Monday, January 25, 2016

OI FAMILIA E AMIGOS. First and foremost, thank you SO much for all the emails, letters, and Dear Elders. I hope you could feel the rush of excitement as a missionary when you get one of these. It's seriously like OH YEAH, THERES LIFE OUTSIDE OF THE MTC. I'll try to keep this week shorter since last week, I typed so much that my hands were shaking after.  I am out of what most missionaries call "the honeymoon phase". DO NOT GET ME WRONG, I love being a missionary and feel so blessed to be here but the difficulty is increasing. Portuguese is good. I can comprehend when someone is speaking to me. Which says a lot because most of my district really stuggles with understanding. But I have no doubt that it's becaue I've grown up listening to a lot of Spanish. THANK YOU MOM, DAD, & HIGH SCHOOL SPANISH TEACHERS. My two teachers both served in Brazil so they help with my accent. The Brazilian accent is SO much different than the Portugal Portuguese. I'm sure you could YouTube it...(is that still a thing?).

Devotionals this week were KILLER. Honestly I dont know how the MTC does it but they choose the COOLEST people. On Tuesday, we heard from Enrique Fallabella, of the Seventy. He spoke about how we are FULL TIME MISSIONARIES. We eat, sleep, and think about missionary work. He even said that we need to dream in our mission language about missionary work. Little does he know that I dream about food outside of the MTC. The on Wednesday we saw the World-Wide Missioanry Broadcast. It was shown to EVERY MISSIONARY IN THE WORLD! There were 6 Aposotles present, and they all killed it. They talked about Teach Repentance and Baptize Converts. I dont know if you can see it on lds.org but if you can, WATCH IT. I feel like it answered any question that a missionary could have. Then last night we heard from the Missionary Department Director... I cant remember his name and I dont have my journal. But he basically straight up told us that if we werent 110% focused on the mission and the people were serving, than whats the point? We all left the building like holy cow, that talk was so blunt and EXACTLY what every missionary needs.

I wish so badly that you all could meet my district. I'll be sure to add a picture of all of us this week. Theres 5 sisters and 2 elders and we're seriously a family here. This week we sang a special number in church. We sang Love is Spoken Here. The first two verses in Portuguese, and the duet part in English. What I love about this experience was this song talks a lot about home. For us, we've become our family away from our families, which is so hard. But we just care for each other so much because we're each fighting our own battles and for any day but Monday, we're all we have. I dont know... I just really love them and hope my family can meet them one day.

I can't think of much else but if you have questions just email or Dear Elder and I can repsond next Monday.

Eu tenho um testimundo que etse igreja e verdadero. Eu seu que O Livro de Mormon e a palavra de Deus. Estau muito felizes por este evangelho e todo pessoas podem tener este felicidades. Eu testifico que Jesus e o Cristo e nosso Salvador.

Com muito amor,
Sister Myers

PS: I'm like 90% sure I'm staying at the Provo MTC for the 6 weeks so woot woot!!

This is my district, AKA, the best district.
 Me and Elder Fisk during break time catching Swedish Fish
 Week 3

I'm still alive but I'm barely breathing.

Monday, January 18, 2016

2 weeks in of the MTC, and 4 more to go.
I feel so overwhelmed to ensure that I tell you EVERYTHING but seriously I get on email and forget what happened during the week. The days go by slow but the week goes by fast here. The days melt together. Okay so I'm going to try to go chronologically so I can remember.
Tuesday: It was an absolute emotional roller coaster. My companions and I taught our investigator, Eric, for the third time. We were so excited to have him commit to be baptized and begin his journey in following Christ. Our Portuguese is slow but it's definitely getting better. I understand about almost all of it now when others are speaking to me, but i still have a hard time responding, but that comes with time (aka not 2 weeks, duh Chandler). By dinner time, we had 7 hours of studying and we were all so grouchy and drained. Instead of preparing for our lesson, my companions and I started sharing scriptures outloud that were our favorite. It instantly brought back the Spirit and gave all of us the energy to finish the day. I've never felt a 180 degree change so strongly before. The scriptures are the word of God! I felt prompted to write one of our scriptures on the board. Later that night, one of our elders walked in, saw our scripture, and started crying. He was having a hard day as well. He just stared at the board until he looked at me and asked if I had written it. I nodded as he explained that that scripture was his dad's last words to him before he left. Heavenly Father works in mysterious ways and we should always act when He needs us to act. Later that night, ELDER ANDERSEN SPOKE AT DEVOTIONAL!!!! By far the coolest experience yet. Before he spoke we sang "I'll Go Where You Want Me To Go" and I absolutely lost it. God's plan for me is definitely not my own but in that very moment, I understand why I was in Provo and why I'm going to Brazil. Heavenly Father needs me in those places at this time in my life and I wouldn't want to be anywhere else. Elder Andersen's talk was on Jesus Christ. My favorite part of the talk was his comparison of the Apostles of the church to missionaries. We have the exact same calling, to invite others to come unto Christ and always testify of Him. I thought that was really cool because I'm just a little 19 year with spunk and he's one of God's chosen Apostles to be on this earth. After, I ran into Kevin Markham (family friend). I couldnt hug him so he gave me a big handshake. He was checking up on me and I loved seeing a familiar face. As I was walking away with my companions, I started bawling. It was like seeing my dad. Him and Kevin are best friends and so alike that it really made me miss home. But I'm much better now Mom, dont worry.
Wednesday: The big highlight of today was taking a nap. Our Branch President allows us to take a nap during gym time if you feel like you're overworked and getting sick. I definitely felt that way this week. It was a small power nap but it was well needed. Other than that it was a pretty typical 18 hour day.
Thursday: Irmao Sears's lesson (we decided he looks like Harry Potter) was awesome.  He showed us this video about this family in San Diego that was converted by sister missionaries. They had two little kids. And the whole family got baptized. Later in the video, it showed the family a year later, entering the temple (with the sister missionaries in attendance, no longer on their missions) and being sealed as a family for all time and ETERNITY. As the video ended and I looked across the room, every sister and elder was crying, including our teacher. MISSIONARY WORK IS NOT ABOUT BAPTISMS. It's about giving families the gift to be with each other forever, something that no other religion does.  That feeling in our classroom, was one of those moments of "this is why were here".
Friday: WE GOT ANOTHER TEACHER. And surprise, it is our investigator Eric! So fun fact, in the MTC "an investigator" arent ever really investigators. Eric's real name is Irmao Alves and he's from Brazil. So during the week (Tues-Sat) we have two lessons every day(3 hours each) from each teacher. KINDA INSANE. It takes a whole lot of brain power let me tell ya. But I really love both of my teachers. Its nice to have Irmao Alves because he teaches me the correct way to pronounce words in Brazil rather than the Portugal Portuguese that we learn in class. Also, SHOUTOUT TO MOMMA MYERS. We ended this long day to a box full of cupcakes and my district has named her, the coolest mom of the district, as have I. Thank you mom. It really made all the difference that day. You rock. Also, my Branch President said that on Fridays is when the travel office annouces itineraries so if I do leave, I would find out on a Friday. I AM PRAYINNNNGGGG that I stay in Provo. (I'll explain later)
Apparently Saturday was boring because I dont remember at all soooo Sunday:
Sacrament was awesome. It was a first week in a full-on Portuguese Church meeting. Then I taught the Relief Society lesson (in English, whew). Sundays are nice because theyre so chill. Our devotional that night was Janice Kapp Perry. Shes "Mormon famous" for writing popular Childrens Books songs. I've never heard such a funny old lady in my LIFE. Her husband like came up while she was talking about how they met AND DIPPED HER AND KISSED HER ON THE LIPS. IN A DEVOTIONAL. TO MISSIONARIES. I was sitting inbewteen one of our elders and my companion and we all just looked at each other like "DID THAT JUST HAPPEN?" And her talk was basically all of us singing primary songs. BEST DEVO EVER.
Today (Monday): As a district we went to the Provo temple and did sealings and endowments. I just love my district with my whole heart. Theres 5 sisters and 2 elders and we're literally a little family. Most districts are kinda segregated with sisters and elders just cause its like really weird to see guys be elders and be friends with them haha. But we're really close with our elders. I'm excited for laundry. I'm already getting tired of my clothes. (Shopaholic probs)
So I mentioned it in my last email but dearelder.com is the besting invented. It allows you to send letters during the week and honestly getting a letter is like Christmas here. Also, alot of people have asked for my MTC address. It should be  on my blog. I love you all so much. THANK YOU FOR THE EMAILS YOU GUYS ROCK.
I love this Gospel and I know that Jesus is the Christ.
Bom dia!
Sister Myers

All the girls in the district because #selfienation

 Sister Pegram <3
Accomplished Week 2! 
Thanks Mom and Tanya for the yummy surprises!
 Only a fifth of the books I have here & my tag!

I'm in Provo and it's awesome, yo!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Oi familia e amigos! I have SO much to tell you all. I feels crazy that I've only been here since Wednesday. It seems like forever. The word around here is "if you make it to Sunday, you're golden" ANNNNND ITS MONDAY YALL! Okay so I'm just gonna answer the basic questions that every crazy mom needs the answer to when her baby becomes a missionary.
The food: It's not great but it's not bad. I eat a lot of salads (SURPRISE) and fruit. They have those canned pears that mom would have at dinner time and I eat a huge bowl of them. I try to stay away from ice cream and the normal meals because I just sit in the classroom most of the day. And water in the morning and caffeine free Diet Coke for dinner and lunch. You got to treat yo'self.
Workout: I LOVE WORKING OUT SO SO MUCH. I've been running 4 miles everyday (besides Sunday) and then doing like arms, or abs, or legs. I actually just did arms so my arms are shaking trying to email.
Language: Some days I think I'm a pro and others I cant tell if Im in a Portuguese class or Chinese. But its coming along quickly. Thursday I bore my testimony completely in Portuguese and Friday we learned prayers so I say all  my prayers now in Portuguese. Usually I have to pause and think about what I want to say then translate it, but today I was in the Provo Temple and I said a prayer in Portuguese and it just like came to me. The gift of tongues is so real. We taught our first lesson in Portuguese on Friday and it totally crashed and burned but on Saturday, we knew EXACTLY what to say to our investigator, Eric, and it was such a sweet experience.
Companions: HOLY COW DID I LUCK OUT! My companions are Sister Pegram and Sister Anderson. I'm in a trio and I love them so so so so much. Sister Pegram and I like cry at everything. And we all work so well together. The other two sisters in the pictures are Sister Hansen and Sister Bird and theyre in our district and room. Seriously theyre my best friends and I feel like I've known all of them together. I feel so blessed. Every one in my district just wants to be here and change lives and its the best.I feel like I've known them forever.
Brazil or Provo MTC: I know without a doubt that I was supposed to go to the Provo MTC for a reason. These past 5 days have been the happiest days of my life, even though its way cold outside. Stake President asked me before I left to find out why I went to Provo insetad of Brazil. I honestly can say that my Heavenly Father knows me and my needs and the transition to Provo and the poeple I've meet are why I'm here.
Sleep: You get none of it. We go to bed around 10:30 and then wake up at 6... or if youre in my room all 5 of us girls waits for the alarm to go off at least 3 times before we wake up. Its not bad now... you get used to it. Nighttime I dont have a lot of alone time because I have to shower and we do a room devotional and prayer and then I do journal for as long as I can.
Laundry: Mom, yes, I am doing my laundry. You get an hour on P-Days to do it. Its in this huge laundry mat thingy. It kinda reminds me of that episode of Friends with Ross and Rachel. Hahaha I miss TV a wee bit.
Feeling: I've never felt so happy in my life. I've heard people complain about the MTC but I know this is EXACTLY where my Heavenly Father wants me to be at this very moment. Days are long but God definitely has blessed me with strength and energy in my times inability. There are a lot of tears from feeling the Spirit. It's a nonstop feeling here and thats so indescribable. I really do feel the support and love sent from AZ. It definitely gets me through.
If you go to dearelder.com you can send letters throughout the week and I get it the day you send it. And we check the mail twice a day. JUST SAYING:)
Eu seu que a igreja de Jesus Cristo esta verdadiero. Eu seu que Deus quer me ser uma misanaira em Brazil. Eu seu que Espriito Santo esta com me todos. Eu grata por minha familia and amigos. Eu grata por minha Salvador e Deus. Voces amau me e todos pessoas. Eu amua este igreja y mi missao.
Todos estaou TUDO BEM!!!!
Sister Myers

Sister Whitaker and I. She's my friend from Idaho that is going to Cleveland. 
 Sister Pegram and I (she's my favorite)
 Me and my tag:
My District: 

I'm Alive!!!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Hi mei and pai! I'm officially at the MTC and our Branch President allowed us to email home before we go to bed. I don't have a lot of time. I'm so physically tired. Caffiene free Diet Coke isnt cutting it. Our days are so insanely packed that meals are my favorite so I can breathe. Food isnt horrible. I talked tp my Branch President about me coming here instead of Brazil MTC and he said with my situation it typically means that my companion didnt show up and that I wouldnt have a companion there so they put me here. I'll most likely leave in 2-3 weeks because i have a visa. But Im in a trio here anyways... Most of my district are going to Portugal and Cape Verde. Im the only Brazilian missionary. Today I shared my testimony in Portuguese... already. They stuff info in your brain as much as possible. My spanish has helped SOOO much. Portuguese is basically Spanish with a weird accent. Okay I love you guys!! I have to go. Im awesome here

Welcome to Sister Myers' blog

Friday, January 1, 2016

Welcome to Sister Myers blog page! We will post pictures and her weekly emails here every week! She officially leaves January 6th, so come see her before she leaves for Fortaleza, Brazil!
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