Monday, July 29, 2013

Las Bendiciones del Evangelio

Family and Friends,

Today I wan´t to talk about the Blessings of the Gospel that We often take for granted living in a place like Utah or Wyoming. Living in Perú, my eyes have been opened to the amazing blessing of the Gospel, and the opportunity that I had to grow up in it. 
  • I have a Mom and Dad that love each other, and both love me. 
To some of you reading this (mainly my brothers who´ve served missions) you will understand that in the World we are living in this is very rare. Here in Perú the average family does NOT have this. The Dad comes home Drunk every night, and Beats the Wife and Children, the Mom works all day long, and to make barely enough money to pay for the food for the family and the Beer for the Father and the kids are running around in the streets with the dogs, because they have nothing better to do. The idea of FAMILY that we have in our home is not something that exists here, and honestly, I think it is the same way outside of the Church in the United States. 
  • We have an automatic circle of Friends
When You are in the Church, you have friends. Wherever you go. And to add more to that, you can be assured that they are real friends. You always have someone that you can talk to, and you always know that you have somewhere to go. 
This week, a member of the Church was traveling, and was robbed here in Sicuani. They took all of his money. This meant that he couldn´t continue on to Arequipa (a City in Perú that is about a 4 hour busride), and that he didn´t have any way to get food. Whats the First thing he Did? He searched for the Mormon Chapel here in Sicuani and talked to the Bishop. He showed the Bishop his Temple Recommend, and was able to get help, and the Ward sent him on to Arequipa. This man was in a town where he knew nobody, but he knew that within the Church he had friends. 
  • Temporal Blessings. 
You don´t have to look further than the 12 Apostles to see that when someone keeps the commandments they are blessed temporally. I have seen that here in Perú. The Members aren´t rich, but they aren´t hurting for food either. Just about every member of our Ward is better off than the Average Peruvian. And that is a blessing from God. 

There are many many many more blessings that come from living the Gospel of Jesus Christ, But These are just a few that I would like to point out. How blessed we are to know the Truth!!! How blessed we are to be a part of this Great Work!

Elder Jacob Harmon



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Monday, July 22, 2013

All is well in Perú

This week was a good week. For the most part. We all traveled to Cusco for the Change Meeting, and we got a lot of new missionaries in our Zone. While I was in Cusco, Someone Stole my Camera. We were on a bus (filled way over capacity), and when we got off the bus I realized that my Camera was missing. I was pretty upset, but At least I have all of my pictures. I guess that I will have to buy a new camera. 

Other than that, everything has been good though. We are working hard, and have quite a few progressing investigators. The hard thing is when they don´t come to Church. We have some great investigators, but it seems like EVERY Sunday something comes up. We are going to focus this week on getting our investigators to attend Church.

Perú is great! I love the people, culture, and everything about it. I wouldn´t change it for anything in the World. I know that I am where I am supposed to be. 

Thanks for all of the support and Prayers"

¡Les Quiero!

Elder Harmon



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Monday, July 15, 2013

Patience.

This week, I learned the importance of Patience. and the importance of waiting on the time of the Lord. 

This last change (6 weeks), Elder Cardozo (my companion) and I have worked super hard. We have done everything we can, and the result: Nothing! We have 1 progressing investigator, and 0 con fecha (with a baptismal date). Really, our numbers are absolutely terrible. This has been hard for me, because I know that I´m trying, and it seems like the lord just doesn´t care sometimes. 

But, this last week, We received received a reference! And not only any reference, but a Family! and They are prepared. We´ve only taught them once so far, but today we have another lesson with them. We also were able to contact some great people who look like they have potential. I am finally starting to see the blessings of our hard work. This Change is ending, but Elder Cardozo and I are going to be together for another Change, and I can tell that this Change will be different. We are going to Baptize! 

I know, that God blesses us when we strive to keep his commandments and do what is right. I know that i´ve shared this quote in another email, but I really like it:

Some blessings come soon, some come late, and some don't come until heaven; but for those who embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ, they come.  - Elder Holland

I know that God blesses the obedient, and that he is guiding his missionaries. I know that this Gospel is True, and that I am doing the very best thing that I could be doing right now. 

Elder Harmon



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Monday, July 8, 2013

New President!

Family and Friends,

This week was a little bit depressing. 

We´ve been teaching Joselin (16), and she has been an investigator of Gold! She knows the church is true, and accepted a baptismal date. Everything was going great, but then she told us that she had to travel to Cusco to study (2 hours in bus). She promised us that she would return every weekend, and continue learning and attend church. So, yesterday we stopped by her house, to bring her to Church, and her Dad answered the door. We asked if Joselin was there and he said (in Spanish of course).

"She´s not here. She´s in Cusco studying because she has to actually do something productive with her life."

After this he gave us a dirty look and shut the door. This was really hard for me. When he said "she has to actually do something productive with her life" it was obvious that he was inferring that we as missionaries weren't doing anything with our lives, and that we are wasting our time. 

We have a new Mission President. He is amazing! His name is President Harbertson (Gringo). The entire Zone of Sicuani went and met him and his wife in Cusco on Tuesday. He is pretty amazing! His wife speaks absolutely no Spanish, but she is super nice and has a big heart. She is excited to learn Spanish :). I´m excited for the change of mission president because I think that a lot of things in the mission are going to change for the better. He said in the meeting: 

"President Calderón was a great president. But I´m not President Calderón. There are going to be a lot of changes in the mission. Some of you are going to like them, and some of you won´t. But things will change, and we are all going to grow and change together."

I am really excited. I think that the Perú, Cusco Mission has a lot of potential, and that change is needed. I am excited to see what happens. 

I love you all!! 

Elder Jacob Harmon



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Monday, July 1, 2013

The Missionaries: Finders of the lost sheep.

I´m sure you all know of the photo of Jesus Christ holding the Lamb in his loving arms. 

This week we decided to take a photo with a lost Lamb we found in the Street :)

Enjoy!

Elder Harmon



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