Elder Chandler Hyer

Elder Chandler Hyer
Elder Chandler Hyer

Friday, April 29, 2016

Planalto - Asa Norte - Brasilia Week 14

Daniel!, Dia de Tira Dentes.

As far as things exciting this week, there's just not a ton. But we did have one awesome thing happen!

Daniel, our sweet investigator, who couldn't go to church last week because of cancellation, came to church for the first time! He actually woke up late and about 9:20 we thought for sure he wasn't coming. We decided to call him and he said that he had woken up late and didn't feel comfortable arriving in the middle of the meeting. We told him to forget that and come to church! (we said it a little softer) So he came to church!!!!!! That was really cool and he said he really liked it. He is excited to keep coming.

Other than that, Thursday was "Dia de Tira Dentes" which directly translates to "take-out-teeth day" but is actually the name of some famous Brazilian who helped liberate Brasil. So that's cool, I guess. What's important is that because of this holiday Brasil took advantage and basically closed up shop for the weekend and so the missionary work slowed down a little. But we had daily miracles as always and I am really enjoying the work in this area.

That's about it for this week, hope you all are doing great! It's always awesome to hear from you guys, love ya tons.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Planalto - Asa Norte - Brasilia Week 13

 District Leader/Trainer, Church Cancelled?, Impeachment

Tuesday was transfer meeting and we got the big news telling us that Elder Machado, my companion, would be leaving the area. He is being sent to Palmas, Tocantins which is in the northern most part of our mission and is incredibly hot! Then I got the news that I would be the new District Leader in the area and that I would also be training a new missionary! So all that day I sat in the chapel waiting for the new missionaries with the other trainers. It was fun to visit but we pretty much did nothing else until the new missionaries arrived, and then I met my new companion, Elder Costa!

So Elder Costa is from Rio Grande do Sul. He is a master violin and piano player (like seriously he's really good). He is waiting on a visa just like I had to in Washington except he is going to be serving in the Salt Lake City South mission which should be cool! He is a great missionary, very enthusiastic, and he also cooks!

So with the trainee in hand, (not that we were literally holding hands), we went to work! and the week was awesome! We met again with Daniel. He is still on track for baptism and we confirmed him to go to church yesterday. We also received a sweet referral last week that we contacted and also confirmed for church. Then the worst happened, church was cancelled!

Yep, so for those of you who don't know, Dilma Rousseff is the president here and she has like a 10% or less approval rating. Everyone just hates her! So there have been lots of protests here in Brasilia and yesterday was the day of voting to impeach the president, and it got passed! So there was so much protesting and demonstrating in the streets that our Mission President told us to stay inside all day and they cancelled church in the area for safety reasons... I can't tell you how awful it is to call your investigators who are all hyped to visit the church and tell them that it is cancelled... but oh well, hopefully things go better next week.

So Sunday, instead of church, we went to a member who lives across the street and stayed pretty much the entire day there eating and talking and sleeping, which was nice but also just annoying and unproductive as a missionary. But overall things are great, I'm gonna get on my companion's case to teach me piano and I'll come home a master! maybe...

Anyways love you all so much, Hope you all have a fairly decent week.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Planalto - Asa Norte - Brasilia Week 12

Ok so this week has had its ups and downs, but I´ll make this quick as I don’t have much time.

First of all our investigators: We had a great lesson with Daniel, but sadly he didn’t go to church this week. But to make up for it Fabio, a less active member that we have been working with for a while, did make it to church which was awesome!!! Also a sweet member brought her friend to church with her so we are going to try to meet with him as well.

This week we also had two other missionaries need to crash at our house for a night, Murdock and Castro. Elder Castro will serve in the U.S. and had to come to Brasilia to do some visa stuff. It was fun to have them visit and we went with them and got some American soda that a store sells here.

While knocking doors we knocked into this house with several interesting dudes. They were playing Settlers of Catan. Their walls which are painted white now have very creative writing and drawings all over them (graffiti). After visiting and attempting to share a short message, they asked if they could take a picture with us. I also got a picture. Later at the store we saw some other guys that looked similar. Well it turns out they are all friends and had texted the picture of us with them to their friends, who recognized us on the street from the picture and also got a picture with us and texted it back to the other friends. It was pretty funny.

Unfortunately this week I got a very painful bump in my armpit that got infected and grew into this ball the size of a grape. That was just awful, finally I went to the hospital and got it checked out and after taking antibiotics it has finally opened up, and is healing, but man what a pain, I´ll spare y’all the photo of that one.

Lastly we were invited to have lunch in the U.S. Embassy today with some members here and that was pretty cool. It´s really nice in there, and I took a pic with the S.C. flag!!

Anyways love you guys tons sorry it’s a little short and scrambled but I´m running low on time, as a last note today we will find out about transfers so I´ll let you know what happens next week!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Planalto - Asa Norte - Brasilia Week 11

General Conference, Daniel, One Year!!!!!

Hey everyone! so this week has been pretty dang awesome. To start off Chiquinhos opened up this week here in Asa Norte which is a sweet milkshake place and I like it :). Ok other than that some other cool stuff happened too.

This week I had the opportunity to do an exchange with Elder Cavalcante which was really neat. He is finishing up his mission of two years this Wednesday. It was really cool to work with him because he was actually my Zone leader in Padre Bernardo, my last area! The opportunity to work with an experienced missionary is always great, I was able to learn a lot.

The day after the exchange with Cavalcante we found an awesome investigator named Daniel. He works at home, is a smart guy and was instantly interested in our message. So we shared the message of the restoration with him and the spirit was very strong. He wasn't able to attend General Conference this week but we are hoping he will be able to attend church next Sunday.

So anyways, probably the most exciting news is that Friday I hit the one-year mark in my mission!!!! Woohoo!!! I am officially halfway done and man it's passing really fast. And I only hear that it goes even faster after one year. To celebrate I opened the coolest present ever from my family (or really my Mom) and we drank root beer that we managed to find in a store here (but it's kind of expensive).

To top off an already awesome week we had the opportunity to watch General Conference once again and what a spiritual experience that was. to have the opportunity to listen to the Lord's modern-day Prophet and his Apostles. I know that they truly receive revelation for our days and I would recommend everyone go watch it.

Well, the mission continues to be awesome after a year and I can't wait to see what this next year has in store. I hope you all have an amazing week, love you all soo much, bye!