Monday, October 28, 2013

Learning Experiences

Family and Friends,

This week, we talked with the smartest man I have ever met in my entire life. He literaly reads books all day every day. I learned a great lesson. I learned the importance of balance. It made me sad to listen to this man and think of the amazing experiences that he has missed out on during his life. He may be smart, but he doesn´t has a wife, kids, or happiness. He doesn´t have a life. Although, I want to gain lots of knowlege in this life, I will always have a balanced life.

This week has been a little hard because of the hardness of the people in Izcuchaca. The people are very hard-hearted, and that can be really hard as a missionary. Sometimes I wonder: "Why don´t they understand that I´m hear to help make them happy? Why can´t they realize the importance of our message?" Sometimes I feel like Nephi when he said:

"...For I pray continually for them by day, and mine eyes water my pillow by night, because of them; and I cry unto my God in faith, and I know that he will hear my cry." (2 Nephi 33:3)

I am trying so hard, and I´m doing my best to help these people, but sometimes they just don´t understand. But it is a good experience, because it gives me a great oportunity to learn to pray earnestly for others, like Alma:

"Now when Alma saw this his heart was grieved; for he saw that they were a wicked and a perverse people [...]

 And he lifted up his voice to heaven, and cried, saying: O, how long, O Lord, wilt thou suffer that thy servants shall dwell here below in the flesh, to behold such gross wickedness among the children of men? [...]

O Lord God, how long wilt thou suffer that such wickedness and infidelity shall be among this people? O Lord, wilt thou give me strength, that I may bear with mine infirmities. For I am infirm, and such wickedness among this people doth pain my soul.

 O Lord, my heart is exceedingly sorrowful; wilt thou comfort my soul in Christ. O Lord, wilt thou grant unto me that I may have strength, that I may suffer with patience these afflictions which shall come upon me, because of the iniquity of this people.

 O Lord, wilt thou comfort my soul, and give unto me success, and also my fellow laborers who are with me [...] yea, even all these wilt thou comfort, O Lord. Yea, wilt thou comfort their souls in Christ.

 Wilt thou grant unto them that they may have strength, that they may bear their afflictions which shall come upon them because of the iniquities of this people.

 O Lord, wilt thou grant unto us that we may have success in bringing them again unto thee in Christ.

 Behold, O Lord, their souls are precious, and many of them are our brethren; therefore, give unto us, O Lord, power and wisdom that we may bring these, our brethren, again unto thee." (Alma 31:24-35)

It is a  constant struggle, but I´m learning a lot every single day, and that is what´s important. I love you All!!

Oh, This week I also was caught in the biggest rain storm I´ve ever been in in my life! We didn´t even Have coats on because it was hot outside, but weather here in Perú changes even faster than it does in Wyoming (believe it or not). It started to pour! We ran to our apartement and were apsolutely soaked in less than a minute. It was litteraly like somebody was pouring a bucket of water on Izcuchaca. It was a lot of fun.

Elder Jacob M. Harmon

PS: I got the letters that you sent during conference! Thanks a lot. I will respond soon

Photos: This isn´t the day of the big rainstorm, but it is still cool.

Monday, October 21, 2013

¡Fotos!

1- The Family Group in Izcuchaca
2- Me and The Youth in Izcuchaca
3- Our Backpacks after a hail stormç
4- Our District 

Learning to love the Scriptures... and Studying.

Family and Friends!

All is well here in Perú. The Work Continues.

This week I would like to explain to you all something that has become a great tool throughout my mission. And, quite honestly, it was something that I struggled with before the mission. This is a constant study of the Scriptures. 

It all started in the MTC, when one of my teachers showed us a video by David A. Bednar. In this Video, I saw the way that Elder Bednar mastered the Scriptures. At first, It made me feel really terrible to think about the very limited knowledge that I had of the Scriptures. But the more I thought about it, the more I decided that I would strive every day to learn the scriptures better. Throughout my mission, I have learned To really love these books. The hours that I have to study as a missionary have become some of my favorite ours of the day. 

I would like to invite all of you, if your not already doing it, to more fully study the scriptures every day. If you are married, have personal study and companionship study :). The Scriptures are really incredible, and I promise you that you will gain a knowledge that will help you in every aspect of your life. 

I love the scriptures! I love the Book of Mormon! I love this Gospel!

Love,

Élder Jacob M. Harmon

Monday, October 14, 2013

Great Week

Hello Everyone! 

This week has probably been one of the best weeks of my entire life. First: Conference, next: Interviews with President Harberson, and Finally: Training from President Harbertson. I have learned so much, and been edified so much. I have a renewed desire to become the best missionary I can be. 

Here in Izcuchaca, we are working hard to become a branch. President Harbertson told us that it should be possible to accomplish this before the end of the year. I know that we can do it. We are super focused in the Less-Actives. If we can get them coming back to Church, great things will happen here in Izcuchaca.

Elder Becerra and I are working hard on a family that wants to get married. Rober and Cloudia and there 2 daughters want to get baptized!!! I am so excited! Right now we are helping them with all of the paper work so that they can get married, and afterward get baptized. I have never been so focused, and so excited about the work of Salvation! What a great time we live in!

Elder Jacob Harmon

Photos:
1- The Tree of Life :)
2- Little waterfall
3- Incan rocks. They are awesome!
4- Perú
5- Companions
6- Cool Rocks
7&8- Incan Ruins 
9- Toad
10- New District

Monday, October 7, 2013

Come Listen to a Prophet`s Voice

Dear Family and Friends!! 

Wow, This week was incredible! What a great opportunity to listen to latter-day living Prophets and Apostles!

Here in Izcuchaca we put up a projector and watched the conference using internet. The internet was really slow, and we didn´t have the opportunity to watch the first session Saturday because it didn´t work. But we are going to have an activity this week and watch the first session with all the members. 

Of the sessions that I got to watch, I was able to be edified, and I learned a lot!  There were a few themes that I was able to pull from the Conference. They focused a lot on:
  • Missionary Work
  • Service
  • Church Organization (our responsibilities)
  • Strengthening our personal testimonies and conversion
I loved the Goal that Elder Ballard Gave. He said that Every member should give a reference to the missionaries by Christmas. Can you imagine what an impact that would make? There are almost 15 Million Members of the Church!! I don`t know how many are active, but If 10 million gave a reference to the missionaries, and 10% ended up getting baptized, we would have 1 million more members (converts) next year!!! That would be incredible! Do It! Prayerfully think of somebody that could use the Gospel, and give the reference to the local Missionaries. I also recommend listening to Elder Ballard`s talk again.

I love you all so much! I hope you all enjoyed Conference as much as I did.

All my Love,

Elder Harmon