Elder Chandler Hyer

Elder Chandler Hyer
Elder Chandler Hyer

Monday, March 6, 2017

I'm Home !!!

Hey everyone, so I'm home... It's a little hard to believe. I'm doing this final post to officially wrap things up. So after final interviews with President and saying goodbye to a lot of friends that I won't see in a long time, I entered the airplane Friday night at 11:00pm to come home. It was a long 12 hours of travel and after the time change I arrived in the Hilton Head airport at 10:30 in the morning where, for the first time in two years, I saw my Family, and some friends from the ward. It was a weird feeling to see them after so long (and to see my sisters so tall!), but the feeling of being home was indescribable.

I loved the mission so much and encourage anyone that has the opportunity to take it. It has been two years that has changed me Immensely, that has helped me grow more than anything else I have ever done. It was two years that I was also able to help change the lives of many others.

I testify of missionary work and how important a work it is everywhere in the world. We are responsible for our spiritual siblings here on the earth, and we need to bring the truth to their ears. When they hear this truth they know it's different, and when they decide to ask God if it's true, he answers them. This work changes lives and we have to do it.

I testify that the Book of Mormon is the word of God along with the Bible and that today prophets receive modern revelation for all of us. I know that the Prophet who translated the Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith, was an actual prophet of God sent to restore the gospel of Jesus Christ in its fullness in these latter days. I testify of the atonement of Jesus Christ and that because of the suffering that Jesus Christ passed through and his death and his resurrection, we can follow in his footsteps and have salvation, giving us a hope that otherwise would be unimaginable.

I love this gospel and the work it contains. I look forward to the work that waits in my future and I know that he will protect and help me along the way if I do my part and let him.

I'm home guys, it's really crazy, but I am also anticipating an exciting new adventure.

Thanks for all the support for these two years, I really appreciate it.

Ate mais,

Elder Hyer

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Samambaia - Week 11

Game Over

Hey guys so this is officially my last time emailing in the mission. It's a weird feeling but also a satisfying one. I have loved my mission so much and it's going to be weird to finally leave Brasil.

We had a less-active member come to church for the first time in months today and then celebrated her birthday this week after church, her name is Erica and it was amazing to see her there.

I also had the really neat opportunity to visit a past area of mine and I decided to visit Asa Norte, an area that I loved a lot. I wasn't able to see everyone but it was incredibly special to see Wagner, a recent convert of mine who was recently called to be the ward secretary. He has progressed so much over this last year it amazes me. I testify of the amazing blessing it is to see the difference that the gospel makes in someones life and the blessing it is to have played a part in that change.

I'm going to miss the mission quite a bit, but at the same time, I can't wait to see all of you.

See you all next week!

Elder Hyer

Montando o quebra cabeça com Chandler Hyer Bruno Da Silva Macedo

Monday, February 20, 2017

Samambaia - Week 10

12 more days

Things are great, Gabriel came to church again. We played soccer, volleyball, football, and basketball this morning for like 5 hours in the hot sun and I'm now dying because I'm so out of shape... But it was a blast. Also I'm the worst at basketball.

Gabriel went to church by himself this week which was cool, and we just found a ton of new people to teach (like a lot).

Oh, and a super awesome Catholic lady gave us like 3 cakes to take home and eat the other day which was way epic and they were delicious (her job is literally making cake). Also, her 16 year old son is already playing professional soccer which is cool. We're going to go back to teach her again this week.

The members here are great, I'm going to miss them a ton. They really help us a lot.

Hope you guys have a great week, love ya'll.

Elder Hyer

P.S. Sorry no pictures this week, but next week I'll have plenty :)

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Samambaia - Week 9

So not much to write again this week. 

Things are going very well here in Samambaia. We had our Investigator Gabriel at church again this week and he has progressed a lot, he now has a baptismal date for the 26th of February and he's gotten a lot more excited and is preparing himself.

So this week I fainted, that was way weird. We had interviews with the Mission President this week and he gave a training to a bunch of us missionaries. Well, since I am right at the end of my mission, I was asked to go up front next to the President and talk a little bit about rules and studies and why they are important. So I went up, answered his questions and got really lightheaded, and then fainted in front of 50 missionaries. So to explain, water in our city is being cut off once a week and I didn't drink hardly any water that day. I also had not eaten any sort of breakfast. President said it was probably because of that, but everyone had a pretty good laugh afterwards.

Anyway, I now have less than 20 days until I come home and I´m getting more and more excited.

Love ya guys tons, have an amazing week!

Elder Hyer

Here are some random pics of things I want to remember

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Samambaia - Week 8

Gabriel, 4 more weeks

Well this week was good, we started back up with our investigator Gabriel. He is a way funny kid who thinks he's super tough and at 15 years old wants to be a gangster but in reality he's just not haha. But he came to church this week and is progressing well!

Other than that the work is busy. We also brought our investigator Edinara and her 2 kids to church but there is a chance that they will move out of the state next week which would be too bad but I guess we'll see.

Only 4 more weeks guys. It's weird to think about but I know I'm excited.

Love you all tons have a great week!

Elder Hyer

This is Gabriel

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Samambaia - Week 7

Plane Ticket, Edinara

Well things are incredibly normal here in the mission, outside of the unpredictable weather (its either pouring rain or blistering sun). But overall things are just fine.

I got my plane ticket this week, I'm flying in Saturday morning March 4th and man was that a trunky phone call.

As far as investigators go we have a really good investigator at the moment, a lady named Edinara. We are focusing on finding new investigators and while the work could always be better things are going well.

Sorry its so short, Love you all tons tchau

Our house on the second floor

family home evening we had Sunday night
The church

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Samambaia - Week 6

Baptism!!! Last Transfer!!

Well everybody one more transfer comes to an end and I have officially entered my final transfer here in the mission. I stayed as expected with my companion and in our house only Umbellino was transferred.

We had an epic transfer end with the baptism of João-Carlos which was very special. He had to stop smoking this week which he managed to do. He is actually the husband of one of Archila´s recent converts here in Samambaia about a year ago, so that was neat. Next step, temple!

Other than that it's been raining quite a bit. I only have 6 weeks left, and I'm excited to be in my last transfer.

Love you guys a ton!!! Have a great week,

Taguatinga zone

Monday, January 16, 2017

Samambaia - Week 5


João-Carlos, Soccer, Rain

Well the rain has finally started pouring down on a regular basis which I am surprisingly happy about because at least there isn't blistering sun!

João-Carlos is epic, he is the husband of a recent convert and they have 2 kids. Anyways, he has had a smoking problem which is why he never got baptized. He's been smoking like 35-40 per day. This week we had a super spiritual lesson with him and we set goals. He smoked 10 cigarettes yesterday and by Tuesday our goal is to have him completely stopped. He is supposed to get baptized this coming Sunday. I'm super excited!!!!!!!

Other than that I've been playing a lot of Soccer on Mondays and my goalie skills are improving (I'm the goalie because I'm white). It was pretty funny when we were choosing teams and positions they just straight up said "white skin, blue eyes, can you play goalie?" hahaha little did they know I am a ninja ball stopper. Ok ya that's enough pride. Have a great week everyone, tchau!

Elder Hyer
No, this is not me.

Samambaia - Week 4


So this last week was basically just normal. Recently we have had lots of really great member teaching experiences where members either give us references or they come to our appointments with us and its been really good.

Our investigator Edivan is progressing a lot. He came to church and is super excited about baptism but he needs to get married first, so we're working on that.

Other than that, meu companheiro is good, I'm good, the mission is good, and I know this is incredibly short but there just isn't a whole lot to say.

But I love you all a ton, hope you all have an amazing week

Elder Hyer

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Samambaia - Week 3


Ok, this week was rough, New Years is like bigger than Christmas here in Brasil. So with all the parties and that stuff, this week was pretty rough on missionary work.

One cool experience that we had was during lunch at a members house, we were sharing a message with the family and gave a bible story about the Sabbath day and inviting others to participate in this weekly spiritual "feast". At the end we asked if they knew anyone they could invite and they ended up promising and bringing a relative of their's who isn't a member. So we are going to try to keep him coming, he's a good guy.

Other than that I ate like a lot of food this week, barbecue (brasilian style), dessert, rice and beans, stuff like that, it was quite delicous.

This may sound super trunky but I only have 60 days until I'm home (yes I counted). It's a pretty weird feeling, but I've still got 2 months to find the Lord's prepared children who are ready to receive the gospel.

Love ya'll

Elder Hyer

Skyping with my family on Christmas

in the streets with bags and my "newborn son" (new companion trainee)

Us at a church activity my first week here

FHE with Irmã Heloã and her husband (and our investigator) João-Carlos and other ward members

Same FHE (Family Home Evening)
Same FHE (Family Home Evening)
Same FHE

Our crappy New-Years barbecue that I forgot to tell you guys about.  We did a barbecue, ate cheap meat, I went to sleep, boring night.
De Oliveira and me in front of the National Congress building

Us inside the national congress building

My comp and I

Our house

our bathroom with the "door/sheet" open

all my toys

Christmas tree in the kitchen


Me barbecuing
Me and my comp

Samambaia - Week 2

Just a quick email this week, things were busy and fun with Christmas being this week. I actually missed the never-ending Christmas music that plays in the U.S. and want a cold Christmas again, but I had a great time.

The internet is really slow this week so I think I'll end up having to send pictures next week unless it picks up.

Hopefully you all had a great Christmas with your families. It's hard to believe, but I only have 9 more weeks until I come home.

Things are great here in Brasil and the work of the Lord is also progressing well.

Have a great week,

Elder Hyer