Happy Batizween

Monday, October 31, 2016

Please forgive me for the next several weeks, my emails will be shorten due to some applications I´m doing here.

Have you ever felt pure happiness? Like can´t stop smiling, HAPPY HAPPY? And not like that whole "im in love" business. Like truly truly happy. This week we have battled to find new, promising investigators. We´ve had trainings after trainings and we still werent finding these souls that are being prepared by the Lord. Then we were about to knock on a door and this man DID A CONTACT WITH US. He asked if we were Jehovah´s Witnesses (SUPER common, happens everyday). We kindly replied no and explained that we are missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He invited us into his house that is FULL of kids. He lives with his sister that has 8 kids. We shared our message with him and invited him to be baptized. The greatest part was that this house was so loud with all the kids, and the spirit inbetween my companion, Elenelson, and I was so strong. He accepted to be baptized in the moment. Walking out, my newbie companion looked at me with the biggest eyes in the world. She was so happy to have this confirmation that these elects people really are being prepared for us. Stay tuned for his baptism the next week.

I am so grateful for the opportunity to be a missionary. Theres nothing better in the world than bringing the truth to the children of God who are just waiting. Waiting for you message of happiness.

Sister Alfonso
 When you put two crazy Americans together on Halloween!

Happy & Training

Monday, October 24, 2016

Wow. There are so many crazy thinks happeing on this side of the world.

Wednesday. Sister Chamberlain(my long lost bff) and I made our way to the mission office to pick up our kids. We had NO IDEA who we would train. We arrived in the office and immediately went to the Mission President´s office. President Bonini said "All I need from you all is a YES or a No, to the responsibilty that the Lord as trusted in you." One by one we all confirmed with a yes. I think my yes was a little weak because I was SUPER SCARED. Then President went to the other room and as he called our name we entered into a room full of.... greenies(new missionaries). I was second to last. President assigned me with SISTER ALFONSO FROM PARAGUAY!!!!!

My companion is super sweet. Shes literally from a small village on the Brazil-Paraguay border. I have the biggest amount of respect for her already and I cant wait to learn from her. She´s kinda closed so I have to dig deep to learn new things about her. So far I know that shes a hard worker, very humble, and excited to work. And as a trainer, thats all i need to know.

Training is crazy. It feels like President was just like "here Sister Myers, take this kid and take care of it for 3 months". Which is hard, but Im learning to adapt. I know the importance of an awesome trainer, as I had the worlds best trainers in the world (Sister Souza and Sister Jackson- hi moms!). So I´m doing absolutely everything I can do be an example of what type of missionary she needs to be to do this sacred work. The Lord is blessing the work here in Jardim Guanabara. Several members did visits with us yesterday and we had alot of sucess finding new investigaors. So this week will be full and crazy and cheio de milagres!

Thank you for all your love and support. Im amazed every week by the amazing support I have from back home. Not every missionary has that and Im so grateful for the sacrifices my parents made so I could be here on a mission, serving the Lord.

 Birthday package!

Expecting baby girl!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Hello family and friends!!! This email will be a little short because things are a little crazy here in the inbox because of TRANSFERSSSSS! Have I ever told you gusy that I love changes. Seriously it´s like your birthday every 6 weeks and you get a new email saying where you get to serve the Lord for the next 6 weeks. It´s quite possibly the coolest thing ever, you know, besides the gospel of Jesus Christ.

So IM EXPECTING! Please let me explain. When you are about to train a BRAND NEW MISSIONARY, you become their mom or dad and the new missionary is your daughter or son. I´m basically trying to explain that I´m gonna train this transfer. I havent recieved her name yet but Wednesday I´ll pick her up from the mission home! Woot woot! I´m SUPER EXCITED.  It will be a new experience for me but thats what the mission is for!

I love this gospel with all my heart. I love my Savior and I know He lives and is always at our side. He´s never left mine. I love being Sister Myers because I get to represent happiness through the Savior for the people of Fortaleza Brazil.
Sister Myers
*off to drink Coca-cola because it is a thousand times better here*

Because when you put an Arizonan and a Californian together, there is bound to be Mexican food! 

My 9 month presents!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Wow. I loved loved loved this week. A lot of sweet things happened that are so close to my little brazilian heart. I had the privilige to watch to of our beautiful investigators get baptized. I think every baptism is special, but there are some that hit home much more because, I dont know... they just are.

Three weeks ago, our favorite RM in our ward, Daiana, brought her sister and brother to church. She asked us if we could teach her sister, Nayara the lessons, as the elders in the other ward would teach her brother because he lives in a different area. For the past three weeks, Daiana, the elders, us, and her siblings have had lessons almost everyday. I´ve never felt the Lord´s hand so closely in our lessons. Of course they accepted to be baptized. Yesterday, I was able to see two siblings enter into the waters of baptism 6 YEARS after their sister was baptized, served a full-time mission. I´ve never seen someone so happy in my life. Before the baptism, I was thinking alot about this RM and why she decided now to bring her siblings to investigate the church. Why not during her mission? Why not when she got home? I sat next to her and I said "I just wanted to say Sister Andrade and I are really grateful you chose this time to share the gospel with your siblings, and let us teach your sister." With tears in her eyes she responded, "I was waiting for you two.". I dont know why she was waiting for us, I know with all my heart, the Lord prepares His children to hear the restored gospel. It was such a sweet day for us.

Also three weeks ago, we began to teach Eduarda. Shes 17 years old and opened the door for us with the biggest smile I´ve ever seen. As we began to teach her, I saw this growing light in her. We invited her to first pray if Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, then if the Book of Mormon is true, and so on and so forth. I´ve never seen someone receive the answers that she has recieved in the past 3 weeks. One day we were teaching, and her friend Taina was there as well. Eduarda testified of the answer she had recieved the night before. Her friend Taina said she wanted to feel answered too. As she lives in the area of the elders, we sent her address to them. And yesterday, both of the young girls were baptized. Eduarda, promissing she wanted to be a Sister one day.

To say the very least, this week was very special and so so so dear to my heart. I passed my nine month mark (half way point), and I´m sad. I dont ever want to not be a missionary. I dont ever want to stop seeing the gospel changing lives. I mean, eating Pei Wei and In n Out again would be cool but seriously, nothing is better than missionary work. Not even In N Out.
 It's all downhill from here.

 White Sunday
 Daina, Nayara and Franklin
 90 degrees here with a chance of BAAPTISM WATERRR!

Better than Christmas

Monday, October 3, 2016

What´s better than Christmas? GENERAL CONFERENCE!!!!!!
After a very long, tiring week we had the oppurtunity to hear the voices of men called of God. I had many questions, all anxiously awaiting to recieve answers. When we arrived in the stake center, Sister Chamberlain (the other American sister) we heard there would not be an English broadcast. We looked at each other with tears in our eyes and sat with our companions. When there is translation, you can hear the first phrase in english, then followed by portuguese. Disapppointed, we opened our journals, really praying hard for the gift of tongues. After ten minutes, a brother said to the other sister that there was a tv set up for us on the upper level. SISTER CHAMBERLAIN LITTERALY DIDNT THINK SHE JUST RAN FOR THE STAIRS. It was super funny because, knowing why she was running, I naturally ran after her. We took the stairs two by two. At the end of the hallway, we heard the sweet voice of President Uchtdorf. With each step we hear his voice louder and louder until we entered a tiny room, with just a fan and a tv. Tears still streaming from our eyes, we heard the gospel being preached in our home language. I´m so grateful for the gospel in every language. Im so grateful that Heavenly Father has given me the gift of tongues to preach the gospel to His children in the Portuguese langauge.

There were many awesome talks and I cant wait for the Liahona to get here so I can study all of them again but a phrase I really needed to hear was "We can´t pray away someone´s agency."

I love this gospel. I testify that being a missionary is hard but there is no greater joy than sharing the restored gospel with every person you see. Take Elder Oak´s talk and study how to be a member missionary. Please, from every missionary in the field and from our moms. Help us do the Lord´s work.

Sister Myers

Caju, the world's grossest fruit

 Comp love.
 Nayara- She'll be baptize next week. Her sister at my side is a RM
 Eduarda- also will be baptized next week!
 Foot problems.. they never end.
I got 99 problems but bananas aint one.

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