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 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
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 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.

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!

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 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!
Elder Harris