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From May 8, 2017

Hola!

Transfers were past week and I am so happy that nothing changed, Hermana Machuruti is stuck with me for another 6 weeks. Hahah, just jokes – we are both happy to still be here.

Yeah, not much else happened this week. We played volleyball with the zone today. And we get to Skype on Sunday! Can’t wait.

Shout Out to Sister Harries for sending me a banana bread recipe last p-day, which we looked forward to making all week and it turned out fantastic. See photos. We’re pretty psyched.

This week (and all other weeks) I was struggling with Spanish. SO I was reading in 2 Nephi 27 and felt like those words from God were exactly directed at me.

19 Wherefore it shall come to pass, that the Lord God will deliver again the book and the words thereof to him that is not learned; and the man that is not learned shall say: I am not learned. (aka I don’t speak Spanish)
20 Then shall the Lord God say unto him: The learned shall not read them, for they have rejected them, and I am able to do mine own work; wherefore thou shalt read the words which I shall give unto thee.
23 For behold, I am God; and I am a God of miracles; and I will show unto the world that I am the same yesterday, today, and forever; and I work not among the children of men save it be according to their faith.

How cool is it that God is a God of Miracles and he can do anything! If he called me here through his prophet to be a missionary in Peru, then that’s what I’ll do and if that means I have to speak Spanish, then I’ll be able to do what God needs me to do. It was a cool experience and made me love the Book of Mormon even more. It’s such a special book, and honestly, we can find answers to all sorts of questions. This week we were able to share the Book of Mormon with 4 different people and testify of its divinity and feel the spirit so strong in those moments because it for sure is the word of God revealed through his prophets!

Mom, I was hoping all week that your lesson would go well! I have been thinking about testimonies this week. There’s a cool part in Preach My Gospel, and I read a bunch of scriptures about testimonies and the cool thing is that whenever the prophets bear testimony they say they know what they know by the power of the Spirit. Even Alma who saw an angel says in one verse that he knows those things by the Spirit (Alma 5:46)

Spanish is hard, don’t laugh at me when we talk on Sunday. I do grammar exercises during language study and write new words in my agenda. I always ask my trainer to correct me but she doesn’t do it very often so that’s hard. I’ll ask again. I told her for real, don’t feel bad at all for correcting me. She and I started reading the Book of Mormon together out loud in both Spanish and English to practice, but we started in Mosiah because I can’t do 1 Nephi again right now. You know how it is.

Good luck with your Book of Mormon reading, it’s such a special book and my favorite to share with people, even when they don’t realize how special it is at the moment.

Love,

Hermana Erickson

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Hermanas Erickson y Macharuti Making Banana Bread
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Happy Mother’s Day! (PS: Check out the guy eating in the window behind me.)
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The Hermana Missionaries at Cerro San Cristobal
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Banana Bread

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

Happy Easter

Thanks so much for the cute package/envelope I got this week!!! I LOVE Y’ALL!!! I really appreciate the old random photos and cute notes (I’ve read them like 15 times since Wednesday when I got them) and of course the Mary Engelbreit pics are appreciated. Y’all are the best!!!

I wish I was there to celebrate Easter with y’all. Nobody hardly even mentioned it here. Everything is Semana Santa on Thursday and Friday. There was a procession/parade thing in the street with all the Catholic people walking real slow holding candles and a crucifix of Jesus through the streets. It was muy interesante.

This week I have been reading a lot of Liahonas. Check out the article/talk called the divine power of grace by Elder Paul V. Johnson from the December 2016 Liahona. It’s the best! Also, I had to give a talk in church on Sunday about Día de Reposo (the Sabbath). Speaking Spanish in front of a bunch of people is always fun.

Funny story, we have these big jugs of drinking water and the guy who refills them came right after we woke up, so we went out in our pajamas and he complimented my Gremlins T-shirt which I wear for sleeping and we chatted about the movie for a bit. I was cracking up!

Our investigator Gustavo was baptized this Saturday!! YAY!!! (To be honest, last week we had no clue if he even wanted to, but this week was pretty cool to see the change and he was super into reading the folletos (pamphlets) and Book of Mormon chapters we would leave with him so it was really good. The only problem with the baptism was that everyone showed up on ‘Peru time’ aka 30 minutes late including the person with the keys to the chapel!

Today we had a Zone P-day and don’t have much time to write. We went to Fortaleza Real Felipe in Callao. It’s pretty cool. I’ll provide more info later if I remember; lots of old swords and military uniforms and such.

Please wish Grandpa Doran a Feliz Cumpleaños/Happy Birthday for me this week!!!!! Tell him I love and miss him!

Hope all is well at home!!! I love y’all. Thanks for all the emails and pictures. I’m so blessed.

Excerpts from notes Rachel sent to various family members:

  • I wasn’t going to tell you but the first Sunday here nobody in the ward plays the piano so we sang a capella. I felt slightly bad for not [having continued with piano lessons and] being able to play.
  • This week I was cracking up to myself because all the kids wear school uniforms that are basically sweatpants and t-shirts to match and I was remembering that town in Spain where EVERYONE was wearing a track suit! I was just laughing at the good times we had there and missing ya’ll. It was especially funny because that’s not something I can explain to my companion in Spanish.
  • I have to teach a 1 hour English class next week so if anyone has of any brilliant ideas of what to teach or an easy game to play, please let me know!
  • Yesterday I was eating soup and there was an entire chicken heart in my bowl. Yum! I love y’all! Hope all is well! Keep me posted on everything.

Editor’s Note: Given the limited time to email each Preparation Day, Rachel sometimes hand writes notes during the week and then sends pictures of the notes. See below.

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Letter to Mama Becky (Page 1 of 2)
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Letter to Mama Becky (Page 2 of 2)
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Letter to Hermanito Tomasito
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My Desk
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Gremlin T-Shirt
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Gustavo’s Baptism Day! (L-R: Hna. Macharuti, Gustavo, Hna. Erickson)
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Zone P-Day
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Fortaleza Real Felipe
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Hermanas Erickson y Macharuti at Fortaleza Real Felipe
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Photo Timer, but not sure which camera to look at when. Cheese!

First Impressions

 

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¡Lo Maximo!

What a week. For real. Today someone asked me how my first week in the field was and I honestly don’t have any words. It’s been crazy, but also super good.

My trainer, Hermana Machuruti, is ¡LO MAXIMO! – a phrase she says all the time. The language barrier is interesting, but she’s so cute and loves the people and has no fear to talk to people and invite them to church and ask when we can share our message about Jesus.

Spanish is SUPER TOUGH. It’s so hard to understand people, but its alright.  I think Peruvians don’t believe in speaking loudly, so it’s super hard to understand.

The streets in my area kinda remind me of Thailand with wires everywhere and occasional sidewalks. If there is such a thing as building codes, I would be surprised. Also, there’s so much dirt and dust. It’s super hot so everyone’s windows are always open so it means there’s always dust on everything. I’ve accepted the fact that I’ll be covered in dirt and sweat for the next 18 months. 🙂

Today was P-day and we played kickball with all the missionaries in our zone. It’s an American game so it was funny to explain to the Latinos how to play. We, Hermana Macharuti and I, share a ward with 2 Elders who are super great. One is from Peru and one is from Kentucky.

We do a lot of contacting and invite people to visit mormon.org (Hey y’all, visit mormon.org. It’s super chevere and there are cool videos about Jesus!) and to Church. We’ve taught a couple lessons and the CCM prepared me way more than I thought. Teaching in the CCM was always hard but I learned so much and now I can teach people for real. One of our investigators, Gustavo, came to church yesterday! (YAY!). And another, Sandra, came with us to Women’s Conference. I love that people can have these opportunities to feel the Spirit, because that’s the only way we can know the truthfulness of the gospel for ourselves. Obviously when we teach it’s definitely not anything I can say in terrible Spanish, it’s the Spirit that can testify to people’s hearts.

This week I’ve been reading in Acts when Pedro y Juan are preaching. I love the first couple of chapters because they are such great examples as missionaries. They have the Spirit with them so strong, they have the gift of tongues, and they preach the exact same thing: the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We have little cards to hand out and when people see that that they have a pictures of Jesus, they are so much more willing to talk to us. We always ask people, ”Do you believe in Jesus?” and “Why?” I love people’s answers. So many people have such strong faith that Christ is the Savior of the world and they always say that he is everything in their life. I love it so much and am so happy to be here to preach that gospel and help people come unto Christ!!

Love yall! (Prayers are appreciated, we need them here)

Excerpt from 2nd Email:

Holy smokes (lol bad pun). The yard is hilarious! I’m cracking up and trying to explain the story to my companion in Spanish. I love the pictures and miss y’all so much. [This note in reference to a report that Erickson’s had a small grass fire in the back yard.]

This week has been something else. Its wild. (I miss the CCM :))

Nah its been good. My trainer is super great, I can sometimes understand people, the CCM really prepared me more than I ever thought.

It’s hard to be in a new place, and its 4,895,794,875 degrees every day, and there’s so much dust you couldn’t believe it, and I’m tired like 99 percent of the time, but its all good. Just something to get used to. We do a lot of contacting, teaching lessons is fun, our investigator came to church and we’re just doing the work. Pray for me please 🙂

Home Sweet Home
This is our neighborhood in Lima.
The Street, and Wires
Lima Streetview
El Baño
My first missionary apartment: El Baño
La Cocina
La Cocina
La Recamara
La Recamara
That's all there is
That’s all there is…

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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