Monday, August 21, 2017

E-mail (Dated: 8/21/2017) CIMATARO

So, wow, a great week here in my new area. It is very different from Silao but good! We spent the week contacting and getting to know the area and also in lessons and doing service.

We actually had a baptism this last Saturday for a 9-year-old named Gael and it was really cool. He is a funny kid and his parents are recent converts. Elder Macias baptized him, but I had the chance to confirm him and bestow the Gift of the Holy Ghost. It was my first time and I will admit I was a little scared, but it went well and the spirit filled the room.

Also, this week I taught the class on Sunday all by myself. That was new for me but it was good. Tears were shed by many, hearts were softened and most importantly the spirit was the teacher and I learned a lot myself.

The members here are very helpful, welcoming and they give us a ton of referrals. We are out and about teaching and preaching every night until almost 10 PM. Actually, we were out until almost 11 PM two different nights doing service and our zone leaders had to get after us, ha-ha. It all worked out though. I love the new area. Also, my companion and I are doing good.

I miss the people of Silao, but I will see them again, right now it´s my time to help those that are here.

My companion is Elder Macias and he is from here in Mexico in the city Juarez Chihuahua. He can understand a lot of English, but can´t speak English ha-ha. He is my friend from another other zone and a good missionary. He is the district leader here in my area.

Let me know if there is more I can tell you guys!

Love, Elder Harmon

P.S. I lost my fear of contacting completely. We contact around 30 people daily and actually 50 in one day. We split it up evenly so I have been learning different forms on how to talk with people, very cool! I also contacted 3 people that lived in the states!

Monday, August 14, 2017

E-mail (Dated: 8/14/2017) The Walk To New Things, And A See You Soon Then To The Past

Wow, six months in Silao and now it´s over. I feel very blessed for the time that I have had here. My testimony grew and I made so many strong relationships in this wonderful city. Now, I´m moving on to another trial and another journey of the mission.

This last week I had the chance to find four new investigators and one from the past. One of these is Anel, and the others are a family named Family Nuñez. We passed by Anel on Thursday to talk and to teach her. We taught lesson 3, and can I just say that Morales and I have learned to teach really well with each other. We taught not only with the spirit but also with testimony and unity. We got to invite her again to think about baptism and to make that decision when she is ready. I also told her that it was my last lesson I would be able to have with her. They were pretty sad to hear that. They gave us cake and milk and just talked with us for a bit. I have been teaching her for six months, so it was pretty hard to say goodbye.

As for the family Nuñez, our lesson was more accidental. We got confused with phone calls and the lesson was supposed to be canceled. I explain more in my recording. We showed up and the mom that we had made the appointment with said she had to go to work, but she would like for us to stay and teach her kids and friend. So, we decided to stay and talk. After getting to know them we decided it´d be best to teach about God and how he is our Heavenly Father and with that teach point number two which is the family. It turns out that the friend actually doesn’t believe in God. However, after we taught with clarity, conviction, promise and the spirit, you could tell that it changed their way of thinking. They want us to come back aka Morales because I am no longer there and to hear more. That was awesome and I wish Morales all the luck in the world.

Now as for transfers. I received them. I got called to the Queretaro Cimartario area with Elder Macias, who is my past district leader. I will admit the new area is a really a huge city haha. Very different than what I am used to. I had the opportunity to come here today and I have a lot going through my mind. It really is so different and I feel a bit overwhelmed, but I will be good.

I had to say my goodbyes and such on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday however, I mostly spent it with the family Ibarra. I passed by and they wanted to take us out to eat so we went to a little restaurant and then went back to their house and took pictures. To say goodbye was hard. I will admit I had a bit of water works, but I have no shame because that´s why I´m here--to bring people to Christ and also to give my heart to the people. I´m already missing my area and man am I looking forward to the day I can go back and visit.

On Sunday, we passed by a lot of other members. It was really a difficult day. I explain about every one with my voice recording but as for writing I´m just going to tell about one more and that is Francisco. I was helping him fill out his tithing slip and then Morales took that time to tell him that I would be leaving. In that moment, he said, “you´re leaving me?” and I said, “yes, I have to go”. He then leaned over and just wrapped me in his arms and said, “thank you, thank you for everything.” I am grateful to him and to all of those that I got to know. It is beyond hard saying goodbye to those I have become family with, but I hope I can continue that kind of experience in all my areas.

Well, that is the gist of the week. I love you all and take care!

Elder Harmon

Audio File

Monday, August 7, 2017

E-mail (Dated: 8/7/2017) SO GUESS WHAT?!?!?!?!?! FRANCISCO WAS BAPTIZED!


I want to focus on Francisco's baptism for the first part of my message. We got up Saturday morning and got some stuff done and then at about 12:45 we went to the church to get it ready for Francisco's baptism. Once it was all clean we went to fill up the font, but no water came out. We searched and searched for ways to find out what was going on. Turns out the tanks were empty and the tank also was having some issues so it wasn´t filling up all the way. So, we literally found buckets and ropé and used the tank as kind of a well. We fished out the water and dragged it to the font. We did this for about one and a half hours and then we got news that the member assigned to pick up Francisco could no longer go pick him up, and he lives 45 minutes away. On top of that, it started pouring rain and the baptismal clothing was up on our roof drying after I had washed them:( So, we were just facing all sorts of odds and the water was still was very low in the font.

I decided to call President Williamson and asked if he was close enough to help. He said he was. He picked me up and we went together to get Francisco and my companion stayed with the President's son and friend to finish filling the font. When we arrived to pick up Francisco, he was there waiting for me. We got him in the car and I got to just talk to him one-on-one for about an hour and then we arrived and had the service. We had two great talks by Hno Pachico and President Williamson. I will be honest, when President started talking, I started tearing up because he started talking about how proud he was to see Francisco be baptized and how long we have all been waiting. I have 6 months here about in Silao and Francisco was my first investigator. I´ve never given up on him and I´ve prayed day and night for him over these last few months. When he entered the water and I pulled him out it was truly amazing. He was glowing and was so happy. At the end, he bore his testimony for the first time and it was just so cool to see the change from this first time that I arrived. You all should´ve seen him when he entered into the church yesterday. He was walking like a new man and the first thing he asked us is to how to pay his tithing. I know he will be a strong convert and I am so happy for him and so honored that I was able to be here and to perform the ordinance. I truly feel blessed.

Last week we visited a lot with the members. Those who have been less active and some with investigators but more with members. You know, I am going to miss Silao. I have a connection with the people here and I feel so blessed to know them all. This is my last week here and I know part of my heart will stay.

I went to the doctor in Queretaro and I have parasites and I got prescribed some medication so I hope to start to improve, but I´m good and I love you all!

Hang on to hope and remember if you have faith and are diligent and you trust in the Lord, quite literally anything is possible!

Love you all

Elder Harmon

Audio File

Monday, July 31, 2017

E-mail (Dated: 7/31/2017) The Trial of Faith

Well, I’m not going to lie…it was a rough and pretty heavy week. Let me give you some of the details and then share a bit of good.

So, we had many appointments setup for this last week and we were very excited. However, literally, all of them fell through. We tried diligently to setup new appointments, but it just didn´t end up happening.

In addition, my health just has been pretty bad. My stomach pain just won’t stop I got strep throat this week, at least I am showing all the symptoms for it. I finally called Sister Williamson because I need to go to the doctor to see what I can do to get me feeling better. So, I may be going to Queretaro to go to the doctor. I’ll have to see if that ends up happening this week.

That was not the toughest part of the week though. This week we went to go eat with some members that live is this colonial far away. We have been to this location many times and nothing has ever happened. But, after eating we left to go wait for the bus which is just next to this freeway and nothing in sight but a big warehouse. As we were talking, we saw two guys behind us but thought nothing of it. When we turned around, they had placed one machete at my companion’s stomach and his friend put a knife to my stomach and a machete at my rib cage. They told us to give them everything. If you want to hear more, I made a recording of what happened. I just don’t have much time today to write.

So, here is the good. We talked to Francisco and he is ready this weekend to have his baptism and he asked me to baptize him. It is so cool and I´m so excited for him. Also, Elder Paez and Elder Wright will be coming for the baptism. It will be so good to see them and to have all of my companions together. How cool, right?

We also were taken by members to eat Palmbasos and Gorditas. They were so good! We had some good visits with members also, but for two days this week, due to my health and being robbed, we couldn’t leave the house. We are blessed to come out of this week’s experiences.

If there is anything we have learned is that in these hard moments when we feel like the world is against us, it’s the Savior and our Heavenly Father that we need to draw ourselves closer to during this time.

Love you all!
Have a great week

Ether 12

Audio Recording

Just a small snippet that Brandon sent his mom about his health challenges: "Thank you and yeah they will find out what's wrong. I have angels round about protecting me! I love you so so much too mom!"

Monday, July 24, 2017

E-mail (Dated: 7/24/2017)

Wow, can you believe it all Fam??? I have 6 months into the mission. Those returned missionaries weren´t lying when they recommended grasping every moment because time is like nothing when you´re in the service of the Lord.

Well, this last week was great. I will admit that Tuesday was tough because I got really sick, but I received a blessing and now I feel so so much better and was able to work the whole week with no further issues.

On Wednesday we had a full schedule and things were going pretty good. A lot of time this week was spent trying to get our appointments follow through. Even though some did not, the ones that we did were great appointments.

We met with the Sanchez family I told you all about last week. They were really receptive and we taught the Restoration. They all were involved in the lesson and it was great. The spirit filled the air and we got to know them much better. It was just amazing. They have six people in the family,  five are above the age of 8, so that means we have five new investigators and they will progress. We have another appointment with them on Wednesday at 12:30 and it should be great. Their oldest son is very engaged and he always gives heart felt answers. Also, he is 6 feet tall!! So funny to see someone that is closer to my height haha.

We also passed by Beatriz and Jose. They had agreed to come to church and we actually passed by in the morning to get them, but they said they weren´t there. However, we know she was. All we can do is continue to show love and keep trying.

Francisco is still wanting the 5th, so just two more weeks. This week we will go by again on Thursday to check in, but all is good and we can see his faith growing and he is losing his fear of sharing the gospel and his testimony. It is so cool to see. He will be a strong convert.

Also, yesterday I gave a talk in church! Yeah, another one! I had my companion record it so that you guys could listen, he said it went well and it was about ten minutes and I think it was good as well.

Oh, last thing, we met with President and had interviews. I like how my relationship is with him, I can tell him exactly how I feel and my challenges and he gives me great advice, I also just met an older couple who are serving here. They are from Ogden Utah and I swear I know them but as I talked with them, we couldn´t find any immediate connection. Their names are Elder and Hermana Beus! Also, presidente says that I am going to have a big change this transfer so we will see where I go!

Anyways we are doing good and I love the mission! Thanks for all of your love and support!

Audio Letter

Sacrament Meeting Talk

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

E-mail (Dated: 7/17/2017) Rainy Week but the Sun is still shining!

Hey you all! Haha so I´m sad to say not a whole lot happened but I will describe this week my best!

So on Tuesday after our district meeting we went back to Silao and my comp got really sick, like he broke into high fever, and stomach pain and headache. So right away I gave him a blessing, in Spanish which was my first one for someone that is sick and doing both parts. Then I loaded him up on medications to help him, ha-ha, I played doctor a bit. but what is funny is that night he started hallucinating. He was seeing Chinese people in the room and was talking to them ha-ha, so funny. We woke up the next day and he was about the same. Then we come to Thursday and I started feeling sick so we had us both down in bed, but I was only stomach pain and the fun that comes with that.

Then thank goodness on the night of Thursday we left for an appointment with Francisco. He was so funny. He had chairs and a table set up for us in his garage and a drink there for us and this has never happened. We then just talked about his doubts and his questions which were all pretty basic. Like what music we can listen to, if we can go to parties and if we can sell coke, because these are his hobbies, and his work because he owns a little store for drinks ha-ha. He is prepared and ready for baptism. We will go back this week to visit with him. Also, on Sunday, I just got to talk to him for about an hour and just get to know him better and that was really cool.

Then we were going back home and were walking and we saw a ton of people in the streets and so we went to see what was going on and it was a parade and so I took a few pictures and will send those to you guys! There are some of these luchadores singing and I took a picture and you will see that he points at us and yells in the microphone [Elderes] and so that was funny.

We also went to our other appointments on Saturday and Sunday with those new families that we found but they weren´t able to meet those days, so we didn´t have much success that week, but we have a lot of appointments this week, so pray for our health!

Yesterday I had the opportunity to just teach solo two families while my comp sat listening. It was just about 10 to 15 minutes but it was cool just to be able to talk and get them involved and after which we had a great discussion. We hope to do that more often and to visit with less active families.

Now, today we are feeling good and we made some yummy breakfast burritos and then went and played soccer and it was just a good P-day. So, a good start off to the week and we hope to keep it that way.

Love you all! Les Amo y siempre según con fe

Monday, July 17, 2017

E-mail to Dad (Dated: 7/17/2017)

This week Brandon send me a personal letter and it was really heartwarming to hear. I wanted to share some of the things that he shared because I believe it can help others to hear his testimony.
Dad, I just thought I'd share with you my progress and just some my thoughts. First, I feel so much better now. Things have really come into view. I have six months in the mission now. I read back on some of my past journal entries and it is hilarious to see the change in myself.  I love how things seem hard in some moments but when I look back, I got through it because I pressed forward with faith, just like it says in Ether 12. It’s wonderful to be able to say that I did pass through those moments of difficulties even though at the time, I thought there was no way. I look back at those lines in my journal when I would write about the language and how hard it's been for me. But now, I'm coming to know how to hold a conversation and I can understand a lot of Spanish. I’m coming to know the scriptures a lot better and gaining a stronger testimony. I now have the lessons down in Spanish to the point that I can teach people rather than teach just lessons. I am able to trust more in the Savior and in Heavenly Father.

Along with this I've grown to trust that I can do anything and that I can receive strength beyond my own. In fact, this is the promise that we receive as missionaries. I will admit that I may not know a lot of answers or all of the scripture references, but I have a strong testimony and I know the truth of the things that I'm teaching. I know that I have a message to share that is perfect and I have a Savior that saved me personally as well as the rest of the world. Our Heavenly Father and the Savior created a perfect plan making it possible for us to overcome death and to receive a remission of our sins by His blood and by His sacrifice. That’s why I'm here. Faith is not to have perfect knowledge, but it is our duty as members to grow the church through sharing of our testimonies. It's a sacred privilege and it's our sacred privilege to know the gospel. Who are we if we don’t show others an example through our actions and help teach them. My patriarchal blessing emphasizes just like the scriptures that where much is given, much is required.

Now, Dad, can you believe I have six months in the mission this month??!!!??. Five months in Silao. It's mind blowing to me! I've grown with the families here. It's small but it's good. I'm excited about my next change to start anew and have people know more of the real me. I'm just excited to see what happens for the rest of the time that Elder Morales and I are together and also what is next.

Dad, I can't tell you I grateful I am. I receive your letters and your e-mails. There's a lot of Elders here that just don't have the kind of support from their dads. But I am beyond grateful to you for never making me feel scared to talk to you. Or feel like I'm going to be lectured. Many Elders receive letters from their dads where they say something like, “stay obedient” and “don't disappoint me”, so thank you for always picking me back up dad.

Know that I'm doing great and that I’m loving the mission and that I am so beyond grateful to be here. I'm striving to be better every day. I have felt an overwhelming load of blessings. I have learned so much and I am still learning. The mission is a lot different than I expected but it’s a good different. I have learned to enjoy the mission. I still feel like I am trying to understand my purpose for being sent to Mexico. Maybe it is something that I need to experience specifically or maybe it is someone that I am here for. I am learning to love the people in the country and I’d love any tips you can give me for that.

Know that I'm doing good dad and I'm striving to be better every day.