Monday, June 23, 2014


Its been summertime forever now but now its official. Today was transfers but President never called us. It was driving me crazy! All day yesterday I was telling people that we might be changed but we don't know, and it turns out that I'm staying here in Maya with Elder Oliver until I die! haha I'm really glad that I get to stay with this awesome ward. We still have a lot of work to do though.
So Rocio is doing really good. Her addicted body won't let her quit smoking without some shaking and nose bleeds but she's keeping in there. She has her baptism date for July 9th. Christopher (the twelve year old military man) got baptized and confirmed this weekend! It's awesome to see his family excited and active again. Of course there's always a crazy story that makes it memory that I'll never forget. It turns out that the pump didn't work and we had hardly any water so we ended up running to the outside faucet to fill up buckets of water and running to dump them in the font. It was like Disney's Fantasia in the church! Ha finally someone suggests to use the hose that I didn't know that existed and we connected it to the faucet so that it would go through the church and into the font. We still had to wait a while and I ended up baptizing Christopher in shin high water, but it was a really nice baptism.
Christopher's baptism

We had the Area President Elder de Hoyos visit us this week and he talked a TON about the Book of Mormon. Read it! I was in the middle of reading the New Testament, but it looks like I'm starting from 1 Nephi again whoo hoo!! He said lots of other stuff but I don't have lots of time to type it all up. Just know that God knows what He's doing when he calls such great men to be his special witnesses. It was AWESOME.

SHOUT OUTS to my Uncle Art last week and my Aunt Wendy this week because they have finished another year on the Earth. CONGRATS! I LOVE YOU!!!


       Elder Shurtliff

Monday, June 16, 2014

Awesome Father's Day!

The World Cup is EVERYTHING to these people
This week we tried to do the same we did last week and even better. The good thing is that one of our long-awaited investigators is finally getting baptized this Saturday! And we have been teaching Rocio in a park again. She has quit smoking and is working toward her baptism too! She just needs a miracle this week because she needs a job and a place to stay by Saturday or she has to go live with her sone in Puebla. Please pray extra hard for Rocia this week please! 
Everyone here has World Cup fever! so that means more excuses not to open the door to strange missionaries when the game's on haha. GO USA! 
Elder Oliver turned 21 on Thursday and "bit the cake" haha it was so funny! We have been eating the smashed cake all week and more for people sharing their fathers day cakes with us. YUM!

Elder Oliver got his face smashed into his birthday cake!
GUESS WHAT?! I'm officially going home on August 20th! That means next week starts my last transfer! WHAT?! I'm only a greeny!

I hope all the dads out there had an awesome Father's Day! Use that Priesthood and bless the world! 
I love you all!
Have a good week everyone!

Me and a puppy!
       Elder Shurtliff

Monday, June 9, 2014


Gary Oreos

This week we had the most assistance in church since the ward split! There were 99 people! Ha so close to a perfect 100. There were a ton of less actives and a full class of Gospel Principles! It was so awesome to see the joy on the members faces as they saw so many people there. It's all thanks to the members too because we did divisions like four times this week and they did awesome teaching with us! It's also awesome to help less actives take part because they rise to the occasion and help themselves as well.
A view of Cancun from 8 stories up.



Flowers that were sent to our ward mission leaders daughter

Monday, June 2, 2014

Just the Beginning of the Pressuring of the Work of Salvation Here in Cancun

Elder Oliver and I are doing really good. This week was really rainy and hot, but miracles always happen when the weather gets rough. We had our zone conference with president and he talked a lot about how important to know how each of us are children of God. He said that we need to start doing divisions with members almost every night to get the work of salvation to the next level. Yesterday we did divisions and we went to go look for a guy we talked to on the street while he worked on his car. He invited us back, but didn't have time but we talked to his 18 year old son who is awesome! He understood the Restoration super well and I could even see his eyes light up when we answered his questions. He's like, "So I'm pretty like this Joseph because I have been to lots of churches too and I have no idea which one is true". It was awesome!
The other day a lady who I contacted on the street months ago found us again and she asked if we could talk. We went to the nearby park and she told us her story about how she's an alcoholic and she even drank and smoked in front of us. She only seemed to want to hear a message as a one time thing kind of deal so we just invited her to church and gave her a Book of Mormon. On Sunday morning we pass her by on our way to church and I made a joke to Elder Oliver saying that she's on her way to church too. Little did we know that she would actually walk into Sacrament Meeting during the testimonies. She absolutely loved it! We are going to see her tomorrow tonight!

I hope this is just the beginning of the pressuring of the work of salvation here in Cancun.

SHOUT OUT to the Peterson family! I forgot to shout them out last week for taking part in my awesome package! THANK YOU SO MUCH for my awesome custom ties and dvd! You have all gotten so big!

I love you all!
Elder Shurtliff