Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Naranjal - Week 15

Mil Milagros

We had a cool experience yesterday.

First, none of our investigators came to church. It was pretty disappointing actually, but a member had brought one of his cousins that was a nonmember. We went to visit them after church and the cousin said that she was going to live permanently there with her cousin (she was from Huaraz) and she also wanted to be baptized, so that was a huge blessing.

Teaching investigators is seriously the best. A lot of the times it's difficult, but the blessings come after. There's nothing that gives me more joy than when we are able to see someone apply and live the gospel in their own life.

Sunday at 9:20 pm, (our curfew is 10 pm) Elder Arevalo called and we reported our numbers. We remembered that a family of former investigators we had talked to earlier had said they were going to be arriving at 9 pm, so we decided to pass by before heading to our apartment. They opened the door to let us in and it was a married family of 5. We taught them quickly a few things about the Book of Mormon and left to arrive home on time, as we were leaving the wife gave us a bag of bread from Huaraz to eat for dinner (which was the last miracle because we had NOTHING in our apartment).

When were got back home, I was looking at the bread the sister had given us and I remembered the Lords Prayer when he says give us this day our daily bread. Our dinner was a blessing from God, but not only the physical bread, but all the other miracles we had seen that day. In that moment I felt grateful. Blessed. Dependent. Humble. I got down on my knees and I thanked Him for the success and the blessings that we had received that day. I felt a lot like when Alma said I know that I am nothing. But it's not a sad nothing, it's a happy nothing.

On Wednesday our whole mission piled on buses to go back to the Lima MTC in La Molina (2 hours away). It was a tri-mission conference. Lima North and Lima Central were also there. We were instructed by Elder Montoya (from the area presidency) President Godfrey, President Larson, and President Stauffer (the three mission presidents) Bishop Causee (the presiding bishop) Elder Robbins (from the presidency of the 70) and last but not least Elder Dallin H Oaks from the 12. There were 550 missionaries there in total...so cool. It was seriously one of the coolest experiences I've had on my mission. Elder Robbins talked in Spanish, but Bishop Causee and Elder Oaks had a translater. Elder Oaks talked about Real Intent. And his wife talked about applying the baptismal interview questions to ourselves. 

 A combined family home evening with 3 people we have baptized. (I didn't realize in the moment of taking the picture that my companion was in the bathroom, so thats why he is not there haha)

Monday, September 11, 2017

Naranjal - Week 14

El dulce gozo

One of the best parts of this week was when one of our investigators got married and they invited us to eat Pollo a la Brasa with them to celebrate their marriage. Then his baptism was on Saturday and I had the privilege to baptize him. We have been working with him for more than 2 months, and I'm glad that he was able to make this step in his life. His wife is already a member, so now we are going to help them with their next goal: temple sealing. But Fredy is awesome, I'm pretty sure he will be a bishop or stake president someday.

One goal that I have made for this transfer is to read Jesus the Christ, and it's pretty great, I'm learning lots of stuff I never knew and it has strengthened my testimony a ton.

This week I have been thinking about repentance and the role that godly sorrow plays in repentance. I think sometimes our natural man doesn't want to go through the process of feeling bad or sorrow because of our actions, and sometimes that is what prevents us from repenting, the fear of feeling bad or appearing weak. But it's so important not to let that fear prevent us from going through the process, because like Alma said:

"Yea, I say unto you, my son, that there could be nothing so exquisite and so bitter as were my pains. Yea, and again I say unto you, my son, that on the other hand, there can be nothing so exquisite and sweet as was my joy."

The joy that comes after repentance is great.

Thanks everyone love you all

Elder Harris

Baptism of Fredy! (with his wife (member) and their two little girls)

FHE with the Tineo family!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Naranjal - Week 13

Algo Cortito

Okay well this week Mattheo was baptized and he is the best.  We met him about a month ago, his conversion was really fast.

It's really cold here.

Tomorrow I think the trio will end sadly.

This week we had a training with Elder Gonzalez from the Seventy and he talked about the spirit in conversion.

Until next week,

Elder Harris

Monday, August 28, 2017

Naranjal - Week 12

No sé eah

Yesterday we were doing the manera Libro de Mormon, and the zone leaders called us and said they had a referral from Pro that went to church there. The address was literally across the street from where we were knocking on doors. He was a single man of 29 years, he is seriously the most prepared person I have taught in my mission. He just had a strong desire to know about our message and the Book of Mormon. With the baptismal invitaction he said yes without hesitation. He had already made the decision. And when I asked him why he wanted to be baptized he said it was because he wanted to have a change in his life and abandon the bad things he had done in the past. It was very spiritual. We also had 3 baptismal interviews this week. Two are programed for this Saturday.

For District P-day we played soccer and ate Chilean Completos which are so good. The other picture is the Torres family where we eat lunch everyday, and in the middle is their neighbor that we are teaching.

This week we are going to have a training from Elder Gonzalez from the 70. And later this month I think Elder Oaks is coming to our mission.

Thanks everyone chao,

Elder Harris

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Naranjal - Week 11

La Caridad

We had an experience yesterday with a referral that came to us as a message from the zone leaders while we were in church. It said it was a family of 3 with 3 attendences that was attending in Palermo but they live in Naranjal. We went early to find the house and when the dad opened the door he was so surprised and happy to see us. The referral said it was a single father with two children ages 14 and 8, but when we got there we realized he was living together with his partner without being married. But they told us they were thinking about separating because they were having problems in their relationship. I had a work visit with the zone leaders earlier this week and after it I felt I need to show more charity. The next day I tried really hard to serve my companions by making their beds and making breakfast, and it made a difference! I felt a lot happier and united with them that day. So with this couple I shared with them Moroni 8 about charity. And they expressed desires to improve their relationship and serve each other more. I'm so grateful I had this experience. I know I followed the Spirit.

Today we had zone pday and we climbed a hill called Cerro Pro. It's right by the stake center in Los Olivos and I can tell you that now I understand how massive Lima is. We couldnt' see it all because of the fog, but we were surrounded by pure houses.

That's everything I think.

Elder Harris

Monday, August 14, 2017

Naranjal - Week 10

Tres es mejor que dos

I am in a trio now, our new companion is named Elder Arévalo from Guyaquil, Ecuador.

So what happened is there are two companionships in the Naranjal ward, Elder Arevalo was in the other area but his companion finished his mission and went home to Colombia so he is going to be with us covering the two areas until transfers which are on September 5th. He speaks perfect English. And he is one of those people that always seems happy. He is calm, but he always has something funny to say. I haven't seen him get frustrated or stressed.

Last week we were searching for former investigators with attendances to church as our leaders asked us to. We made an appointment with a family, we made the appointment with one of the teenage sons so we weren't sure what to expect of the parents. On Thursday we prayed like we always do to find a family that day, and when we arrived at the appointment we found a family of 5 waiting excitedly for us. Three details of the room called my attention: 1- The marriage pictures on a shelf, 2- The huge collection display of liquor hanging on the wall, and 3- Three Books of Mormon on the table. I knew as soon as I saw all that that this family was going to be really interesting. The first thing they told us after saying the opening prayer was:

"We know that Book of Mormon is true, and we know the church is true"

This family had actually been baptized years back, but they never made it to their confirmation. Their biggest problem is that the husband works as a bartender. He doesn't drink, but his job prevents him from going to church sometimes. Like this past Sunday he couldn't attend. We are planning to help him understand why he should find another job.

Also this week on Sunday we had a regional conference for the countries of Peru and Bolivia that was broadcast from Salt Lake. Elder Cook presided and he talked about Missionary Work, Family History Work, and Temple Work. I feel a responsibility to prepare this place for a temple. We don't know where yet, but the new temple is going to be very close to where I am right now.

In the picture we bought a tub of 5 liters of ice cream (this is the first time I've bought ice cream on my mission) and a brand name nutella and sweet and condensed milk.

Happy birthday this week to my two amazing sisters Abby and Amelia and Abuelo Miguel.

Nos vemos pronto cholos

Elder Harricito

Monday, August 7, 2017

Naranjal - Week 9

Trabajo Arduo

We were able to lift up our insacs this week which was a huge blessing. We finally have some good progressing investigators. Ones name is Freddy, he is conviviente (living together without being married) and his wife is a member, but he is one of the best investigators ive had. When he reads the book of mormon he always shares a verse that he liked from his reading with us. They have their goal for marriag and they have all the documents they need. He wants to get baptized live all the commandments.

We are also teaching Hugo and his mom who came to church the second time (and we have only known him for 2 weeks) yesterday with his mom, he is a single father who also lives with his 3 kids, but the kids are really shy, when we ask them questions they just laugh and look at their dad. They havent come to church yet, we are praying trying to understand how we can help them progress like their dad.

And another miracle we had this week is we were walking down the street and out of the blue a girl yells elderes and she was a member from Villa Sol (another ward in another stake), and she was walking with her friend Matthew who was not a member. They said they were going to Matthews house for a work meeting, and they invited us to come so that another day we could visit Matthew. It ended up that he lived right across the street from our apartment haha. He told us that he believed Joseph Smith was a prophet and he came to church as well for 3 hours and shared his testimony in Elders Quorum.

I started reading the book of mormon again, but this time im looking for the doctrine of christ. The story of Nephi with his brothers has impacted me with how perfect it fits with endure to the end. I feel like if i had brothers like that i would give up and say i cant do this anymore, but Nephi never lost faith and endured even when the worst things happened to him over and over again. I want to have that same faith when there are challenges in my mission.

I feel like i always have interesting experiences with drunk people. Yesterday we were heading back to our apartment when a guy called and motioned us to come over, we came up to talk to him. He told us he wanted to buy us some peach juice because we were right next to a store. After a few moments we realized that he was really drunk, but we thanked him for his kindness and we drank our juice as he told us a few stories that didnt make sense.

And another time we contacted a family in the street and the husband was super drunk, and he grabbed my hand strongly and wouldnt let go. Then he started talking to me in English, and he actually spoke english very well, it surprised me a lot.

This week Kyle Webb is visiting and so its interesting because he taught and baptized the wife of Luis Orozco who we baptized 3 weeks ago.

Here is the picture of us eating Guinea Pig

And another of the roof of our house.