Monday, September 18, 2017

received 9/18/17

So I'm so sorry I have not had much time at all these last few weeks but I'm sure most of you will be able to hear an account in person here in three weeks so here's some pictures for now my comp is Elder Call from Utah.
Here are some various scenes from the Rio Grande valley, the car does have a lift and massive tires, and those are two old trucks for all the vintage car fans out there and Hector Perales just got confirmed 2 weeks ago and we had la Noche Mexicana fiesta

a car wtih a lift and massive tires
la Noche Mexicana fiesta

"Heaven will not be heavenly, for those who have not chosen to BE heavenly"
- Prof. Brad Wilcox

Elder HarKer

Elder Call and Elder Harker

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Picture only update

Elder Harker hasn't sent a mass email in a few weeks so I thought I'd do an update with what I have.

A few statements that Elder Harker has made in personal conversations:

I'm training Elder Call, I got transferred to Pharr B... so same address I'll do a quick six there 

I feel like Gandalf.   "Ten thousand lives of men I have walked this earth, and now I have not enough time..."

This first set of pictures the other Elder Harker's mother shared on Facebook.  It was a pday activity in August.  Our Elder Harker is there in the middle...kinda like a Where's Waldo of missionaries.  When I asked him about it he said that he was there, but didn't get to play because he was still on medical restrictions due to his surgery.  He did get to dribble the ball a bit. The middle picture shows the missionaries all watching their mission president, President Torres dribble the ball a bit.

This next set of pictures was posted by President Torres on one of the mission Facebook pages.  I believe this was a zone conference in which the missionaries were taught how to use crockpots.  Each apartment was recently provided with a crockpot to use.
A picture of a picture of Elder Harker 

Elder Harker is in the background...
the only one wearing his suit coat

Another background shot of Elder Harker...
again the one wearing his suit coat

These pictures were also posted by President Torres.  He documented the new arrivals.  Elder Harker is training so he was there to pick up his "greenie"
yet another background shot of Elder Harker...
way in the back there on the right

At lunch/dinner with trainers and greenies
Our Elder Harker is peaking out
from behind his greenie, Elder Call  

 These last pics were posted on Facebook by a member down there.  
 Elder Harker has been helping with an English class down there... they call him Elder Teacher

Love this smile on Elder Harker's face!!

Monday, August 28, 2017


So I survived Harvey, so y'all don't need to worry the biggest part about this week was that Elder Torres and Elder Day from Rockport are staying with us. But quite frankly there's clear skies and little wind here so we are just fine have had no rain. Really nothing much else to speak of this week other than I'm alive and have no time for much more than pictures for now

Picture of the worst of the Weather and me. A baptism of Brother Perales we had the other week, and the weather now(looking towards the storm).

"Heaven will not be heavenly, for those who have not chosen to BE heavenly"
- Prof. Brad Wilcox

Elder HarKer
200 W. La Vista Ave.
McAllen, TX 78501

Picture of the worst of the Weather

A baptism of Brother Perales we had the other week

the weather now...looking towards the storm

Monday, August 14, 2017

So this week (received 8/14)

This week was crazy, I am back to driving the car (couldn't due to surgery) and we had 10 baptismal interviews to do, 6 for us and 4 for the sisters 
Mon- got a haircut
Tues-zone meeting, I'm in a "relief society zone" more sister than elders, we had several trainings on sacrament meeting, which I had prior applied to our area so nothing new changed. I did just barely start before hand. 
Wed-Worked in McAllen today, did a lot of tracting
Thurs- Did family history with the Robles Family and did our own as well, went by a recent convert named Liborio, tracted over into Alamo today
Fri- today was all interviews, the Gallegos family and Hector got their interviews 
Sat- the sisters had a family who need their interviews today so that took a long time, cleaned the baptismal font
Sun- Had some problems with scheduling, but everything worked out worked with ward counsel to help some less actives and l.a. youth.

I hope all of you are having a great week this week, will talk next Monday!

"Heaven will not be heavenly, for those who have not chosen to BE heavenly"
- Prof. Brad Wilcox

Elder HarKer
200 W. La Vista Ave.
McAllen, TX 78501

Thursday, August 3, 2017


its actually crazy this time. Basically around 1:30 on the 29th i began to feel a pain in my abdomen, this pain continued until i ended work and went home to rest, i went to the communist doctors office(urgent care) they did a blood test and it came back that i had 2 blood infections, they gave me a shot and sent me home. I got home had the worst night of sleep ever and went to church, then went back home for a good few hours then back to work. The mission nurse and my comp had me go to the doctors office(dr. Zavatela) and he took one look at the lab work and where the pain was and sent me to the E.R. after a C.T. scan the verdict was in i needed my appendix removed. SO they pumped me up with anesthesia and cut me open and used a robot to cut it out. Woke up and i was talking in Spanish asking about Los Tigres and Los Chivas(two rival mexican soccer teams) i was wheeled into a room and stayed there untill Aug 2, i hate hospitals. But it was really fun and interesting of an adventure! Well hope yall had a great week see you next monday

Monday being admitted to the hospital
with new companion Elder Batty

Ready for surgery

post surgery

post surgery and his bday
present was finally delivered

with President and Sister Torres

Wednesday Morning ready to go home

Wednesday lunch after being discharged 

Happy Pioneer Day

Happy dia de los Pioneros! everyone
 well this lack of time that I have is a killer but here's some highlights from the last two weeks

Joel Cervantes got baptized and confirmed 

i received my "dead call" basically the call to figure out my travel plans for october

The Gallegos family reset their baptismal date for the 6th of August and are waiting for the mom to receive an answer from the spirit whether the book of Mormon is true or not

Texas McAllen missionaries now have facebook! im unfortunately unable to accept friend requests from those not of the south of texas(sorry so dont send me any)

We are also now going to be cleaning the churchouse with the youth and then playing games with them afterwards to help them get involved in activities and sharing the gospel

and we have gotten transfer calls, Elder Fielden is going to Corpus Christi
and i'm staying my next comp will be revealed in next weeks email

well we got to go but i hope y'all have a great week!

"Heaven will not be heavenly, for those who have not chosen to BE heavenly"
- Prof. Brad Wilcox

Elder HarKer
200 W. La Vista Ave.
McAllen, TX 78501

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Hey y'all (received 7/10/17)

Hey everyone so this week
Mon- had Carne asada tacos at the Nocelo house, showed the Gallegos family the Restoration video with the fam Piña

Tues- the La Vista Sisters had a baptism, we helped with prep, had district meeting, had pizza for the 4th, and burgers with the Polendo fam. went to teach English class but nobody came so we studied Spanish

Wed- dropped the car of at the paint and body shop to get some dents fixed, visited the Gallegos, Taught Joel Cervantes and started planning his baptism for the 16th

Thurs- Leadership conferences started so I was on an exchange with Elder Taylor all day, taught the Gallegos family the Restoration again with the Piñas again. most all apts fell through.

Fri- still with Elder Taylor went to teach the Cervantes at 4pm they were late getting home after teaching them the other elders picked us up and dropped us off and we got to teach Hno. Perales. hes an investigator, I taught his sister and met his parents in Edinburg.

Sat- helped with a priesthood activity, they made Posole, taught the Cervantes again,
we showed a pic of the families baptism and everyone was wearing white, and we asked him what he saw and he replied "all my family dressed in white.. except me" and then his mom asked "whys that" and he said "cause I wasn't big enough" and then he was like "but now I'm ready" it was cool
​    ...​
everything else fell through.

Sun- Had church most of our less actives we have been working with were at church, worked a bit in Alamo not much else happened.

​ope y'all have a great week!​

"Heaven will not be heavenly, for those who have not chosen to BE heavenly"
- Prof. Brad Wilcox

Elder HarKer
200 W. La Vista Ave.
McAllen, TX 78501