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Monday, July 27, 2015

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 July 27th

​WAAZZZUP!

This week was super crazy! We had to do a ton of stuff. It was one of those weeks where I felt like I didn't do anything, but then looking back at it. We did a TON of stuff!!! I am hecka exhasuted from this whole week!! 

So first off E. O is awesome! Still a really solid guy, just like in the MTC! Super fun and super cool! Plus he has a cool eskimo shoes, but that's for another time. he also has a realyl strong desire to help the zone! Which is always a plus!

So on Tuesday we had a lot of report stuff to do...But we also had our interviews with President Frandsen! I was the very first person he ever interviewed in the mission EVER!!! He was sooooo great!  He is a really cool guy, kind of business like, but very determined. He has some really awesome ideas for the mission and I feel like he knows exactly what he is doing! Sis. Frandsen is so nice and is very open and just really funny! She made us cookies and was really fun to talk to..
Also, after interviews we had a lesson with one of our investigators named C----! He has been going to church for like 9 years in the Brentwood 2nd ward, but for some reason he was never baptized. So we started teaching him! He committed to be baptized on the 16th! He is super solid! Everyone we talked to about him was shocked that he wasn't a member! So it's crazy how people just assume things and allow them to slip through the cracks! After that we had to do our stake reports because that night we were going to meet with the Stake President, the high councilman over missionary work, and also President Frandsen. So we had to make sure the stake reports were on POINT! The meeting ended up going well and a lot of assignments were made so we are excited about that :)

Wednesday we had our Zone Leadership Council, it's kinda like a ward council for missionaries. We talke about the needs of the zone and what not. It was productive! Then we had Zone Training Meeting where the entire zone comes and we get to train them! It was fun, but it also took a lot of time to do all of those meetings!!! Crazy how many reports and trainings and things we have to do. It is tough work but I am thankful for the practice! Then we taught a member named C----! She is planning on getting her patriarchal blessing soon! So we talked a lot about it to her! She is extremely excited about it all! We also taught N----! She is still on date for the 16th as well! She was in Tijuana over the weekend and stuff but she is home now! Her mom is wanting her to push back her date, cuz the mom is nervous about Mormons. But N---, as she was telling us the story, bore testimony to her mom about how she knew this was the church she loved, and that it was the true church. It was an awesome experience!!!

Thursday was a long day...We went to Hayward, but since we were kinda by Oakland, we text the zone to send us list of supplies they need so we can bring it back. Well we get done with the errands, we stop by the Ormsby's in San Lorenzo cuz we were passing by, THAT WAS AWESOME!!! I love that family! Their son was back from his mission, so I finally got to meet him! They are all doing well :). But anyway, we go to Oakland pick up all this stuff for people in the Zone, and right when we get into Pittsburg, which is 30 minutes from Oakland, we get a text from the office telling us we forgot something really important.....So we had to go back. Well 1 hour later, we end up drivign like 200 miles that day, barely any proselyting got done. And we were both distraught!

Friday we taught N---, she just rails us with all these questions that don't even apply. Like in Alma 32 talking about the seed she took it waaay out of text...Then we had weekly planning. We also taught C--- again, again he is super super solid! He has invited like literally 3 wards across the mission to his baptism! 

Saturday basically we did all this service! There was a stake picnic for Pioneer day and we helped set that up and we actually attended and helped with pick up and did a little singin thing and it was just a party!!!  We got to meet a lot of new people, and it was just bumpin'!!! The pics of that party are on another elders camera...but I will get them some time next week! 

The future is still kinda far, but don't worry I am considering a lot of things don't worry. I am getting better at running and working out. Obviously more progress is needed but I am doing well with getting better habits.
I am glad Samantha's Boyfriend is awesome! It's weird not really knowing this guy....but I'll trust y'all!! Sounds like a good guy :)

Also, I did talk to you about the Watches and the birthday box. I sent like a big email about that. So I don't know if you read it or not. I specifically remember being proud of myself for thanking you for them...

Love you family!!!
-Elder Meier


Well Here are some pictures!!!

The Zone!



July  20th:

July 13 Good News & My Testimony

July 6 Audio not transcribed yet.. Coming Soon

So much happened in JUNE, Goodbyes, One year Mark {June 18th} and HBD Elder Meier! {June 26th}



video
June 29th:

HAPPY FRIGGIN BIRTHDAY TO ME!!!!! (June 26th)

Well, to start up this bad boy! I got past my birthday! WOOT WOOT! I am now 1/3 away from 60!!! Super exciting right! I did my birthday door and everything! Some of the members threw a little fiesta for me :) so I feel really blessed to have such homies all around meh. I think some people sent some pictures to you about some burfday stuff. To celebrate we just had cake and ice cream and lots of sugary food which is torturous, because I am pretty sure I have gained like 10 pounds in like 5 days. NO bueno. so I gotta start eating healthy again! 

Thank you for the packages! Super awesome! They made me feel cool and loved :) Elder S was jealous! But then he realized how fat I was getting so I guess he ended up winning that one ;) 

This week was pretty friggin DOPE! We found 2 new investigators!! The first one her name is A--, she was a referral from the Sister Training Leaders! We taught her the Restoration, it was awkward though, because she had just come back from a water park, so she was basically in a bikini. Lucky she covered up a little, but we just had to maintain eye contact with her so we didn't look weird. haha! She is super solid super fun! We also found someone named N----! She was also a referral, but they were from the Walnut Creek Zone Leaders. She is super cool! Super prepared! We taught her twice last week! We introduced the BOM to her she was all over it! Super excited about all of it, then we taught her the next day, the restoration! Her family owns this restaurant that sells mexican desserts. They are straight from mexico....THE HAVE THE BEST HORCHATAS OF AMERICA! But yeah, pretty sure she will be getting baptized!! 

We also saw A--! We taught him yesterday! We took him to the visitor centers, and showed him some DOPE videos! I felt the spirit way strong, I think A-- did too! He is awesome, and is just taking everything a step at a time, as he should.. Such an awesome guy!  He was able to make some goals for himself, 1. he was gunna pray every morning and night. 2. He was gunna read the scriptures every day. 3. Go to A church! So we are excited for the decisions he is making! He will make the change, and I know he will. But over time! So that was really exciting! 

I went on exchanges with the AP's!!! I went to Oakland with Elder A!!! REUNITED!! AND I WAS JUST SO EXCITED!!! He is seriously the bomb! I really was happy to be able to work with him again! He is such an awesome missionary! We decided we are going to start a business in St. George! A philly cheesesteak shop! We taught a lot of fun people and had some good times! We also had a some lumpia! It was awesome! I love eating all this awesome food! Ugh IDK I just love Elder A! He is such a homie! can't wait to see him when I get home so we can kick it!

Funny story! There was a shooting at one of our chapels yesterday!!! haha! Some people from the area got into a scuffle. Someone pulled out a gun and yeah. Now there is 2 people in the hospital. But that's just a day in the life of a missionary in the Oakland/ San Francisco mission. 

We also have a new mission president! He came in today! President Frandsen is the new guy up in here! It is all very exciting stuff!! So that is pretty crazy! President Meredith is gonezo! Super crazy! 

Well, that's pretty much the week! haha! It was a good time! Right now we are emailing and We are talking about some deep doctrine stuff! CRAZY STUFF! hahha! 

Here are some pictures! 

AP's apartment!

Oakland dreamin'
Wildfire that burned this hill
Birthday Door!!!
Exchanges with Elder Atkinson
Too much friggin cake!!!
Ade!!
So these pictures are from MLC, so these are all the Zone Leaders, Sister Training Leaders, and then the AP's and President and Sister Meredith!!! S'cute!! Dad notice Elder Sesi Salt in the back ground I played rugby with him he is in the back row 2nd one in from the right.



June 22nd:
Well I think it's fair to say that this last year has gone by waaayyy toooo fast! Holy Moly! It feels just like yesterday I ​was getting dropped off at the MTC, and almost leaving my wallet in the car!!!! Super weird to think that I have been living on my own (kinda) for a year now. It's really easy and I like it :) But I don't know really how it will be in the real world! Hopefully it's kinda the same. Anyway...

This week we had Zone Conference, there were 3 zones that were apart of it. The Walnut Creek zone, The Concord Zone, and the Antioch Zone! It was a pretty big group! We got trained on how to eat healthy and how to plan effectively and all that by the AP's and the nurses. Sis. Meredith talked a lot about Charity and how it's one of the most important things we can have on our missions and in our life, that took like 2 hours. So then we had lunch and chatted, normal missionary stuff, the "good to see you's" and "how are you doings" Then we went and did the training block! It was super scary! So there are 3 groups and 3 ZL's that do 3 different training. So Elder S and I talked about revelation through church attendance and how it's important for our investigators to understand why we need to be going to church. It went really well, the first one was kinda rocky but the last 2 were good because obviously I was used to it! So yeah! Loved it! After that training block which took like 2 hours. We went into this big room and Pres. Meredith basically said his Good-Bye speech. Which kinda felt awful. Everyone was like crying and it was sad... Anyway, then sis. Meredith spoke and said good-bye. Then they did a little slide show about Pres. Frandsen. He seems very cool. We are excited to meet him.

Then on Wednesday, we did our Zone Leadership Council....that council our District Leaders and Sister Training Leaders show up and we all discuss what we can do to help our zone and the various districts ....It so it was pretty normal. We just trained them and talked about how to account a little better so we can go to bed earlier on Sundays! Because we had been going to bed way too late on Sundays! Seriously! It was hard. Anyway! It was a good time to get some refreshers ! 

We are struggling with getting our investigators to meet with us. Kinda bugged about it. I hate peoples agency sometimes and I wish I could take it away. But I can't so I just have to keep working to try and get them to meet with us! It is really testing my patience right now! But that is how I am growing... And I feel it, but I also feel like I understand.

We went on exchanges with the Oakley Elders and the Antioch 1st Elders last week! It was good! I went with Elder A to his area! We did a lot of service! A cool miracle was we found Hillcrest 1's investigator that went "missing" to the elders! She ended up being homeless, so that's why they could never meet with her! haha! But they are meeting again! That was really cool! Elder A is a really good missionary and he was always testifying about EVERYTHING! I thought it wassoooo cool! And it was really powerful whenever he did it so I am trying to apply that! Then when I went on exchanges with Elder L in his area, we saw a ton of crazy things and people! Like we went to this one potentials house and she said she saw Jesus holding her and her dog in some rocks over her fire place......She was trying to show it to us and I had no idea what she was trying to point out! It was hilarious, it looked like a ton of rocks to me! hahahahah! But we just shook our heads and said "wow, that's really cool" Then we left. ASAP cuz she was crazy! 

HAPPY FATHERS DAY DAD!!!! I hope you got my picture! The bishop sent it! so yeah! 

Also, the sweats are new! I got them at target! I am going to try to buy new shirts today cuz they are all really nasty.....
 Love you all!!!! 
Elder Meier!



June 15th:



June 8th:



June 1st :

May 25 BOOM

May 18 Strangers Waitin Up and Down the Boulevard

Well, another week as come and gone in the Antioch Zone. Just like anything else in life, it has had its ups and downs. Now having said that, this week had probably a little more downs than ups. Except for a wonderful baptizim we had which I will mention at the end!!
 But WHATEVER life goes on AND ON and ON and OOONNnnnnnn.................STRANGERS!! WAITIN' UP AND DOWN THE BOULEVARD!!! SHADOWS SEARCHING IN THE NIIIIiiiiiGGGHHHTT!!! Anyway, sorry about that!
Well this last week I went on 2 exchanges, I went to the Oakley Elders area with Elder V and then I went to Hillcrest 2 Elders area with Elder Mt! It was super fun! Elder V is just a funny guy! He is like 6' 5" and huge! So I felt like a boss whenever we got out of the car to go to a lesson! Seriously, it was like "Yeah we are here to THROW DOWN!!" When I went on exchanges with Elder M we went around blasting Cambodian music just so we could contact new cultures  because he (elder m) speaks Cambodian! So that was really cool and fun!!
Umm this week just kinda was like BLEH.... It's Finals week, and since we only basically teach College Students NO ONE wants to meet with us! So it kinda stinks! I already hate finals and I have never even taken one yet!!!!

 But THE BEST FOR LAST something that was so very notable was.............A---- got baptized yesterday!! It was awesome!!! She started crying in the font and it was just an all around good experience for her! It's awesome to see how happy she was after coming out of the water! Truly an amazing experience!! I am so grateful to have met and taught her... I don't have words to describe the experience. (Hopefully she doesn't mind me posting this picture).