Tahlia

Tahlia

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Happy October everyoneee!!


MEEEEEEE
Photos of my favorite family and one of our investigators!!
A drawing that my companion did of us!
Food that a member made for us
 


Happy October everyoneee!! Wow time is flying by!! This weeeek has beeen great!! To start off this email, we marked 2 baptismal dates with our investigators!! I am soooo excited it’s been a long time coming with them but we finally marked a date. Wahooooooooooooooooooooooo!!! We marked dates with our investigators Jimmy and Leonardo. They are both at the age when they can serve a mission. I hope with all my heart that they will get to serve missions and help others come unto Christ. 

Funny storyyy everyone! So on Sunday my companion and I missed Sacrament meeting. Let me tell you why! In the United States we have a thing called Daylight Savings right?? Well here in good old Brasil they have daylight savings as well. The time jumped forward here--one hour forward. Well the time moved forward at 12 am Sunday morning when we were sleeping, but NO ONE BOTHERED TO TELL US!! We woke up on Sunday morning thinking it was the same old time, getting ready for church and leaving our house early to pick up our investigators for church. Our church starts at 9:30 am. I had planned to leave the house at 9:00 to pick up our investigators and arrive at church early. Nooo rus--I was feeling good. Anyways, 8:55 roles around and a member called us...."SISTERS WHERE ARE YOU?? YOU ARE MISSING SACRAMENT MEETING!!!" My companion was talking with this member and my companion thought she was joking with us, but she wasn’t. I have never gotten ready so fast in my entire life. The phone that we have is from the time period of ADAM AND EVE and doesn’t move the time ahead because we don’t have Internet. I have never felt so sad to miss sacrament meeting and we didn’t get the opportunity to pick up our investigators. We arrived in church practically running into sacrament meeting hoping we hadn’t missed the entire thing. We got to listen to one hymn and one talk. At least we caught some of it. 

From my email last we I sent some pictures with my feet that looked like I have a disease. It rained really hard one day and we were walking in the street and the color of my shoes bled on my feet. Also yes those are tan lines on my feet. The mission does wonders to our feet:)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I loveeee you alllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll I hope you have a great weeeeeeeeeeeeeeekkk!!! 

Love,
Sister Erickson!! 



Monday, October 9, 2017

Olaaaa familia e amigossss!!!!

Olaaaa familia e amigossss!!!!

I don't have time to send a group email this week but here are some photos from this past week! hope you enjoy my beautiful feet hahhahha love you all!! I will explain next week about the photos I sent. 

SIster Erickson 

Monday, October 2, 2017

Trainer!

What a week right??? A lot of things happened this week. First off, I got a new companion!!! Her name is Sister Oliveira. She is from the northeast part of Brasil by Salvador. She just arrived in the field. She is fresh off the plane haha. I am excited to work with her. I have already learned so much. She came really prepared. When we teach she teaches with power. We are already really close. It is amazing how fast we become close. Feels like I have known her for a long time now. 

Gustavo our recent convert went to the temple on Friday to do baptisms for the dead. I am so happy for him. He seems so happy. I can see the light in his eyes and he is growing so much. The gospel changes lives! We are now working with his mom so she can be baptized as well. Pray for her so their family can be eternal!!!

We marked a baptismal date with another one of our investigators--Leo for the 14th of October. We asked him to pray about the Book of Mormon and really know if it is true. He came and watched a session of general conference with us. Pray for him as well so that he can be baptized!! 

I don’t have much time to email but I love you all and thank you for the support and letters and packages!!!

Love,
Sister Erickson 

Sister Cordeiro, Yolanda
Sister Cordeiro, Yoland and Andre
Sister Oliveira (new trainee)
 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Yeah Gustavo!!

Hellloooooo Everyone!!!

This weeekkkkkk has been a great weeek. Gustavo was baptized this past Saturday and got confirmed on Sunday. I am soo incredibly happy for him and I know he will add so much to this ward here where I am serving. HIs whole family came to church yesterday with him. We are going to start working more with his mom and dad now to try and baptize them. 

The family that we have been working with didn’t work out. They called us the other day and said that they are good with being Catholic right now. They said right now is not the time for them to be Mormon. I was really sad but I am glad Sister Flora and I had a chance to plant a seed. Hopefully in the future with other missionaries they will be ready to receive the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. 


Sister Flora, my companion, got transferred today. I will be staying in my same area. I will receive my new companion tomorrow. I am excited to get to know my new companion. I am sad that I only knew Sister Flora for one transfer but I know we will meet again. Let the new journey begin with my new companion. I will be her trainer. I am nervous and excited. Hopefully everything will go well. On the mission there are a lot of changes that happen all the time. I am one who doesn’t like change but change brings new opportunities--opportunities to grow and to learn.

This week is general conference. I am sooo excited to watch again. I can’t believe it has been 6 months since the last general conference. Time passes by really fast. 

I love you all so much. Thanks for all the support. Sorry I don’t have photos. This computer doesn’t allow me to send photos. Sorry Mom!

Gustavo, Sister Flora
 Love youuuuuuu alllllll!!! 
Sister Erickson 

BLESSINGS BLESSINGS BLESSINGS

This week has beeeen another WONDERFUL WEEK! It is turning real hot here now. Weird to think it is almost entering the holiday season again!! It will be a very different holiday season for me here in Brasil but I am soooo excited! 

This weeekk we had many miracles happen. Just to update you guys on our investigators. Unfortunately we didn’t get a chance to mark a baptismal date with the family I talked about--Nilo and suria. We tried but they were a little hesitant because they are all Catholic and she has a fear of changing religions. We are working really hard with them. I know the lord will help us every step of the way. What we are missing is lessons with members with them. This week we are going to mark more lessons with members.

On the bright side, we have a baptism this weeekkk with a boy named Gustavo!!! He is 14 years old! We have been teaching him for 2 weeks now and he will be baptized Saturday. I am sooo excited for him. He is growing and learning every single day. I KNOW there are people out there just waiting to receive the gospel. It is so important that all of us open our mouths and talk about the gospel. I know it is scary some times but as soon as we open our mouths to talk about the gospel the Lord is right by our side helping us know what to say. 

I know the gospel is true. I know that god lives and Jesus Christ lives. I know that as members we all have the responsibility to talk about the gospel with everyone we meet. I am loving being a missionary every single day!!!! Time is passing by faster then ever right now. Right now this time is so precious that I have right now--only 18 months of my life can I do this work for the Lord. Every moment is so special!

I love you all. Thanks for all the support!! I hope everything is going well with you all. HAVE A GREAT WEEKKKKKK! UNTIL NEXT WEEEKKK! 

ABRAƇOS, 

Sister Erickson 

Friday, September 15, 2017

BOM DIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!

BOM DIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!! 

THIS WEEK HAS BEEN THE BEST WEEK!! Let me tell you miracles happened!! 

Remember last week when I told you about a family I am teaching? Well they came to church with us this last Sunday and they LIKED IT! They are a family that is prepared to receive the gospel! Sister Flora and I prayed our guts out this week. Poor Sister Flora, every moment I asked her if we could pray to help this family! I know that when we do our part the Lord does his part!! Faith with out works is dead! I truly believe 100% in this scripture. We hope to mark a baptismal date with them this week but we will see how it goes. 

Also this week we are teaching a boy named Gustavo and his mom Vivyane. We taught him the first lesson on Saturday and invited them to pray about the Book of Mormon. The next day he came to church with us and as we were walking he told us, "Guess what?? My family and I prayed together to know if the Book of Mormon is true!!" This is a dream for me to hear. It’s like my parents telling me when I was a kid that they were going to take me to Disney World!! So many great things happened this week! 

Some of us missionaries this week had a chance to march in a parade they had here in Curitiba on September 7th. It is like our 4th of July. Anyways we marched in a parade singing hymns. It was a pretty cool experience! We were all holding flags with a Book of Mormon in hand. 

I don’t know if you guys remember Jimmy but he is our investigator I talked about last week. He invited us to go to his church. His church is evangelical. SIster Flora and I were thinking about it and we called president to ask for permission. He said yes. Yesterday we went with Jimmy. Woah let me tell you his church was very different. I have never set foot in a church that wasn’t Mormon in my life. The people there were very nice but the pastor was screaming about the bible and Jesus saying "Jesus TE ama!!" I felt a little overwhelmed--like--yes, I know he does. You don’t need to yell ahhah! I am glad I had the opportunity to go to see what it was like to show that we care about Jimmy but one thing I know for sure is that the church of Jesus Christ is a true church upon the earth! There are so many good churches in the world that preach good things but the church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints is different and truly has the keys. 

Eu te amo voces! 

Have a great rest of the week!

Love,

Sister Erickson!