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

Temple P-day (10/25/17)

This week was crazy, maybe I'll have time next week to tell you guys all about it. Haha. But seriously though I have run out of time. Just wanted to write you all that I love you guys and know that God loves you all. He is always looking out for you and trying to reach out to you and those around you. Truly as you follow the spirit's promptings you will be doing a greater good than you can begin to understand. 

Oh also it snowed this last Monday. Well, more like a blizzard/typhoon.  Started as a typhoon but ended as a blizzard. Anyway we had to walk through the typhoon/blizzard to go get influenza vaccine. I absolutely love Hokkaido with all its crazy though. Turned out to actually be a fun trip despite the particles of ice ripping at your skin. Then we took a taxi home... Basically the blizzard got worse and we were like oh no. Truly a good decision if I say so myself. Also I won't be writing until next TUESDAY because I will be going up/down? to Muroran for Zone things. Love you all


Elder Harvey

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Soccer, at night (10/16/17)

Hey everyone, I hope all y'all guys' weeks were great! Things here are going really great! This definitely has been one of the most interesting areas I have had so far on my mission. Probably also the biggest in terms of where we actually go to proselytize. :) I am so thankful we still have bikes, I am not looking forward to another walking winter.

Though a lot of changes are coming up soon so this winter will be VERY different than last winter. Though none of it is quite all that official. On another note this week has been super interesting. We had a bunch of appointments this week so we were super pumped.  Unfortunately somehow they all fell through but we still made the best out of things and tried to find more people. WE even got stopped as we were stopping people to talk to. We were just walking down the street when we were stopped by a missionary of another religion. We had a really interesting talk with him about how our religions were actually very similar. It also turns out that he was a super old investigator.
Unfortunately it didn't really end up going anywhere but it was still a funny incident. It was so interesting to see how God reveals things to people to prepare them for the whole truth and how much God loves all of his children. 

On another note, I finally felt like Elder Perry.  We played soccer with a bunch of middle school kids which went really well. We gathered a bunch of investigators to go play and found some more kids to play with. By the end we made pretty good friends with them and they all want to come to the Halloween party. Though what was really funny was that we were playing Soccer around 5-7 but the entire time it was just pitch black. I had no idea who anyone was because it was so hard to see. Though in the end it still went really well. We also went to a youth member's birthday party (turned 12) and she invited a non-member and some other investigator friends. The youth here are just awesome missionaries already. In all this week went super and was a ton of fun.

Love you all so much and hope you all have a great week.

Elder Harvey

Eniwa Chitose! (10/9/17)

Haha sorry I spent all of my time emailing a bunch if people. A lot has happened this week but not too sure what to say. Monday we visited with this awesome middle school student who we are hoping will get baptized. Tuesday we had Eikaiwa (English class) and I went to this delicious Nepal curry place called Mount Everest. Wednesday we met with this middle schooler again and taught him the plan of salvation but before we realized it, it was already 9:20 so we had to scurry on out :3 whoops, but following the spirit is always what's most important though!

Thursday we biked a ton (our area is HUGE!!!). Friday, something happened I'm sure. Saturday was General conference which was amazing and we tried to meet with a less active member but her husband doesn't really like us haha. Also General conference which was awesome! I really loved the Saturday morning session! Sunday was also General conference and we got an investigator to come to the morning session which was really great! Though we passed him over to the Japanese Elders as we were watching in English. :3 Sundays sessions were also amazing. I learned a ton but I think one of the most important things we were taught as a church was the importance of sustaining leaders.
Truly that is of absolute necessity. Even Jesus Christ was  sustained as he went through the Garden. I'm so glad to know the reality of revelations and the importance of our actions and their relationship with opening the windows of heaven larger into our lives. I hope you all had an amazing general conference too!!


Elder Harvey

Eniwa-Chitose (10/2/17)

Hey everyone! This week was transfer week! I was transferred to Eniwa-Chitose! I am still in the outskirts of Sapporo! I have yet to leave this beautiful city! Leaving Shinoro was super sad though. After being there for half a year I got to know a lot of the members really well. I really felt like a member that was moving. Though I am looking forward to serving the Lord in this new place. I am also finally back to being in a 4 elders apartment. I haven't been in one since Moiwa.  Now that was a long time ago haha.

Elder Harvey

Friday, September 29, 2017

Basketball and Splits (9/25/17)

Hey everyone this week has been a really great one but I don't really know what to talk about haha. I had splits this week with another Elder named Elder Bailey that was a lot of fun. We found a new family to teach which was really awesome! Me and Elder Schulze also found an old investigator to play basketball with. It was a lot of fun yet a little weird because neither of us have ever seen the guy before. We just texted him 2 days before and told us he would love to come. We have also were able to get him to think about taking the lessons again which was really cool. I also got to see the ward mission leader from Moiwa which was really cool. Absolutely one of my favorite members on the whole Island. We also taught a few people this week which went really well. We also biked through some really heavy rain which was kind of fun despite being on dirt back roads. Haha. I also sewed for the first time in my life so there is another mission accomplishment. Though this week really has been overall awesome. Elder Schulze and I really saw the Lord guiding us through revelation and we just happened to always be in the right place and the right time this week. In all it was a pretty cool week.


Elder Harvey

Monday, September 18, 2017

Elder Gay (9/18/17)

So much has happened this week, yet it seems like we almost did nothing. The week started off with Pday where we went to Hitsujigaoka observation hill. Or in understanble language the Boy's Be Ambitious statue. It was still as fun as the first time. Probably because I had the chance to eat Ezo prefecture deer. I must say that deer is actually pretty good, but still second to horse. Then Tuesday was eaten up by our district meeting, travel, and Eikaiwa (English class). Wednesday was even weirder. We had lunch with a member and when we get there there's like 10 people (members and less-actives) there. It was kind of packed. We taught the message of the restoration which was nice though. Then we had interviews with our mission President which was supposed to be at 4 but ended up being pushed back until 6. So we were at the mission office all after noon seeing how we had to take a train at around 2:30 to get there on time and didn't get home until 8:30.

Thursday was the same craziness that it always is. We had our weekly planning session and Ward mission council. I also got a 30 minute lesson from our ward mission leader on Japanese. He pointed out to me where I was making mistakes and gave me some suggestions of what to study to improve. He really wants to see my grammar cleaned up. He says as soon as I do that I will be Japanese because the rest of my Japanese is so good. At the same time it's so good that it makes my current mistakes worse because then people don't know if I'm really making a mistake or not and get confused. Or in other words I lost my foreigner powers because the rest of my Japanese is too high level. XP 

Then Friday was mostly a normal day. It was all normal until Eiken English class. Our Ward mission leader brought in a new book for us to use to help people practice reading and writing. We also have a member who is a proctor of the Eiken exam who was taking notes on our teaching the whole time (because we asked him to, so we could improve). Then Saturday was EVEN WEIRDER! Normal day except that it kind of wasn't. The day started out with us trying to fix the sisters punctured tires and somehow I ended up sweeping rocks out of the parking lot of their apartment complex. I also ended up being the one to fix the punctures because my companion gave up. X3 Then we went and housed in a town kind of far away and couldn't even make it through one block (which is a good thing)  because we spent most of the time talking to this one lady about the missionary lessons. Then we had to head back to the Apartment to change to go to a broadcast of a meeting of Elder Gay. And it was absolutely amazing. We also had Stake conference the next day and got to hear another talk by Elder Gay. And now we are in the middle of a typhoon. Wish I had more time to talk about what I learned form Elder Gay but running out of time so if anyone has any questions feel free to ask.


Elder Harvey

Thursday, September 14, 2017

花火‼️‼️‼️❣️ (Fireworks) (9/11/17)

今週花火ありましたよ!There were FIREWORKS THIS WEEK!!! This week has been super busy and super awesome and I don't even know where or how to begin!

We had a zone activity of which I have no pictures haha. It was super fun and had a bunch of awesome activities. Then we met an awesome PI (potential investigator) who said he wants to read the BoM (Book of Mormon) with us! Tuesday we went to a college and got the people there to post our English class flyers throughout campus which was really nice of them. And we taught an American about the Gospel. Wednesday we went up to Toubetsu and I found Japanese Fruit by the foot!!!! I was absolutely ecstatic about that one. We also officially got a Less-active member into activity and handed him over to the ward. Thursday we set up for an activity on Saturday and set up for a last minute idea of a church tour to be going on during the activity. 

Friday we had Mission tour! Elder Gay (the new area president over the Asia north area) came and talked to us. It was absolutely amazing! I wish I had a video of it to rewatch!  We talked a lot about the prophecy that Elder Eyring made about 19 years ago. Now with an addition of a temple in Hokkaido this land is just waiting to explode with missionary work! Normally temples have 17 stakes to fill them, but currently we only have 3. And some of the branches have as few as 6 members.  Though I am certain we are about to see a really big change here. 

Saturday we had an swap-meet like thing. It doesn't really translate well. Basically bring unused stuff and take other people's unused stuff. We also had an awesome miracle this day as well. It was late at night and we were going to visit a PI when we felt an impression to go to a member's house on the way. The members were good and we talked with them and got fed suddenly which is always nice but when we left we weren't really sure why we went  Then we went to the PI's house and there was no one home :(  Right as we were unlocking our bike this man comes walking down the street and introduces himself as the husband of the house. He takes us along to where his family and 2 other families are watching the fireworks. We had a really great time talking with them and have a strong possibility of teaching these families! We also made the understanding that among the people we first met was the wife of the house and a different family was there visiting who we thought were the people who lived at the house. ANYWAY, the fireworks were spectacular. There was one that was making waves with the colors changing, really impressive.

I love you all very much,

Elder Harvey

Themed pictures for the activity.  First theme is sports/funny.  Theme of second picture is super powers (ours was running fast).

Mission Conference (Zach is center of top row)

Food for Mission Conference

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

It's been a while.... (9/4/17)

Sorry about last week.  We were running around like chickens with our heads cut off. Trying to first even get a train to get to emails and then had to shop and make a subsequent 2 trains. Though we were fortunate enough to be invited over to dinner that night. Sadly enough I am running low on time......again. Big things that happened this week is that we picked up an old investigator who wants to be baptized. We got a really old investigator picked up and showed him what prayer was like for the first time. I gave a priesthood blessing which increased the desire of the person who wants to be baptized to be baptized. He quit smoking. We had a huge party last night with members at which I made peanut butter banana bread. Other than that it has been a lot of finding recently but people are starting to come out of the woodwork!

I love you all and hope you can see the blessings in your lives!


Elder Harvey

I haven't had blow pops or gum for that matter for over a year now. Needless to say I had a ball! 

Hi!!! (8/31/17)


This week was great have literally no time so.....sorry


Elder Harvey

With mission president and companion.

Zach is back row, 4th from the right.

Top center.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Transfers!! and a wedding (8/21/17)

Ok I need to be quick on this one.  Spent a bit too much time on other emails. Haha

Tuesday: We did Eikaiwa and had dinner at an investigators house. We did this super Japanese thing where ramen noodles go down this thing of bamboo while water is running down. I have to say, I thought I was good at using chopsticks until I had this challenge. I also got to feed my companion a bunch of Japanese delicacies while he was blindfolded for his good-bye Eikaiwa. It was a ton of fun though I felt bad about the fish guts marinated in salt.

Wed: Kind of a normal day. We met with a less-active member which was really nice and set up an appointment to have him meet with the bishop this last Sunday! Also he went to church for the third time in a row so he is officially an active member!! WHOOO!

Thursday: I said goodbye to my companion Elder Bachman and said hello to my new senior companion Elder Schulze. He was also my district leader back in Iwamizawa when I was with Elder Seki. Elder Schulze is an amazing missionary. He is transfer 16 (though he has 17 transfers because he was fast tracked in the MTC) and is from South Jordan Utah.  It really is a small world after all. Well, for Mormons that is.

Friday: We tried to meet a bunch of people this day and had our Eiken class. It went really well and we have three gaijin (foreigners) in our area now.  Sister Nakazawa transferred out and a sister named Sister Reynolds came in.

Saturday: We were at a wedding reception pretty much all day. Two people from our ward got married which was amazing! It's weird how the second wedding reception I've been to was in Japan. It went really well and we sang "when there is love at home" The bride's name is Ai which means love so there were obviously a lot of puns floating around. I also got to see Elder Seki and one of the Koyama's from Moiwa. I pretty much spent the whole night just walking around and talking to almost every member in our ward.

Sunday: Had a lunch party for the wedding peoples because there were a ton of visitors. We also went to a super rural part of our area to find and talked to a super cool family that might have interact.

Oh, and I'm still in Shinoro,

Love you all,

Elder Harvey

BBQ in the rain! (8/14/17)

Hey everybody this week flashed by so fast! It's hard to believe that it's already been a week since last week's email but a ton happened this week! In short we ate a lot of food this week haha. 

Monday: We finally got asked to do service by a member; it was great! We pulled weeds in their backyard. Well more like this tiny garden like thing. People don't have back or front yards in Japan. Though we pulled a ton of weeds it seems like just because of how big the weeds were. Literally some of them were half my height. Then we got fed dinner by them which was super nice of them! 

Tuesday: We did a lot of stuff on Tuesday I feel but really not a whole lot to write. We had Eikaiwa (English class) which was a blast. We also had the Free Family English thing a little before that and we made this dish called Monja.  It's really hard to explain, like really hard to explain. Though it was super good! And instead of your normal utensils you eat it with this super mini spatulas.

Wednesday: We had our first Zone Conference with President McClure! It was super bomb. We talked a lot about finding but it just flowed super well this time. Everyone could really tell the difference in this zone conference. To say the least we are super lucky to have gotten President McClure as a Mission President. We also had a lesson with a less-active member which went super well. We had a member there and everything just flowed super naturally. 

Thursday: We had the usual DCS, DKK (planning meeting) and the Kudou family's lesson. Though this week the lesson went super well. The sisters talked about the atonement of Jesus Christ. They did the example where they make a drink (they had mayo, ketchup, bulldog sauce, goma dressing, and other salad dressing) by having everyone choose whatever they want to put in as their "sins".  Then the sister junior companion drank it like it was nothing. Absolutely downed it without stopping or gagging and just continued to teach. But not only that but we had 2 members and the spirit was super strong throughout the whole lesson. 

Friday: We did service for a different member. This time we pretty much helped move stuff. They had this shed like thing in which they had a TON of junk. We ended up moving all of it out and sweeping out the place (though we just happened to find a broom on our own and I was like IMMA SWEEP) Though the real hard part was the massive numbers of spiders. I kid you not hundreds of spiders. We also did Eiken which went pretty well this time. 

SATURDAY! We had a BBQ. So we had planned this thing for weeks. Little did we know though that not only did it rain but it was near the O-bon holiday. O-bon is like respect for the dead day. It is a HUGE HUGE holiday here. Basically a ton of places are closing down for the week because everyone goes to the grandparents house. Though despite rain and O-bon we went through undaunted and a bunch of members and some non-members came. It was absolutely great! Needless to say I ate my stomach's full.

So he is using an air compressor to heat up the coals. On the grill closer to the camera it got so hot that the black coating on the bottom of the grill melted off. Oh, also this is by far my favorite member in this branch. He is SO nice and is kind of like our grandpa. 

Sunday: We had church which was really sad. Elder Bachman's last of everything it seemed like. He also gave a farewell talk which was really sad. Though overall it was an amazing day. We talked with a bunch of members.  Practiced with the Primary to Sing Love at home for the wedding reception this saturday and made a bunch of plans with members. We also had dinner at the Miharas (the 2 that are getting married) It was a blast. The sisters gave a lesson on faith. Before the video started the mans mother and wife-to-be kept flinching and saying don't do it. It was super funny. 

More Matsuris!! (8/7/17)

This week has been a blast!!! SO MUCH happened this week so I will try to write what I can.

Monday: It was raining so we walked around for 3 hours for dendo. It also turned out that one of our best investigators just up and moved away on us .   :(

Tue: We made crepes at an investigators house. It was a ton of fun and we totally messed up at the start. I have vids! We also had Eikaiwa (English class) which went really well. Though we had to do it upstairs because they were preparing for a funeral where we usually do Eikaiwa.

Wed: I was on splits in the Higashi area! It was super rad. We went to a bunch of members houses and gave short lessons on our area plan. We also tried to visit some other people but no one else was home. Me and Elder Yamazaki also had ramen for dinner and I had some weird spicy Chinese ramen. Completely forgot the name of the ramen but it was delicious.

Thursday: We had our normal weekly planning and such but a miracle happened after! The family that we usually do English and missionary lessons fed us. And not just any normal food, they fed us COSTCO PIZZA!!!!!! It was the first real pizza I have had since being in Japan. They were shocked by how large it was but it was a normal American L size. With the 10 of us we only ate a little under a pizza and a half. I have come to realize just how unhealthy American diets are.

Friday:I cant really remember what happened this day other than Eiken class. Oh, also we made paper hearts to do heart attacks for some members.

Saturday: Went to a matsuri (Japanese festival) this day. It was an absolute blast! We had an investigator introducing us to a ton of people which went super well! We also talked to a bunch of people on our own. Heart attacked an Eikaiwa student for his birthday and danced with all the people at the matsuri. The last one was especially great because it was a dance that really only older people do. Though as we went around in this circle so many teenage girls were going absolutely crazy that we were gaijin doing that dance. I saw at least a hundred different phones taking videos. After that we also got so many thanks from the older people (and a couple of awkward hugs) for dancing with them. I have a ton of videos so here you go!!!

Sunday: We had church, interviews with the mission president and dinner with some members.

Love you all!

Elder Harvey

Matsuri!!! (7/31/17)

Hey everyone this week has been a blast! So much happened this week that It might take a while for y'all to read, maybe......maybe. 

Anyway this week there was a bunch of summer stuff going on because school is just starting to get out for summer vacay! Crazy right!?! I hope all y'all Americans appreciate not having to be in school during the hottest time of the year. 

Monday: We had district lunch at an all you can eat shabu shabu place. Basically really thin meat that you swish in this boiling soup and it cooks really fast. It was super good and I ended up eating my money's worth. Then we were fed by some YSA members with Genghis Kahn. Or in other words sheep meat which we cooked with vegetables as Yakiniku. Then they did a roleplay for us on a missionary lesson. It was super interesting!

Tue: Had the usual DTM (District Training Meeting) and Eikaiwa (English class), but we also started teaching a new family from Eikaiwa. It was super awesome, they made us takoyaki (basically these little fried balls of dough with octopus and other stuff in it. SUPER good) and then we taught them a lesson. It was kind of funny though cuz when we first arrived everything was pretty tense until all of a sudden I see the 2 kids playing in this fake store like thing and just start messing around. After that everyone kind of relaxed and it went super well! 

Wed: This day I was on splits with an older missionary which was a lot of fun. We also visited the bishops house and almost got fed dinner until we played our, "we are going to an investigators house" card. Lol, though that doesn't always work. Somehow I also had the entire plot of Starcraft explained to me. 

Thursday: Taught people things. Haha not too much happened this day

Friday: Was on splits with a younger missionary which was super fun! We were going to play something called kin-ball but unfortunately that fell through. Though we had an awesome day just talking with people and to each other. 

Saturday: MATSURI DAY! We went to support an investigator with the rest of his family as he had to preform this Kung Fu thing because he joined a Kung Fu club. It was super rad!!! We also found a HUGE festival in another town but it was far too big for any effective dendo to be that whole town. 

Sunday: Also an awesome day! Talked with memebrs for a long time which was awesome. We also found a new family with a lot of potential if they decide to take the lessons. The Dad has even been to Utah before. 

Anyway Before realizing it I am out of time. Vids of the matsuri are at the bottom.

Elder Harvey

Shabu shabu

(Zach references his cooking class or lesson part 2.  For those that want to see part 1, trust me, you don't.  Zach's comments about part 1 and part 2 are below.)

Was kind of gross wasn't it, but the next one is gross just because of how much we ATE! This last Monday my district and I went to an all you can eat shabu shabu restaurant. Unfortunately my table tapped out at 38 plates of meat, not to mention the vegetables, curry rice........and the 3 bowls of ice cream I ate at the end. Anyway shabu shabu is an onomatopoeia for swishing the meat in the bowling soup. IT WAS DELICIOUS! 

Matsuri - Our investigator is the one in the blue-green almost jade color costume. He walks in front of the camera during the taiko video. 

11 minutes - let's do this (7/24/17)

Alright as the title says, I have no time so I will try to be informative.

Wednesday this day was awesome. We had the temple which always is amazing. Afterwards though came the miracle. I felt am impression to go to this super far in the corner place in our area. Along the way I hear some one call Missionaries! My companion didn't hear though so I had to pretty much fun him over. It turns out the person was a less active sister in our area. It went super well and we set up an appointment with her for the sisters. We also went to a members house and got a surprise dinner.

Thursday as usual we did flyer bombing, weekly planning and ward mission council. Then we decided to go to a shaved Ice place nearby because we had about 20 minutes before a lesson so we thought it would be a good idea to get a snack and try talking to the people there.
Then we had our English thing

Friday important thing of this day was we had our first eiken class (English class for the official Japanese program).
It was way fun and we got a non member to come to a youth activity the next day.

Saturday we had a young men's activity which was hiking to a buffet and then going back. It was a great time and we were able to talk a lot with the youth.

Sunday found some random people at their house doing bbq. We called out to them, were offered some food and invited them to eikaiwa.

Love you all. Miracles really can happen as we listen to the spirit especially when it goes against our logical thinking.

Elder Harvey

NO TIME! (7/19/17)

Alright I am running low on time so I will try to be informative yet brief. Sorry for having no time again. XS  Anyway let's get down to business to defeat this email.

Monday: We celebrated a YSA (young single adult's) birthday this day. It was us, the sisters and the YSA brother and 1 more brother. AKA our whole YSA. It was super rad and we ate Pizza Hut. We even had a only cheese pizza with maple syrup sauce. Japan Pizza Huts are really weird to say the least. Then we had a surprise Mogi (roleplay) but it went really well.

Tuesday and Wednesday: Nothing really interesting happened this two days but they were pretty good days. We had DTM (District Training Meeting) and just had time to find and whatnot.

Thursday: We talked a lot about the new Eikawa (English class) stuff and preparation stuff with the ward mission leader. It went really well and we had a lot of stuff prepared and were super excited for the next Eikawa after that meeting. Then we had FFEP with the Kudo family which was as fun as ever. We even had a youth there who tried to invite one of the sons to a young men's activity. Unfortunately soccer got in the way.

Friday: We had service at a members house which was awesome. We had a lot of time to talk with this youth who started to start being late to church. His mom was really worried about him so we snuck our way in there with this service and got to really know him and become his friend.

Saturday: This day we had an awesome lesson with a member about member missionary work. It went super well and we got to know this member a lot better because of it. I may of mentioned this before but this is the member who went on his Mission to Chicago. This was also the time where all the lessons were memorized word for word. You know like all the way back in my dad's era. Then we also went to an investigator's house to find that he really hasn't been home in a while. Probably down in Tokyo but we don't have his phone number :(

Sunday: Really awesome day. An investigator came to church, we talked a ton with members, and I also helped plan out a little portion of a wedding. Then I also helped make a video for the Youth conference of the temple district. Ourward mission leader was in charge of making it and he just could not figure out why it wasn't showing up on DVD and why it was so ugly when he did. Turns out he didn't even know he needed to render the clips. Anyway basically we were at the church until 5:00 ish

Monday: We went cherry picking with the whole ward. IT WAS DELICIOUS!!!!! Basically it's like normal cherry picking but it's all-you-can-eat as you pick off the fruit. And the ones you don't eat you can buy for really cheap. Anyway I have pictures at the bottom

Tuesday: It was DTM and a sister's birthday. It was super fun. We did something similar to a bean shower and sang happy b-day. We also learned about the power of the Book of Mormon and how to use it to answer people's problems. We also had an amazing Eikawa! The lesson went smoothly, people were having fun and overall it was a great atmosphere. The real kicker is we got a new FFEP (basically English and lessons program thingy) going with a really awesome family, and a member gave someone else a copy of the "to the temple" video. The members were so helpful and wherever I looked I saw members talking and making relationships with the Eikaiwa students. The members are so nice to us.

Wednesday: I went to the temple! Sorry forgot to tell you guys, and forgot that we needed to buy groceries for these extra few days........needless to say it was rough not being able to buy groceries.

Anyway This week I really learned the importance of talking about the atonement of Jesus Christ. A lot of people don't know that there is someone who loves them and can forgive them and take away all the sadness, guilt, and heavy things from them. I know that Jesus is such a person and that he has taken upon himself our hardships and pains.  I know he loves us all and is waiting for us to come into his loving embrace!

I love you all and hope you all have had a great week.


Elder Harvey

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Clever name insert here (7/10/17)

Hey everyone how was y'all guys' weeks? Mine was a super busy one. We went crazy visiting members and finding like crazy. Our member work is going really well too. We were able to talk with a bunch of members this week at there homes and were even fed a few times. We also made a ton of notes for people because this last Sunday was fast Sunday. So, we made notes for everyone who gave their testimonies thanking them for their support and love for the gospel. It was super awesome to see all the reactions we got yesterday at church! Everyone was super thankful for our work and showered us with love. It was really cool. I also gave a talk in sacrament meeting on how Jesus Christ is the light of this world. I connected that to the atonement and member missionary work and it all went well I think. I may have made some mistakes in Japanese but I think the spirit conveyed my message pretty well as I got a lot of comments and thanks for my talk afterwards.

This week we also got to meet our new mission president and his family which was super awesome. We got to hear all about their life, including their children, church service, how they met, their married life, you name it. President McClure is a very transparent person who loves telling the truth even if it's hard to say or hear. I think that is an amazing attribute and great character trait. President McClure's Japanese is also starting to come back thanks to his hard work, but it was funny having all the translation be for the Japanese missionaries this time instead of the young English missionaries. We also heard a bit about his vision and method of doing things. We could tell right off the bat his love for us, the Lord, the strength of his faith, and determination to do what's right. It was an amazing meeting filled with the spirit. Certainly everyone's spirits were raised after meeting with President McClure.

We also got fed twice this week which was a huge blessing! The first one was at a Viking restaurant. In case you don't know what that means yet, basically a buffet but the main attraction is the large variety of meats that they have. Which you also cook yourself at your table.

It's really fun and delicious. Then we had a meal yesterday at an amazing family's house. They made a ton of food but the main dish was lasagna. Interestingly enough despite not having an oven it was probably some of the best lasagna I have ever eaten in my life. Maybe I have just missed that food long enough but needless to say this sister was a great cook.

Anyways I hope you all have amazing weeks filled with joy.


Elder Harvey

Everyone in a food coma afterwards. :) 

Member Work! (7/3/17)

Hello Everyone!

This week has been a lot of talking with members here in Shinoro which has been amazing! We have been fed a bunch of food for dinners and we have been thankfully allowed into the houses of many of the members!

All the members here are amazing and are so nice to us all. We had a bunch of lessons and gospel talks that the members were so thankful for. They are so nice to us and take super good care of us. We also have been working really hard to help our investigators and find new ones! Though there is no spotlight points on that line of news. :(  I also got to go on splits with Elder Thurston this week in Toyohira as well! It was super fun and I had my first real service project, other than talking to old people. :) We were just pulling weeds for an hour and a half but we got to talk to this old guy forever, though he wasn't interested in the gospel. Then we biked up and down hills for forever and visited a bunch of LA (less active) members who actually didn't live there anymore which was really interesting. Though all in all this week has been a pretty good one. Sorry about the lack of details but I love you all and am so thankful for all of your support and love!

Love, Elder Harvey