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, August 23, 2011


so the changes came Saturday night and they were quite unexpected. I
thought I was sure i was going to stay in Tehuantepec because I have
about 3 changes in each area so far, but turns out that's not the case
:) The did a little thing called "whitewashed" the area. My first clue
was that on Friday I was randomly invited to a training meeting for
District and Zone Leaders. Kinda weird since I wasn`t either one of
those, but I went and had a good time seeing some buddies that i
hadn`t seen in a long time. well, Saturday night the changes came in
around midnight and turns out Im going to a ward called Cosijopí as
District Leader :) haha. I`m excited about the ward. I`ve met some of
the members because I have gone to two of the activities they had last
weekend because they had to do with people I had met (because the
areas are neighboring) namely a wedding of a sister who changed from
my ward to this one in the middle of the last change, and a baptism of
a guy I met who helped us find some stuff we needed in El Centro. So
ya, I`m excited about that. The thing I`m not entirely excited about
is that my new companion has a reputation for being the most
irritating missionary in the mission...
When I first heard this I was quite upset to be honest. The last
couple weeks in Tehuantepec were tough. I`m not sure exactly what the
main reason was... I think it was a culmination of a lot of things
like the heat, my lazy comp, always being lost with horrible
directions, the lameness of and lack of things I needed in the house,
etc. but I felt like I was loosing my mind and about to go crazy. I
started loosing my drive to work and just wanted to be home. I was
hoping this change they`d just put me with a good comp in a house that
was adequate and that I could just have a good change working at
a good steady pace, but then I realize that in precisely this moment,
The lord decides that the thing that is going to help me most is to
put me with this guy. I`m not gonna lie, my response was not one of
faith at the beginning, but then as I thought about it, prayed,
pondered, and reflected, the Lord helped me to calm down and has
blessed me with a new kindled spark of hope somehow. I also got some
advice from his last comp Elder Mortimer who told me to just serve him
wherever I can, focus on getting to know and helping the members, and
thinking of everything I`m good at and putting it to use in the work.
he said that way he did it this change and he said he had a great
so, we`re going to see how this goes. I`m sure, though, that this is
what the lord has prescribed for me in my particular situation and I`m
going to give it my best shot.
Well, that's the big news! Have a great week and remember that I love
you all :) thanks for everything.

Elder Spencer Henze