Monday, January 13, 2014

January 13, 2014

My dearest Family and Friends:

You all sound so great and happy. I loved hearing from you all in your letters and thank you so much for all your love and support. I truley have the best family in the world and the best friends.
Well, wow what a week we had. We were so busy with lessons with our investigators and meetings with President and the zone and with Elder C. Scott Grow of the 70 who came to the mission to teach and train. But let me start out first from last monday.
Last Pday we as a zone headed up 2 hours from tacna to a place called tarata. It was so beautiful!!! Peru truely is amazing and so pretty. What was so cool is it was full of all ancient incan ruins and buildings from back then. As you looked over the landscape and the country side, it was so neat to think about all those book of mormon stories and to wonder where they took place. I honestly believe that many of them took place here in peru. yes i know mexico has a ton of ruins too but there are so many here tooo. As we talked to some of the poeple that lived there...they told us that there families ahve lived there for generations. these people are flippin Lamanites baby!!! just modernized with different clothes and different tools to do their farm work. Words really cant describe the views...just amazing. so gorgeous. i will defintaley send pics.
But this last week was such a spiritual one too and i have grown and learned so much. We had meetings as a stake for the ward counsels (i think thats right in english...its consejos de Barrios in spanish) and how to hasten the work here. the lord truley is hastening the work and is asking for all the members to come together with the missonaries and work together. This work is for all of us! We had a training meeting this last Friday with Elder C. Scott Grow of the 70 and he is in the Area Presidency for all of South America. He taught us such great things about the work of salvation and how we can better our work and our responisblilties. And yes, President Zobrist asked the trio, Elder Ellsworth, Hermana Skelton, and I to play again for him and his wife. So add him to the list of general authorities. i really cant even tell you how much of an honor it is to play. i love it so much!
yesterday we had our stake conference and holy cow was the spirit so strong! Truely this week was such a feast from the spirit and holy cow do i need ot improve on so many things. But that is why i am greatful that i have so much more time here in the misison, to improve daily and to become the man that my heavenly father wants me to be. There have been a lot of talks here on fulfilling the measure of your creation. And i need to improve on this. So pray for me to be the kind of misisonary and representative of christ that our heavenly father wants me to be.
Other news.....Oh! I didnt get Changed!!!!!! Elder Leon and i have another 6 weeks together! we are so stoked and happy that we get to serve some more together. He is such an amazing missionary and we are just learning so much from each other every day and improving our lessons and teachings. and the lord is blessing us so much. We have found so many more investigators to teach and the ones that we have are progress so well. We have actually had some of the strongest ones disappear on us for 2 weeks but we found them again this last week and they just want ot be baptized and do the things that the lord wants them to do.
I love this work and i love my savior. I love teaching about the restored gospel of jesus christ daily and serving my fellow brothers and sisters here. i love them. gosh i do. Peruvians are awesome.

I love you all so much. wish i could write more. Be safe and have a wonderful week.

Elder Birtcher
PerĂº - Arequipa Mission

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