Monday, July 31, 2017

Naranjal - Week 8

Es tiempo de volar

On Saturday we found a single man (Hugo) and his mom to teach, they lived in very humble circumstances, but we taught the restoration and they accepted everything very well. We were about to finish, their commitment to go to church the next day was a little shaky. In my mind I was thinking that last week we had zero insacs. And in this moment we didn't have anyone committed to go to church. I also thought in the suggestion President Stauffer gave us to invite them to eat lunch with a member. So I invited them to eat lunch with a member that lived near tomorrow before going to church (because our church starts at 2pm). When I said that they were a little surprised! But they said that would be great and afterwards we could to go church. We called the Tineo family to see if they could provide the lunch and they accepted. We ate lunch with them and left them with the Tineo family to take them to church. And that was how we had our 2 insacs this week.

This week the Los Olivos zone, we were sent to a Young single adult convention in this huge park in the Lima North Mission to look for the investigators there and ask for referrals.

Thanks for everything everyone.

Elder Harris

Monday, July 24, 2017

Naranjal - Week 7

Supongo que es el dia del pionero o algo

This week we had the baptism of Lynn Andamo. He was a PF of 25 years and one thing that he said in his testimony at the end of the baptismal service was that he knew that baptism was the only way that he was going to be able to be with his mother again in heaven (she was a member and passed away from cancer 2 months ago). He has had a huge change in his life and it strengthens my testimony so much seeing people live it. We don't have very many progressing investigators right now, so we are going to focus on finding this week and helping our few fechas attend church.

A field that we found in our area. We are on the outskirts of Lima
 and it was so nice to find an open field.

The baptism of Lynn. His cousin came from another part of Lima to baptize him.

Junior. A member preparing for the mission that always comes with us to visit people.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Naranjal - Week 6

Bajando la montaña ya

Well on Wednesday I completed a year on my mission, and I've heard that the thing to do when you complete a year is burn a shirt. So we went up on the roof and burned a shirt.

We had the baptism of Luis Orosco.

For P-day we did something new...just kidding we played soccer.

Out of time!

Love you all chao

Elder Harris

Monday, July 10, 2017

Naranjal - Week 5

Que podrìa titular esta carta

One experience this week was when we were doing a finding activity called singing hymns. We were walking down the street when we saw a man sitting down on the sidewalk reading a paper. We crossed the street and said hey can we sing a hymn for you? He looked up and said sure; my favorite is number 41 (Grande Eres Tu). We were kind of surprised but we still sang it. When we finished I looked at his face and there were tears coming out of his eyes. He told us that he lived in Comas (Lima North Mission) but he was a less active member. He said when we sang the hymn it reminded him of when the first missionaries taught him the gospel and of his conversion. He told us he wanted to return to the church, and he committed to go to church this Sunday. I remember that day ended up being a long day where we were just walking all day, but that experience gave my companion and I animo that helped us through the day. And I know that if we follow the spirit we are going to have spiritual experiences.

Another thing that happened this week is Brad Wilcox (writer and professor at BYU) I guess is friends with my Mission President, and he did a fireside for 3 stakes in my mission: Los Olivos, Prolima, and Palmeras. The purpose was to find new investigators. Members brought their friends and family that weren't members (to give as referrals to the missionaries) and we as missionaries brought investigators. He talked for about an hour about the subject: What do I gain by being Mormon? He was hilarious and has a heavy Chilean accent (he served as a mission president there). But it was awesome, we had some referrals given to us. And at the beginning all the missionaries in the 3 zones got up and sang Nearer my God to thee which was pretty cool.

Work visit with Elder Cardenas from COLOMBIA...està colocho...

My comp took this right before we came to the internet cafè. In Avenida San Josè.

My desk. Don't ask questions.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Naranjal - Week 4

Ha sido una semana loca

This week was full of miracles. We were able to find new investigators every single day this week. We have a lot of work to do now to help them progress! 

We had a surprise investigator come to church this week. We didn't recognize him as an investigator because he came with a white shirt and tie, but he told us he came to church today because 2 years back his mom and siblings got baptized. He was the only one who didn't get baptized. Recently his mom passed away and he feels he needs to make changes in his life. In our lesson with him he expressed sincere desires to repent. My companion and I were able to testify to him that he was in the right place and that change is possible and joyful. His little brother and sister (who are members) were also present in the lesson. Although we could feel that they all were all a little bit sad in the beginning, we were able to help them see the light and joy of the gospel. 

My companion and I stopped by a member to pick up a paper, and we asked her how her neighbors were doing and if any of them would receive us right now. She said her brother lived down the street and she came with us to show us the house. As we were walking, a woman passed by and the member introduced her to us (her other neighbor). She invited us to her house across the street from the member and one hour later we had a family of 4 with a baptismal date. They didn't attend church! But this week that is our focus, to help them attend. Experiences give me FIRE. And when I get more FIRE, I get more experiences. And then it starts multiplying.

The members are great here. The ward is older and has more order than the other wards I have been in. The members are always ready to help us. My pensionista is sooo good. 

nos vemos lunes

Elder Harris