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