Monday, December 11, 2017

Paramonga - Week 8

Imañoya kekanki

Yesterday in the evening we found a good family that talked a ton, and as we were teaching them the Restoration, in the part where Joseph Smith goes to pray in the grove, all of the lights in the house went out. It was really weird, we went outside and all of the neighbors had power, it was just the house where we were at. But anyway, the mom took out some candles and we finished the lesson candle light style, and it actually invited the Spirit enough for them to accept the baptismal invitation.

One thing we did for Light the World this week was we teamed up with the President of the Relief Society and brought hot chocolate and panetón (traditional christmas Peruvian amazing bread) to a part member family and we had a family home evening. It was awesome and they said they all were going to come to church. 

My pensionista is teaching me Quechua, the native language of the people that live in the mountain region of Peru. It's a slow process.

This week I read a scripture in the Book of Mormon that said as we repent, we will start to prosper, and it touched my soul. I think it's so important to take time to think about what else we can change or what more we can do to be like Christ. We all lack something, and if we want to prosper we have to start with one small necessary change.

Elder Harris

Windy picture with the Fortress of Paramonga in the background

The sign coming into town

This house was a referral 30 minutes away from Paramonga that we contacted

Monday, December 4, 2017

Paramonga - Week 7

Se va Camacho, viene Quispe

My comp Elder Camacho got sent to Lima this week, and I got a new companion Elder Quispe who is from Tarija, Bolivia. He is my third Bolivian companion.

Other than that we have been doing the Light the Word thing, looking for service everyday. This week in the third hour of church we showed the video and the members filled out referral cards of people that they want us to show the video to, so this whole month we are going to be contacting these referrals that we received.

My week was actually a lot more exciting than this letter.

Elder Harris

Elder Camacho

Elder Quispe

Monday, November 27, 2017

Paramonga - Week 6


Well this week was interesting. We went back to Lima on Tuesday as a zone for zone conference. How my president does zone conferences is we have a meeting once a transfer but it's a combined zone conference with 6 zones in total. So half the mission basically. The meeting was really short, only 8 hours. But it was really good, the main topic was Faith to Work Miracles. I know that the church leaders really want us to be successful and they want us to have a fullness of joy as we help others to live the gospel of Jesus Christ. We got back to Barranca at 10:30 so we had to sleep with our District Leader and we got back to Paramonga the next morning.

I had an experience on Sunday that really impacted me. I don't know why but my experiences always happen on Sunday night, right when the week ends and the next day is P day. But anyways, we were searching for some new people to teach and my comp told me there was a part member family 2 blocks away. So we went to see if we could make anything interesting happen and a guy came out and said sorry can you guys come another day? We are having a birthday party. I was feeling a little confident so I made a joke and asked if we were invited to the party. He said he would go consult with the rest of them and when he returned he said we could come in. We came in and the house was full of people, visitors and other family members from Barranca. And we realized that they were waiting for us to share our message with them. It was kind of nerve wracking sitting there with about 15 people listening to us. But we shared the message of the restoration and invited them to be baptized, and about four of them accepted the invitation to be baptized if they receive an answer to their prayers. Wow. And after all that they didn't even give us cake! 

Elder Arenas from Colombia and Elder Bates from Spanish Fork and my companion coming home from Lima

Monday, November 20, 2017

Paramonga - Week 5

In our area there is this old fortress built by the Incas that is called the Fortaleza de Paramonga. They think it was a military base. But it's basically just a hill with old retaining walls built in. And it's interesting there isn't an entrance desk or anything. Anyone one can go there and climb the fortress. 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Paramonga - Week 4

El Poder del Espiritu Santo

It's been a kind of slow week, we only found one new investigator.

But the one person that we were able to teach actually turned out to be a really cool experience. So two weeks ago, a sister in the ward gave us a referral, Maria, from La Gran Oportunidad Misional and she made an appointment with Maria and we went to the appointment with her, but she warned us that Maria's husband was a bad man that wouldn't want to even look at us. We entered the house and sat down with the member and Maria. We asked Maria if she could invite her husband to accompany us, she looked a little nervous but went to do it. We heard the husband in the other room say no and went deeper into the house. Maria came back and started to cry and we did what we could to comfort her and help her feel hope. They obviously were having a lot of problems in their marriage.

So during that whole week we would stop by their house to see if we could find a chance to talk to the husband and see if he would receive us or if not that he would give us permission to teach his wife. We finally found him and we asked if we could enter to share a message with him and he said no. But we kept talking and finally he said okay you guys can come in, but with the condition that you don't pray and you don't invite me to attend your church. We accepted and we started teaching him the restoration. When we got to the Book of Mormon, Elder Camacho and I both testified of how we felt when we asked God if it was true. Then I said Brother Juan if you read the Book of Mormon and ask God with a sincere heart if it's true, I promise you that you will receive an answer from him that it's true. He got this surprised look on his face and said you promise me? I responded, I don't only promise you, I promise you in the name of Jesus Christ that God will respond. He felt the spirit I'm sure. He said that he wanted to feel that manifestation of the Holy Ghost and wanted to feel a calling from God and said he would do it.

That experience impacted me a lot. In that lesson I felt a strong unity with my companion and I felt the power as we taught together.

Also this week Brianna was baptized. She is 10 years old.

Have a great week,

Elder Harrison Ford

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Paramonga - Week 3

Martes Dia de Preparación

Well I ran out of time but I'm writing on Tuesday today because yesterday we traveled to Huacho to have interviews with President Stauffer. We have had a lot of good experiences this week.

One weird thing that happened this week was we were walking down the street heading to eat lunch when we ran into six guys from Pakistan that I guess were being tourists in Paramonga. They were Muslims with their long beards and white robes. They spoke Spanish and English so we were able to communicate. They told us that we need to convert to Islam, it was kind of funny, and then they gave me a little bottle of perfume as a gift. Crazy things that happen.

I love you all, thanks for writing me, congratulations Zach for getting married, that's a man that understands the Plan of Salvation!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Paramonga - Week 2

Meter el hoz

This week I was able to get to know the area a little better. There are a lot of good people here. One kind of weird experience I had was we were walking around a corner and I saw a guy wave to us, we went back to talk to him and to our surprise he started talking to us in English. At first I was thinking wow this Peruvian speaks perfect English, but after looking closer I realized he had blue eyes and he had to be gringo. He said he was from Pennsylvania and he didn't speak a word of Spanish but his wife was from Paramonga and he was staying here to get residency in Peru or something. It didn't make a lot of sense, but he wasn't interested in the church either so we left even though I could tell he wanted to keep talking to us.

We have had a lot of amazing experiences this week with the investigators here in Paramonga. One is Juan, Elder Sorenson and Elder Bates had taught him in a work visit a few weeks ago, but this week he called us and told us he wanted to meet with us and that we could find him in the church that day at 5:30. We got there 10 minutes earlier and he was standing outside waiting for us. When we taught him he told us he knew the church was true, that all the other churches were false and that the other brothers had told him he could be baptized the 11th of November and he promised them that he was going to do it that day. He attended the two sessions of stake conference and arrived 10 minutes early to each one, it amazes me. He is a really humble man, he hardly has anything to his name. But he definitely feels something special about us, which is what is important. We also had the baptismal interview of Briana, a girl of 10 years, and her mom who is activating was with her in her interview.

I feel something special here in Paramonga. I feel like the Lord has prepared a lot of people to receive the Gospel here and Elder Camacho and I are going to thrust in our sickles with our might and we will lay up in store.

This is where we eat lunch everyday with Coquito