Monday, August 26, 2013

Fwd: I Will Go and Do...

As I sit here to write an email, I have a lot of things on my mind. I found out last night that I am being transferred. I am leaving Sicuani to go to... well, I don´t know yet. It is really really hard. 3 Months ago my companion, Elder Cardozo, and I opened the sector that I´ve been working in. This means that we started from scratch. Without knowing the members or having any investigators. The past 3 months we have been working the hardest we can, but up until now we still haven't had a baptism. What we do have, are 4 super prepared investigators that are planning to be baptized in September, and many other investigators that should have baptismal dates soon. For this reason I don´t want to leave. I want to be able to see these people that I´ve learned to love enter the waters of baptism. But even though I won´t get to see this, I am going to leave Sicuani knowing that I have helped these people along the path of the Gospel, and that I have worked my hardest here. I may not have a baptism in the Mission (Up until now), but I have helped people change their lives.

Although I may be sad to leave, I feel like Nephi. I will go and do what the Lord has commanded. 

Last Wednesday President Harbertson came to Sicuani to train us and interview us. I had a super spiritual experience with President Harberson. I won´t explain exactly what happened, but I will say this. I KNOW that my Mission President is called of God. I KNOW that he holds the keys to preside over the Missionary Work in the area of Perú Cusco. I have no doubt in my mind, and I am thankful for the opportunity to have him as my Mission President.

I send my love!

Elder Harmon

Pictures: Ican Ruins. Machupitumarca




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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

¡Elder Cook visits the Perú Cusco Mission!

Family and Friends!

Sorry I didn´t email yesterday. But don´t worry- I have a good excuse. Yesterday we had a huge meeting with the whole mission, and Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

We left Sicuani at about 8 in the morning, and got to Cusco at about 10:15. We then sat in the Chapel, and read our scriptures while we waited for him to arrive. I remember that I was sitting there reading my scriptures when all of the Sudden I felt a sudden peaceful feeling come over me. It almost felt like a wind that swept through the Chapel. I knew that he had arrived. My thoughts were confirmed when one of the assistants to the President walked in and whispered: "He´s here! The car just pulled in!"

About five minutes later President Harbertson -The best Mission President in the World :)-, and his wife walked in. They were followed by Elder Tod R. Callister (Presidency of the 70), Elder W. Christopher Waddell (of the 70), Elder Quentin L. Cook, and thier wives. Honestly, I don´t think that I´ve ever seen someone who radiates such happiness and joy, like an apostle. He was apsolutly amazing. It was probably one of the most amazing experiences of my life.


 

I don´t have a whole lot of time, so I will sumerize what they said.

Hna Waddell:
  • Small things bring about great things. BE OBEDIENT!

Elder Waddell:

  • The importance of REMEMBERING.
  • It isn´t every day you get to hear and see an apostle of the lord. Remember his words.

Hna Callister:

  • The spirit is the key to missionary work.
  • If we have the spirit we will be sucuessful in everything. but it is the same in reverse.

Elder Callister:

  • If you want to learn a language you have to be willing to make a million mistakes.
  • The importance of teaching the Apostacy and Restuaration.

Hna Cook:

  • Christlike atributes (Chaper 6 of Preach my Gospel).
  • The importance of music and Hymns.

Elder Cook:

When he spoke, I could really feel the athority and power of his voice. It was amazing.

  • He said that as of last week there are more than 75,000 Missionaries in the world
  • He explained the proccess of assigning missionaries. He said that it is ALWAYS done by the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. He said that before the age change two apostles would do it every fridy. Each would assign about 250 missionaries. But now, after the age change, four (and sometimes 5) Apostles assign missionaries every Friday each assigning about 300 missionaries.
  • He then talked to us about the importance of commitments and invitations.
  • He then gave us a very special apostolic blessing.

He blessed us that we would be blessed for the rest of our lives for our mission, and he then said: "But not only you will be blessed. Many of you are worried for your families. I bless you that EVERY SINGLE person you love will be blessed for your service. Do not worry about your family. The are blessed for your service.

This was a super powerful experience. and I will never forget it in my life. I know that the profets and apostles are called of God!

Elder Harmon



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Monday, August 12, 2013

Wow, Time Flies!!

Hello Everyone!!

I bought a new camera last Monday, so I will start sending Pictures Again!!

Something that has really hit me recently is that time flies! Tomorrow I have been a missionary for 5 months!!! I can´t believe it! 3 Months here in Perú! Jeremy is finishing his mission super soon, and I know that before I know it I will be finishing also. It seems like the days and weeks seem long, but the months seem short.

We have an amazing investegator. His name is Yony (pronounced Jonny. I know... they spell the names wierd here). He is really the most prepared person that I know. He has a lot of questions for us, and loves to learn about the Gospel. I am positive that He will be baptised. This week we are going to challenge him to make this sacred covenent with God. When I look at Yony, I see a future Bishop or Stake President. He really is an amazing investegator, and I am glad to have the oportunity to know him.

I love you all!!

Elder Harmon

Photos:
1- Me, and the Plaza of Sicuani. That is a Catholic Church behind me.
2- My companion Elder Cardozo and I. (We are in Yony´s Restuarant).
3- Me, in the house of a member



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Monday, August 5, 2013

Cusco... The ancient Capital of the World

Family and Friends,

This email will have a little bit of a different focus. I usually try to talk a lot about my experiences spirituals and experiences as a missionary, but in this email I am going to focus on Perú. I´ve been here for almost 3 months, and I think that it is about time that I talk a little more about the People and Culture of Perú. 

Here in the Cusco Area, The people are VERY close with their Incan Ancestors.
The Incan Empire was HUGE!! It covered most of South america at one time. Cusco was the Capital of the Incan Empire. Because of this, the people here in the Cusco area are very prideful of the heritage. Here in Sicuani, 90% of the People Speak Quechua (The incan Language), and 20% Don´t speak Spanish. The Spanish culture is still something new here. The people still dress like they did 200 years ago, and still speak like they did 200 years ago. The incan culture is very very strong. I have to say that I was very surprised by that. 

I am learning a little bit of Quechua. But I can only say very simple and basic things, like: What is your name, My name is, How are you, Yes, Dad, Mom, Brother, Sister. Quechua is a cool language, and it is really fun to listen to the people here speak it. 

Dancing is a big part of the culture. But it is that way in all of South america!

The living conditions of People.
I must say, I was expecting the people to be humble, but I wasn´t expecting this. The people here in Sicuani are VERY humble. Every house is made out of Adobe (search google for "adobe peru houses" as to not confuse it with Adobe Photoshop.) which is basically dry mud and straw. If the house has a cement floor, the family is a little better off, but it is a lot more common to see dirt floors. Many people only shower once a week, and it is in the Sicuani River or with a hose. Those that have a shower in their house are very blessed. I have been humbled greatly. But it is a great experience.

Food
We eat Rice EVERY MEAL. Its a good thing that I like rice :). Breakfast is usually bread, yogurt, and some type of hot rice drink. Lunch and dinner vary, but usually there is Potatoes, rice, and some sort of meat. We are blessed because our Pensionista cooks really really well.

How is the Spanish Language?
I basically know all of the rules, and I can say just about anything that I wan´t, but a have a VERY limited vocabulary, and sometimes I get really frustrated because I can´t say what I want to say. If I keep it simple, I can communicate, but I want to be able to talk like Spanish is my first language, and I still can´t do that. I´m reading the Book of Mormon for the First time in Spanish, and I understand 90% without looking at my English Scriptures. 

Spanish is a constant struggle, but I am improving every day, and trying my hardest. I guess that I shouldn´t complain because all of the members say that I speak a lot better than other Gringos (even some that have a lot more time than me), but I guess I just have a high standard for myself, and I want to be Perfect.

Hmmmm, I don´t know what else to say. If anyone has any questions about Perú or anything else, let me know and I´ll answer in my next email. 

Elder Harmon



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