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.

Monday, January 28, 2013

The big Dunk

Eric had a great week this week, here is what happened:

So this was an awesome week in the mission, we had a baptism of a 9 year old boy in a family that we have been working with to get them active again.

We have them coming to church again and we were able to baptism the boy in the family. His name is Ben and he is a total stud. We were talking with him about a week ago and we got to the point to where we were able to dunk him and we asked him." hey Ben, when do you want to be baptized?" He was like "how about this Sunday? haha We said sure why not? So he just had his baptism yesterday and I will get to confirm him in the upcoming week.

Yesterday was just as good of day for a 12 year old kid from a less active family that we have been working with, that has come back in to activity. They asked me if i would confer the priesthood to him :) so yesterday I had a baptism and I also got to confer the priesthood to another boy that we have been working with in the English work. It was such a rewarding day and I'm glad it came. I have been soooo busy the past week, a lot of the days we had to skip lunch and sometimes dinner. Our area is soo close to really taking off. we have been working our butts off. Hopefully we will be dunking people left and right. It is all starting to come around.

What an exciting week for him to see the progress.  In his letter last week he said that he has offically started to learn Meinh.  When he went into the mission home to pick up the nessecary tools to learn the langage they gave him a Meinh dictionary and Bible and told him good luck.  He is still with Elder Cheney who speaks Meinh and will remain companions with him until November.  He said that after 1 week, he could read Meinh, but has a goal to be speaking and understanding at least 50% by next transfer.  The excitement just radiates from his emails and letters, I love it.


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