Monday, July 15, 2013

July 15

Well It has finally come to an end, much fast than anticipated for that matter as well. It's crazy to think that I've been in Brandenburg just about 7 months already and in the mission for 2 years. It has been a great experience that can't be replaced by anything, and I know that nothing will be like it again. I've learned more than I ever thought I would and I can't wait to share my experiences with each of you. Even at the end more stories keep happening. We ended last week with a baptism! She is awesome and was so ready for the gospel. I contacted here a couple of months ago and she has been progressing for awhile and just wouldn't commit to a Baptismal date. Finally a couple weeks ago we set a date with her for July 27th. The day after we set that date we got a call from here saying she wanted to move her date. At this point we expected it to be moved back cause that is what always seems to happen. But she said she wanted to move it to the 13th so we were jumping for joy. She received her answer that this was the true church that night and hasn't looked back since. We are continuing to work with her husband and hopefully in the near future he will join her. It was a great experience and I was blessed with the privilege to perform the baptism. Baptisms are just great spiritual experiences that everyone can feel the spirit at. In the same day as the baptism we had interviews with the mission president as well. Mine was short since I'll be having my final one in a little over a week. Well there's just so much to share and I can't wait to be able to do it in person here shortly.
Sounds like everyone is doing great and I love ya'll.
Elder Moorhouse

Monday, July 8, 2013

July 8

Man, as I reflect upon this last week my mind draws a blank at what happened. It was all a blur but at the same time seemed to drag on at times. Overall it was alright with nothing too out of the ordinary. We did have our two most progressing investigators with baptismal dates at Church this week. And this coming week we will be having a baptism as well! I'll report more on her next week and share her wonderful story. This past week we blitzed Corydon again and are just trying to help them build up their teaching pool again. I also had an exchange with the Jeffersonville elders which was just fine. I was with Elder Ahern who is going home with me so it was nice to be with someone around the same mission age for a day ha. Well the 4th of July was nothing too special here. It has rained all last week long so we saw a few fireworks but nothing to compare with the Thunder over Louisville. That's about all i can think to report on at this time.
Next week will be my last week to e-mail as well, which is crazy to think. 
Well sounds like everyone is doing well and staying strong. 

See ya
Elder Moorhouse

Monday, July 1, 2013

July 1

Hello family,
It was an excellent week here in the Burg. The experiences just keep coming even at the end of the mish. So with our most progressing investigator we haven't been able to set a baptismal date with her for the last few weeks, but this last Thursday we finally set one for the end of July which I thought was awesome as long as she finally got baptized. Then on Friday she called and asked if she could move it up because she finally received her answer that the Book of Mormon is true! So of course we said yes so in the next couple of weeks we should finally be having another baptism! This was another big week of finding for us and we were able to have some success. It is always interesting to pick up some former investigators to teach that you were here for when you had to drop them. It shows I've been here quite awhile now ha.  
So dad you asked what I want to do when I get home. Well preferably I would like only immediate family at the airport when I arrive home, then go straight to the stake president to get released, then everyone who wants can be waiting at home to meet me. I would love to go swimming for the first time in 2 years that night as well ha. You are right the humidity is crazy out here and I feel like its going to be cold back home with it being so dry ha.
The comp is doing well he is very willing to go out and work so no worries with that. All is well between us so no complaints.
On my last day here in Kentucky I'll go to the temple here one last time so I'm told. I'm excited to come home but I will miss it out here for sure, I know this experience will be unique in my life and I won't have another opportunity to do this again on my own.
Well I don't think I've shared my testimony with all of you enough since I've been out. So, here it goes. I know that this church is the true church upon the earth and that the Book of Mormon is true. I'm grateful for the Atonement and the strength that you can receive from it to help you through anything in your life. Family is very important and ordained of God. Love your family and learn from one another, it will make this life so much more joyful. I love each of you and hope you have a wonderful week!
Elder Moorhouse

Monday, June 24, 2013

June 24

Well just another grind it out week with a lot of finding time. We did have a blitz up in English again, and we did some service by moving some wood and stacking it for an older couple. On the blitz I worked with Elder Rich from Spokane, Washington. It was fun and it makes me realize just how spread out my current area is. In our area there isn't a single town over 3,000 people and the counties I'm in have less people than my small bike are back in Evansville. The work is definitely dependent upon the members here in order for there to be any success. We do have a few progressing investigators at the moment that have made it out to church a couple times now. We had an awesome lesson with them in which they recognized when the spirit was testifying of truth to them. Now we just need to get them into the font. For district meeting this week I tried to make it fun and test how well everyone has been studying, so I made a jeopardy type game that went over pretty well. The district really got into it and it ended up coming down to the final question to decide the winner. Well I don't know if you saw the broadcast yesterday by the church on missionary work but it sounds like it will be a great time to go out and be a missionary right now. I'm excited for Presto and he will love it.
Well I hope you have a wonderful week and that all goes well!
Elder Moorhouse

Monday, June 17, 2013

June 17

Well it was one of those weeks where everything set just fell through at the last minute but it was still really busy. So we had transfers and my new companion is Elder Behling from Payson, Utah. He's 6' 8" and not a sports fan unfortunately or else we would have a killer combination on the court ha. He's been out for 10 months and actually came out with Elder Denton so it shows me how fast time really has flown. Well I'm officially the oldest group out on the mission which is a weird feeling and I know it won't last long. We also had a zone meeting this week and it is crazy how many sister missionaries there are compared to elders now compared to when I first came out. The Elder still out number but it is getting closer with each transfer. This transfer there were 7 elders and 23 sisters that came out. And only like 12 elders going home and 1 sister, so you can see how they are gaining rather quickly ha.
Well I hope you had a wonderful Father's day dad it kinda snuck up on me and I didn't realize it was yesterday until I went to church.
Thata boy bryson keep working hard and have fun.
Presto congrats on going to the temple.
Well I hope everyone has a great week and I'll do what I can to help ya'll out.
Love Elder Moorhouse

Monday, June 10, 2013

June 10

Hello family,
It was a most excellent week here in the Burg! After months of working to get investigators to come to church, this week we finally got three to show up. It was awesome we currently have a baptismal date for one in July and the other two should follow suit in July as well so it could be a very busy month coming up. Well transfer news is I'll be staying and Elder Colling will be leaving me, so we will meet my new companion tomorrow at the transfer meeting. We have a few investigators that I'm glad I'll be able to stay around and see the changes that the gospel will make in their lives. I still can't believe it is already the final transfer it really has sped by and it just continues to speed up. Well we will continue to do missionary things until the end and hope to continue seeing the blessings each day. It has been great gaining a greater knowledge of the Gospel and actually knowing truths that you won't find anywhere else. It is amazing to see how many people are truly deceived by Satan's craftiness and enticing with the craftiness of man. Churches are everywhere out here and it is sad to hear some of the reasons people choose to go to certain ones over others. Most of the time the reason is simply convenience sadly. Well we will work on them  by sharing truth and bearing testimony.
well I'm glad you had a great trip and tell Nolan and Ty congrats for me sorry I'll miss it.
I love ya'll and will look forward to hearing from ya next week.
Elder Moorhouse

Monday, June 3, 2013

June 3

Well it was a busy week here in the Burg. It was probably one of our best weeks here in a long time. We were able to find quite a few new investigators and they all have a lot of potential to go a long way. The work is starting to pay off. One of our new gators read half of 1st Nephi twice before we returned just to make sure she understood it. This week was really big on getting the members of the ward involved in our lessons and when you match the right members to the right investigators it can go a long way. We had a few spirit filled lessons this week that I feel have planted the right seed in our new gators to help them act of the message and work towards baptism. This may be my final week in Brandenburg but I really hope it isn't. I'd rather end here and finish what I've started than have to go rebuild another area. Things have really turned around lately for the better and I'm excited for the growth to continue. District meeting this week was good I just kind of reviewed all the major points form my trainings of the last 5 months. It's weird to think how many I've done already. This week P-day should be pretty fun we have the district coming down to play some ball and hang out for once. The time just keeps picking up and I realize just how quick it will come to an end so just gotta keep chuggin along each day and work hard.
Well I hope you enjoy your cruise. I have no idea what I want to do when I get home I'll let you know when I get there ha.
Ya'll have a wonderful week and hope all goes well. Love ya lots!
Elder Moorhouse