Saturday, September 24, 2016

Week 15 Santa Fe Rural C Oficina

¿Qué tal todos?

Here we are, another week. This week was a pretty office heavy week, with more changes and such. Always a work in progress, but that is what the gospel is all about. Time seems to be flying, and I can't believe we're already coming up on transfers again.

We've been able to have some great lessons again this week. I got caught in the office a little more with some urgent financial matters, and I sadly wasn't able to get out as much as I had hoped, so my companion did a lot of divisions to be able to cover the lessons. The best lesson was with Mxxx and Dxxx, our main progressing investigators. We had taught them a quick version of the Restauration before, but we decided to re-teach the Restauration as a full length lesson, and really get into the why of the church, and how we can receive a personal testimony of the Restauration, Joseph Smith, the Book of Mormon, and the gospel of Jesus Christ. Present in the lesson were Mxxx and Dxxx, Dxxx's mom (non member), Dxxx's mom's friend (non member), Axxx (daughter), Axxx (boyfriend of Axxx), Hna Dxxx (Dxxx's aunt, member), and Sxxx (Hna Dxxx's son, about 10 yrs). It was a powerful lesson, and Dxxx, her mom, and Hna Dxxx all teared up at different points during the lesson. Dxxx told us that she already knows that this is the true church, and that she has received a witness. Mxxx wants an answer, but he still doesn't feel that he has received it yet. He wants to keep going to church for a little while before making that commitment. He wants to be sure, so that if he's in, he's in for good. They are all awesome, and I love them so much. I really hope that they will come to the point where they are ready to be baptized together. They came to church again this last week, and told us that they want to come again this week. We are hoping to prepare them for General Conference so that especially Mxxx can feel an answer.

Other than that, continuing with the changes implemented last week, getting everything all set as we head into the new transfer in a week. So important to be organized in all things, and to learn how to use time wisely. I've learned that over and over again in my time here in the office. If I don't manage my time well, I never am able to do all the things I want or even need to do. As my Dad always taught me, the best way to do it is to do "first things first". We have to choose the most important things, and put them as our priorities, the most important things being things such as reading your scriptures, praying, serving others, etc. When we put God first, He can bless us so much more.

With General Conference this week, I hope you are all as excited as I am! Keep up the preparation! Put first things first! Love life, and do something to make somebody happy. :)

Elder Meyers

Random picture of me focusing on something important jaja

After the capilla abierta in Costanera, the ward choir got together to do a quick rehearsal, and I was sitting at the piano, and they asked me if I played, and I said yes, so I did an impromptu choir rehearsal with them.  They started asking me for my advice, and if I could sing the tenor line for them.  I felt like I was back in sectionals in choir again jaja it was pretty fun. :)

Eating lunch with our investigators this week.  They are all so awesome!


We had Zone Conference this week in our zone (Zona Santa Fe)


Zone Conference



Elder Llanos making a weird face after zone conference, while we were waiting outside for Presidente Perez

Elder Dillon made no bake cookies this week, and they were pretty good

So, we might have accidentally broken the mirror on the mission truck this week...Luckily it wasn't too expensive to fix, but in the meantime, we had to tape it all up so that the mirror didn't fall off.



Presidente Perez asked me and Elder Llanos to accompany a member to Walmart this week so that she could buy all of the cleaning supplies for the mission home (she works cleaning the mission home), and we went with her and two of her daughters, and one of her daughters found this giant teddy bear, and she was just hugging it and was so happy, and it was too cute not to take a picture.


Saturday, September 17, 2016

Week 14 Santa Fe Rural C Oficina

Buenos días, tardes, noches! Espero que estéis bien! jaja (gettin' all scriptural there)

Anyways.

This was a great week. I had a lot of office work, as we are implementing some new Argentina-wide financial changes. This week we had a cool Skype video conference with the SAS (Súdamerica Sur) area accountant and all of the financial secretaries from Argentina. With the changes we're making, it's kept me in the office a little more than I would have liked this week, but just a short transition and then we should be back to normal.

Couple of cool things from the week: First, we received a missionary in the mission, but the cool thing is that he was coming back! His name is Elder Orgill, and he arrived with me, but right at the end of June he went home to have a surgery on his foot and then do physical therapy. We weren't sure if he was going to be able to come back, but now he's back and working like normal again! It's great to have him back. :)

Elder Llanos and I were able to find some new investigators this week! We did a noche de hogar with a member of our ward. She is an abuelita who is the only member in her family, except a few of her grandkids who were baptized but are inactive. We had a great time teaching about how we need to follow God's guide in our life. The member, Hna Guadalupe had asked us beforehand to come and do a noche de hogar, so we were keeping it pretty simple to start out. As we were finishing up, we could tell that some of them were really interested in our message (there were some of the children of Hna Guadalupe, as well as some vecinos...neighbors). We were planning on setting a return appointment so that we could start to teach some of them the lessons, and then, right before we started to wrap up, one of them asks us, Which of all of the churches is true? How can you know which one is right? And that is a golden question, people! As missionaries that has to be one of our favorite questions to hear! We looked at each other (Elder Llanos and I), because we had already been there for a while, and we try not to stay too long in lessons, but the Spirit was strong, and we felt that it was too good of a moment to lose, so we dove into a quick 10 minute explanation of the Restoration. They listened intently, and afterwards, they still had quite a few doubts, but they want to hear more, and two of them committed to come to church tomorrow! It was an amazing experience. It's one of my favorite things about being a missionary. Sharing the message of the gospel with people, and then seeing them accept it and start to "test the seed of faith", brings a deep and fulfilling joy. I love it.

Another great thing, the construction in our capilla is wrapping up, so pretty soon we'll be able to have meetings in our own building again! That will help the church attendance substantially, as many people didn't go because it was so far away. It should be finished in October, and then we have stake conference right at the beginning of November with either an Area or General Authority, and then we're hoping to do a capilla abierta here in the following week! We're pretty excited.

As general conference approaches, I began to think of ways that I could prepare myself. It seems that every conference I always commit myself to study the conference talks afterwards, and then before I know it the next conference comes and I still haven't studied half of them. The other day, I came across an article by President Uchtdorf from the September 2011 Ensign called "General Conference- No Ordinary Blessing". I would encourage everyone to read it. We have the opportunity every six months to literally hear what God would have us do in the here and now of the worlds history. Shouldn't that be something worthy of our attention and preparation? I know that if we prepare now, prayerfully seeking to receive guidance from on high, General Conference can be a truly significant and impactful experience, even life-changing. I know that our leaders are chosen specifically by the Lord, and that they have His power and His authority to direct His church and His people. May we always heed their counsel and teachings. "Whether by mine own voice, or by the voice of my servants, it is the same."

Have a wonderful, preparation filled week!

Elder Meyers

Happy Birthday Becca! (notes in my planner)

Elder Orgill came back to the mission after surgery!

Elder Orgill returning to the mission after surgery :)

Receiving Elder Orgill

Elder Orgill so happy to be back in the mission!

Capilla Abierta in Santo Tome
Capilla Abierta (Open house)

Capilla Abierta with Presidente and Hermana Perez

Capilla abierta in Santo Tome
Capilla Abierta (open house at the Chapel) in Santo Tome

Monday, September 12, 2016

Week 13 Santa Fe Rural C Oficina

Hola, hola, y hola!

This was a fantastic week, but I have very little time to write. :( I'll try to get it all down quick.

Our investigators are progressing, and we're finding new families as well! It's awesome! And the best thing is that our most progressing investigators came to church on Sunday! It's been a while since we've had real progressing investigators in church, so that was awesome. Their names are Mxxx and Dxxx, and Dxxx is the sister of Hna Dxxx. The Dxxx's are very active members who feed us each Sunday, and Hna Dxxx is the Gospel Principles teacher for the investigators. They also told us that they loved church and that they would come next week! We're super excited. They still don't feel ready for a baptismal date, but we hope to get them ready for a date this week.

Things are going great in the office. Elder Llanos and I are having a great time together. I definitely am going to have to go visit Perú sometime after the mission. Elder Llanos told me if I go, he'll take me to Machu Pichu, so.... I feel like that's a pretty good deal jaja. We had another capilla abierta in Costanera. It was a little hard, because the costanera is where all the rich people in Santa Fe live, and most people have intercoms on their doorbells, so you have to contact through an intercom. It's a little harder. But that's ok, because we still had a good amount of people come, got a lot of references, and had some people accept the baptismal invitation! It really is an awesome program. Elder Llanos and I yesterday went with Elder y Hna Franco, the senior missionaries in charge of capilla abierta, to Bajada Grande, a ward in Paraná, to give the training, and they'll be doing a capilla abierta the 24th of this month. Woot!

I love this gospel. I love my Savior. I love everything about our Heavenly Father's plan for us. It is perfect. If we follow it, we will be happy. If we don't, we won't. It is that simple. Satan tries to make it a lot more complicated than it really is, but it's simple. If we keep the commandments, we will be happy.

Love you all!

Elder Meyers

Going to Parana with Elder Llanos


To go between Parana and Santa Fe there's a tunnel that goes under the river.  It's the only way to cross between the two.



Driving in the tunnel

Me and Elder Llanos driving to Parana

A giant mate in Parana

A cool church in Parana

A cool plane in Parana

Selfie after the capilla abierta in Costanera

Banners in Costanera

We went bowling today with the asistentes, since we took pday today because of capilla abierta

Elder Pearson was kind of beating us all bad...


Action shot


Yeah. He destroyed us. jaja

Post-bowling shots

Elder Maynard, Elder Pearson, me, and Elder Llanos

Monday, September 5, 2016

Week 12 Santa Fe Rural C/Oficina

Hola a todos y saludos!

Not a ton of time this week, but it was definitely a great week! We found some new investigators, we taught some lessons, and we had an investigator come to church! Also, we are teaching a family that has relatives that are members of our ward, and at first they weren't super receptive to the idea of the church, but they now told us that they want to come to church, and that they are considering being baptized! Also, Elder Llanos had the idea to go contacting by singing this week, so we both took with us a little himnario to sing some hymns. Some people let us in, and we sang to them hymns like Soy un Hijo de Dios and Familias Pueden Ser Eternas, and then testified to them of the truths in the hymns, and then set up a date to come back and teach a little more. It was actually pretty successful, and it was a fun and different way to find investigators. :)

This last saturday we had an activity called capilla abierta. Essentially, we use a kit we have, and we turn a capilla into a visitor's center. We had the activity in the capilla de Santo Tomé, and when we do that activity, all of the missionaries from the zone are there all day. In the morning, every missionary gets a new companion (a member), and they go out with the members who know the area to invite people to come to the capilla abierta. We then come back, have lunch, clean up the capilla, and have some practices. This is how it works: the hermanas begin the tour at a banner with a picture of the Christus statue in the chapel, and have the group listen to a recording of Christ's words (similar to Temple Square), and then proceed to the cultural hall to other banners, and explain the basic doctrines of the gospel. They then pass the group to some elders at the baptismal font dressed in white, who explain baptism and the Holy Ghost, and then, if there are investigators present, invite them to be baptized. After that, they continue the tour as a member from the ward presents on each of the organizations (EQ president talks about service, YW president talks about youth activites, etc.). At the end, there is a reference table, where members and non-members leave referrals, names of people they know who would be interested. It's an incredible activity, and the Spirit was definitely felt throughout the day. We will continue having capilla abiertas throughout the entire mission, and I think we're planning on doing one here in Rural as well, once we finish renovations. I'm excited!

This gospel is true, this is the work of the Lord, and I love you all. Remember that the Spirit is the greatest companion we can have, in whatever we do. :)

Elder Meyers

Driving to Santo Tome



Santo Tome

Planning visiting areas with the members from Santo Tome in the morning

Lunchtime!

Picture with the Christus banner

Hermanas capacitadoras practicing their presentation (Hna Garcia from California and Hna Guevara from Guatemala)

The banners in the back with the basic points of the gospel

Elder Llanos

The Christus all set up

Elder Blackmon and Elder Robles teaching baptism

The Elder's Quorum exhibit