Monday, January 20, 2014

January 20, 2014

Family and Friends:

A big peruvian shout out to all of you wonderful people up there, down there, over there and wherever you are in the world! It is amazing to think that i have so many wonderful friends and family serving the lord in all different parts of the world. What a great time to be serving!
Well thank you all for your letters and your words of support and love, its always a great feeling to know that i have such amazing friends and family supporting me. Love reading the letters each pday. Send more!!! :)
Well as for this last week. To be honest it has been a rough one. Seems to be harder and harder to find more people to teach and when we do, their next meetings just fall through or they dont want to hear from us anymore. Seems like everyday one of our investigators is calling us to tell us that they cant meet with us and its just getting a little frustrating. But Elder Leon and i are continuing to work diligently and relying on the spirit to guide us to those who are truely prepared and ready to recieve the gospel in their lives. The way i see it, we arent having success with our investigators now because there are others who are more prepared to recieve us, and if we are working and not progressing with the others...we will never find the chosen. So i am excited for this next week to watch the hand of god work miracles in our lives, in this area, and to have the spirit guide us to where we need to be. I know that the lord will put his children in our paths, because i have seen it happen time and time again. But even though this week has been a tough one, looking back on it...i have learned a lot. Thanks to the spirit, thanks to my companion and thanks to a lot of other people and situations, i have grown so much spiritually, mentally, and you could say physically with all the extra walking that we have done ;) But we are in good spirits. Elder Leòn and i are getting along just fine. we love this area, these people, and this work. There is nothing better than teaching about our savior to everyone every day, and all day. what a honor we have as members to be apart of the church of the living god. To help him hasten his work and to bring more souls unto repentance, baptism and to salvation. We are truely bringing the blessings of the eternities to the children of our heavenly father. Serve in anyway that you can. It may be small, but it is service and what does mosiah 2:17 say...we all know it. when you are in the service of your fellow being you are ONLY in the service of your god. Open your mouths at all times, and in all places that you might stand as a witness of jesus christ daily. It is one of our covenants with him. We need to honor that and remember that as often as we can. If we truley want to show our love for our God, serve him. Bring more of your brothers and sisters unto him. He is standing with outstretched arms waiting to recieve us, waiting to bless us, waiting to give us all that he has. but we must first do our part. The plan is simple but not easy to follow. it may be tough. it may be hard. but remember that salvation was never easy. Why should it be easy for us when it was never easy for our savior. This is the work of the almighty god, he will help us. He knows us personally and knows the desires of our hearts perfectly. I testify that Jesus is the Christ. He lives. I know he lives. I have seen his hands work mircales on a daily basis amongst this people, these wonderful brothers and sisters that we have down here. I wish you could all see them and just talk with them because they truley are sons and daughters of our heavenly father. they are precious souls and i love them so much. I want nothing but the best for them, and the best is through the gospel of jesus christ. There is no other way, there is no other name under heaven in which man can be saved, only through the lord Jesus christ. May we all be excited to share our experiences, our testimonies, and our talents with others. For the worth of every soul is great in the eyes of god. Justin, i loved your quote in the christmas card that you sent me and i have read it over and over again. ¨Let us be wise men and give of our time, means, and energies to seek out and serve the King of Kings.¨
Open your mouths, preach by the way, invite and love. do all that you can to help the work of the almighty god. I love this work. I know i say that in every letter, all the time and maybe it gets a little redundant. but its true. This is the place i need to be. I was called here for a reason and i couldnt imagine my life without these people in it. I love you all so much. YOu are the world to me. Words cannot even begin to descirbe the love that i have for you all. May the Lord bless you all and may be all do our part to hasten the work of salvation among the children of men. For this is the true church of Jesus Christ on the Earth. I know these things to be true. And i testify of it with all my heart and soul. Jesus is my Savior, he is my advocate with the father, my redeemer and my best friend. Strengthen your testimonies, share them and watch the lord work miracles through you,
In the Name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Have a wonderful week. Know that I am praying for you all and that you have my love and support.

Till next week,
Elder Birtcher
Perú - Arequipa Mission

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