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Faith and Confidence

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We are so blessed here. This week was so good and full of miracles.

My new comp is Hermana MEROY!! We were in the CCM together!! She’s 25, from Batangas, Philippines and has been out for 14 months because she served for 3 months in the Philippines while waiting for her visa to allow her to come to Peru. It’s so much fun. We were in the same district in the CCM and she’s hilarious.

This week I’m learning a lot about faith and how the confidence we have in God should make us act. Yesterday in church someone said we should work to make sure our prayers get answered. Today, our zone is sacrificing P day to work so that we can see more miracles and help more people :) We’re excited!

PS: Funny Story. Sometimes people think that when the missionaries come over to eat they have to prepare everything so fancy or whatever but yesterday we ate with the Bazan family– they’re super cool and it reminded me of you guys. Because after lunch they just passed around spoons and a jar of Nutella and were like “Go for it.” I was cracking up. miss yall :)

I found a Thai Book of Mormon in the other sister’s apartment
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Real Intent

We went to the temple with some of our converts and with the ward to do baptisms for their family members! It was awesome. Everyone in our ward is so great to help the new members and to be able to go to the temple with them was super special.

Presidente and Hermana Larson came with us to teach some lessons! It was awesome. They’re so cute and just testified with such a strong spirit in our lesson.

Fernanda got baptized! Her brother, Francisco got baptized last week! Fernanda was having lots of questions and doubts and such and didn’t know if she wanted to be baptized. So we were there teaching her in the stairwell of their building (we can’t enter a house if there’s not another adult woman there) about real intent and receiving answers from God. Real intent is more than just really wanting an answer, it means you say that when He answers you, you’re going to do His will, even if it’s not the answer you wanted. We read DyC 9:8-9 and talked about how God answers prayers through the Holy Ghost and invited her to pray. We were just kneeling there in the stairwell and she says the most humble sincere prayer ever and the spirit was so strong, there are no words to describe it and she just said she was ready to be baptized the next day!! It was an incredible experience. These kids are such a good example of faith and humility and trusting in Gods will.

It’s Hermana Clarks last week so we are crying but that’s fine, she’s gonna be fine in Utah and going to keep #bautizandoelmundo :)) I’m seriously so grateful that we were able to be companions for these past 4 months, I’ve learned so much about faith and seen so many miracles with Hermana Clark!

Bautismo de Fernanda
Bautismo de Fernanda
Bautismo de Fernanda
Our district. There’s a senior couple in the office now and they’re part of our district!
Zona Magdalena
We ate Cuy this week! (guinea pig)
Zona Magdalena P-Day
Baptism of Fernanda
Baptism of Fernanda
Hermana Clarks last day at church. with Obispo Aldea
Noche de Hogar with our ward. (Did I ever tell y’all that this is the best ward ever? #barriobolivar)
Hermanas Clark, Erickson, Mendieta y Ramirez
Hermanas Clark and Erickson at the Lima Temple
Cuy (Guinea Pig)

Happy New Year!

Holy Moly! Seriously, this week has been wild. I’ve never fasted and prayed so much in my life. and we’ve seen so many miracles. It was stressful trying to help all of our investigators and everything but in the end, it was incredible because 4 of the people we’ve been teaching decided to get baptized this week!

Francisco is 17 and he’s the best. He’s such an example of faith an humility and just wants to do the right thing and help people. He has such a sweet testimony and is helping his family too so they can get baptized soon! (pray for them :)

Nivia
Her family got baptized like a year ago but she’s way Catholic and the missionaries have been teaching her for about that time. She finally decided that she wanted to get baptized and it was super awesome to see that. She’s a great lady.

Jessica and Sebastian
Jessica is the mom, her daughter got baptized like 2 years ago and recently decided to come to church. We talked to them and the little brother Sebastian wanted to be baptized. One day we were praying in church for help about what we were going to do to and who would be able to progress and they just showed up! Since that time we’ve been able to teach them and they also were able to get baptized on Saturday!!

God is so good. Miracles happen!!! Still can’t believe its 2018 but I’m excited to be here in the mission and keep sharing the gospel here in Lima

This past year (11 months) in the mission have been the best. I’ve learned so much, most importantly about relying on the Lord and helping others and that the important part of life is living the gospel because its the way to find the peace and happiness we all need. Recently, I’ve been able to increase my faith so much and see that with the Lord help, miracles are possible. seriously its incredible to see the changes in people’s lives and the joy they can be as families when they strengthen their relationship with Jesus Christ and repent and decide to follow him! I’m so grateful for the chance to be a missionary and for what I’ve learned this past year and all the miracles I’ve seen as God just puts prepared people in our way.

Happy New Year! I love y’all so much! Keep being great and reading The Book of Mormon and helping the missionaries, they need a lot of help. So too the investigators and the new members.

Recently I read a talk by President Hinckley called “Find the Lambs, Feed My Sheep“. I think y’all will like it too. :)

Anyway, thanks for everything! I love y’all a whole lot!!!

Nivia
Bautismo de Fransisco
Francisco was baptized by Jesus – just recently baptized – performed the baptism. Cutest moment of my life!!!
Francisco
Francisco, Jesus y Diego
La familia!!! Paul, Ursula, Fabiana, Fernanda, y Francisco
Jessica and Sebastian ALSO GOT BAPTIZED!
Our baptism was combined with the other ward :))))

Christmas Conversation and Report

Editor’s Note: As a family, we were able to Skype with Hermana Erickson on Christmas Day. Forty minutes goes by so fast! There are so many expectations and hopes packed into the twice-yearly calls with your missionary and 40 minutes barely scratches the surface. To have a few minutes for each family member to spend with a daughter/sister. That said, our Hermana Erickson is doing so very well, practically glowing and overflowing with enthusiasm for missionary work, The Book of Mormon, the people she teaches and with whom she serves. [See below for a report of her Christmas Week.]

We were busy talking and only got one photo of Hermana Erickson, taking a photo of us.

Hermana Erickson Report sent January 2, 2018:

Diego got baptized!!!! On the 23rd. I promise he was happy about it even if he’s not smiling in the pictures :) He’s one of the most prepared people we’ve ever taught and is so great at sharing the gospel and contacting people in the street!

Here Christmas is really the 24th, everyone is together as families and they eat dinner at midnight and set off fireworks! So the 25th wasn’t really anything, just a holiday, but the 24th is when they all celebrated. We just got to visit a lot of out converts and investigators and read the Christmas story with them in the Bible and the profecias in The Book of Mormon.

Diego’s Baptism
Hermana’s Clark, Erickson, Alfonso, Diego
Christmas 2017. Young Single Adults (YSA) or Jovenes Adultos Solteros (JAS) en español. :)
Christmas Lunch with Members and Other Hermanas
Nivia and Her Family
Christmas Eve Family Home Evening with Nora, Manuel and Diego
Christmas Eve Family Home Evening with Nora, Manuel and Diego
Christmas Eve Family Home Evening with Nora, Manuel and Diego
Christmas Eve Family Home Evening with Nora, Manuel and Diego
Christmas Eve Fireworks

 

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?

So So So Blessed

Happy Thanksgiving!!! I’m so so so blessed and thankful for too many things to write in an email.

This week:
-Lots of miracles.
-The YSA (Young Single Adults) of this ward are on fire. They help us so much with our investigators.
-Highlight: Face-to-face broadcast with Elder Oaks and Elder Ballard. They answered questions from around the world – including Peru :))) and three of our investigators went and had super spiritual experiences.
-Our investigator Fabiana participated in the primary program on Sunday!
-We hardly taught any lessons without members. Our ward is killin’ it!

Most of all, I’m thankful for my Savior Jesus Christ and His restored gospel. I’m thankful that I can be better every day thanks to Him. I’m thankful that Joseph Smith saw God and Jesus Christ and was called as a prophet. I’m thankful for living prophets and their counsel that helps us know how we can return to live with our Heavenly Father again. I’m thankful for the Book of Mormon and the way it teaches all the truths of the gospel and changes the lives of the people who sincerely want to get closer to God. I’m thankful for all the incredible people here that we teach every day. It’s incredible. I’m thankful to be able to represent Jesus Christ here in Lima, Peru and help people experience this change in their lives and be happy :)

Hermana Meroy from my CCM District
Intercambios
Breña is the “sketchy” part of our area…
…but there’s a tree that looks like a chicken, so…
La Calle

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