Monday, October 27, 2014

Mission Complete


I'm going to make this a quick email because we have loads to do today but, the baptism went WONDERFULLY. Seriously, everything went oh so smoothly and it was a miracle. N's parents came to the baptism to support her and she bore her testimony afterwards, just glowing! You could just feel the joy radiating off of her!

Thursday would be a good day to be released. If we could work it out, I'd love to go to the temple Thursday morning (I don't even care if we go super early). I think ideally, I would do an early morning temple session and then go straight to being released so that when I get home. I'm home, y'know? Clean break :) 

My talk went really well. I didn't cry at all! Until I sat down and we started singing the next song.. I just balled. It really just hit me that this time was done. It was the silliest thing that made me start crying.. I thought to myself, 'This is the last time you'll sing in German during a Sacrament meeting' haha But, it was wonderful to be able to say goodbye to this incredible ward and to have Natalie be confirmed on the same day.. ah. It was just so beautiful. To see her come so far and then take the final step. 
Munich 3 missionaries

S is doing pretty well! He's come to church the last two Sundays. He is just such a sweet young man. Even though, he's had so many hardships in his life - he's really doing his best to work through it.

So many. Everyone wanted us over because.. well, we're awesome.. Also, I'm going home.

I still love reading The Book of Mormon in German :)
This lovely tritt got caught in the rain, but look at those smiles!  

Know that I love you all, and that even though, I'm not bursting with excitement yet to be heading home. I really am so grateful that you all have supported me throughout my time here.. and well, during my whole life! I love you all so much and am so grateful that I was able to come out here and share what you all have taught me! The Gospel of Jesus Christ is real, and can change lives!

Bis Mittwoch!
Sister Harman

I teased  Sister Harman about filling her suitcase with chocolate when she came home.
  Looks like she is bringing some home!  

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Familien sind EWIG!

Servus Familie!

This week has been crazy but, as always a wonderful week. N had her baptismal interview and passed with flying colors! So that was definitely a highlight of this week - on a more serious note: the son of our Stake President here in München died suddenly during a soccer game. This little boy was only 11 years old and his heart just stopped.  They tried to revive him but, to no avail.

President Aura invited us to the funeral of his son. When I say us, I mean he invited all the missionaries from the entire stake to come and support.  It was such an incredible meeting - literally the most optimistic funeral I have ever been to. The family taught that 'Familien sind EWIG!' that families are forever and that through this belief, they have a faith and hope that they will see their son, little brother, and friend.  This family was a huge example to me of missionary work and true conversion. They invited us the missionaries to talk to all their friends and family that came and offer to them the peace that comes from the restored gospel.

In other news, I went on exchange this week toooooooo München 2! So still in München, only on the Southern side of town. I went and worked with a wonderful sister named Sister Ahlm. This is her first transfer in the field and she's just a fire cracker. I love love love working with goldens. They are just so excited and ready to learn! Sister Ahlm is a chill, snowboarder, loves good music, and hanging out with her friends and we had so much fun on this exchange. (Small funny - we greeted this guy in the subway and he stopped and said 'Do we know each other?' and then we struck up a conversation - he noticed Sister Ahlm's nametag and said AHA! That's why you said hello, you're trying to convert me.  We calmed him down and had to head on our way, but, simple friendliness goes a long way, dear people!)

Funnier funny, after district meeting, everyone is getting up and ready to go and then Elder Evans called for us to sit down because he had forgotten to tell us something. I sat briefly on Sister Smith's lap and then scooted over to my chair. BUT, my skirt got caught on her bag and RIP! Yep, that's right. My favorite skirt ripped in front of 8 Elders. Joy to the world. Instantly, I just started laughing and assessed the damage. The looks of pity and the 'Don't worry, Sister Harman! I've got a a sewing kit!' assured me and I quickly repaired the problem :D (Luckily, it was only a top layer rip so nothing tooo embarrassing. Funny none the less!)

N will be baptized this Saturday! Crazy! And I'll be giving a talk this next Sunday in church! Woo. Thanks for the encouragement and the prayers and I just love you all so much!

An excerpt from Sister Harman's letter to her dad, "I had the coolest experience this past week with a part member family we've been working with. I've developed a really good relationship with the father,and since this next week is my last Sunday. I just straight up invited him to church to come and support me and instead of getting upset, or defensive like he's done in the past -- he just got really serious and said he'd think about it. 

When I first got here, he was a bit angry at the church. He grew up religious but, eventually stopped attending due to the hypocrisy of the members. He grew up in **** and when Communists had the rule - if one attended church, you'd get kicked out of school. But, the father's conviction was so strong that he would sneak into church every Sunday to hear the word. . After Communistic rule ended, everyone else came back to church and were praised and accepted. He was shocked and angry. These people had been persecuting the believers and now that it was okay to believe, they join back up? NO WAY. So he said that he was done with organized religion and scriptures and just would have a personal belief in God. 

Fast forward to now, he allowed his wife to be baptized (a huuge step for him), he allows his children to come to church, and when his son (the 11 year old) didn't want to go to church yesterday. The father sat him down and told him that he NEEDED to go to church to learn to become a man. To learn to know God. When the son complained and said he would just stay home with him. His Dad said no. If you don't want to go to Mom's church, I'll take you to the church I grew up in. Either way .. you need to go to church. So the son came to church and the father came and picked them all up afterwards. 

He has begun to read and pray with his wife every day!


Sister Harman

PS - Next week Sister Harman COMES HOME!  :) :) :) 

Monday, October 13, 2014

My time here has been absolutely BEAUTIFUL.

Well, these emails are getting lamer and lamer haha Sorry! I'll repent and write something worthwhile!

This week we had a Zone Conference combined with Stuttgart! It was as glorious as ever and I learned so much. It really made me stop and ponder, 'what kind of missionary have I been? What kind of missionary do I want to be?' At the end of Zone Conference, the missionary that will be going home have the opportunity to share their testimony. one. last. time. Dramatic, right?  I had thought alot about what I could share. Lots of missionaries talk about how hard it was, give a list of what they learned, share it in German.. etc. The biggest thing that stuck out to me as something I could share was simply loving what we are doing. 
Someone shared with me that scripture in Eccles. 3, where it goes through and describes that there is a time for this and a time for that. I read that the first time and was annoyed. I understand that there is a time for everything but, WHY. Why does my time have to end? Then right underneath those scriptures in verse 11 it states:

"He hath made every thing beautiful in his time..."

My time here has been absolutely BEAUTIFUL. The Lord has given me the opportunities and the challenges that I have needed to make the progress He's needed me to.  I should not be saddened or angry (at those silly Elders for having six more months than me) but, grateful for the chance I've had to be among the servants of God in this part of his vineyard.

Also, one thing I have learned. I hate it when people talk about how HARD missions are. Seriously, I think that is my biggest pet peeve. They are just as hard as we make them out to be. I've never had a hard week. Heck not even really a hard day. Some hard moments? Definitely. But, you put those moments aside and you keep going. The Lord doesn't want us to be sad. He didn't send us out here to be miserable! The question we should be asking ourselves:

'If I'm not happy now, in the Lord's service, when will I be happy?'

So basically, be happy! Smile and know that I love you! And God does too!

Sister Harman

PS The goodbyes are taking there toll.  'it's just hard sometimes y'know? Because you just come to love these people so much and then you leave. Like at least with you all at Home, you write me every week and I KNOW that I'll see you forever! I think that's why I've felt safe and not homesick on my mission. There's that surety that we are TOGETHER."  I am so looking forward to the hello!  Only 16 days, my friends, 16 days!!

Monday, October 6, 2014

So this week has been the longest, shortest, craziest week of my mission.


So this week has been the longest, shortest, craziest week of my mission. No joke. The week started out normal and then Tuesday morning, our phone rings.  President Kohler.  My heart just dropped when I answered the phone and I knew that something crazy was about to happen.  He explained that a golden (a new sister missionary) was headed home due to some stress issues, and that her companion would need to be transferred.  He asked me how I felt about going into a drit (a trio). The words, 'What do you think President?' popped out of my mouth before I could stop them and I knew that was the WORST possible answer I could give, if I wanted to stay in a normal companionship.  He explained a little more the situation and I told him that we would take her in, if that's what he felt was right. He said he'd call me back in a couple hours but, to plan on receiving a new companion.

SO  long story short, we're in a drit! Sister Nicole Packer, from Lindon, UT, 21, likes to dance and actually started out her mission here in München 3. 

We had excellent lessons with S and N this week and both were able to come to General Conference with us. N is right on track to be baptized on the 18th of Oktober and she'll be having her interview this Thursday! We're excited for her and all the progress that she is made!  

Another miracle,  I was able to say hi to Sister Powell really really really quick this week! She was here from MLC and we were at the chruch at the same time doing some studies (we had had some lessons earlier and weren't able to finish all of studies). In addition, Elder Wasden, Elder Mickelson (haven't seen him since Ludwigsburg!), and Sister Pentz (baby girl!), and oh so many more! It was really really fun to say hi really quick. I was a little sad thinking I wouldn't be able to say goodbye before I 'die' aka go home but, now I got to say hi/bye so it'll be good!

Funny story, the Passau sisters spent the night at our house both Saturday and Sunday nights.  AKA Sister McEwen and Sister Wunderli! It was like Christmas being able to see them both again and have a sleepover basically.  Funny, a sister mixed up the word gestorben, and getötet. aka to die or to murder when talking about Jesus Christ. that one got me laughing pretty good :)

General Conference was absolutely amazing. I haven't seen the Sunday afternoon session yet, but, I really really really loved the talk from President Eyring.  I find that he always speaks really from his heart and no matter the theme of his talk - I always seem to gleam what I need from his words.  A theme that stuck out to me throughtout all the sessions - remember righteous priorities.  As the work gets crazy with our threesome here in Munich, it's great to know how I can have righteous priorities to really reach the people that are ready.

Interesting thought, something else I really learned yesterday. Talk after talk we heard about prophets, priesthood leaders, and just leaders in general. It really helped me reflect on my mission presidents. I loved loved loved President Miles, as anyone who knows me knows. When I love something, I just love it with my whole heart and sometimes - it's a wee bit hard (cough) to change. President Kohler came and while I definitely respected and honored his Priesthood and his calling, I was having a hard time really giving him my heart. Putting that whole trust and love into following his leadership.  Now, I am an exactly obedient missionary. I follow the letter of the law to the T. But, still I was having a hard time completely putting my heart into the changes that have been occuring.  During the Sunday morning session, I just had the strongest impression that while President Kohler might not know who Krissie Harman is, he prays for her and he cares for her.  The important thing is that God knows just who she is and that He will lead him to do what He needs her to do (nice pronoun usage, right?) It brought alot of peace into my heart about the state of our companionship now.

I get to hug this missionary in 23 days, 23 DAYS!!
I'm so grateful for the Holy Ghost.  He really does speak to our hearts and minds and can give us the revelation that we so desperately need.  Thank you so much for your prayers and love and I hope you all learned as much from General Conference, and the Spirit that was felt there, as I did! (AKA report back to me! What'd you learn?!)

Love you all!
Sister Harman

PS  Mom's note here:   Isn't it interesting that Heavenly Father is giving Sister Harman the opportunity to see and talk to some of the missionaries she has served with the last 17 months.  Tender Mercies.  And the week she probably needed it most.  Tender Mercies!

Friday, October 3, 2014

This week was full of adventures as always

Dear Family and Friends, and random readers,
Welcome.  This week was full of adventures as always....we had the opportunity to teach Natalie this week and meet her whole family! It was so great for us to be able to meet her family and really see how they are feeling.  Religion is something that is really close to most people's hearts and it is soooo important that we respect and understand each other.  Natalie's Father was super open and asked some really great questions about what would happen after she becomes a member and what the family means to us.  I just felt so LUCKY. Family is family. Whether we belong to the same faith or not, we love each other.  Now that doesn't mean we enable or condone poor decisions but, it does mean that we love them despite their weaknesses.  She is making great progress and her family is supporting her in her decision to be baptized.

SIster Harman at Oktoberfest

B and V. They are just a cute little family! B had been to church in a long time and we started teaching her about 2 or so weeks ago. During our lesson this past week, we really just hit on the Spiritual nourishment we receive as we hear from Prophets, our teachers, and each other as members of the Church. We can learn so much from each other and from the Holy Ghost as we open ourselves to receive revelation. Now the question - how can one receive revelation? General Conference is coming up this next week and, naturally, we want to learn something from it- but how? Ideas: Spiritually prepare yourself, ask yourself: Am I studying the scriptures everyday? Am I praying to my Father in Heaven? Am I living in such a way that the Holy Ghost will be by me?  It's the simple things that prepare us to be taught by the Spirit. I've felt that so often, that I just did my best to keep clean, positive thoughts - I could really feel the Spirit more strongly.

We were also able to help out with the Institute and Seminary kick off fireside - insert Sister Smith and I washing and drying dishes, and cooking from 15:00-20:00.  Strangely enough, it was an incredibly enjoyable experience haha Only in the service of the Lord would spending five hours in a kitchen, be considered a good time :) Luckily, the Elders came and helped us the last 2 hours and it was just great to know that we really were able to help the whole thing run off without a hitch!

Service makes us happy!!

For everyone feeling underappreciated or tired or needing a little spiritual boost:

About General Conference this weekend, we'll watch the Sisters Conference on Saturday afternoon, and then the Saturday morning session live (for us Saturday Night), Sunday afternoon we'll watch the Saturday afternoon session, and then the Sunday afternoon we'll watch the Sunday morning session live :)  SO EXCITED! 

Love you all!
Sister Harman

Monday, September 22, 2014

Service at the Asylheim with the Mü 2 Sisters was incredible


So I just wrote you one of the most beautiful, long detailed emails I have ever written and then BAM. What happens? The internet glitches annnd it's gone so forgive me - if I'm lacking in detail ;)

Miracles of the week:
So S. Our 17 year old miracle. He's been reading and reading like crazy (he's in Mosiah now) and praying and praying and praying but, doesn't seem to be recognizing any answer that God's trying to give him.  Sister Smith and I had already talked to him about recognizing the Spirit, given him so ideas, scriptures to read, and general conference talk - and still.. he still wasn't sure.  Until, bam! We are meeting and talking and then all of the sudden, you just see this lightbulb go off in his head and he just starts saying: that's it!! THAT'S IT! You've given me my answer! I just stopped talking and was super confused and he then proceeds to quote a scripture that he had read the night before and tell us that now he knew what to do.  Funny thing is, he still thought that he or I had given him this solution. We then got to explain about the Holy Ghost even more and WHAM. Finally, he understands! It's so incredible teaching him because you can just FEEL our much Heavenly Father has in store for him. 

Oktoberfest has started and we're still alive! It is basically a massive carnival with big rides, lots of food, and, of course, beer - but we won't dwell on that one too much. Yesterday we had a combined Sacrament meeting with München 1 and it was so great to see our little chapel BURSTING at the seams. Because our church is about 300 meters away from the fest, we had only one hour of church and even that hour, combined. There was a MASSIVE parade that started around 11 and the noise would be far too much to have a church service.

The Parade was awesome.

Teaching N at the Habermann family's home = amazing. She was just so ready to accept more commitments (to live the commandments (in particular, Word of Wisdom and Law of Chastity) and to prepare for her baptism! The Habermann's were phenominal joint teaches and I really felt like we had four missionaries teaching that lesson instead of two! David O. McKay really knew what he was saying when he said, 'Every member a missionary!'

Service at the Asylheim with the Mü 2 Sisters was also incredible. This is a gated community where many refuges live (many are from Africa, and the middle East) It was so humbling to help men, women, and children, find shoes to fit their bare little feet.  We were able to help give out clothing to those who were and need and man. It just makes me so grateful for all that I have! 

Well, I love you all oodles and oodles.
Sister Harman

P.S. I met three roller derby girls (think Psych, where Jules goes undercover as a derby girl) 

Funny story Sister Harman shared with me:  "Some creepy guy kissed me on the cheek. (well he just like grabbed me and ran his lips across my cheek... and then whispered that he might come to the activity in Rosenheim we were inviting him to. Now. That might not sound funny, but telling the Elders the story afterwards was absolutely hilarious. They all freaked out so much, meanwhile Sister Smith and I were just like.. welp.. that was weird and moved on. Sister Missionary powers! :))"

P.P.S. Only 5 more emails until Sister Harman heads home.  

Monday, September 15, 2014

I'm so grateful that I have the opportunity to help people help themselves. That's really all we do.


Oktoberfest started out as a festival for a wedding and then became a tradition. It's basically like a carnival with loads of rides, food, and ginormous 'beer tents', which are actually massive buildings built juust for these two weeks. Am I excited to go? YES!

What a week! Seriously. I didn't even have time to blink. We were running to and fro doing some great missionary work this week. We were able to meet with several less actives, teach our great investigators, ward council, Zone Training, meet all the goldens, say goodbye to our dear friends that are now home, and just do work!

It was really strange listening to the missionaries going home give their last testimony at Zone Training. (We have this tradition that at the last Zone Training before missionaries head home, they have the opportunity at the end of the meeting to share their final words before they 'die' aka go home.) It was super normal listening to the sadness, but excitement coming from the missionaries headed out until I realized, that at the next Zone Training - I'd be giving my last testimony.  My eulogy (haha). I looked at Sister Smith, became sad for a second and then became utterly and completely grateful! That I've been able to come here, do some work and that I still have 6 blessed weeks in full time service! There is so much work to be done and this is only the beginning :D

Speaking of great beginnings, we taught Sebastian again this week. What a miracle child! As we taught him more about the Restoration, the Plan of Salvation, you could just see the wheels turning in his head.  He has such a great heart and is really trying his best to figure out how his will and the will of our Father in Heaven come together. It's really helped me reflect this week and what I do to align my will with God's, what do I do to find out what God's will is!  

Sister McCormack referenced this talk in relation to this topic and I really enjoyed it! (I don't know if you remember it.. but, I quoted it a couple of months ago in an email haha)

Elder Richard G. Scott, October 1989 General Conference.

Across from me a woman sat sobbing. With tear-filled eyes, she told me, “I don’t know what I believe anymore.” She spoke of having struggled and prayed many days to know how to make a vitally important decision in her life, without success. She anguished, “I don’t know what to do. If you’ll tell me what to do, I’ll do it.” With her hand on the scriptures, she said, “God told us He would help us. He answers everybody else’s prayers. Why won’t He answer mine?”

When one is caught in a whirlpool of emotion, it is difficult to find a way out alone. My prayer is to help you who have similar feelings.

When answers to urgent prayer don’t seem to come, it can be that we don’t understand some truths about prayer, or because we don’t recognize answers when they come.

Our Heavenly Father did not put us on earth to fail but to succeed gloriously. It may seem paradoxical, but that is why recognizing answers to prayer can sometimes be very difficult. Some face life with only their own experience and capacity to help them. Others seek, through prayer, divine inspiration to know what to do. When required, they qualify for power beyond their own capacity to do it."

When we really want to come to understand our Heavenly Father's will, we have to seek him in prayer.  But, what's the point in seekeing him - if we don't seek just as hard for a solution, an answer, a salvation?  I'm so grateful that I have the opportunity to help people help themselves.  That's really all we do.  We give people the tools, inspire them to believe in themselves, and more importantly trust that there is someone up there that knows, cares, and is incredibly aware of our joys, pains and struggles.

Thanks for all y'all do for me!  I'm so lucky to have such wonderful friends and family! :D


Sister Harman

Week of 9/8/2014 Happiness is the destination, but it's also the path.

Liebe Familie,

.We just got transfer calls and we're staying until my bitter end. I can't believe this is it.  My last transfer haha CRAZY.  I'm just glad I get to stay and finish up Sister Smith's training. Whitewashing and training my last two transfers wasn't exactly what I had envisioned but, I'm so glad it's happened! It's kept me super busy and has been an adventure.  It's been incredible learning to do something I never thought I would be able to do. Well, just learning to depend on the Lord utterly and completely because there is no other way.. Sink or Swim.

We had an exchange with the STLs this week.. which was just lovely. I had the chance to work with Sister Peterson, who will be heading home this week. It was really nice to finally work with her. I've heard so much about her (she was one of the only Sisters I hadn't met before coming here and I replaced her in Linz). She's hilarous and really cool! We saw lots of miracles just talking with everyone, despite all of our plans falling out. 

Other miracles: Our cooking abilities. Seriously, we're getting pretty talented! We were finally able to get in contact with some less active members who would like to meet with us. So our work is expanding really on every front - finding new investigators, teaching those investigators, helping reactivate members, and keeping the strong members.. well just that, STRONG! :) 

I'm so grateful that I'm here in Munich with so many great missionaries, especially my great companion, Sister Smith.  Life is good. The work is going forth annnd yeah! We really can't complain!!

Cool quote this week:
'Happiness is the destination, but it's also the path.'

Sometimes we get so focused on the end goal that we forget to enjoy the whole path that we are on. That's what we've been encouraged our investigators to do - to get excited about the destination.. heaven, but to also enjoy all the blessings and trials that come from being here on the Earth.  
Schwester Kopischke shared a story about her little four year old boy this past week. They were having a family home evening with a little lesson about Joseph Smith, when the little boy started crying and saying he just wanted to be with his Father in Heaven. Why couldn't he just go now? He was upset the whole night, and, despite, his great parents' best efforts - he could not be consoled.  Finally as it was time for bed, his Mother was laying beside him and explained to him that there was a way for him to return to live with his Heavenly Father. As he kept the commandments, made covenants and did his very best.. he would be able to live with him again :)  And so it is with all of us, as we give our best, and strive to enjoy the journey, while looking to hope for the future, we'll be able to attain just what we desire - a life with a loving Heavenly Father!

Love you all!
Sister Harman

Thursday, September 4, 2014

More miracles!


Tuesday. Miracle central!  
 Miracle Number 1: S
'He is a young adult and is not very religious. His girlfriend had hidden that she was a member for a while and then finally told him and said that he didnt have to keep going out with her now that he knew she was a member of our church. His friends all told him to dump her, that our religion was crazy, but he decided that he loved her and he just wanted to start making a decision by figuring out what this religion was anyways. So, he looked up everything he could, tirelessly. He works at a hotel, night shifts, so he has very little time. He watched some really incorrect documentaries and also found and just took everything in. He decided that wasn't enough so he wandered around 4 bookstores asking for a Book of Mormon. He couldn't find one. Then he got an extra night off, (that he shouldn't have had off but thanks to the Lord he did,) and was ''somehow'' in the area of our church. He remembered that he had read that we had a church building near Theresienwiese and decided to check it out. He wandered over to it and found the church. Dark, and locked. He waited for 5 minutes, lights off and no one was there, and thought... what am I do here? I should just go. But had a feeling he needed to stay. Then one of our young adults, who recently joined the Church from Catholicism,  (the religion that S had been raised in but since fallen away from.) just popped by to see if anyone was at the church. Not five minutes later, we showed up. 

We had been hustling from a member's house to make it to the church in time to do German studies before our Ward meeting. We rush to the door to find them (A and S) standing outside, waiting for someone to unlock the doors. Then we were able to talk to him, learn about his background and give him a church tour. He was very polite, interested and serious about what we shared. He was actually like ''wow you are actually really normal and this is all actually normal'' and I think that is very true, but funny that he had said that after all he had seen. The truth is we are just normal people working with God to be better. 

Anyways, after the church tour we invited him to take the lessons and he hesitated because he usually has about 0 time to do anything in life, let alone meet up with us and learn what we believe. The Young adult that was there asked him if he had time right then to listen and he was very excited to say YES!! Right then an AWESOME young adult who is a return missionary and was atheist before he joined the church came and asked if he could talk and teach with us. YES. 'These two young adults together had his exact background. So we taught him about the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ on the earth today :D and he was very interested. It was super spiritual and we could all feel the beauty of the Lord's miracles working!! We finally got him that Book of Mormon, free of charge of course, and he left with our phone number and finally some correct information.
We immediately ran upstairs, thinking we were super late to our ward meeting only to find the bishop and Elder's quorom president on a call and it was a PRIESTHOOD meeting! Which, naturally, we didn't need to be there for. AKA MIRACLE that we were super confused and thought it was OUR meeting that night. If so, we would have gone home to do our studies. CRAZY AWESOME!

 BUT, (to make the story even more dramatic haha) we didn't get his phone number.. which usually means that they will forget we ever met and never ever call us. BUT, he is amazing! Sebastian called us back last night and will meet with us this week. We now have his number, will see him at church and the Lord will take care of him!! Ahh '
-Sister Smith

It was so absolutely incredible. Really. It's one of those times where we look around and think this is NOT us. We aren't doing anything. The Lord is the one that makes all these crazy wondrous things happen. (And yes, I just quoted my companion's email. TEAMWORK :)) 

Miracle number 2: Wir sprechen mit Jedem!
Sunday, I was chatting with this girl on the way home from the church annd she had to get out really suddenly... so I handed her a card and told her to call us if she had more interest. After the miracle lesson with Sebastian, the phone starts ringing.. GUESS WHO IT IS! Yep. This girl asking when we can meet. Sister Smith and I were just freaking out like.. we need to talk to more people.. everything is working right now.. So we both sit down on our S-Bahn heading home and Sister Smith (that amazing Sister Missionary) starts TEACHING this girl about the Book of Mormon and gave away her first Book of Mormon all by herself! (Proud Mama!) Meanwhile I was talking to this cool guy from Germany, who of course, HAD INTEREST TO MEET WITH THE MISSIONARIES! 

Another cool fact, we as a Munich Zone went to Augsburg and recorded a cd ;) Yep. It's true. I'm now officially a recorded awesome singerin. My life is complete! This CD will be used as a way to reach out to less active members, particularly those who are unable to come to church due to illness. There aren't very many religious CDs in German so it was exciting to be a part of making one!

 Also, with the amazing referral from last week.. She prayed about it and set a baptismal date for herself! She originally wanted to be baptized this next Saturday but, we talked to her about all the lessons we would need to teach and she decided on the 11 of Oktober! We're so excited for her and all the incredible progress she is making in the gospel!

Safe to say, the week was incredibly busy. Full of waaay to many miracles to write them all down but, never doubt. I'm absolutely loving my time here in Munich. I'm working with an incredible sister missionary, Sister Smith (the one.. the only ;)). And yeah, we're doing just that.. WORKING. :)

Thanks for all the love and have a super week!
Sister Harman

Miracles, miracles! Letter from August 25

This week was awesome! Here's a cool story! 
Our first Sunday here in Munich. Sister Smith and I were just meeting everyone and trying to figure out names, and where to sit, etc. When an awesome member stole Sister Smith away, to talk to a REFERRAL.  This lady, whose family had investigated the church as she was younger. She had remembered what a good experience she had had with the missionaries and during a crisis in her life - thought she'd stop by the Mormons, in order to feel some peace.  Crazy, right? We taught her this last week and she just starts talking about baptism and about how she feels like that is probably the path for her.  We were so surprised, I didn't know what to say (which.. yeah... a little surprising for me) but, she's praying about a baptismal date and it's great to see how even already, the Lord is throwing people into our path. 

The work has still got a long ways to go but, it's definitely starting up.  We're working with some awesome individuals. Schwester Kopischke, Bischoff Hettenkofer, and Bruder Arnold to give a few shout outs and doing great work and I am really so grateful for their guidance and leadership in our ward.  Another great huzzah of gratitude goes out to Elder Spencer and Elder Vitel! They are two great hard working Elders and have been so helpful in getting the work really going here in Gemeinde München 3!

Miracle Story that happened in our ward this week!

Svetlana is a ward missionary and an amazing member in the 3rd ward. She is always serving, and sharing the gospel.  Her Mother is a sweet little old lady living in Moldova. Svetlana would continually tell her Mother how wonderful the blessings of the Restored Gospel are, how much the Book of Mormon meant to her in her life.
So when Svetlana's Mother came to visit her here in Munich, naturally, she was intrigued to her about this 'new' church her daughter had found. That's where the Elders come in! Unfortunately, Schwester Chiaric (Sr.) doesn't speak any English or German but, never fear! The Lord transferred an Elder Vitel from Romania here! As the Elders were meeting with her (and teaching her in Romanian...
Sister Smith, Elder Vitel, Elder Spencer, Sister Harman
Munich 3rd Ward Missionaries

She explained that she had read the whole Book of Mormon already and was currently studying in Doctrine and Covenants.
The Elders taught her about Baptism, and she committed herself to get baptized before she would leave.  Schwester Chiaric became the newest member of the 3rd ward at 9 am yesterday morning and, even though, the service was mostly in Romanian the Spirit of God and his love could definitely been felt!

The Lord really is preparing all people EVERYWHERE to hear about the restored gospel.  All we need to do is open our eyes and our mouths and the Lord will help us find the people that are searching :) 

Love you all!
Sister Harman

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Another week has flown by


Well. Hate to say it, but another week has flown by. Adventures for this week are included (but not limited to): Zone Training, finding new investigators, calling lots of people, teaching lessons, getting lost, playing frisbee, getting soaking wet (practically everyday), cleaning our apartment (still in progress), giving a talk, teaching primary, and loving every second in the service of the Lord.

To highlight some things:
The Fomenko family. Mom is a new convert, the kids are investigating the church and as we were teaching and meeting with them this week. I was dumbstruck. These kids KNOW the gospel. They were teaching us about the creation, about who God is and what we need to do in order to live with God again. Richard, the eleven year old, pulled out his Book of Mormon - with loads of sticky notes and marked verses and shared with us his favorite scriptures. It was amazing!

München 3. How to describe the amazing little ward in which I now serve :)  There are about 60 active members I do believe, about 10 children in primary this week (but, loads are on vacation at the moment) and they're just stalwart. They have such strong testimonies of our Savior Jesus Christ, and have been so welcoming to Sister Smith and I as we've come in with.. well not a huge clue as to what we've got going here but, with HUGE desires to work like crazy! 

I'm working with one of the greatest Sister missionaries, SISTER SMITH! We've had such an incredibly unified week as we've studied, worked, taught, found, and planned together. Seriously, it is such a privilege to be working with such a capable Sister and I have learned so much from her this week. Zum Beispiel:  how to make delicious meals with our leftovers, the Christ-like Attribute of Diligence, and just enjoying how beautiful every little thing we experience is. She's so grateful for all the miracles that happen and things that have seemed a little normal to me - she stops and enjoys the gift! I'm so grateful to be working with her!  

We've been finding lots of new people, calling lots of old people (from old records), and just doing our best to work with the ward. We've got a small ward here in Munich 3 but, they're really solid.  
Zum Beispiel, The Kopischke's super hilarious young family with three little kids. 1, 3, and 4. Two boys and the littlest is the girl. They're super spunky and sarcastic and ready to work! Schwester Kopischke is the RS President and so we've been able to meet with her a few times and really get it all set out - how we can work WITH the ward to accomplish the goals THEY want to achieve. Because that's really our job as missionaries to accomplish what the ward has decided is important, in the way the Lord has prescribed.

Thanks for all the love and support ya'll give to me! I really don't know what I would do without such a an incredible family and friend group cheering me on! You are amazing! Don't you ever forget it!

Sister Harman

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Munich = Miracle City


So this week was really great! The apartment is clean - minus a bit of power but, that's a different story haha (blame the waffle maker!), we found loads of new people, we taught some great families (don't worry, more details to follow!), and just loved meeting all the great people the beautiful city of Munich has to offer us!

E is an amazing recent convert. She has 3 adorable children and a super great husband. We were able to go over this week and teach her and her children.  A (9) and R (11) are so adorable and really have a desire to know God's will for them. They've been coming to church for quite a while with their mother and are making great progress to being baptized themselves!

We had interviews with President Kohler - not too much to report there! He's really great and all is clear for me to return to BYU this Winter (he did my ecclesiastical endorsement interview!) 

In other news, our ward mission leader Brother Arnold is amazing! He and his family are from Colorado (woot woot!) and just so fun to be around. He's an incredibly hard worker and it's been great being able to look to him for guidance and ideas on how we can kick start the missionary work here in Munich! Sister Kopischke, our Relief Society President (leader of the woman's organization here in Munich 3) has also been instrumental in giving us direction in our efforts to help the Munich 3rd congregation progress! I just feel so grateful for all the great people with whom we work!  

3 Generations, Sister Woods, Sister Smith and Sister Harman

Funny facts.
1. We tried to make waffles and blew a fuse.
2. We played soccer and I was sore for five days (I haven't run so far in ages)
3. Getting ridiculously soaked in the rain.
4. Ripping holes in 3 pairs of shoes (you know you've been on our mission a while when...)
5. You laugh so hard with your awesome companion that you literally start to cry

Cool story I wrote to Katie... :) Contacting = miracles
We met the coolest guy named A this past week! We just started talking to him on a straßenbahn and we ended up having one of the deepest discussions about faith and what it means to be faithful. It was one of the coolest conversations I've had on my mission! It was so spiritual I almost felt kindof dazed afterwards haha (he took a book of mormon and said he'd start it that night!) ;)

1 quick story.. new investigator.. got a Priesthood blessing. LITERALLY HEALED. SHE CAN NOW WALK!  God's power really is here on the Earth!

I love you all so much and am so grateful for your support in my life! Being a missionary is really the BEST and I wouldn't exchange this time for anything!

Sister Harman