Elder Merrill's Current Address

Elder Merrill's Current Address

Elder Nathaniel Merrill
Philippines Baguio Mission
PO Box 7 (po box for letters only)
Brgy: San Vicente East
Urdaneta City, Pangasinan 2428

Monday, September 3, 2012

August 27th, 2012

A lot of good things happened this week.   
     First one fairly random thing; whenever we give out pamphlets we write our names and phone number on the back.  We tell them if they can't make their appointment they can text us, or if they have questions about the pamphlet or anything else.  Until this week no one has ever texted us.  This week we got a text.  It said not to come back, but it was the first I've received after giving out just a pamphlet.  That was kind of exciting. (Of course the text is the exciting part not the rejection.)  For another first this week I confiscated a cigarette from an investigator. We showed up to an investigators house for an appointment and our investigator was holding a cigarette, he hadn't started smoking it, but he was holding it.  I asked him to give it to me, he did, and then we talked about how his following of the Word of Wisdom was going. (pretty good actually, no more coffee and alcohol and a lot less cigarettes.) That is the first cigarette I've ever confiscated from an investigator so I was somewhat happy with that. That investigator is a really great person too.  
     This week we got some Zone training from our Zone leaders and they also gave Zone goals.  I was pleased to see that we already meet the bar that the Zone leaders set for our Zone right now.  One thing they focused was on investigator work.  Because we focus with less actives sometimes missionaries stop teaching investigators all together.  When I got to this area it was kind of like that, but when the less active focus began President Jensen set a standard of about 3:2 less active to investigator lessons.  Of course if those less actives are part members then you have investigators there as well.  So when I got to this area one of the first things I did was up the investigator lessons just a little bit and gave out baptismal invitations.  Well that is exactly what the Zone leaders told the Zone. They said we needed to continue to teach and find and baptize investigators as well as teach less actives.  I was pleased.
      My favorite happening this week was a man named Alex.  We were walking down the street, and we were late to an appointment.  As we were walking we saw a man sitting outside of his gate playing with a puppy. (For mom the puppy was about 9 weeks and was a golden retriever.)  When I saw the guy I immediately  thought that he needed the gospel.  I was so impressed that I needed to talk to him that I as I was talking to Elder Sagayno I crossed the street immediately to go speak with Alex.  We found out that Alex is quite religious and prays all the time.  He told us that he has been praying for God to help him answer his questions for a long time now. He doesn't have a religion but believes in God.  He is also a very nice person.   We talked with him for some time and left him with a Book of Mormon.  Now his house can only be accessed through the gate which he said is never open and that he is inside the house whenever he is home.  The chances that he is outside that gate at any given time are so very very small.  We were very lucky to have found him at that exact time, if you can call it luck.  He prayed us there.  He may not know it, but he prayed us there.  You may wonder what happened to our appointment that we were already late for; that guy was drunk, and had been for some time according to the neighbors.  We couldn't teach there anyway.  Never delay acting on a prompting from the Spirit.  Even when it just doesn't make the most sense.   
So those are the major happenings right now.  

Have a good week, keep your head up, and smile.
                                             Elder Nathaniel J. Merrill

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