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.
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!
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.
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.
Presidente Stephen J. Larson & Hermana Becky Larson
HOLA amigos!! (regarding the subject: our teacher told us thats how you say GET HYPED in Spanish and we use it all the time. Its my new favorite Spanish word)
Well, Ive officially been here at the CCM for a whole week! How crazy is that!!! But honestly Im so stoked and I LOVE it here. The CCM rocks, but this keyboard does not, so forgive my errors until I can figure it out. Thanks :) But for real, every day here is so happy. We get to learn Spanish and teach about the gospel of Jesus Christ and learn how to love people like God does.
The first couple days felt so long but other than that, every day here has been awesome. Best part of my week was getting my missionary tag last Wednesday. Im super official now and so so so excited to be a representative of Jesus Christ and testify of him and his gospel every day!! Our first night here, one of the Hermanas told us not to worry about the language or teaching or anything else because Ive had the desire to go on a mission for so long and had my missionary tag in my heart, and now I get to have it for real. Its the best.
My companion is Hermama Shupe from Missouri. Shes got like 20 goats and some chickens and horses and stuff at home so she always tell us stories about her crazy animals. Shes also going to the Lima Central mission (along with one other Hermana and one other Elder in our district)! Our district is so great. All of the elders are 100 percent jokers and we have so much fun every day. We play soccer every day as well. The missionaries from south america are so good and the rest of us are just jokers but we make it work. Its SO HOT here so I am definitely thankful for AC in the CCM!
Also, I have never eaten so much rice in my life. OH my goodness. todos los dias. We basically always have rice and chicken for lunch and dinner. Its pretty great. So far, Spanish is going well. Im doing alright at it and definitely have a long way to go. Every day, we practice teaching an investigator (its really just our teacher) and the whole thing is in Spanish. Its so hard but we learn a lot. I love my teachers! They are great at teaching and even better at testifying of the truthfulness of the gospel and how the gift of tongues is real and bring the spirit to our lessons so strongly.
Today, we got to go to the temple! What a beautiful place. P-day is a good break from all day classes but we still have to teach tonight. In Spanish of course. Should be interesting.
Anyways, the church is true and I love it! The spirit is so strong here at the CCM and I love learning from everyones testimonies of our Savior Jesus Christ.