Monday, October 26, 2015

Farewells and Mike 'n' Ike's

Hey everybody! This last week was the final week of this transfer, and it went by faster than I predicted, and it sure was one of the strangest transfers I have had so far.
This week wasn't too exciting, not too much happened. This past wednesday, we decided to help out another companionship in their area, so we went to their area to work for a couple hours. We all ate lunch together and then we went to work, my companionship and the two other elders we mainly contacted whoever we could find. The main goal was to try to find new referrals and new investigators for the sister companionship. Man, it was hard over in that area! There was hardly anybody in the streets, however we were able to contact around 10 people in about 3 hours, which is good. We didn't have as much success as we wanted, but it's alright. This upcoming week, we're going to do the same thing, but in my area specifically, so I hope it goes well!
This past saturday, we went to a baptism! One of the sister companionships had an investigator that got baptized, his name is Alonso, he's a chill guy. We were able to invite a recent convert's friend to the baptism, a new investigator named Jonatan (Like Jonathan, but mexican). We also had a quick lesson with him afterwards and we agreed on a baptismal date for the 28th of November, so now we're going to see what happens. Jonatan really is a cool kid, I can easily see him in the baptismal font in white clothing :)
So, as I mentioned before, a new transfer has begun, and my companion Elder Calvo left for another area. Today I received a new companion, and he's my first american companion! His name is Elder Poaletti and he's from New Jersey (No he doesn't have an accent) He has about a year in the field and he's a really cool guy, I'm excited to work with him for the next 6 weeks. 
That's really it for this week, so until next monday!
Elder Morrison

Mission pics, Oct 26 2015

1 - Last District photo of this transfer

2 - There's a part of my area where the streets are places in Africa, so I was in 'Kenya' this week :P
3 -  Took a picture with 'God'
4 - I have the force and was able to hold this leaf in the air (not hung by a spiderweb)

Monday, October 19, 2015

Getting shut down and false interviews

Hey! Finished the second to last week of this transfer, just one more and we'll see where I'll go (or stay) next!
So this week was good in some aspects, and bad in others. First off, we didn't do much. Not because we're lazy, it's because not a lot of people opened their doors, they didn't want to talk to us. Maybe it's because we're ugly or something....I hope not.
We unfortunately had to leave one of our investigators behind, it was an interesting lesson we had with her. We thought she was going to receive an amazing, life-changing answer from God.....but no. She told us she hasn't received anything from God. I mentioned that maybe she needs to come to church in order to feel the Spirit more. She then proceeds to tell me that she will never come to our church nor change to our religion. She said this while laying down on her sofa, like she was waiting to tell us that. Honestly, it hurt. We shared a quick message and we said "See ya!" not to her face, but after we left. So...yeah, that was a fun experience, one of many.
This last thursday, our zone had interviews with the mission president. So, in the morning, at around 10:30, all of us were in the mission office, each of us waiting to get our area books checked, for the interview with the mission president, and for a check-up with the AP's. My companion and I checked our area books with the mission president's wife, talked with the AP's, but we never got an interview with the mission president. We waited and waited, and then waited some more. We were the last ones, along with another companionship, then the mission president comes and tells us that he doesn't have any more time, so we'll have the interviews another day. Are you serious? We've been waiting there in the mission office for hours! We eventually left at like 2:30, we were there for about 3 or 4 hours I'm pretty sure. We still haven't had an interview with the mission president.
So, enough with the negative, now with the positive! On friday, we met a Mariana and Andrés, a pair of young people. Mariana is 15 going on 16, and Andrés is 16. They're boyfriend and girlfriend, and chosen to recieve the gospel. They were really interested, they asked us a lot of questions about us and what we believe, and they accepted another appointment on Sunday. Yesterday, we talked to them and we taught the Restoration and we gave them a Book of Mormon. We also invited them to baptism and they accepted a baptismal date for the 28th of November. I need you all to pray for them, that they can maintain this date, and that they can be baptized! They're really cool people and they really are blessings for us. We have been finding other people as well, and I feel like some of them have potential, we'll see how well they progress this week.
Those are the highlights of this week, the rest of the time we've been working, finding, and doing missionary stuff.
Until next week!
Elder Morrison

Pics! Week 40....something

Woops! Almost forgot to send pictures!
1- Jujo's birthday party! (Kid that was baptized this week)

2- Jujo's and Chuy(Recent convert)'s baptism! 
3- My ball broke :´(

Monday, October 12, 2015

Soccer, meetings, and ripped pants

Hey another week down, and it went by fast, just like normal. A few interesting things happened this week I guess you could say.
One cool thing was that we had a zone meeting this last Wednesday, even though we had one like a week ago, apparently this zone meeting was really the "zone meeting" and the last one was just a "zone conference", I honestly don't know what that means, but it's cool. It was nice to see the other missionaries in my zone and to hear what my leaders have to say. A couple guest speakers came to talk about goal-setting and also ways to conquer addictions, mainly for our investigators.
On Friday, we had the chance to do some service for a member, in fact, the owner of the house that we're renting. She's preparing another house for us to live in, that's like 10 feet away from our current house. This house that she's preparing is nicer, it has some more space, AND it has hot water. SO we're excited for it to be done, and we helped her paint the walls and to cover up some holes in those walls.  We still need to finish painting everything, so some day this week we're going to go in and get it done. I'm mainly doing it so that I can finally take hot showers again hahaha.
Today was fun, because the highlight of this day was that we went to the chapel at noon to play soccer with some of the youth. Let me tell you, the youth here are AMAZING at soccer, I'm pretty sure they play all day whenever they have the chance. I would too actually. Anyways, it was a lot of fun playing with them, even though it was really hot today.

The rest of the week we've just been working, we've been finding some more people to teach, little by little, but still.
Here's to another week! Until Monday!
Elder Morrison


1 - Cooking! This sweet apron I found in the house

2 - Painting selfie
3 - I ripped my pants.....

4 - This giant hole where they're building a road

Monday, October 5, 2015

New things and the doctor's office, again....

Hey everybody! This week was an interesting one, we did a few things that were out of the ordinary, and as many of you know, this weekend we saw General Conference!
First off, this week we've had to go to the hospital a few times. No, I'm not sick :) It's my companion. He's been having pain in his lower back these past couple of days, enough pain to go get it checked out. According to the tests, he doesn't have anything serious, I don't remember what really was the cause, but the doctor gave him some medicine to take in order to get rid of the pain. He has to take some pain medicine for his lower back and also a nasal spray because he has a lot of congestion in his head, which is giving him headaches. So, yeah...he's a bit sick I guess you could say.
Also, we had a zone conference this week, this past wednesday. It was fun, and a bit long. The mission president and his wife shared interesting messages, the mission president's wife is pressuring us to stay hydrated and healthy. She showed us a video of how we need to drink 8 glasses of water each day, it was of 2 glasses singing a catchy song. It was awesome actually.
So, General Conference right? It was super cool to see the new apostles, and every single talk was amazing and inspired. Luckily I could watch all the sessions in English, along with some other 'gringos' in my zone, we had our own separate room and we watched the Conference there. I would say that my favorite talk was by Jeffry R Holland and the importance of mothers, or Robert D Hales' talk on getting married. He was pretty straight forward in that talk, I liked it!