Monday, March 27, 2017

Well Hope everyone had a great week!
Again, not much to report in the area.
We were able to do some contacting again and were able to get 4 more new investigators. The teaching pool is slowly picking up.
With the Investigators we're teaching now we have about 6 with baptismal dates. Sister Dora and her son were planning to be baptized on the 9th of April but sadly Sister Dora has only been to church one time. She’s actually pregnant and is always feeling sick so she has a good excuse.
We started teaching these two Nigerian brothers that showed up to church one day and wanted to start learning. They're doing well. They said in our first lesson that they already believe the church is true. Nevertheless, we still need them to pray to receive the sure answer from our Heavenly Father!
Just a little spiritual thought this week. We were sitting in the chapel on Saturday afternoon with some of the youth and we started asking each other questions. When it was one of the youths turn to ask me a question I was supersized by what she asked. "What does the Atonement mean to you?"

To be honest, I don’t think I’ve ever asked myself this question. But I quickly responded, "It means EVERYTHING to me! And I try to use it every day!". I then realized how great my mission has been to me. 2 years of growing. I’d say 90% Spiritually and 10% physically (I’ve chopped fried rice every day for the last 7 months...)😶

But seriously, if you were to ask me when I was home, before my mission what the Atonement of Jesus Christ means to me, I’d hesitate and have to think about it. I would try to see where I could apply it or even what it actually means. But now I see. Life isn’t about being perfect, but life is about preparing to become perfect. In order to do that, we need to use the Infinite Atonement of our Savior Jesus Christ. We need to be cleansed of our sins. We do this by BUILDING our faith in Christ, repent of our sins each day, partake of the Sacrament each Sunday to renew our Covenants made at baptism. As I do this I receive the SPIRIT once again in my life and continue practicing perfection. 

How grateful I am for the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I know I’m not perfect...only one of Gods children was. That child, even the Son of God, Jesus Christ, made it possible for us to become as He is, one day. 

Thanks for all the support y’all give me! I appreciate it each week!
Y’all are in my prayers. Have a great week!
With love,
Elder Morris

 Flower Tie group

Monday, March 20, 2017


Well a little more productive week. Well the ending was more productive.

As y’all may know, we've been struggling to find people to teach so my emails haven’t been very lively. Well nothing to big this week but we were able to find more and more people to teach. We’ve added about 6 or 7 people to the teaching pool. That'll do to get us started.
Some were referrals from a few members and others came to church on Sunday so we'll be visiting them this week. 

Crazy story this week…Well let me just say to start, 2 nights of no sleep!!!

Friday night we came home and as we're getting ready for bed the light went out. So the electricity company had turned off our power and a few others in the neighborhood but our land lady still had power. She’s connected to a different power pole.

So Friday night we slept without electricity or light. This is how the night went…I immediately started sweating! And I CANNOT sleep when I’m hot. So Elder Paulson and I had moved a mat out into the main room by the front door so we could get some breeze from the air outside. Well, we have a BIG dog in our compound that the land lady lets out at night. We've become good friends with this dog (we'll play with him sometimes) so every night he runs strait to our door and starts barking to play. Well by this time we were just hanging around because we couldn’t sleep. The dog kept barking at us so we shut the door. When we finally felt like sleeping we opened the door to get some air but as soon as we did that dog came running to see us. Well we didn’t mind him until he was the one keeping us from sleeping. So Elder Paulson kind of ran the dog off in a nice way, and he left us alone for a little. About 3 hours later he came barking at the door again. It was 2 am in the morning…we were sweating, angry, tired!

Finally Saturday morning came. The day was great but we arrived home and electricity again! 
Same thing happened this night. The dog came barking at the door over and over and over again!
 Again at 2 am I got up this time to ran the dog off. It didn’t work so I tried to sleep. At 4 am that dog came back for more. By this time I was just like...”the dog is gonna die or I’m going to die” So I got a broom, walked outside and chased the dog to the back of our compound. Luckily he didn’t bother us anymore that night. But when I showed up to church on Sunday one of the youth members in our ward was like "Elder Morris...are you okay? You look very sick!! Your very white ha ha" "’s true, I told him…I haven’t really slept for the last 2 nights because of lights off" Oh she said and just smiled.

That was our terrible story of the week. Light (electricity) tend to go off for a few hours but it was never like this. It felt like I was camping this weekend in the Texas hot weather!

Even though the challenges are hard, I’m grateful for them as it’s giving me experience for life. The mission is great! It’s definitely not the easiest thing in the world but I have learned some of the greatest lessons on my mission. I’m truly grateful for this time to serve the Lord!

Thanks for the support y’all! Hope everyone has a great week
With love,

Elder Morris

Monday, March 13, 2017

HEY Y’all!!
Hope everyone had a great week!
Not much is going on here in Ofankor. We’re actually in a small pit trying to get out. We don’t have many people to teach and only about 3-4 people we're prepping for baptism. (that isn’t much for serving here in Ghana)

Well... Saturday we attended the Funeral for one of our recent converts’ daughters. It was a simple, normal funeral service. It started raining small so it made it a little more dramatic! Most of the service was in Twi so I didn’t understand much. But there was another overwhelming feeling of the great plan of salvation.

Sunday I was asked to give the opening prayer in Sacrament meeting. That was new! 

Sorry there’s not much to report on this week. Hopefully this next week will be better!
We're trying to work harder and pick the area back up! Keep the prayers up please, they're much needed!
Thanks for the support! Hope y’all have a great week!
With love,

Elder Morris
 Ghana Sunset

 A puppy I named MoMo


Monday, March 6, 2017

Hello good people of America and South America and Russia. Where ever you may be...

Hope everyone had a great week! Mine was splendid.

Well I received Elder Dini on Tuesday this last week and have been showing him around the wonderful land of Ofankor. He’s from Zimbabwe and has been on mission for about 20 months, which means he is just one transfer before me. So he'll most likely stay here until July. He’s a cool missionary. He’s kind of relaxed and chill. He doesn’t talk much but it’s all good.

Well we have great news…
We've been teaching this lady named Dora. Sweet investigator! I’ve mentioned her before.
So as we've been going through the lessons we finally came to the point to invite her to baptism. And the first time we did so she said, "I’ve already been baptized in my church" but after going back to the Restoration she said she would pray again to know if all the things we shared are true. So fast forwarding to another lesson, I asked if she prayed and she said yes. In short, she said she would prepare herself to be baptized in a few weeks. And then this last Sunday she was able to come to church with her small boy who is also learning with us. They are scheduled for the 1st of April. This is not an April fool’s joke by the way.

We’ve started teaching one of Divya’s daughters. She was really shy but Divya is being a great "example of the believers" and helping her daughter understand the importance of the Gospel and the role of Jesus Christ in her life.

Please forgive me if my letters aren't making much sense. My BROFO (English) isn’t doing very well. Ha ha

That’s about it for the week!
Thanks for the love and support I receive from y’all! It means a lot!
Have a great week everyone!
With love,
Elder Morris

 Elder Dini

 First A&W in 18 months!

 Elder Paulson and I dying of heat!

 Here comes the rain

 TOMATO face! Sunburnt
Found a little water fall today!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Well ladies and gentleman...
Elder Kabwika has officially finished serving his full time mission!!! 
We had a great last week of transfer. I’ll be staying in the area for a few more weeks. I’m now on to another adventure with my new companion, Elder Dini from Zimbabwe. Something interesting…this is my 4th companion from Zim! Thanks again to Angus, my friend in Allen TX, for helping me adjust to our fellow brothers! 

Sadly, one of our recent convert’s daughters passed away this week in the house. She was 39 but in a very serious health condition. He was more happy about it because of the knowledge of the plan of salvation and also because he’s not really able to take care of all the grandchildren and himself. He’s a 76 year old man that lives alone. He knows his daughter is in a better place and now is no longer suffering with physical pain.

By way of announcement…I’m sure my mom has already mentioned something but 
this week marks 18 months on my mission!! 6 more to go and the work will be finished for a season. I hope to continue growing in my knowledge of the Gospel and reinforce an immovable testimony! The gospel of Jesus Christ has already brought so much change in my life and in the lives of many others I’ve met! Sis Divya hasn’t stopped smiling since her baptism and we're now preparing her oldest daughter to be baptized!! I know if this happens, it will be a one great moment and Sis. Divya will continue to feel the spirit so strongly in her life! She already reports that sooo much change has come to her life and I’ve seen it myself. She’s like Enos in the Book of Mormon. After receiving a forgiveness of her sins she now has a DESIRE for all her family and friends to learn the truth and to feel the same love from our Heavenly Father that she has felt. We've started meeting with Divya’s sisters and family. 

I’m grateful for all your prayers and love that you send this way! Please continue.
I hope everyone has a great week. Keep pressing forward with steadfastness in Christ!

With love,

Elder Morris

Well Done Elder Kabwika 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Well hello to another great week of mission life,

THE GREATEST PART OF THE WEEK was the baptism of my beloved SISTER, Sis. Divya. as well as Bro. Lawrence!

Divya is probably THE ONE investigator that I’ve seen CHANGE her life to become a true disciple of Jesus Christ. I think her story is absolutely amazing! It was a blessing to be able to see her have a desire to follow Christ into the waters of baptism! I was sooo HAPPY to see her baptized and confirmed this last week! She too was very, very HAPPY!

Also a great week because I was able to finish reading the Book of Mormon again. And let me just share my testimony that I know the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ! I’ve known it for a while now but as I did as Moroni directs, read, ponder and pray…again it was reconfirmed to me personally that it is true! I encourage all to read the Book of Mormon and I know as you do so with an open heart, you'll learn more about our Heavenly Father’s great plan for us and more about his Son, Jesus Christ.

This is actually my companions last week on the mission. He’s making it known to all of us in the apartment! Ha ha ha But I’ll sure miss him! He's definitely helped me grow more spiritually and in gospel understanding. He’s a great missionary and will be blessed for his service.

This is also the last week of transfers. I’m almost positive I’ll be staying here in Ofankor this time. Ha ha ha 

I hope everyone has a great week! I know God is watching over us! Keep looking towards him for help.
with love,
Elder Morris

 African wear

 Divya and Lawrence baptism's

 "I'm a fast learner"...(this guy can do anything on the first try!)
Happiness Water...Salvation Comes from God...Drink and Smile!

Monday, February 13, 2017

HEY YALL!!! Another good week has gone by. 

This last week we had a great Zone Conference where we got to hear from our beloved mission President! What an inspiring man! His topic was about obedience and it really helped me see the importance of being more obedient to not only the commandment but also as a missionary, the mission rules. It’s about ALWAYS having the spirit with you. Not just to help you but to help your investigators feel the spirit during the lessons. As we are obedient to mission rules, it keeps us safe and helps us to be better testifiers of the restored gospel! 

Another part of the week, we actually had a young man pass away in our ward. He was only 28 years old and it really shocked everyone! Elder Kabwika gave a great talk on Sunday during Sacrament meeting about the plan of salvation.

Even though I have knowledge about Gods plan for us it was reassuring to learn again that this life is not the end. It’s just the beginning of Gods great plan for us. As we learn from the Book of Mormon, we learned in the spirit world that this life isn’t the end. Our goal is to do what is required before we leave this life. Those requirements are found throughout scriptures.
John 3:5 talks of baptism and receiving the Holy Ghost.
2nd Nephi 31 talks about all the gospel of Jesus Christ and about having faith in Christ, repentance, baptism, the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. I’m grateful for the knowledge of all these things. 

This week we’re planning to have 2 baptisms. The first SISTER DIVYA!!!! YEEEHHAWWW and Lawrence. Sis. D is the longest investigator I’ve worked with. But I learned this week that the gospel of Jesus Christ is all about progression. We may not be perfect in living the Gospel but we're perfectly working towards it! 

I hope everyone has a great Valentines week and feels the love that Christ has for each of us. And don’t forget the love our Heavenly Father has for us! JOHN 3:16

With love,

Elder Morris

 More baby face for momma...(Honestly, can he please bring me home a baby or 2 or 10!)
Banku:  is pounded until it can be formed into a sticky ball. It is apparently made with corn meal, and typically also plantains. The corn meal is allowed to ferment a bit, which gives it a mildly sour flavor.  Banku is usually served with soup, stew or pepper sauce and fish.

Perhaps the most well-known Ghana staple is fufu (FOO-foo). Fufu is ubiquitous in West Africa; it’s a staple starch that’s often eaten with stew. It’s made with boiled cassava and plantains that are pounded. And pounded. And pounded. And pounded. 
Until they form a cohesive, gelatinous mass. 

Enjoying the Banku