Tuesday, June 24, 2014


Good Morning! (or whatever time of day it is when you read this... if you read it ;))

This week has disappeared, gone in a flash, a blink.  I don't know where all of the time went?  It was awesome though!  I can't remember much of what happened, but it was good!

We ate at the Bishop's house this week, and he is awesome!  He really wants to help us out with the work, and get the ward involved--which is a HUGE blessing.  His family is awesome as well.  He went to Hong Kong on his mission, so we had this yummy chicken.  Maybe it was from his mission, but I'm not sure.  The next day--Tuesday--we taught our investigator.  She doesn't have much of a religious background of any kind.    We committed her to just pray everyday, and she said yes!  So far she has been doing it as well.  Hopefully she feels the spirit as she does so.  It was SO hot this day!  I was going to die!  It was 90 degree's with too much humidity.  I was fasting too, so i seriously felt like i was going to keel over and die.
On Wednesday we had my last district meeting with this district (4 of them are getting transferred, so it'll just be Sister Holmstead and I).  We discussed Power and Authority on Page 4 of PMG.  I think it went pretty well.  I did the least amount of talking, so that's a good sign!  After, i went on a exchange with Elder Griffeth.  The Elder in Fairview.  We had an awesome time!  Him and his companion are getting doubled out, so he worked on the area book for a bit trying to get it ready for the new missionaries.  The next day we exchanged back and Elder Linford and I did weekly planning at the church.  I drank some water out of my water bottle, and it tasted weird.  I felt like crap after as well!  I looked in it, and there were a bunch of black specs everywhere on the bottom.  Mold!  I guess that is what you get when you don't wash your water bottle for 9 months.  Needless to say, i nuked that thing that night, and I'm enjoying the clean water out of it right now!  Gotta love humidity, and not having a dish washer...

Later on in the week, Friday, we went up to Westfield.  It was great!  We had some really good lesson's.
On Saturday and Sunday we got word that Elder Linford is getting transferred. President gave me a call and called me to stay DL and also asked me to train again.  I'm excited  There are only 5 new missionaries coming in, so I've been trying to guess who the unfortunate soul is that gets me!  We'll find out tomorrow:)  We have to drive down to Pittsburgh tonight and we are picking up another set of missionaries.  One of the Elder's is getting transferred.  We will have 6 suitcases in our little cruze.  It's going to be a long 2 and a half hour drive.  Luckily I am the driver so i get the most room:)  Have a great week.  I love you guys!

Elder Birrell


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Teenage girls

My week here in Erie was pretty good!  The work is still moving slow, but
we have made a lot of plans and set some goals for new things to try this
week.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed:)

The start of the week was slow.  We went mini golfing with people from the
district, and the biggest rain storm i have ever seen came in.  The thunder
was so loud, and we got soaked in the 1 minute we were in it.  The
windshield wiper could barely keep up with is.  The roads were straight up
rivers.  It was awesome!  We didn't teach a lesson until Thursday!  Somehow
we were still busy though.  Not sure exactly what we did. I went on an
exchange to the Fairview Elder's area, and they have a sweet house.  It's
right on the lake.  It looks and feels like cabin.  There area is pretty
different from ours.  It's a little nicer.

Thursday was a scary day!  This is where the title from my email comes in.
We were doing weekly planning, and we had to walk to an appointment that
was about 2 miles away.  As we walked out of our apartment there were 2
teenage girls across the street. We waved at them like we normally do to
people, and continued on our way.  Right as we rounded the corner i heard
these chilling words "You're hot!  You're hot!"  These words shattered my
eardrums, and made my heart stop in fear.  I didn't turn around but kept
walking.  I told my comp. that we should walk faster.  We did like Joseph
in Egypt.  Got the heck away!  We were walking, and we saw the girls come
around the corner.  Talking loud obviously trying to get our attention.  I
was freaking out.  My comp. was completely fine, however.  We finally got
to the end of the road and went up these stairs that no one ever goes up,
but us... and now our new buddies.  We walked the whole 2 miles, and i was
praying they wouldn't catch up.  They literally followed us the whole way
to the appointment.  Luckily the people were home and i was able to escape.
The next day we went to this fair here in North East, and there were a
bunch more teenage girls be freaky!  Needless to say i do not enjoy walking
around out side anymore.  I wish the -40 degree's were back.  Flirt to
convert i guess ;) heheh.

We went up to Westfield on Friday and visited a couple less-active members.
They were great!  We were pretty bold with them, but the spirit was there
so it was alright.  It was a pretty good week.  Love ya!  Have a great

Elder Birrell

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Short but sweet

This week was great.  Kinda slow and short.  On Wednesday i taught my first district meeting in this area.  It went over pretty good i hope.  We talked and discussed on ways to build a fire underneath the ward to do missionary work.  After the meeting i went on an exchange into the Zone Leaders area.  Their area is pretty cool!  They have a lot more city than i do.  The Elder i went with has an awesome conversion story as well!  It was definitely an uplifting experience.  Thursday was slow.  We did some service for members that were moving out, and tried to see some less-active members.

On Friday we went up to Westfield, NY.  There are a lot of less-actives up there, because the church building is 1 hour away!!!!!  We got in a lot of lessons, and hopefully we are building up their faith.  Saturday we had some service opportunities.  Also i went and did a baptism interview in the other Elder's Area.  It took an hour to drive there, so that took a good chunk out of our day.  We went and did service for one of our investigators and visited with her after.  Hopefully her faith is building.  She's had a very rough life.  That was my week.  Short and sweet i guess.  Have a great week.  Love ya!

Elder Birrell