Spencer Michael Henze served a 2 year, full time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints among the people of Oaxaca, Mexico (pronounced wa-ha-ka). This is the week-by-week account of his service. Elder Henze returned with honor March 21, 2012.

Thursday, December 29, 2011


Pictures from the Mexico Oaxaca Mission Christmas program!
Spencer was very involved with this production. He participated in a quintet (audio recording of their performance posted here) and he made the posters and flyers for it too!

Outdoor performance

Spencer's quintet! (He's on the right with his back somewhat facing us.)
The whole choir
Spence with some hermanas

Spencer's quintet! (he's on the right)

The official Christmas program of the Mission

This is the invitation Spencer made!! He has mad skills.

Do you see him? I do!
Ghost of Christmas Present

Scrooge & his ghosts

Mr. Scrooge gets a visit from the Missionaries!
Spencer's quintet! (He's on the right!)
Ghost of Christmas Past

Pow-wow with the Mission Prez.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Happy Boxing Day!

Sooo I know I just talked to you yesterday (family) so I'm just gonna just consider us updated up until that point. Or be it, last night!
So after getting off SKYPE (awesome) I went to church for about 5 minutes and listened to my buddy Elder Romero give a talk because the three wards combined for a "building" Christmas sacrament meeting and all the missionaries were there. Then just as he finished his talk he informed me that we needed to go get all the equipment for the performance we were going to do in the night time from a stake center that was kinda far away. From that point on it was pure craziness up until the performance. To make a long story short it was a total fiasco haha. Basically we performed in a plaza type place with a gazebo in the center and some fountains and stuff. Almost like a park but it turns out that all the power they had supplied to the plaza was wired to just one circuit. 120 Watts at just 40 Amps!! That's a total of 4,800 Watts of potential energy for the whole plaza. Our system alone requires about 2,400 W. And with everything else that they had plugged in out there the power just wasn't enough. During the entire performance we were frantically running around rearranging the load on the circuit but no matter what we did it overloaded. Everyone thought it was our fault which was kind of a bummer but it turned out alright. We were pretty close to the tiny audience so they could still hear without microphones.

So that was my adventure yesterday. Today we're throwing a little party for Elder Mota my companion because he was sad on Christmas for reasons I probly shouldn't go broadcasting. He's a way cool guy so mom and dad the help you sent to go out to eat we decided to use to buy stuff to do a barbecue and chill with some of the other elders from the zone before the changes tomorrow. It went a long ways and he seemed Way happy about it. When he came over to the house we were all at we shouted WE LOVE YOU ELDER MOTA! Like a surprise party :D it was perfect. We made some super delicious meat and baked potatoes and flour tortillas (his favorite) and some other stuffs :)

That's about it for this weeks update!! I love you guys!!! Oh, and HAPPY BOXING DAY!!! (Canada)

-Elder Henze

Monday, December 12, 2011

It's Almost Christmas!

Merry Almost Christmas!!!
hey everybody just checkin in for the week! i don't have a whole lot of time becasue we have interviews with the Pres tomorrow and absolutely a TON to get ready. We've been trying to get all the reports and documents and information that we need for the zone in the area book but theres a ton and pres just told us yesterday that he is going to chek the area book tomorrow as part of the interview and it all needs to be there.
So anyways! this week was pretty slow to tell you the truth... We've been so busy doing little things during the time when everyone's home that when we are finally able to work all we have to do is knock doors which is officially the least effective method. This week we're going to focus on getting people to invite investigators and friends to the christmas program we've spent so much time practicing for. the performance in our stake is on sunday and failure is NOT an option. this program represents about 400 hours of cumulative invested proselyting time so its showtime.
I miss everyone so much! i wish i could be with you throughout this christmas season, and i am in spirit, but the good thing is that we have more to look forward to :D
Thank you for all your packages!! I got a whole bunch from you mom and dad!!! I was the most popular kid in the offices on tuesday. Also from Kendal and Clark and ALI!
And ali, all i've got to say is BOOYAH! NAILED IT!!!
Funny story for today,
so we were washin clothes in the house of this one member right, and her mom emerges from out of the back room and sits herself down and starts talkin to us about the end of the world.
she was especially excited about the topic because she recently had seen a very informative program about such things mixed and mingled with a bit of doctirne and recent discoveries about the myans.
According to her Jesus is going to come in the second coming in a... ready for this... SPACESHIP! Cool huh? George Lucas would be thrilled! She also said that Moses was taken away by aliens.
Just some prophecies for the future.
Hasta luego!
Elder Spencer Henze

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Special Changes

Sorry for not writing last week! well I did write but I didn`t send it
till today.
This week was pretty unusual. After a trip to the coast to check on
the missionaries out there, a very saddened president returned to the
city and immediately made a bunch of special changes in the mission. I
don`t know exactly what problems they found out there but they seem to
have been pretty serious. This directly effected my companion and I
because due to the special changes one of the elders from my zone went
out to Juchitán and left his companion ...companion-less. As the LZs
it has been our unique privilege to be the designated escorts of this
fine young elder. See he`s involved in the bigger theater program
we`re going to be putting on in a week or so and is in charge of putting
together the AV for the whole thing and needs to go to the offices
(which are not very close by) almost every day. we`ve had to
drop him off, pick him up host him in our house, etc. Long story short
we haven`t gotten to work hardly at all in our area due to that and
choir rehearsals in the morning twice a week until the afternoon. It´s
been a bit difficult to lead the zone and set the standard with our
numbers because of all this. And the appointments we do have time for
have all been falling through.
Even though this sounds like a very lousy situation I´m happy :) I
know that I'm doing what I need to do and that the Lord is happy with
me and that's all that matters.

I had a pretty cool experience on Sunday in our gospel principles
class. One of my favorite things to teach is the atonement of Jesus
Christ and I had the opportunity to teach a little bit about that. The
ward mission leader who is a fairly recently activated member touched
the subject in reference to the topic of obedience because of love,
but it was clear that he didn't understand very well what it is that
Christ experienced in the garden of Gethsemane. I shared some things
that I had learned about the atonement while on the mission to help
him and the other recent convert in the class to understand a little
better. As I was explaining some doctrines associated with this
crucial event and that no matter what happens to us Christ can
empathize perfectly and that through his atonement all injustices and
hardships will be made right I saw a change come over the guy and
could tell that the spirit was teaching him at that moment. I don't
think he'd ever realized those things before. Or at least those
particular details. The guy has had a very hard life and for the last
year or so has been bitter due to two stillborn children. I don't know
to what extent or what it was exactly that I said, but the spirit
testified to me that my testimony had strengthened the faith of that
brother and given him some measure of new-found hope. It was really
cool to experience. I love being able to be an authorized witness of
our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Especially in this holiday time
because it seems like people listen and open their hearts a little
more than usual.

I hope we can all keep our perspective right this month and onward
striving always to keep the true spirit of Christmas in our hearts
because as President Thomas S. Monson taught from the pulpit last
night at the general Christmas devotional, the spirit of Christmas is
the spirit of love and the spirit of love is the spirit of God.

Have a great week!!!

E. Spencer Henze

Church Face Off (Nov21-27)

Happy holidays everyone!
How's it going?? Sorry for not writing on Monday. We only went to the
computer for a little bit and I ended up spending all the 30 minutes
trying to copy music and stuff I have onto a disc for my companion.
The computer was Super crappy.
So little by little I've been typing this up on my iPod in my spare
moments this past week so that I could have it ready to send whenever
I got a chance to connect to the Internet. Pretty clever eh? I thought

So this past week was pretty fun. All my fondly remembered experiences
with choir performances and using sound equipment and stuff were
brought back on Sunday during our mission choir performance on Sunday
in a park called "llano." that's funny because "llano" sounds like "ya
no" which in English basically means "not anymore." ...fun fact for
But ya it was really fun getting to work with sound equipment and
being able to sing again. My voice is kinda weak and got pretty
thrashed in the rehearsals but I was still able to sing in my quintet
:D it went pretty well. I'm going to try to attach a recording of the
quintet in this email so you can get an idea of what it sounded like.

So why the funky title? Turns out the place where we sang was right
smack in front of a catholic cathedral! Haha. Pretty much the most
ironic place for a choir of Mormon missionaries to perform. What's
even more funny is that they held a mass service while we were
performing and the priest or father or whatever they call him came out
in his fancy robes to give us dirty looks :) they were even ringing
the super loud bell. Quite humorous. It wasn't our plan to mess with
them; it just turns out that there was the only place in the park that
had steps that we could use as risers. It was really fun though and
turned out to be pretty cool. We're going to do it again this week so
it should be even better!
Well, other than that I'm doing great! It's cold here at night now. It
gets down to the 40's at night which is quite brisk for me having come
from the coast just recently. I sleep nice and cozy with my under
armor and two big blankets haha. The truth is that I'm loving the
weather. It makes it feel more like its really holiday time!
Oh btw Peterson family, your packages came today!!! I opened them but
I'm going to save the wrapped stuff for Christmas day! THANK YOU!!!
You Gus rock. The little treats in there saved my life today because I
was suuuper hungry.
Oh and before I finish here I just want to give a huge shout out to my
cousin Jacob because he's headed out on his mission!!! Good job man.
You're going to rock it out there! :D

Alright, that's all for this week. As always you guys are the best.
Thank you so much for your love and support.

-Elder Spencer Henze

Monday, November 21, 2011


This week was a week of exploration. Me and my companion basically spent the majority of the week cruising around lost looking for members, investigators, and other important stuff. The previous elders left almost no addresses so the map is almost of no help haha. However, along our journey we found some cool stuff. Turns out that this area is way cool! It's one of the two richest areas in the whole state of Oaxaca! The richest parts are called Reforma and San Felipe del Agua. I'm talkin NICE houses. There's gringos who just come down here with all kinds of money and build these crazy houses just as like a summer escape and the rest of the year they just sit there. Door contacts are about as effective as telemarketing though because nobody actually comes to the door. They have their servant answer the intercom. It's pretty cool actually from a nerdy standpoint. XD

We met some of the members too. There's some real "fresas" here! That translates to strawberries but it means like... Rich, snobby, high maintenance type people. One sister lives in a house that looks like a pink castle and drives a sweet Audi convertible. I don't know exactly what model it is but it looks spendy. She's way cool though. One day the sister who was going to feed us forgot to mention that she was going to be out of town. So first we got lost looking for her house then decided to call sister Aquino (the one with the Audi) to ask we where this lady lived. Not only did she help us find the house, but when we realized that the sister wasn't home she bought us Domino's Pizza! YESSS!!! That family is way cool. They're kinda fresa but way loving.
Our house is pretty cool. We actually live in an apartment but it's nothing ordinary. We live in a one bedroom appt but we've got a gas stove and OVEN, a FUTON, and a KITCHEN TABLE!!! These things might seem rather ordinary but you have to remember that I haven't had them for a long time. The oven since Ocotlán, the futon ...never, and the table not since my first area. Actually it turns out that the table and many other things in this house are the same exact things I had in my first area Violetas! They lived here with the elders of Dainzu for a little while after getting a friendly eviction notice from the owner of the house I lived in. I think his daughter was going to move in so they had to evacuate. So ya, naturally they brought their stuff here and looks like they left a bunch of it so it's been a semi nostalgic week in that aspect :) kinda cool actually.
Our neighbors are way cool too. We used the washing machine of one of them today actually because they're members of the Violetas ward! Its soooo nice to have access to a washing machine. It saves me hours, energy and bloody knuckles. Its a huge blessing.
Turns out We live in the area of Violetas so that's what's going on there. There's also two dudes who speak English pretty well and some other not quite as interesting people who aren't quite as nice that live here, but it's a big happy family :)
Well that's about it for today! I love you!!! Talk to you next week!

-E. Spencer Henze

Monday, November 14, 2011

Opening a new zone

(-me and my new comp Elder Mota)

Hey everyone!
How´s it going?? I´m officially writing you from the city of Oaxaca!! Yep that´s right, I got changed again! This is a record guys. I don´t know if you remember but for the first 16 months of my mission I stayed in each area for about 3.5 to 4.5 months. Well just to poit out the interesting change that´s taken place ever since July I´ve only been in each area for one change. one change in tehuantepec, one change in Cosijopí, then just one change in Salina Cruz. Kinda cool but it´s got its ups and downs just like everything.
I´m pretty excited because for once I´m not sweating like a pig and dying of heat!!! I WAS COLD THIS MORNING!!!! I absolutely loved it even though I had to sit there in the bus station for 3 hours in a thin short sleeve shirt. I was greatful.
So the big news for this week is basically what the title of this message says! But i´m going to explain it a little further.
So, remember that I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that in the zone leader conference they talked about how they were going to open two new zones and like four new areas? well these two zones are the zone of Amapolas, and the zone Huatulco. turns out I was chosen to open the zone Amapolas! I´ll be training a new ZL too. Booyah!
To my knowledge this is the first time this stake has ever had its own missioin zone assigned solely to the wards that belong to it so its pretty exciting stuff.
I´m pretty excited because I have a special place in my heart for this area of the city because it´s where I started the mission and I already know lots of people and have lots of friends. With a change under my belt of how to do stuff I feel much less apprehensive about the responsability. Mainly due to the intense situation the lord blessed me with this past change of being thrown into being in charge of everything in a rather large zone as ZL 1 without any training and with a comp who had no experience either and us both being entirely new to the area. It was very stressful to say the least but man did I learn a lot and the lord, dispite my myriad of mistakes, blessed us with the third hightest number of baptisms in the whole mission while figuring it all out and reopening an area. He´s so merciful you guys. its incredible.
So ya, my new area is called Dainzuand is what you could call a "rich" area. My new comp is named Elder Mota which is kinda funny because Mota in Spanish is a slang term for marijuana. ...probly gonna hear some jokes about that.
well my dear friends and family that´s about all for now! Overall I´m doing great. Kinda getting a little worn out physically but it´s definitely nothing I can´t handle :) I can´t believe how little time I have left... It´s kinda surreal. Ok, talk to you next week!!!
-Elder Spencer Henze

Pic- me and my comp with the Jovenes (youth) from Morro. They´re the people I´m going to miss the most from the area of Salina Cruz.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Week 6 already!

once again I sit to write the world about my little adventure here in Oaxaca. haha. I´m so glad so many of you are actually reading this and that you care whats going on with me out here! (tear) :,) Thank yoU! World peace! haha. for those of you who don´t get that world peace thing don´t worrry about it...
SO dang this past week was a BUSY one! No Manches! (thats how mexicans say like... "no way") tuesday we spent getting stuff ready to take the booyah trip to the big city of Oaxaca for the ZL conference and I washed my clothes for the week. Exciting right?! NO! I washed so much that my knuckles started to bleed! no lie. I´d send you pics but they´ve already healed for the most part.
The adventure began at the very first moment... this is gonna be worth it so just keep readin!
K, so we pull up to the bus station in a personal taxi with our little suitcase and effects and I start standing in line to claim the tickets the assistants bought us.
after about 5 minutes of waiting pleasantly in line the phone rings...

Me: "Bueno?" (the rest will be translated)

DL Cuellar: "hey do you have the number of a cardiologist? my companion is dying of a heart problem!"

Me: "Uuuuum... WHAT?!! well, no thats not one of the types of doctors we have on file and we don´t even have that list with us right now but i´ll find one."

LD Cuellar: "ok."

so then I go running over to my companion like "dude where are we gonna find a cardiologist???" of course he didn´t know so i told him to just go wait in line while I figured it out. after making a couple phone calls I was about to call an ambulance when I call Cuellar back to see how his companion was doing. thats when he informed me that the problem happened the night before and that ther was no emergency. he just wanted to go to the heart doctor to find out what happened. Well I was relieved but kind of mad at the same time cuz he made me freak out and lose my spot in line.

back to the line

I join my comp in line again and see that two ladies that were behind me originally had advanced themselves into the in front position with respect to ours. (they cruised on in front of us) obviously with no thought of maybe returning our original place in line to us. courtesy like that does not exist here. 
basically they both took about 10 minutes each fighting with the ONE attendant they had out of the 4 stations that are there (walmart style) about knocking like a dollar off their price.

--the assistant told us the bus was to leave at 12:35 pm. We got in line at 12:12 pm. ...plenty of time right?
--during this a 12:25pm bus is loading and preparing for departure

NOW, the ladies finally finished up their small scenes at approximately 12:30pm.

We´re now at the window and we tell the señorita that we needed to claim our tickets. we give her the number and she pulls up the information. All of a sudden her expression drops to one of worry and fear. we´re like... "what...?" she then tells us, "guys that´s your bus!" (the one backing up off the lot) and we´re like, "no, we´re going on the 12:35 pm bus. " and she said, "that bus doesn´t exist!" "that´s the last bus until tomorrow!" "why didn´t you tell me?" i was like... "I didn´t know i was allowed to just cruize up and interrupt like that and we didn´t even know tha was our bus!" so she tried to radio for the bus to stop but the gate guy was scratching his butt hungover from the night before and didn´t answer it so she told us she´d call ahead to Tehuantepec (like 30 minutes away) where it was going to stop before heading to Oaxaca and she´d tell them to wait for us and we could take a taxi over there. So without other options, thats what we did.
$100 pesos and a startled cab driver later we arrive at tehuantepec just before the bus. we got our stuff in the cargo hold and got on the bus and all the people who had just seen us in the station in Salina Cruz were kinda freaked out surely asking themselves "what the heck are they doing here?" "weren´t they Just in Salinas?" YES! but turns out we have mastered the art of teleporting.
so ya, with that the journey commenced.
The conference was lovely. I also got my visa renewed finally. it was a good time. I got to eat at Subway too!! it costd a whopping $100 pesos but it was delicious.
since we got back at 4:00am friday morning its been all crazy trying to get all the paperwork in from October (and some other months the previous ZLs missed somehow)
so this is that las week of the change! it went by way fast. I´m not sure whats going to happen with the changes but they´re going to open Morro which sucks for me becuase thats where all our work was at... but oh well. Mario needs help out there.
Speaking of Morro we went out there this morning on a sick beach to watch the sun rise! yep, you heard right! we watched the sun rise over the PACIFIC ocean! thats just how magical this place is haha. I´ll attach some pics :) we also played in the dunes. booyah.
anyways, this has turnd quite long. Thanks for reading!!! I love you all very much and as always, THANK YOU for your incredible support :)

Elder Spencer Henze

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


Today is officially Halloween! Thats awesome cuz its almost like I`m
writing you guys special for Halloween but its just a lucky p-day :D
So I totally had a dream about Mom and Dad and Jam and Ali today
during my siesta. It was weird.
I guess the big news this week was that I we baptized!!! It wasn`t
just any baptism either. I got to baptize at the beach!!! it was in a
little laguna right there on the beach! suuuuuuuper cool. I attached
pictures :) Her name is Melisa. She`s super cool. We`ve been teaching
her for about three weeks now and she`s had a date for Saturday (day
before yesterday) for a little over a week now but on Friday after
seminary she was feeling uneasy about the whole thing because some dum
dums told her all kinds of garbage about how she shouldn`t go through
with it. while we were there in the house of prayer we started talking
to her to see if she was ready for her baptism and everything when she
started telling about all this. I had a heart to heart with her for
about an hour explaining stuff and at the end of the chat she began to
see things clearly and everything turned out cool :) She was baptized
the next day and we had an incredible experience with the branch out
there in the sand :)
Our Mission Leader / Mr. awesome out there in Morro (Mario) took us
out Saturday morning to get ready for the baptism. Not only did he pay
me back for the money I loaned him, he went the extra mile. He
expressed his appreciation for what we had done to help out the youth
and said that we were the only missionaries he had ever met that had
done something like that to help him. ...and he`s met a LOT of
missionaries. This means a lot coming from this guy. He`s like Mr.
super missionary dude. He holds the current record for baptisms in
Monte Rey Mexico with 582 in his 2 year service. and he still  is in
contact with most of them and only a few are inactive. this guy is on
a whole nother level.
anyway, this guy just to show us his appreciation for our help and
friendship took us to the store and bought my companion a $120 watch
and me a $100 soccer Jersey. an original from the Mexico select
national team. Its soooo cool.
It was hard to accept but he insisted telling us that if we didn`t
accept it we would be denying him blessings. haha! ...didn`t want to
do that so I took it :)
this week we`re looking forward to our trip to Oaxaca where we´re
gonna party it up with the other ZLs and go to the temple afterward!
its going to be awesome.
Me and my companion are doing well together. He`s a great guy. He`s
had a similar mission experience to mine so we have a lot to talk
about. We have gotten to know each other really well. its cool to have
a comp like him :)

well, That's all for this week! I`ll write about the trip to Oaxaca
(the city) next time! I love you all very much and as always thank you
so much for your love and support.

Elder Spencer Henze


Pics- they`re all pretty obvious, but the one with food is actually
turtle eggs. ay, real sea turtle eggs ;)

Monday, October 24, 2011

Elder Duncan

Hello again to all you who read this!
This week was pretty cool. the coolest news is that we had the
opportunity to have a member of the first quorum of the seventy come
and visit our mission! Elder Kevin Duncan is his name.
First on Sunday we had a special meeting with all the recent converts
and investigators in the three stakes that make up what is called "The
Istmo." That was really cool because the mission president and a
general authority were able to reaffirm the things we have been
teaching them with their even more powerful testimonies. It was
perfect. one of the guys we´re teaching named Abram has been unsure if
he wants to get baptized because he´s seen people do it in other
churches and later go right back to their sins they did before. He was
worried that he would be a similar case and did not want to mock God.
Now of course we answered this as best we could explaining that first
comes repentance and that it is a change of heart and the holy ghost
would help him afterwards to stay away from sin if he kept on "the
whole armor of god" by keeping up with his scripture study, praying,
going to church and seminary, etc. but he was still a bit unsure. So
later when we were inviting him to the meeting (1 hour away in a place
called Juchitán) we told him that if he would go then his doubt would
be resolved by something the general authority would say or by the
Holy Ghost communicating something to his heart. and probably both
well, thats exactly what happened. Elder Duncan talked about exactly
that. he basically said what we had told him but in a different way
and coming from him it was way powerful.
I was way happy that the youth from Morro were able to go to that
conference. We brought 17 youth from this little pueblo by
coordinating with Mario (the mission leader out there who´s a suuuuper
impressive person... i´ll tell you about him later) and we contracted
a little transport to take us all the way out there.
I had the unique opportunity to make this happen for these youth. what
happened was that the branch was going to use the money from the
budget they´re allotted but the branch president decided that going to
see a member of the seventy wasn´t a good enough reason to spend the
money and that it would be better to save it for the Christmas
Sunday Mario came to us and informed us that they would not be going
because he didn´t have enough money personally (he usually pays these
things out of pocket) and didn´t get paid until Wednesday so after
prayerfully thinking about it I decided to lend him the money so that
the youth could have this awesome experience. He´s going to give me
back the money on Thursday when we go out there again so its all win
win. I felt way good to have been able to make this possible for the
youth. they had a great time and their testimonies were strengthened.
so after that a couple elders that came from quite far stayed with us
in our house because we had to travel back today and it was way
cheaper to travel from salina cruz than go all the way back to their
area. and the trip is not reimbursable... cool right?
so basically I got 2 hours of sleep last night and woke up sick to my
stomach from not eating much on Sunday but had to go travel an hour
with these and other four missionaries to make sure everyone from this
side got there on time and safely, then help run the zone conference
with my top notch condition haha. it was interesting. what was most
interesting is that the Lord strengthened me a ton. once the
conference started I totally forgot about all of that and had a great
experience! Elder Duncan was really straight up with us and taught me
a lot of stuff. I am excited to go out and apply this stuff and bring
about the renewed vision he was able to transmit to me.  so needless
to say, All is well :)
I hope you all are doing great!!!! I love you and thank you for all
your prayers, love, support, good wishes, and all that. I know it
helps a ton.
The church is true. God the father lives and so does his son Jesus
Christ. I know it because I feel their support and love every single
day that i´m out here and with every trial or challenge that I face.
Without being able to feel that I would have given up long ago. but
here I am after 19 months. I know that they love each and every one of
us and that everything they do they do for that exact reason. 2 Nefi
26:24; 1 John 4:16; John 3:16-17 :)

Elder Spencer Henze

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


Hi again!
Just reporting in the new update from Salina Cruz, Oaxaca! today´s
been a good p-day! Me and my district leader Elder Piña took a short
trip over to the beach! its right here about 10 minutes away so we
went to see what was up out there. it was pretty saweet. we found a
pelican and chilled with it for a little bit. It even let us touch it!
so we taught him the plan of salvation.
we also walked about 3 miles along the beach to a huge pile of rocks
which we then climbed up like bosses. then walked back.
as for the work this week we reached almost all of the goals we had
made for the zone. everyone except for one area put baptismal dates
this week! we also baptized a little girl!
we´ve got tons of work in a little pueblo called morro. there's this
dude out there who´s just a super-person in the church. the dude
baptized 580 people on his mission and is working miracles with the
youth out there in the pueblo so we´ve just been helping him wherever
we can and teaching the youth who come to his seminary class so that
they can get baptized and from that we are able to get in to teach the
entire family! it´s so pilas out there!
also while working in our main wards area this past week we went out
contacting and had one of those "miracle" experiences. we were feeling
kinda bummed out about the area and how little work there was for us
out there and all that when I decided that we should just go
contacting and see what we could scare up. well, we chose a random
street / hill that looked to be vertical. seriously, so steep that
about halfway up the road ends and its just wide stairs! we started
with the first door and went from there getting rejected time after
time, when finally at the very top of the hill, the very last house,
we contact it and the lady was interested! so was her husband! they
let us in and we had a super awesome lesson with them and they
accepted to be baptized!!!!! the only obstacle is that we need to get
them married so... could be tough but we´ll see what happens.

well that's about all the exciting news for now! I love you all and
hope you have a terrific week!!

Elder Spencer Henze

Monday, October 10, 2011

First Week as ZL

Hello again!
another week done in the mission and here I am again to report to all
my favorite people from back home!
this week was CRAZY!!! haha. we definitely had lots to do. It was WAY
fun though! so get this... oh Thursday we packed up our bags and took
a fancy bus to OAXACA!! turns out there was a conference for only zone
leaders for the entire mission there in Oaxaca and the mission paid
for us to go to Oaxaca and participate! On the way there we saw three
accidents. one where a bus had bonked an old man throwing him to the
ground, then a building materials truck that crashed on the twisty
highway, then the coolest but scariest was a double gas tanker semi
truck went over the railing on a suuuuuuper steep slope and got
destroyed. kinda loco.
at the conference I was kinda nervous because we had to give a report
in front of all the leaders of the mission about last month´s
achievements in the zone and we had no idea what their approach was or
what their goals were or any of that so we just kinda reported on what
we did know and what our plan of action was this month. we set a goal
of 30 baptisms for the month of October! I`m excited to see how it
Oaxaca was legit. After the conference the president took us up to
Monte Albán!!! way cool as always. this time it was all green and
pretty up there. We got rained out hard core though and lightning
struck really close by seeing as how when the rain came we were only
about 100 ft below the clouds. The rain soon cleared though after we
all got soaked and joined the stampede out of there. I absolutely
loved being in a cool, dry climate again. it was breezy and everything
and I was in heaven.
after that we didn`t leave until 11:45 at night so we had some time to
hang out and go out on the city! I went and ate at KFC with Elder Ford
:) he came with us to get Visa stuff done.
we got home at 5:00 am after a long bus ride during which I could
hardly sleep. It made for a long day on Saturday but we got to sleep
in a bit to recharge our batteries.
well, we`re going to hit it hard this week to make up for lost time.
Thanks for the inserts you sent me Dad! they ROCK! and I know they`ll
help me a ton.
I love you all and hope you have a great week!!!!! hasta la proxima!

-Elder Spencer Henze