I was on exchanges almost the whole week. Tuesday and Wednesday I
served in Benton. We worked so hard but really weren’t able to talk to a
lot of people. We then exchanged back on Wednesday and I immediately
went on another exchange with Elder Padilla. We served in my area so
that was nice. I had the honor of taking him on his first bus ride in America
which he thought it was crazy. We also worked hard but everyone we tried
to visit wasn't home so that was rough but we made the best of it. It was
really fun to serve with him again. Then Elder Anderson and I were back
together Thursday night.
Friday we were able to go and provide service all day for one of our top
investigator family. We helped them set up for the quinceañera of their
daughter for five hours. It was exhausting but so worth it to serve this
family. The most exciting part of the week was that were were cleared
by our zone leaders to attend the quinceañera. It was so awesome! We
went while they were having a church service and set up a couple more
decorations. The party was awesome and it really centered around God.
It was really cool to be able to understand all the Spanish at the party and
get to know the people at our table. There was a college student sitting at
our table who has a couple Mormon friends. We were able to answer a few
of her questions. The party provided a good opportunity for us to get some
good exposure and introduce the ourselves as missionaries to many people.
Sunday we had a really long correlation meeting and planned an activity for
tonight. P-day today has been sweet. We went to the Capitol building for a
district activity. I was able to hold a half a million dollars in my hands! It was
amazing. We also took some really cool pictures but they are on my camera
so I will send them next week.
Thanks for all the support you always give me. Being a missionary has been
one of the hardest and most rewarding things I have ever done in my life. I
have definitely learned a lot about trials while out here on my mission. I have
come to the conclusion that there is know better way to learn something that
to learn it while in the service of my God and his children. I love you all!
Love Elder Merrill
Elder Merrill in the Arkansas State Capitol Building
holding a half a million dolla dolla bills y'all!
Elder Padilla and Elder Merrill
Elder Merrill and Elder Anderson