Elder Harris, Portia and Gordella

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


October 10, 2009

Dear Family,

I was happy to receive your email today at breakfast. It really made my day. It's a pity that I won't have email until I am out in the field. For now, I will just rely on the pouch service.

I am happy to say I have all my luggage with me. It was scary because they forced me to check my carry on because they ran out of room on the second plane. The weather here is not that bad. The humidity is always high, but the breeze is nice. It has only rained once since I got here. We are now entering the dry cooler part of the year. As for animals, my companion says he has never seen anything like you see on TV. This part of the county is too developed. Perhaps if I go to the northern part of Ghana I will get to see something, but if not, I'll have to rely on the zoo's.

Time here in the MTC moves extremely slow. The teaching is good but it is hard to focus in the morning. It's hard to imagine that while it is 10:00 am here it is 2:00 am back at home. Brother Tei is an amazing teacher. He's hot headed and unpredictable, but he makes up for it with a great spirit and excellent teaching ability. We are improving a lot. We practice everyday teaching three or four lessons. They don't teach us what to teach, only the methods we should use to teach. We have to study everything else from Preach My Gospel. My weakness is remember scriptures during the lesson. I already sent Brother Greenhalgh my scripture, but just in case, it is Alma 26:16.

I'm glad to hear everything is going good at home. Every night my pill (malaria pills) give me vivid dreams of home. Last night I dreamed that I escaped the MTC and found a portal from here to the basement of the Burbank mall. I don't allow myself to dwell on it too much during the day except when I'm talking with my fellow Americans. I do miss you all though and love you very much. I find that as long as I can feel the spirit, I will be fine : )

Oh! And speaking about animals, yesterday they caught a four foot iguana in the yard! Also, they told us there are poisonous snakes that they don't have medicine for. So if we are bitten we have to rely on the D&C scripture that says serpent venom will have no effect on us! Have fun with that thought : )

Elder Harris

P.S. Send me Anissa's address and stamps (they were sent a couple of days ago.)


  1. 2320 N. Fairview St. #A Burbank, CA 91504


    I sent him a letter with my address like a week ago! I guess he didn't get it. Hopefully I sent it to the right address! Could you send me his MTC address on FB so I can see if it was the right one?

  2. Don't you love how they always tell you the scary things like about poisonous snakes that they don't have medicine for...and then expect us moms not to worry!! Gotta love 'em!!