Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Hey Family!!!!
Hope all of you had a great Thanksgiving!
Well last week Elder Wenz got sick and we were stuck in until Saturday. So we missed Thanksgiving. We ended up having to cancel our two dinners. It sucked but at least I didn't have to eat two dinners! I got sick yesterday with an intense cold, so we only worked half the week and we still had one of the best weeks I have had on my mission. We have been picking up a lot of former investigators, I'm excited to go and teach them all! We have been working hard and the Lord is really blessing us.
Two Sundays ago this girl came up to Elder Wenz and I and she said she wants to be baptized. I was so blow away I had no clue what to say but ok! We asked her some questions and apparently she has been going to church and seminary for THREE years, but her mom said that she didn't want her to be baptized. So Nancy (the girl who wants to be baptized) said she would wait until she was 18, and she turns 18 on December 18th! She told us that she wants to be baptized on New Years Eve! I'm so excited to start teaching her on the 18th! 
That truly is a tender mercy from the Lord. We have been working so hard and all of the sudden some one came up and said "I want to be baptized", what a testimony builder that is! 
The work is getting easier and a lot more fun!
Hope all is well with you!
Love you 
Elder Garrett

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hey Family!!!!!
So my new companion, Elder Wenz is so cool! He is from Louisville, Kentucky!
 We have been working so hard the past week. We have been teaching lessons non stop! We have taught around 8 lessons in 5 days! We have 3 new solid investigators that are really excited about what we are teaching them and they invited us to come back. Elder Wenz and I work well together! Our teaching styles go well together and our testimonies feed off of each others. Its really amazing to see the spirit teach someone rather than us teach them. I have realized that the Holy Ghost is a way better teacher than me or any other missionary out there!
 We live with the zone leaders still! The one that was kind of not so nice and not happy at all left! The new Zone Leader, Schiess is amazing! I'm learning so much! He is teaching me things my trainer should of but didn't for some reason, so I'm really excited about it. 
 I'm so excited for Thanksgiving!! We have two dinners set up! Its going to be a rough day though.
 Oh, my new Companion Elder Wenz has only been out 5 months so its almost like we are training each other! President Castro is doing some really crazy things with leadership and trainers! I'm so excited about this transfer! I'm already learning so much from Elder Wenz!
 Bakersfield is weird its so cold here now, its around 40 degrees right now. I thought I was going to California not Canada!!! The nights are freezing, its hard falling asleep. I'm so greatfull for the coat that you sent me!  I have been using both the coats and my suit jacket! Its rough but at least I'm on a bike now. The other day we road 24 miles, it was such a long day but I slept like a baby!
Last Night we met this guy named Mike at the Wal Mart Parking lot. He was really nice! He is Baptist and wasn't interested in listening to us at all, but we were persistent and started talking about modern day prophets and how they are called of God just like Moses and Noah. He opened up and about the idea of talking to us and we told him that we have a uniuqe message about the fullness of Christ's Gospel on the earth today. He was so interested by the time the spirit was done with him he wanted to meet with us!
The Holy Ghost works in great ways that help us do this work as missionaries. I'm so greatful to be out here during this time of my life. I hope that you all have a great Thanksgiving! Its going to be weird being away from home for the holidays though.
I love you all! and hope all is well!
Elder Garrett
ps.. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A VERY Short Letter


Well I'm not getting transferred! I figured I wouldn't. BUT I am getting a new companion! His name is Elder Wuenz. He is aparently new. But he is a really good missionary!

This week was long but very successful. We taught this young couple who has a firm testimony in Christ. They want us to come back and see them.

Its hard having this great message but no one wants to listen to it!

But I gotta go.. Elder Campbell has physical therapy. Sorry about the lack of news. I will have more next week!

Love, Elder Garrett

Friday, November 11, 2011

Well this is the last week in the transfer! So I wont find out if I'm being transferred next Monday morning!

But the big news of the week, the Lord has blessed me and my companion with a car! ha ha! Now we can go out and do work! We have been going crazy and talking to everyone we see!

Well our day..
 6:30am try to wake up and work out
7:00am Breakfast/get ready for the day
8:00am Personal study
9:00am Companion study
11:00am we usually tract
12:30pm lunch
1:30pm we go see potential investigators
5:30pm Dinner with a member every day!
7:00pm Back to Proselyting or lessons
9:00 pm HOME
10:30pm Bed

That's my day. I love going out and talking to random strangers! It makes me laugh most of the time cause every one has some crazy idea about us not believing in Christ already! ha ha
Well nothing too crazy or interesting happened this week. So nothing to report.

But you should send letters to the mission office this week unless you send it before November 9th. If your going to send me a package just send it to the mission office!

Well love you sooo much!!!!
Miss you all

Elder Garrett

*Side note from Ashley: Sorry I didn't post this earlier in the week, but remember that if you are sending a LETTER OR A PACKAGE please send it to the mission office (address on the right side bar of the blog).  And I'll try to be better about updating the blog when I get the letters.  :)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

A Happy Halloween From Elder Garrett

Well this week let me see.... last Monday my companion hurt his knee so we really cant ride bikes that often or walk for that matter so we have been stuck inside all day and have been studying sooo much. It sucks but it is very good at the same time. We talked to Sister Castro (the Mission President's wife) about it and she said that he would most likely be transfered to a car area. So we will see what happens next week. ( I cant believe that the transfer is almost over! its crazy)
This area is tough. There is a lot of work that needs to be done, a lot of people dont really like talking to the missionaries.. well they love talking to us but not about the gospel. So that is very frustrating and discouraging, but Heavenly Father is just trying to teach me something! Just got to figure out what it is now ha ha.
This week was pretty slow nothing new really happened.. sorry.
I got the packages that you've sent! Thank you so much! Including the pants and the bread they both were welcomed! haha. 
I have become good friends with Elder Haws from Chandler Arizona! He is so cool. His cousin is Tyler Haws (the BYU basketball star ha ha) He is in the area right next to me and speaks Spanish. He is a stud! 
Well love you all!
Love Elder Garrett