Called to Serve in the Peru Piura Mission

Monday, January 11, 2016

Rice Hackin' Master

This week was swag.

Last Monday we went to a beach called Zorritos and it was super fun. We played soccer and enjoyed the sound of the waves... what else could you ask for? :)  There was a huge group of fisherman so we went over there and helped them for a bit... wow! It was quite the experience. haha.

Later that night, we had a good experience.  We entered into the house of a less active member named Acash. We got talking for about 15 minutes and usually we start to share something... right?  We’re missionaries.. that’s what we do. We share messages about the Gospel but my companion Elder Urpeque closes it down and asks them if we can close with a prayer and come back another day.  I didn’t say anything but I was a little shocked. As we left, I was a little confused on why we didn’t share something and I asked him what happened!?! He told me he felt the impression to close it down.  I just shook my head and said okay.  As we continued down the road, we knocked on a door and we found a women named Lisbeth.  We entered her house and we shared the Restoration with her.... she had a ton of questions and even invited us to come back.  A great investigator!

As the night was coming to an end, I appreciated Elder Urpeque for following the direction of the spirit cause if we would have stayed in the house with Alex, we never would have found Lisbeth.  Amazing how God works sometimes....... 

Tuesday we had lessons ALL DAY with families.... the bad part, we live in northern Peru and in northern Peru, NO ONE IS MARRIED.  "We can’t hear the voice of the world and the voice of the spirit at the same time."

Wednesday we had a lesson with Hyner Socola.  His uncle recently passed away and he asked us where exactly he was.... we shared with him the plan of salvation and it was super special.  I also set my new mosquito clap record: 10 in one clap. Beat it.

Thursday we helped an investigator named Brayan Ancajima in his rice field. it was super, super fun. :)  The rice is already grown so it was our job to pick it up. they gave me a scythe and I went nuts. first day on the job and I’m already a rice hackin’ master. took some pics, ate some goat, and came home. :)  

Later in the day we had a lesson with a less active member named Alex.  as the lesson was progressing, we asked him what he desires?  Eternal life he responded.... we asked if he felt like he would achieve it as of now? he said "no", and his head went low. we expressed the love that our Father in Heaven has for him, and our desire that we have to help him reach the Celestial Kingdom.  We told him that we would be with him every step of the day, if we were willing to put his effort in.  He expressed to us that never in his life had a question impacted him like that.... and that he finally felt ready to return to the church.  The look on his mom’s face was priceless. She has been a member for more than 40 years and has been praying and praying for her son to return to the church..... the spirit was piercing.

I cannot describe what it feels like to be a missionary..... its another level. Being separated from the world. I want to feel like this forever.

Saturday we had a baptism for Beatriz.  It was an amazing day...we went there early in the morning to fill up the font and i guess it filled up faster than we thought cause when we came back the whole church was flooded! Hahaha! Yeah, good one.  Good thing it had all day to dry up. :)

The baptism started at 7 PM.  Her son Maison had the opportunity to baptize her.  Maison was less active in the church for a couple years but returned to the church, and last Saturday baptized his mom.  As they were standing in the font together... the spirit was so strong. Everyone was absolutely silent.  It took the poor guy a couple tries to get it, but he finally got it done :) 

it was such a great week.  I never want to stop being a missionary.

Thanks for all the love and support.

Loveee youuuu!

Enjoy the snow.

-Elder Harris

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