Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Dear Family

Dear Family,

So something super cool I realized this week. The Panama Mission is like Dora the Explorer. For example: we want to get the the Abrego Familys house. We ask someone randomly, then, assuming we actually have a

map in our backpack, they proceed to tell you: oh yeah! so you walk down this road till you hit the green house, then you take a right and pass a hill of rocks, there is a dog there, be careful, then you pass three streets and you will find a little rocky road, you go down that road and will pass a big orange house, its not that one, after that you will pass a wood house, its not that one, then you will find a brick house. That is their house. So, anyways, all directions are like that, and the crazy thing is, we actually find places that way. Me and my companion started singing the song to Dora and its actually super fun. 

This week was super hectic. So we finalized everything for the cabin and we moved everything Wednesday and Thursday and it was so stressful but it is good because we are in our area and the cabin is great and we are back to working which is the most important part. 

So remember Hermana Leyvis? The girl we found last week? She came to church yesterday and we were so stoked! Like, seriously, it was a miracle that anyone came to church this week.. the wind has been so strong and non-stop, a normal 5 minute walk takes 20 minutes against the wind... its crazy how aweful its been. Anyways, She is the coolest and has such a desire to learn. Also, me and my companion are almost certain that her and the Return Missionary in our ward are dating... its cool... we are just going to help her realize that the gospel is true, she is going to get baptized, and then they can get married. Also, the RM is our new Ward Mission Leader... so yeah, he always asks how its going with her.. its going really great. She still isnt reading the Book of Mormon yet, which is incredibly important, but she is progressing and really wants to learn more about the church.

So this last Friday we had our first Ward Activity! It was super fun. Not many people showed up, but that was alright. We did have an investigator there as well! We showed the Restoration Movie and afterwards did a practice of how to give out a Book of Mormon to a friend, which was really great, our members are so cool! Afterwards we had a refreshment (ritz crackers) and went outside and everyone played soccer. It was really great to see the members start to get excited about missionary work, after all, that is why there are missionaries, to "help the members" share the gospel (Elder Bednar said that in the October General Conference). 

We have 2 investigators, Alison and Alejandra, they are twins, have received practically all the lessons, have a testimony of the gospel, but never had a baptism date, so this last week I asked them the first 3 baptismal questions, and after hearing their answers, which were so sincere and heartfelt, we just looked at them for a minute, and I asked them if they felt ready to be baptized.. the answer was yes! and they asked us if we could have the baptism this Saturday, but the mom wants to order new baptism suits so we have to wait until the 21st of March which is fine, but we have Transfers this next week so we are crossing our fingers and saying our prayers hoping that Heavenly Father will keep us here for awhile.

So we met this man named Valino. We talked to him for a minute and he invited us to come back.. we had a lesson with him this week and asked him if he had read the pamphlet (Plan of Salvation). He said yes, so we asked him about it and if he had any questions... he did. He had a question about the 3 degrees of glory and why they were different. We shared 1 Corinthians 15:40-43 with him and testified that it depends on what we do here on this earth that will determine where we will go, so then he asked us what it was that we needed to do to make it to the Celestial Kingdom, we explained that it is through the Gospel of Jesus Christ (faith, repentance, baptism, gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end) that we will exalted. He told us, "well I was baptized in the Catholic church, but what is the gift of the Holy Ghost?" So, we explained how Jesus received the Holy Ghost after his baptism, how it is meant to be a guide in our lives, and how baptism isnt complete without receiving it, and we also said that it, as well as baptism, must be given by proper authority. We also explained that baptism is meant to cleanse us from our sins, then he said that he understood that children didnt need to be baptized, and asked us how we can know if someone has authority from God to do these things... (this man is amazing and his questions are so perfect) we didnt want to overload him with information, so we bore our testimonies, gave him a pamphlet of the Restoration, and set another appointment with him to talk about authority from God. We are so excited to see him again and to talk with him. It is really amazing how much your testimony can grow, and how much you feel the spirit, when you see how the gospel in all its simplicity can answer the important questions of life. Its absolutely perfect, there is no fault in it. 

I love this gospel so much. I wouldnt be the same without it and the knowledge of my Heavenly Father and my Savior. I love you all! I hope you have a wonderful week and remember you are in my prayers!

Hermana Eardley

( I need to earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered to the saints. (Jude 1:3).  The word of God  In 1 Corinthians 15: 40-43 It is talking about how our bodies will be different in heaven.  Celestial means heavenly and terrestrial means of the earth, Notice there is no telestial?  Read from vs. 35-50.   Love you all,  Michelle) 

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