Monday, August 18, 2014

One Year Mark!

Greetings from Hesperia, CA!  Fun fact about Hesperia: There's a place that gives missionaries free hair cuts.  My hair looks great now!
This week has been rather eventful!  First off, I hit the big one year mark this week!  Woohoo!  It was an awesome day!  Some of my good friends from my old ward in Chino came up and we went out to dinner at Steak n' Shake.  By the way, Steak n' Shake is AWESOME.  It's seriously rivaling Chick Fil-A as my favorite mission restaurant.  We had an awesome time together and it was great to see them again.

This week I also got the privilege to ordain a young man that we've been working with to the office of a Priest.  His dad isn't around very often and he asked me to do the ordination.  I was very flattered, particularly because that was the first time I've ever performed an ordination to a priesthood office.

This week we found, taught, and were dropped by a family.  We taught the mom in her garage for about forty minutes while we were out biking around, but when we went back the next night to teach the whole family the dad was there and he was super born-again.  He couldn't understand the idea of living prophets or additional scripture.  It was super frustrating to watch someone completely not comprehend the message of the Restoration, but we were grateful that Heavenly Father allowed us the chance to teach some of His children.

That's about it for this week.  This upcoming week is the last week in the transfer so we'll see what happens.  Our mission president is crazy when it comes to transfers so pretty much everything is on the table.

Your friend,
Elder Carter David Morgan

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

"Buddy, Where Are Your Pants"

What up, party people?  I'm still here and kicking in Hesperia, CA.  Fun news: It rained this week!  And by rained I mean it kinda sprinkle, but it was considered a torrential downpour by California standards.  It was actually cool to hear all the prayers said by those we met with.  Everyone here was so thankful for the rain when we just kind of take it for granted back in Washington.

Aside from the rain, it's been pretty dang hot.  Elder Brown and I are still tearing it up though.  We've had a lot of opportunities to minister to the active members of our ward throughout the week.  Just last night we were able to give a priesthood blessing to one of the women in our ward.  Her husband is often away at work so she doesn't have the priesthood in her home so she very much appreciated our service.

Last night we had dinner with a super cool family.  They were tons of fun and had three kids all under the age of four.  Things got hilarious as the night proceeded.  To culminate the hilarity, the three year-old boy wanted to use the bathroom but it was too dark upstairs.  His mom told him to just go pee in the dirt in the backyard.  You would not believe how happy this boy got when he found out that was allowed.  He bolted out the door to wiz to his heart's content.  Well, jump forward about ten minutes later when we're in discussion with the parents.  Elder Brown turns to the glass door and says, "What the heck?  Buddy, where are your pants?" and we see that the kid is standing at the door without pants or underwear on.  He points to a spot in the yard to indicate where he's left his pants and when questioned why they're over there he says, "Because that's where I pooped!"  Apparently this kid had taken the approval to pee in the dirt as also license to poop in the grass.  That was pretty funny.

We found a family to teach this week!  The husband is less-active but the wife and children are non-members!  They were super cool and fed us Mexican food!  The guy is a chef at a country club so it was super good!  We have an appointment with them tomorrow night!

Last week I won the Hesperia B Zone Magic Tournament and officially earned the bragging rights and a sick title.

Tomorrow is our zone meeting and Elder Brown and I have been asked to give a thirty minute training on working with members to find people to teach.  I think they've made us train as a retaliation for all the crap we've given them as their roommates, but the jokes on them.  I secretly love training.

I hope all is going well wherever you are.  Wish me luck!

Your friend,
Elder Carter David Morgan