here. It's crazy that you guys will start school in a couple
weeks. The kids here start school today.
This week we finally had some good things start to happen.
We were able to have a couple good lessons with Ricardo
which was awesome. He always asks us some really deep
questions so that is always a good sign. He definitely keeps
us on our spiritual toes.
We have also started to have routine lessons again with some
previous investigators. Their names are Evelia and Fernando.
They progressed a lot when we were teaching them regularly.
Then last transfer they moved and things got really crazy and
we weren't able to teach them as much. They have started to
come to church again every week so that is really awesome.
Yesterday we had a really powerful lesson with them about the
plan of salvation and repentance. We had a really wonderful
discussion about the pre-existence which fascinated them. We
had a member there with us and he was such a champ. We
talked about the five steps of Christ's gospel which are
-receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost &
-enduring to the end.
After we shared these steps, the member bore a really powerful
testimony of repentance and how we can always start over. After
that Evelia and Fernando opened up to us about why it's been so
hard for us to meet with them and how they know they need to join
this church and how they want to change. The spirit in that room
was so powerful. Everyone was totally crying. It felt like what I
have imagined Relief Society to sometimes be - haha.
It has been so awesome to finally start to see success in the area.
It's hard when the work doesn't go just how you imagine it. I have
learned out here as a missionary that when I get down or frustrated
that I can take it to the Lord. I know I can take anything to the Lord.
God has a plan for everyone! He has a plan for me - he has a plan
for you. He has a plan for everyone and everything.
Today I went and got a haircut because next week is zone conference
and I need to look my best. My hair was getting pretty long because I
haven't cut it in about 2 months. We don't have a member in the area
that cuts our hair so we have to go to a salon. I wish we had a member.
After that we just kinda chilled at the church (not my favorite). We also
went to a Nike clearance store and I bought some golf pants for a killer
deal so that was sweet! I got a black for pair for $30 - originally $125
so literally a steal. They are the comfiest things that have ever touched
my legs. It barely feels like I am wearing pants - so blessed!
As always - thanks for all your prayers and love and support. I really
hope everyone has an awesome week! I love you all!
Love Elder Merrill
-English class in Memphis-
The Elders and Hermanas teach an English class
every Tuesday and Thursday. Elder Merrill loves it.
There are cars here called Hoopdies.
I have been trying to find a crazy one to take a picture of and
send to you guys and I finally did. They are pretty much olderish
cars raised up and on massive rims. This pink one was huge. I think
the car was like a little Nissan and it's now as tall as that man standing by it.
We recently ate at a restaurant called the Commissary.
Part of the movie The Firm was filmed here. How cool is that?
I also ate the best ribs of my life here - definitely fallen in love with Memphis BBQ!