Tuesday, November 8, 2016

#LIGHTtheWORLD by going to the temple :)

Hello family!

We just got back from a session at the temple! I also found out that I
get to go to the temple 2 more times before the end of my mission!!
Yes! We had MLC this week and they announced that they aren't having
an All Mission Christmas Conference this year which was super sad news
but instead they are having three zone conferences and after each zone
conference they are going to take us to do a session at the temple!!
So that is super exciting! Also at MLC, we watched the new Christmas
video that the church will be putting out at the end of the month
called #LIGHTtheWORLD. It is such an incredible video. I cannot wait
for all of you to see it and also to be able to use it out here in the
work. We had a meeting last night with the awesome new community
service committee in our ward that is a part of bishop's vision for
this area and Tami (one our favorite members who is also on the
committee) and I brainstormed this super amazing video to put together
to pump up the ward to serve for New Years that goes along with this
Light the World initiative! She is a super talented
photographer/videographer. The Spirit was so strong when we were
talking about what this would do for the ward. It was awesome. I'll
write more about this amazing initiative in later emails. It is
something for ALL MEMBERS, not just the missionaries :) We just get
super pumped about it all :)

Anyways, I don't have too much time to write this week so I will keep
it short. Sunday night, my friend Pauline from Independence surprised
me and walked through the jail doors while we were on shift which was
the biggest tender mercy. I love her and speaking of BIG tender
mercies... Sister Prior came back to visit the mission on Saturday and
she came in for prayer meeting. It was the best thing ever to see her.
We were kind of having a rough night. Literally started crying when I
saw her. She changed my mission so much.

This week, we met this cool less active member named Bruce. He is a
vet and super nice and was really open with us about his experiences
but isn't super interested in coming to church or anything. With the
new service committee and how amazing it works and runs, we asked him
if there was any service that we could do for him or those in the area
and he said no. Right when we started driving away, he called us and
said he thought of a service we could do for him. He wanted to do
something for Veterans Day. So with the help of Sis Beers in the ward,
we have this awesome service project set up for this week. It is going
to be awesome!!!!

Last night, we had our weekly visit with the Russells!! They had us
over for dinner before our lesson and invited their nonmember friends
to join. Their friends are moving to Michigan tomorrow so they had
them over to say goodbye and they have invited them to church before,
gave them a Book of Mormon, etc. It was the best appointment ever.
They were so fun and nice and we had a lesson on the Book of Mormon
and used the pictures in the front of the Book of Mormon to tell the
story until Christ came to the Americas and then we read a little from
3 Nephi 11. The kids loved the story and the Spirit was so strong. My
testimony was strengthened so much of the light that members of the
church have. They were talking all the time of how grateful they were
for the Russells and the influence they have had on their lives.

Oh! 2nd tender mercy of Saturday was getting a text Friday night from
some sisters in our zone to go to breakfast the next morning with them
because Sister Draper was on exchanges there!!! wooo!! So we went to
iHop! I think the last time I went to iHop I was with Sister Draper
(previously known as Rach;) It was so fun! I have heard none stop so
many amazing things about Sister Draper from everyone and from all the
senior couples that spy on her at the VC for me :)

Shout out to my comp who is the best thing ever. I am so sad for
transfers next week because her mom is stealing her back to Utah :(
She hit her 18 month mark Sunday!!!

Have such a great rest of your week! I love you all so much!
Sister Morgan

Picture time!
- when two of your favorite comps go home the same transfer and share
their departing testimonies at MLC. Literally have never had a
companion leave the mission except my trainer!
- zone lunch!
- breakfast with Sis. Draper!
- Pauline visit :)
- Sissy Baggett and I at the temple this morning! I love the temple!
- hail from the hail storm that we ran into this week


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