Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Last Week...!!!!!!

Dear Family,

This is the last email that you will recieve from me, because I will be traveling to the city next Monday and there really is no reason to write... because I will see yall on Wednesday. Because this is my last email, I would just like to leave yall with a portion of my testimony:

Mi misión ha sido unas de las mas grandes bendiciones en mi vida. Yo he visto como he cambiado, y como me he acercaba al Señor. Amo el Señor. Yo sé que me ha cuidado, y que me ama, y que me ha fortalecido. Yo he visto tantos milagros en mi misión, no puedo negarlo. Yo sé que ésta es la iglesia verdadera. No hay otra. El Sacerdocio es real, sé que es el poder de Dios. Sé con toda certeza que el Libro de Mormón es verdadero, es tan perfecto. Yo sé que por medio del Evangelio y los templos podemos lograr nuestra Exaltación y vivir juntos para siempre. 

Yo amo a Panamá, amo la misión, amo Jesucristo. Sé que por medio de Él podemos ser limpios de nuestros pecados, y podemos llegar a ser santos.

Les amo! Tengan una buena semana! Nos vemos la proxima :D

Con amor,

Hermana Eardley

Monday, February 1, 2016


Querido Familia,

Bueno, primero que todo esta semana fue buenísimo! Chuso mi compañera y yo echamos fuego! Esta semana encontramos a 11 personas nuevas y 5 de ellas aceptaron una fecha bautismal, sé que ya no vamos a tener bautismos aquí antes que me voy, pero me siento muy feliz porque en verdad quería dejar este área mejor de cuando lo encontré. 

Esta semana fuimos a Boquete para un p-day de distrito. Fue bien cheveré porque pudimos ver el río y un castillo y también fuimos a la feria de Boquete que es la cosa mas famosa el todo el año. Fue muy bonito todo y ya pude ver el cuidado que las personas tienen que tener para poder hacerlo. 

Bueno, mis zapatos ya finalmente murieron.. mi líder de distrito y mi compañera me mandaron a Payless a comprar nuevos... es que los otros tenían huecos y el calor del pavemiento me quemo los pies casi todos los días. Bueno, ya paso... y tengo nuevos zapatos. 

En el curso de este semana, yo he reflexionado bastante el lo que significa tener una "verdadera intensión". Es muy interesante a ver el "por que" de las cosas. De verdad, el éxito que tenemos en nuestras obras depende de nuestra deseo. Ya voy a escribir en inglés para que pueden entenderme.  When we do things with a sincere heart, and real intent, we are more able to accomplish what we desired, and we can see that our works bring forth good fruit. I have reflected a lot on why I do the things that I do. I have found that it also relates a lot with Charity. I have developed this profound love for the people here, for my companion, for my area. I have gained this grand desire to help them in every way possible. I dont get up every morning, pray, study, work, sweat, get rejected, and eat rice just because it fits my fancy.. honestly I am not a fan, but I love the Lord, and I love to serve Him and my fellow men. I have learned to develop an Internal Motivation: Love. It applies to all of us and our lives, If we have an internal motivation to do something, its almost certain that we will accomplish it... for example if I study the scriptures every day because the prophet tells me to, it probably wont happen, but if I study them because I have a desire to know the word of God, its very likely that I will do it. 

I ran out of time... love yall so much!

Love, Hermana Eardley

Monday, January 25, 2016

Dear Family,

This week, ya, I am doing really good. We had a ton of meetings during the week and we had one of our converts get sick, but I feel good about what we have done and we have seen the fruits of some of our labors. 

Like I mentioned last week, we decided to hike the Cerro Punta mountain... My legs hurt for a few days, but now they are fine and my muscles are hard as rocks. My chest hurt the first day too, but that was for the extremeness in elevation change. Now I am fine.

This last Wednesday we got to be part of the Missionary World Wide Transmission with the First Presidency. The topic was: Teach Repentance and Baptize Converts. It was really wonderful. I loved listening to Elder Bednar talk about the role of the Holy Ghost. It really is essential in the teaching proccess. As missionaries, we arent the teachers. We are the medium the Holy Ghost uses to teach and bring the messege. I loved how well he put that. They talked a lot about declaring repentance as well. That is the thing that changes us and makes us better. If we didnt repent, we wouldnt ever progress. It is so important that we follow the process of repentance and that we have this desire to do it. 

Our Recent Convert, Carlina Miranda, tuvo un derrame (I dont know how to say that in English) but it was her 3rd one and its pretty serious... We have been helping her and members are helping as well, but she lives alone and there is no one to be there to watch after her, so that scares me a bit and makes me a little sad.

Yesterday we had a Rescate which is super cool its when the members get together with the missionaries and we go out to visit less active members. We had some amazingly spiritual experiences and quite a few people cried. We visited one inactive member and she just kept looking at us with this scowl on her face and we finally got her to let us in.. then while we were talking the member started to bear her testimony and she just said that she missed the sister so much and that they mean so much to her and then the inactive changed a lot and she became a lot nicer and asked us to keep visiting her. The spirit was definitely present. 

Today we went to Boquette for our District P-Day. It was so much fun and super beautiful and chilly and there were so many flowers and I totally got burned!!!! Its insane how red I am right now... it doesnt even make sense. 

All in all I am doing well. My companion and I are awesome and working super well together and having a blast.. seriously there isnt one day that goes by without us laughing and having something awesome happen to us. Estoy aprovechando cada momento.

I love you all so much and wish you the best week. Hopefully I will be able to hear from yall next week and hopefully everything is going well. Saludes a todos! Les amo muchísimo!

Con amor, 
Hermana Eardley

Monday, January 18, 2016

Estoy Cansada... zzz...‏

Dear Family,

I realize that the last two weeks you havent recieved much information from me. I am sorry to inform you that this week will be the same... 

I had to travel to Panama this week to recieve a new carnet and we were able to go to the temple which was wonderful, but afterward when we were on the bus ride back the police pulled our bus over, made everyone get out, and checked everyones luggage... I think they recieved a tip that there were drugs or something, but they didnt find anything so no harm done, although that meant that we left at 2pm from panama and got home at 12am... 10 hours... I was ready to fall over.

Today we woke up at 3am, and headed out to Cerro Punta to climb a mountain for a pday with our zone... super chill... but about half way up my legs started to feel like noodles. We got to the top in 1 1/2 hours and it was super beautiful, super high (I sort of couldnt breathe for the altitude), and so very hard, BUT WE DID IT! That is why this is super short and I am not responding to emails today... because I am really tired and my head is pounding from lack of sleep...

Our investigators are good... my companion is amazing. I will send yall photos..

Yeah, okay, I am tired. I will talk to yall next week..

With all my love,

Hermana Eardley

Monday, January 11, 2016

Last transfer

Dear Family,

So, I didnt get transfered, but my companion Hermana Garcia did. She got transfered to Bocas! My new companion (from what I can tell) is the best companion I have had. Her name is Hermana Carias and she is from Honduras!!! She is 20 yrs old, and has a year in the mission. She is the primest :) She talks like a Honduranion and its super funny because she says, "man" a lot... I love her already. 

This week we worked like nuts! We found a ton of new investigators, conatacted more than 100 people, and placed 5 baptism dates... I have never been able to work this hard and I am loving it! With all of my comps I have had to push or drag them... of course I learned a ton and we had success, but this time it isnt like that... we are just motivating eachother. It is the best. I told Pres. Carmack that I wanted my last transfer to be my best, and I count it as a wish fulfilled. 

We are whipping our members into shape and finally they are helping us... right now they are a little hard, but it will get easier and easier.. I want to leave this area in tip top shape. 

I love you all! Sorry for the super shortness... Pres. reduced the time to 1 hour to write, so forgive me if I dont respond to a lot of you... your letters really brighten my week, but sometimes I wont be able to let yall know that.

I wish yall the best and hope you have a fabulous week!

With all my love,

Hermana Eardley

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

¡Feliz Año Nuevo!

Dear Family,

Well, to be honest, I am not sure what to write... ya que hablamos hace solo tres días... 

It was so great to see yall and to talk for a little bit! I didnt get to talk to everyone, but that is okay... I will talk to yall soon :) 

Christmas here in Panamà is a big rush of buying gifts, drinking, partying, and then after it all, going to the beach. It happens on New Years as well, but its worse, because people dont have the thought of Christ, they are just thinking "party"... oh how I love this culture. 

I want to share with yall a verse that is probably the second shortest verse in all the bible.. It is Luke 17:32, where the Savior cautions, “Remember Lot’s wife.” The original story, of course, comes to us out of the days of Sodom and Gomorrah, when the Lord, having had as much as He could stand of the worst that men and women could do, told Lot and his family to flee because those cities were about to be destroyed. “Escape for thy life,” the Lord said, “look not behind thee . . . ; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed”.

Elder Holland once talked about the subject. He said,

With less than immediate obedience and more than a little negotiation, Lot and his family ultimately did leave town, but just in the nick of time. Surely, surely, with the Lord’s counsel “look not behind thee” ringing clearly in her ears, Lot’s wife, the record says, “looked back,” and she was turned into a pillar of salt.
 It is possible that Lot’s wife looked back with resentment toward the Lord for what He was asking her to leave behind. We certainly know that Laman and Lemuel were resentful when Lehi and his family were commanded to leave Jerusalem. So it isn’t just that she looked back; she looked back longingly. In short, her attachment to the past outweighed her confidence in the future. That, apparently, was at least part of her sin.
So, as a new year starts and we try to benefit from a proper view of what has gone before, I plead with you not to dwell on days now gone, nor to yearn vainly for yesterdays, however good those yesterdays may have been. The past is to be learned from but not lived in. We look back to claim the embers from glowing experiences but not the ashes. And when we have learned what we need to learn and have brought with us the best that we have experienced, then we look ahead, we remember that faith is always pointed toward the future. Faith always has to do with blessings and truths and events that will yet be efficacious in our lives. So a more theological way to talk about Lot’s wife is to say that she did not have faith. She doubted the Lord’s ability to give her something better than she already had. Apparently she thought—fatally, as it turned out—that nothing that lay ahead could possibly be as good as those moments she was leaving behind.
For this wonderful New Year, we should take what we have learned, cherish it, apply it, and then move forward with an eye of faith. The Lord will always have something better and sweeter planned for us when we put our trust in him, and follow him wherever he leads us.
I love you all with all my heart. 
You are always in my prayers, 
May the Lord bless you.
With all my love,
Hermana Eardley

fun times

Monday, December 21, 2015

Feliz Navidad

Querido Familia,

*Noticia* Para esta Navidad voy a estar Skyping a las 4 de la tarde. Gracias :)

Bueno, ya que no sé cuanto tiempo voy a tener para hablar, quiero compartirles dos cosas que para mi, significan la Navidad.

Primero, este es una historia que me recuerda mucho porque decoramos tanto... cuando lo hacemos con esa intención podemos sentir mas el espíritu de Cristo, porque estamos recordandole. 
One December night, many years ago, I had just finished decorating for Christmas when I heard a noise at the front of the house. I turned on the porch light and opened the door. To my surprise just as I stepped outside, I saw Santa Claus climbing out of his sleigh. He placed his fingers over his lips, silencing me before I cried out.
"What are you doing..." I started to ask...but the words choked up in my throat as I saw he had tears in his eyes. His usual jolly manner, the eager, boisterous soul we all know, was gone. He composed himself by clearing his throat, then answered me in a whisper. "Teach the children."
I was puzzled. What did he mean? He anticipated my question, and with one quick movement brought forth a miniature toy bag from behind the sleigh. As I stood there bewildered, Santa stated again but more firmly, "Teach the children. Teach them the true meaning of Christmas. The meaning that has long been forgotten."
I invited him in to warm by the fire as I tried to tell him that I wasn’t sure if I knew what he meant... when Santa reached into the toy bag and pulled out a brilliant shiny star.
Teach the children that the star is the heavenly sign of promise," he said. "God sent a Savior to the world and the star was the sign of that promise being fulfilled. The countless shining stars in the heavens, one star for each person on earth, represents the hope of all mankind."
Santa gently laid the star on the fireplace mantle and brought from the bag a bright red Christmas tree ornament.
"Teach the children that red is the first color of Christmas. It was first used by the faithful people to remind them of the blood that was shed for all the people by the Savior. Christ gave His life and shed His blood that every man might have God's gift of Eternal Life. Red is deep, intense, and vivid -- the richest color of all, and it is a symbol of the greatest gift from God."
"Teach the children," he said as he pulled a small Christmas tree from the bottom of the toy bag. He placed it near the fireplace and gently hung the red decoration on it.
"The deep green branches of this tree is a perfect background for this ornament. This is the second color of Christmas," he continued. "The pure green color of this evergreen tree remains this color all year round. This represents the everlasting plan for mankind. Green is youthful, hopeful, and the abundant color of nature. The needles on the tree point heavenward -- symbols of man's prayers as they go toward heaven. Trees have been man's best friends. They have sheltered him, warmed him, and made beauty for him."
Again, he pulled something from his bag; I heard a soft tinkling sound of a bell.
"Teach the children," he said, "that as the lost sheep are found by the sound of the bell, it should ring for every person too, that they might find their way back -- it means guidance and return. It further signifies that all are precious in the eyes of the Lord."
As the soft sound of the bell faded, Santa lit a candle and placed it on the mantel. The soft glow from its tiny flame cast a glow about the darkened room. Odd shadowy shapes slowly danced and wove pictures upon the walls.
"Teach the children," whispered Santa, "that at one time candles were placed on Christmas trees. They glowed brightly against the dark green branches showing man's appreciation for the star of Bethlehem of long ago. Now, strings of colored lights have taken their place in remembrance of Christ's birth."
Santa turned the small Christmas tree lights on and placed a gift under the tree.
He pointed to the bow and said, "A bow is placed on a present to remind us of the spirit of brotherhood of man. We should remember that the bow is tied as all of us should be tied together, with the bonds of good will toward each other. Good will forever is the message of the bow and the gift, a gift of love."
Santa reached for a candy cane, and held it out towards me.
"Teach the children that the cane represents The Shepherd's staff. The crook on the staff helps bring back sheep that have strayed away from the fold. The candy cane represents the sweetness of giving not only at Christmas time, but also throughout the entire year. The spiral design is a symbol that we are, our brother's keepers."
Santa looked about the room, then again at the tree. His love and great feeling of satisfaction shone from his eyes. He could not help but sense the wonderment and admiration that I felt for him in my heart.
One last time, he reached into his bag and brought forth a large beautiful wreath. As he placed it on the door he spoke gently with love, "Please teach the children that the wreath symbolizes the eternal nature of love: it never ceases, stops, or ends. It is one continuous circle that only grows greater and greater when expressed. The wreath, the circle of love, plays a double role. It is made of many things and has many colors. It reminds us of God's unconditional love and the true reason for Christmas.
Segundo, la Navidad es un tiempo para estar en familia. Es un tiempo cuando podemos aprender más sobre nuestras familiares y servirles. Nuestro Señor Jesucristo es nuestro mayor ejemplo. Nosotros también podemos llegar a amar a las personas como él nos ama, solo buscamos las oportunidades!

“Years ago there was a little one-room schoolhouse in the mountains of Virginia where the boys were so rough that no teacher had been able to handle them.
“A young, inexperienced teacher applied, and the old director scanned him and asked: ‘Young fellow, do you know that you are asking for an awful beating? Every teacher that we have had here for years has had to take one.’
“‘I will risk it,’ he replied.
“The first day of school came, and the teacher appeared for duty. One big fellow named Tom whispered: ‘I won’t need any help with this one. I can lick him myself.’
“The teacher said, ‘Good morning, boys, we have come to conduct school.’ They yelled and made fun at the top of their voices. ‘Now, I want a good school, but I confess that I do not know how unless you help me. Suppose we have a few rules. You tell me, and I will write them on the blackboard.’
“One fellow yelled, ‘No stealing!’ Another yelled, ‘On time.’ Finally, ten rules appeared on the blackboard.
“‘Now,’ said the teacher, ‘a law is not good unless there is a penalty attached. What shall we do with one who breaks the rules?’
“‘Beat him across the back ten times without his coat on,’ came the response from the class.
“‘That is pretty severe, boys. Are you sure that you are ready to stand by it?’ Another yelled, ‘I second the motion,’ and the teacher said, ‘All right, we will live by them! Class, come to order!’
“In a day or so, ‘Big Tom’ found that his lunch had been stolen. The thief was located—a little hungry fellow, about ten years old. ‘We have found the thief and he must be punished according to your rule—ten stripes across the back. Jim, come up here!’ the teacher said.
“The little fellow, trembling, came up slowly with a big coat fastened up to his neck and pleaded, ‘Teacher, you can lick me as hard as you like, but please, don’t take my coat off!’
“‘Take your coat off,’ the teacher said. ‘You helped make the rules!’
“‘Oh, teacher, don’t make me!’ He began to unbutton, and what did the teacher see? The boy had no shirt on, and revealed a bony little crippled body.
“‘How can I whip this child?’ he thought. ‘But I must, I must do something if I am to keep this school.’ Everything was quiet as death.
“‘How come you aren’t wearing a shirt, Jim?’
“He replied, ‘My father died and my mother is very poor. I have only one shirt and she is washing it today, and I wore my brother’s big coat to keep me warm.’
“The teacher, with rod in hand, hesitated. Just then ‘Big Tom’ jumped to his feet and said, ‘Teacher, if you don’t object, I will take Jim’s licking for him.’
“‘Very well, there is a certain law that one can become a substitute for another. Are you all agreed?’
“Off came Tom’s coat, and after five strokes the rod broke! The teacher bowed his head in his hands and thought, ‘How can I finish this awful task?’ Then he heard the class sobbing, and what did he see? Little Jim had reached up and caught Tom with both arms around his neck. ‘Tom, I’m sorry that I stole your lunch, but I was awful hungry. Tom, I will love you till I die for taking my licking for me! Yes, I will love you forever!’”
Elder Hinckley declared, "To lift a phrase from this simple story, Jesus, my Redeemer, has taken “my licking for me” and yours for you.
Declared the prophet Isaiah:
“Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: …
“… He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed” (Isa. 53:4–5).
This is the wondrous and true story of Christmas. The birth of Jesus in Bethlehem of Judea is preface. The three-year ministry of the Master is prologue. The magnificent substance of the story is His sacrifice, the totally selfless act of dying in pain on the cross of Calvary to atone for the sins of all of us.
The epilogue is the miracle of the Resurrection, bringing the assurance that “as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive” (1 Cor. 15:22).
There would be no Christmas if there had not been Easter. The babe Jesus of Bethlehem would be but another baby without the redeeming Christ of Gethsemane and Calvary, and the triumphant fact of the Resurrection.

Bueno, eso es todo. Ya que voy a hablar con ustedes cara a cara en cuatro días no hay razón para escribir un largo mensaje verdad? 

Les amo con todo mi alma! Son mi familia y no les cambiaría para nada! Espero que tengan una buenísima Navidad y que el espíritu de Cristo puede permanecer con ustedes durante esta semana y para siempre!

Con mucho amor,

Hermana Eardley
Breakfast... que RRRRICO:)

Christmas Party :) Fuimos a Boquette ... mmm... frio ;p