Monday, August 28, 2017

Week 11 Concordia Nebel

Hola!

This week.... was the worst. Jaja it seemed like nothing could go right. So this week we had to move apartments, but it was the Great Move of Concordia because we had to move three missionary apartments in a matter of days. Basically, the contracts took longer than they should have, we were all packed up and then the move got suspended to the next day, then nobody had a truck to move the stuff, then there was no power in the new apartments, and then the gas broke, and then right in the middle of all of it we had to go to Santa Fe for divisions with the assistants, and then we didn't have any tools to put our beds back together so we were sleeping on the ground, and then about a hundred other things. Jaja it was a week. But it's ok, because Elder Frey and I just look back now and say, boy, are we glad that that week is over. I don't think I've had such a long week since the beginning of my mission. The worst part was that we ended up with about zero time for proselyting, so we weren't able to visit any of our investigators this last week, and that was probably the most frustrating part. I decided that I never want to move again in my life. :)

Luckily, Sunday was amazing, truly a day of rest. As Elder Wirthlin taught, even though some days and weeks are long and difficult, Sunday will come. We had an amazing regional conference with Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay, presided over by Elder Rasband. The speakers were Elder Jose A. Teixeira, the South America South Area President, Elder Eduardo Gavarret, a native of Uruguay, Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, Elder Craig C. Christensen, and Elder Ronald A. Rasband. They spoke of the importance of always exercising our faith in the Lord and strengthening our foundations as we study of the Book of Mormon and live the law of the harvest, sowing that which we wish to reap. Elder Christensen and Elder Rasband talked a lot about the importance of member missionary work, how this work is the work of all those who have made covenants to stand as witnesses of God and to take upon them the name of Christ. Elder Rasband said that one of the reasons we don't share the gospel is simply because we don't pray for it, because we are afraid that our prayers will be answered and that we will be required to do something that we are not qualified or ready to do. He said that we should trust in God, that He will qualify those who He calls, and that we should pray with faith for those opportunities, and then open our mouths when that moment comes, and it will be filled.

This last week was definitely a test of my diligence. There were so many times Elder Frey and I were frustrated and wanted to give up and not do anything, because we were so tired of the endless problems and delays. But as I was listening to Come, Come Ye Saints, the first and second verses really struck me:

Come, come, ye Saints, no toil nor labor fear; but with joy wend your way. Though hard to you this journey may appear, grace shall be as your day. ’Tis better far for us to strive our useless cares from us to drive; do this, and joy your hearts will swell— All is well! All is well! 
Why should we mourn or think our lot is hard? ’Tis not so; all is right. Why should we think to earn a great reward if we now shun the fight? Gird up your loins; fresh courage take. Our God will never us forsake; and soon we’ll have this tale to tell— All is well! All is well!

Why should we think to earn a great reward if we now shun the fight? But all will be well; our God will never forsake us. May we each find renewed faith in this promise and take fresh courage, not fearing toil nor labor, finding joy in the journey in service to our God.

Have a great week!
Elder Meyers

Elder Frey being a gaucho (Cowboy Entre Rios style)

Taking apart our beds

All packed

We had to use a tie down rope from the mission truck to lower our wardrobe down because it was too big to carry down the stairs.



Moving!

New apartment full of stuff


Our beds on the ground :)

Elder Frey

Planning with the assistants in divisions

Before heading out to work with Elder Gomez and Elder Oldham

Saying goodbye to Elder Gomez!  He goes home in a week. :(  Can't believe how fast time flies, seems like yesterday we were in Nogoya together.

Elder Gomez and me

We got a little Mexican food to finish off the week on a better note. :)

Monday, August 21, 2017

Week 10 Concordia Nebel B

Buenos días, como andan todos?

We had a great week this week, we found some great new families, and have been working with the members in our branch much more extensively, and it is really bearing fruit. As we have invited the members to consider a friend or acquiantance with whom they could share the gospel, they have responded wonderfully. We have been testifying to the members as we visit their homes that they know people who are right now being prepared by our Heavenly Father to receive the Restored Gospel, and that if they pray and follow the Spirit, they will know what to do. Something interesting that we have been mentioning to the members is a quote from Clayton M Christensen that Elder Oaks shared in his talk last October, where he said,"over the past twenty years, we have observed no correlation between the depth of a relationship and the probability that a person will be interested in learning about the gospel." It helps us understand the intrinsic value of the gospel message, and is another testimony to me that the gospel is true because it is true, not because we are good friends or because it's a great social club, or because we know a lot of people there, but simply because it is true, and people will recognize it when they hear it, whether they are your mother, or you just met them 30 seconds ago. :)

We have a new investigator, Mxxx, who is AWESOME! She is the daughter in law of a member in our branch (well, not technically, because they aren't married, but basically). Some elders were teaching her before, but her parents are evangelical pastors and basically threw the elders out of the house. She now lives with her boyfriend, Exxx, who is the son of Hna. Vazquez, and they have a little wooden house where we go and teach them. This week we left Mxxx the invitation to read the Book of Mormon on Thursday, and on Friday (the next day) we went back to follow up, and she had already read the introduction and the first four chapters! What's more, she retained everything, and retold us the story with detail, down to the names of the sons of Lehi and the details of Lehi's vision! We were blown away. She is ready to be baptized already, but she and Exxx need to get married. She is all for it, but Exxx is a little worried about it, but he knows they need to get married. We are hoping we can help them get married so that Mxx can be baptized! She also went to church on Sunday! She is awesome.

Well, I'm out of time, but I just want you all to know that I love this gospel, and I love being a missionary! The church is true, and the Lord's work is the greatest work of all. In it, we achieve the greatest achievements and experience the greatest joy. What a great blessing it is that the Lord allows us to take such an important and pivotal role in His work, no matter where we are! Jesus is the Christ, He is our Savior, and He will come again. May we all prepare our brothers and sisters for His Second Coming!

Elder Meyers

El Libro de Mormon... that's Uruguay on the other side of the river

Last transfer, while we were in the bus terminal, we randomly ran into this girl from California who was doing some tourism.  She knew the missionaries because she has some family that are members, and the missionaries go to her house sometimes.  It was so weird to talk in English.

Bus terminal last transfer

Awesome cake from our Zone Conference

Cool picture one morning this week



Our mission prep class!  They are so awesome.

Mission prep class




We had a service project this last week with the young men.  We were going to paint some outside walls of an elementary school, but this crazy storm came out of nowhere, and we couldn't paint because we knew rain was coming, so we pruned the bushes and cleaned up all the garbage instead, and we will paint some other time.

Service project


Monday, August 14, 2017

Week 9 Concordia Nebel

Hola a todos!

We had a great week this week! We've been working overtime, it seems, but it's a very rewarding experience. Quite a few days this week we had to cut our lunch and studies time short because we had lots of appointments and people to visit, and it feels so great to work hard and find new people. The youth here in Nebel are doing an amazing job, they are inviting their friends to church, activities, seminary, everything. We started teaching some new investigators that are friends of some of the young men this week, and it is a great experience to have their friends there to help them along the journey. We also started a Mission Preparation class this week at the request of the youth, and we had youth from multiple branches come to participate. They are really stepping up to the plate and getting involved in missionary work, and the results are easy to see. When the members are involved, the work moves so much faster.

We also had zone conference this week, which is always a great experience to be with Presidente Perez and learn from him. Our focus in the mission right now is how we can find new investigators, especially through the members. As it says in Preach My Gospel, "Remember this: Church members—including those who are active, less active, prospective elders, and recent converts—are your best resources for finding people to teach, baptize, and confirm." President Hinckley said: "The process of bringing new people into the Church is not the responsibility alone of the missionaries. They succeed best when members become the source from which new investigators are found." We have seen the the truth of these principles being put into action, and it has fortified my testimony even more of the importance of member missionary work. That is truly the way the Lord intended missionary work to function: members finding, befriending, and supporting their brothers and sisters that have not yet heard the gospel, with the missionaries teaching essential gospel principles. It is together that this work begins to accelerate. It is the literal fulfillment of prophecy: "The Lord is fulfilling His promise that His gospel shall be as the stone cut out of the mountain without hands which would roll forth and fill the whole earth, as Daniel saw in vision (see Daniel 2:31–45; D&C 65:2). A great miracle is taking place right before our eyes." -President Hinckley

I know that this is the work of God, and that "the standard of truth has been erected; no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing... the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done." May we all be a part of this great work, the fulfillment of prophecy in this the dispensation of the fulness of times!

Elder Meyers

We visited the Rxxx family this week (an older couple that is investigating the church, they are like our grandparents), and Hna. Rxxx was very concerned that I didn't have a jacket on, even though it wasn't super cold, so she lent me a jacket of her husbands to wear home.  It was pretty stylin. :D


Planning with Elder Frey
                              
         Zone Conference in Concordia
Cake at Zone Conference
Zone Conference

We bought a pineapple!





Monday, August 7, 2017

Week 8 Concordia Nebel B

Hola amigos y familia!

Another crazy week. It seems like all of the missionaries in Concordia are moving all at once, and since Concordia is the city farthest away from Santa Fe, it's hard for the office to come here often, so Elder Carrion has been asking me to help him out with legal papers and payments and things like that since I was a little familiar with all of the proceedings jaja. Never can escape the office. So unfortunately, we lost some time this week taking care of administrative matters. We've noticed in the past couple of weeks that all kinds of things have been popping up, with sickness, meetings, administrative tasks, etc., that have been taking up a lot of our time. It seems like Satan is doing his very best to stop the work here in Concordia. This last week I was reading a talk that my Dad sent me, and in it he quoted Elder Richard G. Scott, where he said, "Satan has a powerful tool to use against good people. It is distraction. He would have good people fill life with 'good things' so there is no room for the essential ones." As we've tried to keep ourselves conscious of that, even though we've been short on time, we've done our best not to become distracted and lose focus, but to stay firm in our purpose and use all of the time that we've had left to the maximum. We found some great new investigators this week, and we also were able to help a young couple that was sealed in the temple, but went inactive for a while, come back to church this week and bless their newborn baby! That was definitely a highlight of the week. They are a special family, and we hope they will continue to attend and return to the gospel they know is true. Truly missionary work is a joyful experience.

This last week I studied a little bit about just that: Joy. As we know, Men are, that they might have joy. We exist to have joy! So the great question is, how do we find that joy? In the Topical Guide, if we look under the "Joy" heading, we find a great list of references that guide us to prophetic and scriptural direction as to how to obtain joy in this life. As I studied the list, I found an interesting correlation: the large majority of the scriptures that talked about joy had to do with preaching the gospel to others. There are many things that bring us joy in the gospel, but it struck me that there are very few things that bring more joy than sharing that gospel with others. After all, that is the ultimate joy of God's existence, sharing the gospel with His children. It isn't in Him living the gospel by Himself in a perfect world that He has created, but rather Him reaching out to imperfect and sometimes very lost children and helping them to correct their course and turn towards the Everlasting Light, His Son, Jesus Christ. I have come to gain a testimony of the completeness of the joy that comes as we follow the example of our Savior, Jesus Christ, who followed the perfect example of His Father, in sharing and preaching the gospel with every one of His children that we can. I testify that the preaching of the gospel is a sacred, elevated, and joyful work, and we participate in the great work of salvation every time we testify of truth, every time we serve our fellow man, every time we search for ancestors, every time we participate in vicarious ordinances in the temple, every time we share the gospel. May we all more fully participate in the great work of our God, the work of salvation!

Elder Meyers

"For behold, this is my work and my glory - to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man."

Cleaning the baptismal font

Picture in the mirror

Welcome sign for the baptism

Olga! :)

Me and Elder Frey with Olga!

Me, Elder Frey, Olga, and her son Pte Nunez after the baptism!

Saw Elder Clement again!

Saw Elder Mitchell again!

Divisiones with Elder Lowrance

Purple tie for Fast Sunday!

Elder Frey with groceries on pday (we decided to buy everything we needed for six weeks all at once)

We found Tropicana orange juice...

Campbells Soup...

And Pyrex.  Made in the USA :)