Monday, June 15, 2015

Mi Estimada Familia,

We certainly had a wonderful week here as well. It was sure busy with getting everything ready for our noche blanca (white night) that happened here last Saturday night. We were busy with the interviews and making sure all the clothes were ready and that people were assigned to direct and lead and speak. It was quite the project let me tell you. But it turned out great in the end. Our zone ended with 7 baptisms and we had over 100 in attendance at the service. They were so supportive and you shouldve seen the looks on their faces afterwards (those who were baptized). I was priveldged to baptize the 2 baptisms of the sisters (those who i interviewed) and also one of our 3 that were baptized. 
We were so blessed and we are being so blessed here in Mollendo. The branch is really coming together and being strengthened by all the excitement for baptisms, something which mollendo hasnt seen in years! Our little branch got filled again with 152 in attendance and we had 9 investigators present, along with our 3 newest converts who were baptized on saturday night. Their names are Deysi and her daughter Milenka, and Enger. Elder Heywood was able to baptize his 1st baptism in his mission which he was super excited about!! And i was just soaking in all the feellings of the evening. I was able to play special musical numbers with a great sister missionary here on the piano and it really brought the spirit into the service. 
Yesterday evening we were able to find 2 less actives that havent been to church in years, but who opened up and began to cry and explain their dificulties and trials they are facing. We were able to share our message and really foucs on what the spirit would have us teach, and you shouldve seen the change in their eyes, and faces and in attitude. What a fantastic experience it was last night. I love seeing people change. I love seeing them grow and know that they can be forgiven of the mistakes that they have made, the mistakes that are burdening them down and binding them literally. I can just get a little glimpse of what the lord sees and feel of the love he has for his children and for me. Ending the week off and thinking of all that had happened throughout the week, i turned to my companion and said, "Im sure going to miss this work."
I love this work. There is nothing better. There is no greater joy to bring families together, to prepare them to go to the temple this August to get sealed and to do the saving work for their dead, to see a soul be humble and recieve forgiveness, to see change. The lord loves change. I love change, and i love being one to bring about change. Oh how i love my mission and the people here in Mollendo. How my heart goes out to them. 
Know that i love you all. Cant even being to describe with words the love i have for you all. 
I wish you all a very good week and a very happy fathers day coming up dad! I wish i could be there to give you a hug...but in due time. 
We are really excited for this next week... tal vez we will have 2 baptisms on saturday...but also the temple dedication for the trujillo temple is on sunday!!! we are so excited to be able to participate in that! 
con todo mi amor,

Elder Birtcher

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