Monday, May 29, 2017

Ola Ola Ola!!!! BOM DIA!!

Ola Ola Ola!!!! BOM DIA!!

First off i just want to say i hope you are all doing well! I hear it is now summer in utah and school has ended! Wow does time fly! Here in brasil winter is just beginning! The days begin to get colder and colder but it isnt anything like winter in utah thats for sure! Anyways these past couple of weeks have been a week of changes for me. First we had transfers this past week. Sister Silva got transfered and is in Ponta Grossa ( Ponta Gross: Area where every single missionary in curitiba wants to serve) It was sad to see her go but i know i will have much success with my new companion!! Her name is Sister Cordeiro (lamb in english ahha) She is so funny and probably one of the sweetest people i have ever met. 2nd change this week is we moved houses. We had to pack everything up in our old house and move out because the elders are moving in. Our new house is very small but sufficent for our needs. 

This week we have been working with a family of less actives. They have a daughter named camila who is 11 years old. We have been teaching her almost everyday and she has been progressing alot. she is now reading the book of mormon and praying with us. We are hoping to mark a baptismal date with her this week!! I am so excited! Please everyone pray she will have a desire to be baptized. Also this week we encountered a family from Haiti. They are really nice but they speak very broken portuguese (like me:)) We visited them and taught them the importance of prayer. We have to get them a book of mormon in french or in creol because they cant really read in portuguese. They came to church with us on sunday!!!! I am so excited to teach them and get to know them better!!

I am learning and growing and meeting so many different people every single day preaching the gospel!! The Church is true!! Everyone needs to be a missionary! You dont need a missioanry badge to preach the gospel! The gospel can bring so much happiness in our lives everysingle day. I love you all and thank you for your support!!

Sister Erickson 

#1 photo our haitian investigators and the elders in our area
#2 photo of my new companion
#3 photo lunch in a members house
#4 photo cool wall
#5 a happy missioanry 
#6 the church where we have district meetings



Monday, May 15, 2017


I am so sorry I haven’t written in a while! I struggle with this whole group email thing! These past couple of weeks have been really good and at the same time stressful (missionary life). We are having a hard time finding people to teach but I know that with faith we will find the right people. We just have to keep working hard. We have been visiting with one of our investigators for over two months now and we are still trying to get him to stop smoking. He understands and knows the gospel is true but he really struggles with keeping the word of wisdom. We have tried everything with him. We have even made him tea with the ashes of the cigarette mixed in it (gross I know).

This Sunday we had a little miracle happen. A woman showed up to church who wasn’t a member. We had no idea who she was. She sat down and we introduced ourselves to her and she said she came to find out more about the church. She showed up on her OWN!!!!!!!!!! This never happens people!! She is really great! She seems really interested in the church and we are going to stop by her house later this week to talk more about the gospel! 

We have been working a lot with the less actives as well and I really enjoy it! We visit this man named Kendi every week and he talks soooooo much when we visit. Right now he has a 20 year-old girlfriend and he is 49--a little bit of an age difference. He lived in Japan for a while and always tells us Japan is way better than Brasil! haha! One day he invited us to go to Subway with him. So we went. Little did we know that his girlfriend was going to be there. Now to understand better he and his girlfriend at this time were going through a rough patch. They have broken up 3 or 4 times. We show up at Subway and start ordering our food. When all of a sudden his girlfriend starts yelling at Kendi! I don’t know what about because I don’t understand mad Portuguese yet! It was pretty uncomfortable for my companion and I, but all is well with them now! 

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY MOM and a happy late birthday as well!! I love you and I am so grateful for you mom! Make sure you all hug and kiss your moms! Let them know how much you love them!! 

This week I have been thinking a lot about the story of the 10 lepers in Lucas chapter 17. The story talks about how the Lord cleanses the 10 lepers and only one of the 9 comes back to thank the Lord for making him clean. I have thought a lot about how I need to express more thanks to my Heavenly Father and the Savior for everything I have been given! I think about all of the wonderful blessings in my life! I invite you all this week to express a little bit more thanks to our Father in Heaven and try to recognize his hand in your life everyday! 

Next weekkkk is transfers!!!! 2 transfers down everyone! I don’t know if I will get to email next week because our transfers are on Mondays now during our pday!!! I will try and email!!! I love you all and I am so grateful for all your emails!!!!! 

Until next time!!


Tahlia Grace Erickson (Sister Erickson)