Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Week 10 and 11

Week 10
Howdie y'all.
This week has been great!  As usual.  I can't remember what happened though.  So bear with me!
Thursday:  I went on an exchange over to Greensburgh again.  It was a fun day, but we probably taught for a total of 45 minutes.  There was a lot of travel during the day.  It was nice to see their area though!
Friday:  It was a pretty slow day.  Our schedule was thrown off because of the exchange, and then we had weekly planning for 3 hours.  We were able to have 1 lesson that night with a less active.  We walked there, because we are really low on miles.  The walk way was probably a foot wide on the side of the road.  Luckily we didn't get run over.  Hahah!
Saturday:  We went to see a less-active, and she yelled from her house to come in.  She said she needed to go to the hospital because he head was spinning, and she couldn't stay up when she was standing.  We gave her a blessing, and i kept praying that we would be able to teach her.  We asked if we could share a spiritual thought and she said yes.  I gave her a new Book of Mormon, and it had a restoration pamphlet in it.  She started reading it, and asked a bunch of questions about it.  The spirit was there, and she was learning a lot!  She really liked what we said, and it made a lot of sense to her.  We ended up having a 30-40 minute lesson with her!  It was great:)  We aren't sure if she went to the hospital or not...
Sunday:  We went to church, and did our studies with took up most of the day.  We had a lesson with this less active family from Hawaii, and they fed us the most delicious food ever!  I was so happy!  They are really awesome, and hopefully they come back to church!  They aren't in our area; they're in the sisters.  So we can't teach them, but hopefully the sisters do!
That was our week!  So it's a little short this week.  It been pretty fun!  I can't believe there are only 2 more weeks of the transfer!  I have almost been out for 2 months!  It's mind blowing.  I love serving a mission, and i wouldn't want to be doing anything else right now.  Love ya, and have a great week!
Elder Birrell
Week 11
How is it already week 11?!  Time has ffffffffffffffffffffffllllllllllllllllllllllllllloooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn by.  Seriously.
Monday: We taught our investigator with the Bishop.  She was really struggling with some personal matters, so we went over to give her the spiritual strength to carry on throughout the week.  It was a really great lesson, and we focused on the things she need to start doing (word of wisdom) to finally start to feel all of the peace and happiness that come from living the gospel.  It really helped her, and she seemed a lot happier after.
Tuesday:  I can't remember what happened, but i don't think it was very eventful.  Another faith day.
Wednesday:  We were in Verona and trying a few different potential investigators.  We weren't having much luck, and i suggested that we go and try this recently re-activated lady, We showed up at her house, and he son answered the door.  He said his mom wasn't home, but we could come in if we wanted.  We got in, and we weren't leaving until a lesson was taught >:).  Hahah.  It was perfect!  It just melted into a lesson, and we talked about the restoration.  Her son was baptized when he was 12, but immediately fell away because his brother teased him.  As we were teaching, he would give this great answers by the spirit!  We know that there is a flame in there, we just have to find it.  After we had our Book of Mormon class.
Thursday:  We met the Greensburgh elders and did an exchange.  I went with Elder Martin (DL) to his area, and his companion Elder Little came to our area with Elder Johnson.  It was such a fun exchange!  We went to Torrence, which is the hospital for those that are struggling with emotional things, and had an awesome lesson with some of the patients there.  After we met the sisters in their area to go to a members house and have dinner.  Around 3 it started to snow.  It was snowing quite a bit all night.  We got to the members house, and had dinner with them.  After we went out to our car, and it was snowing like crazy!  Not like a blizzard, but just dumping snow (I was so happy).  Like i have said before, the roads here are NOT flat.  We drive Chevy Cruze's, and they do an awful job in the snow.  We got to this hill, and our car would not drive anymore.  Elder Martin and i, as well as one of the sister got out and pushed it up the hill, while the other sister drove it up the hill.  The hill was probably a mile long.  It was SOOOOO cold!  It was SO MUCH FUN THOUGH.  I was laughing like crazy.  I was probably delirious from the cold...  It was a blast though.  It ended up taking us an 1 and a 1/2 to get back to our house.  It was so much fun.
Friday:  We taught this less-active member who has health problems with her kids.  We finally got to her house around 8pm, and she said that she is going to start coming back to church.  She said if she can go to the hospital 2 a week with her son, she can come to church once a week.  We were so happy!  Our less-active members have been doing a great job!  6 of them are on their way to reactivation just from the time that i have been here.
Saturday:  WAS AMAZING!  Our schedule was so jam packed, that we didn't have any room for dinner.  We taught a girl, who is getting baptized on the 18 of January.  Her mom is one that is working on getting reactivated, and it was remarkable!  She is still super excited to be baptized!  Her mom has been a HUGE help in her progress as well.  After we taught another less-active,  We taught her about temples, and challenged her to prepare to go to the temple.  Later that night, we taught a girl at a members home.  She was so drunk.  I was SO uncomfortable.  The spirit was so strong, and she was so sad for what she did.   We basically told her, that when she wants to be happy she'll stop doing these things, and she will be happy.  We challenged her to give a little more to the Lord.  She liked that, and really seemed to have a softer heart.  After we taught another less-active, and his nonmember girlfriend.  They really liked what we taught.  The plan of Salvation.  They are slowly coming around.  I was so hungry all day, and i never had a chance to eat anything.  We were running around all day, and we got home at 10:10pm... 
Sunday:  It was fast Sunday, and i thought i was going to die.  I WAS SO HUNGRY!  our investigator came to church and apologized for last night.  She said it's not going to happen again.  2 others came also came!  This other family that is reactivating themselves also came:)  It was a great day

It was a great week.  Elder Johnson and i have become really close, and we are really good at teaching together!  The transfers are coming up next week, and i hope he doesn't get transferred!  I love this companionship, area, and district!  I hope everyone stays.  However, when things start going good.  You get transferred...  Love ya!  Have a great week.
Elder Birrell

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