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.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


Hola mi familia amada!!!
como están todos? Espero que muy bien! haha.
well, this week was pretty good. pretty crazy but good. We weren´t able to really dive into the work until Thursday! It was like a half week. I mean, we were doing work, just not directly with the people. I was getting everything in order for the multi zone conference for my district. There's a lot to do as a district leader. I´m in charge of getting all the financial issues settled with the zone leaders for the district that have occurred over the last month and getting all the paperwork they needed ready to go to have quick smooth reimbursements, getting sleeping arrangements made... well, I better not bore you with all the details, but there's a bunch we had to get done. On top of that we had an "emergency" appointment last Monday which took a large chunk out of our p day, but the good thing is that once again everything is calm.
The conference was cool. It was really laid back because it was the last one for Prez DeLaCruz. He sang songs for us at lunch time. They gave us food and everything! it was pretty cool. after the lunch break we had a musical number that was part of the program but directly after the president got up and invited me to sing "A Poor Wayfaring Man Of Grief" completely spur of the moment. I was a little nervous but thought to myself, "well, it can´t go any worse than last time!" and got up there with the ice already broken for the most part from what happened at the last zone conference. I still made a couple mistakes with the lyrics but just grinned at myself and had fun with it and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves too. It was awesome and I was able to redeem myself from the last time haha. afterward President paid me a high compliment by talking about the situations that surrounded the writing of the song and the feeling the author intended it to have, and then said that when I started singing the song that feeling came to him strongly. It made me really happy :)
The rest of the week was good too. Not super eventful but good. Its really nice to have my companion be able to teach the English classes so that I can help him learn how and rest at the same time. Its a win - win situation.
Turns out that on Saturday Adreanas husband was about to hit her and her neighbor just happened to be passing by the house and saw what was going on and shoved the crap out of Julio Andres and chewed him out for mistreating a woman! I didn´t know those kinds of people existed here but turns out God protects in one way or another those who ask him to and are obeying him! He no longer lives in the house which makes her a candidate for baptism now, however, she wants to get away and start a new life living the gospel away from him so she has decided to go live in Oaxaca and I think I´m going to bridle my own pride in her interest and suggest that she get baptized out there so that the ward will be more excited to help her out seeing that she is a new convert and the transition would be much more warm if she did it that way rather than getting baptized out here and immediately transferring to a new ward in the which the members would just see her as another member and not be as helpful. It sucks because of all the blood sweat and tears I´ve spent teaching that family, but I have to do whats in her best interest. So thats been a tough pill to swallow today. The spirit just brought up the suggestion to me yesterday so today was the day I talked to my comp about it and he agrees that that would be best if she is going to leave. So we´ll see what happens. The good thing is that she will get baptized one way or another and thats what´s really important to me. and to God more importantly.
Well, thats my report for the week! I hope everyone is doing well back there at home and I wish you all the best in your week! I love you!

E. Spencer Henze


We got caught in the rain. forgot my umbrella and got totally drenched

It was windy too

Me on a neat bridge :D

Me and the Prez and the Hermana DeLaCruz

The Branch (well, the more active ones who come to the activities anyway)