Monday, June 30, 2014

Some great music

This week has been great! Elder Tandazo and I are working hard, and we are really trying to help the ward out. The ward has some problems with unity, and most of the leaders aren`t helping us, but we`ve made plans to visit all of the leaders and encourage them to get involved in the work. We are really excited.

Elder Tandazo has introduced me to music from Jesus Adrian Romero. He is a wonderful christian singer. His songs inspire me a lot. For those of you that understand Spanish, look him up. for those of you who don`t... still look him up. Even if you don`t understand the lyrics, the songs will bring the spirit. He talks about a lot of wonderful truths of the Gospel. 

Some of my favorite songs:

I love you all!! Know that the work is going well here.

Pictures: My companion and I with our pension. The stake did a cultural dance activity. It was great. 

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

Monday, June 23, 2014

Crazy Week

Wow, This week has been a little crazy, a lot of unexpected things have happened. 

First, There actually were changes.
In the email we received last Monday it said that Elder Castro and I were going to keep working together, but when we went to district meeting in the night the Zone leaders told us that there actually were changes. Elder Castro is now in Sicuani, and I now have a new companion: Elder Tandazo. 

Elder Tandazo is really great!! He is quiet and humble, but an amazing obedient missionary. I am so excited to work with him! I think that we will work well together, and that we will have a lot of success together. We have been thinking of different things that we can do to help the ward, and I feel that we will be able to make a big difference this change. 

Great Changes in the Mission
The Area has had a lot of problems with Visas for the missionaries from Central America. Because of these problems, the Peruvian Government has given the area (not only our mission, but all of Peru) 3 days to get all of the illegal Central Americans out of the country. This means that 8 missionaries from our mission are being changed to other missions. It is really sad, because a lot of great missionaries are being sent to other missions. Elder Vanegas, Our Zone Leader is one of them. He left at 8 this morning, and he is headed to the Quito Ecuador Mission.  It is sad, and thanks to this there are a lot of random quick changes in the mission. It is possible that my district gets changed... we´ll see.

I love you all!!! The work is moving forward in this little part of Zion!


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

Monday, June 16, 2014

No Changes

Wow, I can`t believe that neither Elder Castro or me have changes. We will now have been together 4 transfers or 6 months. That is absolutely un-heard-of. Well, I`m sure that God wants me to learn something more. It is going to be an adventure. Don`t get me wrong, I`ve come to love Elder Castro, but I was kind of looking forward to a change. 

Well, I don`t have very much time. I will write more next week.


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

Monday, June 9, 2014

"Durand Family Plan"

We´ve been working with the Durand Family for a while now.

Elvira (Mom)
Lipzy (Daughter) - Edwin (husband)
Axel
Arledt
Luana
Gabriel
Karen (Daughter) - Ronald (Husband)
Santiago
Fatima (Daughter) - Nestor (Husband- non member)
Kory
Josue (Son)

They are a family in which just about everyone is members. But... They have stopped coming to church. It is kind of a sad story because when I got here they were coming to church just about every week. They were one of the strongest families in the ward. I was able to witness in action the Pride Cycle, and how by small and simple things great things come to pass. 

Basically (without a lot of details), the family has been blessed for their faithfulness in the church. Their business has prospered, and they have started to live very comfortable. Thanks to this, their focus started to change from the Spiritual to the Temporal. They started to leave behind the small and simple things (family prayer, family scripture study, family night, personal prayer and scripture study...), and little by little they stopped coming to church (This started by just skipping a class here and another there, and resulted in not coming at all). In the end, they stopped coming to church for a whole month. 

My Companion and I have been worried, because the Durand Family is a great family with a lot of Potential. This week we went to their house and talked about small and simple things, and focused on keeping the Sabbath day holy. In the lesson, Hermana Elvira told us that she is worried about the family, and told us that she would like to sit down with us and make a "Durand Family Plan." This week we are going to do that.

On Sunday the ENTIRE family showed up ON TIME to church. We were so excited!

I know that this is the work of God that we are embarked in. I know that we can all make a difference in the lives of others. This week, think of someone that needs your help, and reach out to help them.

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, June 2, 2014

A Great Spiritual experience

Yesterday, after church, we went to take the sacrament to an older lady of the Ward (rupertina). We knocked on the door, and waited (it takes her a while to get to the door). While we were waiting, Another lady (Julia) came up to us in the street.

"Excuse Me, are you Pastors?" She Asked
"Yes, yes we are, how can we help you?" We responded.
"Well, My dad is really sick, and I wonder if you could come and give him a blessing"
"We would love to! We are about to give a blessing here, but could you wait for like 5 minutes?"

We went and gave the Sacrament to Rupertina, and when we came out Julia was still waiting for us. She brought us to the house of her dad (WAY up the hill. I`ve never gone that far up in our sector). On the way, she explained to us that she attends another church (I don`t remember which), and that three weeks in a row she has asked her Pastor to come and give her dad a blessing. But He "was busy," and couldn`t go. 

We went and gave a blessing to both her dad and her sister-in-law. Her dad was sick, and his stomach wasn`t accepting food, and her sister-in-law hit her head hard a while back and was left blind. The spirit was so strong in their house, and they have so much faith. The agreed to listen to the gospel and come to church.

I am so thankful for the opportunity to have this great experience. I know that God is preparing people to receive his gospel, and that he guides them to his missionaries.


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