This is Elder Morgan again and I just got done with my first week as a missionary! The week has been full of so many experiences that radiate God’s love and helps me know of the joy that comes from serving God and His children according to His plans.
I am serving in the Las Posas Ward in Camarillo, CA with a previous companion Elder Kelly. It is great to be with someone I know so well and get along with immediately. My zone leaders are 2 previous companions – Elder Judd and Hales! Our district has 10 missionaries in it and then 20 in the zone! This week we met several members for dinners and started to get to know who I can.
We had some chances to teach some investigators and people working to come back to the gospel and Christ’s church – aka less actives. First was Jesus, he has been in jail a couple of times and currently his brother is in jail. They got into some trouble with gangs in the past but are working so hard to separate from that style of life. Jesus also suffers from schizophrenia and wants to turn his life over to Christ. This week we taught him about the life of Christ and how as He learns more about Christ, He will be able to feel the healing power of His Atonement. The Atonement can heal every single thing we ask in faith, I bear my personal witness that is true because I have felt the cleansing power in my life.
I got to go on a quick exchange on Tuesday with Elder Golding (No he is not related to Ellie Golding) in Oxnard as Elder Kelly had a district leader meeting! We quickly bonded over basketball and especially our not so favorite Kevin Durant, hahaha. After driving around a little we got out of the car to see a potential investigator but they weren’t home. We walked around the corner of the complex and there was a guy working on his car. We introduced our selves and his name was Joseph. As we explained our purpose as missionaries he was really thankful for our work but was busy working on the car and couldn’t take the time to stop and read. Soooooo we didn’t take that as a no and offered to just read from the Book of Mormon as he listened. He agreed to that. We read all of Alma 32 and faith in like a seed in our life and it grows with our faith and work. As we were reading there was this giant tractor working on an empty lot right across the alley we were on so we had to practically scream as we read which was hard not to laugh at. At the end of our reading, Joseph accepted a Book of Mormon and exchanged contact information. He said that often God speaks to Him when he isn’t looking and agreed that we came at one of those points in his life. Amazing that all we had to do was be fearless and create urgency for him and he came around ad the Spirit worked in him!
Next in the week we taught Nathan Harris, we read from the Book of Mormon with him in 3 Nephi 17. Here Christ appears to the Nephites and prays for them and angels minister to the little children that were in the group Christ appeared to. Nathan loves this chapter but we didn’t know that going into the lesson – we just felt a prompting to share it. Must’ve been the Spirit helping us with that one. Later his mom texted us saying how Nathan was moved to tears and he shared the experience he had with us. He said that we knew exactly what he needed to read and be taught that day. So cool. We challenged Nathan to keep praying and keep reading the Book of Mormon for strength in His life. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and if you need ANYTHING from God, it is found in the pages of this book. When we pray for further inspiration the stories and lessons come to life for us.
This weekend was a big one! Every 6 months we as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gather together and watch General Conference. General Conference is where the modern day Apostles and Prophet share inspired talks to us to help guide through the turbulent times we face. I love this guidance because each talk is created and adjusted by each speaker according to what they feel the Spirit of God is influencing them. It last two days across Saturday and Sunday and is my personal highlight of the week.
One of my favorite talks was from Dieter F. Uchtdorf, a modern day Apostle of Jesus Christ. He spoke about our path of discipleship and how as we serve Him our life becomes more purposeful. Our life is not our own, I have learned that the long way around but I eventually did one day. As hard as it to sometimes turn away your own attention from your own life to help others-God is able to work miracles and wonders when we decide to do so. God in His infinite wisdom helps us bless other’s life and then others are used to bless our life. This way we all get a chance to grow and become like Him each day.
Have a great week! God is good and loves all of us and is waiting to help us!
Pictures: I forgot my camera cable at the apartment so Elder Kelly let me use some of his. Our district – each chair represents what transfer we are on! There is a total of 17 transfers in 2 years for the Elders. Notice Elder Hales wayyyy back there. There is other fun stuff just look through them!
137 Camino Ruiz #154
Camarillo, CA 93012