Today I am in Urdaneta City for P-day. We had to go to visit the mission office. Let me just say that Urdaneta is way bigger than Agoo or Pozorrubio. I am in a computer shop in a mall. They have a mall.
This week was good, it went by fast as most weeks do. I am getting to know the people in my new branch, and they are getting to know me. This week we went to a wedding for someone in the branch that was held at the church. We, the missionaries, said that we would try to attend if we had time that day. We ended up being able to attend but we were a little late. When we arrived they said they were waiting for us, and then informed me that I was playing the piano for this event. So with no time of notice I played the piano. That was somewhat exciting. They also later asked me to play for the ward choir when they sing next Sunday. There is another wedding this week. And another wedding the week after that. One of those weddings is for an investigator that wants to be baptized. He wants his wedding and baptism on the same day. That will certainly be a memorable day.
This week we met a lady on the street that was from Agoo. That was fun because I was able to talk to someone from a different place than I was and actually know what I was talking about. I felt like I was able to gain her trust and interest because I knew exactly what she was talking about. We taught her a lesson and she was very receptive. I gave her the names and phone number of the Elders in Agoo. I won't ever see if she progresses, but I do know that we here in Pozorrubio did our part.
This week I went on Exchanges with the Zone Leaders. I worked in an City called Binalonan. That is an area that John Bytheway( probably spelled wrong) opened up years ago. Some of the members there are his converts. I got to work with one of the Zone leaders and he helped me with a lot of things. Another thing about Binalonan, they have a hot shower. I don't know why or how, but they do. That was my first hot shower in months.
One exciting thing this week was a recent convert family went to the Temple to do baptisms for the dead. We taught them about the Temple before they went, then they went, and then we reviewed their experience with them and reemphasized preparing for eternal marriage. It was really exciting to hear them talk about their experience. I am so very happy for them. I am so happy to see people making changes in their lives and also to be a help in their change
Good luck to you all and have a wonderful week,
Elder Nathaniel J. Merrill