Date

April 20, 2018

Area

Blairsville, Georgia

Companion

Elder Wilson

Mid-Transfer Transfer

Surprise! I'm being transferred up to Powell valley Virginia and sister missionaries from the North Atlanta Mission are taking over Blairsville. This was originally going to take place Monday but we are now leaving Wednesday morning. Any-who they are making a new Stake called the Coal Mountain Stake. At interviews President told me I might switch missions. Well, thanks for the prayers for my well being everyone, because of y'all I get to go North and escape the heat rather than hopping right into the oven called more southern Georgia. #FeelingBlessed In all actuality though I am super happy to stay in this mission because President and Sister Pickett as well as so many others are just awesome.So I've said some unexpected goodbyes, but fear not, for Blairsville will always be near to my heart.I feel that I am leaving on a high note. By far the highlight of it all was working with the Hoods. Both have come so far while I have been here. Seeing the light that has entered Steve and Julie's life has been amazing. Steve is a stubborn guy and isn't easily moved, Julie went through a pile of previous Elders with a similar hesitancy to move to another religion (They are Metha-bapta-lu-lics and didn't feel the need to add any more sections to their list of religions haha) But the spirit is an unstoppable force when applied to an open heart. Steve and Julie were really nice people before, but now they are friends with countenances that simply glow. Just as Elder Bednar describes discerning spiritual light as a sunrise; with the light growing imperceptively unless compared to the start, light has entered the Hood's lives little by little as they have applied gospel principles. This is a great comfort to me as it seemed at times we were not getting far, such as when we challenged Steve to try fasting to find his answer. We didn't hear about this challenge again until just last Monday evening when Julie told us how she arose earlier than usual and prepared Steve his coffee only to find he had been fasting from it for over a month. Another indicator of that same spirit was that same night when Steve asked us to show him how to fill out a tithing slip. Or when Julie bore her testimony. The most exciting of them all however was hearing Steve express his and Julie's thoughts on how they could help their niece; they want to invite her to their baptism in June so she can feel the spirit of that meeting. I may not get to see them physically baptized, but I have seen the gospel touch their hearts. The gospel of Jesus Christ is so gloriously powerful! Steve and Julie were not an instant win over but nothing worth while is instantaneous! Their foundation upon Christ and this gospel has been building line upon line. I have no doubt that they will stay forever strong in the gospel.
‎Alma 26:16Therefore, let us glory, yea, we will glory in the Lord; yea, we will rejoice, for our joy is full; yea, we will praise our God forever. Behold, who can glory too much in the Lord? Yea, who can say too much of his great power, and of his mercy, and of his long-suffering towards the children of men? Behold, I say unto you, I cannot say the smallest part which I feel.

The work of salvation is so amazing. As a missionary I have marveled at the Joy that all involved get to partake in. If you have ever wanted additional witnesses to the truth of this gospel than I highly recommend missionary work. Alma 32:28 has never before meant as much to me as it does now.

As far as other updates Dewayne and Sandy are doing great. They came to Institute last Wednesday, which was a powerful institute, we haven't however gotten to sit down with them in a while, things keep coming up. Tomorrow however we will introduce them to the new sister Missionaries and they will help them on their way.
We have also found some super awesome people as of late, Blairsville is straight awesome. I wish I could continue to tell you how awesome it is, but my time here cometh to an end.
Oh also Elder Wilson is pretty awesome. He is from Parawan (Spelling?) Utah. He is 20 months into the mission and he has some good experience. Its been interesting adjusting to a new companion, it feels like I cant remember a time before working with Elder Haynes, time is just weird as a missionary. Anyway good things are to come. Love yall-Elder Harris




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