Monday, December 1, 2014

I cannot believe it...18 months.

Hello everybody!

WOW what a week!  I just want to start by saying that "IT'S AWESOME BEING A MISSIONARY!"  I love waking up each and every day knowing that I am going to give somebody else an opportunity to be happy in their life.

Where do I start?  Well​, yesterday we had the fabulous opportunity to be a part of Ernesto, Katty and Karoline's confirmations!  It felt so good to witness three more souls beginning the process of returning to Heavenly Father.  They're doing great, and they have quite a few friends in the ward already.

Thanksgiving was great!  We went over to a member's house and we had a good ol' classic Thanksgiving meal.  Turkey, mashed potatoes, rolls, cranberry sauce, JELLO SALAD (Love jello salad), pumpkin pie, etc.  Not gonna lie...when we walked inside, the Cowboys and Eagles game was on, and Elder Snyder and I couldn't help but to watch a little.  (It wasn't that much, I promise!)  Overall, a great Thanksgiving!

I don't have much time (on a library computer again...), but I want to tell you about an experience we had.  While we were tracting, we knocked on a door but nobody was home. As we preceded to leave his house, the man walked up behind us and said that he came home because he forgot his bus pass. We told him we were missionaries and offered him a card, but instead he looked at us and said, "Well can't you come back?" We enthusiastically answered yes and we told him that we share a message about Jesus Christ. He then said, "That's exactly what I need right now!" We taught him (Chris) the Restoration lesson a couple of days later and he told us it was an answer to his prayers. I learned that by "small and simple things are great things brought to pass." Simply him forgetting his bus pass and being there at the precise moment we were there was small, but it answered his prayers so much, and that was a great thing for him.  As we taught him the lesson, we could really just see the cogs moving in his brain.  It was making sense to him a lot.  We left him with a Book of Mormon and a Restoration pamphlet.  He wasn't able to make it to church, but we talked to him the other day and he said that he read the pamphlet and was starting on the Introduction to the Book of Mormon and he has questions for us for tomorrow's lesson!  The Lord definitely guided both his and our paths that day.

I'm also super excited too for this week because it's Elder Snyder's birthday on the 10th, and so we are going to the Los Angeles Temple on Friday!  I've been so blessed on my mission to go so much.  This is my 5th time going on my mission.  I'm so fortunate to have a temple nearby.  I love the temple!  I'll be thinking about all of you when I go through!  I hope you all have a great week, as you begin to enjoy the Christmas season!  Let's all remember the true meaning of Christmas!

Love you all!
Elder Harper

P.S. Thanks for the chocolate countdown, grandma! :)


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    1. Tracy Monney:

      Whoa, the story of the man who came back for the bus pass gave me chills. The Elders were definitely in tune! Can't wait to hear what happens next!
      So happy he got a Thanksgiving and a glimpse at football! So funny!
      He sounds great and is bringing about many small and mighty miracles. Way to go.
      Thanks for sharing. Have a great week.

  2. Dear Elder Harper,

    So glad that you got a chocolate countdown advent calendar too! Yummy yum yum! ;)