Tuesday, December 29, 2015
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,
Posted by Kalie Eardley at 2:17 PM
Monday, December 21, 2015
*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!
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,
Posted by Kalie Eardley at 2:53 PM
Monday, December 14, 2015
Okay! Everyone relax. Ya I am better. I was better by Tuesday. I didnt have to go to the doctor. Everything funcions exactly as it should.
Other news, my companion got sick this week. Ha! iorny. (is that how you spell that?) She got sick with a stomache bug and has diarrhea and has to go to the bathroom a lot... The nurse put her on a diet of ONLY SOUPS. NO RICE. That means, for the both of us. Woohoo! I have a chance to get skinny again! She hates it, but I love the soup here... so I am chill.
So, I dont know if yall have noticed by my emails, but we really dont have a lot of stuff going on here in our area... We have been working our butts off trying to find people to teach and activate members and talk to EVERYONE. We talked to more than 100 people this week in the streets... Well, after much work, we finally have an investigator that is progressing! His name is Luiz Rodriguez and he has had problems with everything! He was involved with selling drugs for awhile and he has a daughter and the mother of his daughter lives with him, but they arent together... just live in the same house for the daughter... He has had a lot of questions about God and when we passed by he was thrilled and invited us over and has been progressing ever since.. He has gone to church twice now, and he loves most of it, but the 3rd hour he is having problems with... The men in our Branch are a little special... we hope that he can look past it and that he will keep assisting. He accepted a baptism date for the 9th of January! Everything with him is going really well! I have thanked my Heavenly Father for being able to find him, and then I have asked him to help us find more people! I realize that I dont have a lot of time left, and it makes me sad, but I have this HUGE determination to go out with a bang if you know what I mean. My once in a lifetime experience is coming to an end... and right now we dont have nearly any investigators... please pray for us... I really just want to help people accept Christ and his gospel.
I have been reflecting a lot on a story that I have heard called "Aguanta un poco mas" Its a story about a potter who was making a piece of china... and the story is told from the its point of view. It is put through all types of torture and keeps asking the potter to leave him alone, but the potter just keeps saying, "aguanta un poco mas"...
"It is said that once in England, a couple who liked to visit the small shops in central London existed. One of those stores where they sold was an old china.
In one of his visits to the store they saw a beautiful cup. "May I see that cup?" Asked the lady, "I've never seen anything so fine as that!" When he had in his hands the cup, he heard the cup began to speak.
- You do not understand - I have not always been this cup you're holding.Long ago I was just a pile of mud. My Creator took me in his hands and hit me and molded me affectionately.
Then came the moment I panicked and shouted: "Please" ... You leave me alone ...
But my love just smiled and said ... "Hold on a little longer, it is still not time."
Then I was put in an oven. I had never felt so hot ... I asked my master if would burn, so I knocked on the door of the oven.
Through the oven window I could read the lips of my master who told me: "Hold on a little longer, it is still not time ..."
Finally the door opened, my master took me and put me on a shelf to cool me.
"That's much better" .. I told myself, but I had just refreshed me when my creator and I was brushing and painting. The smell of paint was horrible ... "I feel it drown me" ... .. "Please stop ..." I shouted to my master; but he just shook his head making a negative gesture and say, "Hold on a little longer, it is still not time ..."
At last my master stopped to paint; but this time he took me and put me again in another furnace ... It was not an oven as the first; but it was much hotter ...
Now I was sure I would suffocate ... I prayed, and I prayed to my master to take me ...
I screamed, I cried; but only I watched my creator saying "Hold on a little more, it is not yet time"
At that moment I realized there was no hope ... never would survive the oven ... Just as I was about to give up the door opened and my master took me affectionately and put me on a ledge that was even higher than the first. There he left me a moment to refresh me.
After an hour of leaving the second furnace, my master gave me a mirror and said, "Look" "This is you"!
I could not believe it! That could not be me! What I saw was beautiful. My master told me again: "I know it hurt being beaten and molded by my hands; but if I had left as you were, you would have dried. I know I caused a lot of heat and pain be in the first furnace, but not have put you there, you probably would have crashed.
I also know that you paint fumes caused a lot of trouble, but not having painted your life would be without color. And if I had not put in the second oven, you would not have survived long, because your hardness would not have been enough to subsistieras.
"Now you are a finished product!" "You are what I imagined when I started to form! Only. Now you will enjoy life more. "
It might have a few errors, because it is translated to English, but this story is adorable to me.
I think about the video that the church made about the gardener.. how he cut him down so that he could become more... but this story is a little different. The little china piece was put through so much, so that he could become something beautiful. Sometimes, we dont see how the trials in our lives are affecting us, sometimes, we cant see the good that comes from them, but the Master does see it all. He knows it all. He starts with the end in mind. If we trust him, we will become something more beautiful and precious than we have ever imagined, definitely more than if we were to try and do it ourselves. During this Christmas season we can all reflect on how God makes us better people, if we do what he asks, trust in him, and hold on, we become His. We become what he wants us to be.
I love you all so much! I hope you have a wonderful week and that you can enjoy every moment. You are always in my prayers. May the spirit of Christ touch you all this Holiday Season!
With all my love,
Posted by Kalie Eardley at 2:33 PM
Monday, December 7, 2015
Sorry. This letter is going to be sort of really short. I dont feel very well this week.
This last week we had the Mothers Day activity in our Branch. Mothers Day is in December here... ya I know, this country is a little weird. Anyways, the Branch didnt plan it out very well and the Branch President didnt help even a little bit (he isnt married) Everyone that had an assignment fell through and so we had to do the decorating, help cook the food, we did everything except the acts that people signed up for. It was aweful... the only thing that turned out really good was the decorations... but that is because Alex and Tony helped us do them.
We have had some awesome lessons lately with one of our new investigators. His name is Luis Rodriguez and he has had some major struggles in his life. Él ha pasado por todo en su vida y su único deseo es poder ver a su abuela y mamá otra vez. Ellas dos fallecieron hace años. Después que le enseñamos el Plan de Salvación él encontró una nueva esperanza. Él ya tuvo problemas aceptando La Restauración y José Smith, pero después 2 veces diciéndole que tenía que orar, oró y dijo que sí sintió que era verdad. Él está progresando super rápido, pero la cosa que le impide a ser bautizado es problemas con su esposa (no están casados... y no lo quieren tampoco). Tenemos que esperar a ver que deciden.
So, yall know how I almost always have a story for you? This week its a great one...
Saturday, our lunch called us and told us she was in Volcán and wouldnt be able to give us lunch until 2 in the afternoon.. we told her not to worry about it because we had an appointment at 1:30 and didnt want to be late. We went to the house and had cereal and grapes.. yumm... :/ Then we headed out to our appointment. While we were waiting for the bus we recieved a text from our District Leader wishing us a happy fast... we looked at eachother and were like, "OH my gosh! We forgot to start our fast!" So, we started it in that moment. It was really unfortunate that it happened like that, because we hadnt drank any water that day... but we thought we would be fine. We worked ridiculously hard Saturday, up to a point when we were so exhausted that we had to sit down on a bench for a minute to regain a little strength, then we kept working. We finished the day, went home, planned, showered, and slept. The next morning, the alarm sounded and I couldnt respond. I had NO STRENGTH. I tried to get up to do my hair and couldnt... finally at 8:30 I found some strength and got ready quickly and we left for church... I felt aweful during Sacrament Meeting and got to one point when I thought I was going to throw up, so we went to the bathroom. Out of nowhere I start crying for no reason. The Elders came out and freaked out and sent us home.. I called the nurse and explained to her everything that had happened and she got so mad at me! First, she asked me what on earth I was thinking fasting without drinking water... WHAT? NO one ever told me we could drink water in this mission!! Anyways, she tells me that yes, especially I, have to drink water while fasting, that is a new revelation for me. Then, to make the story short, She said that I practically starved myself, and that she thinks Ihave a kidney infection.. I might be going to the doctor tomorrow. I will let yall know. And she put me on bed rest for 2 days and said that I had to drink gallons of water. Its been a fun 2 days...
Well, more than that there isnt anything new! I love yall so much and hope to hear from you next week!
Posted by Kalie Eardley at 9:18 PM
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
This week was transfers... as expected we didnt get changed. I think my companion is getting a little tired of being here, but ni modo, porque ya va a tener seis semanas mas y tiene que aceptarlo. Yo estoy feliz a estar aquí.. ya es difícil, pero sé que voy a estar aquí por el resto de mi misión entonces lo voy a amar.
This week I decided to cut my hair. The sun in Panama is very strong and has ruined and damaged my hair beyond repair... así que, lo corté. Tranquilos todos, ya no es tan corto, pero, les digo para que sepan.
So, Martes, we had lunch with a sister from Costa Rica. Her son is so adorable! We started singing and he started dancing... and he didnt stop dancing for the whole hour we were there.. it was so stinking cute that I took a video and just had to tell yall!
This week encontramos un hombre se llama Luiz Rodriguez. He is so awesome! He was a reference from one of our members and he has been so receptive and asks so many questions! Amamos las preguntas. He has been super positive and we hope that he goes to church this week. We have a member picking him up and everything... esperamos que todo sale bien.
This week my companion and I bought a little Christmas Tree and decorated it and everything! It is so cute! I absolutely love it! We are really getting into the christmas spirit... speaking of it all, can yall send me a photo of the tree at home? I would appreciate it. Anyways, hemos empezado a hacer todo de la Navidad... OH! Grandma! I finally found a use for those window stickers that you sent me last year!! (There arent real windows in any part of Panamá) So, after carrying it around for a year, I finally was able to find something that they would stick to!!
This week we had a Branch Activity and we played Volleyball and I won everyone! It was so much fun! Afterwards, comimos Sancocho y eso fue delicioso! Its a soup with chicken, yammi, and other vegetables.. so good. My companion didnt play, she said that her feet hurt.. but I was like, how is that different from every other day? Oh well, her loss.
I am not sure if I have metioned it or not, but I am doing the D&C countdown (es cuando empieza a leer cuando solo le falta 138 días de su misión y cuando lo termina, también termina la misión) This week I found a scripture that I just absolutely loved and I wanted to share it with yall today. Its in DyC 58:27-28:
27 Verily I say, men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness;
28 For the power is in them, wherein they are agents unto themselves. And inasmuch as men do good they shall in nowise lose their reward.
I really loved this scripture! And it impacted me more than normal I believe because we are in the Holiday Season and we should be serving one another and helping and loving and being charitable and pretty much being Christlike. I love how God has given us this power and this opportunity to act. Let us all remember Christ this Holiday Season and serve others; "For inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my bretheren, ye have done it unto me"!
I love yall so much and hope that your week is FANTASTIC! Siempre están en mis oraciones!
Les amo con todo mi corazon!
|Our cute little arbol! And MIRA Grandma! They stick to the fridge!|
Posted by Kalie Eardley at 8:08 AM
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
This week was full of adventures! I cant even tell yall how awesome it was... Okay, okay, I will try.
This week I completed 15 months in the mission! Woohoo!
So first of all, before I forget, those of my immediate family (those coming to Panamá) please (PLEASE) prepare yourselves.. EVERYONE is telling me that they want to cook for you when you come.. I am telling you that everyone we visit is likely to give you food. I have no idea honestly HOW you can prepare yourselves, but when you are here up to your eyeballs in food and you feel like you will explode from the amount of food do not say that I didnt warn you. The food here is good (well, I like it), but they give you a ton and it is kind of offensive if you dont eat it all.. that is why I have gained so much weight...
This week we got to watch the movie "Freetown". It was so good, but I found it hard to understand.. What happened is that the movie was in English, but with Spanish subtitles. I started laughing to myself because at times I didnt understand their accent so I started reading it in spanish to understand it better... I thought that was funny. I loved the movie, oh my goodness what a challenge that would have been! It touched me so much because their only desire was to teach people about Jesus Christ. I started crying when all of the little children went running to collect pictures of Jesus. That movie is very special, if you havent seen it, it is worth it to watch.
So we have two women in our Branch that are deaf and mute. They are the cutest! We had lunch with one of them this week and she would not let us leave her house! She was so excited to have us there. She just made sounds and signs with her hands the whole time and at times we understood, at other times a would say between my teeth, "no entendí" and my companion would say, "yo tampoco" and then we would laugh between our teeth. She came to church on Sunday and we asked a Sister to translate for her, she did and it impacted me quite a bit.. She sat there, next to her family but facing away from them, translating into Spanish Sign Language for an hour... she did it all.. The talks, the prayers, even the hymns. It was so special to witness that. I was so thankful for her sacrifice.
It rained a lot this week, there was a lot of mud... my companion fell in mud... she was so mad.. I tried so hard to not laugh, but I couldnt hold it in. She got mad at first, but then started laughing too and it became a good memory.
So, there is a Canadian community that lives here in David. They live in this place that is gated and I had never seen them before. It is in our area and the moment I found out that people who spoke English live there it has been my goal to contact them... but I never see anyone. This week we were walking and I saw two people who looked like americans walking down the street towards this gated community... I decided to contact them, "Hola! Somos representantes de Jesucristo y tenemos un mensaje para ustedes" Then the man tells me, "poco español"... ... ... yall cant imagine the excitement I felt in that moment. I started talking to them in English and they are so funny. The man has heard little about the church but he knew we dont smoke or drink, his wife said that she knew the church decently well because she had a boyfriend who is a member when she was in highschool, but when he left for his mission they split up. The wife was so cute! She says, "We would like to invite you for lunch one day" and then her husband says, "You two would be perfect guests because I know you wont use any of my cigarettes or alcohol".... I laughed, but later when I told my companion what happened she looked at me like "are you serious" and I said, "I know, we need to baptize them first".
So, I know I told yall, but my companion is from El Salvador. This week she made the most popular dish from her country... PUPUSAS. They are so good! I totally am going to have her write down the recipe because I helped her make them and I totally know how... We are going to have pupusas when I get home. I am also learning typical dishes from Panama. They are not hard to make. Panama food isnt very complicated.
So there is this fruit that grows here that you cant eat, but what the people do is they take out all of the fruit (you cant eat it... they say that the only thing you can use it for is to boil it and give the water to women who just gave birth to clean out their system.. like the blood and stuff... nothing else) and they scrape the carcass and they put it out in the sun for two days so that it dries completely and it makes what we call a Tutuma. This fruit is actually super cool. The people who live in the outskirts, who are poor, who arent very civilized, use it to make bowls, plates, spoons, forks, pots, etc. It is super awesome and my companion and I found some that were super huge and we made Tutumas!! We actually failed the first time.. we did it by ourselves, but we are going to try again because we know what we did wrong... So cute and exciting!
Almost all of our investigators this week decided to stop progressing.. it was really sad and a little depressing. What was awesome what our young couple Alison and Gair are still really positive. They need to get married, but they have a ton of support from the Branch and I know they are going to get baptized.. well just her, he is a inactive member. We are super excited for them and are focussing a lot right now on finding new investigators.
My two investigators from Chorrera got baptized.. I cried because I wasnt able to be at their baptisms, (Ines and William). I feel like I have been a sower my entire mission, which is sad because I havent been able to see the fruits of my work, but I know that everything is for a reason. I am so so SO excited to see them in February!
I love yall so much and hope you have a wonderful week! HAPPY THANKSGIVING! I am thankful for each one of you!
With all my love,
Posted by Kalie Eardley at 8:40 AM
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Hows everything going? I am doing good... This week was long, but really good. Would you like to hear about it? Okay, here we go.
So we have this investigator named Alison. She is the "wife" (They are a couple, live together, have a baby, but arent married) of a less active member. He is the son of a very active family. They invited us over for a Family Home Evening and she was there.. we talked about the Book of Mormon and she was so interested. She kept saying, "I never knew that" and "Why didnt you guys tell me about this sooner" she loved it! Later in the week we had another lesson with her and we talked about Eternal Marriage. She said, "It makes sense. I want to live with my family forever". She is so prepared and what is even sweeter is that her pareja is helping her read the Book of Mormon and has started to become more active in the church. We had a Stake Conferece this weekend (I will talk more about it in a sec) and she came with the whole family! It was so awesome and she is super excited about church. What a blessing for her and her family.
My companion is the cutest.. she has a problem getting up in the mornings... which is difficult for me, but today was so funny. I got up at 6:30 and went to wash clothes (we have to wash them by hand... and give them time to dry..) After finishing and eating breakfast I went and took a shower and then at 8AM I went to go wake her up... I just stared at her for a second... she sleeps completely face down... with the sheet covering her completely... I dont know how she breathes... Anyways, I stared at her and saw that she was waking up so I decided to wait a second.. If yall can imagine it: Just her sheet-covered head lifted up from the pillow, then fell back down like she fainted... I started laughing so hard... Maybe it isnt funny to yall because you didnt see it, but that seriously made my morning.
Okay, before I forget, the Stake Conference. Elder Alonso came and I was so so so SO excited. His talks are super powerful and I feel like he just looks right at my soul and tells me exactly what I need to hear. I have this habbit of staring people right in their eyes when I talk to them, and he does too... He had a conference with the missionaries and when they went up to shake his hand he took a second and stared at each one of them right in the eyes... Later, he says, "looking at your eyes, I know all of the sins that you have commited, when you commited them, and how you commited them. After this conference I will tell Pte. Carmack who he should have an interview with and what question he will ask you." If yall think it was a joke, it wasnt. After the conference they called about 20 elders and 5 sisters to talk to president... I dont know what happened to them. Anyways, getting back to the conference. It was super good. The talked a ton about "El poder de la Divinidad" which is the Atonement of Christ. The talked a ton about our roles in the church. Like, for example, the role of a Primary President. Their role is to prepare children to take their first step in recieving devine power by helping them prepare for baptism so that they can recieve a remission of sins. Young Men and Women Presidents job is to prepare the young men and women to take the next step and recieve the Temple Endowment. It goes on and on...
There was a story that impacted me greatly that Elder Alonso shared (and he has shared it before in General Conference) about losing his son. They were in Mexico and at one point on the street they realized that their son wasnt with them... They took off running up and down the streets looking for him, and didnt find him. They took off running in different directions and he got the impression that he should go back.... so he did and saw his wife coming down a street with their son. She had found him staring at some toys in a shop window. The message from this story that impacted me so greatly was this: "He didnt even know he was lost". How many are lost and dont even know it? There are obviously those who havent found the church yet. There are also those who have found it, but have strayed and wound up lost. I thought about that long and hard. How much do we love our family? Our parents, spouses, children? If one of them were lost, how hard would we search for them?
There are some of us who are lost. We each know people who are spiritually lost. What are we doing to bring them back? or help them find the way?
Wow, that really hit me hard. That is my purpose as a missionary, and that is your purpose as a member and representative of Jesus Christ.
I love each one of you with all my heart! You can be sure that you are in my prayers. I hope that yall have a wonderful week and that everything goes wonderfully! Most of all, I invite you all to search for those that are lost, and bring them to the truth.
With all my love,
Posted by Kalie Eardley at 10:23 AM
Monday, November 9, 2015
OH my gosh. I have got the coolest thing to share with you. Well, yeah who am I kidding, it is so cool.
So three days ago, we were having dinner with some members and I pulled out my Book of Mormon. I have this game that I like to play, (its a game, but it works too) that you say a book, chapter, and verse that comes to your head (it cant be one memorized) and whatever that verse says is your "mini revelation" for that day. Anyways, they each chose a scripture and it really did help them, and then I asked my companion to choose one (we did it as a companionship) and we chose Ether 6:4 which says, (the word "food" is translated to "alimentos" in Spànish, which can mean anything you consume)
We read it, laughed a little, but didnt pay much attention to the revelation. It turns out, that very night, the system that transfers water from Panama to David was damaged. The next morning, there was no water. The whole city of David was without water... when we realized that, the scripture came back into our minds and we had this moment of "oh man... He tried to tell us". That day was a mess, everyone was searching and collecting water in everyway they could. It rained, and there were people bathing themselves in rain water... The next day, yesterday, was Sunday. The water still hadnt been fixed. We had 30 people in church. (It was because no one could bathe themself). My companion tells me, "lets pick a scripture and recieve a little revelation today" of course I was all for it, we needed some guidence. So, we chose a scripture: Helaman 7:20 which says,
Wow. That one hurt. We looked at eachother and just said, "we should have listened before..." That was definitely a kick to the knees... I felt a little like He was punishing us.. you know, because we searched for revelation, he gave it to us, and then we ignored it. It was a rough 2 days... but the good news is that today we have water. Everything back to normal... and we got to have a real shower today! The last 2 days it was just a "Plane Shower" (Thats what they call it here when you only have enough water to wash the wings and the motor (armpits and behind)).
Keeping with my Book of Mormon topic, I have been searching a lot (digging down in the deep doctrine) of the prophesies of the BoM. We have had a ton of investigators ask us, "Where does it talk about the BoM in the Bible?" Personally, I am not fond of answering that specific question, I prefer to find people who will test our messege and read it and ask God if its true, but this last week we had so many ask us that I finally said, "Okay, I will find out where, in the Bible, it talks about the BoM".
I would like to invite yall, if you are interested, to study together these scriptures:
Genesis 49:22 with 1 Nephi 5:10-12, 14
Psalms 85:11 with Moses 7:62
Isaiah 29:4, 18-19, 24 with 2 Nephi 33:10-14 and Moroni 10: 27-28
There are many more. I went nuts with this study and loved every minute of it. The truth is that the Bible speaks in code. In the Old Testament, when the prophets prophesied about Jesus Christ, they never said his name would be Jesus Christ, they said many different names to describe him, but never what his actual "birth-name" would be. If the Bible said his name would be Jesus, can you imagine how many people would have the name Jesus? Everyone would have that name claiming to be Him. Likewise, the Bible does not say specifically "The Book of Mormon" because if it did, how many Books of Mormon would there be in the world? There would be thousands, and we wouldnt know which of all of them is the true book. God is perfect. He has given us everything we need to know. Sorry for the deep-doctrine, but I was just so excited about it that I had to tell yall.
As far as investigators are going, we have one family that is super wonderful. Its the Family Gonzalez. Their names are Guillermo, Guillelis, and Yavelit. It is a father and his two daughters. He is a taxi driver, but doesnt like it because he wants to spend more time with his family, so they are building a tortilla factory behind their house.. its really cool. They are super prepared to accept the gospel. They have prayed about the book of mormon and have recieved a testimony of its truthfulness.. they have questions, but not doubts. They are preparing for baptism on the 21st of this month! I am so excited for them!
We are on the hunt for more investigators. We are having problems finding people who will progress. Lessons arent a problem, the majority of people accept us into their homes, but they dont progress... they just listen. We are focussing a lot on showing our faith and asking Heavenly Father to help us find those that are prepared.
I love yall so much and hope you have a wonderful week! We need to make each week count because there are only 7 left in the year! (My comp told me that last week)
I love you and I am praying for you.
Posted by Kalie Eardley at 12:30 PM