Week 83

Lots of pictures this week. Another baptism. Finally pictures with President Hall and Sister Hall. Last week with mission president and ready for the new president to come. He is nervous about it but I am sure that it will great.
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Tanner is trying to figure out how he can go to the MTC to see a missionary from home, Emma. He has not figured it out yet bu he still had three weeks before she leaves.
Tanner shared the final letter that he received from President Hall. It is a nice letter and shows the love that he has for his missionaries. I am grateful that they have someone that helps them learn to be great adults when they come home. Here it is:
Thank you very much for your letter. I want you to know how much I love you. Elder and I’m grateful for you. I saw young man come here who lack confidence and self-esteem and I think even like somewhat in his conversion and testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ and now I see a young man his I had the opportunity why with you last week has matured, spiritually, you have matured clearly and greatly and you now have a testimony of Jesus Christ and of his atonement. You have a testimony of the prophet Joseph Smith and that he truly restored the gospel, you’re gaining a stronger testimony every day of hard work and of obedience and of your desire to give everything to the work of salvation. You’re learning that if you want to have success in life, you listen to and follow the Council of living prophets. Please follow always follow the words of a living prophet because if you do other you will see that you will have tremendous success and what you are called to do, whether it’s in the church or outside the church in your personal business. You’re a fine young man. Elder continue through hard work and obedience to increase your self-esteem in knowing who you really are a wonderful and one of the elect sons of God and I testify that you are. I love you very much and I’m grateful for the work you did in the office in the work you’re doing in the field. I will see you again. Elder, I will look forward to seeing you again in my life. I love you very much, Pres. Hall
Tanner is helping a sister in his ward with family history and he shared this website with us. https://www.relativefinder.org
Tanner was telling us about some of investigators and how it was going. “Well, we are going to start teaching one of the member’s girlfriend this week. She wants to join the church already and has been going to church for a while now. We are going to make sure she is doing it because she believes it not for her boy friend but I believe she knows its true.’

Week 82

Happy Father’s Day!!! Tanner sent a picture of a old truck for his dad for father’s day. He saw it one day when out contacting and knew that his dad would appreciate it .
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Tanner said “We are still trying to find new investigators, we don’t have many. Most of the ones we find lately are crazy people who tell us a bunch of insane stuff. I am getting along with him well. We’re always joking around and laughing together but of course we are working hard too. He has a harder time with the rules and doesn’t like to follow them as much, but so far he is being obedient and we haven’t had any problems yet. ” (Tanner was talking about his companion)
It is the raining season and that is not Tanner’s favorite time of the year. I told him that he will probably miss it when he comes home and it is hot and no rain. He said that he will be happy to home in the Vegas dry air until it gets hot.

Week 81

Tanner is working hard and had another baptism. She had been going to church for over a year and decided that it was time to get baptized. Her two children have already been baptized and now it was her turn. Tanner said that he really had nothing to do with this baptism because she was already ready before he got there. He said,”I put a lot of hope in people, maybe more than I should. But as missionaries we are here to harvest people who are ready to follow Christ and repent. We are not here to only plant seeds. We are here to harvest. But one day it will be Antonio’s time and he will be ready to harvest. At least that is my hope.”As Tanner learns of changes at home with family, he realizes that things will be different when he returns. He quoted Ozzy Osbourne “Its like Ozzy Osbourne says in,”Mama I´m Coming Home”. He says something like,”times are long, times are strange, here I come but I ain’t the same, Mama I’m coming home.” I may have just butchered that but its been so long since I have heard it. I am glad people still remember me though. haha. I am surprised they all know the exact time I have left. 5 months, that is weird, you can count it on one hand now. Its scary.” Tanner was surprised that family beside his mom and sister know how many months he has left. I think that it makes him feel good to know that someone else thinks about him too. Not sure that quoting hard rock songs while on a mission is the right thing but that is Tanner. He said that he got his love of hard rock from his dad and mom. Great thing for us to pass on to our kids.

Week 80

Tanner is keeping busy and staying healthy. So far he seems to like his new companion and said that he seems to be cool and likes to follow the rules. I am grateful that Tanner has had some good companions so far in his mission. I know that he has learned from them and I hope that he has taught them something too.
The Mexico City MTC is in his zone and he said that is so weird to think that there are people he knows just on the other side of the wall in his area. If they has a reason to go to the MTC they can go. He was there a couple of weeks ago because they had an appointment with a member there. It would be so cool if he could go when someone he knows was there and be able to see them.
Part of Tanner’s email this week………I had my last interview with President Hall. well my last in the mission, he told me he is going to find me and visit me my whole life, even after he dies he wants to haunt me. Great. Well I asked President what I can do better and what I am doing well. He told me I have come a long way and that when I got in the mission I was very unsure and I was afraid of my own shadow. But now I have a lot more confidence and a firmer testimony. He told me the same things he always tells everyone to improve on. Work, obedience, love, and faith. He says I need to increase my faith and to do that I need to work hard and by working hard I won’t ever have time to even think about being disobedient because I am so busy working. And I need to learn to say I love you more because he told me he knows it is still hard for me to say it. Its true.
Then afterwards he asked if I had anything else I thought about asking him about what I should study but decided against it. So i told him that was all I had. Then he asked me,”what are you going to do after your mission?” I told him I didn’t know. He said he didn’t know either and he said I will be fine if I don’t think about it in the mission, in fact I will probably be better off. He said when he got home he prayed and decided to study business not knowing what to do with it but knowing he wanted to be his own boss. Then after he graduated his dad found a gas station and told President Hall he would help him buy it and then he could start a gas station. Well President took the opportunity. And long story short he is a billionaire right now. He has gas stations in 48 states and is very rich. and you would never even know it by the way he dresses or anything. He helps so many people with his money. So I have decided I will think about it after the mission and pray and the Lord will help me to know what to do. But I also need to stick to those 4 things for all my life: work, obedience, love, and faith. President has always taught me those are the keys to success in everything.
I am so grateful for the guidance of his mission president. I know that he was called by God to help these young missionaries. I am grateful for the growth that Tanner has shown and I look forward to seeing in person how much he has grown.

Week 79

Tanner said that this was the weirdest week of his mission. Well I baptized this week… with Elder Tate. We started the week in a trio with Elder Gardenhire and then on Wednesday after my class Elder Gardenhire told me I had to go to the other side of the mission with Elder Tate, so I went. Its cause Elder Tate’s companion got sent home early for disobedience so president sent two Vegas kids together. And it was fun and we had a baptism. And then on Saturday they told me Elder Montiel was going to leave my area and now that I have returned to Ventisca I have a new companion. Elder Gomez. He is not the same as my trainer. He is a different one. he seems cool though but we’ll see. He actually goes home the same time I do as well. but we are going to baptize a sister not this week but next week and then two weeks after her we have a brother we are baptizing. I am excited.
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Tanner is still district leader. His new companion Elder Gomez is from Acapulco, Mexico and goes home the same time as Tanner.
I hope that Tanner is liking change because he sure has have alot of it lately.
Tanner sent a link to a great article from the Ensign. Life changing Talk……….https://www.lds.org/ensign/2013/09/his-grace-is-sufficient?lang=eng

Week 78

Tanner has been busy with some investigators that will be ready to be baptized soon. While at a meeting he learned that a family that he was teaching in the La Presa area was baptized and will be getting ready for marriage soon. Another family that he taught with Elder Gomez was also baptized a few weeks ago. The church is growing!
Transfers are next week and Tanner does not think that he will be transferred but he did not think that he would be transferred last time and he was. And he never thought that he would be district leader because his numbers were not as good as everyone else. He said, But there is something the Lord sees in me that I don’t and I just need to trust in Him and do my work. ” Love that quote.
We included this poem with his email and Tanner said that it was right on.

“This poem just about sums up a mission and life:

A mission is a strange experience

It is a trial and a test.

A mission throws at you the worst

Yet, teaches you the best.

I’ve never been so happy,

I’ve never been so depressed.

I’ve never felt so forsaken,

I’ve never felt so blessed.

I’ve never been so confused,

Things have never been so clear.

I’ve never felt my Heavenly Father so distant,

He’s never been so near.

I’ve never been so discouraged,

I’ve never been so full of hope.

I feel I could go on for forever,

I think I’ve come to the end of my rope.

I’ve never had it quite so easy,

I’ve never had it quite so tough.

Things have never been so smooth,

Things have never been so rough.

I’ve never traveled through more valleys,

I’ve never ascended more peaks.

I’ve never met so many nice people.

I’ve never met so many freaks!

I’ve never had so many ups,

I’ve never had so many downs.

I’ve never worn so many smiles,

I’ve never had so many frowns.

I’ve never been so lonely,

I’ve never had so many friends.

BOY, I hope this is over soon,

GOSH, I hope this never ends. 2