Monday, September 16, 2013

The Last Week

Hey Everyone!

This is the last week, but thanks so much for the support and for leading me here. I know that these two years have gone by fast, but I feel as if I had the time I needed to make the descisions that I had to take. I've grown to honestly love the Lord, and I've learned that the only way that I can show that love is by serving Him and doing His will.

I won't be coming home the same person. I can't be the same. But I've only learned to be better and to serve God before all else. I know that He lives and loves me. And that He guides my steps and has a purpose in my life. He is my master and He leads me to a better life. I could not have achieved what I've achieved without His help. He's allowed me to change a small part of the world, one person at a time. And it's been quite the humbling experience to be a part of the conversion of His children. I wouldn't trade this experience for anything.

I'm extremely excited to see everyone again, though it hurts deeply to think about leaving these people. I love it here, and I love being a missionary. I hope that I can keep in contact with these people through my entire life (I guess I can't lose my Spanish, then).

But I'll see you all in a week. I'll be getting back extremely tired and burned out, but I already know that seeing you guys will fill me with excitement. Thanks for everything. I love you all!

See you in a week!
Elder Seth Prestwich

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Yet Another Week Down

Hey Everyone!

I can't believe that another week went by!
Well, to be honest, the days were super long and the week as well. But now that my time is running short, it scares me a bit. I know I have plans for my life afterwards, but I don't want to give up the life I'm living right now. It's really a once in a lifetime chance, and I love it here. Though at the same time, I'm really excited to see everyone at home. I get more and more mixed emotions as time goes by. Though when all is said and done, the moment that I have to study, plan, or leave to teach, I'm always focused in my goal and in the people here.

Not much has been hapening here. Things are a little slow, but we're finding a new person that really wants to learn every now and then. Though there seem to be a lot of obstacles in the way. We'll just stick in there and do our absolute best to keep these people going.

I keep looking back at who I am and the amazing change that the Lord has worked in my heart. I know I'll never be the same as I was before. And I'll certainly by happier. The Lord has helped me feel free of doubt and pain. No, life isn't all the color of roses, but it's fulfilling and joyfull each day, despite the problems. It's the happiness that I've always looked for in life, but didn't find until I really started to follow Christ. I dearly hope that everyone can find the same happiness. I know that's what's brought me here and kept me here. I know that same feeling will make me want to share the Gospel when I get back.

And if there's anyone who's reading this and wants to fill in the holes in their life or find the purpose of life, take a step closer to Christ. It doesn't matter where you are in life, member of the Church or not, there's a step you can take towards Christ to fell the healing in His wings.

Take care, everyone! Face the future with faith!
Elder Seth Prestwich

Monday, August 26, 2013

One Week at a Time...

Hey Everyone!

Hope that you guys enjoy the trips in these coming weeks! Sounds like it should be quite a fun adventure.

It's been an adventure here in Chan Chan. We were super happy so see the baptism this week! It was quite a miracle. I honestly didn't think it was gonna happen. But the Plasencia family  (converts that were baptized just a couple of weeks before I got here) worked miracles for us. Luis, Hna. Plasencia's sobrino [nephew] was baptized. His mother is coming to church and interested in the message, but his father was off on work trips and didn't really want to give permission. So his mom said no. But to our surprise, when his father got back, Luis' mother and the Plasecias really convinced him. They talked about how Luis has changed and how it's one of the best decisions that he's gonna make. The father was impressed by what they said, and, still a little reluctant, gave permission for him to be baptized. His mother was really impacted in the baptism and told us that she's started thinking about getting baptized as well. So we'll be there to give her that little push that she needs. Luis' father didn't say anything, but nothing negative, either, so that's good, at least. But we'll get him in on it as well. Well, the Plasencia family will probably do most of the work. They're definitely powerful converts.

Other than that, we've been working hard and focusing on finding new people. I'd really appreciate a little help in with your prayers in doing so.

Tell the Brewerton's good luck in their missions! It'll be the greatest adventure of their lives. =)

Thanks for everything!
Elder Seth Prestwich

Monday, August 19, 2013

Five... Not That I'm Counting the Weeks or Anything...

Hey Everyone!!

Well, I completed 23 months in the mission this last week. I feel rather happy to have been albe to serve the Lord like that. But at the same time, it leaves me with little time. Still not sure how I feel about that.

Especially because I'm in a new area. I'm in Chan Chan, in the center of Trujillo. It's way different from my other areas. It's the first time I'm the city. It'll take a little getting used to (though I won't have much time to get used to it). I'm just getting to know a few people in the ward, but they seem really cool. I was super excited to hear someone playing the piano on Sunday for the first time in my entire misison! That was pretty cool. Though Dad tells me that you guys had a string sextet last Sunday. That's just a whole nother level.

Other than that, the week passes by slowly. It always seems to for the first week in a new area. But it was still a good week, so I can't complain. It'll be fun being in Trujillo, close to everything. It's a cool area for a last area. I'll actually get to buy some souveniers.

Anyway, my companion and I'll be here working hard. We don't really have many investigators at all, but I'm really hoping that we can find a few this week that are ready to come to Christ. I'd really like to find one more prepared family before I head out. I'm doing everything I can to find them.

Well, take care everyone!
Elder Seth Prestwich

Monday, August 12, 2013

NEVER Count Your Chickens Before They Hatch....

They're transferring me! Noooo!
I can't believe it. It'll be my last six weeks of the mission, and I'm gonna be in a new ward and a new area. I won't know anyone, and I'll hardly have the chance to get to know anyone. It's gonna hurt so much to leave everyone here. I was so prepared to keep going. I seriously have everything planned out for the next 6 weeks. But not any more... I'm off to Trujillo again. The ward is Chan Chan, and I think it's in the center of Trujillo. We'll see how it goes...

It's gonna hurt me a ton to leave everyone here. I got really attached to several familes and investigators here. But I know it's the Lord's will and that He has a purpose for me, so I won't complain. I'll just do my best and do all that I can. There's something that the Lord wants me to accomplish there and something that He wants me to learn as well.

Anyway, other than that, all is well. I'll be leaving San Luis to my son. I hope all goes out well there.

I'll just have to make the best of my very last area and my very last companion. Six more weeks. I feel like my mission just got a whole lot shorter...

Take care, everyone!
Elder Seth Prestwich
Sometimes I fix little grammatical errors when I know what Seth really meant. This one was beyond hope...he used to speak English :). " I'll be leaving San Luis to my son. I hope all goes out well there." --maybe he's leaving San Luis to his companion? (son because he was a new missionary?) Guess we'll know in 6 weeks. --Alan

Monday, August 5, 2013

I Just Got Told That I Only Have Seven Weeks Left...

Hey Everyone!

Well, Mom gave me a good little reality check there. I only have 7 weeks left? Doesn't seem like it. I still feel like I'm gonna be here forever. Though something is puting me in overdrive-final-sprint mode at the same time. I feel like it's comming way too soon.

Other than that, "Spot It!" is a hit! It's turned out to be the perfect Family Home Evening game. It's super easy to pick up and any age can play it. It must've been inspiration to send that game, haha. Well, I quite enjoy it and so do the people here.

Lately, I've been thinking and studying about the Atonement of Christ. I really like what are the "three pilars of the atonement" -- Grace, Mercy, and Merits (2 Nepi 2:8). I've been able to research a little about each word and it's helped me understand more about my reliance on Christ and just what he's done for me. Here's just a small part of what I've found:
Grace- the enabling power of Christ
Mercy- the forgiveness
Merits- Resurrection
I don't have much time to talk about it more, but I really know that the Atonement is what defines the happiness in my life. And I know that Christ did it for me and for the whole world so that we could live with God again. I'll be forever greateful for Christ and what He's done for me.

Hope everyone's well! I'm just working hard down here, making progress little by little.

Take Care!
Elder Seth Prestwich

Monday, July 29, 2013

Another Week Down?!

Hey Everyone!

I can't believe that another week went by! That's insane. I feel like time is just flying by, but I'm hoping to have enough to make the goals that I have. I'll just have to work even harder! There's always something more that I can do.

I can't believe that my companion only has two more weeks of training left. He's grown a lot and I've grown with him. It's amazing how fast someone can change when they're serving the Lord.

As for investigators, we had 12 in sacrament meeting yesterday! We were super happy to see that. It was definitely a miracle. I just hope that they can start progressing! Those who aren't 18 yet need permission from their parents to get baptised, and those who are older have to get married! We'll see how it goes, though. They just need a little time to get all of their papers together or talk with their parents.

Other than that, well... Not much has happened. We're gonna go to the beach again in an hour, so that should be super fun. I'll have to let you guys know how it was. There are some nifty caves around here, so it's still interresting, even though we can't go in the water.

Take care and do missionary work!
Elder Seth Prestwich

Monday, July 22, 2013

Another Week of Winter...

Hey Everyone!

We've hit the colder part of Winter here in Chimbote. Everyone is suffering from the "brutal cold." It's kinda like fall weather... But everyone is getting sick "due to the change in weather."

I swear it only cooled off a little. It's finally not hot all day every day (just for a few hours of the day, the rest is pretty cool). But I guess it's all a matter of perspective.
I kinda miss the snow, though.

Anyway, more important than the weather is that we had another baptism this week! Yefferson was able to make it to baptismal water, even though his mother Hna. Zuly couldn't quite make it. But Hna. Zuly should be able to follow his footsteps in these comming weeks. The baptism service we great. We only ran into one problem; when we showed up, the font was empty. We had filled the water up early that day, but someone came and drained it all before the baptism. We came, opened up the door to show Yefferson the water, and there was nothing. UGH!
But, thankfully we have a font that fills up pretty fast and by the time enough people showed up (40 minutes later, which is normal... unfortunately), the font was already filled and we started the baptismal service. It was still shock to open the door and see it dry, though.

Other than that, we've been doing great down here in San Luis. We're working hard and have several more people who are getting close. We'll be here to help them each step of the way.

Hope all is well and that everyone can keep enjoying their Summer.
Take Care!
Elder Seth Prestwich

Monday, July 15, 2013

Well, I guess I'm 21...

Hey Everyone!

I guess I'm 21... That's what the calender tells me. That means I've finished a full year of my life in service to the Lord. From 20 to 21. That's quite the achivement if you ask me. I know I could have done more and been better, but I've been trying. I've been super greatful for all that God has done for me in this year and for the conversion that He's allowed me to develop. But most of all, I'm grateful for the people that He's put in my path so that I could help them find the way to eternal happiness. That means more to me than any change that I've personally had.

The members and my investigators did a nice little party for me. It was just 4 or 5 families, so it was a bit calmer. It wasn't the entire ward throwing a party. So this time, we got to eat in the house of an investigator (which isn't common here, since we have pensionistas) and several families came. They did a little surprise party with the dinner they invited me to. It was really nice. I got to eat cake and they gave me a couple little gifts.

Other than that, we'll see who else we can help.

Thanks for the birthday wishes!
Take care!
Elder Seth Prestwich

Monday, July 8, 2013

It's Almost My Birthday!

Well, we're going strong here in San Luis!

The week was good and we're gonna keep working. We have several investigators preparing for baptism this month and I hope all goes well.
Jefferson was getting ready to be baptised for last Saturday, but his mother didn't give him permission. She told him he has to wait two years until he's 18 to make that descision. We're gonna see if we can get her to change her mind this week. It was a big let down for him to not be able to get baptised, but we're not giving up yet.

As for other investigators, they're doing well. There's a mother and her daughter (Zuly and Jefferson, as well) that came to church again last week and are doing great. They listened to missionaries years ago, but didn't get baptized. This time, Zuly is a little more determined. I really hope she can make it there. She's quite receptive to the spirit and humble. We just have to help her get over her fears.

Other than that, I'm doing pretty good. The zone leaders have told me that I've got a package waiting for me, so I'll get it today. Thanks for sending it!
I'm sure I'll enjoy it a ton.

Everything is going strong and I'm pumpped to work hard. I don't have very much time to waste, after all. I gotta do my absolute best and work with all my heart, might, mind and strength.

Take care!
Elder Seth Prestwich

Monday, July 1, 2013

Happy Independence Day!

Well, we've hit July. Crazy.
Hope everyone enjoys the 4th! I'll have to make a little flag to hang around the room or off my backpack. I'd like to show a little pride for my country.

Other than that, all's been going normally. People are coming to Christ, I'm in good health, so no complaints. My companion is learning a ton. I often forget that he's a new missionary, so that's a good sign. He's getting a lot better.

But I guess it would have been cool to have a week that was a little more eventful, but it kinda went by. Nothing too out of the ordinary. Though we did get to go to the stadium and go play soccer. That turned out pretty fun. It was full sized and we played 11-11. Even with that many people, we got worn out super fast. Lots of running. But quite enjoyable. I'm just hoping that I'll learn to play well some day.

Hope everyone's healthy and well!
Elder Seth Prestwich

Monday, June 24, 2013

President Turk is Off...

Hey Everyone!

Well, this was quite the eventful week!
First off, Juliana was baptized! She's 35 years old and is married, but doesn't have kids. She's a chemical engineer and is studying a second major. But it was really great to help her come to Christ as well. We found her in a time that she'd been looking for a specific purpose in her life. She'd felt a bit lost. Other than her husband, she wasn't sure exactly what more there was to life. So her friend explaind a little about the Plan of Salvation. Something simple. She liked it, and then her friend brought her to church. A simple invitation, but Juliana loved being in church. After the first day there, she told us that everything seemed familiar, as if she'd already known that it was right. It didn't take her long to gain her personal testimony and feel closer to Christ. She came to love the Book of Mormon and the message of the Plan of Salvation. She even felt a strong spirit from learning the commandments. So she made it to the waters of baptism last Saturday and left the water quite suprised at the feeling of the Spirit. Even if it scared her really bad to be submerged in water.

After that, we met together as a mission in Trujillo for the missionary broadcast to the world. It was really inspired and I dearly hope that the ward will be excited to apply it with us. It'll do miracles in the lives of many of they do. Then President Turk, our mission president, gave his farewell testimony along with his wife. They'll be in the US again bytomorrow. We'll be giving a warm welcome to the new president this week. It'll be interesting to see the changes in the mission with a new president and the addition of the new programs (epecially using internet in the mornings!) from the Prophet and the Apostols.

But I'm doing wonderful and seeing the work move forward! I now have 3 months left to work till I drop. I really hope to help as many people as possible in these months. There's a lot of people who are close, so it should be great!

Take care!
Elder Seth Prestwich

Monday, June 17, 2013

Wow, Sounds Like a Lot Happened...

Hey everyone!

Well, sounds like there was a lot going on back home. I'll be praying for all those families that lost their homes in the fire. I really hope that they can recuperate quickly.
But on the good side, I'm doing great down here. We just finished yet another transfer and I'm working hard. The baptisms are coming around, so I'm supper happy about that. I'm always thankful for the chance to help people, especially find their way to Christ. I wouldn't trade this time for anything, as hard as it may be. I'm not sure what I'm gonna do when it finishes... So I figure I'll just not think about it. I'll just work day by day for now.
Hope everyone is enjoying Summer and the new games. And that Father's Day went by well. And I hope that things can get a bit better back home.
You'll all be in my prayers!
Thanks for everything!
Elder Seth Prestwich

Monday, June 10, 2013

The Beach!

Well, we just had a fun little time at the beach in my area. We took a small 20 minute comvi (shuttlebus type thing that's public transportation) ride there and had a ton of fun. We explored several caves and played volleyball and soccer. Quite a good day.

But even better than that were Esteban and Estefany's baptisms! They both got baptised on different days this week, but it was really amazing. They both felt the Spirit quite a bit. Estefany is an 11 year old girl, and the last who needed to be baptised in the family, she's Junior's (just got baptised a few weeks ago) sister. She was SUPER afraid of going under water (first time in her life), but she came into the font bodly and had a HUGE smile as she came out. One, because she felt the Spirit really strongly, and the other I'm sure is that she didn't drown, like she thought she would.

Esteban's experience was great as well, and a bit funny at the same time. He's been fighting to progress, but finally made it to the waters of baptism. And as he came up out of the water. He clentched his chest and asked "What is this feeling?!"
I laughed, "That, my friend is the Spirit."
We were talking after and he commented that he'd never felt so clean or happy. He had a whole lot taken off of his chest. I loved to hear that. I know it'll be an experience that will help him keep faithful until the end of his life.

And on top of all that, Junior had the chance to go to the Temple! He went with the ward and had an amazing time. He came back super happy. And then, the very next day, he prepared and passed the sacrament for the first time. I felt quite proud of him as he passed the sacrament to me. It gave me quite the smile.

So things are going quite great down here. We're hoping to get a couple married and ready to get baptised in these weeks as well. I'll let you know how it goes!

Take care everyone!
Elder Seth Prestwich

Monday, June 3, 2013

Wow... It's June...

Hey Everyone!

Time is sailing by. It's already June and we're starting off the month great. We have a baptism this week and several more should come in this month. We've got high goals and expectations here in San Luis. I really hope we can keep it up.

My companion is really trying to get used to missionary life. It's quite the change, and he's one that worries about everyone. So I'm trying to help him stay calm and not get down when things don't work out. And to not worry so much! But things are still going great and he's learning super fast.

As for interesting things... Well, I ate pidgeon with spaghetti. That was a bit strange. But it really doesn't have any meat at all, so it was kinda lame. I guess they cook it mostly to give flavor to the sauce.

I also figured out the date that I'll be coming home, and that'll be the 23rd of September. So my mission will be 9 days longer than a year! Guess I got lucky.

Well, I hope everyone is doing great back home and that the Summer is full of fun activities!
Love you all!
Elder Seth Prestwich

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

This is My New Companion, Elder Tarzan!

Hey Everyone!

Phew, do I have my work cut out for me. Looks like I'll have the next three months of my mission to train. My companion's name is Elder Rodriguez, but he's from the Peruvian Jungle. Let me tell you, the Jungle is a whole different culture. But he's super awesome. He's friendly and excited about being a missionary. He's come pretty prepared, though. I'm impressed. Though he feel inadequate at time, he's really doing great and already improving. But I really enjoy being with him. The jungle culture is super friendly.

Other than that, we have three more baptisms coming up for next week (the 8th). I really hope that they can make it. They're Bruno (19 year old boy who's entire extended family is member) and the twins, Kelly and Yulisa (18 years old, their older sister, who's basically their mother, is a recent convert). They're all doing pretty good, but still need a little help to strenghten their testimonies and friendship in the ward. But they're doing great and one can progress a ton in a short amount of time (if they're willing).

I've been doing pretty great, though. I love the Work that the Lord has given me. I'm doing my best to enjoy this time and take advantage of the opportunity that I have to be here. I'm just doing my best and giving it my all, hoping that I'm doing the Lord's will.

Hope all is well! Enjoy Summer Vacation!
Elder Seth Prestwich

Monday, May 20, 2013

For Every End There's a Beginning

Hey Everyone!

Well, first of all, Junior was baptized this week! He's a great kid who's family was less active. But we managed to get the family active and now They're coming every week. We were supper happy about that. There's been a huge change in their home. They definitely seem a lot happier these days. That's what I came here for.
We've helped them put the goal (along with the bishop) to make it to the Temple. 

They're also gonna divide my area in two. I'll be losing half of my investigators (some really good ones, including one with a baptismal date), which is a stab to the heart. But other than that, it'll be alright. The new missionaries will take good care of them. It'll be odd working in half the area, but it's still huge, so it'll be alright. The ward should be able to grow pretty fast.

On top of that, I'm gonna be training! Looks like I'll be bearing a son in my old age (they always call the trainers "fathers"). Who knew? It'll be a huge change this transfer (and I'm not even leaving to a different area!), but it should be pretty fun.

But looks like I'll be destined to be here in San Luis until the end of my mission (since I'll be training). It's odd thinking that I only have 3 transfers left. Doesn't feel like it...

Hope all is well!
Elder Seth Prestwich

Monday, May 13, 2013

Another Week Dedicated to the Lord

Hey Everyone,

It was really great talking with the family this week. I really enjoy just a moment to hear them and talk. And to see them as well. Everyone looks so much older! It kinda surprised me. Well, at least Nathan and Brenna (though I only saw her for a split second). It was really nice to talk with Chris as well and hear him. Guess that was the last phone call home. That seems super crazy to me. I only have a little more time to dedicate fully to the Lord...
Not sure how I feel about that.

Other than that, George and Alessandro had a great baptism. They both could feel the Spirit and enjoyed it. George a little more than Alessandro. George is 13 years old and a bit more mature, but Alessandro is 8, and quite sensitive. He went up to bear his testimony after his baptism, and slipped up with his words. He said baktism instead of baptism. His brother chuckled a little, then Alessandro broke into tears, and hid under the pulpit, crying. He lost the Spirit for a moment, but after it all passed, and his mother comforted him, he was better and smiling again... You never know what's gonna happen at an 8 year old's baptism at times....

Hope all is well and that everyone can enjoy their week!
Elder Seth Prestwich

Monday, May 6, 2013

Well, We Just Had an Emergency Exchange

Hey Everyone!

Well, this week was pretty crazy. Well, it was normal until the end. We got a phone call at night and they told us that we're gonna have to do an emergency exchange. They want to send a local missionary my way and they sent my companion to Trujillo. So that was pretty depressing. I'm gonna miss him. But I guess we'll trust the President's inspiration. I'm a bit worried because I only have 4 weeks here in this area, but I know that the Lord qualifies those whom He calls. So I'll do fine, I'm sure. I'll just have to trust in the Lord. I don't know who my companion is yet, but he should be getting here at lunchtime. So I'll have to let you know on Sunday.

As for the call, I'll try to call at 6:00 (my time). I think that should be alright for you guys. But I figure I'll get to call for a couple minutes a few days before to organize it all, as usual.

Other than, that, the district has been super excited to do missionary work. I think the visit with Elder Bednar and the leadership reunion got a lot of people excited. They did several large changes in the misison. But it should be really cool.

Thanks everyone! I love ya!
Elder Seth Prestwich

Monday, April 29, 2013

Elder Bednar in Trujillo!

Hey Everyone!

Well, it was a huge blessing to listen to Elder Bednar. I was able to receive a ton of revelation from that time listening to him. I think I learned more from observing his method of teaching and the pattern and all than listening to any of the particular words. I think that's kinda what he was going for as well. He didn't go up to give any sort of talk, but he talked and interracted with us. He brought up just a question about the 3 talks of his that he asked us to study the past few weeks. He then built on each answer and hit just a couple important points, then would go on with another question. He talked more about how the Spirit allows us to learn and grow as we act for ourselves. It doesn't come as we're acted upon (for exaple, just taught to without a desire to change). But it was really cool to be able to enjoy his example and to teach us valuable lessons about missionary work and about life. I have a lot that I'm gonna change in my teaching to be able to teach people more as agents than objects. I realize that I've had a lot of faults in my teaching before that I'll never do again. It'll be hard to develop a different style of teaching of course, but I'll keep working at it. I really hope I can become a more effective teacher through his advice and example. It's amazing to get dirrection from an Apostol of God that's for your specific group. And to have him there filled the room with a powerful Spirit. It was just a great experience.

But it was super exciting to go and shake his hand at the end as well! We all got the chance to go by and shake his hand (along with his wife and two 70s that were there). That's the first time I've ever had such an opportunity.

I'm doing great here with Elder Rotolo. We had two baptismal dates (Junior and George), but they didn't come to church this week. They've both come several times in the past, but we're worried that they're not taking their commitments (or the covenants that they're going to make) very seriously. So we want to wait a week so we can help them and try working more with their parents (less actives) so that they can be more firm in the church. We'll be working to help them understand the importance and meaning of baptism as well.

But all is doing great in the dunes of San Luis! It's an amazing place for missionary work. I love it!

Hope all is well! Take Care!
Elder Seth Prestwich

Monday, April 22, 2013

Once Again, from PerĂș!

Hey Everyone!

Well, we're doing pretty well in our area. We have baptisms for this week and the next two, and we're pretty excited about helping them come to Christ. We're starting to really look for indicated and prepared people to keep the fechas going for each week. We know that we can achieve the success that the Lord wants us to. We're not gonna slack off or give up. It's a critical moment in the salvation of Children of God. I really hope we can keep things going like this. I love being in a place where we can help a lot of people. But it's all from the work of my awesome companion. It's great working with him!

But things are going really great for me. I'm doing good in health and I'm pumped up to do missionary work. I also enjoy the zone. It's got a lot of really funny missionaries in it. I really can't complain about anything. I just plan on enjoying every day that I have here.

It's really crazy to look back to where I was at a year and a half ago. I've grown a lot in the mission and really had the chance to experience a conversion. I've had a testimony for years, but it'd never really been a conversion to Christ until I got the chance to be here. Christ really taught me how to follow Him and that he is the most important thing in life. Nothing else comes before Him, and I'll show that I know and believe that through my actions. And I've experienced so much peace and happiness through following Him. It's amazing how much people seek happiness in life, but God chose to give me the only true way to find a complete happiness. It's through this Gospel. I had the blessing of being born in the Church, but I had to learn that for myself. And the mission has helped me learn that more than any other experience in my life (except for maybe the diligent teaching and example that my parents have given me since the day I was born). But I just want to thank everyone who's helped me get here and is supporting me so that I can be here. I love you all and I'm eternally grateful for the sacrifices that you all have done for me. I truly know that Christ is my Savior and the only true way to happiness. And that the way to Christ is found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Well, I love you all and really hope that you're well. Best of luck in this week!
Elder Seth Prestwich

Monday, April 15, 2013

Bienvenido a San Luis!

Hey Everyone!

Well, I'm pumped to be in San Luis, Nuevo Chimbote! We've got some great investigators and the ward seem nice (not very organized, but nice). We were so excited to have been able to get two baptismal dates and to really help some people come to Christ. We'll be inviting several more in this week. I really hope that we can keep it going so we can baptize every week. We'll be looking for new people like crazy so we can keep puttin fechas for farther out and really focus on the indicated people. I know we're gonna work miracles here!

Elder Rotolo is really cool as well. I'm excited to work with him and get to know him better. I feel like we've got a lot in common. Our goals more than anything else. He's focused and a great worker. He's from the South (Louisiana)! His accent isn't that strong though. But from time to time, it really comes out. I love it. He's super energetic and loves the people. It was just SO funny to see him (a tall white guy) singing and dancing (holding his belt and throwing his imaginary lasso) down a deserted, sandy, Peruvian back street, in white shirt and tie. I can already feel that his energy is contageous.

Other than that... Well, San Luis is coast again. There are cool little mountian islands just off the coast. The beaches are extremely rocky, so it doesn't have any tourism... It's a lot hotter here. The area is pure sand dune... It really reminds me of Huanchaco. Should be a good time. =)
At least I won't be walking in the rain every day. Though I didn't mind it too much.

Anyway, this is gonna be fun! Time to get to work!

Hope all is well! Love you all!
Elder Seth Prestwich

Monday, April 8, 2013

Off to Chimbote Sur!

Hey Everyone!

I'm off to Chimbote! I'll be leaving tonight at 8:30, and I should be getting there at 2:00 AM. That should be a great bus ride. But I'm super excited to help the district out there. I really hope that they're excited and ready to work with all that they have!

But I had a truly wonderful time watching conferece. There were some really powerful talks. I always enjoy the blessing of recieving revelation for the people I teach. And I enjoy the spirital uplift and recharge that it gives.
On top of that we had another baptism this Sunday. A 12 year old boy, Yoel, was baptised and is doing great. He came to church just a couple of times and put his own baptismal date. He really wanted to do it and really grew instantly in testimony. He completed with each commitment that we left for him and he was extremely receptive to the spirit. He and his entire family made it to conference to see the Prophet talk and to see his baptism. Yoel's father really felt the Spirit in the baptism and had a huge smile on his face the whole time. They're a little special, because Yoel is the only one in the family that knows how to read. But his parents are really sincere and have a great desire to learn. They value our words a ton, because they can only learn if someone comes to teach it clearly, slowly, and simply. And so, here we are. I can only hope that all goes well with the whole family. It'll be painful to leave this area. You get used to it after 6 months. But I'll leave it with my best prayer, and in the hands of my companion.

Other than that all has been going quite well. I've been taking some pictures before I leave Huaraz. But it should be interresting in Chimbote. It's a fishing town. We all know how fish smells. Wonderful, right? But it sounds like I lucked out and I'll be a little ways out of Chimbote, away from the horrid fish smell. So that's really good. But I really hope that I don't have to eat too much fish... I've never been too fond of it. But I can't complain. They say that it's a nice area where I'm going to and that the zone has a tone of success. So I should be able to really enjoy my time there.

But I hope all is going well at home and that everyone's heath is good! I'm super excited to get working in my new area (even if it hurts to leave this one). I'll be with a North American companion for the first time in my mission, so that should be really interresting. We'll see how it goes, but I figure it should be really fun. Especially because my companion is from the South! He'll talk funny in Spanish AND English!

But I love you guys and hope that you're well and that everyone could enjoy General Conference!
I'll let you guys know the first impressions of Chimbote next week!
Elder Seth Prestwich

Monday, April 1, 2013

Seven Days and Counting....

Hey Everyone!

I really hope that all is going well back at home. Things are winding down for this change. There's only one more week left. And it's almost definite that I'll be leaving Huaraz, but I still don't know for sure. People tend to stick around Huaraz for 6 months and then they're off to another area. I suppose that my next area could very possibly be my last. It's kinda scary thinking about that....

We just got back from a huge hike today! We went hiking for several hours to a beatiful lake high up in the mountains. I truly love being here in Huaraz. The mountians are even more beautiful than Colorado. They're really quite amazing. And huge as well. I'm gonna miss being in the mountians so bad. It's definitely one of the best areas of the mission, without a doubt.

As for the Work, things are going alright. We've found one 12 year old boy, Joel, that is extrememly recepive to the Spirit. We've only taught him with his family once and he's come to church twice, but told us that he has to get baptised this Saturday to go the the Temple the next week. Something about what he felt when they talked about it really fired him up. We'll have to do our absolute best to help him out, but he's doing his absolute best to prepare himself. It really touches me to see his desires to follow Christ just based on the joy that the Spirit has put into his heart. It's amazing how much basic truths can go straight to the heart. It's amazing.

But I really hope everyone enjoyed Easter and that things were fun. The Holy Week went by pretty well here. Though it was filled with a lot of crosses and, well, parties. But at least they took a little time to remember Christ as they marched an enormous model of Him on the cross through all the streets of Huaraz on Sunday Morning. They definitely celebrate things differently down here. But it's always fun to see the culture.

I'll let everyone know if I get changed to another area this next week. It's about time, though, after 6 months. There's not too much hope for me. I'm almost definitely gonna get kicked out. Especially since they'll be doing special changes because Huaraz is gonna change missions in 3 months! It'll be super sad to lose it.

Thanks everyone, love ya!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Hey Everyone!

Well, all has been going great down here. Well, we were a bit down that our investigator that was going to get baptised had family issues and won't get to Huaraz again until July. So that was a bit of a let down. But we know that we'll find someone else. We had two new families in church yesterday, so that was really cool. Though, we have to make sure that one of them is married (though not likely here in Peru...). If not, we'll see if we can get a wedding set up! That's always hard to do, but if she really wants to come to Christ, she'll be willing. I truly hope so...

As for some fun things that have been going on, well... we got to spend the whole P-Day cleaning the room... That was fun... But we've started playing ping pong in the district as well, which is really funny. I really should have played more, I can't hold my own at all. I'll get it though. I never did have much coordination at 6:00 AM, though... I'm not too big on getting up early. Though I can't complain much, because it's entertaining and I like being with the whole district.

But I've been a bit sad looking at the end of the exchange coming up. It's almost definite that I'll be leaving. I've been here for 6 months, and has been one of my favorite areas without a doubt. I enjoy the ward, weather, landscape, and everything. Kinda sad to leave it all. I'll miss these people. Though I've got a couple weeks left, so I can't miss them yet! And I'll find wonderful people no matter where I go, so I'm not too worried. It's just scary to think that my next area will very possibly be my last. I'll be there for 6 months more, and that's it... Wow... Time flies when you're havin' fun.

Anyway, hope all is well back home and that everyone is in good health! I love you all and am always praying for you guys!
Take Care!
Elder Seth Prestwich

Monday, March 18, 2013

Baptims in the Rain!

Hey Everyone!

Well, it's been pouring down here in Huaraz! I'm rather greatful for my boots, because the rain is destroying my shoes. I sure hope they can make it another half a year. But I figure they should. They might not look so pretty (and have several holes), but they'll be useable. That's the key. Though, I can't complain. I kinda enjoy the rain, after all. Even if I'm walking, soaked, I'm thankful for the chance I have to serve the Lord.

But as for missionary work, Luis and Pablo got baptised!! They were both old investigators that I was teaching in the first months that I was here. Luis is 14 and didn't have permission from his parents to get baptised, but showed up at church one day with the baptismal fourm in hand with his parent's signiture. Pablo is an old investigator that we were teaching that had to separate himself from his pair. He was living with her for 20 years, but had a wife before... and never went through the pain of devorcing himself. So he had to separate himself (or get married) to get baptised. He chose to go back to his other family and fix everything he'd done. It took several months to put everything straight. But he came back here to continue working and was able to be baptised. He's had a huge change in his life and his happiness. Both of them had a really amazing change as they converted to the Christ and His Gospel.

Other than that, we have one more possible baptism that has to come back from her vacations in Lima. She was super excited to get baptised, but she didn't have the chance to get baptised before leaving. She's been going to church in Lima for the months that she's been there. But she's waiting to get back so she can join her ward again and come to the waters of baptism. We're just waiting patiently (more or less) for her to get back.

The relief society also did an amazing activity. They did a competition betweed all the wards in the steak to do a presentation of two homemade sweets. They all had really nice presentations and the best deserts in the wards. And they wanted us (with the zone leaders) to be the judges. We couldn't say no. I mean, I really love sweets. A lot. And it was one of my favorite activities yet. Though my ward didn't win, unfortunately. They got 3rd place. And weren't exactly too happy with us.

Hope all is well and that everyone is in good health!
Elder Seth Prestwich

Monday, March 11, 2013

Hello from Peru!!

Hey Everyone!

Things have been going pretty well down here! Last week was a little slow, but we had a huge miracle happen this week that really made up for it! One of my old investigators, Luis, that I was teaching 3 months ago showed up to church this week with permission from his parents to get baptised (he has 14 years, so he can't get baptised without consent from his parents)! His parents told us that they wouldn't give permission before, but he really came through. He comes to church all by himself every week. That doesn't sound like much, but he actually travels an hour each way just to come to chruch. It's amazing to see that kind of faith in someone so young. I don't think I would've been able to do that by myself each week at his age. In fact, I know I wouldn't have done it. So it was a huge miracle for him to show up with signed permission from his parents! So he's gonna get baptised this Saturday! We're so excited for him, and it really touched my heart to see the faith that he has and how much effort he's put in to be able to be baptised. The Lord really humbles me with the faith of these people.

So I'm quite happy and humbled by the miracles that the Lord works in my life and for how directly he answers each humble prayer. It's really been a huge life changer for me, and has taught me what's most important in life. But the mission has honestly been a high point in my life. Maybe not the easist time, but a time of great growth and progress. And the lesson that always comes to my mind first, is that the Lord truly and honeslty loves me and knows me personally. And that He has a personal hand in my life. I truly love Him first, before all else. And that keeps me here every day.

I love you all and hope that all is going well! Don't forget to let the Lord work little miracles in your lives each day. Be sure to keep a sharp eye out for the littlest, most personal blessings that come each day!
Take care!
Elder Seth Prestwich

Monday, March 4, 2013

The Sky is Falling!

Well, all has been going well here in Huaraz. We were a little disappointed about how the week turned out. We ended up only having one person in church this week, so that was sad. We'll be doing our best to help be get there this week. But we know that the people who are ready to accept the Gospel are out there. We just need to find them.

As for funny things that have happened. I've just been listening to everyone getting tests back home. Sounds like the house might have to go gluten free. It's funny thinking about just how much stuff I've learned to eat down here. While in the house, they aren't even eating normal things like bread, I've gotten used to eating guinea pig and drinking purple corn juice.

And I got the Valentine's Day package today! It -almost- made it in time. But I tripped out when I saw the bottle caps. I've missed root beer a ton, so it was awesome to open them up and enjoy a tiny taste of root beer again. Though it's packed full of deliscious candy, so thanks a ton! I was having a bit of a sugar craving as of late.

But all is going great down here. I'm still enjoying the pouring rain here in Huaraz. It's a whole nother mission down here. It's quite the difference from the burning heat in Trujillo. But I'm enjoying being part of a district full of now missionaries and trainers. We're 5 companionships in the district and my companion and I are the only ones who aren't training or being trained. So it's fun to be woking with a district like this. It's quite different than any other I've been in.

But all is well, I hope eveyone is in good health!
Take care! Love you all!
Elder Seth Prestwich

Monday, February 25, 2013

March is Just Around the Corner!

Hey Everyone!

Well, March is comming up. It's the rainiest month, so that should be fun. We'll see how that goes, but it definitely beats the summer heat of Trujillo any day. So I definitely can't complain. I'll be happy to be here for another exchange.

Though a lot of interresting things have happened to me as of late. Missionary wise, the district is gonna grow a ton. The new missionary wave is comming in. We're gonna go from a district of 6 to 10. All of the missionaries in the district are gonna be training new missionaries except for my companion and I. So that'll be quite the trip.
Other than that, we went on a great hike today. Instead of playing soccer every single P-Day, we got to do something new. It was actually really cool. I love being here in Huaraz where everything is green and we're surrounded by mountains. It's awsome to see everything. It relaxes me a TON to be in the mountains hiking, that's something that I've missed dreadfully. So it was way satisfying. Though my companion was dying on the hike and really didn't enjoy it, I felt great after we got back.
We also were served Guinea Pig by one of the members we visited. I can't reject it, of course, that'd be horrible. But I'd be lying if I didn't say that it tasted pretty good... Anyway, my companion, being Peruvian, refused to eat it. In front of the entire family. He's a bit picky, so he tends to do that. But it's a lot worse of an insult here than in the states. So it really worries me when he does that, so I just smile and eat it for him. Funny how it's usually the other way around. The US missionary won't touch it and the Peruvian is glad to eat it. Everyone says that my companion eats like a Gringo, which is funny every time someone says it. He doesn't take the comment very well, though.

As for the Work, I feel like this week we had more success. We're working hard with the new investigators that we find, and working to teach for commitment. As we've done that, we've seen a change in how we do missionary work and success has come from it. I've really learned a lot this exchange and really hope that I can keep myself working hard and bettering myself each day. But I can difinitely say that I'm thankful for this expirience I've had a missionary and I'm glad to be here each day. I've learned a ton and really find that I keep learning every day. But it's always great to find new investigators that are excited about us comming and show a lot of potential.

Hope all is well and that people are enjoying their lives back at home! Even if it's just another normal day, it's something to be enjoyed.
I love you all and hope to hear from you soon!
Take care!
Elder Seth Prestwich

Monday, February 18, 2013


Well, we passed Tuesday War. It's a Carnevales tradition where they soak everything and everyone. Without mercy. And they don't just use water, but paint, and sewage, and shoe polish, etc. It was crazy. We only left that day to go to a reunion, but we had to go from our room straight to the church in a taxi. We couldn't walk. There were hundreds and hundreds of people in the streets with buckets. It was insane. Teenagers walked around in groups of 10 to 30 looking for other groups or even individual people. Phew. It was something else.

Other than that, we're working hard to help people to come unto Christ. It's been a bit slow, but it'll pick up. Unfortunately, our progressing investigators (Ximena and Andre) just decided this week that they didn't want to get baptised... It hurt. Now we're really worried about them and have hit a bit of a wall. But we were blessed with some great new investigators this week. So we'll work hard with them and do our best to find those who are ready and prepared. And work really hard with the other two. We know that God can work a miracle in their lives and help them make it there.

But I've been doing great, despite the difficulties. We're not gonna let anything get us down, that's a huge key to success here. If life's hard, work harder. And by doing that, everything seems to turn out alright. If we choose to follow God today, tomorrow will be just a little brighter.

I love you all and hope that you're doing well! Keep looking forward with faith in Christ so that you can see the brighter future!
Take care!
Elder Seth Prestwich

Monday, February 11, 2013

Another Week Come and Gone

Hey Everyone!

This week turned out alright for us. We're working hard with being able to teach more lessons. I feel like we're losing all of our investigators and that's really worrying me. We're teaching one or two lessons, but they lose interest. So I've been really trying hard to understand how to invite the Spirit more into the lessons and how to apply the doctrine better the those we teach, starting from the very first lesson. But I really hope things get better and we can find the people who are ready. I know God is preparing those people and families. I'll never stop working every day to find those people.

But we were able to help little Paola make it to baptimal waters. So we're super excited about that. Now their whole family has been baptised (well, all that are 8 and up) and woking hard to endure to the end! We'll be there helping a lot, because I've really come to love that family. Without a doubt, the Lord sent me here to find them.

As for interresting things going on, well, tomorrow we won't be leaving the room. The mission president is making us all stay in our rooms for Tuesday War. It's the best part about Carnevales here. It's a day when no one is safe from the water... and paint... and, well, just about everything. It gets bad, but there's no public transportation that day. And they say that the only people on the streets are the police trying to regulate everything. Sounds like it's gonna be insane. I'll let you know how it goes.

And my companion also had two toenails taken out. He's been out a few days, but thankfully there was a RM who went out with me those days and helped the work to keep going. Though I can't help but cringe when I look at my companion's feet. It looks funny without a toenail. At least he's walking normally now (and playing football, just 6 days later).

Well, I'm out of time, but I hope everyone is doing well!
Take Care!
Elder Seth Prestwich

Monday, February 4, 2013


Well, this week went by pretty well for us. Our fecha fell through, though. We put it back up for the next week. We're just waiting for the girl's father to get back from a vacation in Arequipa. But he'll be getting back this week for sure. So we're not too worried. Other than that, we've recieved a lot of referals and we managed to find a lot of new investigators through the memebers. They really helped us out this week and we're sure that one of these refrences will be able to make it to the waters of baptism.

But we really saw a great miracle through the power of fasting this week. As we fasted, we did it for each of our investigators, but especially to find new families. We were continually praying that day hoping to find someone. But just as one of our appointments fell through, we got a call from a young man. He got baptised about a year ago and was ready to leave for the mission. He lives in another part, but his family lives here in Huaraz, in our area. And he wanted to present his whole family to us. We entered and were warmly welcomed. They saw what their son was about to do through us. And we're pumpped to go back and help that family come to Christ.

Then, that Sunday after church, we recieved refrences for two more familes! We still need to contact them, but it was amazing to see the Lord answer our prayers right away. It's really something special to see Him work directly in my life and in His work.

On other terms, Carnavales have made it to Huaraz. It's quite the interresting holliday. It's one where everyone can just dump water (sometimes paint) on whoever they want. Now that we've hit Febuary, we find ourselves watching the roof tops every single day. We've gotta watch out for the water balloons, because they're becoming more and more frequent. But it's kinda fun, not gonna lie. Makes the day interesting. Though my companion hates getting wet, so it's not quite the same for him. 

I'm also seeing a huge difference in who I am here in the mission. I had an interresting encounter with a North American in the street the other day. He wasn't too fond or my ideas, I guess. But he called me over from the other side of the street, but when I started talking to him, he began attacking me for being Mormon. He had quite different moral beliefs, so I guess he wasn't gonna let my pass by peacably. Anyway, he started insults, but it was interresting to, well, not feel anything. I didn't fell sad, nor angry. I just smiled and said that everyone has freedom of releigon and speech. But without saying anything negative, I smiled and walked away, after calming the conversation by the end. Before, I would have jumped right back at him. I would've been angry for hours after, but it was nice to see that change in me and just let it go. That calmness will probably serve me well in life. I'm always happy to see the way the Lord teaches me and helps me grow.

Hope everyone is well and that the snow comes for you guys!
Elder Seth Prestwich

Monday, January 28, 2013

All Is Well!

Hey Everyone!

Well all went well at the end of the week. We were able to help our 3 investigators make it to the waters of baptism. All three of them were quite happy Saturday and Sunday and it really made me smile to see the joy that they felt. It truly keeps me here in the mission. I'll be super happy to see them make it to the end, especially Lazaro and Adelaida, because they're already very focused on making it to the temple to be sealed together for time and all eternity. And Hna. Esperanza as well, because she's made great sacrifices to make it this far and put herself and her family in line with the teachings of Christ.

I've really enjoyed seeing these people accept the Lord and I'll always be excited to keep going through thick and thin. This is really the Lords work and I get to enjoy the closeness of His hand in my life. I really do love to see that the things that are important to me are important to him, whether they be small or large.

I also got blindsighted this week... Something happened in the district, and there was an emergency exchange, and I got called as the District Leader. It was quite a shock, since I'd only been senior companion for a couple of weeks. But things like that seem to happen in my life. I get comfortable, then everything comes at once. Though I can only accept the calling and recognize that God qualifies whom he calles. So I suppose I'll be just fine. It'll just take a little adjusting.

Hope all is well back home! We've entered the rainy season, so that should be fun here. But it really beats the Trujillo Sun, so I can't complain.

Take Care!
Elder Seth Prestwich

Monday, January 21, 2013

Takin' On Life One Week at a Time...

Well, the week's gone by pretty well. Well, it was actually really rough at first, but Saturday and Sunday made up for it. We were able to confirm and organize a baptism for the 26th. We'll have 3 investigators getting baptised, so I'll be really praying hard that nothing goes wrong and that they can all make it. We were also able to receive a ton of references from members on Saturday, so we're really excited about that. We've been working really hard to find new investigators and Saturday was a real answer to our prayers.
Other than that, we went to an amazing lake called Llanganuco last week. It was really cool to see some of the Peruvian mountains. The trip up there is always the coolest for me. We weave through cliffs, mountains, valleys, and rivers. No one else seems to care too much. They only look once we reach the tourisic area. But it's really awesome to see the landscape around here. It's really enjoyable. But the lake was awesome, it's a vibrant blue color sourrounded by green plants and sharp cliffs. There's also mountinas covered in glaciers nearby. It was really cool to be there for a moment and just breathe in the mountain air. I really missed trips up into the mountains, but being here had helped me know just how much.


Not much more has been going on, but I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying classes (at least a little bit). I've been doing really well and I'm excited for the good missionary work that'll be coming up in these weeks!
Love you all!
Elder Seth Prestwich

Monday, January 14, 2013

16 Months... Wow... Time Flies.

Hey Everyone!

Well, this week ended with a really brutal hit. Lucia, our fecha, didn't get baptised. And she let the member that was befriending her know that she never really wanted to. That she was lying. All the way down to the hour of the baptism. We made it to her house just to find that out, and we never found her. It was painful. One of the biggest let downs in my life, I think. I mean, we're talking about salvation. It was pretty painful to hear, but the member did let me know in the interveiw that she had a problem with lying sometimes. But that was harsh. We headed back the the room and got back to work that day, and I prayed humbly for some miracle, to find someone (any investigator or new investigator). I was doing my absolute best to pay attention to the impressions of the Spirit. People came to mind, but we found no one. We looked for futures and less actives, but found no one. Even the contacts rejected the invitation to visit them.

It could've honestly been one of the worst moments in my mission. Maybe if it were earlier in my mission, it would have been. But the difference I felt came through the Spirit. Instead of rejecting Him and being upset, I humbly accepted the situation and kept my heart open. I worked hard. We may not have found anyone in that time, but somehow, I knew the Lord would bless me for leaving and trying hard that day, despite what happened. He was already comforting me as well. He let me know that those with sincere hearts will come in the near future. So I didn't worry or give up. The tender mercies of the Lord carried me forward and let me dedicate the day to Him.

I feel that those moments will define my future. And not just for here in the mission. There will be days when I feel like I've lost a lot, and that my efforts aren't bringing anything forth. But I've learned to work to the end, no matter the circumstances. It's not worth dedicating my time to my failures, but rejoice in every moment for the success that the Lord has given me. I know that's wisdom that the Lord has taught me, and it is of eternal worth for me.

Hope all goes well and that the semester starts strong for everyone!
Elder Seth Prestwich