Elder Myers

Elder Myers

Monday, November 23, 2015

November 22, 2015

Not much new news from here in Komatsu. We've had a pretty normal missionary week but it was still fun as always. The weeks are flying by here and I am learning so much! I can't believe I left home 4 months ago, it still feels like yesterday. I love Japan and I love the people here. I really feel like I have known some of these people my whole life. They are so kind and selfless. I'm loving the experiences I'm having here and all that I am learning from them.

Well this week....Wednesday we found a new investigator!! Yay!! We had been praying since last Friday to find and investigator by Wednesday and late Wednesday night we found Hiyoki San through some good old fashioned housing. He is way nice and super interesting. He has tattoos all over his body, which here means he might be in a gang. We will have to ask him sometime hahaha! 

Thursday was a sad day :( we went to the Dias family's house ( our Brazilian family) to visit with them one last time before their baptism. Well we found out that the mom is still having problems with drinking coffee. We had to move the baptism two weeks back and it was a little sad but it's better that they are prepared. They are such an awesome family and we are continuing to work with them to help her stop drinking coffee so that they can all get baptized together as a family. 

Sunday we had a cool experience with a less active. We have only seen him one time because every time we visit he isn't home. Well this time he was home and we were able to talk to him and found out he was having some health problems. Well we chatted and then we shared a quick video about Christ and he loved it. Well following that he just asked for a priesthood blessing! Me and my companion gave him a blessing and it was so awesome and the spirit was so strong and I know he felt it. It was an experience to remember. 

That's about it for this week. We have had a really successful week with street contacting and housing. We have almost doubled the number of investigators that we have in just one week. Some are stronger than others but we are really seeing the work progress here in Komatsu and its so great. I am learning Japanese and Portuguese so fast and am grateful for the Lord's help so that I can teach and testify to these people in their own tongue. Missions are great and I love what I am doing so much! Everyday I learn something new, especially about myself. I am really seeing such a change the gospel is having on me and my nature. The gospel is good! God is good! Love you all and hope you are all doing well! 

Elder Myers

皆さん頑張ってね。


Photobombing the picture of the cream puff

Monday, November 16, 2015

November 16, 2015

Hello everyone! So this week was a fun one full of good lessons and lots of rain. I love the rain (NOT). It rains a lot here and we just go out and pretend like it's nothing. People sometimes look at us funny because of it. Hahaha! I've only crashed once in the rain so far since I got here so that's good. The roads and sidewalks here weren't designed very well for rain. They get very slippery. It's starting to cool down here and we will probably be seeing snow by mid December. Everyone here tells me that snow and winter here in Komatsu is the worst. FUN!

Well to start off, last Monday we had family home evening with a family in the ward and it was super fun. They are probably my favorite family in the ward and one of the people I will miss the most when I leave here. 

Wednesday we had a super interesting lesson. We had a member come with us to teach this man who we had only taught one time before. His Japanese is super hard to understand so this time we brought a member to help. Well we sit down with him and as soon as we start talking about good he asks "where is heaven?" And my companion is just like "uhh I don't know..." Then the man just argued with the member for a long time. So really the lesson ended up being the investigator and the member bashing the whole time and me and my companion only understanding about 20%. In the end we just asked if he was actually interested and he said no so that's it for him. Hahaha. This week we are planning to stop by and just give him a Book of Mormon and invite him to read. 

Thursday was elder jenks 1 year mark!!! Yay! He is an old man now. Hahaha we had a little bit of a busy day so we didn't really do much. The only thing we did was eat a lot of ice cream. Hahaha! 

Friday was zone conference. That's always way fun and I always learn a lot. Love it! 

Saturday we ran into a Jehovah's Witness and she just tried to bash with us. It was rather entertaining. Hahaha! 

This week we taught our investigator family (the Diez family) 2 times. They are so awesome and are getting baptized this coming Sunday. We are so excited for them! They are so prepared and have changed their lives so much in order to be baptized. The Lord really does prepare people to receive the gospel. We just have to find them! This family has a special place in my heart and they have changed my life so much. I am so honored to be the one to help them on their journey home to their father in heaven. The gospel is so amazing and changes lives! 

This week was so fun! I've had lots of people tell me my Japanese is getting a lot better so that's awesome. A lady at church yesterday couldn't believe I have only been in Japan for 2 months. Also all people are blown away that I speak English, Portuguese, and Japanese. It's so fun but so hard. It's getting easier to switch between them now but sometimes I still mix it up and people get confused. For example yesterday I bumped into a lady at church and said sorry in all the languages, I said " desculpe desculpe. Sorry sorry. Gomenasai Gomenasai." She was so confused after that. Hahaha! So that's my struggle here! 

Love you all and hope all is wonderful and joyous!! Take care! 

Lots of love from Komatsu, 

Elder Myers 
マイヤズ長老




Another picture of my zone









Monday, November 9, 2015

November 9, 2015

Hello everyone!! Week one of transfer 2 done!!! This week was pretty normal, nothing too crazy. All missionaries want crazy, fun, and awesome stories but sadly some weeks are just kinda normal. There is never a bad week as a missionary though! 

Well last Monday we had a FHE lesson with a less active Brazilian family. It went super well and they loved it. They have a 8 year old daughter who wants to get baptized so we taught about baptism and I did a cool little object lesson and she loved it. We have become close with this family and really want them to come to church but it's hard for them. They are super busy with work and have some other hard things in their lives right now. That was a fun night from this week though. 

On Tuesday we met with our progressing investigator Brazilian family. That's always super fun. I love them! They are so willing to accept the lessons and to follow the commandments. We taught them keeping the Sabbath day holy and they said they would come to church every Sunday they aren't working even if it's really hard. They are so awesome! We have a lesson with them tomorrow and they are gonna make us Brazilian food. I'm so excited!! 

Wednesday was probably my favorite day of the week. We went and did a service project with a member of the ward. Afterward we went and had a nice lunch, then they took us to a super cool tourist spot. We didn't even know they were taking use there! We showed up and they were just like ohh we are here lets go check it out. It was sooooo cool! It is one of the most prettiest places I've ever seen. It also helps that it's fall and Japan is so pretty in the fall. Ahh love the nature here in Japan! 

Saturday we went and housed the biggest apartment building we could find in our city. It's kinda funny because the biggest apartment we could find was actually not in the city but more towards the coast. Well we had fun knocking doors for about on hour. You always walk away after doing housing with an interesting story, I love it. This time we knocked on a door but no one came so we knocked again still no answer. Well we start to walk around the corner when we hear the door open. We turn around and start walking back around the corner and as soon as this old lady saw us she ran back into her apartment and locked the door. It's funny cause she was about 3 steps out the door so it wasn't the usual shut the door on us, she actually had to run back into the house. We laughed for a while after that one. 

Yesterday at church was fun! There is a member that goes to a college nearby and he showed up to church today. He is from Utah and is just a normal white guy! It's so weird to speak English to someone other than my companion. He is cool and said he will try to come more often. Also I've been trying to talk a lot more with the members and today a lot of them said my Japanese is getting a lot better so that's awesome! 

Well Japan is awesome!!! It's starting to get a little cold and rainy but that's okay. I love going out everyday and talking to people and preaching the gospel. I love that each and everyday I get the chance to bear my testimony, cause I know this church is true and I want everyone to know it too. This gospel is so simple yet so true! 

Thank you all! I love you all and hope all is well with everyone! Take care! Till next week! 



The Beauty of Japan in the fall

Some P-day sight seeing - Beautiful Places









Monday, November 2, 2015

November 1, 2015

Well this week was a fun one. We had lots of fun experiences and lots of good learning experiences. So first, me and elder Jenks are staying another transfer. Yay!! Can't believe my first transfer is over, it doesn't seem real. It goes super fast. Wow! 

So this past week, at the end of last p-day me and elder Jenks were riding around visiting some less actives and we stop at the corner of a pretty busy street in the city. We look across the street and see a man. He walks all the way to the corner then we watch him undo his pants then he just peed right in the gutter. It was soooo crazy. I guess that's not even a problem here. Me and my companion were dying laughing. Then he just walked away like it was perfectly normal. Hahahaha interesting experience. 

Tuesday I had exchanges and I went to Fukui again but this time I was with elder Horio. He is our district leader. He is Japanese and probably one of the funniest people ever. We had a way good time together and we only spoke Japanese that whole day so that was fun. On Thursday I went all the way to Nagoya for bean training (new missionary training). It was cool to see all the missionaries that I came to Japan with and to talk about our experiences. I also learned a lot at the training. 

Yesterday, Sunday, the funniest thing happened. So here in Japan they think English is really cool. Therefore there are lots of little things here that have English on them, Sometimes clothes. However, 99% of the time the English makes no sense and it is super funny. I have seen some of the funniest t-shirts here and it's so funny cause they have no clue what it says. So yesterday a sister gets up to bear her testimony and her shirt just says "pissed pissed" in big letters. Me and my companion were trying to hard not to laugh in the meeting. It was so so funny. The best is she has no idea what it means. 

This week our Brazilian investigator family has made some great progress. Last Monday night we taught the plan of salvation and they loved it and we have them praying and reading the Book of Mormon everyday. Things are going great. The daughter has also officially joined and started listening to the lessons. Then yesterday they all came to church and after we had a lesson with them and taught the law of chastity and word of wisdom and they excepted it so well and are willing to make changes to their lives. We also got the daughter to set the same baptismal date as her parents so they can all get baptized on the same day. It is so great to see the progress they are making and the changes they are making in order to get baptized. It touches my heart to much to see this gospel and the lords spirit touching and changing the lives of people. It is truly amazing! 

This week was full of fun stuff, interesting experiences, and spirit filled lessons. I know that I was called to Japan for a reason, I love it here and I love the people. I know the gospel is true and I love seeing it change my life and the lives of others. The Book of Mormon is true and it has such great power and truth. 

I love you all and hope all is well. I'm loving it here and it will be way hard to leave one day. Everyone have a great week!! 

Love, 

Elder Myers





P-Day Trip in a beautiful country

My District






















video

Japanese BBQ









October 25, 2015

Not a super crazy week but I enjoyed it. Hahaha! I'm sorry, I don't
have to much time this week so this will be short.


Last p-day we went to a ping pong club thing and challenged people to
ping pong and said if we win they have to listen for 5 minutes to our
message. Well they were all old so we thought we could win. Well...we
thought wrong. They killed us EVERYTIME! Hahaha it was way fun and the
people were super nice. We are going to go back and talk to some of
those people again.

This week we found a new investigator. We knocked on his door and he
opened and in English said "are you from Salt Lake City?" And we said
yes. He was Japanese but spoke really good English. Without us even
asking he said he wants to hear our message and wants our number. He
also asked if we like Indian food and we were like yeah sure and he
said okay I'll take you to dinner and you can teach me. Hahahaha! It
was the easiest ping pong I've ever had. He is super nice and I can't
wait to teach him tomorrow.

This week we had zone conference. It was super fun and I learned a
lot. My mission president talked about the power of the Book of
Mormon. The Book of Mormon truly is so powerful. It has the power to
change hearts and change lives. It has changed mine and I am so
grateful. I love reading it everyday! I love talking to people about
the Book of Mormon everyday!

I love you all and hope all is great! I miss you all!

Love
Elder Myers
マイヤズ長老



It sure rains a lot here!











My First Zone

My zone is the best!!!

A little lunch goodness in Japan

video

We couldn't get him to eat americanized sushi before he
left and now he is eating this octopus sushi.

October 18, 2015

Pretty normal week. Just did the usual missionary work and stuff everyday. Hahaha! Did service out in the rice fields again this week which was fun. Had eikaiwa (English class) that's always a blast. Our students are sooooo funny, I love them all. This week we had exchanges so I got to go to Fukui which was fun. It was for one day. Fukui is a bigger city than Komatsu so that was a little different to be in a bigger city. I was in Fukui with elder Tallent and he is was cool and funny so I had a good time. 

This week we had a ward activity, music night. It was a blast. My companion is way good at piano so he played a couple songs. Also the sister missionaries sang and that was awesome. There were these two girls who drove up all the way from Nagoya and played and sang at our activity, that was cool. It was a fun time and we had several less actives and investigators show up so that's awesome. 

Not a super exciting week but that's okay. Weeks fly by here, always working and stuff. Love talking to people everyday, even though we get rejected a ton hahaha. Love talking about Jesus Christ to anyone and everyone. I love the joy that the gospel brings to people's lives. I love the joy the gospel brings to my life. This week I've been ponderizing :

1 NEPHI 18:16 

"Nevertheless, I did look unto my God, and I did praise him all the day long; and I did not murmur against the Lord because of mine afflictions. " .   


I love this scripture! We all go through hard times. As a missionary some days are just rough. We all need to remember Nephi's example and when hard times come turn to the lord and "praise him all the day long ". I know it helps, as a missionaries it's what we always do. When things don't go how we planned or things are just hard we always pray and seek the lord help. Ponderizing is the best!! 

Love you all!!

Love 
Elder Myers 
Giant Buddha Statue