Monday, May 29, 2017

My First Baptism!

Habiendo sido comisionado por jesucristo te bautizo en 
el nombre del padre, y del hijo, y del Espíritu Santo.

We had 3 baptisms on Saturday!!!  It was so amazing to finally 
have my first baptism.  We as missionaries even got to baptize 
them.  We baptized two brothers, Arian and Merlin, and another 
girl named Ivanna.  Elder Spencer baptized and confirmed Merlin 
and Ivanna, and I baptized and confirmed Arian.  It was truly an 
amazing day!  We have been planning the baptism of Arian and 
Merlin pretty much this whole transfer, but with Ivanna it was a 
different story.  She originally had a baptism date set for June 10th 
but we had found out last Sunday she was going to Florida for a 
month to be with her dad.  The night we found out Elder Spencer 
told her he probably wasn't going to be here when she got back 
because he would be returning home.  She then asked us if she 
could get baptized on Saturday and of course we said yes!  W
taught her all five lessons this past week and then she had her 
interview on Friday.  We had the baptisms on Saturday and the
confirmations on Sunday during sacrament meeting.  It was all 
just an amazing experience!  The confirmations were especially 
amazing.  I was the first to confirm and I'm not gonna lie - I was 
super nervous to do it in Spanish.  But it turned out to be one of 
the coolest experiences in my life.  As soon as I started with the
confirmation, I all of a sudden knew exactly what to say and how 
to say it.  The gospel is just amazing!  

Our week was basically just making sure that we were all ready 
for the baptism on Saturday and that all of the families were ready 
too.  It really was a pretty great week.  We decided to ride bikes 
yesterday so we would have enough miles to go and do something 
today.  We went disc golfing and it was really fun!  About half of the 
course was through a forest.  

We had another crazy awesome storm Saturday night.  I was laying 
in bed still awake and the wind started blowing really hard.  I thought 
we were going to have a tornado.  I went into the front living room and 
looked out the window and watched it for a while.  We lost power about 
11:20ish.  It was crazy because the power turned on and off about five 
times before it finally went out.  It didn't come back on until about 9:30 
Sunday morning so we had half of our studies in the dark.  The thunder 
was crazy loud, but it was some of the coolest thunder I have ever heard. 

Well that's about all that's happening here in Memphis.  We didn't see 
anything too crazy this week.  I love you guys!

Love Elder Merrill

Elder Spencer, Arian, Ivanna, Merlin & Elder Merrill

Elder Spencer, Merlin & Arian & Elder Merrill

Elder Spencer, Ivanna & Elder Merrill

So many different churches in the South

Hermanas Keller & Petty and Elders Spencer, Merrill, Anaya & Pickering

Frisbee Golf P-day fun

Sketch of Elder Merrill by Elder Anaya

"I drew a portrait of Elder Merrill cause he wanted one."
-Elder Anaya  :)

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