Monday, September 29, 2014

Hard work and Accountability

Well, Elder Williams and I are working super hard. We are constantly working to try to get better and better, and do all that we can to be the best missionaries ever. I`ve never been so happy with my work as a missionary. I feel like we are really doing all that we can to bring others to Christ. Elder Williams is a great companion, and we are both doing all we can for this work. Sometimes I feel inadequate as a trainer, because I feel like he is teaching me more than I`m teaching him.

I`m loving Puerto, and the work is going well. The Riva family is going to get married on the 18th!! they will either be baptized the same day, or if not, the next week. The work is going great!

Interesting fact, The fifth of October are elections here in Peru, and there is a national law against any religion meeting on that day. This means that we will not see conference this week :(. It will be rebroadcast to Peru the 11th and 12th though :).

Right now, I am learning a lot about accountability and stewardship. We are accountable for our actions. But we are also be accountable for our responsibilities as stewards. As a missionary I`m a steward over a little part of the Lords vineyard. As a District Leader, I`m a steward over other missionaries. It is my job to do all that I can to magnify my calling, and be accountable for what I`ve done and not done. I`m learning a lot. 

Good scriptures on the topic:



Preach my Gospel Chapter 8 Accountability (Page 150)

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, September 22, 2014

The Gospel Blesses Families.

As Missionaries, we often teach the principle: The Gospel Blesses Families. But I feel that often we don´t realize how true it is. 

This week we went to teach Robert and Abigail. We brought The Family: A Proclamation to the World, and read it with them. During the lesson they told us their story, and I was impressed with how much the Gospel really blesses families. Basically their entire life has changed because of the Gospel. Robert used to smoke and drink, and beat his wife and children (when he was drunk). Abigail hated Robert and ran away from him and came to Puerto Maldonado (before they lived in Lima). While here, she met the missionaries and learned about the Gospel.  Her son, Kelvin, and her were baptized. Her hate and bitterness toward Robert started to disappear, and she started thinking more about him. She had two decisions: Forget about Robert and keep going, hoping that one day someone would come and be the father of her kids, or try to get back with Robert and fix their problems. She said that she prayed for like 3 months, and she felt that she needed to put herself in contact with Robert. She did.

Robert had been feeling the need to put himself in contact with his family when Abigail called. He worked for a few weeks and came out to Puerto Maldonado. As soon as he got there, the first thing that Abigail did was present the missionaries to Robert. Now, this family is one of the most amazing families I´ve ever met. Robert doesn´t smoke or drink, and there is a lot of love and happiness in the home. I love this family so much, and I know that the Gospel has changed their lives for ever. The Gospel really does bless families! I know it does.

Danny was baptized this week!!! He was so excited! He is going to be a great member, and in about a year, he will be a great missionary. 

I love this Gospel so much!! 


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

Monday, September 15, 2014

Elder Williams... Yes he´s North American

My new companion is Elder Williams. He is a great Elder. As Always with new missionaries Spanish is a struggle, but He is learning fast, and He speaks very well. I am learning a lot as a trainer. He is always teaching me things and elevating my sights. Often, we can get into a routine, and think that we know what we´re doing... and start to forget about the importance of relying on the Lord in every circumstance, but as a new missionary, Trust and confidence in the Lord comes quite easy. I am learning to trust in the lord more. I am also learning to trust in my companion. The first day or two, I did just about everything, but I started to notice that every time Elder Williams opened his mouth... the spirit entered the room. That is when I noticed: "Hey, Maybe I can rely on him more :)... and I can." I am learning so much!! It´s a great experience, and I thank God for his love and confidence in me. 

As for Tambopata (my sector), One of our investegators, Danny Mullisaca, is going to be baptized this Saturday!! We are super excited, but more importantly, he is really excited. He understands the doctrine, and has received his personal spiritual whiteness of the truthfulness of the Gospel. It will be a great day. We are working with a few families, and are working on marrige plans. The work goes great. We are busy and happy. 

Fotos: Elder Willaims and I. 


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

Monday, September 8, 2014

Training

Wow, My companion and I just figured out that there are going to be changes... that was unexpected... I love Elder Rosales so much, It is hard to leave him. Elder Rosales is going to Cusco, and I am going to be training a bran new missionary here in Puerto. I will continue as the District Leader (Which makes me happy... I love being district leader). I still don´t know who I´m going to train, but there are 23 new elders this transfer... most of them are North Americans, so there is a possibility that I´ll be with my first "Gringo" Companion... but we´ll see. 

The work continues strong here in Peurto Maldonado. It is a great environment to train a new missionary. I hope to be able to teach him all that I know, and help him to be able to attain his potential. A lot of things are going through my head, but I really want to help him in all that I can. 

We are teaching a Jew, and it is a really interesting experience. He knows a lot about history and the bible, and he understands the importance of covenants and many other important principles of the church. He told us something very interesting. He said: "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the only Christian church that even seems to understand Christianity... They understand the importance of covenants, temples, priesthood, organization, order and many other things..." It is a great experience. I am learning a lot. Carlos (the Jew) needs to understand the importance of the Restoration, and the fact that the law of Moses has been fulfilled. My Testimony has been strengthened so much.   

Many times we take for granted the Restored Gospel of Christ. Most people in this world don´t understand the simple doctrines of joy and peace that bring the Gospel. It is SO simple!! 

I love this work so much!! 


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

Monday, September 1, 2014

Great experience with the Holy Ghost and more...

Wow, we´ve had another super busy week. Almost every hour of every day we have appointments with people. We are teaching like crazy!! It is amazing! 

Last week (the 23rd of October) Cristhian Figueroa was baptized, and the 24th he received the Holy Ghost. Then, on Tuesday we had an appointment with him. But something had changed... everything had changed. Both temporally and spiritually, Cristhian was a different person. Elder Rosales and I both felt it. There was a light in his countenance that didn´t exist before. We could tell that he had really ´received´ the Holy Ghost. It surprised me, because never in my mission had a seen such a dramatic and obvious effect. This work is real!! I know it, and I know that we are here to change lives. Not only to touch them, but to change them. That is what the gospel does!! I mighty change of heart...
I love it!!

We are also working with many other people and helping them prepare for baptism. We are working with Danny, a young man with many desires to learn and grow in the gospel. He reads every chapter we leave him in the Book of Mormon, and always has great questions. He has a baptismal date for the 20th of September. We are also working with two families, one of which is ready to be baptized. The only thing that lacks is that they be married. They almost have all of the paperwork to be married. God is helping us. We are feeling his hand in our work. 

The work goes forward with strength! The Lord is Hastening his work!

Photos:
  • Baptism of Christian
  • Different fruits
  • Cutting open Coconuts with Machete 
  • Huge gross bug... but cool. 
  • Did you know that coconut trees grow right out of the coconut??

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