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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
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Four Months and a New Beginning

This week was wild! First off I officially have 4 months in the mission!

Secondly, on Wednesday we got to go to the temple! It was so good. What a blessing. I love how peaceful it is. And when we went, Presidente y Hermana Moore (president of the CCM) were just walking out and we got to talk to them! It was super fun.

Thirdly, I am so happy because Lesly got baptized this weekend! Yay! Her husband Manuel has been a member for a long time and always comes to church with their 2 little kids who are the cutest ever. So we decided to visit Lesly a couple weeks ago and she was finally ready to accept the gospel. So on Saturday, she was baptized along with her 8-year-old son Santiago! Their family was so happy. I thought Hermano Manuel was going to cry 🙂 It’s such a great experience to see people’s journeys into the church and how they change and grow as they learn more and more about the gospel. I hope in one year they’ll go to the temple to be sealed and be an eternal family!

Finally, the APs (Assistants to the President) called us on Thursday when we were eating lunch and if that’s not scary enough, they asked for me. Turns out I’m going to be training [a new missionary] this next cambio (transfer). Holy smokes. I feel very inadequate and have no clue whats going on half the time so it’ll be a heck of an experience. I’m going to miss Hermana Machuruti so much and the only reason I’ll have any clue what to do is because she’s been the best these past 12 weeks. So yeah, I need a lot of prayers this week so that my new comp and I don’t die!  Other than that, happy fathers day to all the dads, and especially mine. Dad, you’re the best. Have a great week!

Letter from Hermana Erickson’s Mission President:

June 15, 2017

Dear Family of Sister Erickson,

I am delighted to inform you that your daughter, Sister Rachel Erickson, has been assigned to serve as a Trainer in the Peru Lima Central Mission.  She will be the first companion of a new missionary in our mission.  There is no more important assignment a missionary receives in the mission field. It is the most respected assignment one can receive in our mission.  She will be responsible to teach her companion how to become the most successful missionary she can become.  This significant responsibility has come to your daughter because she has exemplified the qualities of outstanding missionary service.

Warmest regards,

Stephen J. Larson
Presidente
Misión Perú Lima Central

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Hermanas Erickson y Machuruti at Lima Temple
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Hermanas Erickson at Lima Temple. Notice Zone Leaders “Photobombing” in the Background.
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Las Hermanas
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La Zona
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Hermana Machuruti made breakfast to celebrate my four month anniversary as a missionary. Note the big bag of salt…she knows me too well!
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Our District

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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

Peace

This week was pretty chill. We had interviews with President Larson, and district meeting, and a training meeting and general conference!

We had a training meeting at the mission offices about the new Easter video the church has made. It’s called Prince of Peace and y’all can watch it on Mormon.org. Its the best! When we contact people on the streets or in parks, we share the webpage and ask them to watch the video. The page is also great because there are other videos and 8 ways we can find more peace in our lives through Jesus Christ who is the Prince of Peace. What a great opportunity we have around Easter time to remember His atoning sacrifice and try to be close to him and find that peace in our lives that we all need. Here in Peru it’s especially cool to share because there is some flooding and other crazy weather related things in the north of Peru and people always say that we especially need peace at this time, so we are able to share that through prayer, coming closer to Christ. We can find it.

Also, General Conference was the best. (if you didn’t get to watch it, hit up that lds.org and check it out. I promise it’s worth it) All us gringos got to watch it together in English!! I loved President Monson’s talk about the Book of Mormon. It’s so powerful when the Prophet of God only speaks for a couple minutes to remind us about how important the Book of Mormon is. One of our investigators came to the Sunday afternoon session and he really enjoyed it!

Life is so good here in the mission. Every day we get to talk to people and share our testimonies of Christ.

Love y’all. Have the best week!

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We made spaghetti for lunch yesterday 🙂

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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