Tuesday, September 19, 2017

I Believe I Was Put in the Hottest Place on Earth for a Reason

September 18, 2017

This week hauled right by again.  We worked a lot this week with our investigators, and they have been progressing really well.  But nothing too special happened other than when we were in church and we were talking about how families can be together forever and our investigators got super into it and loved what they heard.  We had a girl named Tarcia that came to church for the first time and loved it.  We have her set-up to be baptized this Saturday and Priscilla is always helping with missionary work, she brought a friend to church and is always explaining to everyone about our church.  It’s awesome she was only baptized a few months ago and Jaihe, the other girl we baptized, is already giving classes during Sunday School.  She taught for an hour today about fasting.  It’s incredible how much they have progressed.  

The mission is crazy hard and I still truly believe that I was put here on the hottest place on earth for a reason.  I am so grateful for all of my learning opportunities as a missionary.  

Sorry for the short letter and no pictures.  Nothing too interesting happened this fine week.

Elder Meyer

Monday, September 11, 2017

So this week was good. We ended up meeting some great people and have a bunch of people progressing. All of our investigators accepted to be baptized and accepted the gospel in their lives.

Something pretty crazy happened this week. So, I think it was about nine yesterday morning. We were in the middle of our personal study and all of a sudden, we heard six gunshots and a woman screaming. We kind of looked at each other like what happened? So, we walked out front of our house and saw a bunch of people running and some dude with three bullet wounds in his thigh hop in a car and speed to the hospital. I think the dude that got shot must be into drugs or something like that. And it was funny because like five minutes after everyone is back in the daily routine. The neighbors went back to cleaning their yards and the families continued on walking their morning walk. And it was like nothing happened.

 And then this week we talked about with six people that are all 13-14  years old and they started sitting there with and telling us about their depression and some of them cut themselves.

Missionaries see about everything, and get to help. It is great knowing that God is with you all these situations and He is the one doing the talking all of the time. But, that that is how my week went. A little strange, but for sure a week for the memories.


Elder Meyer

Monday, September 4, 2017

This week was a good one but for sure different. So to start off I got a call from President saying that he needed my help with the new American missionary. The new missionary is from Alaska and he's had some health issues since he has gotten here. So I was asked to stay and help him this week and to see what he was experiencing. It was only his second week so he really didn't know any of the language so it was pretty funny to help him. But I got with him and realize that he has pretty bad asthma. And it was just getting worse and worse in the heat. So every day we talked with doctors and the pres and other people to keep them updated. I learned a lot from him this week. I learned a lot about the culture of Alaska. But, in the end, they decided it was best if he were back to the city and try working there where the air quality is better. So he went back to the city. But it didn't really help, who he is going back home to Alaska. It was pretty sad to see, but he is a happy dude so I'll work out.

But, now for me, I will be in a trio until who knows when. But it is great because I have double the amount of investigators to work with. And we found a ton of good people to work this week and  I am excited. But that's how my week pretty much went.

Elder Meyer

Monday, September 4, 2017

Can't wait to see the all miracles God has in store for me

August 28, 2017-

Part 3 of the training sesh.  So this week I found out I will be training another new missionary for the 3rd time in 3 consecutive transfers.  It’s going to be great.  I have already worked with him for about 3 days and realized he for sure is the most quiet of the 3, but it will be great.  

So this week Andreza committed to be baptized which was dope and another boy named Jorgie.  So we will be baptizing them this Sunday.  Andreza was awesome she accepted to be baptized after the first lesson and Jorgie also.  It was for sure a miracle after working so hard last transfer and not seeing the results I was looking for.

Other than that nothing else really happened other than I stayed in the same area and I ate McDonald’s for the first time in a few months which was good.  I really am looking forward to cranking out another transfer in this area.  And can’t wait to see all the miracles God has in store for me.

Elder Meyer

Birthday week!

August 21, 2017-

To start out, this week was great.  My birthday ended on a crazy good note.  We celebrated all Sunday and Monday, then Tuesday was my year mark and then today some members are setting up a little fiesta for me.  I love the people here.  They hook it up fat for birthdays.  I feel like everybody in the town knew it was my birthday.  It was classic, we were walking down the street and this girl that works in a restaurant shouted out my name and said “parabens” (congratulations).  Then two different groups of people threw a surprise party for me, it was funny.  

It was a great week to be real.  But the best part was when me and my comp got stopped by a lady in the middle of the street and she told us to go and talk with her daughter.  So we went and met her daughter.  She is super cool.  She is 24 and a physical therapist.  And so we started talking with her about everything and long story short, she came to church with us and loved it and was super interested the whole time so we are planning on getting her lined up for baptism for the end of this week.  It was the miracle of the week for sure.  And so we found our golden investigator after a few weeks of hard work.  

By the way, thanks for all the birthday wishes.  I loved it.  But that’s how my week went.

Elder Meyer

The complaints about walking stopped

August 14, 2017-

Well, I am 20 years old and have been out for 1 year on the mish.   My birthday was dope, woke up at 6 to go to each of our investigators homes to bring them to church.  No one wanted to go, so no one ended up coming.  After church our lunch fell through, so we had nowhere to eat.  But luckily enough one of our recent converts hooked it up fat with some couscous, hahaha I wore a pair of flip flops, and then later tonight we will head to one of the elder’s houses to have a BBQ and play cards and sleep there.  So I am hoping the night will be pretty fun.  

Also, I have been out a year.  The fastest year of my life.  But the same time the longest year of my life.  I am not going to lie, it was for sure not the best year of my life but it was the year I learned the most and became the closes to Christ.  

But any ways this week nothing really happened other than one thing.  Me and my comp found this dude that is paralyzed from the waist down.  He is 19 and in a wheelchair and one of the coolest guys I have ever met.  When he was 12 he got shot and became paralyzed.  We found him when we were walking down his street, he was just chilling out front.  So we began to talk with him and we heard his story.  It was awesome and humbled me so much.   I was always complaining about walking but when I met him the complaining stopped because he would kill to walk again.  But that was my week.

Elder Meyer

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Goals this Week

August 7-

Another great week of sweat, hard work and more sweat.  It’s already hot enough here but for some reason it’s getting hotter which I did not think was possible.  For some reason this week, when I was sweating buckets and almost dying of heat stroke, I thought about Jamba Juice and remembered all the good times there.  So who ever is reading this do me a favor and go buy yourself a Jamba and enjoy it, haha.
But anyways, we worked a lot this week.  We had a goal of contacting over 150 people and challenging 30 to be baptized.  We ended the week with contacting 170 people and 40 challenges to be baptized.   But with our luck only a few came to church.  It was classic.  We found 7 boys that are all over 12 years old and they came with us to church, it was funny.  Out of the 170 people we invited, everyone agreed to come, but most didn’t show up.  It’s funny cause everyone wants Christ in their lives but they want an easy way and don’t want to go to church they just want to hear our lessons.  We taught like crazy.  We taught 8 people who lost a family member recently, about the plan of salvation, and all 8 understood and loved our message but their pridefulness took over and they didn’t want to accept our religion, cause they are catholic but don’t even practice.  And our best investigators, Nayada and Angelo had a bunch of great questions during our lessons.  We taught them everything with so much spirit.  They love our church and love us and have so much desire to be baptized.  But they just need a few more days to make the final decision.  So we decided to fast for them.  Me and my comp thought everything would go perfect cause we fasted for them and almost died of thirst.  Sunday arrived and boom, they didn’t even come to church.  I don’t know if it’s just me or God likes to work in mysterious ways.  We spent the week with them,  them telling how much they love us, the spirit they feel with us, and then almost crying every time we left.  We decided to do a good thing and the opposite of what I wanted happened.  Haha, I don’t know what he is teaching me but it’s definitely something.
But that’s how my week went.  I love being a missionary and I love the struggles that come along with it.

Elder Meyer

"Miracle of the Day"

July 31-

Another week of miracles.  This week me and my comp were focusing on “miracle of the day” saying when times got tough we looked at our miracle of the day and just laughed everything else off that was going wrong.  Had we realized that literally every day in the field you can have a miracle.  It is just the way you look at the miracle it could be the smallest thing and not even look like a miracle, but it is.  It is just your perspective and how you look at it.  
Our biggest miracle of the week was when we were teaching this family about the restoration and they were paying super close attention.  And when we explained about the three things other churches don’t have it clicked in the dad’s head.  And he had no doubts.  Sunday came along and he and his wife and his kids showed up right on time 8:00 in the morning.  And they liked every minute of it.  We are preparing them to be baptized this Saturday.  It really was a miracle how we found them, taught them, and helped them understand perfectly without doubts.  It really shows that God has his children prepared for us and at any given moment he will guide us to them.  
I love this work, and I would not change a thing in the world to have my mission be different.  I am so grateful for my challenges, and how my challenges are making me rely on Christ more and more.
Until next week.
Elder Meyer

Man I Love the People Here but They're Making Me Fat

July 24-

What’s up, another week filled with miracles, ups and downs, and stuffing my face with food.  One of the miracles this week was that we met this girl that has lived across the street from missionaries I think for over two years and she had never talked to them until we said hi to her and introduced ourselves and everything.  She asked us for a Book of Mormon to read and marked our next visit.  So during our next visit we were teaching her and her husband about how they can be married and sealed for all time and eternity.  And she got all emotional and was telling us how she has visited a lot of churches but really has never felt anything until the moment she was talking to us.  Then she started getting emotional again and telling us the amount of peace she gets when we are around her.  It was amazing.  Our next visit we are planning on marking them to be baptized, I am pumped.  It really was an incredible miracle, it’s just what we needed.  
And why I said stuffing my face because people here love to serve you food.  So after church Sunday I ate from 12 – 8 it felt like.  Man I love the people here so much but they are making me fat.  

And about the ups and downs.  We had a baptism marked for Saturday, a 25 year old that quit smoking and was super prepared to be baptized.  We showed up at his house Saturday and he was gone.  And his grandma was telling us how he doesn’t want to be baptized, but we know she was lying.  So we went back but he wasn’t there for 2 days.  It was sad but at the same time, it’s God time and clearly it’s not Ismail’s time to be baptized.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Lucked Out With Elder Frios

Transfers happened and I stayed in Mossoro.  My comp left and I got another brand new guy named Elder Frois from Sao Paulo.  He is a great guy, smart, funny, spiritual and everything.  He got here and we went right to work.  He works like he’s already been out a year.   And teaches amazing already, I really lucked out.  And at the same time we have a good time and just roast each other and laugh.

We saw so many miracles this week it was insane.  We put in so much work with faith and happiness and everything seemed to work out perfectly.  We had some of the most spiritual lessons, more than I have ever had during my mission.  We both set some goals this week to become better missionaries and to be more obedient.  I am pumped for the next week to see what our goals have in store for us.  

This week we found this couple, they are about 25 years old and super awesome people.  We went to their house one day and began teaching them about the restored gospel.  They were so interested and were telling us how they are looking for a true church cause they already went through other churches and didn’t like what the other churches had.  They became so interested that they wanted us to teach all the lessons at one time.  But we didn’t have enough time so we set another time to stop by.  I have never seen anyone so interested in my life.  It was amazing and super spiritual.  

And then Sunday we were able to confirm our baptism which was awesome.

Elder Meyer

Priscilla's, Jaine's, and Leo's Baptism

July 10-

For sure a week to remember.  It’s the last week of the transfer and me and Alves ended off on a good note.  We were privileged enough to baptize Priscilla, Jaine and Leo which was fun.  No better feeling then baptizing during the mish.  And seeing them come unto Christ more and more each day.  It was an awesome experience.  

Priscilla’s mom made a cake for her baptism that was incredible.  The cake had little dolls that she made by scratch.  The dolls were me and Alves baptizing her.  It was the coolest thing ever.  She’s not even a member but she will be baptized, is what she told me when I asked her.  I asked her if I could baptize her during my time in this area and she accepted. 

But the baptism was so special.  They are some of the most elite people I have met thus far on my mish.  God for sure prepared them before I met them.  It was a super great way to end this transfer.  Leo’s baptism was a little bit more complicated.  It took him 3 transfers to decide to get baptized.  He finally decided to be baptized this week.  So we baptized him and confirmed him a member of the Church.  Later to find out we didn’t baptize him correctly cause we forgot to add Dos Santos to his name.  So the next day we had to baptize him again.  And at first he didn’t accept it but later in the day he accepted after we explained how Christ is perfect and how he was baptized showing his example and how we need to be baptized how he was without any mistakes.  It was great we baptized him again.   

And that was how the week went.

Elder Meyer

Friday, July 7, 2017

It's Not About Time, it's About what you do with your Time

Another stellar week here in Mossoro. We have Priscilla and her cousin lined up for baptism this Saturday. And my boy Leo also. It will be a great way to end this transfer. Next week we already have transfers, so who knows what will happen.  I for sure wanna stay because I have only been here for one transfer. The area and people are amazing. I am getting to know the area and people super well!

The mission is flying by. Time here amazes me. It isn't even about the time now. It is about what you do with your time. I only have one year left to give my everything to these wonderful people of Brazil. Man I love these people. Even though they make me frustrated as ever when they say they will come to church and don't end up coming. I love them to death. It is the craziest thing ever!
Every single person here will let you in and have a full blown conversation with you.

This week we met a guy on the street and he let us in to talk with him. He was telling us about his problems with work, and how he had a big decision to make. And we gave him some advice and he took it, and I think it worked out.

Also, this week we ate pizza again, but I didn't throw up. What a miracle!  I also interviewed a few more people for baptism and it turned out well. Haha-the life of a missionary is tiring, but so rewarding!

I am super jealous the fam went to Powell. So we bought some Roman candles and lit them off. This was my week.

Elder Meyer

Heartbreakers and a Miracle

I blinked and this week was over. Special shout out to Max and Irene! This week really did fly by. I had a few great moments and a few heartbreaking moments and one miracle.

The great moments were on Friday I got to interview for people for their baptisms. We don't have any transportation so me and my comp left one area and headed out on a journey to another city to find the people we needed to interview! It took about two hours on foot to get there. But when we got there I had a great experience interviewing these people. And seen their great faith and enthusiasm to take the next step and be baptized. My faith through seeing this people that have such a little knowledge about our church but are so excited to learn more about their Savior.

Then after our journey and interviews we got a call from the sisters. Saying they needed some help with their investigators. So we went and found them and headed over to the investigators house. We made friends with them and taught him a little with the sisters. He excepted baptism, I interviewed him on the spot and then got his moms signature. It all went so smoothly, later I found out that the sisters were super nervous because the mom is super Catholic and that she wouldn't let her son be peptized. Ha ha but I walked back all confidently and boom, she signed the paper with ease. It was great!

Then Sunday was a heartbreaking day. Because we are teaching about 28 people right now and every single one of them agreed to go to church. So, Sunday morning we woke up at 6:00 AM and went to wake all them up and bring them to church. And that one was awake or in town or wanting to go because it's a holiday. Me and my comp headed to church feeling worthless as ever. We arrived in church and went to sacrament meeting and sat there for about a half an hour. Deep down I knew a miracle wascwaiting to happen. And boom, I looked out the window and saw one of our investigator showing up. It was one of our investigators that I least expected. It was a special miracle. But that's how my week went. Until next week.

Elder Meyer

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

10 Months Out!!

This week was a good one, Elder Borges came to my area this week and we did splits for the week.  It was fun to catch up with him.  We found some great new investigators this week.  A boy named Douglas that we invited to church showed up at our house 7 am ready to go.  He showed up even before I was ready, haha.  It was definitely different, cause normally we will go to every investigator’s house and wake them up, they sometimes will make an excuse and not go, but not him.  He showed up ready.  It was for sure the miracle of the week.  He is a super cool kid too.  

This week I completed 10 months in the field serving so we went out to eat all you can eat pizza and all you can drink juice.  We went out with my district and had a competition.  I ended up leaving so full I ran behind a dumpster and threw up.  Everyone was laughing it was super funny cause normally I will never throw up.  Then we went home in a taxi and I was fake throwing up the whole time messing with the taxi driver, it was super funny.  It was for sure a day to remember.  

Also this week I got offered to be a girl’s boyfriend but unfortunately I declined again, hahaha, and then explained why we can’t date girls for two years.  Then Sunday I gave a talk in church.  I talked about missionary work in the ward and how we all need to come together like a family and work hard together to help our ward grow.  I forgot I had to give a talk until Saturday night after 10:30.  I was laying in bed and remembered so I winged it.  I think it turned out well.  

Elder Meyer

Mossoro Really is Blessed

Amazing week!  This week we taught Priscilla every single day.  She ended up liking it so much she invited two friends and her parents to listen.  Now we got them all lined up and prepared for baptism.  Mossoro really is blessed and has a ton of people that are prepared to meet missionaries, and receive the restored gospel in their lives.  We also have another boy that is prepared and will be baptized next week.  Before I got to this area other missionaries were working with this boy.  But he never ended up getting to church with them in 7 weeks.  Then we showed up and made friends with him.  He ended up going to church with us and accepting baptism on the spot.  Which was great.  

Me and my comp are getting along great.  We are always laughing and joking around.  But when we teach we use the spirit.  It’s going great, I am loving every minute here.  We found a family of 12 to teach this week, that are super interested and then another older couple that is interested too.  It will be a great week.  We’re going to talk to all of them about baptism then try and commit them all to be baptized next week, it will be great.  The family of 12 we found has a girl that is 16 and her mom already lined me up to be her boyfriend.  I had to explain why I can’t be her boyfriend, haha it was funny.  

Also, I love competitions.  So I got the whole zone in on a competition.  It’s funny I always have the other elders competing against me trying to win something.  I only lost one competition this week and it was Verjo this giant elder, it was who could eat 1 liter of acai the fastest.  I barely lost but I am coming back this week ready to win, hahaha.  But that’s about all that happned.

Until next week.

Elder Meyer

Monday, June 5, 2017

Transfers and Awesome Week

Awesome week!  Don't even know where to start. But, I will start here.  I got transferred to another area called Belo Horizonto in Mossoro with a new elder named Elder Alvec.  The goodbyes were hard.  I spent 5 months working there so I became really close with the whole ward/city.  I say city because I now know every single person on every single corner in the city about.  The sisters that are now working there told me every person they see asks about me and what happened and where I went. And most are pretty depressed I left.  haha.  It is nice to know this because it means I did a little good.  But now it is over and I am in a new area. And let me tell you, I am loving the new area! It has only been 5 days, but I can tell the work will be great here. The only thing I ever heard about Mossoro was, "Mossoro is hot". Now that I am here, I can tell you it is hot,  I think it might be the hottest place on the planet. But it is cool- I am enjoying it.  You wake up sweaty, sleep sweaty, shower sweaty, study sweaty, but is is all part of the adventure.  

We found a girl this week named Priseta. She is 21 and is awesome.  She came to church with us and will be baptized this week. She loved church and loved learning from us this week.  She invited her mom and dad to join in the lessons next week, and we plan on inviting them to be baptized, also. 

But that wasn't even the best part of the week.  The best part of the week was that an apostle came and spoke with us.  It was Russell M. Nielsen.  It was super good.  He talked a lot about the Book of Mormon and family history and our lineage.  He also talked a lot about exact obedience.  It was great and super spiritual.  He bore his testimony on the Book of Mormon and it made perfect sense.  Every little word he said was inspired by God.  I loved it. I was pretty tired, but  I loved it.  

It was super fun, too, because the night before the apostle, everyone in our zone went to the same church at 9:00 at night.  Because our bus would be leaving the church at 7:00 in the morning.  So everyone went to the church and we played cards and games practically all night.  Then drove five hours to the Capitol to watch Russel M. Nielsen speak.  Then I got to catch up with all the other missionaries from our mission- which is alway a good time. Then we drove back 5 hours and got to work again.  

This week was dope.  I love the mission, I love sweating, and I love apostles.  Every moment of every day Deus has planned for us.  So just keep walking down the right path and everything will work out.  

Elder Meyer