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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)
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I’d Feel Bad Robbing a House with Pictures of Jesus Everywhere

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If you missed last week’s exciting update, you can find it here: ¿Yo También?

Now for this week’s news…

This week was great. The highlights:

Humberto and his entire family came to church with us this week!

We had interviews with Presidente and Hermana Larson and it is always fun to talk to them.

We are seeing miracles with the Book of Mormon. For real. Two different investigators started reading the Book of Mormon and praying this week and the next time we talked to them, they were convinced that it’s true because both of them were able to have super great opportunities at work which they really needed.

It’s incredible the spirit and power that comes into our lives when we read the Book of Mormon. It reminds me of Mosiah 2:41. It’s a commandment to read the scriptures and when we follow it we can have both temporal and spiritual blessings. Its been incredible to be able to see how people can have their hearts softened and change for the better as they discover that God answers prayers and as their faith in Christ increases.

Our house got broken into and some stuff was stolen but we are alive and doing great. As a result, we go to Rimac – a different missionary sector – to sleep in the Hermana Capacitadoras (Sister Trainers) house every night. It’s a party.

We tried to make cookies today but the oven in the institute building was out of gas so I guess we are just going to eat the dough.

Love,

Hermana Erickson

Note: Wednesday night, Becky received a phone call from Hermana Larson, the mission president’s wife, who informed of us of the theft referred to above, although with few details. She shared that other missionaries were impressed with Rachel’s unflappable response to the break-in and referred several times to Hermana Erickson as a “Rock”. Via our weekly email messages, we obviously inquired of Rachel how she felt and for additional details. The following is the full account.

We woke up Wednesday morning to see all our stuff all over the floor and the doors open and one of the dresser drawers in the hallway, so obviously we wondered what on earth happened. The balcony outside our window is covered in dust and we could see footprints leading into the house through the window. Also there is a clinic next door with a security camera and [our landlord went and reviewed the recording]. Turns out someone scaled the wall up to the balcony, came in through the window, searched around a bunch and left through the door. The funniest part is that they entered at like 2:45 and left at about 3:10 and my companion and I were asleep the whole time. Even though they entered the room where we were sleeping and stole stuff out of our dresser. So now everyone knows that we sleep like the dead…how embarrassing. Oh well. Mostly I think it is funny that we didn’t wake up at all. I guess that’s probably better because if I woke up to see someone in our house I don’t know what I’d do. Also, just thinking if I was a thief, I’d feel bad robbing a house with pictures of Jesus everywhere!

It’s been interesting and I’m grateful that all is well. The Lord protects his missionaries, I’m sure of that!

Not sure what Hermana Larson told y’all but I told her that y’all are chill and wouldn’t freak out so I hope I didn’t lie!


Hermana Carrascos Birthday. We stayed over at their house so we had a party!
Hermana Valencia Celebrates 1 Month as a Missionary with a “Dab”.
Wall Mural
Random Street View #2
Random Street View #1
Pollo a la Brasa

Were it Expedient

This week my companion told me I was sleep talking in Spanish. Even my dreams are about contacting people or teaching about the restoration. The mission is an interesting time to say the least.

We had interviews with Presidente Larson in the mission offices this week, so it was fun to go to Magdalena and talk to him and his wife. We were there seriously all day and left at about 6 pm when everyone else in Lima left work so we were headed home on a bus with about 100 other people. I wish I could have taken a picture, it was crack up with how many people they were trying to cram into the bus.

Yesterday the Zone leaders told us that they´re going to switch us the boundaries of our sector. At the moment we share a ward with a trio of elders, and its split pretty much down the middle one way (vertical), but starting tomorrow they’re going to split it the other way (horizontal), so we´ll still have half of our sector and now half of the elders sector. It’ll be interesting for sure to be in a new place and knock some new doors and hopefully find new people to teach!

This week I read a talk by Elder Bednar and here’s a quote I loved:

“Righteousness and faith are certainly instrumental in moving mountains– if moving mountains accomplishes Gods purposes and is in accordance with Gods will.”

Faith doesn’t necessarily mean everything will turn out perfectly, but if we trust in God we know that He could make everything perfect, but we accept even when he doesn’t. It reminded me of Mosiah 5:3

“And we, ourselves, also, through the infinite goodness of God, and the manifestations of his Spirit, have great views of that which is to come; and were it expedient, we could prophesy of all things.”

I love the part ¨were it expedient¨

Not everything we want to happen is going to happen but if we can trust in God’s will, we’ll be able to be happy and assured that everything is working out for the best.

Have a great week! Love y’all!

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Apartment roof view (1 of 2)
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Apartment roof view (2 of 2)
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Mazamora and arroz con leche. I am not really sure what exactly mazzamora is, but its made of purple corn and is kinda like warm jelly? There’s also random pieces of fruit like apples and peaches in it and we eat it with arroz con leche. Its super yummy though and people here eat it like there’s no tomorrow.
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Sorry my feet are ratchet but here’s my missionary shoe tan lines

Joy is Possible

Joke of the week:

¿Que le dijo una pera a otra pera?

¡Espera!

HAHAHAHAHA. Puns are even better in Spanish! Hermana Machuruti told me that joke the other day and I cracked up for about 5 minutes.

This week I went to the immigration offices and received my foreign residence card so now I’m super official and can stay in Peru!

This week the weather was crazy and one day it was drizzling all day, which was interesting. If you can imagine the lightest rain possible while there is water still falling from the sky, that’s what it was. Also, it was not super hot but people were legit decked out in coats and scarves and sweaters while my companion and I were still rocking short sleeves. Interesting.

Our ward mission leader helped us put together an activity this week to which we invited our investigators. We played the simplest games – like hot potato and fruit basket – but it was so much fun and some of our investigators came and got to know some people from the church so it was good. They have a rule where if you get out 3 times, you have to do some sort of punishment such as sing a song in front of everyone or dance. I will never forget our recent convert Gustavo dancing like a chicken in the middle of the room, it was the funniest thing.

This week I love 2 Nephi 10:20, 23-24. It’s so great to remember that because of Jesus Christ, who is central to God’s plan for us, we can have happiness and be cheerful in this life! It’s so great that we are free to choose eternal life and every day can make choices to bring us closer to the Savior, I’m so thankful for the opportunity to share this plan of happiness with people every single day.

I have a lot of photos to send and will do so possibly later, but this computer is from the stone age so it might not happen. Thanks for the patience, Love you all!

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Pizza de Peru
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Hermana Meroy y Hermana Erickson
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Hermana Erickson y Hermana Machuruti at Cerro de San Cristobal
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What I’m Reading
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We Eat Empanadas Nearly Every Night
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View of Lima from Cerro San Cristobal
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Using Church Magazines as Art
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Inspiration
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The Liahona has pages specific to NW South America, and they had an article about HEFY who I came to Peru with in 2015

Beyond Excited

Hola from the CCM for the last time! On Tuesday, March 21, our time here is up and I get to go to my actual mission! I’m beyond excited. This week has been interesting because we’re trying to learn as much Spanish as we can before we get thrown in the middle of Lima and have to talk to real people in actual Spanish. I’m nervous.

This week we left the CCM to go proselyting in the Lima East mission. We went with some missionaries from that mission and some members as well. We taught 2 lessons and then handed out pass along cards to people and invited them to church. It was so great to (attempt) to talk to people and share the gospel. [As I write this] I’ve only got 5 days left here in the CCM and then it’ll be for real all the time! (I’m only freaking out a little bit.)

Also, I had to give a talk in Church on Sunday in Spanish. The way is works in our branch: everyone knows the topic and prepares a talk beforehand, then after the sacrament, they announce who’s going to be speaking and its a surprise to everyone. So that was exciting. The topic was repentance and I love the scriptures in Mosiah 5:2 and Alma 34:30. I love repentance because it’s a chance to change and be better every day and to try and become more like our Savior Jesus Christ.

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Last week was International Women’s Day, which is apparently an actual holiday here in Peru. Our teacher, Hermana Garcia is so cute and gave us chocolate. :)

 

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View of the turf field where we play soccer everyday.
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View of the CCM
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Our District at the Temple. I love these jokers!
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Mi Amigo, Rodrigo. He drives the bus from the CCM to the temple every week. I always chat with him and this past week I was able to share my testimony and favorite scripture with him. He’s a homie and we’re going to miss him!

I Love It Here

The CCM is so great. I love it here!

Our district rocks. On friday we all wore floral print (skirts for us hermanas and ties for the elders) so Floral Friday is a thing now, but unfortunately I dont have a picture because we can only take pictures on P day. We are also such a good soccer team (just jokes, the other missionaries from south america wreck us every day, but its hilarious).

Every day, we practice teaching an investigator (really just our teacher pretending to be someone they know). Its all in Spanish and is so hard, but such a great experience. I learn so much Spanish and about how much God loves everyone and wants them to be happy. Im so excited to get out there and share the incredible message of the gospel.

This week I have been reading the Book of Mormon and it has been an incredible experience. I have also spent a lot of time memorizing scriptures in Spanish. The words of God and His prophets are so powerful! I feel like every time I read the scriptures for my personal study, theres something jumping out at me that is perfect for my lesson that day or just an answer to my prayer. Its amazing to feel the guidance of the spirit and know that God is helping me out.

Love yall!

Hermana Erickson

Editors Note: Hermana Erickson still hasn’t figured out the apostrophe key on the Spanish key board. It’s a thing…er, its a thing.
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Here’s the entire group of missionaries I met in the Atlanta airport.
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Sick turf burn from soccer. Don’t worry, I kept the ball from going out of bounds, so it was worth it…
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Chicken and Rice. Siempre.
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The CCM is so beautiful. Most of the places around are sorta ratchet, but the CCM is gorgeous and there are always butterflies around…like, that’s how great it is!
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If you can see the TINY speck on the map, that’s my mission.
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These are the casitas (little houses) where we practice our teaching. It’s the whole experience, knocking on the door and everything.

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