Monday, June 24, 2013

June 24, 2013- Matias Romero

"what we proselyte in, haha"
"the package came!"

2:02 PM- after sending a bunch of photos, Andrew wrote this small paragraph-

k i gotta go! love you guys! everything’s great here! good to hear from you t cav! read your scriptures, work hard in band football and baseball and whatever else and don’t worry about me mom. thanks for the package it was great!

4:41 PM- a couple of hours later we got a true letter, after they had completed changes (transfers)
Hey guys Its going great here in Mexico! So today is my first day of changes and me and Elder Dibble are gonna be here in Matias for another 6 weeks. Sounds like you guys are all doing awesome back at home having a good vacation. So yes! I did get your package about 20 minutes ago and it’s awesome! It came a little roughed up but it was all there and all inside. I didn’t get to look through it all the way but holy cow, there’s enough feed to last my whole mission in there thanks! and I love seeing all the pictures!( prom looked awesome, sweet rings, Kyle’s pictures made me want to cry) but I love getting those pictures and mission calls and those quote cards. Ya mom Elder Johnson came and talked and that was awesome and ya I can understand everything that Americans say but when natives talk it’s a completely different language. oh and its works perfect if you guys send one email a week with a couple of notes from each of you like you did last week.  So yes Alberto’s family is doing awesome! I baptized his twin on Saturday, they got the Priesthood on Sunday and went to walk around the Chiapas temple that night! They’re awesome! Their mom just needs to get to church two more weeks and then she’ll be baptized too! We’re doing really good, there are a lot of investigators with a lot of potential here. Working hard for the last six weeks here is going to really pay off here in the coming six weeks! but ya  a lot is going on, just lots of work and grease haha. Oh ya I gotta a hilarious story about my hip but I can’t tell you guys until mom promises she won’t freak and and call Hermana Leyva or anything!

6:12 PM- after that last sentence Andrew left us hanging with his “hilarious story” about his hip- Moms never “freak out” about their missionaries, right? Here is the last email of the day:
So it turns out that they should have stitched my hip up when they did surgery (it’s not too good to be walking around Mexico with an open wound). But it got infected again and really tender and I thought I had a staph infection. So I went to the doctors and they said I had something really bad and he wanted to get me on some heavy antibiotics (that there’s no way I could afford) and he pretty much told me it was way serious. So we called the mission president’s wife and she sent us to a doctor that she knew and trusted. So we went there. Well we got there and he tells us that the other doctor is a moron and I don’t have an infection, I have a virus. So we ask him what I have and he tells me I have herpes haha. So ya you can imagine how that call went with the mission president telling him that I had to go to the big city cause I had herpes. So ya good stuff. So we decide to try one more doctor to see what he says, and he tells me it’s just a bad allergic reaction to the band aids I was putting on it haha. So I took the bandaids off and he gave me some stuff and everything cleared up literally overnight. Haha so that was a pretty scary experience haha but it’s pretty funny. So I’m interested to see how my next interview with the president goes- haha. Ya so the lesson I learned this week: prayer works.

Quino Castillo Familia
baptism of Gilberto- June 22, 2013

"one weeks worth of food--what 250 pesos buys"
"I like watermelon"

"what a $1.50 haircut looks like"

Monday, June 17, 2013

June 17, 2013- Matias Romero

Elder Sawyer, Alberto & Elder Dibble
June 15, 2013
Guys! What’s Up! Awesome week!
Alberto got baptized, and I’m the one who got to baptize him! It was so cool, it’s probably the awesomest thing I’ve ever done! And it was just so cool to be there with him and his twin and mom(who are getting baptized the following two weeks). It’s just so hard to describe but it was awesome. I baptized him in mud brown water that was only up to my knees, haha it was probably really funny to watch but whatever, he got all the way under. Oh and so this coming Sunday he’s gonna be made the Young Men’s president haha which is pretty crazy. So ya that was the highlight of the week.
On Wednesday I had to go to Oaxaca to renew my visa or whatever so I had an 8 hour bus ride there, got off, signed the papers, and got right back on. So ya, that was probably the worst 16 hours of my life, buts at least I got to watch Spiderman, which isn’t as good in Spanish(prez lets us watch the movies on the bus rides).So this is the last week of my first change, it’s gone by pretty quick. I’m nervous to see what I’m doing next week cause every keeps saying they’re just gonna make me a companero mayor before I’m done training, so we’ll see.
Elder Johnson of the seventy came this week for a trizone meeting. It was pretty much three hours of him and his wife ripping us, and then another hour of president beating on us, but it was good haha. It’s times like that that it’s good not to know Spanish too well haha.
Your guyses horse ride sounds like fun (I still laugh when I think of Carson on a horse for a week). Carson, I’m gonna need some verification from DJ or Seth on the 28 reps haha but that’s insane! Keep it up! Kyle, dude way to make the All-star team! That’s awesome! How’s lifting going? What are you squatting and cleaning? Ryan how long till band camp? When do you know what instrument you’re gonna be playing? and dude get that AP thing and eagle knocked out this summer! What’s your project!? Abby how’s b ball camp going? Can you dunk yet? There’s a zoo in Matias here. We might go next change if I’m still here. It probably just has a bunch of weird looking dogs and bugs haha. Dad it makes my head hurt trying to read it haha, but it looks pretty good. And you guys can’t send me pictures like that, all those ribs! They make me so hungry! Happy late father’s day, Thanks for all you do! Mom no, no packages yet haha, I’m not gonna get my hopes up. And that’s crazy for carter, you’re gonna have to feed him while he’s there haha!
 Well love you guys, talk to you next week!
Elder Sawyer

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

June 12, 2013- Matias Romero-

Tri-Zone Meeting with Elder Johnson of the Seventy

from the Oaxaca Mission Facebook page

Monday, June 10, 2013

June 10, 2013- Matias Romero

doing my laundry
Elders Sawyer & Dibble with some children in Matias

the walk to church

view from my street

Mexican bench press

Hey guys had another awesome week! And I got all your mail finally (literally 34 letters). I guess they just pile up until we have a big meeting and they can get us them. It was awesome to hear everything that’s been going on. First of all holy cow Carson! 28 reps, that’s freakin ridiculous! Sounds like that vitamin b stuff is working. And dude enjoy the weights I really miss them, every morning I think about you and Kyle lifting at the same time I am here. Ryan thanks for all the emails! very detailed haha but dude I hope you have good time at scout camp, haha (i can just picture how Carson’s gonna be walking after a week on a horse) I hope you’re doing good in band and get that AP history stuff done so you can enjoy your summer! Kyle, dude, sorry about baseball. The good news is its futbol americano season! Work HARD this summer and do and eat everything Carson tells you to. And since when do you play the guitar? What the heck? haha that’s awesome. haha there’s an elder in my house that plays the guitar and my comp plays the piano and so on p days they play Taylor Swift and I sing haha it’s pretty funny cause our neighbors just stare and stuff. Abby thanks for your letters, no I’m definitely not cold. I hope you’re enjoying my room! Dad, Happy Father’s Day! I haven’t eaten any parts of the cow, we eat a lot of chicken. It’s a really poor area so 99 percent of the time it’s like sopa and some rice and tortillas. But I love all the different waters here! And that’s cool your ready the LDM in Spanish, I am too! haha Mom my hips doing fine, that mouse nest you found looks nasty! but I think I have a couple stories that could top that haha. but everything’s going good, I figured out what to eat and stuff so I’m doing good eating wise and I found really cheap protein so I’m doing really good! Molly, I wish I could be back on that glacier in Alaska for just ten minutes haha! 
There were alot of awesome things that happened this week. So this week Alberto is getting baptized and he’s way pumped! The plan is to baptize him this week and then have him baptize his bro and mom the next week, so that would be awesome. They’re pretty much the perfect family, were gonna have a noche de hogre with them tonight and watch the Restoration and make pizza! Also this week the DL went on divisions with all the senior comps. So I got to go with his comp for the day who has only 6 more weeks in the mission than me. He’s from Texas and speaks alright Spanish but he’s really shy and quiet so I was worried how this day was gonna go. We ended up having six good lessons but we weren’t really doing much cause of our lack of communication skills (Spanish). So we were walking around a little discouraged when we saw this girl struggling with these big bags. We asked her if we could help her carry them and she didn’t want to at first but then she agreed to it. We walked for like 2 miles in silence cause my comp was shy and I didn’t know how to say anything. We got to here house and dropped the bags off and asked if we could come back another day and she said ya. Well she now has a baptism date and her mom is really interested all because we just offered to carry some bags, so it felt good to help. Also this week a lesson fell through and we had absolutely no where to go. We decided to walk by this hermanas house even though she had told us the day before she wouldn’t be home. It turns out she was having some problems that day and had prayed in the morning that we would come by. It was definitely the spirit that got us there and there was a reason that cita fell through. We’re gonna set a baptism date with her this week. So ya that’s just a couple of little things that happened this week, I wish I could write about it all! Have a good rest of the Week! Love you guys

-elder sawyer

p.s. sorry I haven’t written anyone back, there is absolutely no mail service here. So it might be a while before I get anyone a letter back sorry!
 And hey could you tell Trent O. thanks for the letter. It really helped this week (especially point 1). I got it hanging in front of my desk. Let him, and everyone else know I’ll try to get them letters soon, but that is very difficult where I’m at and I’m sorry.

*****From his companion, Elder Dibble’s blog (used with permission):
“Well, this week here in Matias has been pretty awesome. Elder Sawyer and I have been all over the place this week. Elder Sawyer is such a hard worker and he never complains. He’s awesome. So full of greeny energy. I love it!

We visited with Hermano Hugo and his family yesterday, we had an awesome lesson with them about the importance of going to church, and then they fed us lunch... it was so good... comida norteña with Spanish flan for desert. They kind of spoiled us

Afterwards, we... well we got into the Military Zone! That’s been my goal the whole time I´ve been here in Matias because there is a Sergeant in there who is a member. The look on the Guards’ faces when Hermano Hugo drove us up to the security gate was priceless... Two Gringos in suits... I´m sure they don't see that every day. They asked us for our visas but those are in Oaxaca and I about wet my pants because I thought they were going to detain us since we didn't have our papers, but they accepted our United States I.D.s and let us in. We had an awesome lesson with Hermano Flores (The Sergeant) and his family. We are the first missionaries who have been able to get in there and visit them. They were all pretty happy to see us.

Yesterday we also started teaching an Hermano that is an Agent in the Mexican FBI (AFI). It’s going to be a little hard teaching him because he will only be home once every 10 days but, he has a lot of animo. We gave him a Book of Mormon and he is taking it to his work and will be reading it.”

Thursday, June 6, 2013

June 6, 2013- Matias Romero

Elder Sawyer is near the right, in the yellow tie

from the Oaxaca Mission Facebook page:
"En una de las reuniones de capacitación. Seis de nuestras bellas misioneras en primer plano. 
Un lindo grupo de ángeles."

"In one of the training sessions. Six of our beautiful missionaries in the foreground. 
A cute group of angels."

Monday, June 3, 2013

June 3, 2013- Matias Romero

K so just to answer some of your questions we get feed comida (that’s what they call lunch) everyday by a member at 2:00 and it’s always really good. Besides that were pretty much on our own for food. Today I’m gonna go by four big bags of raw oats and maybe some sugar and that’s what I’ll eat for breakfast and dinner for the next week (and probably the next two years). I put the oats in a bowl and put water in and then eat them. And I eat a ton of mangoes and mini bananas.  I’m hoping that eating that will keep the weight on cause I’m just melting away. I measured my waist this morning and it’s at 30 so I’ve lost a lot. I haven’t had any problems with the food or anything. I’m actually kind of surprised. we eat a lot of sopa and chicken but I haven’t had mole yet. An elder in our house had salmonella poisoning last week and that doesn’t look to fun so I’m trying to be careful.

We do have an chapel  here and its crazy because its nicer and bigger than any other church I’ve seen back home, people always think it’s a temple cause it just sticks out so much.

My hips doing good.

So the hurricane this week was really lame. It missed us and it’s only been raining and tons of lightning and stuff but no hurricane. The problem is when it rains the river overflows and combines with the sewer and we get our water from the river so we couldn’t do laundry last week and stuff so it wasn’t a good week hygiene wise but it’s all good.

We have 5 baptisms dates set this week. Alberto and his twin Gilberto who are just awesome. Their best friend Victor who has a ton of problems and stuff but really thinks the gospel can help and then Alberto’s mom who really likes the palabra de sabiduria (here kids have drinking problems). And then we set one with Cecillio last week but we got a message last night that his wife is divorcing him and were not sure of the whole situation, but it doesn’t look good so were gonna check up with him tonight and see what’s up. So ya but this week were doing cooking classes and making pizza with the ward (haha Jessica was right about the cooking) and we’re gonna do a family home evening with Alberto’s family and make pizza or something. But ya every things going good here.

Spanish is coming along all right I guess, it’s just so different hearing natives talk but it’s all good. It will come eventually. I’ll probably send pics on Wednesday.
Love ya guys! Have a good week!

Elder Sawyer

**from Elder Dibble's blog (used with permission)**

" Also this week we visited with Reyna. She contacted us at church because she needed help with her English paper that she had to do for her University. She’s studying to be an accountant. I think she kind of just used it as an excuse to come to church and look for help for her family because her husband is a drunk and she is raising 3 little kids on her own. She told us that she wants to get baptized set the example for her husband. I´m glad she has such an optimistic view of things. We had a cool experience yesterday with her. Elder Sawyer and I were walking down the street and we had a feeling to go to her house and visit with her even though she told us that she wouldn't be home until Friday. We went and passed by and she happily let us in. She told us that during that day she prayed that we would pass by. She was having some problems during that day with family and we were able to teach a powerful lesson that helped her. I know God answers prayers.
There is an Abuelita here in Matias that hadn't been to church in several months because of her arthritis and her foot was messed up. She’s 89 so you can imagine how that is... well, we read Ether 12:27 and Nefi 3:7 with her and promised her that if she put her confidence in God, that he would provide a way for her to come to church because it’s a commandment and if she wants to save her family she needs to set the example. That next week, she walked all the way the church by herself on Sunday, and during the next week, the city randomly decided to build paved road down her street connecting with the road that leads to the chapel so now it’s not much of a problem for her to walk to church. I know that road was built because God helped her after she passed the trial of her faith. God always will help us when we do our best and will never give us commandments that aren't possible to follow.

This week we are going to start teaching members and investigators cooking lessons... I have to say, I never ever thought before my mission I would be teaching people how to cook, but it looks like that’s what we are going to be doing. Lots of investigators and members are inviting their friends, too. It will be interesting to see how many people show up to this... "
-Elder Dibble