Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Week 98 - June 18, 2017


From: Jordan Mark Merrill <merrill.j@myldsmail.net>
Sent: Sunday, June 18, 2017 10:00 PM
To: Lauri Merrill
Subject:
 


Happy papas day to all ya'll good ole daddies and most of all happy day to the best dad there is, you know who you are 😉 !!
Well I think I said about 2 weeks ago that I thought that we were finally into rainy season, but from these last 2 weeks I’m pretty sure that rain was just a joke to get everyone’s hope up.  As from what I’ve seen these last few weeks, is that it’s still hotter than ever. Which I mean is alright for me, but to make long things short, its hot. So this week we had the great opportunity to witness and be a part of one of our investigators baptism. The original date was for a Saturday, but the branch leaders were busy so they asked if we could move it to Friday, but that was the 22nd birthday of her aunt and they have plans, so we just did it Sunday morning before sacrament. It was great because most of her family were able to attend and witness it. She did great. :) Then in sacrament we confirmed her, and our other recent convert we baptized last week. Also, the aunt of the one we recently baptized has a new born but she’s not a member (yet) and she gave us permission to give her baby a blessing and I got to be part of it.
🙂 Also it being Father’s Day, I got to be a speaker during sacrament and I didn’t talk about Dads?? But about member missionary work! Easy. And just to close my good day at church I gave the Priesthood lesson. Good day:) I’m glad that we ended the no baptism streak here for this area and I’m hoping to have at least one more before my service is over.  Like I’ve said before, she’s still on track and excited, so were just waiting for July 8. But after her, I’m thinking that'd be it, but it’s all good. :) All good things come to an end eventually right??
So in our area here in the city, basically most of the people are slowing preparing and in preparation they set up a small carnival type thing, kind of like our Peach Days but just Filipino version. It’s been up for a little under a month so were exited! This 22nd is the yearly Sorsogon Pili Festival. From what I’ve heard, a bunch of schools and different cultural things are going to join for a big parade.  Basically my whole mission I haven’t been able to really watch anything like that so I’m excited!! Don’t worry I’ll take lots of pictures. :) Actually there are a lot of things these next 2 weeks but I’ll tell more about them next time. So that'll be it for this week. :) Sorry simple lang! Love ya'll
🙂

**Elder Merrill**

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Week 97 - June 12, 2017

From: Jordan Mark Merrill <merrill.j@myldsmail.net>
Sent: Sunday, June 11, 2017 9:01 PM
To: Lauri Merrill
Subject:

Happy Independence Day :) 🎆🎉🌋 
Also Happy "First Day of Last Transfer" :) 
So today, like I mentioned, is the Independence Day for the Philippines and like America, they all hang up Filipino flags and earlier this morning there was a big ceremony I’m not actually sure what for but there was a lot of soldiers and police so I’m sure it was important. We didn't stay long. And also today marks the first day in my last transfer here in the Pines...:( Masayang Malungkot or in other words in a Happy Sadness. But that’s just what ya gotta do! 
On Saturday we held the baptism for Nanay Jovi and I had the great honor to baptize her (sorry forgot my camera this week) but in her testimony she gave me a special shout out for always eating her mangos. :) It was a great day. Yesterday we had a special Philippines broadcast and all the Sorsogon district came. Ya it was good but dang it was super noisy so a little hard to focus and because of that we didn’t get to confirm her so we'll just do that next week. We also have a baptism this Saturday too. :) What a great life! 
Earlier we talked to another one of our progressing investigators and she said it’s okay with her to push her baptism to July because we don’t have enough time to teach her by the 24th, but she’s still excited and doing what needs to be done. She really wants to serve a mission so we want to help her there. 
So as for the weather now, I think I just finished my last hot season. Were now into the days where it rains every day and it’s not like a constant hard rain where you can prepare, it’s more like the rain where its sunny for an hour than pouring for 10 minutes then sprinkles for half the day then hot at night. Not sure? Yesterday was the first time it hadn't rained in the morning so we threw our wet clothes on a wire to dry and figured it wouldn't rain all day then while we were at church we just got wrecked so we thought our cloths had no hope but when we got home they were all on a wire inside by our front door and we were like Yeeeees. But we couldn't figure out who put them there, then last night one of the orphan boys came and told us he did it for us so we were super grateful. They're good kids. :) 
So ya, now we start a new transfer and I’m just going to do what we do and call ourselves the Seniors of this mission. :) Love you all. :) Ingat kayo palagi!

**Elder Merrill**

Week 96 - June 5, 2017


From: Jordan Mark Merrill <merrill.j@myldsmail.net>
Sent: Sunday, June 4, 2017 9:58 PM
To: Lauri Merrill
Subject:

Well another week down and the days just keep droppin’! This week seemed a little slow because we seemed to really focus on our most progressing Is rather than look for newer ones but as this week starts now that will be our goal, find some new people to teach, which really isn’t that hard here it’s just the heat is a killer. Anyway, we have a Baptism this Saturday :) ha-ha finally. We broke a streak here for not having any so that feels good. They say id the Elders can’t get it progressing they take them out and put in sisters so I do not want that to happen but now it won’t :) 
And so in in 6 days, I can officially say we are the oldest missionaries in Legazpi mission. After this batch, were the seniors!! Ha-ha! But in a way it sucks because we got to leave out destiny behind for all the freshies. Kind of like high school ya know?
Well anyway, not much to write about this week and little on time so ill hopefully have some more news nest week! 
Love you all :) 

**Elder Merrill**