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.

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