Called to Serve in the Peru Piura Mission

Monday, February 16, 2015


Family plus Cody!

hey hey, sounds like you guys had a pretty exciting/busy week :) i loved the pics... Cody looks looks great. And skinny! And wow that suit looks horrible... thank heavens  you bought him a new one :) All of  you look so dang happy, wish I could’ve been there for the big day!

For real though, this week was awesome.  Monday I printed some pics in Talara and I accidently left my memory at the print store.. I found out when we were in our room in Negritos and I had a little panic... so what did I do? Prayed.  :) We went back and it was right there! Who woulda known... prayer is real friends :)

Tuesday we had a district meeting... and Elder Melo asked if I would teach it... the morning of. Yeah so I just put it into overdrive and it actually turned out pretty well. :) I talked on how we need to find the needs of our investigators.

Wednesday... well Wednesday wasn’t the easiest day for me.  Obviously all day I was thinking about you guys and at what time he was gonna be there.  I kept saying to myself... "ahh…  he’s at the airport right now!!" and in reality, I really didn’t know.  But it was a  good day and I worked my butt off just to try and occupy my mind and we actually found some new investigators :) I think my eyes watered up.... but I wouldn’t tell you I cried even if I did.

Friday E Melo was sick. Not kidding, sick as a DOG!  Yeah so I had a good time playing "mommy" :) Later in the night, he asked me to give him a blessing and that was an awesome experience for the both of us.  We’re great friends right now but I felt our relationship grew that night.  It was a beautiful blessing, I only say that cause it was the Spirit speaking, not me :)

Unfortunately, I didn’t have a Valentine this year #missionaryswag.  So while everyone was with their "partner", I was stuck with a broom cleaning the church :) I’m pretty sure I’ve told you about the man that helps us clean the church every week... Policarpio Saavedra? He continues to impress me every week. Seriously one of the biggest examples to me out here. He’s 84 and blind and every week, he’s at the church working his butt off. No one asks him to do it, he just does it cause he loves the Lord.  It’s amazing.

Ahh get this... so Saturday night we were walking and this little boy ran out in the street and got hit by a Moto.  It freaked me out and I kinda froze but I think everything was okay.  We didn’t stay much longer.

Sunday. I had another talk :) Usually Igive a talk about every 3 weeks.  Anyways... I wasn’t super nervous UNTIL the first counselor of the mission and his possy stepped in on our Sacrament meeting.  It went well though, I wish you guys could’ve heard it :) I talked about Following the promptings of the Holy Ghost. 

During the second hour, not kidding SECONDS before Sunday school started, President Gutierez asks Elder Melo and I if we would teach the class. Of course we were happy to do it :) We whipped something together and went for it! 

3rd hour well... a member of the family of Pollicarpio Saavedra was sick.. really sick and she needed a blessing NOW.  So we left to her house and when we walked into the room... wow... she was sick. We gave her a blessing while she was just laying there in this rotted bed and it was amazing because the Spirit just filled the room.  I haven’t heard anything about how she’s doing, but I can imagine she’s improving :)

As for news this week:
We have been working with this less active member named Brad. He’s 18 and he’s been attending church the last like 5 weeks and yesterday we talked about a mission and he told us that he wants to do it.  His mom isn’t a member and his dad is out of the picture...  but were hoping that he will continue with his desires. Anyways we’re super pumped for him :) 

Well.. as you know.. our water shuts off occasionally.  I’ve been here for 4 months so I kinda know the routine. We have water for about 2 weeks and then it will shut off for about 5 days and those 5 days are MISERABLE. Anyways...our water shut off and we were pretty bummed... BUT it came back on within 2 DAYS! ahh you should have seen us.. we were jumping for joy we were so happy :) The miracles of The Lord :)

LOS SANCOROS. ahhh they’re horrible. Mosquitos. Not kidding, I bet I have 100. No joke. They EAT US ALIVE. Well me especially.  We basically have 2 options in the night. a) we open the window and have mosquitos or b) we die of a heat stroke in the night cause it’s so hot.  We have been trying EVERYTHING we can think of to get rid of these mosquitos.. so if you have any ideas... send them our way.  The Peruvians gave us incents that we light in our room... it’s weird and it smells bad but we’ve been trying it and it helps.. but.. I don’t know. Let me know if you got anything.

Ahh okay this is the best one, I saved the best for last :) We got some new neighbors... :) Where we live, there are 3 different rooms. Like there is one door we open, and then there is 3 more doors to other rooms. Okay? Anyways.. it turns out that our new neighbors are A CHURCH! Haha!  They’re called MMM Mundial Misional.. algo asi.  There is huge welcome signs everywhere.. it’s ridiculous. I think were goning to call president Rowley soon and see if we can change. 

Transfer are the end of this week.  We get the news Saturday night and we leave Monday morning. So.. we get about a day. I don’t know if I’m heading out... about a 50/50 right now  but by the time I write you next week, I’ll know for sure.

Alright give Cody a big ol kiss for me :)

- the only Elder Harris you have now

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