Elder Morton was released on July 01, 2010 by President Murphy. It was awesome that President Murphy was the one who released him, he was our first Bishop. .
Right before Robert came home I added him to Facebook and by the time he came home he had many of his friends and converts requesting he add them as a friend. He enjoys writing them weekly. He really misses Peru. Going on a mission to Peru was the best thing he could have done he looks back on those two years as the best two years and appreciates what he learned while he was gone. He also appreciates his family more and hopes that we can go back with him someday soon to meet the families he served while on his mission. And we look forward to meeting them.
It has been a few months since Robert came home. It took a month or so for Robert to get back into the pace of being home. He has many plans one of which is to return to Lima and see as many of his friends and converts as possible. I will keep you posted on how that goes. He plans to go back to college and continue his education. He has kept up on his Spanish by going to the Spanish Ward in Lincoln, CA. He loves the people of Peru, he left a piece of heart there. I know he will keep in contact with many
I hope Dad’s Father’s Day was enjoyable because he is the bomb! This might be my last email from Perú as a missionary how crazy is that?! I have learned a lot in these last few weeks. I have learned that at times our pride and fear of new things inhibit us from growing to be the children god intends us to be. I have been able to work with a gringo for almost three weeks, and it makes me want to call all of my Latino companions that delt with me when I was new and apologize for being such a butt.
In regards to the money deal if it isn't too much of a bother it would be great if you could send me a little bit more money just in case because I want to buy a little something for everyone from ¨El Perú¨ if possible and I don’t want to be completely broke when I get home.
Don’t wish to be more organized, just do it! Start today and do something every day until it’s a habit and then you will say ¨remember when I was un-organized? ¨ Annette lives close to Fitness 19. I hope she will make it a habit to go for her health and not just to drop a few pounds. It needs to be a life long endeavor, not just a quick fix.
I will need the varying clothes sizes because right now I am not as buff as I used to be but I plan on making a come back with vengeance. Yes, give those size elevens to Chris I am a 9-9.5 now. Thanks for the desk I will be using that a lot to study and the TV is cool but I don’t think I will be using that very often. I will be thinning things out as well because I too have a lot of things that I don’t really need and can be of greater use to some one else. Don’t worry about the air conditioning deal you will live, I have survived without air conditioning for 2 years and its all good! There is no air conditioning in the jungle either, and it’s always about 95 degrees with about 100% humidity!
How crazy, I will be a great uncle before I even get home! Who would have imagined? Oh yeah I got the photos and thanks a ton! I used the one of Semaj and I, when I played football and the one with my brothers and sister. I think we will end up developing the pictures that I have in my camera when I get home because if I send them now I will get home before they do! It’s been a crazy 2 years and every day it seems more and more crazy. My only comfort is prayer and the scriptures.
I have truly come to realize that were nothing without the lord’s help. We can accomplish our dreams on our own at times but its a lot more fulfilling when we have the help of the lord; we just feel more at peace. I really want to go to BYU and build the business so that I can provide every opportunity for my family possible to grow and be better than I was. We will see what the lord has in store for me, all I know is that he can’t steer a parked car so I will be moving from the get go! I have to put this new found energy into something positive because if I don't I will lose it and I don't want that.
I will write you next week if I can, but if not I love you all and look forward to seeing you soon!
Date: Mon, 14 Jun 2010 09:56:22 -0500 Subject: So much to do and so little time!
About them releasing me a day later than I hoped is cool. I would have liked to be released the same day I get home but I am cool with being a missionary for another day! Thursday at 7pm is fine. I am happy to hear that Annette is back to the old Annette helping out and all.
I don’t know the airline I will be flying in on but I will let you know when I know. The information that you have is all that I have as of now and it’s correct. They will let you know in due time don’t worry, or if you want you can call the mission office and ask them.
About my first dinner, I don’t know what I want, be creative! I am looking forward to coming home too but I have two more weeks to work my butt off and then I can rest for a few days, after that it’s back to preparing my future and busting my butt to accomplish my dreams! I hope all is well at home as it sounds but get ready because I will bring the noise so watch out everybody!
It’s a really cool experience training a white boy because its like looking in the mirror and how I was two years ago. It’s a testimony to how much I really have changed and I can really say that I know that the church is true and that this is the Lord’s work. I have a testimony of the libro de Mormòn, or the book or Mormon......Whoops I am mixing Spanish and English again! I have to say that these have truly been two years that will define my life forever and I am happy that I made the decision to go on the mission and that I had so much help along the way.
Thank you guys for sticking in there and staying positive.
Date: Mon, 7 Jun 2010 09:45:46 -0500 Subject: Todo prueba tiene su fin y despúes hay una bendición.. Subject: Every test has your order and after there is a blessing
Thanks for the pictures they are pretty much exactly what I needed to choose from! Whoa! How cool is that! My first bishop, and best the example of a latter day saint that was a bit crazy like I was will be the one releasing me from missionary duties! Yes that’s right it will be the first Sunday of the month. The 11th it will be then, I’m down!
Well Justin graduated boot camp, may have gotten married and the family wasn’t there? That’s a crappy start and sad enough it will end crappy as well. Mike was talking about going into the police academy 2 years ago so it’s not really a surprise. Good for him. It’s a good, steady job that pays well enough. Well Mike is a smart guy and I think that he thinks that is good enough to support him in the way he’d like but it’s not. There are a lot of smart people out there in the world and it’s those that work hard and sacrifice that make the good money.
Well I’m sure you guys are passing through your fair share of trials but be strong and never give up hope for a better day. If you obey the commandments you will be blessed sooner or later and in the time most needed. I too look forward to coming home although I will be leaving a big part of my heart here in Perú, but this won’t be the last time I step foot on Peruvian soil! My coming home will be a breath of fresh air for all of us I think at least for the first few weeks of missionary stories and photos! To be continued.............
Date: Mon, 7 Jun 2010 10:08:39 -0500 Subject: The mission’s like a box of chocolates.....
Thanks Mom the pictures of Semaj and I is the bomb and I will be using it for sure!
Now, to understand Lehi’s vision read 2 Nephi Ch 11. It’s the explication that Nephi received about his father’s vision. Laman and Lemuel are Lehi’s two older sons that fell away from the lord and didn’t partake of the fruit. The mist of darkness are the trials that the adversary puts in our way to blind us and lead us away from the straight and narrow path.
The blessing has the same result because you are heal based upon your faith, it doesn’t matter if I am a missionary or not but if that’s what you want who am I to say no? I love you all and I know that the lord is on your side all you have to do is have faith and act upon that faith because as you know the lord can’t steer a parked car!
I have crazy news! You know how I was sent to Ventanilla in a hilly desert? Well now I am near the mission office as a district leader and I am training a white boy from Washington! How crazy is that! I am teaching a white boy Spanish and basically I have a managerial position, in other words I get to serve 6 people and help them have more success. I am learning patience because my comp doesn’t speak Spanish at all and he wants to speak to me in English and he is adjusting to the mission life, that it’s not all about ¨me¨. You never know what’s just around the corner. I am happy to know that the president has a whole lot of confidence in me because if he didn’t he wouldn’t have called me as a district leader training a white boy Spanish. I feel good because that means the lord has confidence in me as well. Keep on keeping on! Keep it real and read your scriptures!
Date: Mon, 31 May 2010 10:53:27 -0500 Subject: Working hard and loving it!
I had a good week, just busting my butt because there is a lot of work to get done and not a whole lot of time to get it done in. Yes the photos were cool but I would like some from when I was on the wrestling team and the one with Brandon and I when I played football and a few others when I was younger that would be cool for everyone to see. I would like a variety of photos that say something about how I was just before the mission and how my childhood was. Also maybe a few more from my bodybuilding days to choose from of which, one would be the coolest to share.
I think it’s the stress that is causing everyone to get sick because it kills your immune system. It’s the same story here. My comp is coughing up a storm but he’s getting better. Send the Mortimer family my best regards they are the bomb! Good for Chris I hope he gets something positive out of the military, at least a future for his family. Tanya is the bomb! Tell her hi for me and thanks for the support!
I have to come to realize that basically we are in June....how crazy is that?! In a month I will be home and the mission will be in my rear view mirror. I never thought it would be here so soon. It’s sad but true that all things come to an end. It seems like the only thing you can count on is change. The good news is that I have been able to gain a testimony in which I didn’t have before and along with that the missionary experiences have made me a stronger person. It is funny because I came to serve the lord and really he has served me the whole time making me better. I truly understand the example that Joe Mortimer gave in his home coming speech because it’s true. I can never pay the lord back for what he did but I will make it a life long goal to do my best to keep on paying him back, every day of my life doing something to make up for my debt to him. I feel as though with the help of the lord I can do anything that is just as long as I am obeying the commandments and following the example of our lord Jesus Christ. I have learned how to love those that don’t love me and really have no reason to love me. I have learned what humility really is and how powerful it can be. I have learned how to confide in the lord and that the only way we can get better is doing the things that challenge us. If we have a fear of public speaking we need to do it over and over again until we master it because these type of fears only limit us and our progression. I know that we are children of God and he wants the best for us, we just need to ignore the negative comments of others that get us down and see ourselves through the eyes of our heavenly father, which is without limits. We decide what our limits are, not the world.
Please send a shout out to all the family and friends for me because I love them all and hope things are going well for them and their families!
Love you all,
P.S. Read 1 Nephi Ch.8 and tell me what you learned in your next email please! Ciao!
Date: Mon, 24 May 2010 11:15:27 -0500 Subject: Welcome to the desert! There are people here that need the Gospel...
I am glad that you heard back from Giorgio. Those guys and their cigar thing, they make me laugh. Vic’s baby shower that has a funny ring to it, I almost can’t believe it, but it’s true. That’s cool that Vivian speaks two languages. I hope they teach the kids to speak Chinese and English as well. It would be a good advantage for them in the future. I hope as well the hard work ethic will rub off on Vic, he needs it!
Welcome to the military life Chris! It sounds like a blast! I think he will do well as long as he keeps a positive attitude, works hard and is obedient. The kids are growing up fast and so are the old people! Jeff will be 45, how crazy is that! Holla at everyone for me!
I am glad that your health is improving and that you’re seeing results, keep up the good work. If you can send some photos in your next email that would be great so that I can download them and give them to the offices so that they have something for my part in the slide show. They want 5 pictures before the mission, 5 during, and 5 of baptisms. I have the photos during the mission and baptisms but nothing from the life before the mission. Thank you for helping me in this and really all the help I have received in the mission. It has been a great experience for me and you have been a big contributor to that.
As I said I am here in Ventanilla which is a hilly desert about an hour and a half outside of Lima, but it’s panning out well for us because now we know the area a bit more and we have a little help from the members which was needed a whole lot. We will be able to do a whole lot more now, and that takes a load off my shoulders. It goes to show that if we have faith and work, in due time things will work out. It’s crazy to think that my time here is coming to an end. I never thought it would end but all things must come to an end. The only thing that has no end is the family! I am really pumped to work hard so that a lot more families can have their lives blessed by the gospel because this is the work of the lord and I owe him big time and besides that I don’t have time to slack off.
I will bust my butt till the very end just like I did as a bodybuilder! I pray for you guys always and I hope you are doing what you know is right: Read 1 Nephi Ch. 8. It talks about the perseverance. We are in that phase of life right now, persevering till the end of our lives. Keep up the positive attitude, obey the commandments and build the business! Plan for success!
1. Work 2. Family 3. Church 4. Team INA
With diligence eventually it will be:
1. Family 2. Church 3. Team INA
Send a shout out to all my family and friends that I love them and will be seeing them soon!
Date: Mon, 17 May 2010 11:22:30 -0500 Subject: Just living the dream!
Yes I was hoping you could send me a few photos from my childhood and growing up years until just before leaving on the mission. Pick some photos that are good to show how and who I was before the mission. Include a few from my bodybuilding days and I will pick out the coolest pictures from those. I think it would be good if you send them through the email and in the mail on a CD just to be safe.
That's good to hear that James is making a few positive changes in his life. I am proud of him. I knew he could do it. Yeah Camie should feel bad! Just kidding! LOL, I know how it is sometimes, and besides I’m coming home soon! Yeah we will see how things go. I don’t know what is in store for me when it comes to the dating game but I will be doing my fair share of contacts! Justin. There isn’t much I can say there, just that he will learn the hard way sooner or later.
I got the news that I am going to another part on the outskirts of Lima to end the mission. And it’s a hilly desert. The sad news for me is that we have a lot of baptisms scheduled for the next two weekends and I won’t get to see any of them. It goes to show you that you never know what the Lord has in store for you, all you can do is keep on keeping on and be positive. I will keep up the hard work and enthusiasm as always and I know that everything will turn out alright. All I can say is that the Lord has something really great in store for me, whether it be to learn how to be more humble, patient, or to have more faith, whatever it is it’s an opportunity to learn and grow.
I hope you all are doing good and following the commandments and working the business like crazy people so that you too can retire in style! Until next time!
Date: Mon, 10 May 2010 11:12:27 -0500 Subject: It was a blast but its back to business!....for 2 months at least!
Yes it was cool for me to talk to everyone even though the time ran short it was better than nothing! I understood everything; I just had to think about how to say what I wanted in English! How crazy is that?! Don’t worry we all make mistakes but we can change for the better. Keep going to church, the activities, praying often and studying the scriptures and little by little your vision of life will improve. June is the arrival of the old baby and the new baby! The difference is the old baby isn’t the same as he was before and Vic will never be the same as before because he will have to be a father. Ok, I agree, 4:30pm at the Sac airport and straight to the Stake President and home, from there we will see how it goes because I don’t know what kind of condition I will be in when I get home.
As for Justin I can only imagine what he’s thinking and honestly it’s not much of a surprise considering the father figures he’s had. I love Annette but Matt wasn’t the best example and really the only reason she stayed with him for as long as she did was because of the security. There is no other good reason to be more than friends with a guy like him than that. Justin has always had a chip on his shoulder, really an emptiness that he is trying to fill and since he never had a good foundation in the lord he is looking in the world to fill that hole inside. I will talk with him when I get home but really it all depends on him. It’s like James, you can take a horse to the water hole but you can’t make him drink. It’s absolutely the truth. James didn’t have much interest in God until he found a Bible with tapes in a car he was cleaning out. No one can make someone else make good decisions if they don’t want to. Basically Justin is a very confused young man and going into the Army more likely than not won’t be of much help with that confusion. One day he will realize, if he is lucky, that he needs to change for the better and start making good life decisions or he will never will be happy deep down inside. It sounds like the chick is more of a cancer than the cure and if he is smart he will cut off all ties and move on with his life. I have his address and I will right him don’t worry.
I will do the best that I can but I am only one person and the family needs to learn how big boys and girls without me because soon I will be a husband and a father. I won’t always be there for you all; I will need to be there for my family, my career and the church. The good news is that I have learned how to plan a whole lot better so I will make good use of every hour but there are only 24 hours and my plate will be full just like everyone else’s soon.
I love you all and pray for you always. I want nothing but the best for you because I love my family and I will be sharing the gospel with all those who want to see how the gospel really does changes lives for the best. I won’t pressure anyone don’t worry, but I truly believe it’s what the family needs. The gospel of Jesus Christ is what has given me the strength to not only survive these 22 months but grow and change into the man that God needs me to be so that I can be successful at whatever I do in his name.
I love you all and send my love to all the family and friends in the good ole U.S of A!
Date: Mon, 3 May 2010 11:58:24 -0300 Subject: Working hard and loving it!
Yes, it’s crazy to think that 22 months have gone by and were going for 23. It’s been crazy for the last two weeks but I am learning a whole lot about stress management! Brandon. He’s another story. At least he’s alright although I don’t agree with what he was doing. I hope he learns from this experience and moves on. DUDE! James will be 40!!!! Is that weird to say or what? When I call I will make time for everyone that is there. As usual I will call Saturday afternoon about 6-7pm as my ¨Pre call¨ to tell you when I will be calling Sunday.
That’s cool about the job offer but I don’t know or remember a Trevor Taylor and I can’t do anything about his offer for two months any way. I plan on working at two gyms and with the time I have left I will go to church and work the business, but for real this time. I have a many goals that I want to accomplish and to accomplish them I have to focus good and hard for about three years and for three years I can put it on cruise control but until then it will be pedal to the medal! I need to make good money to support a family because I plan on getting married in a year and having my first child 9 months after that! The only way I can provide well for them is if I am a Diamond. For me there is no other option. I want to be a good leader in the church as well and if I don’t focus on getting my life together now I will never get it done. I don’t want to be the type of member that always has an excuse as to why they can’t magnify their church calling. These are some of my goals and I will accomplish them if I work hard and trust in the lord.
I am busting my butt and I can truly say that I am receiving a lot of blessings. The lord is putting people in our path that want to listen to our message. We have a good number of baptisms planned for the month of May and I am really pumped because we still have time to challenge more people to be baptized this month. The kid I am training is learning super fast how to teach and contact well and I am really proud of him. I didn’t learn that fast because I was prideful but the good news is that I learned my lesson and now I don’t let my pride get in the way of my progression. If we truly study and learn from the scriptures we can change for the better. I know this to be true because it’s something that I am living. I invite you all to read, pray, and go to church on a weekly basis and when you go, pay attention as apposed to sleeping, you will be blessed and learn a whole lot more!
I love you all and look forward to talking to you soon!
Date: Mon, 26 Apr 2010 11:29:49 -0500 Subject: Living the dream!
Sorry about last week. We went to the temple on Tuesday so we couldn’t do the internet thing until Tuesday, but this week will be normal again. Josh has another kid on the way how cool is that! Congratulations buddy!
Wow! Chris has a long, hard road ahead of him. I pray the best for him that he will continue to make good life decisions and not let the military life corrupt or disappoint him. Chris is setting the example for his older brother. Good for him!
That’s cool to hear that you were able to spend some time with Ryder, Mike, and Sunny. Every parent does what they think is best for their children and we have to respect it but I won’t be over protective that’s for sure!
It’s nice to hear that Jill, Dean and the girls are doing well in Utah....AKA Mormonville!
LOL! It’s the sad truth Mom we are ALL getting older and there is nothing we can do about it! I am happy that Jackie and Rodney are happy as well.
What’s the deal with Wally and Jennifer? Are they not working the business any more? I hope they haven’t given up already! Cool, give Barbara a holla for me!
It looks like Justin is in for a whole lot of hard knocks. Jeff is doing well that’s good to hear. I guess there’s hope after all! Tell Josh Euer I am super happy for him! He deserves all the blessings he gets and more! Those accountants make good money so he won’t have too many financial problems and I’m happy for him.
I’m working it here like a slave trying to find people who want to change their lives and be baptized. It’s really cool though because I have really lost myself in the work of the lord and it’s a gratifying feeling. I feel at peace. It’s funny because I was talking with Elder Hyde the other day and his mom is super trunky! He is a little bit but still working like a champ!
Well that’s really all I think, just doing what I do and crazy enough in 2 months I will be home telling stories about the jungle and how cool the Peruvian people are.
I love you all and pray for you always. Keep working hard and being obedient to the commandments and the blessings will come!
Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2010 14:51:28 -0500 Subject: Word up! Working it in Perú!
It´s all good mom. I know things can be hard at times but everything will turn out all right. I haven´t received the box yet but I´m sure I will get it soon. This will be my last box in the mission I think. How crazy is that!
Wow Alberto is 28 now. We´re getting old aren´t we? Well that´s how it goes, like it or love it! I can´t wait to go to Italy in 2012! It will be a blast! We have to work hard and be obedient so that we can be blessed enough to go and not be poor the rest of the year afterwards.
Javier Aldave is a member of one of the wards I am in here. He hangs out with us all day doing what missionaries do because he sent his mission papers in and is waiting for his mission call so he goes to school and helps us all day. He´s a good kid.
John Roberts what´s he up to these days? Wow his kid is a man now. That went by fast!
I hope all goes well with Chris and that he makes good life decisions so that the family that he will have in the future has a better life than he had. He can do it.
It´s weird showing a new missionary the ropes but it´s cool. It requires a lot of patience, humility, and understanding. I have to be a ball of energy so it´s good for me because I like working hard and being positive. The funny thing is that my English is starting to go because I am dominating spanish more and more every day. I have completely forgotten how to pray in English. I am really seeing the results of hard work and obedience. I also see clearer what happens when one slacks off a bit because the blessings don´t come as one would like. I have a few really high goals that I want to accomplish and I will stop at nothing to accomplish them. I know that the lord has my back and now I can truly testify that all that the church teaches is true. The lord has big plans for us we just need to put our shoulder to the wheel and show our faith in him.
The mission has been a true blessing in my life. I love serving the people of Perù and I have to say that the mission has gone by way too fast! I have about 2 months left and I am torn. I want to go home to the people I love and the things I love doing (THE GYM) but it feels good challenging myself mentally and doing things that I would never have done before because of fear and pride. These truly are the best two years. When I get home I am planning on taking the family to church and if they are willing I will teach them why the church is true. I love my family and I would like to have an eternal family and the same goes for our friends, I will share the gospel with a whole lot of people that I didn´t get a chance to before. We are going to kick butt on every level when I get home so buckle up! I love you all and pray for you often.
Date: Mon, 12 Apr 2010 12:47:56 -0400 Subject: Re: como estas Elder Morton?
I was really pleased to see the photos of the Mortimer family....man son guapos!
That’s great that Sister Mortimer will be having another grandchild. The Mortimer family are great people. Everything is going good, progressing as the lord desires. I am training a missionary for the first time, in another words my new comp is completely new, fresh from the CCM. The president has to have a lot of trust in me to give me a greenie! I am super pumped because I am learning a lot from my first ¨Son¨. I hope I don’t corrupt him too much! LOL!
In regards to the Souza kids I don’t want to hear about how stupid they are acting. I will deal with that when I get home. Chris seems to be the only one with his head on straight and I hope he makes goods decisions unlike his brother and cousins. If he makes good decisions he will be blessed for it.
In regards to the others none of this is new or surprising. That’s how they are and we have to work around it because they are family. We can’t get upset for the lack of importance they give us, but grateful for the time they do give us when they give it.
I too look forward to dating for once, making contacts and doing the single’s ward thing but I must say I love the mission because we progress a whole lot in such a little amount of time because the lord is with us in every step we take. The only thing is that all good things in life must come to an end. It’s sad but the mission will come to an end no matter how much I love being here serving the people of Perú. All we can do is move on and learn from every experience and phase in life.
We need to learn from the good and the bad. The lord gives us everything that we need to progress spiritually and temporally look at the Nephites, when they obeyed the commandments they prospered and when they fell into being prideful and not obeying the lord they had a lot of trials and problems but when they humbled themselves before the lord and obeyed the commandments they were blessed. We really can learn our lessons from the stories in the Book of Mormon. I encourage you to not only read the book of Mormon but study it thoroughly and apply the lessons you learn in you life.
You are children of God and he loves you all. NEVER forget to PRAY! Give thanks for the blessings you receive daily, ask the lord for what you need and then go to work to make it happen!
The mission has taught me that humility is empowering and that pride is what kills us. In another words the majority of the time we are killing ourselves and we don’t even know it because our pride is blinding us. I had the same problem before the mission but I have been able to recognize my error and fix it. For that I am grateful. For that I know that God loves me because he corrects me and forgives me for my many faults.
Please send my love to the family and friends and tell them that I will be bothering them soon enough, so don’t worry! Hasta la vista baby!
I got the shirt and tie from Jennifer and they are cool! Thanks!
It was a week full of drama for us here too. We had a great week and this past week just about all the baptismal dates we had fell through because of stupid stuff such as being catholic and not being sure about being baptized again because their priest said they don't need to be baptized again, to not wanting to give up drinking and another one was, their uncle died in morning so the whole family had to go to the hospital.
I got the news that I will be training a greenie this change so this change will be absolutely nuts! I never even dreamed of training a newbie but I will be doing it so obviously the President has more confidence in me than I thought.
It seems like Justin chose a real ´´winner´´ excuse the sarcasm. It’s sad but he will learn the hard way. The good news is that he will learn because he isn’t stupid. ´´dinero, dinero es lo que el mundo quiere´´ (´´money, money is what the world wants´´) says Daddy Yankee a rap artist that’s from Puerto Rico and it’s true.
Brandon is another story and really I don’t want to say what I think about what he is, has and will do with his life. These kids are ungrateful for what they have. They are so blessed and it’s not enough they think the world owes them more and it is absolutely false. The world doesn’t owe them anything. You get what you give.
Vic is married. I am speechless. It seems to me that the end of June will be full of mixed emotions for the family but I will be happy to be home and start molding my future as the lord would have me do. I didn’t do much for Easter. I saw the conference and it pretty much was the bomb! In regards to my call to you on mother’s day I have no idea when I will be calling but it probably will be in the afternoon, but I will call the day before to inform you about all of that. The time is flying by I can’t deny it. Can you believe I have been here in Peru for 21 months? I’m on the home stretch so I need to work hard and stay positive till the end.
That’s sad that Aunt Wilma hurt her arm but she will recuperate well. Wow Jenn is getting old too! 35! I am feeling and looking my age. I think I will be bald by 28 like your father. That’s life. It hasn’t stopped Clark Broome! I feel good really. Easter is weird here because 75% of the people are Catholic so everyone was drinking and partying it up in the name of the lord. I am really working hard and that is the best thing one can do as a missionary because these two years are short and they go by fast! So much to do so little time to do it in. The sad part is that all good things must come to an end and it’s creeping up on me faster than I’d like. I have mixed emotions about the fact that it will be ending soon. It’s great and yet I am sad too because I have so many great friends here. Without a doubt I will make my visits here whenever possible. I love you guys and because of that I am busting my butt so that you all can receive blessings but it all depends on your obedience to the commandments. If you do what you know is right you will receive the blessings afterwards. I invite you to work hard, pray often and have faith in the lord in all things. Love, Elder Morton
Subject: Living the dream! Date: Mon, 29 Mar 2010 16:26:26
This past week was the best week for us as missionaries go because we are seeing the results of our hard work and people are attending church that we are teaching! We have a few baptisms programmed for April and this week we will be getting more! We have a good number of families that we are teaching and the number is growing every day. I am really happy about that because we had about a week and a half of almost nothing after a few baptisms in the first two weeks of March.
Justin is what you get when you don't have your priorities in order. There always will be "The black sheep" or "the rebel" when you have kids but if you give them a good foundation until they reach 18 they at least will end up pretty normal adults. Brandon is a junior. It's hard to believe but we're all getting old! Brandon has always had that side to him where he wants to do what he wants and gets angry if you bother him. He has been that way ever since he was a baby. Brandon is and always was spoiled because his Mom let him be that way and Justin is the same way.
There is always hope but at this point they need reprogramming before it's too late. Brandon has it easy and I hope he doesn't take it for granted. It seems like Brandon is going down the same road as Justin in many ways. It's an empty life and I pray that they can learn from their mistakes before it's too late. It's a bit cruel but sometimes the booty blinds young men and they have no idea what is right and what is wrong. It's like a drug in a way in that you will do anything to get it once you are addicted to it even if it means putting your family through hell and back.
That's good news that Dad got a chance to see Ryder and was all grins afterwards. I know it's crazy there with the crisis and everything and all I can do is pray that the lord might bless you and keep you safe and with a roof over your head. You can get out of the rut of you keep active in the church and work the business in your free time. JUST DO IT!
I agree Mom they don't make them like they used to, but there is always hope. My kids will be different because they will have the gospel in their lives from day 1. My kids will learn the value of following the commandments and setting good goals and how to accomplish them and they will be my legacy because I will give them a chance to be successful in Team INA and they will serve a mission when they are 19 years old. I agree with you I will talk to Annette because I plan on being a Diamond in 6 years and I will not rest until I accomplish that goal because it's the best I can do for my family.
You too can be a great leader in the business all you need is more confidence in that you CAN do it! I am super pumped because my testimony is growing every day and I can honestly say that I won't be the same when I get home. I have different vision and a different attitude. The mission really molds us and prepares us for the future if we let it, if we really lose ourselves in the lord's work. It's hard to believe that I will be home in three months! It's crazy how fast the time has gone by. I have two changes left and I'm done. It's weird. I don't like how it sounds but the truth hurts sometimes. I love being a missionary. We really help people on a deeper level. This is the work of the lord.
I love you all and I can't wait to show you all the great families I have been blessed to know. I have friends here that truly feel like an extension of my family. I love them. I can't wait to show you the converts. I plan on taking the family to Peru as a Diamond celebration!
Send my love to the family and friends, Elder Morton
Subject: Working hard and loving it! Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2010 15:55:02
My Birthday was pretty cool. I had two cakes and spent my birthday with a few of our recent converts. I think the package from Jennifer is in the offices now because my one of my buddies is the package guy now. That sucks that Alberto wasn’t able to visit you guys but we’ll be going there soon! If he visits in October or November I will be home and that would be really cool!
Well it looks like Justin is going down the same route as many other military rebels. I am disappointed he no showed you at his going away breakfast and the way things turned out for you and Annette. It’s disappointing, but he’s a grown man so it’s his problem. He’s lucky I’m here because that’s just not right. What the heck! It’s sad really because it could be a whole lot different all he needs is the gospel in his life. June will be interesting and that’s for sure!
That’s cool about Abel and his girlfriend. He’s a good guy. I didn’t know he sings but maybe he could do something with that because he dances as well. You gotta say hi to Jimmie and Fu for me! I want to talk to them about some business ideas that I have when I get home. Yeah tell them because it comes from a branch president here in Peru and well, he’s a happily married man with a great little son. He's only 28 years old and a leader in the church, with a college education. He has his stuff together.
Keep working hard and obeying the commandments. If you do that you will receive the blessings afterwards. I have a testimony of that because I have been able to see the results in my mission many times. The scriptures teach us how we can be blessed and happy but if we don’t do what the lord wants we won’t be truly happy, never will we be able to fill the emptiness with material things. It’s like this if we can’t help our selves be happy how can we help someone else be something that we are not? We can’t and won’t it’s plain and simple.
We have the two things we need to be happy in our hands we just need to take advantage of these things so that we can be happy and help everyone else obtain the happiness that we have in the lord. The church is true and if we follow the example of Wade and Terri Simmons we can help a whole lot of people spiritually and temporally in ways that no one else can. I know that as children of God our potential is limitless no matter how "average" we seem.
Subject: Getting older....and wiser! Date: Mon, 15 Mar 2010 15:38
It's the sad truth, I will be 27 tomorrow....Wow, I am catching up to you guys! lol!
The good times with Alberto will always be there because we will be visiting them as often as possible if I have anything to say in the matter.
Everything will be fine don't worry, Justin is doing what he believes is the right thing and thats all you can hope for. At least he isn't doing anything illegal. Give him my best and let him know I love him and he is always in my prayers. Uncle Rob
I have enough vitamins to cover me till May I think. If you could and if you haven't done it already, I would like it if you sent me some of that body lotion from the business, it keeps my feet in good condition so that I can walk without any problems.
I am not really thinking a whole lot about the first thing I want to do when I get home because I need to concentrate more on my work here in Peru still. When we get to that bridge we will cross it with pleasure. I really am greatful for all that God has blessed me with. I am lucky to have been born and raised where I was and have such great parents that taught me all that I needed to know to be successful even though I didn't take advantage of it as much as I should have. Thanks mom for covering me on all the bases that I can't take care of myself while I am here with the driver's license, credit cards, cell phone, gym and all! Thanks mom for all that you do, I really appreciate it.
It will be great to go back to the gym finally! In two years I have gone 2 weeks in total and that was almost a year and a half ago. I haven't driven at all for two years so that will be a bit strange at first but I will get used to it again.
I am glad that Dad is finally working and hope he doesn't go back on stand by he is happier working that is for sure. I pray that you guys keep on working the business and never give up so that you two can have a little something, something to retire on. That is good to hear that you found your gym shoes and inserts, now you can get back into the gym without excuses!
It is sad to hear James and the lady truck driver didn't work out. About James, I have an Idea that our branch president gave me and I really felt the spirit that it was true. It's called "The Courtship" It includes 4 steps that you must do in order. 1. Initial Contact 2.Be friends and nothing else. 3. The Courtship 4. The kiss! Sex not included till after the wedding! He can give it a shot, what does he have to lose?
Mother's day is right around the corner and it will be cool to talk to you all for the last time in Peru. I have learned and put in use that your point of view makes the difference and not the situation. A positive additude leads to success and not the other way around. I plan on coming home strong spiritually and using what I have to help me create a new legacy for the Morton family. There is nothing we can't do or as the Addidas shoe company says "Impossible is nothing", or Nothing is impossible!
We are working hard and I love it. The mission is the bomb because it gives us the chance to redefine ourselves and become someone more like Christ. I am being an obedient child of God and it pays off in many ways and we recieve many blessings because of our obedience to the will of God. I pray the best for you all, family, extemded family and friends.
Subject: Working hard and loving it! Date: Mon, 8 Mar 2010 15:46:12
To much surprise I received the birthday box today! So I have the sox’s, CD, protein powder, vitamins, letters, birthday cards, and protein bars. Thank you Mom! In regards to the next box I think I'm good for now, maybe some old spice high endurance deodorant stick and razors, there is nothing else that I can think of right now.
Yes I plan on doing things a lot different this time around. You're right; the time is flying by so fast I can't believe it. Yeah you tell those guys to clean up the joint or I will lay the smack down! lol!
I feel you about Peru. It has been a wake up call in many ways and I know that it is for my own good and that of my family as well. Yeah get yourself back in the gym and I will do the same as soon as I get home! Keep up the good work y'all and the blessings will come.
With Justin whatever happens it was meant to be that way and we must learn from the good and bad experiences but I have no doubt everything will be alright with him.
Brother Solomon is the man! I have always liked him. I want to be more like him when I grow up!
I hope Wally & Jennifer are happy and things work out for them whether they stay in California or move to Utah. I invite him to live here in Peru and see what it's really like to have a hard life. He needs to move on and enjoy what he has, a wonderful wife and daughter. That's cool that Mike invited you guys over whenever you'd like to see Ryder. I can't believe Ryder is 17 months old.
Tell Chris to keep at it and no matter what give it his very best and he will do well.
Wow! Brandon will be 18! How crazy is that! And Justin will be 22...Wow! I wish them nothing but luck in their lives and I invite them to investigate the church because they have nothing to lose and everything to gain. I know this to be true because I have seen miracles as a result of living the gospel.
Here in my new area we are busting our behinds and seeing the fruits of that work and really I feel blessed to be here. My comp is a great young man and we get along well. We really want to make a difference in the wards that we have because our goal is to baptize 8 people in March and that will require working as a team with the wards we are in. I know we can do it and it's going to be a great experience for us all. I have never worked so hard in the mission and yet I have never been so happy. This is God's work and it's true, I have no doubt about that.
When I get back home I plan on going to the gym right after sleeping for half a day! I want to have about two weeks of working out at the gym, lifting weights, playing X-Box and resting..... After that I will be full out Work, Church, Team INA, and studying Italian and Spanish. I have a lot of goals and one of those is finding "mi media naranja o mi flaca." In other words, my future wife! With my new skills I will be able to do a lot more with my time than before and there will be enough time for everyone. I know that God has big plans for me all I have to do is be obedient to his commandments and diligent in my work ethic and do it all with love!
A new Rob is coming to town, watch out! I love you all and what I'd like most is to see you all happy and really understand what our purpose is here and that this isn't it, there is much, much more but it depends on us. We are children of God and there are no limits to what we can do.
Send my love to the family, friends and everyone who asks about me , please tell them that I am doing great and loving the mission. I am grateful for this experience and no matter what my kids are going to serve a mission!
Subject: ¡Estoy bien en Lima, Peru! Date: Mon, 1 Mar 2010 14:26
Although I didn’t go to the jungle I was sent to the same zone and same district as the one I started out in. I am in a ward that’s in the same stake as my first area so I get to see my first converts from almost two years ago and they are all really special to me so I am super pumped to be here.
I don’t know what will happen with my email address with the new change, but I will let you know all the needed details. The photo of Ryder was really cool. I liked it a lot!
I got the box with dark socks and foot cream and protein bars but the other one I haven’t received yet. I hate to admit it but I haven’t sent the CD of photos yet because of the craziness but I will send 2 CDs of photos with a letter next Monday because I will have money then. The time is flying by like no body’s business! Next thing we will know I will be calling you for the last time in the mission and a month later I will be home!
I plan on taking the whole family on a trip to Perú in 6 years when I become a diamond as a diamond celebration! I really want my family to know the families that I have grown to love and that took care of me while I was here. That is my goal and I will do whatever it will takes to accomplish it.
Justin is a good kid, he just needs a firm foundation in the lord because the things of the world seem to have a lot of influence on the younger generation and next thing you know you aren’t young anymore and you are still doing things that the teenagers or college students are doing when you should be a responsible, focused on your future young man. Education is great but what you do with it is the key.
I have learned so much about attitude and what a huge difference it makes. It doesn’t matter your situation if you have a good attitude about it things will turn out all good. So let’s always be positive and we always will be blessed!
Subject: Going back to where I came from... Date: Mon, 22 Feb 2010 16:56
As the title entails I'm going back to the same zone that I started out in, so that will be cool. I'm not going to see the jungle again, as a missionary, but it is what it is. I knew I was going to be leaving but I was hoping I`d get one more chance at the jungle before I finish, but that`s pretty much guaranteed to not happen for whatever reason.
I hope everything is well with the family. I don`t know what to think about my change but all I can do is take it like a man and work hard. I am dissapointed but I am needed there for some reason, so I will do my very best.
Being in the mission is from another planet and as of yet do not understand really what they want from me at times. I pray that the mission will be easier for my children than it has been for me because they will be a lot more prepared for it than I was. It`s hard to believe but I have only 4 months left and I`m done.
I have changed so much and yet it seems like I have been away for only a short time. The mission truly is the hardest thing that I have ever done but it's the most significant thing I have done. I have a testimony that if we are obedient, have faith in the lord and ourselves and act upon that faith, we can do anything.
The lord has big plans for us as a family and all we have to do is live the gospel, knowing what the gospel isn`t enough. I challenge you all to do 5 things: Pray, Read the scriptures, Go to church, Dream big, and Plan for success, and you`ll have it!
Subject: All is well in zion! Date: Mon, 15 Feb 2010 16:50
!Todo va bien en siòn¡/ All is well in zion!
I haven’t received the box you sent in January but one of these days I will get it, when they feel like it. I know Dad stresses when he works and if he doesn’t work its even worse but when he retires maybe he will have more time to work "the business".
Justin sounds a bit immature but he will grow up eventually. Maybe it will take a good hard hit from life upside his head as it did me but it’s inevitable. We all have to grow up sooner or later and be men.
Wow! Gregg at Max Muscle got his pro card? Good for him! That’s a great accomplishment that he has worked very hard for and I am happy for him. Don’t worry about the protein powder too much, I am patient. Tell them ALL I’m coming back with a vengeance June 30th! Glad to hear they need me at Fitness 19! I will be working at Fitness 19 and I am planning on working a second job as well as well as working the business a little bit every day because I have a dream and I know that with hard work and obedience to the lord I can accomplish anything. It also helps that I can speak Spanish fluently and I’m going to study Italian again, so the demand for my services will be much greater than before. I am happy that they still remember me and want me to come back. I guess I did SOMETHING right!
James has another girl. I pray the best for him and that he can find happiness that lasts. She is a truck driver? That seems perfect to me! I pray that he keeps reading and listening to the bible its good for the soul.
I don’t really know what I will do with all my stuff yet but I was thinking about that the other day and I think I will leave a lot of stuff here. I think I will leave my shirts and a few dress pants, one of my suits and a pair of dress shoes. I don’t know what else but I’m sure a lot more stuff as well. My suits are holding up well although the grey one is a bit big it’s in great condition and I will be coming home with it. I left my black suit with the stripes at home and it will be nice and new for me to use on my first Sunday back. My gym shoes are doing great! I will be coming home with those as well because I don’t use them very often!
I really don’t like to hear the number of how little you and Dad can get by with. I think that both of you deserve and are capable of a lot more. It’s like the story of the fleas in a can with a top. They jump and jump without success until eventually they no longer jump high enough to reach the top. You can take the top off and they will never escape because they have in their mind that the top is there. They have lowered the bar and in their mind the limit is set. We can do more I know that to be true. We can help people and more than anything we can accomplish our dreams. Dream big!
I see clearer every day that the lord wants to bless us and we are the only ones stopping us from receiving huge blessings. We limit ourselves and it’s really unnecessary. The mission really has been an eye opener for me in many ways, not only spiritually but I have learned how to get along with people that don’t like me and do it well. I have learned so many life lessons its ridiculous. The best part is that I have much more time left to learn how to become the man God intends me to be. I truly believe that I have the chance to create a new legacy for the Morton name and you all will be apart of it. Send my love and praises to all the family and friends. The San Francisco crew, Rocklin 2nd and 6th crews and all that have made it possible to get to this point in my life.
Subject: Miracles can happen! Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2010 14:59
That’s cool about the box I’m sure I’ll get it soon. Wow! James is reading the bible....I think the world is coming to an end! LOL! I’m happy to hear that he is taking an interest in things a little bit more profound than the norm and it is good to hear things are better between you & your children, I know they mean a lot to you.
I don’t think you’ll want to be close to my children. I think they will be like I was but the good news is that they have a chance of turning out alright because at least they will have the gospel in their lives from the beginning. So I am the favorite....don’t tell the others! If my life is going to be easier it's because when you follow the commandments you receive blessings if not then there is nothing guaranteed. I too hope I get a great woman because I will need one to keep me in check! I have a lot of goals I want to accomplish so that I can leave a admirable legacy but it will require busting my butt spiritually and temporally. With that considered I will need a strong woman with high priorities and a strong testimony so that I don’t veer off on the wrong course. If Wally and Jennifer move to Utah maybe they will become Mormons like us one day! That would be funny if we all moved to Utah, who knows?! I hope you guys retire like Wade and Terri Simmons and not like Jeff.
Tell Chris to keep on studying and working hard, it will pay off in the long run. That’s a shame that Matt let James go but well he’s Italian and we know what he’s all about. I hope things work out better for you all financially but as we all know that requires working smart and having a lot of faith. You can do it because I know God had big plans for you, the trick is believing you can be more as Wade Simmons says. Vic and his girlfriend.....wow all I can say is I pray the best for them! It won’t be easy or pretty but as children of God were capable of anything. Vic and Chris are getting old, and fat! LOL! Who would have known?!
That would be cool if Alberto could be there for Justin’s pot luck. Justin may be immature but it's better to mature on your own than be forced into it like you were. It goes without saying I look forward to going home as well but I too have a lot of growing to do. I know that God has big plans for me here and I am so grateful for this opportunity to be a missionary. It has changed my life forever. I have been blessed to start a new trend in the Morton family and its a good one.
Thank you Mom for your support and the same goes for the whole family.
Subject: ¡Todo va bien en zión! Subject: All goes well in zión! Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2010 20:31
In regards to my drivers license, please keep it at home because I don’t need it here. I don’t want to lose it here.
Oh the word "Trunky" is a missionary saying when a missionary doesn’t have much time left in the mission and starts to think about home and gets lazy, and doesn’t work as hard as he should or not at all. Cool I’m sure I will get the package soon.
I’m glad that you got to spend some time with Claire. There are benefits to being old huh? LOL! I would like to see the day when money isn’t a problem. One day that dream will come true. I have heard of "Avatar" It's popular here but I haven’t watched it...of course!
Regarding Robbie Cook. I’m sure it was great for everyone to see him and hear from him in person and it sounds like he gave an awesome talk, he is a great public speaker and I've always admired him, he has always seem to know where he was going and what he wanted to do from when he was very young, that is a tribute to his parents, family, and our church. Sounds like his speech was geared to the youth to serve a mission as they tell us to do, it's up to our youth to carry on. I hope to speak to Robbie Cook when I get back if he's still there. So you think he came back a bit slimmer, he isn’t the only slim one! I’m looking like I’m a freshman in high school again!
I am really happy to hear that Annette and you had a nice talk and she is looking forward to seeing The Minguzzi’s again they are wonderful people! Annette will have a pot luck for Justin, that’s cool. However Justin's car accident isn’t so cool but we learn from these things. Regarding his going into the Army, the infantry isn’t the best but if he uses this opportunity to pay for his studies and provide a more stable future for himself and his family it’s all good. Yes the grandkids are getting older and I’m in the same boat! I graduated from High School 8 years ago....wow I am old!
I sure pray that things work out more idealistically for you guys but remember that we are blessed. It could be a lot worse! I have all plans on staying in California for some time. If not, I’m thinking Utah might be inevitable! I am flattered that you want to be wherever I am with my family. I guess I am the favorite! lol! I know you'll want to be close to your new grandchildren when they arrive. That's why I want you to take care of yourself! I really think the Morton’s and Roe’s would like Utah. You can go camping, hiking, fishing and hunting and who knows what else!
I too look forward to coming home and applying what I have learned here in Perú in my own life and that of my family. I am really excited to get back in the gym like you don’t even know! It will require 2 years solid of lifting weights before I can compete again but that doesn’t matter. It’s true that I have a lot of funny stories to tell but really I feel protected by the lord so the mission has been chill for me. I really have been blessed. Don’t worry I’m coming home soon! The time is flying by like nobody’s business. Next thing you know I’ll be in the airport with my bags.
I am really learning how to face my problems and solve them. I am learning how to love people even if they don’t love me so that I can help them. The things we learn in the mission are priceless. Our savior Jesus Christ lives and if we truly have faith in him we are capable of ANYTHING. There are no limits in the joy we can experience if we are more like him every day. Don’t be afraid to dream big, follow the commandments and you can accomplish anything.
I love you all and I pray that you are reaping the rewards of my service and prayers and most of all I hope you are showing the lord how truly grateful you are for his atonement.
Subject: ¡Me va bien! Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2010 15:24:04
I haven’t received the box with vitamins yet but I’ll get it soon. That’s cool that Dad went to the temple because it rocks! I hope you guys make some time once a month to go and do a session it’s worth it! Wow Robbie Cook gets home tomorrow?! How time flies by. I’m sure Robs return will be great for everyone! Man that Steve Reynolds. I hope he is doing well. The weather is changing all over and I plan on moving to the state that stole our weather when I get back!
My new comp is Elder Parizaca and he is from Cochabamba, Bolivia. He isn’t trunky like many of my previous companions and follows the rules so it’s a bit strange for me but I have to clean up my act a bit and be a good boy lol! The Michael Jackson shirt was cool! I like it. Yes, it’s hard for me to pray in English now. I can communicate in English when I speak with someone from the states but its weird talking to a Latino in English, it throws me off. It will be weird the making the transition and all when I get home but I will be fine. The good news is you can always study Italian and if you work the business enough you can go on vacations in Italy and you will get your Italian back in no time.
I'm sorry you have not seen Justin since Thanksgiving. He’s doing his thing which sadly enough doesn’t really include family and that needs to change sooner than later. At least everyone is getting along.
Yes I heard it's been snowing in Northern California and have seen pictures with a whole lot of snow in Utah...provecho!
The things that I need would be razors, protein bars, vitamins, toothpaste, white sox and whatever your heart desires! I am sending the CD today so you should get it soon.
Good for Chris! Education is really important but even more important is what you do with that education! The U.S.A. is full of opportunities for people who want to work hard and learn. Literally we can be and do what our heart desires and that’s a privilege that not everyone has. We need to take advantage of the blessings that God has given us and be grateful that we have been born where and when we have. On a missionary note we are working hard here in Lima. It’s a bit tougher to work in an area that you have basically contacted everyone and their grandma and they all know you and say no I am still not interested in "your church".
I have been here for 4 months now and I have made some great friends and when I go I will miss them a lot but I plan on making a come back with the family in a few years when I am an emerald in the business and I have a bit of freedom from "The man"= (9:00-5:00 JOB). Literally I have family here and I can’t wait for you guys to meet them. I know that you’ll get along great!
Can you believe that I will be home in 5 months? The time has gone by so fast I truly am amazed. I truly am a changed man and yet there is a whole lot more to learn. If I do the best job possible I know that the lord will bless you and me.
I thank you all for making it possible to serve a mission, I will never forget it and it will be a legacy truly great in the Morton family to have missionaries all over the world as representatives of the Lord Jesus Christ. This was all made possible by our family and friends. Thank you all. Keep the dream alive!
Actually it’s been chill here, humid but not too hot. Its actually rained in Lima a few times which is practically the end of the world for them because it just doesn’t rain here. I haven’t received another box yet. That would be cool if Alberto could visit you guys for a bit in March.
About the temple in Italy are they actually building it and if so when do they plan on finishing? I want to go too! Holla at Bishop Smith, brother Knecht, Brother Gibson and that I am doing great! Please do what you can about my license to renew it I would appreciate it a lot.
Yes I plan on going back to Fitness 19 because I need to get back in the gym BAD! That’s cool about Rocklin going to state but for what Basketball, Football, Wrestling, or Baseball? I need to work hard from the get go because I have a lot of plans and little time to accomplish them in.
The changes were this last Wednesday January 13th and I am staying here in Lima till February 24th. I am excited because my new comp is super spiritual and just a great kid. I truly believe we will do some great things this change.
On a funny note I am forgetting my English and I didn’t notice it until now, because for some reason people are asking me what does this mean in English, and I have to think hard for about a minute until it comes to me! I have realized that I am a missionary and the transition to the "Normal life" will be awkward. Who knew? The good news is that God is blessing me every day more and more and I feel he is molding me into a better person. I know that he is blessing you guys as well. I hope you keep working hard and going to church and obeying the commandments so that he can bless you more and more.
Be patient, I am coming home soon but I am needed here I know this to be true. I pray more than anything that one day my family decides to accept the gospel in their lives. I am really happy that James is starting to think about the Bible and spiritual things a bit more and well and his education and working hard. He is capable of great things if only he trusts in himself and God. The same goes for you all because the lord has big plans for the family if only you believe that anything is possible. One thing I have come to realize in the mission is that we set our own limits not our heavenly father and the way we do it is by doing nothing at all or whining about our trials without doing what it takes to overcome the problem.
Let’s stay positive as TEAM. INA always tells us we can be financially free and with that freedom we can do great things for many people because serving others makes us feel good and it pleases the lord.
You guys are the best! Until next time I love you all and pray for the best.
Subject: Wow! Alberto needs a razor! Date: Mon, 11 Jan 2010 14:30:03 +0000
Well, I got the garments, razors and scalp serum. The garments that I like are called "Cotton/poly" The others aren’t my cup of tea. Getting old sucks but as you guys say....its better than the alternative! Get ready to retire but do it in style! Do it like Wade and Terry Simmons! You can do it I know it! Thanks for sending me the rechargeable batteries. I will put them to good use! Thank you but I am good on a CD player.
I pray things work out with you guys and your financial situation. I have heard that the U.S. is almost 80% recovered from the economic crisis. That makes me feel a lot better.
I realized the other day that James is going to be 40 this May! We are getting old huh? I will be 27 this March.... who knew I would survive this long without being strangled! As a child I was sure a hand full for you and Dad, but I am learning my lesson here.
I plan on going back to Fitness19. Actually I plan on working two jobs and doing the business. I need to start making enough money from the get go to start saving for a house! I know things will get better by June because it’s up to us and how we look at things whether it’s a cup half empty or half full. We decide how good things are not the circumstances. Yes Mom stay positive and behave! I completely agree on making the goal for Italy 2012! I am already planning on it! As far as I am concerned they are family and I love them as such. Sorella is sister huh? That’s right; I need to study Italian also when I get home! That’s cool that she sent the family a box. I understand about the panetone because I ate panetone for a month! All of December, breakfast, lunch and dinner! I am down for some pasta! I miss good food! Don’t worry about what to make fo me when I get back, cook whatever your heart desires! Cool I was wondering about my license because I will need that ASAP as I return to drive to my two jobs and attend college!
It’s good to hear that you are feeling a little better. I hope there will be no need for the use of your cane by the time I get you back, we need to get you back in the gym and I also hope in June you won’t need the wheelchair-cart because that would be a huge relief for you. You took the words from my mouth you have a trip to Italy to prepare for and I’m coming back! Don’t worry about the Christmas lights you can take them down unless you just don’t feel like it.
I saw Alberto's photo with Giorgio at Christmas at their mamma's house and Alberto needs to shave! lol Wow Alberto´s boss had a baby that’s cool. Alberto is the man and that’s cool that they trust him so much in his job to give him so much responsibility. I am even more excited that he got to date some gGirls! That’s always good news. I hope Alberto is able to escape from his job and stop by for a visit with you guys while he is nearby in Denver, U.S.A. That would be really special. I hope Alberto finds his good deal on the house he wants to settle down in Modena, IT. So the new girl’s name is Denise interesting.... she’s pretty, interesting and talented good for him! Yes we love the Minguizzi family because they are the bomb! Send my love and best wishes to the Minguzzi family and that 2012 we will be occupying those rooms with pleasure! After what you’ve been through it good to have something to look forward to and mtake a goal to achieve it.
I have to say the lord really knows what he is doing with us. Really all we need to do is work hard and consult the lord faithfully and we will be led to eternal happiness. The lord has bigger plans for us than we can imagine we just have to BELIEVE and JUST DO IT! The temple is a great source of strength and personal revelation. Prayer also helps us keep in touch God so that we are not led in the wrong direction. I love you all and I know you are capable of anything.Keep the dream alive!
Subject: New year new Elder! Date: Mon, 4 Jan 2010 14:42
It’s good to be in 2010! It’s a new year full of new opportunities and new arrivals! Let’s not count the months down because we can’t afford to assume and lose blessings and opportunities! Don’t worry about me! I am a bit older and more experienced with these things and I only take my camera with me when we do things as a group - tourist as a zone or when I leave a zone to say good bye to the great families I have come to know well. As far as money well I have about $10 on me and usually no more than that. Don’t worry about that because my back pack is always at my feet where they would have to be a bit more obvious when robbing me and I don’t think they are that stupid. I plan on sending you a CD soon with a letter and some small stuff from Perú.
That’s cool that Annette is being social. I hope she is doing constructive things with her free time. Really I don’t know a whole lot of 43 year old single men from the church, but you never know! I know some Peruvians that fit that description but I wouldn’t recommend them for her. That’s cool to hear you chilled on new years eve, I think its just what you need.
What do I need? More dress socks, rechargeable AA and AAA batteries and you guys to work the business like never before so that when I get home you guys will be in a different economic situation than when I left. That way you can teach me how to do the same for my future family! I see that getting a job and all that starting over stuff with college will be hard but with help the transition will be less abrupt. I hope you were able to renew my license so that I can get to work right away and get ready because I am coming! Wow! I am really proud of James. He is really coming around. As you said there is hope! I sure hope he has the same or more interest in these things when I get home!
Talking about the Roe's the CD that Chris sent me is the BOMB! Its greatest gospel hits CD and I like it a lot! It gets me motivated and my comp doesn’t speak English.
Going to physical therapy you will get to recover from the daily grind of the week a bit more this year, which means you will have more energy to keep on keeping on! Wow! That’s really cool that Semaj and Redondo have their own businesses. I wish them all the best in their business ventures! George sings Hip Hop? Or more R&B? Either way I like both! Yeah by the time I get married he will be famous so that’s cool with me! I hope we get "The family discount".
Jill and Dean are going to the Mormon capital of the world good for them! Wow Jenns car took a dive that’s crazy! That’s nice of you to give her your car but you worked out some kind of deal with them right? I hope so. I am happy she is finally moving forward and looking for a new job. In regards to the car I am not even thinking about that yet. I do plan on buying something more my style as soon as possible though depending on the dinero situation! That’s cool that Josh (Mortimer) still remembers his Spanish really well. He must have studied more in college.
As for me I have been working my butt off spiritually and physically. I have a comp that’s super prideful and thinks he knows everything and isn’t afraid to say so. It makes me realize how important humility really is and how much of strength it is as well. I am learning a lot this change. I know that the lord is on my side and I can overcome any trial if I confide in him, be humble and bust my butt doing the right things. I have to say the mission is the best decision I have ever made and will never regret doing. I thank my God my family and the church for giving me this opportunity to serve the lord and really be truly converted to the only true church on the face of the earth.
Subject: ¡Gracias a todos ustedes! Date: Mon, 28 Dec 2009 14:22:10 +0000 Hey yall!
Yeah I feel bad that things didn’t work out as I hoped but sometimes these things happen and its out of our control no matter how good our intentions are. I wish Wally, Jenn, and Claire a Merry Christmas and a new year full of blessings as a result of good decisions, diligence, and an attitude that’s always positive! It was a great experience for me to talk a little bit with Brian, Brandon, Annette, James, and Dad and you, Mike and Sunny. I enjoyed talking to you as well. I wish we had a little more time but this time I have to be a good example as a senior companion and follow the hour rule. I understood all of you no worries. I know you love me and that’s what really matters and I hope you know that I love you all.
It’s disappointing you didn’t hear or see Justin on Christmas, but its good to hear that he is a little happier. I too hope Vic gets a job and grows up. I hope Vic accomplishes what it is that he wants. Don’t worry about the garments, it’s though that counts. As far as needs go I don’t need anything out of the norm just my normal vitamins and protein stuff and that you guys keep going to church, reading your scriptures, praying, and working the business and living the dream! I haven’t received the envelope you sent me yet but I will get it soon.
As far as I know I will be sent to Sacramento but don’t worry we will know when we need to know. That’s crazy! Elder Cook is almost done. That will be a great homecoming and he will be a great addition to the singles ward!
Give a holla at Camie and let her know I understand how things can get crazy at times. I too am experiencing the hectic life with changes left and right. A letter every now and then is cool but really I know she cares because she is one of the few of my friends that have written me. You know when they write they really are your friends even if its once.
Send a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year wish from Elder Morton to Tanya and the whole Mortimer-Zufelt family! ¡Próspero Año Nuevo!
Send a shout out to Rose for me. She rocks and I hope she had a very Merry Christmas and has an even better new year!
Send my love out to Jimmie, Futaba and Masai and Sayaka please because they are the best! I pray that everything works out well with her surgery and that the business stays strong and most of all so that they can enjoy a few chill moments in life as a family and as husband and wife! We have to converse with them when I get back because I really miss them and really all of my family and friends! When did Futaba send the letter because if I am not mistaken I received one a long time ago and it was nice? I hope the Wilson family had a great Christmas and a prosperous new year as well!
I am really enjoying myself here in El Perú. I learn something new every day and I truly feel as though the lord is molding me to be a better man than I could be without him. I truly know that God has a higher purpose for us than the "daily grind". He wants us to progress spiritually as well as temporally and as I told Annette if we are not progressing we are not doing what we have been sent here to do and most of all what we promised God our father we would do here. I pray that this New Year may be full of new and significant life goals with real intention to accomplish them. We can do it!
Subject: Good Decisions make the difference... Date: Mon, 21 Dec 2009 15:10:29 Hey yall!
So here's the plan. On Thursday I am going to call at 6:00-6:30 your time so we’re good there. On Christmas I will call at about noon if everything goes as I hope. Either way I will call Christmas so be ready!
I don’t know if my friends have received the chocolate balls you sent yet but when they tell me I will let you know. I’m sure I will receive the things you sent but I don’t know when. How cool. It’s small but I like blue lights. It’s good to hear that the boys are helping out this year. Send my love to the Rocklin 2nd and 6th please.
What's going on? I knew that was going to happen eventually. Really we can’t say we didn’t warn him. Now he is going to take it like a man! That’s life and we have to make educated decisions and if we don’t THAT'S what happens. The good news is that although life is crazy you guys are being blessed in many ways. I look forward to talking to the kids on Christmas. It will be nice to share the experiences we have had since May.
Funny story, we baptized a Down syndrome kid Saturday because he is an only child and his mom wanted to see him baptized. I was chosen to the dirty work of dunking him because I am stronger than my comp and the kid is a bit afraid of water. We had to do it three times before it was done correctly and the third time I had to go down with him by putting my chest in his face and forcing him under the water. It was hilarious! He thanked me for saving his life! He probably thought he was going to drown. I will send pictures later.
Really I feel, for the first time in a while just plain chill, working hard and helping this ward progress in every way I can. I have had a few companions who really challenged my patience and my humility and for that I am grateful because we are not put through trials we can’t overcome. We are here to progress and I feel as though my family and I are progressing although not everyone as I would like but little by little.
I am grateful for all the great decisions and faith you are showing in the lord. I know it’s because of that you are being blessed in a time that’s difficult in the states with the economy and all. I look forward to hearing from you all.
Subject: Buon Natale y Feliz Navidad! Date: Mon, 14 Dec 2009 14:21
Thanks for the garments and razors I appreciate it. Don’t worry these things happen every now and then. Thanks for the CD of church music because that’s all we can listen to. I appreciate the thought from Chris but I don’t know what CD he got me because it’ not Christmas yet! Thanks for the hair conditioner stuff once again! That’s cool about the commercials. Is the image getting better for Amway and Nutralite?
Yes I will be calling the 24th as my "Pre call" to tell you when I will be calling you on Christmas. I will call at night because I think were 1 or 2 hours ahead of you guys. I don’t know what time exactly yet.
The chocolate balls are for a couple in my ward who the husband served a mission in the Northern part of Perú and had a companion from the states. He tried this chocolate ball for Christmas as LOVES it! He asked me if I could have you send him and his wife one and I said I would ask. They are really cool people and I thought it couldn’t hurt to ask. Christmas is next week how crazy is that?
Speaking of Alberto how are the Minguzzi’s? Have you heard anything from them lately? Well the answer is yes and that’s cool! I read the letter from Vito and it sounds like everyone is doing their thing and overall pretty happy. I am happy to hear that they are doing well. Send them my best wishes please. Its good to hear that the grandma is still sticking in there, but when is Giorgio going to give Nadia and Vito grand kids and when is Alberto going to get hitched?! It seems as though June 2010 will be a big month worldwide!
Really I am enjoying this change more than ever. We are doing really good things in our area and the members are progressively happier with the missionaries. Almost 6 months to go and I am home, how fast the time is flying by. I still see a difference in the man I was compared to just 6 months ago and at this rate I will be a lot different in 6 more months when I get home. I have a different work ethic and desire to share the gospel with my family, not force my religion on them but share what I have learned in these two years with them, and let them make the decision on their own.
I am really pumped to talk to the family this Christmas. It will be a great experience for all of us I am sure. I love you all and hope that all my friends and family know that. From Rocklin and Auburn, CA, to South San Francisco, all the way to Italy and back I send my love to all and want to hear how everyone is doing for the holidays.
Subject: Feliz Navidad! Date: Mon, 7 Dec 2009 14:47
A quick notice I received the Christmas box from you guys and the CD that Chris bought and they were AWESOME! I haven’t opened any of the gifts yet but thank you for the generosity because you sent A LOT! I hope it was in the budget! In response to one of your letters yes, I need 5 more pairs of garment tops and bottoms and more socks because there was a huge problem with the company that washes our clothes here in Lima and everyone lost a ton of clothes. If you could send some more razors that would be cool too.
So, Vic is trying to get into Sac Junior college that’s great!
Good for Annette. She finally passed her test and accomplished her goals and is happy. Justin goes to boot camp. How crazy is that?! It sounds like something from a crazy dream that you can’t wake up from. I sure hope he has a good experience in the military and doesn’t pick up any bad habits.
That’s good to hear that Jackie is recovering well from her surgery and is happily married. Good to hear that James is overcoming his trials and is doing well. I am really glad that you and Dad are hanging in there and looking at the positive side of things. I didn’t know there were plans on going to Italy in 2012, but I LOVE the idea and I think that Dad will be beyond happy visiting Italy, because its THE BOMB!
In regards to me, I am really happy with how things are going here in Lima. We are finding really great, new people to teach the gospel to and I feel truly blessed because my comp is a really great kid that was raised in the church. I truly believe we will make a big difference in the ward and branch that we have. I feel truly blessed to be where I am at this point in my mission. God loves us and wants to bless us, we just have to be obedient and act in faith according to the whisperings of the spirit and choose the right! If we do that we will receive the blessings after the trial of our faith.
The holiday season for me is a reminder of how much God really loves us, so much so that he sent his only begotten son to sacrifice his life for us and make it possible to make it back to his presence. May we always remember how very blessed we are to have been born when and where we have and always thank God for what he has given us because there are people who have a lot less than we do.
I plan on doing things a whole lot differently when I get home. I really want to make anything possible for my children. I want them to have the opportunity to know diverse countries and people and most of all PERÚ! So, I will have to work hard and keep the focus but I am prepared to do whatever it takes so that my kids can be even better prepared for the mission life and the real life than I was, because its worth it. The family is so important and I have learned that in the mission. I knew before that the family was important but my vision was drastically limited compared to now and because of that I am grateful every day that I was blessed with the opportunity to serve as a missionary for these 2 years.
I look forward to talking to you all in a few weeks and I know it will be a great experience for all of us.
Subject: The holidays are here! Date: Mon, 30 Nov 2009 20:50
The holidays have many surprises to offer and usually they are good ones. I am happy to hear that Annette and you are getting along like a mother and daughter should. How crazy, Brandon is a junior! That’s what two years away from home does, we all grow 2 years older and yet we don’t see it happen!
Girls, we can’t live with them and we live without them. What is a man to do?! I doubt things with Justin will pan out as he hopes because what he feels isn’t love and that’s something I know from experience. The best thing he can do is enjoy her presence while it lasts because things will change a whole lot when he goes into the military. His life really won’t be his and he will grow up and want different things out of life. Honestly I think they should part ways while they still can be friends and really if through the course of his life he finds his way back to her that’s cool. It sounds like June 2010 will be a memorable one for all of us just about! I am happy that Annette got her condo and that it’s a nice one. I am thrilled to hear that Brandon is chilling out, maybe he is growing up.
I haven’t received the envelope or my package but there probably saving it for Christmas if they have arrived. I too look forward to the Christmas call, to be able to talk to the family once again. I really hope that before I get home we can get the family going to church. It would be a huge blessing for them and it would help a lot in the thing we lack as a family and that is UNITY.
We need to stop holding grudges, being prideful, hard hearted and really breaks the false traditions of our family apart, and start anew. Life is short and the things of the world will pass but the family CAN be eternal! When I get home I will be able to talk more intelligently about the gospel and what living it really can do for us. I will not lecture or force my religion on anyone but I will share with them what I have learned during these two years because I have learned so much and yet there is so much more to learn. I have learned that were here not on vacation but to be tried so that we can progress. It’s not easy to admit that we are the problem when in reality usually we are. These past 2 changes have been really tough for me and the next one seems to be equal because I will be staying here in Lima until January. Sadly it doesn’t look like I will be going back to the jungle but it is what it is, God knows why I am here even if I don’t. If you could do me a favor and send one of those chocolate oranges that they have for the holidays. The ones when you tap it on the table it breaks into slices like an orange I would really appreciate it. Please send it to: Consuelo del Rosario Garcia Quiroz, Jr. Piedraluna, 2515 3ero PisoUrb. San Carlos San Juan de Lurigancho Lima, Perú.
Thanks mom you’re the bomb! I hope you are all well, sticking in there as I am persevering till the end. I hope you remember that your heavenly father loves you and wants the best for you. If you pray, go to church, read your scriptures daily, work hard, build the business and keep the Sabbath day holy you will be blessed in every way you are in need. My testimony of the church has grown immensely and with that I have more joy and security in life and I want that for my family as well. Keep on keepin on! Love you all!
1st Letter From Elder Morton from Lima, Peru, 08.27.08
Hey Mom & Dad, I have reached my mission home in Lima, Peru and the President and his wife are great! The Elders are nice & my companion is a good guy from what I hear. All of your packages made it to the mission home. When I get to my area I will see which ones came. I will write you to confirm. I may or may not email you today but if I can I will. So far so good, I am alive and well. I am excited to teach the gospel to develop a stronger relationship of Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father. It will be hard but I knew that to begin with. The most important thing is that I concentrate on becoming the best missionary that I can be, so that you all will be blessed spiritually, & temporally, as our faith is tested. I love you guys and pray for you every day. I know no matter if we work hard with our eyes set on eternal salvation things will work out for the best. Never give up! Love, Rob Elder Morton Somos de la Norte
Futbol in Estadio Aliardo Soria
The Power Zone of Pucallpa Soccer Team of Lima, Peru: Elder Morton in back row in gray T shirt next to Elder Rich
The Power Zone of Pucallpa!
Elder Morton with fellow futbol players
My Guest Book
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Rob is back home....
Robert returned home June 30th, was released on July 1, 2010 by President Murphy. He went back to work as a personal trainer. After his return he began writing people in Peru on Facebook and recognized a girl from Lima, Peru. In December, he flew back to see her and speak to her mother, they went to the Lima, Peru Temple and asked her to marry him and she said Yes! They planned the following year after visa went through. We are proud to announce Robert married Rosa Angelica Rodriquez Camus on December 30, 2011, at the Oakland Temple in Oakland, California. Our family already Love her. Rob is currently attending college, he changed his major to "Law" while attending school he is working as a Medical interpreter for our local hospitals here and studying to be a Legal interpreter as well. Rosita is attending college nights to be a Medical Assistant. They are living in Rocklin and are very happy, they have many plans for their future.
Saying good bye to family before leaving for the MTC in Provo, UT, June 22, 2008
with Claire & Nicole
June 25, 2008
Dropping Rob at the MTC
ELDER MORTON, Provo, UT
First day at the MTC ~ Provo, UT 06.25.08
Elder Morton 06.25.08
My 1st companion at MTC, Elder Sweet
Lima Peru - 2008 to 2010
1st area Elder Morton was sent to in 2008. He was sent back to Lima in February 2010.
Christmas Eve in Lima, Peru 12.24.09
Elder Morton & Companion Celebrating Christmas
Elder Morton's Family
Sister Annette, 2010
Virgina & hubby
07.31.10. How is Robbie?
Josh and Junior
More photos of The Mortimores
Joe & Katie
The Mortimore family
Photos I sent to Elder Morton in Peru
Mike Wedding day 2008
Mr. & Mrs. Victor Roe
Justin joined the Army
Ryder Morton, 18 months
Driving his tractor
Junior Prom, 03.20.10
The Minguzzi's in Lugo, Italy Christmas 2009
Alberto & his brother Giorgio on the left, Alberto on the right
Merry Christmas From:
George, David, Revonda 2009
Gracias a todos usteds!
December 28, 2009
It was great speaking with you all. Thank you everyone! I enjoyed talking to you as well. I wish we had a little more time but this time I have to be a good example as a senior companion and follow the hour rule. I understood all of you no worries. I know you love me and that’s what really matters and I hope you know that I love you all. With less than six months to go I will be home soon. I look forward to seeing you all when I get back because I really miss you my family and friends!
June 08, 2009
Changes are next week so I have no idea what’s going to happen there. I could be changing venues or maybe not. We’ve made it almost a year folks, prepare for the arrival of Elder Morton, it's coming fast!
Elder Morton is an LDS Missionary serving in the Peru Lima North Mission. His service began on June 25th, 2008. He is now serving in Pulcalpa in the Jungle. He seems very happy there.
From Elder Morton:
February 23, 2009
I'm in the Jungle. Oh yes when it doesn’t rain it's HOT & HUMID! I like it though. I've wanted to go to the jungle & now I’m here. I am taking as many pictures as I can so you guys get an idea what it’s like here.
February 16, 2009
I'm going to the Jungle to "Pulcalpa!'' There is an emergency change and I'm being sent to the Jungle! It's cool but I am a bit sad because my new companion here in Supe Puerto is Elder Mamani and he is really cool and a great missionary. I have no idea what to expect in Pulcalpa.
Elder Robert Morton is serving on a mission in the Lima Peru North Mission. This online journal is to keep friends & family up to date on Elder Morton while he is on his mission in Peru in South America.
Thanks to the missionary moms for their support of our missionaries serving the Lord all over the world. A special thank you to Sister Rich for her helping get this website started and thanks to all of the Elders who send photos home for us missionary moms to share with their loved ones state side.
*Photos of Peru, the customs, photos of the food and much of the info on this website were gathered from the websites of Elder Rich, Elder Layton, Elder Grifffin, Elder Ridge, & Elder Hyde, serving in Lima Peru North Mission.
Thank you for visiting Elder Morton's blogspot!
Jungle Elder was sent to
Ryder 1 years old
Ryder on the left with his girl friend :-)
Ryder 1st Birthday Party! 10.04.09
Ryder with G'pa
Ryder 9 months old
Ryder & Mike Morton
A little info about my Companions:
They were all awesome young men that I learned something important from each and everyone of them.
My 18th companion was my companion until I left Peru June 25, 2010.
My 17th companion was
My 16th companion was
My 15th companion was
My 14th companion was
My 13th companion was is Elder Parizaca and he is from Cochabamba, Bolivia. He isn’t trunky like many of my previous companions and follows the rules so it’s a bit strange for me but I have to clean up my act a bit and be a good boy lol! "Trunky" is a missionary saying when a missionary doesn’t have much time left in the mission and starts to think about home and gets lazy, and doesn’t work as hard.
My 12th companion is Elder Cahui and he is just what I needed TRANQUILO! I feel the spirit again and that makes me happy. The new guy is from Perú he is really humble. Elder Cahui is going to be a brain surgeon!
My 11th companion was Elder Davila, he is Peruvian. I learned more patience from this Elder.
My 10th companion was Elder Zabala
My 9th companion was Elder Archila and he is from Guatemala also. Elder Archila is from Santa Cruz, Bolivia and this is his last month and a half in the mission before he goes home. He looks like our Giorgio from Italy and is a bit like Giorgio as far as his personality goes but less reserved. We get along well and because of that we're working really well and busting our behinds.
My 8th companion was Elder Choc is frm Guatemala.
My 7th companion was Elder Choc is frm Guatemala.
My 6th companion was Elder Aguilar, from Peru.
My 5th companion was Elder Mamani from Peru and he is a great missionary here in Supe Puerto. I'm being sent to Pulcalpa and will get a new companion. My Spanish is better so I am ready to go to the Jungle!
My 4th companion was Elder Ayala from Lima, Peru. I've learned how to express myself differently, so all in all it is something I am greatful for because I am a better, more patiente man for it.
My 3rd companion was Elder Garnica from Bolivia. He is a good kid who has been on his mission for 21 months. He speaks less English than I do Spanish but it’s all good.
My 2nd companion was Elder Saenz was my first companion in Peru. He is from Ariquipa, Peru. He speaks: Spanish, English, Italian, Hebrew, & Arabic. I was disappointed Elder Saenz had to leave before changes and will miss Elder Saenz. He's a funny guy! He was a good companion.
My 1st companion was Elder Sweet at the MTC, Provo, UT.
Elder Morton with Elder Rich
Elder Robert Morton
Elder Morton eating something strange
Pucallpa Jungle reached by boat or plane
View of Jungle where Elder Morton's was sent to
Photo of Pucallpa
Map of Peru
Houses on the water in Peru
Sunrise in Peru
Elder Morton in Peru
Elder Morton with new converts 05.17.09
Elder Morton, November 2008
Foggy Peru in the background
Elder Morton in front of his Ward in Lima
Elder Morton with newly Baptized converts 11.23.08
Elder Morton's 1st Companion in Peru
Elder Morton with his companion
Elder Morton baptizing a new member
Getting the Brass Plates from Laban- See Video of Elder Morton to your left...
Regarding the video below: In the Book of Mormon, there is the story of Nephi and his brothers. They were in the wilderness, and went back to Jerusalem to get the history of their forefathers which was written on Brass Plates.The missionaries from Pucallpa put on a play for ward members. "The play was a reenactment of Nephi, Laman, Lemuel, and Sam, going to get the plates from Laban. We did four different scenes. One normal, one in dancing, one in fighting, and one in talking like they do in the jungle (singing)." My guess is that Elder Rich is Zoram (Laban's servant), Elder Soto is Laban (dressed in the robe with the green towel on his head, and the brothers are Elder Cope, Elder Layton, Elder Vasquez, and Elder Morton.
Elder Morton in Peru10.23.08
Digging a ditch
Missionaries with Elder Morton
Elder Morton pointing to where he's at in Peru
Elder Morton with Elders at MTC
Elder Morton at MTC
Elder Morton with another Elder
A local soft drink
Photo of inca_kola, a drink in Peru
Elder Morton not sure of what he's eating!
For dinner was Cau-Cau
Cau-Cau, Cow intestines!
Chix Feet Soup
Borrowed from an Elders blog
Traditional dinner in Lima, Peru
Arroz-con-Pollo~chicken & rice, this dish is more like what we are used to having for dinner...
Christmas Card from: Peru Lima North Mission
LA IGLESIA DE JESUCRISTO DE LOS SANTOS DE LOS ÚLTIMOS DÍAS December 2009
The following is a letter my wife and I wrote to all of the missionaries we have in the mission for the month of December. We first want to thank you as parents for the great sons and daughters that you have prepared to be in our mission. They are excellent teachers of the Gospel and faith, exemplary in conduct, reverent towards sacred things and they fully understand who they are representing. They know that they represent the Lord and His church, and likewise understand that they are representing their families. All of them are living many spiritual experiences that will lead them to their own conversion. The miracle they are living is that of their own personal conversion that will allow them to see the future with better spiritual clarity. Parents, we love and respect you for what you are doing for these wonderful young men and women. Don’t forget to write them every Monday; they anxiously await your letters and e-mails. Together with my wife, we want to send our greetings and our respect toward you and your families. We also want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2010. The 24th of December, your sons and daughters will be calling to arrange the phone call they will have with you on Christmas Day, the 25th. They will be able to speak with you for one hour.
Until then pray for your sons and daughters and be assured that they are doing well.
President and Sister Pérez Peru Lima North Mission
Card from the President to our Missionaries:
Elders and Sisters, With the start of a new December, we begin to remember the birth of our elder brother Jesus Christ. What a good opportunity we have to remember this very important event in the life of every mortal being that has passed, passes, and will pass through this life. How much we owe to him!!! How many of us are in the condition to recognize this? I believe that all of us here in the mission can say that we know Him by the spiritual experiences that we are living together with Him. Not only His birth has marked our lives, but also the fact we are here enjoying this opportunity that He has given to us, living as representatives of Him and His Church. Elders and Sisters, let His birth be more for us than just an event that comes and fades away in its time; let it not be only a passing experience that doesn’t leave anything in us; but let it be a spiritual experience that lasts forever, even after our time in the mission. In this month let us remember that which Christ has done for us, which is eternal life with the possibility of exaltation. Let us, with our work, pay back in something that He has done for every one of us, and let us make December 2009 be a great White Christmas with many baptisms, that not only fills us with joy, but also gives a great happiness to that very loving Being, to Him, yes, Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world.
President and Sister Pérez
Peru Mission History
The Peru Lima North Mission is a very large divided mission covering a section of Lima and then a large area of the northeast part of the country.
August 7, 1956 - First missionaries arrive in Peru. February 24, 1957 - First Lima Branch Conference November 1, 1959 - Andes Mission formed (included Peru, Chile, Bolivia, Ecuador, Columbia and Venezuela). There were 5 branches in Peru and 300 members! 1965 - Church memebrship in Peru grows to over 6300. 1970 - The first stake was formed in Peru. The Lima stake 6 wards, 3 branches, and approximately 5000 members. 1974 - Lima West Stake formed. 1976 - Lima Peru Central Stake and the Lima Peru Lamanita Stake formed. 1977 - Approx. 17,000 members in Peru. January 10, 1986 - Lima Peru Temple dedicated 1988 - Church grows to 45,000 members in the Lima area and a total of 120,000 in all of Peru. 1996 - Church membership reaches 270,000 in 75 stakes. 2000 - Over 312,000 members in 81 stakes. 2001 - Over 348,000 members 2002 - Over 353,559 members in 512 Wards and 221 branches. Average baptisms per Peru mission per month: 117.4 Average new converts retained per mission per year: 352
Elder Morton loves sports. He wrestled 3 years at Rocklin High School. In his junior year met Greg of buddy buddy body building Camp; He began a 7 year journey competing. Greg, very strict coached Rob, he still uses things he learned and has won many competitions. Rob then trained with Jim Wilson winning even more competitions. He has served as a judge, & a guest poser. He is a natural bodybuilder. Trainer Jimmie Wilson his wife Futaba helped Rob go on to win 1st place for Northern California, 1st place at Nationals, held in Pittsburg, PA. Also winning 1st place for teens at Musclemania Worlds. In December 2006, he placed in the top 8 for juniors for Team USA at Mr. Universe held in Cuxhaven, Germany. Elder Morton has been a personal trainer since 2004. In 2007, he began preparing to go on his mission. He prayed to go out of country and was delighted when in the spring of 2008; he received his mission call advising he was going to South America to Peru Lima North Mission to serve on his mission. Elder Morton Loves the people of Peru. Being a convert himself, he looks forward to sharing the gospel and baptizing many new converts.
I don’t know who wrote the following poem, but it might help familes to better understand the heart and mind of a missionary as he passes through the phases of a mission experience. Think about their shifting emotions as you read this description from an unknown missionary.
Today I am frightened. My heart is beating a silent fury. Before me are my family and friends I love so much and must leave behind. Pray that I might have courage. Today I am studying. With all my intellect I am diligently preparing. Preparing for the days ahead, That I might be an effective tool in the hands of God. Pray that my mind might be clear and alert. Today I am homesick. The memories of fun, school, family crowd my mind. I almost long to return to the carefree days of my youth. Pray that I might feel the spirit of love. Today I am successful. The doors of those seeking truth open to me. They are receptive to the word. They will be baptized!Pray that I might be humble. Today I am discouraged. Lowly I trudge home through the rain. Pondering the slammed door, The cruel hasty words, the laughing jeers. Pray that I might have faith. Today I am happy. The light shines in my eyes. From within me I have found joy. Today I have lived close to the spirit. Pray that I might always find this joy. Today I am sad. Reluctantly and with tears in my eyes I must someday leave this country and the peopleI have taken into my heart and loved. Pray that I might always remember. Today I am full of love. Love for the Lord who called me on this mission. Love for my family who supports me. Love for the friends who installed the desire within. Love for those who had faith in me. Love for those who prayed for me. But remember today, today, I miss you. I love you. I need you. Pray for me always. I am your missionary.
Going back home. What wonderful young men they are!
New Elders: Morton, Griffin, Layton, Hyde, & Elison
11.14.08, Lima, Peru North Mission, new missionaries
Outside the Mission Office in Lima, Peru
Photo borrowed from Elder Landon Rich
Elder Morton arrives at his mission home in Lima Peru!
Photo of missionaries who'd just entered the field in Lima, Peru, August 27, 2008. Elder Griffin standing on the steps wearng a yellow tie, & Elder Robert Morton, wearing red tie, to the right of Presidente Perez in front row. Elder Herdt (financial clerk) & Elder Anderson & Ticona (the AP's) are in the back. Photo compliments of Elder Landon Rich.