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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.

Super Powerful

I’ll apologize in advance for the lack of pictures this week, we have zone P-day and the Zone Leaders said we have to write this morning instead of later so…this is all you get.

I think it’s classic for missionaries to say in their emails that this week has a lot of ups and downs, but for real it’s true. We were blessed with the opportunity to knock so many doors this week, and get rejected so many times, but also to have some really good experiences sharing the gospel. Así es. (So it is.)

This week in district meeting we were talking about contacting (walking up to random people on the street/in the park/on their doorstep and sharing the gospel) and we did a cool activity. We had 5 minutes to read and ponder our favorite scripture about the atonement. I chose Alma 7:11-12. Then, with the atonement in minds, we had to practice contacting and see how we changed our approach. It was super powerful to think of the fact that Jesus Christ suffered for the sins and pains and challenges of every single person, including the person in the park or on the street to whom I’m talking. It’s also cool because at the end of verse 12, in Spanish, it refers to how Christ can help us because he knows our weaknesses (debilidades). Because of the atonement, we can overcome sin and death, but also every single pain and weakness that we have in our life that isn’t our fault. I loved this experience and have been trying to share the gospel in a more personal way with the people we talk to.

Jesus loves you all and so do I. Have a great week!

-Hermana Erickson

Check out last week’s message at https://hermanaerickson.wordpress.com/2017/06/04/were-it-expedient/

 

Happy Mother’s Day

The highlight of this week: getting to Skype my family yesterday! Happy Mother’s Day to the best mom out there (mine) and to all the rest of the moms too! It is seriously such a blessing to be able to see and talk to my fam even though it was of course not long enough.

In honor of my mom, today we visited an old church. There’s a bunch of cathedrals here and we went to one in the center of Lima that’s a museum with a bunch of old art and books and interesting things that we weren’t allowed to take pictures of. Also, there are catacombs underneath the church and the bones are all arranged and it’s kinda creepy but pretty cool. There’s a bunch of femurs and skulls. Today the lady said that 20,000 people were buried there. It’s called Monastery de San Fransisco. It was cool because when I came to Lima three years ago, we also visited the catacombs and cathedral.

This week was pretty normal, we walked around, taught some lessons, ate some rice. I guess I forget that what’s normal here as a missionary isn’t normal back home so I’ll try to give some more information. One thing is that people here don’t really invite us into their houses so when we teach lessons, we mostly do it standing on people’s doorsteps. It’s interesting to pray and read the scriptures and teach in the middle of the sidewalk but it’s all good, I’ll take whatever chance we get to share the gospel with people.

This week I have been reading Joseph Smith’s History and the testimonies at the front of the Book of Mormon. It’s so special to know that God still talks to us, will answer prayers, and we have the guidance of a modern day prophet.

I also read a talk called “Approaching the Throne of God with Confidence”´ by Elder Jörg Klebingat that I loved. It was about how we don’t have to live every day being sad that we are not perfect and worried that we aren’t good enough in the eyes of God because we can use the Atonement of Jesus Christ every single day. Thanks to our Savior, Jesus Christ, we can repent every day and rely on his grace to become better each day and have the assurance that as long as we are striving to be our best, we´re alright before God.

Love,

Hermana Erickson

Post Script:

hey homies

I’m so happy I got to Skype with yall yesterday!!! I didn’t get to say everything I wanted to say but I hope yall know how much I love each one of you individually and you jokers collectively. I’m so so so blessed with the best family in the world. Not sure if I said thanks when you said you sent a letter in the mail but thank you!!!!!!
Happy mothers day to mom. We are so lucky to have you as our mom. for real.
Yall look great, I’m glad everything is going well! Please keep me posted on the goings-ons in your life! and yes, I really do miss yall.
Tell everyone (the fam) hello and I love them!
Thanks for your nice comments about my Spanish  hahaha. I’m working on it. I definitely pray for the gift of tongues every day.
Oh yeah, I was going to ask if we could have a family prayer before we hung up but I forgot, so have one without me and keep me in mind, yeah? Praying for y’all always.
Sorry for crying (honestly it’s like the first time I’ve cried in the mission) but I love yall and am so happy to be able o talk with y’all and share my testimony. I hope y’all now that I love being a missionary and I love talking to people about the gospel all day long. And like I said I especially love talking about the Book of Mormon and for real, there is a special spirit that comes when we read parts of the BOM with people.
You asked what I wish I had known before coming on the mission, and I’m still not sure how to answer that, but I just wanted to say thanks for preparing me for this craziness. For teaching me how to work hard, how to love the scriptures, how to try new foods, be flexible when the plan doesn’t work out, etc. Yall are the best.
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Happy Mother’s Day!

 

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