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

Sunday, November 18, 2012

This week has been a pretty good week.
     We found a pretty good investigator this week.  After we taught she just kept saying 'It'so true" and things like that.  When we came back she told us she is reading the Book of Mormon and sharing with her neighbors what she's been learning.  She also told us that she had a dream that people were going to come teach her the Gospel soon. We told her that she needed to be baptized, she asked us when.  She came to church too.  It's just one of those awesome situations. There is another investigator that we preached by the way to about a month ago.  She was so nice, but kept missing the return appointments we'd set.  I was pretty much ready to not try again when we saw her on the street and she said "Hey you guys didn't come".  I was shocked, because we did indeed come (actually when we came she wasn't there and we taught someone else nearby who was awesome as well... that person has a baptism date now next month).  Well it turned out she got her days mixed up, she waited for us on Thursday when she thought it was Wednesday.  So we set a return appointment again... and when we finally taught her she is way cool.  She was taught before and knows a ton of members.  The missionaries stopped teaching her because they got pulled out back then.  She remembered Joseph Smith and knew a ton.  She even said that she would probably be our fellow shipper now if the missionaries didn't stop teaching her back then. (May or may not be true but it was cool)  We taught her what the word "restoration" meant and then she kept saying this is "my restoration to the Gospel".
      We also found some less actives that in my opinion should not have been baptized.  Two girls now age 16 and 14 were baptized without their family when they were 11 and 9.  What happened is they went to church with Grandma, and then got baptized, but then the family moved and with no support they went less active.  Well we found them, and we started to teach them.  They are pretty cool.  The next day some ward members approached us and asked if we could teach and baptize their 10 and 9 year old granddaughters who always came to church but whose parents weren't members.  After seeing a potential long term effect the day before I just couldn't do it.
      I haven't yet encountered any Jehovah's witness missionaries, but this week we found their entire teaching pool.  We found a ton of people that are being taught by the witnesses and funny enough all them agreed to meet with us.  Actually we already have several that stopped meeting with the witnesses after we taught.  I told Elder Sta.Ana that's what happens when you teach "With Power and Authority" and not "teaching for doctrine the philosophies of men".  
    I had some cool pictures to send but this computer doesn't want to let you have them... Sorry.  Congrats to Amanda going to Argentina on her mission.

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

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