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.