Monday, April 14, 2014

Another week!!


Hey whats going on? It sounds like y'all are having a great time at home and play. That's crazy that school is almost out because that means my year mark is coming up. Has it already been that long? I cant believe it. That's soo awesome that y'all got to go to the open house of the Ft. Lauderdale temple. I hope y'all enjoyed every minute of it. This week was just the same old same old working in the Lord's vineyard trying to bring souls unto Christ. I finally came to the conclusion that missions are probably the best thing for us young men. Just as I've been working with people who really are as mature as I was when I was in high school (even though they are my senior by like 10 years) I realized y'all must of had a lot of patience with me because my patience is tested everyday it seems like. But I wouldn't want it any other way. I love being here and helping people realize their potential and seeing that potential even when they can't see it themselves. This week we had an activity where Elder Woolner and I got to teach about the Book of Mormon. I just want y'all to know how much I love that book and how much it really has changed my life. Now I get to testify everyday that it is the word of God and it is the best. Really that is what keeps me going. It has so much strength it is almost magical. I love y'all so much keep working hard and keep being awesome!

Elder Kotter

PS I love the pictures

Monday, March 31, 2014

Another week and some pictures

Well this week was a good week. Full of the spirit and the drive to do missionary work. Even though people don't seem to be progressing I feel like I'm becoming a better and better missionary every day.

Sounds like your missionary thing was a great success. I'm so glad that it was for y'all. Its kinda funny y'all had more people at that thing than we had at church this week. If y'all keep doing things like that I'm sure the missionary work will just boom and y'alls ward will grow until its a stake. Keep up the good work.

So I just want to say that sacrifice brings blessings. We have been having the spirit with us super strong and teaching awesomely. The only problem is people have there agency. So hopefully this week I'll have an awesome story but for now know that we are trying to help people as much as they will let us.

I love y'all so much

Elder Kotter

When you send a package these are the things I'd love:
Beef jerky, Tabasco sauce, a camera, Cheetos, granola bars, peach rings, pancake mix, BBQ chips(the wavy kind), pictures, those hot wing Snyder's Pretzels and the honey mustard ones too.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Another Week


Hey Sounds life life is going great. I'm glad that there are no more car crashes and y'all are super safe. Have y'all decided what kind of car y'all want yet. I can't believe that Shelby got asked to prom again. How many people are going after her? Y'all gotta put a big fat bag over her head to protect her. hahahaha. I'm glad that math is going good and your getting to learn new things. I'm learning new things every day. I just am so grateful for the mission. It is probably the hardest thing I have ever done or will ever do but everyday I'm am so grateful that God found me worthy to even let me do his work. It makes me so happy and I'm loving every moment of it. So this week not a whole lot happened. We are really trying to work with the less actives here in Sicuani because our attendance is slowly dropping. 62 this last Sunday(that's a ward!!!!!) We really don't know what happened but we are going to try to help fix that. Funny story I found out this week that Elder Woolner sometimes has night terrors in his sleep. I woke up to him screaming his head off something about something under his bed. That was really interesting hahahahaha. Well I love y'all so much keep being awesome.

Elder Kotter


Hey Sounds like from moms letter that life is going good. Y'all decided on a car yet? The lord really has been blessing me but just in different ways. I can testify of that. I don't know why but it seems like the harder I work and the more I become obedient and the more drive I give the slower the work goes. It's weird the harder I push the slower the rock rolls. It's almost like my Heavenly Father is just stretching me and seeing how far he can push me until I snap. I just wish there was an end to the stretching. I'm glad y'all are receiving so many blessings and I'm so glad you are safe and secure with out a scratch that is one of the biggest blessing for me ever. Thanks for being such a great example to me.

Your Son,
Elder Kotter

Monday, March 17, 2014


So why is everyone I know starting to get into car accidents? Is ATL just super unsafe for drivers? Ariel, Dad, Jessica and Jeremy. Y'all can't be doing that on me. So basically I've come to the conclusion that NO ONE can drive the truck until I get back understood. And I can't believe that y'all sold the van. I won't recognize home when i get back. What type of car did you get? Well so everything is going great here in Peru. We are not crashing cars but we are just preaching the gospel 24/7. I'm starting to get really worn down so I'm so grateful for p-day. The reason we are late to the internet is because we took a fat nap before we went out. We have an investigator with date. I don't know if you remember Ider but we got a date on him again and this date seems much more sure! Frandu is progressing very nice. He loves it when we come we are just trying to get his member parents to agree to let him get baptized. Berta is also going good we are just having a hard time finding her. I'm so glad y'all are all super safe. Don't worry about me I'm doing fine and I'm loving the mission. Next week we will get to know the transfers but I'm pretty sure ill be staying here in Sicuani but who knows. Keep praying and read the BOM everyday. It truly has a power to change people. Have a good week!

Elder Kotter

Dad I heard you were in a crazy car crash. DON'T DO THAT. I'm glad your fine. Please though don't die until I get back! Thanks!!

Elder Kotter

PS I love you lots

Parental side note....Stephen we are happy to grant your request to wait until you get home from your mission before dad leaves this earth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Monday, March 3, 2014



Well,this week was awesome in many different ways so here goes story time. Okay so first off there is a festival here called Carnivales so basically for the whole month of March they spray people with water and fetti and soap. Me and Elder Woolner didn't know this yesterday. When all of a sudden like about 20 10 year old girls came up and started spraying us with soap. We were so confused we didn't know what to do so we just yelled in a mixture of English and Spainsh what happened(que paso) it was really weird and unexpected I've got a photo of us attached. Elder Woolner was sick this week because for 2 days straight we walked in the rain. All day and nobody was home or anything so we just kept walking in the rain. And an awesome priesthood blessing story, So it was the night that Elder Woolner was sick but better. And I don't know what happened but all of a sudden my stomach just got super bloated and just full of gas. It wouldn't pass and it hurt me so bad. Any way I turned it hurt. So I did this for about like all night just tossing and turning until finally I basically asked Elder Woolner for a blessing. Within 5 minutes I was back to normal. I'm so grateful for that power that god has given man to bless and heal the sick and afflicted. Finally we found someone named Uber who has great potential to progress because he asks so many questions. I'll inform y'all later on that. So that was my week. It was super awesome and I've grown so much from the good and bad of the mission. I LOVE IT. And I love y'all Please find someone who can improve from this gospel always ask for missionary opportunities.

Elder Kotter

PS There is a 7 year Peruvian kid just watching me at the computer right now.

Dad I know I can conquer Satan but to be honest I don't know why you say I'm extraordinary. I'm just a normal guy doing the work of the lord that's the only reason why I could be extraordinary is because of Him but I'll will do what you consel me to do and I'll pray about this. Dad i love you so much. You are my hero. Keep being the example in my life I love you so much.

Elder Kotter

PS I had a like 3 days where we walked in the rain all day and nobody listened to us all day. I just keep thinking about the rose field and how that was a thorn but somehow it will be a rose one day. I learned how to endure through the rain for the lord. It was one of the most awesome experiences I've had on the mission so far just doing his will through the thick and thin.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Moms Connect

From Elder Kotter's Mom

I was reading through a Missionary Mom's website yesterday and ran across a name I recognized. It turns out I was able to connect with Elder Kotter's companion's mom. This is what she had to say. It was an awesome experience and I feel the Lord blessed me with this connection!

Good Morning Lesley,

Yes! They are companions! How funny -- I hardly ever comment or “welcome” someone in the e-mail group and am so glad I did this time. Our son is so happy to be companions with your son. He is his first American companion. Having Spanish speaking companions has been wonderful in so many ways, but him having an American companion, especially one that has the same vision, is what he needed right now.
This is what he said -

"Not only do we have fun being able to talk about things that only 2 United Staters can talk about but lessons are a lot more tranquilo. He knows our purpose and what to teach because he also was born in the Church. So it's been a lot less stressful because I don't have to worry about what he'll say. Also our study sessions are fantastic because they're in spanglish and we get to express a lot easier what we've learned and how we feel about the restored Gospel.”

This is only his 3rd area but has been out 13 months. He served in Cusco for 8 months and then went to Ollyantambo for 4 1/2 months - a very small village near Macchu Pichu. While in Ollyantambo he ended up having an emergency appendectomy! We have been living in Puebla, Mexico, this school year (for my husband’s work) and so when he had to have his surgery, it was a little worrisome because I know how different medical care is here than in the US and worried a little how it must be there! Pres. Harbertson assured me, though, that the facility was modern and that all would be well - and it was! How long has your son been out? How long has he been in Sicuani?

Thanks so much for contacting me -- what a small world. If you’re interested, there is a Facebook group called Missionary Momma’s that my friend created and mom’s from all over contribute to it. It’s fun to see pictures and hear about missions from all over the world. If you’re interested, let me know. It’s a closed group so I think a member has to add you.

Have a great day!


Monday, February 24, 2014

Check out my llama tie!


Hey sounds like life is still going super Awesome! I can't believe that Matt Gerber is home and he is like HOME HOME. He is kicking it with his fam that's so crazy. I also can't believe how fast time is going it is almost March can you believe that? I can't. So I ordered my scriptures and water bottle so don't worry about that soon I will be a normal missionary and not have to use a borrowed pair of scriptures. Now I know how the early missionaries felt when they borrowed clothes scriptures and everything else to go on a mission its really weird.

So me and Elder Woolner are doing WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We are going to big. We are teaching lots and teaching by the spirit. Pretty much we are doing everything we can to push the work of the Lord along. We had an awesome lesson with Berta this week. The spirit was so strong and she was so close to saying yes to baptism. She just said she wants to be 100% sure that it is the true church. I just wish i could get her to understand faith. She is ready she just doesn't know it yet

Well Things I want in a package... BBQ sauce, and peanut butter candy. I want food. Oh and a white tie and pants that would be good too.

I love y'all so much keep working in the lord's field.

Elder Kotter


Hey how are you doing? This week was awesome!!!!!!!! Elder Woolner and I are doing WORK!!!!!!!!!!! We are just busting out lessons and teaching people and we've got the spirit super strong. It's awesome. We are doing all we can to help the work of the lord progress. It's super crazy that Matt Gerber is now a normal person that has to worry about normal people stuff. I just can't believe it. It seems like yesterday he left. I remember that very vividly then I had to do my ROTC interview the very next day. Crazy stuff. Dad thanks for all that you do for me and our family. You truly are my hero and don't ever forget that I love you.

Elder Kotter

PS: I haven't made a plan to buy a camera maybe this week. There just aren't any places in my sector that sells cameras that's the problem.