Monday, December 30, 2013

Cześć Moja Droga Rodzino!
Well to start off i hope you all had a good christmas. I loved that i was able to talk to some of you. Crazy that christams has already come and past. Czas Leci. My trianer is already married, My sister is home...wow. but anyways this week was a litlte ruff. Monday was a normal pday i was able to pick up my suit from the taylor and it looks really good. its just a soild black but in couplt other emails i will send pics of it and stuff. Well just did. But tuesday was zone confrence. It was way good. We were able to watch the 1st presidency fireside, which was really good, totally going to those when i get home. We also got the night off so we went back to our apartment and then to the chapel to play games. we were going to do midnight mas at one of the catholic cathidrols but really i didnt want to, because one i wanted to sleep in, and two sounds boring. but we planned on going until we found out that the metro (subway) wasnt running at the time or the tramwaj(kinda like trax) wasnt running and didnt want to walk home. so we went to bed. then christmas morning was sweet the Senior Couple the Jensens had us over to the chapel and they made us breakfast. Pancakes bacon and eggs. it was so good, havent had good food in a while ( Nana i want biscuts and gravey when i get home. ) And then we spent all day long at the warsaw 1 chapel with other missionaries. It was fun, we played basketball, capture the flag outside because it was still really warm. No snow, so no white christmas. Waited untill the families called and yeah, that was christmas. We didnt get invited over to a members home becuase their main christmas in christmas eve or Wigilia, and we had zone confrenece. So that really sucked but its okay still had a great christmas. Thursday we all got invited over to a members home, his name is Denis and is from Kongo. He is african and the funniest man alive. He made us FOO-FOO. thats the picture, but its like some weird rice thing and you use your hands to eat and dip it in fat and well it was rather good. He says everyone in africa eats it like 3 or 4 times a week. its just what they do. and africans eat fast because of all the wars, and they have a saying when you see someone running and they look back means that they are thinking about the FOO-FOO he left behind. It was so funny, he is the biggest spaz ever. but so so funny. He always has us fix the FOO-FOO so we can teach our wives. So i will make it when i get home, and Elder Blom filmed the whole thing. So when i send stuff home again i will be sending a memor card. its full. but then on friday me and Elder Hubbard wore matching ties to show our gayness i guess you could say, he has cherries on his and i have strawberries so yeah enjoy that pic. Then saturday was really really cool, we had interviews at our apartment with Presdent Edgren and what do you know Sister Edgren made me cookeis! i am so spoiled, but they were way good. Peanut butter! Then one of our members called and asked me to teach his sons how to play rugby because they got a ball for christams so on saturday i taught 2 polish kids how to play rugby. Its weird one doing it in Polish and two teaching soccer players. but it turned out to be way fun. So that was our week. It was a hard week no one would listen taught one lesson, but it was a good street lesson to a man named Paweł, didnt get his number but it was one of those seed planting contacts that i know will go somewhere. But i was able to really focus on the spirit this week and it paid off, i am grateful for this mission and well this gospel, love you and miss you all. Be safe have a good week!
Naprzód do Zwycięstwa! Zawsze Siły! haha
Love,
Elder Harris

Monday, December 23, 2013

More Pic's

 MTC Buddies
 Downtown Warsaw
                                                
 Elder Hubbard playing Santa




 Sleepy little missionary







Wesołych Świąt Rodzinie.

Well funny story to start off the email. Sister Edgren is the best cookie maker ever. Of course besides nana, nyleen, Krisy and, mom ;) but she makes really really good cookies. So when i was a zone leader, we always got them being at the Meetings and stuff and i always would tell her to make me some as a joke, but as we all know in every joke is some truth. haha. but so on saturday we had a baptism which was so so amazing. His name is Lajos. Elders Neuner and Wilson in my group were teaching him, and he is so cool. He loves music so for his baptism he made a choir out of us missionaries. Yes i sang and didnt ruin it. But we sang come all ye faithful in English then he sang it with his amazing voice in Hunagarien because thats where he is from, then next one in latin, and we finished again in English. Every verse was the first verse. but we had some really cool humming things and yeah....was the spirit strong. Members where in tears and Lajos got up to sing in his whites.....boom of the spirit....dont know how to explain it. Elder Hubbard got a recording of it so i will send it with my memory card later and mom you can put it up somewhere. but back to my story, sorry but i told sister edgren how she needs to make oatmeal butter scotch cookies. so saturday at the baptism she goes Elder Harris come here...i go okay great what did i do know and she says reach in my bag and i see this little bag and boom! My cookies, President was telling me that she comes from up stairs one afternoon with butterscotches and he says what are those for? she laughs and goes Elder Harris. so she made me bunch of cookies. greatest thing ever right? but now the funny part. She put it in a tupper ware. And i text her and tell her that her tup-a-wear is clean and that i would bring it to church. she laughs because of course i spelt it wrong...wow i am so dumb sometimes but it was a good laugh. so back to the song. Elder Jensen who is the branch president here and a senior couple asked us to sing it at church the next day and i will tell you what...was the spirit strong at church today. Our investigator also came to church today. He is Michał his family are members but he is not and well abit of a turd but fun to be around, but he came in a nice shirt for once. we taught him after church, and it is really hard to keep him focused...but after a little Elder Harris he was able to focus and the spirit was there. thats our problem with him is he doesnt understand the spirit. but a great guy. Also this week we did culture night and went go carting it was way fun i lost but the whole time me and Elder Jespersen were joking around so it was fun. Also Friday was the big day. i finished my sister mission. Flip Czas Leci!! but me wilson and neuner went to dinner, it was cool to really see how far we have come. its humbling for sure. also thursday Sister Packard in my group went home. thats weird, me her and baranowksi were pretty much comps in the mtc. but as you can see it was a good week. sorry its all over the place. Elder Hubbard got a package with these sweet hats with our names on it matching ties and pants from his girlfriend. was super cool. so hope you all like that pic! but everyone i love and miss you all. Have a merry christmas, i will have for sure. Remember that our lord loves you no matter who you are, and be safe. watch some football for me, eat some turkey and have fun! I want you all know that i have a testimony of this gospel and that our brother and friend Jesus Christ is the head of this church. It was the same church he lead when he was on earth. the book of mormon is true. And Families are for forever.

Love
Elder Harris

Monday, December 16, 2013

Boom. Cześć Wam!
" Jest coś nieprzewidywalnego, ale w końcu warto jest. Mam Nadzieję że będzie najlepszy okres w twoim życiu...."

Been listening to old talks this week and President Monson said something that really struck me.."The Lord saved his strongest children for the final inning." what a powerful statement. In a way we are all closing pitchers. we are that important. been also do some studies on The Prophet Thomas S. Monson we watched his movie on the lords errand this week and he is really famous for listening to promptings and in his movie he said that he wants the lord to know that if there is an errand to be ran Tom Monson will do it. Well i want the same. I have had my faire share of chances this week and i saw the lords hand in this work. Monday we went around after Pday and passed out food baskets to members in need. no one in our area need help. but the sisters had like 4 so i flet prompted to ask if i can go over to Ania Śliwas house. SO they said yeah sure. Me and Elder Hubbard go over and well it was a great experience. She was taught by my MTC teacher Brat Hughes, who made a huge impact on me so it was a blessing to talk to one of his converts. we talked about him the whole time. She was so grateful that we came over. She is like thanks for bringing the spirit of the priesthood in our house. it was a blessing for sure. I also got to translate for her during her branch president interview so me and her are becoming friends. Another one was on saturday we had our branch christmas party and we got to ride in a taxi me and hubbard and take back tables to our chapel becuase we had the party at warsaw 1 chapel. and the taxi driver recieved a joseph smith pamplet from a member on the way up and so he told me that. So when we got into the car we were able to talk with him. I started by asking since your polish you like soccer? which turned into do you kids play and what does your family mean to you? and well we talked the whole time about families, God and it was a good fun convorsation. he told me he was stubborn so i was worried how do i give this man a Book of Mormon. at the end of the job i thanked him and then said hey i know your stubborn but this will bless you so  much , its free i hope you will read it. he said ok i trust you, i will completely read it and maybe we can talk. I get that alot from people but it was a blessing to see his life change because of what i told him. true blessing. but back to the party it was fun a recent convert named Tadeusz who me and hubbard have been working with came with his mom. he is a sweet story. was taught and after his missionary left was kinda lost. came to church but didnt look happy. so when i transfered in i knew al ot of him and have been really keep an eye on him from my zone leader point. and took him. i have never seen such a bigger change in someones life. he is a stud. he loves the gospel and is preapring for the melchezadek or however you spell priesthood. Also one other member who i am getting close with is Elder Saltmarshes Recent convert. or course they are the lords recent converts but you know what i mean. He is in the branch presidency and we like to tease each other and joke around. its fun but he invited friends to church and asked me to help them around. He told them that i am the best missionary and his best friend. so really the mission is the best. i keep rambling on and not really connectin stories but just so much goes on. also went to the Tokarz family for dinner with sister packard. she has been working with this family but there non member son loves elder hubbard so we got invited over. we teach him on sundays but doesnt really seem to progress. super funny though. always trys to use english idioms and they are funny. but really this week has been great. really is getting real though sister packard goes home so that means i only have 6 months left. where does time go?? but i am truley grateful for the savior and the little merices that are tender in our lives. he truely does love us. I love you all be safe and have fun!

Love
Elder Harris

If i don't get to email you guys next week Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!


Monday, December 9, 2013

Cześć Rodzino Moja,
So first off the pics are lame,

but the first is me in the snow because it's been snowing this week, the next is me and Stumpf, I said "hey lets take a pic and just like we used to teach insynk" we did a funny face. just goes to show ya ;) but then the next is me an Oskar! also more pics to be posted on my blog by my mom I am going to send them to my mom because I need to forward them from Michał he is an investigator that just got baptized on Saturday by the district leader companionship. So I can start with that. 
Michał is a cool story. He was getting contacted by the missionaries on the street frequently, but then next had time and always promised that when he had time he would call, so he did. and well he was prepared by the lord. It's been cool to get to know him, although I didn't teach him it was cool to be able to talk to him on Sundays and get to know him. He is a great young guy who is the going to do wonders in life in the church. So that was Saturday for us. Friday was taken up by the Young women's in Excellence thing, we were there because I was able to translate it into Polish because the leaders are Americans. It was a struggle at first, but got it done. It was really fun too! Thursday had a little miracle. We had along cold day and didn't really know what to do. We had to meet the office Elders at the train station to sign a paper for Elder Hubbard's package, and we go pee, and he is like hey lets go buy me a new beanie. okay, sure...and we go to Vans store. I am looking around as he is paying because I make him do stuff solo so he learns and then the girl in vans the worker is ringing him up and she speaks English to him and they start talking and English he jumps right into who we are and she gets a little interested. We pretty much taught a girl half a first lesson in the vans store, but she had to leave to grab something because she was working, so no number or book but we gave her a card. We were jamming out to Lil Wayne, but the spirit was felt as we boreour testimony to her in Polish. By the way about the Book or Mormon is way cool.  Wednesday we had a really good training with prezydent and the APS they did an awesome job about the spirit in teaching. Learned so much and was blessed to be able to use this week. Really that was our week. Not to many lessons though still looking, but hey we are blessed. I am reading the Book of Mormon again. November 24 to Feburary 14 is my goal and I was reading 2 Nephi 7:8 and really liked it, it hit me hard because I have a testimony...who can contend against me? I have the power of the Holy Ghost with me. bring on the challenges. Also Elder Hubbard shared 3 Nephi 8 with me and it's talking about how it was so dark when Jesus died there on the American contents that not even a fire could be lite. Makes me think of of my mom when she would send us to our room and I was lay on my bed and play game boy so then she would send me to the bathroom to sit on the toilet for time out. If God wants it dark it will be dark, we can't fight it. I just love how he is always having to humble the Nephites, I am grateful he humbles us because I need it. Well I love you! Next week we will talk. Be safe!

Love Elder Harris


Monday, December 2, 2013

So November is gone...that's cool. Crazy how fast time is flying. This week though was a normal week what can I  say. Ups and downs and of course fun and hard times. Thats life right? This week Elder Hubbard has made me start a diet. He is really into body building and eating healthy so we only eat chicken, rice, eggs and sandwiches. smacznego życzę sobie. Really it's not to bad. I like it so I might live. Unfortunately the chicken in Poland goes bad really fast...don't ask why, but it does and Elder Hubbard didn't believe me, so it went  bad and we wasted like 15 bucks. Oh well, we have a better plan for this week so be prepared I may come back really hot and slender... just saying. Wednesday was a hard day. We got flaked once again and then we went to the chapel to meet with a English student of Elder and Sister Jensen, but he said maybe next week...so we were a little bummed because we wanted to meet with him because we met him at the Fall Festival last week and he was really cool. Thursday is the question you all have. Święto Dziękczynienia. It was way fun. We were blessed, meaning all of us missionaries to be invited over to an American families home and to feed us. I sent you all a bunch of pics and I have some here and one more on the way. so enjoy! but it was so cool to be around a family and see little kids run around. It's a true blessing to have been around all my sibling all my life, it's hard being the oldest sometimes, but I love little kids so really it works out for me. Friday was crazy had an experience with a member helping him clean. Seeing peoples places here is humbling. Its not like Mexico, shake bad or living in a tent in Africa, but honestly seeing the places I have seen and how people have nothing is so humbling. I walk around in a warm coat and shoes saying  "dang I want hot chocolate," and they have none of that. It was a joy being able to help a member who is always willing to help us.  We had a really good meeting with a lady name Maria who like I said last week turns out to be the Sisters investigator.  We set up with her and we invited her to be baptized after a really good lesson and she goes," well yeah for sure". So hopefully the Sisters act on it which I know they will. So that was cool. Saturday we did a whiteboard with President Edgren. He  called me Friday night and said I miss Elder Harris, when are we doing a whiteboard, so I set one up. It was cold, but way fun! Also got a message from a less active who is studying with the JDubs and he told me it's time for me to take the sacrament. He came to church and it was a powerful sacrament meeting, it was a fast and testimony and these polish members are powerful people. Makes me proud to be Polish. I sat by the less active Jarosław and he sang every song by memory and then we sang I know that my Redeemer lives, and he started chocking up told me after that he needs to find truth again. So we should be going over Saturday, but he is a pioneer of Mormons in Poland. I hope it pays off. then I was fasting this week for a new investigator because as of right now we have none. Nothing. So for the past month we have a "member" who loves talking to Elder Hubbard, and come to find out he is not a member he was not baptized with his family, but now he is interested. He has to asked to met. Boom prayed answered, but yeah it was a good week we also met with one of the coolest members named Marcin ( pic of me hubbard and him ) and well it was fun, fun week,. fun mission. Things here are good! I Love you all and miss you all. hope things are good and you all are safe. Would love some pics, and letters! have a good week! I pray for you all!
Love
Elder Harris

 



 





Monday, November 25, 2013

Witam!

Okay so first things first, who ever loves me the most will send me some Orange Crush for Christmas...just saying. Anyways, what a good week. Super cold, but really good of course. Monday I took Elder Hubbard to the tie store for his first time and he was in ah! So many ties. He couldn't believe it. Don't blame him, I still get stressed when I go. But P-Day was just us, haven't had one of those but it was nice because it wasn't so stressful, but then Tuesday hit like a sack of bricks. It was so cold, I think I did triple socks?? Yeah I was like shoot! but luckily we bought gloves and stuff earlier so we weren't to cold. Wednesday I had the privilege of helping out with mutual. It was fun we have one young man and like 8 young women but are all Americans, but one of the leaders is polish so that's cool, but we did a missionary activity were we helped them talk to their friends about the gospel. It was really fun, we went around the room and taught our subjects. And so it was mostly in English but when we had the leader who is Polish we said to teach her in Polish and well lets say Elder Hubbard was nervous. but he did it all by himself, he is awesome doing so good. Crazy how many people we know. He is related to Wayne??? Geez whats this world coming to! But again the weekend was the fun stuff. So Friday we had a really fun branch activity. We did a fall family festival. Was big success. We had over 125 people or something like that. it was so cool. we had games and food and hearing little kids run around was awesome. I loved it. I got to talk to some nice people about the gospel which is always good being a missionary.



Sister Wisenburger from the branch is supposed to be sending pics but i did win the doughnut eating contest. Surprised? Before the party though we had a run in with DL and he had a drunk guy not leaving them alone so we helped and he was yelling saying how we don't know God and that women are nothing...and I was like...OK buddy listen up, you're drunk and have no idea whats going on right now. You're going to have huge headache tomorrow so you better go sleep right now. and by the way women are very important in our church. he yelled left and came back and egged our chapel but its alright. I was bothered how so many people think that women are not important to us. its dumb becasue they are. Saturday we had a jdub call and set up with us and he promised not to argue so we went and gave me a shot. so we start and instantly starts making fun of our church how is sounds made up....ironic right? but i was hmm okay interesting why? but then                                                                           I said can we start with a prayer.
boom spirit. he talked then after he got done talking me and Hubbard stepped in and shared the restoration. simply and beautifully. Hubbard shared the first vision and the spirit filled the room. he was speechless. he then tried to continue to talk but we had to go so ended with a prayer. until en never really understood the power of the first vision. its incredible. think about how that vision honestly speaking true or not how it affected your lives. i promise its true but think about. who would you be? Sunday was a very spiritual Sunday. i started reading the book or Mormon again. and read in 1 nephi how when nephi and his brothers get the plates and come back before they arrive their mother shariah is sad and she is blaming lehi and stuff and it says how he comforted her. So it really made me think how important that husband and wife relationship is we as men must comfort our wives. see they are important! but then of course the lord humbles me. great weekend? still is but last night we are tracking and we get let in but only to the building from the domophone. we talk to this guy come to find out he is Muslim and his polish wife is Lutheran. we talk and well she becomes interested we never got invited in but she wants to come to our church and see it. It was cool. then we go back out to domophone and this old man comes out yelling at us and telling us to leave which we don't need to. and he wouldn't leave us alone. and i promise i was being nice asking him to tell me why he is mean and hates me... but he goes to raise his had to hit me, and i go oh well your man trying to hit me huh? he didn't like that whoops..and grabs my arm and attempts to throw me, and by now i am sick and tired of this guy yelling at us for like 15 minutes and i get up in his face and i say sir leave now we are here to talk to people, if you font like then go pray and realize how immature you are acting and don't ever touch me again. and he goes i am calling the cops i said cool. i will tell them how you hit me...that okay wit you and then he starts swearing asked him to stop then he left. but yeah very weird. not that cool of story but wanted at least one story. (Dad i am safe) but yeah everything is the best here. As Elder Hubbard would say...we are number one in the hearts of the polish people. But the church is true stay strong everyone love you all!

Love
Elder Harris

Shawn and his new compannion Elder Hubbard trackting

video


Monday, November 18, 2013

Wow life got crazy! So much going on here I can't keep my head straight! but it's all good, just smile!  This week was pretty good. Rained a lot, well like little misty rain, but its been pretty cold! Almost hat and glove season! Let's see where to start.
 Monday was weird, it was a polish Holiday, meaning their Independence day. We decided to honor that by playing some American football for pday! A lot of missionaries played this time. It was a blast, no one dislocated a pinky or anything, but still was nice to run around. One sister who played( who is the sister in my group Sister Packard) she is way athletic and stuff, but she is like Elder Harris you talk way to much! maybe you wouldn't be so tired if you would just shut up! she said it with love in her heart haha.
Sorry for all my teammates who had to listen to me, geez I am annoying.  Tuesday was my first Zone Training where I didn't have to teach it that was super nice! Elder Brown and Stumpf did awesome. The spirit was there and I learned alot. Also Tuesday we went tracking and to be honest it was really hard. Not a single door answered! and everywhere went they called us JDubs and we even saw them trakting. it was annoying they are everywhere! Then Wednesday was a normal day nothing special, but it rained a lot and was super cold. Same as Thursday, but we meet our land lady's wife. They is really nice brought over some furniture and stuff and then we talked to him about our church and invited him to our party on Friday! so hopefully he comes. So now the weeked czyli miracles! Friday we are tracking and Elder Hubbard is like Elder Harris this sucks no one is answering. I am like yes I know its horrible so we decided to just domophone and well what do you know the next guy lets us in! 100 Punktów! and well he wanted to hear about happiness, so we talked, then come to find out Poland is playing Slovaka in a soccer match and he won't let us leave. So we watch the first 5 minutes and good thing our phones have fake call haha, but yeah it was nice to get let it and talk to someone. He said he would read the BOM and then call. I hate that, but its better then nothing.  Saturday we have been trying to talk to families and try to get them to come to the party on Friday meaning next sorry. We are on the metro czyli subway and I am playing pick a boo with this little kid the mom is laughing at me and him and it was fun then  all of the sudden it gets packed and get pushed back. I see her getting off, I tell Hubbard to give her a flyer he cant reach so we get off and follow her and give her one. Of course it was awkward, but hey you gotta do what you gotta do. Then we say lets wait for the next metro. As we are waiting some guy comes up to us and says hey how long have you been here? and we talk. Come to find out he has met with missionaries, but with all the changes we lost his number or something. So we got his number and he wants to meet! Sunday we had an awesome primary program! un heard of in Poland, but we had one. It was so funny to see it, they did great! but at night we had a meeting with a less acitve endowed member. he is now studing with JDUBS....but we meet. Had a member in on the lesson. Marcin who is a stud. We talked, no arguing just teaching the first and well he couldnt really deny it, because he said the Book of Mormon is true. We kinda were mean though made him realize the the JDUB church can't be true because it has faults, but then I say sorry I am stubborn how can you not believe this church is true and have gone through the temple? he says it's my problem so I get a little fired up and say I am a representative of Christ. I can help. he goes, okay wow I can tell. We talked and he is coming to the party on Friday and well we will see what happens, but it was cool  to be able to testify like that. Gosh this mission is such a blessing. As you can see. Crazy week! we are working hard love my companion. Hope all is good for you guys love and miss you all! H
ey write some letters! 

Love
Elder Harris

Monday, November 11, 2013

Piękna Rodzina ;)
Elder Hubbard
So to start off my new companion's name is Elder Hubbard, he is the cousin of one of my old high school friends McKenna Hubbard. Small world right? But sorry the picture is a little lame but i will try to get a better one later. Lets see though, to start off the week, we went to Adams again! Was able to get Mikolyski a tie before he left! Got him a baby blue polka dot which I have too and is my favorite tie!
Oskar and Shawn
Then Tuesday was the hard day, had to say good bye to my little boy Oskar. It was sad but still way fun, we went contacting after the meeting; me, him, Stumpf and Elder Raines were with us for the night. Was such a blast, gonna miss that kid. But he did call me to make sure i got into my new area safely. Haha what a stud. But Wednesday was the intense day, I had to wait to see who I would train. Of course President makes me and Raines wait until the end to see who we get. We both were like falling all over each other like "President just tell us!" So he brought us both up and is like "You guys ready?? Well lets eat first... haha just kidding then told us." I was super excited to get Hubbard because i talked to him a little before and he seemed way cool. He is a weightlifter so I look ten times fatter now....fun stuff. But it was sad that day because it could be the last time I see
Elder Raines
Raines unitll we get home. He is going to Kielce. funny story. I actually have been following him around meaning, i replaced him in Bydgoszcz DL as well as in Warsaw ZL. so that's been the joke since he has been AP when we talk at night. Gonna miss him, i actually contacted with him my first day on the Rynek as well as he was the first exchange i ever did. So kinda have been looking up to him my whole mission. His story is similar to mine so I go outside and i connect eyes with someone and we both yell "awh!" and hug each other it was Mikolyski!!
Elder Mikolyski
We have been planning on how we would get to see each other before he left but we didn't think it would work :( but we got it to work. Wednesday probably the coolest day ever. then on Thursday we had to go get a bunch of stuff done and it was very stressful but we actually were near the Rynek where Mikolyski was so I was able to get a pic with him. But not going to lie, feel bad for Elder Hubbard Thursday, Friday and Saturday we were running all over the place and he was so tired. Kinda brought me back to my first days....good think Elder Myler was there, would have passed out. But really since Thursday it really made me sit down and take personal invatory. How am i doing? and crazy what's happened in the past 16ish months. learned so much and done so much its incredible. I was reading in the Book of Mormon and read 3rd Nephi 21:29 and it talks about how the lord is our prize. And how hard the work is with all the people fighting against us, but he is on our side. Its such a privilege to be here. I know with all my heart that this church is true. Church was special, this branch i am in is ready to grow we are the biggest right now and we are doing a feat of faith so be praying that it works. Our goal by the end of the year is 5 families baptized and 100 in sacrament meeting. My faith is ready, and can't wait to work. But i love you all so much! Be safe talk to you later, remember Our Father in Heaven loves us. He has been called millions of different titles, some talk about a king, some about a superior being, some are not even his name but people still call him it, but we know that's to a prophet that after all the things he can be called he says call me Father. I love my family!
Elder Stumpf 

Love
Elder Harris




Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Getting ready to train a new missionary



Look at this wonderful group of Missionaries. They are getting ready to meet their new companions. Shawn had told me it'shard, but so worth it. I know him and Elder Allen his first trainee, will be great friends after their mission. Elder Myler and Shawn a spherical bond. He trained Shawn.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Droga Rodzina,
Wow! crazy week, started out with a phone call from the branch president in Wrocław, where Elder Stumpf served last transfer, so he was in Warsaw for the day and wanted to go to dinner. So we went to dinner with him and just visited. He is a funny guy, he actually served his mission in Poland like 10 years ago, and yeah super strong guy in the church. I hope I get to serve down there soon. But during the Day on Tuesday we had a little battle with Oskar. He is such a stud but reads so much, so in the Bible it"s blatantly not stated that the Sabbath is on Sunday now, but it does say that it was change because of Christ resurrecting or something I am not completely sure. We had to teach him about that and yeah he is just a little to smart, but we accepted it because of his testimony of the Book or Mormon, so that's nice! Wednesday was cool, we have been trying to get a meeting with Enrique, but he has been really busy so actually Wednesday he calls and says we can meet, so as we are going out the door of the chapel after teaching English a man named Przemysław was reading a Book of Mormon. He met the missionaries meaning us on a white board earlier that day and felt the need to come to the chapel. So we got his number and we can meet this week, but back to Enrique, he is doing good just doesn't understand the problem with living with his girlfriend. So yeah that's the only thing keeping him back. Thursday was really cool we actual had dinner at President Edgrens house. His wife makes the best cookies! holy cow and she even gave me a hand fun meaning 2 plate fulls. Can't help it just a little fat.  It was such a joy to be able to spend time with the Edgrens. He really is so inspired and called of God it's a true honor to serve with him.




Friday was Day of the Dead here in Poland and I will forward pics to you guys in a second Elder Baranowski took them. We had an Open house and it was really really good. We had the Chapel all set up to have tours and actually Oskar came and contacted with us and he got the first person to come in and we have his number and will be meeting with him soon. Crazy kid that Oskar. He is planning to do a mini mission here soon! Then Sunday, weird day. Started out with doing a little service after sacrament meeting. One of our members had everything stolen so we helped pick up things from the branch members.  We were glad to help. It was hard seeing where he lived though, he  lives in a place called Praga which isn't to bad, but compared to Wola is bad. I feel bad for him.  He is a strong guy. Then we went tracking and got the cops called twice! They never came, but some people are just so dumb.  Okay enough chatting ,yes I got my transfer call and yes I am leaving, but just to another area in Warsaw I am opening an new area in the 2nd branch, and training again, I am really stoked for that. Wow this week was humbling, had to do a lot to rely on my savior. Lots of fallen appointments and mean people, but hey its all good! :) I know this church is true and well even the raiders not playing good can change that! I love you all so very much and very grateful for you all. Be safe and talk to you later!

Love
Elder Harris

Monday, October 28, 2013

Droga Rodzina,
So the question, Do you believe? has been going through my head all week. So that's been my focus, is to see if I really believe. And it's been a very good week. For starters, we played football again. I was still sore because I am a little out a shape, so it was tough playing the week. I just played safe and it was still a blast. Elder Stumpf from a Germany is really good! So proud of him. As you all know, Elder Harris, or Shawn is king at dislocating his pinky, well poor Elder Neuner dislocated his pinky on the last play. Of course everyone freaks out ah go the the hospital! what do we do! Elder Raines, his companion lucky is smart and is like no that's a waste. I say I agree Elder Neuner let me see your hand POP! problem solved. He yells AWWW it feels a lot better....Yeah I know I have done it multiple times. So good thing that happened alot during Rugby so I would know what to do. See Rugby is a blessing. 
Elder Stumpf this week got sick for two days so I was able to read our Heritage and really it's a great book I totally recommend it. Those Pioneers went through can we say Hell? Is that appropriate? Już napisałem. I am really grateful for them. It's been really cool to just sit and read and like it. I am so grateful for Joseph Smith and what he did. It literally changed everyone of our lives. Take a second to think about how the fact that Jesus Christ and God the Father appeared to Young Joesph. What does that mean in your lives? Let me know. We did a little exchange with the AP's so we could teach Enrique and I went with Elder Neuner. Crazy to see how different we are then from the MTC. Such a blessing. The lesson rocked and we did great together. He is great missionary and I look up to him. On Saturday we had a guy meet with us from another companionship and he at the start said that the Book of Mormon is from the devil and asked how can someone believe in this. So we bare powerful testimonies and he still is stubborn so we started asking questions and we started teaching. He can't tell us why? except for the fact that in Revelations it says you can add to the bible which the Book of Mormon is not an addition, but then I pointed out that in Deuteronomy it also says that, so I let him know thanks to that the muslims are the most correct, he laughed in embarrassment, and we invited him to read the Bible and, bore testimony again. So it was a hard mean lesson, and was a little inappropriate, but it was awesome going to war and baring testimony and seeing and feeling the spirit. Then to end the week Oskar give's the spiritual thought in Priesthood and the Elders Quorm pres says there's the future of the church in Poland. Wow! so true and such a blessing, to have taught him. He is doing great. So do I believe? I do, this church is true and I love it!!! love you all. have a good week!

Love
Elder Harris

Monday, October 21, 2013

Cześć Rodzino,
So were to start. This week was cool. Was in Łódź on exchange with my "brother" Elder Finch. And had District Conference ( stake confrence) on sunday it was good.
Monday for P-Day sister Tobler wanted to play football, so some of us Elders got together and played football. It was a blast but boy was I sore the next day. Also Monday through Wednesday was on exchange with Elder Finch in Łódź. It was a blast some crazy things happened while tracking and yeah let's just say it's a night of tracking to remember! Also being there I had sometime to really think of what kind of missionary I am. I read on their mirror D&C 6:36, absolutely love the that scripture. Really rely on him and everything will be so good. That is something I have really learned on my mission. The exchanges were good and it was a joy to be around Elder Finch. Then the weekend was really cool. Like I said we had District conference. I was able to see my old friends from Bydgoszcz. Adam was there, ya'll remember him? He is still active but has a funny haircut (not judging) but it was so cool to see him. He came up to me and gave me a hug and said my favorite missionary! It was so cool. Elder Baranowski is now in Warsaw and we have two really old members who loved Baranowski when he was here and so they got to see him and one yells Mój Polak! meaning my polish person! it was hilarious and they both gave him the biggest hug and it was great. If you know Baranowksi it's funny because only he would have a good relationship with the polish grandmas, but the same one says hey were is Moja stokrotka? meaning daisy meaning me! so yeah I guess they like me too because I am so little and am always smiling. Sunday I was talking to a member from Łódź telling her how I was there and she said that she was talking to Andrzej about me and that I need to serve there, so that would be cool. It's crazy how much I love this country and these people. Sorry not much to say but I do love you all and miss you all stay safe! 

Love
Elder Harris

PS one of the pics is me next to a wall of an old Ghetto, no not like in Oakland but like jew syle!

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