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**

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