Elder Chandler Hyer

Elder Chandler Hyer
Elder Chandler Hyer

Monday, November 21, 2016

Unaí - Week 21

This week was actually really fun. Tuesday evening we had the Traveling Assistants come and do exchanges with us which was really fun. They stayed Wednesday and Thursday and left Friday morning. The Assistants are Elder Lafaiete and Elder Ribeiro. It was really fun to work with them.

Sunday morning I had the amazing opportunity to go to Paracatu with Elder Archila. Paracatu is a new group of the church that is starting up just like when I was in Padre Bernardo but it is already like a year and a half or so old. But seeing as how they are so small they officially are a part of our branch here in Unai, which means that Elder Archila is also the Branch President of Paracatu. Anyways, ELder Archila had some interviews to do, and President was going to visit so he picked us both up and took us there. Let me just say that the meeting was very spiritual. I guess just the experience in general was really special to us to see such an excited group of new members with an attendance that Sunday of 105 people, truly incredible. So that was neat.

Other than that, we had some sad news Sunday morning when we found out that Jennifer went to the hospital and was there all Sunday. We talked with her mom and I guess she'll be fine but she wasn't able to go to church. So keep her in your prayers that she can heal and be able to go to church this next week.

Not much else to talk about. This morning we all went as a district to the Rio Preto (black river) which was fun, took some pics, I got stranded on a rock, walked até o pó, it was fun.

Anyways have an incredible week, and a Happy Thanksgiving!!! I'll be eating Rice and Beans, woohoo!!!!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Unaí - Week 20

This week was amazing! We worked super hard and it all payed off. We had several good investigators at church, one of which is named Jennifer! She has a baptism set for the 27th of November and we are super hyped! She loved church and is excited to prepare herself for baptism.

We have an investigator named Edinilson who has been kind of wishy-washy "I wont commit to going to church because if I commit I'll have to go, and I don't know if I'll go, so better to not commit, but If everything works out then I'll go". I cant tell you how many times I have heard that with the same result that they don't go. But this Sunday he came! And brought along his mom! He has some doubts about the existence of God and feels a little bit that because he studies science he can't believe in God, but I'm certain we can help him gain faith.

Friday the sky literally fell, or at least it felt that way as it rained like I've never seen it rain before in Unaí. It was about 8:30pm and we were half an hour away from home at a member's house. We had no choice but to walk/run 30 minutes in the rain to our house and we were... soaked. The worst part is that we left all of our windows open at home, our apartment was basically flooded and our beds were completely soaked, along with my blanket and pillow, so that was an uncomfortable night haha.

All is well here in Brasil. I hear a lot every day hate comments about Trump and questions about what I think about the elections. and I'm just like "your Brazilian why do you care?" haha but Long Live America!! How I love you...

Amo Vocês
Elder Hyer

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Unaí - Week 19

Hey everyone, transfers happened and the changes couldn't have been better. Like I said, I am staying one more transfer here in Unaí and will be training a new missionary, Elder Sanches from Rio de Janeiro. He's super awesome, huge anime/video-game nerd and we relate pretty well.

We also received here a Sister Langston who is Awesome! She is from Utah, Salt Lake (of course) and is a super great missionary.

Gabrielle is doing great but wasn't able to go to church again this week, the work itself continues to be difficult but I'm confident that it will all work out well.

I hope you all have a great week!
Our new district

Unaí - Week 18

Every week lately has been pretty much the same, but there are a few more things to write about.

First of all our investigator Gabrielle is still progressing well. She is reading the Book of Mormon so fast and is just so ready for baptism. The only problem is we can't get her at church. This week she and her mother went to Brasilia at the last minute which was frustrating but I am positive that this next week she will go, and we will do everything to help her get there.

Juliana has continued going to church, it really looks likes she is back on track and doing well, we will continue visiting her but having her there every week is just nice to see. Oh and our recent convert was interviewed to get the Melchizedek Priesthood this week!!!

Saturday we had a fun activity (almost no one went) but it was a cool activity focused on being more like Christ and it was very spiritual.

Tomorrow is transfer meeting and I'm really excited. So I am staying here in Unaí but my companion was transferred along with Sister I SIlva. I'm really excited to see who will be coming in their places.
The activity about how to be like Christ
Brasilia graffiti

Unaí - Week 17

I can't believe the heat that happened this week, Unaí hit 108 degrees Fahrenheit 2 days in a row, and that's a dry heat. I seriously without exaggeration haven't ever felt so hot in my entire life.

Other than delirious heat things were pretty good. We are teaching a girl named Gabrielle who is just awesome. We have already taught the first 3 lessons and she is progressing so fast, at this point if we can just get her at church I'm certain she will be baptized.

Juliana is a less-active member here and is coming back to church more and more. She brought several friends this week which was awesome, so we got their information and I hope that all works out.

Elder Hyer