Tuesday, June 14, 2016


So this week we have been trying to clean up our area book because there are about fifty bajillion potential and former investigators and so we decided that the fastest way to see if any of these people are still interested in learning more or not is sending out a mass text that says the following:

"Hello! We are the missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We see that you have shown interest in the past in learning more about the church. If you are still interested please reply "YES" and we will call you to schedule an appointment. If you are no longer interested reply "STOP" and we will take you off our lists. If you do not reply, you will be added to a daily spiritual thought text! Thank you and have a blessed day!" 

It has been super effective! Tons of people have replied stop, which is totally fine because it clears out those who really aren't ready. But we have also gotten quite a few who wanted to learn more! A lot didn't reply (obviously they didn't think we were serious about a daily spiritual text) until we started sending them texts every day and THEN they replied and wanted to be taken off the list. Lol. Silly people. Missionaries are serious about these kind of things. 

Hope came to church again this week. She's so solid. I love her way too much! The members just absolutely love her and she just acts like she's a member already. She will be baptized soon, I'm sure! (: 

Oh, transfer news! Im staying in Loganville and training a cute new sister. Tell y'all about it next week (: LOVE YOU & HAVE A GOOD WEEK. 

Love, Sister Merritt 

Monday, June 6, 2016

He's Given Us HOPE!

Hey y'all.

This week has been full of ups and downs, kinda like the hills here in Georgia. But overall it was pretty amazing.

I went on exchange with Sister Lang this week and we were able to get in with so many of our investigators. We have an investigator named Lorri her daughter Emma who have been going through some tough things. Lorri's dad is actually a member and used to live in our Ward but recently was put in a hospital and Lorri and Emma moved in the house. We have been helping them clean it up, paint, and pack boxes to put in storage. They came to church once because they felt like they owed it to us for helping them. We went over this week though, told them we have an important message, sat down and taught the plan of salvation. They were so intrigued. As we were teaching the three kingdoms of glory we talked about how Heavenly Father will place us in the kingdom we feel most comfortable. Kind of like how if we went to a big fancy ball, where everyone is dressed up in gowns and fancy jewelry, we wouldn't feel comfortable if we were there in a tshirt and jeans. Afterwards Lorri turns to Emma and says "I don't know about you, but I'm putting on my prom dress and I'm going to the sun!!" Lol. We invited them to be baptized and they both accepted (:

When I first got to this area we had a potential investigator named Hope who allowed us to come in and teach her the restoration. She told us, though, that the only reason she was letting us in was because we had been trying to for so long and she felt bad for us. We dropped her afterwards, but still left her with a Book of Mormon. This week we truly felt prompted to go and visit her. She opened the door and told us it was a bad time, but still continued to tell us EVERYTHING that was going on in her life. We ended up staying for about an hour. We told her we were singing in church on Sunday and she told us she wanted to come hear! She came and just loved it, of course. How can you not love church? We went over to her house later that night and asked her if she had any questions. Nope, she said she understood everything and had nothing negative to say. She told us she has been looking for a church that quenched her thirst for a long time and she has finally found it. She pulled out the Book of Mormon we had given her a couple months earlier and she was a third of the way done! She had been reading everyday and has a solid testimony of the Book of Mormon. We invited her to be baptized right then and there and she hugged us as she said "Yes!"

Heavenly Father is blessing us so much! Everyday we are able to see His hand in our lives. He prepares His children and places us in their path or them in ours. The gospel truly does give us the happiness and peace that we need in our lives if we only are obedient to what our Heavenly Father wants us to do. God is good!

Love, Sister Merritt

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