Elder Edwards

Elder Edwards

Monday, August 10, 2015

Aug. 10, 2015 - Adam's letter and pics of cathedral

this is the one like Aragorn; pretty cool!!! Sick!

the organ!!!!

Love you Mom and Grace and Gabe and Hyrum and Malia and Dad! 

This week has been good, we got to go see a really great big cathedral! Guess
what else, we still have two baptismal dates, we had to move them back,
but it's going well, the Lord is blessing us here in Nantes.

I think about you guys often! By the way, thank you so much for the
letters, I appreciate it so much. God bless you in all your endeavors.

I got to be part of a really cool Plan of salvation lesson yesterday,
and guess what? I think that someone who I personally contacted will
get baptized. We'll see though all in the Lords hands.

Learning so much about being independent and becoming a better person
and being stronger in the gospel. Encourage you all to read a talk by
Bishop Causse entitled "Architects of Our Own Happines." Do things that
encourage you and lift you up and help you make your goals. Do things
that help you but the lord and the gospel first. That's always
important. The people who don't in hiatory always regret it.

Always be ready to help in missionary work and in genealogy work. So
important in our lives!!

Love you all so much and thank you for the photos of the family party.
God bless you all. Sorry I couldn,t get a personal email to each of
you today but hope it"s going well. Love you!


Your loving son and brother serving the Lord In France,

Elder Adam Grant Edwards


From Adam to Dad (Mike):  

Cool!! Go get 'em in court Dad!!! :) whip that prosecution! No haha
sorry I'm just kidding. But I love you lots and I think of you and
your example often. It's interesting to be here and be so far from
you, but I'm glad I'm doing it. I think i'm going to work on having
fun here and enjoying t like you said.

Oh I don't know--maybe just some good family pictures and maybe a good
cookbook with some good recipes, haha I want to learn how to cook
better. I hope that's okay, thanks so much Dad! Also, I know this is
kind of a special request, but I thought it would be really neat if you
could please enlist the four grandmas and grandpas in putting together
a little family tree with all of my ancestors marked who were converts
to the church, like marked in red, and a copy or retelling of each of
their conversion stories. If there's a way to get that from them four
and you and Mom, too, even mission stories, that'd be great. Even just
a couple little cool ones, whatever you think Dad. I hope that's not
too much. Please thank everyone for all their kind notes and letters
and prayers and support!

Can you imagine I've already bee out here for 10 months? Lots of
people are impressed by my French, I get lots of compliments now, but
also still have a hard time communicating, but it's from the Lord, I
don't want to take any glory from it.

Talked to a cool guy who was going on vacation here in Nantes on a bus
who was Vietnamese. He was a cool guy, really nice. I don't know, you
probably tried it on your mission, but MAN bus and tram contacting
takes soe courage. It's all right, I'm more used to it now, but you
really have to be nice and natural and it's kind of hard just to start
talking to people, also to get the subject toward the gospel!!!
Anyway I talked to him just for a minute and, mentioned the church,
asked him, I think, maybe not if he'd be intereseted in hearing more,
and he said no, but it was still cool. Stuck out to me because he was
Asian and i really like Asian people, they're good, they have good
hearts, you know.

Well we have been teaching, for the second or third time now, a new
ami who is from Africa who just moved here from Tours. How we found
her is quite miraculous, definitely inspired toward her, but we found
her pretty far out of the middle of town where we live and where we
most often cross through, and we talked to her and taught her a little
lesson right there on the street (it's different now, you can teach
just a principle from Preach My Gospel, even just a little something
like how we believe in prophets or how to say a prayer, then you have
to wy a prayer, then give them a commitment to do, then it counts as a
lesson). Then we got her number and address and were able to go over
to her house the first time a few weeks ago. Now we were just able to
go over yesterday with the sisters, Sister Proudfoot (who I qctually
knew in the MTC) and sister Romero, to pass her over to them. Her
name, by the way, is Marina. She has two cute little African boys, so
energetic and fun! Haha Elder McBride bought the little guy a soccer
ball for his birthday last week and gave it to him, he's been loving
it. It was hard a little bit to let her go, especially since elder
McBride announced that we'd be passing her over to the sisters before
he'd even discussed it with me, but I'm not bitter, it's actually
better in the end, just sad to see her go because she is literally one
of the most legitimate people I have ever contacted. After the visit
with her yesterday, when we finished teaching the Plan of salvation,
she cried at one point and said she believes it, she's trying to
accept it at least. She will get baptized in six weeks, I call it! No
ha a but it will be fun to see what happens, I have faith in it!

God bless you Dad, hope that's good to read. Would you and Mom like me
to add more stories and experiences in general to my letters? What else
would you like in them? Also i've been studying and trying to figure
out my life mission, studying my patriarchal blessing and all that, and
what do you and Mom think about my life mission? Any important
thoughts or impressions you've had, especially about how I'm learning
and growing in my mission? I hope that life is going good for each and
every one of you. God bless you so much.

That album is SO COOL!! Thank you so much. Yes, could you please send
me Handel's Messiah and the Stones in the River album? Thanks so much.
Thanks for teaching me how to sing too because then if it's in your
head, it's out in the air! (Especially if your name is Dad
Edwards--and it may well come out with a couple little rhymes and funny
additions!!:D )

Dad, sometimes I get kind of down, seeing all the wickedness and all the drinking and smoking and stuff that people do, it makes me kind of sad. You would not believe
how many crazy, evil ideas are rooted, i mean rooted in these peoples'
minds, it's amazing!!! Like truth is relative for each person, good
for you if you believe in God but it's not important for me right now,
maybe later, the good ole' "well there's so much bad stuff in the world
that how could God live," you know of course.

Love you tons, God bless ysou in everything you do. Serge and Covalie
actually are not dropped, but we currentlycannotget in contact with
them. Denice is doing well, we need to get this family coming back to
church and to see and teach him again soon. David we saw and we moved
their baptismal dates to the2 september, just after my birthday!
Cool right? Anyway yeah. Lots of exchanges. I got to go to St. Nazaire
by the coast twice two weeks ago and also to la Rochelle right down by
the coast (AND the southern-most area in our mission, or close to it
at least, nerly surrounded by the Lyon mission and the Bordeau stake)
and that was really cool. The people just get MEAN sometimes in little
villes like that when missionaries have been there for a while.
Generally it was all right, we chose a hard spot to contact for a bit,
too, it was just interesting, haha. Some French people certainly do not
have a hard time being cold. But most are good. nantes is really nice
because lots of people don't know you, you know? Probably one of the
closer things we have to being like San Fran, a lot smaller but still
lots of people and lots take the tram.

God bless dad. I know this gospel is true. 

Love, and with eternal friendship and brotherhood and sonhood, your
dear beloved son,

Elder Edwards

1 comment:


    Why did Jesus command water baptism? What do the Scriptures tell us?

    THE COMMAND: Matthew 28:16-19.......19"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, (NKJV)

    Jesus command the eleven disciples to baptize all nations in water. What was the purpose of water baptism?

    1. Galatians 3:27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.(NKJV)

    By believers being immersed in water they are clothed in Christ.

    2. Mark 16:16 "He who believes and is baptized will be saved...(NKJV)

    Believers who have been immersed in water will be saved.

    3. Acts 2:38 Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.(NKJV)

    Repentant believers who have been immersed in water will have their sins forgiven and they will receive the indwelling gift of the Holy Spirit.

    4. Romans 6:3-7 ...4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.......6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin.....(NKJV)

    Believers in Jesus who have been immersed in water can walk in a new life, they no longer have to be slaves to sin.

    5. Acts 22:16 'And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.' (NKJV)

    Believers who have been immersed in water have had their sins washed away.

    6. Acts 2:40,41,47 And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, "Be saved from this perverse generation." 41 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. 47 .....And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.(NKJV)

    Repentant believers who have been immersed in water become saved from the penalty of sin and the Lord adds them to His church. The church is the body of Christ.

    7. Colossians 2:11-13...12 buried with Him in baptism... 13 And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made you alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses,(NKJV)

    Believer who have been immersed in water have been forgiven all their sins.


    1. Water baptism is not essential for salvation. (Not found in the Bible)

    2. Water baptism is not for the forgiveness of sins. (Not found in the Bible)

    3. Water baptism is simply for a testimony of faith. (Not found in the Bible)

    4. Water baptism is in order to be baptized into a denominational church or in order to join the church of your choice. (Not found in the Bible)

    5. Water baptism means being sprinkled, or poured with water. (Not found in the Bible)

    6. Water baptism in not being baptized into Christ.(Not found in the Bible.)

    7. Water baptism is in order to wash away the guilt of original inherited sin from Adam.(Not found in the Bible)

    8. Water baptism is unnecessary, period.(Not found in the Bible)

    9. The one baptism mentioned in Ephesians 4:5 in not water baptism. (Not found in the Bible)

    10. Unbelievers such as infants, and small children should be baptized against their will.(Not found in the Bible)

    11. Teaching about being baptized in water should be based on denominational creed books because the Bible is not God's final authority.(Not found in the Bible.)


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