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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?

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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 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

It’ll Make You Happier

This week was cool, we were supposed to have a zone meeting on Tuesday but it got cancelled last minute so we had 2.5 hours to knock doors and ended up meeting some of the coolest people who are super prepared for the gospel.

On thursday Gianella got baptized! Her friend, who is going on a mission soon introduced her to the church and she’s the best. She is so willing to do whatever the Lord asks and keep all the commandments and just loves the Book of Mormon and is seriously an example to me. It’s been hard because her family didn’t really want her to get baptized but she just told us that she knew it was true and she knew she had to go through with it.

Friday we had a multizone conference with Presidente and Hermana Larson and I learned a lot. Then Hermana Kilpack ended up coming to stay with us again for this weekend and it’s so crack up. She’s new in the mission and was staying with us before and basically its just a party all the time because she and Hermana Clark are super funny.

General Conference was the best, the members helped us again with the bus van to pick up everyone to go to the stake center to watch it. We were able to watch it in English and it is so powerful to be able to listen to prophets and apostles testify of Jesus christ. I loved Elder Nelsons talk about the Book of Mormon; it really is the word of God and has the answerrs that we need. I’ve seen so many times in my life and in the lives of the people we teach that we can find answers to our questions and our lives improve when we read the Book of Mormon every day.

(If you didnt get to watch conf, check out LDS.org and give it a listen, I promise it’ll make you happier :))

Zone Activity: Contacting with The Book of Mormon
The baptismal font doesn’t drain well and leaves dirt in the bottom, so we have to clean it.
(L-to-R) Hermana Erickson, Gianella, Hermana Clark
Gianella’s Baptism
Gianella’s Baptism
Gianella’s Baptism
P-day at the Beach
Las Hermanas a la Playa
La Playa de Lima

A Little Better Everyday

I didn’t know it was possible to have so many meetings in one week but it’s something I learned….

Okay, totally worth it though, because we had the coolest meeting ever on Wednesday. Elder Montoya, Elder Robbins, Bishop Caussé, and Elder Oaks came to visit the mission and we got to hear from all of them! We went to the chapel next to the MTC (it is outside the mission boundaries but only like an hour and a half away) and joined 2 other lima missions, 550 missionaries in total. It was a huge deal and we got to shake all their hands and it was way exciting. My favorite part was when Bishop Caussé stated that the atonement isn’t just for unworthy people to become worthy, but also for worthy people to become perfect. And when we get a little bit better every day, when we feel overwhelmed but feel that God loves us, or when we don’t speak Spanish well but can improve, the atonement is working in our lives. I loved those examples because they’re things I’ve definitely felt here on the mission. I’m learning to rely more on Jesus Christ and help other people do the same.
Also, Juan got baptized! It was an adventure trying to fill the font Saturday morning but after cleaning it with a broom and the Bishop picking the lock with a paperclip to access the faucet, it all worked out. Juan is super funny and his face is always so serious but he’s actually really happy and was so ready to get baptized.
The biggest challenge this week is that no one’s family wants them to get baptized so it’s super rough, but we are praying a lot for Gianella and Cristina so they can progress and get baptized soon.

Las Hermanas de Palao

La Zona. Feliz Dia de Independencia de Chile

This picture looks like we’re in a prison. Too funny.

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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