Ethan's address in Mexico

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

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


Heyo folks! This week was a quick one like usual so ill get right into it!
Tuesday : We got up and cleaned the crap out of the house which felt awesome!!!! Then we worked on the area book and then we went out and had lunch and then made cement blocks and helped build part of a house. It was solid. Then we taught a couple of our new investigators. it was great.
Wednesday : We had the reunion de lideres and our new zone leader sucks. Apparently Elder Cosigua is gone.... Im gonna miss that guy. The new guy is poop. Then we went and met a guy who makes hammocks. His name is Jehova nad he says he really wants to be baptized. So theres that. He said he wants to make a custom hammock for me! AWESOME!
Thursday : Well we payed the federal police in basketball this morning and absolutely creamed them. So theres that. They were super cool and we invited them to all be baptized. Then we had the district meeting and then i went to Sanfransisco del mar. It was awesome. Other thatn elder sanchez teaches a little weird but we got a lot of work done in 4 hours.
Friday : We had a whole ton of study time and then we went out, taught two lessons and then came back to ixhuatan. We ate lunch and then we blitzed the area. We taught 23 lessons in our area. It was awesome. then we had guitar classes and all three of my students had broken strings.... So we just hung out and we taught them about the book of mormon.
Saturday : We hit the ground running and taught up a storm during the markado where we baught new side bags. They are sick. They are handmade. DOPE. Then we taught until we completed our higher metas for the semana. Then we just went and visited members.
Sunday : Church and sickness. The chinkongu├▒a is kicking in again so we went back and slept because we had already completed everything.

Scripture of the week : 2 Nephi 9:39  
O, my beloved brethren, remember the awfulness in transgressing against that Holy God, and also the awfulness of yielding to the enticings of that cunning one. Remember, to be carnally-minded is death, and to be spiritually-minded is life eternal.

Read it. Pray about it. Ponder it. Act upon what you discover.

Thats what ive got this week and more pics in the other emails!!!
Como siempre,
Con amor,
Elder Runyan.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Finally done with 12 weeks!!!

Hello there outside world! This week was crazy. Very crazy. And very short.

Monday : Well we got together with a bunch of our zone and had a mud soccer tourney which was sweet and super muddy. That was probably the coolest thing all week. HTen we cleaned off and did family history.

Tuesday : We got a good amount of work done and we talked to two people who were baptized and never recieved the holy ghost. Awk. So that was more than 6 months ago so we are gonna re baptize them and that means two free baptisims.

Wednesday. We got a good mount of work done and found a cool kid who was dribbling a soccer ball the entire time during our lesson while paying attentiona dn answering every question. apparently he pays better attention while doing that. Then the elders from the Morro and the elders fromSanfransisco Del Mar came over and slept in our house because Elder Valensuela from the area of the 70 is coming and weneeded to get up at 2 am.

Thursday. Got up at 2 am and headed to the church with a change of clothers and off to tuxtla for the reunion at 9. We got there and it was super cool! I got to see Elder Hansen (My comp from the MTC) and a couple of the other guys that i have met and come to know throught my time here! Then we heard from Elder Valensuela and it was rad. He was very inspiring. THis year we are working on recent convert retention. People dont like to stay in the church here and there are over 90000 members in this mission and less than 1/10th are active. It is crazy. Then we Went to the doctors appointment for Elder Jones and he needed to go get x rays and so we did that and when we came back the place was closed. Well just have to do it another day.

Friday : Well I woke up and felt like crap. Elder jones went to go do his stuff. Apparently after looking at the x rays, his back is crazy deformed from birth and he might very well need surgery on his spine because his obturator foramen is sealing off and if it does then he loses all control of his legs. so we need to get an MRI done to see if there is muscle or nerve damage. so that sucks. Then my crap got worse and worse throught the day and they narrowed it down to chinkongu├▒a. So I felt like i was about to die. So then the Mission president and Elder Valensuela from the Area of the 70 gave me a blessing. Maybe the coolest blessing I will ever recieve in my life. I got better very quickly after that as you can imagine. So thats pretty rad.

Saturday : We got up and headed out to get some last minute stuff done, and then went with a bunch of people to go back to our area but the bus broke down so we had to stay the night in Chahuites with our zone leaders. That was nice. 

Sunday : well we got back just in time for sacrament and then we left and changed out of our dirty clothes and showered and did our weekly planning. Thats all.

This morning. The changes. Nothing. Our whole surounding 2 districs are now one and nobody got moved. Thats all!

Scripture of the week : Psalms 46:10
 “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
 Read it. Pray about it. Ponder it. Act on what you discover.

Much love to you all!!! 

Con Amor
Elder Runyan