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 español. 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 México 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!

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6 thoughts on “Hey there y’all. I suppose youre probably worried about me

  1. There is no shame in going home. Make sure your health is top notch, and the rest will follow. You are loved and respected at home, never forget that!

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  2. You can certainly be assured that you are in our prayers right now. Grandpa remembered when he was sent to Australia on his mission. He said he remembered thinking to himself “what the heck am I doing 8,000 miles away from home!” But, of course, you and everyone else knows how much grandpa loves Australia. It’s like his “second home”. In fact he just got back from a trip there to re-baptize a lady he baptized 57 years ago. The whole Wellard Family are still like family to us. It’s neat to keep up with loved ones from your mission. Well, like I said before, we will continue to pray you can get help with your depression. It’s for sure the dark side doesn’t want good men like you trying to help God’s children find the Light of the Gospel. But we’re grateful that you have been such a positive influence on those you have come in contact with since you arrived. Good job, Matthais! We love you and trust in the Lord to keep you in His loving arms. With love and hugs, Grandma and Grandpa Harris.

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  3. Matthias- We love you, and want the best for you. And you are right, the Lord will decide what that means for you. So,continue to trust Him and His timing for you! In the mean time, get out there and serve your little heart out 😉
    Aunt Shannon.

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  4. We have all dealt with depression in our lives. I have felt it personally and understand that there is no way to explain how it comes, but know that it is real. The beauty is when we continue in faith drawing strength from the Lord, and then that precious moment comes where we feel His presence and love. I don’t pray for those experiences, but am grateful for the times in my life that I have felt His presence. Sounds like you have the right attitude and faith in the only one that can help you. Keep the faith Elder Matthais and I am confident that He will stay by your side and carry you when you don’t have the strength to stand on your own!

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  5. Pres Hinkley was such a wise Prophet. “The best antidote I know for worry is work. The best medicine for despair is service. Why are missionaries happy? Because they lose themselves in the service of others. I testify that as each of you reach out to help others, you will find your true selves and bless greatly the world in which you live. For many years there was a sign on the wall of a shoe repair shop I patronized. It read, “I complained because I had no shoes until I saw a man who had no feet.” The most effective medicine for the sickness of self-pity is to lose ourselves in the service of others”.
    None of these thoughts are to downplay what you have experienced and are now experiencing. Brain chemistry is complicated and it can require you to seek professional help. Service to others can make it tolerable or improve the condition of depression, and for some it is a cure. Regardless, Elder Harris, you were sent on a Mission to preach, teach, and baptize. I pray that you can do as much as you are able, during the entire time you are there.
    U. Delton

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