Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Farewell Sioux City

Dear Elder Morain Fan Club,

Wow! I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas! I have been so blessed this past week and a half. But first off I need to tell you that I am being transferred tomorrow morning. I am really sad I have to leave Sioux City, where I have spent 6 months of my mission here.
I had an amazing Christmas! I got to talk to my family and it was great to hear from them.
Last night I was able to be a part of a miracle. I had the opportunity of Baptizing Joylynn Davidson, a 9 year old native american girl who we have been teaching. Her sister Lydia also was baptized. It was truly a tender mercy of the Lord. I am so happy for them and the beautiful spirit they have about them. Being a part of their Baptism has made everything worth to me. I am sad I have to leave my friends of Sioux City, but I know that I came back here for a reason. I'll go where the Lord wants me to go as the hymn declares. I am grateful to be a missionary and I will make the most of these last 3 months I have to hold this sacred calling.
Keep it real
LO
VE Elder Morain



From Jeff's Mission Photos, Part 2

SIOUX CITY ZONE – December 3, 2009
Back: Elder Mackay – Elder Morain – Elder Bringham – Elder Jennings
Elder Truman – Elder Richards – Elder Perazzo – Elder McConnel – Elder Gates
Elder Diamond – Elder Gibson – Elder Wray – Elder Vidrine
Front: Elder Thomas – Elder C. Jones – Sister Shields – Sister Evans
Hermana Murphy – Hermana Madsen – President & Sister Talbot
Sister & Elder Phillips – Elder Blanchard – Elder Phillips

HAVE A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS

Monday, December 21, 2009

Merry Christmas America!

Dear Elder Morain Fan Club,

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope all of you are having a jolly Christmas. I had quite the week! For the first time in my life, I had the opportunity to Confirm the Holy Ghost. This family lives in our ward boundaries but was taught by the spanish speaking sisters. On Tuesday they had a wedding for the parents and immediatley following their wedding they got baptized, along with their daughter Breanna. So on Sunday in Sacrament meeting I was asked to confirm Breanna. I was pretty nervous when I was asked to perform this ordinance. But I said a prayer asking my Heavenly Father to help me communicate what he would say to Breanna. As I was confirming her, a miracle happened, and I said words I never would have said to her, and I knew it was the spirit speaking through me. I am so thankful for this opportunity of being a full time missionary. I have grown so much because I am doing things I never would have had the opportunity of doing, if hadn't been for me being on a mission.
I am so happy at this Christmas time. I feel the Christmas spirit as I give of my time to my Savior, who is the reason we celebrate Christmas. I testify that He Lives and is there for each and everyone of us. I know this because he has been there for me when I pray to him, when no one else has been there for me, he has always been there. He has gotten me through the hardest times of my life and I have come to know him better as I've reached out to him during my trials.
Keep it real
LO
VE Elder Morain

Monday, December 14, 2009

Winter Quarters Temple Trip!

Dear Elder Morain Fan Club,

How has everybody been? I hope everyone is having a special Christmas Season. This last week has been amazing for me. I was able to have the opportunity of a lifetime on Friday. I got to go to the Winter Quarters Temple with Ignacio Bustamante as he got his Endowments out. He was my ward mission leader when I was trained in the Sioux City 2nd ward, he was baptized about 2 years ago. So I was able to go to the Endowment session with him and it was a very spiritual experience. It was my 2nd time going to the Winter Quarters Temple and we got to see the Mormon Trail Center, which is the visitor center with all the church history from Winter Quarters. There is such a strong spirit in Winter Quarters. I feel a deep gratitude for the Pioneers that stayed in Winter Quarters and I was able to see some of the sacrifices they made there.
As I was in the Temple with Ignacio, I remembered an experience I had when I was at BYU Idaho. For my interview to submit my papers for my mission with my Stake President, he brang all the prospective missionaries into his office. My Stake president asked all of us why were we going on a mission. A couple of us answered with some good responses, but not what he was looking for. He then told all of us to stand up and walk over to the big window. As he drew back the curtains, we saw the lights shining brightly from the Rexburg Temple. He then pointed to the temple and said "That is why we are going on a mission. To bring people to the temple." So as I was in the Temple with Ignacio, I felt the spirit so strong, as I remembered what my Stake President had told me. I am so thankful for the opportunity I have to be a full time missionary here in Iowa. I have seen miracles come to pass before my eyes. I know this church is true.
Keep it real
LO
VE Elder Morain

Monday, December 7, 2009

Happy Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day America!

Dear Elder Morain Fan Club,

Hows everybody been? I have been better than ever here in Sioux City! We had our investigators with a baptismal date come to church on sunday! A Native American family has 2 kids that are getting baptized hopefully on December 29th, which is the mom's birthday. It was so good to see them come to church and feel the spirit there.
On Thursday we had our Christmas Zone Conference! We got to drive down to Des Moines for it and got together with 5 zones in the mission! It was probably the biggest gathering of missionaries I've been a part of so far. We had a talent show which was hilarious haha. I was in a couple skits and it was a lot of fun. There are so many talented missionaries in our mission. It was so good to see missionaries that I hadn't seen in forever...and it might be the last time for some I see on the mission. We had slideshow which was pretty funny as well. I am going to miss alot of these missionaries that I've gotten to know out here. Their examples and friendship mean so much to me and I will never forget them.
Last night we got to watch The First Presidency Christmas Devotional. I am hoping all of you got to see it because it was amazing. I escpecialy enjoyed President Monson's story of the drama at the Atlanta Georgia Airport. I recommend everyone to check that out if you didn't get to see it. I love Christmas time and the special spirit I feel with it.
Keep it real
LO
VE Elder Morain

Monday, November 30, 2009

Back in Sioux City, livin the dream

Dear Elder Morain Fan Club,

I hope all of you had a spectacular Thanksgiving. I sure had one! We got to serve thanksgiving dinner to some old people in a rest home with the missionaries in my district. We sang hymns to them while one of the elders played the violin. We have spanish sisters in my district too, one of them is Sister Murphy, who is from Roseville California! She and I are friends with a lot of the same people, including my cousin Kurtis!
After we served Thanksgiving dinner, we went over to a members home and had quite the feast. There was 3 families of the ward there and we had a blast together.
I got to go on exchanges in my old area, Sioux city 2nd Ward! It was amazing to be back where I had began my mission and to see the people I had grown to love by serving them.
On Sunday I had the opportunity to speak in Sacrament Meeting. I truly feel my Dad was inspired to send me a talk by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland entitled, "The Inconvienent Messiah" given at a BYU Devotional when he was President of BYU. I based my whole Sacrament meeting talk off of that talk. I was supposed to speak for only 10 minutes, but one of the speakers didn't show up. So I get up there thinking I am going to find a way to fill up time, but a miracle happened. I ended up speaking for 25 minutes without even realizing it. I felt the Spirit teach through me and prompt me what I should say. After the meeting all the members came up to me and thanked me for my talk. But it was not me at all, the Holy Ghost gave that talk and I was just his mouthpiece. It was an amazing experience that I will never forget.
Keep it real
LO
VE Elder Morain

Monday, November 23, 2009

Happy early Thanksgiving America!

Dear Elder Morain Fan Club,

You are never going to believe the news I have for you today. The tender mercies of the Lord have opened up an opportunity of a lifetime. I am back in SIOUX CITY!!!!!!!!! I am serving in the Sioux City 1st Ward!!!! I started my mission in the Sioux City 2nd Ward. I am in a 3-some with the Zone Leaders here in Sioux City! My companions are Elder Jones and Elder Blanchard! I served around Elder Blanchard before in my first transfer in Iowa City. I love the kid he is a stud. Elder Jones is awesome I love him already. We all get a long really well. I seriously could not think of a better situation that I could be in right now. The best companions I could ask for and getting to come back to my first area Sioux City! It is like a dream come true. Yesterday while I was at church I ran into my recent convert that I baptized here in Sioux City, Carol Betts! We got to talk for a bit and I am absoltley amazed at the progress she is making. She is working towards receiving her Endowments. Words can't describe the happiness that brings to me. Seeing Carol active in the church makes every sacrifice I've made on my mission worth it. I am so grateful for her and the example she has set for me. I am so happy to be back here in Sioux City, I haven't been able to stop smiling since I got here haha. I hope all of you have a fun Thanksgiving this week!
Keep it Real
LO
VE Elder Morain

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Farewell Waterloo

Dear Elder Morain Fan Club,

How has everybody been? I have found out that I am getting transferred tomorrow. I am driving down to Des Moines with my companion Elder Stock. I'll find out who my new companion is and where my area is when I get to Des Moines so I'll let ya know next week.
I just found out that an investigator that I taught while I was in Iowa City just got baptized last weekend! I'm so happy for her because when I was there she was working every sunday at Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids, so I'm grateful she has been able to work it out and be baptized!
We were able to teach Arielle and her sister last wednesday. Her sister had not been taught the restoration so we taught that and showed The Restoration DVD with them. The spirit was so strong and we were able to have the lesson in our ward mission leaders home. I really hope that Arielle will be able to continue to progress towards baptism.
I am going to really miss all these amazing people I have been able to serve these past 4 and a half months in Waterloo. I have grown so much here and will never forget the examples these people have set for me. I am so grateful for the tender mercy of being able to be here in Waterloo for 4 and a half months. I look forward to my next area, which could possibly be the last area I serve in on my mission. Thank you all so much for the support you have given me on my mission.
Keep it real
LO
VE Elder Morain

From Jeff's Mission


Elder Wickman Mission Tour
October 14, 2009
Back:Elder Hughes–Elder Spendlove-Elder Bennett–Elder McConnel-Elder Thomas
Elder Stock-Elder Morain–Elder Knapp-Elder Wayland-Elder Matthews–Elder Cooper
Elder Whiting–Elder Paulson-Elder Gordet–Elder Monsen–Elder Alexander-Elder Hall
Elder Jergensen–Elder Marshall
Middle:Sister Myers–Sister Hofheins–Hermana Reese–Hermana Beesley-President Hartley
Elder Wickman–President & Sister Talbot-Sister & Elder Harvey – Elder & Sister Church
Elder Medina–Elder Jackson–Elder Dudley–Elder Ware–Elder DeVries–Elder Miller
Elder Palomeque–Elder D. Nelson–Elder Morris–Elder Ferrin–Elder Perazzo

Monday, November 9, 2009

Happy early Veterans Day America!

Dear Elder Morain Fan Club,

Hows everybody been eh? Boy, have I had quite the week. I gave you a lil sneak peak on what was goin down this week in my last email. I had a blast on my exchanges in Cedar Falls. I got to stay in Cedar falls on Tuesday night and then on Wednesday night we stayed in a members home in Waverly(the elders in Cedar Falls are covering the waverly branch as well this transfer) So that was a cool experience. On Wednesday night we taught an investigator who is getting baptized this Saturday on November 14th! He has been dating a recent convert in the Cedar Falls Ward and we got to teach him the Law of Chastity haha. It was pretty easy because he had been taught it by his girlfriend lol.
Anyways, on Saturday night I had the opportunity to attend the Adult Session of the Cedar Rapids Stake Conference. We got to hear from a member of the Temple Presidency over the Nauvoo temple. It was a powerfull meeting and I learned a lot. Then on Sunday we got to go to the General Session of Stake Conference. Our Stake Presidency here in Cedar Rapids are amazing. I was touched by their talks. My mission president spoke as well, and he talked about the same thing he trained us in our last zone conference. It was from an article in the Mormon times by Orson Scott Card and it is about the members perspective on missionary work.
Well, its that time again, and I am most likely getting transferred soon. The next time I email on wednesday november 18th I'll let ya know what I know. I am just going to enjoy the time I have left here in Waterloo while I can. I absolutley love it here in Waterloo and I will be emotional when I have to leave. Thank you to all who support me on my mission.
Keep it Real
LO
VE Elder Morain

Monday, November 2, 2009

"The Early November"

Dear Elder Morain Fan Club,

Hey everybody how ya been? I hope all of you had a fun Halloween. I sure had an extraordinary Halloween! My companion Elder Stock was asked to baptize an investigator he taught in Ames 1st ward, so yet again our mission president approved us to go back to Ames! It was so amazing because I got to see a lot of members that didn't come to the last baptism but did come this one. Some members couldn't believe I had been transferred from Ames for almost a year, while some members thought that I should be home by now haha. It was a sweet experience to see those friends I served side by side with for the 4 and half months I got to be in Ames. What better way to spend Halloween than where I spent it last year?
Well, I have a lot to look forward to this week, with teaching Arielle tonight to going on exchanges in Cedar Falls and then Stake Conference in Cedar Rapids this weekend. I'll be sure to let ya know how it goes. I am so grateful I have been able to be a missionary here in Iowa, I know I came here for a reason.
Keep it real
LO
VE Elder Morain

Monday, October 26, 2009

Happy Haloween America!

Dear Elder Morain Fan Club,

How has everybody been eh? I hope all is well with everyone. I had an incredible week. On Tuesday my mission president came to my apartment to have an interview(we didn't have interviews at zone conference because Elder Wickman was there) so it was great to talk with him. He told me that I will be getting transferred next transfer, which is 1 week before thanksgiving. I am sad that I have to leave Waterloo and all the memories I've made here the past 3 transfers serving here. I love the members of our ward so much, they have helped out so much and I will forever be grateful to them. I just want to make the most of these last couple weeks here and enjoy the people here while I can serve them.
On thursday I got to go to Cedar Rapids on exchanges with my Zone Leader! I stayed the night in Cedar Rapids with the the Bishop of their ward. It was really fun to see the big city again(its the 2nd biggest city in our mission) Its kinda sad to my perspective of a big city now being in Iowa for 19 months haha.
Yesterday we had the most amazing day at church. A member here just got home from his mission in the Nevada, Las Vegas West Mission. He gave his homecoming talk in Sacrament meeting and it was so powerful. As he was speaking it hit me that I will be giving my homecoming talk sooner than I have been thinking. He gave me inspiration to reallly enjoy these last months of my mission, because I could see that he truly missed being a missionary. He shared a story of when Elder L. Tom Perry came to his mission and he got to talk with him one on one. He told Elder Perry that he was from Waterloo Iowa, and to his suprise Elder Perry told him that he had served as a full time missionary in Waterloo! This truly is a special place and I know that I came here for a reason. I love you all and I hope to hear from you soon and hear how life has been for you.
Keep it Real
LO
VE Elder Morain

Monday, October 19, 2009

Elder Lance B. Wickman comes to Iowa City!

Dear Elder Morain Fan Club,

How has everybody been? Boy, have I got a lot to tell you! As I mentioned last week, On Wednesday we had our Mission Tour Zone Conference in Iowa City! It was the chance of a lifetime for me. We were honored to be taught by Elder Lance B. Wickman of the Quorumn of the 70. He is an amazing man with a powerful spirit. He spoke to us about being on a mission and how much the experiences we are having will help us throughout eternity. I felt that his message was specifically tailored to me and my needs at that very time in my mission and life. He truly was inspired on what he spoke about with us and I felt the spirit so strong.
Since our zone conference was held in Iowa City I had the opportunity to see one of my favorite families that I've met on my mission. Some of you may remember me talking about them almost every week I was in Iowa City. I got to see Beverly and Katie Kovenock! It was so good to see them again. Katie is having her 11th surgery on her foot this christmas break. The doctors forgot to take out the staples so it will require her to go through another surgery. I told her that she had been a hero to me, as I've seen her deal with so much pain, and yet maintained an optimistic perspective on life. I found out that the Father Dan is friendly with the missionaries and wants to know more as well. I challenged the family to be baptized and I know they will be someday. I am so grateful for the opportunity I've had to meet these amazing people on my mission. As I hit my 19 month mark today, it hits me that this time is so short. I want to make the most of the time I have with the people around me while I still am around them, because you never know when you will see them again.
Keep it real
LO
VE Elder Morain

Monday, October 12, 2009

Happy Columbus Day America!

Dear Elder Morain Fan Club,

How has everybody been? I hope you've been doin good. I have been better than ever these past couple days. On Thursday I got my new companion, Elder Stock and he is awesome! He is from Bountiful Utah. He is 23 years old and a stud. We are best friends already haha. He actually just came from serving in the Ames 1st ward(which is where I served remember?) Well, Elder Stock and I had the opportunity to go to Ames on Saturday for a Baptism!!!!!!! Our mission president approved it because Elder Stock taught the lady getting baptized. It was my first time going back to an area that I have served in on my mission! It was like a dream come true for me. Brother Excell a member from Ames and our Bishop from Ames came to Waterloo and picked us up for the Baptism. I got to see so many amazing members that I hadn't seen for 11 months since I left Ames in December! I loved it so much. Being back in Ames was like going to Disneyland haha. We got to eat lunch at Hickory Park which is a well known restraunt, with some of the members I was good friends with. Then Curtis and Talia Jackson, members from Ames that I love, drove us back to Waterloo. It was definetley one of the best days of my mission.
This Wednesday I am going to Iowa City for our Mission Tour with Elder Lance B. Wickman of the 1st quorumn of the 70! I am so excited for this opportunity to be taught by him in my mission. I will make sure to let ya know all about it next monday.
Keep it Real
LO
VE Elder Morain

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Round 3 in Waterloo!

Dear Elder Morain Fan Club,


Hows everybody been? I am happy as can be! This morning I got the call informing me I will be staying in Waterloo for 6 more weeks! I am so grateful I get to stay here. I will be picking up my new companion tomorrow since my companion now is going home on friday. I am excited for next transfer and all the adventures it will bring.
I hope you all enjoyed General Conference as much as I did. It hit home to me in a way that General Conference has never done before. I loved it so much. I have never seen a talk like Elder Hollands talk...absolutley amazing. O ya, on wednesday october 14th Elder Lance B. Wickman is coming to do our mission tour! So I get to go down to Iowa City and I am so excited! I love the General Authorities of the church so much. I learned so much from them and felt the spirit so strong as I listened to them in General Conference. I love this church so much. I am so excited to be a missionary here and I am so grateful I get to continue to labor with the amazing people here in Waterloo. Thank you to all who pray for me and my investigators. Your love and support to me in my mission helps me so much.
Keep it real
LO
VE Elder Morain





From Jeff's Mission

CEDAR RAPIDS ZONE – September 8, 2009
Back: Elder McConnel-Elder Kimball-Elder Wray-Elder Wayland-Elder B. Jackson
Elder Whiting-Elder Saunders–Elder Matthews–Elder Morain–Elder Spendlove
Middle: Elder Thomas- Elder Bennett-Elder & Sister Harvey
Sister & President Talbot-Sister Hofheins-Sister Jardine
Elder Fellows-Elder Alexander
Front: Elder DeVries-Elder Dudley-Elder Van Wagoner-Elder Furgason


From Jeff's Mission

Monday, September 28, 2009

Live from Salt Lake City...its General Conference!

Dear Elder Morain Fan Club,

Holler from ghettoloo(waterloo). I am lovin it up here. I am so excited for General Conference this weekend! This will be the last general conference on my mission. I have gained such an appreciation for General Conference by being on a mission. It means so much more to me now. The talks that I have heard on my mission have changed the way I think about my life. I look forward to sharing my insigts of conference with you next wednesday october 7th when I can email next.
We had a lesson with Arielle on Friday night. We told her as you come to know The Book of Mormon is true, will you be baptized. She responded, "Perhaps" In our lesson we taught her about prayer and left her with 2 Nephi Ch. 31 to read. She came to church for the 11th time yesterday. I really hope she will receive the answer she needs so she can be baptized. Thank you all for your prayers, for I truly feel them being answered before my eyes. I love you all and am thankful for the support you give me on my mission. I hope you all take advantage of watching General Conference this weekend with questions in your mind ready to be answered by the promptings you feel as you listen to the Prophets and Apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ. I love this church with all my heart. I know it is true.
Keep it real
LO
VE Elder Morain

Monday, September 21, 2009

18 months down, 6 months to go!

Dear Elder Morain Fan Club,

Hows it goin everybody? I had a spectacular week! On Wednesday I got to go on exchanges in Cedar Falls with Elder Jackson. It was fun to be in Cedar Falls, back in a college town. We played bingo at an old folks home. It was a good time. So this week we had 2 lessons with Arielle. Our first one was on Monday night and we answered more of her questions. Then Thursday night we had another lesson. We brought a member who is a convert and he shared his conversion story. She was agreeing with pretty much everything he was saying. She came to church for the 10th time and I really think she is close to a baptismal date. Thank you so much for all of your prayers in her behalf.
Saturday was my 18 month mark and I celebrated it by burning a pair of pants(dont worry they were pants I found in the closet left behind) haha. It is a tradition in our mission to burn a tie at 6 months, a shirt at 1 year and pants at 18 months and a whole suit at 24 months lol. But it was a monumental day for me to reflect on these past 18 months. I can say they have been the best 18 months of my life so far. Well, I hope all is well with everyone out there. I look forward to hearing from you.
Keep it real
LO
VE Elder Morain

Monday, September 14, 2009

Happy Autumn!

Dear Elder Morain Fan Club,

Hows everybody been? I have been fantastic. So on tuesday we got to go to Cedar Rapids for Zone Conference. I had my interview with my mission President. He told me that I will be staying next transfer for sure because my companion is goin home at the end of this transfer. So I am so happy I get to stay here in Waterloo! I love it here, the people are so amazing. Arielle our investigator came to church for the 9th time yesterday. We have a lesson with her tonight. I really hope we can get her to read and pray about The Book of Mormon because if she does, she will get baptized. Please pray for her that she will receive her answer that the church is true.
Saturday September 19th is my 18 month mark of being on my mission. I will be 3/4 done. Words cannot descirbe how I feel about how fast the time is going. I just want to make sure to enjoy these last 6 months in Iowa. I have grown to love the people here in a way that I would never have felt towards anyone if I hadn't came here on my mission. Thank you so much for all the support you have given me these past 18 months. And thank you to all who helped me prepare to come out here on a mission. I would not be here without you.
Keep it real
LO
VE Elder Morain

Monday, September 7, 2009

Happy Labor Day America!

Dear Elder Morain Fan Club,

I hope everyone out there is havin a fun labor day. Cuz I sure will be havin one! First off I need to say how extremely happy I am that BYU beat # 3 in the nation Oklahoma!!! What a miracle that is. I hope all of you watched it and appreciate the magnitude of that upset. Also, the University of Northern Iowa(right next to my area) played University of Iowa # 22 in the nation(my last area) and it was almost a huge upset! It came down to the last second with UNI attempting a field goal to win, but Iowa blocked it, and UNI recovered it and attempted to kick another field goal with 1 second left. Iowa blocked that field goal too and won the game! Everyone was going nuts about that so I heard all about it haha.

So on friday we had a lesson with Arielle. She had 3 and a half pages of questions once again. I can tell that she cares about searching for the truth. I also got to meet a part member less active family. The wife is a member but her husband isnt. He seems very interested in our church and says he believes in a lot of the same things we do. I hope we can get them progressing.
Well, I get to go to Cedar Rapids tomorrow for Zone conference. It is an exciting time to be a full time missionary. Thank you all for your supporting me on my mission. I hope to hear from you soon!
Keep it real
LO
VE Elder Morain

Monday, August 31, 2009

Zone Photos

From Jeff's Mission


CEDAR RAPIDS ZONE – JULY 28, 2009

Back: Elder C. Bird – Elder Kimball – Elder Ward – Elder Gashler – Elder A. Anderson
Elder Matthews – Elder Lunceford – Elder Heywood – Elder Furgason
Elder Marshall – Elder Morain – Elder Wray – Elder McConnel – Elder Alexander

Middle: Elder Thomas – Elder & Sister Harvey – President & Sister Talbot
Sister & Elder Babcock – Sister Hofheins – Sister Jardine
Brother Brown – Elder Fellows

Front: Elder DeVries – Elder Trotter – Elder Van Wagoner – Elder Gillespie


From Jeff's Mission

A Day in the Life of Elder Morain

Dear Elder Morain Fan Club,

Holler from Waterloo! How has everybody been? I have had a crazy past couple days! So since i last emailed ya on Wednesday, a lot has happened. I said goodbye to Elder Gillespie thursday morning. I got to be in Cedar Rapids for the day! My new companion is Elder Saunders and he is from Ogden Utah! He has only 6 weeks left on his mission so that means I will be staying here in Waterloo for at least 3 more months! I am so happy that I will get to stay here for so long. I really love it here in Waterloo.
So friday night our Bishop took us over to a wedding reception for this couple in our ward. It was good for my comp to meet a lot of the members there. The couple will be moving to rexburg to go to BYU Idaho soon. I had a fun time with all the members there so thats always good.
I had the opportunity to speak in Sacrament meeting yesterday! I spoke on Missionary Work and the importance of member missionary work and fellowshipping new converts. It was my 4th time speaking in a Sacrament meeting on my mission. The members said I did good so I hope it inspired them to do missionary work. We had a lesson with our investigator Arielle and her sister Marissa in a members home! They had us all over for dinner and then we taught a lesson. It went really well so I am hopeful for Arielle to progress towards baptism soon!
I am so grateful for this opportunity to be a missionary here and get to know these amazing people. Until next week,
Keep it real
LO
VE Elder Morain

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Waterloo Round 2!

Dear Elder Morain Fan Club,

Well, how has everybody been the past week and a half? I have been magnificent. This morning I recieved the phone call from the Assistants. I was informed I am staying in Waterloo for 6 more weeks! Since my companion, Elder Gillespie is going home on friday, I am getting my new companion tomorrow.
On Saturday we had a special opportunity to go to Cedar Rapids for a baptism. It was for someone that Elder Gillespie taught at the beginning of his mission so we got permission to go to it. It was a great experience. I found out some good news that day too. Heather Burg is getting baptized this saturday! She was my investigator when I was in Ames! She had been dating a member of the ward for like 7 years and has been coming to church with him forever. It is an absolute miracle she has decided to finally get baptized. I am so happy for her in making this commitment in her life.
I had another opportunity to give a blessing this week. It was was my 5th time and a very spiritual experience. On Monday night we went to a members home and they asked us to help them with Fathers blessings for the new school year. The spirit was so strong as we blessed all the kids. It was just an amazing experience to be a part of.
Well, as I bid farewell to my companion Elder Gillespie, who I have known since I met him in Sioux City at the very beginning of my mission, I will be saying goodbye to my best friend out here and a hero to me. He has taught me so much and I will never forget the experiences we have had together.
Until next monday,
Keep it real
LO
VE Elder Morain

Monday, August 17, 2009

Live from Waterloo Iowa, it's Monday Morning!

Dear Elder Morain Fan Club,

Hows everybody been eh? I've been spectacular. We had a good week here in Waterloo. On Thursday night we had an amazing lesson with Arielle. We went over the strength for youth pamphlet with her and challenged her that if she lived the values taught in it for a month she will recognize her life has been blessed by living the values. She came to church yesterday and she said she learned a lot. Throughout my life I have slowly come to figure out that by living the gospel we really are blessed. On my mission especially as I've seen the people I teach change their lives around by living the teachings we taught them. It is such a testimony builder for me.
At our district meeting we watched the movie that is shown when you go to the MTC with your parents and say goodbye. This coming wednesday August 19th I will be hitting my 17 month mark from that very day I said goodbye to my parents. I cannot believe how fast time has flown. As I see my companion Elder Gillespie get ready to go home...in 10 days, I realize how short 2 years on a mission can be.
I want to thank all of you that have supported me thus far on my mission. I hope to hear from you and hear how your life has changed these past 17 months. Because mine sure has. Until next wednesday...
Keep it real
LO
VE Elder Morain

Monday, August 10, 2009

"Move your body like a Cyclone"

Dear Elder Morain Fan Club,

How has everybody been? I sure would love to hear from ya. It has been a while since I've heard from anyone. But I sure am thankful for the prayers being offered in my behalf. I can testify that I feel those prayers answered as I witness the miracles on my mission.
On Saturday night I got to go to the wedding reception of some members from Iowa City! They had their reception at our church building in Cedar Falls. It was great to see some members that I grew to love as I served them in Iowa City.
On friday night we had a lesson with our investigator Arielle. It went really well and the best part is she came to church yesterday! She stayed for all 3 hours. During the 3rd hour of church they got up and said that the tornado warnings were going off and told us to go get the kids out of the primary room and bring them into the cultural hall(so they can be away from the windows if the tornado came through) A tornado touched down in Hudson Iowa, just 8 miles from where we were. I am thankful we were all safe in the church. That can be used as an analogy. When we stay strong in the gospel and go to church we will be protected from the adversary. I am so thankful for the opportunity I have to be a missionary for this church. Thank you all for the support you give me in my mission.
Keep it real
LO
VE Elder Morain

Monday, August 3, 2009

Welcome to August America!

Dear Elder Morain Fan Club,

How has everybody been? I've been just fantastic. I got to go to Cedar Rapids on Tuesday for Zone Conference! It was a really great time. I had my interview with my mission president. He said since Elder Gillespie is going home, he gurantees me that I will stay next transfer here in Waterloo! I'm grateful cuz I absolutley love it here! There are so many awesome people here. Oh, on my way back from zone conference, in Cedar Rapids I saw someone I would not expect. I saw my recent convert Hayden Mayfield from Iowa City just walkin down the street! He disapeared as we made a turn so I didn't get to stop and talk to him. But what are the chances of that? I thought that was pretty crazy.

So this weekend we got to have 2 priests with us as part of the Called To Serve program. They got to experience what missionary life is like to prepare them for their own missions. It was amazing to see the excitement they had for going on a mission. We had a blast together. I hope elder gillespie and I gave them a good taste of what a mission is all about.
On Saturday night Elder Gillespie asked me to give him a blessing. It was only my 3rd time sealing the annointing. It was a really spiritual experience as I felt the words from Our Heavenly Father go through me as I pronounced the blessing. The priesthood power is so real. I can say without a doubt that I know this church is true. I am so thankful for my mission that has provided me with these special experiences that will always stay close to my heart.
Keep it real
LO
VE Elder Morain

Monday, July 27, 2009

Holler from the University of Northern Iowa!

Dear Elder Morain Fan Club,

How has everybody been? I've been lovin it here in Waterloo! Happy belated Pioneer Day to everyone! Our Ward here celebrated it with a picnic and it was a lot of fun. Our Sacrament meeting talks were on the sacrifice of our pioneers too. I am developing much more of a gratitude for the pioneers here in Iowa as I see the handcart park in Iowa City...to Mount Pisgah...to Winter Quarters...and to Nauvoo. What a blessing it has been to have these sites so close to the areas I serve in on my mission.
So on Wednesday my old companion Elder Thomas( who I served with my last 6 weeks in Ames) came to Waterloo to be in a 3 some with Elder Gillespie and I! It was great to reminisce with him...and he is my zone leader now. They combined the Cedar Rapids zone with our zone this transfer. So tomorrow I get to drive down to Cedar Rapids for zone conference! I am excited for it. Serving in Waterloo means I have served in all 5 stakes in our mission! Crazy how that worked out.
On friday we had a lesson with our investigator Arielle. And yesterday she came to all 3 hours of church! Also Gene who lives in Cedar Falls came to our church. We cut wood for him every week for service. We also do service at a Golf Course so Elder Gillespie and I get to drive around on a golf cart and do lil projects for em. We also golfed on monday and it was a blast.
The University of Northern Iowa is here in Cedar Falls, right next to Waterloo. So here I am in another College town haha. I love it here and the members are so awesome. Its a great day to be a missionary eh? I'd like to thank all of you for everything you do for me to support me out here. I truly feel the answers to your prayers in my behalf daily. I have been so blessed throughout my mission.
Well until next week,
Keep it real
LO
VE Elder Morain

Monday, July 20, 2009

I'm serving in Waterloo Iowa!

Dear Elder Morain Fan Club,

Ladies and Gentlemen, it doesn't get any better than this. I have been transferred to Waterloo Iowa! My companion is Elder Gillespie...ring any bells? He is like my best friend out here in the mission! I have mentioned him many times in my emails. I am so excited to be serving here with him. It is a straight up miracle they put us together here. So I am happy as can be with what happened to me with transfers.
Since I last emailed ya on wednesday a lot has happened. I said my goodbyes to all the amazing people of Iowa City and got on the transfer van with no idea where I was going. Then I got here to Waterloo and have been lovin it ever since.
Yesterday I hit my 16 month mark...that means I am 2/3 done with my mission. Only 8 months left, I can't believe how fast it is going! I have been so blessed these past 16 months with amazing areas with such awesome people that have touched my life. I look forward to serving here in Waterloo a while, cuz Elder Gillespie only has 6 weeks left on his mission. Waterloo is the 3rd biggest city in our mission, so this is the biggest city I have served in so far on my mission! The ward is awesome, so many strong members here. I'm so grateful I have the chance to be a full time missionary here in Waterloo.
Until next week,
Keep it real
LO
VE Elder Morain

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

I'm gettin transferred!

Dear Elder Morain Fan club,

I got the phone call this morning informing me that I am getting TRANSFERRED tomorrow. I don't have much time but I want to tell you about my trip to Nauvoo! On July 7th last tuesday we drove first to the Carthage jail. Then we went to Nauvoo and went to the Visitors center. We did an endowment session. Then we saw a play by the young performing missionaries. We watched Sunset on the Mississippi another play. Then we watched the Nauvoo Pagaent! It was pouring rain so hard during the whole pagaent! I got to talk to Elder Neaunschwander, who did a mission tour here last november! It was the best day of my life! I loved it so much. I felt the spirit so strong there.
I am sad to get transferred and leave all the people here that I love so much. I will never forget the examples of these amazing people have set for me. But nevertheless, I will go where the Lord wants me to go. I love you all and thanks so much for the support you give me on my mission.
Keep it real
LO
VE Elder Morain

Monday, July 6, 2009

I'm goin to the Nauvoo Pageant tomorrow!

Dear Elder Morain Fan Club,

How was everyones 4th of July? I hope it was good for ya'll cuz mine was a blast! Our ward had a 4th of July breakfast so we got to go. We got to play ultimate frisbee with the Young Single Adult branch which was pretty fun. Here is a history fact for you, Iowa City used to be the capital of Iowa before Des Moines. So we got to watch the fireworks go off downtown Iowa City right behind the Old State Capitol Building. It was a kodak moment fo sho. We got permission to stay out till 10:30 pm so we could watch the fireworks. It was a fun time.
I just found out that tomorrow I get to go down to Nauvoo for the day! We get to do an endowment session at the Temple. Tomorrow night is the opening night of the Nauvoo Pageant so we get to see it! I have heard so many good things about the Nauvoo Pageant so I'm really excited I have the opportunity to go see it. I'll make sure to tell you all about it the next time I get to email, which is Wednesday July 15th, because transfers are on July 16th. My mission president told me I am getting transferred. I am really sad to leave Iowa City and all the amazing people I have grown to love over the past 4 months serving them. There are so many people here that are my heroes and who have inspired me and helped me out so much. But I'll go where the Lord wants me to go. Thank you for all of your support you have given me on my mission. I feel the answers to your prayers in my life every day.
Keep it real
LO
VE Elder Morain

Monday, June 29, 2009

Happy 4th of July!

Dear Elder Morain Fan Club,

Heyo! Hows everybody been? I have been better than ever. I know all of you are wanting to hear about the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Performance so all I'll get right into it. It was incredible! It was a miracle in itself that we found a ride, got tickets, and Beverly our neighbor was able to go. So we get to the Wells Fargo Arena and they upgrade our tickets to seats way down low! So we had an amazing view pretty close up. I got to see members from all of my areas there! It was unlike anything I have experienced on my mission. Everywhere I went I would run into some member from Sioux City or Ames or Lenox. It was so good to see my friends that I grew to love as I served in their wards and branch. The concert was amazing! They sang so many different genres of music. Alex Boye sang 2 solos from songs off Motab's new album Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing(they sang that song it was my favorite!). He is so awesome, he is one of the 2 black guys in the choir. He has his own solo project cds that I got from missionaries out here. They sang Come Come Ye Saints and Battle Hymn of the Republic and then had an encore with This land is my land and ended it with God Be With You Till We Meet Again. The spirit was so strong in that arena I will never forget those feelings I felt. Beverly our investigator loved it! She was so grateful that we brought her. Hayden Mayfields mom and boyfriend Rueben also got to go and they loved it. I'm so grateful for the opportunity I had to go, it was truly unforgettable.
I got to go on exchanges on wednesday with Elder Biehann who is a greenie straight from the MTC! He was kept in the MTC for 2 extra weeks due to the swine flu. We had a fun exchange. On Tuesdsay night we went to Haydens and found him sick with Foot Mouth disease. We gave him a blessing. He got sick the day after he was confirmed! But he did say that he felt better after we gave him the blessing. I can testify that priesthood blessings can truly work miracles. This church is true. I love being a full time missionary. Thank you so much to all of you who support me on my mission.
Keep it real
LO
VE Elder Morain

From Jeff's Mission

IOWA CITY ZONE – JUNE 18, 2009
Back Row: Elder Larsen – Elder Webster – Elder Clark 
Elder Trotter – Elder J. Jackson – Elder Whiting
Elder A. Jennings – Elder Tapp – Elder Lanier
Elder Morris – Elder Jergensen – Elder Morain
Elder McDonell – Elder Biehahn
Middle Row: Elder Folkman – Elder Riley
Brother & Sister Nielsen – Sister & President Talbot
Brother Brown – Elder Alexander – Elder C. Bird
Front Row: Elder Ferrin - Elder Roberts – Elder O’Driscoll
Elder Finn

From Jeff's Mission

Monday, June 22, 2009

I'm going to see MoTab in Concert tonight!

Dear Elder Morain Fan Club,

How has everybody been? I have been amazing. I have witnessed an answer to all of your prayers this week. I had the opportunity of performing the baptism of Hayden Mayfield on Saturday. Thank you so much for the prayers you offered I can testify that I felt the hand of the Lord help make this miracle happen. Hayden brought a lot of his family to the baptism and they all said they are so proud of him. I hope that this will motivate the family to come back to full activity in the church. Hayden was confirmed yesterday and it was a great sight to see. Moments like this make all the sacrifices of mission life worth it for me. Hayden is 13 and has his whole life ahead of him to be a strong active member of the church. You can count how many seeds are in an apple, but you can't count how many apples are in a seed.
We had zone conference on thursday and I had a great interview with my mission president. He told me that I am getting transferred at the end of this transfer. I am really bummed about that because I love Iowa City so much. But I will go where the Lord wants me to go.
Tonight I have the opportunity of going to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir & Orchestra Concert in Des Moines! It will be held in the Wells Fargo Arena. We are bringing Beverly our neighbor and we are all very excited for it! It will be a very special experience to be there and see them in real life. I will make sure to tell you all about it next monday.
Thank you so much for your prayers and the support you give me on my mission. I love you all so much. I am so grateful to be a missionary here in the Iowa Des Moines Mission.
Keep it real
LO
VE Elder Morain

Monday, June 15, 2009

Happy early Fathers day!

Dear Elder Morain Fan Club,

How has everybody been? I hope you have all been spectacular. I have a lot of very exciting things coming up this next week. I might have the opportunity of going to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Performance on June 22nd in Des Moines! I find out tomorrow if our investigator Beverly(our neighbor) can come with us or not. She is taking her daughter Katie to see the doctor to schedule the surgery on her foot. So next time I email ya, I could be going to see MoTab that night! So we'll see what happens...
This saturday we are hopefully having the baptism for Hayden Mayfield. We have a lot of things that need to come together for that to happen. It will be an absolute miracle to see him enter into the waters of baptism and make that covenant that will change the rest of his for life for eternity. Please pray that he will be ready for this commitment on Saturday.
This friday I hit my 15 month mark. My mission is going way to fast! I hope that I can enjoy these last 9 months I have left to be a full time missionary. I am so thankful for these once in a lifetime experiences that I am having by serving the Lord.
Keep it real
LO
VE Elder Morain

Monday, June 8, 2009

Do you Believe in Miracles?

Dear Elder Morain Fan Club,

Hows everybody been? I've been spectacular. Transfers were pretty crazy cuz we drove everyone around to get where they need to be. We now are driving a Mini Van! It is a 2009 Dodge Ram! I feel like a soccer mom every time we drive in it haha.
On Saturday we got to go to the Stake Handcart Celebration! It was the 173rd anniversary of when the pioneers  started the handcart trek from Iowa City to Salt Lake City! 3 years ago President Hinckley came to it as I told ya before. So it was cool to be here for it.
We had a great day at church yesterday. Our investigator Hayden Mayfield and his Mom came to all 3 hours of church!  Its exciting to see Sister Mayfield come back to church and support her son in his decision to be baptized.
Beverly and Katie our neighbors invited us over on Thursday and the mom just found out that her Breast cancer is not cancerous and she is going to be ok! I am so thankful because the size of the tumor would have been fatal if it was cancerous. Do you believe in Miracles? I sure do. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be a full time missionary here in Iowa City. I just can't say it enough...
Thanks for all the support you show me and I hope to hear how life is treatin all ya'll.
keep it real
LO
VE Elder Morain

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

I get to stay in Iowa City for 6 more weeks!

Dear Elder Morain Fan Club,

This morning I received the best news ever...I get to stay in Iowa City for 6 more weeks! I am staying with my companion Elder Larsen as well. I am so excited to stay here and continue to serve these people I love so much!
So, I had an amazing past 8 days. We had the opportunity to teach our investigator Marie and we set a baptismal date with her for June 27th! Remember we also have a baptismal date with our investigator Kim for June 20th. When I was thinking it couldn't get any better than this, we set a baptismal date with our investigator Hayden Mayfield for June 20th! Hayden is the 13 year old who's mom is working towards reactivation. I am so excited for all 3 of these amazing people make the commitment to be baptized. They are truly miracles. I hope that they can stay strong and continue to strive towards being ready for their baptismal dates.
Last night I visited a less active family from the University ward. I've been working with them since I got here and they have came back to church many times and are on the path back to full activity in the church. They thanked me for coming to their home and helping them come back to church, after not coming for over a year. It felt so good to hear them say that and I am so happy to have been a part of their lives. I am so thankful for this opportunity I have to stay here in Iowa City for another 6 weeks. The more I spend time serving here, the more I realize why I was sent to the Iowa Des Moines Mission. It truly was inspired by God. Thank you for supporting me on my mission. I look forward to hearing from you and how life is treatin ya.
Until next monday, (June 8th)
Keep it real
LO
VE Elder Morain

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

14 months down, 10 months to go...

Dear Elder Morain Fan Club,

Hows everybody been? It is tuesday morning, I couldn't email yesterday cuz the library was closed for Memorial Day. I have had a fantastic 8 days though. On Wednesday I got to go on exchanges with my district leader Elder McDonnell in the Young Single Adult area! So the whole day I was downtown Iowa City talking to all the college students. It was a lot of fun and we met some pretty crazy people haha.
Yesterday for Memorial day we got to play softball with the University ward and it was a blast!
Last tuesday I hit my 14 month mark and today may 26th is 10 months from the day I fly home! Time has flown by like no other time in my life. Next week is transfers and I have a chance of being transferred. I really want to stay here in Iowa City, this has been my favorite area for sure. I'll let ya know next wednesday when I email ya next.
On Saturday we had a bbq with Beverly and her family(the neighbors we are teaching) and it went really well. Beverly had surgery and is waiting to find out if it is benine or malignant still. Katie her daughter is going to the hospital today. The doctors will make a decision today on if they have to cut off her big toe or not. Both of them are still positive and optimistic despite their trials they are facing.
I am so grateful for the opportunity I have to be a full time missionary. I love these people. Thank you for the support you give me in my calling. I look forward to hearing how you have been doing.
Keep it real
LO
VE Elder Morain

Monday, May 18, 2009

"So sick of being tired and oh so tired of being sick"

Dear Elder Morain Fan Club,

How's everybody been? I hope all is well. I got sick on Thursday and I still am. I just have a cold so I hope it goes away soon. Being sick really makes you be grateful for good health. It is a blessing that I hope not to take for granted.
But I still had an amazing week! On Thursday we had a lesson with our investigator Kim Fesler and we set a Baptismal Date with her! We set it for June 20th and I am so excited for her. She walked to church yesterday and she is so dedicated. Her husband is a member but is less active and so she is pretty much doing this on her own. It is truly a miracle when you see your investigator commit to baptism and set a date for when she will enter into the covenant that opens the doors to the celestial kingdom.

I found out that Beverly the mom who I told you about that lives by us, has breast cancer. She is having surgery this Wednesday I really hope she will be ok. Once again she is positive and is not scarred at all about it. It amazes me what this family has gone through and how they deal with it smiling. She has had to cut off on her coffee to prepare for her surgery, which is her only problem with the word of wisdom. I am excited to continue teaching them because they have so much potential.
Well, I love being a missionary serving here in Iowa City. These people inspire me so much and I have grown to love them as I've been teaching them.
I don't know if we can email next monday because of Memorial Day but we'll see how it goes. Until then,
Keep it real
LO
VE Elder Morain

From Jeff's Mission

IOWA CITY ZONE – May 7, 2009 Back Row – Larsen – Jordan – Merkley – Lanier – Trotter – Jennings Lynn – O’Driscoll – Whiting – Jergensen – Morain – McDonell Middle Row: Bird – Riley – Brother Brown – President & Sister Talbot Elder (Doctor) & Sister Babcock – Sister & Brother Nielsen Alexander – Folkman Front Row: Withers – Webster – Erickson – Palomeque – Rushton Finnerty – Roberts – Yorgason




From Jeff's Mission

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Mother's Day Phone Call was Sweet!

Dear Elder Morain Fan Club,

How has everybody been? I had an amazing phone call yesterday for Mothers day! It really gave me the boost I needed to keep me going till at least Christmas when I call for the last time on my mission. I had a fantastic week. On Wednesday I had my interview with my mission president. Thursday we had our Zone Conference! I spoke on Elder Snows talk to the whole zone. It was a great spiritually uplifting day. We watched a movie called "only a stonecutter" You should all watch it. Its from Pres. Uchtdorfs talk Lift where you stand referring to the story he told.
I don't have much time to write much more I'm sorry. Thank you to those I got to talk to yesterday on the phone. I love you all and hope you keep on keepin on.
Until next monday,
Keep it real
LO
VE Elder Morain

Monday, May 4, 2009

"Call me, beep me, if you wanna reach me"

Dear Elder Morain Fan Club,

How has everybody been? I have had an amazing week. On Saturday we got to help out with the ARC Carnival that the Iowa City University Ward put on. It was for mentally handicapped children in southeastern Iowa. I was in charge of making the cotton candy so it was pretty fun. I love the members in the university ward, they are an inspiration to me and its been so good getting to know them.
On Wednesday I was able to teach the family I told you about(the mom and the daughter who got in a car accident) Our lesson went really well. They had a lot of questions about the Word of Wisdom so we taught them about that. It was amazing to me how the Mom was actually thinking about quitting coffee so she could become mormon already. We are going to teach them the restoration next time and I'm excited for it.
Yesterday we had a great sunday. Church was really good. I was able to attend the CES Fireside broadcasted from BYU Idaho! Elder David A. Bednar spoke and he just threw down the hammer. It was a very powerful talk, for those of you who saw it know what I'm talkin about.
Last night I had the opportunity of giving a blessing to a member who has cancer in the University of Iowa Hospital. This was only my 2nd time performing the sealing of the anointing and giving the blessing. It was truly a miracle as I spoke the words of the blessing, and have the words just come into my mind. It was a very spiritual experience for me. It testifies to me the power of the priesthood and how real it is. It showed me how much our Heavenly Father knows us personally and knows our needs. I am so grateful to be a missionary and to be the tool in the hand of the Master.
I look forward to Calling home this Sunday for Mothers Day! I miss you and love you all so much.
Until then,
Keep it real
LO
VE Elder Morain

Monday, April 27, 2009

Napoleon Dynamite!

Dear Elder Morain Fan Club,

How has everybody been? I hope your all good. I've had a fantastic couple days since I last emailed. First of all my new companion is Elder Larsen! He is from Preston Idaho...Home of the masterpiece...Napoleon Dynamite! He has been out as long as my trainer. I am excited to serve with him here in Iowa City this transfer!
On Saturday we had the opportunity of going to a service project at the Mormon Handcart Park here in Iowa City. This church history site is where the Handcart trek all began! 3 years ago President Hinckley came to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Pioneers leaving Iowa City. So we pulled these weeds called garlic mustard weeds cuz apparently they make it so no other plants can grow around them. So it was cool to see the park and everything. It really is special to have these church history sites in my mission. I know members all over the world travel to see places like Nauvoo and its such a blessing to be so close to them.
On Sunday I got to be in the Easter program. You may think, why are they celebrating easter 2 weeks later haha? It is because we had Stake Conference(that broadcast i told you about) and last sunday was the Homecoming talks for 3 missionaries who came home to the ward. It was actually a sister missionary and her parents who served a 18 month mission the same exact time as their daughter. But anyways it was cool to be in the ward choir because it was really well done. And it brought back those sweet memories of back in the day when I was in Zions Choir.
Well I hope everyone has a splendid week and the next time I email ya it will be May!
Until then,
Keep it real
LO
VE Elder Morain

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

I'm stayin in Iowa City for 6 more weeks!

Dear Elder Morain Fan Club,

I am so happy today. This morning a miracle happened. The reason why is since I white washed(all missionaries come in at the same time) into Iowa City in a 3-some, the chances of me staying next transfer were slim. But Elder Monsen was ET'ed last week and this morning I got a call from the APs telling me that I will be staying in Iowa City next transfer! Elder Merkley my companion is getting transferred though so I am the lucky one of the 3 some who gets to stay in Iowa City! I love this area so much, and I have grown to love people and I am excited to continue to work with them these next 6 weeks.
Well, since I last emailed you a week and a half ago lots has happened. On Tuesday Elder Merkley went to Nauvoo since hes going home next transfer. Elder Monsen got ET'ed on tuesday so I spent the day with Elder Rice! Elder Rice goes home this friday! I am going to miss him, he was in Sioux City when I was being trained and now hes goin home. Crazy how time flies eh? Saturday we had our ward talent show! I got to be in it, I sang with the ward choir to this south african hymn haha it was fun.
Sunday I hit my 13 month mark in the mission! I had a great time at church and getting to see the members for the 1st time in 3 weeks since we had General Conference and Stake Conference in a row.
Monday night we were tracting right by our apartment. The last door we knocked on this woman came out and started talkin to us. Then her daughter, who was in crutches struggled to come out to talk to us as well. The daughter had been in a serious car accident. The car rolled over many time and her foot was "de-gloved" meaning all the skin ripped off her foot. The doctors told her she would loose her foot entirely but she went through many surgeries to put the skin back on and they put her toes back on. She doesn't know if she gets to keep all the toes yet. The amazing thing about this to me is, both of them were optimistic about it. Shes grateful that she wasn't hurt any more than she did. Also they wanted us to come back and they were interested in hearing about our church. I'm excited to go back and teach them, their optimism in spite of a painful accident is inspiring to me.
I am so grateful to be a missionary and to meet so many amazing people. I look forward to this new transfer and serving in Iowa City. I find out who my new companion is tomorrow when I meet him. I'll let ya know how he is and everything next monday when I email ya.
Until then,
Keep it Real
LO
VE Elder Morain

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Emergency Transfer!

Dear Elder Morain Fan Club,

Hows everybody been? I hope everyone had a happy Easter cuz I sure did! We had our Stake Conference and it was not your ordinary stake conference. It was a broadcast from Salt Lake City being shown to 61 stakes in 8 states of the Midwest! We had Elder Steven E. Snow from the Presidency of the 70 speak first. Then Sister Margaret Lifferth 1st counselor in the Primary General Presidency spoke next. Her talk hit home to me because she talked about how she used to live in Ames Iowa and mentioned a lady(Sister Sharp) that I knew pretty well while I served in her ward in Ames! "Its a Small World After All" as the disney song says. Then Elder Dallin H. Oaks spoke! This also was personal for me because he spoke in my Stake Conference 1 year ago when I was in Sioux City! He mentioned he visited Iowa and he said some of the exact same things he said 1 year ago when I was with him in Sioux City. Then to our surprise
President Thomas s. Monson spoke! It was an amazing talk full of inspirational stories as he always has. So Stake Conference was a great experience and made my Easter very special to hear from Jesus Christ's mouthpieces on the day we celebrate his Resurrection.

Last night we got a phone call from our Mission President. He told my companion Elder Monsen that he is being Emergency transfered Tomorrow morning. He didn't tell us why it was happening or where he is being transfered to. But for the rest of this transfer (week and a half) I will be with Elder Merkley and it will just be the 2 of us instead of the 3 some. And then next Wednesday morning we will find out if I am staying next transfer or if I am leaving. Next time I email you I'll let ya know.
Yesterday we had our investigator Keith come to Stake Conference! We invited him saturday night and he really came so I am glad he is progressing. We have also got a ride to a less active member to stake conference and general conference the week before. Its the first hes came to church in a long time and its great to see him have the desire to come back.
I love being a missionary and helping others change their lives and see the happiness it brings them. I hope to hear from you and hear how your life has been goin for ya.
Keep it real
LO
VE Elder Morain

Monday, April 6, 2009

From Jeff's Mission

IOWA CITY ZONE

March 26, 2009

Back Row: Elder Roberts – Elder Rushton – Elder Merkley

Elder Trotter – Elder B. Jackson – Elder Lynn

Elder Blanchard – Elder Rice – Elder Monsen – Elder Jergensen

Elder Larsen – Elder Jordan – Elder Morain

Middle Row: Elder Budge – Elder Raso – Elder O’Driscoll

Elder Porter – President & Sister Talbot – Brother Gelder

Elder Erickson – Elder Alexander – Elder Folkman

Front Row: Elder Ware – Elder Finnerty – Elder Palomeque



From Jeff's Mission

Happy Birthday Jesus

Dear Elder Morain Fan Club,

Hows everybody been? I have never been more spiritually fed thats fo sho. I really enjoyed watching General Conference this weekend. Saturday we went to the church and just had a feel good frenzy haha. I got to see the World Report which was pretty exciting to hear whats going down with the church worldwide. I have some bad news to report about Iowa though. I just found out that the state of Iowa has legalized Same Sex Marriage. I really hope we can do a prop 8 kind of thing here in Iowa.
My favorite session of Conference had to be Sunday Morning session. Pretty much from Elder Hollands amazing talk on Jesus Christ on was brilliant. I loved President Monsons talk so much. Those stories he told were powerful and I can't wait to get my hands on that talk so I can read them again. The spirit was so strong during General Conference and I will never forget the feelings I felt and inspiration I received.
Today is the true Birthday of Jesus Christ. Today marks the 179th year since our church has been organized. It is a historical day no doubt. This Sunday will be my 2nd and last Easter on the mission! Our stake and many throughout the midwest our having stake conference this sunday. It is a broadcast from Salt Lake so I'm excited for what that will bring. I wish you all a Happy Easter this sunday! Time has gone by so fast. I liked President Uchtodorfs talk in Priesthood session on focusing on what is most important in life. I love you all and I thank you for the support you show me in my call as a missionary. Its a great time on the earth to be a missionary. I will give it my all this last year of my mission.
Until next week,
Keep it real
LO
VE Elder Morain

Monday, March 30, 2009

Happy early April Fool's Day

Dear Elder Morain Fan Club,

How's everybody been? I've had quite the week. On tuesday we did service at the Veteran Hospital and it was a blast! The hospital is the biggest building in Iowa City and Iowa City is known for the best hospitals in the mission. We escort patients all around the hospital and they even hook us up with a free lunch there! We were asked to visit a member who was in the hospital from davenport. She asked for a blessing and that was a great spiritual experience.
On Wednesday I had my interview with my Mission President and it went well. He doesn't know what's going to happen to our 3-some for next transfer yet but I just hope that I get to stay in Iowa City. I really love this area and I feel I was meant to come here. I learned that originally I was supposed to go to Ottumwa Iowa this transfer with Elder Merkley who is my companion. But since the missionary in Iowa City broke his leg, they sent him home and transfered his companion. So the 3 of us were "white-washed" into Iowa City. I'm not saying I'm glad the missionary broke his leg or anything but I am so grateful to be here in Iowa City.
On Thursday we had our Zone Conference and it was a blast. My trainer, Elder Folkman is the new AP now so I got to see him for the 1st time since he trained me, which was almost a year a go!
On friday night we had a great lesson with a 13 year old kid, his mom is less active and he wants to get baptized! They all came to church yesterday and I'm so excited for them.
Well, I hope everyone enjoys General Conference this weekend! I am more excited for it than you can even imagine haha.
Keep it real
LO
VE Elder Morain

Monday, March 23, 2009

I've hit my 1 year mark!

Dear Elder Morain Fan Club,

How has everybody been? I've been livin the dream here in Iowa City! I hope everyone had a fun St. Patricks Day because I sure did. We got to do service at this retirement home and we helped old people on a St. Patricks Day scavenger hunt. It really got me into the holiday spirit of St. Patricks day haha.
Well on Thursday March 19th I hit my 1 year mark of reporting to the MTC! It happened to be on the day we have district meeting, so the 11 elders in my district got together and celebrated after the meeting. I burned one of my shirts because its tradition to do that on our 1 year mark. We then went out to eat at Olive Garden and we all got the soup salad and bread sticks dealio. It was a fun time. I can't believe that I now have less than a year to go on my mission. Time has never gone by so fast in my life. It really hits me and makes me want to enjoy every second I have left this last year.
On saturday we got to attend a baptism our ward had. The spirit was so strong at the baptism and it just hits me how it truly is a miracle to see a baptism open the doors to the celestial kingdom. I love being a missionary and am able to devote all my time and efforts to helping Heavenly Father's children receive the greatest of all gifts.
Until next week,
Keep it real
LO
VE Elder Morain

Monday, March 16, 2009

I'm at University of Iowa, Iowa City!

Dear Elder Morain Fan Club,

Holler from the University of Iowa Hawkeyes I am in IOWA CITY BABY!
Wow! I am way excited to be in this city! I am serving in the Iowa City 4th ward and I also cover the university ward which is married students with kids 2 and younger or no kids. I am in a 3-some companionship! My companions are Elder Merkley from Lindon Utah and Elder Monsen from Mapleton Utah. I like being in a 3 some so were going to have a lot of fun together. My new apartment address is:
411 S. Peterson St. #11
Iowa City, IA 52240
I don't know how long I will be here, for sure 6 weeks so feel free to send mail directly to that address.

I am lovin it up in Iowa City! All my mission I have dreamed of serving here and this is the place where my dreams come true, just like Disneyland haha. I am now living where the rival to Iowa State university is! Its crazy cuz i served in ames for 4 and half months and was a cyclones fan ever since. Now I am here at the University of Iowa and I am changing to be a Hawkeyes fan haha.
Well, when I last emailed ya on Wednesday I was on my way to Des Moines. We stopped by the Osceola Elders and went down to Lamoni with them. We got to tour Graceland University(the RLDS or Community of Christ BYU in comparison) but way smaller of course. It was cool to see Joseph Smith the III's house. Pretty cool experience down there. Then we drove up to des moines and stayed the night at Elder Monsen's apartment. But I didn't even know he was going to be my companion until we got to Iowa City the next day lol. Transfer day I got on the bus and we drove back to Ames! I got to see my old stomping grounds and I loved that. I caught up with my old companions Elder Thomas(the 1st one) and Elder Daniels so that was fun. Then we got to Iowa City! I got to see a lot of old friends at the transfer points and it was awesome!
Yesterday at church I got to meet all the members in 4th ward and the University ward. They are more missionary minded here than anywhere I have seen and Im so excited to be here.
Well I got to go.
Until next week
Keep it Real
LO
VE Elder Morain

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

I am being Transfered!

Dear Elder Morain Fan Club,

How has everybody been? I have been better than ever! I truly have had one of the absolute best weeks on my mission. But first, this morning I got the phone call informing me I am being transfered tomorrow! I've been here in the Lenox Branch for 3 months and now I'm sayin goodbye. We are driving to Des Moines tonight and stayin the night with missionaries up there. Then tomorrow at 6 am I get on a bus and I don't find out where I will be serving for the next 6 weeks until I GET THERE. They started this new method of transfers last transfer. I don't find out who my new companion is till I pretty much meet him for the first time when I get there. So I'll inform you all on that on monday.
So as I was saying earlier this has been one of the best weeks of my mission. When I emailed you last monday I was on my way to Des Moines. I stayed the night at Assistants to the Presidents house on monday and tuesday night. Tuesday morning I woke up and drove to Nauvoo Illinois! I got to go with all of the missionaries going home in 6 weeks. Once we got there our mission president took us to the bookstore there and I got some post cards. Then we took pictures in front of the Nauvoo Temple! It is the most amazing experience to stand in front of that temple in real life. I've been hearing all about the Nauvoo Temple throughout my life but here I was there for real. Church history became so much more than a story in a book right then. I had the opportunity to do an Endowment Session and it was a really spiritual experience. After the session a member of the Temple Presidency took us on a tour of the whole temple! We saw the Sealing rooms and the baptism font. We had the special priveledge of being able to go up the spiral staircase into the bell tower and stand directly below the Angel Moroni. We sang our mission song(a missionary version of Army of Helaman) and the spirit was stronger than ever. I was with missionaries who were about to go home and I had some deep reflection on the memories of my mission and how I only have 1 year left. We got to go to the Visitor's Center and look at all the artifacts on display there. Then we went to the place where the pioneers crossed the Mississippi River and that was cool. Nauvoo has so much history there and I'm so grateful I had the opportunity to have that history come to life on my mission.
On Saturday Joshua Poor my investigator was baptized! His family asked me if I would perform his Baptism and I was honored to perform that saving ordinance. There is nothing better in this life than to help your investigator who you love open the doors to the celestial kingdom through baptism. It was only my 2nd time baptizing someone so it was a great experience. On Sunday I was able to be apart of his confirmation and recieve the Gift of the Holy Ghost. I'm so happy that he has made this step in his life, it makes all the sacrifice of missionary life worth it.
I am excited for what the next 6 weeks will bring. Wherever I am Called to Serve I know it is where Heavenly Father wants me to be. I love being a missionary. I love all of you and thank you so much for the support you give me.
Keep it Real
LO
VE Elder Morain

Monday, March 2, 2009

I'm off to Nauvoo Illinois!

Dear Elder Morain Fan Club,

Welcome to March everybody! Can you believe how fast time is flying? I sure can't. I have had a miraculous week! On Wednesday I went on exchanges with my district leader and we drove out to a small town in our area. We got a text message from the MTC telling us about a headquarter referral in that small town. I remember when I was in the MTC and we would talk on the phone to people and then refer them to the missionaries in their area. Now out in the field I get to be a part of the next stage in their conversion. This lady requested a Book of Mormon so we brought that to her and taught her a 1st lesson on the Restoration. She felt that we were true servants of Jesus Christ and committed to being baptized on March 21st!
On Friday we taught our investigator Sara and she told us that she believed the Book of Mormon was true. She believes that Joseph Smith is a true prophet. So we committed her to be baptized March 28th!
This Saturday we have scheduled our Investigator Joshua Poor's baptism. We just finished teaching him all the lessons last night and I really hope that his baptism will happen and everything will work out. We have seen miracles this past week no doubt in my mind.
Last night I got a phone call from the Assistants to the President informing me I have the opportunity to go to the Nauvoo Temple tomorrow! Today we are driving up to Des Moines and then tomorrow we get to spend most of the day in Nauvoo! I get to go through an endowment session. My companion is going home in 7 weeks so I get to go with the group of missionaries that came out with him so it is going to be a fun time. I'll tell you all about it when I email on March 11th, cuz the 12th is transfers! My mission president told me I'm most likely getting transferred. I would love to hear from you so just send a letter to my mission office and it will be forwarded to wherever I am. Thank you all for the support you give me in my mission.
Keep it real
LO
VE Elder Morain

Monday, February 23, 2009

The Real Group

Dear Elder Morain Fan Club,

Hey how has everybody been? I've been phenomenal this past week. I got to go on exchanges with the Zone Leaders and once again got to go with my good friend Elder Gillespie for our 4th exchange over the past 8 months of knowing each other haha. It was so much fun to catch up with him and everything seems to be so much better when hes around haha. We had a solid dinner appointment with the Wangberg family that night. Then we had an awesome visit with Chuck a cool member of our branch. But anyways it was a good time as it always is.
Saturday night an opportunity of a life time fell into my lap. So my companion and I go out to dinner, and as we are in line for paying our bill, this lady asks me "Are you singing tonight?" I was like uhh i dont think so haha. She was like oh, since you were dressed up I thought you were part of the Southwestern Iowa Community College Vocal Jazz Festival. I had no idea that was going on, but she explained that tonight, "The Worlds Best Accapella Group" was performing at the college here in creston! The group is called the, "The Real Group" and they are from Sweden and have been together for like 24 years. So we took the opportunity and went and saw them perform. It was such a rare occasion that this big of a group would come to little Creston Iowa.

Yesterday was a great day at church! My companion and I had the opportunity to speak in Sacrament meeting on missionary work! It was an emotional experience for me and I choked up at the end because the spirit touched me so strong as I testified of the importance of missionary work. I am so grateful to be a missionary here and I know that I am here in Iowa for a reason. I love you all and I hope to hear from ya sometime.
Until next week,
keep it real
LO
VE Elder Morain

Monday, February 16, 2009

Happy Presidents Day America!

Dear Elder Morain Fan Club,

How has everybody been? "I'm lovin it" as McDonalds would always say. I had a fantastic week! I had many special expriences that I would like to share with you. On Wednesday night we had an appointmet with a girl we tracted into. We walked in her door and saw she had brought 3 other friends to hear our message! We taught them The Restoration of the Gospel (lesson 1) and it was amazing. They were really interested in what we had to say. We brought out a copy of The Book of Mormon and they reached out for us to give them a copy. They read over the pamphlet for the restoration and it was unlike anything I've experienced with investigators.
Thursday we had our District meeting in Osceola. On our way back to Creston we stopped at Mt. Pisgah. Some of you may remember me talking about visiting this place before last transfer. But this time I went we found some more artifacts that were left there from the early Pioneers when they settled that land. It is an amazing part of Church History, where Brigham Young sent forth the Mormon Battalion. They also have a monument for the 4 missionaries who were killed in a car accident back in 2001. They were driving on the high way from Creston to Osceola which is the Mormon Pioneer Trail! Many of the members in my branch knew the missionaries who were killed. Some of you who served as missionaries recently may recall the movie that is shown to us for driving safety training, the real life example they use in the movie is from the missionaries who were killed here in my area.
After we got back from Mt. Pisgah we went out with a member to visit some people. A guy came up to us and told us to go visit his sister who was in the hospital. She turned out to be a less active member of our branch. We went to visit her in the hospital. She told us that morning she recieved the news that she has cancer. We offered to give her a blessing and she accepted. The spirit was so strong that it brought her and her sister at her side to tears. It was a very spiritual experience.

I hope all of you have a spectacular week, I would love to hear from you and how your life has been goin for ya.
Until next week,
Keep it real
LO
VE Elder Morain

Monday, February 9, 2009

From Jeff's Mission


OSCEOLA ZONE – FEBRUARY 5, 2005

Back Row: Potts – Morain – McConnel – L. Anderson –Schwartz

Norris – Butterfield – Firmage

Front Row: Budge – Radcliffe – Sister & President Talbot

Gillespie – Rushton


From Jeff's Mission

Happy early Valentines Day!

Dear Elder Morain Fan Club,

Holler from Creston Iowa! I have had quite the past week!
On Wednesday we drove up to Osceola and stayed the night with the missionaries there. Thursday we woke up and drove to Des Moines for our Zone Conference! I loved it so much and I've gained more of an appreciation for it. Since I live in Creston I don't see any missionaries so this was the 1st time seeing missionaries for like 6 weeks haha. Most of my best friends in the mission happened to be in our zone conference so that was nice. I had my interview with my mission president and he told me that I am most likely getting transferred next transfer! So I've only got like 4 weeks left here in Creston. I loved going up to Des Moines, we got to eat dinner at Fuddruckers, and those that know me well know I love that place haha. So it was a great experience to go up there and see everyone again.
I got sick the morning we woke up for Zone Conference though. It was the 2nd time on my mission getting sick, and the 1st was just a couple weeks ago haha. I am getting better though so thats good. I really appreciate good health now though.
Yesterday was an amazing day. Church was really good. Our Branch Mission Leader invited us over for lunch which was fun. Then he went out with us to Blockton and we visited a member that recently read some anti mormon literature. It was so sad to see how much she had changed, like a completely different person than from before. But our branch mission leader pretty much poured his whole heart and soul out to her and I felt the spirit so strong. I know she felt it too and I have faith that she will come back to the church. Then we had the opportunity to go teach our investigator Joshua. We were able to set a date for his baptism!!!!!! I was so happy to see him make the commitment to open the doors to the celestial kingdom. His dad told him March 7th(the day we set for his baptism) "March 7th will be the most important day of your life thus far" Joshua is 9 years old and just think of how getting baptized will change the rest of his life. I'm so grateful I have the opportunity to be a missionary and to be a part of helping another person gain their salvation. "I love the Lord in whom my soul delights"
Until Next week,
Keep it real
LO
VE Elder Morain

Monday, February 2, 2009

Happy Groundhog Day America!

Dear Elder Morain Fan Club,

How has everybody been? I've been goin non stop since I last emailed ya guys. Wednesday we drove up to Osceola and spent the night with the missionaries up there. Thursday morning my companion Elder Thomas drove up to Des Moines so I was with Elder Norris for the day. We drove down to a city called Lamoni(some may recognize this name from The Book of Mormon!) Lamoni used to be the RLDS capital of the world! Now its in Independance Missouri. But they have their college, Graceland University in Lamoni. I got to see Joseph Smith III's house(Joseph Smith Jr.'s son!) who was the prophet for the RLDS church when they split off from our church. It was quite an experience down their seeing all these Amish people haha.
Anyways, I stayed the night in Osceola Thursday night as well. Friday morning our companions met up with us! I finally met my companion Elder Schwartz who is an awesome missionary! He is from Boise Idaho and is going home in 3 months! We are great friends already and were having a lot of fun. He just came from being a Zone Leader in Sioux City! So we have been talkin about all the members I knew when I was being trained in Sioux City.
So then we drove down to Lenox and started packing up our whole house. It took all day long but we got it all packed in the nick of time. Saturday morning came and we had members from our branch come with trucks and trailers to move all our stuff to the house in Creston! Once we got there it took us all day Saturday to unpack everything. So I have been crazy busy with all of that.
But all the work that it has taken these past 6 weeks to find a place to move and finally move to Creston is now worth it! We live in a way nice house, that has a garage! I'm excited cuz I don't have to chip off ice from the windshield now. O ya since my companion Elder Schwartz is "X'ed" from driving I am the designated driver! I haven't been able to drive for the past 7 months so I am excited to drive again. It will be a new experience for me to drive in the snow haha.
Anyways, I feel so blessed right now. When I got to Lenox 6 weeks ago things were rough. Some how I made it through those 6 weeks and here I am. I am living in Creston, 8 times bigger than Lenox. I have an awesome companion who I love. And the members here are being a great support to us. I learned so much about not giving up during your trials. I feel so much more grateful for what I have it really has opened my eyes. I've learned that trials in our lives help us grow and reach a level we could have never reached if we had not gone through them. I'm so grateful to be a missionary for this church that has blessed my life so much. Thank you to all who have supported me as a missionary these past 10 months, it really has helped me through the hard times. I've learned to truly rely on my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ when no one else is there, they are always there for me and that has given me so much comfort.
Until next week
-Keep it real
LO
VE Elder Morain
From Jeff's Mission

OSCEOLA ZONE DECEMBER 26, 2008 Back row: N. Thomas – L. Anderson – Morain – McConnel Riley – Norris Front row: Scow – Gillespie – Merrill – Sister & President Talbot Butterfield – Raso – Rushton


From Jeff's Mission

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

I'm Moving to Creston Iowa!

Dear Elder Morain Fan Club,

Last night my mission president called and informed me that I will be staying in the Lenox area for the next 6 weeks. But then he told us that my companion, Elder Thomas is getting transfered. So I will be getting a new companion tomorrow! I'm really excited for this next transfer because we are moving to Creston! We are moving this week into the House in Creston. Creston is like 8 times bigger than Lenox so I'm excited for the upgrade haha. So this is going to be a crazy week with transfers and moving to creston.
I had quite the past 10 days since I last emailed ya. I got really sick monday morning with an upset stomach and everything. I was sick all the way up until this morning, I feel a lot better, and I'm so grateful to be healthy! It was a rough couple of days though. They cancelled church on Sunday due to the snow and everything.
I found out that they are filming a movie here in Lenox! Who would have thought in a small town of barely 1000 people they would film a movie! It's called "The Crazies" and is apparantly a remake of a movie made in the 1970's. I don't know if I'll be here when they film it but they are supposed to bring in 150 cast members for it so that would spice this little town up like no other haha.
On Friday and Saturday we helped set up for the Farm Toy Show here in Lenox.We set up the tables and everything and we got to check it out too. I definetley felt like I was truly in Iowa at that thing haha.
Well, this past week I've learned a lot about enduring through your trials. In fact these past 6 weeks I've been in Lenox have been the hardest times I've had in my life. But I have never grown so much as a person in my life either. I am grateful for this opportunity to be a missionary and to serve the people of Iowa.
Until next monday,
Keep it real
LO
VE Elder Morain

Monday, January 19, 2009

Ames Zone, November 8, 2008

From Jeff's Mission



AMES ZONE – NOVEMBER 8, 2008
Back row: Gonzales - Carlson - Daniels - D. Johnson - S. Johnson Gillespie – Furgason – Bright - M. Thomas – Morain – Cathcart – Jones
Middle Row: Huntsman – McDonough – Elder & Sister Babcock
Sister & President Talbot – President Pollmann – Hofman – Scow
Front: Firmage – Burr



From Jeff's Mission

"I Have A Dream..."

Dear Elder Morain Fan Club,

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day Everyone! I hope everyone has a fun day celebrating it up! Speaking of celebrating...3 days ago I celebrated my 20th Birthday! It is crazy to think that I am no longer a teenager anymore. I've begun the 3rd decade of my life haha. And the same principle with 2009 being my "Black Out Year" meaning I'll be on my mission this whole year, the same applies to the 20th year of my life!
Anyways, I had a great week! On wednesday we got to go to Osceola and go on exchanges with the missionaries there. We had a lot of fun together and it felt good to see other missionaries lol. Our Mission President called us that night and told us that the weather was going to be -35 degrees with wind chill! So he told us to not go tracting outside till friday afternoon! It was pretty dang cold, probably the coldest weather I have ever experienced. The weather is so cold here because of the humidity and the wind chill. It just magnifies everything and it's just crazy haha.
Anyways, Today is my 10 month "click day" and I can't believe how fast my mission is going. I know I say this every month lol, but every click day I have it hits me how short my mission really is. It just helps me realize that I need to live every moment to the fullest while I can. I love being out here on a mission! All the sacrifices made to be here is so worth it when I see the lives of people I love change for eternity.
Next time I email you guys will be January 28th, next wednesday. By then I will know what will be happening next transfer, If I stay and get a new companion, or if I get transfered to a new area. What ever happens I will serve the Lord with all my heart, might, mind and strength.
Until the 28th,
Keep it real
LO
VE Elder Morain

Monday, January 12, 2009

Healing Waters By Small and Simple Things

Dear Elder Morain Fan Club,

How has everybody been? I have had a very special week. I can't believe that next time you hear from me I will be a 20 year old man haha! January 16th is this Friday and I am excited to leave my teenage years behind and become a MAN lol. It will be tough to celebrate out in the middle of no where but I will do my best to party it up missionary style.
Anyways, it sure has been quite a week! On Wednesday I had the opportunity to go on exchanges with the zone leaders! Once again I got to go with Elder Gillespie and it was so much fun to be with him again. On thursday we had our district meeting with 6 missionaries this time so that was good. That night we went to a Care facility for older people and played bells with them it was a good experience.
On Saturday I got to witness my investigator Johnny Van Patten enter the waters of baptism! It took a lot to get the baptism all ready. We called the night before the baptism to check if his jump suit fit him and it didn't. There were no sizes that fit him so we brought out baptism pants and hoped they would fit him. He is a 9 year old kid and fit into my companions baptism pants haha. But it all worked and I'm so happy we could help him make this baptismal covenant that will change his life for eternity. It really made all the sacrifices that I go through day to day in the mission worth it. On Sunday we witnessed him being confirmed and recieve the gift of the Holy Ghost. It made me realize how precious it is to have that gift with us always and to be lead and directed by it. I'm so grateful that he will now have that to help him throughout his life.
Last night I got the opportunity to watch the CES Fireside with President Thomas S. Monson our beloved Prophet. I loved his talk and I felt the spirit so strong as he told the story of the mission photos that he saved for 40 years, and ended up blessing the life of a member he met on his mission. It made me realize how much my mission will mean to me down the road of life. It inspires me to make these moments the best I can and "Achieve the Great Expectations" that I have as a missionary as President Monson said. I hope some you got to see the Fireside too.
I've learned life is much shorter than we always think it is. As I hear of sicknesses and trials that my friends are going through, it makes me want to be more grateful for them while they are here, because we never know when we will be called back to that Great God who gave us life.
Until next week,
Keep it real
I'll write ya next when I am a 20 year old Man!
LO
VE Elder Morain