This blog is kept by Sister Morgan Lacey's family. The blog will include her emails and pictures as she serves her mission from July, 2014 until January, 2016. Updates will be posted each week after a new email is received. We hope you enjoy! (This is not an official site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
Monday, September 8, 2014
Sister Lacey in Seixal, Portugal
A hike to a castle on Preparation Day
A castle in Setubal!
Hey guys!! Awe I miss you all so much! Sorry I got on so late; we went to a castle in Setubal, so cool! I will send pictures. This week has
been so good but first I am sorry if I have seemed so negative in my past
emails. I need to work on that but I have realized when I think less about
myself I am happier... weird what a concept. Haha
The language is still coming slowly but it is fun how much more
I do understand, well I pick up some words here or there. I just love the
people in Portugal. They are hilarious. We went to a recent converts house and
when we asked how is day was he said, "Horrible, I hated it." Haha I
laughed because he was mostly joking... I think. Haha Anyways well I am kind of
getting over my not so touchy feely side. The last place I thought that would
happen was on my mission. Everyone well every girl you meet kisses you on both
cheeks and I mean everyone. And men here kiss girls on the cheeks, besides the
sister missionaries. Haha I am starting to get used to it though.
I told you all last week about a little girl
named Victoria who came up to us after Sacrament meeting and said she wanted to
be baptized well it gets even better. We went to teach her and her mom, Manuela
came to listen in. Well we taught the Restoration and the spirit was so strong
I knew we had to ask Manuela if she would be baptized. So we were finishing up
the lesson and Sister Briggs just kind of looked at me and I knew she was
thinking the same thing so I asked Manuela. She looked at me smiled and said,
"Ta bem". (Okay) Her daughter Victoria was so excited! Well so was I
haha. Victoria said, "Mom! You are going to be baptized on the 13th! The
same day as me?” It was amazing to say the least. I don’t think I have ever
smiled so much. And it just made me more thankful for our loving Heavenly
Father. We really did nothing. They have been prepared by The Lord and by their
family members who are members. We just had to invite and then let the Spirit
teach. It was such a miracle.
We had a not so good lesson last night however.
There is a 14 year old who has been investigating for a while now and he went
to EFY last week and he came back and said he wants to serve a mission. And we
said well you need to be baptized first and he said well my mom wont let me.
The funny part is that is mom in a member but just really inactive. So we had a
lesson last night with them. The young men’s President who happens to be Victoria’s
Uncle came with us. The spirit could not have been stronger but her heart is so
hard. She said my son is not going to be baptized into a church that has so
many rules! She went on about this for a while just yelling and literally not
making much sense. I was pretty mad at this point and so I stopped her in the
middle of her rant and said basically what I could in Portuguese, " I am
confused. Why were you baptized into Christ’s church if you already knew about
all of the rules?" You should have seen her face. She started to rant
again and I said kind of loudly, "Por que?" (Why) I feel sorry for her... It is not the "church" that sets our rules. It is
Christ’s church so its His commandments that will help make us happy.
I read a
talk from Elder Holland called Missionary Work and The Atonement, and I am
going to share a lot of it because it seemed like he was speaking exactly to
me. He said, "Anyone who does any kind of missionary work will have
occasion to ask, Why is this so hard? Why doesn’t it go better? Why can’t our
success be more rapid? Why aren’t there more people joining the Church? It is
the truth. We believe in angels. We trust in miracles. Why don’t people just
flock to the font?
You will have occasion to ask those questions. I have thought
about this a great deal. I offer this as my personal feeling. I am convinced
that missionary work is not easy because salvation is not a cheap experience.
Salvation never was easy. We are The
Church of Jesus Christ, this is the truth, and He is our Great Eternal Head.
How could we believe it would be easy for us when it was never, ever easy for
Him? It seems to me that missionaries and mission leaders have to spend at
least a few moments in Gethsemane. Missionaries and mission leaders have to
take at least a step or two toward the summit of Calvary.
Now, please don’t misunderstand. I’m not talking about
anything anywhere near what Christ experienced. That would be presumptuous and
sacrilegious. But I believe that missionaries and investigators,
to come to the truth, to come to salvation, to know something of this price
that has been paid, will have to pay a token of that same price.
For that reason I don’t believe missionary work
has ever been easy, nor that conversion is, nor that retention is, nor that
continued faithfulness is. I believe it is supposed to require some effort,
something from the depths of our soul.
If He could come forward in the night, kneel down, fall on
His face, bleed from every pore, and cry, “Abba, Father (Papa), if this cup can
pass, let it pass,”16then little wonder that
salvation is not a whimsical or easy thing for us. If you wonder if there isn’t
an easier way, you should remember you are not the first one to ask that.
Someone a lot greater and a lot grander asked a long time ago if there wasn’t
an easier way.
The Atonement will carry the missionaries
perhaps even more importantly than it will carry the investigators. When you
struggle, when you are rejected, when you are spit upon and cast out and made a
hiss and a byword, you are standing with the best life this world has ever
known, the only pure and perfect life ever lived. You have reason to stand tall
and be grateful that the Living Son of the Living God knows all about your
sorrows and afflictions. The only way to salvation is through Gethsemane and on
to Calvary. The only way to eternity is through Him—the Way, the Truth, and the
This talk literally was for me. I asked those
questions. I have never prayed so hard. I have said to my Father in Heaven, "I
know this church is true so why isn’t this easier, why don’t more people accept
it?" And when I read this talk it just hit me. Christ our Savior who was a
perfect teacher and a perfect person was rejected. I have also realized more
and more that the Atonement is not just for our sins it is for our pains and
afflictions and I can honestly say that it carries me daily because I know that
my Savior has been lower and he knows all I am going through. Why would Christ’s
work, Christ’s church, be easy when nothing was easy for him? I love this gospel
so much. I am so glad that this isn’t easy because if it was then I wouldn’t
grow and I have a lot I need to improve on. I love you all so much!!! Thank you
for all of your support!! Love you, love you love you!!