Monday, August 25, 2014

Week 54 - We're Expecting!!!!!!

Aloha everyone!
You're probably getting tired of hearing this, but it was yet another great week here in Hawaii. I guess the biggest news we got is that my companion and I will both be training this coming transfer. We're gonna be a big, happy family with two beautiful baby boys;) I'm staying in Waipahu so that means that by the time I'm done training I'll be in this area for 10 months. They're both called Marshallese speaking just like me so I'm really looking forward to the next few months.
We also have a baptism planned for this week. This boy named Hyrum is set for baptism on thursday. His little brother just got baptized about a month ago in Kauai and moved back with his family so he's been a really good example for him. 
We also met these two girls, Mary and Catherine. Their grandparents are members in our branch, and their mom is a less-active member. Their grandparents wanted both of them to be baptized, so they told us about them and gave us the mom's number. We went and taught them and set them both with a baptismal date for Sept. 11th! They, along with their mom, have been coming to church every week for the past 3 weeks now. They're really solid and actually know a lot for little girls. They seemed to know all the answers already, and remembered almost perfectly everything that we taught them.
And we're still working with Machat. We've been going over every sunday after church and reading the Book of Mormon with him. It's really helped him develop a testimony of the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith as a prophet, which was a big hold up for him because of his Jehovah's Witness background. But we set him with a date for Sept. 18th to be married and baptized!
We've been having great success, and hopefully have a lot more coming. I'm so excited and grateful to be able to serve the Lord in this beautiful part of His vineyard.
Love you all and thanks for everything that you do!
-Elder Merrill

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