Monday, 8 February 2016

February 8, 2016 - Santa Barbara

Hey All!

Exciting week this week. Not really, it was actually a really trying week. Full of setbacks and disappointing days, but we powered through it! And.... a new assignment for Elder Harvey! Let's talk about it first this time!

So, we were in a lesson on Friday night with Christie, and on Friday's of transfer calls, anyone who will be in a new leadership position... And my stomach dropped when we got a call in the middle of the lesson. So, we called the Assistants after the lesson, and I have been assigned to be a District Leader! It is going to be pretty interesting! I am being transferred to Santa Barbara Ward! WEOOOOO! Not too shabby of an area. My new comp will be Elder Hunter, and yeah! It will be really interesting! Elder Hubbard is staying here, and my good friend Elder DeGraw is coming to Solvang! I am definitely sad to leave this place. I have loved my time here, but I am excited for this new assignment and this new responsibility I have.

Anyways, so the SuperBowl. GO BRONCOS. I was looking back yesterday, and it was the first time I hadn't watched the Superbowl in NINE YEARS. I was dying. But, I am super happy that Peyton won his last game! He deserved that I think. 

So, this past week we lost half of our teaching pool. For now. We aren't sure yet what is going on. But Vanessa and Rick got into another fight, and it got pretty bad, so she kicked him out and told him to go to Bakersfield again, for good. She called us, and told us everything, and we were so confused. But then the next day, we called her to see if the Hermanas could come over to her grandmas house, and she wasn't happy about that and said she was done with us. So... Yeah. That tore us apart! It was sad to hear, but the Relief Society President has told us now that they are going to be okay, and that Rick is going to be coming back. So confused. But hopefully they stick with it! 

Um. Yeah, I don't know my new address. So I will try to get that to you soon! Maybe you could call the mission office or something. I don't know. I was wanting to send a parcel home too if that's okay, and wanted to go and buy a note book thing for all of my District Leader notes and such. Would that be okay?

Not much else happened this week, sadly. Happy to hear about all of the events happening at home! Did you get the video that Bishop Paulson sent you last night? On Facebook? Haha.  I like what President Eyring said in General Conference. When we show the Lord our willingness to obey, the Spirit is with us more. We receive more impressions of what God would have us do! https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2008/10/lift-where-you-stand?lang=eng 

Anyways, sorry for the shorter email. But not much happened this week! I will try my best to get you my new address ASAP. I am excited for what is ahead the next 6 weeks! 

I love you all! Have an amazing week :) 

Love,

Elder Jaxon Harvey

Solvang, California
Elder Harvey in Solvang, California
Elder Hubbard and Elder Harvey



February 1, 2016 - Solvang Ward

Hey All!

This week... this week has been a bundle of fun! Nothing too amazing happening, but a lot of really neat and small experiences!

First of all, it is awesome to read about how you all are doing at home. And since Mathew is there, I might as well throw in a shout out to him. HEY! There. Shout outed. Anyways, it sounds like you all had a pretty fun week! And Jameson, I haven't died! I am still alive. Don't you worry! :) (Jameson tells everyone that his brother Jaxon died on his mission...because he isn't coming home!  Jaxon's picture is on the wall in our chapel and he walked passed it one day with Bryan, Bryan asked him who that was - pointing to the picture - and Jameson said "that's my brother Jaxon, but he died on his mission"...poor kid!  He's going to be super confused when Emerson leaves too!)

I should probably tell you if you haven't found out yet. I meant to tell you last week, but I spent close to $100 a couple weeks ago on some souvenir clothing. (Mom said I could I swear!) But yeah. Some really cool Solvang stuff! 

So. This week, we have been trying to get out and work as much as possible, without over doing it on my ankle! It's definitely weird and not fun to have to take a lot of breaks, when you want to be out there and doing all you can, but I gotta take care of myself! We had interviews with President and Sister Felix on Tuesday, and that was good as always! 

Let's see, some cool experiences. So, on P-Day last week, everyone came down to Solvang to explore, and we were walking back to our cars, and a former investigator named Jenny stopped us on the street. It was funny, because I have never met her before, but she saw our group of missionaries and started talking to us and said she had studied with a couple of Elders, and I have no idea why but I immediately asked "Are you Jenny?" Definitely the Spirit in work there. She was surprised that I knew who she was, and she needs help moving next week! So that was really neat. Another cool thing that happened. We have been trying to contact this girl who the Hermanas started teaching and passed off to us, but she is never home. Anyways, we were about to go contact her, and we stepped out of the car and this lady stops us on the street and we had an hour discussion about the Restoration and Prophets for an hour! Needless to say, we needed a break after that. Standing for a long time KILLS my ankle real bad. But it was super cool! 

I went on exchanges with Elder Bradley this week again! It was a good time, as always. Not much really happened that day! We had a super awesome discussion with Christie that night, talking about the Gospel of Jesus Christ! It was spirit-filled, and she is so ready to be baptized. Just needs to realize that for herself.

Rick and Vanessa are doing well. We can't meet with them much, they all got sick and Vanessa's stitches are coming out. So they are basically going through the wringer. Rick is getting some kind of surgery on Thursday, and so we are going to give him a blessing (once we get permission) and try and give Vanessa one too. They are going strong, they know that the Church is true and they want to be married and baptized. So we are excited to see where all of this goes once everything gets back to normal for them in the next week or two. 

The funeral on Saturday was really nice. We went to an episcopal church (let me tell you... it was the weirdest feeling ever..) and it was a really great and uplifting service. Gary and Mary appreciated us being there, and we will be trying by again this next week. Hopefully this can work out. They really will be blessed from the amazing message of the Plan of Salvation and Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I know I have. It was interesting to hear another pastor speak, and to be able to see the difference in tone and doctrine from him. He spoke a lot about Jesus suffering on the cross, not one word about the Garden of Gethsemane. Elder Hubbard and I were talking afterwards, and we came to the conclusion that we didn't really feel the Spirit when he was up there. Nevertheless, it was an amazing service, and definitely an opportunity I probably won't get again on my mission, to hear a sermon from a pastor in another church! Super cool. 

Then, Sunday was Solvang's Ward Conference, and that was cool! Reminded me of the times in Chilliwack. Always such a busy day. Elder Hubbard and I got to help out with the Sacrament, and that was cool. A lot of talk about becoming better, and inviting the Spirit more into our lives. Recognizing not only when the Spirit is with us, but when the Spirit leaves us. I have been trying to focus a lot more on the Spirit as of late, and it's been amazing! We have to realize that we learn nothing until the Spirit reveals things to us in our minds AND or hearts! THAT is when we know truth for a surety. That is when we become converted. That is the Spirit of Revelation. Not one or the other, or else the scripture (Doctrine and Covenants 8:2-3) would say mind or hearts! True conversion is giving our heart, might, mind, and strength to the Lord, and we cannot do that if we only feel something is true or only think it is true! Having one witness is good enough to keep moving forward in our discipleship, but once we have that second witness, once that law of witnesses is fulfilled, we can truly become converted!

I have studied a lot about patience this past week too, and found a really awesome quote from President Uchtdorf in his talk "Continue in Patience:"

"Patience is a godly attribute that can heal souls, unlock treasures of knowledge and understanding, and transform ordinary men and women into saints and angels."

Angels are real. Let me tell you that! No way could I do the work I am doing, no way could I contribute the way I have been, without angels. Fun fact, from Alma 30- 2 Nephi 25, angels are mentioned 96 times. Interesting. The Book of Mormon contains the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and it mentions angels so many times. Remember Emerson and Hudson, the Priesthood you have holds the keys to the ministering of what? Angels. Maybe study out what that means. Because once you begin to realize the miracles that happen due to those angelic ministering, your prayers will become more meaningful, and your life will become brighter and brighter.

Anyways. I love you all! Hope you have an amazing week, and I am going to try not to stress out with transfer calls coming!

LOVE YOU!

Elder Harvey

PS. No Bat sighting yet. We are working on it. :) 

January 25, 2016 - Solvang Ward

Hey All! 

So, this week has been a good one! First full week I have had in a long time! And we saw some really cool things happening! 

So, Monday night we got a call from President Felix, which immediately brings cause for some sort of alarm. Thankfully, he had a referral for us! There is a member in the Southern part of the mission, who's nephew had committed suicide, and the father and mother of this man lived in our Ward, and they both aren't members. Apparently, no one had come from their church to help them out, and President asked us to go to their house and share the message of the Plan of Salvation with them! So, that night we prayed to know when exactly would be the perfect time to go by and see them, and immediately after the prayer I said "10:30" and we wrote it down and went right in the morning. We prayed hard for the Spirit to be with us during this meeting, and as we walked to the door, we both felt this overwhelming feeling of peace inside of us. The father answered the door, and we stated that we were Representatives of Jesus Christ, and that we had been told of his and his wife's circumstances and came with a message of peace. Elder Hubbard thankfully told me what I said next, because I basically blacked out. (THAT is when you know that the Spirit is there!) So when we had said that, his wife walked around the corner! So they both were at the door, and I stated that the message we share is one of peace, one that doesn't end at death and didn't begin at birth, and I think all four of us were fighting tears. It was one of those moments when you could SEE the Spirit enter into their hearts. We are going by sometime this week, and we are going to their son's funeral on Saturday. Such an amazing spiritual experience, definitely one of the strongest experiences I have had on my mission so far!

We set Rick up with a baptismal date of March 26th. So that was cool! Rick knows that the Church is true, and he knows he needs to get married to Vanessa and get baptized, and so it is really going to be neat to see how they progress in the coming month! Little Jeremiah has seemed to bring them closer together, and it's been amazing to see how far they have come! Christie is doing well as well. We started this 15 step program for her to quit smoking. It's one that is supposed to stop all desires of smoking in seven days! She smoked on Saturday (we introduced it on Friday) so she is restarting today, and should be smoke free by next Monday! 

Cool story of the week! So we got a referral from the Hermanas (Sister missionaries). They had talked to this guy in Solvang named Christian Bale? Saw him in his yard, and one of them said "that guy looks like Batman!" So they went up and talked with him, and she said "has anyone told you that you look like Batman?" To which he responded "Yes, Because I am Batman..." Basically, we don't know how interested he is, but he wasn't against having us Elders coming over to his house. We have been driving past his house every day since we got the address, and we will continue to do so until we see him and talk with him! So cool. Writing down Christian Bale in your potential sheet.

Wednesday was sweet. We had the Worldwide Missionary Training! 75,000 missionaries from around the world listening to the counsel of living day Prophets and Church Leaders! It was amazing. We learned more about our purpose, and about "Preaching Repentance and Baptizing Converts!" It was awesome. Elder Bednar spoke about letting the Holy Ghost fulfill his role in teaching. We are only here to bring the message of the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ UNTO everyone's heart. Everyone else has the responsibility to invite it INTO their heart. And that is done by the Power of the Holy Ghost! We can't get in the way of the Holy Ghost, we need to only invite it into their home, and help everyone else know how to keep the Holy Ghost in their lives! 

This scripture was mentioned in Sacrament Meeting yesterday, and I really liked it!:

"10 Therefore we did pour out our souls in prayer to God,that he would strengthen us and deliver us out of the hands of our enemies, yea, and also give us strength that we might retain our cities, and our lands, and our possessions, for the support of our people.

 11 Yea, and it came to pass that the Lord our God did visit us with assurances that he would deliver us; yea, insomuch that he did speak peace to our souls, and did grant unto us great faith, and did cause us that we should hope for our deliverance in him.

 12 And we did take courage with our small force which we had received, and were fixed with a determination to conquer our enemies, and to maintain our lands, and our possessions, and our wives, and our children, and the cause of our liberty." (Alma 58)

Heavenly Father loves each and every one of us! And as we pray to Him and ask Him for help, He will strengthen us! Maybe it will not be a temporal boost! Helaman, Gid, and Teomner did not get more men as a result of their prayer. They were not able to see the results of their prayer until AFTER they went into battle! Heavenly Father answered their prayer by giving them the strength to make it through, to win back the land they had lost, and to make do with what they had! Maybe not the way they expected their prayer to be answered, but it brought about the same result!

Hopefully you all are doing well! This Church is true. I can tell you that! Keep moving forward! My ankle is doing well. I had Physical Therapy on Friday, and I am doing stretches everyday! I am able to work still, and when it feels like I can't do much more, we take a break! Gotta mend it up :) 

Well, I love all of you and hope you all have an amazing week!

Love,

Elder Harvey :)

List of Potential Contacts showing Bat Man!