Monday, September 23, 2013

"It's incredible Not Worrying About Ourselves"

September 23, 2013 Familia, This week was another great week for us here in Marilo! On Saturday we had three baptisms! Emiliano 70, Claribel 21, and Gabriella 40. It went really well and the spirit was really strong. These people are really cool. We saw lots of miracles with all of them. Satan was trying to make all of them change their minds, but luckily everything went really well! Elder Migdat and i did a special restoration presentation for the investigators that were there, it was really spiritual!! We sang Joseph Smiths first prayer! This week I spent most of the time in other Elders areas learning and teaching with them. We are doing lots of good things and are trying to become the best missionaries we can all be. This week it rained a lot, but that’s ok because that’s when all the miracles come!! Haha This following week we are going to see lots of miracles as well. Elder Migdat and I are loving every minute working together, just focusing on the Savior and investigators. It’s incredible not worrying about ourselves! General Conference is coming up!! Sorry for the short letter and that there were no pictures, the internet place stinks!! love ya! Elder Eppich

Monday, September 16, 2013

"We Were Just Messengers"

Elder Eppich and Elder Midgat (California)
September 16, 2013 Familia, There was quite a bit of changes this past week. I am no longer in my beloved Lujan, but I got sent back to Moreno, in Maril√≥ with an Elder Migdat, he is such a capo, I have always wanted to be his companion and now I have the chance to be his companion! Haha we get a long great and teach really well together and we have seen so many miracles it is incredible. I’ll try to remember all of them, Haha. First of all, a funny story real fast. Last Monday in Lujan me and another Elder in our apartment were doing shopping and we were talking in English, and an obnoxious lady from Paraguay was trying to flirt with us, and was asking us questions about English. I said something to her in Guaran√≠ the language of Paraguay, and I said "vamps a la capilla el Domingo", or I invited her to church on Sunday and she decided to be funny and decided to shout that I said, "-----------" you can translate or take that out, but I get embarrassed to say what it really means, Haha, it was so AWKWARD, but then I told her to tell the truth so that everyone doesn’t think I was saying bad things..... Wow..... Then on Tuesday night I got a call saying I was leaving the next morning! I got sent to Moreno! I am loving it here, and it’s possible I will finish the mission here with my companion! My old comp is training now, he is such a capo, and Gonzalo got baptized!! Elder Migdat and I did a lot of divisions this week helping a few areas out, and we learned a ton!! Last night we had such a strong lesson, it was incredible. It was 7:30 and freezing cold, and raining, but we wanted to find a family of 4. That is what we prayed for, and about 3 hours of looking we found a guy that came out to answer us, and he denied us so many times, like 7 times, then finally said, ok come in, but for only 15 minutes. We get in there and the spirit took over. I am not sure if I have felt the spirit so strongly in my life. That family kept saying “what is that peace that we feel? we feel like we have never felt in our whole lives, because of the testimonies you're sharing we know without a doubt that these things are true, we will be baptized.” It was so incredible, and I know the spirit did everything, we were just messengers. It was so spiritual and I loved it, this family literally changed in front of our eyes, the Lord is blessing us beyond belief. We have 3 or 4 baptisms coming up this week! So we are excited! I’m so glad to hear that all is going well! Hope you all keep on going, thanks for all the support. I hope all of you are helping out all of the missionaries, they need your help! Love you!! Love, Elder Eppich

Monday, September 9, 2013

Diligent and Obedient

Elder Hernandez (Columbia) and Elder Eppich getting to go outside and brave the rain storm!
September 9, 2013 Family, Well this week we had a lot of good experiences! We are still looking for a lot of new investigators and helping the ones we have progress, that way we are always teaching and baptizing! The Lord is really helping us as we are being diligent and obedient. This week we had a super spiritual experience. On Thursday we went to two lessons we had planned and they both fell through and I just kept praying and praying that we could have a spiritual lesson and find someone ready to be baptized. We had the impression to go to a contact we had done a couple weeks earlier. We went and found her and at first she didn’t want ANYTHING and tried to get us to leave, but after a few inspired questions and some promises, she let us in! We taught for about 15 minutes and the spirit was so STRONG! At the end I invited her to be baptized on the 28th of September and she gasped and said, that’s my birthday!! YESSS I'll be baptized on that day!! It was super spiritual; it’s so incredible seeing the Lord's hand guide us! I know that the Lord does everything for a special reason, nothing happens just because, everything has been planned for 1000s of years, and it is up to us to make the most of it and learn all the Lord wants us to learn!! On Saturday it rained a ton! Haha I love when it rains on the mission, because we still go out and work while everyone is inside and they are all like, look at the crazy Mormons, Haha. If it’s not a testimony that this work is true, I don’t know what is! But I know that it is true what we are sharing and I know this church is true!!! Thanks for all the support! Hope all is going well!! OH YEA GONZALO is getting baptized this Saturday, I’m not sure if I’ll be here or not, but I’m excited for him!!! Love you all! Elder Eppich

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

"I Felt Like a Relief Society Sister" :)

September 2, 2013 Familia, Well this week went really well! We worked really hard and the Lord really blessed us a ton! It is starting to get really hot here, super early so it is weird. I cut my hair this morning and it turned out pretty good, when I get home I can teach karigan if she wants! Haha jk.(Karigan is attending Cosmetology school part-time) But I cut everyone’s hair in the mission, everyone always asks me to do it. We found a lot of new investigators this week which always helps a ton, because then we don’t have to spend much time looking for people and we can focus on them and help them get ready for church and everything! We found a family that seems really cool; we are really excited for them. We taught them and sang for them, and the spirit was SO strong and then the next time we passed by they were like “you have no idea how much your lesson changed our house and all of us. We are doing SO MUCH better!” Then we invited to church and they came, well 2 of the 5 came the others weren’t here, but they are all going to come on the next Sunday. The boy that is 21 did what we told him about kneeling down and praying after reading the book of Mormon 3 Nephi 11 and then asking if it was true or not, and in that moment he had a really cool manifestation when it appeared to him that Christ lowered from the heavens, really awesome and hard to explain in English for me, sorry, Haha. But the families are capos (studs); their names are Zulma, Blanca, Florencia, Soledad and Richard! On Sunday Hermano Cepeda blessed the sacrament with me!!! Then their whole family bore their testimonies thanking all of the members and God for the help and everything that has been going for them and, man I felt like a relief society sister, I was almost bawling like a baby. Haha but things are going great for me and I am loving the mission, next week we have transfers, who knows what will happen, Haha well love ya! Love, Elder Eppich