Elder Harris, Portia and Gordella

Monday, March 14, 2011

Hello Family,

Was I cranky? I didn't mean it. Maybe it was the full night of no sleep I had had the night before;) I love the work here but the living just stinks sometimes. Not this week though! Full power and plenty of water all week long! I guess the power still goes off everyday but its at better times of the day.

We just played football against the same kids we played last transfer at the crappy pitch. This time they came to Takoradi so we had a nice pull pitch. Not too many people in our zone wanted to play though which stunk cause we had to play longer. I put my all into this game and I'm hurting a bit now. I've definitely got a little bit of Dad in me because I lost my cool a little bit. They kicked a penalty kick and I cleared the ball with my face and I yelled a few not so good words at him. The ball went out and they got a corner kick off of which one guy headed it at the goal but it hit the the post and shot back. Somebody cleared it and I yelled THIS IS MY HOUSE at the top of my lungs. They came back and scored in about two minutes and won 2-1. I'm a great example!

Transfers were pretty quiet for us here. Elder Clements is training a new guy name Elder Long from Texas. He's a pretty quite guy but I got him talking today about music. The Shins mostly. That reminds me that when I come home I have to watch a movie called Garden State. Remind me.

I'm still with Elder Hadderlie and Elder Thacker came to replace Elder Moiwo, one of my MTs. The only loss was Elder Tracy which really stinks! But its ok, I can deal with that!

Thursday was D-Day for Elder Hadderlie and I. The sprint to the finish began that day and we both vowed to be as obedient as possible till the end our missions. The Lord saw it fit to give me a good change of heart in that I no longer desire to be the "rebel." I never was all out apostate but I did have weaknesses that didn't need to be weaknesses. That same day I randomly said to Haderlie, "We should start reading the Old Testament together!" He didn't seem too excited but later we decided to read the whole thing by the end of this transfer. 6 weeks! We have to read 28 pages a day and so far we are into Exodus. Its been really sweet.

Wow when did the earthquake hit? I don't think I've ever heard of an earthquake that big. Elder Haderlie told me that this morning over a thousand bodies washed ashore. It makes me wonder at what is still to come. Think about the Nephites when the Lord passed away. I don't know when the second coming will come (even though I have reason to believe it wont come within the next 50 years because of one elder's patriarchal blessing) but I think we better follow the counsil of Wilford Woodruff who said he would live like it was tomorrow. Our time here could end at any minute. Don't worry though. Ghana doesn't get earthquakes! I think you better

Last week the Assin Fosu district became a stake and believe it or not, Achiese became a ward yesterday. My recent convert, Amos, is the first counselor in the bishopric! He just attended the temple for the first time a couple months ago and I'm sure that his family will be sealed before I come home in October! He's still a recent convert but I always knew he would do big things for the church there.

This week a seven year old girl found my weakness. At Porchia's place there are always a lot of stubborn children who like to disturb us. Gordella is Portia's little sister. She kept trying to crack my fingers and jump on my back but I always had the upper hand and would tickle her into submission. However she snuck up behind me on my little wooden stool and lunged her fingers into my side. Well...that is my weakness. I couldn't stop laughing and yelling NO in a girly voice! Finally I swung around and tried to grab her but she kept going till I fell on my back in the dirt. I was laughing so hard I was crying. She pretty much destroyed me.

So with our new obedience goal we decided together on the following:
First no media beside that which has been allowed by the white bible
1 hour at the cafe with one site only (My lds mail)

That was all we had trouble with. We've been trying to work harder as well and have companionship study. The study has been easier since we are reading the bible. I feel lighter in spirit and the work has been more enjoyable as we've humbled ourselves. I am still willing to listen to the disdangs Jeremy has made since it won't be distracting in any way.

All right I love you all very much I hope you all enjoy your week.

Love Elder Harris

Gold teeth and a curse for this town
Were all in my mouth
Only I don't know how
They got out dear!
Turn me back into the pet,
I was when we met,
I was happier then with no mindset

If you turn, to me like, a gull turns in the wind
I'd a trust In my dreams and
I'd a danced like the king of the eyesores
the rest of our lives would have fared well

New slang when you notice the stripes
The dirt in your fries
Hope its right when you die
Old and bony
Dawn breaks like a bull through the hall
I never should have called
But my backs to the wall and I'm lonely

If you turn to me like a gull turns in the wind
I'd a trust in my dreams and well
I'd a danced like the king of the eyesores
The rest of our lives would have fared well

God speed all the bakers at dawn
May they all cut their thumbs
And bleed into their buns till they melt away

I'm looking in
On the good life
I may be doomed never to find
Without a trust in flaming fields
Am I too dumb to refine
And if you turn to me like, well
I'd a danced like the king of the eyesores
And the rest of our lives would have fared well

New Slang, The Shins

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