Thursday, September 25, 2008


Dear Elder Morain Fan Club,

I GET TO STAY IN AMES! This morning at like 6:40 we got a call from the assistants informing us that elder sage and I are staying together in Ames for the next 6 weeks! It was a suprise because now Elder Sage will be here for 6 months and then go home after this transfer. We also found out Elder Budge in my district is being transferred, but my mtc companion Elder Daniels is staying with me here so I'm happy! Elder Zufelt my district leader is getting transferred though and I'm sad about that, we have became really good friends and I'll miss him.
Last friday Elder Daniels and I celebrated our 6 month mark on our missions! We burned our ties and it was a fun time haha. It hit me how fast time has flown and helps me enjoy my time here on a mission while I can.
On saturday we had the opportunity to teach Kyle, Grace, and their friend Tim most of lesson 1 and 2! They agreed with a lot of what we taught and I think they have a lot of potential.
Well, I am just so happy that I get to stay here in Ames! I've really grown to love the people here and I look forward to serving them for as long as I can. Today is my companion's 21st birthday! We are getting the whole district together one last time to celebrate. I'll miss the missionaries who are getting transferred. But I've learned out here on a mission we are all going where the Lord wants us to go.
My next P-day is monday sept.29th which isn't that far away! I hope all of you are lovin life and I would love to hear all about it.
Keep it Real!
VE Elder Morain

Monday, September 15, 2008

Words of Wisdom

Dear Elder Morain Fan Club,

How is everybody doin these days? I am lovin life right now! Yesterday in sacrament meeting the topic was finding joy in every season of our lives. This topic hit home for me and broadened my horizons. They talked about how we shouldn't always be wishing for a certain period of our life to hurry up and be over, but instead enjoy whatever stage of life your in while you can. I applied this to my life as a missionary and decided to try harder to enjoy the time I have left to be a full time missionary while I can. I felt a reality check as I looked at my planner and saw that this friday I would be on my mission for half a year already! That is one fourth of my mission and it feels like I just left for the MTC yesterday!
After sacrament meeting we helped the primary out during sharing time. We acted out a story from the book of mormon and it was a fun time. It was the 1st time I've been in primary since I was 11! Well later that evening we had the oportunity to teach a recent convert her 3rd new member lesson, which was the gospel of Jesus Christ. I love the feeling of teaching someone about this gospel that is so dear to my heart. The gospel has changed my life and I've been a part of helping to change the lives of so many out here. It really has changed my perspective and I realize what is really important in this life.
Well, I hope to hear from you, my next P-day is actually not next monday but wednesday september 24th because transfers is the 25th.
Until then, keep it real
VE Elder Morain

Thursday, September 11, 2008

The Emergency Room!

Dear Elder Morain Fan Club,

I love being on a mission! I am so happy. I've had an amazing week. On wednesday I had the opportunity to have an interview with my mission president. He is such an incredible man. We talked about what might happen for next transfer and he told me that I am staying in Ames! I'm so happy that I get to stay here. But I asked if my companion Elder Sage will be staying with me and he said no he's getting transferred. I'm sad about that, Elder Sage and I get along really well and I am going to miss him.
Well, after the interview we all went to Applebee's as a district! That was delicious. That night 6 missionaries came from out of town to stay the night for ZONE CONFERENCE which was the next day. So we had a fun time with all those elders and I even got to see Elder Waters, we served in the same ward last transfer! So the next day we went to Zone Conference with the Ames zone and the Fort Dodge Zone. It was very inspiring to hear from my mission president and his wife, and the AP's. I got to meet a lot of new missionaries and see some familiar faces so that was a blast! On friday we had dinner with a deaf family in our ward. We had a member come with us so he can sign to them so we can communicate. It was a great experience and I learned some sign language. It really made me count my many blessings of being able to hear.
Saturday we got to attend a baptism for a convert in Ames 2nd ward. My mission president spoke at it and I felt the spirit so strong at the baptism. Right after that baptism we hopped over to a little girl's baptism in our ward. That was also very spiritual so we were feeling good after that. Watching others enter into the covenant of baptism reminds me of my baptism and to keep my baptismal covenants.

Well later that night we went over to Ames 2nd ward apartment and found Elder Nelson on the phone with the doctor. The doctor told him he needed to go to the Emergency room right away. So we drove him over there and got him into the ER as fast as we could. Then we waited in the lobby as they performed some tests on him. A couple hours later we find out he had an infection and needed some antibiotics, so it was a lot better than we thought so thats good. But it was a crazy night thats fo sho!
Last night I got to go to the CES Fireside Broadcast and Elder Jeffrey R. Holland spoke. I was very inspired by his words and it was a great experience to hear from a prophet, seer, and revelator. I hope all of you have a great week!
VE Elder Morain

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Laboring from the mission field

Dear Elder Morain Fan Club,

I apologize for not being able to send an email yesterday, since it was labor day yesterday the ISU library was closed so we are emailing today. I hope it's not "to late to apologize." as One Republic would say haha.

Well, I hope everyone had a fantastic labor day, cuz i sure did! My district celebrated labor day by grillin out! It was delish, and after that we played some sand volleyball on campus. It was a fun time. My companion Elder Sage gave me a haircut and it is the best haircut i have had in a long time haha.
Well, on wednesday I got to go on exchanges with Elder Nelson and we had some great experiences. We visited a potential investigator and the mom answered the door and we taught her a lesson and she was very nice. She said we can come back and I can see a lot of potential with her and her family. Then we visited Karen, who is the mom of the family we are teaching right now. I got to meet her for the first time and we had a good gospel conversation. She seems like a member already its crazy! Later in the day we were tracting, and on the last door we were going to knock before we caught the next bus was a young couple's door. They invited us in and started asking us all these questions. They were really sincere and they invited us back to dinner. I gave them a Book of Mormon and committed them to pray about our church. I'm glad Elder Nelson followed the prompting he had to knock that door, and it strengthened my testimony that the Spirit really directs us in our missionary work.
Well I hope everyone has a great week and I would love to hear from you on how everything's goin down.
Keep it real
VE Elder Morain

Here are some pictures of when I baptized Carol Betts and her family is in the pic with us.
The others are when I went to Winter Quarters Temple. Also one of when I went to the Arena Football All Star Game. And one of us in front of a statue at Trinity heights on my last day in sioux city.