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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.
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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

Gotta Catch ’em All

Today we had P-day with a bunch of the Hermanas. We all went to the center of Lima and took one of those open-top sightseeing buses to the top of Cerrro San Cristobal. It was super cool, you can see all of Lima, and all the pollution. There’s a 20m high cross at the top. I didn’t catch all the history they were telling me in Spanish but it was fun nonetheless.

This week we had a multizone conference in the mission offices. It was super good, learned a lot, yay! On the bus ride back we were with 2 other sisters from our zone and one Hermana is such a good example to me because she just starts chatting with the guy next to her. So I’m thinking of how I can do the same with the guy next to me who’s playing Pokemon Go. So I start off by asking him which is his favorite Pokemon and then was able to explain a little about the Church and the Book of Mormon. So, a shout-out to my brothers and their endless hours of playing Pokemon for helping me be able to talk to some guy on the bus about Gyarados and Charizard.

Hate to say it [because I’ve always disliked seafood/fish] but this week I ate some fish and actually enjoyed it :) Our pensionista also runs a cevicheria so it was only a matter of time before we ate some sort of fish (we can’t eat ceviche though)

It’s a struggle to remember what happened this week because every week goes by so fast. Honestly, I feel like it’s Sunday and then the next day is Sunday again.

To learn vocabulary, my companion and I think of random words that rhyme and learn them in Spanish and English. Phrase of the week. When someone is being dumb you can call them cabeza de arcachofa – artichoke head.

This week my favorite scripture is 2 Nefi 2:24. I love the entire chapter about the Plan of Salvation but this one is especially comforting to know that God has a plan for everything in our lives.

We were able to teach the plan of salvation a couple times this week and it always helps me have a greater appreciation for the Plan of God and the knowledge we have to be happy through the gospel.

I will try to send pictures but this computer is ratchet so well see how it goes. [Editor’s Note: No Pictures]

Love you all!

Hermana Erickson

The Following are Excerpts from E-mail to Family Members:

I am happy. life is pretty good. At times this week, I was kinda thinking “What am I doing here in Peru?” It could have been so much easier to be a missionary in the states where at least people speak English and I can go to Walmart. But honestly, I love it here. LOVE YOU SO MUCH! Thanks for everything. Next week (?) we’ll have to coordinate the Skype for Mother’s Day. Or the next Monday, IDK but ahead of time is always good.

I saw my MTC teacher Hermano Castillo this week and he came to the English class I was teaching and it was way funny. Turns out he served in the same mission with Raquel, one of my roommates from last semester! Crazy. (The Mormon world is especially small)

In response to news Elder Uceda, a Lima native, visited Georgia: That is so cool! Everyone here LOVES Elder Uceda. His son is a bishop in one of the wards that my comp was in and she says that ward is ¡vale! because he’s so strict and on top of things. I heard Elders Ballard and Rasband came to the stake! How cool is that!

Please tell Brad and Morgan congrats on their graduations!!! I’m so happy for them, and thankful for the fun time we got to have at BYU together during Fall semester.

If you want to send me a recipe for banana bread, I would love it. With degrees Celcius, por favor.

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