Monday, August 26, 2013

Como Estan Amigos?!

Valladolid - How I love you!
This week has flown by way fast. It was a week full of rain, which kinda made it hard on our appointments with members present. When it rains here everybody pretty much goes into hibernation mode haha. Elder Terriquez and I have been working really hard though. We are starting to make more goals and more importantly we are reviewing our progress and changing what we need to so we are more successful. I think that's what I tend to do a lot. I make goals and get all excited to follow them through, but then forget about them little by little. Set goals AND review your progress everybody! I also learned this week how powerful prayer can be. I have seen the blessings again and again thanks to faithful prayer not just in the morning and night, but in every moment I need some help from my Heavenly Father. Which is a ton by the way!
The biggest pot of corn EVER
So ya Elder Terriquez and I are getting Arcadia ready for her baptism this Thursday WOOT. We just had a lesson when our member that speaks Maya couldn't make it and so we tried our best to teach with simple words so that she understood. I felt the Spirit so strong when I saw the look on her face as I bore my simple testimony about going to church. She's the best! Me and Elder Terriquez adopted her as our little Mayan Grandma.
Yesterday was also Stake Conference so I got to go back to Tizimin to see all the members again and my converts that I was teaching, but didn't get to see get baptized because I got transferred to Cancun! I was sooooooo happy to see them! It was like when Ammon saw the sons of Mosiah again haha. It was the best.
My first family of my mission!
Luis Angel - one of my converts in Tizimin
SHOUT OUTS for my Mom and stepdad, Ken, who are celebrating two years together this weekend! Also my brother Robbie is doing awesome in football! Woohoo! AND Miss Kenzie got an awesome job in St. George! Congrats!!! I'm stoked for you all!

I love you all! Have an awesome week and remember to do your good turn daily #BOYSCOUTPRIDE

       Elder Adam Shurtliff

Monday, August 19, 2013

Sukumes y Kiks! (Hermanos y Hermanas) (Brothers and Sisters)

Life is good here in Valladolid! It's been hot and humid, but with a whole lot of rain. It was awesome to see so many members come to church in our ward yesterday. We had a full house! I guess everyone came back from their vacations because today is the first day of school for everyone. Right now we are teaching a little old lady named Arcadia who only speaks Maya and we have members help us out in communicating with her. I want to learn Maya so bad now! I have a Book of Mormon in Maya and I always love learning little phrases to tell the villagers. Malo Sukum! Ha Arcadia is awesome though because even though she can't understand much in church she still goes and feels the truth by the power of the Holy Ghost. Thats the Spirit! Ha Elder Terriquez and I are preparing her for baptism next week!
This week we also had our first Zone conference in the brand new Tizimin zone with President Kirkham. Meetings with President Kirkham are very casual and we even start having discussions which help us learn from the Spirit how we can really progress. Sister Kirkham says we have to help our comps learn more English . Will do! I'm starting to give English classes at the church! Wish me luck!
President and Sister Kirkham
I hope everyone has a good week and good luck to all those who are starting school! Study hard! Play hard!...safely Ha. BYE

       Elder Adam Shurtliff

Monday, August 12, 2013


Handing out Books of Mormon
This week has gone by way too fast! Elder Terriquez and I are working hard as always, treading through the rain and heat. It rains so much here and I always pray that we are in a lesson so that when it does rain so that our books don't get drenched. We are having a little trouble getting investigators to church because it's a lot harder to have daily lessons here which really helps them keep focused on keeping their commitments. There has been a lot of changes too, like the days we plan and of our district meetings. We now start working at 6am on P days instead of going to district meeting and then only teaching one lesson the whole day. More Family Home Evenings! WOOT!
I make the BEST tortillas!
 SHOUT OUTS! For my pops who sent me an awesome package full of music, art, preach my gospels, and COTTON CANDY.
At the museum
The best part of the museum

Ha. It was a little more like rock candy when it got to me, but still so sweet! My grandma Shurtliff also sent me the best birthday card! THANK YOU!!! I love you all! AND My stepbrother Kammin Avery is going to the MTC soon! Spread the word buddy!

That's all for now brothers and sisters! Have an awesome week and remember to have your family prayers!

       Elder Shurtliff
Our district

Monday, August 5, 2013

Little, Old Pueblos Are My Favorite

I'm doing awesome here in the old pueblo with Elder Terriquez! I really do like the peaceful villages here in Mexico. Unlike Cancun, it's a lot more chill because the streets are about half the size (more than half of them being dirt) and the people are either working or just hanging out at home. Elder Terriquez and I are getting on really well because of how alike we are. He's from a state of Mexico called Sinora and just finished high school before he came, but he wants to study medicine like me. He has 9 months on the mission and is waiting for his girlfriend to get her own call soon.
Cleaning the Font
Reyna's baptism
Our baptism was pretty awesome. The girl that got baptized is named Reyna, and is 25 years old and teaches kindergarten. Shes from an inactive family, but thanks to her new RM boyfriend she found her way back to the church again! They had me share my story of my own baptism which I haven't thought about in a long time. Ha it was way awesome.

SHOUT OUT this week for my Grandma 'Due who sent me an awesome birthday card that I just got. THANK YOU! Thank you everyone for all your love, support, and prayers. Right back at ya!
I hope everyone had a good fast Sunday and you are all working towards spiritual goals that will strengthen your testimony. FASTING IS THE BEST!

       Elder Shurtliff
Pouring rain!