Monday, November 7, 2016

Southern Food and Blessings

Hey everyone!  This week has been pretty awesome!  I have been
enjoying the southern food experience.  It started off with an authentic
southern barbecue place which was amazing and very fattening.  Then
next on the list was catfish.  We went out with some members and got
some fried catfish, which was probably even more fattening but even
more delicious.  Along with that I tried fried okra which was pretty good. 
Every vegetable here is either fried or covered in butter -- it's awesome! 
We also went to Zaxbys which is a Southern food chain.  And to top it
all off, we went and got chicken and waffles. I know it sounds weird,
but it was dang good.  It is simply that, four chicken strips on a waffle
and covered in syrup - you just eat it all together and it is soooo good. 
So the food this week has been amazing and I might have gained nine
pounds but hey, life is great!

On the more spiritual side of things we met a girl named Annie.  She came
up to us and asked if we were Mormon and we said yes.  She told us that her
best friend growing up was Mormon.  We were like - that's awesome!  Then
she said, "well aren't your gonna teach me something?"  So we jumped into
teaching her about the restoration.  We got to the first vision and the spirit hit
us all pretty dang hard. She read the first vision and by the end of it she was in
tears.  She looked and us and all she could say was thank you.  We invited her
to be baptized and she said yes!  It was so amazing to see the spirit hit someone
that hard.  Hopefully she continues to feel the spirit and get baptized on the 26th. 

This week we also have had the awesome opportunity to go and give a few
priesthood blessings.  It is so amazing to be able to give someone a blessing
who you barely even know and be able to bless them with exactly what they
need.  That lesson I talked about in my weekly letter was really amazing. To
see the spirit really come over someone is an amazing thing.  And for me to
feel that same spirit testify that what is happening is true and right is even
more amazing.  Being out here is super awesome and is definitely what I
need to be doing right now.  Out here sharing this true gospel! 
I hope everyone has a fantastic week!

Love Elder Merrill. 

So grateful for members that feed the missionaries! 

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