Elder Meier

Elder Meier

Tuesday, February 9, 2016


Hey everybody!

 Actually, I have been trying very hard to focus on the spirit this week. Literally just pausing and trying to listen, like Samuel, in Sam. 3:10. and seriously it works wonders! For example... We put a 3 + year investigator on date and Elder Lui did it! Seriously it was awesome! We were so stoked! We had been praying so hard for R** to be on date and now she is committed! We have been trying to plan effectively but also generally so that we could be the tools of the Spirit, and that lesson truly was a testimony for me. We had a good lesson plan, and we stuck to it …kinda. But we went in to the lesson with the determination to listen to the spirit and say what it wants us to say. So we did! The lesson went 1,000,000 times better than we thought (obvi) seriously. It was sooo sick everything is much easier  if we just listen to the Spirit and teach to needs rather than the needs of the teaching record. But now the trick is getting her to church 😬 Sorry if that didn't make any sense, but it made sense to me.

 Love you all! - Elder Meier

Line Upon Line, Precept Upon Precept

FEB. 1st 2016


But  anyway, Mom how was the talk? I hope it went great, sorry I  didn't really provide very much information haha! How were the other talks? It's crazy to think that I have  friends literally all over the world right now! Sharing the  Gospel and stuff. Truly a miracle!  I just  want you all to know that for the last 20 minutes, I have  been sitting here trying to figure out what I should write  for my second paragraph of this email. So I concluded that I  would just write what I am doing right now! I am looking up  cool documents on LDS.org about Church Doctrine and also  about deeper stuff :D haha. I have totally become super  interested in the Doctrines of the Church, there is sooo . much we as church members don't even know about and  almost all of it is on LDS.org! Yup, it turns out they used  to put a ton of crazy cool stuff in the ensigns back in the  the 60's-80's I think the members of the church were  more ready for things than we are now, IDK. But sometimes  it's weird that they even published them cuz they are  pretty nuts!  I  didn't get pictures of Pacifica, but I have videos of  it...but since I can't send them since they are too big  I will just have to hold on to them! Oh speaking of videos!  Did you ever find the Wisdom teeth ones?  The  Missionary Broadcast was good! It was about teaching  repentance and baptizing converts with the spirit. It just talked a lot  about getting back to the basics of missionary work and  stuff like that. Very insightful and it really helped me  evaluate what parts of missionary work I was making too  complicated. So I think it was much needed!  Hey so  some updates on our investigators!Pa**e: We saw him on Wednesday... #progress! We actually were able to have a spiritual discussion! IT was awesome!  We talked a lot about the sacrament and why it was important, then more about Jesus Christ and his  atonement. He was confused as to why Christ suffered for our  sins, he couldn't quite grasp the concept of "He  loves us that much, so He did it." But in the end he  figured it out and he prayed at the end which was great as  well!  K***,  P***, and ***: Elder Lui taught about the Plan of  Salvation, ....they had some ideas about the Garden of Eden, Paradise, and stuff  like that, so we are going to probably go over that again. But they were good questions and  they committed to pray and read the Book of Mormon to know if it is true! R**: She is still investigating,  4 years and counting now! Elder Lui was on exchanges with  Elder A  when they taught her, but I guess her  concern is still Joseph Smith and Prophets, which in turn  means the Book of Mormon. So we are starting all over again with her to help her with the history. But she still has that desire to be  baptized, but I guess there are still questions that  haven't been answered in like 4 years.  Im up to the challenge though. In other  news! K*** F** said the prayer yesterday at church! I  was super stoked about that! THey are just coming to church  and doing everything just fantastico! But everytime they  have come the Temple Prep teacher hasn't been there! so they think "it's a sign" UGH!!!! But they are  still cool and are still planning on showing up, I am pretty  sure they were  joking with us...hopefully :D
 Alright  well I love you all!!!
 Love,Elder Meier

 PS Elder Lui and I are jokesters...
.we take pictures together.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Heaven Sent

January 18, 2016

This week was a lot better from last week. El Niño is doing a number here in Oakland though! We really need this rain, because it was looking pretty yellow and really sad out in the hills. So we are really being blessed right now. For like the past 2-3 weeks it's been raining pretty consistently at least every other day, so it's been fun! Puddle jumping and walking in the rain. But y'all would be surprised how many people actually link this rain to be from God. I think it's funny how often people neglect the things the Lord does unless it's really needed. Like this rain, since Cali has been in a drought for so long the people thank God for the rain. But, if Cali hadn't been in a drought for so long, no one would've ever thought anything of the rain. IDK just an observation of mine. But nevertheless, since people DO connect the rain with God it provides easy opportunities to talk about God and introduce the restored gospel! 

Since being out here, I have started to realize how much the Lord is in EVERYTHING, I am very grateful for that because without God where would I be? Who knows. But I am here now and through the Grace of God we have the victory!  
1 Cor. 15:57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 
Woot woot! Amen hallelujah? Am I right ;) haha jk. Sorry. But for real though. 

This week was pretty BOMB! We got to see a lot of our investigators and I got to go across the BAY! Woot woot! 

Tuesday we went one exchanges with the ZL. Elder Arrington came over to East Oakland, and Elder Lui went to East Oakland to speak Spanish with Elder Fuge. Nothing too great happened, we just had a lot of stopping by people’s houses and talking to people and setting up appointments. We did talk to a few people on the street that have some awesome potential! 

Wednesday: We had Zone Conference we had in in Pacifica which is across the bay! So we got to go across the bay bridge and stuff! I took some awesome videos but they are long and my email won't allow me to send videos sorry! But the Zone Conference was good, the talked a lot about housekeeping stuff and taught us basic principles of missionary work. They also changed up the accountability so that ZL can get to bed earlier. So it was good! Then later that night we taught an awesome family! K**, P***p and E**! K** and P** are married and Errol is the uncle living with them! We taught the part of the Restoration! They had a lot of questions but in the end accepted to read and pray about the Book of Mormon. It was cool because E**l is training P** how to be a Pastor. But now, they are seriously considering the Mormon Church! So we are excited to start meeting with them!

Thursday: We taught A**, who is a recent convert. She is just as super sweet and sentimental person. We taught the last half of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. She of course accepted it all and asked some really great questions. Whenever we mention God's Love, she always starts crying and it's just super spiritual because you really can just tell how much knowing that God loves her, means to her. If that makes sense. She is an amazing person. We also got to meet for the first time a less active family! The W***. Dang. They are hilarious. We went just to start reading the Book of Mormon with them and we did, but then Sis. Williams just starts cracking all these hilarious jokes. And she is a loud-but-fun African American woman, so that of course means a good time! She was just funny and super up front about how she thought about everything and how she presented was just super amusing. She knows the church is true and her Grandsons do too, but sometimes they just don't have the desire. Which is very frustrating. 

Friday: We had weekly planning! Woot Woot! But the good stuff happened after! So we taught 2 of our investigators! P*** and Lucia! P***'s lesson was for sure one of a kind. So we come in to his house and sit down and start talking to him, see how he is doing ect. We could tell something wasn't right with P***e really quickly. But we say a prayer and we get started. We start with our lesson and start reading the B.O.M with him, and right when we open the book he starts just laughing his head off for like 5 minutes straight, so then we realized. So Elder Lui and I start laughing, which was probably not too good. But yeah super hard lesson. Mostly because P***wasn't too into it. Then we decided to stop by a 'gator who we never had met, L**, and she let us in! We got to know her! Basically she said she knew the church was true! So we invited her to be baptized, she said she wanted to when she felt ready. UGh! Worst answer ever! So we brought up, the Brother of Jared who presented stone to the Lord, then related the stones to her about picking a baptismal date. She said she liked that idea! So hopefully we can put her on date! 

Saturday was kinda just blah.

Sunday: The same, but we did walk in the rain a lot. because we are super diligent :D

Love you all! 

I have some pictures, but I don't have a cord for the camera! Sorry! 

-Elder Meier