Sunday, June 30, 2013

Elder Hickenlooper and Elder Harris

Hey mom! Sorry its taken me so long to get back to you. Yesterday was technically my "P-Day" but it was so busy that we didn't have time to email! Yes I made it safely and I'm loving it here! My companions name is Elder Hickenlooper... Its probably one of the funniest names I have ever heard but I love the guy to death already! We have a lot of the same experiences from the past and he's only been out about 7 months. He played soccer for ODP (not sure what it stands for). It is for like soccer stars. He even played with Zach Cowan! He lives right next to Lagoon. Its hot and dry here but the area is beautiful and the people are great! I'm living in the nicest apartment I've ever been inside and the area is a little sketchy... I can't wear red without worrying about being shot or beat up... Good thing I've got a lot of ties! I really can't talk for long. We have an appointment so I need to go. Tell dad I will email him back. Tell the family I love them! I love you mom!
- Elder Harris

Elder Harris with President and Sister Killpack

Missionaries Entering the Tucson Arizona Mission June 24, 2013

Monday, June 24, 2013


TERRIFIC DAY!!  The day started off with a wonderful phone call from Elder Harris.  We were able to talk to him for about 20 minutes.  He was in the Salt Lake Airport waiting to board his plane to Arizona.  He was happy and upbeat.  He said the MTC was mentally exhausting but well worth the effort.  He was excited to enter the 'real' mission field. We were also able to speak with his companion for a couple of minutes.  Elder Price is from the Salam/Payson area of Utah.  He said The Elder Harris is a great companion who really helped him feel the Spirit. He said Elder Harris was ver kind, helpful and out going.

We also got a hand written letter from Kyle that was beautiful!  He loved the MTC.  He said his district got along very well.  He was anticipating the World Wide Broadcast about missionary work and was super excited he would get to attend.  He was able to give his first blessing to Elder Davidson and the Spirit there was AMAZING!!  

Later this morning we a heart warming phone call from Kyle's MTC teacher, Nate Ferguson.  He said the Elder Harris was the best missionary he had ever taught.  He said Elder Harris was so humble and filled with the spirit.  He said he understood the purpose of missionary work and was more prepared than another missionary he had ever worked with.  He had the knowledge and understanding of the gospel of missionary who had been in the field for 18 months. The phone call was very touching and comforting. 

We look forward to hearing from Elder Harris in the next day or two.  We will post his address and hopefully some pictures. 

Monday, June 17, 2013

Letter June 17, 2013

Hey everyone! Things here are so great! I love my companions and the work couldn't be going any better! There are 12 people in District 24-B. Elder Harris, Elder Price, Elder Davidson, Elder Alder, Elder Parkinson, and Elder stokes are the Elders. And Sister Redd, Sister Morgan, Sister Bennion, Sister Chandler, Sister Dyches, and Sister Holmoe are the sisters. My companion is Elder Price. He just graduated from high school this year so he is a youngin, but I love him to death! His testimony is so strong and he is finally coming out of his shell and opening up to everyone!

A lot has happened in the 5 days that I've been here. It seems like I've been in here forever but I've only been here for 5 days counting today. But good news! I board Delta Air Lines Flight number 4769 next Monday morning at 5:30! I'm not extremely happy about the time cause that means only like 4 hours of sleep for the whole next day but I'm super excited to get out into the field. Elder Price and I have been asked to be Zone Leaders. It is actually really simple and we get to know all of the Elders really well. We hug all the Elders in our district and are examples in everything that we do. It is such a good learning experience.

I've been studying a lot more than I ever have before. We have about 3 hours a day of person and companion study. Studying with a purpose is so much more useful and important than just reading the scriptures cause I have to. I read D&C 4:4, "For behold the field is white already to harvest; and lo, he that thrusteth in his sickle with his might, the same layeth up in store that he perisheth not, but bringeth salvation to his soul;" If you think of the scriptures as your sickle, it puts an entirely new direction to studying! You cant just read the scriptures and expect to get something out of it, you have to go into it with a question or seeking spiritual guidance. And I have been doing just that. Also as a district of Elders, we are studying all of Alma and trying to get through the whole thing before we go home. I'm on Alma 9 out of like 40 or 60 or something. But I have gotten more out of those 9 chapters than I have out of all the other studying I have done on my own before.

 My purpose as a missionary is to "Invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through Faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, Repentance, Baptism, Receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end." We have had to memorize this as well as the words spoken by Joseph Smith describing the First Vision. We have already taught a brother named Henphey Magee. He is just our teacher pretending to be an investigator but it is simply amazing how well role playing works! I have learned how to recognize the Spirit and how to help others feel that Spirit too! The hardest part is planning for what he needs next. Most of the time that we go in with a plan, we don't teach what we prepared, but the lesson we taught turns out to be ten times better than the lesson we prepared because it fits him better. We are taught to "Teach people, not lessons." In other words, we don't just go in there and every lesson onto the table, but we teach what the person needs to hear. And we know what that person needs by following the Spirit.

You hear that the mission is hard and everyone is always tired. And its true! But its not physically hard at all. It is mentally tiring! There is a section in D&C where Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon had a vision and afterwards, Sidney fell on his bed exhausted. Joseph said that it was because the Spirit is very mentally tiring and its so hard to stay awake in my meetings. The food here isn't too bad but we eat dinner at 4 every day so when we go to bed, we are all starving! But we don't have microwaves or fridges so don't worry about sending me anything! If you would like to send me a photo album before next Monday, I would love to show you off to my district!

I really miss home and I really miss you guys. I pray for you every night and I can't wait to come home again in 2 years!

 I miss you all so much. I know that you support me and love me. If there is anything that I can help you with or if someone needs prayers, let me know and I will ask my district to pray for them as well. I love you so much and can't wait to here from you!

Much Love,
~Elder Harris

MTC Bound

Last Visits for a While

Come say goodbye :)

Kyle Gets His Call

Saturday, June 8, 2013

My MTC Address

This will be one of my only posts that I put on here myself!
My address for the MTC is:

Elder Kyle William Harris
2011 N 900 E Unit 250
Provo UT 84602

I will talk to my mission president about whether I can give out my mission email address. Until then, please write to that address! Thank you :)
~Elder Kyle William Harris
Tucson, AZ Mission