Monday, April 28, 2014

April 28, 2014- Oaxaca, Mexico

more zone conference pictures

Hi everybody. It was another good week this week. We spent most of our time in meetings (or setting up for meetings or traveling to meetings or preparing capacitations for meetings) this week Elder de Hoyos of the Seventy came and talked to us for a couple hours about missionary stuff. He talked a ton about the Book of Mormon and how we need to do a better job at always giving one and teaching about it in the first lesson. We also did a ton of practices about asking members for references and all that good stuff. The next day we had a meeting with him (all the zone leaders and stake presidencias). he talked a lot about leadership and how that’s what Oaxaca is lacking right now compared to other places in Mexico and how we have a ton of potencial but we need to be more organized. He talked a lot about ward council (cause that’s sort of a big time weakness here). So that was good. And then the next day we had our zone conference that me and Diestra are in charge of and that went real well. I ended up doing about half of it in English cause the majority of our zone doesn’t speak Spanish still. We talked about a lot of basic things cause we are really young (after Diestra I’m the oldest in the zone with only 12 months) so ya that went good. But ya I’m ready for this week, we are gonna hopefully be able to work a ton and not have to worry about meetings and all that stuff. sorry it was kinda a boring week. love ya guys I gotta go, Armandina just invites us over for mole at 2- 
 love you guys have a good week!
Elder Sawyer

Monday, April 21, 2014

April 21, 2014- Oaxaca

"I'm gonna bring one of these home for your door, mom"

Happy Late Easter Everybody! sounds like everyone had a good weekend. Easter in Mexico is definitely a lot different, no chocolate bunnies! There are some pretty bad (and apostate) things that happened. We woke up Monday and we heard a lot of people like chanting outside in our street. So we ran up on the roof to see what was going on. There were about a hundred people dressed as Roman soldiers and like a thousand more people behind them watching Jesus drag the cross down our street. later that day, we watched a big group of people walk around with a big virgin Maria statue, set it in the middle of big intersection and start like bowing in the middle of the road and stopping traffic and stuff. Friday was really just a weird day. Everyone’s in the streets (and on vacation) to celebrate the crucification. and then Sunday, to celebrate the resurrection, everyone just gets drunk. kinda sad. I thought it was gonna be a good week to do a lot of street contacting, but nope, people just wanted to argue. and then Sunday in church we had like half of the assistence because everybody was on vacations and stuff. so ya, that’s how my Easter was, not what I really expected. Mexico’s kinda weird. Some memberes were telling us how in Ixtalpalapa they actually like whip a guy and nail him to the cross for the day and stuff... pretty not good. Good news of the week is that we put two solid baptismal fechas. The first with an hermana named Soledad. She’s actually gone to church four times now and so she just needs one more (this week) and then she’s gonna get baptized. We also put a date with a guy named Daniel. We’ve been teaching him for a while but he’s just had some weird ideas that he’s been taught here in Mexico, alcoholics anonymous is a religion and it’s pretty different. It’s usually pretty tough to teach them. but ya the next step with Daniel is getting him to church. We are also helping hna Armandina get ready so she can go through the temple and get baptized for her family. she’s really intrigued by all the family history work and stuff we do as a church. This week was also an earthquake, but we didn’t feel it or anyone in our zone. I guess it was a little stronger up north a little farther. The good news is it finally rained for the first time in like 6 months. It looks like the rainy season (and hurricane) season is getting started a little early and that’s fine with me cause it’s getting pretty hot here too. This week Elder de Hoyos is coming to speak to the mission(he gave the last prayer in general conference). so that’s gonna be cool. he’s also asked for a special meeting with all the zone leaders and stake presidencies so that’s gonna be pretty cool too. On top of that we also have our zone conference that we gotta start preparing, so it’s gonna be a busy week full of meetings and stuff. I’m excited. but ya that’s about it for this week,
 Carson- a new elder just got here from Buenos Aires( he talks funny) he said ya you are going to eat a lot of meat. and that they don’t eat spicy food there. He told me your mission has a lot of pueblos that are outside of the big city. and that its cold
have a good week . love you guys!
Elder Sawyer

I also forgot that this week i got to see were they filmed the part in Nacho Libre where he climbs the mountain to drink from the Eagle eggs and get his Eagle powers. Me and Elder Pitchford were tempted to try to get up there.
And let’s see I got strep throat and amoxicillin is really expensive... not a whole lot of stuff, we are still trying to find houses for hermnanas


"we are going to go to a baseball game when you come. there's a member in pitchfords ward that does work in the stadium. we are gonna see if he can get us in this week"
"just so you can see what my cameras full of. lots of pictures of sinks and toilets for possible houses to rent in our zone. fun."

"saying goodbye to Elders Neyra and Reyes, two of my best buddies on the mission.
we're at the bus station, and no I didn't eat a Subway, they're like 11 dollars"

Monday, April 14, 2014

April 14, 2014- Oaxaca

“I’m going to Buenos Aries south Spanish speaking I report July 30 to the provo mtc”- ---Carson
 haha thats awesome! You’re gonna freeze! and your gonna have the goofiest accent too!  that’s such a cool mission! the city is huge. tell carson to start working on the lisp!
Big news of the week is I have 5 new American hermanas coming to my zone. More in my zone than the rest of the misión put together. Right now I’m trying to figure out where they’re gonna all live.
I’m not zone leader anymore,  I’m a relief society president
The hard thing is that 2 are getting trained by 2 sisters that have only been here for 4 months and speak almost nothing of Spanish. I had to talk them both off the ledge last night... it’s gonna be an interesting change
This was at leadership training this week. It was pretty cool. All the lzs and hermana leaders from the whole misión came to Oaxaca to get capacitated. this week has seriously been a lot of running around, looking for houses, splitting áreas, getting ready for changes , baptism, wait, actually I got another baptism story. So this Saturday after the baptism of Hermana Armandina we went to the other side of the city because an old investigator of Elder Diestra asked him to do the baptism. Long story short this guy was a quadriplegic that was told he was never gonna walk again. After meeting the missionaries and learning about the góspel he got really excited and decided he was gonna walk. Today he can walk with a cane, but at the baptism no one knew what to do, cause we had to be super careful with his back. after 30 minutes of them standing in the wáter trying to figure out what to do we decided two people were gonna have to lower and lift him. So I changed back into my soggy white clothes and me and Diestra baptized him. It was pretty cool.
right now there’s a bloqueo (I don’t know what it is in English, like a protest thing where everyone just stands in the streets and cars can’t pass. they happen all the time here)  in Tehuantepec and some of the elderes are gonna get  here late but don’t have a place to stay and I gotta figure that out too
gotta go to ado to get some elders right now. I’ll right better next week.
 love you
Elder Sawyer
"well here's the big news of the week, Hermana Armandina got baptized!"


Thursday, April 10, 2014

April 10, 2014- Oaxaca- Zone Leader Training

"Our leading Mexico Oaxaca mission sisters and zone leaders are gathered at this very moment receiving training. We are so grateful for the leadership of these young and brave missionaries. helping the President to direct and guide this mission."
from Hermana Leyva's Facebook page

all the Zone Leaders of the Mexico, Oaxaca mission- minus Elders Sawyer and Diestra (who were in the bathroom!)

Monday, April 7, 2014

April 7, 2014- Oaxaca

Andrew wrote, "Hna Leyva almost had a heart attack"
"we played soccer on a turf field, but it was Mexican turf. not the stuff we have back home"
Hermana Leyva wrote, "Our elder Sawyer and his war wounds. We asked several times if his mom wasn't going to scare to see this photo, and told me that after so many years of playing and that everything has happened his mom only going to laugh! (I hope that's true, my dear sister Sawyer!)  He was happy!"

"we got to play soccer. this is my buddy elder pitchford"
So conference was awesome! haha it’s just so much better when you’re on the mission. it’s also good to hear people speak in English and listen to the motab sing (singing isn’t a strong point for Mexicans). Also that priesthood session was just awesome. I liked the talk by elder hallstrom about the story of the guy who said "that’s just the way I am"(or that’s just the way it is). We can always change in life and we can always make our circumstances better. I also liked president uchtdorfs talk about sleeping thru the resurrection. I can’t wait until that comes out in the liahona, I’m definitely gonna use that to get some of these members here going. and the talk by bishop stevenson about taking advantage of your four minutes was great, probably my favorite (and good to catch up on a little Olympic news haha) but ya it was a good conference, it’s a good recharge of the batteries and it’s fun to get to hang out with the other missionaries. We ordered dominoes pizza and found a and w rootbeer (it cost a small fortune haha). We also got to go to the temple this week again and that was just the icing on the cake. The bad news is that A……… and A…….. didn’t get baptized...again. They’re just so close but last minute something always seems to just tank. So hopefully this Saturday is the day that it finally happens. This Sunday there is also changes so we’ll see what happens with that. This weeks is filled with a ton of activities and meetings and stuff so I think it’s gonna fly. Well I’m way tired, we just got done playing some indoor soccer today. I’m sure hna Leyva will put pics on facebook like always. hope you guys have a good week, take care
Elder Sawyer

Sunday, April 6, 2014

April 6, 2014- Oaxaca- General Conference

"Los élderes americanos en la transmisión en inglés. Nuestros élderes Ferguson, Jorgenssen, Escamilla, Farnes, Richens, Pitchford, Watson y Sawyer.
---American elders in the transmission in English"

"Al terminar la Conferencia, en la estaca Amapolas. ¡Qué experiencia tan linda!   
At the end of the Conference, at the Poppy Stake. Nice experience! :) "

**all pictures from the Mision Oaxaca Facebook page