Monday, February 24, 2014


My week in review: Alright, it's only fair that I start out the review with Sister Fica's baptism. I don't even know where to start. it was just SO special! We got there early and started filling up the font and then took care of a bunch of stuff THEN they arrived! Taking the pictures was so wonderful and so special! Then, the baptism started. Her granddaughter and daughter in law spoke and there were some musical numbers and THEN, they got ready to head in! Elder Wootton and I got to be the witnesses for the baptism which turned out to be such a tear jerking experience. The spirit was so strong as she entered the water and as she was baptized and came out of the water, it was like we could hear the angels singing in the background! Words cannot describe the joy that filled the room and what a wonderful experience that was. :)
After the baptism we got to go to the Fica's home for lunch as well which was super fun! And THEN, on Sunday, she was confirmed and we got to be in the circle! Man........ it was so good! Her grandson, Zach confirmed her and she told me afterward that it was like the spirit was just filling her up and every word he said rang true for her. It was an honor to be a part of. :) Her whole conversion and the process of her journey toward the church was such a privilege to be a part of and I will NEVER forget it. :) THAT is what the mission is all about. :)

Also, the next best thing is we got to take an incredible man on a Church Tour! If I haven't told you guys  about him already, I apologize! He is in his late 40s and is a teddy bear of a guy! He is 6 ft 3 in and at one point in his life was taking drugs and was drinking quite a bit of alcohol. BUT, since then, he has found God and given all of that up and dedicated himself to following the Savior. He is amazing! AND, he absolutely loves the church! We taught him the Restoration and he just ate it up! Then, we took him on a Church Tour with the Bishop and he told us multiple times about the peace and comfort he was feeling! If all goes well, he will be baptized on March 22nd! I am so excited to continue working with him and see his progress! Also, funny story: Because he is such a big guy and wanted actual church clothes for this coming Sunday, Elder Wooton and I got to go shopping for him at Deseret Industries with a Bishops Order for clothes. Man! It was hard but crazy fun! Turns out, the clothes didn't fit too well so we are going to get him some new stuff! ;) Overall though, he is absolutely amazing and such a good guy, very sensitive to the spirit and very sincere! :)

Overall for the whole week, it was very very incredible. :) A lot of exciting things are happening in the Pocatello 2 area from new people to teach, houses being built and my learning SO much from Elder Wooton. I love this area and I love all of you! Have a fantastic week!!!! :) Talk to ya soon!

Elder Merkley

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