Tuesday, May 28, 2013

“Cause in the desert, you can't remember your name......

  ..., cause there ain’t no one to tell you your name... nah, nah, nah, nah, nah” [This would be Taylor's attempt at the lyrics of a song called "A Horse With No Name."]

Hola todos!                                                                                                      24 May 2013

Just so you all know, that lovely subject of this e-mail is dedicated to Mom. I know how much she loves that band. Not really.... But it has a point. It just works perfectly with the way the weather has been these past few days. It is HOT. Goodness. I thought Elders were just exaggerating when they talked about how hot it got but no. They were not. The other day it got up to 42 C again. I can't tell you exactly what that means in Fahrenheit because I don't have a converter on hand but I'll just save you all the trouble and tell you I've cooked some huevos (eggs) on the sidewalk here in Mèrida. (42 C is about 107 F) I really love Mèrida though and I'm really happy to be here. One day I'll be in Utah and I'll start complaining about the waist-high snow. We just have to learn to enjoy whatever life gives us I reckon.
            Today I found out that the Valladolid ward was making a visit to the temple so Elder Alvarado agreed we could go to the temple to see if I could run into anyone. I sure did! I was able to see L., my old ward mission leader (I took the birthday fotos with Mom's picture in their house), Obispo S., and I even saw Hermano T.! It was so great to see them all.  I didn’t realize how bad I missed them all.            
             I still love the office staff, especially the V.'s (a missionary couple)  They really do make the offices so much more enjoyable and Elder V. really is such a great guy. Every once in awhile he'll take me off to the side and just tell me a neat experience he had and then use that to teach me something. He has taught me a lot about priesthood blessings for some reason.  I really enjoy those two.
Well folks, I'm sad to admit I haven't been very valiant in picture taking this week.... I forgot to charge my camera all week but I made sure to charge it this morning. Expect some lovely ones from your cute son/brother/friend next week, okay? Thanks for all the lovely letters that you keep sending and thank you all so much for the support and prayers. I'm glad to hear that all is good in your neck of the woods and hope you all know the same is true here for me. Keep the faith and as Elder Holland says: Hope on. Journey on. What a guy!

This church is true. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and that through Him, one day I can be made perfect. I know that it is because of Him that I am able to get through every challenge, doubt or problem that I have in my life. I know that Joseph Smith is a prophet. He, through the power of God, translated the Book of Mormon. That book is the word of God. I have grown to appreciate it more and more every day and have found power in reading it. (Even in Spanish!!) I know that Thomas S. Monson leads and guide this church as profet  (prophet) and that he and his counselors are called by God. Good stuff that's fo sho!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Mother's Day, Week of May 12-18, 2013

On Mother's Day we got to Skype with this handsome Elder.  It was great to see him and see for ourselves that he is the same fun-loving Tay.  Forty minutes was too brief a time to spend with him but it was so great.
Taylor was amazed at the changes in his nephew and younger siblings.
 Time to sign off after our brief visit...
The Elders went this past week with Elder and Hna. V. to a pueblo to conduct a baptismal interview.  The children in this pueblo love Elder V. and always surround him.  He has served previously as a mission president in Argentina.  Elder Jaussi thinks the world of him and his wife.

The office missionaries presented Hna. Salinas with a cake for her birthday.  Elder Jaussi looks very tall standing next to everyone else.

Elder and Hna. V. practicing their "boxing" skills.  He says he has learned everything he knows from his wife.  Our family had the chance to visit with both of them while Skyping with Elder Jaussi on Mother's Day.  They are a wonderful missionary couple.
       Taylor says that the DearElder letters have come to him very quickly in the office.  He loves the normal letters but says that it is nice to have "fresh news."
       One of his responsibilities in the office is to translate English correspondence into Spanish for Elder V. and his wife and others.  He isn't that confident with his Spanish writing skills but feels like it is improving with this practice. 
    Taylor said, "When the new mission presidents get here, the offices are changing to the corner right next to the temple. Right now, the building says "Bar Principal" but it will soon be new offices. I've been able to see inside and they look sweeeet! One Elder put it this way: You know this church is great because we not only change people, we change buildings! Changing drunk people and drunk buildings too! We were supposedly changing over to the new offices this transfer but they've been held back in construction for this, that, or the other."

Saturday, May 18, 2013

El Templo Es Un Lugar Santo, Un Lugar de Amor y Belleza

11 May 2013

Hola todos!!                                             
I really don't know what to write to you cute people this week because I'm just too excited for tomorrow. [Mother's Day]  I have been able to focus a bit more on our area this week and leave the office problems where they belong. Immigration is definitely a pain but that is to be expected. I really love it here in Mérida though. There is just something about it here that I really like. Also, we have some senior missionaries who are also secretaries, Elder and Sister V. and they definitely make the office a ton better. I love them so much.

How are things going in the good ol’ United States?  Things are going just dandy here in Mérida. In fact, the heat has started to come on in with some power. I don't mind too much though because for some reason I really love Mérida. Almost every day I get to walk by the temple and that always makes me feel good too. The street that runs in front of the temple is a pretty crazy one with drunks walking around and “scurry” [people] but the craziest thing happens. When you walk past the gate and enter temple grounds.... all is silent it seems like. It really is the neatest thing.  In the morning, the temple grounds are sooooo beautiful. Gorgeous, Brilliant, Magnificent. You get the picture.  I will argue with anyone any day to say that this is the prettiest temple in the world. Sure, the building itself is a cookie cutter design but there is something about the landscaping that makes it superb! But I digress....

I'm thinking that a good mission for when I'm old and frail would to be a temple worker in the Merida temple. This Thursday we ate with the missionaries from Chile and they live in little apartment buildings behind the temple. Let me tell you, the little apartments are awesome!!! They reminded me of the apartment that Grandma and Grandpa J. lived in in SLC but they basically are like a church building. It was like a palace pretty much. There is a couple missionary here from Arizona and I hear they really love it here too. Just thought I'd share that cute tidbit with you guys. 

We had the last zone conference with President Salinas this Thursday. It was a really good one. We talked a lot about the importance of working with members and I left feeling a big conviction to work harder and support the members more in place of them helping me. The zone conference really was an answer to my prayers though because President, after talking about working with members and how we were going to do it, said that if we did what he told us to do, "I testify to you as a representative of Jesus Christ that if you Elders do this you will have success. But you have to consecrate yourselves." President Salinas is sooo powerful!!! 

Well, I'll fill you in on the nitty gritty details... Oh wait, Tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't wait!!! I love you guys so much and I'll talk to you soon!


Elder Jaussi 
The Temple is a Holy Place, A Place of Love and Beauty...


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Hola Todos

Hola todos!   
This week has sure been a crazy one. First off, as usual I'll answer momma’s questions that she asked me.

As a secretary I have to worry about all the visa problems, make sure that everyone is legal and try to fix people that aren't legal. I also buy airplane tickets for elders that are leaving, reserve hotels for President when he goes to zone conferences and all that good stuff. Along with that, I send out the monthly mission letter but we'll see if I start that up again. It has been awhile since we have had one but I kind of want to do it again. We'll see though. My companion is Elder A. from Miami (GO HEAT!! We always talk about them.) He's a good guy. He is the executive secretary too but right now he is just training me. We'll see if he stays here for a full transfer to help me out or if he'll get sent somewhere else. Hopefully, he'll stay a little bit longer for me.

Unfortunately, we haven’t had much time to proselyte this week but it is understandable with all of the transfers and things like that. We've also had to take a couple missionaries that are ending to the airport and that is pretty fun even though we have to wake up pretty early. I'm trying to figure out how I can still keep the spiritual side bumping so that I can be an effective missionary but this week I have to admit that I got really focused on all of the things that I have to do here in the offices.  I'm trying to figure out how I can keep my mind focused on my area but also finish things that I need to do in the office. We still have an area but it struggles the week of transfers with all of the craziness with all the missionaries changing.

Oh! Fun fact, Elder G., mi hijo, is in the offices here too and he is secretary of materials. We work side by side every day and that´s pretty fun. It is also pretty great to be around President more.

As for the pictures at the temple, I'm about four blocks away from the temple so I'll try to stop by one of these days and take a couple pictures for the young women [for their stake camp]. Also, I don't think you'll need to worry about sending me an Ensign because being in Merida I can pretty much get whatever I need as far as church materials go. Thank you though!

The baptisms in Escárcega aren’t all going to happen today... M. has to talk to the stake president because of some things that happened in her interview but she is scheduled to be baptized still the next Saturday. J., the young kid whose mom is less active has to go to church two more consecutive times just to show that he will be able to go even though his mom isn't fully active. She goes when she can but her work doesn't really let her go that often. It's tough though because J. is so awesome!!!! They will be having one baptism this week though and that is of the girl that came up to us randomly and said she wanted to be baptized. Good stuff, right?

I have to admit that I absolutely love all the pictures of Connor and Jentz that you keep sending me. They are some pretty cute dudes if I do say so myself.  

Also, President made a big announcement the other day... He says we can Skype our families!!!! The only thing is that he doesn't want us to use it longer than 40 minutes so we'll have to be organized if we're going to use it. Along with that, Mexico internet struggles so he told us that if it starts getting choppy it will probably be best to just call. The good thing is that he wants Elder A. and I here in the offices that whole day so we can call families just in case Elders have a hard time getting in contact with their families. So, long story short we will try the Skype if I am able to set up a way to do it but most likely calling will be the best bet.... I'll let you know the whole deal next Saturday. It could get pretty confusing really but hopefully we can figure it all out by the next Saturday. Either way, we will talk this next Sunday!!!!!!! I really can't wait. I forgot that Mother’s Day came so fast.
So last thing before I sign off, last night we were in a taxi coming back home and before we got out the taxista (taxi driver) asked me, "You learned your Spanish in Spain didn't you? Or are you from there?" I had to laugh and told him that my mom went there on her mission and that might be where I had picked up a Spanish accent. So, just so you know momma, you were a pretty darn good Spanish partner for me!!! You'll have to tell Merchy I'll be so ready to go when I get home to chat it up with her! 

Well, I am cutting it close so I'll have to sign off my friends! Thanks for all the letters, and I'll even be able to receive them faster because here I am in the offices every day!

I love you guys so much and can't wait to talk to you all on mothers day!! Cuídense mucho! (Take good care of yourselves)

Con amor, Elder Jaussi
Sea feliz, sea Mormón

Some of the office crew 

 On their way to ? while riding ?

 The office is close to the Merida temple.  Angel Moroni can be seen above this building.