Monday, December 29, 2014

A Good week

It has been a good week! We had two baptisms. We are working with a lot of great people, and there is a lot of potential here in Puerto Maldonado. 

I was happy to be able to see everyone on the Christmas Call!! You all look great! 

Spiritual thought of the day:

"What thoughts come to mind if you had a personal interview with your Savior one minute from now?
Would sins, regrets, and shortcomings dominate your self-image, orwould you simply experience joyful anticipation? Would you meet or avoidHis gaze? Would you linger by the door or confidently walk up to Him?" ("Approaching the Throne of God with Confidence" Elder Jörg Klebingat)

We never know when our time in earth will be over, or when we will need to be worthy to be in the presence of God... we should be worthy in every moment. After all... "this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God" Alma34:32


Elder Jacob M. Harmon
Misión Perú Cusco
Av. La Cultura 2417
En Frente la Urb. Santa Ursula
La Capilla Mormona
Cusco, Perú

Monday, December 22, 2014

Eternal Families

Quite honestly, this week has been hard for me. I´m not exactly sure why... there really isn´t any reason, but it has just been hard. It has been hard for me to focas, and to keep going. But don´t worry, I´m doing fine. 

We had an eye opening experience. A less active member that we´ve been working with stopped us on the street, and we started to talk. The conversation started out normal, but I felt that something wasn´t all right. I looked him in the eyes and said: "[name] are you feeling alright?" He immediately busted into tears and started sobbing, and said "Elders, my wife left me, and I need someone to talk to." We went and talked to him, and he explained to us that his wife and him had been fighting a lot, and that Saturday night he came home from work to an empty house. he said that his wife had left a note, and that she had gone with his three daughters. We didn´t do much, but we listened, and sat with him for a while. at one point, he told us: "Elders, I now realize why an eternal family is important. This last day without my wife and kids has been hell... I have promised God over and over again, that if they come back I will do all that he requires of me. I will get active in the church, fix my family, and take us to a temple to get sealed..."

Eternal Families ARE important. I know that they are. Sometimes we don´t realize the great blessings that we have until they are lost. The family is the center of God´s plan, and he wants us to be happy with them forever.

I love you all!
Merry Christmas!


Elder Jacob M. Harmon
Misión Perú Cusco
Av. La Cultura 2417
En Frente la Urb. Santa Ursula
La Capilla Mormona
Cusco, Perú

Monday, December 15, 2014

Monkey Fotos

Two different monkeys we`ve found here in puerto.

Back into the work

Well, Elder Augat is now here, and we are back to work. Elder Augat is doing well. 

Training again is a great experience.  I`m learning more than I`m teaching. I think that that is how things work out a lot. God places us in positions to teach, but that is when we become the best students. I love the fact that this church is a church of Progression. We are always progressing... or at least we should be.

All is well here in Puerto Maldonado. The work is going well.


Elder Jacob M. Harmon
Misión Perú Cusco
Av. La Cultura 2417
En Frente la Urb. Santa Ursula
La Capilla Mormona
Cusco, Perú

Monday, December 1, 2014

The Real Gift of Christmas, Changes, and cool experiences.

He is the Gift
First off, I would like to let you all know about the Church´s month long initiative to share the true meaning of Christmas with the world. The Church has created a small video called "He is the Gift, and they want as many people as possible to see this video in December. For your info, the Church has bought the big screen in Times Square, and the front page of Youtube, but... it´s not enough. The church wants ALL members to share the video on facebook, twitter, instagram, etc... Please, share with the world your love for Jesus Christ, and your thankfulness to God for the gift he gave 2,000 years ago.

     

Changes
Elder Williams has a change, and will be going to Puno. I will miss him a lot. As for me, I am staying here in Puerto Maldonado, and I will be training again!! Most likely I will be here in Puerto until I finish the mission. It is a wierd feeling. 

Cool Experiences
Other than that, w´ve had some great experiences. Saturday and Sunday was the District Conference here in Puerto Maldonado. President Harbertson, President Patiño, and President Hasler (the mission presidency) came, and inspired us with their wonderful messages.

6 men from our Branch, and 15 from the District received the Melchizedek Priesthood during the Conference. 3 of them are converts that I´ve had the opportunity to work with (Danny, Sahi, and Mayer)! What a blessing from the Lord!

Mayer, our recent convert, had classes on Saturday, and told his teacher that he had to leave to go to a conference of his church. His teacher told him that he couldn´t go, because if he did, his grade would be affected. He politely told her that either way he had to go to the conference, and walked out. He came and enjoyed the conference, and afterward went and told his teacher that he was sorry. She said that she understood, and didn´t hurt his grade.

I love the Gospel so much!! and I love Jesus Christ so much!!


Elder Jacob M. Harmon
Misión Perú Cusco
Av. La Cultura 2417
En Frente la Urb. Santa Ursula
La Capilla Mormona
Cusco, Perú

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Training with Elder Evans, a miricle, and more...

First off, I`m sorry because I`m sending this email late... all of yesterday, we were traveling to Cusco, and all of today, we were in a meeting and training with Elder Evans , who is currently the seventy over the missionary departement of the church. The Training was VERY edifying, and I learned VERY much. I talked about doing things the way that the prophets and apostels have told us to do things, and to not do them our way. In other words, he talked to us about the importance of following preach my gospel. I liked the way that he directed the training. The entire time, he was talking with diferent missionaries, asking and responding questions. I learned a lot!

At one point of the training, Elder Evans asked President Harbertson to come to the pulpit, and talk about an "important and tender" subject. President Harbertson then came to the pulpit, already crying, and said with tears in his eyes: "A while ago, I started to give my father the Christmas gift of doing one thing with him every month. Every month, we would do something, wiether it be go to lunch or to some activity,  but we would always do something. But this morning, I found out that my Dad died... I will never forget those moments that we spent together... I will not go home. I promised God that I would fulfill my mission, but I will ALWAYS cherish the moments that we spent together." We then watched the first general conference talk   that President Harbertson`s dad ever gave, when he was reciently called as a seventy. 

I am thankful for the time that I was able to spend with mom and dad before I came on my mission. Mom and Dad, I love you! I know that I will see you again, and that our relationship will continue to grow, but thanks for all you`ve done for me. 

This week... we experienced a miricle. Actually, there were many, but I will share one. Abraham Martinez (14 years old) has been coming to church for a while, but hasn`t had those desires to be baptized. He basicly already acted like a member, and already knew everything about the gospel. The other week, he approched us and said: "Elders, I want to be baptized. Oviously, we said, of course! When do you want to get baptized? He said: As soon as possible! He was baptized on Saturday, and he is super excited to stay active in the church. It was a gift from heaven. 


Elder Jacob M. Harmon
Misión Perú Cusco
Av. La Cultura 2417
En Frente la Urb. Santa Ursula
La Capilla Mormona
Cusco, Perú

Monday, November 10, 2014

Getting lost in the Jungle, Weddings, Baptisms...

Family and Friends, 

This has been a very eventful week. Last Monday (P-day), the entire Zone went to the deep jungle. We were super excited! We all went with Machetes and everything! We ate lunch and entered the Jungle. We entered at about 3:30, and we all had a lot of fun until about 5:00. Our guide told us that he lost the trail, and that he didn´t know were we were. Here we were, in the middle of the Amazon jungle... lost... getting dark... it was a little bit scary (especially the sister missionaries were scared). We said a prayer as a Zone, praying that God would lead and guide us and help us find a way out of the jungle, and we had an Idea. We decided to yell as loud as we could, and listen for a response (the guide´s wife was waiting for us on the road). We yelled... no response. We listened carefully and didn´t hear any response, but we felt that we could hear the cares on the road, so we started walking in that direction (cutting our way through the jungle with Machetes). Every once and a while we would yell again and listen again. After a few times of yelling, somebody in the distance responded. We walked toward the yell, and yelled about every minute for another response. Little by little we got closer to the voice, until finally we escaped from the Jungle. It so happened that the wife flagged down a neighbor and asked him to come and search for us, and he became our savior. By the time we left the jungle it was about 7:00. It was a crazy experience, but we definitely had an adventure.

The other highlight of this week was that the Riva family was married, baptized and confirmed. The Riva family is so amazing!! I love them so much! I know that they are going to go through the Temple in a year. I don´t know how, but I know that I´m going to have to do everything possible to come back to Perú, and be here on this great day. It is so amazing to see the changes that we as missionaries have the opportunity to see in people. The Riva family has progressed so much! I love this great work!



Elder Jacob M. Harmon
Misión Perú Cusco
Av. La Cultura 2417
En Frente la Urb. Santa Ursula
La Capilla Mormona
Cusco, Perú

Monday, November 3, 2014

True happiness...

We had a good week. The highlight is the fact that Sahi and Gianinna have officially decided to be married and baptized. They are getting married on the 7th (this Friday), and they will be baptized on the 8th and confirmed on the 9th. Elder Williams and I are very excited, but more importantly, they are excited. Sahi is reading his Book of Mormon, and studying like crazy, and Gianinna is just super excited about how her family is being changed by the gospel.

The Gospel changes lives. Always remember that. Only the gospel can do what it does. Only the gospel can bring real joy and happiness. If we ever need strength, or if we ever feel distant from God, I give a simple invitation:
  • Pray
  • Read the Scriptures
  • Serve someone else,
  • and Strive to be like Christ
If we do these things, we will become closer to God. there is no question about it. True happiness comes from living true principles. 

I love you all!!


Elder Jacob M. Harmon
Misión Perú Cusco
Av. La Cultura 2417
En Frente la Urb. Santa Ursula
La Capilla Mormona
Cusco, Perú

Monday, October 27, 2014

I have not found so great faith...

The work continues strong here in Puerto Maldonando. Elder Williams and I are very busy, and we almost don´t even have enough time to visit all the wonderful people that we have here to visit.

My new district has all trainers and their trainees. This is super exciting because this means that all of my district will be super exited and ready to get to work. President Harbertson chooses the best missionaries to train. I am excited for my new district :).

Special Spiritual Experience of the Week:
We were teaching Sahi and Gianinna the law of tithing. We had taught the principles, and I asked them: "so, do you think the law of tithing is hard?" immediately, they both said: "no." This response surprised me a little, so I asked them, "why isn´t it hard?" They both thought for a moment and then Sahi said: "because it is a commandment of God." The spirit immediately filled the room, and tears could not be contained. I told them through my tears: "It´s easy for you because you have faith."
It was a great experience. 
It reminded me of the scripture in Luke 7:9:
"When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel."

I love this work so much! I am thankful for the wonderful people that we are teaching. When we see others with such great faith, it strengthens ours.

Fotos:
A gross blister
The zoo of Puerto Maldonado
Happy Food :)


Elder Jacob M. Harmon
Misión Perú Cusco
Av. La Cultura 2417
En Frente la Urb. Santa Ursula
La Capilla Mormona
Cusco, Perú

Monday, October 20, 2014

The worth of souls is great in the sight of God (D&C 18:10)

This work in which we are involved has absolutely everything to do with souls, and their worth, and saving them. Elder Williams and I have had the great opportunity to work with many great and valuable souls. I would like to tell you about a few of them:

Sahi and Yanina Riva
A Wonderful part member family. Their kids were baptized about a year ago, but at that time they didn`t really have a lot of interest in the church.Then, about three months ago the family was in a major motorcycle wreak. We went to the Hospital and gave them all blessings, and then Yanina and their daughter Yamilet were sent to Cusco, and were there for a while. While they were in Cusco, we constantly visited Sahi to see what they needed. Then, Yamilet and Yanina came back to Puerto. We talked to them and they told us that they believed that God had saved their lives, and that he had done so so that they could change. 

This Family is now progressing beautifully. They are both super excited about the church and the gospel of Jesus Christ. They have changed a lot, and they are putting eternal principles into action. They are ready in every way. They only need to be married and baptized (in processes).

Robert and Abigail Vasques
I`ve already told their story (see: "The Gospel Blesses Families" email sent 09/22/2014), but they are also progressing. 

Mayer
Mayer is a 23 year old sincere truth seeker. His aunt is a member of the Church, and he is currently living with her. He doesn`t know a whole lot about religion or God, but he is honestly looking for truth. the spirit is very strong when we teach him. When invited to be baptized he told us: "Surely I will be baptized in the Church of Jesus Christ, but I need time. I need to be prepared." There is nothing wrong with that! 

Carlos Silva
I`ve also talked about him before (see: "Training" 09/08/2014). He is a Jew. We`ve taught him all about the restoration of the Gospel, and he believes that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints really is the Kingdom of God here on the earth. We shared with him the parable of the Pearl of Great Price (Matt. 13:45-46), and invited him to be baptized, we invited him to sell all that he has (give up all), to obtain the Pearl of Great Price, or to become a member of the true Church of God. He said that he had to think about it. The next appointment, he said: "I`m ready to be baptized when you see it fit, but I still have some questions that need to be answered first." We talked about priesthood, temples, convents, and plural marriage, and everything that we teach is accepted by him. Teaching Carlos strengthens my testimony.

Eder Sahuarico
Eder is a less-active member. In the past he was offended, and went away from the church super bitter. When we first got to his house, he was bitter with us and the church. But we`ve seen miracles in the life of Eder and his family. We`ve taught him few principles: The love of God, the healing power of the atonement, repentance and the sacrament... but Eder is a new person. He is now happy and excited about the Gospel. He is now super excited to come back to the church, and all bitterness has been changed to love. The Atonement is incredible, it changes all!

We feel so blessed to be a part of this great work! Elder Williams and I feel that we are really being made instruments in the hands of the Lord. It is really incredible. God can really work through us to do great things.

I love this church and this Gospel. I love Jesus Christ, and the enabling power of his atonement. "Shall we not go on in so great a cause?" (D&C 128:22).

Fotos:
Eder Sahuarico
Zone Puerto Maldonado



Elder Jacob M. Harmon
Misión Perú Cusco
Av. La Cultura 2417
En Frente la Urb. Santa Ursula
La Capilla Mormona
Cusco, Perú

Monday, October 13, 2014

An uplifting week

Wow, this week was absolutely incredible. We were able to watch, listen, and learn from two different conferences. President Harbertson came to Puerto Maldonado and we had a zone conference. Then, we were able to enjoy General Conference. 

I am learning a lot. In this conference there was a huge focus on going back to the basics. Prophets, Apostles, Revelation, Prayer, Asking, Reading, Family Home Evening, Family History, and Service. We often get caught up in all the little doctrines and information of the gospel, and we forget about the basic truths. God is our loving heavenly father, Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer, this is their church, and they are at the head of the church and they lead it through their living prophet. "The living lord guides his living church." I know that this is the true church of god. 

The spirit has been so strong in my life the last little while. It is almost as if I am living in the scriptures. We have had wonderful experiences and many people are changing and learning and growing. I feel so blessed to be a part of missionary work. There is no better work, and there is no better life. I love being a missionary!

Fotos: Beautiful Puerto Maldanado


Elder Jacob M. Harmon
Misión Perú Cusco
Av. La Cultura 2417
En Frente la Urb. Santa Ursula
La Capilla Mormona
Cusco, Perú