Feb 18, 2010

Feb 18, 2010
Thanks to all the friends who showed up at the airport - we were so surprised to find out how many have been following the blog for 2 years. You all are great!

Elder Nowland and His Friends

Elder Nowland and His Friends
We've Been waiting for you.

27 April 2009

This is the view from their apartment in Vysehrad. It is a suburb of Prague. Really beautiful area. He says they go jogging every morning now that the weather is getting nice.

Elder Nowland has always had this thing about cleaning his ears. His companion, Elder Price caught him in the act and took this great picture and sent it to his mom, but told her not to send it to me. Well you know how moms are and we know every picture we can get of our missionaries are always welcomed. So being the great mom that she is...she sent it to me. I loved the picture and decided you might get a laugh too.

Vysehrad - The City where Morgan is currently serving.

Elder Nowland and Amka.

27 April 2009

Hello Rodino!!!! Jejda! I’m really excited to hear about all the good fun that you all are having. It has been a fun filled week here as well.
We were able to spend some time with Petr this week and get him completely prepared for baptism. He is doing so well and it is really exciting for me to have been involved in a great part of his life.
We also had a few meetings with a nice lady this week and we taught her.
We took some time through out the week to devote to preparing for Zone Conference. We trained on introducing the Book of Mormon with power and with great testimony to help the investigator to understand what we expect them to do (Study and pray to receive their own testimony). When we do this we don’t end up with a bunch of investigators that aren’t willing to progress. Also, we found that when an investigator has a testimony of the Book of Mormon you can overcome any concerns that they might have in the future. The training seemed to go over really well. The missionaries responded really well to what was taught. Now we will be looking to see what comes of the training as the missionaries put it into action.

Elder Price had his birthday this past Saturday so he is now 21!! He said thank you so much for sending the mini PMG. It will make a great birthday present.
My testimony of the importance of having a great loving supportive family that are members of the church has grown by leaps and bounds.

I love you all more than I could ever repay. The best thanks I feel that I can give to you all at this time are to serve with all my heart, might, mind, and strength. Thank you for the way that you raised me.

There should be three of our investigators getting baptized this weekend. We are really excited about that!! So we will see what happens, keep them in your prayers.

Well that is all the magic that happened this week. One cool experience, we were talking to an older man that we had contacted on a bench when a little while later a drunk young man came walking down the sidewalk being very loud and rude. As he approached where we were, he moved closer to where I was standing and shoved me off to the side. Not the nicest thing he could have done, and he probably wouldn’t have done it if he weren’t drunk. But it was pretty cool after I thought about it that, that was the first time I have ever received some sort of physical abuse since being on my mission and it felt good that I could be a small part of the scripture that says “blessed are ye that are beaten for my names sake…”or something to that effect.

I love you all a lot and I look forward to Mother’s day!!!
When you are deciding on a time pick the soonest time that you all can do it because Elder Prices parents are two hours back so it will be best if you all call first and then they can later. we get home from church at about 2pm our time.

Take care this week and have a lot of fun. All my love,
Your one and only son,

Starsi Morgan Nowland

21 April 2009

20 April 2009

Dobré Ráno!!! Rodino moji. So, things are starting to look really great this transfer. Elder Price is awesome, and we are having a lot of success. About taking more pictures we will get on that because Elder Price and I both like to take pictures so that should result in some pictures being taken. We are actually going out today to specifically take pictures. The weather is really starting to warm up so that is a great blessing. Elder Price and I have started to put a greater focus on our health, so we go running every morning, and we are cutting back on what we eat and how much. I feel a lot better and more joyful. Being healthy is a great blessing especially on the mission because being sick puts a real damper on the missionary work. We have Zone Conference coming up on Friday and we have to have a training prepared. We are going to be training on the Book of Mormon and powerfully introducing it to our investigators to create a greater desire for them to read it and develop a stronger testimony on it that will help them to progress at a more stable rate towards baptism. With a strong testimony built on the Book of Mormon, any concern imaginable can be overcome.

It sounds like things are going well there in Georgia. I heard some weird things about Texas this past week. Keep having fun!

Here are the answers to your questions:
What are some things Elder Price and you have in common? We like the same style of music, photography, we have similar personality, and we like to be missionaries!
Are you getting along well? Yes, very well things are going great!
Does he like to work hard? Absolutely
Did you get the Easter package? Yup!!!
Which Elder did you share the other Easter basket with? Elder Price
Did you like the "book" that I sent? Yeah I did! I like it sooo much it is perfect! And everyone is super jealous they all ask were I got it and if it’s possible for them to get one as well. .
Is there another Czech food that you really love? Svickova, segedensky gulas, ovoce knedliky, and vepro-knedlo-zelo.

I love you all so much and wish you the best this week. You are always in my prayers. Say hi to the people in the Ward whenever you get a chance. Let Whitney and Jeff know that I love them, hope that they are having a blast together.

All my love, your son,
Starsi Nowland

13 April 2009

Well this week, even though it was transfer week was a great one full of success. I have very limited time so i will share the most important parts. Anyways we go to a meeting that we set up for friday. Right when Elder Price and i get there, our investigator asks, "What made you call me? i said we pulled your name out of our area book. He says how long before you actually called me did you find my name? I said about a week before, why? He push a calendar over to me, and written on the day of our first scheduled meeting, was written, One week ago i prayed that God would send me his messengers. So that was a really neat experience for me to know that God does answer prayers, and quite quickly in fact. He looked at us and said im not baptised yet because i havent kept my end of the deal with God. He said, I am coming to church on sunday so i can get ready to be baptized.
Cool story Number 2. While hurrying through the metro Elder Price saw a young man reading in the New Testament. We talked to him and he got really excited. He gave us his number and name while jumping onto the metro car. We texted him our number and names. About 20 min later he calls us and invites us to his home to talk with him about the gospel. We go on Saturday and teach the most powerful and bold lesson i have ever taught on my mission. I have never been so amazed by the spirit and its power to teach.

Family i love you so much and am so thankful for what you are doing. i apologize for the shortness of this letter.
Ill try and make up for it. All my love,
Elder Morgan Nowland

6 April 2009

Z Prahy, S Laskou! From Prague, With Love. Another week has gone by, and it has been the final one of this transfer. I’m looking at staying here in Prague as a Zone Leader and my new companion is going to be Elder Price from my MTC group. Elder Barker is heading back to Brno. I’m really excited because I have never yet served with an elder from my MTC group so that is going to be so much fun. I’m excited because he has never been a Zone Leader before so it is going to push me to have to take more of the lead this transfer instead of just riding comfortably in the back seat. I’m really excited for what the future holds. I’m super excited to be in Prague for the summer months. I have never been here for the beautiful blossoms and contacting in the parks and in the town squares. Elder Price is a super cool elder that loves photography, and playing bass guitar, and he is from Idaho.

I am at a loss for words to say as my mind is taken away to thoughts about the coming transfer and what I am going to do to help bring this zone into a new state and vision. So I am going to be putting a lot of thought into how we can raise and increase. I know it is going to have a lot do with two words that I have mentioned and talked about before when I was in Liberec, and those words are faith and fire. How can we bring the Zone into a greater sense of Faith, and more Fire. I’m excited for what the transfer will bring serving with Elder Price.

Let’s get to the questions:

Pres. Obama was supposed to visit Prague last week. Did they visit? Yes, he had a speech on Sunday so I did not go, but unfortunately some investigators went instead of coming to church.

Did you hear that they were coming? There are many posters up all over in protest to the missile base that the U.S. wants to put here

Well that is all for this week i will let you know next week how things are going with my new companion. I love you very much, keep up the great missionary work!!

Love you one and only son,
Elder Morgan Nowland