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.