Monday, September 26, 2016

Lots of Craziness....

I don't have a lot to say today. I'm doing great, we are working hard to help people here in San Igancio gain a testimony of Jesus Christ. 

I think in this week I saw more Marijuana than in all my life. This week was the Independence week in Belize and on Wednesday people got a little out of hand. Lots of drinking, fireworks, parties, and especially marijuana. We were talking to some relatives of a lady named Sister Kay and then literally 15 minutes later we saw them hiding under a street in a drainage smoking marijuana. The amount of marijuana consumed and the thickness of their blunts are ridiculous. 

I went to Bullet Tree this week on an interchange, we saw some Mormons there and we took a picture with them. They were visiting from Utah to Belize. The house we have in Bullet Tree is terrible, I had to shower with a hose. Also the water looks like chocolate milk, I hope we can find those elders a new house soon. 

It is great to talk with the people here in Belize, they are pretty nice usually and are interested in talking with us(not usually to listen to our message however). I'm grateful for the mission, and I'm excited for General Conference next week. 

Everyone have a nice week,

Elder Gardner

Monday, September 19, 2016

San Ignacio

Hey everyone!

I had a great week here in my new area, San Ignacio. There are a lot of great people here and I spent the week meeting people and getting to know my way around. That is always fun and happens every time that you get a new area. I've become good at learning my areas, this area is really awesome and I hope to be able to be here for a while. I'm excited to be here in San Ignacio, there are many good members and there is a lot of potential for growth here in the branch. 

I'm doing good health-wise, there is a lady who cooks for us named Sister Kay. She is super nice and is a very good cook, she gives us a lot of food and she loves the missionaries. She is a very strong member in the church and I think she has 6 callings on the branch and district level, she recently returned from a trip to the U.S. She is awesome and has treated us very well, it looks like I'll be eating very well during my time here in San Ignacio. 

It cooled down a little bit this week, mostly we just got some cloud cover which feels great. The humidity still causes me to sweat but it is all good. 

I'm grateful to be in the service of the Lord, I'm happy and healthy and all is well. I hope you all have a great week back in Idaho, enjoy that nice dry fall weather. 

Take Care, 

Elder Gardner 

Monday, September 12, 2016

4 Transfers, 4 Areas, My Belizean Tour Continues

Tomorrow I will leave Benque Viejo and go to another area. This will be the 4th consecutive transfer where I have moved areas, I've never heard of that happening before in the mission. But, I'm enjoying my tour of Belize. I show up to a place, I do the missionary work there for 6 weeks and then, I'M GONE!!! Now I will be companions with Elder Mejia from Mexico, we will be zone leaders over a large zone of 18 missionaries. So it'll be a lot of work and a lot of fun. 

It was a very rewarding week here in Benque, 3 adult males members of the church here in Benque came back this last weekend. It is great to see people who have fallen away from the gospel come back. They can feel the lack of something in their lives, and they rediscover it once again when they return. It is great to see people find happiness and inner peace. I hope these three great guys can provide some desperately needed leadership to the group here in Benque.

In this life we have the commandments, they are instructions from a loving Heavenly Father to a happy, abundant, and fulfilling life. When we keep the commandments of God, we are happy, have less problems, and receive blessings. When we disobey we lose blessings and lose opportunities to have a fulness of happiness. I don't care where people live or whether or not they are Mormons, Catholics, Atheists, Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, Jews, or whatever. As individuals, as families, as nations, we will prosper as we keep the commandments of God. We have the instructions to a happy life and we only need follow them. I just wish people would see the moral decayment of our society, see the truth, and have their horizons broadened and filled with light.

I'm doing well, always slightly sunburnt. I'm going to a new area tomorrow, it is only about 20 minutes away so I'm going to pack my bags today, say goodbye, and I'll be a gone tomorrow at the break of dawn. 

I have less than 10 months left, that is crazy. I heard a house blasting some country music the other day and I was reminded of Idaho, I thought "wow, it's not too far off". Time flies by and you really got to make the best of each day, there's really no reason to be sad. Especially if you keep an eternal perspective in mind. 

I hope everyone has a good week, I send my best regards to all. 

With Love, 

Elder Gardner

Monday, September 5, 2016

Interchanges and "Emergency Interchanges"

Going to miss Elder Ostler
This has been a wild week. I had a two day interchange this week with the assistants to the president. I went with Elder Hacking to Belize City for a couple of days, but while on the interchange we were informed that Elder Ostler and I would have emergency changes. 

So basically I went up to Belize City for 2 days with a different companion, and then I returned to my original area, Benque, with a new companion. His name is Elder Johnson, I have a week to teach him the area because they are going to be taking both Elder Ostler and I out of this area. So, it looks like I'll have my 4th area in 4 transfers. This has been a crazy time! I feel like a hot potato, I just keep getting passed around!

It was nice to go up to Belize City, I got to speak criole for a couple of days which is always fun (if you can understand). It is basically messed up english, but if you listen and study a little bit you can start to understand it. It was also nice to go around in the truck with A/C with Elder Hacking for a few days, it almost felt unreal. I feel like a VIP going around in the dumpy truck they have, I also remembered when it was normal to go around in a car. 

We have been working hard here in Benque and we've been able to see some of the fruits of our labor. Many more members here have begun to regularly read their scriptures and say their prayers. We've tried to strengthen the members here and help some of the leaders come back to church, especially the adults that have the priesthood. It has been very cool to see the changes in these people as they try to repent and come closer to Christ. 

It's been hot here. But we've been working hard and I feel satisfied in my work, I hope that these people can continue faithful because they have good hearts and the gospel brings joy to them. I wish all would live the gospel because they would realize that it is a gospel of hope, joy, peace and love that has the power to change the world. 

Everybody have a great week,

Elder Gardner