Okay so the highlights from this week are:
On Tuesday we had to go to the funeral of the Hermana who died in our ward. It was interesting to see the difference between those who are members of the LDS Church and those who are not. The biggest thing I’ve seen is that members tend to be a little more controlled in these types of circumstances.
The messages at the funeral were great. They shared the Plan of Salvation and talked about how we can be together after this life. The Stake Center was packed with people.
Then, we went to the cemetery and you could see her mother was not a member. The mother was crying and throwing herself on the coffin. She kept yelling for her daughter, and couldn’t be consoled. I wanted to help her, but knew that she wouldn’t listen.
In the end, this helped me appreciate my knowledge of the gospel and that death doesn’t actually part us for forever.
This week, we had a Noches de Hogar (Family Night) almost every night. We used a story that Ajxup has that’s great. It’s about someone who dies and is going to her mansion in heaven. She passes through three areas – one of gold, one of porcelain, and one of crystal. But, each time she goes to enter she gets stopped. They tell her that, for the first place, you had to be giving in your life, the second, you had to be kind to people, the third, you had to have taught people the gospel. She didn’t do any of that, and so could not enter. The last area they go to, the houses are made of trash. Here is where she is supposed to go. The angels tell her that the houses you receive are made from your actions here in the earth. She didn’t do any of the things for the other areas, and this is all they received from her life. The woman screams and tries to get out, when she wakes up. Turns out it was a dream, but from that moment on she changes her life.
We used it to help our members think about the goals they’re making. Will these goals help them reach their eternal goal, or only something in the earth?
These Noches de Hogar were great.
Then, Friday, we had a great day. We really felt that we were guided by the spirit to where we needed to go. We ended up visiting a less active and it turned out it was the anniversary of her father’s death. We talked about the Plan of Salvation and why we go to church. It was a wonderful lesson. We really felt the spirit in the lesson.
We also went and visited an investigator the same day. This was the investigator we hoped for on Sunday, but didn’t come. This time, we visited her with a member who, it turns out, already knew her. It was great because the Hermana with us had the same problems that the investigator has. So, they really bonded, and Lizbeth agreed to come to church with her kids.
We visited a family named Ain Molinar on Saturday. We had met them doing caroling for Christmas. We went and visited. The husband was the most interested. He told us that we were the first missionaries of any religion that he had let into his house. He said he just felt that he should let us in. It was a very interesting lesson.
On Sunday, Lizbeth and her younger son came to church. It was great. The members who have been to visit her really made sure to be there to support her. They did a great job.
Then, in the evening we went and did a Noche de Hogar. We had invited five families. Two were sick and two couldn’t come, but we got one person to come. The members were surprised to find we had investigators where they lived, but it’s because the missionaries haven’t worked there before. We’re definitely changing that.
So, this week was a good week. We didn’t reach the goals we wanted, but I think we will this week. One thing we have to work on is having a member in every lesson we have. President has asked that we have no others. So, if anyone at home has time, take time out to work with your missionaries. I’m sure they could use the help. I know we could, but our members are coming up to the call with a little bit of help.
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If you would like to write to Hermana Palmer, here’s the mission mailing address:
Panama, Republica de Panama