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Hermana Erickson in Peru

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Faith and Confidence

Hola fam

We are so blessed here. This week was so good and full of miracles.

My new comp is Hermana MEROY!! We were in the CCM together!! She’s 25, from Batangas, Philippines and has been out for 14 months because she served for 3 months in the Philippines while waiting for her visa to allow her to come to Peru. It’s so much fun. We were in the same district in the CCM and she’s hilarious.

This week I’m learning a lot about faith and how the confidence we have in God should make us act. Yesterday in church someone said we should work to make sure our prayers get answered. Today, our zone is sacrificing P day to work so that we can see more miracles and help more people :) We’re excited!

PS: Funny Story. Sometimes people think that when the missionaries come over to eat they have to prepare everything so fancy or whatever but yesterday we ate with the Bazan family– they’re super cool and it reminded me of you guys. Because after lunch they just passed around spoons and a jar of Nutella and were like “Go for it.” I was cracking up. miss yall :)

I found a Thai Book of Mormon in the other sister’s apartment
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Real Intent

We went to the temple with some of our converts and with the ward to do baptisms for their family members! It was awesome. Everyone in our ward is so great to help the new members and to be able to go to the temple with them was super special.

Presidente and Hermana Larson came with us to teach some lessons! It was awesome. They’re so cute and just testified with such a strong spirit in our lesson.

Fernanda got baptized! Her brother, Francisco got baptized last week! Fernanda was having lots of questions and doubts and such and didn’t know if she wanted to be baptized. So we were there teaching her in the stairwell of their building (we can’t enter a house if there’s not another adult woman there) about real intent and receiving answers from God. Real intent is more than just really wanting an answer, it means you say that when He answers you, you’re going to do His will, even if it’s not the answer you wanted. We read DyC 9:8-9 and talked about how God answers prayers through the Holy Ghost and invited her to pray. We were just kneeling there in the stairwell and she says the most humble sincere prayer ever and the spirit was so strong, there are no words to describe it and she just said she was ready to be baptized the next day!! It was an incredible experience. These kids are such a good example of faith and humility and trusting in Gods will.

It’s Hermana Clarks last week so we are crying but that’s fine, she’s gonna be fine in Utah and going to keep #bautizandoelmundo :)) I’m seriously so grateful that we were able to be companions for these past 4 months, I’ve learned so much about faith and seen so many miracles with Hermana Clark!

Bautismo de Fernanda
Bautismo de Fernanda
Bautismo de Fernanda
Our district. There’s a senior couple in the office now and they’re part of our district!
Zona Magdalena
We ate Cuy this week! (guinea pig)
Zona Magdalena P-Day
Baptism of Fernanda
Baptism of Fernanda
Hermana Clarks last day at church. with Obispo Aldea
Noche de Hogar with our ward. (Did I ever tell y’all that this is the best ward ever? #barriobolivar)
Hermanas Clark, Erickson, Mendieta y Ramirez
Hermanas Clark and Erickson at the Lima Temple
Cuy (Guinea Pig)

Happy New Year!

Holy Moly! Seriously, this week has been wild. I’ve never fasted and prayed so much in my life. and we’ve seen so many miracles. It was stressful trying to help all of our investigators and everything but in the end, it was incredible because 4 of the people we’ve been teaching decided to get baptized this week!

Francisco is 17 and he’s the best. He’s such an example of faith an humility and just wants to do the right thing and help people. He has such a sweet testimony and is helping his family too so they can get baptized soon! (pray for them :)

Nivia
Her family got baptized like a year ago but she’s way Catholic and the missionaries have been teaching her for about that time. She finally decided that she wanted to get baptized and it was super awesome to see that. She’s a great lady.

Jessica and Sebastian
Jessica is the mom, her daughter got baptized like 2 years ago and recently decided to come to church. We talked to them and the little brother Sebastian wanted to be baptized. One day we were praying in church for help about what we were going to do to and who would be able to progress and they just showed up! Since that time we’ve been able to teach them and they also were able to get baptized on Saturday!!

God is so good. Miracles happen!!! Still can’t believe its 2018 but I’m excited to be here in the mission and keep sharing the gospel here in Lima

This past year (11 months) in the mission have been the best. I’ve learned so much, most importantly about relying on the Lord and helping others and that the important part of life is living the gospel because its the way to find the peace and happiness we all need. Recently, I’ve been able to increase my faith so much and see that with the Lord help, miracles are possible. seriously its incredible to see the changes in people’s lives and the joy they can be as families when they strengthen their relationship with Jesus Christ and repent and decide to follow him! I’m so grateful for the chance to be a missionary and for what I’ve learned this past year and all the miracles I’ve seen as God just puts prepared people in our way.

Happy New Year! I love y’all so much! Keep being great and reading The Book of Mormon and helping the missionaries, they need a lot of help. So too the investigators and the new members.

Recently I read a talk by President Hinckley called “Find the Lambs, Feed My Sheep“. I think y’all will like it too. :)

Anyway, thanks for everything! I love y’all a whole lot!!!

Nivia
Bautismo de Fransisco
Francisco was baptized by Jesus – just recently baptized – performed the baptism. Cutest moment of my life!!!
Francisco
Francisco, Jesus y Diego
La familia!!! Paul, Ursula, Fabiana, Fernanda, y Francisco
Jessica and Sebastian ALSO GOT BAPTIZED!
Our baptism was combined with the other ward :))))

Christmas Conversation and Report

Editor’s Note: As a family, we were able to Skype with Hermana Erickson on Christmas Day. Forty minutes goes by so fast! There are so many expectations and hopes packed into the twice-yearly calls with your missionary and 40 minutes barely scratches the surface. To have a few minutes for each family member to spend with a daughter/sister. That said, our Hermana Erickson is doing so very well, practically glowing and overflowing with enthusiasm for missionary work, The Book of Mormon, the people she teaches and with whom she serves. [See below for a report of her Christmas Week.]

We were busy talking and only got one photo of Hermana Erickson, taking a photo of us.

Hermana Erickson Report sent January 2, 2018:

Diego got baptized!!!! On the 23rd. I promise he was happy about it even if he’s not smiling in the pictures :) He’s one of the most prepared people we’ve ever taught and is so great at sharing the gospel and contacting people in the street!

Here Christmas is really the 24th, everyone is together as families and they eat dinner at midnight and set off fireworks! So the 25th wasn’t really anything, just a holiday, but the 24th is when they all celebrated. We just got to visit a lot of out converts and investigators and read the Christmas story with them in the Bible and the profecias in The Book of Mormon.

Diego’s Baptism
Hermana’s Clark, Erickson, Alfonso, Diego
Christmas 2017. Young Single Adults (YSA) or Jovenes Adultos Solteros (JAS) en español. :)
Christmas Lunch with Members and Other Hermanas
Nivia and Her Family
Christmas Eve Family Home Evening with Nora, Manuel and Diego
Christmas Eve Family Home Evening with Nora, Manuel and Diego
Christmas Eve Family Home Evening with Nora, Manuel and Diego
Christmas Eve Family Home Evening with Nora, Manuel and Diego
Christmas Eve Fireworks

 

That’s Pretty Much All I’ve Got to Say

Not really sure what happened this week, or where all of December went already but life is good. This week we did lots of “Intercambios” and “Divisiones” (“Splits” in English…maybe, I’m not really sure) and they were fun.

That’s pretty much all I’ve got to say so yeah.

Merry Christmas!

PS #1: We helped a sister do some grocery shopping and I’m pretty sure they’re a normal Peruvian family that eats normal Peruvian food and I was just cracking up when she bought 3 different types of potatoes. People are way into potatoes here.

PS #2: Pretty sure we’ll be able to Skype at 11 AM on the 25th!

PS #3: I was thinking of our time together last year in Spain, can you send me some pictures?

 

Following the Savior will not Remove All of your Trials

Hola Familia:

This week was great and full of miracles (like every week, but y’all get the idea that there are lots of miracles here in Bolivar). Here are this week’s highlights:

  • Ten investigators came to church yesterday! Woohoo! We were only expecting seven and turned around after the sacrament and three more people had shown up :)
  • Zone service project at the hospital. It was super fun. Fun fact: I have yet to see a lawnmower here in Lima, most people just use weed whackers and we used a combination of shovels, pickaxes, and bush trimming shears to cut grass and clean up the gardens.
  • Interviews with Presidente Larson
  • I got to accompany another Hermana to the dentist because she broke her tooth in half. Another fun fact: Here in Lima people just have random dentist offices in their houses so thats cool.
  • See the picture below of the funny message we received from our investigator Diego! He was contacting people in the street with Light the World pass-along cards. :)

Spiritual Thought: In church yesterday someone was talking about President Uchtdorf’s talk from the most recent conference and I really liked this:

“…following the Savior will not remove all of your trials. However, it will remove the barriers between you and the help your Heavenly Father wants to give you. God will be with you. He will direct your steps. He will walk beside you and even carry you when your need is greatest.”

– President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

We see this every day here in the mission, we spend all day inviting people to come unto Christ and it is incredible to see the changes people make in their lives to be able to do that, and the strength and help they recieve from God through prayer and reading the Book of Mormon.

Our investigator, Diego, sent us this message. #ihopetheycallmeonamission
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