Monday, 23 September 2013

Bad Week turned Good.

Snippet from Elder Meyer's email on 23/09/13:

So it wasn't the best week at the beginning. We had been trying by some people that were interested in the Gospel but we couldn't get a hold of them. We knocked on some doors instead and were getting a lot of rejections. I was getting a wee bit frustrated at this and the fact that my speech hasn't been the best lately with all that I stutter with. So we were walking along the street and Elder Rollins said that I should stop this person that was coming towards us as she needs the Gospel in her life. So I grudgingly thought ok and stopped her. Her name is Leah and she is from Boston in America. She is a nice girl and listened to what we had to say. She liked what she was hearing, so we gave her a Book of Mormon and made a return appointment for Saturday.

We went and saw you on Saturday and she had some questions that we tried our best to answer for her. She really enjoyed the lesson and we could all feel of the spirit. Since then, she has come to church and loved it. So we have found another who is interested in the Gospel which really brightened up the week!

Monday, 16 September 2013

Promoted to Senior?

So I know you are all wondering what happened with moves call...

Well, I will be staying with Elder Rollins in Terenure. I am going to be the Senior Companion. (A senior companian is responsible for making the decisions prompted by the Holy Spirit regarding the companionship). I am happy about that as I love Elder Rollins. He is great to be around and He has such a great personality. I love him.

Sometimes I was a little jealous that Elder Gill, my other companion in our 'three-way' companionship, gets to go home. But then I realise that it will be my turn soon. That time will eventually come and I need to focus on my mission and not get distracted. And by doing this, I will continue to love my mission and love the people here in the Scotland and Ireland mission.

It is sometimes weird being back in a two-some again. It seemed like even though it wasn't for very long, I forgot what it was like. But it will be alright. I am with someone that I like and we get along well with each other.

So here's to another great moves with Elder Rollins.

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Families are Forever.

A short testimony from Elder Meyer on Families: (02/09/13)

I feel at peace when I read your emails and that I will be able to be there for you all, even though I am miles and miles away. I will always be there for my family, I love my family so so much, and if there is any help needed I will always be there for everyone. How great it is to have the gospel in our lives!I think that having the gospel in our lives has helped our family come so much closer together and that we are all unified. I am so happy that I am able to be with my family for eternity. I really love that, and that after this life there will be more and it won't just end there after we die. It will be just the beginning! I love the gospel so much. I treasure it so much, and being out on my mission makes me realise how this gospel is so important. I want to be active my whole life and continue to do my missionary work throughout my life.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Famous for My Tim Tam Slams.

Whilst Elder Meyer has been away, he has introduced many of his companians to the famous Australian Tim Tam slam. None of them can resist as Elder Meyer is constantly asking for more to be sent over. Between these delicious treats and the fudgy-wudgy chocolate chip cookies he makes, who wouldn't want to be Elder Meyer's companion? Seriously.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Multicultural Dublin

It is a really interesting place here in Dublin. There are lots of foreigners as I have met some people that are from Africa, Romania, Brazil, Latvia, America and lots of other countries. It's interesting. It seems like a really good area. I think I am going to enjoy it here. The ward is a wee bit smaller than Liff, and Lisburn. There are some foreigners in the ward as well, which is good to get to know them and where they come from and all that.

The past few days I have been getting to know about the area and seeing some of the people we are going to teach. There are some Africans, we also teach a guy from Brazil named Guilherme. In this area, because there are lots of people from different countries, there is a member in the ward that puts on Free English classes so people can come and learn English for free. This has been a great teaching tool as we can talk with people in Dublin city and advertise these classes. It has given us a chance to talk to more people.

Achieving Our Goals!

(A family in Dublin we have been teaching)

This week was a busy week doing the Lord's work. President Brown spoke with Elder Gill and set a challenge with him to get 20 joint teachers to an investigators lesson. So that means 20 members present in the lesson to an investigator. So after setting that goal this past week, we were able to do 21 member present lessons! We achieved our goal and we were able to do an extra one! It has been such a good week going on splits with the members of the Terenure Ward. They are excellent at having members come out with us to teach. This is the first area that people have been really willing to come out with us. In my other areas, not a whole lot of members would come out to teach with us. So that has been a blessing! And the lessons I feel we taught were solid lessons. They were not wasted. I have just felt the spirit so much this week! I love doing thy work!

New Companions, Elder Gill and Elder Rollins.

From Left to Right: Elder Rollins, Elder Gill and I.
My companions names are Elder Gill and Elder Rollins. Elder Gill is from England, from Newcastle in England. He was my zone leader in Belfast, so I knew him from before. Elder Gill is funny, he is cheeky sometimes. Elder Rollins and I will be killing of Elder Gill as this is his last transfer and he goes home at the end of the six weeks, so I am killing off another missionary. Elder Rollins, he is from Colorado and he has been out 6 months on his mission. Elder Rollins is a nice missionary, he is sensible.
From Left to Right: Elder Rollins, Elder Gill and I.

It seems very different in a trio with 2 other companions. I have to get use to it as we have only been together for a few days so it's just the starting stages. I will have to get used to the new area also, but I think after a while it will be fine and I will love it just like everywhere else I have served.


The Republic of IRELAND.
Elder Meyer has recently been transferred to an area called Terenure in Dublin, Ireland. So to recapture his travels thus far, refer to the following map. He has served in a total of three areas, each within a new country. This means Elder Meyer has been to all three countries included in his mission area. 

Now I know you are all wondering what happened with moves call. Well Elder Burt is staying and he will be training a new missionary whilst I will be moving. I am moving to a place called Terenure, in Ireland. It is near Dublin. So I am going to the Republic of Ireland! I am excited to serve there. I will be serving in a trio this time, so with 2 other missionaries. One is Elder Gill, who I know. He was my zone leader in Belfast. He is from England. The other missionary's name is Elder Rollins. I don't know much about him as he might be recently new on his mission. So I am happy I am going there, but I am sad that I am leaving this area of Dundee. I have enjoyed this area and I am going to miss it, but I can't wait to come back after my mission and see it all again. I hate the fact that I have to pack now and I only have 2 days till I move. I want to go say goodbye to people as well, so it is going to be a busy 2 days doing all that.

Hump Day

That's right, Elder Meyer is well over half way through his time in the Scotland Ireland mission. So to celebrate we took a camel ride around the outback of Australia, and will send photos to Elder Meyer, along with this message.

By Cheryl K. Carpenter 
As you come to the one-year mark of your mission, I am sending you this camel to remind you how far you have come, and where you are going. There are many similar characteristics of a great missionary and a camel. 
The first is the "hump". Yes, you have crossed the mark and now are over the hump of the first year. But remember the hump of a camel is used to store food for the long journey. Camels can go for long periods of time without food, but he must store his food in his hump. A Missionary has learned from so many experiences, but a wise Missionary will store the knowledge he has gained, and put it to greater use the second half of his mission. 
Another important symbol, is what the camel does to be prepared to carry his load for his Master. A camel sometimes protests his heavy load, but he drops to knees for his Master, and once started, he patiently carries his load. As a missionary sometimes the load seems heavy and difficult to carry. But when you drop to your knees and succumb to the Master's will, he will carefully lead you and you can bear the load patiently, and do your Father in Heaven's work as he would have you do. This is why the camel's knees are heavily padded, as a Missionary, your knees are calloused from the many hours of kneeling in prayer.

The camel has high set eyes, that enable him to see long distances. A Missionary has his eyes set on higher things, he follows the Spirit that enables him to see the Children of God, those who are seeking answers, and he teaches them the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 
The camel has broad, two-toed feet, that keep it from sinking in desert sand. A missionary has a broad knowledge and a firm testimony of the Gospel. This enables him to teach with boldness and stand firm in his testimony. The people you teach do not yet have the blessing of such a sure-foot, but as you teach with love and the Spirit, you will help them gain their own testimony that will help them walk on firmer ground. One that will lead them back to their Father in Heaven. 
So you see, a Missionary has a lot in common with a camel. Put this camel where you can see it often. Dedicate yourself to do as the camel does. Serve your Master well and patiently over the long journey. You have come a long way, there is still much ground to cover. Continue to move forward, serving with love, until your mission is complete and your Father in Heaven will say, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant.