Tuesday, September 16, 2014

September 16, 2014

So to start out  my companion and I had a room change which was pretty crazy. We were sleeping in the pool house which had the sweetest setup out of all of the rooms.  Unfortunately we have been moved to what the Elders here like to call " The Cracker Box." Let me tell you, it is muy cramped in there. Haha.

September 11th was a riot. Apparently down here people use that day as an excuse to steal and vandalize and get into these raging riots. A native Chilean explained to me why but I didn't catch everything because he talked so dang fast! It's along the lines of a dictator taking control of the country in 1973 by assassinating the President. But yeah, all of the CCM teachers had to spend the night here because it was too much of a risk to go home. Apparently 22 people were killed somewhere down south so pretty crazy! Nothing too crazy happened here though so don't worry!
 
We had the opportunity to teach a real investigator on the 12th last week! Seriously the coolest experience I've had while I've been here. So, my companion and I were studying the Book of Mormon when one of our teachers, Hermano Riotor comes in and tells us to begin prepping a lesson on the Restoration for an investigator study time. So naturally, Elder Collins and I were a bit confused as to why we were doing this so spontaneously. We followed Hermano Riotor outside and met up with a man in his mid 30's. After talking back and forth with this man, and having some translation help, we realized that this was real. Not a fake teacher investigator but the real deal. Apparently the man Manuel, had been having a really rough life and contemplated on multiple occasions on whether or not he should end it. He told us that he had prayed and begged God for help, and to guide him. That day he was walking around the city and as he was passing the CCM, something inside of him told him that he would find his answers there. So after talking with our teacher, and explaining his hunger for the gospel, Hermano Riotor found this a pristine moment to grab the two of us and give a lesson about the Restoration and Joseph Smith and how the true gospel of Jesus Christ was now present on the earth. By the end of our testimonies everyone was in tears. The spirit was SO strong. Manuel told us that he knew what we said was true and that he could feel it. We asked him if he would be baptized by someone holding the proper authority and he whole heartedly agreed. So he will be baptized on the 28th of September. During that time until then the senior missionaries will be teaching him the lessons.
 
That experience just testifies to me that Heavenly Father works in mysterious ways and ALWAYS answers our prayers. I realize that Elder Collins and I are just a tool in His hands. The same goes for every missionary around the world. 

With love, 
 
Elder Pile
 
 

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