Monday, February 1, 2016

Elder Harrison Adams 2-1-16 Morehead City, NC

This has probably been the fastest week on my mission so far. I really don't feel like any time has passed since last Monday. But in this week we have also gotten a lot of work done! And we have seen a lot of miracles. But before I share all of that, of course I have to share some things that I have learned or other experiences I've had this week!
So down here.

In the "south" (Really North Carolina isn't too far south on a map) they have a different way of giving directions. I learned a new term that almost everyone here uses. It's called a "farsee."So, a farsee, is when you go from where you are standing to as far as you can see. But people use more than one farsee at a time which I don't really understand how that can be accurate. Oh well though! Just something cool that I learned.

This week Elder Mickelson and I were driving down a road, and we got to the end of the road which was just a circle. But in this circle, there were hundreds of crushed shells. So we were wondering what all of these shells came from, because we hadn't seen this anywhere else. While we were talking about it, a shell fell from the sky right in front of our car! Then a seagull came down, and ate the clam or whatever it was. So we noticed then that a bunch of seagulls would come to this place, fly up high, and then drop the shell on the pavement. Then they would come down and eat the creature living inside the cracked shell. I hadn't really ever heard of that before so I also found that interesting!

Also this week I got to ride on a bike for the first time in my mission! We went on exchanges with the Elders in Havelock so I went up there with Elder Wright and we rode bikes. It was pretty fun actually! It was nice to have a little change.

A little side note too. It's been fun to see how my Spanish and the Spanish of Elder Mickelson compare. His Spanish is a lot different than mine. We have different tones and such. With the double l. I make a y sound. But he makes a cha sound. It's crazy how in the same mission we still learn different ways to speak Spanish. 

Finally, because we are literally surrounded by beaches here, we decided this morning to go play sand volleyball with the English Elders. It was really fun, we had some pretty good games going. While we were playing there was a thunderstorm over the ocean. So it was really neat to see the flashes across the sky and reflections in the ocean of the lightning.

This week has been really fun, but we've also been really busy teaching lots of people. We taught thirty lessons this week, which is double what the mission wide goal is. The majority of these lessons as well were with less active members. But, we have seen lots of blessings come fromm this.

Yesterday at church we had two less active members attend. One who hadn't been for six years, and another who hadn't been for eight! In addition to that, we had an investigator come to church. He really enjoyed sacrament meeting, and in our Gospel Principles class after it basically just turned into a Q and A. He would ask a question, and then members would answer it, sharing their testimony along with their other comments. Finally, we went to the third hour. This Sunday was a little different, because we had a combined meeting with all classes about missionary work. We were about to close the lesson, we had watched some videos and had some discussions, but then our investigator stood up and said he would like to share something. Keep in mind, we weren't having a discussion that was open for people to share comments. Well, he got in front of EVERYONE, and started talking about how he feels. How he feels good. How this church is good. Then, he turned to us. Me and elder Mickelson. And said "These here are my two best friends. I love them so much. And they have helped me know God more. I've only known the missionaries for the past six months, but they have changed my life and continue to do so." We have seen many miracles here already.

It's nice working with Elder Mickelson again.

Thank y’all so much. I love you all.

-Elder Adams

Harrison also mentioned that he has been to Beaufort about eight times, and to Atlantic Beach about four.

He has dinner appointments almost every day and doesn't get as much hispanic food...lots of pasta and such.  He did try grits for the first time.  Surprisingly, he hasn't had any seafood yet.

We sent him a picture of his cousin, Josh, at the top of Snowbird Ski Resort.  He says he misses the mountains!

Harkers Island Shore.

Cape Lookout Lighthouse in the far distance.

Harkers Island Water Tower.

Reeds at Atlantic Beach.

Sunrise at Atlantic Beach.

Pier by Atlantic Beach.

Atlantic Beach Water Tower.

Sandy path to the beach at Atlantic Beach.

Elders' home in Morehead City (notice conch shells in the front yard).

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