Tuesday, January 12, 2016

January 12, 2016 - Amazing Teachers


They give us not NEARLY enough time (like 50 minutes) to email so sorry I can't update you on everything! I love my classes and my teachers!! The different classes we have throughout the week are just general lesson about teaching, language classes, and progressing investigator studies/ teaching. The progressing investigator part is the most difficult and helpful thing we do here. Basically two of our teachers act as if they are one of the people that they taught on their missions, and then we teach them (they're really good actors).

The two  we've had these past two weeks were Felipe and Marcos.
Felipe was this shy guy who was dating a Mormon girl and she wanted to get married to a Mormon. This was the struggle of that investigator since we were constantly trying to make sure that he was interested for the right reasons. Marcos was living with his girlfriend who was very anti religion and the struggle was trying to help him develop a closer relationship with God while also helping him know that with faith he can overcome situation. We still haven't heard the real Marcos story, but we heard the real Felipe story yesterday and it was amazing. 

So basically Felipe just got baptized because of his girlfriend and then fell away from the church about a month later. He becomes increasingly resistant to the church over the years, even doing everything in his power not to let his two kids go to church (his wife was very active this whole time). He eventually did come back to the church and was sealed to his family. Our teacher (Elder Meneses) then said why that investigator was so important to him. It was his dad. He actually taught his dad the gospel through sharing his experiences as a missionary and they were sealed as a family soon after. Hermano Meneses is exactly the kind of missionary I want to be. He´s been through a lot. He had a stutter for most of his life, which made him super shy and bullied. It was so bad that he dropped out of school (lost his scholarship) and was kicked out of his house. He eventually desired to go on a mission but his stutter was a huge issue. In one of many interviews with his stake president, the Stake president asked him if he had faith in Jesus Christ and if he believed that this was his priesthood here on the earth. Hermano Meneses said that yes, he did. The Stake president said that this was the same power that Christ used to perform miracles here on earth, and so the Stake president right then healed him of his stutter. Completely gone in an instant. Elder Meneses even thought his girlfriend was going to die within the year (doctors found a tumor) when he had 15 months to go. He decided he would continue to serve the Lord and she was also miraculously healed. I have awesome examples to look to here.

Also, pday last week was cool! We went out in the city and ate completos! 
The Completo! A Chilean Hot Dog

Most people seemed to be pretty friendly to us but some people not as much. Last Wednesday morning, we were walking to go play basketball and this guy comes toward us on his bike. As soon as he sees us he pedals as fast as he can and as he passes us he swerves to try to hit me. He hits me right in the shoulder and crashed pretty hard into a bush. He swore at me a bunch (I think) but I was completely fine. I definitely feel protected.

Thanks for the greenie package! I got that a couple days ago :)

I'm glad to hear everything is well over there!!!! I love and miss you guys!!! 

Love,

Elder Birrell




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