Monday, September 30, 2013

September 30, 2013- Morro de Mazatan

Thanks for the recipes, they are helpful for mutual and young men and young women on  Thursday to bring them to the conference, it was the idea of ​​your son so we will send the photos of the making of them, sorry for my English are not good.

Honestly, your friend and brother

September 30, 2013- Morro de Mazatan

We are gonna write tomorrow cause the internets almost  not working and we just got permission to write in Salina tomorrow. but we need cookie récipes because we’re gonna cook a whole ton of cookies for mutual Thursday to take with us to eat all day at conference. But they want American cookies! haha so if you could send some récipes(chocolate chip, peanut butter, and they especially want gingerbread) and any others you can think of that they don’t really have in Mexico that would be Awesome. If you could send them today when you get a minute of time that would be awesome. If you could send them to our misión leader Mario, he’s gonna go buy some of the stuff( and if there in English that’s fine haha) Gracias, talk to you tomorrow!

Monday, September 23, 2013

September 23, 2013- Morro de Mazatan

 Buenos Dias ! Well this week went a lot better than I was expecting it.  So early this week, I stayed in Salina Cruz while me and a couple of  other elders waited for the new Elderes to get here. It was way fun to  be in the city and be able to spend some time with these other guys.  The only thing that wasn’t too fun was trying to sleep six Elderes in  two beds and a hammock haha. So ya Wednesday all our kids got here!  and guess what? He’s Mexican and speaks Spanish!!!! haha His name is  Elder Cruz and he’s from Guadalajara. He literally looks like he’s  twelve haha but he’s a really cool guy. It’s funny cause he is about the  complete opposite in every way from my other companion. So ya I was  definitely a little worried how this was gonna work out since we are  still both new(he in the misión, and me in my Spanish) but we had a solid  week and were able to set 2 baptismal dates(which is two more than  Morro has seen in quite a while) But ya so with our Mission Leader  this week we pretty much decided to do what the Phoenix Suns should’ve done a  long time ago and just blow everything up and go into rebuilding mode.  So we’re focusing a lot on finding new people to teach (that are  actually gonna progress) and finding some old investigators that  slipped through the cracks. We’re also just trying to  gain the confidence back of the people here.  But ya we  are working way hard and learning a ton, especially on the first twelve  weeks program that we study. It’s probably a good thing I have this  opportunity to train and teach this program, so that I have the  opportunity to learn it too. I’m almost certain I’m learning more than my  comp is haha. But everything’s going great and I can definitely see my  Spanish improving(or I’m just getting better at faking understanding  haha) I’ll try to send some pics next week, we didn’t get permission to > write in Salina so maybe next week. Hope you guys all have a great > week! love ya!

making piñatas for Mexican Independence Day

Monday, September 16, 2013

September 16, 2013- Morro de Mazatan

this is how i cook my eggs(and heat water)- notice that it's an iron turned upside down!

haha, well this week it happened. I’m getting moved up to senor companion starting today. My DL kinda hinted a couple weeks ago that I should be preparing to be able to move up, but I never really thought that president would do it, seeing as how little time I have here and gringos aren’t usually senor comps until they hit a year with the language. So ya that definitely surprised me. But that’s not the part that scares me. I was also told last night that I will be training a brand new missionary. THAT came out of left field. I still don’t believe it and I still don’t know how that’s really gonna work out.... So ya I’m gonna be working here in Salina Cruz with Elder Flores for a couple of days until my kid arrives. haha bueno.... but ya it was another good week, nothing super out of the ordinary(for Morro anyways). We found a couple new people to teach and that looks like there may be some potential and we also had a stake high council member at our Rama which is good cuz we might start getting a little help from the Stake after he saw a little about how we function out here. But ya I’m sure I’ll have more to right next week haha, all I can think about right now is being the go to Spanish speaker of the companionship. It’s gonna be good though, I’m way excited and all it really means is I gotta be as obedient as possible to have the spirit, cause its definitely gonna be the key to the Spanish problem(and pretty much all problems). haha

love ya guys!
Elder Sawyer
gotta go.  gotta be in house early cause it’s starting to get crazy here for Independence day! Too much beer!
haha have a good week and pray for a Mexican comp for me!!
Shoot, I forgot to cover our water before I left Morro!

bat moths, see last weeks post

Monday, September 9, 2013

September 9, 2013- Morro de Mazatan

Hey guys! Sounds like it was another good week in QC. I’m emailing today in Morro cause we don’t have time(or Money) to travel into Salina Cruz. Mom, I’m sorry to tell you but there are literally no seatbelts in Mexico, they cut them all out so you can squeeze an extra person or two in haha. But ya about a million things happened to us this week
without even counting teaching or spiritual experiences. I won’t waste time on those but if you want to know, all you pretty much have to do is read the book of Job and watch the movie The Other Side of Heaven. (yes. this week I got asked to marry someone’s daughter haha) So first things first, this week we set two baptismal dates with two sisters,
Maria Elena and Jassmin(15,12). That was super exciting cause it’s been a while since Morro’s had some progression, so hopefully we can keep building on this. The tricky part with them is gonna be getting them to the chapel (like always) and getting permission from their mom (who is a big-time catholic). But ya i know everything’s gonna work out good
with them:) Speaking of getting people to church, the first presidency is changing the requirements for how many times people need to go to the church before they can be baptized. It used to be the decision of the misión president( usually 2 or 3) but now their changing it to 5 times for the whole world. I don’t know if this has started in the U.S.
yet, but its definitely a monster change. It means there is gonna be a lot less baptisms, but its good because there will be a lot more converts. This rule is pretty much directed at us, all the central and South American countries that have ridiculous baptism numbers, but a terrible retention rate. It will also stop the problem of people just getting baptized for the missionaries and not for the church (because most missionaries won’t stay in the same area long enough to
find, teach and baptize the same person). So ya it kinda stinks now but in the long run it will be better for everyone. This week we also had interviews. Haha- presidents really good at making you feel like your the worst person ever and then turning right around and making you feel like you are the best missionary haha. Oh and he said good luck in football you guys haha. But the one thing that stuck with me is he gave me a question to think about. Why he has put me in the áreas he has and why he’s given me the companions I’ve had. So ya I thought a lot about that this week(especially when some not so fun things happened here) and I think it’s always good to remember why we’re here and what we are supposed to do and learn. Umm and I also have two Book of Mormon braintwisters for you guys this week. I want to see who gets
these cause it took an Apostle to find these answers for a mission president who didn’t know for our misión leader. Ya kinda a long story but...

1. How did Alma the older get the Priesthood?
2. Why could the Nephites drink wine in alma 55 30-33?


Monday, September 2, 2013

September 2, 2013- Morro de Mazatan

Hey guys! Just finished having a half-zone soccer game and holy cow you can tell all the Latinos grew up playing soccer all their life haha. But ya it was good to get out and run and also to see other people (Morro is really small). It was another alright week this week here, nothing too huge happened, we were able to find a couple of teenagers to teach this week and there’s definitely potential with them. Because the branch is so small, we spend a lot of our time just trying to keep it running. We are pretty much just trying to strengthen the few members we do have and get some less actives back to church. We had 21 people on Sunday and only 4 including us had the Melchizedek Priesthood, so were definitely trying to get a little more priesthood in the ward. It’s difficult to get investigators to go to church when the members don’t really care to go either. So ya hopefully little by little we can help this little branch improve. We pretty much got till December 12th to do it cause that’s when our mission leader(and everything else leader and secretary, seminary teacher) gets married and moved so were kinda trying to help the rama so it doesn’t crumble when he leaves. So ya we’ve got a lot off work! But it’ll all work out! I’ll keep this short cause I finally got a computer that can send pictures! i took about 30 bucks out to buy a backpack mine finally died today. And I’m gonna send pics of our house but you have to promise not to like call Hermana Leyva or something.

Love you guys, Elder Sawyer

September 2, 2013- Morro de Mazatan- pictures

our house in Morro Mazatlan
we put our trash in here and burn it once in a while


my bed and ya I don't fit in almost all the doorways here in Mexico

stuff and where I keep my stuff

bedroom- sometimes we have electricity and no pictures on the walls cause when it rains we have to move everything away from the wall cause it soaks through and everything gets moldy.

scorpion I killed in our room the other day

laundry machine, sink, and dishwasher

The caja de temor. (box of terror) This is where we shower, it's about 51/2 feet tall, so I don't fit well. It's about 30 yards from our house. It's something they could have in fear factor. There are mice, rats, cockroaches, toads and about everything else you could think of. But the worst thing are the bat-moths. Their wingspan is about 10 inches and their bodies are as big as two of your fingers, put together and they are the scariest things in the world.

the pink bucket is used to flush the toilet.
our shower. the black buckets to shower with. we shower in there in pitch black at nights and in the morning

desks and stuff

living room , kitchen and office.
road to our house
an investigators home

chapel(casa de oracion)
Mario(Jake) our mission leader/everything

another investigators home

and I pretty much look like a candy cane