March 19, 2011

Hey there!
Thanks for the letters, I'm glad everyone is well. It's been a long week, but it passed so fast. Yesterday I went to bed absolutely exhausted. We interviewed 6 zones this last week. When the president interviews a zone, we start with a short message from him. He talks for like 30 minutes mas o menos and then we split. Elder Keller or Hermana Humphrey always did the next part, and after that we split into groups and started doing stuff. Sister Humphrey and Elder Keller and Elder Garcia worked with every companionship individually about teaching and I talked with every companionship about some things. It went well, but honestly, it was tiring... however I love how I know every single missionary in this mission. I know them all well. I love them all.
Thank you so much for your prayers... we are seeing changes in Maria!!!! Thank you so much. She was at church on Sunday with her family. Cristian Lagos, the man that was baptized a month ago, is passing through some big trials. Pray for him. Pray for Maria. Pray that we can find more people.
Today is Elder Reed's and Elder Garcia's birthday! Elder Garcia 26, Elder Reed 20.
While we were in Chillan last Tuesday I drove way way way out into the country on some dirt road to interview some kids for a baptism. They basically live in a cabin that hasn't been finished and there are gaps in the walls and I'm sure its freezing in the winter time. On the way back to Concepcion, we were listening to the Called To Serve MoTab album. I love the line of the Spirit of God that says 'And Ephraim be crowned with its blessing in Zion and Jesus descends in His Chariot of Fire.' I feel so lucky to be able to be His missionary. To be able to serve Him. I love what I'm doing. I can´t wait till He comes. I Love being a missionary.

Hey I got a box from the O'Neals.... Whit, Ash and Aunty El. Thank you so much. I'm eating some Dove chocolate right now :)

Love Elder Pitcher

March 12, 2011

Hey there... It sounds like you're having a great time... I loved the pictures thank you so much.
Tell Jake and Randy that they don't look like they are happy to be home so they should stop faking it ;)
Vincent is awesome. I love that guy so much.
So it's been a good week. We traveled a lot. We were in Parral and Linares on Tuesday. After that we went out to a little town called Cauquenes to work with the Elders there. Wednesday we were in Talca and on Thursday we were in Curico. We are doing interviews right now - Tuesday there were 18 missionaries, Wednesday 28 missionaries, and 22 missionaries on Thursday. We are going to keep on going this week.
Today my companions and I went to Chiguayante to clean the zone leaders house, then we cleaned our house. I was thinking about it and I am probably living better now then I will in the states. I've got a sweet truck and my apartment is bigger than the one I had at BYU. I have a walk-in closet. I've got framed pictures of Christ and Helaman on my walls. Life is good. Yesterday we taught an Evangelic family in our sector. It was a good lesson. My companions just gave great sweet testimonies and I just taught.  It'll be interesting to see what happens because they go to church today and tomorrow so we can't stop by their house. We were working in a poorer part this week, and there are SO many inactive members there. 15 out of the first 17 people we talked to were members. The problem is that it is very far away from the chapel, it is a long way to walk, and they just don't have money. With us walking very fast it would be about 30 minutes from the church to the neighborhood... like an hour for them.
Please pray for Maria and her family. She is an investigator that has known missionaries since the earthquake. Her husband was baptized years ago, but isn't very strong in the church. Maria is the one that runs the family. She is dark skinned, short, heavy and stubborn... a strong woman. We are trying to help her entire family. She is not a member, nor is her daughter Lesly. We painted their house the other day.
I love you all. Please PLEASE tell the Clark family thank you for the letters and Tie... I want to write back Jax and Addy and Cole and Ellie but I wasn't able to today. This letter is short... there are a lot of people I would like to write, but I can't!!! ha I love you, have a great time.


Elder Pitcher

Feb. 26, 2011

Hey family!!
Thanks so much for your letters. I am doing great here. Things have been crazy and they aren't going to be slowing down. It all started on Tuesday when 7 missionaries went home and 15 came... that was crazy. We spent two nights in Talca this week, working in areas such as San Javier, Constitucion, Talca and such. I am in a trio; Elder Pitcher, Elder Garcia and Elder Keller. Elder Garcia is from Ecuador. I love them both, they are so awesome. I never wanted to be in a trio on my mission, but I'm glad to be with them because they are incredible. We have plans to do a lot. Elder Garcia goes home the same time I do in May. Right now we have to go to Constitucion again because the chapel was just finished and we are going to be having an open house. We will go with the president and the entire Talca Centro zone will be there. 
I'm excited for Erynn to give a talk. Compassion to me and my companions is a sincere concern for other people. Worrying about how they are. Love and understanding. Feeling pain for the suffering of others. That is what we think. Christ and His Atonement would be the best example of that. 
Thanks to everyone. I love you all....