On January 27, 2011 Eric Merkley was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. An aggressive cancer that we hope and the doctors to this point seem confident that is contained to one spot on his leg. Prognosis is good. Treatments and recovery will be long and painful.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Day in the life...

Eric sent home his SD card along with a letter.  This made my day to go through his pictures.  It looks like he is doing well and is happy.  Here are a few of those pics.

Yeah I understand!

He has probably studied harder in the past 5 weeks then he had in his whole entire high school experience.

This is my favorite picture!!  Thank goodness he translated it for me, or it would have gone straight over my head. 

I am assuming these missionaries are the 4 missionaries learning Laotian.

The hard part about getting just the SD card, is you don't have the names and stories behind the pictures.  I am assuming this is Eric's companion.

Eric is still Eric!  I LOVE IT!  The temple looks like a big birthday cake.

In Eric's letter he said that he was the best at reading and writing Lao in his district.  Considering that he is dyslexic and he has always struggled with reading, this is a big deal to him.  He went on to say that the spirit is the best tutor there is so he is in good hands and things are really starting to click. 

The best news is that he is doing well and learning so much.
Saturday will be the half way mark in his MTC experience.  He will be in the MTC for a total of 11 weeks.  I bet Saturday will be a day of celebration for him, knowing he is half way done.

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