Saturday, December 9, 2017

Christmas and Hosts! (12/5/17)

Hey everyone this week has been so fast! It's really starting to look a lot like Christmas here. Mostly because of how much it snowed yesterday.... Though the members are getting really pumped up for Christmas here. I've already helped put up 3 different Christmas trees! It's really great to see that no matter where you go that the Christmas spirit is alive! It's really a special gift we have been given to be able to celebrate Christ's birth in such an amazing way. I have been really glad to see how well people are reacting to the light the world videos, it really brings a lot of happiness to everyone who is a part of it. Truly happiness comes from forgetting oneself and working to help another!

This week a ton has happened (as you can expect from it being longer than a week X) ) and a new month is here! I've been on three splits this week which has been really fun. Weirdly enough though, on one of the splits we were called by an investigator to help him move and made an appointment with him. Though he never showed up for us to help him with the appointment he made. We also haven't heard from him since...really makes me wonder if he's alright or not. We also were able to talk with an amazing member family that day as well which made the day amazing.

My companion and I are also working really hard to clean up our area book and we found an awesome high school kid and his family from it.  They have an awesome name too which means ash field. We also had a ping pong tournament which was really fun! Although it wasn't quite the turnout we were hoping it still went fairly well. From there we went to help a member put up their Christmas tree and had a great time with them.

We also found quite a few interesting people as we were finding (although it really is inevitable that you find weird people as a missionary). We found this one really sweet catholic grandma who really wants to learn English for some reason. We also found out that on her husband's side of the family everyone is Mormon! It was really bizarre especially since missionaries have never contacted her before!

We also found a host that night. If you are wondering what a host is imagine a girls bar. Now instead of girls it's guys so basically its a boys bar. He is a really cool person though and has stopped working as a host.  We also talked with another member family and it turns out the Husband is a total Star Wars nerd! He even had some small figurines, which is how we found out. In all it has been a really awesome and interesting week!

I hope you are all enjoying the Christmas season and can always feel the love of your family, friends, and those around you! I love you guys!


Elder Harvey

Pink Stew, deer burgers and other delicious food! (11/27/17)

Hello Everyone I hope you are all doing fantastic this Thanksgiving season! We have had a great time this week with our White Thanksgiving! I never thought I would even dream of a white Thanksgiving let alone experience one. Although that doesn't mean I'm not happy to have winter come under way. Anyways, This week has passed by in a blink of an eye. This week consisted a lot of being at the church though. We started off the week with a thanksgiving feast as a district! We had a lot of great food like stuffed mushrooms, Chicken (no turkey X/ ) and the like.

This week I also had splits with Elder Burton again! He is an awesome missionary. We also had a thanksgiving lunch made for us by our amazing new convert Sister Yui! Her husband made us deer burgers with homemade buns, salsa, and smoked cheese! It was delicious! She also made us clam chowder which was a special bonus for me! Also we had an activity with the young men which went really well! The power of Gatorade attracted 4 potential investigators which was amazing! I also made home made French fries which were a hit as well!

We also had a lesson with an investigator family which went really well. They made for us a pink stew. We had heard about it the last lesson we had with them and all week were able to make contact with them through guessing what was in it that made it pink. (Not strawberry syrup.) It was actually squid and shrimp that made it pink. It was really good! In all a lot has happened, snow is here and I'm really excited to be doing a lot of snow shoveling again. :) 

By the way this week is temple Pday so I won't be emailing till Wednesday!

I love you all and am thankful for all of your guys' support! 
Elder Harvey

A short video explaining what raining cat's and dogs means. I learned from this that I can't English anymore. I have completely gone engrish mode.  (Also serves as a public service announcement forth English class the missionaries teach.)


Picture Dendo! (11/20/17)

Hey everyone! I hope all of your guys' weeks have been great! It's crazy to think that Thanksgiving is this week! I hope you all have a great time celebrating this year with your families or friends! Today we had a Thanksgiving district party which was really fun! No turkey but plenty of other delicious Thanksgiving food! I hope all of us can see the things we are thankful for more in our lives as we approach Thanksgiving!

This week has been a lot of trying to find new investigators. We started trying to do some new contacts since we have Line (kind of like Skype but a bit cooler and more hi-tech). We have been going around and talking to as many people as we possibly can and trying to hand out as many Books of Mormon as we can. Recently we have also been taking photos with all the people we contact! Everyone that we talk to has been super awesome people! We have been trying to contact a lot of High schoolers and College people recently. We have met some pretty awesome people that we hope will become strong investigators.

We had an interesting experience this week as well too. This last Thursday right after we got finished with splits with the AP's My companion and I forgot our keys. Our keys were with the other Elders by accident so we were locked out of our apartment. So we decided to head out once more and try to find some people. There is a card shop that is attached to our apartment so my companion and I decided to see if we could find anyone there. We somehow accidentally got into a conversation with someone that knew the missionaries because he has been streeted a bunch of times but has always rejected the missionaries. However this time he listened to our message, gave us his line, and we decided that we should go out to dinner sometime together. It was quite a miracle that we were locked out of our apartment, though we were late getting back X3 Anyways I hope you all have a great week and feel a spirit of love as you search out and find things you are thankful for! I know that as you look for things you are thankful for your day will be brightened!

Elder Harvey

Oh, by the way it is finally winter here! My face is already frozen. Everyone in my apartment is already using thermals except for me (I'm too tough for that XD) Though I will need to start breaking out some winter gear like scarves and the like. You probably already know but I don't have much hope in the near future of getting out of the negatives (of Celsius not sure about Fahrenheit anymore) We had a snowball fight after church yesterday with all the primary kids! Haha anyways I hope you all enjoy the winter!

New comp, New area, but same ole Eniwa (11/13/17)

Hey Everyone this week was transfer week! To my surprise I was transferred out of where I was. But even more surprising was that I transferred down the hall of my apartment! This transfer I am working in the Eniwa Elders 2 area. My old area is being white-washed by the Elder that I am replacing and his new bean (brand new missionary). That's right, I traded places with an Elder in my apartment. My new companion is the other Elder that was in my apartment, Elder Kikuchi! He is a Japanese Elder from Tokyo and has been out for quite a while. He is quite famous in this mission for his love of pigeons. He is also a black belt in Karate and overall a very fun elder.

This week consisted mostly of Elder Smith saying good-bye to everyone in the area because he is being transferred to Obihiro. It was really sad to see him go but we had a really great transfer together! Then I caught a pretty bad cold which really sucked. Though the Lord blessed me with the strength to keep going and I was able to get a lot of good done this week. It has been really interesting to transfer just down the hall because now the area just seems so different. We have been working really hard with an investigator who is pretty close to baptism and have been doing a lot of knocking on doors. I am looking forward to really seeing this area grow and doing the Lord's work! I hope all of y'all guys have had a great week and are safe!


Elder Harvey

Fire and Steel (11/6/17 part 2)

(In response to a message about missionaries in Germany leading up to WWI discussed in the book, "Fire and Steel", Zach wrote the following:)

That sounds like an awesome book, I really respect missionaries like that. It certainly takes a lot of courage and faith in the Savior to make it through discouraging times as a missionary. This week we watched Meet the Mormons and I had a similar experience. It was the story of the WWII pilot who started the candy drop. They never talked about it but the story so clearly stated the hope that comes with Jesus Christ's and Heavenly Father's plan vs the despair that Satan's plan brings. The little children whom the pilot met said that they were ok because they would have food someday (eternal life) but keep fighting so that they don't lose their freedom. If they lose that everything would be over. It just so clearly brought into my mind the importance of the Savior in our lives and how by Himself He changed all of our lives. In the story the man also got a lot of help and the candy drop spread and eventually brought down the blockade and stopped further war. Likewise Missionaries are needed to spread the good news of the Gospel so that people can come unto Him and partake of this amazing gift. 

Elder Harvey

Ice cream in Japan

The First Vision in Japanese that I wrote out.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Transfer week! (11/6/17)

Hey everyone! I hope all of your guys' weeks was amazing! My week has been really awesome and really busy! A lot of changes have come as probably many of you have seen already. So This last Wednesday was our zone conference and a lot of things have changed in this mission. I was super excited for all the changes and even more excited when I heard what they really are. One of the biggest things is that we have been approved to use social media such as Facebook. We will be using these new tools to be teaching people more effectively. It is especially helpful for Japan, almost everyone is on Facebook or Line (basically Skype)! We are already seeing tons of miracles from this.

We also have a new focus on finding people through teaching people about Joseph Smith's experience in praying to God for the first time.  It is really touching to see how people react to the message and how powerful of a message it is. The Holy Ghost is so present teaching these people that they have a loving Heavenly Father who wants them to come to know him.

So as such a lot of this week has been setting up these new social media tools and trying to find new people. Though there have been a lot of other cool things. Like we had Stake conference this week! It was amazing, and all the talks were awesome and talked a lot about missionary work. Another big change was that we have been asked by the Mission President to go to the Saturday Adult session. The Stake Patriarch really got on everyone and related a talk about how all the missionaries were pulled out of Europe at one point and how the members need to step up. It was a really great talk to end the session. Then we tried to get home but a bunch of things happened, first we missed our train by literally 3 seconds. Then to try to get back before 10 O'clock we took a super fast train and then waited at the platform only to find out our train had been specially switched to the track we wanted so we missed another train. Unfortunately, we did not make it back before 10 O'clock. X/ 

We also had a birthday party for the other Elders as their birthdays were the 3rd and 4th. It was a lot of fun! We had a dinner party with an investigator family and some members. We also had a movie night where we showed Meet the Mormons in Japanese. It was a pretty good turn out of investigators and members. It was really interesting watching it all dubbed in Japanese, and understanding all of it. :3 In all it was a really good week! There were a ton of miracles as we taught about the message of the restoration. Truly it is a special message that rings into every person's heart.

I love you all and hope you all have a great week. Oh, and transfers are this week. Pretty sure I will be transferring out and my companion will get a new missionary. 10 new English speaking Elders are coming in. In all 17 new missionaries will be arriving tomorrow! What a great time to be a missionary here in Hokkaido!


Elder Harvey

Halloween party, Baptism, and Tequila (10/30/17)

Hey everyone this week has been super crazy just as the title sounds!

So much happened since I last wrote. This week started off with super crunch time to get our Halloween party ready on time for Saturday.

Though all of our hard work has really paid off. It went super well and everyone was super happy that they were there. Especially since one of the Elders in my apartment was dressed up as a beloved children's character named Doraemon. Everyone was asking him for pictures. Even on the way home to the apartment (which is a train ride away) a bunch of people stopped us for pictures. We had a haunted house, Minute to Win It games, Trunk or Treat and we did a flash mob of the Thriller dance. 

We also had a sudden baptism the next Sunday.  We were told about it on Tuesday and we all freaked out. It was one mom of an investigator family. It went really well. She has such a strong testimony and the whole proceeding was just amazing. Also this week we went to some member and investigator families school festival thingy. The 4th graders were doing a musical trip into America. They played My Old Kentucky Home, and Tequila. They were super good. We also had 5th grader and 6th grader people so we watched those and we were all just blown away. The 5th graders played some awesome music like Pirates of the Caribbean (they even played on Accordions) and the 6th graders did a play. In all it was a super great week! 

Also today is my Zone conference and we will be doing training for social media!  I am so looking forward to using these amazing tools for dendo! We are getting something called Line which is going to be so awesome! Anyway Love you guys and hope you all have a great week!


Elder Harvey