Monday, November 25, 2013

"Keep Moving Forward and Not be Distracted"

Cabrera Family
November 25, 2013


Well we had a really good week!! Yesterday we had the baptism of Lucas Cabrera!! His family was inactive for 10 plus years. Then his grandma came back and she brought him. We started helping him and his family and then yesterday he got baptized!! It was a great service, super spiritual!! Even though he was just a little kid of 11 years, it was great seeing the family at church!!
 Well, things are still going great, the Lord is blessing us a ton. We have quite a few investigators at this moment, and we want to keep looking for more so that we never run out of things to do!! This past week I spent in a different area, Paso del Rey, with Elder Hansen. He came to the mission with me and we were in the same district in Tennessee, he is a great guy!! 
 We have a family of 7 that has gone to the church two Sundays in a row; we are trying to help them get married so all of them can get baptized this month!!!
 Sorry I don’t have much time right now, but I love you all a ton, and I know this church is true!!!

 I hope all can read Elder Dube and Elder Uchtdorfs talks, they are great!! We always have to keep moving forward and not be distracted!! That’s how I am going to finish the mission!!! 

Love ya!! Elder Eppich

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

"This is Real Life"

Happy Birthday 21st Elder Eppich

November 18, 2013


What a great week that we had here in ARGENTINA!! I hope you are all enjoying the cold, because it is SUPER HOT down here in Argentina, but that is ok, I don’t really mind!!! I have definitely got used to not having air conditioning and the climate here in Argentina. I actually really like it, most of the time. I think that I am going to finish my mission washing all my clothes by hand so that I can make the most of my time here. I’ll be super grateful for a washing machine when I get home!!! Haha

Well, we found a ton of great people this last week and are working with a ton with a lot of investigators!! This week we were able to see 12 people make it to church!!!

A new family of 6 that we found went and they loved it!!!

So on Saturday we had a great day!!! At 5 o clock we woke up and took a taxi to the offices because my comp and I got called to do the ushering for all of the 840 missionaries. I saw a ton of missionaries I knew from the other missions. It was crazy to hear that the missionaries from the other missions that got here with us,  go home in a couple of weeks because of the age change. Luckily for me, our mission didn’t get changed!!!

So we got to hear from Elder Gonzales and Soars and their wives, they are from the 70, and then we got to hear from Elder Holland and his wife!!

They all did incredible! I loved it so much!! They talked about all our potential as missionaries and how we are the most loved and prayed for people in ALL the world, it is so true!! Elder Holland talked how we have to understand that all of what the Lord has for us is at our hands we just have to have the faith to use it and to be converted enough!! He talked about how we can never go back to REAL LIFE like everyone says about the life after the mission. He said, THIS IS REAL LIFE and that he doesn’t want us to ever fall away. It is the hardest thing for him to see, when missionaries fall away!!

Then he said why the mission is so hard. He said the reason it is so hard is because salvation isn’t a cheap experience. If it was hard for the Lord it has to be hard for us!! That is why life is hard, so that we can become like the Lord and do what he wants us to do, and that is why we have trials in our lives!!! I loved that part a ton!!!

It was a great meeting, and a great birthday!!! Thanks everyone that wished me happy birthday!! I love all of you a ton and hope that all is going good!!! Elder Eppich!! Nos vemos pronto!!!


Monday, November 11, 2013

Elder Holland coming to Argentina BAW

November 11, 2013 Guess what the mission is giving me for my birthday on the 16th of November? Elder Holland!!!! On the 16th, Elder Holland is going to be speaking to all the missions in Buenos Aires!!! I am super excited, that sounds like a pretty awesome birthday if you ask me!!! Well things are going great for us here in Moreno. We are seeing a lot of progress in the area and in the ward. The ward really is excited to work with us, and excited to leave and do visits with us! Couldn’t ask for more as a missionary! This week we had a tough time trying to find Daniel. He has been sick, and when we found him, he told us he didn’t like the stake conference, because he didn’t understand anything. He didn’t go to church on Sunday, because he was ´sick ´hopefully he was really sick, and didn’t just not want to go. The family Andino went to church, at least the parents did and their daughter of 6. I am not sure if I ever told you about them or not, but they are awesome. We found them about a month and a half ago, and we taught them a lot, and something always happened and they never made it to church. They are 6, Guillermo, Soledad, Rocco, Lumilda, Brisa, and Nico. They are great, and they are married, they have been passing through a ton of problems lately, and just trying to move forward, but they haven’t been able to. But then they went to the stake conference, and didn’t understand anything, but agreed to go again this last Sunday, and they really liked it a lot!! We have a family from the church that is helping us with them, they are the Familia Frattoni. We have been trying to get them to help us, and then we finally had a day that worked for all of us, and it went great, they became great friends, and I am sure they will be baptized because they have great friends in the church to be with them at all times!! Then we also have another pareja, or couple that aren’t married, yet, we are trying to help them get married in December. They are great, Martin and Vanessa. Vanessa always liked the church, but Martin was just a jokester and made cruel comments all the time. But he went to church one time, and read and prayed and the Lord started blessing him a ton, and so now he is changing like crazy, and can’t wait to go to church,get married, and get baptized! We also found a lot of drunken people this last week; it really is sad how much people drink down here. I mean tons of people make their living from going around and recycling all the beer bottles, and wine boxes and bottles. They all like to drink to help them get out of their problems. Whenever we find someone drunk, we always tell them we can help them and they are really excited to stop and to be able to start over again. The gospel and the atonement really are the universal cures to any problem, member or non member. I hope all can apply it every day of their lives!! Also, I have been thinking a lot about the divine potential that all of us have as children of God, we are entitled to all the father has, if we are faithful to the promises we have made! There is nothing we cannot do, if we rely on the Lord to help us! I have gained such a strong testimony of that, I know the Lord hears our prayers, and that he answers them as well!! Well things are going great, time is flying by, I can’t believe that 22 months ago I walked in to the MTC, seems like yesterday! Hope all is going well! Thanks for the Birthday wishes. I have a feeling Elder Holland will make a shout out for me, hahaha love ya'll!!
Elder Eppich

Monday, November 4, 2013

"Faith really can move moutains, but not if we sit and wait for it to happen"

Elder Eppich and Elder Midgat, Moreno Zone
November 4, 2013 Well, sorry I don’t have much time this week. Like every week, we have a ton of things that we have to do… so much for a P-day, but it’s ok!! Things are going great here in our area. We are teaching a ton of people and exercising faith. Faith is something real, and something that works miracles. I cannot begin to tell all of the wonderful experiences I have been able to experience because of faith of investigators, converts, members and missionaries. Faith really can move mountains, but not if we just sit still and wait for it to happen. We have to go out and work to make these miracles happen. It doesn’t matter where we are, how much time we have in the mission, or who our companion is. We all have the same calling and power. If we depend on the Lord and have faith in him, he truly will work miracles in every area of our lives. We finally got the family Andino to go to church. It was stake conference and they liked it a lot! We also have a 55 yr old man named Daniel Benitez, he is awesome. He has gone to church now twice and loves it. He got his answer on Thursday. We were teaching about repentance and he just started smiling and said, “wow, I feel like I have never felt in my life. What is this feeling? is this my answer?” It was incredible. He will be getting baptized on the 23rd with a few other people. We have a possibility of 7 people that will be getting baptized on the 23rd of November. I’m doing great and I am loving the mission. Thanks for all the support. Love you all!! Elder Eppich

Elder Eppich and Elder Midgat, looking quite GQ :)