Tuesday, September 19, 2017

9-18-2017

Well, it's awesome to hear from you guys!  It's weird seeing those pictures and realized how much has changed in the course of only a few years! I also TOTALLY remember that Halloween picture, that's super funny!!
It's a bummer that you guys won't be moving as soon as you hoped, but don't worry because the time will come :) Just keep trusting and stuff--it'll all work out! 
We'll be watching General Conference too, soon! But of course... the week after you guys because we couldn't watch it live here hehehe
   So anyways, this week we saw blessings and miracles, the first is that B J came to church again! We've been talking to him and he's been coming to church because everyone else in his family is pretty much a recent convert or returning less active! He's been showing great interest in our message as well! It's a really funny situation, actually! The first three in their family was baptized (R, H, and J), which interested L H and R... when those two got baptized, Nanay P and J got interested and baptized... and now because all of them have been changed by the gospel and are changing because of it, B J has become interested and even accepted a baptismal date this week :D
   The M family also is showing great progression- for a while only Nanay was coming to church...but this week they came as a family! Which was AWESOME :D
   There is also one more experience that I want to share, which may or may not turn out to be a super wonderful experience! It's about someone we met named D... we actually taught his mom previously and then ended up dropping her because she wasn't interested... but during a lesson this week to a less active, D just randomly shows up and sits down with us DURING the lesson---and tells us this story: So he was in Urdaneta the day before with some friends when they met two sister missionaries, the missionaries gave different pamphlets to each of them... his friends left the pamphlets behind, and D took them with him because he figured that it would be a waste of "the words of Christ"... he then told us that that night he read all of them and felt something powerful! He's got addictions and self inflicted scars, was also beaten as a child--- so we testified shortly of Christ and promised that he can find peace of mind and help, and set up a return appointment! We will see this week if that turns out to be a wonderful experience! :) It wasn't expected, but we're excited to see what's going to happen! 
   I'm just trying to continue working hard, even though honestly it's hard sometimes because of the heat and everything... but that's just life haha! #Looking forward
I also got the flight information stuffs today, that's a freaky thought! Haha!
Love you guys,
Elder Morris

There is a pic there of us at District Meeting, their awesome! Also, pictures from a family home evening! Also, the WHOLE P family is coming to church every week now :D :D :D
And the black and white one is R, he started coming to church because of a member friend, and is SO interested in the gospel!!! We're not the ones teaching him though because he is living in Dagupan, but he comes to church every week either here or over there! It's so awesome :) :) Haha, I remember his first time to church he leaned over to my companion and asked how much is costs to get a Book of Mormon, we told him it was totally free xD

My xray last Monday went fine---I'm 100% healthy :)












Sunday, September 17, 2017

9-11-2017

This is going to be kind of a shortie email (sorry!)- I'm going to Dagupan right after this to go and get my Xray done in Villafor Hospital! It's because I guess it's needed to make sure that I'm healthy and whatnot so that I can eventually go back to America :) It's going to be a pretty fun adventure! So even though the "Elder Morris is old" hype is over... at least life here is still exctiting :D
It's awesome anyways to hear about y'alls week! I'm sad to say that I haven't been able to learn much with Filipino cooking this last week---but I plan on doing that maybe this week xD We just don'g have a whole lot of time at the apartment... there's no time to waste!!!! Anyways, JACOB IS GONNA BE A CART PUSHER :D :D :D :D You'll have some interesting experiences in that... like when a trucker leaves a bag of poop behind the store xD
It's weird to think though that I may be going home to a different home...but it's all cool :)

 First.... in answer to your question... door knocking isn't that effective anywhere you go hahaha... but it was okay! But Anyways, we had something we considered to be a miracle happen on Sunday! So of course you guys have been hearing about the P family and their progression! So first off, Rs Mom (who was baptized some 20+ years ago and went inactive for that time) actually is coming back and we talked to the clerk to get her records moved here to Mangaldan! So that was a success :D
    The other super exciting part is that we had a "breakthrough" to Nanay Bs youngest son! We've finally started being able to teach him and he actually came to church with the whole family :D So what happened is we finished teaching the P family and were walking to our next appointment when we saw him fishing on the side in a small canal-- so we said hi and invited him to come to church with the rest of the P family and he said he would try to come but has things to do. Well anyway, he came to church and had an awesome time-- he asked questions to us as well about like church standards and stuff! :)P 
     Story continued- Nanay B told us later that last night, B talked to her and said something along the lines of "The Elders invited me to come to church, I'll come with you guys tomorrow"! Well... it was just really cool because we see potential in him! The P family is being completed :D

That's about all that I'm going to be putting in for today--- hope you guys enjoy it! Love you guys so much, take care! :D
Love,
Elder Morris






Sunday, September 10, 2017

August & 9-10-2017 letters

9-10-2017







Thanks for the Birthday wishes :D It means a lot! To be honest, I'm pretty surprised at the news of planning to move homes--but it doesn't bother me, you guys feel it's what you should do... so go for it hehe :) I'll adjust! It's pretty bumming though just because I'll miss the good ol' Woodstock home! It'll be cool though to see what the new place will be like!
I'm not going to have too much to say this week! Except WOOHOO---I'm 20 Years old now! Which means that I'm not a teenager anymore :D #Getting old. Too bad not much has changed with my personality... but at least a lot has changed in my spirituality! It doesn't feel super special though---considering that in missionary work I don't have a whole lot of time to think about "me" xD
It's been really good though- we were thrilled when S came to church! (With her less-active live in partner) and we have been talking with them and trying to help them get married! The only thing we are waiting on is for S to get her paper back with her Moms signature (which she sent to Manila to get signed)- and hopefully they will be getting married in October! It was so cool to see them come to church as a couple! Her "husband" has been changing a lot in the past few months--- we noticed that as they read and prayed as a couple, they enjoyed greater joy as a family! When we got to their home now, Brother J is smiling to see us :D
Other than that, we've been focusing on finding more people to teach! Something that we did this week was go on an exchanges with the San Fabian Elders... what happened is that my companion spent the day going to appointments and I went the whole day---knocking on doors and talking to people! We actually found a fair amount of people that we can go back to and teach! :D It was a pretty big blessing!
We're just happy to work and work hard! It's so awesome to be a missonary! I love this work and I love being able to serve Jesus Christ in all I do :)
You guys take care, I'll be seeing y'all in about 2 months- which is a rather freaky thought! Love you guys!
Elder Morris








8-27-2017

Woah! That IS something different from the old Mumbo jumbo about running and stuff ;) Although that is plenty exciting as well! That honestly made me so happy to hear from everyone and I'm so happy to hear from you guys- it's good that you guys are all going well! I whish I had time to respond to everyone, but I'm pretty much out of time!
Anyways, this was ONE crazy week! Who knew that setting up a stake Baptism takes so much work xD I would go into more detail on that, but it would be very boring- so long story short... it took lots of work, but it worked out well and the baptism was successful! :D It was SO COOL to be a part of a group baptism, especially since it was an opportunity to see the candidates and friends of the other companionships in our zone! The two in that baptism were B P and J F-- N is the grandmother of some recent converts and J is their cousin! It was a really special experience and they bore a great testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ! The P family is becoming my favorite family here in Mangaldan, just because they're so open to the gospel! There is even one less active in their family though who are less active and are going through personal problems, but it was a HUGE blessing to see her come to church and even find the courage to talk to our Bishop, Bishop T! It's so neat to see their family being completed :)
Other than that, our week was pretty normal... we've still been working hard and trying to find new people to teach and invite them to come to church with us :) I've decided FINALLY to have my Filipino companion teach me how to cook Filipino foods---that's honestly something I probably should have done a LOOOOONG while ago. But that's okay, it's never too late to learn ;) You guys will LOVE Adobo! (Once I learn how to cook it... hehe)
Anyways, I think I can OFFICIALLY say that I'm getting close to going home (Don't worry... it's not distracting me from the work at all.) I can only say that though because we had Zone Interviews with President D and he asked me what I'm going to do after my mission xD I still have one more interview with him though hehehe
I think that's about all though that I can say for this week, it's been a really awesome week . I'm so blessed and grateful to be a missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The only true and living church upon the earth :)
Love,
Elder Morris

8-20-2017
Haha, don't worry- I know the world is just a messed up place. But it's a good thing we know about the gospel and where we need to stand :) I'm THRILLED at hearing that Dexter is going to be able to come home....and even more that it means he'll be there when I get home!!!!  It's so good to hear about how things are going back home! 
Jacob got a JOB?! That's so weird----Jakey Wakey is getting all old xD He'll almost be 17 when I get home... wow.

And one last note... Chicken Feet taste WAY good... they just have a lot of bones :)P

Anyways, Well, to be honest, I don't have a whole lot to "report on" this week- we've just been working as usual to help people come unto Christ! It was really good in the sense that we were blessed to see people come to church who have not been able to come in the previousl weeks! One of which is M M, who hasn't been able to come to church these last weeks, although he has been able to come to church with previous missionaries---so that was really neat :D

I think that the most exciting news, is that B P, and J P have passed their interview this previous Saturday and will therefore be able to be baptized this coming Saturday on the 26th, along with some others who missonaries in the zone have helped to prepare! It's going to be a really awesome experience :D :D

In our apartment as well, we have a new missonary- Elder S (He's Elder E's new companion). and he's pretty cool! He's from Australia and is 7 months in his mission!
Haha, that's probably all I've got to say! I've been put in charge of making the baptismal programs---so that's what I'm going to do now hehe
Love you guys, I'll email you again next week :D It'll be longer, I promise! 
Elder Morris. PS Actually- something cool is that those glasses we are wearing in the picture are reading glasses. Our mission started something where investigators and recent converts can have reading glasses given to them if needed :D N B was the first was we gave glasses to! She was super excited :D



8-13-2017
Woah! That's some way crazy news-- it's so cool that Hannah is deciding to serve a mission! There is no way that can go wrong :D WOOO She should be assigned in the Philippines Urdaneta Mission :D
It's good to know that some things haven't changed... #magiccards
And that you guys were able to get a new(ish) car!
Also, HAPPY Anniversary Mommy! Dad! 14 years seems like a loooong time... but it's not hehe ;) 
Anyway, I don't have too much time left so..... I should probably tell you guys about how my week has been going, hehe! Elder L and I have found success in finding new people to teach in areas we havent visited yet. Especially since we applied what I mentioned last week in working in the Morning, studying at a members home when it comes to lunch (since our schedule was changed to have study in the lunch time hours) and staying until night- it was an awesome idea because we were able to eat our lunch and then find a quiet spot to study at a members home or outside while enjoying the fresh air. It then saved us a lot of time on travel (like 30minutes) that was previously wasted on sitting in a jeep :)

It was just a really good week, Nanay P and J are still on date for August 26th, which is going to be really exciting! Nanay is getting really excited, since she's been seeing the changes in the lives of her grandkids! Other than that, we've been just finding new people we can teach--especially since some of the ones we were teaching previously have began to hide from us... I mean literally. We walked up to this one home, and we saw our investigator and she saw us and she LITERALLY ran away like she saw a ghost... when we knocked at their home, her husband came out and said nobody was home. So that was sad.
But it's her choice, we just try to help them!
Speaking of which, we are teaching M and S... they're siblings who have been being taught for a while but have been lacking faith to act. This week we read 3 Nephi 27 with them and committed them to baptism again, they said they will and Elder L and I feel they are committed to start acting! S has been going to seminary as well with one of her recent convert friends!


Anyways, there is something that I remembered today in district meeting that opened my eyes, and I remember hearing it a long while ago and it was a quote from C.S. Lewis on our potential as human beings... he said:
“It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which,if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree helping each other to one or the other of these destinations. It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all of our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations - these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit - immortal horrors or everlasting splendors.”

It humbled me to remember that "As man now is, God once was. and as God now is, man may become". It humbled me to remember that EVERYONE we meet (The drunks, the hiding investigators, the nonresponsive people, the curious searchers, the elect) ALL have the potential to become Gods. It humbled me in the sense that, there are times which I fall short on loving everyone, especially when someone hides from us---to remember that Heavenly Father sees them as people who can become even as He is. I should never judge someone to be of any less worth than that.

That's also something that makes our teachings, and message, so uniquely different! It's so depressing to think that people believe that they will go to heaven and just be happy forever and sing and not remember anyone they met in this life.... it honestly just amazed me :)

Well,Whew, I think that may be enough... hehe... I don't want to use up all of your time in just reading my email- just wanting to let you guys know that it was an AWESOME week :) We are going to work even harder to improve all of the work here!
With Love,
Elder Morris





8-7-2017
Haha, don't worry- I totally understand why you guys weren't able to email me last week, in fact I wasn't even sad ;) I'm really glad that you were able to go to Grandpa's funeral, Mommy! I'm also really happy that the house also didn't burn down while you were away hehehe!
I'm just glad that you guys are doing okay, I love to hear from you guys always!
Well anyways, as for this week, it has been really great! So obviously the first thing I want to share is that we had a baptism this last Saturday, for L H and R(the two cousins of a recent convert here named R)!! It was a really awesome experience! We even gave a topic to R so she could give a talk for the baptism, and it was really good! She was super nervous to give a talk, since it was her first... but did really good and the spirit was so strong! It's really great to see the changes that have been happening in their family because of this message!
This coming August 26th, we plan to have a Stake Baptism---we've talked to the missionaries and plan to have 14 candidates as a zone! Among those are Nanay B, and J- the two I've been telling you about. The P family is slowly being completed through the gospel of Jesus Christ :D

Actually, there is something that we decided to try this week in order to improve our work here in Mangaldan and make it more of a model area- so on the days that we go to Malabago, one of our areas, we will go in the morning to work in that area, eat lunch out there, and have companion study at a members home (Less active, or active) The idea is that we can even involve one of the members in our companionship study by having roleplays and discuss the things that we are studying! We figure that in doing so, that our work will be continuous from 10am-9pm... and it will open up a new area for us to work in in the mornings!
    And something else we are going to be doing is organizing a "special lesson" for the P family, where essentially we will have them call ALL their family members for a "special lesson", and then to have one of the recent converts share a message. What we may do then is go around and ask the family members (some of which are still non-members or are less active) and ask them what things they have been seeing change in the home because of the missionaries and because of the gospel. Elder L and I then will testify of the family and how important it is- and connect it to the gospel! 
    What we hope from that is to see their whole family become more closely knited to one another!!

Mangaldan zone is picking up speed! Last week we had 78 investigators come to church as a zone- and we are really going to push to have that magic number of 100!!! But that'll come through time and us really pushing ourselves as mi
Love you guys so much,
~Elder Morris

Elder Morris
Philippines Urdaneta Mission
November2015-November2017

PS---I don't have any pictures for this week as I left my card reader once again at the apartment, but these were sent to my by the Dagupan missionaries--Nanay T finally got baptized :D :D
I also heard news that B A is the new Gospel Principles teacher in Bugallon as well, that was way exciting!!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

8-6-2017

My umbrella got left in the APs area last week, and then it rained for like 5 days in a row- so I took this HUGE umbrella from our apartment and used that instead---man some people got a huge laugh out of it :D






Good Afternoon! I figure that you guys are doing something fun, so that's why you haven't had time to email---I'm grateful for the opportunity once again to email you about my week- it's been really good and I've been learning a lot from Elder L... however we seem to have been having a drought of ISMs, so something that the two of us discussed in our weekly planning was what we can do to increase the ISMs. We feel most of what we can do is to extend BOLD, DIRECT, and LOVING commitments to them to come to church. Something we are also trying to do it find the members that are close to these peoples homes, bring the member as a fellow shipper, and then have the member bring the investigator to church. We expect to see some results this week through these efforts! Our two investigators as well, R and L H, have prepared themselves for baptism and passed their interview this week! :D It was really awesome, and they are ready to be baptized... they have a strong support system of active members in the family and many good friends at church!
We are also focusing on their Nanay, B... she is really kind and wants to be baptized, but seems to be having concerns about what people will think about her... so we're addressing that concern!
There are totally investigators with a LOT of potential, we just need to help their faith increase more so they will come to church! There are investigators we are teaching who have read in the Book of Mormon and applied the invitation to "ask of God", and they believe this is true (It's even a testimony builder for me too, because as missionaries we have the wonderful opportunity to really see the Gospel take effect in peoples lives and watch as the promises of old are fulfilled in lives of people of our time)---I think then it comes down to what we heard in the Zone Conferences... "Therefore What??" We want to really help them more to understand WHAT it truly means when they come to know this is true!
Sometimes I feel like I'm struggling in the work here, but I always feel a boost of strength when I remember how many people are actually on my side and helping me to succeed as a missionary! :)

As for the zone, we had a drop in pretty much all areas of the work this week (Though it may just be because of the rain, and because of Zone Conferences)---which is pretty saddening, but as a zone we have been baptizing over 4 every week since I got here, which is something really cool to see :) I think that we just need to apply your direction in helping people come to church, and the fruits will follow- Elder L and I will be sure to do our part!

And as for Elder L, he's a really great companion and has a lot to offer as a missionary and a friend to me! It's so cool to think that no matter how long I may be or will get in the mission there is ALWAYS so much I can learn and apply! Elder L is becoming a good Zone Leader here in Mangaldan!

I can't wait to see what this coming week brings, #praying for miracles!
Love you guys so much, seeya soon!

~Elder Morris







Those pictures are SO AWESOME!!! You guys are SO WHITE xD I think I just say that because the only white people I see here are the occasional foreigner missionary!!! That beach looks like so much fun, it's awesome that those horses aren't like terrified by people! 
I laughed super hard at seeing the "CRUSH YOUR ENEMIES SEE THEM DRIVEN BEFORE YOU AND HEAR THE LAMENTATIONS OF THEIR WOMEN!"
I hope that you guys keep doing awesome :) I love to hear about you guys and how things are going back home, it's weird to think how much some things have changed, and how some haven't! It's been like 20 months since I came out here, it's so fun :D
In face, this has been a really interesting week, rather busy--but enjoyable! So first, I just want to tell you guys about the Sister we were talking about, the one who is trying to bash us with anti-mormon doctrine. Well, we went back there and she asked us if we know who Solomon Spaulding is- we said we didn't (of course) and she said that he was the man who wrote the Book of Mormon!!! (Whaaat??) I was really really confused... so I looked up his name in LDS.org
Turns out he wrote a book about Romans who somehow got trapped on the American continent- it literally has nothing to do with the Book of Mormon. Long story short, there isn't anything that can prove the Book of Mormon false or that Joseph Smith isn't a prophet... why? Because it's all true :)

Anyways, we're still working with them some, haha. Something that gave a big jump in the work there is that they told us we don't need to pray to prophets and apostles, we found out that when we said na "Ipagdadasal niyo ba si Joseph Smith kung totoong propeta siya". THey thought we meant they would pray to Joseph Smith. We cleared that up and made sure they know that they will pray and ask Heavenly Father if Joseph Smith is a true prophet.

Anyways though, Nanay B P (the grandmother of some recent converts here) committed to baptism this last week and they all came to church as a family! Which was so awesome, we're really focusing on them and trying to help them- Nanay has only a few concerns with what family members and friends will think; but we're not worried, she knows this is true! :D That whole family is really really awesome, and we're trying to help them the best we can!
   We had another really really neat experience with a newer investigator, J- we've taught her only a few times. Elder L gave her the commitment to pray about Joseph Smith during an exchanges, and they wrote the commitment in the pamphlet; we went back this week and she told us straight up that he's a true prophet.
  She told us that after the missionaries left she read the pamphlet and when she saw the commitment, she remembered it and tried it! She told us "At first, I didn't think he was a prophet....but I prayed and I KNOW he is." She even talked to her sister about it and invited her to ask God as well! We're going to focus on them a lot as well and help them to come to church this week!

Out other investigator, S.. who hasn't been married yet and has been going through some relationship troubles came to church as well. We gave her a copy of the family proclamation and they have been reading it! I hope that brother starts having a change of heart!

Well, that's about it, we're just working hard and trying to help everyone to work hard :D #Lovin'beingamissionary! 
Love you guys so much, 
Elder Morris







I heard from Elder G that they got baptized :D :D :D This is the golden investigator family I was telling you about! Her husband isn't baptized yet because he's just not home enough to be taught that quick, and their youngest daughter is only 6... but that's them!
Haha, it makes me want to cry--they were such a miracle to meet!


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