Monday, August 15, 2016

Well, this is it!

Well well well.... I'm not even sure what to say. I can't believe that these two years are coming to an end. I honestly have no idea where I would be in my life if I hadn't made the decision to serve a mission. Some people say the mission goes by fast, others say it goes by slow... I'm not exactly sure if it went by fast or slow but I do know that I wouldn't trade these two years for anything in the world. They were two years of hard work, two years of happiness, of sadness, a lot of sun, A LOT of sweating but most importantly two years of learning. I have learned more about myself, about the Gospel, and most importantly about my Savior, Jesus Christ in these past two years than I had my entire life. My testimony has been strengthened from a firm belief to a sure knowledge that the Church is true. It is true. There is no other way that we can find true happiness in this life nor in the life to come. Because of my mission I have been fully converted to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His church. It's impossible to help someone find and accept the Restored Gospel, and see them becoming converted without yourself becoming even more converted. That's what I'm gonna miss the most from the mission.
In our last Zone Conference, President Colleoni asked us a few questions. One of them was "Will I go home the same person that I was when I left?" In my case I'm going home completely changed. I'm still the same obnoxious kid that I was when I left home but at the same time I am completely different because of the knowledge and the perspective that I gained here on the mission. I wasn't a perfect missionary but I worked hard and was obedient. My dad always told and still tells me "Work Hard so that you can return home with no regrets." I have no regrets. If I could do it all over again I would do it the same way. I love Brazil with all of my heart. I love Natal with all of my heart and the people here. I will be going home this week but I'm positive that I'll be leaving a piece of me here.
We were able to finish off this week with one more baptism. A kid named .I was baptized. He had been going to Seminary alone for a few weeks when we started teaching him. It was a good going away present for me. Another man went to church this week for the first time and when he was leaving he told me that he wanted to be a member of this Church. He loved the church and felt the spirit. He just needs to get married first. I think if he were to have been married I would have baptized him right there! Haha the mission is great. For all of you who are thinking about serving a mission. Stop thinking and go. You'll never regret it.
Thank you guys for all the support you've given me my whole life. I can't wait to see you this week! I love you all! A IGREJA É VERDADEIRA!!

Elder Harris (for the last time)

Monday, August 8, 2016

The time is running out quickly!

Hey everyone! So we had a little PDay activity today so that's why I'm sending this so late! That also means that I don't have a whole lot of time to send this. This week was awesome! We were able to baptize J. who is the uncle of some other recent converts. We have been teaching him and his girlfriend F. for some time now. J. is the one who said that everytime he goes to the church he feels something different and wanted to baptized. His baptism was awesome! Now we're working on baptizing his girlfriend this week. We have another kid I. who is marked for this week too. He is a kid that has been going to seminary every night alone that we started teaching a little while ago. So this week is gonna be awesome! I can't believe that this week is officially my last full week of full time missionary service. The time is running out quickly. So I'll have to go out with a bang here in the home stretch!
Today for PDay we went with President Moraes and some other missionaries to Natal where we toured some old Catholic churches, some museums and took some picture close to the beach. I'll try to get the pictures to send to you guys because my memory card got yet another virus so I'm gonna have to go two weeks without a camera cuz I gave up trying to deal with it haha. I'll try to get J.'s baptism pictures from my comp too. If I don't send it today I'll send it next week. If not I'll just show it to you guys personally the next week ;) I love you all! Have an awesome week! A igreja é verdadeira!

Elder Harris

Monday, August 1, 2016

Making the most of my last little bit here in Brazil!

Hey everyone! Well this week was pretty crazy. Last p-day we got a call from the APs saying that there would be an emergency transfer, that Elder Shakespear and Elder Melo were being transferred and that I was getting a new companion. My new companion's name is Elder Bento. He's from São Paulo. He's super chill haha. He'll be a good companion to end the mission with. Elder Shakespear was a little bummed about leaving the area with only 3 weeks left which I totally understand. I'm so glad that I stayed here in Rosa dos Ventos to finish up! There are too many people here that I still need to see get baptized! We've got a few marked for this week so I'm praying that everything goes well!
On Thursday we had our mission tour with Elder Mazzagardi from the 70. It was good. He came last year too so it was my second time meeting him. It was a really good conference and it was good to see a bunch of my buddies from the mission, most of them for the last time. Holy cow how crazy is that?? Anyways, the rest of the week was spent introducing Elder Bento to our investigators and recent converts and showing him the area. He's gonna have to get the hang of things here quickly because 3 weeks isn't a whole lot of time to get to know an area. But he's a stud so it wont be a problem.
I'm extrememly excited for this week. We're gonna have to work like crazy. We had 14 investigators at church yesterday so this week we're gonna have to follow up with all of them. To be honest that's about all I remember from this week. I'm just here trying to take it all in and make the most of my last little bit here in Brazil. It honestly doesn't feel like it's all coming to an end. Everything has just become so normal here. It really feels like home to me. I really do love Brazil. But anyways, that's about it for this week. I love you all! Thanks for everything that you guys do for me! A igreja é verdadeira!

Elder Harris

Pic 1 - Pizza party farewell for Shakespear and Melo
Pic 2 - Elders from Bom Jardim!
Pic 3 - A bunch of missionaries from the Mossoró Zona
Pic 4 - Elder Petter! My son in the office haha

Monday, July 25, 2016

Best Kind of Surprise!

Hey everyone! So I don't have a whole lot of time today but I'll try to include all the most important details. To start, remember Y. and An., the two sisters from last week? So they were both baptized this week! Y. was baptized on Thursday before a ward activity so there was a bunch of people at her baptism. She has already read the entire Book of Mormon! In two weeks! She even marked her favorite verses! What?!? An. was baptized on Saturday. Turns out she wanted to surprise us telling us that she didn't want to be baptized until next year but she was gonna be baptized on our last week here. I guess she couldn't wait that long and decided to be baptized on Saturday. It was great, the whole young women's organization was there. Their mom went to both of the baptisms. The mom actually wants to be baptized too the only problem is that her husband is a gospel singer. So he goes around to a bunch of churches and they pay him to sing. And F. (their mom) says that if she were a Mormon, no one would invite them to sing anymore. That's the family's whole income so it's tough for her. But I'm positive that she'll be baptized. I just don't know when. She already has a testimony of the church and the Book of Mormon. When we talk to her about the baptism she just smiles and says God will provide a way. I love that family so much!
We've been working so hard lately! We are determined to not die before our time haha. But it's been awesome because we've been having a ton of success lately. I really love this ward so much. But anyways, that's just about it for this week. Sorry, it was quick and I wasn't able to organize my thoughts very well but I love you all! Thanks for everything! A igreja é verdadeira!

Elder Harris

Monday, July 18, 2016

This week was awesome! For real I'm like super happy today!

Hey everyone! So this week was awesome! For real I'm like super happy today. I spent the whole week in a city about a half hour south of Parnamirim called Goianinha on splits with the Elders there. It was great. It's a pretty small town and almost everyone rides horses there. It actually reminded me a bit of Beaver. Not a lot but just a bit haha. It's way pretty there, everything is so green! But anyways, I spent the week there because they have been having some difficulties so President sent me there to help out. We had an awesome week. We found a bunch of new investigators and were able to get quite a few investigators to go to church. It's a little different there because it's just a little branch so the church is a house where everyone meets. But it was an awesome experience.
The week got even better when I got back to Rosa dos Ventos and saw how much success my other companions had while I was gone. They baptized F. and I.  I don't remember if I've talked about them before but they are two brothers who we've been teaching for a bit. We've been working with the whole family actually but the parents need to get married first. The whole family went to the baptism. Unfortunately I wasn't there so I don't have a picture but oh well. I don't remember if I've told you guys about A. and Y. either. They are two sisters who we found last week. Their whole family went to church last week. I think I told you guys about them. Anyways, the girls absolutely loved the church. The mom did too but she's a little more hesitant because she's been a member of another church for 30 years now but she felt the spirit when we taught her the restoration she just is afraid of what her friends will think of her. So the daughters are absolutely loving the church. They even went all the way to Natal for a stake activity with them members yesterday and they loved it. This week they also went to an activity the ward had. While they were there at the church some leaders from the other church where they were going before went all the way to our church to try to talk them out of this whole "Mormon thing". Y. pretty much told them all off saying that when she is in the chapel she feels something different, like it's where she belongs and she knows she has to stay there. The leaders pretty much just walked out with their heads down. They are looking at being baptized next month but I'm not down to wait that long so we're gonna try to do everything for them to be baptized this week or the next.
Also last week a girl, A. came up to us who lives in our condominium complex saying that she was baptized a few years ago and wants to go back to church. She went this week with her sister and now her sister, An. wants to be baptized this week too. I'm so excited for this week!
Sorry for the freaking long email but this this afternoon we had a barbeque with the elders here in rosa dos ventos. We live in a condominium complex like I just said and they've got a big barbeque area right next to the pool so we splurged and bought a bunch of meat, grilled it up, and had a good time. Shame we can't use the pool haha. But it was awesome.
That's about it for this week. I love you all! Thanks for everything you guys do for me! A igreja é verdadeira!

Elder Harris

Pics 1-4 - Goianinha
Pic 5 - My representation of the Restoration Pamphlet. (the picture had to be taken quickly because he was trying to eat the pamphlet the whole time)
The rest of the Pics - Barbeque!

Monday, July 11, 2016

The Gospel is like Pole Vaulting...and Once the Bar is Raised, it Can't be Lowered...

Hey everyone! So this week was really good. We had transfers and I stayed! So I will officially be finishing up here in Rosa dos Ventos with Elder Shakespear who is also finishing up and Elder Melo who's been out for about 5 months. Poor thing haha.
So on Friday we had a "get to know the new president" conference. It was really quick but it was fun to meet him. His name is President Colleoni from São Paulo. He seems like so much fun! He gave a really quick but really powerful talk. One thing that he said that caught my attention is that the Gospel is like pole vaulting. Every time we succeed the bar is raised a little. And once the bar is raised it can't be lowered. The Gospel is all about progression. If we aren't progressing we aren't accomplishing what we should be. It's an interesting perspective haha.
So we found an awesome family Saturday night. We made the first contact with the daughter then we went to her house to talk with her family and met her sister and her parents. At first they were reluctant to talk to us because we're Mormons ya know... but after a bit they all opened up to us and they even came to church yesterday. The mom and dad are still a little skeptical because they are from a different church since pretty much the beginning of time but they liked it. The daughters loved it. One thing that I love about this ward is how well they fellowship our investigators. Yesterday we had 10 investigators at church and they were all well received. Cl. was confirmed yesterday. We also brought a couple to church that we've been teaching for about a week and a half or so. The man came up to me in between the classes and was like... what do I need to do to get baptized? I was like you just did it! Next week haha. We're gonna prepare him well for next week. Another 11 year old girl who is a friend of a boy who was baptized a little bit ago also came up to me and asked the same thing! But seeing as we don't even know her parents we're gonna meet them this week and fingers crossed that it all works out! Haha man I love Brazil.
S.'s kids were both baptized this week too! Their family is so great! It's funny because they aren't necessarily our investigators but I consider them to be because we helped teach them and they technically live in our area so we visit them a lot haha. But anyways, that's about it for this week. I love you all! Thanks for all that you do for me! A igreja é verdadeira!

Elder Harris

Pic 1 - Brothers and their sons on the mission haha.
Pic 2 - Our group
Pic 3 - Jeovani, Pres. Colleoni's son.
Pic 4 - Pretty much the whole district from Mossoró together again haha.
Pic 5 - One more...
Video - Me trying to chase a goose... the goose won.

Monday, July 4, 2016

I was just kinda there for man labor!

Hey everyone! Happy 4th of July! To be honest I only remembered last night... I love Brazil with all of my heart but I'm not gonna lie, every once in a while I miss good ol' America. But anyways, this week was awesome!
We helped a member put an engine into an old car that he's been working with. It was fun but I don't really know anything about cars so I was just kinda there for man labor haha.
Cl. was finally baptized yesterday! We've been working with her since we got here in this area. She is J.'s neighbor who was baptized last week. Her mom is a less active that we are reactivating. Anyways, Cl. was super involved in the Assembly of God church when we started working with her which was tough because she liked it there and all the members there were saying a bunch of stuff to her about the Mormons to get her to not talk to us anymore. But with time she started to get more and more converted to the gospel and finally accepted baptism.
The other elders here also had a baptism. It was a lady named S. I actually had the opportunity to teach her a bit so I already knew her pretty well. She is awesome. Literally one of the Lord's elect. She accepted the gospel and within 3 weeks was baptized. She's a single mother with 4 kids. 2 of them will be getting baptized next week so we're all excited for that. The other two are too young. But it's a great family.
So this week officially marks the start of my last transfer here! I can't believe it! I'm praying that I don't leave Rosa dos Ventos! I love it so much here and we have so many awesome investigators! I don't want to start all over at the very end. *knock on wood*. Haha last night we had a family night with a bunch of the members which we were able to take J.P. to. The members love him. It's just a matter of time until he's baptized. But that's really about it for this week. I love you all! Thanks for everything! A igreja é verdadeira!

Elder Harris

Pic 1 - Working on the Car
Others- Random plus the family night from last night

Monday, June 27, 2016

Sao Joao Party and a Baptism!

Hey everyone! So this week was really good. This week was a big holiday here in this part of Brazil, São João. To be honest I have no idea why they celebrate it, I just know that every one dresses up like hillbillies, eat a lot of corn, and light big bonfires in the street. I think I told you guys about it last year. Anyways, yeah with all of the fires and fireworks in the street it gets pretty hard to breathe to be honest. Anyways, on Saturday the ward had a big São João party at the church. It was a blast and we were able to bring quite a few investigators. We actually brought one of our investigators J. P. who's 18 years old. In no time he was hittin' it off with one of the single adults in the ward haha. All I know is that I don't have to worry about fellowshipping him anymore haha. What a stud.
So anyways, we worked like crazy this week! We had 11 investigators in church with us this week. And that's without some of our main investigators who went out of town because of the holiday. It was awesome. We were able to baptize Je. She's a girl who we've been working with since we got here in the area. Her mom even went to church and watched her baptism. Her mom has come so far. I don't remember if I told you about this but last month we were talking to Je. in front of her house when all of a sudden her mom got home and started yelling and swearing at her like crazy. She had some major anger issues but we calmed her down and said a prayer with the family and ever since that moment she has completely changed. They are having family prayer together and now we just need to get her in the water. But anyways, Je.'s baptism was awesome.
But that's just about it for this week. I love you all! Thanks for everything you guys do for me! A igreja é verdadeira!

Elder Harris

Pics - São João party at the church

Monday, June 20, 2016

I had an awesome spiritual impression!

Hey everyone! This week was super busy but way productive. We started off on Tuesday with a big conference with half of the mission because here in about ten days we are gonna get a new mission president. It was one of the most spiritual conferences I've been to on the mission. We learned so much... I don't remember if I shared this last week but I had an awesome spiritual impression. I've been studying a ton about the atonement lately and trying to figure out first of all why a great and eternal sacrifice was necessary and second of all, how could that one sacrifice cover the sins of all of humanity under the conditions of repentance. Like it was something that I couldn't wrap my head around. During the leadership council last week a missionary said something and it was one of those moments where you could almost feel the spirit shoving understanding into your mind. He said, "I'm grateful for the Saviors' sacrifice for him having paid the price that I would never have the courage to pay... to die for my sins." And I got to thinking man, would I be willing to die for my own sins? What about the sins of a loved one? Of a complete stranger? That may not seem like much but in the moment it all made sense to me. like a puzzle came together. I'm just not very good with my words to describe it for you guys. But anyways, that was my random spiritual impression this week.
So the rest of this week I spent on splits in three different areas in the zone. One in Parnamirim and two in Natal. It was really fun to work with and get to know the missionaries in the zone better. We had a blast together and walked a ton together! We found a big dune next to one of their investigator's houses and played on it for a bit. I'll try to send pics and videos. Saturday night I went to a baptism that some elders had in the zone then I called up R. from Alecrim and he took me back to my area in Parnamirim. He's a champ haha. Sunday came around and we were able to bring 6 investigators to church. Unfortunately M. and S. weren't able to go because they had to take care of his mom whose was amputated a bit ago. But we were able to bring another family to church. P. and his wife... (but they aren't technically married) Anyways, he has a cool story. He was taught by the missionaries a few months ago but nothing happened. The missionaries started teaching him recently and he had a dream. In the dream someone told him that he already had one chance to accept and he blew it...don't blow the second one. So he already accepted baptism. We have to start working on everything to get them married and baptized. So it should be good. We were able to baptize and kid named C. He's 12 and has been going to church for a while now with his friends. He was baptized and hopefully his friends will also be baptized soon. We're gonna work really closely with them this week. But that's just about it for this week.
I love you all! Thanks for everything! A igreja é verdadeira!

Elder Harris
Sister Weatherford

Our groups trunky picture haha #2months ;)

Elder Phillips

Elder Melo

Elder Rocha from Cape Verde

 Elder H. Silva and Orozimbo

Elder H. Silva and Orozimbo

Haha Urim and Thummim Decorations

Monday, June 13, 2016

We got to go to town with a sledgehammer!

Hey everyone! This week was yet another good and productive week. This Tuesday we had the leadership council yet again... If I'm not mistaken it was my 13th council of the mission but my first one as ZL. I'm just glad I'm not a secretary anymore who has to prepare everything haha. Then on Wednesday we had a zone meeting. We talked a lot about the importance of obedience and why we are obedient on the mission. I think it went pretty well. Elder Shakespear was on splits this week so it was just Elder Melo and I here in the area... which means that I got to sleep on a bed instead of a mattress on the ground haha.
So remember the family that I told you about last week? So they went to church this week and loved it. Mú., his wife S., and two of their kids, B. and G. went. They were like a legit Mormon family in sacrament meeting, with treats and toys for the kids and all haha. They're pretty much already Mormons, they just don't know it yet. We are going to try to get them baptized either this week or the next. But for real they got there and the members took them in with open arms, took care of the kids and pretty much everything else you could imagine, which is actually the first time that I think I've seen that on my whole mission. M. C., who is another one of our investigators is still progressing well but some people from her last church started sending her a bunch of anti Mormon material. We talked a bunch with her and she was okay. She came to church this week with her mom (who was a non active but is now returning to the church). They both are doing really well.
This morning we did a service project with an older couple from the ward. We took out their door and a window and installed new ones. Now this isn't just your everyday project. all of the houses here are made of cement bricks. so we had to go to town with a sledge hammer and a chisel to break the old ones out and put the new ones in. But they gave us breakfast, lunch, and dessert so I can't complain. Plus it was fun going to town with the sledgehammer haha.

But that's about it for this week. I hope you are all well. I love you all! A igreja é verdadeira!

Elder Harris

Oh yeah, Elder Cabral (Jimmy Fallon's twin) was transferred this week. He was a champ, I'm gonna miss him haha.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Dude! It's the freaking spirit slapping you in the face!

Hey everyone! So this week was awesome! We found some awesome new investigators. Plus we were able to baptize a kid named A. I don't remember if I told you guys about him last week. His older sister was baptized about a month ago and is going super strong in the church so we've been working really closely with the whole family. I was able to baptize A. yesterday and now we just need to help the mom get over some problems so that she can be baptized too. But it's a really great family. Speaking of great families, we started teaching a family this week which is probably the most elect family I've met yet on my mission. We talked with the daughter the other day in the street and she invited us to stop by to teach her family so we went there and had one of the best lessons on the restoration I've taught. The whole family was so receptive plus they are legally married which is pretty much a miracle to find here haha. Anyways, we asked them how they were feeling after the lesson. The mom said she felt like everything we said was true, the dad said he was feeling a huge peace, and the daughter said she didn't know how to explain it but it was really good. I was like, "Dude, it's the freaking spirit slapping you in the face!"  We talked about eternal families and baptism. Now they just need to go to church. Luckily the dad's brother has been a member of the church for a few years now. So the dad already has family in the church. Anyways, we're super excited to keep working with them.
Tonight Elder Shakespear and I are gonna head up to Natal to go to the leadership council tomorrow. It'll be about my thirteenth or fourteenth of the mission but my first as Zone Leader so I guess we'll see how it goes haha. As for pictures, last week we used a super ghetto internet café and when I tried to send pictures it put a virus on my card and it got rid of all of my pictures since Mossoró... so I'll try to recover them when I get home. Anyways, so I don't really have any pictures for you guys this week because of that but next week I'll be sure to get you guys some. I love you all! Thanks for everything that you do for me! Have an awesome week! A igreja é verdadeira!

Elder Harris

Monday, May 30, 2016

Rooming with Jimmy Fallon's Twin and I'm a Little Lost This Week

Hey everyone! So this week has been super eventful. I was transferred to a city called Parnamirim which is like 15 minutes from Natal. I was called as one of the Zone Leaders here with Elder Shakespear. I don't know if you guys remember but I lived with Elder Shakespear last year when I was in Panatis. We're also in a threesome with Elder Melo from Brazil. They're both so much fun! We get work done together and we're always having fun so I'm super excited for this transfer. I think this will be my last area. It was hard leaving Mossoró and all the members and missionaries. I miss my district from Bom Jardim so much but here is awesome too so I guess it's all good.

So we got here on Thursday and we started organizing the apartment, which is SUPER small, to fit 5 missionaries. We live with two other elders, Elder D. Lima from Brazil and Elder Cabral from Argentina. Elder Cabral is pretty much Jimmy Fallon's twin... they look exactly alike! I'll try to send pictures but this internet café is horrible so it might have to wait until next week. Anyways, Elder Shakespear, Elder Melo, and I all just barely got to the area so we were all a little lost this week trying to get to know the investigators, members, recent converts, and the area, but it's been really good. We had a baptism this week of a lady named M... She was an investigator of the last Elders so we showed up just to reap the benefits haha. But we also have a bunch of people to work with so it's gonna be awesome.

Anyways, last night was pretty crazy. Elder Shakespear woke me up at about 1 in the morning saying he could hardly breathe. So we called some members with a car and luckily they answered. They came and got us and took us to the hospital to get him taken care of. Anyways, to make a long story short, after about an hour and a half he was feeling better and we were able to come home. looks like it was some kind of cold/allergy. Idk anways, he's better now haha, but that just about sums it up for this week. I love you all! Thanks for everything! A igreja é verdadeira!

Elder Harris

Looks like the pictures aren't gonna work... :/

Monday, May 23, 2016

Renting to a family of mice!

Hey everyone! So this week was awesome! It's kinda weird, this week we worked so hard but it seemed like I had almost no time to follow up with all of our investigators or anything like that. I guess it's because time is just flying by so fast now. So you guys remember Ca. and Ga., the two sisters who were baptized a bit ago right? So this week we were able to baptized their brother J.. The baptism was so good. Now all the kids in their family are baptized and we just need to get the mom baptized but she's on a trip down in Southern Brazil and we have no idea when she'll be coming home :/ But the whole family is so awesome!
Anyways, this week was Elder Chacón's last week on the mission. Tomorrow he's heading to Natal and then home. It's really weird to think that here in a bit that's gonna be me. To be honest I still feel like a greenie on the mission haha. It was kinda funny, the other day my companion and I were talking and I told him that I left for the mission in 2014 and he got a surprised look on his face like what?? You've been serving since 2014? I was just barely starting my senior year in 2014! Idk i guess it kinda put it into perspective. But it definitely doesn't feel like that much time has passed.
So I had a nice surprise yesterday. My two suitcases are stacked one on top of the other in one of the rooms of our house and yesterday I wanted something out of my suitcase that was on bottom so when I took of the top one guess what was there waiting for me... yes a family of little mice. The mom took off running and luckily the babies were so little that they couldn't run otherwise we would've had a problem. But man, those things are ugly. I'll send some pictures. So I flushed them down the toilet and that was that. We never did find the mom... Haha it was super nasty but I survived haha.
That's about it for this week! I love you all! Thanks for everything! Have a good last week of school for everyone who's still in school haha. Have an awesome week! A igreja é verdadeira!

Elder Harris

Pic 1 - The ugly baby mice
The rest are just pics of random things haha.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Baptism and Wayne's!

Hey everyone! So this week was really good. Cl. was baptized this week! Cl. is one of Ca.'s (the recent convert) cousins. It was so good and her whole family came to the baptism which was a miracle because it is almost impossible to get them to church! Unfortunately her parents didn't go on Sunday to watch her be confirmed :/ But we'll keep trying with them. I don't think I told you guys last week but last Sunday when we were getting investigators to go to church a couple called us from the other side of the road so we went to talk to them. They said they met missionaries in a another city and loved them but had to move and wanted to know if we could go visit them this week. So we were like for sure! We went there and they progressed super fast the whole week. They need to get married legally and they committed to do so. they accepted baptism too but we got there yesterday morning to take them to church and no one was home :/ I was super bummed. We tried calling and calling and calling but no one answered. so I guess we'll see what happened this week.
Today for Pday we went with the district to Wayne's. Which if you guys remember from Natal is super american burger place. It's pretty expensive but one of the missionaries we live with, Elder Chacón, is going home next week so it was kind of his farewell haha. It was so good. A huge burger, fries, barbeque sauce, ranch, and a strawberry smoothie. Man it was good. But that's about it for this week. I love you all! Thanks for everything! A igreja é verdadeira!

Elder Harris

Pic 1 - Elder Zylks, Sister Weatherford, and Sister Stadler
Pics 2, 3,and 4 Wayne's 

Monday, May 9, 2016

Happy Mother's Day!

Hey everyone! Happy Mother's Day mom! It was so good to talk with the family! I can't believe it was my fourth and final Skype of the mission! So this week was pretty good. I was in Natal until Tuesday when we came back to Mossoró. Natal was awesome. It was so good to see a bunch of the members there. Anyways, so I got back and Elder Zylks and I got right back to work. This week has had its fair share of both blessings and trials. We've been working closely with a few families but all of the parents need to get married. It's so hard to find an actually legally married couple here! They were all progressing really well until Sunday when pretty much nobody wanted to go to church. That's one of the most frustrating things here. Every Sunday we leave the house at about 7:00-7:30 (the sun is already beating down at 7:00) to go get investigators to take to church. We literally stopped by the houses of every one of our investigators and they were either sick, not home, or just too lazy. Well after about 2 hours with no success we finally made it to church. Church was good, then we went to lunch, and afterwards we went to Skype the family. The members whose house we went to are so nice! they are always so excited to help the missionaries with just about everything! But anyways, that's just about it for this week. I'm gonna try to get you guys some pictures this week haha. It's about time. I love you all! Thanks for everything! A igreja é verdadeira!

Elder Harris

Pic1 - Elder Mehl
Pic 2 - Elder Petter
Pic 3 - 2 generations of secretaries haha
Pic 4 - The district
Pic 5 - Elder Andrade
Pic 6 - Remember the twins Marcos and Matheus from Alecrim?
Pic 7 - Elder Carpenter
Pic 8 - Roosevelt!
Pic 9 - I forgot to tell you guys but we have a pet spider at our house haha.