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

July 30th, 2012

Hello again.  I have had a good week here.  I talked to Sister Idos and she gave me the stuff you sent with her.  It was fun, she showed me pictures of you guys in Utah as well.  How tall is Jonathan?  He is definitely taller. 
   You know how sometimes people say you will find people that have been prepared by the Lord, while we found some this week.  We met a new investigator and started teaching him and his wife the first lesson his wife wasn't present, but in the next lesson we quickly learned that she had been taught before.  Actually her entire family are members, they just went less active and so she was never baptized.  She knows most all of the basic things we teach.  We started teaching and they picked up very quickly.  After we challenged them to read and pray about the Book of Mormon they came back and told us about their experience.  They said they felt a feeling that was hard to describe and told us it was the Spirit.  We challenged them to come to church and they did...they were 40 minutes early church because they didn't want to be late.  Wow they are doing so good.  They readily as well have accepted the Word of Wisdom.  They are pretty much my favorite thing that has happened this week.   We have another great family too right now.  A less active family that we've been working with.  This family is just so fun.  They have been coming to church for awhile now and we continue to visit them.  We just have so many people coming back to church right now. 
       It seems to me there are 4 religions we deal with in the Philippines; Catholic, Born Again, Iglesia ni Cristo, and the Jehovah's witnesses.  I haven't dealt much so far with Igelsia or the witnesses, but this week we ran into a lot of Witnesses.  We had an investigator get attacked by the Witnesses and was very confused asking us a lot of questions.  (Funny enough the Witnesses attacked our church for believing that God and Jesus Christ were one being, we reminded our investigator of Joseph Smiths vision and showed a picture that clearly shows 2 beings talking to Joseph.)  Besides that we seemed to meet Witnesses everywhere.  I got very good at my Bible scriptures as learned how to very quickly and effectively answer all their questions.  We got pretty good at talking to them and getting them to the point where they were asking us questions (as opposed to questioning our message).  It was an interesting experience, they seemed to want very much to "Bible Bash".  But we avoided 'bashing'.  
      It rained again this week.  Every day.  That is just the way things are.  It will rain... you will get wet.  Even if you have the biggest umbrella, when it is raining hard with a harsh wind you get wet.  Nothing we can't handle though.  Thanks again for the stuff you sent with Sister Idos.
Have a good week, keep your head up, and smile.
                                                                           Elder Nathaniel J. Merrill

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