Luke is serving in the Argentina Buenos Aires West Mission.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Luke's Letter Dated January 19, 2015

Well, Here we are. 
This will be the last time I write to you all as a missionary of Jesus Christ. I have a lot of things to tell you all, a lot of stories and experiences to share. But there will soon be plenty of time for that. For now, I want to share with you a few things that I have learned in this short time. 

I have learned that the atonement of Jesus Christ is real. It isn't just a story that we read about, or a subject to talk about in Sacrament Meeting. It was a real event. And it has Real power today. I know that each and every one of us can apply that power in our daily lives. It's not just for repentance. It has power every single day, and in every single thing we do. 

I have learned that the Book of Mormon really is the word of God. I have learned that by simply reading a few passages from its pages every day a person can come closer to God than ever before. I have learned to love that book. It has become a part of who I am. 

I have learned the power of good parents. The first thing that Nephi said in the Book of Mormon is that he has good parents. I have seen that parents can completely change the lives of their children. I have seen this in my own life. I know that I too was born of goodly parents. I know that they are a lot of the reason that I decided to leave home and come here on the mission. 

I have learned that this church is true. That by lving the principles that this church teaches one will find the way to be truly happy.

I love you all. 
I hope to see you all soon. 

I will be finishing my service as a missionary Tuesday the 27th of January
My homecoming talk will be the 22nd of February in Elk Ridge.

Read 2 John 1:12

I love you all.

Elder Morgan

Friday, January 16, 2015

Luke's Letter Dated January 12, 2015

Dear everyone,

How was your week? I hope everything went very well for you all! 
My week was great!! On saturday we got to go to the temple with the Sosa Family! Maxi sosa was baptized a while ago. His mom got baptized about a year ago. And now we're working with Gastòn and his girlfriend! They're an awesome family! I love them all! The temple was amazing. We got to talk about the blessings that God gives us as his children and the love that he has for us! 
This week was also kinda sad because I had to say the first of many goodbyes. The Cruz family (The family we live with) left to go to bolivia for a month or soon saturday. It's kinda weird not having the little boy (Titi or Michael) Come up to our apartment and talk with us! But I'm really grateful for them and all they do for us! 

As I am coming into the last 
​two weeks of my
 mission I really feel the desire to sprint to the finish. I remember in the army when we would do our two mile run for our physical test the satisfying feeling I got when I sprinted the last quarter mile or so and absolutely put all my strength into the final stretch.
​ I really want to feel that same feeling as I get to the end of my mission. I want to get onto that plane knowing that I did everything I could here.

​I love you all! I hope you all have a great week! Especially those of you who are on cruises this week! 

Elder Morgan ​

Monday, January 5, 2015

Luke's Letter Dated January 5, 2015

Hello everyone! Well at least everyone that reads this! 

How are you all? How was your new years? 

Our new years was fairly uneventful. We had to be in the apartment at 830, so our day was cut a little short! But we were able to go outside and see the fireworks and talk with our family (The family we live with) a little bit! 

On Tuesday we were able to go to the temple. This was the last time I'll be able to go inside the temple of Buenos Aires. It was a really peaceful, calm experience. I love the peace and the reverence that is felt in the temple. In a world where peace is almost nonexistent and it seems like the media dominates every aspect of our lives, it is refreshing to be able to enter into the house of the lord and feel his spirit there. Our ward mission leader is the engineer for the Buenos Aires Temple. I love talking with him about the temple and everything he does. I hope that I will always be able to be close to the house of the lord throughout my life.

Anyways, This last month of my service to the Lord I am trying to focus a lot on treating others as he would treat them, saying what he would say, and doing what he would do. He is our grand example in life. I love him.

I love you all.

Elder Morgan 

Monday, December 29, 2014

Luke's Letter Dated December 29, 2014

Well hello everyone!! 

I hope you all had a great Christmas!! I know I sure did!! 

Here in Argentina the 24th is the big day. Everyone gets together in family and spends a good part of the day / night together. We had permission to stay out until 1030 so we went to Maxi's house to have dinner. They made a giant asado. (Argentine BBQ) Pretty much I ate more meat there than i do at tucanos!  At 1200 they always light off  a bunch of fireworks and stuff, so about that time I couldn't sleep, so I went out and took video of all the fireworks!! (I would send it, but this computer won't let me get into my camera.) 

Anyways we had a great week! We were able to find and teach a few new people. Including a new family that's really really awesome! I have a lot of hopes for them that they will progress in the gospel as a family! 

Tomorrow we have the opportunity to go to the temple as a mission! It's been more than a year since I've been there! I hope to never pass so much time without going to a temple again! 

I love you all! I hope you have a happy and safe new year! 

Elder Morgan 

Monday, December 22, 2014

Luke's Letter Dated December 22, 2014


This week was very very eventful!!!

We had transfers. Elder Reynoso left and I got Elder Mateo from Peru! We had our Christmas P Day oafter the transfers. They had a really really nice Christmas program about Jesus Christ. Then we got to watch the movie Ephraim's Rescue. Overall It was a really really fun day. But I was super tired when I got home.
Up until Friday it was kinda a normal week. We had a ward dinner and activity. So that was really cool! We could stay out late so we got to be there till 10! (Don't laugh. That's late for missionaries! )  Then right when I had gotten to sleep the phone rang. My companion had some problems back at home and had to go home. We had to pack all his stuff up and get him to to the airport at 0430. Needless to say I didn't sleep much....  Later on that day I got a new companion, Elder Blake from Las Vegas!!

I'm really looking forward to Christmas and hoping that they don't change my companion again!! (:  I hope you all have a great christmas and that you really remember the reason behind Christmas. Christ.

I love you all!!
Elder Morgan
A random Jesus Statue that I found.

My old comp Elder Mateo

Luke's Letter Dated December 15, 2014

Well, I'm now a Pastor. That's what they call the missionaries that are on their last transfer in the mission! The time has gone by really fast, but I still have a lot of really good time ahead of me! I'm really excited for what lies ahead of me! 
This week was full of a lot of fun and hard work! We are taking advantage of our waffle maker in every chance we get! We have already done two family home evenings with it and we have another one tonight!

Our area is kind of split into two distinct areas. We have Aldo Bonzi, which is kind of a richer area, then we have Barrio Hernandez, (Where we live) Which is a more humble little place behind the central market of Buenos Aires. Usually it is a lot harder to work in Aldo Bonzi. But this week we have been focusing on some members and investigators that we have over there and we are seeing a ton of success! It's always amazing to me to see the hand of the Lord in the lives of the people I get to meet.

Anyways, this week we have our Christmas P-day!! We're gonna all get together as a mission on Wednesday to celebrate the birth of our savior! 

I love you all!!

Have a great week!!

Elder Morgan 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Luke's Letter Dated December 8, 2014

Well, this week started out quite interesting! ON tuesday my companion was cutting some bread and asked me for a knife. Well... after second guessing myself for a couple seconds, and him reassuring me that it was a good idea. I gently tossed the knife to him from the other side of our apartment. Well, It ended up landing perfectly and stabbing him in his foot. We were both pretty impressed with the throw! So we got it all cleaned up and called the mission presidents wife. I started the phone call with "Everything is okay. We're all alive. Nobody is going to die. My companion is okay, he's here with me." (That's usually just about what I would tell my mom before I showed her some crazy injury that I got doing something stupid)
So Sister Robertson said that if we didn't think it was too bad that we didn't have to go get stitches. We didn't go. Argentine hospitals are sketchy. (:

So that was a very very interesting start to our week! 

The rest of the week went great! We did divisiones with the other elders in our district. One of the had his apendix taken out. So we went to be with them and work with his companion for a little while! So that was pretty dang fun! The best part was we ate waffles with buttermilk syrup the next morning!!! That may not sound so great but it has taken us a really really long time to find a waffle Iron here in argentina.

So on Sunday we had Stake Conference. We were waiting for a bus to take us to church and a car rolled up and the man inside said hop in morgan! It was an investigator that we had a while back named Leo. He doesn't really believe in anything. Even less in religion. But he really likes us so he gave us a ride to church. When we got there he said "Can I take a look around inside?" OF COURSE!!!!!!! So we took Leo inside and showed him around a little bit. He got talking with the ex stake president and one of the bishops. They convinced him to stay for alittle while, so he stayed and absolutely loved it!! It's amazing to see the little miracles that God puts in our lives every day!

I love you all!!
Have an excellent week!!!!! 

Elder Morgan
 My Companions Foot
 A monument kinda like the tomb of the unknown soldier.