Monday, January 25, 2016

Week 2 Parana Terminal

First of all HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY SISTER EMILY! And Kristen, for turning 18, that's super weird to me! Everyone know that Emily is awesome and is an amazing sister!

This week was HOT! Saturday I was told by a member that it had gotten up to 43C, which is 110F! I definitely believe it. I've gotten pretty used to the heat though, so today when I woke up and it was only like 85F because it had just rained, it felt so so good. To be honest, I never thought I would have trouble with the no swimming rule on a mission, but I have never thought about the Scera pool so much in my whole life haha. Anyways, I realized I forgot last week to talk about the daily schedule. This mission is 7-11, and since there's siesta, we do personal study and training from 8:30-10:30, and then comp study and language study after lunch from 3-5. We also get a half an hour to take a nap from 2:30-3, but a lot of times it's so hot you really can't sleep anyways. But it is nice to have that time during the hottest part of the day to be inside.

This week we had a worldwide missionary training on Wednesday with a ton of General Authorities. I don't remember everyone, but there was Elder Oaks, Bednar, Andersen, Sister Oscarson, Elder Brent H Neilson and some other seventies. It was super good! I just wish that I was more fluent in Spanish so I could understand everything and get more out of it, but that will come. The biggest thing I took away from the training was that we aren't the teachers, the Spirit is, and also that we must remember that each person is our brother or sister, and that they came from the exact same place that we did. The whole training was great because it helped me really reignite my fire for missionary work, because I've been feeling a little down. We spent a lot of time in the richer part of our area, and nobody there wants to talk, and a lot of times they're rude to us. So it was good to be reminded of our purpose and the joy of missionary work. We also had a zone conference beforehand and ate lunch together, so that was fun to see all the missionaries.

Thursday we went on splits with the ZLs, which was super fun! I went with Elder Arnold, who's from Reno, Nevada. He and I get along really well. He played soccer in high school, and is going to BYU. He also loves being outdoors and going on adventures in the wilderness. He's also way into piano, and is a very talented classical pianist. He played a little for me at zone conference, and he's very good. Also, while I was with him, I got to try Grido's ice cream for the first time! It's kind of like the main ice cream chain here, and so missionaries love it. It was super super good! Especially Alfajor Blanco. Mm. Que bueno.

This week, I've learned a lot about faith. I've realized a lot of times that I pray for things with intent, but not with real intent, if that makes sense. I pray believing that I will recieve an answer to my prayers, but that's not faith. Faith without works is dead. After we pray for things in faith, we have to actively look for and seek out the answers, because often times they won't present themselves to us, and we can miss them if we're not EXERCISING our faith and showing our faith in our Heavenly Father that He will answer our prayers. Active faith is key for answers to prayers.

Well, that's pretty much it. Send me pictures, I love to see what people are up to! Also, if I don't respond to your emails, I promise that I read them and that I love and appreciate them so so much! There's just never enough time to respond, so I apologize now. Love you all! Christ lives!

Elder Meyers

An Asado (Argentine BBQ) we had with some members

Lunch with Elder Fajardo (MTC comp) and his comp Elder Marcelo (our DL).  Elder Fajardo is in my district!

The building where the Bishop lives.  He built it and owns it, so a ton of  members live there too.

Our church

Me and Elder Arnold (Zone Leader) on splits with Grido ice cream (so good!)

My tan line

View from the front door of our street

Elder Huerta, the ZL's Elder Mitton and Elder Arnold, and me.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Week 1 in Argentina--Parana Terminal (1st area)


Hola Familia y Amigos!

I'm here in Argentina now! It's super hot, usually between 94 and 105 every day. And there's no air conditioning anywhere. If I don't get anything else out of this mission, at least I know that everyone back home has a cushy life haha. My trainer is Elder Huerta and he's from Ogden (his parents are from Mexico and Guatemala). Go to the mission blog for pics. Also, I was super busy getting all situated this week, so sorry I don't have a ton of pictures. Anyways, we started proselyting right away. It's really hard here, because nobody wants to set appointments, they just say, oh, I should be around this time of the day, and then half the time when we go back they're not there. As far as investigators go, we don't really have many. We have two who really want to be baptized, but can't because their maridos don't want to get married, and there's not much we can do about that. We did find two new investigators yesterday, though, and one seems promising! His name is Juan, and he strongly believes in being a good person and in following Jesus Christ. It took us about an hour and a half to get through the basics of the Restoration with him, though, because every time we asked him a question he would talk for about 10 minutes non stop haha. But he's concerned with all the bad in the world and how all the youth nowadays aren't very responsible and spend all their time being disrespectful and doing dumb things. He's worked hard all of his life. Right now he doesn't seem to really want to do anything different, but he's pretty interested our message, so hopefully that goes well!

I played piano in church because nobody plays in this ward. The ward/our area is called Terminal (no idea why). There's about 40 active members, so it's not super big. There's this one guy in the ward, I can't remember his name, but he's the counselor to the Elder's Quorum President and he's about 50. He's super active in the church, and I love him a lot. He can quote General Authorities all day long, it's so cool! I wish I was like him. The people here are ridiculously hard to understand. I understood pretty much every spanish speaker in the MTC, but I got here and I could've sworn they were speaking a different language. I've just gotten really good at smiling and nodding and pretending to know exactly what they're saying.

The area we're in is just outside of the center of ParanĂ¡. We're in a poorer part of the suburbs, because that's where most of the members live. There's dogs everywhere, and dirt everywhere too. But the food is really good, so that´s good. It's kind of weird never eating in the night time, but the lunches are always really good.

Anyways, not really any time left, so I just want to leave you all with the this thought: Repentance is everything. Repentance is the purpose of the gospel. I know it. It is through repentance that we receive help, deliverance, everything! Every time in the scriptures someone wants help, they have to repent first. We have to repent in order to receive anything from God. So repent all of you! Every day! Multiple times a day! And I'll do it with you, because I definitely need to repent of a lot of things. Anyways, ciao!
Dios Vive!

Elder Meyers

27 new arriving missionaries

President Perez, Elder Meyers, Elder Huerta (trainer), Sister Perez

Study area in pension

My desk

Selfie at desk

In front of pension, we live in the top

View from the back little terrace
More pics from the MTC:  Our teacher's drawing of our district

Hermano Wortham, one of our awesome MTC teachers

MTC district

Different angles of the map picture :)

Friends from the MTC:  Elder Hadfield

Elder Soper

Elder Mendoza from my BYU ward going to Costa Rica

Elder Ruiz, who's in the Orem mission from my zone

Monday, January 11, 2016

Week 2: Leaving the MTC

This week was just great! I learned so much and feel like I've really grown a lot. First of all, Robbie (or Elder Hadfield, I guess) is in my zone and branch!!! His room is just a couple rooms down from mine. His companion is Elder Castellano from Italy, and he's super cool as well. Me and my companion and he and his companion get along super well, so we've been doing stuff together when we can. Also, they're the new zone leaders for our zone after we leave, so that's pretty cool. Funny experience, on Tuesday we had devotional, but there was choir practice before, so we did some splits so that the people who wanted to go could go. My companion and I made a trio with another elder from our district, Elder Jaramillo. We had to split up when we got to practice because we were different voice parts. After devotional, Elder Fajardo and I went to find Elder Jaramillo, but we couldn't find him, even after looking in our dorm, and in the gym, and in the main building, and in our classroom. Nowhere. We ended up not being able to find him and called security, and they said they went through the security camera footage and that he had gotten in a car and left the MTC. So we were super sad and stressed. But it turns out, he had just thought we were meeting back at our dorm, and was in the little gathering room because he had forgot his key, and then had fallen asleep for almost three hours. So we have no idea who the person in the car was. Anyways, so it actually wasn't very funny in the moment, but we laugh about it now, and Elder Jaramillo was a little embarrassed, but we're all good now. Also, during in-field orientation, Grandpa Woolley came and visited me with Sister Burgess (the MTC President's wife), so that was super awesome. It was good to see him and get a hug from some family. I don't know, it's weird, ever since I got to the MTC, it seems like my whole life beforehand was just a dream, and me and my companion are always like, did we even exist before our missions? It's almost like we passed through the veil from the premortal life. Anyways, it was good to see Grandpa and remember that my family actually does exist.

So my district found out about my song on and then told my whole district, and then every time we do anything in our classroom they get on the classroom computer and turn on my song. It's kind of embarrassing, but I guess it's good because I'm helping people feel the Spirit and that was the purpose of the song. Hopefully they can take it and help people in their missions to feel the Spirit as well.

Sister Wyson from my district, as well as Elder Moreno, who was one of my zone leaders and good friends, who were both going to Quito Ecuador, didn't get their visas in time, so they've been reassigned to Las Vegas West Mission with the Ahlanders!! I'm super excited for them and have told them all about the Ahlanders. Maybe mom and dad you could email them and let them know that they're coming just for fun.

Yesterday I sang a solo in devotional! It went really well, and I felt like my testimony grew as I testified of the Savior and His life. I'm really grateful for the blessing of music and the way that it can lift and inspire people.

I'm really going to miss my district. They've become family to me. But I know that they'll all do great in their missions. And the elders I'll still see in my mission. I'm also so grateful for my teachers Hno. Wortham and Hna. Anderson. They completely changed me and helped me to grow in so so many ways. I will always be grateful for them and what they've taught me.

I know that this is the work of God and I can't wait to go serve the people in Argentina!

Elder Meyers

This is some of my district, and then Elder Moreno holding the watch (one of the ZLs), and then Elder Ruiz right next to him, who's going to the Orem mission! Look for him. We were having a party because it was 16:16, 1/6/16. 

Our zone after gym.
This is some of my district in front of the mountains.
Our district with Hna Anderson, who was an AMAZING teacher

With my Grandpa Woolley (he works at the MTC)

Monday, January 4, 2016

Week 1 in the MTC

Week 1 in the MTC

Hola todos!

Wow, what a week! The MTC is absolutely fantastic. I'm loving every minute. Even though sometimes the days are long and hard, every day at the end I feel so satisfied with the day. Although I will say I never thought 8 hours of sleep could seem like so little. Anyways, my companion is Elder Fajardo. He's from Colorado Springs, but originally from Colombia. I'm actually the only gringo in my whole zone, so that's been a little intimidating (besides three sisters in our district, but as far as elders go, I'm the only one). Also, I was called as district leader, which also has been humbling, because I definitely don't speak the language as well as any other elders in my district, but I'm doing my very best to serve them and help them in everything the need. Also, my branch president and his wife are from the Canyon View stake, President and Sister Glazier, so just thought I'd mention it. As far as other elders, I've seen Elder Bird a couple of times, Elder Pope quite a few times, especially the first day, and Elder Hess usually every day during lunch. Also, there is too much food, but it's all good, my companion and I just talk about how much our appetites have grown here and how it's a good thing that we're leaving soon. Also, thanks to grandpa for letting me know about the juice, all the elders in my zone keep talking about how all the juice keeps making them sick. Also, all the elders think the water bottles are super cool, so good job grandpa. A tiny bit about the others in my district: Elder Jaramillo is from Utah, but both of his parents are Colombian, and he's pretty quiet but humble and a good worker. Elder Garibay is from Springville and plays football. His family is from Mexico, and they are converts. Hermana Wyson is from SoCal and is going to Quito, Ecuador. She's a little quiet, but super funny and fun to be around. She played soccer and ran track. Hermana Cheever is from Sandy and is going to Buenos Aires West. She always knows what's going on, so if we don't know the schedule we ask her. Hermana Billin is from New Hampshire, and she knows Madi Earnshaw! So Madi props for having friends everywhere. She's going to Rosario. And the cool thing is all the elders in our district are going to Santa Fe, so we are all traveling together! Also, we got our travel plans and we leave next Monday at 8:30 in the morning! So fast! So we'll see whether or not I can email next week. Also, we got to go to the temple today, so it was really nice to walk around. Anyways, I can't think of anything else to say except one quick spiritual thought.

Ok, quick spiritual thought: we watched a talk given by Elder Bednar in the CCM called the Character of Christ. It was literally the best talk I have ever heard, bar none. Anyways, the main premise of the talk is that in times when we would turn inward, Christ turned outward. In other words, when we are low or feeling sorry for ourselves, normally we want to say, I'm so sad, someone help me please, but in those times are the best times to turn outward and serve others. Here are some examples, you should all look them up and study them. Matthew 4:4-11, Christ in the garden with the guards ear, and Christ while on the cross with the thieves, soldiers, Pharisees, and His mother. It was super insightful.

Se que esta es la obra de Dios! Quiero ser el mejor misionero que puedo, y se que puedo hacerlo a traves de mi Salvador Jesucristo. Tambien se sin duda que Jose Smith fue una profeta de Dios, y que restauro el evangelio a la tierra. El Espiritu Santo es real, y puede cambiar vidas, si traemos El. Estoy muy agradecido por la oportunidad de servir los hijos de Dios, y se que el Padre Celestial puede cambiar vidas a traves de mi si guardo los mandamientos. La iglesia es verdadera!

Elder Meyers

P.S. Also please tell everyone to use DearElder if they want to write me here before I leave next Monday because I have time to read those and I will get them before emails here in the MTC. Plus letters are so so so nice to get so thanks! Please have people use it I can respond to those!

My district: Elder Garibay, Elder Jaramillo, Hermana Billin, Hermana Cheever, Hermana Wyson, me, Elder Fajardo

Me and Elder Fajardo with our Branch president and his wife.

Me and my companion at our residence.