I hope you all had an aboslutely amazing day!!!!!!! :) You are all constantly in my prayers and I know the rough river is polishing you all. You are stronger better people than the family I left and I am so glad to be a part of you.
It's been a long hard GOOD week here in Santa Fe!
It's been FREEZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm not exactly sure as to the whole situation, but there have been black outs and gas outages all over Texas and Santa Fe lately. They ran out of natural gas or something. And it's just so happened to be the coldest week here since the 90's. FREEZING. We've had to leave all our water running to keep pipes from freezing and we've learned how to bundle up! Than, you SOO much for the warm clothes... they've helped so much. Now I know why they eat so much hot food here..... it makes you feel warm even when you're not. :) Our Jalepenos have been put to good use this week.... never thought I'd like to snack on them..... ha. How we change.
It's been a neat opportunity to see our stake and branch unify in the crisis though. Of helping each other stay warm and stay strengthened.
Our investigators are progressing trememdously this week. Estrella is going to be baptized so soon!!! I am SO excited for her! She will be a lifelong friend! Her family is so closely following. I am amazed at the miracle and it's been so incredible to see her testimony grow over the past few months. She is so strong. So good.
A large miracle this week has been Miguel Angel. He is such a sweet man. His daughters are our age and live with him. Their friend their age passed away last week from Leukemia. They've had a very difficult time. It was so neat to speak with him about the plan of salvation. He was very sweet and concerned about Dad.... especially since they are the same age. He always asks about him and asks if he can do anything. I am amazed at his faith and how he has been progressing. He came to church for the first time this sunday............ I can't count the blessings. I love these people.
Sunday we had the INCREDIBLE opportunity to listen to President Monson, Elder Ballard, and Sister Dibb this sunday for stake conference.... they broadcasted for Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. It was amazing. It was absolutely the best sunday we've had EVER! SOOOOO many miracles happened. SO many came to church that we've been trying to get to come for so long! It was an absolute miracle!!! I've begun to see how SO many more of them happen when we have true faith in them. I am amazed at how absolutely incredibly happy I can be.
The line that stuck out to me the most from Thomas S. Monson's talk was the phrase "Leave your nets and follow me"... That scripture never stood out to me so much before but this week it did. Whatever our 'nets' are....... the things that hold us from the true focus in life, the true happines.... our real purpose..... they just plain aren't worth our worry. They are worth our work and effort, but sometimes we must leave them behind and follow him. He will take care of you. He will provide. Whatever your most difficult care or worry is this week............ trust him. Leave your nets and follow him.
“He is your beloved Heavenly Father, who seeks your good, your happiness. He desires with all the love of a perfect and pure Father that you reach your supernal destination. . . . All you have to do is trust your Heavenly Father. Trust Him enough to follow His plan.”
I want you to know I love you all dearly and with all of my heart.
Please be strong.
Let the nets go.
He will take care of you.
And I still love and miss you,
P.S. Found out this funny side note this week............. My literal spanish name: Lindsay Lorraine Jardine Gardner (translation can be, Seed Garden Gardner....... The joke is I need to marry a 'Flores' because they my name could be seed garden gardner of flowers... ha............... I love my heritage!!! :)
"There are those among you who, although young, have already suffered a full measure of grief and sorrow. My heart is filled with compassion and love for you. How dear you are to the Church. How beloved you are of your Heavenly Father. Though it may seem that you are alone, angels attend you. Though you may feel that no one can understand the depth of your despair, our Savior, Jesus Christ, understands. He suffered more than we can possibly imagine, and He did it for us; He did it for you. You are not alone."
"Faith as the assurance of things hoped for looks to the future. This assurance is founded upon a correct understanding about, and trust in, God and enables us to 'press forward' (2 Nephi 31:20) into uncertain and often challenging situations in the service of the Savior."