Elder Myler has arrived in Ecuador. We are thrilled that he is safe and happy. This is the email we received from his mission president:
Dear Family of Elder Myler,
We are so happy to have your son, Elder Myler, in the Ecuador Guayaquil West Mission. Please know that he arrived safely and is now with his trainer in his assigned area. We are sending three pictures that were taken of him: one with us, one with his companion, and one with the group (Davin ended up with a new companion so they did not include that picture). We are so grateful that your son was chosen to serve with us in this mission at this time. We know he will be a great asset to the work of the Lord in this part of His vineyard.
Thank you for the sacrifice, hard work, teaching and training that you have provided to your son throughout his life that makes it possible for him to serve as a full-time missionary for the Church with the marvelous people of Ecuador. Please continue to encourage him, and remember that positive and uplifting messages from home reassure all missionaries that the Lord is blessing those they left behind. Missionaries always look forward to news from home, including messages of faith, uplifting experiences, and positive thoughts, which strengthen and encourage them. Such messages help them successfully confront the challenges of each day and enable them to keep focused on their missionary work and not worry about their families. Your son will be able to e-mail you each Monday and we know he will look forward to weekly e-mails from home.
You may see pictures and read bits of information about what is happening in our mission at www.guayaquilwestmission.blogspot.com. Please be patient with us. Beginning a new mission is very time-consuming and so for a time it might take awhile to get the blog up to date. To send letters and packages the address is: Ecuador Guayaquil West Mission; Casilla de Correo 09-04-206; Guayaquil, Guayas; Ecuador. You may also use the pouch instructions in the call packet. Please disregard the mission address in the call packet as that was our home address in Bountiful, Utah. They are in the process of correcting that. Be sure any packages you send weigh less than four pounds and use the green mailing sticker (instead of the white one) to avoid customs charges here.
We also are putting in place a Facebook group where you will be able to see pictures of the mission, although only our returned missionaries can join the group. The purpose of the blog is for our returned missionaries to be able to stay in contact with and strengthen each other after their missions. The link is on the right-hand side of our blog.
We pray the richest blessings of the Lord will be with you, your family, and your son as he serves diligently here with us. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call or e-mail. The mission office phone number is 011-593-4-213-6711 and the e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for all the love and support you will give your son as he serves this mission. We know the Lord will bless you greatly for that and for the service your son will render to His children here in Ecuador. We are very grateful for the privilege of serving the Lord with him.
Pres. Jorge Dennis
Sis. Anette Dennis
Ecuador Guayaquil West Mission
(The Best Mission on Earth!)
As you can see, his mission president & wife are awesome!! Here are the pictures they sent us:
Elder Myler is in the very back and to the right. All you can see is his cute little head!
As always, here is what Elder Myler sent us this week:
Well its offical i am in ecuador, It has been quite and exsperience getting here and i can hardly comprehend what has happened because so much has happened so quickly. But i will start from the beginning. Me and seven other missonaries left the MTC at eight thirity at night on wendsday. Our plane left mexico city at one in the morning and touched down in Bogata Columbia at around ten. we had an hour lay over there and were in the air for ecuador at eleven. we met a bunch of missonaries from columbia at the airport there and flew with them. We touched down in Ecuador at about One in the after noon on thursday November 1st. the prisedent of the mission his two assistance and the mission secratary picked us up and took us by bus to the president´s house. we spent several hours there getting some orantaion and had lunch. we took some pictures and then took a bus to the temple in Guy. there we stayed at the housing near the temple and met our companions. My companion was Elder Saaverla, he was from Chilie and spoke a lot of english. after a few hours at the temple housing i took a taxi to my new home. i unpacked and prepared for my first day in the mission. The next day i went to a district meeting and started tracting. it was wery hard because we started our fast at lunch and could not drink water. i was very tired by the end of the day but me and my companion got two dates for baptisms. the next day was sunday. Church was very different but i did manage to get up and bear my testimony in spanish. we ate finish our fast and ate lunch at a members home (lunch is the biggest and most importat meal in Ecuador) we then continued to track. We found a little boy and her grand mother and taught them for about thirity minuits and invited them to get bapitsed and they said yes. After that we helped some members of the ward give blessing to an investigating family and went to a ward activity. the activity was a movie. we finally got home and got a call that my companion was going to transfer the next day. We were both super angry and sad. we got up early the next day (today) and took him to the bus terminals and i said good bye to my companion, i met my new companion Elder Rojas and we went home so he could put his stuff in the house. we then started our p day (preparation day) and went down town. we visited a park full of iguanas and did some shopping. now we are in a internet cafe writing emails, and thats my mission so far.
To Chelsey (I was complaining about fasting. I'm a bad sister!):
Haha i also dont enjoy fasting but for other reasons, but the best part is after you have completed the fast in faith you can have a small prize for the effort. I dont know how correct that is docterinally but i think it will help you. I will send a huge email to mom with all the details of the trip so hopefully she can send it to you and to the blog. I dont know if i have the ability to send pictures but i will try next week. Hope you and travis are going well and are staying faithfulLove Elder Myler
To Travis (brother-in-law):
Thank you for the advice, the mission here is a walking one so it dosent take long for me to be very tired. I will always try to think about just one more thing i can do everyday to be a better missonary. The language is a huge barrier for me right now and i can hardly understand a word people are saying, so i need to work my very hard right now, Thanks again for the message and i hope you and Chelsey are working hard too. With work and with the gosple Love you both and miss you guys tooLove Elder Myler
I didn't get any other responses from family/friends. So, that's it for this week!
Thanks for reading and supporting.