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

Elder HarKer loves mail!
send to:
200 W. La Vista Ave.
McAllen, TX 78501
a somewhat blurry Elder Harker at Zone conference in May 2017
posted by President Torres

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Mass email (received 5/30)

Hey y'all don't have much time we got district meeting with the sisters and then exchanges with the Zone leaders for the next three days so cutting things short. 
Mon- found out a tornado went through Laredo, the coolest past was that there was a lot of "destruccion" from what the person said. Pres. Torres had everyone in Laredo inside from mon and tues. 
Tues- had zone conference, visited a member and she killed one of her chickens to bake for us. rode bikes around, got chased by a pack of dogs. visited some potential investigators the V_____ family 
Wed- had district meeting, visited a former and taught the family the restoration. visited the C_____ family.  lots of things fell through.
Thurs- better today, stuff kept falling through. tried to find new people to teach just talking with everyone(sooo hard to do in English much less Spanish) and found out when we had to pick up something from the store that missionaries can't talk to people at the store so they kicked us out before we could get anything. after that the day all fell into place and ended up good. rode in a members mustang.
Fri- the day was one of the hardest in my mission not an single thing was able to be scheduled. lots of trying to find people to talk to
Sat- got ready for a talk I was assigned to give on Sunday, visited Giovanni and his grandma they were a referral, helped the R____ family with fam hist. talk to a drunk dude who had half his hand falling off. he cussed us out in Spanish. then we talked to some white people(so weird) and then a lesbian couple. that was a weird 20 minutes. 
Sun- gave my talk on keeping the Sabbath day holy and then after church we went to the C________ house. they made us carne asada for memorial day
Yesterday, so we were cleaning the apt and found baking soda and vinegar, decided to put the vinegar into saran wrap and put the packet into a Powerade bottle to see if it would explode the cap off. the delayed reaction did, and shot out of Fielden's hands and sprayed his face and torso with vinegar foam. so we did it again, but this time the reaction was really delayed so we put it on the counter, left to the store and came back and realized the whole house reeked of vinegar and we were like wow that stuff is strong them we realized there was a large spray mark on the ceiling above the counter. and so basically sometime while we were gone the reaction went and the bottle expanded so much the bottom gave way creating a baking soda powered rocket which sprayed everything in a 10 ft radius and send the bottle crashing into the ceiling. so that was a fun experience as well  as we went to Edinburg to my old area yesterday. 

us and the sisters with district hats​
Sis Schickendanz, Horgesheimer, Elder Harker and Fielden

Elder Fielden and Elder Harker

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

Elder HarKer loves mail!
send to:
200 W. La Vista Ave.
McAllen, TX 78501

Monday, May 22, 2017

the last two weeks (received 5/22//17)

so heres  2 weeks ago

Mon- ate macaroni salad for the first time in forever and i still gotta say its really gross! Mayo is gross en general but still really gross.
Tues-Visited the E______ family and Esmeralda our investigator.
Wed-Did Family History with Bro. F______, he talked about the all the scars he has and apparently someone ran him over. couldn't understand if it was on purpose or not. as well we did family history with la familia J_______. 
Thurs-Had lunch with the stake president, visited the Navarro family trying to help the dad to reactivate
Fri- Found the De La Cerda family whos daughter is a less active member, they are cool. helped sis N_____ make a plan to quit smoking
Sat-Did our own fam hist, had a meeting about the wards recent convert temple trip we are trying to plan. and we visited N________ again
Sun got to skype the fam, had a carne asada with the E______ fam.

This last week

Mon- got to go to the Pulga(Flea market) not impressed except they had a bunch fallow deer antlers
Tues- had district meeting with the sisters, helped Bro Flores with his fam. history, visited N________
Wed- spent the day in McAllen, did our own fam hist. visited the G_____ fam and bro G_____ decided its about time to be baptized!
Thursday- pretty much the same as above except we visited the C_______ family who have deactivated, and tried to help them echar las ganas to go back to church
Fri- Visited the A_____ family and had a lesson with the dad hes an old mexican cowboy, and then had a lesson with the Perez family 
Sat-cleaned the churchouse with bishop, visited sis h_________ she fed us carne asada tacos soooo good but sooooo much fat. especially when she sells it by the gallon for 75 cents at her store. set a baptismal date and marriage date with the E______ family finally
Sun- was in meetings all day, visited the E_______ and the R______ family who weren't at church.

Sorry if its not a whole lot of info i have not much time to write on mondays but im putting my best efforts forward.
hope yall have a great week

 when you texas truck is so lifted its taller than your house
spanish street signs
carne asada and topo sabores soda
my new planner cover, just needs color

Monday, May 1, 2017

mass email (received 5/1/17)

Hey everyone so transferes came last night and so I am going to be headed to Pharr/McAllen area tomorrow morning I really didn't have much time to write down what happened this week. mostly a whole lot of appointments falling through, president came to Laredo and showed us all how we should plan in the Texas McAllen mission, I ended the month with 40$ extra due to not eating out, and 20lbs lighter. 

I said goodbye to some of my members(hna. Santos, Hna Ashley Hill, Hno. Acereto, Pres. Lavu Lavu) from my first area last night at a meeting in North Laredo, I'm sad to leave, I heard of Laredo years before I even got my mission call (FYI "The Streets of Laredo" the movie, spot on Laredo is just like it is in the movie just more 2017 and less 1850) Laredo is awesome Crazy, Creepy, and totally unique but awesome. 

but now on to Pharr to an actual ward, with members, food, a truck, and a few people I have already met. I'm pretty excited. Gunna be close to McAllen too. as well this may be my last area i will work in. i have 4 transfers to go:(😭 but ya its gunna be good I got to play conch for the last time gunna leave Laredo with a blast!
​ here's pics of me and Mexico behind me, elder Hernandez and his buddy and the scorpion cube (a mission legend states an electric blue cube goes around with a spoiler on the back with scorpions all over it, I found it, in my area.) ​

Friday, April 28, 2017

so no info (received 4/24/17)

well i forgot my camera and afew other stuff today but i have to duck out early so here is a little info
 got a hair cut on wed
played futbol and scored a quick hat-trick (one of those goals was a header)
went to a members house saturday and ate some fish
found 2 really cool investigators who came to church, they are the family castillo

More info next week

1.Who has been your favorite companion? Elder Randall and Piscione
2.What companion has helped you to grow as a missionary the most? Los Dos Randall y Piscione
3.What has been your favorite area? Laredo

the pics are of me and the fish and elder day with a weird facial expression

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

hey everyone (received 4/17/17)

So this week...
me with Elder Goff photo bombing
also I have lost 10 lbs in the last month!
MON- we played conch, it was fun, couldn't sneak a goal to save my life though
TUES- had an exchange with Elder Knutti, forgot my sketchbook at the church house during coordination, had brisket tacos at the Contreras house, and had district meeting

WED-ate Tacos de Caballo(horse tacos) at Taco 'n Madre, then went to the Carneceria(meat market) to see a potential investigator and we bought "Mango heat" mountain dew, it left a spicy after taste, it was good! worked on family history and reserved ordinances for 100 people today. Visited Kevin our investigator, helped him prepare for his baptism this sat.
THUR- Well got a blood test done, all of our appointments fell through and some kids tried to catch Elder Piscione in a pokeball. It his his nose and fell to the ground and broke while we were at a door contact. it was pretty funny! Turns out he's a pretty powerful Pokemon! knocked a good few doors
FRI- Visited the Oviedo family after weekly planning, trying to help them get to church, they had a new pet, a small turtle. Went by Kevin's house, he threw us a few curve ball questions but we got them out of the way
SAT- literally nothing happened till 8;30, we went door to door all day and didn't find one single person who would talk to us. had a lesson with the Antonio family and invited the dad whose less active to church.
SUN- Bro Antonio, Bro Colunga, and Kevin all came to church, we ate some carne asada with the Antonio's and visited Kevin, he's getting ready for his baptism

SUN/MON- woke up at 3am to the worst storm i even have seen, Laredo got wrecked. it was like a monsoon. I got like 4 hours of sleep

Well hope y'all had a great spiritual Pascua

(Easter). Remember the Sacrifice Christ gave so that we all too could live again!

well see y'all next week

the turtle, mango heat, and me with Elder Goff photo bombing
i also have lost 10 lbs in the last month!

Monday, April 10, 2017

hey yall (received 4/10)

So this week
MON- well i found a piece of home, so the Mexican hot chocolate my family loves usually comes in the form of a solid block of the stuff, now i found it in syrup form!
TUES- not much happened knocked doors looked for less actives and found Tere and Javier near the la Familia Rangel's house. Javier is an atheist and really was interested on what we had to teach.
WED- Saw a brand new cherry red corvette today while out knocking, down here it doesn't matter how grundgy your property looks its all in the car you drive! the average car down here is a dodge charger, Camero ZL1, etc. Had a lesson with the Martinez-Mercado family on the Plan of Salvation it was awesome!
THURS- went to the bml's house and he gave us some cookies which were super good, until we found out the recipe called for 1 LB OF STRAIGHT UP LARD. then we went to visit La familia Oviedo and when we got there they invited us to come inside cause their son was home. then we realized their son WAS HOME! HE had been stuck in Nuevo Laredo for the last 9 months and finally got back to his family.
FRI- so all day until like 6 or 7 was dead. when its too hot to do anything outside missionary work slows down. but we found Jessica, and Jesus. We went by Tere from Tuesday and when we got to her house we saw they had an entire taqeria(mexican restaurante) on their front door, all of a sudden this lady offered to pay for us(we weren't even gunna get anything we had no cash and $1 tacos are still too expensive for us, we found out she lived in our area and she accepted an appointment with us to teach her and her fam. super good tacos and chile(salsa)  steak tacos with cilantro and onions!
SAT-kinda of crazy was on an exchange with Elder Sierra and Goff at different points of the day, visited Javier and taught him the plan of salvation and invited him to church, nobody new was found even with all the grinding we been doing. hard a harder part of the day and got a blessing from Piscione, that helped
SUN- well at church we got Sis Ortiz confirmed as well as her grandson Kevin was at church we have been teaching him a little bit lately. as well as Javier he came and really liked it he told us he had also prayed for the first time in years!!!! he also said he was coming to church again!! later that night Kevin asked when the next baptismal service would be as well super cooolll!!!!!!!

well as always if y'all have any questions just email them to me, i'm not the best at letter writing... or even talking for that matter so ask away hope y'all had a great week and i still encourage you to keep looking over conference here---

posted today on the TMM facebook page

Monday, April 3, 2017

Picture Editing fun by Mama Harker

hey everyone POKY TEMPLE!!! YAA (received 4/3)

POKY, Temple was FINALLY announced lets GOOOO!!!!!!
I had a little heart attack when that was announced in General conference yesterday. I'm pretty sure the people of Pocatello are all having a good time getting ready for it

sooo this week was soo crazy I had little time to write the week's events in my planner for my email format so I'll try my best. 
MON-scrounged our apartment for food, end of month no money probs
TUES-visited Sis Pantoja and had a coordination with Presidente Garcia, saw a road runner today too, it was cool! was on an exchange with Elder Day from Vegas
picture posted on the TMM facebook page
by the member that fed them
WED-worked on our Spanish as a zone, visited our inv. named Myra and the Gonzales family right after that, visited with the Oviedo family who are returning to activity. Sis Oviedo works in a bodega and said she would hook us up with ties😎👔 and then we went to the church house for the baptismal interview of Hna. Ortiz one of the investigators we recently received when our areas switched. then we ran around trying to get to our last appointment of the day, got there and had a good time with the Macias family
THURS-well knocked doors for most of the day went by some of our potential investigators in the end of the day we found Juan Carlos!
FRI-we had a surprise all the District leaders and Zone leaders went to a big meeting in McAllen today so I was in charge of a trio for the day, did our weekly planning by myself as well as tried to lead Elders Goff and Keck during the day. it was rather boring not much stuff happened. 
SAT-General Conference was awesome but nobody we had ready to come turned up at the church. went to priesthood session and had pizza and ice cream with the other priesthood holders
SUN- President Monson gave the best talk ever to be given in conference it was about the importance of reading the Book of Mormon. He reiterated what we have been teaching the Martinez family, about how we receive blessing from reading the Book of Mormon. As well as his announcement of the Pocatello, Idaho Temple 
Now after conference on Sunday we had the baptism of Sis. Ortiz she had been having a lot of health problems earlier in the week but she still pressed forward in faith and was baptized with proper authority.

The Prophets talk   is the link to what he said in General Conference  I'm glad Poky is getting a temple now on to McAllen for her much needed temple 

hope y'all read or watch general conference soon much of the revelation from God given happens after the actual conference!
"Heaven will not be heavenly, for those who have not chosen to BE heavenly"
- Prof. Brad Wilcox

Elder HarKer loves mail!
send to:
200 W. La Vista Ave.
McAllen, TX 78501

Hey y'all--received 3/27

So this week... 
Elder Harker and Elder Piscione
MON- we got news our area was expanding... and it did it doubled in size... we are still on bikes, the other elders moved out and turns out me and Piscione are staying together! for a total of 6 months in Laredo for me over my mission by the end of this transfer
TUES- moved the Elders McNab and Goff into our apartment, knocked doors met the sister of a recent convert named Greg, her Name is Sarah. 
WED-Had Zone meeting, met all the new peeps, knocked doors, worked with Hno. Gonzales and he opened up about the hard times hes having and how we could help him out, then went to coordination for English branch which actually happened!
THURS-did service for Hna. Serna, went to the BML house to eat. Turns out he was a professional chef and cooked for a King of Saudi Arabia once. Then had an exchange with Elder Sierra in his new area... we knocked doors the rest of the night, met a crazy lady who tried to bash.
FRI-well we had splits with the Elder quorum planned but only 2 people showed so we just went out to find less actives, found one family, had to go to a lesson. had to call in order for them to open their gate(everyone has gates down here) and found out we didn't have the phone. so the Sister let us in the gate by a miracle she saw us on the security cam. and let us in, gave her a blessing set a baptism goal for Saturday with her mom. left for home met Hno. Cantu in the parking lot, who handed us some food(barbacoa tacos =cow tongue and face) and got the car to go find the phone found it where we thought it was by a miracle and made it back home!
SAT- visited a few peeps, went to a new restaurant "taco mais" three tacos for under 3 bucks! and then knocked doors and visited Sis. Antonio.
SUN-Went to church, had Hna Sernas mom in assitencia and then some stuff came up after church which was difficult and then we went to the Antonio house where they fed us Carne asada, super good

see y'all next week!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Catch up pictures

President Torres started a Facebook page for the 2016-2019 Texas McAllen Mission and posted a bunch of pictures.  yay!!
I tried to organize the pics based on area and time, although most of these events Elder Harker has not even mentioned so its mostly guess work.---grrrr

Family History Event with the missionaries

Family History Event with the missionaries

Family History Event with the missionaries
Area: Portland
Comp: Elder Madsen

Area: Portland
Comp: Elder Randall
Area: Portland????
Area: Portland
Comp: Elder Randall
Area: Portland
Comp: Elder Madsen
Zone Pic
Area: Edinburg
Comp: Elder McLaughlin

Area: Edinburg
Comp: Elder Widmer

Halloween Party 2016

Halloween Party 2016
Elder Harker is almost right in the center

TMM zone conference?
Where's Elder Harker?
second top row, third from the right
Area: Edinburg
Comp: Elder Widmer

The TMM Christmas Gathering 2016