Sunday, December 18, 2016


Sunday, December 11, 2016


Hi family,

Hey, you guys should just move here to the Philippines.. it's super warm and the beaches are great. The people can just be naturally racist because they don't see very many foreigners xD I'm of course saddened at the fact of some things going on, I wish that I could  say a little more than that is just a joke.... But you're right, don't worry because things will all work out :) You guys are being built and founded upon Christ, the foundation upon which we CANNOT fall (Helaman 5:12)
Anyways, it's so funny that you asked how that pastor is who we had been teaching. (So one, that was in my last area... Tayug... but I transferred to Dagupan so I haven't been teaching him) But last week, Elder A emailed me and gave me an update on this pastor. I guess he still comes to church and has ACCEPTED A BAPTISMAL DATE. I guess that this pastor said that he will be baptized if the missionaries can answer all of his questions. So I've been keeping him in my prayers :) I had also gotten news from him that 3 of the investigators that I had taught with him got baptized! So it was a pretty awesome news update!
         You know, I've really not been worried about meeting people like that because my gospel knowledge and my scriptural knowledge has really increased so much since I came here!
That mini MTC idea sounds like it was SO FUN, I hope that that has inspired the youth to serve a mission :)

My week has been really tough but I've seen the rewards :) There was one HUGE miracle this week in meeting a new investigator. We had a really rough week this week in regards to total lessons and all those other things, but this one miracle made the whole week worth it :) So on Tuesday we were "punted" or what I mean is that we were pushed to a point that we were walking around finding people and literally going to every door! What happened is that we went and started talking to this one sister who was pushing a baby in a wheelchair to help him sleep and then we got to go to their home and meet her mother (who is 99 Years old turning 100 in May!!) and very soon we find out that one of this Nanays sons are an active member in the church... in Calasiao (An area probably an hour away or something). And then AS we are talking to this old Nanay, that brother shows up and we got to meet him... and it just so turns out that he has someone he wants to refer to us and asked if we could come back at 5pm to teach his referral! And then it turns out that this referral is SUPER receptive and really wants to know about the gospel! I couldn't believe it when all things played out because from a simple "open your mouth" experience, we ended up meeting someone totally different who has been being prepared to receive the gospel. I was also shocked at his understanding of the lesson and the questions that he was asking (He asked us on the second visit why it was Peter, James, and John who gave the priesthood to Joseph Smith when there are 12 apostles)! I really have high hopes for this new investigator. So that has really been a tender mercy for us so far this week, and something else that has been really great is the simple fact that:
            Tatay Tinte has FINISHED THE BOOK OF MORMON in like a month of reading it! :D He's our most progressing investigator and should be getting baptized this coming December 17th... it was such a wonderful feeling to see that he has been reading and reading, and not just that but really understanding the things he was reading. After he finished, what he did was write basically a short book summary... and talked about how the Book of Mormon is written to the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ and talked about the gospel of Jesus Christ. I mean I was just shocked that he was so diligent in his scripture studyk! :)
            Overall, it has been a really great week and I learned a lot... there is also a lot of Christmas things coming up, so that ought to be fun to do! OH, and that reminded me of a service project we did at the parade opening here in Dagupan where we had water stations all set up and gave water to anyone who wanted it (from parade performers to people in cars to random people on the streets) And it was SO HILARIOUS because one of my jobs was to take cups of water and hand them out to people... I guess some people are just really weird towards americans. So the parade was like these schools doing like a parade and stuff so we gave them water and the very start before the parade began.... long story short, I got yelled at by a LOT of high school aged Filipinos. And then a lot of people were all weird about taking water (Like I was going to ask for their phone number or something) But it was just a really great opportunity to have!
But anyway, that has been my week and again... super fun!I hope that things will keep looking up for you guys over the course of the coming weeks. Keep enduring... life is hard! :) Love you guys, 
~Elder Morris
PS- We met this totally AWESOME dog who could like almost walk along the bars of this one gate. He was SO funny! We also took a boat ride at night to go to a Family Home Evening... it was super sketchy and I almost fell in the water xD
     And that one paper is what our investigator wrote about the Book of Mormon (He's WAY good at English too


Magandang Umaga po....wait... the AFTERNOON! It's really great to hear from you guys and I can't believe that Katherine is home from her mission now! I will be the 3rd RM in our family, which honestly makes me really happy because Whitney and Katherine have really showed me a good example! It sounds like you guys are really bunkering down for the winter and bringing in wood! (Don't worry... this is the last time that I won't be home to help with all that wood) And I got a little homesick looking at the Christmas trees and huge Thanksgiving dinner!! But that's okay, I am where I am supposed to be right now... and that's what is important! :)

I am kind of saddened by what's been going on .. but I also have the sure hope that things will work out one day.
But anyway, it sounds like a pretty good week overall :)
My week was pretty crazy with all things said and done...So first things first, I said that we would likely be going to the beach this week.... and from the pictures you can hopefully tell that WE DID go to the beach which is only like 20 minutes away from our apartment!  The view is just absolutely stunning and I got some pretty cool pictures... we even took a picture with all the Elders in my zone that for some reason looks oddly like a boyband banner or something like that xD It was so much fun and even though I couldn't go swimming... I took off my sandals and got to step in the water some. (Yes, sandals... here in the Philippines you don't see many people wearing shoes and if we can wear our "Babylonian Clothes, we just wear sandals too) Basically the water here is WARM. So if I ever EVER manage to save money one day vacation... I think that I'll come to the Philippines! But anyway, that was super fun! :)

Something else that we did this week is apartment checks, and it wasn't too boring because some missionaries need to clean up their apartments XD However, this week I've been feeling a little more confident in my responsibilities as a Zone Leader and have honestly been really liking the fact that I get to know the missionaries here a little better! It's super weird actually because I remember before my mission being really shy around people I don't know. (You may not have noticed, but I used to get really quiet around people I don't know) and now I remember thinking to myself that the mission would basically force me to open up and to become a "people person" and.... like my prediction. I HAVE. It's been super fun to meet new people and I've really changed a lot!
But anyways, we also had companionship exchanges with the Dagupan 3 ward Elders and I worked with an Australian named Elder A (who is taller than me and like over twice my weight... I mean he's huge!), and I realized that there are always so many things to learn about missionary work. It doesnt matter that he's kind of new in the mission, I learned a lot from him. In fact, I've found that's basically the same with everyone. By meeting new people and working with them, I have been basically having my "vision broadened" and seeing how others teach and how effective that is! :D
We currently have an investigator who is progressing to baptism on the coming Dec 17th, and we feel that he is pretty solid. Tatay T (The same old man I have been talking about all the time) has come to church plenty of times now and reads the Book of Mormon like crazy!! Currently he is is 3rd Nephi 17 :D I mean this old Tatay literally has no job or nothing so all he does is stay home and read... he's super cool! :D
We also saw a tender mercy in this week as we were contacting someone that other missionaries had talked to and gave us the adress. It turns out that this guy wasn't even home and moved to Baguio for some reason. But because of that we met their next door neighbors... the A family . They are super kind and we had a really spiritual lesson... it was kind of weird though because all FOUR of their sons (Ages 2-8 or so) were quiet and listened, looking at the pictures we brought!
Anyways, it has overall been a super great week! And though at times I had been a little homesick, I really enjoyed it :) I look forward to seein' y'all this December in Skype!
~Elder Morris

PS- In answer to your questions: The creepy head is a handmade skull from wood that I found here... some active member from Baguio comes here and sends all these different handmade wooden things. I chose the skull because it looked cool xD
That "floating roof" isn't a roof at all... it's basically a floating home. Sometimes there are things like that because people have these fish ponds and I'm guessing that it's kind of like an overnight home if for some reason they are there at night. I'm not entire sure.PSS- You might see the one picture with like some sort of temple looking thing in my other pictures. That is the church:  Iglesia ni Cristo.
                     Basically a Mormon Apostate named Felix Manalo wanted to be the next prophet but when he found out that that's not how it works he left and started his own church.... where Christ is the "son of man" not "Son of man" and the lower case s therefore means that Jesus Christ was literally just a man...not a God xD

You don't even know how much that made Elder C and the other Elders laugh.... that ALL the animals come to the call

Sunday, November 27, 2016


Dear family,
WOW, those are the BEST pictures... I love the one where you are shearing the sheep and he's got his head all sideways and the finger peace sign... it made me laugh! As did the video of all the sheep and stuff, I am not going to lie... it looks like the BEST mix of horses, sheep, goats, and alpacas in the world! It makes me kind of homesick though, like it's weird. I love those sheep xD
It's sounds like it has been a really good week for you, though of course stressful at times... I am glad however that things are going pretty well there :)  I really appreciate the emails and spiritual insights... and I'll be sure to keep those things in my prayers!
Anyways though, this has been a really awesome week and I have really learned a LOT from all the things that have happened! I can't believe though how fast this week has FLOWN, I swear it was just yesterday that I was here in CSI Lucao emailing home about my week xD I don't even really know what to say! 
My biggest highlight for this week is the fact that we went to Urdaneta on Thursday for our special conference and got to hear the message of Elder Cook to us here in the Urdaneta Mission (Sorry... there is not any news on the Urdaneta temple) though he did warn us that we need to be doing even better than we are right now... that the temple IS coming and that Pangasinan is going to have a temple at it's center, which means for us missionaries here that we are to prepare the land for the coming of a temple of the Lord. It was a really great time and I learned a lot.
~~Can I just say that Quentin L Cook looks wayyy older in person?? ;)~~
Oh, and he totally has soft old man hands... all of us missionaries got to shake his hands, along with Lyyn G. Robbins and Elder Shayne Bowen. It was just a really really cool experience and we all felt the spirit really well!
What else?? I got to go to the area of the Elders in Dagupan 6th Ward for a baptismal interview (Yes, there are 6 wards in this city and 3 buildings.... a LOT of members here!!!) But it was SO COOL because we had to take boats, but they weren't like the last ones out of like plywood... they were literally like carved from a tree trunk and had bamboo on the sides so it wouldn't be so easy to tip over (I was afraid that we were going to sink or something... it was a tiny little boat). It was actually a lot of fun, I honestly didn't think that I would have so many adventures on my mission! 
It's just been a really great week. Nanay T has finally come to church (T has been taught for a while and is progressing to a new baptismal date in December and Nanay wasn't progressing for a long time) but they both came. This old couple came to church and we really had a great time!
I think that this week is going to be a little less crazy, we have apartment checks... so Elder C and I will be going around to everyones apartment to see how clean they are. And tomorrow at like 5am we plan on going to the beach.... so hopefully I'll have some pretty great pictures! 
Overall I think it's been just another great week in Paradise, and I look forward to another great one :) Love you guys so much! Take care out there in good ol' Virginia!
~Elder Morris

PS- The first funny sign is the "Anay problem" which means termite problem... but someone putting an N in front changed it to NANAY PROBLEM... which is like saying old lady problem?
PSS- The other one that says "Bawal umihi dito, etc..." translates to
                 Not allowed to pee here
                     Only Dogs can pee here
                            Why? Are you a Dog??
And of course you can see the sketchy little canoe looking boat that is pretty much close to just sinking...

Monday, November 14, 2016


Hi family!
Haha, first things first... I GOT THE CHRISTMAS PACKAGE A MONTH EARLY WOOOOOOO. I had Christmas early this year ;) It was super awesome and I was quite frankly taken back by the whole 5 pounds of Good and Plenty!!! I suppose it wasn't too much of a "sin" to open the package way early because here in the Philippines they totally start Christmas in September! That AND I hit my one year mark this week... so it has been a time of celebration :D Honestly it's kind of crazy that time has flown SO fast, in fact I'm coming down the mountain... though it still feels uphill because we work and work every single day!
Anyways, it sounds like it's been an up and down week at home, but that's all okay. Even though I'm here we still heard all about the results of the election that Donald Trump has been elected President. (A member who is kind of crazy thinks that it is a sign of the second coming because of something about the sound of TRUMPets in the Bible.... like in Revelations) But anyway, I'm not going to say too much about that... because I'm a missionary ;) However... I don't quite know what is going to happen. We totally heard about the riots too. Crazy People.

           There is some SUPER cool news this week, President D has called for a Mission-wide conference this coming Thursday. (We think that there is going to be news coming about the Urdaneta temple.) And this is what they have up as our Mission News this week...
We are honored to have Elder Quentin L. Cook, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, visit the Philippines. He will be accompanied by Elder Lynn G. Robbins of the Presidency of the Seventy, Bishop W. Christopher Waddell of the Presiding Bishopric, Elder Shayne M. Bowen of the Seventy and the Philippines Area President, and Brother Daniel Almeida the Area Director for Temporal Affairs.
So I think it's going to be a pretty awesome week... especially since we'll get to meet and shake hands with each of them! :D
And considering that this has been my week of the whole ONE YEAR MARK...I think that this week has for me been a time of self reflection and really an opportunity to set more personal goals. In case you don't know quite yet, I hit that 'one year mark' just last Friday... and for me it really opened my eyes more and helped me to "see the big picture" so to speak. I realized that there is only a year left of my full time service here in the Philippines and that I should make the best of it that I possibly can.
In light of my recent calling to Zone Leader, I've grown comfortably into the responsibilities and the occasional rigors of the work. As I have been realizing... the successful missionary doesn't always come when they have a TON of lessons and all that, but most of it comes from personal commitment. That's really the aim and goal and hope of what I am doing here... I want to keep BEING a missionary until the end of my time here. And then the results will follow behind.
We are kind of bummed about our investigators not coming to church... because we were SURE of at least 4. One of them is Tatay T and he is supposed to be baptized like this coming week... but it's going to be pushed back to December because he didn't come to church :P And the same goes to another one of our investigators, A.
There is a field here that is white and ready to be harvest... but for some reason it feels like the wheat is just trying to keep itself in the ground xD It's still a whole lot of fun, and I can expect more happy things to keep coming!
I can't wait to email next week and let y'all know about what it was like to meet Quentin L. Cook ;) Love you guys so much!!! Keep on hanging in there :D
~Elder Morris

ps- We went to a part of our area called Tucok. And it's literally this island that is completely covered with like these small homes! We had to take some sort of boat that was built out of ply wood and had a small motor. It was pretty awesome and I'll never forget that experience!
pss- I also don't know if I told you about this, but I totally pulled a Dan Jones on All Saints Day and shared the Plan of Salvation while standing on this big granite coffin.... it was pretty awesome. I'll show y'all the video in a year.
Psss- We totally wore sandals on sunday because an investigator uses the excuse that he can't come to church because he "doesnt have shoes" so told him that we would wear sandals with him... so we did..... BUT HE DIDN'T COME ANYWAY.
pssss- okay, I'm done with the Ps's

OH MY GOSH. I think it would be so awesome to have that "buh GOK" picture on a shirt because that is just too great of a picture!!! It sounds like it was really a great week for you guys! HAPPY HALLOWEEN.... I reach my 1 year mark on Friday! It makes me feel like some old man missionary to be so far in my mission! xD It's so fun to hear about all the adventures that you had this week with the farm work and the strange collection of all the different animals (the alpacas... chickens... sheep... dog... more sheep...etc...etc...etc...) I hope that the election somehow end up going well, but I honestly don't know what;s going to happen. For something that I've been guessing, I more or less feel like they are going to manage to elect the worst possible person they can :P Let's just be honest, that's more or less how the worlds values are going.... right down the CR. (Here in the Philippines we don't call it the "bathroom", we call it the CR.... the comfort room) 
This week has been pretty fun though a pain in the butt at some parts, like when someone stops wanting to listen to this message or literally interrupts us in the middle of a lesson with "I have somewhere to go" (but totally doesn't) but those are kind of stories for other days, I'm focusing on the best parts of this week!! :D It's been a really fun time to teach and keep trying to find people. In fact, one of the big things I've learned this week is how important it is to just talk to everyone about the gospel, because last last week we met this old 76 year old man by OYM literally he stopped by us as we were talking to someone else and he was carrying a bucket of water. But we talked to this old man and it turns out that his deceased brother is actually one of the old bishops here!! We've been teaching him almost daily because he is really progressing and will be baptized this coming November 26! It's just so cool... what I learned is that us as missionaries cannot judge who is going to be ready for this message and who is not! I think that goes for everyone, we never really know who the Lord is preparing to receive this message. Because at the start, this Tatay didn't really strike me as someone ready for the gospel! But what we soon learned is that he is AWESOME I mean this old guy is just super funny, he looks like he falls asleep in the lesson but is actually just pondering what we are saying... I mean really sometimes it looks he is sleeping! But he comes to church every Sunday :)P He doesn't have anywhere to go because he is a caretaker of someones home who lives in another country... so he spends a lot of his time actually reading the BOM!
I realized something too... a lot of people here are actually really good at English, in fact most of the members here can speak it without too much problem... still mostly Tagalog, but it's like Taglish xD That's actually what I'm becoming really fluent in, Taglish because that's actually what a lot of people use here! Now of course in the lessons we just use all Tagalog... but conversational is just fine if it's Taglish (as long as they aren't like difficult English words) But anyway, It's been really fun here in Dagupan. It IS known as "The Promised Land" because we get fed or eat out a LOT... as in we have only eaten maybe 3 or 4 meals at the apartment in the last week! It's pretty great, I'm afraid though of getting like super fat out here.. .#Gonna start exercising #Skadoosh #Learning to live with lardy lumps. (Haha, that last one was a little gross xD)
Anyways, It has also been a really humbling week for me as I continued to settle into the responsibilities that I now have as a Zone Leader in Dagupan Zone. One of my main responsibilities is just to be a good example and then the second one is reimbursing missionaries for basically anything they need... it's way crazy. I've also been pondering on how I can follow the idea of Elder C in redoubling my efforts, which is helping me to continue to grow! I find that when we imagine the temple in the lesson, there seems to be an immediate jump in the spirit and openness of the investigator! The redoubling of effort is something that Elder C came up with as he read in.. DC127:4 I think. It was actually really good! So that is something that I"m working on doing here! But overall, it's been a great week and we are still continuing to try harder every day :) I am actually super Tranky right now... (tranky... a missionary term meaning like thinking about home and stuff) because this Friday is ONE YEAR on my mission. I simple CANNOT believe just how fast time has been flying, and I'm afraid to say that I think I'll be home before I know it!
Thanks again for your emails! I totally gotta go now... time to buy grocery (which reminds me... I bought this hand alcohol (because we don't use hand sanitizer...) and it smells like... TRUCK STATION BATHROOM... like that kind of Lysol smell, or that like... bathroom air freshener. It's such a gross smell xD Anyway, you guys take care, I can't wait to 'hopefully' SKYPE this next month! It's SO CRAZY how fast time has been flying out here! Love you guys so much! 
~Elder Dobby Morris (Sorry, I meant to type just Morris... I don't know where Dobby came from)

Ps- No pics... :( I totally forgot my SDcard-USB converter back at the apartment :P

Sunday, November 6, 2016


I'm sorry guys, I don't really have time to be able to email... so this is gonna just be a quickie and an update from my week! Is that Filipino lady in the ward still fluent in Tagalog??  Because I would LOVE to just get home and talk so someone in another language so that you guys won't understand a thing :D :D It sounds like you guys have had a really awesome Haloween! (We don't celebrate it here...) and just an overall awesome week!  

This has been a CRAZY WEEK! So... last Monday evening the APs called us and told me that I would be transferring. On Tuesday afternoon I transferred to DAGUPAN CITY and have been called as a Zone Leader. But before that... on Tuesday Morning (Because I finished packing) we went quickly with some of the members to the awesome waterfall in Natividad to kind of just say goodbye to the members and stuff. It was a SUPER beautiful waterfall! But that's all I'll say because the rest can be seen in my pictures :D
So anyway, I got picked up and taken to Dagupan City that afternoon. This is kind of the main city in Pangasinan and has some 18 total missionaries working within it's boundaries! And my new companion is named Elder C. He's from Manila, and is fluent in English. I wish though that y'all could here his accent, it is almost like an old italian mafia boss. Not gonna lie... I wish I had his accent :D It's so fun here in Dagupan, it's actually not even that hot! And we've really been working hard to get our lessons and work here (because most people aren't even home... lots of people doing all their work) But I've been meeting some really nice people and members, this ward has some 140+ members and a LOT of them can speak English pretty well :) That's all good though, I haven't been being troubled too much with the language! 
Anyway, something we are working on is getting ready for All Saints Day. (most people dont really celebrate Halloween like in America) It was really interesting, because they actually celebrate here on November 1st though I don't really know why! So we're planning to do as much finding as we can on Tuesday and Wednesday! (We have a curfew those two nights at 6pm so we will start working at 8pm)
I met this totally crazy lady the other day who told me all about that "mormon mafia" and I died laughing. First it was that, and then she kind of "lost it" and started talking about how she believed in Illuminati. She talked about how you can't believe the big media because they're corrupt (which I'm not saying is all false...) and that all she reads is online. (Not everything you read online is true...)

Mom, I had a really really neat experience this week in teaching a member. This Sister has 2 kids, her husband just got recently converted and they have plans on getting sealed next year and then expressed concerns for trials that they are starting to face. As I was hearing the situation of they lives, I realized that they're story was very similar with you and Dad! I hope that you don't mind that I told this Sister your story because it really helped her... we talked a lot abuot the trials that come in the face of great spiritual events. And that is something that I noticed is a really big pattern, there is always some sort of push from satan before there is something of spiritual significance! Take the first vision for example...

Anyways, I am loving it here so far in Dagupan, in fact... they call it the "promised land" of The Urdaneta mission. Not because of the work... because the missionaries get fed a LOT here ;) But other than that, it's just another area.... only city and with a lot of people.
Sige. that's all! See y'all some day :D I'm loving it so much here in the Philippines... it's just amazing how much this is changing my life. I guess that I will be able to understand the viewpoints of others because this is going to change the choices I make for the rest of my life!
Love you guys,
~Elder Morris~

PS- My first day here I found the BEST construction company with one of the worst names ever!. A.S.S.... who names their company that?!\
PSS- We also went to a birthday for Geru. One of the CUTEST LITTLE KIDS ON THE FACE OF THIS PLANET!!!