I am so excited to be here in Knoxville, Tennessee serving in the Knoxville 1st ward with Sister Johnson for my last transfer! She is from Seattle, Washington. She is 25 years old and she has been on her mission 4.5 months. I'm absolutely loving it here! Our apartment is a mansion, we have a car, and we have so many willing and able members to help the work progress!
So things really are rolling here, night we were able to set a baptismal date with our investigator Brian for . Brian's wife Lakenzie got baptized last weekend. They both had Mormon friends growing up, which led them to look up the church online, which led them to come to church, which led them to both decide to be baptized! This is evidence of the power of a righteous example, that's for sure!
I've been really thinking about Ether lately:
"And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for allmen that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong untothem."
Oh my goodness, I have so many weaknesses and as I have come unto Christ I've had to bring them with me; and He made sure to show them to me! It hurts to have weakness! I don't want to be weak! I don't want anyone to see my flaws, especially the Savior. But He is the first one to see them, and when I go to Him he shows me how to rely on Him. I can't put on a face for Him, because he knows who I really am; so I need to be someone who is humble, I have to let him teach me. He shows me how I can lean on Him in my weakness for strength. That's hard for someone with a lot of pride I'm telling ya first handed! But yes, I make mistakes that only the Savior can console me about and only He can help me change. I'm grateful that Christ still loves me even though I'm weak. I grateful that he loves me enough to help me be strong.
Sister Andrea Merrell
Oh, P.S. I held a snake last night and I didn't even vomit!