Monday, August 24, 2015

Dear Family,

Roysel was baptized this week! I cried when he was baptized. I have been working with him for so long and have had this amazing blessing to see him change as he accepted and applied the gospel in his life. He has such an enormous testimony of the gospel and I know he will never fall away. He is stationed very securely upon the rock of our Salvador.

This is something that I have seen at home and over and over again on my mission. People lack conversion. They arent continually trying to convert themselves to the gospel. That is how we fall away. That is why people dont go to church or read their scriptures or say their prayers. They arent converted. They dont understand the gospel or the Atonement and they dont understand how to apply it to their lives. I hope that every single one of you are not only doing the things that you should, but that you are active in the gospel, that you seek for it and notice it in your everyday lives. God made the earth and all things that are in it. There is evidence in every step that we take that the gospel is true, but we have to recognize it in order to gain a testimony about it. I am getting preachy, sorry, I just feel like we as members may be lacking and I hope that it isnt one of you.

This week we had a video conference with Elder Russell M Nelson. It was broadcasted from Honduras to, I am pretty sure, all of Central America. It was so great to recieve council from one of the Apostles. He talked a lot about the temple and (even though we shouldnt think about it because we are missionaries) how our ultimate goal should be to marry in the temple. He shared a lot about how we should love our investigators and how we should work with the members. He gave us some topics to study deeply, and told us that these things are things that we need to know to be prepared to teach and to be prepared to meet God. It was really awesome. He also mentioned how we shouldnt immerse ourselves completely in our mission language, but that we should also teach our native tongue to our companions and expound our knowledge about our own language as well as the language we are learning... so, yall can give a big "thank you" to Elder Nelson because he is the only reason I am writing this in English. 

Last, but certainly not least, I need to give a birthday shoutout to Britney. Sorry sis that this is the second time that I wont be there for your birthday... but you gotta know how much I love you. I cant believe you are going to drive... please be careful.. like seriously, be careful. I love you so much. I hope your birthday is amazing and that you enjoy every minute. I hope you know that you are in my prayers. I hope that you will feel how much I love you, how much your family loves you, and how much your Savior loves you on this special day. 

This week was very spirit filled, and I am very grateful for it. Thank you for your support and your prayers. They really help. I love all of you so much and never forget who loves you the most, our Savior Jesus Christ. 

With love, Hermana Eardley

P.S. sorry for the lack of photos... you will be getting some soon but I have to buy a cable first.

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