Tuesday, January 27, 2015

January 26, 2015- in Salina Cruz with Elder Rodriguez

"this is me eating a scorpion"

Last night we had the baptismal interview with Reyna and she passed so she’s gonna be getting baptized this Saturday which is the big news of the week! Sunday we also had Ward conference and we finally broke the 100 mark for asistence which was great! We had a bunch of investigatores and less actives in the church.

The área plan for Mexico in 2015 is all about making Mexico a autosufficient country in all aspects. We Heard a lot about that yesterday.

We also got asked to give a Little service on Friday. We went early at 7 to the familia Zaragoza’s house and helped them kill and pelar (I can’t remember what that is) and cut them up. haha it was pretty funny, papa Gallo was just running around with dead chickens the whole time. It was pretty fun, until we got to the part where we had to take all the feathers off- not so fun. but ya, so mom when I get back I can help you with your chickens.... we are actually gonna go eat there with them later haha.

This is the last week of the change, it’s gonna be interesting to see what happens on Sunday, but the most likely is that me and Rodríguezes’ run is gonna come to an end. It’s probably better though, I think he’s getting tired of me beating him in soccer every Monday haha. Actually today the Mexican team squashed us haha. We’re a strong defensive team, we just have a hard time getting the ball in the goal sometimes. Maybe next week well try deflating them! haha

have a good week guys! Enjoy the superbowl (but go to church!)
Elder Sawyer

WARNING: really gross pictures below

Monday, January 19, 2015

January 19, 2015- in Salina Cruz with Elder Rodriguez

“you can have a lot more fun with 5 mattresses than you think..
Elders Gillespie, Rodriguez and Prieto. fighting with mattresses.”

The big news of last week was the big zone conference we had last week with elder Piper ( area 70). He talked a lot about Priesthood keys and we just talked a ton about doctrine. It was really laid back, which is way different from what we expected, this keyboard im typing on is horrible, mom will you fix my errors. So it was nice to go to Juchitan and spend the day and see all the other missionaries. It was weird knowing that that was my last multi-zone conference and the last time seeing a lot of those elders. I saw elder Patterson there for the first time in a long time. He’s going home 2 weeks early cause his brother is leaving on the mision.
Work here picked up a little more than last week and Reina is super prepared for her baptism next week.
The computer lady here just scolded me for eating a bolovone in here.
Me and my comp are dead because we’ve just been playing soccer for 4 hours. The bad news is the gringo team wasn’t able to repeat last week’s miracle and we got smacked 10-6.
During church this week I spent the whole 2 and 3rd hours registering the youth for EFY(cause it would only show up in English) the good thing is we got a couple of investigadores going(hopefully by then as miembros)! just got a couple more weeks left to leave it all on the field, have a good weeks you guys

Elder Sawyer

oh ya I almost forget. at the zone conference I got the good news that Salina Cruz 2 didn’t make the list for potencial areas to close down, as long as we keep the work moving here
prez said they’re not gonna fix something that is not broken

our chapel in Salina Cruz

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

January 14, 2015- Mission Tour with Elder Pieper of the Seventy

"Elder Paul B. Pieper of Seventy and First Counselor in the Mexico Area Presidency and his wife
 toured the Mexico Oaxaca Mision"

Monday, January 12, 2015

January 12, 2015- in Salina Cruz with Elder Rodriguez

Melani, Fany and Pablo

Hermano Benito (we call him papa gallo) cutting the Rosca

Elder Sawyer and Elder Rodriguez

Rosca de Reyes with the Hernandez Zaragoza family
Hola! How’s everyone doing! me and Elder Rodriguez are doing good here, we just got done playing soccer and are beat (it’s really hot!) this last week started off a little tough with some pretty key investigadores either moving or leaving the area... it all happened one after another after another on like Tuesday so it was a pretty discouraging day. So our plans for the week kinda shifting and we just focused on finding people, just talking to everyone. We ended up finding a bunch of people with a lot of potencial and had a good day in church yesterday with 5 investigatores coming. The next baptism is gonna be the 31st, Reina, the daughter of Ema is gonna get baptized.

Also in church me and my comp. got to speak, only we didn’t know until they announced our names from the pulpit. Surprise! haha my comp almost wet his pants.

This week we are going to Juchitan for a multi- zone conference with a Seventy so that will be cool, and probably my last conference with a General Authority. but ya everything’s going good here, the times just flying!

I woke my comp up last week in the middle of the night cause we had to get all the bunnies out of the house, I sleep walk a lot. Mom, how’s your Spanish coming along? There’s gonna be a lot of people that want to be able to talk to you haha. One question, if I could get monkey tacos,, would you eat them?

I got a bunch of pics for you guys I’ll get sending them! have a good week! Go Ducks!

Elder Sawyer

Hermana Zaragoza got one

Salina Cruz

Monday, January 5, 2015

January 5, 2015- in Salina Cruz with Elder Rodriguez

Happy new year’s everybody! This new year started off great here in Salina Cruz(except for the heat that is already coming..) we continued eating a lot with all the parties and stuff going on here. I think new year’s is the biggest holiday that is celebrated here, right up there with Independence day. Me and Elder Rodriguez are going to celebrate our first p-day in 2015 by going to Walmart today!

This week we’ve had a lot of breakthrough with a couple of our investigadores. First off is Iran, who’s from the Middle East and is big time Jewish. He’s the first person that I’ve taught here that hasn’t believed in Christ and to tell you the truth it’s pretty hard sometimes with that base. The good news is he is reading the Book of Mormon and likes it. Read 1st and 2nd Nefi  from the perspective of a Jew and it really shows how important the BOM is.

Another invesitgadore, Julian, who is a mason, also got married this last week, so that improves his chances of getting baptized like 500 percent.

We just changed from 10 to 12 church. A missionary’s worst nightmare here in Oaxaca is 8am church. It’s hard getting members, let alone investigadores to the chapel.

We’ve also been spending a lot of time working with the ex- missionaries in our Ward. Of the 8 in our Ward, 1 is bishop, 1 is less active and the other six are completely off the radar. It’s really crazy and actually really sad. We met one this week who just got off his misión 4 years ago in Argentina and he’s just sort of fallen away Little by Little. That’s pretty much the common story with all of them. That and also that there always seems to be girl problems involved too haha. But we are working a ton with them because those 6 could do a ton to help the Ward. It’s always great to have Elder Rodriguez drilling me about not going inactive in a couple months haha.

We also learned something very important this week that I didn’t know. An investigador CAN get baptized, if they are involved in chicken fighting.

Tomorrow is Wise Men Day, I’m sure we are gonna eat a lot of Rosca de Reyes, which is a really big cake that’s got a tiny doll figure inside. Whoever eats the piece with the Little doll thing has to buy tamales for everyone the next year(I owe a bunch of tamales in Juchitan from last year- haha).  It’s also when all the kids get presents from their parents cuz Santa comes on Christmas Day and the parents give gifts on Wiseman Day day.
Well hope you guys have a good week and enjoy your wise men day tomorrow.
love you guys!
Elder Sawyer

1- Do all the kids go to school? and then college? or get a job?

 Here most of the kids drop out of school in middle school. It’s not very common that they graduate from high school.

2- What is the most common form of transportation for the people? bus? taxi? personal car?

all the transportation here is buses and taxis. wealthy people drive cars.