Monday, April 28, 2014

Manny Paquiao

Kamusta Everybody,

   This past week has gone by really fast!  We’ve been making progress with our investigators and it has been great. One of them, Lance, should be getting baptized on the 17th. Two others, Joy and Vilma, have really began to understand repentance so hopefully they should be getting baptized by the end of May. 
   Most of our branch missionaries were at youth conference this past week so we didn’t really have anybody to work with at first, but then we found out that one of the members, Brother Ronnie, wife and kids have been gone on vacation and he is all alone at home all day after work. He is  an RM so he has been coming with us to lessons all week. He is super funny. He speaks great English and always has a witty saying. He also told us about how his dad died;  when his dad was in his 70’s he got really bad cataracts and couldn't read and then when he turned 80 he got  surgery and could see  again! He went home and was super excited to read the Book of Mormon again but then when he started to read he got so excited and happy that he had a heart attack and died... 
  This week we also went tracting and saw two tricycles fly by because one man was working on the power cables on his roof and got electrocuted and fell of the roof and cracked his head on the road. Then at the same time another guy close by was in a knife fight and got stabbed to death…all sorts of crazy things are happening in our area. 
 We also saw Manny Paquiao at a store and invited him to come to church! He even came!!! It was great. PICTURE ATTACHED! 

 I Hope everyone is mabuti and has a good week
  Kita Kits
    Elder Merrill

(Just kidding about Manny was Brother Alfred who looks exactly like Manny and of course he came to church because he is already a member ;) 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Hot Holy Week

April 20

Kamusta Everybody!
 This week has been a little different because of Holy Week.  We’ve had a tough time teaching people because they were all at the beach so we only found one member at home to work with us and we could only find one investigator at home. We helped the investigator cook and wrap sweet peanuts( like peanut brittle) for a few hours and then taught them a good lesson. We also haven't slept very well this week because behind our house and down the street there is a huge church that has a giant speaker system and it has been playing really, really loud bible readings 24 hours a day. I don’t even think anyone understands what they are saying… they kinda sing the bible in Tagalog but it just sounds like loud noise. 
 I also had a really funny conversation with Elder Abekoon this past week. He is from Shri Lanka and we were talking about life before our missions. I was telling him about the jobs I’ve had before and he told us that before his mission he would hijack cars! He told me all about how they would first change the dashboard and then give it a new paint job in another town. We all looked a little shocked and he laughed saying "just kidding"". Then kinda quietly he said "but its true.." We have been laughing about that conversation all week. 
 We also found one great investigator named Lance. He is 15 and is really ready for the gospel! After the first lesson he read all of 1st Nephi. He’s has been coming to church every week and always has really good questions about what he is reading.
 Other than that not much exciting is going one. I hope everyone had a good Easter.
 Mahal Kita
   Elder Merrill

P.S. Here is a picture of the beach…Enjoy :) 

April 14

Kamusta Everybody,
 This past week has gone really well. We’ve had a lot of meetings but we were still able to do some good work in our area. My email is a day late because we had zone interviews yesterday so our P-Day was switched. 
 On Tuesday we went on exchanges with Batangas 1. Both of the elders there are famous in their area because they are super tall 6'3 and 6'7.  I worked with Elder Richards who is 6'7 and we had quite the day. We talked to one guy who spoke good English and seemed interested but then he said "actually I am a little drunk at the moment so you better just come back tomorrow and teach me and then he said to Elder Richards.. “I think you are taller than Kobe". We both got a laugh and were impressed by how well he could speak English, even while drunk.
 We also had a zone training meeting Wednesday but it was so hot in the chapel that people were having trouble focusing. So yesterday instead we decided to hold it in a different chapel with AC. It is amazing the difference the temperature makes on peoples attitudes! Yesterday they were all much more awake and participated really well. We have been discussing and working on helping people get to church.  It was sad also that it was the last meeting that we will have as a zone with President Peterson. He goes home in June and we are all anticipating trying to adjust to a new mission president. 
 Other than that not much is happening! I hope everyone has a great Easter. Here is a link to an amazing video about Easter.
  Kita Kits

    Elder Merrill 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Big Blow Dryer

Kamusta Everybody!
 This past week has gone really well! We have been finding a lot of success in our area and have a few people who should be ready for baptism in the coming weeks. 
 Two of our investigators Joy and Vilma have been really progressing. They have been reading and coming to church often. We have really been pushing with them praying with real sincerity and seeking to know the Book of Mormon is true. The only problem is that they are just really shy. They come to church every week but are afraid to come inside because they don’t want to talk to all the people.  They usually wait by the door then sit down after the hymn starts so we have been trying to find them some friends in the ward.
 On Friday we had out MLC conference and it was great. We learned a lot about how to talk to people on the street. Usually people say "hi we are missionaries from the ....." what we should say is "hello we are representatives of Jesus Christ”.
 One funny thing that has happened this past week is that we live really close to the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses and so tons of them came up to our door. I offered to trade them a Book of Mormon for their pamphlet but they just walked away and decided that trying to speak to the American Representative of Christ wasn’t something they wanted to do. Hopefully they stop by again this week and I’ll try again!
 Other than that nothing exciting is going on here. It is just still super hot. We sleep with a fan blowing on us but considering that its 90 in our room every-night it’s essentially like sleeping with a huge blow dryer on you. 
  I hope everyone is doing well and has a mabuti lingo
   Kita Kits
     Elder Merrill