Called to Serve in the Peru Piura Mission

Monday, November 16, 2015


This week was great :)

Monday we went to this stadium called Tumpis and played soccer :) Fabiam Reto helped us put up our mosquito nets because they were absolutely KILLING us.

Tuesday we found a new investigator named Karmen.. she has 7 kids and is about 28 years old. ha. Welcome to peru. Something super sad also happened...a members house burned down. Apparently some kid was playing with fire and it got something else and then sooner than later 2 houses got burned down. The members called us and we helped haul food and supplies over to their location. My heart sunk as I walked in their destroyed house... they lost absolutely everything. They don’t use banks here so all their money, EVERYTHING. 

Wednesday morning we went back early and helped them clean everything up. They gave me a hammer and we started breaking everything that was still in place so they could restart completely. We filled the whole house with sand using a shovel and a wheelbarrow :) It made me think of mulch haha!  I just laughed :)  The Peruvians would walk by and they would say "wow look at how these gringos work!" haha :)  All thanks to you and pops :)

Later in the day we were walking down the street and we found a group of drunks... aka all of Peru. They yelled at us and "asked" us to share something so I "asked" them to repent. :)  We had a lesson with a member family. I absolutely love them. They have 3 daughters and they are adorable. Their dad left to Lima because he’s super sick... he’s going to live there for about 2 months.  Anyways, we shared with them to be like Nephi when his bow broke in the wilderness.. when his family was under pressure and passing through problems and afflictions, his whole family murmured.  Nephi also had the decision to murmur, or cowboy up and keep moving forward. Like we know, he built a bow out of wood, armed himself with an arrow, and went out to hunt.  What a perfect example.

Friday we were visiting an investigator named Leslye.  She’s super cool.  We invited her to be baptized and she accepted. We now have 2 people with a baptismal date :) But for real though, we are inviting EVERYONE to baptism. WE’RE CRAZY MACHINES. There was another family that is super super super cool but they turned us down because she’s catholic and he’s mormon and they want to get married for eternity but she wants to do it in her church and he wants to do it in the mormon church and it’s just a problem. So for some advice for Cody, just make it a whole lot easier on yourself and go marry a nice Mormon girl :)

Saturday I opened a coconut with my hands. I smashed in on the ground and it took some flesh out of my right hand but the victory milk inside was even better than the pain :) 

Sunday was great. Church was great. The members are great :) The members are actually really willing to help us out here... opening this new area has got them super excited and all of them want to come with us :) Anyways, yesterday I was pretty sick. About 5 pm I started to get a migraine and then I got a bad fever but a little sickness isn’t gonna stop me from saving souls. :) We kept going.  :) A couple of the members think I have dengue from the mosquitos because they are straight killing me but they said it usually passes within a week :) 

On the bright side, my companion, Elder Urpeque is super cool. I’m loving our time together.  We’re working hard here and having success. He’s the only member in his family and I always marvel at the sacrifice that is to leave your family when they don’t support you. So thank you for all the love and support :) 

Puyango is great. :) It’s hot, humid, and I have at least 40 mosquito bites every day but I’m loving it :) 

I love you guys, have a great week!!

-Elder Harris