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

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