaving at 5:45a.m. for the day to spend with the missionaries there. It was quite the experience, more toward the boat ride. We heard a lot about how horrible it can be with the huge swells but luckily we went in the morning before the wind had a chance to pick up. Still though it was an exciting ride, especially for a "missionary" who can't even touch the sand nor ocean. 
    So we sat on top of the boat where their is a good view and open air to the endless ocean, and  being surrounded by 3 different Islands. At first everyone went on top, where it was full of people. But that all changed when we hit the channel that goes between the islands and it gets really rough. 
   Rough enough to the point where  when the boat hit the swells waves would come hurling over and on top of the boat. Just after that first wave the entire top cleared in a hurry down below were it's enclosed. Elder Davies and I along with only 2-3 people stayed on top. We couldn't help but laugh between each other as we took every wave as an opportunity to touch the ocean! Not to many missionaries get to take a boat over the Ocean, so we took all we could get. This is the highlight of missionary work ha. We didn't get to wet but after we dried we had salt all over us. Once again a day I won't forget.
   I was really grateful for the opportunity to be able to work with the young missionaries to be that inspiration they need as they are continuing to grow. That's what made the difference for me in my mission as I got to see a whole new level & experience through the example of other missionaries! namely Elder Killian, Bigg's and now to add to the list Elder Davies.
   The picture I sent is the bed I got to sleep on when on the exchange as I just put together a makeshift bed out of chairs. It didn't work out so well as every time I shifted around the chairs squeaked across the hard wood floor plus we had to wake up at 4:00 the next morning to catch the early boat ride home.
   




Next we find out unexpectedly that there was a need for a baptismal interview on the island of Hawaii. At first Pres Dalton was going to fly over this passed Friday but that all changed as we cheerfully suggested on how we can do it for him by taking the ferry over to Lanai, so he wouldn't have to take the time out of his busy day. Well it worked he gave us the permission and this passed Friday as well we got to go to Lanai. The last Elders that have touched that Island has been around 5 years. Right now there is a Senior couple who go over ever other week. So that was a once in a life opportunity as a ward missionary gave us a tour around the whole island after the baptism in the ocean. The Tour only took less then a half a day because of how small the island is. 
    Then to seal the deal on this passed Sunday as it was fast and testimony meeting at the very end of the meeting a gentleman walked up to bear his testimony. Elder Davies and I immidelty turned to one another as we both felt that he was a Non member bearing his testimony. He then goes on the share how God has really soften his heart and his desire to be more apart of the church has strengthen. 
   After the meeting ended to make a long story short we leave to go to the singles ward and we get a call from the 1st counselor in the bishopric on how this gentleman who bore his testimony wants to be baptized as soon as possible before the advisory takes over. So we rushed back, interview him, he had already been taught everything a year ago so he passed with flying colors and he wants to be baptized this coming Saturday. So this week was packed with experiences that will never be erased. I don't know if I can keep up these incredible weeks one right after another. I've never been so busy in my life and can't believe it's Monday again to write my weekly email. But I love it and I feel satisfied, what else can I ask for.
  I love you all thanks for your wonderful Letters and support.
   Love Elder Gardner

30 May 2011

30 May 2011

Aloha Everyone!
 
      OK so I know I keep saying different weeks surpass others, But this week was the all mighty! Tuesday we had our mission tour where All the missionaries in Maui flew to the Big Island to receive one of the greatest trainings I'll ever hear in my life. Elder Davies and I though flew earlier in the morning around 5:00 A.M. to have a separate meeting of all the Zone Leaders with Elder Pearson who's one out of the 6 General Authorities over the missionary work. It was absolutely mind blowing. In all we were trained 9:00 A.M. Till 4:30 P.M.  with an hour break for lunch. I've never had such a clarity in my mind and understanding of the gospel. He trained us in so many aspects that It would take hours to type all that I learned. All I know is that my testimony has been edified by the spirit to greater degree that i had ever anticipated in my life. He shared things that will ever change my life in how I carry myself and how to be successful in the big picture. I just wish I could somehow share it will all. And then he shared that He'll be giving a 1 min prayer in the next general conference as well. 
     Then to add upon that incredible day is that as a mission we reached our Vision 100. The last time we hit that goal was last year  in May. It was so incredibly close that we thought for sure we would hit 99. Yet we had some incredible miracles placed in our hands were we finished now in May at 101 Baptisms. People who have entered the covenant and received one of God's greatest gifts. That being the "Holy Ghost." What a remarkable experience. I'm so grateful for this opportunity to be on a mission serving the Lord and witness for myself His marvelous work and glory. 
      I love you all and thanks for all the wonderful letters and support you share with me. 
  Love, Elder Gardner

23 May 2011

23 May 2011


Aloha Everyone
 What an incredible insane busy life I have now haha.   So Maui is quite the place, I've already seen most of the island because of being a ZL and doing a lot of work and little misc assignments. My companion is Elder Davies from Salt Lake Utah. He's the bomb and we have had an awesome week so far. We have a complete blast while working hard. He's a great missionary who can really teach and connect with those he comes in contact. He's been out now for 21 months. I really feel blessed to have another incredible companion who wants to finish his mission really strong. He's been ZL for  a year now, so he knows what he's doing and I can tell i'm going to learn a ton. He's super bold in a good way and we'll see what's going to happen now in the future. But I know it's going to be grand. 
    We live in a pad with 2 other elders as well and that's been fun. Everything has its pro's and con's whether it be a 2 man pad or a 4 man pad. I'm used to either one. 
    The zone I'm in covers the Island of Maui, Molokai, and Lanai. It's the biggest Zone in the mission, so that will be interesting. Next week We'll be taking the farry to Molokai to train the missionaries over there and then  we go to the Big Island for training this week. Then Oahu to get trained by Pres Dalton. So the next few weeks I'll be all over Hawaii
Elder Gardner

16 May 2011

16 May 2011


















Aloha Everyone!
     I just have to say the mission is the best. It's so much fun if you make it that way even when times are toughest. But I have another food for all of you who are daring to eat whatever comes your way. In our district meeting one of the Filipino Elders brought Balut for anyone who wants to try it. It's a delicacy in the Philippines but to us its an Egg that is 18 days developed cracking the shell, slurping the juice around the shell then going away at it. The smell...not so good, but the taste? Well that's another story, it actually tastes like chicken broth but not at the same time ha. Either way I tried and I can now say I've eaten Balut.
    Our zone was able to work on the U.S.S Missouri again this week as we swept the entire deck. Then afterwards got to get a personal tour of the unbelievable ship. They have around 500-1000 miles of wire in the ship and the blue prints for the ship weigh 17 TONS! Now that INSANE!
    Well the call came in last week as it does every 6 weeks. This time it was quite sad. This ward in Mililani has become once again another aspect of my family who will never be forgotten. I got my call last night to inform me that I'll be transferring this wed morning to the Island Maui. Though I'm more then anxious to see another Island and for some more incredible experiences I'll definitely miss such a wonderful ward and those whom I've been teaching the last 3 months.
    So that's the catch up for this week on the Weekly news of Elder Gardner. Thanks for Tuning in, have a great week Planet Earth. Aloha!

Elder Gardner

09 May 2011

9 May 2011

Aloha Everyone!
     I'm sure to your surprise that this week didn't top last week. Something incomprehensible would be the only thing that can beat last week, so I'll get praying on that. I just have a thought to share this week.
      when in sacrament meeting, contemplating and reflecting about how the atonement has given me an added measure of strength to accomplish Heavenly Fathers will. But also comparing to other time when on my mission when I was still being just as diligent in my obedience. Yet I would feel there incredible lows that wanted to bring me down to exhaustion, or whatever it was that I can't explain.
       In my reflection during sacrament meeting these thoughts came to my mind. That sometimes throughout or life we must experience these difficult lows even in the mists of our highest dedication to the gospel.  That there are greater reasons that I don't fully comprehend but I feel that these lows are for us to come closer to Christ sacrifice and Atonement.
       Jesus Christ Suffered to Understand us individually. But we too must suffer to understand more fully our savior and redeemer. Therefore as a result we come to a greater and deeper appreciation to the vast meaning of the atonement.
        So I've learned to take these moments in my life as like breaking down a great stumbling block in our life in order for us to progress and grow. Just something that I wanted to share that meant a lot to me.
     Well I guess this week actually was fantastic cause I got to call my family! Sadly my voice hasn't gotten any lower as they say so they were able to recognize my 808 area code call. Thanks so much for everything. I wish the best to all of you.
Elder Gardner

04 May 2011

2 May 2011

Aloha Everyone!
 
    I sure hope I have enough time to write all that I want. I didn't think it was possible but once again I have topped my best week. I just had the best week in my life and on the mission. Something I'll never forget and I'll try to put into words to allow you to understand.
    On Easter Sunday all the missionaries in the entire mission had a fast for Miracle May in accomplishing our goal of Vision 100. Along with other ideas to have missionaries step up there game even farther. One being a quote from Elder Nelson from the quorum of twelve apostles stating, "Obedience brings blessing, but Exact Obedience brings Miracles." That statement couldn't of been from correct for us this week. 
   A week from today an investigator of the church, Candra (She was the one we found 2 months ago after I had a flat tire if you remember) called us out of the blue. It had been 4-5 days sense we had last heard from her after we had an incredible spiritual lesson. The only problem she had was that she is and has now deployed today being May 1st. She had to move, still work and all these other military terms she used that sounded like a ton of work we before she got deployed to Arizona. She said that the avg hours of sleep she's had the last week has been 2-3 hours. So I'm sure she was super busy. But in the mist of all this she called to tell us that the last few days the spirit has been so strong that she can't deny it any longer. She straight up said, "I want to be baptized before I leave, what do I have to do?" The rest of the night we were on the phone doing all that we could in all the next day at 2:30 we taught her everything she needed to know before the interview. Then she was interview by our mission president the next day after that and was baptized on Saturday April 30th at 6:00. Though there are several details in the making of this unforgettable experience, it truly was a miracle that i have witnessed before my eyes. Everything seriously fell into place between her schedule and the support of the ward and our leaders. No words can express the intensity of the spirit as she came out of the water of baptism and received one of God's most precious gifts, the Holy Ghost. What a remarkable week it has been, and how grateful I am to have chosen to go on the mission. For those whom I have recently heard that have chosen to go on a mission. I say HOORRAAAHH for you! You will never regret all the hard work it takes and the lasting ever so expanding knowledge and inspiration gained on a mission!
    I shared last week about the man who completely changed his life and set that example for another person. Well that other person who became interested in the gospel by that man's example felt the spirit so deeply in our lesson that she wants to be baptized May 28 if not sooner. The spirit works in wonders, but it all started by an example. 
   Thanks for all the great letters, I love you all. Never forget our purpose on this life that inspires us to overcome mountains.


Love Elder Gardner

25 April 2011

25 April 2011

Aloha everyone,
 Well Happy Easter that has already passed. But the meaning never will as this passed month the mission has been studying heavily on the atonement. My appreciation and understanding has greatly expanded and I'm so grateful for what Christ himself has done for each and everyone of us. No words can ultimately describe such an act of love.
  I'd like to share at least one story that happened recently. The first week when I entered my new area in mililani we had a Member in Virgina call to ask us missionaries to do all that we can to get her brother a blessing and to encourage him to come back to church and straighten out his life. Well in short all of that happened, Her brother completely changed his life around thought true lasting repentance. It was a remarkable experience to be the tool to help him overcome his major stumbling blocks with the help of the bishop. Sadly right after he made the change he got deployed to the mainland never to hear from him again until Saturday when getting a call from him about his continuation in following Christ. He's now the 1st counselor in the Young men's and the assistant to the scout master. He also mentioned that he goes out with the missionaries each week and is going to hold a meeting for all the military to teach them about what we believe. How cool is that?  But the best part is that his past girlfriend in Hawaii saw his remarkable change and wants to do it her self. her, the mom and the daughter all came to Easter Sunday leaving the chapel with tears of joy. She said that the past week she kept coming up with the number 3:16 in everything she was doing. And in Sunday school we watch Finding Faith In Christ, where at the end it shares the scripture John 3:16. "For God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten son, That whosoever beliveth on him shall not perish but have everlasting life." It was an answer to her prays and I can't wait to continue to teach her. All because of the example of someone changing there life. It was and is quite remarkable.
   Thanks for all your support, I know I say that all the time but I"m really grateful for it. Remember how important our example is for others in helping them stay or enter the straight and narrow path
Love Elder Gardner

18 April 2011

18 April 2011

Aloha Everyone!
    Not much to write about, Just a few inside thoughts for this week. But The past month we recieved a packet about the atonement with all kinds of talks given by General Authorities as well as all the chapters we must read in the Boom of Mormon that pertain to the atonment. It's so simple yet so deep. The more I keep learning about the atonement my understanding continues to expand and my desire to press forward in bring God's children, our brothers and sisters, unto eternal life. The understanding of the scriptures has magnified 10 fold and I just can't get enough. Everytime I hit the pillow I can't wait to wake up for another round of Personal Study. It's my motivation to wake up.
   Then this week as well everyday it's been poring. I'm now just used to being soaked. You may be wondering why not use an umbrella. Well we do, but it's hard on a bike plus even when walking it only covers from chest up. But at least it's Super Warm! No need to complain when everyday is Gorgous.
   I'm just so greatful to be on a mission. We had several lessons this week but 1 of them was inspiring. Nothing can or will compare the rest of my life then the moments I have now being set apart from the world and bearing an honest sincere, God Loving testimony to a child of God who so desperatly wants to come closer to our heavenly father. The room was so filled with the spirit and of eternal love for each other, that we all could sense the being filled with angels above. Truly this is the greatest and the hardest work I'm endured in my life. Just like all say but until you face it, then you can relate. Oh how much I've learned this week, especially when things just seem to be so overbearing, but to just do your uttermost best and then remember, "Don't Worry." As my mission pres said to me. I've really been exercising his advise and it has made all the difference. Just do you best and be honest in doing your best and there is no need to be worried. Life is so much easier when living 100% obedient that way you have no need to worry about being on the edge.
   Thanks for all the wonderful letters I got this week. I really enjoyed them
Love,
   Elder Gardner

11 April 2011

11 April 2011

Aloha Everyone,
    So here is the update to Elder Gardner's Fascinating life here in Mililani on the island of Oahu. This week after several weeks of preparation, we had a movie night similar to the one in my last area. Yet this time it was planned in better detail and we had a great turn out! We were able to really open the views of those who came to really understand what Joseph Smith really went through in his life to restore the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Even all the members including myself were so moved by the spirit to realize and confirm what I know to be true.
    Also this week we got to more Elders in our pad to make it a 4 man pad now. I didn't know what to expect, but now that it's been a week sense they have come I have really come to enjoy the extra company. Then to be able to exchange our stories at the end of each day. We always have something to give us a good laugh or to hear a spiritual experience.
    This passed Sunday was a great opportunity for Elder Mecham and I. The YM's president asked us to come to the priests in the ward and to bear our testimony on going on a mission. I think I got more out of what I said then those that were listening. But it was so great to share with them how a mission has truly changed my life and my perspective on life; and the expansion of my understanding of the gospel as my testimony has greatly enlarged. I have such a sweet spot in my heart on encouraging others to go on a mission and to be able to experience what it's like to be a tool in god's hand. Nothing can match the priceless lasting spiritual experiences that move you in such a way that your life seems to be a new beginning. I can't express how i desire all to go on a mission as the prophet has directed, being the mouth he is for God.
    Latter this week Oahu and all the islands got Slammed by a huge rainstorm. And of course we were on our bikes trucking along when it just suddenly dumped buckets on us. Ha it was quite the experience to see rain fall so hard in that amount. Good thing our umbrella's were left back at the pad 30 mins away haha.
    Again thank you for all your support and those who have been writing me. It's like a Christmas gift each and every time. There's no doubt in my mind that this is the true church that contains the fullness of the gospel. There is so much to be grateful for, even the many trials I have faced as it's a stepping stone that climbs line upon line precept upon precept as we get closer in developing Christlike attributes. Have a great week and thanks for everything.
    Love Elder Gardner

04 April 2011

4 April 2011

Aloha Everyone,
 
    Can words even describe how amazing this week was. The first part of the week was fantastic as we found 3 new investigators. One we found from passed records who was interested but decided to stop a while back. So we decided to go check him out and see if he'd like to be taught some more. But we soon realized that he didn't live there anymore, so we asked the the guy who answered the door if he'd like to be taught. Then next thing we know he has a baptismal date for the beginning of May! That was an exciting moment.
   On Wednesday we were able to go to the temple! I've now been able to go to both temples in Hawaii already and how beautiful that was! I'll have to send some pictures next week. But how enlightening that was as I've come to an even greater understanding of the doctrine where now everything comes together in greater detail. The spirit was so incredibly strong but i soon realized that it was just a building block to prepare for the phenomenal general conference that took place the last couple days!
  I don't know if it's just cause I'm on a mission, though I know that makes a major difference, or that general conference this time was just immaculate. This is how i felt and thought after conference. Oh how i have bather in the fountain of knowledge and spiritual conviction of what i know to be true. For my joy reaches to heaven like the sound of a trump. I see what the prophets in the Scriptures use such adjectives to try there best and describe there utter most deep feelings. Cause that is how i truly felt listening to general conference. My understanding has been stretched beyond my mortal imagination like a sponge that can't retain the excess water from heaven above.
   The conference seem to be just a small moment in time. I'd look at the time and wonder where it all went wishing there would be more. I can't wait to continue to look over my notes but to get the Ensign this next month to ponder each message. I'm so grateful for personal revelation.
   But besides that I would have to say this has been another best week in my records that I won't forget! I Love you all and thanks for your prayers and support.
   Love, Elder Gardne

22 March 2011

21 March 2011




Aloha Everyone
Another week in the books to look back on with a smile. This week was exciting in being able to take part in something most people can't. On Wed our zone went to Pear Harbor to do some service and clean the U.S.S Missouri. Afterwards we were given a special tour down in the ship where we got to see the engine, and boiler rooms. I give those men who had to work in there a lot of credit! In the boiler room it was usually around 125 degrees. Then It amazes me to see how intricate everything is put together. There were over 18 tons of blue prints to put the battle ship together. truly mind blowing to see such a creation even before the computers were prominent. So that was an exciting part this week to get a tour of the U.S.S Missouri where most can't go.
It's always an adventure to go teaching, as it's never the same. Like this week when we went over to teach an investigator. After teaching about the restoration she shared a little experience with me. She shared with us about her past when she felt like she was in tune with the spirit and God. She stated over and over that she never shares this cause everyone says she's crazy, but she felt like she needed to share it with us. One time she was praying specifically about an answer she needed to make a major decision on what to do in the military. And as she asked about each specific route she was thinking to take she would listen to how she felt looking for an answer from God. All of the solutions she asked God about she felt nothing except one as she shared that she felt such an indescribable feeling. Like as if she was burning with in and she took it as an answer from God.
You can just imagine our faces along with the member we brought along. We hadn't once talked about how we can receive answers from our prayers. We had only just began the lesson and she shared this with us. She then went on saying about how she hates sharing that because everyone laughs at her and make a mockery out of her. But we on the other had were astonished with the biggest grin on our faces estactic to share with her that we too have had the same experience and to go on in further detail of where those feeling come from and what they mean. You can only imagine how strong the spirit was the entire lesson. What an exciting experience to help others to come to a greater understanding of God and to feel his presence.
Thanks for all that you do for me. Have a great week!
Love Elder Gardner.

15 March 2011

14 March 2011

Aloha Everyone,
It just doesn't get old, again we have had another fantastic week. This week we also had zone conference where we receive new trainings to be able to reach our highest potential. There was one specific part that really stuck out to me. So as missionaries we want to find the golden investigator who wants to learn and will keep there commitments to allow themselves to have their one true lasting conversion. Along with many other attributes that we as missionaries like to see in investigators we find. Same applies with us, and this is what made me think a little harder about how I personally study. Because we are God's investigators when we sit down to study the gospel. It made me think and compare myself if I'm the same investigator to God as I describe below. Am I a Golden Investigator for God? Do I take my own advice that I give to my investigators? A lot of pondering went into how I can improve my personal study to have my own spiritual lasting conversion.
Sometime during this week we got hit hard when we were on our bikes while riding to find a members home. In seconds I became washed clean from head to toe so we darted back to another members home that was close by to wait out the down poor. But we were still soaked by the time we got there with mud on our shirts from the bike tire flipping the the mud up. ha ha. And of course as soon as we had reached the home the rain stopped. But just next door we found this guy by himself unloading a whole truck full of cabinets that had just been made and he was putting them into his garage. So we made our way over and ended up helping him lift them off the truck and into the garage. It made me smile as he repeatedly stated that he couldn't believe that we would just show up and help him randomly. That, that's unheard off, then he got thinking that his friends would never believe him so he wanted some proof. As a result he had us stand next to all the cabinets and he wanted to take a few pictures to have evidence to show his friends. Its great to see how just a small and simple act can make such a great impact. (Alma 37:6).
I may of stated earlier about an experience of how we found an investigator. But I thought I would share it again with added information. When after tracking a street we headed back to our bikes. But of course we had a flat tire, so I called a close by member to see if he could pick us up and take us back to our pad to get it fixed and get back to work. Therefore as we were waiting a Yukon came racing around a corner and she slammed on her brakes as she rolled down her window to signal us to come talk to her. Then finding that we were the Mormon missionaries she pulled into her driveway the house next door and we began talking. The excitement could of been seen for miles as she explained that the last few months she had been talking to a member in the military. The member gave her videos to watch and a Book of Mormon. But as time went on he couldn't answer all her questions and told her that he would refer her to the missionaries in her area. That exact same day just after he told her she came home to grab something she had forgot. When doing so she ran into us and thought for sure this was a sign from God that she needs to be taught. It was a neat experience to see that God does prepare his children and sends his prepared children to his prepared servants. How sad that would be though if he were to send his prepared children and we weren't prepared to share the gospel.
Then after she left, we were still waiting for the member, so we saw a man working on his truck and decided to walk over and ended up he too wanted to learn from us as we taught him as well this week. When teaching him he said that the only reason he accepted our invitation to be taught was because he felt that it was from our heart. That's all we have to do is speak with charity as we bear testimony to allow the spirit to touch their hearts for them to accept it or not. That's all we are asked to do.
Yesterday a returned missionary shared a great experience that he had on his mission. His name being Sho Flynn, and he served in Riverside California. 2 weeks out on his mission in his greeny area he quickly found that while on there bikes several people would throw grapefruit that grew on the trees at them and even at times some glass bottles.
But after two weeks being out on the mission he got used to the throwing objects. Yet this one day when riding his bike with his companion a truck came passing by while honking which would usually end up in the person flipping them off or something to that nature. So when he received that honk he thought nothing off it until it made a U turn and came right behind his bikes even to the point that the truck was on the sidewalk. Sho Flynn had many thoughts running through his head and thought for sure that a fight was going to break loose at any moment.
The man in the truck jumped down being very large in structure with a beard unlike it's kind. "Hello! I'm the ward Mission Leader!" the man stated, "Welcome to the ward. You must be the new missionary in the area!" Sho Flynn was a bit surprised having a totally different outcome then expected.
The man then gave him a small rock and asked" What's this?" "Uh...a pebble?" "Nope...What is it?" "hmmm... A shiny pebble?" " Nope! it's a small boulder" the man explained. Whenever you feel your not capable to do what is asked, if your scared and feel weak. Think of being a "Little Bolder."
Ever sense then when Sho Flynn would feel inadequate, nervous, or scared he would rub the little boulder in his pocket to remind him to be a "Little Bolder" What a great analogy on how we can step out of our comfort zone and be a little bolder in sharing the gospel! :)
Well I learned a lot this week as I do every week and I thought you would enjoy the things that I learned and that they may help you to want to share the gospel to our brothers and sisters. The people wanting the gospel are prepared and out there and want to find happiness. We have what they want, they just don't know that until we give them the invitations to do so. I love you all thanks for the support and love. And so you know I"m fine from the Tsunami. Hawaii got hit but not that bad. The big island got the worst and Oahu just had some damage to it's docks but only minor. What a sad experience for Japan. But what comfort I have with the testimony I have of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ
Love,
Elder Gardner

07 March 2011

7 March 2011


Brothers and Sisters, ALOHA!
What an exciting new week as every week brings. I'm now getting in adjustment to the complete opposite area type. About every 10 people I talk to here in Mililani, I would have normally talked to 1 person in Ka'u ha. I'm also starting to get back into the pace of Oahu which is a lot like the mainland, rather then the laid back go as I feel like and enjoy life in the country. But I love it.
I actually enjoy riding the bikes now that I my seat isn't causing uncomfort. Plus all the weight I've gained the last 6 months is slowly disappearing! Then again I haven't shown up to so many door steps with waterfalls falling down my cheeks for all the sweat. I'm pretty sure I can qualify at the bike shop by our pad due to 6 flats the last 2 weeks ha. Elder Mecham and I got really acquainted with each staff member as they laughed every time we came in to get a new inter tube. Finally we found the problem and got it fixed so we're riding with style now with our beautiful helmets. Just like when I was a kid riding around the block, yet I wouldn't wear the helmet like I do now ha.
We had some good moments as we were teaching a family and had dinner before them. After talking some story for a good while, the mother asked us what was the worst foods we have eaten. So I named a few like, blood meat, pig's feet, etc... Then my companion gets all passionate about how he had the worst experience when a member took them out to eat at a vegan restaurant in Mikiki. I guess I should of for warned my companion that they were vegetarians before we went over. I lost it, I couldn't help but to allow my face to turn bright red and laughed inside my sleeve. The whole family had big grins as we all looked at each other, knowing that my companion had no idea what was going on. Soon after the mother adds,"well, I don't use meat when I cook..." He felt so embarrassed and for the next 10 mins he triesto get out of the hole he dug by saying that it wasn't the food just the cooks were really bad that day. Oh Elder what shall we do. What a great journal write that I thought to share with you.
This week really focused on teaching all the members so we could get to know them better. But we also focused as all we always do to find new sons and daughters of God, our brother's and sisters to teach them about our unique message. So after a good hour or more of talking to everyone we saw and knocking on some beautiful doors we headed back to our bikes to our next appointment. Lo and behold my bike was out of commission ( this was before we found the problem). We pulled it off the the side so we could call a member to give us a lift back to our pad. Just then after calling a Yukon comes around the corner and slams on the brakes. Then from the middle of the road she starts to call us over and we began talking. Come to find out she's been talking to member in the military (everyone in Mililani is in the military) and has become very interested. She couldn't of asked better sincere questions that we have answers to at the tips of our finger. What an answer to our prayers. What if I hadn't had a flat tire? Maybe I would of missed her?
Well...that's some of the highlights of my exciting week. Hope you enjoy. Thanks for all the support and prayers
Love you all
Elder Gardner

28 February 2011

28 February 2011


As soon as I felt like I got a hold of everything, and knew what I was doing, I get transferred. But I'm so excited to be able to fulfill what he has asked me to do, cause now through experience I know that he always provides a way to accomplish what he commands as long as I stay obedient and commit myself to him.
So Monday night I got a call from our Mission President, calling in behalf of Christ to call me to be the District Leader in Mililani, On Oahu Yet he then added that I too will be White washing the area...ha ha wasn't expecting that but I'm excited to see what growth I'll gain in this next transfer.
Again it was a difficult task to take on to say goodbye to my new family in Ka'u! But then the hardest part was to say goodbye to a family that we have been teaching and preparing for baptism in the next week. It's a indescribable feeling to know that you were in the hands of God to take part in changing a family who finds so much joy in the gospel now. That one day you can see them again as families together forever in the Celestial Kingdom of God. Driving back to Hilo to the Airport was the longest drive since I've been there the last 6 months. Though I found out Monday night that my MTC companion was going in Ka'u to take me place.
Finally I got a chance to go to transfer meeting on Oahu at the Tabernacle where all the missionaries come together and are assigned to their new area's and new companions. It was fantastic to see all the missionaries that I came out with and actually meet a few new ones. No one knows who I am because I've been isolated the last 6 months haha.
My new companion is Elder Mecham who has now been out for 3 months now. He's a fantastic Elder I couldn't be more excited to be his companion as he has a major work ethic and motivation to do anything that is needed. So I have no complaints and look forward to what we can accomplish together.
So now that I'm on Oahu in Mililani I can tell that Ka'u is the complete opposite! I didn't know there was such a thing as more then a 1 story building and so many cars with an ambulance blaring there siren's every hour of the day. Welcome to the other type of Hawaii ha. It's been quite the change but it's been great. Mililani is a fantastic place to live as it's all residential houses that's actually well kept.
Being white washed though has been quite the experience. We know completely nothing about the area or anyone who lives it. But now that a half a week as gone by I can get around pretty well now......"on a bike" ....ha ha Never thought i was going to be on a bike because there's only just a very select few areas that have bikes now. Yet on the bright side I've already lost most of the weight I've gained.
I couldn't be more excited to work with the ward we have. I've never seen such a unified ward who are all on the same page. The bishop is so missionary mined being 28 year old. The ward respects him so much and the whole ward is willing to do anything for us missionaries. The potential in this area is unmeasurable and can't wait to get the ball rolling as we visit all the members and strengthen there faith, as we gain there trust.
I just couldn't be more grateful to have had two fantastic area's to serve with two amazing bishops.
I'm just continually learning everyday especially now that I get the opportunities to present trainings for my district every week to help them become the best tool in God's hand. I calculated all my missionaries in my district and how long they have been out and it ad's up to only 23 1/2 months! I'm the oldest in my district, it's hard to believe that I've already been out for 6 months but I try not to think about it.
I truly couldn't be a happier man or should I say Elder at this point in my life, true happiness comes from the success of others. My whole life has completely changed and my outlook on life will never been the same.
I love my life and I'm grateful for all the trials that the lord has given me to allow myself to develop Christlike attributes and to progress and learn.
May the Lord be with you, I love you all, thanks for all the support, love and prayers.
Love,
Elder Gardner

{the family Flint taught who will be baptized March 12}

21 February 2011

21 February 2011




Aloha Everyone,
It never seemed that th
is day would come. But transfers are here and the calls have been made. I never would of thought that it would be so hard to leave an area, but when they become more then your family a few tears are bound to be shed as you say goodbye to your brothers and sisters. No words can describe the love that has been generated from serving these wonderful people who live in Ka'u. I've never been around such faithful members who have overcome such insurmountable obstacles. There will always be a place in my heart for these loving people.
But on the good note we ended the transfer with a bang
as we surpassed our goals and the area is on fire. Amazing what the Lord can do with just a couple 19 year old boys who want to work hard and have some fun! Though being short on time I only have one story to share
Last week I gave an
investigator a Book of Mormon that my sister Coral had written her testimony in. I shared how much it meant to me to give this to her and to really find out for herself. The spirit was so strong that I thought a fire would just bursted out of the oven and engulfed us all.
Then on our return
appointment this coming week she said some touching words. After bearing her testimony of her coming to know that the church was true, she then stated that, I hope in the future that I too can give you a Book of Mormon with my testimony, that way you can give it to someone like me.'' Wow... Music in a missionary's ear, I was with out speech! If only all young men would strive to go on a mission and experience the magnitude of the spirit and the miracles that follow and lives are changed forever! She as well as her auntie Candice who we are teaching will now be making there first steps into baptism on March 12. What a glorious day that will be as angels rejoice.
I love you all and wish I could share more in detail, but
what joy and love that comes from being a Representative of Christ!

Love Elder Gardner

14 February 2011

14 February 2011

Aloha Everyone,
Another incredible spiritual week has gone by like as if it was an hour ago. I just wish I could describe in detail the experiences received by going on a mission, especially the spiritual ones. Though I'll try, and share some stories of how i'm doing out in the mission field of Ka'u Hawaii.
But first I want to share a wonderful poem a missionary shared with me on exchanges.
Missionary ----
Don't get sore if they call you green,
Just stop and think what they really mean.
Your young, your growing and full of life.
Ready to battle all trouble and strife.
Just come right back and say, you bet,
Hope I'm green a while yet.
For this should never be forgotten,
That after "Ripe come Rotten!"
WHat a meaning ful poem that can apply to everything not just missionary work. Whether it be in a job, or cleaning the house, we can all green a while more. For truely rotton comes after ripe. Though unless your dry them before they go rotten. say's Sister Antolin our Relief Society President. Ha ha.
It's always a pleasant feeling when you know you were used in God's hand to accomplish his work or to answer a prayer. Later this week we ended up calling a family and stopping by when we were in the area. Soon after we found out that she just got off the phone with her husband exclaiming she was in need of a blessing. Shortly after she hung up we called and was able to offer her a blessing. I really see how important it is to always remain worthy of the priesthood we bear. The authority to act in God's name, isn't a light task to be thought of as I came to my deep understanding. But it was great to be a tool in God's hand for a simple act of random kindness (ARK).
Also this week we had just finished up tracking a street, got in our car and headed back to our pad to fill our ever so empty stomachs. Yet on the drive there I passed a very familiar car who I recognized after a few seconds had passed. So ever small and quiet I really felt to turn around and follow her to her house. It almost felt like I acted on reaction and next thing I knew I was pulling a U turn in the middle of the road catching up. After following her just a few seconds i noticed she passed her house and kept driving and was making a loop around the subdivision. First I felt dumb thinking that she probably thought i was some werid man following her and she was trying to dodge me. So I gave her a call, and she didn't even know I was behind her, she just forgot to pick up her daughter from school and was turning around. But the great climax of the story is that we were able to set up a time to visit her. I didn't think much about it until now as I look back at the result. As of now we have taught her almost everyday as well as her extended family who all now have a Baptismal date for March 12. Her life in just this short time has completely turned around as we see the joy she has now in her heart knowing the truth of the Book of Mormon, and living the commitments we have left. This are the times I will never forget for the rest of my life. That I'm able to be that tool in God's hand to completey change there life where they come closer to God and our savior then they ever have before. "Shall we not go on is so great a cause?" (Joseph Smith Jr.) Pretty soon that family will be taking the steps to baptism as one of our soon to be members will be baptized tonight. What joy it brings to my heart.
HAPPY VALENTINES!!
Love, Elder Gardner

07 February 2011

7 February 2011


Last week was the best week in personal progression, but now this week was the best week I've ever seen toward success in the area. All our diligence, and and great help from our Heavenly Father has really paid off. It's been a really satisfying, and full filling week as we taught more then double the amount then previous weeks. Some times I feel like my spirit is just going to burst out of me I get to excited! If only all young men would choose to go on a mission. In all though I can't wait to see what this week has to bring and hope to keep up the steady progress. I thought time was flying before but now I seem to forget that I even feel asleep and a new day has arrived.
I really liked what missionary shared with me. He explained that missionaries that compliment there companion's differences and work with there similarities find the most success in companion unity. What great advice that can be implemented in all aspects of life where in be with friends or our spouse. Hopefully I can practice now so it won't be so hard when I'm married.
I don't know if it's my long strides or the habit my dad taught me but I haven't had a companion yet to keep up with my pace of walking. In time...
I recommend not playing basketball with just your bare feet. Last P-day the zone got together to go bowling yet they were closed to wax the floors. And everyone was in the whites and didn't bring casual attire. Well that doesn't stop some missionaries to get a work out. So instead we played some basketball in our whites. We didn't' want to ruin our shoes so we all wore socks or bare feet. Lesson learned, unless you have calaced feet which being a missionary I have none. The next 3 day's was walking on quarter sized blisters. ha.
Thanks for all the letters and support! I love you all
Love, Elder Gardner

31 January 2011

31 January 2011


Aloha Everyone,

Ok so I take back all the other weeks. This week was the best week on my mission so far, and I hope next week will surpass this week. A lot of it has to do with just me personally developing into what God has intended for me.
The mission this transfer called 4 Assistants to the President and 2 of them are called traveling assistants. Being that we are all spread out in different islands it's hard for the president to get to see everyone. For example he has never been out here in Ka'u. Maybe someday in the future. So this week the traveling assistants were in our zone going on an exchange everyday with all the missionaries. Lucky the Elder who came with us got to stay for 2 days. I can't even begin about how much I learned from a very experience Elder whom I can say changed my mission. Lucky though for the traveling assistants, they get to see every island and area.
While tracking we ran into a full blown atheist like all missionaries do, and as always it never gets anywhere. He could of gone on for hours trying to rebuke us, and it doesn't help that the first thing he says is I eat you guys for breakfast. Ha, ha. That's not a nice way to start a conversation. After cutting him off and leaving his friend pulled into his driveway. "you just missed the Mormon's, I tore them apart and this and that...yada...yada." haha all I can say is at least we help some have a good day and feel good about them selves ha.
Saturday we had our huge movie night for the community. For the last 3 weeks we've been advertising it to everyone. Though sadly it wasn't as big as a turn out as I thought it was still successful! We watched Joseph Smith: the prophet of the restoration. I would have to say it's one of my favorite movies! It is so powerful and can be hard to hold back the emotions as we see what he really went through. How could such a man go through such persecution and still preach the gospel. No wicked man would do such a thing unless it was of God.
I love you all
Elder Gardner

24 January 2011

24 January 2011


Aloha Everyone,
Just a short email about my first full week with my new companion Elder Pincock. I would have to say it has been another one of my favorite weeks on the learning side. It has been a very successful week in Ka'u and hope to see it continue to grow. There's a lot of potential that is starting to spark with the ward.
Though I"m pretty lucky to now have 3 companions that we get along with very well! We both are learning at such a rapid rate, especially now that I'm the one setting the example for my new companion. I don't have an older companion to rely back on, so it's helped me to really learn how to solve situations that come up and put my trust in the lord. By doing so my testimony has grown immensely! I always knew it was true that if you put all your trust in the lord by being strictly obedient, you would always be taken care of through the rough patches of life. But now I have a testimony of experience for myself. At times I can remember me being pretty worried about making sure everything turnout how it's suppose to. Yet, I see now that if we worry, we have a lack of faith and through mighty prayer my relationship with the lord has become 1 in purpose. That's when missionary work become so fulfilling and then time fly's by.
Wed was the coldest day I've experience so far. It was so cold I had to wear a jacket all day! ha ha. I dropped clear down the 55 degrees! Everyone stayed inside that day, which was good for us, we got to get to talk to a lot of people.
I've come to such a great excitement to talk to everyone and anyone. I love talking about the gospel, especially now coming to a great realization giving everyone an opportunity to change there live around. I just love. How great is my calling!
Thank you for all you do!

LOVE ELDER GARDNER

18 January 2011

17 January 2011


Aloha Everyone,

What an exciting and exhilarating week it has been. Being that this week was transfers my last companion (Matt Killian now) has finished his mission and went back to his family. He left Wed morning, and I have to say it was harder then leaving my family at the MTC. Being with him the last 3 months have brought us closer then just brothers. I guess you could say spiritual brothers bonded together with a unified purpose with the Lord. I'm so fortunate to have been companions with a spectacular missionary that he was and in doing so taught me life long lessons I'll never forget.
On Monday we were eating with one of Elder Killian's Recent Converts who happened to be in the area and wanted to feed us. Though during are time with her, we received a call from our Mission President, Pres. Dalton. So I stepped outside to be able to hear and he informed me that I have been called by the lord to be a trainer for the up coming transfer. All I could say was, "wow." I was with out speech and couldn't believe it. So here I am now training my new companion Elder Pincock who is from Highland Utah around 30 mins away from where I stay.
He's a wonderful Elder and it's fascinating to see how just being out on a mission for around 5 months has brought so much change for the positive. Though I would have to say the first couple days were pretty rocky but as of now we are doing just great together. I'm pretty lucky to have now 3 great companions that I get along with really well.
But the best part about this week would involve reflecting back to my past. For the most I believe most of you heard about my snowboarding accident I had a few years ago where I had to be life flighted to the hospital. Well coming to find out that my companion also has a love for snowboarding, along with his cousin. So on the way back from picking up Elder Pincock from the airport we were talking about snowboarding and my story was brought up. Then the unthinkable happened and we got in a head on collision with another car...ha nah I'm kidding but still the unthinkable was revealed. Elder Pincock's cousin is the one who went of the jump and landed on my neck. They thought that they had killed me after hearing that the paramedics said I was leaking spinal fluid etc...well the story has now been unfolded and It still dazzles me the connection we have ha.
It's truly been a blessing to have the opportunity to train where I have to put my trust in the Lord and see how he truly does bless us when we put him first and are strictly obedient.
I love you all!
Love,
Elder Gardner