Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Chill week

So this week was super chill.  I made divisions again in Felipe Camarao.  But this time I got to chill in the house for a week cause the Elder I was making divisions with got kidney stones and ended up having to get surgery.  So I stayed with him through surgery and throughout the week.  It was good though, I got to study practically for a week straight.  My testimony grew, my language got better, but my mind exploded.  Haha, it was great.  And then when the division ended I got back with Demars, but he ended up being sick too.  So the second I got with him we went to the hospital to get him checked out.  

This week my love for Christ has grown and for the atonement.  I know he died for us and suffered for our sins. God really does answer prayers.  I was praying for some way I could get some rest, cause I was literally beat to the ground.  And my prayers were answered I got a weeks rest and a new knowledge of the Gospel!  I am fully back with energy and so pumped to work again.  But one problem, Carnaval is going on this week.  Haha, so we will see how this week goes.  Even though I can't speak to the people as I would like, I think most of them are catching the love flow.  That's all that matters right now.  

Anyways, that is all that happened this week.  I will catch ya'll next week.  Hopefully nothing too bad happens this week during Carnaval.

Elder Meyer

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

I am so grateful for all the things I am learning

Another good one here in Natal.  This week was very similar to the past weeks.  My legs might fall off we walked so much, and I don't think I have stopped sweating for the past 72 hours, haha.  But that's chill.  

This week I gave my first blessing to a girl.  It was good for a first one, I relied a lot on the spirit to do the talking with my little vocabulary.  It's crazy though because six months ago I didn't know a single word in this language, and now 6 months into it I am teaching and giving blessings.  Pretty sure the gift of tongues is real.  I thought before the mish you could just show up and be able to speak with the gift of tongues.  No!  The gift of tongues relies on your effort and your faith.  And it takes a butt load of effort, a lot more than I thought.  

But this mish is good and I am so grateful for all the things I am learning.  Like I can cook now.  I make a thing called tapioca almost every day, haha.  

Anyways this week we had a really good meeting with all the zones in the city and the Pres of the mish.  It was I think the best meeting we have had since I arrived here in this mish.  It's always a good time cause you get to see all your homies.  And I got to see some of the people from my old ward.  It was special.  This week me and my comp focused a lot on contacting to get a solid group to teach this week.  And that's about all the magic that happened this week. 

Anyways if you see Zach this week wish him a happy birthday!

Until next week!

Elder Meyer

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

God on our side

Oi minha familia. Uma outra semana perfeita.   [Translation: Hi my family.  Another perfect week.] 

This week was good with Demars.  The kid is a hard worker and a very dedicated missionary.  We worked super hard and efficient this week.  Almost non-stop it felt like.  I have already learned so much but never have been more sore or tired.  I am more sore here and tired here than after most football games, haha.  I think it’s cause my area is a little bit bigger and my comp runs when he walks, haha, cause he is a runner.  But it’s cool, my bod will be out of this world after this transfer.  

Anyways, a little bit more about this week.  P-day we went to this park that is only closed on Mondays but we went with a guy that “knows” a guy, so we got in.  It was cool and super peaceful.  We sat at this picnic table for about an hour talking with the Stake President about the ways he baptized people during his mish.  I ended up falling asleep on the table while my comp talked with him…oops.  But after P-day at 6 we went back to work.  And me and my comp became therapists cause literally everyone we talked to was sad about something that happened to them that day.  So imagine two American boys sitting in a house in Brazil listening to real life problems, trying to fix relationships, talking a woman out of killing her husband, etc.  It was great, haha.  I am now a therapist.  All you gotta do is rely on God to put words in your mouth in situations like those and he will.  Man I love the mish but it is so much different than what I thought.  And during most of the week for me was all the same.  But Saturday was pretty cool, we were in this area call Felipe Camarao around 9:30 at night cause Demars had to make some interviews.  And we live about 30 min away from Felipe Camarao, so we were like booking it home at 9:45 in the rain, it was awesome.  A very dangerous situation, but it was so peaceful because we knew we had God on our side.  Anyways, it was a great week.

I love ya’ll and the fam so much.  
Until next week.
Elder Meyer

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Another Beautiful Week

Yet again another beautiful week out here in the mish.   This week was transfer week and I was transferred to another area call Cidade Nova.  It’s so pretty here.  Cidada  Nova has these gigantic sand dunes that are covered with trees in some areas.  The neighborhood here is right up against the dunes, it’s so pretty to me for some reason.  But yes, I was transferred and yes it was hard saying bye to all the people I have gotten to know and love.  But I am still in the city so I think I will see them around here and there.   

My new companion’s name is Elder Demars, he is from Washington.  Funny thing is we both have the same birthday and were born the same year.  And we both had the same first companion (trainer) in the mission.  It’s cool and funny how big of a coincidence it is that we are companions.  He’s an incredible missionary.  He has only been out 8 months but is perfectly fluent and knows literally everything about the gospel, and he works like a freaking horse.  For me I think Joseph Smith has been resurrected and been put into my companion’s body and mind, haha.  He has so much desire to work and serve the people it’s amazing.  This week I have grown I think the most on my mish.  We worked literally almost to the death of me.  We taught so many lessons, made so many contacts and did everything you could possible imagine to get people to come to church.  We worked our butts off.  I can officially say I lost myself in the work this week and it was beautiful.  I am so excited to see what this transfer has in store.  He will help me learn so much and at the same time I am helping him learn a lot too.  

The people here are just as amazing.  I’ve already made some pretty good friends with the members and our investigators.  And I also live with two other new missionaries, one’s from Mexico and the other is from Belem, and I am already super tight with them.   It’s amazing.

I wanna end on a spiritual thought.  Count your blessings.  Find the smallest blessings throughout your day and love those little blessings you have.  This week I met people with problems, almost indescribable, but they are still happy for the little things they have.  So count your little blessings, because your little blessings are little to you, but a life changing blessing to some people here.  I love the Gospel and how it is changing people’s lives.  Even though there are over 7 thousand different churches here in Natal, I know we have the true church, with the true priesthood and a living prophet.  

Until next week,
Elder Meyer