Monday, October 14, 2013

Kamusta Everybody,

 This past week has been good. We’ve taught a lot of lessons and the work here is progressing. We have been working with the ward missionaries and I have been amazed with how much they want to help. We always have at least one member with us every day, pretty much all day. Some of them, if they don't have school, will work with us from 12 to 9. We are trying to involve them more in the lessons because they are capable of much more than just bearing their testimony at the end of each lesson.
 This past week we got to watch general conference. It was absolutely amazing! It is wonderful that we have leaders on the earth who can directly tell us what God needs us to know.  They can tell us what we need to do to improve and how to deal with the challenges that we have, and the ones that are yet to come.
 Earlier today we got to have a zone p-day. We hiked up to a really pretty waterfall out in the mountains. It took a while to get there but it was well worth the walk! 
 Other than that not too much happened this past week. Time in the mission field is crazy. Weeks seem like days and if you have a good day it seems like a week. I have realized that the work in the mission field really becomes beneficial when you lose yourself. If you forget about the things that you want to do and just do what God wants you to do you will be successful and happy. I have come to understand that while teaching, if you can remove yourself from being the focus, then people really understand the gospel. If you ask the questions that the Holy Ghost tells you to ask, instead of the ones you think you should ask, then the teaching becomes easy. You teach exactly what they need, when they need it.
 I hope you all are doing great and have a wonderful week!

Mahal Kita

Elder Merrill

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