Monday, August 25, 2014

Urgent, Special Announcement!!

I have my flight plans!!
I am leaving...
December 2056.

Uh. Kidding, 

I am leaving WEDNESDAY at 11:20 am. 

Yes! This very Wednesday!

It's always a good day when you get a letter.  It's an even better day when you get a letter from this man:

Don't forget to write!!


Thursday, August 21, 2014

"T" Thursday! And Special Announcement at the End.

 It's Tahitian (Throwback) Thursday! Welcome to the Life of a Tahitian Missionary in the Missionary Training Center.  Yes, we were in there for twelve weeks, but we made it fun.  Nous aimons tous les gens de Tahiti!
Yes, I know I match the Tahitian Flag perfectly.  No, I did not plan that.

These are only SOME of our books we used to study.  It's a sad day when the stack of books is nearly taller than you are.
We can be super cliche' and cheesy, but this is our lovely little group of Best Friends.

Laundry time!
Yes, Jenna and I did smell the "cream soda tree."  Sorry future missionaries, but the Cream Soda Tree has since been torn down.

Fourth of July in the MTC! That was a party! I love Soeur Bradshaw (Now Palmer) to death!
The French consulate has my passport/visa AGAIN.  Why? Well, I'm currently only allowed to enter Tahiti the 8th of September with my current visa.  BUT.  The consulate is issuing me another visa so I may leave next week.  Hopefully.
*Pessimestic Morgan Here:  With my luck my passport will get lost in the mail and I'll never be able to leave the country again.* (That is so not going to happen, I'm leaving next week baby!)
Don't forget to write.  Please, please, please write me letters. . .

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Sometimes We Do Awesome Things

If you know me, you know I absolutely cannot sit around my house and do nothing. (*cough* *cough* the past 8 months. Yeah, yeah, yeah I'm "healing" but it just feels like nothing.)
So when the Ogden Temple had it's open house I jumped on that.  And we visited 3 temples.  We are so lucky to live so close to so many temples. . .

I know you're not supposed to play favorites with temples. They're all houses of the Lord, they all serve the same purposes, etcetera.  BUT.  They all have their own unique style.  These are actually my top three favorite temples. They are all so different (style-wise) inside and outside. 
If you're free this week and next week head on over to the Ogden's Open house! You will not be sorry.
If you want to go inside my other two favorites talk to my friends! They can hook you up with the insider "tour." Click on me to talk to my friends!
This is also the day Wyatt made me eat a western icon. . .  Yeah.  I had some Buffalo.  It was actually pretty tasty.  I feel bad for the Buffalo.
Crazy kid eats animals that use to be endangered.
Well. . . I guess I have eaten Sea Turtle. . .

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A Missionary's Goal. From Mo's Journal (Throwback Tuesday/Thursday)

(Sister Shields!! She is my MTC Momma!  We became best friends.)

From November 7th 2013
So, I'm studying "Preach My Gospel." I think not being happy in the mission, or in general, stems from regret.  Regret is just a fancy word for "not being perfect."  Those bad days stem from not being perfect. 
That's our goal isn't it? To be perfect. We cannot be perfect without the Atonement. 
When we start using the atonement we can start being able to teach with The Spirit.  There is only one real teacher.  Yes, we walk in with our companion and to our investigator it may seem there are two teachers in the room, but in all actuality there is one single teacher and two people who just open their mouths and try to explain what the real teacher wants us to say. 
If the spirit is not in the room, you are not teaching what God wants you to teach.  Our objective is not to have a million baptisms or walk away with the most presents.  The only ultimate goal is to teach with the Spirit.  When we can do that, all the other goals will fall into place.
(Georges is one of our Miracles.  He is the  reason why I learned sign language in the MTC also.  He's deaf.  He is a miracle. Coincidences do not exist.)
We decided something odd today, something most missionaries would look at us like we're crazy for even thinking that, but. . . we are not going to look very hard to find new investigators.  Is that totally against what being a missionary is all about? I think not!  It's not like we are going to sit at home and eat crepes all day long.  We are going to work hard, work longer, and take care of the investigators we have now.  And of course, we are going to look for more, but and extra few lessons a week with our current investigators (instead of door-to-door yelling) will pay off.
It's interesting to see how the dynamic changes when people WANT to learn and WANT the lessons with those who do not really care.  We LOVE the lessons with the people who legitimately care.  Okay, we love all lessons, but watching progress is the best feeling in the world. 
The goal is to find what the investigators DESIRE
 (Ryan and Mattias' Baptism)
When you can help them have the desire, whether it be a lesson on repentance, or the knowledge our families CAN be together forever their life will get exponentially better the sooner you can find out what "makes them tick"
Sometimes that is hard.  Sometimes people let you into their home, but they themselves don't have an idea as to why they are having two strange Americans talk to them about religion.  But they let us in.  That is the first step.
It is worth it.  We are planting seeds with everyone we come in contact with.  Yes, they may not get baptized, but you know what?  When this life is all said and done, we will all be together in the Celestial Kingdom and those investigators who turned us away will be there.  They will see us, and they will come to the strange Americans with tears in their eyes, and they will thank us.
That is why I am a missionary.
 (Beach Time!! Soeur Moli and I love our Beach Time.)
Pin It button on image hover