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Hermana Erickson in Peru

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Bad News

This week has been the craziest ever.

Last Monday night President Larson called to break the bad news: (1) I was being transferred and (2) that I would be called to be a Sister Training Leader (hahaha biggest joke ever). I was so bummed to be leaving Cayetano and Hermana Valencia, but it’s all good….

My new area is Bolivar in la zona de Magdelena. My companion is Hermana Clark, from Bountiful Utah! My new area is so different from Cayetano, its way nicer and also HUGE, the ward is super great and the Bishop is so helpful already and I’ve only been here 1 week.

Hermana Clark ran track at the University of Utah, so let’s just say she loves to run and I do not, so it’s been an interesting week. hahaha, nah its all good though, pray that I survive.

The Hermanas de Palao (my previous zone) had a problem with their house and are living with us for like 2 weeks and it’s so fun. I was in the Zone Palao with Hermana Zaldivar for 3 transfers and she is training a new missionary Hermana Kilpack from Utah, so basically were just having a blast the 4 of us living together. And we go on splits every day so I’m having to learn the streets and members and everything really fast.

This week I reached 7 months in the mission and today is my 20th birthday so I feel super old. Today has been super fun though, including the peruvian tradition of smashing eggs and throwing flour at the birthday person :)

Not much time to say anything but theres lots of photos so hope that makes up for it.

My face when I found out I’d been called to be a Sister Training Leader
Family Home Evening
My Favorite Family

Morgan sent me taco seasoning in the mail!

Mexican Food

Hno Juan (our ward mission leader) and Hermana Tania (our pensionista)
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Read the Book of Mormon: A Challenge

This transfer has gone by so quickly, it’s insane. I feel like last week was when there were transfers but yeah, 6 weeks later here we are.

I’ve been here in Cayetano for 6 months, so more than likely I’m headed out :( I don’t know for sure but they’ll tell us tonight whos getting transferred tomorrow.

Basically, nothing exciting happened this week, just normal missionary things.We’ve actually been able to find and teach some really great people this week and 5 people came to church yesterday!! It’s the best.

11 But he that believeth these things which I have spoken, him will I visit with the manifestations of my Spirit, and he shall know and bear record. For because of my Spirit he shall know that these things are true; for it persuadeth men to do good.
12 And whatsoever thing persuadeth men to do good is of me; for good cometh of none save it be of me. I am the same that leadeth men to all good; – Ether 4:11-12

The Book of Mormon is so cool and I love this promise, that if we read it with an open heart, we’ll be able to know that it’s true. We will be able to see that it’s a book of scriptures, inspired of God, to help us become better. I’ve seen so many times in my life and especially here on the mission that there’s a great spirit that comes in your life when you read the Book of Mormon. so your challenge of the week: Read the Book of Mormon and just see how it can help you be better and do better.

Here are lots of pictures of the zone, our district, and other shenanigans :)

My companion adding salt to a Ritz cracker. I’ve trained her well.

Pick a Number

This week was loco, but they all are so I guess that shouldn’t be news to anyone.

We went to the temple with Humberto and Melissa!

We had a multi-zone conference and it was great! I got to see a bunch of the jokers from the MTC, my old companion, and people who had been in my zone before. Yay! My favorite part was a quote by Elder Anderson: Faith is a power that makes things happen that should happen¨

Faith is a power that makes things happen that should happen. – 

It’s true that people have the agency to choose what to do in their lives, but we also have the ability to help everyone remember that at some point they chose to follow Christ and that by doing so again they will be infinitely more happy in their lives.

This week we have been contacting with the Book of Mormon. Asking people to choose any number between 1 and 531 (or however many pages there are in the Book of Mormon in your language) and then asking them to read the page of the Book of Mormon of the number they chose. Every single page of that book testifies of Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father and it’s so powerful when the people can just read it and see that it’s the word of God. So, it’s been really cool to see that people are more interested when they can read directly from the BOM. (Missionary friends: try it out sometime, it’s way fun)

Hermana Erickson and Both Companions, Hermana Macharuti and Hermana Valencia
Humberto, Melissa, Hermana Valencia and Hermana Erickson
Family Night (Noche de Hogar) with Humberto, Melissa, Amelie, Diego, the Elders, and Maria who was baptized the same day as Humberto’s family
Learning to Break
Something’s Going to Break

They Don’t Teach that in the MTC

I don’t even know what to say about this week, it was just really crazy.
One day, a member of the ward called us freaking out because her dog was having puppies and she didn’t know what to do. I don’t know what she expected us to do, but yeah we went over to her house and helped her out. Not something I expected to ever do on my mission or in my life but it was an experience for sure and now Gaby has three new puppies that are actually way cute.
Other than that, we have found new people to teach that are really cool, but some of our other investigators dropped us, saying they don’t want to meet with us anymore and that’s really hard.
Also, President Larson called yesterday to tell my comp that her grandpa passed away this week. That’s been kinda rough but if y’all could pray for Hermana Valencia and her family, that would be great. But she’s actually doing really well and we’re all grateful for the knowledge of the plan of salvation that helps us know that death isn’t the end. Thanks to our Savior, Jesus Christ, all of us are going to be resurrected one day. And thanks to the blessings of the temples, our families can live together for eternity.

This week, I have been reading 3 Nephi in the Book of Mormon when Jesus Christ comes to visit the Americas. It’s pretty incredible to be able to read his words and have another witness of Christ.

Through His life, suffering, death, and resurrection, Jesus Christ removed every impediment to our rejoicing and finding peace on this earth.´ -Elder Ulisses Soares.

It’s a blessing to be able to help other people here in Peru have hope and peace through the gospel of Jesus Christ

Puppies!
Bad Selfie

Right Place, Right Time

This week was way better than last week. We were able to find lots of new investigators through the area book and just chatting up people in the street. The coolest thing was we just stopped to talk to a random guy and turns out he had visited Temple Square in Salt Lake and wanted to learn more and so we taught him about the Restoration! Its pretty incredible to be serving the Lord and see that he helps us be in the right place at the right time to find the people here that are prepared to hear the gospel!

We also had una capilla abierta (open house) in the stake center. My companion and I were in charge of the first room where we got to welcome people and just testify of our Savior, Jesus Christ to different groups for 3 and a half hours. It was the best. We got to listen to the words of Christ (I think the same recorded words that are in the Salt Lake City Temple Visitor’s Center at the Christus statue) and then share our personal testimonies. It was such a special experience and I know some of the visitors there felt the spirit really stongly (because 2 people after the tour asked the Elders what they had to do to be baptized. ¡bacanazo!)

We also had an area broadcast specifically for Peru and Bolivia. We heard from Elders Cook (of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles), Corbridge, Godoy, and Uceda, and Sister McConkie. They talked a lot about missionary work so I’m hoping the members were listening and are ready to invite their friends to hear the gospel. Also they talked about the temple and what a blessing it is to be able to visit the House of the Lord and make sacred covenants.

This week I love the scripture in 3 Nephi 5:20. I for sure agree with Mormom and am supoer grateful for the chance to help others know of the Plan of Salvation here in Peru.

This sign always makes me laugh “Se vende cosas usadas” basically means “We sell used stuff”. It’s very vague and we always crack up!
Photo of the Week :) Me looking uncomfortable while Hermana Valencia took my picture.

For Real

This week:

Not gonna lie, this week was rough because literally nobody was in their houses or wanted to talk to us. But it’s all good because as always we are seeing miracles here in our sector.

First of all, finally Luis got baptized! His family is all members and he’s talked to the missionaries for years but just recently he was finally able to get married and make some great changes to get baptized this weekend. Literally, every day when we went to his house, he had another problem or obstacle to deal with but its been super cool to see him change his attitude and always say that now he’s putting God first in everything. With that, he was able to make this great step and enter into a covenant with our Heavenly Father. It’s incredible. The gospel of Jesus Christ changes lives, for real.

We had interviews with Presidente Larson this week, which are always fun.

After a whole week of not finding people to teach, we were blessed to find some super cool people on Saturday who are really great and interested in learning more.

This week I read a talk by President Eyring called “My Peace I Leave with You” and loved a part that says:

At times, you may long for peace as you face uncertainty and what seem to you to be looming challenges. The sons of Mosiah learned the lesson that the Lord taught to Moroni. It is a guide for us all: “If men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all [who] humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them” (Ether 12:27).

Moroni said that when he “heard these words,” he “was comforted” (Ether 12:29). They can be a comfort to all of us. Those who do not see their weaknesses do not progress. Your awareness of your weakness is a blessing as it helps you remain humble and keeps turning you to the Savior. The Spirit not only comforts you, but He is also the agent by which the Atonement works a change in your very nature. Then, weak things become strong.

It’s great to be able to help people feel this spirit and experience the Atonement in their lives and change as a result, myself included.

Tomorrow I hit my 6-month mark in the mission. It’s been the craziest past 6 months but also the best. I am so happy to be a missionary because I get to testify about our savior, Jesus Christ every day to everyone.

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