Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Character of Christ

Hola!
 
Wow, time is moving so fast!! The first few days took forever, and the last two weeks went fast. It is crazy that I have been here this long.
 
Still no Visa :(. But one Elder in my district received his, and he left yesterday morning at 5 for Peru!!! I hope that I get mine before my six weeks are up, but it is in the lords hands.
 
This week, I have learned a lot about Christ. The topic keeps coming up, so I feel like I should share it will all of you. As a Missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, We represent Christ. The only other people in the Entire world who's lives are 24/7 devoted to Christ and serving him, and the only other people in the world with the title of "Elder" are the General Authorities. A quote by elder Holland says something like: The only difference between a missionary and me is that I am a "disciple" with a big "D," and they are disciples with a little "d." Reciently I heard a talk by Elder Bednar called "Character of Christ" (you won't find it, he gave it at the MTC and they only show it here). In this talk Elder Bednar talkes about the "Character" of Christ, or the Characteristics of Christ, and talkes about how our ultimate goal in life is to become like him. Right now, I am a servent of Christ. My entire life is devoted to doing what he would be doing if he was on the earth today: Sharing his Gospel. A question I keep asking myself is: What am I doing with Christ's time??
 
What are we doing with Christ's time?? as members of the church, "we take upon us the name of Christ."
 
Think about that this week :).
 
Thanks for everyone who send me letters. They are great to read, and keep me going.
 
Thanks for Everything,
 
Elder Harmon



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Thursday, March 21, 2013

First Week of the Mission!!!

Hola Familia y amigos!!
 
First things first, If you want to write me, PLEASE use dearelder.com. I only get 30 minutes to email, and that includes reading emails I receive. Once I get to the actual mission field, emails will be great, but here in the MTC use Dear Elder. I get the letters the same day!
 
Sorry that P-Day is Thursday! It has been more than a week that I've been here, but it is OK.
 
The MTC is great!! The closest thing that I could compare it to is a super well organized Education Week. When I first got here, I left Mom and Dad and Immediately went into a building with an assembly line of new missionaries. Here they gave me my books, name tags, and a bunch of information like where my residence hall is and where my classroom is. after that I got to go put my luggage in my room and then go straight to my first class.
 
My Companion is Elder Ricky Roy Cooper. He is from Salem, UT, and he is AMAZING! We are both going to the Cusco Peru Mission along with one other elder in our district. The rest of our district are going to other missions in Peru. My companion has a great desire to serve the lord with all of his heart, might, mind and strength. It is great to have someone who can encourage me to be the best missionary that I can be. We get along great, and are already great friends. My district is also great. I think that I got really lucky :).
 
In class, our teacher (Hermano Lund) ONLY speaks Spanish!!! At first I was super overwhelmed and didn't know what to think, but by the end of the first class I was actually understanding him!! Now, a week later, I understand probably 90-95% of what he says. The Gift of Tongues is REAL! I never thought that I would learn Spanish this fast. I still can't speak super well, but I can understand SOO much! Hermano Lund is an amazing teacher. Somehow he is able to bring the spirit into our classes and teach with the language of the spirit so that we can understand him even though he is speaking Spanish. When I see Hermano Lund, I think of Tyson and the time that he spent teaching in the MTC. I am so thankful for my teacher, and I am sure Tyson changed many missionaries lives for the better.
 
Oh, I have a story. The very first time that I went into my room, it was disgusting!!! The elders that were in the room with us kept it SOOOO dirty. There were clothes all over the place, and Candy and garbage everywhere. Both Elder Cooper and I were super surprised. What made it worse, is that our roommates weren't just dirty, but also disobedient!! they came in late every night, woke up late every morning, and they were just plain irreverent. When the Elders left this Monday, Elder Cooper and I cleaned the room and we are trying hard to be 100% obedient. I can definitely feel the difference. The spirit had a hard time being in our room for the first little while. I am actually grateful to Heavenly Father for giving me disobedient roommates for 4 days, because now I know That I want to be 100% obedient!!!
 
Oh, We actually get to teach an investigator in Spanish!!!! He really works at the MTC and is acting, but it is as if he is OUR investigator. His name is Joti. He is from Chile, and works at burger king. His girlfriend Gabby (a member) referred him to the missionaries. He is really interested in Families, and loves Jesus Christ!! Last lesson, he committed to baptism and prayed out loud with us!!!!!!!! It is such an amazing feeling!!!! If there is anything that I have learned here the first week, it is that we, as missionaries need to love our investigators!
 
Well, I'm out of time. Write me (dearelder.com)!!!
 
Elder Harmon

Pictures:
My Companion (Elder Cooper)
My name tag
My District
My companion and I



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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Now is the Time to Prepare

It is really strange to think that I leave in 9 days. My farewell is in only 7 days!! Ever since I've been home from college I have felt like my mission was still forever away, and that I had plenty of time. Only now am I realizing that it is just around the corner, and that the time for preparation is done. I feel like I am ready, and that I will do fine, but at the same time I feel like I could have prepared more.

My visa still hasn't come. I really hope it gets here this week. If it doesn't, one of two things will happen:
  1. I will go to the Provo MTC until I get it 
  2. My mission will be postponed till I get it. 
If it doesn't come, I hope that I go to the Provo MTC. I think it might be fun to experience a little of both MTC's. The best option would be for my visa to come this week, and for everything to go as planned. It is really nice to know that The Lord is in control, and that what is supposed to happen, will happen.

I love the Gospel! I love The Lord! I know that I will come to love the people of Peru! I can't wait to serve, and I will strive to serve to the very best of my ability. I can't wait!!