Sunday, September 6, 2015

2015.08.31 Independencia


hey look at that spanisssssh. yes I have learned a word or two in this year i have been here. Here´s something crazy: I come home in exactly one year. Literally I will be getting of of the plane (in burbank) at about this time (10am p.t) on a wednesday. that´s pretty neat. but lets look at the good side, I still have one year and that´s a lot of time, so we don´t have to worry about any of that.

This week was a super good week. It was tough and we basically lost all of our investigators, but that´s ok. The other two missionaries that share the area with us lost all of their investigators too, and they work really hard, so looks like it´s back to the drawing board(maybe literally, although there isn´t really a park in this area to do another mural.) but the truth is marching on no matter.

oh what did thanny talk about? tell him not to worry. One of the talks I gave when I was his age, i couldn´t figure out how to say "economic" and I thought I sounded like a goof ball. I haven´t given a talk since I´ve gotten to this ward, I gave one when I got here, but the bishop asked me to prepare a 15 minute talk, but I was the last to speak and there were only five minutes left, so I was there with my 15 minute talk, given in a brief summary, kind of a bummer but oh well.

I was studying 1 nephi 8 this week ,and there are a lot of great things that we can learn from that chapter. With the help of latter chapters in 1 nephi along with the teachings of the modern prophets and apostles, we can learn so much more. I was reading a talk by Elder Bednar, and he talks about the people that tried to reach the tree of life. The first group mentioned in the dream headed towards the tree, but they got caught in the vapor of darkness and were lost. They did not grab on to the iron rod. The second group grabed on to the rod, and made it through the darkness and to the tree, and partook of the fruit, but after that they saw and heard the people of the great and spacious building and they were ashamed and fell into forbidden pathways. The third group, held on to the rod [constantly] and made it to the tree and partook of the fruit. they did not heed to the mockings or gestures of the people in the spacious building. The key was the rod, and what is the rod? why it´s the word of God of course! The third group held constantly to the word of God, meaning that they were constantly reading, studying, pondering and applying the scriptures. The second group might have read them on occasion, but they didn´t scrutinze them or read them everyday. that´s how we can endure to the end, by reading the scriptures everyday (and in the morning for that burst of power.) What we shouted in primary was true: Scripture Power! Keeps Me Safe From Sin! Scripture Power Is The Power To Win! Scripture Power! Everyday I Need, The Power That I get Each Time I Read! I can really understand the power of the scriptures being a missionary, and I hope you can too. The talk of Elder Bednar was in 2011 october of the Liahona.

Well I hope you have a great week!


Elder Garner

dont have any recent pictures so heres a cool bochito (VW bug)

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