Saturday, May 27, 2017

Week 50 Santa Fe Rural C Oficina

Hola a todos!

Congratulations to all the new seminary and high school graduates! Special shoutout to my sister Emily, I can't believe she's already a high school graduate.

It was a great week this week! We found some great new investigators! One of them is the brother in law of Hna Monson, Nahuel and Diego´s mom, and when we went and talked to him he was super open to us, he gave us his phone number and told us he would read the pamphlet on the Restoration that we left him! We've been having trouble meeting with him again, though, because his wife, Hna Monzon's sister, is inactive and not super friendly to the church right now. So we'll see where that goes. Also, we were contacting this week, and it wasn't going too great. Lots of off-the-bat rejections. But we got to this one house right on the edge of our area, and when we knocked (well, clapped), the lady that came out was immediately super friendly with us, came out and started talking to us, and then called her son inside (20 years old), and he came out and chatted with us as well. Turns out, some missionaries had gone to their house during our Christmas devotional caroling activity in December, and they had loved it. Also, by some strange coincidence (nothing is coincidence), her husband, who recently passed away, had a Book of Mormon, but they never knew why, but it's always been there in their house. THEY ALREADY HAVE A BOOK OF MORMON AND THEY DON'T EVEN KNOW HOW. It was a really cool contact to say the least. We're super excited to keep teaching them. They told us we could come back any day and teach a lesson. So cool. We also had an awesome FHE with Exxx and some members, Lisandro and his wife (I can't remember her name right now). They just got married four months ago in the Cordoba temple and they're both returned missionaries, and they have a little house in our ward, and they're awesome. We had a great lesson with Exxx and we talked about families and temples and keeping the commandments. He really felt the Spirit, and Lisandro did an awesome job helping him feel welcome and teaching him about the importance of temple covenants. Member lessons are the best.

Elder Morrill and I have been working on getting everything organized and set this week so that he can be good to go and independent in two weeks. He's already got pretty much everything down. He'll be a great financial secretary, I've got no worries.

I've been thinking a little bit this week about the changing power of the gospel of Jesus Christ. As we live the teachings of the Savior, we inevitably change for the better. When we follow His commandments, we grow and progress. There is no easier way to become a better person than to follow the commandments of Jesus Christ. It is such a powerful experience as a missionary to see people's lives changing as they discover and begin to live principles of the gospel in their lives. I know that when we live the commandments, we change for the better. We are happier. We increase our faith, and our joy is more full. I love this gospel and I know it works.

Have a great week!

Elder Meyers

In the zone conference last week that Elder Carrion and I visited to give out materials, there were some workers outside trying to take out a tree on the church grounds.  When all the missionaries heard, they all ran outside to help.

They all started pulling, and they pulled so hard that the rope broke and everyone went flying and falling on top of each other.  It was pretty funny. :)

We had a sick missionary from Esperanza that was hospitalized, so I went with Elder Guevara (one of the zone leaders in Esperanza) and Elder Grecci (the sick missionary's companion) to Esperanza to get him some clothes to stay the night

San Justo!

Selfie with Elder Carrion in San Justo

With Elder Smith (one of my zone leaders) in the capilla abierta in Parque del Sur

Me, Elder Ramos, and Elder Orgill (with the nice half smile jaja) right before divisions!

Elder Orgill was a little sick and had to rest, so Elder Morrill and I decided to do some office work old school style while we stayed with him in our apartment, with paper and pencil.  It took us about 6 times longer than it would have with Excel, but it was fun.

I got to see Elder Marquez (my previous companion) at transfers a few weeks ago!

Lunchtime with the missionaries from a few weeks ago

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Week 49 Santa Fe Rural C Oficina

Hola todos!

We had a good week this week, a lot of unforeseen complications with quite a few very sick missionaries and hospitalizations, but everyone is all good now and healthy, so we're happy about that. :) We had a great meeting with our ward mission leader this week, and we helped him understand what a ward mission plan was. We have goals in the ward for baptisms, but we haven't been achieving them, and we decided that it was because we didn't have specific plans to help us reach those goals. So this week we talked about some specific plans that we could make to help us reach our goal as a ward, and I'm excited for the upcoming weeks, we've got a lot of good things coming.

We had some pretty cool experiences in the capilla abierta yesterday morning as we went out to do proselyting. Like I've mentioned before, Elder Blackmon taught me to always look for miracles when on divisions, and it's continued to happen. I went out in the morning with Elder Smith, one of my zone leaders, and Elder Parker, one of the assistants. We were doing the capilla abierta in Parque del Sur, which is part of our zone (the ward right beneath Rural), and a ward somewhat notorious for being a "hard" ward, with some upper-end neighborhoods. As we went out to invite people, our assigned part of the area was one of those "upper-end" areas, but in spite of that, we found some great people! We were excited to just be out working, and Elder Smith (Parque del Sur is his area) was kind of surprised at how well it was going. He was just smiling and having a great time. He said generally people in the street in those parts don't even give you the time of day, but it seemed that almost every person we talked to was willing to listen to us and hear us out, and were rather friendly people. We found one guy, a young adult about 25-30 years old who was out in front of his car with the car hood open, tinkering with something. We were about to walk right past him, but then Elder Parker stopped and walked over to him and started talking to him a little bit. We quickly joined the conversation, and as we all talked with him for about 10 minutes, he told us how he was a law student at the university, and that he was just cleaning his car up a little bit, but that really he didn't know anything about cars. The coolest part for me was that even though, generally speaking, people like him with his background and living where he lives are fairly quick to reject our message, he was completely down to earth, friendly, and open to hearing about the gospel. It just goes to show that you can't ever judge people by how they look or what they are doing, or anything else. For us as missionaries, we can't judge who is ready and who isn't, so we just try to invite everybody, and whoever accepts accepts, just like the parable of the sower. In the parable, the seeds were sown everywhere, not just in the ground that looked good and fertile. It might look bleak and uninviting, but beneath a thin top layer there could be feet of fertile soil ready for a seed to be planted. "For the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart."

I love being a missionary, and I am so grateful for the amazing opportunity it is to serve others and spread the good news of the gospel. I love this work, and I know that there is no other work more satisfying on this Earth than that of bringing souls to Christ.

Have a wonderful week!

Elder Meyers

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Week 48 Santa Fe Rural C Oficina

Hola familia y amigos!

It was a great week! We've been working well with our ward members this week, getting great referrals and finding new investigators. We've been working with the bishop a lot, and he is so amazing. He's had so many trials in his life, including literally almost dying when he had cancer in his kidney about a year and a half ago. He has been branch president/bishop for 12 years now (branch president for 9 years, and then they combined his branch with another ward to form the Rural ward and called him as bishop about three years ago), but he doesn't show it in his attitude. He continues working hard, planning, visiting, ministering, everything. We can almost never find him home because he is always out visiting members of the ward if he's not working. He is a huge example to me of persevering to the end, not in a hard, trial kind of way, but enjoying the journey and loving people. I want to be more like him.

We got some great news this week. After making a visit with Elder Levrino and Presidente Cantero, the Santa Fe Norte stake president, Presidente Perez told us that next transfer we are going to open a new area in San Justo, a city about 55 miles north of Santa Fe (about from Provo to Layton). It's a little bigger than Nogoy√°, and there are two member families that are living there right now, so we're going to start what's called an organized group, which is a group that is dependent on another unit, and then once we get two more priesthood holders, we can officially turn it into a branch! It's pretty exciting, since I have arrived to the mission, we've already created three organized groups in the mission. The Lord is hastening His work, and it's incredible to be a part of it.

Something we've really been working with is family history. The church recently did a study that found that when recent converts find a name of an ancestor and take it to the temple to do baptisms within two months of their baptism, convert retention improves significantly. In a sample they did in a mission in Peru, when using family history and temple work to help strengthen the testimonies of converts, they saw the retention rate in the mission go from 20 percent to 80 percent. The Lord is hastening His work on this side of the veil and on the other, and this just tells me and testifies to me even more of the incredible power of family history and temple work. If we aren't doing family history, we need to find a time to do it. It is an incredible work with unfathomable blessings, promised by prophets and apostles. I know that if we do family history work, our testimonies will be strengthened, our capacity to love others will grow, and we will be protected from temptation and from evil.

I know that this is the work of God. This is His work of salvation. May we all look for a way this week that we can take a greater part in His work!

Elder Meyers

Also, I had a picture I was going to send, but I can't find it. It was of the helicopter of the president of Argentina, Mauricio Macri. It was this huge, military looking, white helicopter with the Argentine National Seal and everything. He came to Santa Fe for a day to do some kind of city review, and his helicopter dropped him off and picked him up in the field right next to the mission office. We went up on the second floor of the church so that we could see over the fence, and there were police and army everywhere. So that was a pretty cool experience jaja

Elder Arnold came by with his family visiting his mission!  I had no idea he was coming, so that was an unexpected surprise!

Candid in the office chair

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Week 47 Santa Fe Rural C Oficina

Hola a todos!

Another transfer begun! This week we received three new missionaries, sent home 5 missionaries that finished their missions (including Elder Henriquez and Elder Maynard), and participated in Mission Leadership Council. Always a busy week, but always fun. Elder Morrill and I are getting lots of work done on the financial side, and we’re having great fun doing it.

So… I had this great letter all typed up, and then somehow it didn’t save, and I had to leave, and when I came back it was all gone, and now I’m out of time…

Just know that I love being a missionary, and I know that my Savior lives!

Elder Meyers

Me and Elder Maynard
Tristes porque Elder Henriquez se va...:(

Me and Elder Henriquez