Monday, May 27, 2013

Inca Kola

I just wanted to share this photo with you. And along with it my love for Inca Kola :) Here we drink a lot of Inca Kola, Chicha Morada, and Juice.



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Great News!!!

Hola!

¡¿Guess what?!

I can now send as many emails as I want every week!!!!!!!! This means that I can send personalized messages to you (the only restriction is time). 

Ok, this week my email will be all about two of our investigators, Percy y Soledad. Percy y Soledad are a couple, and they have a little boy named Saith (I love that name!). On Friday they were married, on Saturday they were Baptized, and on Sunday they were Confirmed. You might say that it has been a busy weekend for them. 

Anyways, the Wedding was amazing! It is the first Latin Wedding that I´ve been to, and it was cool to see the different Traditions and everything. A lot of their Family were at their wedding and Baptism, and I hope that their family was able to see how much the Gospel has blessed their lives. 

Yesterday, we went to their house to talk to them about how they felt, and encourage them to endure to the end in the Gospel, and they surprised us. Percy´s parents were at the house! at first we didn´t know why, or what we should talk about with the parents there. But after the Prayer, Hermana Soledad said:

 "Elderes, I have a special request for you. Here are our parents, and we love them very much, and we would like to ask you to teach them the same things that you taught us. The Gospel of Jesus Christ has Changed our lives, and I know that it can change theirs to. They have requested to learn more!"

I was so excited!!! We talked with the parents about baptism and answered their questions that they had, and set up an appointment for Wednesday. Then after the parents left, we talked to Percy and Soledad about how they can be a great example for the rest of their family.

I was soooo happy! Now I know what it means in the Call letter when it says: you will experience more joy and happiness than ever before. At the baptism I felt joy, but I felt even more joy when I saw how committed they were to living the Gospel and sharing it with their family.

I love you all!!

Elder Harmon

Photo 1- Percy and Me at the Wedding
Photo 2- The missionaries with Percy, Soledad, and Saith



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Monday, May 20, 2013

By Small and Simple things...

Alma 37:

Now ye may suppose that this is foolishness in me; but behold I say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise.

And the Lord God doth work by means to bring about his great and eternal purposes; and by very small means the Lord doth cconfound the wise and bringeth about the salvation of many souls.

Recently I have gained a larger testimony of the above Scripture. I have thought a lot about the story of Naaman in the Bible (2 Kings 5:9-14). He goes to Elisha´s house, and Elisha asks him to wash in the river Jordan 7 times to be cleaned of his leprosy. Naaman then becomes angry, and refuses to do it, but then one of Naaman´s wise sevrvents consults with him. In verse 13 it says:

13 And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean?

Naaman, having a change of heart, then goes and does what the Prophet said, and he is cleaned.

Sometimes, I think that If Thomas S. Monson got up and said something like: "OK, we are going to have another trek, and everyone needs to leave everything behind and walk to Independence Missouri" that most of us would do it. I think that most of us would have the faith to follow the prophet of God. But think. Every confrence the Prophets tell us all kinds of "little" things like "read your scriptures every day," and "Pray every day," etc... How many of us are actually doing the little things?

This has been on my mind a lot this last week, and I am trying every day to improve, and become a better servant of God here in Perú.ç

This week we have a Marriage and Baptism, and I am super excited for that. They really aren´t my investigators, but I have taught them a few times, and so I am excited.

Oh, Right now I am living with a pencionista who knows Erik Hamblin!!! I am also teaching a family (The Bornaz Family) who Erik Baptised when he was here, but they are now inactive. I don´t have Erik´s Email, but It would be great if someone would forward this to him.

I love the work, and I´m having a great time!!

With Love,

Elder Jacob Harmon

PS: Levi, Could you send me some MP3 Music Files Please. I really want the Vocal Point Hymn CD, and Oh lord My Redeemer (Jeff Goodrich). If you have to send them in multiple emails, that is fine.

Pic 1: A MotoTaxi It is basically a modified Motorcycle.

Pic 2: The Sicuani River

Pic 3: Me with My Pencionista and her Husband

Pics 4-7: A tienda (store) that sells beef. You literally walk into the store, tell her what part of the cow you want, and she takes a saw and cuts of the piece for you. in the Pictures I have Cow hearts, heads, intestines, and other random parts. Sorry to those of you with weak stomachs.





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Monday, May 13, 2013

Mother´s Day

It was great to talk to the Family Yesterday!!! I love you all, and I am so glad that you are all doing so well. This email will be kind of short, but I will send a lot of pictures to make up for it. Perú is amazing!!! I love the people and I love the work!! I am now in Sicuani (about two hours from Cusco).

Thanks everyone!! 

Elder Harmon

Pictures 1&2: Cusco from a plane 
Picture 3: My first meal in Perú (Made by the Presidents wife!)
Picture 4: Cusco from the window of my apartment for the first few days.
Picture 5: The street of Sicuani
Picture 6: Me, standing by a classic door... Way shorter than me :)
Picture 7: Me, eating a Dragon fruit (I don´t know if that is the real name. Basicly you open the fruit and slurp up the fish egg looking things. It is really good. 
Picture 8: Our Pinsionista (she is my mom away from home).
Picture 9: A classic Peruvian lady walking in the street.



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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

First Impressions of Perú

¡Hello Everyone and Greetings from Perú!

I am loving it here!! Right now I am Companions with the Assistants to the President (Elder Green and Elder Corrador). The reason why I´m with them is because I there are no trainers available. Because I was a week late getting to Cusco everything was messed up. This week there are more missionaries coming, so they will shuffle things up and get me with a trainer. 

I love the people here sooooo much!!! They are so nice! Even the random people that we talk to on the streets are super nice. Everywhere we go, people say: "¡Hola Elderes!" Everyone is just amazing! The people here are a lot more humble than the people in the United States, and this brings them much closer to Heavenly Father. Their Faith is just absolutely incredible. Even the non-members have more Faith than I think that I´ve had most of my life. We were teaching an old lady named Ann, and we asked her what she thought about God, and what her relationship was like with him. She then proceeded to talk for like 20 minutes (no joke) about how much God has blessed her in her life. She is a non-member!!! but she is so prepared for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. One of the things that she said that hit me super hard was, "God has given me so much! How could I ever ask for more! I have everything that I need, and Everything that I´ve ever wanted!" She said this sitting in a house that I probably would´ve refused to go in before the mission. She was such a wonderful Lady!!

Our Pensionista Is incredible! For those of you who don´t know what a Pensionista is, she is kind of the Mother for the Elders of the area. She cooks breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner for us, and washes our cloths. She is the wife of the Local Stake President, and their family is amazing. 

The food here is really good. I haven´t had anything that I didn´t like other than fried bananas. But I´m sure I´ll get used to those. The food is a lot worse coming out than going in though. We eat a lot of rice and meat. We also eat a lot of potatoes. We drink Inca Cola (an awesome bubble gum tasting soda), Chicha Morada (a Purple Corn Drink), and Juice (orange, mango, peach...). The juice here is way better than in the states, because it is FRESH!! It is really good. 

Before coming to Perú I was worried about bugs, but I am not worried at all any more. There are less bugs here than in Wyoming!! Although, If I go to the rain forest part of the mission that will be different. It is actually pretty cold here. I was surprised. Everyone told me that Cusco was cold, but I didn´t believe them. At night it can get quite chilly. 

Well, I love Perú a whole lot!!! 

If anyone has questions, email me and I will answer them in the email next Monday.

Love you All!!

Elder Harmon 



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Friday, May 3, 2013

I am in Perú!!!

Everyone!!! 

I am in Perú!! I will just tell a long story for this email.

I left the MTC in Provo at 8:00 on Wednesday. My flight to Dallas left at around 12:15. Then from Dallas I came to Perú! The flight was delayed about an hour, so I didn´t get to Perú until about 1:30 in the Morning on Thursday. I somehow was able to make it through getting my bags and everything. But then came the real crazy story. Nobody was waiting for me in Lima. No missionaries, nobody holding a sign that said "Elder Harmon," Nobody. I waited patiently for about a half hour, and then two Americans came up to me to offer assistance. They actually happened to be returned missionaries visiting Perú!!! The Lord really blessed me because I would have been lost without them. They waited with me for like three hours, and helped me obtain a few soles (money) and call the Lima MTC. We talked to "Maria," and she sent someone to come get me. I ended up waiting in the Lima MTC for like 4 and a half hours!!! When I was finally picked up, I drove to a hotel next to the Lima MTC and stayed the night (like 2 hours) there. The next day (Thursday), I spent at the Lima MTC filling out paperwork so that I can get a Peruvian Licence.

Perú Is crazy!!! Everyone drives like Mad-Men, and They stuff buses super super full. I can Actually understand much of what people are saying!!! Lima was a really dirty city, and there was a terrible smog and smell in the air. In Cusco, where I am now, it is much better. The air is clear and the city is absolutely beautiful!! I know that Dad would love it here!! Maybe after my mission, Mom and Dad can take a trip here with me. 

Here, I can only send one email a week. so back and forth conversations must be done through normal mail.

Love you all!
From Cusco!!

Elder Jacob Harmon



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