Heyo everybody! I suppose you’re probably even more worried now!

First thing’s first, thank you all so much for your emails. Means a ton to me. Sorry if I didn’t get around to replying to you, I had a lot of emails today haha. But I just want to reiterate a couple things.
One, my testimony is not in danger. Honestly I feel like I’m not getting much help from heaven right now, I’m not recieving many answers, But I dont feel like I’ve been abandoned. I know there is a reason for what I am feeling right now and I trust that there is something to be learned here. Sometimes I wish that I could have a different trial, or just have the knowledge given to me. But that’s just not how things work I’m afraid.
Two, please don’t take that letter as “I’m coming home” It really wasn’t meant to be like that. I just see a lot of missionaries that only write the good things, and honestly I don’t learn from the good things in my life. I want to share with all of you how I am growing out here and this is honestly one of the best learning experiences I have had. 
Three, I am fighting my hardest to stay out here but honestly things are getting worse. I am really not sleeping and that’s awful. I really appreciate your prayers so much and Im not asking for prayers, but if you want to pray for me thats what you should be praying for haha.
Anyway! Time for some good news! This week we’ve got our first baptism in this area! First baptism in a while in this area actually, they’ve stuck me in one of the least baptizing areas in the mission, but that doesn’t mean anything haha! We can still baptize here no matter what anyone says ūüėČ But her name is Jazmine, and she is just the sweetest lady I have ever met. She is so kind and her mom is always feeding us a ton of food, even when I was deathly ill to my stomach and I very clearly told her “No, Please, my stomach really really hurts and I don’t think that I should be eating”
That’s another thing I’ve learned about Mexico. They really don’t have a word for “No” thats why we just use the english word, “No” but they really don’t seem to understand that here, because they always ask “Elder Harris, do you want more?” And I always say “No, thank you, I am full” And they always come back with another plate bigger than the last. And because I’m a missionary and it’s very rude to not finish your food, I always do. Honestly the strangest miracle I’ve witnessed here is that I am somehow actually losing weight.
We also have a bunch of other new investigators. We’ve just been getting references like crazy from the ward members. One of our more recents is a small family who recently had their home broken into and desperately needed some peace. We met with them and it was awesome to see the mom gain even just a little bit of peace because she, like me, was just not sleeping and that’s a hard way to live. I was grateful that I could help to bring that peace into her life.
Anyway, I’m out of time here since I spent a ton of time reading your letters! Thank you all so much for that, I don’t really have many pictures this week, but I’ll share what I do have!
Love y’all! 

-Elder Harris

It’s been a while since I sent out an awkward selfie, here y’all go. 

We were walking through town and I encountered the great Mothra. You can’t really tell from this picture, but this thing is as big as my hand. It was crazy.


Honestly y’all wouldnt even believe the rain here. It’s just absolutely nuts. I was in the rain for a total of 5 minutes and I was absolutely soaked. ¬°Que bueno!
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Hey there y’all. I suppose youre probably worried about me

This message was originally meant only for my parents, but I feel very strongly that I have learned important lessons that I want to share with everybody. Entonces…..
Let’s get personal.
I suppose it’s time that I briefly tell my story. Before the MTC, I kind of felt super depressed. I’m sure some of you could probably tell by my behavior. It was horrible. Honestly I didn’t want to leave my room for anything or anybody. I loved Nicole, but I honestly didn’t want to leave my room to hang out with her some nights. I loved my friends, but I felt the same way. It was absolutely horrible. I wasn’t sleeping well, so I was staying up until ungodly hours in an effort to wear myself out and sleep until 2 PM. In hindsight that probably made things worse.
But anyway. I was so worried that I was going to be 2 nights into the MTC and not sleep at all. i was so worried that I was going to start off my mission and already not be able to do anything because I was depressed and couldn’t sleep.
But jeez. I was so blessed. I was SO BLESSED. In the MTC.You wouldn’t believe it. I’ve never been happier in my life. Those 6 weeks literally changed my life. Honestly, I have never had such a strong testimony of the gospel and of the book of mormon and of just about everything until this moment. Right now I can honestly say and testify that I know these things are true and I know the Lord helps us when we need it and blesses us when we try. He is there, He cares about you, He cares about me. He cares about everybody. Honestly I keep sharing this but it is absolutely true. It is a MIRACLE. How much I have learned when it comes to espa√Īol. Really. No, I’m not fluent. Yes, I make tons of mistakes. But I can communicate. I can understand and I can share complex ideas, yeah it takes me 5 minutes, but usually it takes people half a year.
And you might be thinking “Well jeez Matthais, why isn’t he blessing you with that right now? Why are you struggling so much right now?” and you know, honestly that thought has crossed my mind, but not for any longer than a second because I don’t feel abandoned. I don’t feel completely alone. I know I have someone here who understands and I know that maybe there is a lesson here that either I need to learn, or one of you needs to learn and maybe that’s the reason I felt that I needed to share this. But sincerely, I am struggling so hard right now. I think the feelings of depression are starting to come back, I’m feeling anxiety I’m pretty sure. Pretty sure because I’ve literallly never felt anything like this haha. But it’s this crazy feeling that at any moment, I am literally going to die, and I can’t sit still for more than 15 minutes without feeling like I’m suffocating.
Wow. How horrible right? The mission has absolutely ruined me. I’m anxious, a little depressed, and I lost 15 pounds in 3 weeks (That’s not a joke. I pray that that scale is wrong, but my mission president’s scale says I’m 15 pounds lighter). Thankfully they’re talking about sending me home for medical reasons, right?
No. I’m not thankful for this. This is honestly one of the most horrible things that I have heard this whole week. The moment when my mission president said to me “We don’t want you to be embarrassed if we need to send you home for medical reasons” and I could almost hear my heart break. I love this place. I love the people. I love what I’m doing and I love who I am slowly but surely becoming. Really that’s what I’ve learned the most here in M√©xico and in the MTC. It’s how to love. Everything. My situation. No matter what it is. The people, no matter who they are or how much they don’t love me. I love them.

And yet I’m miserable and anxious. If I’m doing everything right, why do I feel this way? The honest answer is I don’t know. I have no idea. But I do. Why isn’t the Lord blessing me like in the MTC? I don’t know. But in reality it doesn’t matter. Come what may, I’m going to try my best. If I am sent home for medical reasons I know that there was a reason for feeling this way. If I manage to push through this and come out on top then I know there was a reason I’m feeling this way. Most of all I want all of you to know that there is a reason I’m feeling this way and I want all of you who already knew my situation to know that and feel the comfort that I feel despite my inner turmoil and confusion. I know that whatever happens happens and I have consigned myself to the will of the Lord. I trust fully in His works and I know that this is all part of his plan for me.
Sorry that I don’t have any crazy stories for this week. We spent a lot of time travelling this week because we had a ton of meetings and I had a couple interviews. But here are some quick bullet points.
-Went to go do the work to get my visa, one of the workers was talking to me in some of the worst english I have ever heard and I had to kindly ask him to speak to me in spanish so that I could understand him
-Finally got to meet all the people who entered the mission at the same time as me. That was fun!
-I had my first confrontation with a missionary for the Jehovah’s witnesses. She really wanted to talk to me in English, but I would only reply to her in Spanish
Anyway, not a ton else! Here are some pictures though! I love you all!
Elder Harris


Our favorite quote, bonus points if you can figured out what it is in english


Gotta look sharp to study hard, amirite?

I have a really interesting story to share about this day. But, I’m not gonna share it until I get home. So y’all are gonna have to wait haha!

Toluca! Home of the $10 colonoscopy

Need I say more? 
Haha hey everybody. How’s it going? Here in Mexico its the same! It’s kind of crazy but its fun nonetheless!
Jeez, I have absolutely fallen in love with the tacos here. Honestly that’s all I want to eat basically every single day. The tacos in the good ol’ U S of A just dont even come close to the tacos here.
Well, our first meeting with our new investigators fell through, but it’s totally okay! Because Thankfully and by the grace of the lord, we found a new investigator during that time and we were also able to reschedule with our other investigators! Woo! His name Is Esteban and honestly he is such an incredible man I can’t even believe it. He’s 25 and he’s gone through a lot, but honestly I think he’s got it figured out and is completely ready to accept the gospel. Because honestly he’s already found it for himself. I can’t wait to talk more with him!
Anyway, what else? Our ward just sent off a sister missionary this week. It’s really funny for me to think that she’ll actually probably be returning before I will return from my mission. 
This sunday we also ate with one of the newer members of the ward and he had no idea how to tie his ties! So my companion and I spent a couple minutes tying all his ties and trying to teach him how to tie them for himself. That was kind of fun haha.  
This Week we finally got our shower fixed, so no more flooding the entire apartment when we leave!
Finally, we ate with a sister in our ward who is a linguist, and has done a lot of study on languages in her life and she declared me “A walking miracle” because of my ability to speak the language. And honestly it’s true. It has truly been a miracle how fast I have been learning spanish. Thank you all for your prayers and I hope you are all doing well. Write you next week!
Elder Harris

Need I say more? 
Haha hey everybody. How’s it going? Here in Mexico its the same! It’s kind of crazy but its fun nonetheless!
Jeez, I have absolutely fallen in love with the tacos here. Honestly that’s all I want to eat basically every single day. The tacos in the good ol’ U S of A just dont even come close to the tacos here.
Well, our first meeting with our new investigators fell through, but it’s totally okay! Because Thankfully and by the grace of the lord, we found a new investigator during that time and we were also able to reschedule with our other investigators! Woo! His name Is Esteban and honestly he is such an incredible man I can’t even believe it. He’s 25 and he’s gone through a lot, but honestly I think he’s got it figured out and is completely ready to accept the gospel. Because honestly he’s already found it for himself. I can’t wait to talk more with him!
Anyway, what else? Our ward just sent off a sister missionary this week. It’s really funny for me to think that she’ll actually probably be returning before I will return from my mission. 
This sunday we also ate with one of the newer members of the ward and he had no idea how to tie his ties! So my companion and I spent a couple minutes tying all his ties and trying to teach him how to tie them for himself. That was kind of fun haha.  
This Week we finally got our shower fixed, so no more flooding the entire apartment when we leave!
Finally, we ate with a sister in our ward who is a linguist, and has done a lot of study on languages in her life and she declared me “A walking miracle” because of my ability to speak the language. And honestly it’s true. It has truly been a miracle how fast I have been learning spanish. Thank you all for your prayers and I hope you are all doing well. Write you next week!
Elder Harris

Need I say more? 
Haha hey everybody. How’s it going? Here in Mexico its the same! It’s kind of crazy but its fun nonetheless!
Jeez, I have absolutely fallen in love with the tacos here. Honestly that’s all I want to eat basically every single day. The tacos in the good ol’ U S of A just dont even come close to the tacos here.
Well, our first meeting with our new investigators fell through, but it’s totally okay! Because Thankfully and by the grace of the lord, we found a new investigator during that time and we were also able to reschedule with our other investigators! Woo! His name Is Esteban and honestly he is such an incredible man I can’t even believe it. He’s 25 and he’s gone through a lot, but honestly I think he’s got it figured out and is completely ready to accept the gospel. Because honestly he’s already found it for himself. I can’t wait to talk more with him!
Anyway, what else? Our ward just sent off a sister missionary this week. It’s really funny for me to think that she’ll actually probably be returning before I will return from my mission. 
This sunday we also ate with one of the newer members of the ward and he had no idea how to tie his ties! So my companion and I spent a couple minutes tying all his ties and trying to teach him how to tie them for himself. That was kind of fun haha.  
This Week we finally got our shower fixed, so no more flooding the entire apartment when we leave!
Finally, we ate with a sister in our ward who is a linguist, and has done a lot of study on languages in her life and she declared me “A walking miracle” because of my ability to speak the language. And honestly it’s true. It has truly been a miracle how fast I have been learning spanish. Thank you all for your prayers and I hope you are all doing well. Write you next week!
Elder Harris
Need I say more? 
Haha hey everybody. How’s it going? Here in Mexico its the same! It’s kind of crazy but its fun nonetheless!
Jeez, I have absolutely fallen in love with the tacos here. Honestly that’s all I want to eat basically every single day. The tacos in the good ol’ U S of A just dont even come close to the tacos here.
Well, our first meeting with our new investigators fell through, but it’s totally okay! Because Thankfully and by the grace of the lord, we found a new investigator during that time and we were also able to reschedule with our other investigators! Woo! His name Is Esteban and honestly he is such an incredible man I can’t even believe it. He’s 25 and he’s gone through a lot, but honestly I think he’s got it figured out and is completely ready to accept the gospel. Because honestly he’s already found it for himself. I can’t wait to talk more with him!
Anyway, what else? Our ward just sent off a sister missionary this week. It’s really funny for me to think that she’ll actually probably be returning before I will return from my mission. 
This sunday we also ate with one of the newer members of the ward and he had no idea how to tie his ties! So my companion and I spent a couple minutes tying all his ties and trying to teach him how to tie them for himself. That was kind of fun haha.  
This Week we finally got our shower fixed, so no more flooding the entire apartment when we leave!
Finally, we ate with a sister in our ward who is a linguist, and has done a lot of study on languages in her life and she declared me “A walking miracle” because of my ability to speak the language. And honestly it’s true. It has truly been a miracle how fast I have been learning spanish. Thank you all for your prayers and I hope you are all doing well. Write you next week!
Elder Harris
Pictures are of me and some random lady in the steet who wasn’t too interested in our message, but she was really interested in the americano speaking espa√Īol in the streets! The other pictures are of the newest convert in the ward and my barber, Pepe. He’s deaf so he cant hear anything in the church but he’s still faithful and returns every week for church. Such a great example for all of us honestly. One of the pictures is his attempt at a selfie! haha. ¬°Que guapo!

¬°Vive America!

Mexico is great and all, but man! I’m a little sad to be missing out on the Fourth of July! It’s all good though!
This week has been interesting, we’ve been busy with some business, I had my first Zone conference and we got ourselves two new investigators. Their names are Daniella and Omar. It’s awesome because honestly in this area the people are really closed off. Every person we talk to its the same, No thank you, I’m catholic. No thank you, I’m Catholic, No thank you, Im Catholic. It’s so frustrating! But we were walking by Omar’s house and I saw that He was triying to put up a little shelter for his dog, and I said to my companion that we ought to help him out and lo and behold, an hour later we had finished dinner with him and his family and they were very interested in our message. Isn’t that great?
This week we also had our first zone conference and I was finally able to meet the mission president! He’s a great guy, I really like him. 
Spanish is really hard, I’m not gonna lie. Some people I can understand almost perfectly, but then some people just have this way of speaking that is just totally not clear! But I am making huge steps forward still. It’s an awesome language and I love having this opportunity to learn it! I still love the people here. The food is incredible!…. Usually. However, I have had to eat one of the worst meals in my entire life here. It was some sort of cauliflower in some sort of soup, I’m honestly not sure what it was but it literally tasted like puke. I marked that house off on my “Do not eat here” list haha.
Anyway! Life is good here in México! I hope everyone is having a great week. I love you all!!
-Elder Harris
PS: ¡Vive México!
Me and my companion with our fresh new haircuts 


 it has been so rainy here! Sometimes the streets are totally flooded and we are treading through 2 feet of water! It’s awesome!

Week 8- ¬°Eres tu!

Howdy everybody! Hope everything is going well at home. Today marks my one week point. I am picking up the language pretty quickly. Very quickly in fact. I finally had a chance to somewhat meet the mission president apart from when he picked me up at the airport and we exchanged names and that was about all the conversation we had. But when he finally talked to me on friday he asked me “So where did you learn your spanish?” And when I told him that it was just the MTC he was very surprised haha. The same whenever we meet with anyone new. Every day we eat with a different member, and every time I tell them that I’m brand new to the mission they are really surprised. That’s honestly the best compliment I could get about my spanish haha. They also tell me I speak really well and without an accent really. What can I say, haha. The Gift of tongues is real.
Anyway, What else? This place is really cool, I love the area I’m in. It’s so different from the states and honestly I feel bad saying ther I’m from there because I know that they know how much more we have there. It’s a truly humbling experience. But the members are so kind! Every month they pass around a calendar and literally every day is filled with a member who is willing to feed us! And It’s always so much food that I can’t believe it. 
Not much happened this week, mostly we’ve been spending time trying to reactivate a lot of the members in the area. We have a ton of inactive members in our area. We have enough members to probably make 2 or 3 wards, but we only have 1 ward of active members. A lot of them have moved, usually what happens is we make an appointment to meet with one of them and I’m pretty sure they always schedule us when they know they won’t be home and they wont have to talk to us.
But it’s all good! My companion and I get along great! He is from Guatamala and doesn’t really speak English, but it’s good. Like I said, my spanish has progressed really quickly. They other day, I made a bet with him that I could greet everyone on the street and have them greet me back. It was going really well, until we reached a couple just totally making out on the street and I thought to myself that I was done for. Well, lo and behold, I greeted them with a “Good afternoon!” and no joke, they stopped kissing for a brief moment to greet me with a good afternoon of their own.
Wow, The people here are always surprisiing me haha. Anyway, I love you all! Things are going well, and I miss y’all but I know this is where I’m supposed to be right now!
Love, Elder Harris
Here’s a picture of how different the houses look. Just look at that one that’s like a castle haha. Isn’t that awesome??


Haha, my hair is getting a little long, I need a haircut! But this is the first time I ate tacos in Mexico! Everyone told me I needed to get a picture haha

‚ÄčAnyway! love you all! have a great week!

Week 1 in the field! -somebody once told me 

Wow. What a strange start. ¬°Buenos d√≠as! This place is absolutely insane and incredible. I am constantly blown away by how different things are here. Before I got here I joked that basically I was going stateside since I figured everything would be pretty similar here, since it was one of the biggest cities in the world. But boy, I could not have been more wrong. This place is so drastically different from the good old USA, especially the area which I am in. It’s called “la torres” which means the pines. It’s a bit far into the mountains and honestly it is so quiet and tranquil here and I love it. 
Well, quiet and tranquil by Mexico City standards. Compared to Pleasant Grove Utah it’s still massive and loud and there are so many people here. But I love it because I just go around and say ¬°Buenos d√≠as! And ¬°Buenos Tardes! and just about every person will respond. What nice people! And sincerely, every meal besides breakfast is provided by a member. Always. The members are always asking if they can feed us. The food is pretty good too. And there is just so much of it! Yesterday we went to a member’s house and they gave me a huge bowl of soup, so I finished it and figured that was it. Well, lo and behold, 2 minutes later she brings out a huge platter with steak, fr√©joles, and rice on it. I was already full. I finished it though, and jeez. I haven’t eaten anything since and I’m still not hungry nearly 24 hours later.
The people here are great. They’re just lovely people and honestly I love it here. Even just walking through dirt streets in parts of town where I’m sure any American would be afraid to walk in it’s just so beautiful. No two houses are alike, and even if they look scary they really aren’t. There are all sorts of people walking around. It almost makes it a little hard to get pictures because I’m trying to not appear like a tourist since I am the only white guy for miles. Which is funny, because literally every one of the women of our members has commented on “How beautiful” I am. I think It’s the blue eyes haha. It’s just a different culture and I love it so much. I am doing well and I’ll be sure to add more pictures next week since I honestly don’t have too many today! I love you all and I hope you are doing well.
-Elder Harris
PS: sorry for any spelling errors, the keyboard here is different and Basically every word comes up as incorrrect in spell check haha!
Sorry! This one is a little blurry because I was trying to take it while walking, but just believe me, it’s beautiful


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I’ve got a couple photo’s with my new district. One of the Hermanas is leaving though, so we took a goofy photo with her.


Week 6- ¬°Estamos Listos!

‚Äč‚ÄčOh wow! What a week this has been. Days seem to be getting shorter and shorter, and it’s starting to just be a blur. It’s a weird feeling honestly, knowing that within the next 48 hours I will be done with my MTC experience. It’s been quite fun honestly but I am definitely done with my time here. As enjoyable as this place is, and as much as it probably is the country club of the mission I am just wishing that I was all done here. Yesterday we had “In-field orientation” which is basically just the MTC’s way of trying to get you acquainted with missionary work, but I feel like our amazing teacher Hermano Erickson did a much better job of teaching that than they could’ve possibly done so It felt like a waste of time. But it’s alright haha. 
Speaking of which, Hermano Erickson. What a champion. That man has taught me more about the mission than I think anyone before my mission or while I’ve been here has. He and another teacher, Hermano Horsley have just been the saving grace of the MTC and I’m not gonna lie, when I had to say goodbye to them on Thursday I had to shed a small, manly tear. Great guys. I’m gonna miss them.
Also my district, seriously what a group of studs. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be here with them and I think that it was definitely orchestrated by someone else because we all went through some crazy circumstances to be here together at this same time. They have honestly very quickly become some of my best friends and I love each and every one of them. I will miss each and every one of them and I wish them the best on their missions.
One last major thing, I had the opportunity to shake the hands of President Uchtdorf and to get a picture taken with him. That was cool! I’m barely peaking over someone else’s shoulder, but it’s all good haha! Anyway, this has been a great week and I am so looking forward to entering the field! Elder Johnson is being transferred to Atlanta Georgia for a little bit, I’m super pumped for Mexico City, but also a little nervous. Odds are, my next companion won’t speak English. Odds are, I won’t be speaking English for a couple years starting on this Monday. What a scary thing to think about haha, but I’m also not worried. The gift of tongues is real and I am learning spanish very quickly and I don’t plan on slowing down. I know that I’ll be fine. I love you all and wish you a great week and a happy fathers day. 
Elder Harris

Week 5- Elder Harris, travel leader 

Big news! I got my travel plans and I am scheduled to leave the MTC for Mexico in 9 days exactly! Even bigger news, I’m the travel leader which is a ton of responsibility, basically I have to get everyone in my group safely to Mexico City. I’ve got a pretty big group comprising a whole one person, that person being myself. So honestly this might be the biggest responsibility that has ever been put onto my shoulders. Not sure how to handle this, but I’ll keep working on my leadership skills.
Those of you that pay a lot of attention to my emails will know that I’m actually supposed to have a companion who is headed to Mexico city too, sadly it seems that he has not obtained a visa so I will indeed be flying out to Mexico City alone. 
Anyway, speaking of flying out I am so ready to get out of this place. Spanish is going awesome for me, yesterday I used the past subjunctive tense in a lesson (almost) correctly, which is a huge step, let me tell you. It’s basically the hardest form of conjugation in Spanish as far as I’m aware, and honestly let me tell y’all how real the gift of tongues is. 
I came in with no knowledge of Spanish, Thursday I was teaching someone in my district who had 3 years of Spanish knowledge along with the same time in the MTC a concept in Spanish that he didn’t understand. El don de lenguas es real. Like seriously it’s all about faith in here. We talk a lot about how you don’t receive blessings until after the trial of your faith. 
‚ÄúDispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith.‚ÄĚ‚ÄĒEther 12:6
This scripture basically sums up my MTC experience. I just want y’all to know that. We are promised many things when we are faithful. For me, I’m promised the gift of tongues. But that doesn’t mean that I can just sit around waiting for the language to come. I have to study, I have to ask for it, and I need to have the faith to open my mouth and know that it will be filled with what I am meant to say, but it is really important that I both prepare and that I have faith and open my mouth. The same goes for everything, be willing to take the first step without knowing that you’re being helped, and you will receive that witness, but not before the trial of your faith.
Anyway, Hope everything is good for everyone! Things here have been good, but I’m excited to leave. Anyway, love you all!!
Elder Harris

All of us posing in our brand new classroom‚Äč

 

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A totally candid shot of me looking over the sunset, appreciating its beauty. ‚Äč

 

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Just another day at the residencies‚Äč

 

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The second picture of us posing. Aren’t we just handsome?‚Äč

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Our new view from our new classroom!‚Äč

 

Week 4- Somos nada. Este es el leccion lo mas importante

Wow! What a week this has been. A lot of crazy things have been going on at the MTC. The zone is starting to go a little crazy, sometimes blatantly disobedient, sometimes it’s just breaking an unwritten rule, and sometimes they do the sorts of things that are probably the reason rules get made in the MTC. 
We started off this week by learning how to break into other rooms on our floor. An elder decided to use nothing more than a notecard, some dental floss, and a vacuum cleaner and managed to break into several rooms. Yeah. I wasn’t sure how that was gonna work either, but the details aren’t important, what is important is that they somehow made it work. However, one time I had to dismantle the vacuum cleaner in order to save them from having to call a custodian… Does that make me an accomplice? I don’t know. It’s not important anyway.
This week we’ve been playing a ton of soccer. Sadly, It’s been discovered that I am the best goalkeeper, so I doubt they’ll let me play anything else any time soon. I still love that we get to play every day though!
The new building for the MTC is finally finished! I’m super excited to move in there! Seriously, the classrooms are so dull and sad I totally understand why people hate it here. In the words of one of my teachers, Hermano Horsley “Just because Joseph Smith had some of his most powerful spiritual moments in Carthage jail doesn’t mean we should design classrooms like it” As a district we got our pictures taken there and they are possibly going to be used in the website or in the presentation to the quorum of the twelve, so that’s awesome! We also got a private tour of the building so we are some of the very very few missionaries that have seen the inside! It is such a beautiful building you just wouldn’t believe it. It’s full of these incredible backlit murals and some of the most incredible design I’ve seen in a classroom. We have a beautiful view of Provo from our new class which is on the 5th floor. I’m so excited!!
We held a graduation ceremony for our youngest elder in our zone, Elder Dunshee. He graduated early and came on a mission, and last night would’ve been his graduation, so we gave him the ceremony he deserved.
Anyway, I’m so grateful for all your letters! I love you all! The spanish is going so incredibly well you wouldn’t believe it. Thank you for your prayers and thoughts! 
Elder Harris

Myself and the man of the hour, Elder Dunshee. The only graduating member of the class of 2017 on our floor. What a guy!Part of the celebration 


My Favorite Mural in the new building! Moses parting the red sea, what a beautiful picture! (Sorry if the format is a little weird, it’s a panorama photo)


If you’re wondering who the best models in the MTC are then look no further. 


During our tour of the new building we had to snap ourselves a bathroom selfie. I think I look pretty good

Week 3- ¬°Solamente Espa√Īol!

Howdy Everyone! All is muy bien at the CCM. My spanish is really starting to take off here. I’m still far from fluent but I am definitely learning quickly. I was the only person in my district with absolutely no experience with Spanish, and yet people are starting to ask me grammar questions. However, going to the Mexican Consulate was a truly humbling experience as I thought “Yeah, I can do all this in Espa√Īol” until the lady behind the desk started rapid firing questions to me in full speed spanish. I got “How are you doing” one second and in the next second she had already asked me where I was going in Mexico and what my business there was, and some other words that I assume were less important in between those ones. Thankfully, she gave me the stamp of approval and I should be able to enter the country when the time comes.
An interesting experience I had there was that I did try to talk to people a little bit as they were coming inside until I was speaking to one Hispanic guy and came to realize that he actually didn’t speak any Spanish. That kind of made me feel dumb.
It’s been a good week though, it has just flown by. On Tuesday we had Elder Renlund come and speak to us and we actually got the opportunity to shake his hand and that was pretty cool. We had our first “real’ investigator this week and as usual I spoke the entire time because my companion has yet to apply himself to learning the language. It is honestly very frustrating to see him over there doodling when he should be studying the language. It was still an awesome experience though, she’s actually from Mexico and she is the nicest lady I have ever met. I know not everyone down there is like that, but gosh I gotta love her and she makes me so excited to get to Mexico!
We got a new companion this week and wow was that an adjustment. Just as Elder Wilson and I had started to get along we got a new companion, Elder Johnson. He has not been the easiest person to get along with. He has plenty of complaints and he has plenty to say about what everyone is doing wrong. We had to have a talk with him about that, and since then it has been a little better. But it is still an adjustment.
Anyway! Things around here don’t change all that much. It’s mostly just studying and destroying the new elders and sisters in kickball. That’s always a blast! So yeah, hope everyone is doing well, I know I am. Love you all!
Elder Harris


Elder Wilson, myself, and elder Johnson at the temple
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My selfie game is slowly but surely improving, I have still yet to learn how to smile though

This is me and Elder Burnett. He is seriously one of the funniest guys I’ve ever met. I love this kid. He’s gonna be awesome