Hey guys! I can't believe another week has gone by. Time
never seems to slow down. This week was pretty good and we
were blessed with some really cool experiences.
we were tracking in an apartment complex. We went and sat down
on a bench and started talking to a couple Guatemalans. After a
minute another guy named Guillermo (which is Spanish for William)
walked up and just sat down and started talking to us. It was kind
of weird at first but we soon realized he knew some stuff about the
church and missionaries and had come to us for help. We got to
talking and the thought came to my mind, "man I really wish I had
a restoration pamphlet right now." I had grabbed a new Bible and
Book of Mormon out of the closet that morning and hadn't put a
pamphlet in them. Just then the wind blew open my own personal
Bible and there was a restoration pamphlet inside! It was so crazy.
So I pulled the pamphlet out and started teaching the restoration
very simply. He said it all made sense and invited us to come teach
him the next day. It had been lightly sprinkling rain as we were talking.
When we got up to leave we turned and saw a huge double rainbow.
Guillermo then said, "that is definitely sent from God." It was such
a super cool moment. The next day we had our lesson with him and
it was awesome - the spirit was so strong. We are going to teach him
again this week. His apartment was awkward to be in because of some
questionable posters on the walls. We seriously just stared at his face
the whole time we were teaching him because we couldn't really look
anywhere else. The worst part was we brought a member with us to
the lesson. Good times!
We have started up a soccer night here every Saturday night. It has
been really fun! We have quite a few investigators come play with us
each week. It has been a great way for these investigators to meet
some of the members. This week I scored on a header so I felt pretty
cool! I figured dad would be proud.
Today is going to be a more relaxed P-day. We might go to the Pink
Palace museum and then just hang out with Elder Anaya and Elder
I am so grateful for the experiences God has blessed me with this past
week - and every week. An important lesson I have learned out here in
the mission field is to always try to look for the good. I am convinced it
would be pretty easy to become depressed if you didn't. Learning how
to live in those tiny moments of success you have each and every day
has been amazing. I've had a couple companions ask me how I am
always so positive when people tell us "no" all day long. I tell them it's
because I've played baseball my whole life. In baseball failing is winning.
I really have used a lot of the things out here serving that I learned from
the game of baseball. It has been way cool to see how much it all applies
to the mission. To life. I found a really cool quote the other day that said,
"smooth seas do not make skillful sailors." Always remember that our trials
are given to us to make us stronger. I feel I have definitely grown up out
here. Missionary work is not easy. It is work. It is the most rewarding work
I have ever done and I love it! And I love you guys!
Love Elder Merrill
Elder Merrill "Ten feet off of Beale"
Elder Merrill on Beale Street
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