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Heilbronn: November 26, 2012


Dearest Family!!

Thanks for all the emails, I love being able to hear from the fam bam every week. Oh wait, while I'm thinking about it, Mom, could you maybe send me Spencer's email? I would love to be able to hear what that kid is up to. Anywho, this was a pretty good week, but I think I will answer questions,  if it wasn't for that I would have no idea how to structure these emails...

1. It has still only snowed the one time, which I am so thankful for. That day was really miserable because it was cold, and it wasn't real snow, rather it was more like sleet. Ooh, it wasn't fun. So in answer to your question, no, there is no snow on the sidewalks. In fact, it's an enjoyable 45 or 50 degrees right now, although it is raining.

2. So none of our investigators have reached progressing status, and none of them have been able to come to church yet. We weren't able to meet with a lot of them this week for various reasons, some appointments fell out, some people just didn't have time for us, but we are still hopeful for them. We continue to find a ton of potential investigators through our own efforts. By that I mean spending time going door to door, or going on the street and talking to people. We're trying to stay organized and contact them all so that we can hopefully get some more lessons in the next couple of weeks.

3. I wouldn't say that I have observed any unusual Christmas holidays, though I was impressed by the huge Weihnachtmarkt (Christmas market) here in Heilbronn. It looks pretty cool, and very old fashioned and German. Dad, it's funny how you mentioned that people gave you grief for wearing your Christmas stuff, becuase I may or may not have also gotten grief for wearing my Christmas stuff this Sunday. That reminds me, yes Mother, I did get the package, and thanks a ton!! I was impressed with how many Christmas ties were in there. I'm wearing another one right now actually...

4. Elder Buck and I still get along very well, we usually can talk really well with each other, and we work in general really well together, yeah I really can't complain. We just got an invitation for Christmas Eve from one of the families in our ward, and so we should be able to spend the Holidays with some members, well at least Christmas Eve!

5. So Mother, I think my German is coming along pretty well. I still have an America accent and stuff. I don't really have problems talking with people when we are on the street, because we are talking about religion, and when it comes to the gospel, my German is pretty good. When we go to a member's house, then I feel that my German isn't as good as it could be, because we get on some topic, and I just think, holy crud, I don't know the words to talk about this! I can almost always understand, but I can't always say the things that I want too. It is still getting better, it is pretty easy for me now to talk the entire day in German. I usually talk only in German, regardless of whether or not my companion talks to me in German, and I know it will come. I guess it is just frustrating, because I want to have perfect German now! The other day two people asked me if I was from Holland (That's a nice compliment, because the two languages are pretty similar), and one guy even said he thought I was from Austria, so that was pretty nice.

4. Yeah, letters. So I got the Relief Society note thing you sent, a letter from two of my friends at BYU, Kristin Mauger, and Amy Forbush, which I really enjoyed reading. Some of my friends at BYU are starting to go on missions now! Other than that...I got the package! Which was super great, Elder Buck was so pumped that he got something too.

Do you really want to hear about how we went to a Jehovah's Witness Meeting? It was actually pretty boring, and we had to leave early, because they start pretty late. But yeah, some guy on the street invited us, and I kind of thought, Hmm, how can we expect other people to accept our invitations when we never accept their's? And so we decided to go. While we were there members would come to us, see our name tags, and do a double take. LDS missionaries are pretty well know to JWs. Anyway, it was just like a normal class, where they read out of the Bible, and then talked about it. But their Bible is a lot different than the normal Bible. It is no wonder that they are so confused about so many doctrines.

Anyway, this week we spent a ton of time trying to get a hold of those people who had said that they have interest, while also trying to find new people. We found a lot of new people who said they wanted to talk  another time with us, so I hope that we will start making out some  more appointments in the next few days.

So this first picture is just a picture of the district. I don't know who made the decision that we needed to do piggy backs, or why Elder Buck, who is like 6-4 and 200, ended up on my back, but that's just kind of my life, haha. 

This second picture is a picture during our Zone Pday, the point of the picture was the two huge things of Root Beer that a Senior couple somehow managed to find. All the America Missionaries were psyched about it, and all the Germans didn't really care, because most Germans don't really like Root Beer, and I guess that's why it is not really sold here.

Anyway, I love you all!!

Elder Merkley

Here is the district, giving each other piggy backs..

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