Monday, July 17, 2017

July 17 2017 (June & July letters & pics)

July 17 2017

Hehe, that Burger King picture (of you with grandpa) looked so 80s ;) Those pictures are so awesome though!! :D I'm pretty sad that Grandpa has passed away and sad as well that I didn't get to know him better- but you know what? I know enough to know he was a good man! I'll have to ask him about his mission when I see him again!
It's so good to hear about the things going on back home, I hope that you guys keep doing great-- it's weird to think I have under 4 months before I go home. But don't worry: I'm not homesick xD I got an email from Sammy with pictures of when we were at a scout camp back in the day, and it made me laugh! I'm getting older, so is everyone!! I'll be sure to have some adventures with the "crew" when I get there!
   Anyways, those are some really awesome insights about Heavenly Father sacrificing his most obedient Son. It must have been hard, but I feel that although he was grieved, I imagine He was also very happy; because He also knew what Jesus Christ would do for mankind! It's so wonderful! I'm grateful to be a missionary where I get to serve and strive to represent Jesus Christ in all I do!

This week was really good! (Although I won't have pictures to send-- #forgot the adapter at home) This week has been rather interesting, since there is still so much work that can be done here in Mangaldan Zone- but we feel like we're taking big steps in helping the area progress. On Sunday we had four of our investigators come to church-- L, R, their grandmother, and !
It's funny actually, the grandmother of R and L is also the grandmother of two recent converts,  and she confessed to us that she is so happy her granddaughters are members of the church and said that maybe the day will come that she would be baptized as well (Though she isn't 100% sure yet). It was really neat though because we were teaching the Plan of Salvation and focused on how we have this time to prepare and repent, and shouldn't wait till tomorrow- I think that hit Nanay to a point and we can really see how, although she isn't quite ready, we see that there is progression in how she listens to the lessons and gives her own insights! It's so cool to see how the example of newly baptized members (and any member in general) can have a big effect on the family members!

S is also really cool (She's a girl btw... even though S is mostly a boys name). She's actually been being taught for over a year and really wants to be baptized, she's come to church a lot as well- she hasn't been baptized because she's not married to her live-in yet! But as far as we know they are really close to getting married now, like hopefully in this coming Month or in August! We're going to really help her get to that point (And strive to reactivate her live-in because he is kind of less active)

Haha, this week as well I felt challenged by some of the people we are teaching. There was someone we were teaching who kept trying to squeeze in things to attack Joseph Smith-- like how we were teaching BOM and how it was translated--and she suddenly butted in and said "Joseph Smith had a lot of wives, right?" and on another time... "I read that Joseph Smith was put in prison".
To both we ended up bearing testimony and challenging her to ask God.

But later I was pondering, and I wondered why I was NEVER bothered by plural marriage or that he was imprisoned-- I realized 1- He is a prophet. 2- Prophets receive revelation, so if he is a prophet, then plural marriage was revelation. and 3- Apostles & Prophets have been imprisoned countless times throughout the Scriptures.

But long story short: Joseph Smith is a Prophet. I too have prayed and asked God, he's answered me. It's true. Nothing can destroy or diminish that fact. :)



It's so much fun to be a missionary :D Love you guys!!











~Elder Morris


July 11 2017

OH SAY CAN YOU SEE BY THE DAWNS EARLY LIGHT...4 missionaries getting up at 6:30 to start their day and bring souls unto Christ? YES. I'm living it :D We had an interesting 4th of July- I withdrew a little bit of money so we could have some homemade burgers! It was pretty American. We even sung the American National Anthem even though I'm the only American in our apartment--it was fun :) I miss being able to be so patriotic~! There is an Elder in our Mission from Washington DC--he didn't want Filipinos to sing the National Anthem because I guess they don't do it justice :) Haha, I remember someone telling me that I would be "country sick"... and I think I felt it- I miss American soil! Anyways, 
It's so funny that there are "bigfoot" sightings in Virginia! When I go home, I'm gonna find him and I'm gonna go live with him in the mountains!xD


btw- Y'all are so redneck;) But it's AWESOME!!! Because all that meat would have been a total waste if you didn't bring it home!

Anyways, I guess there is a lot I could say about this week! Like how it was awesome, though pretty stressful! The only thing that may have made it stressful though is that we FINALLY moved apartments--- I'm not sure what to really say. But what happened is the Sisters moved apartments so they can be closer to their area, and we moved into their apartment (Whoever said that Sisters are cleaner than Elders must have lied... because their apartment was super Gross when we moved in---that and they left a million shoes...)
   Anyway, I can't judge them to much---we cleaned it up though and now it's pretty nice! :) What was pretty gross is I was going to shower in our upstairs bathroom when I noticed the water wasnt draining--when I took a hanger to the drain I managed to fish out like a pound of hair and grossness.
Too much information...no? xD

Anyways, I don't really know what else to say! We're spending a lot of time finding and trying to help people to see that this message is true- the progressing people we are working with right now are R and L, they are really cool- their related to R (The Recent convert who had the 18th birthday---we have a picture in the other email). So it's really cool! We plan to have their baptism this coming July 22nd- we're pretty excited! :D

The zone here is doing well, I guess I can say a little- there are 12 total companionships- so there are like 10 Elders and 12 Sisters in the Zone. It's pretty big :D The work in this zone has been slow for the past few weeks so our big goal is that we are going to help progress the work!
I'm loving it here! (Oh, I'm also the 3rd longest serving missionary in this zone---it feels weird to be regarded to as a "veteran) xD
Well, I love you guys! I'd say that I'll see you in 4 months---but I won't because I still have a lot of work to do in that time :D

One of the recent converts here had their 18th birthday, oh.... it turns out that a girls 18th birthday is a huge celebration here in the Philippines! :)P There was also a member here who we got to go to their mission farewell! Elder C is in the Quezon City North mission- he left on Friday! It was really cool, mostly because I remember back when I was entering the MTC!










July 3 2017


Well SHOOT... my brain farted. Because I had a layover in JFK back when I left home... so for some reason I thought that's where I was going home to... hehe... don't worry. I texted the Mission Secretary and he's gonna fix that. I told him Dulles instead. Hehehehe Sorry...

Anyways, it makes me really happy to think that Dad is going to have a new job that's close to home so that he can come home! That's such a blessing :D It's also great that Bishop Wright is going to have the opportunity to teach a religion class in the jail-- that's a pretty big blessing to Dexter and for the others there... that they would be able to learn how to change their lives!
It's just great to hear from you guys again-
I wish I had a ton of time to email and share EVERYTHING that's happened this week. But I don't have too much time and therefore am going to send the pictures and tell y'all how it's been!
So first off, Elder A is officially gone- he got picked up on Tuesday by President D and is now our Mission President's Assistant. I didn't have a companion until Wednesday afternoon (don't worry, we just had a tri-panionship for a day) and now I have my companion--
His name is Elder L from Mindanao! He's 21 years old and about 9 months in his mission... it's been a really interesting last few days with a whole lot of adjustments. It was especially confusing because we transferred homes---the landlord wanted us out on Thursday, so we left hehe. 
We're currently sleeping at a different Elders apartment because the one we are transferring too actually still has people living in it. But this week we'll be transferring homes again and be finally set!
I think those are the biggest changes and things that have happened--the baptism of C was successful! (I also got news that B was Baptized--and I had the pictures sent to me, so it's awesome) It made me really happy to see C get baptized because for a long time, his mom was the only member in their family. So to have one of her kids join the church was really a blessing (He's 10 years old... but really really short hehehe)

Other than that, we're just working hard as usual. Elder L and I are still the zone leaders here in Mangaldan... so I feel like I'm just gonna be here until November haha :) It's gonna be fun!
Love you guys, Amphingats! (You won't know what that means hehe- it's not tagalog. But it means take care)

Elder Morris
Philippines Urdaneta Mission
November2015-November2017











June 26, 2017

Don't worry Mommy, this is going to be a quickie- it's been a crazy week and the only way I know how to describe it is in a short email xD I hope that yalls week went as well as you make it sound!!! Those pictures are so weird because it just looks so clean and wonderful out there :)P It's gonna be a weird shift when i get back home! I'll explain more when I get there hehehe! This last week I got what missionaries call "the trunky letter" where it's basically information about home and about where I live and what the nearest airport it. I told them JFK airport :)
So in the next month or so there should be travel information... but we'll see!

I think I'm going to call this week- "the week of the shifting sands"!! So, I wish I would have SO MUCH to say about C and Js baptism and about how B's interview went--
But all I know is that the baptism was really good and that B passed the interview!
Why?
Because this last Wednesday we got a random call from the APs and I got called to transfer (lame, right??) Well, I'm in Mangaldan zone--still a zone leader! This is likely to be my last area!
And that's not all, folks!!! My new companion is Elder A, he is SUPER funny and awesome with people- and a really powerful teacher. However, President D came to our district meeting and pulled Elder A aside, when President came back in, he happily announced that Elder A is being called as the new "Assistant to the President" (or AP).

I don't have too much to say now, because that sums up the whole week! Oh- I forgot to mention that I got here and the missionaries are being kicked out of our apartment (which has AirCon might I add...) and so this week I'll be leading the new area... building trust with everyone...adjusting to a new companion... AND moving apartments.... AND being in charge of a baptism this Saturday.

It's gonna be busy :)P So this gonna be a short email, we got a lot to do today!!!
With Lots of Love,
Elder Morris









6-18- 2007
Well howdy howdy! Dad, HAPPY FATHERS DAY!!! Mommy, HAPPY BIRTHDAY (AGAIN) Those sheep look SO CUTE :D :D :D Actually it was funny, I was on exchanges with Elder C and WE SAW A SHEEP here in the Philippines- he looked pretty miserable hehehe.
Anyways, it's pretty amazing that you've run 100 miles in a week! I sometimes feel like we walk that every day hahaha... just kidding... 100 miles is a really long distance! Congrats! Running a marathon sounds like a lot of fun! :D

For a quick update, I guess I'd better tell y'all about how my week has been! It was incredibly busy as we had exchanges with a companionship in the zone to help their area, we also had a Zone Conference in Lingayen. And on Saturday we spent almost the whole afternoon helping our Branch president to prepare little gifts for the Fathers on Fathers day! Oh, I also gave a Fathers Day talk in the branch, which was really fun--and I realized that being a father is just a different form of missionary work, where they can lead and help their children to know our Heavenly Fathers Plan!

   Anyways, the work here is still doing really awesome! This week J and C both had interviews for baptism and they both passed! So this coming weekend we will be blessed to have another baptism here in Bugallon- we are so excited to see that! Especially because last week C was having some doubts- but when the time came, we were able to talk to her and help resolve the concerns. Her reasoning came down to: I know the Book of Mormon is true and Joseph Smith is a prophet-- I need to be baptized!   She passed her interview with flying colors and is super excited for this coming Saturday!
Our other investigator, B, is going to be having an interview this weekend as well- which is going to be interesting. President D is going to be the one interviewing him because B has an interesting past-- but I'm not worried because B has been bringing forth fruits unto repentance!

We are so excited to see what's going to happen this week :D I wish I had some weird things to share- haha, I guess I'm just used to this culture now enough that there isn't anything weird :)P OH, I learned about something "superstitious" that's called Pasma. There are a lot of people here who don't shower at night because I guess they thing that after a really hot day, if you take a shower it can give you chills and kill you. I've been here for 19months and have showered *almost* EVERY NIGHT. I'm still alive ;) And for that same reason, a lot of people walk around with rags down the back of their shirts because sweat on your back can give you Pasma. 
I don't quite understand it, but I guess it's all good hehe :)P
Anyways, we're just doing awesome! Lovin' being a missionary :D Sorry this is short- but just be glad this isn't 2 sentances long ;)
Nagmamahal,
Elder Morris

Sorry there ain't no pictures this week: I forgot my card reader back at home! But just imagine a picture of me holding a handsome goat!! xD

Elder Morris
Philippines Urdaneta Mission
November2015-November2017

Monday, June 12, 2017

6-12-2017


Howdy do to you, family! It's great to know that y'alls be stillz alive out deer in good o Virginee! The pictures of the sheep are so awesome, Peter's got swag with the hat and his wonderful date ;) It's really neat to hear about what you've been trying to do Mommy about listening to church music and stuff at the start of your runs, and the strength that you have been receiving because of it!! It's interesting that you mentioned goals- because I was studying it the other day and I realized the reason why there ARE goals!
We set goals above our current capabilities to help them increase, and once our capabilities reach our goals- those goals increase! I felt that was something that can be applied in becoming perfect, we focus on those goals which increase our current capabilities :D

MOMMMMEEEEEEEE HAPPY BIRTHDAY :D :D :D You're an old lady now!
Haha, hope your birthday goes great- and don't worry if sometimes you feel like a bad mom, maybe just forgetful sometimes ;) But you're the greatest Mom ever, so don't get down on yourself hehe! 

Anyways, I guess I'd better let you know about how my week has been! In simple words- AWESOME!!!
So the first experience and probably the one most fun to share is that we had a  baptism this week for E! It was on Saturday in the afternoon (right before a mutual activity so all the youth attended as well) and it was so cool! E was so ready for baptism! We had also invited our investigators to come, C and S both came and said it was a really neat experience!
Hopefully you guys like the pictures, E is a really goofy person (and really short haha)! To get an idea, her testimony was really awesome after the baptism and then at one point she said "I'm grateful to God that he listened to my prayer and let the Cavaliers win the Finals" (Because I guess earlier that day or something, the Cavaliers beat Golden State in the NBA) It was just really funny! We are now going to be focusing on her mom and helping her to also progress :)

We have upcoming interviews this weekend for C and J- which is super exciting as well! They have been progressing really well and are ready to be baptized!!!
     We had a funny experience as well this week, so in case you don't know... our investigator B had a troubled past and a lot of regrets, but has been finding peace in this message. Well anyways, he had a long greasy ponytail when we met him and wore clothes that were kind of grungy.... yeah he's clean shaven now and has a neat haircut and new clothes! It was a pretty funny experience because we went to his house and I legit almost didn't recognize him because of his new appearance!!

I think that what's been helping us a ton in the work right now is the fact that Elder G is very enthusiastic and it has been rubbing off on me :D Haha, the work is good- although it's hot and humid now #rainy season

With Lots of Love, (HEY, don't count down the days until I get home--- (Btw, I saw my release date... it's Nov 8th... so like 149days.)) Haha, just kidding- I feel lukewarm about going home one day, as much as I miss you guys--being a missionary is so awesome!
Elder Morris Blue is an awesome color hahahaha

PS- OH, I totes forgot, I finally got a picture with a jeepney this week- we were sitting after the baptism and I realized that I never had a picture with one, so we took some! And then on the way back from a special broadcast in Aguilar the jeepney was full so Elder E and I got to ride on the back-- it was pretty fun! (Don't worry, we weren't in a ton of danger--the vehicles here do NOT move very fast, especially the jeepneys)

Sunday, June 11, 2017

6-4-2017

Haha, I was pretty shocked... that's the most we've had since I got here! It's kind of hard because it means that there is so much for us to do and seemingly not enough time to be able to do it! It's so funny to hear about shearing Phil- I actually miss the experience of wrestling down sheep xD It's awesome to hear as well that the missionaries there are cool- it's always pretty lame if the missionaries are boring!!! But anyways, I'm afraid now of going home and to church in Winchester just because I KNOW I"M GOING TO FREEZE.
I think it's funny Mommy, how I used to make fun of you for always being cold and I'm going to be stuck in that same boat when I come back from this hot hot country xD


Anyways, it has been another great week! I don't know if it's because of our work, or if it's just because Elder G is an awesome missionary, but we've been seeing a lot of fun times and good, spiritual moments here in Bugallon! We were also blessed to see an increase in Zone effort! Something that we gave as a challenge to the missionaries here is 10 lessons a day, and though not all of us reached it every day... it really made a difference in how hard we're working!

Anyways though, our biggest news is that E is getting ready for baptism this coming Saturday! We weren't worried at all about her interview because she really knows it all! :D We're so excited for that this coming Saturday, I can't wait to let you guys know how it goes!

Sis still doing as awesome as ever and came to church last Sunday! We were talking to her on Tuesday and she told us that she feels like she should be baptized :D That was a really awesome experience!
There was something pretty funny though that happened! So perhaps you remember C and B? So C had been having a whole lot of questions and doubts while B is the opposite, just accepting everything... so last Saturday we introduced them to each other---to make a long story short: we're moving C's baptism date to be with Bs! That's because they became really good friends really quick and he's helped a lot with her concerns in just one day! :) It honestly surprises me to think that one of our investigators is becoming a big fellowshipper for a different investigator!!
        It's just so much fun to be here in Bugallon- it's weird to think that I'm coming up on 19 months in the mission. But don't worry, I'm trying to make the best use of the time that I've been given!
This is a short email, hope you don't mind :D I know this computer has viruses and so I won't send pictures this week- just imaging a piece of fried chciken in the middle of a field and that's me!!! We're also going to make the baptismal program for E today- so I gotta have time for that :)P
Love you guys,


Elder Morris
Philippines Urdaneta Mission
November2015-November2017

5-28-2017





Well howdy do! It makes me laugh that the first things I hear is that there is still a escape artist sheep---and good things it's gone! You guys need to save some of that Alpaca meat for when I get home, I totally want to try some :D :D
I realized in that picture with the catfish that I have gotten a *little* darker, and I really only mean a little---I miss those catfish! Adam and Peter have grown up a ton!!
It's funny that Jacob and Sammy are counting down the days (just for their news, as of today I have 5 months and 10 days, but who's counting ;)) Don't worry, I'm not homesick... we're too busy here for me to have time to be homesick! I'm really happy to hear about how Dexter is doing, I really can't wait to see him again--he'll probably laugh when he sees that I'm the color of fried chicken now xD
It's weird to think about all the things that have changed since I left (and how many things haven't.... #Jacoblovingbacon #AdamandPeteraregoofs #chickenbutt #farmwork #puwitngmanok #hashtags)

Anyways, All I can really say is WOW, it was a busy week, and I can safely call this week "Miracle Week" as I sit here and go over the last week with my new companion, Elder G! Something that we've been doing is striving to have power to achieve the goals that we set. And this week we were blessed with 13 investigators coming to church, many of which were "first time" visitors. I think that what my companion has been doing is what helped them to be comfortable. INVITE INVITE INVITE. Every lesson with anyone, we would tell them how happy we would be to see them on Sunday, and for investigators we encourage them to just try and see what it's like there- and then promise that they will enjoy it!
     And boy, we were surprised to see those precious souls come to church!!
  We visited some of those who went to church yesterday and they said that they really enjoyed it- and made a lot of new friends!
There is one investigator that I would love to tell you about, someone we actually met this last Tuesday who came to church yesterday, her name is S... one of our new investigators. In this week, I was taught me a lot about being sensitive to the spirit and about the calling as missionaries, with an increased testimony that people ARE being prepared for this gospel! So we just finished teaching one of our investigators and were walking down the street to get to the highway when a silly group of kids ran up to us and told us to go and visit this one home (one of the kids was this sisters son)... and so Elder G and I decided "Why not??" and called at the home, no sooner than 10 seconds pass when a kind sister of 31 years old comes out--without us even having time to introduce ourselves or to even say hi, she tells us to come in. It kind of took me back for a second because we literally just called "tao po" and she was letting us in. In the beginning of us getting to know her, we find out that she has never ever met the missionaries or "Mormons"- which really surprised me because she let us in with NO hesitation. A very spiritual first lesson passed and she gave the closing prayer, expressing afterwards that that was the first time that she had ever prayed from her heart- and was very happy about it!
Our second visit just amazed me, because she was so ready to receive the message of the restoration: after the closing prayer of that lesson (she once again prayed, and nearly cried)- she expressed what she was feeling and we helped her to identify that as the Spirit.
After a few seemingly breathless moments, she smiles with tears in her eyes, looks to the sky and quietly says
           "Amazing."
It truly was amazing, she then committed to come to church the next Sunday, and yesterday she came! She even brought her two kids and expressed that she really enjoyed it!
    -For Elder G and I, it was a miracle-

Our other investigators who came to church have similar stories: B, who was born into a rich family but after losing his parents.... lost everything through "riotous living" and now is searching for truth. We were sharing the other day with him and he expressed absolute desire to be baptized and have a "home base" in life! It's really awesome, he's the one who does home remedy and stuff--the other day we ran into him at a members home and decided to have our blood pressure checked, mine was 130 over 90 (which I guess is a little higher than it should be.. maybe it was just from a busy day of work!)
We are so excited for this month, because there are upcoming baptisms this June, which we are really excited about!!! The way Elder G and I have it planned, we expect and hope to have weekly baptisms starting June 10th! The work here is REALLY picking up, I think it was a revelation to have Elder G here in Bugallon! The  closest one we have is E, she's been progressing consistantly and awesomely since we met her!

So long story short: This week was Amazing :) Elder Gand I have become really close friends pretty quick: and I decided to just tell everyone that I'm from Manila (b/c I'm just so tan, hahaha) and the scary part is that a LOT of people actually believe it xD

But that's really all that I can say about this week, and this coming week is going to be incredibly busy--Elder G and I have a lot of work to do!!! :)
I hope that things keep doing well back home, don't stress over the little things! That's one of the biggest things that I've learned while being here, is that there isn't a reason to stress over things that don't matter: but to enjoy every minute of it :D
Nagmamahal,
Elder Morris

Ps- Interesting food for the week: Hard-boiled quail eggs! They were way good, just imagine a hard boiled egg, but reeeeeallly small!!
      Oh, and we totally found this HUGE grasshopper outside our apartment, it was way cool xD






Sunday, May 28, 2017

5-22-2017

5-22-2017

Howdy do! It's so great to hear from you guys again- it sounds like it's been a really good week out there with a bunch of adventures. I was confused by the picture with all the pitchers and stuff until I learned that it was 7-11 and you just got a whole ton of slurpees. That's so funny :D
The Alpacas look pretty gross without all the wool or whatever it's called, but they must be so cute in real life..!!
I'm just happy to hear that things are going good at home :)
Anyways, this week was AWESOME! We have some really great people to teach--but before that, the biggest news is that Elder L has been transferred back to Bayambang zone to a different area. It's weird because he wasn't even 3 months here before he transferred, but we're trusting President D's revelation!
My new companion is Elder G and he's from a part of the Philippines called Cagayen De Oro, which is in Mindanao- he's pretty new in the mission (Like 7 months) and is really awesome. He's 26 years old almost 27--so he's super old! It was a weird few days because I had to get used to speaking Tagalog all the time again, as Elder L and I just spoke English together, haha!
It's been real fun though, he's a great teacher and I can tell that we're going to have an awesome time these next few weeks!
    The work here is still just as progressing as ever! C cried and was all sad that Elder L was gone, but we clarified that the missionaries may change but the calling and the message is the same- and she came to church last Sunday as well! For the 7th time in a row :D This week we're really going to push baptism and get her committed to it!
     E and J also came to church again, and are still reading and praying, we're excited for their upcoming baptisms in June :D
     We also had 3 newer investigators come to church, one of which is named B! He lives with a less active family and does "Oriental Medicine" as a job (Like acupuncture and stuff)- By listening to his life story and everything, we learned that he is REALLY interested in finding a "home base" in life that can give him peace of mind! We promised actually that he'll find that here, especially through the Book of Mormon! He came to church last Sunday and made a lot of friends because everyone here is for some reason interested in "home remedies" and so he also found a lot of potential 'clients' hehehe :)
    Actually, we've really been finding success here and are having a great time! This week is going to be awesome, although it may take a little more adjustment for me to get used to Elder G- but it'll be awesome :) Ummmm... funny stories for this week? Well, before Elder L transferred, we decided to take a "First Presidency of Aguilar Zone" picture and it looks so legit xD Or that Nobody here believed that Elder L transferred, everyone thought that Elder L would be back tomorrow--that is until Elder G bore testimony on Sunday and told everyone that Elder L is really gone!!! That was pretty funny! 
It's just been a great week, we're so excited to be missionaries and serving here in Urdaneta Mission :D
Take care all y'all crazies, love yah! Keep taking care and being awesome!!
Elder Morris





Ps- I got to look into some colleges and I realized that I don't have to worry too much considering that I can just apply for Spring/Summer semesters when I go home :)P


 5-8-2017

Howdy do to all of you! It's really awesome to once again hear from you guys :D It's so scary how fast time has been flying- like it feels like just yesterday I was here emailing you about the crazy guy sneaking into our bathroom. But it's been a week. And another "Crazy Guy FREE" week--we've been doing safe :D
I'm really happy to hear that you got to see Dexter, next time you go and see him- let him know that "Elder Sir Isaac the Awesome" says hey wazzup man :) And of course that I love him, hehe!
Anyways, it's so awesome to hear how things are going along back home, I see how some things might be stressful- but I really feel like you guys can handle it very well! It's super exciting that there are 16 new lambs this year :D That's a TON!!!


Well, this week has been REALLY awesome! We have once again worked hard in the work where- And had a really neat experience this previous Sunday when we had 3 investigators come to church- all of which are very progressing :D One of our investigators who came to church (Though not here---she went to visit Cavite because she had to fix some things back home--and so she went to church in Cavite instead) actually texted us on Sunday, and it was really awesome!
So the backround of this is that she told us that she would be in Cavite for a few days and wouldn't have much to do, so we invited her to take the Book of Mormon and read/ponder/pray and so she did. Which was really cool- so she texted us on Sunday and this is what she said
(Of Course, this is translated into English just so y'all know what it said)
 Hi Elder, I just got home from church- You actually texed me but I didn't see or read it until now. I'm happy that even though I'm here I was still able to communicate with you. I did what the Study that you shared. Bit by but Elder I'm understanding it... and I was able to feel peace, and my feeling was light. I think that was it.

So... the translation isn't perfect, but you guys get it hopefully. She's really been searching this and we have every reason to feel and see that she knows this is true now! It was a really neat experience and we're so excited to go back and teach her this week :D :D

Today, we're actually in Dagupan because we're going to get our suits today so expect some great pictures :D It's really funny because tomorrow morning we actually have a meeting in Urdaneta, so we're staying here until 6 and then are going to go and sleep in Urdaneta--it'll be way fun :D

Oh, and for the pictures::: We totally made and cooked some homemade Softshelled tacos last Monday- they were DELICIOUS :D
                                     For the National Day of Service, we went to this one Less Active members home and cleared a whole bunch of weeds, good things the weeds were all vines, so with some elbow grease we could just roll them and get rid of them!
 
But that was about it for the week: I'm really looking forward to Mothers Day this week :) Love you guys so much!!! Seeya in 6 Months!
~Elder Morris








May 1 2017

Whew! Sorry if this is a long email- hopefully y'all don't mind too much! I'm really happy to hear from you guys this week- it sounds like things are going along really well back home :) I had to laugh just a little about hearing about the missionaries back home in Woodstock- because I totally know missionaries out here that are just like that!!! It's pretty weird to be on the other side of the picture.
Anyways, It's totally awesome as well to hear about the Woodstock Youth and YSA all growing up and doing pretty fun things- it sounds like life aint slowin down for noone!
Have fun and good luck in training for your marathon coming up- I bet that'll go really well :D
-----I don't wanna hear about the temp. back home..... it never drops below 80 here xD  Just kidding- I was talking with Elder L and we decided that we are just doing to die when we go home!!!
We'll be going to Dagupan next Monday to pick up the suits... so I'll be sure to send pictures when we get them!
Anyways, this has been an awesome week! So first thing- in regards to my "lost and found" scriptures that were returned to me this week! I had the opportunity to talk with the Elder who got them back and here is the more full story:
So I guess that they were walking down the street and then from a house this man called them over. So what happened was that this man is the driver who had my scriptures (knew it was the missionaries because I had an extra nametag on the cover)--- Elder N then said that they immediately taught this guy (twice now) and he accepted a baptismal invitation! It was just really REALLY funny how they found the scriptures just because of a really nice tricycle driver!!

But HOLY COW we have a story for you guys!!! This was last Monday when we were coming back from Lingayen on Pday- So Elder Lomax and I are coming back to the apartment--as we walk into the gate, the two of us are just talking and laughing about stuff when we notice something a little off with the apartment.
(The apartment has a covered porch in front)
The first picture I sent with this is what we found- but there was a MAN.
So there was this totally crazy, homeless guy just chillin' in front of our apartment. (I mean legit crazy... there are a few that just walk around the town here). It was the weirdest thing- he was just laying there, grinning at us! Obviously we didn't do anything to him because he didn't know what he is doing. But upon close inspection- we discovered he stole food from our fridge AND OUR PILLOWS-- Yeah, he totally broke into our house!
So then we walk around back to see how he got in, and the back door is open... then as we are walking through the house to see what else he did. THE CRAZY GUY WALKS RIGHT IN OUR FRONT DOOR. And so we do what anyone does, and shoos him out xD And we notice around that time that money we left on the table to pay for electricity was gone.... turns out he stole the money and bought a TON of coffee! (If you look in the picture, you'll see a LOT of coffee packets that are all open)
We then walked over to the police station to get some assistance (because the guy wouldn't leave our property). And they come over and check his little back for any money he might not have spent- all our money there was gone, so we were down. And then the police said they can't do anything about it because the guy is crazy :P
It's all good though, we got a crazy laugh out of it!! And then next day our Mission supply manager came over and replaced the locks on our doors so the guy couldn't get in again.
The weird part is we were talking to some kids and they said he was going to our home almost every day and going inside.... which explains why our bathroom was getting some unholy smell in it xD After that experience we walked into the bathroom, and it reeked of cigarettes- so we figure that the guy smoked in our bathroom....
------Since that day, he hasn't come back... so it's all good-----
Anyways, we also found a pretty cool river in a far part of our area this week- so we did what anyone would do... and took a 5 minute break to take pictures xD

Finally, an update on our work here- we had some investigators come to church this week. Which is SO awesome! So two of them are investigators we only started teaching this last week= E and J... they both are young woman aged, and we met them because they are related to some of the members here. It was a miracle because they both are incredibly receptive and really are just absorbing our message! That has to be the highlight of our week- we really just saw the light coming into their lives. So Elder L and I are really expecting them to progress this week :D
It was actually funny, because we went back to Erika and asked if she read the pamphlet we left and she read the WHOLE thing and understanded pretty much all of it! (In case you wonder, that doesn't happen too often here) But it really was just a ton of fun :D
We actually had an awesome week this week!!! Love you guys so much, seeya in 6 months haha!
~Elder Morris


And, we finished President D 1 Month Book of Mormon speed read challenge (Which meant we had to read 18 pages a day) and it was really awesome! We marked everything to do with Jesus Christ and then things to do with "the Missionary Purpose" and my small Book of Mormon became a coloring book! It was really cool too, because I got kind of an overview view of the Book of Mormon and really got to understand it more as a whole :)

So if you guys ever want to have a crazy challenge-- try to read the Book of Mormon in a month, it's awesome ^-^

Love again, 
~Elder Morris








4-24-2017

Funny moment in regards to the temperature- we went to a restaurant earlier and sat in front of an air conditioner that was at 70F and I felt like I was going to freeze my face off! It was super duper cold- and then we made the connection that it's going to be colder than that when I go home xD I think that y'all are gonna need to bring a blanket to the airport!!!!
Haha, just kidding- It's SO EXCITING to hear that the chapel is going to get an expansion! Hopefully what that means is that I'll get home to give my homecoming in a bigger building xD From what I hear, the ward back home is really doing good!
I'm not entirely sure what I'm going to do or even can do to start thinking about colleges, to be honest I don't even like thinking about the prospect of me going home one day- as much as I miss you guys, I'm afraid of having to step back into the "real world" hehehe... maybe I'll give that some thought during this week :)
Anyways, in regards to my week, we've had a really fun time! Though it really was a lot of work in all that we do :D Elder L and I have been having quite a blast in teaching and serving- especially with our progressing investigators, the Arenas family! They are really awesome and have been asking some really good and surprisingly deep questions-thank goodness they are ones that can be answered!! It's really interesting, because we've been teaching people recently who are really striving to focus on the message and trying to understand it! (Because often times we teach people who literally just listen because they are being nice).
Anyways, there was a REALLY crazy experience this last week... so I got a call from the mission office and got some funny news!
    There is an Elder in Urdaneta city who was chased down by a tricycle driver- because this driver had something he needed to return to the missionaries, a set of scriptures... not just any set of scriptures... but my SCRIPTURES. So basically just earlier today, I got to pick them up from some missionaries! It made me laugh pretty hard, and it's really great that I got those back! So the ones that I already bought- they may just get packed away so I can use them after my mission :)P I'm gonna talk to that Elder this week in hopes that they talked to the driver and have been able to go and teach him, that would be SO AWESOME :D
    Anyways, that's about all the big stuff that has been going on this week- I wish that I had taken more pictures, but I really haven't had that much time. But I'll be sure to take some this week so you guys can get a fun idea of how it is to be serving out here :D
     Something fun, Elder L threw up this week- which sucks. but he's better now!
      We also did service this week where we cleared this one guys yard of weeds- it wasn't too hard because the weeds were like vines so we could pretty much pull them up without too much trouble. But it's not done yet, the member has a HUGE yard xD
And that's about all for now folks, I'm still alive and as happy as ever :) Sorry this is kinda short, because we don't have a whole ton of time- I hope that y'all have an awesome week! Love you guys,


~Elder Morris