Monday, June 27, 2016

Elder Harrison Adams 6/27/16 Morehead City, NC

Family and Friends,

Another good here in Morehead City! As of today we have a new mission president. That might take a little while to get used to. But it will be fun as well! 

We spent a lot of time this week helping a family move out of the ward. They will be moving to the Cedar Hills area, by American Fork. It was fun because that's where Elder Gibb is from so they were talking lots about the area. But we helped them paint some walls, varnish their deck, and fill in some holes in the walls. The day of the move came, and we weren't going to be able to make it to help because we had lots of set appointments during that time. Well. All of the appointments cancelled so after all we were able to go and help them move. It wasn't too fun though because we were still in our proselyting clothes, it was the most humid night I've ever had here in North Carolina, and then halfway through the sky decided to dump hot rain on us. We were soaked head to toe but we packed them all up and shipped them off the next day! 

We also had a really good, uplifting district meeting. It was also bittersweet because a good friend of mine, Elder Sommer, gave his farewell testimony. He will be going home tomorrow. I'll include a photo below. 

We also had Ward Conference this past Sunday. It was good to hear from the Stake Leaders, and has just added to my testimony of the leadership of the church. They're not always perfect, but they are called of God and hold keys to execute their responsibilities. After church we had what's called a "Linger Longer." I guess here in North Carolina, and possibly other places as well, after Ward or Stake Conference everyone gets together in the cafeteria and we all eat. People bring lots of different food. The fried chicken was my favorite. 

I hope y'all are having fun where you are, and have a fun (and safe!) 4th of July! 


Elder Adams

Monday, June 20, 2016

Elder Harrison Adams 6/20/16 Morehead City, NC

Family and Friends,

We had a really good week again here in Morehead City! This week was the Big Rock tournament. It's the largest marlin fishing tournament in the whole United States. If not just the biggest fishing tournament in the whole United States as well. So the little town of Morehead has been packed! Traffic has been pretty bad, and there are lots of people on the roads. We had a few members in the ward participating in the tournament. The grand prize is 1 million dollars. The winning marlin was over 550 pounds! It was funny because we'd be driving down the road and fishes bigger than I am would just be in the back of a truck in front of us. 

This week we also had Zone Conference. It was the last time that we will be seeing President Baker, as President Weed will be the new mission president as of next Monday. It was sad but it was also really cool to hear President Baker talk about how the keys in the mission presidency work. The second that President Weed sets foot in Virginia he will be the new mission president. And the mantle will transfer from President Baker to President Weed.

I also saw my trainer, Elder Berry, for probably the last time.  He will be going home the end of next transfer and we won't be having any more meetings with his Zone before then. Although this week has been sad with goodbyes, I am also excited for President Weed to come in and know that he will be led as a mission president. 

One of our investigators randomly moved. Luckily he moved somewhere in the same trailer park. We just haven't tracked him down yet. We're also struggling to get investigators to church. There is a soccer league for the Hispanics around here and they have games on Sundays. So people are always going to that. But with the frustration also comes blessings through hard work!

We've seen lots of progress with some people, especially as they delve into the Book of Mormon. I know that the Book of Mormon is true and that it is sacred scripture. And through reading the Book of Mormon, we will develop a better relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon is true. This church is true. And Joseph Smith absolutely saw God the Eternal Father and Jesus Christ. If any of you are having a hard time, just remember that One already came before you. He was a man "acquainted with grief," our grief. Let's never forget that. 

I love y'all, and hope you've had a good week! And a special thanks to all of the fathers out there.


Elder Adams

Elder Gibb and Elder Adams

Getting ready to play "Oompa Loompa" at Specialized Training.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Elder Harrison Adams 6/13/16 Morehead City, NC

Family and Friends,

This week was a very successful week for us! We were able to find a lot of new investigators, in fact I believe we found more this past week than the whole time me and Elder Gibb have been together combined! We also had the chance to teach lots of people, and had two investigators at church! Alex and Chris. We may have to talk with Chris a little bit though, because he is very loose with his language. I've never heard the f-word in a church building ‘til now. I heard it about 15 times haha! Bless his heart. 

The weather here has gotten pretty warm. Whenever we take off our shoulder bags, your shirt is stained yellow from all the sweat! So we've been having to do laundry almost daily. Also there are bugs everywhere. I've never seen so many bugs in my life! They also have a bad habit of sneaking into our apartment. This morning I killed 13 different spiders that were all on our ceiling. 

Not too much has changed here. We are working hard. And enjoying ourselves! There is truly nothing greater than serving the Lord. Putting all of your time, thoughts, and efforts into bringing His children closer to His gospel. I know that this church is true and that we all have a part in this great work.

Much love,

Elder Adams 

Zone meeting

Monday, June 6, 2016

Elder Harrison Adams 6/6/16 Morehead City, NC

Family and Friends,

With the summer starting, we are really taking a beating here! The temperature hasn't been too bad. Normally in the middle of the day it's in the low 90's. But the catch is the humidity! The second you walk from a cold building to the outside all of the oxygen form your lungs is just sucked right out! Me and Elder Gibb have been sweating lots, because we aren't used to this weather yet. Also hurricane season has officially started. Last week we got hit pretty hard with a tropical storm. I don't know if I've ever seen rain coming down so hard in my life! Sadly, with all the humidity and rain, that means more mosquitoes. I've kind of just gotten used to it now. But we get pretty covered in mosquito bites. 

Other than the heat and bugs, this week was fairly normal! Last Monday night we ate at the Willis house. We were surprised when Brother Willis asked for our phone numbers back home. So we gave them to him. Then he just picked up his phone and called our homes! He stepped out of the room so we didn't hear, but he sat and talked to our parents for a little while haha! But we love the Willis family. They always make sure we are taken care of. 

We also had exchanges with the District Leader so I stayed the day up in Havelock. It's really great to do with other missionaries and learn from them.

Alex came to church again. He's been now it feels like a million times. But he's still not considering baptism. Sometimes being a missionary is frustrating, but it also teaches you patience. 

Last week we went to Fort Macon again, for Memorial Day. We said goodbye to Elder Johnsen, and got Elder Ray. He started his mission here in Morehead City and has come back now to finish his mission here. Everyone in the ward says the same will happen to me haha.

With it being summer, our church attendance has about doubled! We see lots of new people and new phases. Sometimes it's hard to tell if it's a less active member that came to church or just a visitor! Well, with it being summer, I thought I'd give y'all a quick list of how to not look like a tourist this year if you plan of coming to the East Coast! Because the locals can't stand tourists haha!

  1. Never drive under the speed limit. This is the #1 reason why locals hate tourist! They say it's safe to drive 7 miles over, but as a missionary I don't think I should solicit at least go the speed limit!
  2. Don't wear your flip flops unless you're going to the beach! It's one of the easiest ways to spot a tourist, and also dangerous! A member at the hospital said that right now, 90% of people coming in our tourists who have slipped and gotten foot injuries from wearing flip flops.
  3. Sun burns. Another easy way to look like a tourist is to come here and just get burned! Typically the locals take care not to get burned. 
  4. Boogie boarding. If you go boogie boarding be sure to put one hand on the front of the board and your other hand on the side. You have more control and movement. Holding on to both sides is another way to look like a tourist. 
  5. Bringing clutter to the beach. The people around here just bring their boards or a ball. All of the other clutter isn't necessary! They also don't bring towels to the beach. They leave them in their cars. 
  6. Don't shop at surf shops on the beach. Typically prices there are about double what you can find for the same product a little farther inland! 

Well hope y'all enjoy your trips this summer! 

Love, Elder Adams

Harrison and Elder Gibb at the Willis/Clifton home

Harrison enjoying cake at the Willis/Clifton home

Harrison and Elder Gibb at the Willis/Clifton home

Fort Macon on Emerald Isle

Manning the cannon at Fort Macon