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

Hey (received 7/3/17)

Mon-played "#mudconch" soccer in the mud and I got a box from my folks!
Tues had interviews with Pres. visited the Gallegos family just about have taught them everything! taught English class
Wed- set a baptismal date with Joel Cervantes(july 15), his family is trying to reactivate, had ward coordination, and visited Jaime Rdgz and taught the word of wisdom
Thurs-Taught the Gallegos about fasting, they are going to fast this weekend, visited sis santos and moved some stuff to the garbage for her, and visited bro Navarro who is less active
Fri- ran 2 hours late today due to other people being late, traffic and travel, visited the Aleman family and the Nocelo family who are less actives
Sat- found out one of the recent converts got kicked out of his house with his cell phone line cut. don't know where he is.. gave a blessing to the Hno. Escobar, and found a bad cavity... great. 
Sun- not much but the Nocelo, Cervantes, Aleman, and Navarro families all came to church, all the members of the families it was awesome!!!
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

the other Elder Harker's mom posted some pics of the mudconch game so the pics are attached even tho our own Elder Harker is the one taking the pics...just so ya'alls can see what the game looks like.  As for why Elder Harker wasn't playing...pump safety...he needs keep his pump dry so he kept his playing to a minimal.
Elder Harker was behind the camera for these pics, his current companion, Elder Fielden is to the left of the elder in the orange shirt

Elder David Harker is the one with the ball

Monday, June 26, 2017

mass email (received 6/26/17)

Mon- we went to the major outlet mall on p-day. too expensive to pay for stuff I don't need
Tues-Taught the English class the Elder and Sister Hunt
WED had meetings most of the day, all apts fell through but one taught the Gallegos family about the Law of Chasity, the dad loved it!
Thurs- Taught the Gallegos fam the Word of Wisdom, they were down to live the commandment
Fri- so starting to run out of miles for the month, tracted a lot, visited the Cervantes and Hna Garcia
Sat- tracted and toward the end of the day had dinner with the Cavasos fam. They made us brisquet asada
Sun- Bro Cervantes came to church, found out on of the young womens best friend is on of the Gallegos fam so that was cool

Been really busy today is rather hectic so I'll fill you in next week, hope y'all have an awesome week!

Picture of a tiny dog for my little sister

shaved my mustache

planner covers

pic of the thermometer in our car of the heat

this last week (received 6/19/17)

So the week before got kinda crazy I didn't have much time to write but pretty much the biggest point of last week was the Mission President of Reynosa came to the office with his assistentes and they were constantly talking to us as we went about our work and then after a rather too lengthy of a conversation we had to leave, I'm pretty sure they thought we were the assistants to Pres. Torres but no that's the other Elder Harker. 
This week
Mon-went to academy found some cool stuff, my lil sis is now 17💀I'm old...
Tues- Went to transfers(we both stayed) to give some stuff to other missionaries and then went out to teach, we had our first English class, it went well
Wed-had district meeting, all appts fell through
Thurs-Sis Horgesheimer was sick so we had to help them out with car checks, we taught a bunch today and while on the way to an apptment we found a hyper friendly huskydog. it found some tall grass and got lost from us playin in the grass.
FRi- Elder Fielden Birthday, all apts fell through and at the end of the day we knocked a door, it opened and the families dog ran out and started fighting a dog that had been following us. the whole family ran out and separated the two, the families dog lost and had some good bite marks in its ear but it was fine, we taught the family the restoration!
Sat-apparently found out that the first presidency sent a letter to the members of Reynosa to help them stay strong during all that's going on over there, the letter focused on keeping the commandments especially the word of wisdom and Law of chastity
Sun- The Gallegos family we have been teaching all came to church and accepted a baptismal date for July 15!

 I don't have much time right now but hope y'all have a great week!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Sup Everyone (received June 5)

Hey y'all so this week

MON-Well told y'all about the Gatorade bottle that wrecked our kitchen
TUES- ran 2 hours late for district meeting, had a farewell to sister Schikendanz, went on exchanges with Elder Taylor, biked to Alamo and back, got chased by Rudy a big German Shepard
WED- finished the exchange, biked from Edinburg to Pharr, visited a part member family, la familia G____
THURS- found some Names with Hno. V______ it was soooo easy to find them AWESOME, found an investigator for the sisters named Joey, visited the C_____ fam. 
FRI- Did the family History activity we planned, wasn't as successful as hoped for. visited brother J________
SAT- the sisters had baptismal interview we had to do, took a while, then visited the R_____ family with Bishop Trevino 
SUN, the sisters investigator got baptized, said goodbye to my friend oscar escobar, he is leaving for his mission on Wed., found names with Bro Flores

​Hope y'all have a great week​

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

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a somewhat blurry Elder Harker at Zone conference in May 2017
posted by President Torres