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.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


hey y´all!
Thank you for always remembering to write me! its pretty crazy how fast the time has gone by. there´s lots of days and weeks and months that seem to drag on and on but then there's others like this week that just flew by! me and elder Martínez have been crankin it out over here and making some good progress. I finally think i´m out of my frantic stage of not knowing how to do anything and having to worry about training a noob and feeling super responsible for the lack of success we were seeing and all that. I took a few minutes to reflect and ponder on the small successes we have seen (which are MANY) and most importantly analyzing how this training experience went and how I did personally with the whole situation and I can honestly say I am happy with how it went. its true that at the beginning especially, but through most of the experience, I was just working blindly putting my faith in the Lord and doing my best but still stressed and worried, but the important thing and what stands out most in my mind is how I worked hard and gave it my best shot. I made a LOT of stupid little mistakes but i´ve been trying hard and giving it my best and I can just feel that the Lord is pleased with my progress personally and with the few things I was able to teach to my ¨kid¨ even though we haven´t baptized yet. there is SOO much more to this work than just performing baptisms. I know that if the next missionaries who follow in this area do their job, our efforts will have helped at least 10 people prepare for their baptisms. I don´t know when they´ll happen, but i know someday they will because we´ve planted some firm seeds. its a long process for a lot of people and I most likely won´t get to see them take that step, but because we did our job they soon will have the blessings that come with baptism and living the gospel. that brings me a deep peace and happiness and that is why I know our effort here has not been wasted. I helped my ¨kid¨ learn to be obedient and rely on the lord even when the other elders in the house are baptizing almost every week and get up at about 9ish-10 and leave just before the food appointment and are doing lots of other stupid stuff. its tough but we´ve been firm and haven't baptized in 2 changes almost. I know that even though it appears that they´re doing better, there's a lot more to the mission than just dunkin´ people in the water. we´re not just converting the people we´re teaching. we´re also working to fully convert ourselves. That's the part many don´t understand. my companion and I have become good friends and have a good relationship and that there's a success in itself seeing as how he is the exact opposite of me. so ya,things are going good.

good news! the family we´ve been helping for over a month now finally came to church this week!!!! we had a total of 8 investigators in church this week!!! truly an answer to my prayers. we´ve been trying so hard to get people to come to church and for many like this family its the only preparation standing between them and the waters of baptism. its heartbreaking when after so much effort they don´t come but it was sooo awesome to have them there!!!! know what that means?? that means its still possible for me to be able to see them get baptized this change!!!! if they go to church for the next two Sundays and of course accept the invitation to be baptized, I can see them take that step! there's also another guy who if he goes to church the next two weeks can get baptized too! I have faith that they will and that after all this blood, sweat, and tears, God in his mercy is going to bless me with the opportunity to see them get baptized. But even if not, I´ll still be satisfied with my work here in Antequera. so ya, things are good :)

attached are some pics of some recent occurrences

as always thank you for all your love and support!

Elder Spencer Henze

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Monte Alban

...thats too bad Montezuma stretched forth his mighty blade of revenge to dusty. Thats never fun. I´m kinda used to that though. its not nearly as alarming as it was at the beginning of the mish. sometimes the food just destroys you but you just gotta keep on goin. it doesn´t happen nearly as much as I thought it would though. i`ve actually been pretty fortunate. I`ve just had a dang cold for the last 15 weeks that gets better, then I eat one chocolate and BAM! it hits again. also this dang area has a TON of dust in the air always mixed with lots of diesel exhaust so i´m constantly sneezing. I´m not the only one though so at least i´m not suffering in solemnity. The allergy pills have been helping out a lot.

so ya, its still almost 90 degrees here daily but at night it gets a little chilly. its just gonna keep getting hotter though until july. march april and june are the hottest months here. when we come back as a family we should come in december or january. its nicest during that time. summer is those three months I just said and then it just rains non stop in july august and september. then its tranquilo nov, dec, and jan. i´ve officially been here long enough to know the weather cycle! booyah! I miss the cold. not gonna lie. the people here are so anti-cold they wont even put ice in your drink because they legitimately believe that it will make you sick. haha. kinda lame. but sometimes I just want to be able to walk around in a sweater or light jacket with a little wind. and 50 degree temps. thats my favorite.

so today we went to Monte Alban as a district!!! is was SUPER fun!!!! we got some cool pics which are attached. Its basically a ruins sight here by my area kinda like chichen-itza but not quite as intense. it was still way fun though. Its going to be so much more fun to visit mexian places as a tourist now that I speak spanish. I felt WAY more comfortable than when we would go places like that as a fam before the mission. none of that apprehension that comes with feeling a bit alienated from everything even though right in the middle of it. it was cool. and we could talk about the americans who were there in spanish and they didn´t know what we were saying :) hehe. we didn´t say anything bad about them or anything. we basically didn´t say anything about them at all, but it was cool that they didn´t know what we were talking about between us.

so thats the highlight of this week! other than that just got the shoulder to the grindwheel. we had 9 less actives come to church this week :) it was sweet. I hope everything is going good for you!!! I love you and miss you like always :)

Elder Henze

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Hideous Sweater

I remembered that word the other day and started teaching it to Mexicans this week. startin´ trends y´all.
this week has been pretty good I guess. pretty slow up until Saturday. we basically had ALL of our appointments fall through until Saturday and ended up wasting a lot of time walking from appt to appt then realizing they had fallen through and contacting. the people always seem to be more rude when I´m irritated. maybe its just me but I think you guys would be appalled at the rudeness of the people here a lot of the time. its interesting. I´m mostly over it though. and there are SOME people out there who are super nice and humble and they make it all worth it.

on a lighter note we taught the familia Matadamas again this Saturday and they are progressing nicely! they read 3 Nefi 11 and the Dad practically had it memorized! that's never happened before in my whole mission. I was blown away! they didn´t come to church because the wife doesn´t feel comfortable yet going even though we explained how it would be super well and did our best to sell it to her by promising her blessings and stuff. oh well. in time i´m sure they´ll go. Also we started teaching two other people who are super Pilas (excited, pumped). their names are Erika and Dominga. They´re both basically golden.

So today me and my comp took a field trip to El Centro and toured some of the huge catholic cathedrals here. they´re insanely decorated with intricate designs and TONS of gold. but I felt creeped out in there. it was cool to see though. I scored a couple new little items like a leather change pouch (essential) some of the best quesillo (basically string cheese they put on everything here), and one of those hideous wool pullovers. its blue white and black though so its a little less hideous than normal. I also while I was there tasted goat meat. its awesome if you like gristle. so ya, it´s been a super awesome P-Day. this week looks like it should be better than the last one. we´re just gonna keep pluggin away at it and see what happens.
I hope all is well over there for you all! I love you and miss you as always!

booyah, well until next time my Queridos!
Elder Spencer Henze

my new hideous sweater

the creepy cathedral

The McKing (yesssss) *below*

a place called Hacienda Blanca
that was a huge house about 100 years ago and owned this part of the city (below)
the washing machine we made