Monday, March 21, 2016

6 Months

Hey.. This week has flown by! Yeah so this following week I will have been out for 6 months which is crazy, the time in the mission is flying by! Things here in the mission are great. Daily Elder Mejia and I are looking for new investigators. Right now there is a ton of work to do here in Sevilla Valle.

We have quite a few progressing investigators which is a miracle. We had the Osorio Baquero family come to church with us, also Juan Sebastian, Dayana Lopez, and Cris Dayana. Right now we have teach a lot of youth and we are looking for new families to teach. The only problem with families here in Sevilla is none of them are actually married. The live together but are not actually husband and wife. Us as missionaries, we just do our best to help them get those marriage papers ready so they can say I DO!

So I am still with Elder Mejia. This will be my third transfer with him and I think I will be going somewhere new this coming transfer. Man I have been in Sevilla for a long time. Its time for a change.

The weather here is a mix. Sometimes is gets really hot, like sweating out of my shirt daily kind of thing. And some days it will rain on and off during the day, and a little chilly. I guess thats just my area for ya.

This week I have started to keep a study journal during my personal studies. And that has made all the difference! I have learned so much more from taking notes, it helps a lot. Summarizing what I have learned and then applying it is crazy. Its amazing how the scriptures can change so much. When we make these daily things a habit, they can bless us in so many ways.

As far as spanish goes, I can read everything, understand everyone, but still lack in the speaking/writing department haha. I can say what I need to say, but still gotta work at it. This week was really great, and the days are flying by here in the mission.

The bad news is is I lost one of my mission placks this week. I still have the one for my shirt pocket, but lost the clip one. And Im so ticked!! Now I gotta get another uhhh

Oh well have a good week, stay safe ya yankees

When we can't play soccer, we play Ping Pong.

This little soda is S'CUTE.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Park Drunks and Jump Rope

This week was super fun. There were a lot of events that were a bit out of the ordinary, but super fun. First we were sitting in the parking waiting for a member to come with us so we could teach a lesson. In the mean time this publicly intoxicated man walks towards us and starts speaking jibberish, I literally couldn't understand a word, it was definitely not Spanish. He threw his hat on the ground a few times and then would start poking our chests. We both gave him 200 pesos which is about 20 cents. He still wouldn't leave. Once the member finally came we were getting ready to leave when he gave both of us a very wet kiss on the hand. It was super gross. It was weird but also super funny. Definitely something to note.

Also the other day I saw the Colombian Fetty Wap. For those of you who don´t know who Fetty Wap is he is a Rapper with only one eye. It was cool because he reminded me exactly of him haha.

Also we were headed to go teach a discussion when in front of their house they were playing jump rope. They insisted that the Elders join in. My elementary school skills were a little rusty but I was able to do pretty good. That was a lot of fun.

There is some bad news tho. We now have a new rule as a mission that we can only play soccer with other missionaries. Im okay with that, its just that we are the farthest away from all the other missionaries, so we cant play soccer. Its bad because its like one of the few ways that I can relieve stress. Elder Mejia and I are getting pretty stressed out, it sucks. But today we are gonna play ping pong. All of that pong practice in the basement is going to pay off today. Maybe a could rounds of sting pong we´ll see.

Just a quick note for you guys to remember to say your prayers daily. Its amazing how something so simple can make such a difference. Also make sure to ask for specific questions, when we ask specific questions we receive specific answers. It is so true, it crazy but we can receive specific answers if we ask with faith.

Have a great week everyone. Hope to hear from you all soon.

Elder Harris :)

Hey I have an updated on the weirdest thing I have eaten in the mission. On Tuesday we had cow stomach. It was nasty. haha

Elder Castillo and I before he left for Medellin.

My favorite Peruvians, my comp Elder Mejia and Elder Castillo

Me and Toby, a dog of one of the members

And a photo of Elder Rice, he was super sick. Reminds me a lot of The Other Side of Heaven when Kolipoki has his feet drying in the sun after the rats ate his feet haha.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Another Gringo and Transfers

For the first time since I´ve been home I got to talk with someone from the U.S who wasnt a missionary. It was so weird, it was hard to talk in English. I was stumbling for my words because I was so use to speaking spanish constantly that speaking in English was hard. It was so weird. The language I´m fluent in I couldn´t speak it. Probably one of the weirdest experiences I have had here in Sevilla.

So today we have our changes. Dont worry Im still in my first area. Ive been here for 4 and a half months and Ill be here for another 6 weeks. The maximum time a missionary can be in an area is 6 months. So next transfer for sure I will be leaving. Elder Mejia will still be here. But Elder Castillo will be leaving for Medellin. He gets to be companions with Elder Dean, a missionary from my group! So yeah still no change for us, but Im so happy because Ill be here for what we hope to be at least two baptisms. I couldnt be more happy for our investigators making good choices and wanting to become more like our Savior. We hope that Juan Sebastian and his cousin Dayana can be baptized here soon. It amazing seeing the change in people. Seeing the light of Christ enter their hearts and walking in His path. You cant help but be filled with joy and happiness.

This Sunday we had this fun ward activity. We set up a booth in the middle of a local park and we had tons of stuff out for people to look at. Book of Mormons, Liahonas, Pamphlets, Pass-along-cards. etc. We got a lot of new contacts and we now have a lot of new investigators. It was so fun talking to people, and everyone asking me to speak in English. It was so cool because it was funny to see peoples expressions when I would say something. It was so cool to meet new people and get to know the culture here in Sevilla. I was nervous to talk with people, but Elder Castillo really helped me as we went to contact new people, it was a fun Sunday.

I have a quick scripture I would like to share with you guys that I came across in my personal study. Its Moroni 7:48 I just love this scripture, reading it line by line has an amazing promise. Really its crazy how much one scripture can be an impact. Pray with all energy of heart, that we may be filled with HIS love. And that if we continue to do what he has asked of us we can become like him. I love this scripture so much and I love the promise, that if we do our part, he is bound to do his part to. D&C 82:10.

I love the people here in Colombia and the amazing opportunity I have to share his gospel is amazing. Sorry I dont have photos this week, I left my cord to connect my camera in the house. I will have a lot more next week. Promise. Have another good week back home ya Americans.

Elder Harris

 48 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ; that ye may become the sons of God; that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is; that we may have this hope; that we may be purified even as he is pure. Amen.