Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Dear family,

I'm so glad that I had a lot to read today! I will try to answer all of your questions. haha. I'm so glad that Meagan and Jared are out of school and starting summer school! Meagan, I can't believe that you are a senior and have senior pics on the 15th!!! Time is flying by your senior year will fly by have fun and provecho(I think it means take advantage of it) something like that haha. Definitely keep your hair short!! haha and why didn't you have shoes on when you were being chased? not smart! jk haha and I want to get both e-mails and letters and you are off the list now so everything is good! haha Love you Meagan!

MOM, my new companion is Elder Ochoa he is from Guatemala and he is 19 years old and Elder pop is 25. Both Elder Ochoa and Pop are from the same group from the MTC. Elder Ochoa is awesome we are having a good time getting to know the memebers and preparing the investigators for baptism. I'm so sorry to hear that bro Poole passed away!! Actually strangely enough that same thing happened to one of the families that we are teaching. the family that wants to get married. Hmna Jessica and Hmno Wilson. Hmno Richard is the brother of Hmna Jessica and he has already been baptized but he had a tumor in his brain and he had surgery and he didn't wake up and it was really scary and he passed away yesterday it is really sad!!!! I'm pretty sure it was the doctors fault it sounds like it was a bad surgery, or atleast that's what I understood. we haven't had a chance to talk to them and i don't know if we will because they might be going back to Cuzco because they only came so Richard could be closer to a hospital. I really hope that everything will be OK and that this will only make them stronger. It is really sad!!!

Yesterday they had the elections in Peru and we had to spend the whole day in doors it was boring at times but it was nice to be able to recharge the batteries a little. I don't know if you are up to date with the politics of Peru but ollanta won the election and he is friends with Hugo Chavez and from what I hear he doesn't like the USA and so there is some talk of that all of the north American missionaries might have to leave or something. But that might be just some gossip I guess well see. He doesn't take office until the 28th of July. We'll see how things go, I really hope this doesn't worry you! If it does just remember that missionaries have special protection and we'll be fine haha.

I'm glad to hear that you guys still have break the fast and I miss having break the fast with you guys! We had something like that yesterday it was sooo good!!! The Elders from the offices came and had lunch with us and the whole family that we live with too. We had chicken, beef, corn on the cob, potatoes, fried bananas, and anticucha which is cow heart, it was so much food and it was soo good!!!

The other day we went to teach this guy his name is irrving and he is one of the coolest guys I've met. He is like 24, and he has such a strong testimony!!! And the cool thing is he wants to share the happiness that he has found in the gospel with his friends! And when I said that we went to teach him really he was teaching us, he was showing us stuff that he liked in the Book of Mormon, he would already be baptized but he has a child and is con viviente and is trying to work things out with his novia to see if they can get married. Really they are seperated but he wants to have a strong family for his son. But if he cant work things out he is going to find another place to live and get baptized on June 18th.

Dad, I'm so glad that you got to go to church on Sunday on my mission I'm starting to understand more the importance of family. and I wish that before my mission I would have spent more time with my family and I wish that I wouldn't have been mad when you and mom made me spend time with you guys. You guys are always in my prayers and I love you so much!

Love Elder Sawyer!

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