Monday, September 26, 2016

received 9/26/16

No mass email this week, but we did get some info and pictures:
well family this week was pretty fun highlights are
Zone conference
which was good, Pres. talked a lot about teaching with the spirit and following guidance from the spirit
Coordinacion del Barrio
we finish our ward mission plan in ward coordination this last week!
Los Intercambios con Elder Nelson de I.F.
I went on an exchange with Elder Nelson who is from I.F. we had a fun day of Tatering it up!
Comamos a la Taquieria "La Mexicana" con la famila Delangel
we ate with the Delangels at a taqiueria and ate lots of tacos!

1. When was the last time you laughed with your companion and why? What makes you laugh in your area? How do you stay light hearted?
blurry picture
eating Raspas with Elder Mclaughlin
1 long story the other night elder Torres got a strange call saying in Spanish "help me they are going to kill me" so he asked who and the reply was "the men" someone then picked up asking "Who is this?" and he replied the missionaries and the voice talk about a ransom and then hung up. and we sure it was a cartel faking it to get money, the number was from Mexico. so we were talking and I said I could imagine it go down like this"ayudame ayudame, ellos van a matar" (help me they are gunna kill me.) and we could reply "somos misioneros" and the lady saying " oh soy Catolica" (im cathlic) and hang up
everyone was dying when i told them that.

2. What has your mission president been doing to inspire the mission? What do you love about your mission president?
2 He has been helping us relieve from stress, its a big problem around the world right now and as people we cant let stress get us.
3. Tell us in person about the last miracle you witnessed…When was the last time you saw an answer to prayer?
3 the last miracle. we had a former investigator and her kids in church yesterday:)
Elder Mclaughlin had his 18 month burning

Monday, September 19, 2016

Hello Everyone

received 9/12
So I have been learning that my area is extremely different than in Corpus. We are a lot closer to the border and we can see the evidence of it everywhere it looks like Mexico, would make any sanitation worker cringe. Anyways we have been working super hard, not seeing much of the effects of our work as of yet but I definitely have been learning a lot more Spanish, Elder Torrez has been telling me my Spanish is a whole lot better. He finally received a new companion after his last one got sick and had to return home. His new companion is Elder Escobar from Edinburg. Elder Escobar just received the Melchizedek Priesthood yesterday so he is on a mission a tad bit early. 
Something I'd like to share with y'all is this in 2 Nephi ch 5

 13 And it came to pass that we began to prosper exceedingly, and to multiply in the land.
 14 And I, Nephi, did take the sword of Laban, and after the manner of it did make many swords, lest by any means the people who were now called Lamanites should come upon us and destroy us; for I knew their hatred towards me and my children and those who were called my people.
 15 And I did teach my people to build buildings, and to work in all manner of wood, and of iron, and of copper, and of brass, and of steel, and of gold, and of silver, and of precious ores, which were in great abundance.
 16 And I, Nephi, did build a temple; and I did construct it after the manner of the temple of Solomon save it were not built of so many precious things; for they were not to be found upon the land, wherefore, it could not be built like unto Solomon’s temple. But the manner of the construction was like unto the temple of Solomon; and the workmanship thereof was exceedingly fine.
 17 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, did cause my people to be industrious, and to labor with their hands.
And even though the goal of getting a temple built in our mission is tough and we have enough people we have been told that attendance at church isn't high enough to warrant building a temple here in McAllen, so we now know we must work to help people come to church, to help the take the sacrament, and to help them prepare to go to the Temple. and this is an awesome goal because it will help the people here to become eternal families.
 anyways have a great week 
Elder HarKer 

received 9/19

Hellos family highlights from this week are
ZL and interzone exchanges 
Went on exchanges with Elder Tomasi in my area, and Elder Wilson in Weslaco, TX which both werre super fun
La Noche Mexicana
for Mexican ind. day the ward put together a party to celebrate complete with food, dancing, and lots of Mexican stuff!

My invitation create a family mission plan to help share the gospel and find.  Members need to find, missionaries do the teaching. Check out "to sweep the Earth as with a flood" by Elder Bednar. super easy missionary work. 

Exchanges with Elder Tomasi

Exchanges in Weslaco with Elder Wilson

Elder Harker with his companion, Elder Mclaughlin (sombrero), Elder Torres (far right) and mini missionary Elder Escobar (far left)

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Received 8/29/16 and 9/6/16

My first week in Edinburg East Area, well its all Spanish, and its a lot larger than Portland its a lot more like Chubbuck in terms of geography, in terms of culture, it's mexico... and we get Taco Palenque, Pizza Patron, and bodegas down here. Plus more missionaries-- twice as many missionaries in and around McAllen and Edinburg.

 My New comp in Elder McLaughlin from Bozeman Montana and we got a few many things in common! We love hunting and fishing, and all kinds of outdoor stuff! Anyways, so far teaching has been slow but yesterday after church we went to the Casa de Leon and ate Carne Asada with them, Sis Leon the Younger and I talked about Idaho cuz she went to BYU-I. and we said to her little sister we were going to have Carne Asada from her dos vacitas (2 calves).  They live out in the country.

 Oh Brother Palacios lit up when he heard I went to American Falls for school, his old area where he served his mission! so that's super cool and for the next few hours I live with Elder Peacock from utah, and Elder Nelson from I.F. 
2 Idaho boys in 1 apartment. funny the first groceries bought were Taters. anyways ill send more info and some pics next week. 

Hello everyone, its your favorite Elder here!
So I'm in Edinburg for those who haven't heard and I'm with our district leader Elder McLaughlin. 
We have been working super hard to get our "students" to church. we recently moved apartments too so finally I have all my clothes unpacked! took 2 weeks but I got it. I've had 30 mins each night to prepare for the next day cause I'm working as an assistant to the district leader and while the DL is taking care of the other guys I'm running our area which since I'm so new to the McAllen area, is tough. this has been one of the busiest transfers yet!
so here are some pictures before I get going.

We have been teaching a few families, we found a lady the other day and invited her to be baptized and she replied with"Claro!" (clearly) and that was super exciting we also found another Lady with her daughter and her daughter had already been to church before!!! that was super! 

Elder Harker with his comp, Mission President
and other missionaries

Blurry pic of:
Elder Harker & Elder Mclaughlin
Mission President Torres in the middle
other elders on the right side