Monday, April 27, 2015

Hey guys,

Well it was the first week back into the field! And its been a great week. Yeah, at first it kinda hits you with all that you need to do again. You sure didnt have that much time to work with the people in the office and now you have 24/7 to do at first it kinda hit me...but we are both doing great right now. 
To be honest, i have never come to an area so prepared. I am in an area called Alto Inclan and we share the area with 2 other elders here in the branch. Mollendo is a District, not a stake and we all are in branches and not wards. But the situation here in Mollendo wasnt doing so great when we were first coming and for 2 new elders to come into a new area not knowing anything, things at first can start out rough (they usually do). but for us, we got here and started off sprinting. we know a bunch of members and they have given us tons of references and shown us family members who arent baptized and where less actives live. And we have gained a ton of confidence and trust with all of them so fast. No joke, it seems like every door we enter and visit for a bit (whether it be members or non members)- people are just telling us to baptize them or their family members. This next month of May we are seriously planning on 7 baptisms. And those arent the maybes, they are pretty much confirmed baptisms. Of those are some kids (but we are going to rescue their parents at the same time) and the rest are 2 couples that have marriage and baptismal dates for the end of may as well as a great guy 30 years old. So we are super super excited here. And the lord has really opened the door for us so that we can excite the branch up and the missionaries here that have been kinda unexcited for a very long time. 
As far as the zone district is great! We are just 3 companionships, but then again the zone is only 6 in total (pretty tiny compared to when i was a ZL with my 20 in total). But they have improved so much this last week and they have baptisms as well planned for this next month in May! Gonna tear it up!!! :)
As far as my new companion goes...
Elder Heywood is great! Us two Arizona boys are working hard and trying to be super obedient-and what do you know....we are seeing tons of blessings. His spanish is really good for 7 weeks here in Peru, and the people here love him. He is getting better and better with his teaching and contacting (even though he hates contacting in the streets... :) ). 
So other than we have settled in here, the food here is different. We sure eat a ton of weird things. For example we have had liver, and stomach and octopus and other mysteries of the seas on our plates...but its okay. Not my favorite, but i will get used to it. Also took us 2 hours to wash our clothes today and get over here to internet. The weather here is gorgeous. Apparently it has been boiling here....but when we came we must have brought all the cool weather from arequipa because its wonderful here, and boiling there in Arequipa. 
We are happy. We are having fun and are working SUPER HARD. The lord is blessing us and watching over us two Mesa boys. I love my Savior and his work and the people here! 
Any questions you have just let me know. Send more pictures of home....i love getting those and want more! :) I am sorry to hear about Grandma Lee. I hope she makes it so that i can see her once more before she passes on. Give her of my love, give her a hug and kiss for me and tell her that i love her and wish i could be there to play the violin for her. Faith and Jacob will just ahve to keep up the great job with that. 
Love you all so much. Have a great week and keep being the awesome family that you are!!! 
Nos vemos aproxima semana! 

Con mucho amor,

Elder Birtcher

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