Tuesday, February 23, 2010

February 23rd

February 23, 2010

Today is transfers and I'm getting transferred in zone. There are only 3 areas I could go to and there’s a really good chance I’ll go to the other half of the ward I'm currently in. I'm glad about that. I love this ward. My investigators are doing pretty good. They’re progressing. They're not going to be baptized as soon as we thought but that's OK as long as they do it. I just finished the entire missionary library. I learned a new way to study that is helping a lot with retention and everything.
Gotta run. Transfers are in a half hour.
Love ya bye
Elder Merrell

(After transfers)

I’m in Seattle 1 B which is ballard and magnolia. I’m senior companion. Elder Rosewood is my companion. He’s been out for 15 months. He’s from some small place in Utah. Hopefully we get along good.

Februrary 15th

I'm doing good. It's been stressful. When you become a spiritual leader to the people you teach you get a lot of baggage thrown on you and it gets overwhelming. So Elder Bunton and I are using today to relax with good ole board games.

Here's the thing about seeing sights in Seattle. I drive by every single one every day. We were at the Seattle Center on Saturday night and there was a Zulu show going on. Its like an art show with graffiti. It was way sweet. They had tarps up with boards and they were tagging the boards. It was funny because one of the kids not in the show was cleaning paint off the sidewalk where he had sprayed something.
We have 4 people preparing to be baptized. Same old Same old with them nothing too exciting with that.

Its crazy to me how messed up people can get. Jesus probably saw a lot of bad stuff as He walked through all the bad parts of the Jerusalem area but it never phased Him.
Anyways i had a dream a couple nights ago and don't remember what it was about. I don't have dreams so it was kind of weird with this one. The only thing i remember is waking up in the middle of the night with a distinct impression that i need the large print scriptures. I remember that i used them to help someone but that's all i remember. I'll get a set probably at my next temple day if i don't get transferred into the temple area.

Elder JJ

February 8th

We’ve had a lot of progress made with our less actives. Were meeting with 2 new ones this week. 2 of the less actives we’ve been visiting made some great bounds this week.
We met Hanna on Jan 2nd. She's been coming to church ever since. She quit drinking Jan 3rd. She told us yesterday that she’d quit smoking on Feb 4th. I’m impressed at how much progress she’s making. We’ve had a lot of very spiritual experiences with her since we’ve met her. Those aren’t for me to say though. She’s been great at fellowshipping other less actives and our investigators at church.
Craig was another less active that surprised us. He is from Taylor, AZ. We met him through his neighbor that we tracted into. His neighbor wasn't interested but we’ve been stopping by about once a week for the past month. We brought Bishop this last week with us to introduce Craig to him. Craig was very adamant about not coming to church. Then out of nowhere he showed up yesterday. My excitement was like that of baptizing someone and looking back at all the work that went into getting that person there. He didn’t know where the church was and had to look it up. He then took a cab to church. He wasn’t without excuses to not come. He stayed for all the classes. He won’t admit it but it think he liked it.
One of our less actives has a daughter that is into pokemon. She's 9 and isn’t baptized because her dad wont let her til she’s 12 and can make her own decision as an "adult". We played the pokemon card game with her a couple days ago. It took me back to my roots. She started trash talking and i might have gotten a little competitive and trashed talked back too. Anyway after an epic battle that took like an hour I came off conqueror.
I should probably stop working out so much. My suits are getting too loose in the pants and are too small in the shoulders. I’m doing fine right now but at some point in my mission i might have to get a new suit.
Elder Bunton and I bought a board game to help pass the time. Its very fun. Its kind of like risk but faster and more exciting. There are different characters with their own unique abilities and also powers to make up a lot of different combinations. Its helped make better companion unity when we don’t get too competitive.
I’ve almost muscled my way through Jesus the Christ. I started that when I got to the MTC and have about 200 pages left. It’s helped a lot to make sense of His mortal life.

Lots of love to everyone
Elder JJ

February 2nd

No real news this week. We had zone conference on Friday. They focused on going back to the fundamentals. It has helped immensely in the past few days.

We had our temple day today which is why p-day was on Tuesday. I put grandma and grandpa Merrell on the prayer roll. Which was odd cuz I didn't even know anything was wrong til this afternoon.

We haven't gone back to safeco field because the guy never called us but we have people falling out of the sky with the rain. We got a media referral (mormon.org) last week and were teaching her and it is way legit. She's already on date for March 6th. MacKenzie is on date for the 27th. Shes having some trouble with her mom. Her moms a devout catholic and doesn't know that Mackenzie is about to be baptized. So all our lessons are going towards that helping with that. Judi is still on date for the 20th right now. Her hold up is a guy she took in.

The Lord is blessing us left and right but its going to be awesome.
Thanks for the emails and letters and packages and stuff.

Elder JJ