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.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Half way point

At the end of this next week it will be the end of my 9th transfer as a missionary which means that I will be halfway through my mission.   I do not like saying that and that will mean I’m one of the old missionaries :( that is just a horrible thought. It means it’s time to kick it into high gear ;)

This is usual Me at the end of planning each night :)

 As I looked at the picture, I saw familiar items that were shipped to California before he left…  The green and blue stripped blanket was given to him when he was starting treatments by the Christiansens.  That blanket made the trip to Primaries every time we did… And is now still with him on his mission… I love it!  Maybe it would be safe to say it was more of a comfort for me to see it close by.


Monday, June 17, 2013

Eric Update

Eric has always said that he would live in Arizona because he loved the heat… well I think he is reconsidering that.  Last week it was 108 in Sacramento. 

This is what he has said about what he is working on:

I am really close to finishing up a section of the book of Mormon in Miehn and I can carry it with me and read to all of the mienh people. My testimony of Joseph Smith grows each time that I work on the Book of Mormon.  He was and is a man of God.

I have a few copies in a little booklet of the translated Book of Mormon, that I can take with me to see the  mien people and strengthen them!!!!!!!!!!!! :) This past Sunday in relief society I took the time to really explain the book and to help them get really excited about it. Needless to say they are all super stoked to read from it and I know that it is really going to help all of the mien people progress in the gospel. All of the mien people who are not members ask if they can buy it from me, but I just say if they would all come to church they would be able to read it with us :) hehehe I’m pretty sneaky. The book of Mormon will change the mienh program forever and now we just got to get Salt Lake to give me the go ahead to translate the rest of it :) haha one day when china opens I will :)

It still cracks me up to learn that he is teaching Relief Society.  This is what happened Sunday on Father’s Day.

Much love to the soon to be old man(he was referring to himself) I had to stand up in church to be recognized for father’s day because my Lao mom made me stand up, I told her maybe in 20 years, she replied “I want Lao speaking grandkids in 2 years” haha in her dreams.

Boy he would have to work fast when he gets home to make that request come true.  J  It just warms my heart that he has “moms” on his mission that are taking really good care of him.  It eases my desire to worry about him.

This is Daniel and a new member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints.