Monday, August 25, 2014

Love from the Love Bug!!!!

Another weeek goone... whaaaaa

well, hey again! another solid week! I have basically no time to email this week, so I'm sorry about that ahead of time! this week we were able to see our progressing investigators quite a bit, and it's possible that we could have anywhere from 0 to 4 baptisms this saturday! please pray for michael, anthea, alex, and ariel! We spent a lot of time doing service, which is great, but sometimes it takes too much time out of proselyting. I ate loads of chinese food, like 4 nights this week, Elder Pogue is doing great, my foot is healed, we found some new people, church was brilliant, I still love Loughborough! 

that's about all I've got time for. haha I'm sorry! but please know that I'm happy. It's starting to hit me that there's an end to this mission thing, and I hate that! I can't imagine doing anything else. I feel like I've been doing this my whole life and whatever happened before my mission was just a dream! I know without a doubt that the book of mormon is true, and because of this knowledge, the hundreds of re promised blessings contained inside are also true. My favorite part of the gospel is the hope it brings. Incredible hope that is impossible to describe. I have felt it, and I hope you are feeling it! love you so much! 

P.S. my chinese name is 谢顶龙 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Dear Sons...THIS is the right answer....

I didn't know I loved Jim Carey SOOOO Much....

You are so gonna LOVE this....


It's been when these pics of Andy popped up on Facebook I thought you'd like to see! Also...remember LAD? He's got a wifey and baby now in NYC!

Sam update 28 July 2104

This week we saw some incredible ups and downs. 

We'll start with the bad news. This week we made it a goal to literally talk to every person we saw, and this resulted in us getting kicked out of the university. We had been street contacting the professors on campus, and one of them complained, and on thursday as we were teaching one of our investigators, the security came to us and told us that we can't come on campus anymore. the only way we'll be able to come onto campus is if 1. we take our badges off 2. we don't street contact anyone. 3. if we do teach someone, inside their home, because we can't on the street or in the public buildings, then we can't invite them to join the church. We've found some cool loop holes that I'll explain later on in the email.  Basically we spend 90% of our time at the Uni, so us not being able to go there to find new people to teach leaves us with almost nothing to do. we have no idea how we're going to continue, but we know that heavenly father is preparing his children everywhere. 

despite that disappointing event, we were able to add 10 new investigators to our teaching pool, and we are really exited about most of the people that we have been able to find, and things are looking great for the month of August! this transfer has really flown by.. kind of unreal that this transfer is coming to an end as well. 

So, we were speaking with Barry and David, who spend every day with us, and they were saying that we can't invite people to join the church, but they, as students, can. they've been coming to every teaching appointment we have on campus, and they've been extending the invitation to be baptized! yesterday Elder Costigan and I were able to teach 2 chinese students who have only been in the country for 3 weeks, and have poor english. after we finished teaching the plan of salvation, one of the investigators, Yang, asked Barry and David a question. They continued to speak in chinese for probably around 15 minutes straight. As Barry and David were testifying to these new investigators, the spirit filled the room like crazy. Even though they were speaking in a language that makes absolutely no sense to me, there were times while they were talking that I just felt the spirit so strongly. After we were finished with the lesson, Barry and David started talking again in chinese together as we were walking home. They turned to us and said, "We know why you elders and sisters decide to serve missions, for the first time, we have felt as ammon did when he was teaching King Lamoni, Yang asked us questions that we didn't know we knew the answer to, but as we started to speak we remembered things from the Book of Mormon that we had read, and other videos you have showed us that we remember, and we were able to speak about these things to help him understand better. We can much better understand what it is like to feel the spirit, and what it is like to teach with the spirit." these are our recent converts of under 2 months. the gospel is true! The gift of the holy ghost IS the sweetest and most powerful gift god has given us. I actually cannot explain the joy I've felt seeing our recent converts love the gospel so much. I almost feel like a father watching his son, that might sound weird and prideful, but I am so proud of them! 

We were able to have 7 investigators attend church which was a miracle. They all loved it and they all said they will come next week as well. 

After church yesterday Brother and Sister Kear, who came to our home, had our recent converts over for a meal and it was wonderful. After, Brother Kear shared a great spiritual thought on the Book of Mormon and it was wonderful for them to feel the spirit in the comfort of a members home. 

I love you all so much! please continue to keep me and all of the missionaries around the world in your prayers. There is no better work! obedience = prospering.  AFTER you have reached the promised land ye shall know that I the lord god do visit my people in their time of affliction. or something like that :) take care! 

Elder Sam Harris. 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

July 21 -27th, 2014

FIRST OFF...THANK YOU for all the pics you sent me this week Michael and Josh!!! THANK YOU!
Seeing your smiles is just as needed a comfort as hearing them on the phone. I wait for every little life detail. It's a mom thing, pretty sure.

Remember my friend Catherine from High School? Her oldest son left last week for college. She is only week one into experiencing the big black hole. I am thinking someone needs to create some effective therapy for this time in a Mother's life. At least group therapy. Ummm...maybe that will be ME! Sadly, 5 times done and I've got NUTHIN' to comfort. Just...they DO come home...sometimes....

I am so grateful for ALL the days I get to be here in your love. For the eternities I get to be in your love. Whether you are in this home or not. Your physical presence left a black hole, but your spirits dance around me as I open the pantry door and see your growth marks, as I see you on the picture board, as I  pretend you are just out on the tramp.

I am so grateful for all the opportunities I create and those that are provided for me. I am most especially grateful for every person on my path. YOU my chickadees...YOU!!!! I am spell bound by the concept that everyone is a mirror of myself. As I have held this idea close to my heart and at the front of my mind this week, I have been tutored. I hope its a true principle, because I am surrounded by love, and everyone seeking to better love...and THAT is WHO I want to be. Try it. Take ONE day and look at whoever you come in contact with and say to yourself...this person is a mirror of do I show up like this? And then...there is this companion thought: each person is your Savior or Crucifier depending on what you are to them. Magnified selves ahead!!!!

Spent my last few days with Paulo Coehlo. Again. Read The Pilgrimage sometime. Like I needed to write that last sentence:)

WHO IS THIS  brilliant Creator/God that arranged it so I can learn at the feet of the masters even though physically I will never stand in their knowing? I sooooo came to earth to be here in this age of IPOD. One of my personal favorite LOVE NATALIE SO MUCH MIRACLES. And yes, I believe it was invented JUST FOR ME...maybe I WAS screaming those last two caps :) I learned this week that there is this common "knowing" in texting that all caps is yelling. So...I wasn't informed. ALL CAPS means great emphasis in my writing here, in texts, anywhere...I didn't know people thought I was screaming. So NOT a screamer. I will from here on out try to remember and incorporate the unwritten rules.

I also learned this week that certain people have been "put off" by my voice mail asking them NOT to leave a voice mail because I'm terrible at listening to them. I am pretty new at this boundary thing. I'm not going to justify my overwhelmed feelings when I have 20 plus voice mails to listen to at the end of the day. I am also learning that justifying to others is completely powerless. I'm just going to stay with my truth...see if I can figure out how to listen to the message I left, and then see if I can figure out how to re-record in my nicest, most authenticself, a message that will still keep my boundary while presenting it in a non off putting way. I don't want to be off putting.

I didn't set my phone alarm (a tech skill I DO possess) for my arm exercises 5 times a day this week.  I let it slip quite a bit this week and I can feel the difference. Another life reminder to do what you need to do in assisting yourself in getting the important things in. Still freaking in love with my left arm. And my right. And ALL the body parts.

I leave for Italy Thursday. Then to Switzerland...then to England. My appts in Milan fell through once they realized Do Terra was MLM. I can't wipe the smile off my face!!! I will be in Milan with NO AGENDA. NONE. Just me. ALONE. With thousands of years of history, and the people who are the product of that history. It feels like I'm going on a personal honeymoon! I feel like I am about to take a trip that has been planned for me my whole life and I am finally on my way. I have no idea what lies ahead...but its something important. My eyes and arms and heart are open wide. While in Italy I get to see the painting  of the Savior, The Last Supper. I will ride the red tour bus. I will ask a local what she likes to do there and do it. I will eat...I will eat MANY lovely lovely things. I actually think I can leave with happy abandon my insecurities and frustration over my weight...I'm going to leave that right here on the front steps.How awesome would it be if I could leave it there forever, not just for the trip?

In Switzerland I will be HERE xxooxx

Paracelsus Clinica al Ronc 

 Strada Cantonale 158, 6540 Castaneda 

Thank you to Robyn Peay who gave me the opportunity at a price NO ONE could turn down, and who will meet me there...I will participate in a 10 day liver cleanse...I will also be cut off from the world...for 10 days...Just me and the Gods and the Dr.s. I have my journal, my Saucony's, my IPOD, my ready to be cleansed liver, my excited heart. I'll be taking you with me too. Tucked deep inside. to England where I will NOT see Sam...but I will so be holding him inside. I think Becky will hit GOLD this month making her a FOUNDER in England. I work with incredible people. My life is one non stop miracle.

I love you. Please tell me your miracles. Sam is having some stellar ones. I know the rest of you are as well. I believe LOVE creates miracles. Splash it all over. Sammers...scroll past your last weeks message...I didn't get it posted till after I had put in 2 other posts...and you are so gonna want to see Madeline's baby :)



I really like this guy. Try all the Ram exercises!!! Today walking slowly for 20 minutes was ....well...INCREDIBLY SELF AWAKENING...I have a 1000 thoughts...about 40 of them were noteworthy to self. I am wondering if I want to walk the road---even though in most ways I already am.