this our P-day was changed to Tuesday this week so we don't
use proselyting time. I have really been looking forward to
going - it is going to be amazing!
This past week we had a really good start to this transfer. Elder
Smalley and I got a little relaxed last transfer so this one we have
decided to just work really hard, everyday, and it is already paying
off. Tuesday was when Hurricane Irma got to Memphis. It rained
ALL day so we tried not to bike too much. Wednesday we spent a
lot of time talking to people around the apartment complex. We
were able to teach a few of them so it went pretty good. Thursday
we rode out into the ghetto of our area. This area is called Orange
Mound. Remember in the movie "The Blind Side" they go to an
apartment to visit Michael's mom? Well that apartment is in Orange
Mound. It is really a super ghetto. It's pretty cool that guy grew up
here right?! Since it is really sketchy over there we never stay long
enough for it to get dark when we ride over there. One street over
from this is an area that is basically all Hispanics. We have found
some pretty sweet investigators there. Friday was a slower day
but that night was a party. Our Spanish Branch had a talent show
activity and it was really fun. We got to witness some really awesome
Mexican dances. There is also an Italian member in the branch and
he sang an Italian opera song that was really amazing. It has been
really great to be able to be surrounded by so many different Hispanic
cultures out here. One of the best parts about being a Spanish Elder
serving in the States.
Saturday was the adult session of our Stake Conference. We brought
Ricardo along with us so Elder Smalley and I switched off translating.
One of the members of the Stake Presidency gave a really amazing
talk about the sacrament. He asked if we are just going through the
motions each Sunday when we partake of the sacrament or if we are
really preparing ourselves to take upon ourselves Christ's name. I
really enjoyed his talk. Stake Conference was Sunday and it was so
awesome. President Hansen was one of the speakers in the meeting.
He spoke about missionary work of course. He encouraged each member
to be a missionary by their example. It was a really great talk and I think
everyone enjoyed the conference and the spirit felt there.
The other exciting news of the week is that we will soon be getting smart
phones and Facebook. This Thursday we will have a missionary wide
zone conference about these new changes. I'm so pumped! This mission
has changed so much since I got out here. There's nothing as constant as
change right? Thanks for the emails. I always really look forward to hearing
from everyone. Love you all!
Love Elder Merrill
Elder Merrill and Elder Smalley biking in the rain
-They are getting used to being a bike only area now-
Memphis Tennessee Temple
Today will be the last time Elder Merrill gets to attend this temple
as a missionary because it is closing the end of the month for renovation.