Monday, May 6, 2013

Birthday Week!

Just to let you know, I did get the package that you sent on Saturday.  Thank you so much!  It's kinda funny because you and Grandma Hill BOTH sent me a purple tie and work gloves.  So I gave a pair to Curry and Nelson.  We're going to build a roof in about an hour for that family who lost theirs - so we appreciate it.  I'm also planning on taking my companions to lunch or dinner to celebrate my birthday sometime this week so expect a transaction.  :)

As for you guys, HOLY COW!  You are the most blessed family ever!  Braeden't prom date is stunning and Ty's girl is too.  The waterfall looks amazing and I love that the boys are swimming every night.  That just sounds like a party.  :)

As for Mother's Day next Sunday, I will be calling around 1:30 - 4:00 your time.  It's up in the air right now, but could you please invite Carson to come over so I can talk to him for a minute too?  Also, will Tyler and Easton be home from Spain by Sunday? 

On my birthday, I was called to be the new priesthood piano player!  I know, but the guy who was doing it only knew how to play one song and they were singing that same song every week.  I can manage to plunk out 2 or 3 songs so I guess we'll have some new songs to sing for a while.  I also got to pass the sacrament and we even had 108 people at church!  It's a new record!  wussssuuuuupppp.  In all honesty, we did have a baptism and a baby blessing so we did have 30 visitors and some less actives - but still.

Brother Heer sent that picture to you from his house.  We actually got fed twice on my birthday.  First by the Bateman's and then by the Heer's.  He texted us after we left and said that you texted him back.  So I appreciated that!  I was also wearing the tie you sent me.  Surprise!  I love it!  It's so fresh.

Last P-day we were out of miles and stayed in Anadarko. We only have 1100 miles per month for our car and it's really not enough because most of our branch lives in Elgin about 15 miles away so we use up those miles pretty quick.  But we still played some basketball and had a good day. 

Later ee met with our investigator and she told us that she wants to be baptized so that was awesome.  We also met some kids playing ball in the street.  One of them, Nick, is a freshman right now and he was asking us what we do as missionaries because he wants to serve a mission.  We told him and I loved his response "Talking about Jesus Christ with people for 2 years sounds pretty good to me!"  I just love him.

We had more celebrating this week!  Tuesday was Elder Curry's year mark.  He's been telling us how fast it goes by and it really does.  We ended up mowing the lawn for someone for our service and it took 3 hours!  By the picture, you can tell why it took so long.

We also met 2 new investigators and taught them about the restoration.  They had some interesting questions and comments like, "How can you sell miracles for $50? and "I don't know what it is, but every church I visit just doesn't feel right."  So if we can catch her this week we're going to invite her to be baptized.  She works a ton and her husband used to be the "Chase Hansen" of Anadarko.  Unfortunately, he got mixed up with the wrong crowd, stole a car, ran it off the road and as a result lost his leg.  He has a sweet prosthetic but uses crutches everywhere he goes.  The wife has had a really hard year because she lost both of her parents, broke her back and her leg.  So we're just trying to figure out the best way to help them and keep their spirits up.

On Wednesday we went to the "New Missionary" meeting up in the city and I got a new bike!  I really just found a bunch of parts  in the shed and put a bike together.  It's still small, but it works a lot better.  The gears are pretty worn down so sometimes the chain gets stuck of falls off the track, but I push through it. 

Thursday I was pretty upset because my bike wouldn't work and it took me all day just to keep it going to get back to Anadarko.  We had 10 appointments and everyone of them fell through.  It was freezing - the humidity here sucks.  The cold goes right through you.  By that night I was pretty ticked off and we went over to a member's house and were talking to them and sharing some scriptures.  I found this one in the bible - it was in Peter.  I don't remember exactly which one it was now, but it descibed the things that had happened to me that day and furthering the gospel.  It just got me to thinking that even though it sucks and my bike is broken and all these other things might be happening that I'm still here spreading the good news of the gospel!  So I decided that I should be happy and tried to be as positive as I could.

On Friday we did exchanges after our district meeting with the Zone Leaders.  Zerkle came with Nelson and me to Anadarko.  We visited Sister Spencer at her house.  Her nephew was over and he told us that he was gay and didn't believe in Jesus Christ.  It made me sad.  Sister Spencer is the one with the heart problem and apparently she also has diabetes.  I guess the other night her diabetes shot up to 500?  Some rediculous near death number so we gave her a blessing.  We heard on Saturday night that it went even higher and she had to go to the emergency room.

Funny story.  So we were out tracting and some car drives up to us and asks us if we're Jehovah's Witness or Mormons.  So we say Mormons and they drive off.    We were talking to this homeless man named Robert.  He's about 60 and from Jamaica.  He just walks around here all day no matter the weather.  So bout 10 minutes later they "find" us again and ask us if we want weed, alcohol, or women?  We said no thank you as politely as we can and then asked them if they would like a picture of Jesus Christ.  Surprisingly, they all took one!  The kid that was sitting shotgun was stoned out of his mind and probably younger than McKenzie.  It seriously just makes me so sad that these kids have nothing better to do and have such negative influences in their lives.

We were at McDonald's the other day and saw the news about that plane crashing and that soccer player punching the ref in the face and killing him, and a bunch of other stuff.  WHAT IS THE PROBLEM WITH THE WORLD?!?!?  Seriouly, it's so messed up.

It's crazy how we're viewed as missionaries when we say that we don't do this or we don't do that.  People just laugh at us - I don't get it.  Which gets me to thinking about this little girl who bore her testimony on Sunday.  She said, "When everyone is choosing the wrong, that's when we need to choose the right."  She's 5!!!  And already understands that concept.  If only people were brave enough to stand up to their friends - but I know that's one of the hardest things to do.  I guess I'm just feeling sad about all these people here.

No news yet on the visa.  I was talking to a kid who has a cousin who is also supposed to go to Argentina.  He's been in Mississippi for 4 months now, so I might be here longer than expected!  :)

Love you! 
-Elder Harris

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