Saturday, November 29, 2014

Me Gusta Sus Zapatos

Hey hey hey!

This week has been great great great! Let me tell you my favorite part:

We were on the bus sitting across from this little man wearing moon boots. When I told him that I liked his shoes he looked at me puzzled and said that he didn't speak English. I went on to repeat myself in Spanish and he smiled and nodded. I quickly explained to him in my broken high school Spanish that we were missionaries and as we were getting off the bus we exchanged info so we could contact him again. After we got off the bus we turned around and he had followed us. He wanted to continue talking. He told us that he was studying religion and history and we were able to set an appointment for this week with him and then we had to leave to catch our next bus. 

The next day we were sitting in district meeting and we all heard a knock at the door. Our district leader, Elder Tucker went to go answer it and he called us out into the hall way to see that it was Juan, the guy from the bus! He held out his hand for a handshake and when I grabbed his hand he pulled me in and gave me a kiss on the cheek! Hahahahaha the whole district keeps telling me to lock my heart. So funny. Anyways, we told him (again in broken Spanish) that church is on Sunday at 9 and he thanked us and went on his way. 

The day after that we went to his apartment to drop off a Libro de Mormon and we wrote down a brief explanation of the Book of Mormon from a Spanish Preach My Gospel that we had in the apartment. I said a prayer in Spanish too because I ripped out a page in a missionary Spanish book showing how to pray so I just read it hahha. On Sunday we got to go to the Spanish gospel principles class. It was fun trying to understand what everyone was saying. I loved it!

Heavenly Father is preparing hearts everywhere to receive the gospel, Juan is evidence of that!

We also got to play some football this week at the branch turkey bowl! Sug came and let's just say my defense is so awesome. I pulled his flag erry time! Bahaha! We had a great lesson with Sug earlier in the week with the Basses; we taught him the Plan of Salvation. It went very well, and when we followed up on his reading assignment (Alma 7) he said something along the lines that baptism is something he needs to think about. We didn't even bring it up BAHAHAHA! He is slowly committing himself! Awesome.

I love y'all! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Sister Andrea Kate Merrell

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


Hey familia!

Let me tell y'all a funny story:

So we went over to Miss Ruby's house on Saturday morning. She is super old and is too sick to come to church so we go over and play a round of skippy-bo with her once a week. She told Sister Mackelprang to get a book off of a shelf for her. Sister Mackelprang couldn't find it so Ruby got down on her hands and knees to find it herself before we could even stop her! So there she was stuck on the ground and she couldn't get back up (don't worry she was laughing about it the entire time). Anyways we tried for about 20 minutes to help her get up and it was so hilariously unsuccessful that we decided to go and get her neighbor, Steve, that we had just talked to before we went in her apartment. Steve came over and when he tried to pick her up Ruby starts screaming, "RELEASE ME HENRY, RELEASE ME!" I have no idea who Henry is... Anyways, then he put her back down on the ground and then I went over and we both got her up on to the couch. It was so funny/terrifying. We all had a good laugh afterwards, hence the picture to commemorate the occasion.

We set a baptismal date for Jakiva and her daughter Taylor for December 6th! We're pretty pumped about it, but at the same time a lil nervous since she asks a lot of off the wall questions that make it seem like she doesn't understand what the heck is going on. But hey she came to church yesterday and the members were really sweet to her. We are hopeful that the spirit will secure her desire.

Yesterday was the most miraculous Sunday ever. There have been a couple of middle school aged girls, Jessica and Anna, that have been coming to church for the last month and we didn't know they weren't members! So finally we were able to set up a time to meet with them and get the ball rolling. Brother Smith taught them in Sunday school and afterwards he told us he gave them Book of Mormons and committed them for baptism! What the awesome! Also, in the YSA branch a married member of the hixson ward came and he brought his friend from his internship. Her name is Renada and she is adorable, she looks just like Emma Watson! We fit right in and we are going to have our first lesson with her this week! There be miracles droppin from da ceiling all over the place! Holla!

I love all of y'all!!!

Love Sister Andrea Merrell

Thursday, November 13, 2014


Hey Hey!

This week was pretty eventful! We had stake conference so that took up the weekend and zone training meeting was on Friday. It was a good week and it went by really really fast. ZOOM!!! I can't believe it's already Monday again!

I don't think I've talked about our investigator Jakiva. A couple of weeks ago we were walking passed a random church and there were 3 ladies outside. We started talking with them in a group but the conversation was going more towards just one of the ladies. When we offered her a Book of Mormon and she declined it, but then Jakiva stepped in and asked if she could have it! We were thrilled! We got her information and then we caught our bus. When we went back later on and taught her the restoration she showed us some of her journal entries about life. we could really see her love for Christ and how much she relies on Him. It was awesome. We  taught her the Plan of Salvation this week and it went pretty well. She said she wanted to be baptized! She and her kids came to stake conference this weekend too!!! On the car ride home, Sister Bass asked her what she liked about stake conference and Jakiva said she liked how they talked about baptism. HOLLA.  I am so grateful that Jakiva was bold enough to accept our Book of Mormon. I'm glad we were bold enough to talk to those people even though they were outside of their church. Change requires boldness! 

Okay here's another miracle for ya, we got back from zone meeting and we were late for our appointment so we had to take a later bus and shorten our lesson. We had a quick lesson and then we bolted out the door so we could get to the last bus of the day. We barely made it, and at the next stop Vanicia got on. Vanicia came to church a couple of weeks ago because a member of our branch, Sister Bennett had invited her. It was such a miracle that we bumped into her and it was all because we were late! We were able to have a lesson with her and her "roommate partner thing" (hahaha her own words) the following day. They had told us that they weren't going to come to stake conference before the lesson started but as they felt the spirit they gained the desire to at least try. It was pretty awesome. They didn't come though hahaha dangit. We're going to see them tonight. I think they will come to church this week!

Sug came to stake conference as well! HOLLA! He's the coolest. He gets his own paragraph even though it's just like a line because he's awesome.

This transfer is flying by! I can't believe we're already half way through. So crazy! We are having a blast up in hurr in the ghetto. The Signal Mountain elders drive us around on P-days and we take selfies because we're cool.

Love ya!!!

Sister Merrell

Thursday, November 6, 2014

I Survived Halloween 2K14


This week was pretty good! We started out by having FHE with our branch president (President Bass) and his family and they had invited their friend Sug to come over. Sug had met the missionaries several times through out the years and had been given a Book of Mormon but he didn't really know what we were about! We took the opportunity to get to know him better and invite him to take the lessons. It was a really was a powerful experience because the President and Sister Bass kept testifying of how the gospel has blessed them and that being the reason why they wanted to share it with him. They were asking Sug some awesome inspired questions. Sug agreed to learn more with real intent and our journey official has begun! We had a lesson with him and President Bass later on in the week and we taught him the restoration. It was awesome; it was like we were in a trio because President Bass helped so much with the teaching. The spirit was really strong! I loved it!

Halloween was quite the adventure since we had to be locked in by 4. Our district decided to go to the church to play games so we all chilled there the whole night and got all hyped up on sugar (elders+mountain dew=no bueno). We ended up turning off all of the lights in the mansion and the Elders did a haunted house for Sister Mackelprang and I. They slammed doors and ran around and screamed and put on primary music upstairs. IT WAS FREAKY! And y'all know how much I love getting scared so yeah... it was a really fun Halloween!

On Saturday we went over to Northshore (aka hipster central) we were wandering around looking for a part member family's house for about an hour and a half. We were walking up a huge hill when we stopped and asked this lady named Jerry for directions. She told us to get in her car and she would drive us there. While we were in the car talking with her she told us that her mom had grown up Mormon! She said she now knew what she had waited so long to leave her house to go to the grocery store, it was because she needed to bump into us! Awesome huh? She wouldn't commit to a return appointment though.. ahh dangit. But we know where she lives so that's a start! It was a really awesome miracle... I just wish she had taken the opportunity to really understand that. Oh well she will eventually! It really made me think about how God gives us opportunities to spiritually grow every day. Especially when we take time to ask spiritual questions. In Elder Neil L. Andersen's conference talk he said, "Spiritual questions deserve spiritual answers from God." When we really want spiritual answers from God we have to take the time to ask the questions. Maybe Jerry isn't asking the questions at this point, but some day she will.

I love all of y'all! 

Sister Andrea Kate Merrell