Monday, September 30, 2013

Perú! Home sweet Home!

Family and Friends!

It is amazing how Perú has become my home. I love this place sooo much!! It is the most amazing place in the entire world.

It has started the rainy (and Haily) season here in Perú. It rains almost every single day. This means that everything should become pretty green in the next month. It is absolutely beautiful here. I love it! 

Elder Harmon

Photos: 
1, 2, and 3: My Companion and I in Cusco
4: Me with a Parrot that a family here has as a pet. It talks :) In Spanish :)
5: A Family night
6: Me in the Hail Storm... It hurt
7 and 5: Hail



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Fwd:

Family and Friends,

This week, Presedent Harberson had a meeting with all of the leaders in the Mission (Zone leaders and District Leaders). He changed almost every rule in the Mission. But really, he didn´t make any rules. He just changed everything back the the Missionary Handbook and Preach my Gospel. There were a lot of little rules that President Calderón instagated, and he basicly changed all of that. I am really excited for the mission, and it´s new focas. I can tell that within his 3 years as mission president, President Harberson will do great things for the people here in Perú.

Things are hard... like always, but things are good too :) I love Perú! I love the People! I love the Work! I love my Companion! All Is Well!

Elder Jacob Harmon



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Monday, September 16, 2013

Another week goes by...

Wow, Another week has gone by in my mission. Time is going WAY to fast! On the 13th I completed 6 months in the mission. 1/4 of my mission!!! Wow, I can´t believe it!

Yesterday was Stake conference in our stake. When we got there we were surprised to find out that EVERY stake in Perú was having stake conference, and that we were all going to watch a Peru-wide broadcast from Salt Lake. David A. Bednar and Richard G. Scott talked to us. In the broadcast they announced that a few weeks ago the 100th stake had been organized in Perú. They outlined a bit of the history of the church in Perú, and told us a bit about the future of Perú. We received a promise that as the church grows in Perú, the peruvians and peru as a country will develop at a rapid rate. I am really excited about the future of Perú. Elder Bednar had a translator, but Elder Scott spoke PERFECT spanish. I didn´t know that he spoke spanish so well. 

Well, I love it here in Perú! I love each one of you. Thanks for your emails and prayers!

Elder Harmon

Photos:
1- Me, milking a cow
2- A cool Bull
3- At the Stake Conference
4- Cool Bridge



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Monday, September 9, 2013

¡Gracias a Todos! ¡Les Extraño!

For all you English Speakers, that means (Thank you all! I miss you!)

Thanks to everyone that sent me emails this week. I really appreciate it. I love hearing about what is going on in each of your lives. Sorry I can´t always respond to everyone.

I just would like to let everyone know that I love being here in Izcuchaca. It is a great opportunity to see the church in its infancy, and see the potential of what it can become. My companion and I are working very hard, and we have great goals and vision for this place. I´m very excited!

This transfer, Spanish has seemed to click. I find myself speaking in Spanish without having to think. Almost always it is easier to say something in Spanish than it is in English. I can tell that when I come home I will have a very hard time with English :) I love the Spanish Language!

For all of you who didn´t get the chance to see the missionary work broadcast a few months ago, it is now on lds.org (it is worth your time):

I love you all!! 

Élder Harmon

Pictures:
1&2: A Restaurant in Cusco that makes really good American Hambergers
3: A Bad sunburn that I had
4: Some Gringos from Utah that stopped us in the street in Cusco
5: My Companion
6: A Spider we found in our bathroom.



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Monday, September 2, 2013

My New Sector... Izcuchaca

Hello Family!!!

I am now in my new sector! I am in the Cusco Zone, and the Sector Izcuchaca. I am about an hour outside of cusco. Izcuchaca is a super small village. with very few people. But our sector is very big because we have about 10 villages that we get to travel to. 

The Church is very small here. The sector was only opened three years ago. This means that it is just starting. We don´t even have a branch. We have what is called a Family Group. We don´t have a chapel either. We have a room in a house. This means that the Missionaries are basically in charge of EVERYTHING. It is a great experience. Yesterday about 35 people were in the sacrament meeting. If we can get that number up to 50 or so, and have 10 (or more) Melchizedek Priesthood holders, we will become a Branch!!! That is our goal!

It is a great opportunity to be here where the church is just starting. I am learning a lot. I love the sector too! It is Beautiful! I will have to send some pictures. My Companion, Elder Becerra, is the Best! He is a little fireball, and is ready to work hard. We are already like the best friends ever. He really wants to learn English  so I´m helping him with that :)

Oh, we had the amazing opportunity to be trained by a seventy this week. I don´t know how we are so lucky. But he said that a few weeks ago when he was with Elder Cook, Elder Cook told him something that really surprised him. This is what he said (Not word for word but basicly):

This is the most important time in all of the History of the Church! Everything before has been leading up to this moment.
  1. Worldwide Communication (Satellite, Radio, Internet, etc)
  2. The Building of Temples Worldwide
  3. Worldwide Recognition of the Church (Mitt Romney, The Book of Mormon Musical, etc)
  4. New Youth Programs to Prepare the Youth for Missions
  5. Age change for Missionaries
  6. New Focus on Missionary work
He then said that Elder Cook Said: In the next few years the Church will become more powerful then it has EVER been, and that it will grow at an amazing pace!

What a blessing we have to live in this wonderful time.

I love you all!!

Elder Harmon



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