Santiago Chile

Santiago Chile

Saturday, March 5, 2016

March 1, 2016 - Paint and Birrell

Hola familia y amigos,

Whoo, this week, a lot of things happened.
Highlight of the week was seeing his friend from home, Elder Birrell!

On Wednesday, there was an Area wide conference with Elder Bednar. All of the missionaries in Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Chile listened to the teachings of Elder Bednar. That conference changed my life. It was about how the Spirit is the teacher, and how we must ask inspired questions instead of playing the "guess whats in my head game". It was a great conference!

On Thursday, we taught Miguel Angel. He is doing really well. He hasn't been able to go to church because of his work, but now he has Sundays free. He now officially has home teachers assigned to him as well, so we are very happy. After you ask for something 10 times from the Elders Quorum President, he always comes through.

On Friday, we had interviews with the President. This was my last infield interview with him. He asked me how I am dealing with the difficulties that present themselves in my last two months. I told him, that I've seen everything fail in a million ways before in my mission, so now it doesn't affect me anymore. so many appointments have fallen through, so many people have gotten close to baptism and then changed their minds, and it has been hot for so long that these problems don't bother me. They are just part of the day.

That day in the afternoon, we taught the Murillos family. They are a Chilean family that has almost come to church 4 times. They are so close, and they committed to come this Sunday.

On Saturday, we got to teach Luis. He is an older man that recently is getting better from a stroke. Pilar came with us, because she also suffered a stroke a couple of months ago, so she helped him understand how the gospel could help him. 

On Sunday, we went in the morning to go and pick up Luis and go to church with him in Taxi. When we got there, I got to play the hymns this week, so that was fun. The Murillos family and the Alberto family didn't come to church. They did call a new bishop. They called the second counselor of the bishopric as a new bishop.He's about 35 years old, and he has two little kids. He was a convert to the church that got baptized when he was 14. We have a really great relationship with him, and he confides in us a lot, so we are really excited to work with him and help him in what he needs.

On Monday we found out that the Alberto family had left to go to the beach the day before and had gotten sick, so they didn't go to church. We also found out that the Murillos family got up early, got dressed in their Sunday clothes, left to the church, and got there at 10:15 and saw that the meeting had already started, and because they did'nt want to interrupt, they didn't enter, but kept on walking to go and buy some close.

This morning, for P-day, we climbed Cerro Renca with Elder Birrell! It was a ton of fun to catch up with him and see that he is doing well. He looks really happy, and his companion is one of my good friend, Elder Smith. We had a fun time with him, and it shows that Elder Birrell is going to be an excellent missionary.

Elders Birrell and Williams, two Bothell Boys in Santiago!

Elder Williams and Elder Barillas in painting suits.

That's it for this week. I know that this church is guided by revelation from God. I know that this is Christ´s church and that He really does speak to us so we can carry out His work according to His plans.


Elder Williams

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