Saturday, August 5, 2017

Week 103 - July 24, 2017



From: Jordan Mark Merrill <merrill.j@myldsmail.net>
Sent: Sunday, July 23, 2017 10:48 PM
To: Lauri Merrill
Subject:

Ok, well now I’m 100% sure this will be my last email here in the Pines. :) It’s bitter sweet like I’ve said, but it’s come. Maybe I’ll just cover my last week and save all the mushy stuff for when I get home. :) 
This week has been the time where everyday someone asks you how it feels and it’s the same answer every time, you just tell them it’s no different. But we all know deep down that’s not the right answer, ha-ha! The members have been great to me. My plan was to only go to the airport with a small suitcase and a backpack but that’s not what is going to happen. After my cases are full, another member hands me a big bag full of things so then you repack and manage. I’m the one we like to call "Hoarder" and can’t throw it away without feeling guilty about it, even though it has no purpose and I’ll never use it again. But it’s just a few days of carrying around the stuff then it’s all easy. :) Me and my comp’s goal this week was to find a bunch of new investigators for him and his next comp, and to open our mouth to as many as we can to get them somewhat interested. It seemed to do good and were happy. :) I’m going to miss our investigators, recent converts, members, just about everyone. They get mad at me because I haven’t accepted them on Facebook for 2 years and I tell them just to be little more patient ha-ha! That’s one more thing that'll be a change when I get home, will be my use of Facebook. Before I could care less about it, as long as I had one like everyone else. But now this is going to be the main form of communication. I’m excited to be able to talk to them all again! Annnnd as of now I have a lot more to say but as I look outside I see small water droplets and we all know small rain comes first then the big rain and I have a bunch of clothes out drying so I’m going to cut it now and say that I’ll see you all in a matter of days. :) Love you all. Mahal na mahal ko kayo. :) 
#2yearsDONE.
#MerrillOut
#RMNAAKO.

**Elder Merrill**

Yup. Ate Dog for the third and last time :) (Adobo Form)

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Week 102 - July 17, 2017



From: Jordan Mark Merrill <merrill.j@myldsmail.net>
Sent: Monday, July 17, 2017 4:56 AM
To: Lauri Merrill
Subject:

Hey Hey :) So I think I said last week, I’m not sure if I’m going to get the chance to email on my last Monday here because I know that’s the day we do our travels to Legazpi. But I’m thinking we get some time so this may or may not be my last email to you in the mission? Maybe I’ll make it my last one anyway, so next week if I have time I can hit up some old friends with a quick email telling them I love them ha-ha! But as of this week, it’s been a different feeling as I go through the days and sometimes I’ll admit I think of home but I feel like that’s a natural thing so whatever. Last week, we found a bunch of new investigators so this week we didn’t really do a lot of finding. We had a baptism on Saturday and it was just a simple, nice, little experience. She had a great time and will do good things in her life. :) Lots of people seem to be nice to me now they know I’m close to going home, ha-ha. Maybe they know when a missionary goes home he plans on leaving things, so who knows? ;) Ha-ha.  I really don’t have a lot to say about this weeks of work but I’ll just say I’m glad to be able to say I have finished 2 years serving the Lord. Two years is the time given, and that’s enough time to do great and more.  But even when we’re home, we still have that big obligation. I love the Philippines. I love the people. I love my mission.  It’s the bitter sweet time that comes to all, so just enjoy right? :) See ya'll in a few. :) Merrill out.

**Elder Merrill**

From: Jordan Mark Merrill <merrill.j@myldsmail.net>
Sent: Monday, July 17, 2017 4:58 AM
To: Lauri Merrill
Subject:

I have pictures but I’m in a sketchy place sooooo not this week. ;) But if I’m not mistaken I’ll drive to Legazpi on Monday, sleep there one day then fly to Manila, sleep there one day, then fly to Tokyo, and from there its straight. :) I got to go now. Love you. :)

**Elder Merrill**

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Week 101 - July 10, 2017



From: Jordan Mark Merrill <merrill.j@myldsmail.net>
Sent: Monday, July 10, 2017 1:03 AM
To: Lauri Merrill
Subject:

How many days left??? Not really sure? ;) Ahhhh, well I remember last week I said that I was going to write a better, more heart-felt letter this week, and I was lazy because of the thing we did earlier that day.  And now here I am again sitting, and just like last week, pretty dang exhausted. We visited a waterfall spring somewhere in the mountains and it took some effort, so now I’m here again and I want to keep my promise that I said last week about writing a better letter this week, so here we go. :) 
The past few weeks have been really busy here in Sorsogon due to the city wide fiesta.  But this last week it has all died down and everyone is back to their normal lives. So along with that, we also have had a better jump in our work. People have time now, so that gives us a better chance to look for new investigators. This week we hit 10 and some of them really do seem promising. But as we all know, as of this point, any new investigator we find I won’t be here to see the baptism.  But that’s all good with me because I trust the next sets of missionaries to carry on the work. Speaking of baptisms, we have one (my last in the mission) this upcoming Saturday and we’re all excited for it. She’s been a great girl and very willing to accept the Gospel in her life. One day she'll go on and do great things. Our most recent converts are also still going strong and now there in the hands of the members. I’d also like to give a big shout-out to Ailen for passing her exam and being called as a new primary teacher. Good luck!!! :) I have really grown a testimony about the Lords timing in all things. A lot of the miracles I’ve seen so far from the mission has been the Lord leading people to us. This last week, we had two YSA aged teens approach us and ask about what we have. One of them said she has been looking for what’s called "Bible study" or in our perspective "Sharing".  We said, well you have found the right people. Then the thing is, she lives in a boarding house so we can’t teach her there.  But we were able to share the first lesson in the chapel and she loves it. She blended right in with the members and made lots of friends quick. She has a big religion background and is still searching.  So now I’m super excited for what’s going to happen in the next few months of her life and we'll just do what needs to be done. So let us not forget that it’s all on Gods will, and not ours. We can act in our agency but the timing is all up to the Lord. We just need to be humble and know that fact. 
So as for me personally, I have been taking a lot more pictures of course, and have been trying to record simple things that I know I’m going to miss. It’s just a weird feeling? I feel like I’ve been here for 900 years and this is all I know.  But then sometimes reality punches me in the face. But it's normal. And another thing I’m sure a lot of people are not going to be too happy about is the fact of how little I have learned to cook here. I think I have the mentality that the foods that can be cooked here, can’t be cooked the same way back in US. But there are simple things so maybe I’ll try to get some tips, but just make sure you forgive me. :) 
Sometimes I have weird dreams where I’m home and I see missionaries walking and I don’t know what to say. Just a weird fact for ya'll. Not sure if that’s how it’s going to be but we'll see. 
Well I seem to have met my quota for this email and I’m going to take it to a stop. I think I have 2 more times to email after this but the second Monday I’m guessing not?? We'll see.  Love you all. :) Don’t be too excite for me ha-ha!!

**Elder Merrill**

I just woke up with this one day??