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Spotlights

23 Mar , 2015,
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What up.

Things are just kinda moving along here. Pretty sweet. Just a few stories though.

So this week Elder Brown and I were just kinda frustrated. Like we had been working way hard and talking to sooo many people and handing out sooo many cards and we just felt like it was all worthless just cause like we had literally seen 0 results. Like none. Not one person out of well over 100 peeps had gotten in touch with us. So that was just like hard. But then we were sitting there on Saturday at this bus stop and this guy comes up and talks to us and was like “I just felt like I needed to talk to you guys. What are you guys doing here?” Anyway we just talked to him and gave him out card and said goodbye and didn’t think we would see him again. Then I get a call Sundaymorning and he’s like “hey I met you guys last night. I want to meet.” So then he came to church yesterday and we gave him a BoM and we were talking to him and he was like “last night, I saw you two and there were spotlights on you. You guys were shining.” Lol then he sent us a text this morning and he’s like “is it possible for me to get baptized even though I was baptized in the Catholic Church? Lol so that’s pretty sick and we’ll see how that goes!

I think Heavenly Father saw that we were trying so hard to talk to people and seeing no success, that he had someone come talk to us! Lol way awesome!

Oh my. Then this week I pulled the sickest prank but I kinda felt bad. So it’s a long story but I couldn’t apply for my visa til now. Which is like 3 months too long. Like I’ve been illegal for a while. So finally I went and did it and we didn’t really know what was gonna happen. Like we didn’t know if I had to leave the country or what. Like I was WAYYY late applying for it. But we go and the guy was so chill and just like said it was fine and I’m in the clear so nothing to worry about there. But the other elders we live with didn’t know that. So I get home that night and lol I act wayyyy sad when I get home and like go straight to my room and just pack like a little suitcase. I had my comp go whisper to them that I had to leave the country and I didn’t know if I was coming back. This went on for like an hour. No one talked to me they thought I was like crying. I walk by the  other room and this elder is like on his knees praying and I even had the two sign my book that like people have for when they say bye to missionaries. And this one kid wrote like a huge entry telling me all this stuff and like pouring out his heart to me and all this stuff lol. I felt so bad. One of them came and told me thanks and all this stuff and like hugged me. Then the other elder asked me if I wanted a blessing lol and I just thought that was too far so then I finally broke the news to them! I wish I had a pic of their faces! Literally priceless. They were so mad. They didn’t talk to me the rest of the night. I was dying. These guys thought like my mission was over and was leaving the country. Ugh. Too good!

But anyway I did like a little thinking again about the boy I was in high school and the boy I am now. And one thing that I’ve noticed is like the fact that I was never really proud to be Mormon. Like I didn’t really love people knowing that. Which is just like retarded I know. But now like it’s a pretty big difference walking around and having a name tag saying you’re Mormon on your chest lol. And I just love it. I love all the stares that we get ALL day of people just wondering who the crap we are. And I always hope I’m behaving in a manner that when people look at me they’re not surprised to find out I’m Mormon. And I heard something cool.

In high school if I was accused of being a Mormon and taken to court, would there be enough evidence to convict me?

Probably not.

But I read this way sick thing this week and so I’ll close with that. It’s just like exactly the mindset that I want to have one day.

“I am part of the fellowship of the unashamed. The dye has been cast! I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made; I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. I won’t look back, let up, slow down, or be still. My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, and my future is secure. I’m finished and done with low living, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tainted visions, worldly talking, cheap giving, and dwarfed goals. I no longer need pre-eminence, positions, promotions, plaudits or popularity. I now live by faith, lean on his presence, walk with patience, am uplifted by prayer, and labor with power. My face is set. My gait is fast, and my goal is heaven. My road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions are few, my guide is reliable, my mission is clear! I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, divided or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of the adversary, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity. I won’t give up, shut up, or let up, until I have stayed up stored up, and paid up of the cause of Christ. I must go till He comes, give till I drop, preach till I know, and work till He stops me. And when He returns for His own, He will have no problem recognizing me. My banner will be clear.”

Pretty sick right?

Anyway. I got a call this week from the ZLs and I have to give a 15 minute talk at the next training on how the BoM draws people nearer to God. Yikes. Let me know with any insight on what the crap I’m supposed to talk about.

I love you all have a great week be safe and keep me in your prayers.

Elder Morris

Making the Decision to Be Happy

16 Mar , 2015,
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Sweet week!

We’ve been doing a lot of contacting lately just cause we want more investies and stuff. I just hate talking to people. But like I know I have to. So all week I’ve just been struggling just cause like Elder Brown is wayyy good at talking to peeps and I just like don’t. So then we set a goal on Saturday for me just to hand out 5 cards. Which is not extremely hard, but harder than it sounds. No one here wants to take anything. Anyway, so we are like on foot all day and just trying to talk to people. And we’re walking over by the University and Elder Brown is just like “go talk to that guy” and this is just some like middle aged guy who looked weird and wouldn’t be interested. And I’m just like crap. Anyway we’re getting closer and I have like huge butterflies n stuff but I finally make the step towards him and I’m like “excuse me? We’re missionaries and bla bla bla” that whole thing. and he’s like “ya I’ve heard of you guys” and that was crazy and he’s like “you guys read the book of Nephi right?” lol and luckily I took a BoM with me that day and so I pulled it out and I was like no it’s this and we explained it and I was like “ya know, I wasn’t gonna bring this out today, but now I know why I did. This book is for you.” and he just got a smile and he just took it and was like way happy and then he said he’s gonna read it. And ya know idk if that guy will ever even open the book. But it was still such a blessing to like have that experience given to me form Heavenly Father. I just want to make Him proud!

My fav part of the week was last night when we met with the Famile Stein last night. These people have legit changed my life. I have never felt so much love from a family! Every night here is my fav night on my mission.

But anyway we played UNO and all that stuff and obviously had a way fun time. But after we had a spiritual thought, and we talked about making the decision to be happy. And we just asked them why they were always so happy and all that. Then it was my turn to bear my testimony, and I had one of those feelings I’ve only ever heard about from other people. As I was talking I felt like someone’s arms were just wrapped around me and I got wayy warm and I just got such a feeling of love and peace. It was one of my favorite moments of my mission.

It’s not always easy to be happy out here! I promise! But it is such a blessing to be able to make that choice. It is completely up to us! NO ONE can change that ever. I get to wake up every day and just make the decision that I’m gonna be happy. And that one thing has blessed me in more ways that I thought possible. I mean it. 2 Nephi 2:27

I also listened to a talk by Mitt given at a BYU devotional. Luckily my comp likes him too and has the talk on his iPod. And he talks about having Heroes. That is so cool. Kinda random but I just think it is so important to have someone to look up to and try and be like! I think we all need more Heroes!

I love you all.  Life is good here in Germany. Keep praying.

Elder Morris

6 Months

9 Mar , 2015,
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Life is so sick. I really do love it. Can’t believe I’m really out 6 months tomorrow. Just like crazy 6 months ago was the worst day of my life.

I’ve just been reflecting over the past little bit and I thought about what John from Brooks Bros sent me in the MTC. He said his mission wasn’t the best two years OF his life, but the best two years FOR his life. And that’s exactly what I feel like my mission has been so far. I’ve obviously been happier in my life and have had a lot more fun before, but I’m learning so much and I think I’m just becoming a better person. It’s just cool to look at me 6 months ago and what I thought and now to just see the changes in myself.

Anyway, this week was sick. I love my comp so much. That guy is so sick. He’s so solid. Way deep thinker and way hard worker and I can totally be myself around him. It’s just way awesome I am way way happy with him.

This week we were walking by this park with some extra time and we saw these hoodrats playing some bball and he’s like c’mon elder lets go play. And I was like ugh. These guys were smoking and listening to Eminem and all this stuff and they had 5 and it was just us two and we played 5 vs 2 and we literally killed them. They couldn’t dribble or like anything. It was so much fun. They were kinda punks but we gave them all cards then one of them called us last night and wanted to play today so we went and played with him today. He was cool and pretty nice. Just like felt good to play some ball lol.

Then we met with David who’s getting baptized on April 4th last night and I was just  a little nervous that he might not be down for baptism and idk what he was gonna be like. Bit I was like “guess what’s onApril 4th??” and he’s like “MY BAPTISM!!” hahaha he is soooo sick.  I am so happy with him and him and Elder Brown like wrestled a little and it was just way funny. Awesome night.

Life here is just good. Wouldn’t want to be anywhere else!

Oh ya lol and pres called me this past week just to congratulate me on breaking the record. Way unexpected but way funny. Good guy.

Love you all and I pray for you too. Thanks for praying for me.

Elder Morris

Elder Brown

2 Mar , 2015,
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What up.

Not too much to report this week.

Monday thru Wednesday was basically spent preparing for Henderson to go home. Pretty boring but I stayed sane. Ha-ha

Then Thursday we took a bus from Bonn to Frankfurt and I picked up Elder Brown. What a guy. He’s so dope. I saw Ad there and we chatted and his new comp is German. His German will be getting pretty good I guess. Then we took a train from Frankfurt back to Bonn. Soooo sick. So scenic. Elliot would’ve died.

Then Friday and Saturday were spent just walking him around getting familiar to the area. He’s been in a car area his whole mission and he said he made a promise to God that if He sent him to a train area then he would talk to as many people as possible on the trains. So that’s what we’ve been doing. Pretty crazy. But lots of good convos that are pretty sweet.

Sunday was good too. Elder Brown made a good impression on everybody and I snagged a dinner appt with the Steins for tonight so I’m super pumped. And I bought Reese’s at this English shop in Bonn (all the kids LOVE Reese’s) and I bribed these three kids in our ward and said if they bore their testimony I would give my Reese’s to them. All their parents came up and thanked me after for getting them up there. So sweet.

Then ugh today this lady called and asked if we could go tear out some carpet for her. I was tempted to say no but it was whatevs. Our hands were bleeding and all cause it hurt so bad but it was all good.

I won’t be able to chat unfortunately because well have to go a little earlier today cause we have to shower before the Steins. So sorry about that.

phewpf. That is soooooo funny I was in the Desnews ad. lololol idk why those guys love me so much. especially form my junior year. Pretty bizarre.

But I really like Elder Brown. He’s chill but wants to work hard and isn’t afraid to talk to anyone. lol

Sorry this is short but I’m just like in a rush I got a ton of emails today for some reason. Not enough time in one day

Who talked about me in sacrament? dope.

Love you all thanks for everything. U guys are awesome.

love

Elder Morris