Monday, July 25, 2011

For the Bishop

The Bishop asked the Missionaries in the field to share the importance of member referals. Here is Jacob's response:

well yesterday we went to church and it was really cool that even thought we didnt do like anything this week we still had some investigators show up it was really cool.

oh and for the bishop... getting references from the members is so important. without getting references from the members the work here would stop. By getting references we are truly finding the people that are prepared and interested in the gospel. it is something that we as missionaries cannot do on our own! in my last area it was awesome to see all the support that we got from the members. everytime we went to church it was so crazy for us because there were so many people that would tell us that they had someone for us to teach. and the last sunday we were there a member came up to us and said that here nephew wanted to get baptized, we were so suprised we had never visited this family before but we went and taught him and it turned out he had 2 other cousins and an aunt that were interested in listineng to us. and i heard last week that the 3 kids got baptized on the 23rd of july. its awesome to see the sucess that one reference from a memeber can do.

Life in the hospital

A Breathing treatment! I think he was trying to scare his mom!

Then he got a picture with him in the latest fashion in Peruvian Hospital Gowns

I think this next picture was before his surgery. He didn't say who is in the picture .

Back in the field.

Dear Family,

im still in the same area still i havent moved yet buti havent been doing anything ive been stuck in the house and i only left yesterday for church and to eat. its not that fun but i get tired easy so me and elder martin have been in the house while our companions have been out working. I feel really spoiled because i got to talk to you guys every day last week. thats really weird to me that i got to do that on my mission.

They gave me a but load of pills that i have to take but i havent taken very many of the pain pills because of what you told me and i dont want to feel anymore down than i already do. it sucks being sick and not being able to do anything but once this passes everything will be alright. and i ll be in a new area and i have to start over again meeting people and stuff. Elder martin was supposed to get an mri today but the machine broke so he doesn't know what is going to happen either because he probably will haveto go back to the states.

well im glad that you had a great time at grandmas and that was a treat to get to talk to everyone. in 2 years ill be right there with you guys. sorry i dont know what to write i have been talking to you guys all week and there isn't much to say. but when i got back everyone was suprised that i am back and that everything is alright. and everyone is telling me what i shouldn't eat and what i should eat i think it is really funny. but i need to send you some fotos.

thats awesome that you went to kevins farewell and im so excited that he is starting his mission that is so awesome! well im getting better and i have an appointment with the doctor this week and i still dont know where im going to be and i will definately take my meds and vidamins. i hope everyone is doing alright i love you all and im so glad i got to talk to all of you but it kinda made me homesick for a min but haha oncce i get back to work it will all go away! haha love you guys and ill see you next week same time same place.
Love Elder Sawyer

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Bustin' out of the Hospital!!! Hooray!

Jacob is going back out today! He is doing so much better. We feel so grateful that he is doing so well. We are grateful for many prayers! We had the awesome experience of talking to him this morning! He sounds like a million bucks!!! We are so grateful for Dr. Borda, President Dorius, and all of the sweet Elders who have had to stay with Jacob in the hospital! We are also grateful for the Clinica Anglo Americana and their staff. He didn't know where he was going but we do know where ever he goes he will be in the Lord's hands. He got to talk to Grandma and Grandpa Bryce and Uncle Keith too! I miss that boy and it feels like thunder!
I wouldn't want him anywhere else! Our hearts are full!
On Wednesday, I received a wonderful e-mail from Jacob's Doctor. See below.

From: Tomas Borda Sent: Thursday, July 21, 2011 5:36 PM
To: Sawyer, Maryann
Subject: Re: Elder Jacob Sawyer

Dear Mr and Mrs Sawyer, first I would like to thank your prayers and blessings, I know you must be worried, but I can tell you now that Jacob is doing very well, his got no fever, eating, and walking, may be a little pain yn the operating aerea, but thats kind of normal for what he had.

His appendix was completly necrotic whith a little puncture but not broken and with a regular amount of free pus in the abdomen. We where able to take it out with no complications at all (thankfully)

We did a laparoscopic peritoneal lavage that was very satisfactory.

I believe that he is going to be at list 2 more days hospitalized because of the IV treatment (antibiotic) that is requiered for this cases.

Please try not to be worried, we are treating him as the nice person he is.

Feel free to get in touch with me any time, i´ll be glad to keep you posted.


Tomas Borda MD

----- Original Message -----

From: Sawyer, Maryann

Sent: Thursday, July 21, 2011 9:32 AM

Subject: Elder Jacob Sawyer

Buenos Dias, Doctor Borda,

I apologize that I am unable to speak or write to you in Espanol.

I am writing to you today regarding my son, Elder Jacob Sawyer. We have spoken to Jacob and the Mission President, President Dorius, and he sounds very good. We hope that his recovery is going according to your expectations. We feel very blessed that he is in your expert care.

May we ask a couple of questions?

1. Was Jacob’s appendix ruptured?

2. How long do you expect him to be in the hospital?

We would like to express our families gratitude for the excellent care that you and the staff at Clinica Anglo Americana have provided to our son. Especially, we are grateful to our Father in Heaven for your expertise, Dr. Borda. We pray for you and your staff every day as you care for Jacob. We are very grateful!

Thank you again for the expert care you are providing to our son,

Kent and Mary Ann Sawyer (Jacob’s parents)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Appendicitis in Peru

Late last night my cell phone rang. The voice said "Sister Sawyer?" I said "yes" The voice said "This is President Dorius". My guts hit the floor with my heart. He told us that Jacob was in the hospital and needs his appendix out. Jacob's white count was 17,000. Significantly elevated. He said they had done a CT scan and all of his organs looked perfect but the appendix looked like it needed to come out. So President said he would call us when he was done. We got a call this morning around 430 am from him and he said that Jacob did well. The companion said the doctor reported that Jacob's appendix had begun to burst a little. He said Jacob was sleeping and he wasn't able to talk.

President Dorius called again this morning to say that they will be moving him to a regular room later this morning and Jacob would call later. I am looking forward to it.

We called both of our families to let them know. Come to find out, Grandpa Sawyer and Abi both had to have their appendix out while they were on their missions.

We are very grateful for all of the prayers and know that he is in the Lord's hands. Our hearts are full!

This is his surgeon.

Dr. Tomas Borda Noriega
Cirugía General y Laparoscópica

Hoja de Vida

Facultad de Medicina:
Universidad Particular San Martín de Porres

Hospital de Apoyo María Auxiliadora (1996)

Cirugía General, Hospital Clínico San Borja Arriaran, Escuela de Post-Grado, Universidad de Chile (2000-2003)

Cirugía Digestiva, Hospital Clínico José Joaquín Aguirre, Universidad de Chile (1999)
Laparoscopic Surgery, Institute de Recherche Contre les cancer del appareil digestive. European Institute of Telesurgery, Strassburg, France (Septiembre 2005)

Interés Especial:
Cirugía General y Laparoscópica
Cirugía Hepatobiliar, Cirugía Gastroenterología, Cirugía de Urgencias y Cáncer Gástrico

CMP 30254
RNE 19113

Artículos publicados:
Apendicitis aguda

We are grateful for his expertise and training! We pray for him!

Another Snake Story

Dear Family,

Mom you really are a snake magnet, everytime a snake has gotten out you have been the one to find it hahaha. im happy that you and meagan are getting in shape for the big race. it sounds like fun! dad told me that your back is hurting, i hope that that doesnt last a very long time! just keep pushing through i know that you can do it!

Well my new area is collique in the san felipe stake, and my new companion is elder chitic and he is another guatemalteco, i have had all of my companios from guatemala and one from argentina. hes pretty cool and in his family in guatemala they speek another language which is really cool i cant remember the name of the language but he taught me a few words and its aweome. he has about 17 meses so he is close to finishing his mission. im definately learning a lot more on how to teach. and in our area before i got here they were baptizing the most in our zone, which is really exciting i think that we are going to have a lot of success este cambio. thereare a lot of menos activos and we are trying to activate them and in most cases there are members of the family that arent baptized so we are reactivating and we are sacando fechas.

Thats cool that chase tooler is going to california. i wonder if the missionaries can go to disneyland? i heard that in florida they getto go to disney world. spanish speaking that is really cool! my zone leader is from AZ he went to mountain View Elder chamberlain and he grew up with kyle chapman that was pretty cool! and another elder in my zone has the same time as me but he couldnt come to the ccm because he didnt have his visa yet. he had to serve a week in az tempe mission. Elder martin, he reminds me a lot of Jeff Lutes its funny ill send you a pic sometime. haha

My are is all mountains and hills and sometimes we have to climb pretty steep and right now i am not in shape and im huffing and puffing when we get to the top. and we live in our own apartment and we eat with a member that lives like a block away. they have a little store and the food is really good and they said that we could have whatever we wanted. and we eat with the zone leaders. in this zone there are a lot of gringos and they definatley speak a lot moreenglish than in my other zone, i hope that my spanish doesnt get worse, im trying to speak spanish to them.

Idk If i forgot anything but i love you all

Elder Sawyer

On Mon, Jul 18, 2011 at 8:09 AM, Mary Ann Sawyer wrote:

Good Morning, Elder Sawyer!

How are you doing today? How is your new area? Where is it compared to your old area? How is the new Comp and where is he from?

Well, son, we hope you are doing well!

So, I have another snake story for you. This time it is an annonymous snake story. Well, Meagan and I are trying to ride our bikes as often as we can so I can get in shape for the race. (Meagan is already in shape. hahaha) So it is late around 8 pm. Still a little light. We rode down the backside of the Riparian Preserve and we were riding on Guadalupe Road. I have my bike light on. There is some sticks and debris from the recent monsoon. So I pedal, pedal, pedal. Meagan is behind me. All of a suden I see this thing coming at an angle across the road. All I can see is black and white slithering right at me. I pedal, pedal faster. I say "Meagan, there's a snake" as my heart hits my guts. SILENCE! So I pedal, pedal really fast knowing that if I swerve into the road, I could die and if I take my feet off the pedals I might fall over and if the snake touches me, I would die too. So I just pedal for all I am worth. Meagan says "Oh, It IS a snake!" I think she doubted me! WHY DON'T YOU KIDS BELIEVE ME? hahahahaha We pedaled by without any trouble you'll be glad to know. So I have officially declared myself a "Snake Magnet"! What do you think? As for the snake, I think he had been over to get some gelato at the Langley Market after a hot day in the Desert. However in the future, I hope he waits until later when I won't be on the road. (I may have dear eldered this too you but I can't remember.)

The next day we went to see 17 Miracles, a new movie about the Mormon Pioneers Willie and Martin Handcart company, and there was a place where there were a bunch of rattle snakes. Scared the Pee Waddlin' out of me!!!

Saturday, Meagan and I rode to Southern, over to Ellsworth and down to Baseline, about 14 miles. We did okay. We did it in about 1.5 hours. We are getting there!

Also on Saturday, there was a baptism for Alexis Barron Concklin and Troy Concklin. It was beautiful!!! Sister Marchant gave a talk about how to hang on to the rod. She talked about things that make you let go, like anger and being mad. She said that she didn't understand the Atonement until much later after she had been baptized. I don't think that is a bad thing because it says in the scriptures "line upon line." Anyway, she encouraged them to pray and to read their scriptures because the scriptures are the instruction manual for life. She talked about overcoming anger and feelings that might make someone let go. She said the Spirit helps her hang on and when we are feeling mad an angry at someone, the Spirit can't be with us. She said she learned that if she feels that way, she prays that Heavenly Father will help her feel love towards that person she is mad at and through the Holy Ghost she does!!! She didn't know it, but that is exactly what I needed to hear!!! Isn't it amazing how messages are sent to us all the time if we are listening? I love the Holy Ghost and the Gospel!! I love our Father in Heaven and His Son, Jesus Christ! I know the Gospel is to help us get back to us and by remembering that they love us and that we can repent, and do repent, we can get back!

On our bike rides, Meagan usually rides behind me. She thinks its funny when I talk to myself. YOU would too! Meagan though is my second set of eyes. Because I don't see out of the left side of my head so good, sometimes I can't see what is coming up the side of me. So when we need to turn left, she helps me on the blind side and tells me when it is safe. Kind of like the HOly Ghost!

Well, I better get to work. I will be thinking of you and looking for you on line. Abi, Pa and Mommy na say "Hello!" and that they love you. Abi sent you a letter about 10 days ago. I hope you get it. Did you ever get our letters? Harry was glad to get your e-mail. We went to Chase Tueller's Farewell yesterday. He is going to the "Disneyland" mission, as he calls it. He is going to the Annaheim mission speaking Spanish. It was fun to see them!!! It brought back a lot of wonderful memories!

Okay, Now I will go to work! :) I hope you are enjoying your new area! Tell us all about it. Are you still on foot or are you bike riding?

Have a great day!
Love YOu!
Love you, Elder Sawyer!

July 11, 2011

Dear mom and Ffamily,

Im sooooooooo glad that everyone wrote me this week! and im so sorry that we arrived late to internent and so im trying to hurry and write everyone and read everything that is goig on at home! im excited every monday to hear from your guys!

Well i will be going to a new area and i am really sad! for reals! I really love this ward and the people here and when hermano pedro me dijo que tenia cambios tenia ganas para llorar. but luckily i held in the tears haha. and last night we found a family that had just moved here and the mom is member and she has some nieces and a son that want to get baptized and the cuñada wants to get baptized too. and so im leaving like 8 baptisms in this area. i really dont want to go and its really hard to say goodbye to all these people. but thats how the mission is i guess and itll be the same in every area. tonight we are havng a noche de hogar and i think that some of the members are coming to say goodbye.

yesterday i had to give a talk and i was so nervous but i think it went pretty well. i talked about our theme as a mission and how the members can apply it to themselves bevause we are all his hands and we should all share the gospel.and there was a missionary that had been in my area like a year ago that was finishig his mission ad he came to say goodbye to some of his coverts and he was relly happy with the state of the ward that it is in now. he had to ope the back part again it was awesome! hermana gabi said that this is the most people that have been in the sacrament meeting since before her mission so like 3 years. i am so happy that i was able to be apart of this ward and that there were good missionaries to pave the way in this ward because it really wasnt us it was the mssionaries before us that paved the way. and i hope that i left the area better than i found it!

It sounds like you guys had some crazy weather in AZ i wish i was there i miss the monsoons. it has been reaining here but really its not rain it just spits on you and it does that all day! its not fun! and im on a crappy computer today and so the pics came and they are way too big so i didt see everything that clear!

MOm im so proud of you that you are keeping on track and riding your bike with the padded shorts!!!! hahaha keep it up!

Tell grandma Hi for me and that i love her! it makes me sad to heaar that she has to use a walker a lot, she was always really active! but im soo glad that she is able to still go to the temple! pedro sent my letter and in it there is a letter for grandma! and he sent it with a seguro whih means that it will get there for sure!!! And tell Caden Hi for me!! thelittle boy that we were c}making pizza with reminds me a little of caden, he is different but i think of caden when i see him.

MY new zone is san felipe andi dont know where that is so ill tell you next week and ill tell you about my companion too. Elder ochoa is awesome and im sad that we only had one cambio together! buthis knee has healed up and we have been working hard! my new leader de zona is from AZ Elder Chamberlin he has been out a year and he went to Mt View and he grew up with Kyle Chapman! que chevere!

Its crazy how time flys! this next cambio meagan and Jared will start school and some of my riends will leave on the mish!.

Elder Ochoa says hi! and what is the last name of that hermana that you were talking too? I love you a lot!!!!!!!!! and i know that i forgot a lot of stuff and im still here for like 30 min maybe.


Sunday, July 10, 2011

June 27, 2011

Hi mom.

give my love to grandma and grandpa! and i have a letter for grandmas bday and im sending it this wednesday! so hopefully it will get there haha! have you still not recieved the other letters? its been like a month! and i didnt recieve your letters either. how sad! but
whatever theyll get here eventually.

this week has been pretty crazy. we had to rest a little bit because my companion had surgery a week ago so we had to stay in our house for a couple of days but he is doing a lot better and the past 2 days we worked for the most part normal we just have to walk a little slower.

I cant believe that tyler kirby is home wow it seemed like time just flew! tell him Hi for me. thats awesome that he got to see him get baptized i bet it really meant a lot for that man after waiting a year. in the ward that we are in right now we have kinda the same situation one brother wants to get baptized but he is under probation right now and i think that the church lawyers are looking into his situation but i think he might have to wait until he isnt under probation which is like 2 years but well see how things go. he has already been waiting a long time! and he hasnt come to churh since i have been here either but we are still visiting him and we are trying to get the ward to support him and make him feel more comfortable.

and Something really sad happened this week! the family we have been teaching and wanted to get married, well i already told you that they went to cuzco because here brother died so the had the services there. and while she was there she got baptized........ and shes still not married and they were still living together. i really dont know what those elders were thinking she had been living in our area for like 3 months and they didnt know the situation. we explained to them that they had to get married or seperate si o si. those were the only options they had. and the thing is she dosent really love him, that is what she told us, this whole situation is really sad and i dont know what happened. in a home where we saw so much happiness and now its anything but. so now they are seperated.

well today we are going to play futbol and after we are going to make pizza with hermana gabi and pedro it should be fun. hey do you think that you could send me your recipe for your pizza dough for future reference. today we are going to buy pre made dough but in the future that would be fun!

I got a letter from hayley, finaly, the date on the envolope was 18 of april. she said she got in to BYU for the fall that sounds like a blast!! so i need to send her a letter too. Hey Abi sent me a letter and said that her friend is coming to Peru and that if i needed anything that she would bring it. and i was Craving BANNANA NUT BREAD, so if you could ask her to send a loaf that would be the BEST!!!! hahaha and maybe you can print some fotos and send then with her too, or maybe that would be too much. idk Tell everyone that i love them!

oh and meagan sent me a message while she was in summer school doing her project. DONT GET MAD AT HER! because when i was in summer school me and cody and steel played video games the whole time in summer school when we were supposed to be doing our project HAHAHAHAH now you knowHAHA

Elder Sawyer

June 20, 2011

Good morning Mother and family!

How are you doing? this week has been interesting. on friday my comp had a surgery on his knee, he had a cist and they took it out and all is well but we stayed in the hospital until sunday. we were suppossed to leave sat. but on the way out my comps blood pressure dropped and almost fainted so the doc had us stay longer. actually we werent even supposed to leave when we did but nobody told us what was going on so we just walked out, the both of us. we got down stairs and the doc told me to go back up and get his meds that the nurses didnt give to us and when i got back elder ochoa was sweating like crazy. the doc had him go to the ER and we stayed there for a bit and they moved us up to another room. it was horrible we were able to watch TV and we could sleep haha. we watched nacho libre and cars and some beach volleyball. i had forgotted how much of a waste of time tv is haha. and now we have a couple days that we have to rest but he can use crutches and walk a little. its really not that fun.

but at this hospital is were all the rich people go we talked to a couple people that had traveled all over the world and stayed in really fancy hotels and i ate lunch in the cafeteria and the doctor joined me and he said he had been to AZ and stayed in the fancy hotels we have and he went to tucson for some kind of rock festival.

and yesterday we still had the baptism, it was pretty crazy we had exchanges with the ZLs and one of them stayed with my comp and i went with the other zone leader. to the baptism. but the thing is he had a baptism at the same time as mine. and so we had to split again with somebody from the ward. and since i had not gone to the house since the hospital i didnt have the clothes or anything for the baptism. and guess what i forgot the keys to the house, my comp still had them. and we got to the capilla and i kinda felt like i had the keys for some reason and i looked in all of my pockets in my back pak and i found them, i felt really dumb! so we went back to get the clothes and all was fine and we had the baptism and all was well and my comp came home yesterday evening. but while i was with elder thurman in his area we were eating lunch and there was a family that was invited that the couple was deaf, but they could read lips and talk a little. and we were talking to them and we taught them a little and gave them pamphlets and a book of mormon it was really cool!

yesterday we saw the pictures of hermana gabis baby. i forgot what you call those, but it was really cool he already looks like his dad it was really funy, and hes really healthy and all is fine!!! he should be arriving in august. and we did get a new baby brother i think friday he was born. i forgot his name but we need to visit them this week, if we can.

Im sorry that aunt jodi isnt feeling good, i hope she gets better soon and we will pray for her.

im sorry that it is 110 thats hot! its getting cooler her. and it rained yesterday but really i wouldnt count it as rain! it was little tiny sprinkles and really you couldnt even see it. it was just really humid.

I love you all!
Elder Sawyer

June 13 2011 letter.

Dear family,
first of all the pictures are of our baptism of paola rios linares and of the birthday party of allison ramirez, the lady that is pregnant is our mother in the ward haha and allison is our big sisterhaha. the 2 girls are 8 and 9 but they look like they are like 12. and we will have a new brother in this week. she knows english and quechua tambien. so she is teaching us a little quechua its really funny. imata jutiki, is what is your name? haha

Like i said we had a baptism and that was way awesome i got to perform the ordinance and that was an awesome experience! my second baptism woo hoo! it is so awesome to see the change in peoples lives and it is a priveledge to bring this message to the people. We have another baptism scheduled for this week Irrving millas, he is lo maximo! he just wants to keep on learning, he is reading the book of mormon he knows its true and he really is teaching us too. we are learning more together. He asked us the other day about a noche de hogar, he had heard about it but never had been to onne and he wanted us to teach us how to have one so that he could have one with his family. so we are going to have one with him this sunday. when we taught him for the first time my companion was in shock he had never had met someone like him that just wanted to learn and just had the iniciative it was funny. he had come from barranca where the people are a little more duro and we were joking and saying, oh wow... we are actually in a house.haha

Im sad to hear about elder mcbride! that totally stinks but its awesome that he is alright! im happy that it sounds like hell be alright and i hope nothing is permanent.

Did you get my letters that i sent yet? i will try to send a letter to grandma! so that means that i will! haha wow i cant believe that she is turning 80! tell he that i love her so much! and everyone else too! and tell her HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! and mom im sorry i think that i forgot to say HAPPY MOTHERS DAY when you called me im sorry i love you so much!

I cant believe that we have 12 missionaries out in the field that is nuts! i loved growing up in our ward and with all of the youth that i am priveledgd to call my friends. i dont want to sound trunky but it will be awesome to get together with all of them after the mish. haha and one more thing how is jeff despain any more robberies? haha i hope not!

I love everyone!
elder sawyer