Called to Serve in the Peru Piura Mission

Monday, October 26, 2015


This week was great :)

Monday we played volleyball and who doesn’t love volleyball? We threw eggs on Elder Wilde’s head again because it’s an excuse to throw eggs on someone’s head and who does like doing that?

Wednesday we stopped by an old investigators house... Oscar Cunya. I think I told you about him a while back. It was amazing, almost like he had a different look.  To make a long story short he basically told us that he is ready to get baptized and ready to change his life.  We were really happy for him and we set a baptism date for the 12th of December. 

Thursday was crazy. My companions and I were just ready to leave the office about 5:00 when President called me in his office to talk for a minute.  I walked in and he put his arm around me and told me that there was going be an emergency transfer in the mission and that he needed me to help.  It caught me a little off guard but of course I told him yes. I was really sad that I was going to miss the baptism that we are going have this Saturday for Martiza and I told him about it so he gave me permission to go back to my area for the baptism. 

SOO Elder Wilde and I stayed up ALL NIGHT going over everything he needed to learn. I’m pretty sure his head about exploded but I think he’ll be alright.  :)   I made a manual for him of about 30 pages and it took me forever so he better like it. 

It was hard to say goodbye to my area Ignaciomerino, especially on such short notice.  I tried to stop by all the families that i could in the shortest time possible. I took pics and I’ll send them :)

Friday morning I packed up all my things really quick and Elder Villalba and I were off to my new area, Tacala. :) I love the area.. it’s great :) I guess I could say I’m back to camping........

On the bright side we almost always have water in our room :) But as far as electrify goes... well... not so much :) The first day we went to this little village called Culucanos - thick sand, hot, sweaty, salty, dirty, middle of the stinkin’ desert.  It amazes me to see people that live like this, mom. I have never seen stuff like this in my entire life.. I will forever be changed. Forever grateful.

Saturday we had a lesson with our pensionsita’s son. I tried to apply what I learned from Elder Paredes and be DIRECT.  I didn’t every know him and invited him to be baptized and he accepted. I’m trying to do all that I can for this area before I leave next week.  We also found a new investigator named Carlos. We entered his house and taught him the Restoration and at the end invited him to pray to see if it was true. His prayer that he offered was one of the most powerful, sincere prayers I’ve heard in my entire life.  A simple, humble question "God, is it true?".  The spirit instantly filled the room and I felt a peace come over my shoulders... another reminder that this is true. I’m really excited to see how he progresses.

As we were walking back to our apartment about 9:30 we saw a drunk man pinning 2 little girls up to a wall.  It freaked us out a little so we walked over to see what was going on. We presented ourselves as missionaries and asked if everything was okay.  The two little girls were crying so we assumed not. We offered to walk them home and while my companion was talking to the drunk guy, I was talking to the little girls trying to get them calmed down and a little more information out of them. As we arrived to their house, we found 3 more little girls sitting on the ground, the oldest maybe being 12.  It turns out the mom had left the family cause the dad was an alcoholic and they have 5 little girls. Just to see the look on their faces absolutely broke my heart. They were abandoned... a lack of love. They were dirty almost as if they hadn’t showered in a week.  I’ll never forget their faces.  As we continued to talk, the dad said that he was gonna drive the girls to his sisters house for the night and started walking out to his car. We hurried and tried to calm him down telling him that he wasn’t going drive 5 little girls while drunk. Things started getting a little heated but we weren’t going to let him drive the car. Some things happened and he ended up driving away with the girls. My companion and I said a really strong prayer asking God to protect them. I don’t really know how it ended but I really hope they’re okay.

Sunday was stake conference. It was nice because I got to have a formal goodbye to everyone from my old area. After church we had a lesson with the Torico family. They’re recent converts and when we knocked on their door, they were watching a church movie as a family! Haha! It was really cool. We taught them about enduring and then they invited us to stay for dinner because everyone is so ridiculously nice here. We had soup with cancha :) haha 

Anyways, I love Tacala. I honestly wouldn’t mind staying here :)

Love you guys!
I hope you have a great week.

-Elder Harris

Friday, October 23, 2015


Hey mom good morning :)

I know it’s early, but I just wanted to send you a quick email to let you know that I’m getting transferred. It was super crazy how fast it went, President pulled me into his office last night and told me he’s gonna need me to go work in an area for a week, then I’m gonna get transferred again.

Anyways, my new area (for a week) is called Tacalá.  It’s here in Piura so not too far.  My new companion is named Elder Villalba from Santo Domingo, Ecuador. I don’t know him super well but I’m sure he´ll be great :)

I’ve been working my butt off all night trying to get everything done here in the office. I’m pretty sure I only slept like 4 hours last night. This is gonna be a longggg day :)  But I’m excited to be a normal missionary again and get working. 

I’ll write you more on Monday. I just wanted to let you know :)

I love you, have a great day! Say hi to the family for me. 

-Elder Harris

Monday, October 19, 2015



Hey so this week was pretty great. 

Last Monday we went to Paita :)  It’s a city about an hour from Piura... a port city aka BEACHES. :)  It was so fun, we went to this beach called "El Arco".  It was really pretty and we enjoyed climbing around the rocks and not getting in the water porque somos RULESSSS.  We balled it up and even played some American football because that shirts unheard of here. 

Tuesday was dope. We had an appointment with our new investigator Juan Carlos... we started the lesson real quick so he wouldn’t get on another rambling spree about oil.  We talked about baptism and the importance of this covenant.  As soon as we said that, his wife got super interested and started asking us all sorts of questions about "our baptism" cause they believe in "cautivo".  Oh my word... cautivo.  I don’t know if I am capable of explaining this through email so you’re gonna have to wait until I get home. Trust me... I won’t forget.  He’s huge :)  Basically, it’s black Jesus.  ANYWAYS, they are understanding more and more and hopefully this week we can put a baptismal date for them. :)

Wednesday my replacement Elder Wilde got here. I tried keeping it slow for the 1st day because I remember my first day - my brain was about to explode. :)  He’s really cool and really smart so I’m sure he´ll catch on just fine. :)  

Thursday I went on divisions with an Elder from Ica, Peru.  His name is Elder Ramos and he’s pretty cool.  He loves animation and cartoons so we had a good time talking about that :) 

Friday we had a multi zone meeting.  Our zone (Algarrobos) was mixed with Paita.  IT WAS SOOO LONG.  It started at 8:30 in the morning and didn’t get over until 4:30 PM.   On the bright side, I learned a lot about teaching skills and techniques. :)  It was probably super long because whenever missionaries go home, they give a final testimony and there was like 9 people that spoke. We got to hear from some of my good buddies and it made me really sad knowing that they’re going home soon and odds are that I won’t ever see them again.  Elder Soto..... Elder Nuñez, Ipanaque, Mendoza. ...... I can’t believe they’re going home....

Saturday was great.  So I’ll tell you what happened with sister Moran. Her husband is the bishop in a ward here called Angamos. The other secretaries in the office attend that ward and so that family invited us over for breakfast but we didn’t even know them.  They live here around the office so that means they have money :) They made us eggs, tamales, and bread :) We sang happy birthday to Bishop Silva and we had some chocolate cake...... for breakfast :)  They’re a great family though.. you can definitely feel the spirit when you enter their house thanks to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

When we got done for the day, I went on more divisions with Elder Edwards.  It was sick, we met a black guy from Washington DC that SPOKE ENGLISH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Oh my word that is like the second time in my mission where I’ve found someone from the states here :)  I guess he married some girl from Piura and they come down here to visit every once in a while. :)  He made us an AMERICAN ham and cheese sandwich . . .  we were so happy. :) 

Sunday was the primary program. Those kids were so dang cute . . . I can’t wait until I have a little dumpling in that program. :)  In other great news, our investigator Maritza Troncos is attending regularly and so everything is on set for her baptism on the 31st . :)   We are super happy for her so were just praying everything continues to go well :)  Anyways, our ward mission leader didn’t show up to teach the gospel principals class so as we walked in . . . everyone looked at me like "well Elder Harris, are you gonna teach it then?"  I ended up teaching the class and it turned out really well :) Everyone in the ward found out that I was leaving the area because they all saw my replacement Elder Wilde and it was actually pretty sad. I don’t want to leave Ignaciomerino!!

After church we ate lunch with the Cuadros family. :) They have a son that’s an RM and its really fun to talk to him :)  Like every stinkin meal here, we had rice and chicken :) haha please...... please, please please PLEASE don’t make rice for the next year when I get home. Please.

Sunday was also my companion’s birthday.  His old ward, Enace had already planned a party so we bounced over there for a while and ate dinner and cake :)  It was fun to get to know the members on the other side of Piura.  We smashed some eggs on his head and had a good time. As we were coming back, we saw someone die . . . but I guess that’s a story for another day. :)

Things are great here. Elder Paredes and Elder Wilde are seriously hilarious. We laugh and laugh and laugh . . . all day. :)

Anyways, love you guys. I miss you like crazy!

-Elder Harris

Tuesday, October 6, 2015


This week was... good. :) haha.  The first couple days I was pretty stressed with everything going on here and I just couldn’t shake out of it.  Usually when I’m stressed, we just go out and work hard and I snap out but this week I just couldn’t. We worked, and worked and I just couldn’t get a grip on things.  I felt like I had been in this area for so long and I haven’t had the success that I want to have.  

Anyways, on Thursday I was talking to a buddy of mine, Elder Guevara from Bolivia.  I was telling him about how I was feeling that he paused for a second... and asked me the simplest question.  Are you reading the Book of Mormon? I thought for a moment, stunned, realizing that I had been so focused on the Bible the last couple of days that I haven’t had time to read the Book of Mormon.  It’s amazing to me how much power comes from that book... my testimony of the Book of Mormon has been fortified and strengthened time and time again.  From countless experiences, I will be able to stand before the world and testify of the truthfulness of that book.  I know it’s true.

Conference was amazing.  I don’t know what you guys thought of it, but I loved it :) I felt a lot of the talks talked about "becoming".  Steady improvement, one step at a time.  I remember a quote that I absolutely loved. He  said to think about where you were, where you are now, and how much you will be.  Sometimes I feel like I get so discouraged because I want to have everyone’s strengths, but then I think back to 3 years ago, even 1 year ago, and think about how much I have "become".  Although I still have much more to go, I feel like I’m on the right path. 

A talk that was special to me was from Larry R Lawrence.  He invited everyone to go home, kneel down, and ask God "what is keeping me from prospering?"  I took that advice and I went home and asked God... I felt a small impression telling me that I needed to start by giving people more compliments.  To help people feel better about themselves and more comfortable.  I know its small, but every day I have been looking for opportunities to lift.  To include the missionaries that are maybe a little more shy :)

I remember last Sunday while my companion and I were doing our weekly planning, I thanked him for everything he has done for me.  He truly has brought a new energy and excitement to the area, and it has given me that extra strength that I needed.  He truly is a blessing to me.  I love his famous line, he says it at least 10 times a day "VAMOS A BAUTIZAR" (WERE GONNA BAPTIZE) AND "VAMOS A TENER ÉXITO" (WERE GONNA HAVE SUCCESS).

I also loved Jeffrey R Hollands talk about mothers.  I just wanted to say thank you.  :)  Sometimes I feel like I don’t thank you enough for all that you do and all that you’ve done for me. You truly are an angel to me, the best Mom I could have ever asked for. Thank you for everything.

Love you guys!! I miss you!

-Elder Harris