Monday, December 28, 2015

Christmas Happened! Again!

It's actually a first for me on mission, but meh. Christmas was good! This week we had a lot of appointments that fell through for obvious Christmas reasons, and did a lot of contacting. We also had our branch Christmas party, and had a good time with it! I got some Christmas packages, and opened em! Happiness!

To the week!

Tuesday: 
We had our Christmas devotional, and had a good chunk of fun! We had a trivia, and read scriptures, and had some food, and made snowflakes and so forth! Then we got back to JCity, and managed to see Fa, who we taught about baptism.

Wednesday: 
We first met with President Kassah, and then went to market to get some of the things for the Christmas party. For lunch we had chicken and fried rice, and then we went out to teach. We taught Sa about the fall, talked with Ry about the scattered principles his questions brought up, and then visited EY and talked about the 10 commandments. Then we did some more planning with President Kassah.

Thursday: 
We contacted all day. All appointments failed, being Christmas Eve. We saw JJ, and talked about a few scriptures he'd read. Then we went to the chapel to help people with preparing the food for the Christmas party.

Friday: 
Christmas! Opened presents, planned the party with President Kassah, saw a couple of recent converts, had my phone call, and attended the party! It was essentially slaughtered by the infinite number of small children that came, but it was still good! I played the guitar for the program, and also spoke!

Saturday: 
We contacted in the morning time, had a vegetable stew that I made, and saw Sh to find out her plan. She wants to be baptized, but is having family conflictions. She came to church on Sunday, but we have no idea how long it will take for her to be baptized. Then we saw Mh, and tried to convince him to come to church, which seemed ambiguous, then had chapel cleaning, and saw Ge to teach her the remaining information before her baptism!

Sunday:
I spoke spontaneously on obedience, since a speaker failed to show, and then after the service, we had a baptism! Ge was baptized, which was amazing! And afterwards we were able to see Geo before we closed for weekly planning. Geo is great! Hoping he'll be baptized next month.



Monday: Just cleaned today, but it was good!

This week I've been thinking a lot about the sanctity of the Sabbath day. A lot of people here are church goers, but as soon as the service is over, the shops open back up again, and it becomes an average day. So often I think I would forget the purpose as well of this sacred day. It's a day to rest from our labors, and to turn away our own foot from doing our pleasure (Isaiah 58:12). I can promise anyone reading this today, that if you will keep the Sabbath day more fully, God will bless you and help you to truly see it as a delight!

I love you all!
Rock it!

Elder Harris




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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Christmas Devotional

Christmas devotional with three zones.  Christmas songs, testimonies, snowflake service project, scripture stories, Christmas trivia game, videos of the birth and life of the Savior food, friends and snow!










Monday, December 21, 2015

Week in a Burrito.

I think I might try to make a burrito this week. I'll report back if it works. Just got the idea while thinking of a title. Not much this week, did a lot of fast offering stuff for branch presidency work, and then worked hard! Skipped a good chunk of the dinner hour most nights, it's good to be busy!

Week:

Monday: 
Evening time we taught Fa the first lesson, which she loved, and is especially happy we're not a "miracle church", and that we actually teach doctrines, and not just do "miracles" at church. She's been to so many churches, and is super happy to have found this one! We'll see how it goes!

Tuesday: 
We went to SCity for district council, and then saw Pe, and she was a wonderful member present to all of the people around. She translated, and even took the pictures to show the other lady there! So great! Then Rd popped up in the middle of a lesson, and it seemed he's relapsed into alcoholism again, and it might take a little while to talk to him sober again. Sad day. Then we had our branch presidency meeting, and closed for the night.

Wednesday:
We went to the hospital to give Pk a blessing, and then we helped Pe get her own place so she could come to church reliably, and then tried to teach Ry for a while, despite all of the interruptions, and eventually abandoned the attempt. Then we had a PEC in the meeting, and called it good! Good day. 

Thursday:
We went to NCity to see brother Ai's farm, and then he fed us and we shared a spiritual thought with him. Then we saw Hn for the first time in a while, and spent most of the time addressing his questions on kingdoms of glory, which has been cleared, I think. Then... we saw Ry, RH, and Fa, as well as our institute class, then had a quick meeting with President Kassah.

Friday: 
We saw people. Forgive me.

Saturday:
Also saw people. Fa is amazing, but I think that Ry is becoming unstable, and I'm not sure if he'll continue to progress. Dang it! But, such is life.

Sunday:
I spoke in sacrament on the birth of Christ, taught the sunday school class on revelations, and then taught elders' quorum on having a Christ centered life. Good day. 

Monday: We cleaned!

Sorry for time! I luffs you all!

Elder Harris


Monday, December 14, 2015

Yola All!

Yola all! It seems we stayed in ACity all week this week. We were pseudo-office elders, which was fun, but it's good to be back in JCity! Here's our report, as well as last week, in brief, that I missed last week.

December 1 Week:

Tuesday
We saw Tn, who we taught about part of the plan of salvation. Then we saw Sa, and some of his friends, followed by Ma with Jf. Ma was sick, so it wasn't exactly the best lesson. Then we saw Gy and Fa, and taught them about the plan of salvation.

Wednesday
Saw Pe, and taught her about Christ's Church and the Apostasy as a recent convert, which helped her as a recent convert, to understand why a restoration was necessary. Then we saw Sh, an taught her about some commandments, and established a baptismal date for her, but it seems she might not be ready yet, since her parents have tied her strongly to her own church. Then we saw Mh, followed by Gy and Re, and concluding with Cr and Ar, who I pray will be able to leave behind her commitments to RC to follow her husband to church.

Thursday
First thing, our referral turned out to be a polygamist, so, kind of an awkward situation. Not allowed to teach them, after all. Then we saw JJ,  and Abigail's friend, Pr, the first time. She told Al to tell us not to come see her since she didn't wanna read the assignment. Of two pages in a pamphlet. Meh.

Friday
We saw Pr, and taught him about the word of wisdom, followed by Ca, who we taught about the plan of salvation, and obedience. Then we saw Ar, and Jt, who we talked about Christ's Church to, and eventually talked to Mn and some new investigators who might be solid one day, but they don't speak great English.

Saturday
We saw Bn, who was a contact, who had great promise, until he started going of on money and America, and just was not accepting to some... not doctrines, but just very worldly view about the Bible being given to the poor so that they'd stay there. Ugh. Then we saw Ry quickly, and talked to him about his desire to read the Book of Mormon, and followed up seeing Gy in the evening an talk about the last half of the plan of salvation.

Sunday:
LAST EMAIL

MONDAY
LAST EMAIL Also, went on splits with Elder Morris in the city. Weird stuff. I missed the bush the whole time. 

Tuesday
We went to the Office Elders' district council, and then went with them to the post office, and spent a couple hours getting packages for the other elders, and had lunch, and to conclude the day, President Heid told us to  go to the temple! Score! I'd missed the temple so much! 

Wedesday: 
Pretty much the whole day was spent acquiring SIM cards for the Christmas calls, and then organizing them.

Thursday
Zone conferences, we attended the one in the city, and helped a bit, but mostly got to attend, and had a good time listening to inspired leaders. Saw Elder Ojaide, and all of my MTCs! Then president said I could go to the temple again!

Friday
We had the appointment for Elder Harvey, and didn't really get a do a lot  aside from going to the temple again. Good day!

Saturday
We went home to JCity, and then saw Ricky, and taught him the whole story of the Book of Mormon, and established that Ge would be baptized next Sunday, and I pray that we can see her. Then we talked to Ar, and Jt, and then closed for the day!

Sunday
Went to church, and saw Ge! A guy who was invited by the Elders' Quoum President, who wants to come to church, and really likes it, and accepted a baptismal date for January! Totally the best! 

Monday
We played basketball and cleaned today! Good day!

I think this week I just saw the importance of the temple. The temple is truly the house of God, and the place that we can truly grow close to him. I would encourage any and all to visit, or to make time to go to the temple in the week, and feel the promised blessings from God!

I love you all!
Rockin' it!

Elder Harris

Monday, December 7, 2015

Totally Blew My Mind

So, I'm in ACity and the planner with most of last week's days is in JCity.


I'm in ACity because we came down to see a doctor for my companion's two month long headache, despite any form of treatment. So we took him in to the hospital today, with no avail for anything, no positive tests or anything, so it seems we will stay in ACity at the mission home for another night and wait to see when we'll be able to see a neurologist.

Today blew my mind though. We went to a hospital, that was actually like, first world. Air conditioners, inside lobbies, televisions in waiting rooms, it literally blew my mind and made me a little uncomfortable. Then the Sanders took us to the beach, where the Christiansborg Zone was having their activity, which also blew my mind. Then they took us to KFC. Guys. KFC.  I had a chicken burger. Not rice. With fries. Not shi toh. And then they took us to Shopwrite, which is like Walmart. It exists here, no lie. Mind officially blown for the month. I felt really uncomfortable around all of the white people in the nice part of ACity, and all of the nice things, private cars. I just felt like I needed to be back among the concrete brick buildings of JCity. No ewe language here either. And it looks like I'll be in JCity for another 3 months! 9 months in JCity baby! Totes cray!

Forgive my lack of time this week, at the mission home squeezing for time, and I hope it can be good enough here. I'll include all of this week in next week's letter, but I'll send some pictures for this week, I'll see yall later! 

Elder Harris









With the B's!

Duuuuuucks!

This week was great! I forgot my planner today, so I don't think I'll have as organized a week to tell you about, but it'll have to be good enough. This week, I was with our recent convert Cr, when we found out he raises ducks! Awesome sauce, just had to take a picture with them I'm sure. Also, we managed to buy a ton of oreos through the Sanders, so my happiness is full.


To the week!

Monday: 
After emailing last week, we went to the hospital to visit Pk, who was in for an inspection.

Tuesday:
First day out at 10:00 in my mission. Totally crazy, and awesome. We first saw Jt and Gy and tried to communicate the restoration and the apostasy to them, but I've recently realized how difficult it is for people to understand that not just any church is good for God. Then we went to see Cr, and managed to talk about the nature of God, and shared a weird dream with us. Awesome stuff. Then we saw Hn, and found out his father is a pastor, which might be an inhibitor in the future, but we'll continue to see him for a while yet to see if something can come out of it. Then we rode our bikes to ACity and saw Ell, and checked for his purposes. Super strong spirit there, and I think he might get more serious soon. Finally we saw Ma and talked about lesson 2 and the plan of salvation. 

Wednesday: 
Soakings for breakfast. Gary milk and sugar. Yes. Then we went all the way to ACity to see EY, who is recovering from a stroke, and had a great time! He's just the most solid member ever! He apparently brought the branch president at SCity. Gave us some great referrals. Stinks that they're super far away though.  Then we ended up losing some appointments for the day, but it still ended up well. Then we saw Kn and followed him home, and my heart reaches out to the guy. He feels so confused about religion and the like. But I know that the Gospel is the solution to his problems! He just needs to find his way out of his pianist position so he can come to church.

Thursday: 
Felt a little demoralized, lots of falling through appointments, and time spent in different places. We had zone training, which took forever, and then went to SCity to pick up my package (which contained chocolate milk powder! Yeesss) and then managed to have our class after a bunch of attempts at appointments. 

Friday: 
Soakings for breakfast again, this time I spiced it up with cinnamon. Totally amazing. First we saw Tn and taught him about life after death, which he took very well, especially as he's seeing if the Book of Mormon is true. Found out watche is actually spelled waakye. Totes cray. Then we saw Gy and Ps, and taught them the basics of word of wisdom, and ended up seeing JJ and talking about the word of wisdom again. Then we saw Cr and Ar, and it seems like she actually might progress! Totally amazing!

Saturday: 
French toast for breakfast, and saw Pe, and taught her about the Godhead and prophets, and also taught her that God hears her prayers. She's felt as if He's been angry at her or something since her husband left her, but we let her now that he truly hears her and cares for her. Then we saw El after lunch, and talked about some commandments from God, and decided that he's like the most solid convert of my life. I love this guy. Then we taught Ba and watched the restoration video with her, which was great, and she ended saying she knew Joseph was a prophet! Good day! Then we saw some ladies by Gy  and Jt, and they seemed really solid! Wanting to know doctrine and not just miracles, in their minds.
Sunday: 
I taught Sunday school, and after church we saw Ca, and talked about the blessings the Gospel could bring to her life, and I think she might be able to progress very well! The spirit was strong!

Sorry for time! I love you all!

Rockin' it!

Elder Harris

Previous Zone Conference



I bought me a rasta hat!

 A picture with Sister T, my African Mom.

A real Tro Tro.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Holy Ghost Fire!

Every week. HOLY GHOST FIRE! HOLY GHOST FIRE! Just railing outside our apartment windows. Constantly. Only like once a week, so it's not bad, but it is a fun story. Gonna take a recording one day. 

Anyways, time is short, to the week!

Wednesday:
We had apartment inspections! Then we proceeded to wait for an investigator to show up for more than an hour to show us his place, then left, only to have him call us and tell us he was there, so we went back and had the most confusing lesson of my life. Information in one ear and out the other. Asked us if we sold medicine too. Totally confused. Then we had a lesson with Al and taught her about Modesty and Tithing.

Thursday:
I made pancakes, and then we saw Tn, who we taught about Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon, and it seems he is inquisitive! He didn't give us an empty promise, but said he'd see if he could come next week, since he was busy this week! Then we saw Je, and taught him about the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end, and then met with this guy Kn, who met us on the side of the road, and asked us to come see him later. Totally great, had a long powerful lesson with him, and I think he will really progress. Then we had PEC and closed for the day.

Friday: 
Made pancakes, and went to see Pr, where we talked about prayer and reading in the scriptures. Then we saw Mh and talked about Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon as well. He says he knows Joseph Smith and Thomas S. Monson are prophets! So we'll see how it goes! His family all goes to one church, and he's reluctant to leave, so we'll see if we can meet with all of them. Then we rode bikes to a distant village and met with El for the second time, and taught him about the Restoration! I think he'll progress well as well!  Then while we were seeing Ma the Kn guy we were talking about showed up and helped us teach! Then we saw Be, and Kn translated for us! Good day!

Saturday:
Last training day! My son is fully grow2n! THen we grabbed pillows for the new missionaries(my area supplies the mission pillows) and then had our correlation meeting. Then we met with Je's friend Do, who is not serious, and then Od, who had a few questions, followed by Jt and her mom, who we started teaching the recent convert lessons, and then saw Ju and her Mom/Aunt who was genuinely interested! We'll see how it goes! Then we saw JJ,  and went over the word of wisdom.

Sunday
I gave a talk on Home Teaching and Visiting Teaching, and then had a classic sunday, and stayed after for meetings. Failed some appointments and actually ended up feeding the Branch Mission Leader's Chickens! Good day!



Monday: 
Had pizza today to celebrate Elder Harvey's training finishing! Good day!

I love you all! Managed time poorly today! 

This week the gospel just strikes my heart! It's so powerful and changes so many lives! So many people at home treat religion like some passive unnecessary article and forget the importance and prominence of Jesus Christ in their lives. Truly, He is the way, and He is life. Through Him, we can find the lives that we lose on His behalf. Better lives, more complete. I feel a little scattered mentally, but I hope you know what I mean!

Love you all!
Rock it!

Elder Harris

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Jago. This Week I Love Jago.

The other day we went to KCity or a zone activity! Hour and a half there, hour and a half back, just to play football!(soccer). Totes cray. Not my original idea of fun, but it was everybody else's. We beat the KCity elders, which was good, but then our tro tro broke down, and we ended up being there for the entire day, so the zone leaders told us to email today as well as clean in preparation for apartment inspections tomorrow morning. Joyous accord. Found out in KCity though, they have nice quality "Beats by Dre" for just 50 bucks. Awesome. Bluetooth or cord, depending on your needs. I pray one day I'll go back and buy some. 


Jago. This week, I have decided that I love Jago. Sweetened and condensed milk. When mixed with a larger amount of water, it's almost milk. Much sweeter, oddly, but it's almost milk! I might continue to pursue this Jago mixture. Delicious.

French Toast. I decided that I really enjoy it. I've also cut back from 4 slices to 2 slices in the morning, in an attempt to cease the weight gain.  I don't even buy fan ice (almost vanilla ice cream) anymore. Big changes in my life. #uncomfortablechanges #gonnabebuff #prollygottadomorepushups

Anyways, to the week!

Monday (after last email): 
We went out and taught B the first lesson with B, who at first didn't have time to come, and then the spirit touched his heart and told him to come out with us! He's so great! Then we saw Ir and her family, and they want to continue to meet with us, and listened to some lesson three, and so forth! 

Tuesday:
Pancakes for breakfast, and then led the recitation in district council, had jolloff for lunch, and then saw Pr, followed by Hn, who took a good lesson on dispensations and prophets! Super solid and I hope he'll be able to keep some more serious commitments in the future! He does live a fair distance from the church though. Then we saw Ry, and taught lesson one, in which he and I shared about 20-30 minutes on historical evidences of the apostasy, which was flipping awesome. Educated investigators blow my mind, and I pray that he will have a desire to change as well as to learn. Then we saw Cr's family with JJ and taught them about the correct mode of baptism, which his wife was reluctant to accept. We'll continue to see and work on her. Then we saw Ba after our branch presidency meeting, and it turns out that while she was waiting for us, she'd started teaching her friends from the gospel principles manual about baptism! Totally solid! We corrected her on a couple points and added some good supplementary information and called it good. 

Wednesday: 
Made pancakes, went to market, and then had jollloff for lunch. Then we went to see SA for the first time in forever, and are currently seeing if he will want to keep commitments again. It seems like he as really reached a humble part of his life. Then we contacted this guy named DA, who had questions about tithing, and took everything ridiculously well! Super solid investigator from first talking to him, and I have great hopes for him. Then we saw Jt, who attempted to give us a couple of referrals, and then we taught her the Word of Wisdom. So good! Just willing to live and learn! Then we saw Gy and his friend Pr, and taught them Lesson 1 as recent convert lesson, very basically. Then we stayed at the chapel for tithing settlements, and closed the day.

Thursday: 
Toast for breakfast, followed by seeing Pe, grabbing her baptismal information, and then running over the baptismal interview questions with her. There was a powerful spirit as she talked about how important repentance was. Then we saw Fr, our investigator Ly's mom, who doesn't seem very interested. Then we saw Cr and Jt and finished up teaching the lessons to them. Totally amazing people. Then we peeled cassava with Al, and I went and taught the institute class on Isaac and Jacob.

Friday: 
Toast for breakfast, and then went on exchanges with Elder Ajayi. We saw Ta and talked about the Word of Wisdom, followed by Titing withPA, who had questions from his reading in the Book of Mormon. Then we had lunch, and then we saw Eh and essenstially dropped her. That always hurts, but we can't waste time if they won't put anything in it. THen we saw Be and finished up recent convert lesson one, with Elder Ajayi speaking pigeon, and me... almost... speaking pigeon. Mostly just choppy English for me, haha. Then we saw Dl again, and found out he can't read! So sincere though! He had his little daughter read the pamphlet for him! He feels like the whole world is cut off from him since he can't read. Just about to bawl here, forgive me! Then we had all of our baptismal interviews and exchanged back!

Saturday: 
French toast for breakfast, and then went to a meeting in KCity for branch presidencies, where we talked about tithing settlements, families and so forth. Then we went out and saw a few people in the evening. 

Sunday: 
Meetings, gave a talk in sacrament, taught a class, tried to see a few people and failed, not much for the day.

Monday: 
We went to KCity and... you know the story.

I thought a lot this week about keeping a positive head and mental attitude! So often square shoulders can endure more of the trials that happen in this life! If we face them, ready to endure, God will be able to support us even more, just as he supported Ammon when he was bound by aggressive Lamanites! Great results!

Love you all!
Rock it!

Elder Harris

At the baptism of Cr, Jt and Pe.



Going into an apartment.


Me pounding fufu for an investigator.  Fufu is a swallow made of plantain and cassava. Pounded as shown, haha  Plantain is like... banana... thing... an cassava is like a potato... tuber... stringy... thing...

Monday, November 9, 2015

I'm Faat :'(

Everyone... I think I'm getting fat. My belly, according to my companion, has gotten like 5 or 6 pounds bigger. If this continues, when I go home, little children will poke my big belly and laugh at my immobility. I will be incapacitated by my size, and unable to ever find pride in myself.  I will change, and be strong! I'mma come home fairly ripped, just you wait! My 80 pushups a day will evolve into greater lengths! I'll jump rope like Bruce Lee, and Rocky! Just you wait... My belly... it shames me... forgive me all...


To the week:

Tuesday:
District Council! Had coco porridge on the way, and played the piano, hymn 142! Then I gave the instruction on using time wisely, how our time on mission is sacred and limited. For the day also, it seems our original appointments all either fell through or were dodged. It seems the poeple we saw were all spontaneous! Good day! We saw Pr, and talked about how his parents were stopping him from being baptized, and about the importance of the priesthood, and this guy Dl (more on him later) came in on the lesson. Then we saw Rd, and when we retaught lesson 5, it seemed he pretty much remembered everything. What a stud! So proud of this guy! Such a powerful spirit!

Then we saw An a referral sister of a member in SCity, and we taught her the basics of lesson 1 with her friend Tn.  Both are around 11 years old. We talked to this guy by the mango tree in lowcost as well, his name was Ry, and he's super educated, and actually went to school and worked in Holland and Netherlands. Saw him a couple of days later. He remembered the missionaries who opened the area. Finally we saw Be, and taught her lesson 5 and gave her a gospel art book. It was a really powerful moment. She was so happy to receive her Gospel Art Book, and realized it was the closest thing to scripture she had. She can't read English, so these pictures of Jesus Christ and prophets in the Book of Mormon and Old Testament are her ability to study. It really hit me powerfully that day.

Wednesday: 
Had toast, went to the market, and ate Banku for lunch. Then we saw Gl for the first time in a long time, it seems like he went to school in ACity, and he was happy to find us again to study with us. After reviewing with him he said he would join the church eventually! I pray it goes well. Then we saw Jt and taught the first half of lesson two, followed by Pk, who got glasses at the eyeglass clinic, so he can finally read the book of mormon! He even got angry at some people denying the existence of God and just opened up the Book of Mormon and had them read, haha. Then we saw Mh for the first time, and we talked about how he wanted to go to our church, but he doesn't want to split his family, since they are all going to a different church. Then we finished the day by working on some records that we fell behind on.

Thursday: 
Made french toast, tryin' to get more protein in my diet, haha. Found a bunch of cockroaches all of a sudden, as well a swarm of ants out back. Litterally hundreds of them that cleared up after it rained. Then we went to the chapel to have a quick meeting with President Kassah. Then we saw Pe and finished lesson 5 and tithing, followed by another meeting with Dl. Then we saw Ry, our tree guy, who was just astounded by the fact that the Book of Mormon contained more stories of Jesus! We'll meet with him later this week. Then we wandered around to find Hn, who called us after reading the pamphlet, who had good, sincere questions, which was great! He also understood really well. Then Ba and Ob, and we taught them about the one true church and things like that. They said they would be able to come to church next week! Then we saw Pl and Ly, and taught them lesson three and the law of chastity after they ran through the rain home from school, haha. Finally we had institute, and taught about Am and Ic.

Friday: 
Had french toast, the Bodines came by with sandwiches, had correlation, and then failed a few appointments before lunch. Then we saw Jt, and talked about lesson 2, and JJ reviewed tithing, and failed a few more appointments. 

Saturday: 
Toast for breakfast, and then we went out and saw Gl again, and we taught him lesson two, which he took fairly well. Then we saw My and encouraged her to study the scriptures and come to know for hereself a knowledge of the truth. I think she has realized it is something she really wants to do now.  Then we had lunch, and saw Aa with Rl, who bore a powerful witness of the restored church and Jesus Christ. Je and El followed that, Je invited his friend to our lesson(love this guy) and we taught him, and think that he might be interested in the future. Then we saw Ir and her family, who had dozens of questions. They committed to be baptized, but Ir said she couldn't come because her church was having a program on sunday. Sigh. 

Sunday: 
We watched conference in church, and the Branch President was gone, so I was essentially in charge. It's pretty stressful, making sure everything happens and stuff like that. Totes cray. Then we had essentially a painful bible bash with a guy who would just not listen before we planned. Totally sad.

Time is short today! Forgive me! Perhaps I wll just share how important it is to be the small and simple thing that the Lord will use to do His work! In Helman 5, my favorite character in the Book of Mormon is Aminidab, who is only mentioned for a few verses, but by his testimony rather than the testimony of these grand prophets were all of his contemporaries converted! We each affect the lives of so many people around us we can't even know!

Love you all!
Rockin' it!

Elder Harris


Exchanges in ACity

Monday, November 2, 2015

I Need to Start Thinking of My Titles During the Week.

I need to start thinking of my titles during the week. Nothing much to say either. No initial rant coming to mind, so I feel a little boring. Forgive me.


To the week:

Wednesday: 
We had district council, which was great, and (first I ate toast) I played the piano for district council. Hymns 60 and 266, almost flawlessly. I feel like a boss. Then, Elder Smith gave the instruction about engines. Engines. He went through everything super fast and left everyone super confused (obviously not me, bwahaha) and talked about how we need to make sure our investigators understand, and not just blow through everything without checking about it. 

After council, we taught Sister Theresa, who asked us a bunch of questions, as usual, and we went through lesson 3 for her recent convert lessons. She really has such a powerful testimony and presence. Then we failed a few appointments, and managed to see B at the end of the day, who asked questions like, get ready, "Was Mary still a virgin after she gave birth do Jesus?" It was an interesting conversation. Afterward we had Priesthood Executive Committee Meeting, with recent converts Bd and E to join as, as the new Sunday School and Elders' Quorum Presidents. My converts are doing awesome. 

Thursday:
I jazzed it up, and didn't have just toast. I had french toast. Key word, french. Awesome sauce. Then we failed appointments all morning, and went to see J, who brought a friend to his lesson on the Gospel of Christ! The friend, C,  said he would like to fellowship with us, but he's got his name written for something at Global Evangelical. Not quite sure what that means, so we'll figure it out. Then we saw Cr and his family and taught them the first halves of lesson two and the law of chastity. It's great when people are already doing good things, so they readily accept more good things! Then we saw Cy and Bt,  and taught Cy the first half of lesson 2, which she accepted readily. Then we saw JJ because no one showed up to institute and just taught him about the Holy Ghost. Then we sang hymns at the chapel with our recent converts and a couple of investigators, which was pretty nice.

Friday: 
Toast. Same old same old. Then we went out and saw Al, and taught her about the organizations in the church and also she asked about women and the priesthood, and answered her own question, which is nice. Then we saw Tn, a former investigator at the time the church wasn't in JCity, who may continue to progress now that it is! We'll see for him. Just did how to begin teaching, and left him thinking about the great apostasy. Hopefully it will go well for him! Then we saw Pr and I, and talked about the Book of Mormon, and answered some questions about singing and clapping, as well as tithes. Then we saw Bd and E, who we visited lesson 5 with, and I just love them. Super solid converts. Then we saw EA, who has not been reading at all, and has stopped progressing. Super sad. 

Saturday: 
We went to a funeral in the morning time. Super different. Screaming pastor, really loud stuff, kinda like a weird party/church service. Odd. Afterwards, Brother Ai fed us some kenke and pepe, with the most horrifying fried fish of my life. Imagine a small fish. Now throw it in vegetable oil and fry it until it is rock hard. Now feed it to me, inner organs and all. Then we shared a message with his family about receiving comfort in Christ. Then we went to MCity to see Ma, who has been reading all the way to Alma! I pray we will be able to bring her to church! Then we saw P, who has, I think, finally grown her sincere desire and will do well! Then we saw Cr and finished lesson 2. 

Sunday: 
We managed to have 10 investigators at Sacrament! Totally crazy! Ie and Pr came, and Pr shared his testimony and said he wanted to join the church when his parents would let him when he's older. Then we saw El's wife after church, who I pray will progress, and then her daughter Pl as well as La, who will be baptized later this month.

I've been thinking a lot this week about doing our best to manage time. Time is a limited resource that God has given us to use, and I wonder if we always make the best of it? Do we choose the best things before the better? Do I choose to use all the time I am given? Time is how we show things and people that we love them. How much time do we give to God? 

I love you so much!
In the words of my sister:
The church is true
The book is blue.

Rockin it
Elder Harris


By the temple, when we went to Accra for the eye glass clinic.

Playing pingpong in Scity.

With Sister D at her her Chop Bar.



Monday, October 26, 2015

Can't Imagine A Mission Anywhere Else.

Hello all! Long time!


Sorry I didn't get to email you yesterday, but, cool story, I was actually helping to hand out 6000 PAIRS of glasses to people! Mostly just being a waiting entertainer.

This week was fantastic though! We had a lot of success and were able to talk to a lot of people and solidify some progressing investigators. We also baptized B and her Grandson G! We forgot they had baptismal dates and let them slip under our radar, because she doesn't speak fantastic English. She came to church, but we had no way to measure her commitments aside from that, and we thought it was more of a distant thing. But it's super amazing to see that soon, G will be passing the Sacrament! Totally powerful stuff!


Also, I found potatos. POTATOES!!! I made mashed potatoes, and had so much happiness I had strong desires to cry. I miss potatoes with my full heart. But I know I will be blessed for eating yam for the next 2 years.
On to the week!

Tuesday: 
District council! I assumed my new assignment from the zone leader as the district piano player, and did a moderate to cruddy job until it went light out in the middle of our closing hymn. Our district leader gave the instruction on becoming consecrated missionaries, which was good. Then we ate some rice for lunch (after pancakes, I forgot, for breakfast) and went out to see a theoretical investigator. She wasn't around, but we talked to this guy beginning with the question he brought, "Was Jesus white or black?" "Neither... He was Jewish..." He brought a buddy, and they both brought their Rasta friend who tried to bible bash us on the Sabbath day. Tell you stories about that later in the week. Then we saw E, answered some of her questions, and then P and L, who have been committed to baptism by our branch president! I pray they will keep commitments. We saw B at the chapel, and it turns out she's been telling her friends at school about the church, and they've been making fun of her, and she even slapped one of them for throwing her book of Mormon on the ground. She's been coming to church for like 3 weeks now maybe. Super solid.
Wednesday: 
Oatmeal and toast. Did it wrong, not as tasty. Sad day. Went to market, had banku and okroh for lunch, and then went out. We saw J, and talked about the Sabbath day and the sacrament. Then we saw B, and R, and ended seeing B to prepare her for baptism with Br! She gave us the scoop and asked if G could be baptized as well. Fantastic. 

Thursday:  
Toast, and we saw a less active, CA! CA joined the church when she was young, but when she moved to JCity, the church wasn't here, and she hasn't been for 27 years and she says it's too late. She's like a fresh investigator though, and doesn't remember anything. It's fun talking to her though, and she loves us! Had some watche for lunch, and after a day wandering for failed appointments, we saw G, taught him to prepare him for baptism, and so forth. We then had institute, and then saw B afterward, and collected her information for her record. 

Friday:
Got to go never mind.

Love,
Elder Harris

Sorry, temporary problem with the internet cafe lady.
Long story short, since I only get to finish this:

Friday was good.
Saturday:
We met with the Rasta guy and his buddies, and it turns out they were trying to get us to convert him to be a Christian, and I hope we'll be able to help them along the way. We eventually just had to finish the Rasta guy's view and tell him "Saturday" is the seventh day according to the Vikings and their gods, and so forth. The Sabbath day, is a day that God reveals to his prophets. It's really the only question out there I've learned. Any issue, whether the word of wisdom, one true church, baptism and so forth really boils down to the fact that God speaks through a prophet today,and I think it's something very powerful. 

Sunday
Somehow we managed to have 14 investigators at church. It blew my mind, it was so fantastic. B and G were baptized!! So fantastic!! I conducted sacrament meeting, and then taught Sunday School. Afterwards had meetings and went to KCity to prepare to go to Accra the next day.
Monday
We went to Accra to help out with the eyeglass clinic thing. Talked to a couple of people who loved me because I speak ewe, and then we helped organize for an hour or two. For most of it, I was a greeter, and sent people to the chapel to wait. Unfortunately, we had to turn a bunch of people away, and send a bunch of newly irritated people home because of how slow things were going. Sad day. I hope it'll be faster next week. 

K, short on time! I luffs ya!

Rockin' it

Forgive me yet again, I got like 2 more minutes thank goodness.

I just remembered Friday. I went on exchanges with Elder Beckstrand in ACity!! Man, the place is almost first world. There were actual doors to knock. Doors. People lived in organized compounds next to real streets. Streets. My mind is blown for the week. I had a great time with him, but man, people there don't wanna talk. It seems the more bushy the area, the more likely people are to talk to you. Can't imagine a mission anywhere else, my people. This is the best place!

Love you all yet again!

Elder Harris

Accra




Nicest Tro Tro I've been on yet.