Monday, November 24, 2014

The Gospel is true... even in Wendy's!

Hello Everyone!

This week last week has been pretty good, a little crazy with trying to work between two areas, but still good! So there are a lot of refugee families living in Rome and Utica that are members of the church. It has really put into perspective how the gospel is being shared and accepted all over the world!! And I get to be a part of it!
We had such a cool random thing happen to us last week. It snowed like 6 inches just a few days ago so we went and shoveled some of the older members driveways. One of the members came out and would not let us leave with out taking 10 dollars from her to go and get hot chocolate. Later that night we decided to go to Wendy's of all places to go and get hot chocolate. Before we even sit down this guy recognizes that we are LDS missionaries and starts asking us where we are from, I was expecting him to start ripping into us about something. He actually said that we had some quote "stones" for coming out on missions. He remember a few years back that a couple of missionaries had help his mom out at a red cross during Christmas time and how he really appreciated what they did. The conversation changed to what we did before we came out and if we played any sports. Turns out, the guy is a huge hockey fan, and my comp, who happens to be from Canada, also loves hockey. My comp pulls his chair over to this man and his families table and starts talking about hockey. After about 10 minutes out of no where he starts talking about religion and wants to know what we believe that is different from the Catholics. We pretty much taught him the 1st lesson in the middle of a Wendy's! We are going over to his house later this week to help him put up Christmas lights and teach him more! I am convinced that this little chain of events happening was inspired from the get go!  It just goes to show that the Lord knows what he is doing when he puts certain people in certain areas!
Thanks for all of your prayers and support! I love and miss you all!
Elder Morgan

Monday, November 10, 2014

A Broken Leg and Reading the Book of Mormon Again!

Hello Everyone!

Sorry if this email gets cut a little short, I might get to talk to a certain someone that I have not talked to in what feels like a very very long time. Anyway.....this has been a very busy and very crazy week. One of the Elders in our district broke his leg on Saturday helping someone move and he was sent home which sucks because he was an awesome missionary and has only been out for 4 transfers! I felt so bad for him! His companion, starting later today, is getting put with me and my comp. I will now be in a trio and will get to work in Rome and in Utica! It has been super crazy trying to work out how we can work in Rome and Utica and still see everyone that we are teaching in both places! It is going to be crazy getting used to, but I am so excited for all of the people that we will get to teach!

I recently started The Book Of Mormon again. I had a feeling that I should focus on everything that has to do with faith this time. So starting from the beginning I have been marking everything that mentions faith. Holy crap! I never realized how much faith has to do with literally EVERYTHING we do. It has been such a huge help to me, especially with everything that has been going on at home.
I hate to cut this short but.........that certain someone just got online:)

I love and miss you all!

Elder Morgan

Monday, November 3, 2014

Happy Halloween


Hello Everyone,

So we just ended our second transfer! This one went by so fast! Everybody says that they only get faster and I find it hard to believe. My new companion is Elder Cosman, he's from Eastern Canada. Other than sounding like a little kid because of his accent he has turned out to be a pretty good guy. He loves playing hockey and he watched top gear almost as much as I did so we get a long pretty good!

We were able to start teaching a new investigator last week. He is a US History teacher at the high school so he has to teach about the westward expansion and they touch on "Mormonism". He said at first he only wanted to learn more so he could teach his students more about it. He told us that as he did research on Joseph Smith, he came across and loved what he saw. He said that the more he found out about us he couldn't help but want to know more on a spiritual level as well. We also got permission to watch the Saratav Approach on Halloween. There was a part in it that was talking about prayer, and that light will always overcome darkness. That made me think about our new investigator, how he at first only wanted to know more from an educational stand point, but as he started looking for more, light over came darkness. He now wants to be baptized and become a member of our church!

This is the greatest old guy in the world, Brother Withey.
That's pretty much the highlight of the week! I guess besides a surprise phone call. But I hope everyone is doing well! I'm sure you have all been updated on what is going on with Dad, I know that you all probably pray for him already but just keep him in your prayers. Matt and I could also use a little extra help while we are out here. It is hard for us to hear what will be happening and not being to help at home. I know that miracles come after the trials of our faith, this is definitely one of those trials. I love and miss you all!

Elder Morgan

The hazards of playing basketball...Smashed Thumb!