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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

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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

Right Place, Right Time

This week was way better than last week. We were able to find lots of new investigators through the area book and just chatting up people in the street. The coolest thing was we just stopped to talk to a random guy and turns out he had visited Temple Square in Salt Lake and wanted to learn more and so we taught him about the Restoration! Its pretty incredible to be serving the Lord and see that he helps us be in the right place at the right time to find the people here that are prepared to hear the gospel!

We also had una capilla abierta (open house) in the stake center. My companion and I were in charge of the first room where we got to welcome people and just testify of our Savior, Jesus Christ to different groups for 3 and a half hours. It was the best. We got to listen to the words of Christ (I think the same recorded words that are in the Salt Lake City Temple Visitor’s Center at the Christus statue) and then share our personal testimonies. It was such a special experience and I know some of the visitors there felt the spirit really stongly (because 2 people after the tour asked the Elders what they had to do to be baptized. ¡bacanazo!)

We also had an area broadcast specifically for Peru and Bolivia. We heard from Elders Cook (of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles), Corbridge, Godoy, and Uceda, and Sister McConkie. They talked a lot about missionary work so I’m hoping the members were listening and are ready to invite their friends to hear the gospel. Also they talked about the temple and what a blessing it is to be able to visit the House of the Lord and make sacred covenants.

This week I love the scripture in 3 Nephi 5:20. I for sure agree with Mormom and am supoer grateful for the chance to help others know of the Plan of Salvation here in Peru.

This sign always makes me laugh “Se vende cosas usadas” basically means “We sell used stuff”. It’s very vague and we always crack up!
Photo of the Week :) Me looking uncomfortable while Hermana Valencia took my picture.

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.

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

 

Oh, That’s Great!

Happy Monday! And Happy 4th of July tomorrow! I am thankful for America and all the great things there. Also thankful for Peru and all the great things here, including everything that happened this past week:

This week so many people came to church and it was the greatest. Usually Sunday isn’t a day of rest, it’s a day of judgement to see if any of the people we teach will show up at church, but this Sunday was so good. I’m so excited! For real, you can’t know how true the church is if you never go, so it was great that our investigators were there.

We still have to sleep in Rimac every night and now the bus drivers recognize us so that’s fun. One of the bus drivers wrote his phone number on my bus ticket and I passed it on as a reference so the missionaries can visit him.

While contacting this week, someone said, “Oh, my grandma was Mormon, but she passed away a couple years ago…” I didn’t fully understand so I responded with something along the lines of, “Oh that’s great!” I didn’t realize until we walked away. My companion was cracking up. Oh well.

Favorite scripture this week: Alma 36:24. I love Alma’s enthusiasm for missionary work! Its so great to be here in Peru, teaching people the Gospel of Jesus Christ, so just like Alma they can be born again of God and be filled with the Holy Ghost. Love it.

My favorite dog that lives in our sector. Its so huge and hairy and does nothing but sleep!
Mosaic of the Exploration of Peru
Tomb of Francisco Pizzaro
Creepy Skulls

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