Monday, August 28, 2017

Week 11 Concordia Nebel


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.


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. :)

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