Sunday, May 15, 2016


I'll give a brief summary and then respond to mom's long letter.
Wednesday we were invited to a party in Tabutoa. That town claims
only 1 religion (the same one that we tracted the week before). We
were invited and the ministers weren't pleased, but they couldn't do
anything about it. It was basically an afterbirth baby shower, where
all the guests are old men and ministers. I felt like I was in a
meeting of the sanhedrin. I gave the baby some pictures of Jesus and a
minister tried to make fun of me (he failed).

Thursday we went to visit our one investigator found from last weeks
tracting of Tabutoa and we got 'visited' by a minister again. This is
the 4th time this has happened to me on my mission. It's getting old.
We had a nice chat and Elder Miller bore a powerful testimony to them.
We're on good terms with the investigator and we'll tract the rest of
the houses in town this week.

Friday we were working and got word that we were wanted to talk on the
CV radio with our parents in America. We thought somebody had died.
After a lot of suspense it was just Elder Smith calling to say hello
from Marshalls. I gave him some strong words in my email, but I'm glad
every one is all right (how's grandma morley by the way?)

Sunday we had a nice church session and day with the members until one
of our lessactive members came to the house drunk shouting for his
wife to get him some food. She didn't go because she was afraid she
would get beaten. She is now trying to run away to Tarawa.
We were able to rescue one member before he went less active and have
done some fun services.

We have 20 youth and 6 are active. There are 80-90 members on island
and current average church attendance has dropped from 42 to 40.
Elder Miller's language is improving slowly and surely.
I'm to young for this job, but we'll have a big birthday party this week.
I need a nap.
Elder Morley

Dave you are being stretched and hopefully after the stretching you will see the growth and look back with joy at how the Lord is working with you.  It is hard for us as parents to get just tidbits of information and not feel for your pain.  Your letter was very helpful in giving more information showing us that your growing and maturing.  We are concerned that the lack of leader support that most missionaries get in Zone and mission conferences and interviews with the president has been a detriment to you but at the same time we are extremely pleased with your growth.  Your current mood seem to be trending towards the last months on your previous island.  Your getting tired inside and out.  Pour out you soul to your Heavenly Father like Joseph did in the Liberty Jail and I am sure the Lord will fill you with His Love and renew your energy.  Your an amazing young man, don't forget it or let it go to your head.
Love dad

Mom's note:  He says that the medicine hasn't really seemed to change anything, but he says that the Lord is helping him carry the 'weight' of the illness, it is more the 'weight' of being the branch pres and seeing people fall away and have trials that is feeling very heavy right now.

Monday, May 9, 2016

We were able to skype last night with Elder Morley, although the sound was poor and we couldn't use video for most of it. We found out that he believes that he has a parasite and has probably had it for a while because his pants won't stay on anymore. Thank goodness for Elder Buhler's belt that he gave him in the mtc smile emoticon We found out that he has given away 2 pairs of extra shoes that he has and then his one pair wore out so he is using Elder Miller's crocs. I think that he now has Elder Smith's watch, Elder Miller's shoes and Elder Buhler's belt. That goodness for other mothers in his life.
It saddened me that he was sick, because I could even hear it in his voice. He sounded tired, and besides the normal time delay there were tired pauses. I asked him to reach out to the main island for medicine. I hope that he does and that he receives it soon. The good news is that they have had food. It is a miracle, but ever since Elder Miller arrived the cargo ships have had food on them.
After our call he and Elder Miller were going to go try to build a chicken coop so that they could catch a hen and get an egg so that they can have birthday cake when their birthdays come. Elder Miller's is on May 22 and Elder Morley's is on May 23 and the anniversary of the first baptism on the island was on May 23, so they plan to have a celebration. They are hopeful that Pres. Weir will come soon and make a branch on their island. They have enough priesthood holders now for a branch, and D. was hopeful that he could stay there long enough to help train the new branch pres.
His main email talks about the persecution that people get from the island ministers if they even listen to the Mormon Missionaries, and also the island children even give persecution to the mormon children when they join the church. He feels very sad that the people must sacrifice so much to hear their words, but they press forward sharing the gospel.
David's new comp. Elder Miller is recently from the US, and it sounded like they had a god rapport with each other.

Happy Mothers Day!
This island is very religiously active. I'm starting to understand the
kind of confusion that Joseph Smith faced. Here on the walls of
classrooms are lists stating the name and religion of each child.
Every party is started in prayer. There is a required seminary hour in
all schools. Those things are nation wide, but on Nikunau a kid will
be seen talking with us and all the other children will make fun of
him. We'll visit a house, and the people have to let us in (it's
culture), but then they'll be yelled at by their minister for talking
to us. 
In one town we set up a volleyball net and let anyone who
wanted to play. The entire town came over so all the town elders got
mad and didn't let anyone use it. With such opposition in some towns
we decided that the best thing to do would be to tract the entire town
in a day. We've done it to 2 towns now. The towns here are pretty
small, with only 20-30 houses, so we decided that once a town starts
to raise persecution against our members or investigators we just
tract the whole town. The first we did was Nikumanu. We set aside the
day and started from the north and worked south. We were able to meet
2/3 of the town and got 2 new investigators from it. that was 2 or
three weeks ago now. Last friday we did the same thing in Tabutoa. We
started from the south and tried to meet every house. Unfortunately a
lot of people weren't home, so we skipped 6 houses and the first house
we met let us in. It looked like a retirement home, the first man we
talked to enjoyed talking about our different beliefs and that was
all, but then another old man came over and tried to bible bash. He
failed. I know my bible way too well for that, he gave me a verse, I
politely answered his question, then gave him a verse. He flowdered
and so we shook hands and left on good terms. We had time for one more
house, and that man welcomed us in and really seemed like he was
searching for truth. We have a time with him for this week. I love to
see the things that happen when we are bold and have faith in heavenly
father's protecting hand. I love this work and know that it is true. I
love being able to help the church grow on this island.
I love you all and have a great day!
Elder Morley

Sunday, May 1, 2016


THis week has been great. We had the wonderful baptism of two youth of
the noble birthright. Aate and Abaua. They are both 14. I just gotta
talk a bit about Aate (ah tey), when we started teaching him everyone
(even his mon) told us about how aweful he was. How much of a rough
living, horible, disobedient child he was. But we're missionaries, so
we payed them no notice. Well we taught him and we saw a great kid
trying to do what;s right in a rough world. I never really put all the
pieces together until last week when I interviewd him. I went through
all the interview questions and then got to the word of wisdom.

asked about drinking and and he said that he hadn't done it since the
new year. I raised my eyebrows and asked about before the new year, he
said that when he was in 2nd grade he figured out how to make an
alcoholic drink out of coconut sap, and became a heavy drinker. Then
he said that in 3rd grade he picked up smoking and chewing tobacco. He
did all three up until December. Man he had some crazy stories to tell
about him partying and making havoc in the town, but he looked so
remorseful about it. Then I asked him why he had stopped. He said that
when the new year was coming he was talking to his mother and she was
asking him if he would ever stop. She said that he was going to become
a drunkard and a smoker until he dies. She told him about new years
resolutions and challenged him to stop. He said that he would. By the
sounds of it he stopped dinking and smoking cold turkey Jan 1. Then He
dropped his old friend group that would do all those things. They
would tell him to smoke and he would literally run away, until they
stopped asking. The only thing he held on to was tobacco. 

Back in the end of January or at the start of February he asked his parents if we
could teach him. We started visiting him and having heard rumors
taught him the Word of Wisdom sooner than usual. He struggled with
that drug. We told him to pray and to do his best. Then after about
three weeks we met with him and he was almost in tears about how hard
it was to quit. We told him how awesome he was and encouraged him a
little more. We met him the next week and he said that he had quit the
day after (Sunday). That was over a month ago. In the interview I told
him that it might happen that after he is baptised it may happen that
he may slip. I told him to imagine what he would feel if he smoked
again. He just took one puff, then felt so bad that he trhew it away
and ran. I told him that satan would try to convince him of how
horrible of a person he was and that he was dirty and unworthy to pray
or come to church. He didn't even wait to be asked, he immedietly
said, 'that;s not how God works, he is always reaching out to us and
trying to help us to come back to him' I am so greatful that I was
able to help this choice Spirit of Heaven;y Father's through baptism
and receiving the Holy Ghost. His words are true to us all, no matter
what we have done in the past Heavenly Father wants more than anything
to bring us back. He loves us all.

Elder Morley