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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.

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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

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.

Pescados y Pecados

I’m thinking about changing my mission call from “Lima, Peru” to “Cayetano Heredia, Palao” because transfers were this week and I’m sticking around here in the same area. Despite the fact that we can walk across our entire sector in 10 minutes – including time to wait to cross the street – I love it and I’m super happy to still be here. Hermana Valencia kills me every day, she’s so funny, and I’m pumped to still be here with her.

This week everyone had “Sindrome de Fiestas Patrias” (according to Hermana Valencia), meaning everyone went on vacation for the holidays and nobody was home to talk to us and we knocked a lot of doors that nobody answered. It’s all good though.

This week Nicole got baptized! Yay! Her friend, Eileen, was baptized like 6 months ago and invited Nicole to church and has been answering her questions about the church. So Nicole accepted and we are so happy because we got to teach her these past couple weeks and see how much her faith is growing as she reads the Book of Mormon and participates in Young Women’s. It’s the best.

We have for sure seen miracles in our sector these past couple weeks, and honestly every day of the mission. I’m so happy to be a missionary and teach the gospel and learn so much every day. Today I read Helaman 3:27-28 and I love these verses. It’s so true, the Lord is so willing to help us, we’ve just got to trust in Him and work as hard as we can in everything and he makes up the rest.

Thus we may see that the Lord is merciful unto all who will, in the sincerity of their hearts, call upon his holy name.

Yea, thus we see that the gate of heaven is open unto all, even to those who will believe on the name of Jesus Christ, who is the Son of God.

 – Helaman 3:27-28 –

Oh yeah I forgot this funny story

We were in church yesterday and reading about how Jesus paid the price for our sins (pecados) but someone read it as PESCADOS which means fish. So we were cracking up and it makes me feel better about my Spanish that even Peruvians make mistakes sometimes as well. :)

Hermana Valencia, Nicole, y Hermana Erickson
El Bautismo de Nicole
New Agenda for this Next Transfer
Lomo Saltado a lo Pobre (with Fried Egg and Platano)

My Heart is so Happy

My heart is so happy this week. On Saturday, the family we’ve been teaching was baptized and they were confirmed yesterday! We found their address in the area book and decided to stop by one day. We talked with Humberto and he basically said , I guess yall can share a message but it’s a waste of time. But we visited him again and he was curious about the Book of Mormon and decided to read it and from that day there were miracles in their family! From the start he was able to see that as he read the Book of Mormon he was able to have so much more faith in God and Jesus Christ and be more patient and loving with his family. Also, he was having problems at work but when he read the Book of Mormon and prayed every day he was able to find solutions super easily. As a result of these changes, Melissa was more willing to listen to us and although she too was skeptical of something different she also put the Book of Mormon to the test and started to read. Again, more miracles in her work and her university studies. So we also talked to their 8 year old daughter who also wanted to be baptized and they all decided to take this step together as a family! This week I love the scripture Mosiah 26:18:

Yea, blessed is this people who are willing to bear my name; for in my name shall they be called; and they are mine.

Baptism is such a special experience becasue people get to start a completely new life as disciples of Jesus Christ!

They have such strong testimonies of prayer and the power of the Book of Mormon and I’m so excited for them. It’s been such a blessing to teach them and come to love their cute family. The next goal is that they can go to the temple in one year and be sealed as a family! (Both Hermana Valencia and I will be here in one year so we are psyched to be able to go with them!

Other than that, this week has been good. We’ve been able to find people to teach although all the students we are teaching are about to leave for vacation for the next month so that’s a bummer. (There’s a university in our sector, so there’s loads of students who live here. The semester just ended so it’s difficult…) But yeah, there’s one more week in this transfer so we’ll see if I end up staying here for another cambio or not.

The Elders and Maria + us and Humberto, Melissa, and Amelie
Melissa, Humberto, Diego, and Amelie
Here’s our goal to find a family in July. Check!
Hermana Valencia y Hermana Erickson

 

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