Sunday, May 31, 2015

Settling Into New Area

SO! Haha it has been a while. And transfers have happened and everything but now I'm able to sit down for a moment and type out the past week to the best of my memory.

Last monday! Elder Christiansen and I went bowling and had alot of fun spending our first pday in Obera together having traveled every other Monday before then. We then received information that I was being moved more into Posadas, into the Tacuarri barrio.

So I began packing for the second time in the mission so far. I packed up quick and was sent off, Meeting my New Companion Elder Pirz who is from Cordoba Argentina and has 23 months in the mission. I am going to be with him until he ends the mission haha. We are literally like a 20 minute walk from the airport in which he will be leaving so its pretty fun to poke fun and tease him a bit. So far it has been a blast working with him, he really knows how to motivate the members of the church and to bring them out to work with us. I have never seen happier and more prepared to work, member missionaries in my life. They are wonderful.

Today, not sure what holiday it was be he ate Locro (i have honestyl no idea on how it is spelled but thats how it sounds haha) and it was delicious.  Afterwards we played uno with the family and shared a scriptrue, and now we are working on finishing up packing our pension up so we can move later on today or this week

Happy Mother's Day

So Happy MothersDay to all the mothers out there.

"If evolution really works,
how come Mothers only have two hands?"

Found some funny stuff, haha and it was pretty interesting to explain the concept of how the USA has mothers day on a diffrent day then the Dia de Madre, But none the less we had fun celebrating it. My comp was able to talk with his family which was pretty funny to witness him struggle through his Spanish as he tried to make English sentences make any sort of coherent sense.

Other than that, the week has been interesting, alot of divisions and a lot of traveling. It has been a good 12-16 total hours of bus times this week and other that that we are alive and working hard. Its becoming difficult to find people who are willing to progress.

More often than not they are to willing to take the opinions of others over a opinion they can form by asking God for themselves. Everyone should feel the obligation in any situation to ask or try for themselves. No two people are the same, and from that, no two people will experience the same thing in the same manner.

Elder Merrell

Hecktic Week (April 27)


Monday was a very nice day, had some fun time with elder cross and we ate some icecream and everything!

Tuesday comes around, District meeting, talked about making sure people understand what Baptism really means and making sure they understand the promise they are making. Normal day, Got a poncho Pizza.

Wednesday..All goes well. We are having a wonderful Lesson with the Familia DaSilva and talking a bit about the Old Testament and comparing the Bible with the Book of Mormon, when  Elder Cross gets a call. After the call, we finished the lesson like normal and then BOOM! Emergency transfers, but not a dire emergency. There were two sisters who went home sick, so the sisters in our area went and are taking their place and also 2 elders in Paraguay were having Visa Issues so they have to leave Paraguay for 15 days. The result was that Elder Cross was swapped out and now I have Elder Christiansen, and he is from my Travel group from the MTC so we have the same amount of time in the field.

So Wednesday afternoon after the lesson and also after went and began packing. Finished packing Thursday afternoon.

Thursday we Traveled to Posodas got there with all of Elder Cross's bags (he forgot all his socks at the house haha) and we then received the wonderful opportunity to watch a transmission from Cordoba (I think) and were able to hear from Elder Oaks of the 12! He talked about alot of things and was a bit all over the place which I enjoyed but he finished up with talking about revelation and how it will be different for everyone in the world but everyone will have a way to receive it. Then we returned back home to Obera about 9 oclock so we called it a day and Elder Christiansen unpacked his stuff.

Saturday we did some visits and contacted houses. Then helped out witht he Jovenes (young) and watched them play a very..interesting game of basketball..if you could call it that... Then went and finshed off the day with another awesome lesson with the Familia Dasilva!

Sunday, church, church and then Sacrament. Me and my comp gave a talk haha. He gave a talk with a day and a half warning. He talked about the importance of being able to recognize the spirit and I talked about the importance of developing Faith, Hope and Charity and how they are active traits and not passive ones, they are active and we need to Act to receive them. We then waited a few hours after church to do divisions with the Elders Quorum and no one showed up.. so we went and did the visits our self haha.

Monday traveling again! for a zone activity..and goodnes it was so nice to be able to run and play basketball and football..I am going to sleep like a baby tonight. but not in my own bed haha.. Since the hermanas were taken from our area we no longer have a district in obera so we have to meet with other missionaries in order to have our district meeting. So right now we are stationed out in Jardin America (american garden) with elder Blanco and Elder Nelson. And then sleep here tonight, leave tomorrow on another buss after the meeting and get home around 5 ish..

This is my last week and tomorrow! haha its been a blast and the past casi-9 months have just ran by...

Te Extraño mucho. Elder Merrell

Sunday, May 3, 2015


So conference was a blast! I hope you have had time to go read over the talks a second time and do some extra studying! I am waiting till we get the Liahona and then I'll read them again haha. I'm super excited to get them into my hands and on paper! I did love the talk about the Indian Medicine Man and asking ¨do you dance?¨ And I loved the Plane story. All of the talks were amazing!
I feel like i need to give you a update on my studying! Right now I'm Restarting the old testament along with a GIANT guide that goes side by side with it.  I also am reading the Bible Dictionary...Haha..Just trying out something new...And with elder cross he is reading the D&C so we talk about that for our companionship study.
Some fun things that have happened this week, 
We always walk by this one cafe bar every so often and this whiter guy would always say Hello to us, and one time we stopped and asked him. ¨where did you learn English? your accent is perfect¨ - ¨Well i would hope i know English, I've spoken it my whole life¨ His name is Mike and he lost his wife about 20 years ago and after that he got a bike (motorcycle) and started exploring the world he has been to every state in the US, all of Canada, all of Europe and of northern Africa. He is now working through all of South America..It was crazy to talk to him.
Another thing, we were walking through Obera 6º a district, or a small just culdesac thing..and we came up to a bush and what i thought were to small hobos wrapped in blankets. As we got closer we then realized it was two kids about 12 and 9, both wrapped in black blankets and wearing Halloween masks...Oh my we stopped and they started asking us questions first...Are you German? where did you come from? are you testigos? we finally fought off all their questions and asked them why they were dressed up..Turns out that they are just out and about trying to scare people...oh kids..
We had an opportunity to have our interview with president LaPierre and were able to go and talk with him about what ever we needed to. It was the normal every three month interviews that we get. And it was nice to talk with him. Since our Branch that we have here is a individual branch and not part of a stake it belongs to the mission and so President LaPierre is in charge of it so we then were able to listen to him the next day on Sunday and be apart of the ward council and listen to him teach one of the hour long classes. He talked about Stewardship but in Spanish it is called Mayordormia. And stewardship means the conducting, supervising, or managing of something; especially : the careful and resp

onsible management of something entrusted to one's care.