Saturday, December 31, 2016

Week 29 Santa Fe Rural C Oficina

Feliz Navidad y Próspero Año a todos allá! :)

Thanks to all who sent me a note or email wishing me a Merry Christmas, I loved them all! They make a missionary's day a little bit brighter. I hope that everybody had a merry Christmas, full of the light of Christ and the remembrance of His birth.

We had another packed week this week as we start up another transfer, sending missionaries home as they finish their missions, recieving new missionaries, and participating in the mission leadership council. I tell you what, I am excited for this coming year. As a mission, we are continually progressing, increasing slowly but steadily the number baptisms and the retention rate each month. As we head into the new year, we have set new goals to reach even higher heights, and I can feel great things coming. The Lord is hastening His work, and His hand is in each and every part, He being the head and guide. This is the work of the Lord, His work of salvation, and I feel so privileged to be a part of that work. We are all a part of this great work! Recently, we have been talking a lot about the importance of members in missionary work. MEMBERS ARE CRUCIAL. In a worldwide missionary training that we had last year, the apostles and prophets showed us the statistics: When it comes to finding new investigators, the large majority of new investigators are found by missionaries working alone (contacting, knocking doors, etc.). But when it comes to baptism, the large majority of investigators that are baptized happen when the missionaries and the members work together. The missionaries can find lots of investigators on their own, but the truth is that most of them will not get baptized if a member is not involved. When members give referrals, and help befriend the investigators, accompanying the missionaries and helping the investigators feel comfortable in church, the investigator begins to feel like they belong. Then, when they are baptized, they are much more likely to remain active, as well! As President Hinckley said, "With the ever-increasing number of converts, we must make an increasingly substantial effort to assist them as they find their way. Every one of them needs three things: a friend, a responsibility, and nurturing with ‘the good word of God’" Missionary work is not just for missionaries, because every member is a missionary. When the members are involved in the work of salvation, MIRACLES HAPPEN. I can testify of that. When we have members in our lessons, when we teach referrals from members, when members greet investigators in church and help them to feel comfortable, amazing things happen. I would invite all of you to see what you can do to help the missionaries, because they will be so grateful for your help, I promise. :)

The work is going great here in the Rural ward. We have a new ward mission leader who is amazing. He is a returned missionary of about 4 years, and he is excited to work. In our missionary correlation meetings, we are setting goals and making plans to increase the missionary work in this ward in the coming year. It's going to be great!

I know that this is the work of the Lord, and that He leads and guides us. He is at the head, and we only need to follow Him. May He lead us, guide us, and walk beside us in every moment in this coming year.

Elder Meyers

Greeting new missionaries at the mission office

New missionaries (Elder Dillon and I in the background)

Lunch with the new missionaries, office elders, and AP's

Eating my big Hershey kiss from Christmas



Giving my financial presentation to the new missionaries

New missionaries in the mission office

Training new missionaries

Monday, December 26, 2016

Week 28 Santa Fe Rural C Oficina

Merry Christmas to all!

I hope that everyone had a great Christmas, filled with the light of Christ! I want you all to know that I know that He lives; that He was born in a manger in Bethlehem all those years ago, and that He grew to become the Savior of the World, atoning for each and every one of us. I know that through Him we find peace, because He is the Prince of Peace, and that by following Him and His example, we grow to become like Him, full of light and joy. I invite you all to make the commitment to follow Jesus Christ a little more in your life, to share His light with others a little more, and to keep that commitment all throughout the coming year. As President Monson said:

"My brothers and sisters, may the spirit of love which comes at Christmastime fill our homes and our lives and linger there long after the tree is down and the lights are put away for another year."

Merry Christmas, and may Christ fill your lives each and every day!


Elder Meyers

Christmas Eve with the office elders, AP's, Presidente Perez and Hermana Perez and their son (who was visiting)

Elder Maynard, Elder Dillon, Elder Henriquez, Me, Presidente, Hermana Perez, Elder Gifford, Elder Robles, Elder Carrion, Elder Llanos


Presidente and Hermana Perez

Skyping with my family on Christmas!


Christmas Eve Asado!  Me and Elder Robles

This is your card to Presidente and Hermana Perez, Mom and Dad!  They put it in their tree. :)

Christmas tree and dinner table in the mission home

Chef Elder Robles with the asado :)

Office elders and asistentes with Presidente and Hermana Perez (Elder Carrion and Elder Robles didn't have ties because they were cooking)

Asado!

With the Christmas tree

Dinnertime!

We gave Presidente a cheap santa suit for Christmas, so his son Pablo (who is going to BYU but is on vacation visiting them right now) helped him put it on and we took pictures jajaja it was great :)


Gift exchange with the asistentes on Christmas morning!

Me and Elder Carrion with our "Elder" stockings :)

Yay Christmas morning! :)

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Week 27 Santa Fe Rural C Oficina

Hola Familia y Amigos!

What a week! We were definitely very busy this week. We had two Christmas mission conferences this last week, one for all the missionaries in Entre Rios, and one for all the missionaries in province Santa Fe. It was a little crazier this time, because Pte. y Hna Perez just became abuelitos (grandparents)! jaja They were pretty excited, but because of that, Hna. Perez went to Chile to be with her daughter, because the birth ended up being a C-section. But no worries, the baby, mom, and grandma are all doing great. But anyways, normally Hna Perez does most of the coordinating for events and things like that, but since she wasn’t here, we got put in charge of that. And we definitely are not as good as Hna Perez. But in the end, everything turned out pretty well. Monday we spent all day getting things ready for the week, making orders for food, lining up all the decorations, transporting everything to Paraná, etc. Tuesday we had the conference for Entre Ríos in Paraná. This is how it went: all the missionaries got to the conference at about 8:30, Presidente and the asistentes gave instructions to everyone, and then from 9-11 we all went out to contact people and give the pass-along cards for Ilumina el Mundo (Light the World), as well as to do a little missionary caroling (sing a hymn and then ask for referrals:)). The missionaries who were close to the Paraná stake center made a bunch of maps dividing up their areas so that everyone didn’t go to the same place. We ended up with about 200 referrals in each activity! Vamos obra misional! :) Then we had a devotional, where we heard testimonies from missionaries who were finishing their missions soon, messages from the asistentes, and a message from Presidente Perez. Oh, also, I was in charge of the choir again, so we had a choir of 12 missionaries, and we all got together on Monday to rehearse for the two conferences. We sang a medley of Silent Night and the First Noel, Away in a Manger, and Angels We Have Heard On High. It turned out pretty well. During the conference, Elder Llanos shared something that I really liked in his talk. He said he had been reading the other day in Moroni, and he read the first first of the first chapter, and started pondering a bit. It says “After having made an end of abridging the account of the people of Jared, I had supposed not to have written more…” He then asked us, How many times have we thought to not write any more? How many times, after completing a hard task, have thought, There it is, I did it, we’re all good now. He then said, look at the chapters that come in Moroni. Chapter two, how to confer the Holy Ghost, chapter 3, ordination of priests and teachers, chapter 4 and 5, sacrament prayers, chapter 6, standards of baptism, chapter 7, maybe the best lecture on faith, charity, and hope, chapter 8, infant baptism, chapter 9, lessons on diligence, chapter 10, the beautiful promises of the power of the Holy Ghost that we as missionaries literally use ALL THE TIME. Look at all of the amazing things that we would have lost if Moroni had decided to not write any more? Later on, Presidente shared a video during his talk, an excerpt from a talk by President Eyring, “Act in All Diligence” from the priesthood session of April 2010. He talks about when he become distracted, and feels tempted to think that he deserves a rest after completing some difficult task, he thinks of the Savior, as He was on the cross. As He finished His mortal journey, His infinitely difficult and demanding task, He finally said, It is finished, and His spirit departed His mortal body. But what did He do during those three days? He didn’t rest! As President Eyring said:

“The Savior’s example gives me courage to press on. His labors in mortality were finished, but He entered the spirit world determined to continue His glorious work to save souls. He organized the work of the faithful spirits to rescue those who could still be made partakers of the mercy made possible by His atoning sacrifice.”

When we press on in faith, even after finishing a great task or work, we will be blessed with miracles and success. That is ever present in missionary work. Often times we have hard days, or hard weeks, or even hard months. But when we keep pressing forward, going a little bit further, taking that very last step that we can take, that is when the miracles and blessings come.

Anyways, after the conference, which was absolutely amazing, we had a great lunch, and a big gift exchange. We did a white elephant gift exchange between all the missionaries, and Presidente Perez had a gift from him and Hna Perez for everybody, as well. It was a great experience.Wednesday we got everything ready here in Santa Fe for the conference, decorating and everything, and then Thursday we had the conference. In addition to all the previously mentioned, Thursday we also had the privelege to hear from Elder Levrino along with his wife. He talked to us about the importance of being 100% obedient, even down to the tiniest things, because that is where our conversion really begins to show. Even little things, like calling an Elder “Elder Johnson” instead of just “Johnson”. He also talked to us about the importance of talking with EVERYBODY. It was really inspiring. That night, after the conference, we were cleaning everything up, but there were a ton of missionaries in the office, because they were waiting for interviews with Presidente. At about 8:15, I just started to feel anxious, like I needed to get out. I just wanted to get out of the office and work in the streets and be a missionary. Elder Maynard was right by me, so I said, “Hey, Elder Maynard, I just need to get out of here.” He looked at me and said, “Let’s go.” We went into the storage room, grabbed some Book of Mormons and some pamphlets, and then said a prayer to Heavenly Father asking Him to help us find someone who was willing to listen to the gospel. We only had about 40 minutes, but we were determined to do it. We decided we wanted to apply better what Elder Levrino had taught us, so we just started talking with people in the streets as we went. After a couple of contacts, we didn’t have very much time left. We started walking down a street, and Elder Maynard saw a couple sitting outside their house, and said, Let’s talk to them. So we went and talked to them. They didn’t look like the friendliest people, or the type that we wanted to contact. But as we started talking to them, their barriers started to come down, and they started to really listen to us. And right there in the street, we taught them all of the first lesson, and gave them a Book of Mormon, committed them to read it, and set a date to come back next week. Once we finished, we had run out of time, and had to go back to the office, but it was the coolest thing. The last people we contacted, after talking to various people who rejected us, listened. As we are diligent in our duties and in following the commandments, enduring to the end, I know that blessings come.

I hope you have a wonderful, Christ filled Christmas! Merry Christmas to all!

Love, Elder Meyers

Getting ready for Christmas conferences on Monday!


Pictures from the Christmas conference in Parana




Me with Elder Daniel, a new missionary this last transfer

Me with Elder Romo, another new missionary.  They're both awesome!

Selfie during lunch with some missionaries and Presidente

Me with Elder Marquez and Elder Gomez!

Me, Elder Fajardo, Elder Ruseler, Elder Clement, Elder Berg, Elder Lorash, and Elder Chaname

Me, Elder Gardner, and Elder Stoodley

Me and Elder House

Selfie with Elder Maynard

Gift exchange Parana!




Decorations




Random pictures of me singing while working


Decorating for Santa Fe Christmas conference! I wanted to be like my sisters, so I made a couple of snowflakes, and taught everyone how to make six sided snowflakes, since they're more realistic.  Hope my sisters are proud of me! :)


Hna Pacheco grabbed my camera and took a selfie...Hna Pacheco and Hna Garcia (sister training leaders from Santa Fe), me and Elder Robles

Decorations for the Santa Fe Christmas conference!

Santa Fe conference!


Gift exchange in Santa Fe




Peeps!!  Nothing more needs to be said jaja

Divisiones with Elder Gifford!

We did a huge stake-wide service project this morning cleaning up the environment around the highway.  I finally realized one of my dreams of being a Mormon Helping Hand!  :)  Very hot, very long, and lots of garbage, but a great experience.