Thursday, April 25, 2013

My Destiny has been Decided.

!Hola!

This last week has been a little hard and scary. I think that it is just normal to be nervous when you have know idea what is going to happen to you. So, last Friday, Hermano Stoddard asked us to do an activity in class. He said:
 
"I know that you would all rather be going to Peru, and not staying at the MTC, but your mission isn't about what you want, it is about what God wants you to do. 'It doesn't matter where you serve as long as you know who you are serving.'"
 
He then had us read a section in Preach my Gospel that said wherever you are serving, leave the area (or district, zone, or branch) better than you found it. Then he asked us to take 15 minutes, and seek inspiration to know Why God wants us to stay here, and what he wants us to do while we are here. I felt that I'm here to:

  • Learn that God is in Charge, and Learn to trust him and His timing.
  • Help the other Districts, and be a great Example
  • Grow to my full potential at the MTC.

It has been a great experience, and I have learned a lot.

As of today, I know what is happening!!! We went to the Temple this morning (Like Always), and afterward Elder Cooper and I went to the travel office to see if they had any news for us. They did!! They let us know what was happening, and then we went and told the rest of our district. Here's the plan:

  • Reassigned To Las Vegas, NV (until they get their Visas)
  1. Elder Cooper
  2. Elder Lindblom
  3. Elder Mulford
  4. Elder Rapoza
  • Reassigned to Independence MI
  1. Elder Johnson
  • Reassigned to New Jersey 
  1. Elder Whiton
  • Receiving Visas!!!!!!!
  1. Elder Call
  2. Elder Harmon!!!!!!

I haven't received my visa yet, but I will be getting it before next week. This means that I am going to Peru!!!! I am soooo excited!!! Thanks so much for all of the prayers and fasting! I am super excited to head to Peru, and teach God's Children there.

Thanks for Everything!!!!

Elder Jacob Harmon

Picture: My District with another district that left early this week.




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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Me at the Temple

Elder Harmon at the Provo Temple.



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Elder Engebretzen

Me and Elder Engebretzen (like the coolest Elder ever!!!)



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Pic 1: Hermano Lund (I still need to get one of Hermano Stoddard)
Pic 2: Elder Harmon :)



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Cool Experience, Richard G. Scott, and More!

Everyone,
 
It has been an eventful week. I will try to say everything quickly :).
 
Cool Experience
Here at the MTC, we teach fake investigators (who are really our teachers). For some reason, we couldn't find any available rooms, so we decided to teach him in the middle of a busy study area. We were teaching "Anjelo" (Hermano Stoddard) the Restoration, and the lesson was going great. Everything was awesome, and the spirit was super strong. Toward the end of the lesson, I felt prompted to ask him to pray with us right then and there to find out if the church, and the Story of Joseph Smith was true. But then, I looked around at all of the people around me and decided against it. We wrapped up the lesson, and invited him to pray on his own. After the closing prayer, and after we said goodbye, Hermano Stoddard came out of Character and Said: "Pausa!!!" (pause)
 
We then sat back down and Hermano Stoddard said: "That was the BEST lesson you two have ever given, and perhaps one of the best practices I've ever had as a teacher. It was like I was at a spiritual Subway, and you were piling all of these wonderful spiritual things on my sandwich, and then right when you were about to hand me my sandwich....... You Threw It On the Floor!!!!!!! Why didn't you ask Anjelo to pray with you???"
 
We then talked to Hermano Stoddard about following the Spirit NO MATTER WHAT!! I learned how important it is to listen to the spirit. I am glad that I had this experience in the MTC, and not in the field!!
 
Elder Richard G. Scott
Tuesday Devotional this week was Richard G. Scott!!!! He talked about the power of prayer. I thought it was super interesting that he hardly ever said "prayer" in his talk though. Instead, he used the words, "communicate," and "talk" with our heavenly father. Toward the end of his talk, he gave all of the Missionaries an amazing Apostolic Blessing. There were a lot of things in there, but the one that hit me the hardest was: "If you have Faith, Study, and Use your mission language, you will be able to master it."
 
After his talk was done, we sang the closing hymn, and the Sister who was going to say the closing prayer got up. All of the Sudden, Elder Scott jumps up, asks her to go back and sit down, and goes back to the mic. He then said: "Sorry, I just felt like I needed to say one more thing. The lord did not send you here to fail. He sent you to Succeed."
 
It was pretty cool to see an Apostle of the Lord, and to feel his spirit. I could tell that he was called of God!

Visas.
One of the Elders in my District, Elder Mackey, got his visa yesterday, and he left for Peru at 6:00 this morning. It was really sad that he left, because he was an amazing Elder. He was an amazing example to me. It is even more sad, because I won't see him in Cusco because he is going to Lima Central.

After that, the rest of my district went to the Travel office to see what was going to happen to us. They went through a list and one by one told every Elder in my district that the MTC was going to hold them for two more weeks, and send them as Visas come (supposedly we should all get ours in the next two weeks). But then the weirdest thing happened. They got to me and looked at the list, then clarified my name and where I was going. They checked about 3 times and still couldn't find me. Then they told me to come in tomorrow (today) and they would try to figure it out.

I went to the Travel office today, and they still couldn't find me, even in the Computer. I'm not sure Exactly what that means, but the lady told me not to worry, they would figure it out. She told me to just stay here at the MTC with the rest of my district, and that they would let me know if they find anything out. So, I guess I'm here at the MTC for another 2 weeks (hopefully less).

Spanish
The MTC is Super amazing! I would have never thought that in 5 weeks I could be speaking Spanish like I am. Of course, It is far from perfect, and I have a very limited vocabulary, but I can say just about anything that I want to say. The Gift of Tongues is Real!! It is pretty amazing.

Anyways, I'm loving the work, and enjoying every minute. Elder Cooper is the best Companion that I could ever ask for!!

Don't be afraid to email or write!!

Elder Jacob Harmon

Picture: Elder Mackey (the one who got his Visa) and I



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Thursday, April 11, 2013

General Conference

iHola Familia y Amigos!
 
As we all know, this past week was General Conference! Either, this was the BEST General Conference ever, or I paid more attention then ever before in my life! It seamed like they talked a lot about missionary work. The stone cut out of the mountain without hands IS rolling forth and filling the whole earth! The lord IS hastening his work! I can see this first hand while I am at a overflowing MTC.

One of the coolest experiences I have ever had, occurred while I was here at the MTC. Before the Priesthood Session started, All of the missionaries were in the auditorium waiting for it to start. On the monitor it showed President Monson walking in the the conference center, and all of the sudden the entire auditorium went dead silent, and 2,000+ Elders stood to show respect to the Prophet. The spirit entered to room immediately!! It was soooo cool! 2,000+ Servants of the Lord standing to respect the prophet. Another, similar experience, is when the entire MTC sings "Called to Serve," or "The Army of Helaman" (In "The army of Helaman," we change the words from "we will be the lords missionaries..." to "we are now the lord's missionaries..."). It is crazy the power of almost 4,000 Elders and Sisters with black name tags.

Still no Visa. Our district is starting to get a little nervous. The district above us (in our Zone) was supposed to leave last Monday, but now they are leaving next Monday, and they have been reassigned to missions in the states.I hope that doesn't happen to me, but I know that if it does it is the Lord's will.

I still don't feel like a missionary. Every morning I put my tag on, but it still doesn't seem real. Hopefully once I leave the MTC it will hit me.

One of my favorite things about being here at the MTC is the opportunity to study the scriptures every day! I am learning to love the scriptures, and love studying. For everyone who is thinking about serving a mission in the future, LEARN TO LOVE THE SCRIPTURES!! that is the best advice I can give.

Well, I don't know what to say. I still have like 20 min. of email time (to use any time today), so if anyone has any questions, email me and I will check back later and try to respond.

Con Amor,

Elder Jacob Harmon

Pic 1: Elder Cooper and I at the Map
Pic 2: My Peru Shirt that I bought at the MTC.



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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Eventful Week.

Wow, it has been an eventful week. I will see if I can get through it all.
 
First of all, the email rule has been changed, and we can now email for an hour every week!!! This means, that if more people want to send me emails, I should have time to read and reply to almost everyone.
 
The learning curve has slown down. The first week I felt like I learned Spanish so fast, and that everything went fast, but the last two weeks have been slow progress, but progress none the less. I asked one of my teachers, Hermano Lund, what I can do to keep learning fast, and he said:

"You probably learned so quickly the first few days because of the quick Emerson into Spanish. But now that we are learning smaller grammer rules, you are going to have to push yourself.

 
I am trying to push myself. I am trying super hard to HSI (habla su idioma [speak your language]) constantly. My companion and I try to ONLY speak Spanish to each other. When we do, it is great, but sometimes we forget, and feel really bad afterward.
 
Both of my teachers are super amazing. I know that I have said this in like every email, but I really think that our teachers were chosen by inspiration. Both Hermano Stodard and Hermano Lund know exactly what to say to keep us going hard and learning to the best of our ability. They are great!!! Yesterday, Hermano Stodard talked about spiritual gifts (found in Moroni 10 and D&C 46). He talked specifically about the Gift of Tongues and the Gift of Charity. He said that as missionaries, we NEED both of these gifts. He talked about the requirements that we need to do before we can recieve spiritual gifts:
 
  1. Be aware of the Gift
  2. Have need of the Gift
  3. Be worthy of the Gift
  4. Ask for the Gift
Recieve Gift
     
     5.  Use the gift to bless and serve others
 
He talked about what we can do to be worthy of the Gift of Tongues and Charity. He said that some of those things are working as hard as possible, HSI, Striving to love others, and many more. I have been thinking a lot lately about the people in Peru, and how much I will come to love them. I am praying for them every night, and know that God is preparing them for the Gospel. Now it is up to me to make sure that I am preparing myself to teach them.
 
I don't know who it was who spoke on Tuesday, but he talked about some great things. He quoted President Kimball saying that the most important work that we will ever do is in the home. He then posed the question: "If the most important work is in the home, then why are you here??" He then talked about how Nephi went back to get the plates BEFORE he went and got a wife. He said that our missions will prepare us for the rest of our life's, and that we will develop a better relationship with God here than anywhere else. He then challenged us to create a list of the qualities that we want the missionary that gets off the plane in two years to have. I am glad that he challenged us to do this, I now have a great goal of who I want to be in 2 years.
 
I got an ingrown tonail this week. On Wednesday, I got to leave the MTC campus (YAY!!) and go and get it taken care of at the doctor. It was kind of gross, and it still hurts, but I'm glad this it got taken care of here, and not in Peru.



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