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

Monday, January 22, 2018

Paramonga - Week 14

Blanco es Bonito

This week was Walter's baptism, we contacted him in the street in the first weeks of December and we started to visit and teach him. What really impacted him was a very spiritual lesson we had one day with our ward mission leader where we talked about the blessings of the restoration of the gospel and the next appointment he decided that he wanted to get baptized and naturally we asked our ward mission leader, Miguel, if he would do the ordinance. Afterward Walter was telling us about the peace and calmness that he felt and how he felt different than before.

A scripture that really impacted me this week was 3 Nephi 22:10 and 17. They are strong promises that we can always rely on and depend on when we need them.

Elder Harris

Zona Barranca

Monday, January 15, 2018

Paramonga - Week 13

¿Que de nuevo?

Well this last week was transfers, I'm staying here in Paramonga with Elder Quispe, the only thing they changed was they divided our district in half so now our district is just our companionship and the sisters in Limoncillo (one of the three wards in Barranca). I think the whole mission now only has districts of 2 or 3 companionships.

This week we taught an interesting guy named Santiago who is Evangelical (there are a ton of evangelical churches in Peru and they are kind of extremists, like it's against their rules to play sports or dance) and I was kind of thinking that the lesson wasn't going to go anywhere, but my companion used an awesome example explaining the authority of the priesthood. He compared baptism to an ID card. Only the government can give out authorized ID cards. If you buy an ID card from someone on the street, and then the police pull you over and ask for your ID card, they are going to tell you it's not authentic. And it's the same with baptism. When my comp explained it like that, Santiago said well I guess it's possible that I have a false baptism, I'm going to ask God and I know that he will tell me if it's false or not. Elder Quispe teaches with simpleness and clarity, he´s awesome.

Another experience we had was with an investigator that had her baptismal date for last Saturday, but she called us on Thursday and said she changed her mind and didn't want to be baptized anymore because of a lame excuse. We went to her house and listened to what she had to say and we were there for like 2 hours listening to her and trying to help her see reason, but at the end she just lost her desire to follow Christ, well she said that she will follow Christ IN HER OWN WAY but her way doesn't include baptism. But we are going to keep encouraging her, maybe she will do it this week.

This week we also had a skype call with President Stauffer where he talked to the Barranca and Huacho zones. We did it in the stake center and he gave us a training about prayer which has changed the way I say my personal prayers.

I didn't have a picture to send this week so I took this one while we were walking to the internet cafe. No me quemen.

Elder Harris, el Paramonguino

Monday, January 8, 2018

Paramonga - Week 12


I would just like to remember the last general conference talk of President Monson.

He said:

"I maintain that a strong testimony of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and of His Gospel will help see us through to safety. If you are not reading the Book of Mormon each day, please do so. If you will read it prayerfully and with a sincere desire to know the truth, the Holy Ghost will manifest its truth to you. If it is true—and I solemnly testify that it is—then Joseph Smith was a prophet who saw God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.

Because the Book of Mormon is true, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord’s Church on the earth, and the holy priesthood of God has been restored for the benefit and blessing of His children.

If you do not have a firm testimony of these things, do that which is necessary to obtain one."

My new years resolution is above↑

Today we went to the replica of Christ the Redeemer in Barranca. The real one is in Brazil but the one here is still pretty epic.