Monday, July 25, 2016

Megan's Letter 7/25/16

Okay so I promise we did other stuff this week, but all I could focus on was this: LINDSEY GOT BAPTIZED AND I GOT TO VISIT FLORENCE. Best day and biggest miracle of my mission so far. Not to mention Maddie visited me in T-Town on Wednesday, and I got to see her all day Friday as well. I love her ❤
Sorry for so many pictures!

Maddie and I at Panera in Tuscaloosa. (:

I can't tell y'all how much love I have for Lindsey.

Downtown Florence.❤

We visited Charlotte too of course. (:

I can't really put that day into words. It was a huge tender mercy that I was able to go back and watch one of my very best friends enter the waters of baptism! It's funny, I didn't realize how many lifelong friends I would meet in Alabama of all places. I think Florence will always have my heart.❤
In honor of Lindsey I want to share with y'all a verse that she brought to our attention when we were first teaching her. It has come to mean a lot to me!
Alma 37:44-45
"44 For behold, it is as easy to give heed to the word of Christ, which will point to you a straight course to eternal bliss, as it was for our fathers to give heed to this compass, which would point unto them a straight course to the promised land.  45 And now I say, is there not a type in this thing? For just as surely as this director did bring our fathers, by following its course, to the promised land, shall the words of Christ, if we follow their course, carry us beyond this vale of sorrow into a far better land of promise."

That's all for this week! Oh yeah except we did go fishing this morning. (No I didn't catch that fish. Yes I know I look terrified of it, I am.)

​Have a good week! I LOVE Y'ALL.
-Sister Merrill

Monday, July 18, 2016

Megan's Letter 7/18/16

Another busy week!

Okay I hope all y'all celebrated Cow Appreciation Day at Chick-fil-a. If not I'm really sorry, but we did and we had a BLAST. (:
Also, I rode my bike FOR THE FIRST TIME on my mission... I don't know how I got lucky enough to avoid it the first 7 months, but it wasn't so bad. (: I was on exchange with Sister Johnson!
Then I went on exchange with Sister Sheffield this week! She is so sweet, and she loves Mayday so we are best friends obviously.
The next morning we got to go to a wedding in Bessemer! I've been lucky enough to teach this cute family on exchange. I love them so much!

THEN after that we went to a District Meeting in Lorna, and then on a blitz with Sister Hidalgo!(:

​On Sunday we got to listen to President Archibald speak, who just returned from serving in Lima, Peru West as the Mission President! His talk was great. (: My favorite part was when he said: "The Lord works through very weak vessels."
There are so many times where I've felt inadequate for this work, but I know that the Lord can use me to work miracles. Doctrine and Covenants 1:23 says:
"That the fulness‍ of my gospel‍ might be proclaimed‍ by the weak‍ and the simple unto the ends of the world, and before kings‍ and rulers."

This is the one and only church that contains the fulness of the gospel people!! I feel so blessed to know it. Stay steadfast y'all and have an amazing week. (:

-Sister Merrill

P.S. We had a Sister sleep over with all the Sisters in the zone last night and spent tons of time with everyone today.😄

Monday, July 11, 2016

Megan's Letter 7/11/16

Hey y'all! This week has been very eventful. (:
First we had the opportunity to to see a lot of our Sisters this week!

We started off in Bessemer, where I got to hang out with Sister Kenyon for a few hours! We went and had an incredible first lesson with someone, where she told us she knows the Book of Mormon is true and wants to be baptized! I believe in miracles y'all.

 Next we drove over to Lorna, where I spent some time with Sister Benioni. She is THE BEST. Let me tell y'all about an incident we had. So we had just finished up an appointment and decided to stop at Walmart on the way home. We get out of the car and see this humongous COCKROACH on top of the car! And it kept running at us every time we tried to get our stuff out of the back seat! So we decided to just run inside and forget about it. Well guess what!? We came back out and it was STILL THERE. Sister Benioni grabbed a sign and tried to flick it off the car, but it slid into the hood! We were terrified the whole ride home that it was going to fly out of the AC or something.

The next day I went on an exchange with Sister Chavez! We had a blast as usual (: BUT OH MY GOSH IT WAS SO HOT.

 ​And I met the cutest little girl ever named Nikki (:

 ​Saturday Rick was baptized almost exactly a year after his wife! It was an incredible and spiritual meeting. They are so excited to go to the temple in a year. I couldn't be happier for them. (:

After the baptism we went to try and visit some potentials! I saw this lady sitting on her deck and felt prompted to talk to her. We yelled up to her and asked if we could come up and share a message! Her son let us in and we started to get to know her. Her name is Maggie, and as it turns out her brother just passed away a few days before. We had the opportunity to share with her the Plan of Salvation. She kept telling us how much hope that gives her. I thought that was fitting- the Plan of Hope. I'm so grateful for the knowledge we have, so that we can have hope for ourselves and for our loved ones who have passed on.
My favorite chapter in the Book of Mormon right now is Moroni 7! Verses 40-42 say:
"40 And again, my beloved brethren, I would speak unto you concerning hope. How is it that ye can attain unto faith, save ye shall have hope?  41 And what is it that ye shall hope for? Behold I say unto you that ye shall have hope through the atonement of Christ and the power of his resurrection, to be raised unto life eternal, and this because of your faith in him according to the promise.
 42 Wherefore, if a man have faith he must needs have hope; for without faith there cannot be any hope."
I have gained a little bit of an obsession with hope in my studies, so I'm sorry if I talk about it too much. (: Have a great week y'all!

-Sister Merrill

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Megan's Letter 7/5/16

Hope everyone had a great 4th of July!(:
It was an amazing and HOT week here in Alabama, but that's nothing new!
I got to go on an exchange with cute Sister Dustin! Love her.

 On Friday we met President and Sister Sainsbury for the first time! They are such kind and loving people. Mission Leadership Council was yesterday! It was a blast to be with everyone on the 4th. After that we spent the day with other Sisters nearby and even contacted at a firework show! We had a lot of fun. (:

 Sorry for the short email today! I just want y'all to know that I LOVE the verse Ether 12:4. It says: "Wherefore, whoso believeth in God might with surety hope for a better world, yea, even a place at the right hand of God, which hope cometh of faith, maketh an anchor to the souls of men, which would make them sure and steadfast, always abounding in good works, being led to glorify God."

I think this is amazing because faith has really been such an anchor in my life, and especially on my mission. I know that no matter what happens, I can always choose to be steadfast in Christ. Have a blessed week y'all (:
-Sister Merrill