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¨
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)
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
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 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.
Stephen J. Larson
Misión Perú Lima Central