transfers on Saturday and Elder Sweeten and I are staying in
Jonesboro! We are also getting another companion so we will
be in a trio again. His name is Elder Anaya. He is from California
and has been out longer than me but shorter than Elder Sweeten.
He knows more Spanish than both of us so he can help us learn
even more. Now I won't have to translate in sacrament meeting
Today we are going to a members house to make rings out of
quarters so that should be way cool. I am super excited for
Thanksgiving this week! We have people signed up to feed us
breakfast, lunch, and dinner! I might gain ten pounds, but it is
going to be super awesome!
The weather is cooling down here now so I am definitely glad I
have the sweaters. Gearing up for the winter here. I have really
enjoyed being in Arkansas. A lot of people here don't have any
teeth! It is crazy how many people don't have a single tooth in
their mouth. A lot of people smoke so it makes their teeth fall
out. Also everybody out here says y'all and a lot of people have
funny accents. The craziest person we have met so far was this
little old lady. We knocked on her door one day. She answered
and we started talking with her. She lives alone with her 20 cats
and 4 dogs! She was a real life crazy cat lady! She told us that
her animals her only friends which was sad. We shared a message
with her. She said she liked it but didn't ever want to talk to us again.
But that's ok because no matter what the church will always be true!
This week I would have to say my spiritual highlight was going
on exchanges with the Zone Leaders. We went down to Little
Rock for a couple pf days. While there we spoke nothing but
Spanish so that was awesome! We were teaching a lesson and
something amazing happened! I understood every single word
that was said and I taught and bore testimony without having to
think twice about what I was going to say. The gift of tongues
is real! I know if we are living worthily enough to have the Holy
Ghost with us all the time Heavenly Father will bless us in whatever
way will work best to overcome our trials. Another thing I have
learned out here so far is that when we put the Lord first and are
obedient, everything can just fall into place. It really is amazing how
much the Lord is in our lives. All we have to do to acknowledge Him
and open up our hearts to Him and He will bless our life!
I hope you have a good week and have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Love Elder Merrill
Someone who leaves their family for a short time
so that others may be with their families for eternity.
Elder Merrill's address:
3700 South Caraway Apt. B-12
Jonesboro, AR 72404