Monday, April 13, 2015

"Dewpoint" email from March 16

 45 Let thy bowels also be full of charity towards all men, and to the household of faith, and let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God; and the doctrine of the priesthood shall distil upon thy soul as the dews from heaven.46 The Holy Ghost shall be thy constant companion, and thy scepter an unchanging scepter of righteousness and truth; and thy dominion shall be an everlasting dominion, and without compulsory means it shall flow unto thee forever and ever. D&C 121:45
The other week, our mission president"s wife Hermana Douglas gave a message about the way to have success. She stirred my science brain by talking about dewpoint. It sounds super boring at first, but hang with me. So you know how when you have a super cold glass of water and poutside its really hot, you start to see a lot of little droplets outside the glass. This is called dew point. You have to have a balance of the cold and hot temperatures to make that happen. Its equal to our work here in the mission field. Our faith has to be equal to our diligence and desires, becusase if not, we won"t have any baptisms, any reacues, and temple trips, any salvation in general.Alot of the time, we don"t see that dew, (or rocio as its called in Spanish), because our faith or desires aren"t strong enough see the results. Sometimes we also need tons of patience. This week Ana Huamani, a 4 month investigator, was baptized and confirmed. It was a moment in my mission where I really did feel like we received a little rocio from heaven. She has changed so much, strengthened her testimony for so long, and I know she is going to be firm in the gospel. 
As misisonaries, and children of God in general, we should always be striving for that rocio in everything that we do. Its not easy to attain, there is still so much to get done before we leave this life, but we have to trust that if we do everything possible in our power, God will make up the difference. 
This week Wilkins and her companion Hma. Giler came from Nazca to stay with us for a couple days. Well, really her companion had to get her wisdom teeth taken out, but we used it as a day for a painful slumber party! It was great to see her again, training a new sweet sister from Ecuador, and talking about all the changes in the past year. She also noted a bunch of changes in me. I think we are all constantly needing to change and make things better everyday, and although alot of the time maybe we don"t recognize or feel it, it happens. 
I am so happy for all the progress my family an friends are making in their work,studies, and travels. Keep reading your scriptures everyday, and sharing your testimonies with as many members and nonmers you can find! Talk with the missionaries, they will help you,. I promise. 
"Las cosas que no cambian permanecen iguales." Things that don"t change stay the same. 

14 And now behold, I ask of you, my brethren of the church, have ye spiritually been born of God? Have ye received his image in your countenances? Have ye experienced this mighty change in your hearts?
 15 Do ye exercise faith in the redemption of him whocreated you? Do you look forward with an eye of faith, and view this mortal body raised in immortality, and this corruption raised in incorruption, to stand before God to be judged according to the deeds which have been done in the mortal body?
 16 I say unto you, can you imagine to yourselves that ye hear the voice of the Lord, saying unto you, in that day: Come unto me ye blessed, for behold, your works have been the works of righteousness upon the face of the earth? Alma 5:14-16
I love all of ya"ll and hope you have a good week!

Hermana Addington

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