Tuesday, October 21, 2014

What a week!!!!

 Sam feeling the HAPPY of his work!!!!!

 Morning walk with the Sis in Law's on the gorgeous BOISE RIVER TRAIL xxooxx
 THE WEDDING! Tyler and Stacy officially Mr and Mrs EVANS!!!!!
 Pictures tell all...PERFECT DAY!!!!!!

 Does Mike look like his Daddy or what?????
 This is Willis' pic of them announcing that they are expecting BABY #2!!!
 AND THIS....THIS MAKES ME SOOOOOOO HAPPY! The Bammer getting to hit some balls!
I spent the week in Seattle with Josh doing Do Terra and Michael joining us for awesome food, We all know I love to eat...but eating in Seattle/Bellevue is decadent....I highly suggest the shrimp and grits at the OLD TAVERN...yum....

We all few into Boise together while Dad Meg and Spencer drove from Utah and met us there. It was one of the most fun family visits with family that we've ever had. Just so relaxed and lots of football, visiting and getting ready together for Stacy's big day.  I got to hold Charolette and Paxton for the first time. xxooxx The family wrapped us up in their love and sent us off HAPPY HARRIS'.

The wedding was simply perfect. Stacy had everything planned and prepared to the "T".

Josh came back with me to train. Michael came back to fetch his motorcycle. Megan had to leave early to fly to Dallas for meetings this week.

The weather has been unseasonably WARM and so sunny and nice! It just screams for all of us to STOP working and go play in her mountains and roll in the leaves!!!! And eat pumpkin bread and drink fresh apple cider :)

We missed you SAM! As always, we missed you. This counter offer in my head ticks another day off each morning as I wake...140 days...what will each of us DO with our 140?? Spread love. Create love. Preach love. May our lives leave no questions to others looking in as to what we are about.

I LOVED what a friend of mine shared with me this week. This friend is from Georgia and organized and then participated in a church sponsored weekend they called EMMAUS.

" I am surprised at how much worth the right set of people can generate when they combine their energies....one of the main take aways...  I CAN LEAD...and LEAD WELL...When I put appropriate time and energy into something. God works through PEOPLE...and this time, he works thru me. The realization: I CAN BE SO MUCH MORE THAN I AM."

It stuck a chord in me. It continues to give me great pause as to WHO and WHAT I combine my energies. This week I am choosing what things I am putting down in order to be able to give the "appropriate" time and energy to the people I WANT to combine energies with so that the heavens can work through ME.    I CAN BE SO MUCH MORE THAN I AM.  I am surprised at how hard it is to take STUFF off my plate even when I WANT to....

Who have YOU been reading, loving, experiencing your lives with my Chickadees? Tell me about YOUR energy combining...and your HAPPINESS.


Monday, October 13, 2014

Scooter Nelson and Annaka Gallagher engaged

Do you know her Sam? Was he dating her before his mission?

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Pics I thought you wouldn't want to miss

 Miss Drewser....still reigning queen in the soccer world.
 Can you believe how adorable and how BIG Addison and Paxton are ?

 Especially for Sammers...a few women you have loved in this pic....think the cats are hysperical!
ELDER Cooper represents.....

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Love from SAM October 2014

Good morning family!

This week was brilliant!

On Monday, we once again, spent all day in the office preparing for mission leadership council, and printing out the key indicators for the mission, as well as finalizaing the monthly report for convert baptisms that gets sent to the church headquarters. 

On Tuesday, Mission Leadership Council was great. I always enjoy seeing my good friends from the mission, each of my companions still on the mission were at the meeting. It was great to see Elder's Debeikes, Costigan, Pogue, and Unice.  After MLC I got to go back to COVENTRY! It was probably in my top 3 favorite exchanges of my mission so far.  First, we went and visited Sam and Sarah Bowles, and then, we got to go and visit Gifty! she is soooo sweet. I walked into the door, and she was expecting the missionaries that are currently there. When she realized it was me her face just lit up it was a priceless moment.  "HHHAAARRRRIIISSS!!!!!!" Sam and Sarah also made us breakfast, and then we went street contacting at the university there for a few hours, in the pouring rain. after an hour and half of being completely soaked, I was basically numb in most of my body so the pain was gone and we had more energy to keep going until we had to exchange back :) as much as it is cold and wet, while talking to these random strangers, every so often I realize how much I love being a missionary, and how much I will miss this when it's over. 

Wednesday we did a lot of finding actually which was a great change of pace from being in the office. 

On thursday we had zone meeting, and then sue's baptism interview. Sue will be baptised in about 5 hours, we're really looking forward to it, and so is she! we'll send pictures next week.  On Thursday we had an opportunity to teach in a members home. As we were waiting for an investigator to come to the appointment, we decided to street contact an old woman. Her name is Trish and she's a miracle. She is SO SWEET. She's extremely roman catholic. As we had the first lesson with her yesterday, she said before we said anything, "I'm not ever going to be a mormon." As we talked about the restoration, and especially the great apostacy, everything made sense to her, and by the end of the lesson she was so excited to read the book of mormon, to find out if god really does call prophets today.  It was a testimony to me that god puts people in our paths that are looking for the truth, even if we only have 3 mintues of finding time. 

Oh yeah, I was sick all week as well, every morning I woke up and felt like I couldn't move, but every day I was able to make it just to the end with strength sufficient to finish out the day before I would fall asleep regardless of what we were doing. I'm feeling much better now and have been using OnGuard on my chest and throat, I think it's helped heaps! 

After were finished emailing, we're going to pipe-hayes golf course to play 9!! woo! I'm stoked, even if I shoot in the 50's, it's going to be a blast to go out there and play. the deal is, 10 pounds for unlimited golf after 2, and because it's pretty cold and windy, I reckon hardly anyone is there! so, we might even get more than 9 holes in :) 

Know that each of you are in my prayers and I'm excited each time I hear from you. I'm glad that you're all happy, and I pray that you will be able to achieve the righteous desires of your hearts! 

Love and miss you!

Elder Samuel Harris. 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Sam Home in 150 days from tomorrow....

But WHO is counting, really? I mean....its not like it has already been a freaking 19 MONTHS!!!!!

 Can you believe how BIG they have gotten???And just TOO adorable!

 Megs busy working at her task masking office!!! I love the action shot below!
 MICHAEL CAME HOME!!! and then he left...he is already back in Seattle and already found an apartment. He will meet us in Boise for cousin Stacey's wedding :) Yeppers...still as beautiful as ever...and MEGS? Well...she be datin' a BOY Sammers...FOR REAL!!! So...write her privately and see what she will tell you!!!!
I talked to Kincade this week...he is ready to have all you brethren home :) He sends his love. I'm excited because Tanner will be home in just a few weeks...FINALLY!!!! Spencer spent the night with me last night and had Cole over so the longed for FRIEND christening has begun! I'm going to Seattle Monday to build Do Terra with JOSH...TRUE STORY!!! Yes, I AM THRILLED! He had a fun birthday the Therese planned for him. He got a blendtec blender to make his smoothies with...atta boy!!!

I've been working like crazy...no surprise to you. Meeting so many incredible people...working on creating more time for just VISITING and not so much work. Preston and Drew are here for the weekend because Drewser had a soccer game in Sandy tonight and one in Mapleton tomorrow. YOU KNOW THAT MAKES ME HAPPY. Aunt Jer had to stay in Logan for Laikyn's games.

I am in the middle of a fascinating book by Dr. Joe Dispenza entitled BREAKING THE HABIT OF BEING YOURSELF...how to Lose your MIND and Create a New One....yep...another on Momma's please read list. Our bodies...and especially our brain is beyond fascinating. So so so know that we came here to grow up ourselves in HAPPINESS.

Love that about you children....you are all stellar at choosing happiness. SOOOO..,.lets CHOOSE LOTS of it this week!

Da Momma  xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxooooooooooooooooooooooxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Octoburrrrrrr! (from Sam)

it's getting cold :( but on a postive note, just about everything else went perfectly this week! 

All day Monday, we were in the office working on the stake presidency report for the 8 stakes that our mission covers in the E.B.M, gathering and organizing convert baptism records throughout the year of 2014. It was interesting and I'm learning a lot about using excel spreadsheets and PowerPoint, so hey,  maybe I won't need to take another computer tech class when I get back. 

Tuesday we did some more office work, and finally got out to proselyte at around 4 P.M to do some finding. Wylde Green is definitely a different proselyting area when it comes to finding and teaching. The people are mostly willing to have good conversations about the gospel, but hardly anyone is willing to have a return appointment, however, we met and taught the sweetest lady from Jamaica, named Sonya. She's been in the U.K. for 30 years, we met her at around 5, and she said to come back at 8 to teach her. we found a member and then shared with her the restoration. She is amazing! so sweet, and so nice! she's given us food, which is a good sign haha and we've taught her 3 times now. she's committed to come to general conference and to be baptised on the 1st of November! we'll keep you posted. Another one of those ladies who makes you feel like you're at home away from home.  

Wednesday we saw some more sweet miracles! I told you briefly about steven last week, who's going to rehab, well we contacted his wife, Susan this week. We got to the door and immediately said she wasn't interested, so we just asked her how steve was doing in rehab, and talked to her about her life, getting to know her. one thing lead to another and she eventually said, "All I really want in this life is to know that I'll be able to be with my family again," We taught her very briefly the plan of salvation, and she asked us for a Book of Mormon. We are so looking forward to teaching her in the future, on wednesday we also received a new investigator, Francis. A couple of weeks ago in Wylde Green, apparently there was a Hungarian Aunt and Nephew that came to church because they looked up online and were curious. they left before the missionaries had a chance to ask for their details, so at that point it was a pretty big missed opportunity. However, we were street contacting on wednesday, and Elder HIgham without saying anything just bolted off on his bike with a big smile on his face, and then stopped this hungarian person who he knew, I was so confused at the time, but to make another long story short, he's now one of our solid investigators as well, and we've taught him a few times. 

Sue, our most progressing investigator is doing excellent. She started a study journal for when she reads the Book of Mormon, she's doing family history once a week, she's attending church every week, and she's really looking forward to her baptism that will be a week from today. We're excited for her! she is going to love being a member of the church. 

I felt so lucky this week to be able to go on ANOTHER exchange with Elder Debeikes, who's one of my best friends. He's serving as a zone leader in Nottingham, so we got to spend the day together on friday. It was good to catch up and have fun together again.

We will be going to general conference in 2 hours, and I'm so excited! this is the super bowl for missionaries, minus the 5 layer-bean dip, chicken wings, and other endless food, funny commercials, couches, and all that jazz, you wouldn't believe it but I actually prefer general conference now! in a room that's probably too hot and crowded, and uncomfortable, there is nothing better than hearing from the general authorities of our church!