Elder Chandler Hyer

Elder Chandler Hyer
Elder Chandler Hyer

Monday, June 22, 2015

WA-TAC Week 6

Happy Fathers day!!, another crazy week come and gone.

First of all we had a baptism this week! actually fix that, we had 3!! Melissa and her two daughters Nikki and Chloe were baptized on Saturday. It was a great baptism and is a fantastic way to finish out this transfer. It's funny how we worked so hard for six weeks and it wasn't until the very last possible minute that we finally got the baptism, the Lord truly blesses us after all we can do. 

On Tuesday we had Zion's camp!! Zion's camp is where all the missionaries get together and go to this camp with a bunch of group activities. For example there’s the trust fall, wire walk, balance log (there’s a picture of all of us balanced on it, we were the only zone to do it with everybody and we blew the record out of the water for our time), there was the wall climb, etc. We did all kinds of really fun stuff with a good meeting at the end. It was a blast. I have such a cool zone. I'll be sad to leave them.

Something funny happened this week, Elder Irava and I were knocking a trailer park, we were having a good time as we knocked on somebody's door. We were standing on this person's doorstep when the door flies open and a lady steps out with a glass of ice water and flings the water all over me (I was the one standing in front of the door). I got drenched with water, right after this the lady yells "Now Leave! Jesus Whores!!" to which Elder Irava said "Is there any service we can do for you?" then she slammed the door. It was so funny, I mean I was pretty wet but we were both laughing pretty hard.

Saturday was transfer call day, so all day on Saturday the missionaries get calls letting them know whether or not they will be staying in their area or getting transferred somewhere else. I was curious to see what was going to happen to our companionship but I was almost positive I was staying in Silverdale because Greenies always stay at least 2 transfers with their trainers, but not me! I'm getting transferred to the Lacey 1st 
& 2nd ward tomorrow in the Lacey zone. I was pretty shocked. I'm getting two new zone leader companions and I'm excited! Elder Marsh and Elder Sheehan are also getting transferred, only Irava is staying in the Silverdale area. My new companions are Elder Ivy and Elder Short. So basically I'm taking this to mean that I've mastered Earth bending from Elder Marsh, Air bending from Elder Irava and now I'm finding two new masters to learn Water and Fire so that I can become the Avatar! I mean that pretty much sums up my situation.
Anyways not much else to say from this week, Our Father in Heaven loves us so much and I can't wait to figure out my purpose in the Lacey area. I love you all so much, may the force and the spirit be with you.

Elder Hyer

Monday, June 15, 2015

WA-TAC Week 5

Hey everyone!

This week flew by, we were so busy!

Monday and Tuesday were pretty normal but Wednesday right after district meeting, which is always fun, we did an exchange, so I went with Elder Nebeker for the day. He's a way awesome guy and we had a blast,

then Thursday morning Elder Sheehan and I got back together and came back to our area. But things only got crazier, Elder Marsh and Irava were in Tacoma for the day with the car so we were walking/biking/begging for rides until that evening when they were supposed to come back. Then Thursday evening we got a call saying that they were going to be staying in Tacoma over night for another training on Friday, which meant that we had another day on foot. But we still had a good time.

Yesterday we had one of our investigators give us tons of fresh fruit and veggies, like seriously there were freshly grown potatoes, tomatoes, oranges, 3 kinds of jam, leeks, lettuce, a honeydew, strawberries, cherries and more, it was awesome. Not much else to say this week honestly.

I find it funny when people tell me that God doesn't exist, or that what I'm doing out here is wrong, and then I see people like Erick, one of our investigators, who, through the Atonement of Jesus Christ overcame addiction and is getting married to his wife after years of waiting and is then going to be baptized. He is so happy and it was all because missionaries knocked on his door and he decided to act on what the Spirit directed him to do and repented. It is incredible.

Anyways I love you all, that's it this week.

Elder Chandler Hyer

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

WA-TAC Week 4

Hey everyone, 

I can't believe I'm already in my 5th week in the mission field. I'm almost done with this transfer, it's crazy. Everything here is still way way awesome.

This week was full of knocking. The reason why is that only Elder Marsh is allowed to drive the car, which means that whoever is not with Elder Marsh that day has to either ride bikes all day or get dropped off somewhere for an appointment, and then when it falls through we knock until we can get picked up again. I have knocked on hundreds and hundreds of doors this week, not to mention the fact that it's way hot here, but I'll address in a sec. The hard part about knocking doors so much this week is not the walking or the cursings yelled at us, but the lack of any success from it. Finding has been really hard recently and we are trying to think of different ways to enlarge our teaching pool.

The weather for the past week has been exceptionally hot, like really really hot. The problem is that no houses here have air conditioning because "it doesn't get hot here", but that's a huge lie. So this week we sweat outside and then get invited inside and sweat some more.

The few investigators that we do have, have been good but slow, this was the last week of school for everyone here so everyone has been really busy, which in turn made it difficult to teach lessons. I'm really excited for summer when people are actually at home.

This companionship still rocks, we have a good time.

I recently heard from several of the guys from my MTC district that got reassigned. Several of them got their visas, so maybe mine is on its way? Maybe not? We'll see.

Not much more to say that I can think of to be honest, I miss you guys a bunch.

Love you,
Elder Hyer

Monday, June 1, 2015

WA-TAC Week 3

This week was way way awesome!! I never know where to start with these. First of all I can't believe Jacob Nickerl has his mission call!!  (New Jersey Morristown mission, Korean language)  That's so exciting, and that mission sounds awesome!

There were some emergency transfers this week and we got a new elder in our companionship, Elder Sheehan!!

He is from Layton, Utah, has been out 6 months, he's a way cool guy and it's so much fun having 4 people in a companionship. We just split up everyday.

Our district is really fun, there are 3 other companionships in our district, one of which is sisters. They are all so much fun. P-days are a blast because all of the Elders get together and we just play random awesome games, it's so much fun. Mom I finally got your package, that was pretty awesome.

Sundays here are pretty long, our 2 wards start at 9 and 11 which means we split up and then as soon as the first one gets done we rush over to the other ward, and then if there are any meetings afterwards we stay even longer, but it's also pretty fun.

So here in our area we have been struggling with finding new investigators, we do so much finding with very little success. But we have a few investigators who are way awesome.

One of the only investigators that we have found since I've been here is Thomas, he is such a cool guy who just turned 18. He comes to mutual every week, is coming to church, and all we need to do is finish the lessons with him. He's just been so busy because this week is graduation, but I'm way excited for him.

All of our other investigators are people that have been taught for a long time. We literally have 3 different families that are on the edge of getting baptized but there is just something holding them back, (and some of these people have been taught for multiple years).

So we decided to have a special fast for these people who are ready to get baptized. Within a couple of days we visited Erick and Sarianne who have been seeing the missionariess for years but they were scared to get married. They told us that they decided to get married this month and then he is getting baptized literally the day after he gets back (sarrianne is already a member).

The Gibson's have been ready to be baptized for weeks but they wanted to wait for their friend who never is able to come up for the baptism. Finally she told us that she was getting baptized on the 20th whether her friend comes up or not.

It was amazing how quickly everything changed, there is a lot of power in prayer and fasting.

Anyways, I guess that is about it. I love you all so much,
Elder Chandler Hyer