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The Reality of the Resurrection

As of Saturday, April 8, I officially have 2 months in the mission! WOOT.

This week was wild, including an all day training meeting at the mission offices (where I got to see Hermana Shupe, Hermana Meroy, and Elder Baum from the MTC) and exchanges with the Hermana Capacitadoras (Sister Training Leaders).

Funny story: While on exchanges, Hermana Moffet and I were going to teach an investigator in the church but needed another woman so we didn’t have to teach outside the building. So we walk outside and a lady comes up and starts chatting with us about the Hermanas who used to be in that area. So we assumed she was a member and asked her to come help us out with the lesson. Turns out she isn’t a member but she was super down to come to the church with us, and we shared a spiritual thought with her as well. Super chistoso!

This week we had Family Home Evening (FHE) at the house of our ward mission leader and our investigator Gustavo came. We watched the video of the First Vision and it was great! Hermano and Hermana Ramos bore their testimonies and we talked a little more about prophets and conference and the spirit was so strong! I love sharing the message of the restoration and being able to testify that Joseph Smith saw God and Jesus Christ and translated the Book of Mormon because he was a prophet called of God!

This week is a big deal in Peru because it’s Semana Santa (Holy Week) and Pascua (Easter) is on Sunday. I love this quote:

The reality of the resurrection of the Savior overwhelms our heartbreak with hope because with it comes the assurance that all the other promises of the Gospel are just as real.

-Elder Paul V Johnson, April 2016 General Conference

It goes right along with Acts 17:31. I love the opportunity to be here and share the message that we can have hope and peace through Jesus Christ who lives! As a missionary, we make a lot of promises to people:

  • If they come to church they’ll feel the Spirit and love of God
  • If they read the Book of Mormon and ask God with a sincere heart, they’ll receive a witness of its divinity
  • If they repent and follow Christ, they will feel – as in the quote above – the reality that they can be clean from sins through Christ and His atonement

This week I’m thankful for the opportunity especially to remember Christ and His resurrection.

Love y’all!

Hermana Erickson

PS: If you’d like to read some other information about my area in Lima and my first impressions of missionary work, click here: http://wp.me/p8k26H-75

Hermanas
My Cute Compañera and Me
2 Months
Hermana Machuruti is so cute and made me this note to celebrate my 2 month mark :)
Lunch
Lomo Saltado
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First Impressions

 

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¡Lo Maximo!

What a week. For real. Today someone asked me how my first week in the field was and I honestly don’t have any words. It’s been crazy, but also super good.

My trainer, Hermana Machuruti, is ¡LO MAXIMO! – a phrase she says all the time. The language barrier is interesting, but she’s so cute and loves the people and has no fear to talk to people and invite them to church and ask when we can share our message about Jesus.

Spanish is SUPER TOUGH. It’s so hard to understand people, but its alright.  I think Peruvians don’t believe in speaking loudly, so it’s super hard to understand.

The streets in my area kinda remind me of Thailand with wires everywhere and occasional sidewalks. If there is such a thing as building codes, I would be surprised. Also, there’s so much dirt and dust. It’s super hot so everyone’s windows are always open so it means there’s always dust on everything. I’ve accepted the fact that I’ll be covered in dirt and sweat for the next 18 months. :)

Today was P-day and we played kickball with all the missionaries in our zone. It’s an American game so it was funny to explain to the Latinos how to play. We, Hermana Macharuti and I, share a ward with 2 Elders who are super great. One is from Peru and one is from Kentucky.

We do a lot of contacting and invite people to visit mormon.org (Hey y’all, visit mormon.org. It’s super chevere and there are cool videos about Jesus!) and to Church. We’ve taught a couple lessons and the CCM prepared me way more than I thought. Teaching in the CCM was always hard but I learned so much and now I can teach people for real. One of our investigators, Gustavo, came to church yesterday! (YAY!). And another, Sandra, came with us to Women’s Conference. I love that people can have these opportunities to feel the Spirit, because that’s the only way we can know the truthfulness of the gospel for ourselves. Obviously when we teach it’s definitely not anything I can say in terrible Spanish, it’s the Spirit that can testify to people’s hearts.

This week I’ve been reading in Acts when Pedro y Juan are preaching. I love the first couple of chapters because they are such great examples as missionaries. They have the Spirit with them so strong, they have the gift of tongues, and they preach the exact same thing: the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We have little cards to hand out and when people see that that they have a pictures of Jesus, they are so much more willing to talk to us. We always ask people, ”Do you believe in Jesus?” and “Why?” I love people’s answers. So many people have such strong faith that Christ is the Savior of the world and they always say that he is everything in their life. I love it so much and am so happy to be here to preach that gospel and help people come unto Christ!!

Love yall! (Prayers are appreciated, we need them here)

Excerpt from 2nd Email:

Holy smokes (lol bad pun). The yard is hilarious! I’m cracking up and trying to explain the story to my companion in Spanish. I love the pictures and miss y’all so much. [This note in reference to a report that Erickson’s had a small grass fire in the back yard.]

This week has been something else. Its wild. (I miss the CCM :))

Nah its been good. My trainer is super great, I can sometimes understand people, the CCM really prepared me more than I ever thought.

It’s hard to be in a new place, and its 4,895,794,875 degrees every day, and there’s so much dust you couldn’t believe it, and I’m tired like 99 percent of the time, but its all good. Just something to get used to. We do a lot of contacting, teaching lessons is fun, our investigator came to church and we’re just doing the work. Pray for me please :)

Home Sweet Home
This is our neighborhood in Lima.
The Street, and Wires
Lima Streetview
El Baño
My first missionary apartment: El Baño
La Cocina
La Cocina
La Recamara
La Recamara
That's all there is
That’s all there is…

This Just Got So Real

PART 1

Hola from el campo!!!

Leaving the CCM was crazy, but it’s all good. The last week in the CCM was great and I learned so much. It definitely doesn’t feel like I’ve already been here in Peru for 6 weeks, but here we are. My teachers and district in the CCM were the best and I’m going to miss those jokers. Right now, my Spanish is alright and now getting thrown into it 24/7 is hopefully going to help me get way better real quick.

Today we just drove about an hour to our mission office here in Lima and had some training things and interviews with Presidente Larson and filled out paperwork. All the fun things. Presidente and Hermana Larson are from Idaho.

Some facts about the mission according to what people told me today, it’s the smallest proselyting mission in the world- smallest after temple square in Salt Lake City and it’s about 10 miles across. We’ve got about 175 missionaries total, and only about 20-ish are Hermanas. Also, I think our mission scripture or theme or something is 3 Nefi 5:13, which is the scripture on my plaque at home! I love that scripture so much.

My companion is Hermana Machuruti from Tarija, Bolivia. She has been out for 9 months and is 24-years-old and has never trained before and doesn’t speak any English so this is going to be interesante. She’s super sweet though and it looks like we’ve got a lot of things to do and people to teach. My sector is called Cayetano Heredia 1. I don’t know much about it except my compañera said the ward is pretty small. Also, in terms of area our sector is tiny; just a couple blocks. Tonight we’re going to go teach 4 appointments and an English class so pray for me because this just got so real today and it’s going to be crazy hard but I know it’s going to be so worth it. I read Moroni Chapter 6  today and it’s all about baptism. I love that through baptism people can come closer to Christ as they take His name upon them and I’m so excited to be a missionary here in Peru and hopefully help people make that step of faith in following their Savior!

P-day is Monday, so I’ll be able to write again then! Love y’all!

-Hermana Erickson

 

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Hermana Erickson with Presidente and Hermana Larson
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Hermana Erickson arrives in La Misión Perú Lima Central

PART 2

Excerpt from 2nd e-mail.

Unfortunately, it’s not Wednesday, my dudes. But it is my first day here in the field!!! HOLY MOLY.

Today has been surprisingly good, meaning I’ve survived so far. I was super nervous to leave the CCM, but now that I’m out here I’m sure its going to be great. I’m excited.

Anyways, I just wanted to write y’all and say how much I love and appreciate each of you. Thanks for everything! I hope all is well at home with job interviews and school and rugby and family visiting and wedding receptions and all that jazz. Have so much fun!

In regards to the weather, apparently there’s been a lot of rains and flooding here in Peru recently. A lot of areas, including here in Lima, were without water for like 5 days this past week, but it’s better now. The missionaries who were supposed to go to Trujillo [from the CCM] couldn’t go because of the conditions there, but everything is alright here. It’s real unfortunate that people are suffering but I’m hoping that it’ll allow us to do some service and that people’s hearts will be prepared to listen to our message as a result of the circumstances.

Love y’all!!!

PART 3

The following is an excerpt from an e-mail received from President and Sister Larson regarding Rachel’s safe arrival in the Lima Central Mission.

Dear Erickson Family,

We are delighted to report to you that your daughter, Sister Rachel Irene Erickson, has arrived to begin her service in La Misión Perú Lima Central. She looks great, is healthy, and is very excited to begin her service. We are thrilled to receive her and we will take good care of her. It was our privilege to share breakfast and lunch with her while she was being interviewed and trained in the mission office.

We thank you for the support that you give to your daughter during her mission. Sister Erickson will look forward to positive, uplifting letters from home. We ask that she corresponds with you weekly, and we encourage you to do the same, using the e-mail address she will give you if you do not already have it (the same one she used at the CCM).

We will watch over your daughter during this time in which she will be serving the Lord in this important work. We also know that your family will be blessed by her service.

Con Cariño,

Presidente Stephen J. Larson & Hermana Becky Larson

Misión Perú Lima Central

PART 4

Pictures from the CCM

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¡Emocionate!

HOLA amigos!! (regarding the subject: our teacher told us thats how you say GET HYPED in Spanish and we use it all the time. Its my new favorite Spanish word)
Well, Ive officially been here at the CCM for a whole week! How crazy is that!!! But honestly Im so stoked and I LOVE it here. The CCM rocks, but this keyboard does not, so forgive my errors until I can figure it out. Thanks :) But for real, every day here is so happy. We get to learn Spanish and teach about the gospel of Jesus Christ and learn how to love people like God does.
The first couple days felt so long but other than that, every day here has been awesome. Best part of my week was getting my missionary tag last Wednesday. Im super official now and so so so excited to be a representative of Jesus Christ and testify of him and his gospel every day!! Our first night here, one of the Hermanas told us not to worry about the language or teaching or anything else because Ive had the desire to go on a mission for so long and had my missionary tag in my heart, and now I get to have it for real. Its the best.
My companion is Hermama Shupe from Missouri. Shes got like 20 goats and some chickens and horses and stuff at home so she always tell us stories about her crazy animals. Shes also going to the Lima Central mission (along with one other Hermana and one other Elder in our district)! Our district is so great. All of the elders are 100 percent jokers and we have so much fun every day. We play soccer every day as well. The missionaries from south america are so good and the rest of us are just jokers but we make it work. Its SO HOT here so I am definitely thankful for AC in the CCM!
Also, I have never eaten so much rice in my life. OH my goodness. todos los dias. We basically always have rice and chicken for lunch and dinner. Its pretty great. So far, Spanish is going well. Im doing alright at it and definitely have a long way to go. Every day, we practice teaching an investigator (its really just our teacher) and the whole thing is in Spanish. Its so hard but we learn a lot. I love my teachers! They are great at teaching and even better at testifying of the truthfulness of the gospel and how the gift of tongues is real and bring the spirit to our lessons so strongly.
Today, we got to go to the temple! What a beautiful place. P-day is a good break from all day classes but we still have to teach tonight. In Spanish of course. Should be interesting.
Anyways, the church is true and I love it! The spirit is so strong here at the CCM and I love learning from everyones testimonies of our Savior Jesus Christ.
Love you all!
Hermana Erickson
My Companion, Hermana Shupe
My Companion, Hermana Shupe
Entrance to the CCM
Entrance to the CCM
Lima LDS Temple with Flag of Peru
Lima LDS Temple with Flag of Peru
My District in front of the Temple
My District in front of the Temple
Chicken and Rice All Day, Every Day
Chicken and Rice All Day, Every Day
I have officially survived wearing close toed shoes for 7 days in a row
I have officially survived wearing close-toed shoes for 7 days in a row

I GOT MY TAG TODAY!!

Hey fam,
I get 5 minutes to write y`all and let you know I´m alive. I definitely stopped in the interfaith chapel in the E terminal and said a little prayer to start off this crazy adventure. and then ran into a giant group of missionaries at the gate. Probably 20 of us on the flight!! Our flight was delayed but we made it to the CCM at 4 am, got to sleep at 5, and woke up at 8. It`s a great day.
I GOT MY TAG TODAY!! It feels so real now and I am SO excited. The CCM presidents wife said that it´s my name and Christs name on my badge and that we`re in this together. I love it.
Also P day is Wednesday so I´ll write you then. :)
I LOVE YOU GUYS SO MUCH!! Thanks for the cute cute notes in my bag. Yàll are the best!!! (made me cry but thats okay). Miss you and love you tons!!
Hermana Erickson
(PS cant figure out the apostrophes on this keyboard.)

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