Tuesday, October 29, 2013

October 29, 2013- Morro de Mazatan

Wow this was a crazy week! Haha I definitely gained a testimony of

fasting this week. It really looked like I was gonna be leaving this

week cause president Leyva called Mario and asked him if he thought I

was ready to be district leader. So it looked like I was gonna leave.

Yesterday us the Youth and Mario fasted so I could get one more change

here in Morro. And guess what? I’m gonna be here six more weeks in

Morro! The Lord answers prayers! (it also helps when president owes

Mario a favor… haha). But the crazy thing is my hijo elder Cruz is

leaving, so I’ll be getting my third comp in 3 changes here later

today. haha the funny thing is I’d never thought I’d see the day when I

actually wanted to stay in Morro (I’m not gonna lie it’s been a rough 3

months). But I don’t know, I love it here and wouldn’t mind staying

here for the rest of my mission haha. It also helps that this week we

just blew the doors off of the missionary work this week. I can’t write

everything but one cool experience that happened this week was with our

investigator German. He’s 18 years old, his brother is a recent

convert, and here is the best part, he LIKES to read(it’s hard enough

just trying to find someone who KNOWS how to read here.) but ya he’s really

smart and has read ton of religious stuff and knows everything about

every church except ours for some reason. So ya we’ve been teaching

him and stuff and he’s been progressing a ton and is coming to church

and also takes us to visit his friend and girlfriend. So ya he’s pretty

much a stud. But this week we set a baptism date with him and that got

him really excited. The next day at like 11 at night I’m getting ready

to go to bed and he shows up at our house. I just tell him like hey,

you know you can’t be at our house, it’s against the rules(the youth

always try to come hang out over here). He just says Elder sawyer

shut up haha I need you to baptize me sooner so I can start to fill

out my papers to go on the mission. Haha I was just like what?!? It

turns out he went to a super Saturday activity and heard a return

missionary bear his testimony, and not only wanted to get baptized

sooner but also serve a mission! So ya that was pretty cool Also this

week we set a date with Gema who has been an investigator for about a

year. But ya she’s super smart and studying for her equivalent of the

masters degree here and is only 23. But she’s always felt like she’s

lacked enough faith to get baptized(I swear she knows the scriptures

better than me). But this week we had a lesson about faith. Mario gave

me like a little mustard seed pendant thing for here and we had an

awesome lesson. At the end we challenged her to “Plant her faith” and

to put a baptismal date and that we would work between now and then to

help grow and prepare her faith for the baptism. So ya that was

awesome too. Jesus is awesome everything’s going perfect, he’s ready for baptize he’s

just gotta come 2 more times to church.

And to top it all off we had a bunch of investigators in

church yesterday!(including Jesus) so ya this change, Morros done

about 180 degree change and I’m so excited I’ll get to see a little bit

of the fruits that are gonna come from what we did this last change.

Ya sometimes it gets rough here( these last two weeks the water has

been shut off in Morro for a strike or something so we’ve been getting

rationed water of about one gallon of drinking water a day and one

gallon water to bathe and wash dishes) but I really do love it here.

This week I’m gonn teach the youth for mutual about Halloween. We are

gonna carve pumpkins and make donuts and bob for apples(or a fruit

that’s cheaper haha) I got a lot of big plans for these next six weeks

here in Morro! Hope you all have a great week! Love ya guys!

Today my new comp just got here, his name is elder Molina and he’s from

Hidalgo. Haha he’s way excited to be in the mission so ya it’s good to

have that little extra green energy. And he talks a ton so that’s good

and I’m way excited to work with him here.

And if you send me anything send ties! tis! send ties DONT SEND FOOD Please!! I get so much here its ridiculous(and better) and it doesn’t travel well just trust me please.

It’s like going to Serrano’s 6 times a day without a choice to eat 3rds.

ya gotta go love u

Elder Sawyer

Monday, October 28, 2013

October 28, 2013- Morro de Mazatan

hey im just gona writeto you guys tody, his morning i wrotea Little o marios computer but there was o inernat o ll send it tommorow. i gonna be in morro again nd im gonna be training a new comp agan. this computer is terrible. tommorow youll know more. I have more tim, the dl still hs mor emils to send I sen pics

making empanadas

"aldo is a joven here and is
one of my best friends. I love this kid.haha"

"my gym (the members made me the bar and found the dumbell and rocks and stuff haha)"

"mario fixing my ingrown nail"

"dont worry its all better"

"me and Zac. my old comp Caudillo was here and he baptized him"

"thanks for the packages and letters"

Monday, October 21, 2013

Pictures from Morro de Mazatan- October 21, 2013

Elder Sawyer, Elder Cruz and Mario- after baking cookies with the youth


"after the iguana"

"Elder Cruz is kind of a picky eater! haha"

October 21, 2013- Morro de Mazatan

We had an awesome week this week. The highlight was Sunday when we had
4 investigators come to church. This is way exciting because it doesn’t happen a ton here in Morro, let alone Oaxaca. I checked some of the records and Morro hasn’t had more than two in the chapel for more than 9 months, so that was a nice Little accomplishment.  One of those investigators was Jesus (no I didn’t get to watch the goats) but he woke up extra early to take them to the pasture and get to church on time. He’s really progressing rapidly and probably would be ready for a baptism this week if the 5 Sunday rule thing wouldn’t have changed.
Another thing this week is we found a kid who has his papers in with the stake to go on the misión, but some stuff happened with the branch president and just ya, it didn’t happen. So ya I chewed Mario out good for not telling me about him sooner haha. You guys are telling me a lot about what’s going on (or not going on) with the U.S. government, but be thankful for the government we do have. This week was elections, and here in Mexico you can pay people to vote for you. So the guy that won promised to give 150 pesos to everyone that voted for him. So of course every drunk in the pueblo of Morro voted for him and last night they got paid. So ya everyone was walking around last night with 150 pesos worth of beer in them, so that was definitely interesting.(and drunks really like gringos and folletos)"dame una folleto Gringo!" haha they’re funny.  The learn English anguage program is a really big program (and commandment) that our   missionaries who don’t speak English, learn to speak it. It’s a worldwide thing not just here. The weather here doesn’t change it’s about always at 100 degrees now( the istmo doesn’t have seasons) But yep things are slowly getting a Little better here in Morro, there are cambios next week, but I really hope I get another  hange here!

Love ya Guys !!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

October 15, 2013- Morro de Mazatan

Well it was another good week here in the middle of nowhere haha. We were able to put a baptism date with Jesus (I don’t remember if I told you guys about him) but he’s probably one of the funniest guys I’ve ever met. We usually spend like 30 minutes before the lesson just messing around haha but he’s awesome. The next step is just gonna be getting him to church (like always). He has borregos and takes him to the pasture Sunday mornings, I offered to babysit the borregos Sunday while he goes to sacrament meeting and I think he took me seriously so we’ll see haha. This week we are also gonna have a monster mutual here. Mario knows the bosses of EFY and they’re coming here to do a mutual. Mario’s been talking up the youth in our rama and has told them how they don’t get a whole lot of support cause were kind in the middle of nowhere, but if they see that our youth program is awesome they’re gonna build them a soccer court and give them money to do mutuals and go to all the supersabados and all that stuff so its kinda of a big deal. so ya, well see how that goes. I want to take advantage of being in Salina to send picks so I’m not gonna write a ton but everyone should read "of regrets and resolutions" by Dieter F Uchtdorf from conference, November 2012. I read it this week and it’s awesome. It always helps after a rough day in the mission. Have a good week! Love you guys! Thanks for all the letters and packages!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

October 12, 2013- Salina Cruz Zone Conference

his package arrived at the mission home and was delivered during Zone Conference
These photos are from the Oaxaca Mission Facebook page. The mission president's wife takes such good care of the Elders and Sisters!
This is a Zone Conference in Salina Cruz, about 30 miles from Morro Mazatlan

he said they're drinking a "Mexican version of pineapple Kool-Aid"

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

October 7, 2013- Morro de Mazatan

"this crawled out of my shoe the other day.
not sure what it is,don't really want to know what it was."

Monday, October 7, 2013

October 7, 2013- Morro de Mazatan

Things went really good this week. First of all, general conference. It was awesome. All the gringos in the stake crowded into the Bishops office in Salina Cruz to watch the transmission in English. haha it was great to be able to watch it in English, and we spent a TON of money to go to Wal-Mart and by real American food and have a feast. Between the sessions Mario took us out with the youth in our rama to go eat tlyadus and chicken. It was way fun to get to spend two days there just hanging out with all the stake and all the missionaries. The cool part was we had a ton of our rama make it to conference and one investigator, Jesus. I think our rama had more people there than the other 5 wards in our stake, so that was pretty cool and quite the accomplishment. I’m glad Jesus got to hear that talk on “Why we should be Mormon” (I forgot who it was by, I’m bad with names) and also President Monsons talk was great. I really liked the talk by the BYU football player(football players make the best speakers). The best part though was when they announced the 80,333 missionaries. That’s just insane. But ya conference was awesome. Also this week we made about 4 kilos of cookies. All the jóvenes say thanks. We ate a ton and were all really sick the next day but it was way fun (sorry I can’t send pics, I’m in Morro). Another highlight of the week is I ate iguana. Not just like meat from an iguana, like literally it just looked like a stuffed iguana. It was really good though. It was good practice for my comp too, cause he’s kind of a picky eater, but ya I’ll send pics next time.
Also our Young women’s president killed a borego(I can’t remember the word in English) for me to eat this week and that was actually really good. The Works starting to pick up a little here and the ramas starting to have a lot more unity. It’s slow and sometimes frustrating, but it always works out in the end. Have a good week,

Love you Guys!

 P.S. ALL the mail came this week. Thank you Kings for your package and  letters! I was sitting with all our Young men when I opened it. You should have seen their faces when I pulled out the glow sticks. haha I didn’t know there was so many things you could do with them. and raena, yes, I did get your Dear Elder, thanks.
Uncle bill-Enos1:16,Moroni  7(especially v.1).
Carson-  ya sounds like you guys played alright and just fell a little
short with injuries. If you had a chance to win with all those key
players out then I wouldn’t be too worried. Stay healthy(make sure
everyone’s doing their TGUs and single led RDLs haha). Just keep
working hard and making your guys better
Ryan-geez 15, that’s crazy! sounds like you had a fun birthday haha.
What did you get! how’s school going?
Kyle- dude, what happened this week? haha get better and sustain your blocks
Abby- yes there are snakes here but I don’t think they are too
dangerous, the problema we have is scorpions, they’re everywhere  and all types.(the small white ones and the big black ones)
Dad- One thing I noticed at conference was how many non-English
speakers spoke. And I also didn’t know that the speakers that speak
other languages record their talks in their other languages before
hand so the people can here there voice instead of a translator. Cause I was thinking how much the meaning changes sometimes because of the voice(for example Elder Holland) but ya I think that was cool how there were a lot of speakers that spoke in Spanish and how the people here were able to hear the leaders in their own language.
Mom- sounds like things are going fun with the triplets ahaha. i got
the business cards finally this week it had a stamp that said
missent to massou wherever that is. The cookies went great(we baked them in a huge like furnace oven thing) and everyone says thanks! The only thing I could use is an umbrella. A small one that’s sturdy. My other one got pretty mangled in the hurricanes.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

October 1, 2013- Morro de Mazatan/Salina Cruz

Well ,week one in the rebuilding process of Morro went alright. We are pretty much just cleaning house with all the antiguo investigadors right now and trying to be a new base to try to start new. I'm trying to get permission right now to be able to travel outside our area to another area called Caracel to work too. I guess ten years ago they had a branch there but something happened with the missionaries and everything just collapsed. We also have some references from there and I think it will open up a big opportunity for growth. haha this will definitely show if president trusts my Spanish or not- if we get the permission. We struggled this week getting investigators to church (like always). it is literally easier to put a baptismal date with them than to get them to come to sacrament meeting. So this week I think we're gonna focus a lot on conference and the importance of prophets to try to get everyone (members too) pumped up for conference, cause there really gonna have to have a desire because it's only showed in the stake center in Salina Cruz. but speaking of conference, I'm way excited! and ya dad, we will watch it in English (all the gringos at our district meeting just made food plans for between conferences). but ya it's gonna be awesome and we will probably end up spending the night in the church because it's too far to travel back to Morro that late at night. One thing we are doing this week to get the jovenes excited is we are gonna bake cookies for mutual to eat all during the conference(thanks for the recipes mom) They are way excited to make "American" cookies, especially the gingerbread. So ya there is a busy and fun Week ahead of us that is for sure! Oh ya, and I complete 6 months in the mission Friday!...not that anyone's counting haha

My health is good- fat and fine :) the sweet bread in Morro is ridiculously good!
Dad, you're totally right about the whole ups and downs, ill go through a whole day of just bad luck and ill just be thinking what the heck am i doing in Morro, and then we'll finish off the night with an awesome lesson and its always worth it.
This week I gave about 10 blessings(more than the rest of my mission combined) for some reason, but I've gained a testimony in them and the importance of them.
love you guys talk to you next Monday, have a good conference and beat Saguaro!
Elder Sawyer