Ethan's address in Mexico

Elder Ethan Schaeffer Runyan
Mexico Tuxtla Gutierrez Mission
Calle Jazmines #210
Fracc. Los Laureles
29020 Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas
Mexico

Monday, December 29, 2014

Las Hermanas están bien chafa. Pero la Navidad es la mejor

Wowzers what a week. Ill just jump right into it. 

 Tuesday : Started out good with a bucket shower and then we had a solid study sesh and killed our first two lessons with a member. They were awaseome i invited both to be baptised and they both said yes. Miracles do happen. Then we went to teach armando again. Tómala. Malo idea. I should have walked right past his house. He started bashing us right away and started saying stuff like joseph smith needs to repent because he is a sinner and is going to go to hell and then he took the book of mormon that we gave him earlier and said "el libro del mormon es basura" and threw it on the ground. Too far man. We picked up the book, put it in my bag and then told him he was being incredibly rude and then we left. Oh well ill go pray for him.

Wednesday : Got some good estudiar time this morning and then headed out to teach. We taught a bunch of decent lessons and then went to one of our inveestigators houses to eat empanadas and take some swings at a piñata. Then we shared some scrips and headed home.
Thursday : Christmas and it was awesome!!! Talking to the family for a chunk of the day, Hearing that my best friend got her mission call and didnt tell me but then did a different opening sort of thing for me! SWEET! I am so stoked for you and i know you are going to do amazing things in Chicago!!! 

Friday : Curveball! So Elder taufa was shipped off to Comitan along with elder Mena becasue some sisters there were being harrassed. Crazy. Sweet. So the other part which is not cool is that we got two hermanas. They are aright. Idk. Hopefully they dont keep us from having fun.

Saturday. We did some home improvement with my comp and we installed a mcguyvered water heater for hot showers and we fixed the water and wow awesome. He was the district leader from the other area and he is now my comp. Sweet. He is super hard working and he is a white dude from Chihuahua. 

Sunday : We got a million and a half lessons because we are only teaching 30 min lessons now and we got 40 contacts to finish off the 200.

Scripture of the week 1 Nephi 4:13 Read it. Ponder it. Pray about it. Act upon what you discover.

 13 Behold the Lord slayeth the wicked to bring forth his righteous purposes. It is better that one man should perish than that a nation should dwindle and perish in unbelief.


Con amor
  
Elder Runyan

Pics will be coming in a later email becuase this cyber is chafa.

Monday, December 8, 2014

1 Transfer Down 14 To Go!

Well this week absolutely flew by! i am super stoked and now I have completed 1/8th of my mission. Woah... Slow down...

Sweet week though!

Tuesday : Woke up and Elder Bradshaw and Elder Mena came over to practice taking initiative in lessons. Its a really hard thing to do when you dont know spanish, and i guess its hard to do when you know spanish too. I cant imagine how hard this would be if i hadnt studied the scriptures like i did in the MTC.... Then we went out and taught a lesson to Hno. Armando and i took the initiative like crazy! KILLED THAD SPIDE. (homis shoutout) and then we went and taught Hna Flor which went really well, and we helped her decorate her christmas tree with her grandkids. I really needed that! Thats a shoutout to you grandma! Then we taught a couple other lessons to a few new investigators, and one we just taught sitting on a dirt road in the middle of nowhere... Then one of our investigators brought a friend to the noche hogar and they both said they really liked it when they left!!!

Wednesday : REUNIÓN DE LA ZONA! Headed out early to zone conf in Chahuites. what a fun time that was!!! So we are doign this whole worldwide thing called "el es la Dádiva" or "He is the gift" as you might know it there. All the way through january 18th we will be focusing on this message of how christ was a gift to us and the biggest gift we will ever recieve. The goal is to strengthen peoples testimonies of Jesus Christ and to ultimately share it with everyone in the entire world. Also from what we have heard, The church has purchased the most expensive billboard real estate in history to display this message throughout the duration of this campaign. I would like to challenge each of you to go visitwww.mormon.org/christmas and find out what it means to you. Its a little hard here becasue the people arent very bright, and they dont even know what  the word Dádiva means. So yeah. But our mission goal is 400 baptisims in that time period. Well I have a surprize for that one in one of the other days... and then we got choco bananas again. (shoutout to the crew) and i got two packages! One from Holly Gardner, and one from Greta Anderson. None others yet... :( I hope they get here in time for the reunion in ariaga. Also we bought these goat hove whips for $5. that was cool. 

Thursday : Got up early to do my laundry and Hno. Armando was out shoveling gravel so i went and helped him for a good half hour while lopez slept becasue his skuliosys or however you spell that was hurting really bad. It sucks typing here becasue all of the computers try to correct it into spanish... andyway, It felt super good doing service. Then we practiced contacting with "la dádiva" and a few other things. Super cool.Then i went on splits with elder mena for the day. It went pretty decent. We went to reforma and tried for some appointments pero nadie fue esta... So we went back to ixhuatan and had a couple of pretty chill appointments. Then we had a noche hogar con hno victor y hna alejandra and all of thier familia. It was super cool. We learned how to speak a bunch of zapoteco and also learned how to pray in zapoteco. Its nuts... There are so many languages here... Zapoteco legit sounds like a mix of french and doctor suess... CRAZY!

Friday : Slept in for a while becasue i was up, double dragoning for a solid half hour at 3 am. fun. I was also so exhausted that I didnt wash out my mouth and nose very well, and the dragon breath (shoutout to drag) just sat and brewed in my nostrils and lingered for the rest of the day. That stuff is stronger than altoids. Then we had breakfast kinda with hno Armando and it was tamales with iguana... Strrangely good. Maybe the weirdest thing that i have eaten thus far... It was like super chewy( like hard gum) meat that came as a full package with the head and parts of the tail including the vertebrae and the skin. Like scales. Tough to chew but not half bad. THen we went to go teach one of our investigators and she answered the door topless... So needless to say she went and put some clothes on... People these days.. Dirty spides... Then we got rejected about a million times by people because "Oh no. Somos catholicos." It doesnt matter. Thats not the point. We are trying to help you come closer to christ... Then we taught the guitar class and that was fun as always but hard becasue people here arent musically talented at all. They cant carry a tune in a camelback.... That pretty friggen eazy. Overall super difficult day with a bad stomach ache, crazy headache, heat flashes, sucking up a runny nose that tastes like vomit, walking for over 5 hours straight, in 100+ degree weather, and getting yelled at and getting doors slammed in our faces. But thats not what makes a day good or bad. Its your attitude. You can let it drag you down as the dust of the earth or you can keep a good attitude and remember that as you do this you are standing shoulder to shoulder with Jesus. Let god give you strenght and he will. Let him in. I am still happy as can be at the end of this day. Remember that.

Saturday : well not much happened other than we had 3 BAPTISIMS TODAY!!! Two twins and thier grandma!!! And Elder Bradshaw and I did a musical number which cosited of the flute, guitar, and singing in two languages. Absolutely killer. Then we staed after for a while and i was just messing around playing stuff that i wrote and stuff that i know and a crowd gathered. People are absolutely in awe here. I dont think i am really that good though... 

Sunday : Started off with church which is always good, and i bore my testimony this time but way better. Neato. Well we caught, killed and ate an armadillo. Its the second time i have eaten it. It is good but the process is a little weird... Then we went to the church for ever and tried to watch the Christmas devo from the conference center and it didnt work super well becasue the internet here is slower than snail snot. Then came home and konked out. 

Today : Got a call from the assistants to the prez and recieved news about transfers!
I am not getting transferred and niether is Elder Mena, but Lopez and Bradshaw are and My new comp starting tomorrow at about 3 is going to be Elder Taufa who is a tongan who lives in arizona!!! #stoked!!!!! Also sad for lopez to leave, but life is life. It was fun, and a memory i will never forget.


Scripture of the week : Isaiah 43:1-5 Read it. Pray about it. Ponder it. Act upon what you discover.




But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.
 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
 For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.
 Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.
 Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west;
Te amo todo!

I might be on for a lil while today, so HMU!!!

Monday, December 1, 2014

WHASS GOOD CUH


Well this week wasnt very interesting.

Ill spare you some of the boring details.

Tuesday : One of those really hard mission days. We had 2 short lessons with people that we werent planning on teaching because nobody was home. We literally walked the streets for 7 hours. What a killer that is in the heat....


Wednesday : Sort of a roller coaster day. Felt super wiped all day, and it was probably from all the walking the day before. The district meeting topic was things that have helped you on your mission. We all shared some scriptures which were super helpful, and then we watched a video called the obra de salvación. It was super cool, and everything helped a ton. It all put me in such a good mood. Here is the link.(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gd30i48a3do) Its in english. Then we taught some really quality lessons and then had dinner at Hno. Pacos house and then shared a frikin killer spiritual thought.

Thursday : Thanksgiving! kinda. Well we had some pretty good appointments this morning and then we hustled all over the place getting stuff ready for the Tuxtla trip and we ran into one of our investigators in the street who had been evading us at all costs. I went and talked to her, and she agreed to meet with us and to come to church. She said she was scared of us. hmm. Well then we took a taxi to Tapana at night. There we stayed at the other elders house and had a Thanksgiving feast in the style of broke missionaries. Egg salad sandwhiches. Sweet. Then we konked out early because it had been a long day.

Friday : TUXTLA!!!
I have never been more excited to go to wallmart in my life.
Well we got up early to catch the 6:30 bus from Tapanatapec to Tuxtla, (3 hours) and then got there, got our visa stuff done, and headed to wallmart. WHAT AN EXPERIENCE. We walked in and it was like i was back home. I had literally forgotten what the real world was like... So we went crazy. I spent a grundle of money on food that is impossible to get anywhere else in the mission like nutella, peanut butter, real oatmeal, and butter among other things. You dont know how much you miss peanutbutter until you cant have it... Then i loaded up on christmas stuff. What a blast that was! A small Christmas tree for 30 pesos ($2.50) and some ornaments for 8 pesos(about 50 cents) and then we got some christmas gifts and stockings to put it all in. FUNNN! Then it was time to leave so we packed up and headed out to the mission office to wait for the others that were heading back. They gave us the packages that we had. I only got the one that was from amazon. Thats it. Ill keep you all informed just in case, but idk if im going to get them in time. Also i didnt get your letter yet Mads... Im dissapointed at this whole mail thing to and from Mexico. Then we came back and stayed the night in Tapanatapec.

Saturday : Craziness. On the way back from Tapanatapec, we passed through one of the immagration stops, and they wouldnt take my copy of my passport anymore because of no particular reason so they took me off the bus, and into the temporary jail room. Albeit scary but fun. We then called some people and got it figured out and took the next bus. we got back home and I finally got sick. Sounds like Elder Hondy Mac and I are on the same page. Double dragon for most of the morning. It was brutal. When it finally calmed down long enough to breathe, I took one of those cipr pills (SHOUTOUT TO RICH INGERBRETSEN FOR THE CIPRO PILLS) and it plugged me right up. Then we had 2 lessons and then came back and slept because exhaustion.

Sunday : Well Sunday. It was good. Like sundays usually are. We had sacrament, and then we taught the Gospel principals class, and then our comida appointment fell through so we played the piano for a while and then we went to one of our lessons. We were just sitting ther etalking like civilized people and then the lady started talking about her cousin who was deported from america and started yelling at me and telling me how much she hated america and i just sat there and took it. That was hard. Im not going to go more into it or what my thoughts are on the topic, but that was hard. THen we went to the church with Juan and Amalia to help them do thier family history which is awesome becasue i dont know how to do family history. So i basically played piano for another hour and a half. I have learned how to play most of the hymns on piano as well as on guitar. Then i started my video journal. SICK. I am going to record a short video entry every night along with my written. So there you go! Thats my week in a nutshell!

I wont be on for long today. Sorry..

Scripture of the week : Jacob 4:10 Read it. Ponder it. Pray about it. Act upon what you discover.

Wherefore, brethren, seek not to counsel the Lord, but to take counsel from his hand. For behold, ye yourselves know that he counseleth in wisdom, and in justice, and in great mercy, over all his works.

I love you all, Always forever
Near and far, Closer together
Everywhere I will be with you
Everything I will do for you.


Siempre con amor,
    Elder Runyan

Monday, November 24, 2014

Buenas Dias Amigos, Amigas, y Famillia!!!

CRAZY FUN WEEK!!!

Tuesday : WOW. What a day! Warm bucket shower and some excercize to start off, then a good breakfast and a bunch of scripture reading in all spanish which was awesome, Then we studied Tsotsil for an hour and then headed out to entrevistas or so we thought... We got there and nobody showed up to se just sat for a while and talked with the elders and then we stopped on the way back in Zanatapec and had an awesome buffet lunch for free. THen we came back and headed to the noche hogar at the church which was awesome. Then we went to victor and alejandras house to give victor for his broken ribs ( he fell off of the scaffolding in front of his house. lol "scaffolding" some sticks and a bigger stick to stand on. But long story short, we gave him the blessing and then i recieved a crazy strong testimony right in the moment about being greatful for our trials and tribulations. It was super strong so i decided to share it, and the spanish flowed better thatn it ever had, and everyone in the room was crying including me. I realized that i am in Mexico for a reason that i dont really understand but that god has a plan for me that i dont need to know. I just need to have faith in him, and let him guide me, and be thankful for everything that I have and dont have.

Wednesday : Im not gonna lie. It sucked. I didnt sleep at all for some reason, and then we went out, had a bunch of failure lessons, and my spanish was terrible. I tried to stay thankful. Then we came home and i was flipping through my music book to get my mind off of stuff and started playing stand by me, and it reminded me of Andy and Caden. If you two read this, I love you tons and miss you tons. You have always been and will always be my best friends. #ACE for life.

Thursday : Didnt sleep at all. Lopez turned off my alarm so i could sleep longer becasue he is a stud, and then the other elders came over to practice stuff from the "primera 12 semanas" book and we made french toast. It was super helpful. Then we planned for the next week, and then we went to the cyber to finish off my training stuff which never workds so i printed off, and downloaded "SHADOW" by BLEACHERS. Yes thats a shoutout to the so cal crew. I miss yall. And I miss your sweet playlists Mads. Then while heading out to our first appt we ran into a giant line of semi trucks that were pained like animals and so we went to go take a look and it was a crazy traveling circus!!! They had all sorts of animals including monkeys which i got to hold, a bengal tiger ( I miss my bengals) (That was another shoutout) and a camel which i ki¿ssed and is the pic thats there. AWESOMEEEE!!! Then we had a couple appointments which all went quite well and then we rode Hno. Victors triciclo back to our casa and played some guitar which was bien chito.

Friday : EVENTFUL DAY. Like the rest. So we had to kill a goat for Alejandras birthday. That was a little hard to do. Then we went to Hna. Florindas house to have some comida and she got some brand new perritos which were super cute, and that was fun. Then we taught another guitar class, and that is always a grand old time. Then a bunch of the kids asked if i would play and sing a song for them so I did "Hallelujah" bu Jeff Buckley and they all applauded at the end and a bunch of them kept saying I should try out for Mexico Tiene Talento which is the mexican version of americas got talent. I was falttered. maybe in 2 years. Then we went to teach The Yatziri family which is the family that speaks Tsotsil, and it went pretty decent actually. They spoke more spanish than we thought, and E. Lopez is pretty good with tsotsil. But they are going to have the ward members teach them instead becasue the language is overwhelming...

Saturday : Superb Day!
I woke up and studied for a short time becasue we had to be at the church at 9 because guess what... TODAY I BAPTIZED MY VERY FIRST CONTACTIN MY MISSION! It was Yuridia Martinez! It was awesome! SHe looked so happy when she came out of the water! I am so blessed to have had the priveledge! Then we went to Alejandras cumpleaños and ate that goat and sat around for a while. Boring. But it was still pretty fun. Then we went back to the church and practiced our presentation for tomorrow.

Sunday : Pretty swell day to be honest. Me frickin gusta sundays in Ixhuatan. They are so chill. We headed to the church early, finished up some pieces of our presentation, and then we presented and had interviews from the mission pres. Superb. I havent had one yet so it was good. He is such a cool guy. He also told me that i might be moved to San cristo becasue this area is really easy and they want to move some of the sisters who are really struggling to this area. SWEET!!! San cristo is colder. And more jungley. RThen we had a couple lessons with Braullio and then went to the church for lopez and bradshaw to do something and so elder mena and I slept for about an hour. I have been here for a month I guess... Woah. 

Thank you all so much for your emails, and prayers for us and our investigators! They mean the world! Thanks also for all the love. And for being you. You guys are the best.

Scripture of the week : D&C 50:40-46 Read it. Ponder it. Pray about it. Act upon what you discover.

 40 Behold, ye are little children and ye cannot bear all things now; ye must grow in grace and in the knowledge of the truth.
 41 Fear not, little children, for you are mine, and I have overcome the world, and you are of them that my Father hath given me;
 42 And none of them that my Father hath given me shall be lost.
 43 And the Father and I are one. I am in the Father and the Father in me; and inasmuch as ye have received me, ye are in me and I in you.
 44 Wherefore, I am in your midst, and I am the good shepherd, and the stone of Israel. He that buildeth upon this rock shall never fall.
 45 And the day cometh that you shall hear my voice and see me, and know that I am.
 46 Watch, therefore, that ye may be ready. Even so. Amen.
Ill be on for a while so hmu if you can!

Querria Que Estes Aqui!!!! 

Elder Runyan.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Que tal hermanos y hermanas?

 This week. Awesome. Fast and slow all in one. And some huge surprises that kinda threw me for a loop. 

Tuesday: Started off with some good ole fashioned excercise and study time before going out to teach the niños. It was awesome. We came up with this crazy new way of geting referrals. Its a game. And everyone here knows how to play it but we twisted it a lil and we getthe info after. We got 23 referrals! Then we went to lunch at a members house and it was a straight up fish. Sweet. I actually enjoyed it. Its weird having to pick it off with your fingers from the bones, and just straight up eat it. I am actually getting really used to it though. Tortilla count also hit 200 woah. Then we got a few frozen bananas with the district and played some b ball with some random kids on the street. 
The chocolate bananas only really reminded me of cali with the crew. So there is your weekly shoutout. I miss yall.

Wednesday: Started off with a little extra sleep becasue we were beat, and then we switched for district leader exchanges. I got to be with E. Bradshaw for a while!!! ENGLISH!!! we had one of our 4 appts happen and it was ok. The lady had completely changed her mond. Thats what i was picking up. Everyone was also giving us the cold shoulder because we were both gringos. POO. 

Thursday: The full day with E. Bradshaw. We woke up, and went to get some breakfast because he didnt have any food. Huevos rancheros. But for real. So good. Then we went to the cyber for a while so he could wirk on his powerpoint, and i printed off a whole ton of tabs for songs on guitar. Then i went and bough a two ring binder ( becasue they dont have 3 ring binders in mexico) and then a two hole punch to go with it. Superb. This guitar is seriously the only thing that is keeping me sane. We taught three people and one of them accepted it, and it was super neat becasue she went from not believing in religion to reading the book of mormon while we were talking to her. SUPER NEAT. Then we came back and watched the Saratov Approach with spanish subtitles of course. It was wicked cool. I teared up at the end. What...

Friday: Woke up and had a way chill jam sesh with elder bradshaw and all of his music on some thumbdrive that he bought from someone on the street that just plugs into a speaker and has a TON of music on it. It was way chill. We worked on the powerpoint again, and i printed off more music. Then we met up with E. Lopez and E. Mena and i headed back to my area. It was kinda sad, but la verdad es que me gusta nuestra área mas que la otro. We had some lessons and then had a Noche Hogar con la familia Gutierrez and Had some refreshments which means fanta and tortillas. It also got really cold. Like 40s. made me really miss home, and the snow and stuff. It was super funny though. All of the people here were bundled up and E. Lopez had a jacket on. LOL. I was the only one in ixhuatan without a jacket on that night.

Saturday: Started out with exercise and then i boiled water for my bucket showere because it was still un poco frio outside, and wow. that may have been the most intelligent thing i have ever done. Best (bucket) shower ever. Then had a crappy breakfast, studied and we were off. One of the members dads was listening while we were teaching, and came over to sit in. Turns out he has been a pentacostic pastor for almost 20 years and he agreed to read the book of mormon. WHUD... AWESOME!!! Then we taught his niece who was being a total shmuck the whole time to my companion, and we basically said if you dont want us to come back, then tell us. She said no, so we arent. Oh well. Life goes on. Then we had a sick activity in the night where i taught a bunch of kids and adults to play the guitar a little but, and E. Bradshaw taught a bunch to play the piano. What a good time!!! Well we got back and got a call from the mission prez. Apparently there is a family in Ixhuatan who only speaks Tsotsil ( pronounced suksil) and they have asked the mission president about the church and of course they are in our area, so we recieved a box of BOMs and language study stuff for Tsotsil which is apparently a Zapotec Mayan Language, and we have to learn it, and contact the family within a week. Pics of the book are included. For all of you to Not comprehend just like I did when I saw it.

Sunday: Halfway through my first transfer. Woah. Oh and I love sundays. Like a lot. WE were just chillin there in sacrament, and One of the members named braullio turns anround and asked me if i had an instagram. Of course i said yes and he gave me his phone and i looked myself up. What an experience. The touchscreen i mean. After having not used a touchscreen for 2 months, and then using it right as i used to was suuuuuuper weird. He commented on one of my pics which was superbly cool, and then liked a bunch of my pics and asked me about a ton of them. Super fun. then we went to lunch with the other elders at a members house, and had turtle eggs and armadillo. Woah. Both are actually quite good pero the huevos de tortuga are un poco bit raro. So theres that. Thats about all that happened that day. 

Ill be on for a bit, and I am going to try to upload the video of eating a turtle egg to my dropbox but it might take 18 hours... So theres the warning.

All I really want for christmas is decent internet speeds...

But also HMU!

And also huge shoutout to all the people who wrote me this week that arent even on my email list. You the real MVP.

Scripture of the week: D&C 38:30 Read it. Ponder it. Act upon what you discover.
 30 I tell you these things because of your prayers; wherefore, treasure up wisdom in your bosoms, lest the wickedness of men reveal these things unto you by their wickedness, in a manner which shall speak in your ears with a voice louder than that which shall shake the earth; but if ye are prepared ye shall not fear.

Until next week,
                  Querría que estés aquí,
            Elder Runyan







Monday, November 10, 2014

Dos semanas. Whud.


   Time is abolutely flying by here. I cant even stop to think about whats going on. I absolutely love it, pero, la verdad, eso es bien difícil. Its hot, I dont know the language (although I am slowly learning) The living conditions are no buen, and the food is mediocre at best. No me gusta mole...

So tuesday started off with no more water supply, so we had to walk 15 mins to get water in buckets to shower with, and then go back after to get drinking water. Awesome! Then studytime outside becasue its better than being inside. afterward, we were trying to teach, pero all but 3 of our 14 lessons and backup lessons fell through, so we went and walked around to random places and did street contacting most of the day, picking up 38 street contacts (which is crazy for here).
We did teach one 18 year old kid named neftali who is super cool. I have a good feeling about him. We also taught a menos activo named catarino. he is super cool, and when we went into his house, he was in a different room, we walked in and he was SCREEN PRINTING!!!! Holy what? How crazy is that. So we talked in broken spanish about screen printing and designing and all other sorts of stuff! That is nuts. Then we had "Noche Hogar" which is like a big ward activity night. Super fun games, and good food, and yes. 

Wednesday was andother bucket shower day, so theres that. Then we hopped in the back of a truck and drove 3 hours to a zone meeting in chauites. Sweet. I got to see the landscape. It is absolutely beautiful here. We sat through a bunch of meeting crap that was long and hot because the power was out, (like it always is here) and then I met elder Birk. Super chill guy. I guess he goes to north summit? he knows Racher Rydalch, and Thai, and Taylor and all of those girls. He is an awesome guy! When we came back we had a couple of lessons, one where i was able to say exactly waht i want in good sounding spanish! Elder lopez just kinda stared at me with this blank look on my face, and then asked me where i learned to speak spanish like that... 

Thursday started off right with at ton of excercize and another bucket shower. Then I guess Elder Lopez was sick so i gave him a blessing of comfort, and we continued getting ready. I laso made an ingenious wayter filter contraption that uses gravity, and filters all day. WAY nice. No more pumping that dumb msr filter for hours to fill our 5 gal Bottles. Taught some ninos and then some members cousin which was cool. Had some "hot chocolate" which is litterally just hot water with some finely chopped dark spicy chocolate ( dave you would probably like it) and some other stuff. Fun. Also, we were talking to one of the menos activos in a lesson, and they were selling a guitar so i bought it. AWESOME. I get to have my release. It isnt nice. It was 600 pesos. But whateves. 

Friday started early with a ton of service. We had to clear about half a football field of vines and weeds that were taller than me, using dull machetes. Woah. Hard. And i guess hornets live in these vines and so i ended up with 8 hornet stings on my arms and face. AWESOME. But we cleared it out and then smothered eveything with gasoline, and lit it on fire. SWEEEEET!!! Then had some egg enchaladas and pescado at Alejandra y Victors house. I was able to use elder Mcdonalds quote "A missionary is someone who leaves thier family for two years, so help others to be with thier families for eternity." I teared up. I am not gonna lie. The spirit was incredibly strong. Then we taught some more ninos and i was a demonstration of the church and its prophets for elder lopez, and it was awesome. Im sure i looked like a total idiot, but its fine. Im sure the ninos will remember that lesson.
Saturday was another bucket shower day. And then we got to go to the swap meet market. Everything pirated and super cheap, and its in mexico so its even cheaper! I didnt buy anything, but I did look around, and there were some pretty sweet deals. maybe next week. Then we headed back to the chapel in Chauhites, and sat through another super long meeting in a hot room because the power was still out. Then chatted for a long time to Elder Birk, and Elder bell, and then we headed back to our place at 6 to get there at 9. Sleep enued shortly after. 

Sunday, another 3 hour truck ride to zanatapec this time to a huge gathering place that reminded me of the salt palace in utah and made me sad because I kept thinking about going to see the Arctic monkeys with the Osborne Family. I miss you guys a ton. All of you. But as of today I only have 585 days left before I am done. Then we were cleaning up and got left behind, so we called the mission president, adn he came and picked us up and took us to one of the presidency members houses where we ate shark, and armadillo, and had cake and yum. Best meal ill have for dos anyos. Then we fell asleep in hammocks under a tree with a nice breeze while we waited for our ride back to Ixhuatan. Coolio Julio! then we got home, had a lil jam sesh, and crashed. Thats about it.

I love you all!
Ill be on for a bit, so shoot me an email or two if you get the chance!

also my actual address according to google is Libertad 78, 2da., 70175 San Francisco Ixhuatán, OAX

Con Amor
      Elder Runyan 



DEAR EVERYONE
IM NOT DEAD
(just another p day switch) 
(lo siento)
Anyway,
After getting a whole half hour of sleep on tuesday morning before we were up and to the travel office. After that, 1 bus ride for 1 1/2 hours and we were finally at the airport. I am sorry to all my fam for not being able to call. The phones were all being used and I didnt get time to make any in Arizona either. I had 3 hours in mexico but i couldnt figure out how to use them because the operator was super quiet and all in spanish... ;(  But at least the flight into mexico city was bien cheeto! (really cool) (thats what the videos are) Then we were due for a beautiful 3 hour flight to tuxtla!!! We landed at 7 and it was totally dark but super nice feeling. 75 degrees and breezy with 85% humidity. we packed all of our stuff from 12 elders and 1 sister into a van and headed off to the mission home. We dropped our stuff off at a different appartment where 43 new elders slept. we were shoulder to shoulder sleeping. AWFUL. But before the sleeping we went to the mission presidents house to have some food and do our interviews which never happened because we ran out of time. Then off to the sleeping. 
A whole 5 hours of it. Then up at 5:00 i was the first one to shower which meant i got all 30 seconds of the hot water. then went down+stairs thatn but the same clothes back on. It wasnt a good shower either. The water was spraying everywhich way, and i was pressed against the sink and toilet. Cool beans. Then it was off to the temple and the church to get our new companions.

Mi nuevo companero es Elder Lopez! He is super cool and way chill but speaks no english. Pero esta bien. Although his english is sort of non existant, his spanish is apparently super correct and as far as I have seen he is far easier to understand than anyone else here. STOKED. The rest of the meeting consisted of little cesars and saying goodbyes. SUPER SAD. I have gotten to know those guys so well and its so hard to say goodbye. But it had to be done so I gave them the letters that i wrote to them and then we embarked on our 7 hour bus ride to Ixhuatan. I am in the Ixhuatan 2 area. So we got to our place at 11:30 and just crashed straight away.

The next morning we woke up, did a lot of prep, and study, and planning, and then headed out. The casa verde is mine and my companeros. It is super small. Two rooms with a separate structure for a bathroom which includes a shower and a toilet that doesnt flush water. AWESOME. Then we went out for our first lesson. It was to a couple with thier grandma. Alejandra y Victor. No clue what the grandmas name is. We just call her abolida which i think means grandma in spanish. I asked them to be baptized and they said yes!!! It was absolutely crazy! Then after the lesson, and saying a prayer, they fed us. What an experience. Apparently when they say fish here they mean just fish. Meaning i just got an entire fish flopped down on the table in front of me. So i followed what elder lopez was doing and just opened it up and ate it. Strange. Then we taught a couple other people including a 10 year old girl named Nelsi. That was super fun. She kept asking me to say things in english. They all get such a kick out of it! Then we had a district meeting with the other elders in the area and i didnt understand anything becasue my brain is totally fried. Side note. The houses here are all crazy. they are just concrete and cinderblock structures that look uninhabited. Literally hovels. Some dont even have roofs and some have dirt floors. Our place is one of 40 in Ixhuatan that actually has running water. 

DAY 2}

Today we got some food first thing in the morning becasue i had nothing to eat. I bought a whole basket full of food from the vendors and only spent 150 pesos. About $10 cray. We then ate and planned and then taught some investigators with a member in the neighborhood who literally lives with his family in a n alleway under a huge piece of corregated tin. He is super cool. I saw my first boobs today. People just breast feed during lessons i guess... I did 4 contacts and a couple other things, and then we just chilled at the casa for a bit becasue apparently around dia del muerte there are too many drunk people on the streets. So i looked through my photobook and played the harmonica. Made me kinda sad. But in all truthfulness, this is a really cool place with really cool people. 

DAY 3}

Started with making some good ol scrambled eggs on a tortilla. Good food is just good. Idk. I also had my first mole today. It was no bueno. The experience. I let it get too cold, and there were strange parts of the chicken in it, and i lost all desire to eat it, and so it was just a shame all around. The family was just wating for me to finish to start the lesson and i had no idea how to tell them that i was full.... We taught a couple more people with a member and then some contacts. I really stick out here. People just sit and stare because i look so different, and there is no reason other than a mission taht someone would want to come here. It makes for good oppurtunities to make contacts though. also a lot of distractions today, and my brain was fried so my spanish was awful.

Day 4}

Today was dificil. I am getting frustrated becasue i have so much to say on a subject but i cant say it because i dotn know how.... I am starting to build relationships with the members and investigators, and it is really fun. I really love the people here, and I couldnt be more happy. This is not what i thought mexico was like. I guess i didnt think a lot about mexico ever though.

DAY 5}

MAGIC SUNDAY! I hope.

My first sunday in mexico was actually pretty swell! it was a fast sunday, so i was hungry all day though. I bore my testimony in sacrament meeting this morning , and it was bien cheeto. Everyone seemed like they were hanging on every word of my broken spanish. Then i bore some in english which caught the attention of the rest of the little kids. We then had lunch at the 1st counselors house, and it was bien rico! (super rich)(means its good) It was some bean stew, fish and some veggies along with some tortillas and salsa with the best tasting lemonade of all time. I shared a spiritual thought and we were outtie. We taught a few spiritual thoughts today, and theyh were all swell. E Lopez said everything is always super peaceful and swell on sundays. Superb. Me frickin gusta. As for my spanish, its getting better, but i ma still frustrated. I can understand almost every word that everyone says, but I cant speak back. I guess it will come in time. Paciencia is a virtue. 

DAY 6} 
(today)

P DAY FINALLY!!!

So this morning we went to Alejandra and victors house to help them make cinderblocks. Woah. We mixed the concrete with s bunch of dirt and gravel and then used a stick to slap it into the mold. Then we had to take the mold over and carefully dump it to get the cinderblock out. Victor is adding on to the house. Literally by hand. It is incredible. Then we headed over to the church to play some soccer (I am better than  i thought, but still bad) and then we messed around on the piano for a long while. Took a good nap, and now am in the only cyber cafe sending emails. Good stuff.

OK GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS:

BAD: It takes packages and letter s almost 2 months to get to me. They take almost a month to get to tuxtla, and then we have to wait for a conference when the zone leaders go back to tuxtla and get the mail from the mission home. So send your christmas stuff now and I might get it.

GOOD: I CAN GET A GUITAR!!! So therefore I am going to be alright. I might actually survive this ordeal.

Scripture of the week: Mosiah 2:17 Read it. Ponder it. Act upon what you discover.

I wont be able to upload all of my pics but Ill sure try. So ill upload what I can and then send a few in the email.

Querría que estés aquí! 
              Elder Runyan


Friday, October 24, 2014

Dos Mas Dias En La CCM!!!

Im legitimately stoked out of my mind to leave!!!

I have been feeling such a strong spirit lately in the MTC. It has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life so far for sure. I almost wish that i could be here for a little longer. I Really eant to get to mexico though! I kinda dont want to leave because sending physical mail will be much harder than it is here, but I know that i have such a potential to teach out there in Tuxtla. THis week has been really slow without district b goofin around with us all the time. I really miss the lot of em. Quick shoutout to all of you guys in district 141 B! West side for life!!! 

Elder Harris from the other district had a passport mishap so he was able to spend the night with us and leave early Tuesday morning. I was able to teach some fake investigators with him, and learned a lot, and it was neat to have him hang around with us.

The tuesday devo was absolutely swell. I was able to pick up on a lot of things from what he said, and I feel incredibly lucky to have been able to hear his talk. But the thing that hit me the hardest was something that he may have only briefly mentioned. Insomuch that i missed it while writing a sentence of notes. I felt the prompting from the spirit, and was able to receive excellent personal revelation though. It was about how 2 years is actually a really long time. I need to use my time more wisely so that i can learn as much as possible while my spiritual power is at its peak. I don't want to have any regrets in mexico or the rest of my life thinking that I needed to have spent more time learning or studying the scriptures or the gospel in some way so that I can teach the people of mexico and everyone i meet through my entire life, about the incredible spirit that comes with the message of the restored gospel. It was really shocking to me. I don't think my brain subconsciously knows that i am going to be gone on the lords errand for two years. I think it thinks i am coming home on Monday. 

We finally got to host the new missionaries on Wednesday, and it was absolutely swell!!! I got to meet a couple of elders who are going to the Salt lake mission! sadly I forgot their names... But i will try to track them down so I can get the info off to all of mi amigos y famillia en SLC!!! 

Infield orientation was yesterday, and it was super fun, and super boring all at the same time... Im really not sure how that works... They basically taught us everything we don't already know about the field. TONS of information.

Also, Craziness is going on. I HAVE FINISHED READING THE BOOK OF MORMON!
It has been such a blessing in my life, and has been such a massive help here in the MTC, and I know that it will be through my life, and it can be in all of yours too. I pray that you will all read it, and ask if it is true, so that you can know for yourself, all of the incredible joy, and glory we have in store for us!

People ive seen in the MTC this week:
Preston Brown
Kaiu 

We have permission to be on for the next 2 days before we leave, so HMU!

Scripture of the week : Alma 33:14 Read it. Ponder it. Act upon what you discover.

Querria que estes aqui!
                    Elder Runyan