We did lots of service this week! We planted flowers for Sister Fritz (our eternal investigator who recently broke her leg). We planted flowers at the entrance of President Irion's neighborhood! President came too and he was wearing sweats! Hahaha I loved it. Afterwards we played a quick round of Bball, Elder Byron and I vs. President and Elder Bradd. I scored the game winning lay-up. I'm getting pretty good at basketball! We also did a bunch of weeding for Marie. That was fun. I love that woman. We taught Josh and he said he is a hands on learner. I suggested that he learn the gospel through experience. He committed to pray and ask God what he should do. We don't have a return appointment at the moment. Debbie Downer... BUT WE'RE HOPEFUL!
This week we cleared a swamp, spread mulch, worked at the bishop's storehouse, spread more mulch, and painted a porch!
When we cleared the swamp thing it was located in the backyards of about 12 surrounding houses. All of the run off drains into there when it rains. I don't really know why they wanted clear it all out but it sure was fun! Also we're the cheapest free labor in Tennessee, I mean that to be redundant not that we're cheap quality because we're the best.
Every year Liberty Mutual dedicates a day to local service. This year they had two projects, they volunteered at the bishop's storehouse and they helped spread mulch for a lady in our ward who is going through a rocky divorce. So we basically spent the day with the Liberty Mutual employees, which was awesome! The Elders ended helping one of the employees move the following day. Kewl.
We helped spread mulch for a member in the ward and he bought us snappy tomato pizza afterward. Yummmmmm. He also told us his conversion story; it was awesome!
We went over to a less-active lady's house and it was kind of awkward at the door. I saw behind her that they had a cage in their living room. I asked if they had rats and they got really excited. I pretended to be excited too and they let us in so I could hold their rats.. We offered to help them paint their porch and she said yes so we ended up doing that the next day! So I had to hold some nasty rats in order to obtain an opportunity to serve and establish a relationship with this family... was it worth it? Yes.
Anyways that's just another week in the life of a glorified yard worker.
Well the big success of the week came on Sunday when we went over to the Coy's house (PM). We were really nervous to ask Josh if we could teach him but eventually we brought it up. He told me to tell him what food I hate so he could make me eat it (rumors state he made a sister who used to be in my area eat eggs cooked in bacon grease which resulted in her vomiting). I told him that I'm not interested in bargaining and that we just want to teach because we are missionaries and the message we have is important. He looked very shocked because he didn't expect that response, probably because he calls me Amanda Bynes and says I act just like her. Whoops. Guess what? Sister Merrell has a serious side whut the whut??? Anyways, we're going back on Friday to teach him muahahahahahahhahahahahahahahah!
Anyways Tennessee is Tennessee. Have I mentioned that on the street we live there is this scary Jesus bus that has lots of fire on it too? I love baptists. I'm sorry my camera has been dead all week or else I would have taken a picture with it! I will soon! I love all of you and I'm excited to talk to y'all on mother's day!
We have been teaching this lady Tonya (more like she's been coming to church and we haven't really had any official lessons yet since she is so busy). She is being fellowshipped by some members of our ward. She doesn't live in our area....I don't really know what's going to happen with that.... Anyways, she calls us crying and says that the court took her grandkids away from her. She asked us to write a letter telling them that she takes good care of them as far as we could see. We said we could do that, but after we hung out we quickly realized that as missionaries we probably couldn't. We decided to call our 19 year old BFF Olivia from the ward and ask her if we could come make dinner for Tonya at her house and then bring it to her. Olivia (she's the best) of course said yes and so we made her some pasta stuff and brought it to her and apologized for not being able to write a letter. Tonya lives in a very humble home, it was awesome to leave our area and get back to seeing these humble homes and being able to associate with people willing to listen. We are super excited to teach Tonya this week.
So in Farragut, since it's kind of a slow area, we get to hang with members a lot. We went on a nature walk to a waterfall with the Mori's this week. We went and had dinner at the Miller's yesterday and played with their kids. When I was talking to their oldest (Paige) she told me that they had just moved to Tennessee from California about 2 years ago. I asked her what part and she said Murietta. WE IMMEDIATELY FREAKED OUT!! She knows the Goldings! That made me so happy! Bahahaha tiny world right? Also their dog bit my thigh in the most loving way possible. Here's a pic of him, his name is Brando. I like him.
Well that's all I got for this week! I love y'all! Bless your little hearts.