Monday, June 26, 2017

Week 2 Concordia Nebel B

Hola a todos!

Well, we had our first official full week here in Concordia, and the work rhythm hasn't slacked one bit. We've just been go, go, go the whole week, and it's been GREAT. We didn't have almost any investigators, so we've been working super hard to find people to teach. We spent a lot of the week marking up our ward list, revising the area book (where all of the former investigator records are kept), and just getting to know the streets. We met a lot of members, lots of less actives, and also found and started teaching 5 new investigators! Unfortunately, nobody came to church on Sunday, but we're just getting started, and shortly we hope to see lots of investigators at church every week.

One of our new investigators is the husband of a recent convert named Axxx. He is about 75 years old, and his body is having its aging problems, and he can't move around very much, but his mind is VERY active. He told us that back in the day in Argentina when trains were a lot more prominent, he was the general managing accountant for the largest railways in Argentina (I believe him considering the quality of their house jaja). He told us that when he was a little kid, he had always believed in God and wanted to follow him, but over the years doubt has entered his mind and that he finds it very hard to believe in a Supreme Creator. However, he told us that is not happy with his unbelief. He WANTS to believe, but he has trouble overcoming his doubt. He is so open, and was eager to read the things that we left him, and said he is willing to do whatever is necessary to know God, because he feels that that is what will make him happy. We're excited to keep teaching him.

No more time, but I love you all! And thanks to everyone who sent me birthday wishes! I know that this gospel is true, I know that we are in the right. God loves us, and He wants us to CHANGE. He wants us to, in other words, repent and come unto Him, and be saved through His Son, Jesus Christ. May we all change, or repent, every day, that we may always come unto Him.

Elder Meyers

From my last Sunday in Rural (Santa Fe ward) with all the members I could get a picture with.  Me and Hno Andrada.

Me and Familia Quiroz

Me with Hna Monzon, Diego, and the niece of Hnna Monzon, Siomara.  She is AWESOME!

With Elder Carrion

Me, Hno Cristian, and his stepson Kevin

Me, Hno Lisandro Reviriego (Picu they call him) and his wife.  They are amazing.  They just got married two months ago in the Cordoba temple.  Both returned missionaries.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Week 1 Concordia Nebel B

Hola de CONCORDIA!!!

Well, this last week has been pretty crazy. I was in Santa Fe up until Thursday because we had to get some things squared away with Elder Morrill, but finally on Friday night Elder Frey and I arrived here to Concordia! Since the moment we got here, we haven't stopped working. Elder Frey just got to Nebel last transfer, so he's still kind of learning his way around, as well. We got pretty much everything unpacked, organized the apartment, did some service, taught a lesson, and did some detailed planning for our area all in the first day! It's going to be a great transfer. :)

So, Concordia is pretty big, it's a little smaller than ParanĂ¡, which is a little smaller than Santa Fe. So it's the third biggest city in our mission. Concordia is a district, so all of the units are branches. There are four branches in the city, and a fifth branch in a town about an hour outside of Concordia called Federal. Right now it's a little complicated because the Rio Uruguay has been flooding lately. There was a ton of rain up in Brazil, and the river has risen between 15 and 20 meters! So right now all of the coastal part of Concordia is under water, a part of which is in our area. We have quite a few members in our branch that live in the flooded part, so they had to evacuate a couple of weeks ago. The water is subsiding now, but for now the cultural hall in our chapel is under key as it's functioning as the temporary storage unit for all of the families' belongings.

Nebel is the biggest branch in Concordia, with a weekly church attendance of between 40 and 60 members. We also have lunch every single day with members, which is a blessing. :) On Sunday, I offered to play the piano, so I played the piano for sacrament meeting. The branch president also had me stand up and introduce myself at the beginning of sacrament meeting. I also had to give a talk on the spot, because Elder Frey's old companion, Elder Chauque, had been scheduled to give a talk, but he forgot to tell Elder Frey when he was transferred jaja. So I ended up being half of the sacrament meeting, it was kind of funny.

We are super excited to work here in our branch! We have a new branch mission leader that is super excited to work! He is from Mexico and is about 28 years old and makes authentic Mexican food for us for lunch every Tuesday! Things couldn't be any better. :)

So much more to say, but out of time. I love you all, and I love this gospel, and I love the mission! I have such a testimony of hard work, when we put our shoulder to the wheel and push with all our might, even when we are tired and sore, we keep our covenants and receive divine help and guidance so that we can carry out the task that we have been assigned.

Have a great week!
Elder Meyers

In the mission office with Presidente and his cute granddaughter who was visiting from Chile

Eating together with the new missionaries (before going to Concordia)

Presidente Perez with his granddaughter

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Week 52 Santa Fe Rural C Oficina (1 year!)

Hola a todos!

Well, I officially have completed ONE YEAR as the financial secretary of the Argentina Santa Fe mission. It does not seem like it has been that long at all. I can't believe that a year could go by so fast. I've learned so many things, and had so many amazing experiences. I definitely wouldn't change it for anything in the world. I never thought I would serve in the mission office on my mission (I didn't even know that existed before the mission), and certainly not for such a long time, but it has proven to be exactly what I have needed to grow. It has strengthened my testimony that the Lord knows each of us very personally and that He prepares experiences for us to learn and grow and become what He knows we can be and what He wants us to become.

This last week we found some awesome new investigators! First off, this woman found a Book of Mormon in the street that the hermanas had accidentally left while they were contacting. She was going to do some stuff in the bank, and it was really busy, so while she was sitting waiting she read some of it and loved it. Then later she saw the sister missionaries and contacted them and told them that she had read the book and that she wanted to meet with the missionaries. So the hermanas took down her address, and then sent it to us because it was in our area. We went to visit her, and she was so ready! In our very first meeting, we invited her to be baptized on the 1st of July, and without hesitation, she said yes! We were super happy. Also, coincidence, we get there and meet her husband, and as we talk to him, we find out that he was baptized when he was 15, but without the permission of his parents, and when they found out, they didn't let him go back to church. So when we went to visit, he said he feels like this is God telling him that he needs to come back to church. On top of that, their son, Cxxx, who is 18, who wasn't in the lesson, when we were talking with him afterwards, asks us out of no where, Hey, do you guys have meetings? What time? We said, 9:30 on Sundays, and he said, can I go?, and we said OF COURSE! As we've visited them this week I've become convinced that they are a chosen family. I am so excited for them.

We also had an awesome member lesson this week. An hermano, Hno Andrada told us that he wanted to introduce us to his friend, so we set up an appointment and went to his friends house to teach him. Hno. Andrada ended up showing up about halfway through because he got caught up in some paperwork he had to do, but as we taught his friend, he told us his biggest question was, all of the churches I have been to say that they are the true church. And you guys too. What makes this different? How can I know which one is true? Of course, as missionaries, we LOVE that question, so we dove right into the restoration. When the hermano got there, he immediately joined us and bore powerful personal testimony of the Restoration and of Joseph Smith as a prophet. It was a powerful lesson. Member lessons are the best.

I love this ward so much. I am going to miss them. I've come to love each member so much, and I honestly feel like this ward has become my home ward. Rural will always have a very special place in my heart, and I am so grateful for the time that I have been here. I never knew that I could love people so much, but when we serve people and labor together with them in the Lord's vineyard, we can't help but come to love them. They have done so much for me and taught me so much from their examples, their faith, their perseverance, and I'm just grateful to the Lord for allowing me to be here for so long. I know that this is the work of the Lord, and that He guides and leads each one of us. When we are in His service, and we follow Him and His commandments, we can be happy.

I love you all! Have a great week!

Elder Meyers

Candid in the office

On the phone with an apartment owner

Basketball (jaja I was the only one who didn't have gym clothes)

Went to McDonald's one last time for pday

My birthday package got here! :)

Happy (early) birthday!

Lunch at McDonald's

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Week 51 Santa Fe Rural C Oficina

Mis queridos amigos y familia... :)

Well friends, I have no time left today, but I just want you all to know that I love the mission. I have learned so many things, and continue to learn each and every day. I have gained a testimony of the following quote by President George Albert Smith:

We are not here to while away the hours of this life and then pass to a sphere of exaltation; but we are here to qualify ourselves day by day for the positions that our Father expects us to fill hereafter.

Every day is a new opportunity for us to exerrcise our faith, to choose the right, to be better than we were yesterday and to come to know our Savior a little more. I know that when we are in His service, we come to know Him better.

Have a great week! Find someone to share the gospel with! :)

Elder Meyers

Finally, pictures of the helicopter of President Macri  (president of Argentina!)

Dinner last transfers in the mission home with the new missionaries (pictured the office elders and Elder Ortega)

We had to go find the hermanas keys because they fell out on a bench where they were waiting one day.  That was an adventure.  I couldn't believe the keys were still on the bench when we got there!

On the bus to Parana to do some procedures to pay light bills

Making a mission announcement about finances

Random picture doing studies
Waiting for a taxi with Elder Morrill, Elder Kotter and Elder Sotar

Selfie with Elder Morrill paying rent payments