Monday, March 12, 2018

Paramonga - Week 21

Corto y dulce

Today I completed 20 months in the mission but I still feel like there's a lot of things I need to improve. I have a lot left to learn still. I feel a huge desire to give more and help more people come to know how it feels to live the true gospel of Jesus Christ.

Next week I will send a better letter.

Elder Harris

Work visit with Elder Maldonado

Monday, March 5, 2018

Paramonga - Week 20


My phrase of the soul this week is from 2 Nefi 33:10  "If ye believe not in these words believe in Christ. And if ye shall believe in Christ ye will believe in these words, for they are the words of Christ." The Book of Mormon is the word of Christ. This week we were teaching Juliano, our investigator, when two lady's from another church knocked on the door. Juliano innocently let them in (he lets everyone in his house that speaks of God). They sat down with us and we just kept teaching the lesson normally, until the lady started arguing with every point of doctrine that we taught. She had a lot to say about the church and the Book of Mormon, but my companion and I we felt calm. We just let her talk. We just listened. When she finally gave us a moment to respond we just testified of the divinity of the Book of Mormon. She tried to prove to us that it was false but after several minutes, she got up and left, obviously a little frustrated. I'm so grateful for the shield that is the Book of Mormon, in those moments when the woman was trying to destroy everything we believe and telling us that all our doctrine was a lie, I just thought in this scripture and I realized that I will never be able to deny that the Book of Mormon is true and that it comes from Christ. It is HIS word.

This week was Alexis´s baptism, he was baptized on Saturday, confirmed on Sunday and Sunday in the afternoon he moved to Santiago, Chile. So we are going to transfer his member record and everything. He is 13 and his dad was able to baptize him. Because of errors of the baptismal prayer he was baptized 4 times, but he said afterward that he loved it because he felt cleaner with every dunk.

This week we were knocking on a door asking for directions and a lady came out with two huge pieces of birthday cake! And she gave them to us without even asking who we were. A few days later we taught her and her husband and they accepted a baptismal date.

I love this work, I feel like the time is slipping away quickly.

Elder Harris

Monday, February 26, 2018

Paramonga - Week 19

Sé que es verdadero

There were transfers this week but I'm staying where I'm at with Elder Quispe.

Remember last week that I said a lady in the street told me I looked like Leonardo Decaprio??? Well we ended up teaching her with her 16 year old son and they came to church this week. The son also prayed about the Book of Mormon and received an answer to his prayer, he says he knows it's true.

"Christ is the Holy One of Israel; wherefore ye must bow down before him, and worship him with all your might, mind, and strength, and your whole soul." 2 Nephi 25:29        

This Phrase of the Soul helped me to improve my personal prayers this week. A prayer is different when we pray bowed down and with our might, mind, strength, and soul.

This week we got a new zone leader, he is from Guatemala and he is 27 years old.

So we eat lunch everyday with a family of members that live across the street from our apartment. They live there, but it's also the only pizza place in Paramonga. I asked Jorge (the member that makes the pizzas) for the recipe to make pizza dough. The next day we made the dough and cooked it in our microwave and we made pizzas. The only downer was they don't sell pepperoni here so we put hot dogs on it :D

Today we played soccer for P-day like SIEMPRE. Have a great week everyone.

Que Dios les bendiga,

Elder Harris

Waiting in the street in Barranca to play fútbol

Moto cuyi (the best form of transporation in Peru, it will take you to any part of the city for only 2 new suns (70 cents)

Monday, February 19, 2018

Paramonga - Week 18

No hay mucho tiempo mis amigos

This week we contacted a guy and after talking for a bit we realized he was a soccer coach. He didn't have any desire to listen to the message of the Restoration but he must have been lacking players because he did ask us if we wanted to come join his team. We kindly told him we couldn't...

In another contact this week a lady told me I looked like Leonardo DeCaprio!

We had a good week full of great experiences. We found a new investigator this week working with a recent convert, although it wasn't exactly what we were expecting. We called Stefany, our convert to coordinate an appointment to visit her and ask her for referrals, she told us that she was at her grandfathers house, that her grandfather was named Rufino, she explained where he lived, and said we could pass by there the next day. When we got there, Stefany, the convert, wasn't there but we were able to teach her grandpa Rufino who ended up accepting a baptismal date. The thing that I like about these maneras that have to do with working with members is there is always an opportunity to find, even if its not how we had planned out.

“I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book.” - Joseph Smith Jr.

Elder Harris

Monday, February 12, 2018

Paramonga - Week 17

Las llaves del sacerdocio

One thing I've learned on the mission is the importance of priesthood keys. Every one of us has priesthood leaders who hold priesthood keys. Those keys are real rights to revelation and authority. A priesthood leader with keys has the right to receive revelation for those who are in his mayordomía (you'll have to google translate it, I don't remember the word in English guys). Anyways, as a missionary the person that has keys is the mission president. I can do this work how I want to do it or I can do it following ALL of the suggestions and revelations of my mission president. That is the way to have success. I feel that if we could all maybe understand more of that concept we would be more united as families, quorums, wards, stakes, and missions.

One phrase of the soul this week was 1 Nefi 22:17 ''los justos no tienen por qué temer.'' That phrase hit me because it made me realize that as long as I am striving to be obedient, repenting often, and striving to fulfill my purpose I won't need to have fear. I will never need to be scared of what my leaders tell me, I won't need to be scared that my investigators might not progress. Instead of having fear for those things, the righteous look at everything with faith centered in Christ. So that's what I'm going to do this week. I'm not going to have fear that we will end February without baptizing, I'm just going to trust in Christ and work hard to make it happen. Our plan is we have a list of 7 investigators with 3 insacs, and 4 potential casos especiales, we are going to pass for all of them today and tomorrow and, with a lot of faith, teach them the doctrine of Christ, resolve their doubts and invite them to be baptized the 24th of February.

One experience we had yesterday was we found and taught Ruben, when we sat down we noticed he was working on his laptop and the inspiration came right then about how we should share the first vision. We watched the 6 minute video Ask of God. We also read the page in the Restoration pamphlet about the Book of Mormon and Ruben understood perfectly what he needed to do to find out if our message was true. He committed to go to church and talk to his pair about marriage.

Sorry no pictures,

Elder Harris

Monday, February 5, 2018

Paramonga - Week 16

Frase del Alma

One of the Book of Mormon's great ''Phrases of the Soul''

1 Nefi 7:17...Give me strength that I may burst these bands with which I am bound!

I really feel like in this part, Nephi is praying with ALL OF HIS HEART. Something that I am trying to do. I got thinking that if I was in Nephi's situation if I would have enough faith to be able to ask for strength to break the bands. I'm not sure, but I would like to have that kind of faith. I'm working hard to make my prayers that powerful but instead of physical bands, I'm asking to be able to break my weaknesses and also the challenges of Cristian, Steven, Juliano, and Norma. (los investigadores)

This week we saw a guy moving stuff out of his second floor house so we asked if we could help him and he accepted. We took out a few little things, then he asked us if the three of us could move a huge dresser down the stairs. We started going down and I noticed the joints were starting to give out. Then suddenly in fell apart into pieces almost crushing me as I ran down the stairs to avoid injury. Luckily everyone was okay, but the poor dresser was now just a pile of boards. And the man kindly excused us telling us that he wouldn't need help with the rest of his stuff. ''When ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God'' Mosiah 2:17

Today the zone leaders called us and said TODAY WE ARE GOING TO GO PAINTBALLING. We were so pumped and we went to the place, put on all the gear, and right when we were about to start, the assistants called and said they felt we shouldn't do it and that we didn't have permission to proceed. So we actually didn't go paintballing haha. But at least we have pictures :P

Missionary Coordination Meeting with Miguel!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Paramonga - Week 15

Hermanos y Hermanas

One thing that I was thinking about this week is the fact that we are all spiritual children of one Heavenly Father, so we are all brothers and sisters. One of the missionary commandments is we always address other people with the title Brother or Sister followed by their name, but in Spanish its more excessive. Because even if we don't know their name yet we still say Hermano or Hermana. For example a contact in the street translated in English would be.

Elder Harris: Hello Brother! Good afternoon! How are you, brother? Brother, we want to share a message with you that will help you be happier and feel more peace in your life. What is your name, brother?

I don't know if I'm just forgetting English but that sounds really weird when you put it in English. And anyway I was just thinking that if we are all really brothers and sisters, why don't we treat others with the same amount of love, understanding, and trust as our literal brothers and sisters. I tried applying that this week with my companion, with my investigators and with other missionaries and I was able to see the relationship that we had get better. I think it's an important principle that maybe we forget sometimes.

This week we taught Steven during the second hour of sacrament meeting, he just turned 18 and he has come to church off and on for 3 years. We taught him the plan of salvation and we really felt the spirit when my companion and I testified of the Atonement. He understood everything and even said that he felt prepared to be baptized, but his doubt is whether this is God's church or not. But we have plans to help him gain that testimony this week.

The sisters in Limoncillo had a baptism this week and the sister that got baptized asked me to baptize them.

We explored a little of area today and went to the anexos lejanos of our area.

Love you all

Elder Harris