Monday, August 18, 2014

To My Family and Friends:
I am so happy right now! I just recieved letters from some of my converts in Arequipa and 3 of them went to the temple in Lima and participated in baptisms for the dead. They sent me a bunch of pictures as well and i cant even describe to you the joy that i feel for them right now. That is the goal. not to just get them baptized, but to get them to the temple!!! and they did it!!! they all have written me and have told me that they had amazing experiences and absolutely loved being in the house of the lord and that they are doing wonderful in attending church and preparing for missions.
It just made my day :)
As for me....i guess i am finally breathing okay now. this last week has been a hecktic one again as they always are. the zone got changed up a little bit with some of the elders finishing up and new ones coming in. but it is a great bunch here in the grand city of moquegua and we are excited to get to working really hard here this next change. we were able to go and attend one companionships baptism this last week and their baptism asked that i confirm her so that was really a neat opportunity to do that. 
One of our investigators named doris just accepted to be baptized this 30 of agosto so we are preparing for that and we are trying to help out another one of our investigators named diego get int eh water as well. just need to get permission from the padres. so pray for us!!! we need that help! 
Elder Chipman and i are doing great though. he was one of my good buddys  before so it is great serving with him. the great times continue. as well as megan and gart have been inducted into the pinchy winchy game....elder chipman has been inducted into the weekly fire tradicion. he loves it!! haha we are having a great time here. our goals are to start getting to know the members a lot more and we have been looking for service project to do all this last week. it is amazing what service can do. we got to just find random service oportunidades this last week and we found 4 new great investigators that are going to progress really really well. the blessings through serivce!!! so i encourage you all to look for some great oportuindades to do so!! change the lives of everyone around you. :)
we did also have some training meetings in ilo with presidente this last weekend and so we were busy traveling and helping out the zone on a bunch of things. 
but great stuff. i am happy. :) i really am. i love getting to study the scriputres and getting to preach teh gospel each and everyday. there is no greater work. 
 i love everyone 

back home as well. 
till next week....

      Elder Birtcher
PerĂº - Arequipa Mission

Monday, August 11, 2014

Hey Guys!
So school started up did it? Excited or not? haha.

A lot has been happening over here this last past week. We did recieve changes and my comp elder priebe left. he is now the new asistent of the mission!!! and my comp is now the former asistent. his name is elder Chipman. and he is great. he is from california from a family of 4. the only guy amongst the bunch!! but he is a great guy. we got ot know each other at many leadership conferences beforehand so we are already best buds. and we are excited to get to work together. it was sure sad to see elder priebe go. he was one of my best friends and one of my favorite companions. the lord sure knew that i needed elder priebe to be my companion to boost me and to get me jsut fired up for the work. 

i am happy right now. the zone did get changed up a bunch and of the ward that i was in (consisting of 4 elders)...3 of them got changed. i am the only one to stay from the group but it is all good. i have just a fire to go a teach and to preach and to find those who dont ahve the gospel or who ahve fallen away from it. i love this work.

this next 6 weeks we have planned a bunch of things. we have talked with the local leadership counsels of the city and have planned to do service projects with the helping hands yellow shirts on. and the leaders of the city took us around to local sites to see what we want to do. so we are going to be focusing on a bunch of service projects to help the work of the lord. 

we have talked to the stake presdient as well to plan many stake activities and we are all just ready to go down here in moquegua. 

i love you all so much and will talk to you all really soon.

con mucho amor,



Wednesday, August 6, 2014



A Happy 28th of July to everyone!! Today is Peru´s Independence Day!!!!
How is everyone doing? I sure hope everyone is well in health and that everything is going great!
It was an interesting week. It was a week full of stress and fun in some parts. But let me try and get you will all the details that i can.
So last monday we got permission to go to ilo, its another part of the mission to have a combined zone activity with the missionaries there. and it turned out to be really fun and we played a huge game of soccer that was way fun! soccer is so awesome now. i have a huge goal to get good at soccer now. its way fun.
we were full of meetings as well and president came into town to have interviews with the zone and to have some meetings with us and the stake president. he took us out to eat with the asistents afterwards to a pizza palor here (like the only one in moquegua). it was soooooooooooooooooo good. i love pizza. dont get to eat enough of it. :) Last thursday was also pioneer day, so the hermanas here from utah obviously wanted to celebrate it so we got permission to watch 17 miracles and make pancakes for the whole zone and then got to talk about the pioneers and the sacrifices that they made and how we can learn from them and strengthen our testimonies from their stories. I must say i have never felt such a strong spirit. it was so powerful and so real. i am so grateful for such a heritage for the faith that they had to cross those plains and to put their trust in the lord in everything that they did. as gordon b. hinckly stated. we must read and reread their stoires that we may be edified and strengthened in our own times of need and when we have dificulties. it really brought back a lot of memories of the trek to me and i can testify as well that angeles did help us, that we all came closer to knowing the lord more and we all had spiritual experiences. i love the trek, i wish i could go and do it again.
This last friday we had 2 wonderful baptisms. where? IN THE RIVER :) her name is agripina and her son jorge. they were references from a lady in the ward and when we first got to teaching them about the restoration, we didnt challenge her to baptism. we just asked her...hermana if these things are true, what do you need to do?....and she responded...IM GOING TO PREACH IT TO THE WHOLE WORLD!!!....haha we laughed for a sec...and then she added...Then im going to get we began to explain the importance of baptism and she was totally up for it. BUT...the way christ did it. we explain that we baptized in the font in the church but she said that she wouldnt be baptized in any font or pool but in a river as christ did. so elder priebe and i went look for a river and we found just the spot! we had to go there a couple of times this last week to cut and clean the brush and make pathways and such and then the water wasnt too we had to get in and make a dam which turned out PERFECT!! and it raised that water level from my knees to over my waist. it was a beautful service as well. perfect weather. i was sure praying that the sun wasnt going to scorch us as it usually does here in moquegua. and the lord blessed us. a wonderful breezy day with cloud cover. we had 2 special musical numbers from the help of our zone and i got to play the violin along iwht another sister here in the zone who also plays!!! turned out really great! and i sure felt the spirit. one of the most special baptisms that ive gotten to participate in. :) we then got to confirm them members of the church yesterday in our sacrament meeting. 
those were really the highlights. other than that, it was kinda a rough week. basically ALL (and im not exagerating) our lesson fell through and in trying to find new people....nada! we were pretty frustrated. and then we had one of the worst turn outs in sacrament meeting as a whole and had ninguna investigator there with us and then one of our most awesome investigators left hte area because her husband is on drugs and there were a ton of problems and then we find these wonderful references but they all live outside the area. and then get to teach this WONDERFUL, i mean AMAZING investigator who is so sincere and ready to here us and to come to church....well she goes back to arequipa tomorrow for studies. elder priebe and i are kinda bummed at that. one cause we want to work, we want to help and serve but nobody wants to listen. the teaching pool gets smaller and smaller and we just cant find anyone new. and if we do...we have to pass them along to other missionaries. i wonder if the lord is trying to teach us something. no se. but the lord is with us. he will bless us with those children who are ready and willing to listen. we just have to be patient and work even harder this week. 
this next monday we will be heading back to arequipa for leadership counsel with president so we will be busy doing informes and papers and just getting ready for that. its sure a busy time. so much to do. but i am happy and ready to give the lord more of me and serve mas. i love him. i truely do. Brents question of are you truley converted? aply it to your life. if there are things we need to correct. get on it. we dont have any time to waste in preparing ourselves for the second coming. 

oh and one more announcement. so i think i told you that Elder Anderson of the 12 is coming here to the mission at the end of august along with bishop davis of the bishopric of the church and elder grow of the 70 and other leaders of the church....and president has asked me to get prepared to go and play the violin again for them. i am excited and nervous.... :) 
and that sums up the week i guess.
i love you all so much. 
see you all in a year! :)

con mucho amor,

      Elder Birtcher
PerĂº - Arequipa Mission
Hello Family!!!


this week has been a roller coaster seriously. We have been trying to visit a ton of menos activos and try to find new investigators but really no luck. the ward is literally falling asleep on us and are not helping us at all. its been rough.

but we have had some very spiritual experiences. 

the one of which i will tell you takes place yesterday (by the way HAPPY BIRTHDAY BIG CHIEF AND DANILYNN!!!! - love you guys both a ton!!)

so we went to church and had no investigators again. our baptism from saturday didnt show up for her confirmation and we were both just bummed. we didnt get any references (not that we do anyways...havent gotten one in about a month) and we went home and just got on the knees and prayed. our fast yesterday was dedicated to the area and to help us find new people. we sat there and discussed where we should go and what to do. and we really didnt feel anything or recieve any crazy reveleations but we went out with faith that the lord would help us. and we knock a ton of doors with no luck. after a couple hours we did find some old investigators but nothing great. and then we decide to knock this last door before quiting and trying something else. and this girl answers the door. she is talking on her cell phone and we were expecting her to busy come we always get but she lets us in. and we got to teach her about the restoration...she was glued the whole time listening to us. asked for the book of mormon so that she could read it and just was amazing in her questions and everyting! we even asked her if teh missionaries had already taught her and she said no. but her last question to us after the lesson it bad if i switch religions?? the lord answered our prayers. he is so aware of our circumstances and knows who is ready and who isnt for his gospel. but what a testimony builder of ether 12:6. we do not recieve any testimony until after we have the trial of our faith. that is when we prove to god that we are serious about helping his kids that we love him enough to forget ourselves and go to work for others. 

i loved it and it gave us such a huge boost to go work like crazy this week. 

this last we for the year mark we had a fire of course :) and we have 2 elders finishing up their missions here so we had the whole zone over for a farewell party. turned out really great and we are going to be sad when there are changes in the zone. 

but thats all i have time for. i love you all so much