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Hermana Erickson in Peru

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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
Work hard and rest when you can!

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One of the Best People We Know

Yesterday in the Christmas devotional, Elder Duncan’s story about his first Christmas in the mission cracked me up because it’s so accurate. It’s straight up summer here and everything is different but it’s the best. Like he said, even though some things are hard, it’s so easy to love the people here. I love Peru and the people here are the best. I’m so blessed to be a missionary :)

One of the best people we know is Manuel who was baptized on Saturday! (Just look at the pictures to see how much of a joker he is. It kills me. *He posed all the pictures). We had like 4 heart attacks because he started a new job – which is a good thing because he was looking for work – and never had time for his baptism interview and was really worried about having to work on Sundays. But we were praying so hard and he talked to his boss and got Saturday and Sunday off and the baptism was great :) He’s so happy.
That’s my favorite part of being a missionary. Just seeing the happiness and light that people have in their lives from living the gospel of Jesus Christ!!!! God is so good. Love you all
Keeping Busy
Who Doesn’t Love a Good Calendar?

2 Robberies, 2 Baptisms and 3 Capillas

This week Jesus got baptized! Best day ever!
His conversion story is way crazy (starts when he was walking his dogs and we talked to him in the street, involves 2 robberies, 2 baptisms and 3 capillas in one day, all the YSA/JAS (Young Single Adults/Jovenes Adultos Solteros) in the ward, and the Book of Mormon) but he’s one of the most prepared people I’ve ever been able to teach. His testimony of the gospel, of the Book of Mormon, and of prayer is such an example to me.
Jesus always says that you feel the spirit in people’s smiles. It’s the truth. And being a missionary is the happiest thing on earth. We’re just smiling non-stop because our ward members are the best (they bring our investigators to church), the people we teach are progressing, and its almost December and people are  all excited to talk about Jesus Christ. Other than that, we’re still so crazy blessed every day here in Bolivar. The people here are the best. I love being a missionary.

I’m so excited for the Christmas initiative of the church! #illuminaelmundo #lighttheworld

(Light the world! Check out the video on mormon.org and get ready to serve people every day of December until Christmas!!)
(Also, shoutout to Jesus because he said he looked up my blog this week and read it so…)
Anyways, enjoy the photos!
-Hermana Erickson
Editor’s Note: Whoa! You can’t just drop “…2 robberies, 2 baptisms and 3 capillas…” and not explain…
 
One week later…

The first day we taught him (Jesus), we invited him to a baptism (de Nora). From there he met the JAS (YSA) and went to the institute building with them and also a party in the other chapel, and then they all came back because we had the surprise baptism of Juliana.

Then he was really busy and we could never teach him but he was best friends with the JAS and then he got robbed 2x in one day which made him realize the need to humble himself and trust in God. That day he called us and was like, “Hermanas, quiero ser Mormón/Sisters, I want to be Mormon”.
He’s the best. He recieved the Aaronic Priesthood yesterday and was crying he was so happy. 
Hermanas Erickson and Clark, Jesus, Alonso Bullon, who is going on his mission to Medellín, Colombia. He’s homies with Jesus and also was the person who baptized Nora which was the first baptism Jesus went to, so he chose Alonso to baptize him. Also, it was Alonso’s birthday. Craziness.
Hnas Erickson y Clark, Jesus’Mother, Jesus
Hnas Erickson y Clark, Jesus + Manuel (without mustache), Manuel’s dad (with mustache) who performed the baptism. “It was the sweetest moment ever…” The other Hermanas from the ward.
The YSA from the Ward
Selfie with Jesus
Pie for Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving Dinner
Thanksgiving!
Hermana Katty. “I love her.”
Family Home Evening. Notice Stitch the Dog.
Zone Photo
Our District. Us plus the office Elders.

So So So Blessed

Happy Thanksgiving!!! I’m so so so blessed and thankful for too many things to write in an email.

This week:
-Lots of miracles.
-The YSA (Young Single Adults) of this ward are on fire. They help us so much with our investigators.
-Highlight: Face-to-face broadcast with Elder Oaks and Elder Ballard. They answered questions from around the world – including Peru :))) and three of our investigators went and had super spiritual experiences.
-Our investigator Fabiana participated in the primary program on Sunday!
-We hardly taught any lessons without members. Our ward is killin’ it!

Most of all, I’m thankful for my Savior Jesus Christ and His restored gospel. I’m thankful that I can be better every day thanks to Him. I’m thankful that Joseph Smith saw God and Jesus Christ and was called as a prophet. I’m thankful for living prophets and their counsel that helps us know how we can return to live with our Heavenly Father again. I’m thankful for the Book of Mormon and the way it teaches all the truths of the gospel and changes the lives of the people who sincerely want to get closer to God. I’m thankful for all the incredible people here that we teach every day. It’s incredible. I’m thankful to be able to represent Jesus Christ here in Lima, Peru and help people experience this change in their lives and be happy :)

Hermana Meroy from my CCM District
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Breña is the “sketchy” part of our area…
…but there’s a tree that looks like a chicken, so…
La Calle

Super Quick

Highlights of the week:

I hit my 9 month mark. Not sure when all that time passed but it’s gone by super quickly. I’m so happy to have spent the past 9 months here in Peru serving the Lord and sharing the restored gospel :)

INTERCAMBIOS: I got to be companions with Hermana Machuruti (my trainer) again! She’s one of my favorite people ever. It was so much fun. (see pic)

There was a dog running around sacrament meeting. It’s a peruvian dog (picture attached) and it’s name is Stitch which kills me because it looks like an alien. (Side Note: Peruvian dogs all look like this but there are dogs of all sizes just all bald and creepy looking. Also people say that they can cure cancer…? No se.)

Multizone conference: We had a mini Thanksgiving feast.

This week I read the story of Alma the Younger. It’s always been one of my favorites. I love that thanks to our Savior, Jesus Christ, we can change. Alma was one of the vilest of sinners but afterwards you can see such a great change. Its incredible to see this change in all the people we are teaching!!!

Mosiah 27.

36 Y así fueron instrumentos en las manos de Dios para llevar a muchos al conocimiento de la verdad, sí, al conocimiento de su Redentor.

37 ¡Y cuán benditos son! Pues publicaron la paz; proclamaron gratas nuevas del bien; y declararon al pueblo que el Señor reina.

Stitch attending Sacrament Meeting. Maybe curing cancer.
9 Month Mark!
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Companions with Hna. Macharuti again!
La Huaca de Miraflores
Con Hna. Clark
Con Hna. Macharuti

We Are So Blessed Here

This week was incredible! I think every week I say that we are seeing SO MANY MIRACLES but it’s true, especially these past few days. #blessed

Our district leader called us and was like “What are you guys doing to find so many people to teach?” and the answer is “Nothing”. Investigators are just falling from the sky, people (members, investigators, other people) are just calling us every day saying they have friends who they want us to meet and who want to hear about the gospel. So we go and teach them and their families and they’re all so cool.

Something interesting is that most of the people we are teaching are young adults. They’re searching for some sort of direction in their lives and when they hear the message of the restoration, something just interests them and helps fill what they’re looking for. And then they’re all so open to sharing the gospel with their friends and bring them to church and change their lives. I was always scared to talk to the young adults because they’re like our same age and I was just always really uncomfortable but it’s crazy how prepared they are for the gospel. Also, the young adults of our ward are incredible and immediately are bffs with all our investigators and they go to institute together and everything.

Por ejemplo: Jesus is this kid we talked to in the street and he accepted that we could visit him a few days later. He was always really busy and traveling for work. but we’ve been praying for him and turns out his job changed so now he’s got more time and can come to church and go to institute with the other jovenes from our ward. Also, he had a lot of doubts about the Book of Mormon, but the other day, after not hearing from him for like a week, he just called us and said “Hermanas, quiero ser Mormón.” WHAT?? He says he’s seen such a difference in his friends from the church and wants to be a part of that light they have.

Also Milagro: We just ran into her one day, she accepted the Joseph Smith story and came to church the next day and then presented us to her friend also. It’s incredible.

We are so blessed here.

With all the youth we are teaching, it’s cool to see what they need and what touches their hearts. This week we watched a video with lots of them: The Light of Christ.

I love it. I know we can find hope when we humble ourselves sufficiently to let the light of Christ into our lives and start to change us. It’s not going to be easy or immediate, but its worth it and I’m so thankful for the Savior’s atonement and the example of all these great people we are teaching these past couple days. :)

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