Monday, July 17, 2017

Naranjal - Week 5


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