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Monday, February 19, 2018

E-mail (Dated: 2/19/18) THE LOVE OF CHRIST

I got to thinking this week. What does it mean to love? Love thy neighbor, Love thy Father and thy Mother. Show a gesture of kindness.

As all of you know, this week was Valentine's day. The day of Love. The day that we all choose to spread our love and to make all of those around us feel genuine happiness, and share a chocolate or rose with the one we love.

 I love the hymn, "Love One Another"... it begins like this:

As I have loved you,
Love one another.
This new commandment:
Love one another.
By this shall men know
Ye are my disciples,
If ye have love
One to another.

It´s a song that teaches us to show love to all. It´s a song that teaches what Jesus taught. It´s his greatest attribute because it´s his motivation for why he chose to do everything, why he chose to suffer, to bring us peace. Why he did the will of the Father, why he didn´t fight, why he died, why he resurrected, and why we will live again. This is what he showed us, that we might show even just a sliver of that love to others

We don´t have to choose specific days of the year to love others, like days as Valentines. In fact, it should be a daily decision. Something that comes naturally. There is a chance that at first, it takes some work, but this life is meant for progress. But with a little more love, we can be a little more like Christ and live in a better world. A world made of Christ-like love.

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We were able to have a good week. I went on splits this week with a couple Elders.

Two of the people we were able to visit on these splits struck me with a yearning for the spirit to receive guidance. These two people suffer highly with addictions and with thoughts of loneliness and depression. We were able to share with them just a glimpse of the spirit of love that God offers to each and every one of his children.

One in particular that I talked with is named Mate. She mentioned how she wants to change, and how she has tried, but that it seems impossible. I was able to testify that she will. I was able to help her identify some goals and promised her that every day she feels the burdens of temptation that Christ will be there to lift her burden if she used his atonement. I also promised that the missionaries are there for that exact reason, to support her and to catch her in time of failure, not to judge, but to help.

We are here for that reason. To share the love of Christ and to remind others that they can be given forgiveness,

We were also able to visit Blanca. Her Mom is really excited for her baptism and is actually excited to get her the baptism dress. She just didn´t go to church this Sunday and neither did the Carlos and his family. We hope that we can make it all work out this week to visit them.

We are doing well and I hope you are all doing good as well. Love you all!

-Elder Harmon







Monday, February 12, 2018

E-mail (Dated: 2/12/2018) WHO. HOW. WHY. DO WE LOVE

Why is it that we have had others go astray? Why is it that those once with us, have now chosen to go against us?

How do we find them? How do we change their hearts?

Why should we put in the effort? Why do we not give up on them?

These are questions that I want each of you to ask yourselves. Because we are losing many. Yes, we are gaining many, but what´s the point if they don´t stay with us?

My answer to the above questions;

Our brothers and sisters that have accepted this message are lost and they are going through things we could never imagine. When we should be getting to know them, we look to the congregation around us and say, ¨well one of them will talk to them.¨ But is that really what we should do, is that what Christ did? No, he went out looking for those that were lost, even just for the one.

Now, we have a lot of members that fall away. Maybe for work, or family related situations, but are we doing enough to guide them back in? Do we let them feel loved and important? This is the reason why many fall into other ideas and religions. It´s because they aren´t finding what they saw when they were entering the church.

How we find them is easy. Most of them we already know where they are. We also have a ward list, and a bishop that are there for this reason. How we change their hearts? Well, I think that will come in time. What we have to do is choose to care and to act. We have to love.

¨Why put in the effort´ could be the hardest part.  For me, I like to think about my baptismal covenant. Each one of us makes a promise to God. Do you remember what it is? The question in the interview is, are you willing to take upon you the name of Christ. In 3 Nephi 27 it says;

3 Nephi 27
5 Have they not read the scriptures, which say ye must take upon you the name of Christ, which is my name? For by this name shall ye be called at the last day;

6 And whoso taketh upon him my name, and endureth to the end, the same shall be saved at the last day.

7 Therefore, whatsoever ye shall do, ye shall do it in my name; therefore ye shall call the church in my name; and ye shall call upon the Father in my name that he will bless the church for my sake.

There is a part in the last verse that says that what we do we shall do it in his name. How wonderful is it that he allows us as members to have his authority to do things in his sacred name. With this, as members, we choose to follow his example.

We need to be like Christ which is to strive for:

Faith
Hope
Charity and Love
Virtue
Knowledge
Patience
Humility
Diligence
Obedience

When we have these, the person we are looking to help or bring back will have their change of heart.

My invitation is to find someone this week that others have neglected, or have chosen to go away. Find them, and bring them back to the fold.

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I promise that all my little invitations and themes have something to do with what happened to me during the week, or have special significance. I hope I don´t bore you.

This week we went to Blanca´s little laundromat to talk to her. We arrived with intentions to drop her as an investigator. We have just put a lot of time in her that has been great, but she hasn´t come to church frequently and hasn´t accepted baptism. But we arrived and her cousin (member) was there whom we had never met. She started talking to us and then bore a powerful testimony of her conversion and the church. Then she left, and almost immediately after Blanca asked us when we can set her baptism. We invited her to be baptized the 17 of March!

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(HE KNOWS)

We were also able to go visit Carlos Hernandez. He is a less active member, and his wife and his two sons aren´t members. We took the opportunity this week to talk with them and get to know them. Carlos is a member that is lonely. Not lonely in family, but lonely in the church. He has lived here 14 years and none of the members besides very few know him. Even less have gone to visit him or to help his family. However, this last Sunday, he got up at 6:30 in the morning to bring his family to church. Why? Because he loves God and knows this is his church. We also invited his family to baptism and their baptismal date will be the 24 of February. That is 3 more of God's children. I love this family. 6 months ago I entered their home with Elder Macias, then we lost contact. I never gave up´and I strove to find them. Thanks to my Father in Heaven for answering my prayers and to Carlos' willingness, we were able to find them again and enter their home.

It doesn´t matter how much time passes, we keep persisting. God is always with his children and sends his spirit to ease their hearts and minds.

It was a fantastic week and I am grateful for my mission.

I love you family and friends!

- Elder Harmon

Monday, February 5, 2018

E-mail (Dated: 2/5/2018) ARE YOU WALKING THROUGH FIERY DARTS?

Are you hurting? Do you feel lost? Do you want to give up? If you answered yes to any one of these, my answer is it´s okay I have too. This life if meant to go through these experiences, it can be full of trails, mistakes, confusion. But what´s important is to realize the reason why. I´d like to share a scripture;

Ether 12:27 And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.

Like I mentioned above, this life is an experience. We are here to learn. However, to find or to know of the good, we will have to go through the bad. Now, I´m not saying that we should start throwing ourselves in the darkness or into the pits of despair to be able to gain this knowledge. What I am saying is that it will happen, the times that we will have to stand firm and hold on. We NEED to be prepared. Now the question is, ARE YOU WILLING? Because a willingness with an open heart is necessary. I´d like to share two other scriptures;

D&C 3:2
2 - For God doth not walk in crooked paths, neither doth he turn to the right hand nor to the left, neither doth he vary from that which he hath said, therefore his paths are straight, and his course is one eternal round.

D&C 3:4
4 - For although a man may have many revelations, and have power to do many mighty works, yet if he boasts in his own strength, and sets at naught the counsels of God, and follows after the dictates of his own will and carnal desires, he must fall and incur the vengeance of a just God upon him.

There is a course, there is a plan, and there is right and wrong. The path cannot be changed. We must decide if we want to follow him and choose not to question him, because he has given us more than what we need to progress. What we need to do is to choose him. Last scripture;

D&C 3: 6-8
6 - And behold, how oft you have transgressed the commandments and the laws of God, and have gone on in the persuasions of men.
7 - For, behold, you should not have feared man more than God. Although men set at naught the counsels of God and despise his words—
8 - Yet you should have been faithful; and he would have extended his arm and supported you against all the fiery darts of the adversary; and he would have been with you in every time of trouble.

There is a blessing when we choose him and that is his extended hand. I like to relate us as humans as trees. We are constantly being pushed and pulled in this life. We must draw our roots firm into the ground which is our Savior, we must also nourish our trees by using richness of this gospel which is the water.

May I invite you all to partake of the water, which is God’s word, which has been restored by those called of God, I promise you that as you absorb it you will strengthen yourself and gain a firm testimony that our father in heaven is here and he loves you and desires that you return with him.

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I have had a pretty good week. My companion and I are working to get appointments in, but this last week was tough. We decided to spend the week finding and inviting. A fun story that I will share is of a group of teenagers, probably about 7 or 8 of them. I asked my companion if he would like to contact them, he then looks at me and says you got this Daddy ha-ha. I walked over and presented myself as Elder Harmon or the Giant if they so pleased. I then started talking about football because I saw a ball in their arm. Turns out that they are a group of girls that play tackle football. I used that as an advantage to communicate with them. I then invited them if they´d like to attend our English classes that we hold, and also to listen to the message that we share. They accepted and said that it´d be good, so we wrote down all they numbers, we also promised that we´d go watch one of their games. It shows a lot about what it means to contact. We must realize that when we share a message or try to spread Gods word we don´t have to change ourselves, nor do we have to have anything planned, all we have to do is open our mouths.

Now we also visited with Javier, we went with Hermano Lugo our mission leader. As we arrived he saw Javier and told us, I know him, he was baptized when I was bishop of another ward. We were confused and so we went and talked with him. Turns out he has been a member for about 12 years. He turned out to be kind of crazy and so our mission leader told us to stay away, so that was pretty sad.

But we also talked with Blanca and she wants to be baptized this month. She and her whole family went to church on Sunday and loved it! I love Blanca and her family, I just hope to be able to teach them before I go. Tonight, we are hoping to put the date for Blanca’s baptism! Prayers are needed!

Anyways that´s about the most exciting it got this week! I love you all. Have a great week!

- Elder Harmon



Monday, January 29, 2018

E-mail (Dated: 1/29/18) LOOK, SEE, FIND

I got a couple messages over the past couple of weeks about my year mark, first of all, thank you all so much for your love and support. Second of all, my dad gave me a good laugh when I saw the HUMP DAY photo of a camel. So just a quick shout out to him.

But WOW! What a time to reflect. I have absolutely loved my time here in Querétaro, Mexico. I´d just like to share my testimony about the work and place that I have had the privilege to take a part of. I started out in a small city called Silao. If you go there you will find a city that is pretty calm and a little dirty, and also has some pretty random festivities. Full of a lot of people that would normally seem pretty scary and a language most of you wouldn´t understand. I was blessed to be able to go to this little town and make it my home. HOME not by definition but as many say, HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS. As I walked those miles every day to talk to complete strangers, to serve others who I couldn´t understand and as I shed tears and cried to my father I found something. I found a LOVE. A CHANGE in myself. I came to find what the word HOPE really means. There were days that I literally walked until my feet were blistered, I was assaulted, I was screamed at, ridiculed. But I´ve seen miracles. Gangsters who literally rob and kill, who´d stop to listen to a quick message. Good men who have fallen into temptation of drugs and alcohol who have found God. I have seen the gift of healing of persons in more than just the physical.

I have also served in a city called Cimatario. I have felt rejection, I have had heartache, moments of agony for others. However, I have seen leaders of other religious beliefs who have been brought to the truth and brought to the right path. I have witnessed lost hearts found. I have heard testimony from those that thought they had none.

I could go on.. but do I need to? There is a pattern, what is it?

I´d say that the word to be used is SEARCHING, Now, I will make the pattern - Look, See, Find.

We all look at first and this is where judgment comes in, whether good or bad. Then as time comes we put on our glasses and we start seeing what´s really in front of us and this brings change. That is where I would say the last word FIND comes in because this is where we find what we have been searching and brings our final outcome.

I have been able to go through this pattern throughout my mission as well as my life, as I am sure many other missionaries that have given their hearts to the mission, in fact even to those that simply go throughout this life as well. WE CAN ALL SEE THIS. The question is what will we do knowing this?

Me? I want to serve the Lord. I want to love those around me. I want to bring change.

What a great gospel we live in that allows us to have all of this in one.

I love my Father in Heaven, and his son Jesus Christ. I love the chance for growth and the amount of compassion that I receive from them. I thank them for humbling me in times of need, for calming my troubled heart, and for their open arms that bring me in.

This is the true church. We are led and guided by a living prophet. The message we as missionaries share is a message of relief and love and an invitation and a welcoming to Salvation. We will be taken up. We will be judged. But we will have our Brother there to care for us and save us, but only if we repent and follow him. COME BACK LITTLE LAMBS, YOUR SHEPARD IS LOOKING FOR YOU, JUST AS YOU ARE FOR HIM, THE ONLY DIFFERENCE IS THAT HE HASN´T TURNED AWAY FROM YOU.

I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ Amen.


Have a fantastic week I love you guys!











Monday, January 22, 2018

E-mail (Dated: 1/22/18) ARE YOU COMMITTED?

COMMITMENT - the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause.

What is the cause? The answer is salvation.

How do we share with people that this is something worth fighting for? Well, I like to think that most people already know that it is important. In fact, a lot of people I have come in contact with know that it´s important, enough to the point that they stress themselves out about it, and then there are those that just give up. Then there are others that believe that we are automatically saved. Part of that is true. All will receive the resurrection. However, salvation is something different. That is something we have to earn. We have a work to do here and a duty to ourselves to find our Father in Heaven. We teach that salvation is very personal. We aren´t saved as groups but rather, as individuals. We are taught to grow closer to Jesus Christ. He is the only person that will be next to us in the judgment seat. But this is where commitment comes in. We are to commit ourselves to finding a relationship with God and his son, to commit to serving others and to fulfill the plan that he has for us.

How we help others know this? That answer is simple as well. It´s to love them. To show them that their life is important, that they mean something to you and to God. A line similar to that of Jeffery R Holland is, at least we can measure our worth in the sight of Gods eyes for each and every one of us, because we can say at least he loved us enough to send us his perfect son. THAT IS A LOVE THAT WE WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO UNDERSTAND. But we can begin by showing our gratefulness for our lives and for the lives that are all around us.

This week we had a chance to visit a lot of people I haven´t seen for quite some time. One of them is a member that is in a wheelchair his name is Alberto and suffers from some health problems. We passed by with a member yesterday and just talked with him. He broke down crying describing how lonely he has felt. How hard it is that he hasn´t been able to attend church. How he can´t leave the house and nobody ever goes and visits him. He was so beyond grateful that we were able to just pass by and see how he was doing. He had felt forgotten, but we had the chance to be part of God's work to remind him that he is still loved and cared about.

I´d like to challenge you all to recommit yourselves to Gods work, which is a work of service and of love. Every single one of us knows that there is somebody in our ward, or a neighbor, or a friend that could be feeling lonely, depressed, or down in a state of turmoil. VISIT THEM.

I can testify that it is because of others and the love I have received and the mercy of my Father in Heaven that I am in the mission. Don´t forget that you all can make a change in the life of another person. Salvation may be personal, but God's work is as a whole.
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Now just to let you know about my investigators.


  • Victoria is now baptized and still attending and continuing to progress! 
  • Blanca is still receiving us and would like us to teach her daughter, this last week she had to cancel on us, but we have another appointment with them this week. 
  • The twins and Josefina we will be visiting with tonight, we are excited. We will be inviting them to baptism. 
  • Cristo ended up moving back to the DF in Mexico
  • We have a new one named Rocio and she is so sweet and she is basically prepared. All we need to do is gain more confidence, we are excited to teach her. 
  • Javier is receiving us but got busy all week, but we will be visiting with him on Thursday! 
  • Carlos Hernandez (member) with his two boys Ivan and Maurri are wanting to be baptized, we just are trying to figure out time to be able to teach them, because he gets off of work in the nights at like 10. 
  • Jose Angelos. He is new but is attending. He is a friend of a member and we will have our second appointment with him this week!

Anyways I love you guys! Let me know if you want more!

Love, Elder Harmon









Monday, January 15, 2018

E-mail (Dated: 1/15/2018) TRUST THAT YOU WILL BE WRAPPED IN THE ARMS OF OUR SAVIOR

Hi Everyone,

I was just reading some messages that I received today and saw some quotes sent to me by my mom. There is one with the picture of a dad tossing his baby into the air. I´d like to relate this to life. Sometimes we are tossed and for just a brief second we feel fear, anxiety, and far away from our Savior and our Father in Heaven. It´s in these moments that we as humans begin to fall into the hands of the satan. Why? Because we forget that Gods hands are still there to help us. He is guiding us into a safe landing. He gives us these tosses not to punish us, but so we can find him and so that we can truly recognize the true joy of life. Think about when a baby is tossed up into the air, at first you see their eyes fill with fear and get as big as a guinea pig's eyes. However, when they are caught, they get the biggest smile on their face. They do this because they start to realize the love their father has for them, the trust they can put in him, and that he is always there.

I want to share how this has played into my week. I have been here in my area for the past 6 months. I have taught some of the same people over this period of time, we have put several baptism dates for pretty much all of them. However, something has kept going wrong every time, and it would get postponed. For a while, I just thought God wasn´t able to get them back into his arms because of their stubbornness and excuses. But I found something new with the way I am now going to view things in the mission. I am learning that Gods timing does not just come in his time, but with the desire of those searching. He knows all and knows who's ready, but something very important in his plan is agency.  It´s not for me to get impatient, but to keep giving my love and helping them. This past week on Tuesday I was able to go and talk to Victoria and her family and I walked in and the first thing they said to me was, ¨When are you going to baptize my daughter?¨ I was surprised by this but immediately said, "Well, we feel that she is ready and we would like to put her baptism date for this Saturday." So.... Brothers and Sisters, we welcomed a new member of our Family into Gods pathway this weekend. Victoria Robledo Rodriguez.

Another experience that I´d like to share is about a man named Javier. My companion and I had been checking some references that turned out to be fake. Feeling a little upset and unmotivated we started making our way back to the bus stop. On the way down a long street, I saw a man walking his dog. I felt this need to talk to him, but I was a little nervous. I said, Good afternoon and almost at the same time he said in broken English, "Are you those Mormons?" A little confused I said, "Yes we are!" He said, "I have been looking for your church for almost a year now, but I haven´t been able to find any missionaries." He then asked if we could teach him something. We agreed to go to his house and share something. Once at his home he shared with us that the path he took home that night was not the normal path he takes. But as he began walking home his dog started pulling him another way, and after fighting for a moment, he just gave in and followed the dog. He said, "It turned out that the dog found you two and got really happy when he saw the two of you."

I like to take these two experiences to show how God brings his children back into his arms, I like to say that God puts a plan into motion, but sometimes we are the key to completing it. However, he still puts that constant guide to help us.

Remember that we have been ever so blessed with the promise that he will never leave us.

I am great and I love you all. Have a fantastic week!

Elder Brandon Dean Harmon (Remember Who You Are!)

Sunday, January 14, 2018