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