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Hermana Erickson in Peru

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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
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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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I Can Be A Better Person

Happy Halloween! In place of pumpkins we carved granadillas today, I think it was a pretty solid substitute. Also, nobody celebrates halloween here so it’s okay.

This week Nora and Juliana got confirmed! Yay! We also have been teaching a new investigator, Jesus who’s super cool. The best lesson was when we went to Nora’s house and were talking about the Book of Mormon, and Nora just whips out her copy (we met her like a month ago and she’s already in Alma and has highlighted all the parts she likes which is basically the whole book) and starts talking about how the Book of Mormon helped her take the decision to be baptized. She then read her favorite scripture about baptism in Mosiah 26:15-24 and the spirit was so strong. Such a good experience.

Actually, we find people everyday who are SO prepared for the gospel. It’s incredible how many people are looking for something and are so excited to hear about how the truth was restored through Joseph Smith. God is so good. I love this area :)

This week I was studying the atonement and did a little experiment. I read about Christ’s sacrifice in the gospels (New Testament) and then in the Book of Mormon. It really surprised me that everything I feel like I understand about the atonement (what Christ did and why he did it for us) comes from the Book of Mormon, The Bible is great and is definitely the word of God but I love the BOM so much, it helps me come closer to Christ. While reading in the Bible, it says a little about what happened in the garden of Gethsemane and when Jesus died on the cross, but while reading the Book of Mormon, I really felt like He suffered for me individually and thanks to his sacrifice, I can be a better person. (check out Alma 7:11-13, Mosiah 3:5-11, 2 Nephi 26: 23-28).

I’m so grateful for the Savior’s sacrifice and for the chance to share his restored gospel with everyone here in my little area of Bolivar of Lima Peru!!

 

 

Selfie with the Census Lady
Zone Sports Day

The Book of Mormon: Read It
Happy Halloween!

Seriously, Happy Halloween!

So So So Cool

This week was so so so cool.

This past Tuesday were transfers and Hermana Clark and I are sticking around here in Bolivar :) Yay!!

We went to help at the training of the new missionaries and it was really fun, we just explained what we do as sister training leaders and got to meet them.

Saturday we had planned the baptism of Nora and Juliana at 5:00 PM. Nora is the best, so we went to get Juliana at 4:30 and she wasn’t at her house! Her mom was like, “Yeah, she went to work, and I don’t know when she’ll be back.” So we didn’t know what to do and we didn’t have any credit on our cell phone to call, so we knocked on the neighbor’s doors to use their phone but she didn’t answer and we were late so we had to go to the church. We show up and Nora’s there with a bunch of members, everything was ready and she was so excited. She’s the cutest lady who’s been searching for the truth for a long time and has been a Jehovah’s Witness for the past 17 years, (I think I already told y’all how we found her by knocking on her door). Anyways, she has such a strong testimony that the Book of Mormon is true and that Joseph smith was a Prophet and she got baptized and came out of the water crying she was so happy.

After the baptism, we went to see if Juliana was home, she wasn’t, so we went to work normally, we were looking for one of our investigators and the neighbor answered the door because she wasn’t home, and she let us in for a little bit. Right then, Juliana called us and said she finished her work and was heading for the church! The random lady we were with let us borrow her phone to call the bishop and we were like “Hey, we’re going to have a baptism in 15 minutes, can you come to the church?” This ward is seriously incredible, by the time we got to the church there’s like 12 people, the bishop, someone with a talk prepared. It was a miracle! So Juliana was able to get baptized and was super happy, too! She’s had a ton of problems in her life and it’s crazy to see the change she’s had with the gospel in her life.

Hermana’s Clark y Erickson con Nora
Nora’s Baptism

Juliana con Hermana’s Clark y Erickson
The Fifteen Minute Baptism

The World Unfinished

Hey Fam:

This week was super good! I know I say that every week but it’s true so…

Last week for P-day Hna Clark and I were in charge of planning the activity. Of course we weren’t going to do something lame so we went and hiked this hill called Flor de Amancaes with all the hermanas :) (See photos below.)

Tuesday Peru was playing Colombia in soccer to qualify for the wworld cup and everyone was going crazy so the mission changed our schedule and we had to be home at 7 to study. even though we didn’t watch the game we knew when Peru scored because everyone was going crazy and yelling in the streets. The game ended in a tie, so all the peruvians still have hope that they’ll make it into the world cup for the first time in like 37 years.

This week we have seen so many miracles in finding people who are super prepared and eager to hear the gospel. Like I dont even know how we teach so many people, we just walk around and people are like “Can you share a message with us?” It’s incredible!

Spiritual Thought: see attached photo
I read this quote this week and loved it. It’s so true… we are here on earth to learn and grow and it’s not going to be easy but it is going to be worth it when we learn from our experiences. I’m so thankful for the Plan of Salvation and the knowledge we have from the prophets and the Book of Mormon that through our Savior Jesus Christ we can make it through life and be happy :)

Ward Activity: Returned Missionaries spoke about their experiences with the youth.

 

 

Our District consists of the Office Elders, Hermana Clark and I. It’s a crack up and Pres. and Sister Larson sat in this week.

What’s Wrong?

This week was so so so good.

Ok cool story: We were supposed to have a zone conference last week but it got cancelled last minute so we had 2.5 hours to knock doors. We ended up talking to this lady named Nora who let us in to talk. She’s Jehovah’s Witness and the coolest lady ever. We taught her the restoration and she said she’d pray to see if Jospeh Smith was a prophet and she also came to General Conference. When we gave her a Book of Mormon, she read like 30 pages the first day and asks the best questions and I love it. So we asked a member to go pick her up for church yesterday and there was some sort of confusion and the member went for this other lady and nobody went to get Nora who was waiting to come to church. So Hermana Clark and I were freaking out and sacrament meeting had already started and these 2 YSA (Young Single Adults) kids behind us were like “Whats wrong?'” We explained the situation and they were just like ok where does she live and whats her phone number and left. They showed up like 10 minutes later with Nora and it was the biggest miracle ever. I’m so thankful for them and their help and Nora was able to come to church and loved it.
I also hit my 8 month mark in the mission this week!  I am so happy to be here and be a missionary and see so many miracles every single day! The church is true, people. Just read the Book of Mormon, it’ll change your life. And even though I feel super old in the mission, I’m glad to not be at the half way mark yet! :)

We spend so much time on the bus!
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