March 18, 2019


Rio Negro, Chile


Elder Bird

Golden Teets and "Your country is very bad"

This week was pretty great. We had quite a few meetings and also had the blessing to do some door knocking haha.

1. To start off the week by having a second trainer/trainee meeting with Elder Pajarito (Birdie) and it was way awesome seeing the huge improvement in his Español. I feel like I've said that before, but oh well. It has also been so fast the time that has past with him, dang.

2. We also had an English Class on Wednesday and it was awesome. Only one member came to the class, but the brother, Josè Luis, is preparing to go on a mission. It was awesome because he was able feel a little more motivated because we were able to explain to him how blessed we are when we serve others. Because if ye are in the service of your fellow men ye are only in the service of your God.

3. I bet you are all wondering about my title but it's because of the Giant cow that we saw this week and because right after we took the picture with the cows a crowd of guys that were possibly drinking, pretty sure, told us how terrible our country is and it was pretty funny because I pretty much have no idea what's happening back there. But I do know the words to most of Toby Keith's songs and all I need to say is "American Soldier".

4. I seriously was so grateful because this week during my studies I was able to read a couple of the chapters in 3 Nephi during the ministry of Jesus Christ. I urge you all to read and ponder upon the words that the Savior gave to the Nephites in 3 Nephi 11:10-11

10 Behold, I am Jesus Christ, whom the prophets testified shall come into the world.

11 And behold, I am the light and the life of the world; and I have drunk out of that bitter cup which the Father hath given me, and have glorified the Father in taking upon me the sins of the world, in the which I have suffered the will of the Father in all things from the beginning.

These truly are the words of the Savior and I testify of them. I hope you all have a wonderful week and never forgot who died, suffered, and loves you. I know that my Redeemer lives. AND I LOVE IT! CHAO HASTA SEMANA!
Elder Stirling

Mom Note: I wanted to share something that Elder Stirling said in his personal letter to me this week. He first made reference to the hymn "Master the Tempest is Raging" and then said this:
"This week I was trying to work on my ability to ponder because a lot of the time the tempest is raging. Sometimes even literally with a rain storm outside. But like I have learned as it says in 1 Kings 19:10-12, That still small voice is always on the other side. I know that sometimes it is very hard and seems impossible to hear it, but it's there. I also was able to learn that the smallest decisions (not including the cereal we eat or the color of shirt we wear etc. 😂) we make will change our ability to adapt. I seriously had a great week and hope we both have a great next one. Can't even believe that Eliza will be in St. Geezy in a few days, so nuts. All I can say is, "You`re gonna miss this." Love you Mo (my kid's nickname for me) so much! HASTA SEMANA! CHAO PO

I share this excerpt from my personal letter from him because I've noticed an interesting phenomenon about having missionaries in the field. There are times when these servants of the Lord say exactly what you need to hear and don't even realize how they are blessing the lives of their family members and friends. As much as I miss having them home, I know when their missions are complete, I will miss having them focusing on the WORK of full time missionary service.


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