Monday, February 3, 2014

Fasting works miracles

Hello everyone!

This week has been pretty good!  As usual, we did a lot more tracting and finding.  We went on a blitz with the Zone Leaders and they helped us find some more potential investigators.  Tracting is interesting; you don't really know who's going to answer the door, you don't know what's going on inside the house, and you don't know what their reaction is going to be; it's really weird, but fun at the same time!  We knocked on one guys door, and all he said was, "Holy sh** get off my property" and he slammed the door.  It was kind of funny.  Interestingly enough, the next door we knocked on, we found a 19 year old guy named Will.  He was raised in a Catholic family, and he had a lot of questions that he couldn't find answers to.  We talked to him on his porch for an hour.  We taught him about the Book of Mormon, the Restoration, the Plan of Salvation, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and even a few of the Commandments.  He wanted to know it all!  Before we left, he told us his mom sent him a text message and she said, "God has an answer for you."  We knocked on his door later that same day!  He told us he didn't know what his parents' reaction would be with us coming by, but he gave us his phone number.  We sent him a text and he didn't respond, and we tried knocking on his door again but nobody answered.  If nothing else happens, at least we can feel peace that we taught him about the Gospel and we planted seeds.

Elder Gaylor and I are doing a lot of good work here.  We have pretty different personalities, but it all balances out and we do good.  We both got 37 declarations this week, and the average is around 20.  It's awesome.  He's super funny and we always talk in this strange Mexican Nacho Libre accent to each other, and I don't even know how we started.

So, if you're wondering about the subject line, I'll explain it to you now.  So for January and February, we've been having a dual stake fast for rain.  It's been the worst drought since the 70's, and the water levels are around 30%.  I guess the governor has announced a "state of emergency" for all of California because we aren't getting enough rain.  Well, yesterday, Sunday morning, it started to rain RIGHT as fasting testimony meeting started.  It was so cool, the Spirit was so strong in the entire congregation.  

With yesterday being Superbowl Sunday, we rode our bikes after church to the park and there was absolutely nobody there.  We didn't feel right about going around an knocking on people's doors, so it was just an interesting day.  Cam, thanks for telling us the score, we were wondering. :)

I know I say this every week, but I love you all.  I am so blessed to have such a great family and great friends.  I am thankful for this Church, and all that it means to all of us.  Being a missionary is hard, but the blessing are endless.  I love all of the little miracles we receive on a daily basis; tender mercies from heaven.  God loves us all so much, and He is anxious to help us and is concerned about our welfare and salvation.  I love you!  Til next week!  

Elder Harper


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  2. Just read Taylor Thomas' letter about the state wide fast for rain and it raining up there too! So great, so powerful! Wish Elder Monney would have mentioned it too.

    That sign is hysterical and oh so cute, would be fun to do in an "Additional Relief Society Meeting." haha

    His companion looks and sounds like a character. Elder Harper is truly Christ-like to find the good in others and to get along with all personalities.

    Love the accounts of tracting. I think it would be so scary but they have so much faith.

    Such a great missionary, love his letters, thanks for sharing.

    Tracy Monney