Monday, January 21, 2013

Week #14 Nuevo Aurora - Baptism

This week we´re heading to a park of some sort, so I don´t have a lot of time to write you all today (sorry!) Next week, I´ll have more of the full time to do this mail stuff. I´m doing alright, been reading the Book of Mormon, about to finish 2 Nephi. In Spanish I just finished 1 Nefi 9. So, that can give you an idea of where I´m at.

If we start to look backwards, I opened my call more than 7 months ago already, left more than 3 ago. Anyway, I love you and sorry that this isn´t a very long email.

We had a baptism this past Saturday, and a confirmation yesterday. I´ll attach some pictures for you.

Okay, love you all.

- Elder Erekson

Monday, January 14, 2013

Week #13 Nuevo Aurora 2

Now... what I can I write home about? Well, some spiritual experiences off-the-bat:

Reading from the December 2012 Liahona there are a few articles that touched me this week - one is about a mom sewing a handkerchief for her daugther every year, and why. Another was about a little girl giving away a doll in an act of charity, and the relationship of that to the gift of Our Heavenly Father with His Son. There is one about a family who had just lost their baby, but the writer (the daugther) felt comfort from the birth of Christ and the resurrection. Another example of this same principle is an article about a girl who was uneasy and scared because a student she didn´t know, but still young, died and she was worried about that. She was at the Temple Square nativity (I believe) and near the end the prophet´s voice came on and read from 1 Corinthians 12... something "For wherein as all men die in Adam, even so in Christ shall all be made alive" or something like that, and she received comfort. Yeah, stuff about the atonement. I´d suggest reading these articles, maybe as a family tonight?

Sacrament hymns these past to weeks have touched me. We sang "I Stand All Amazed" last week, and "There Is A Green Hill Far Away" this week. Music has a power to touch us, doesn´t it? At least for me.

Speaking of music, today during cleaning we listened to my new album I bought at the MTC, the one of children´s songs, and the song "I Know That My Savior Loves Me" came on, then it was followed by the song "Faith," and third after that was "Children Holding Hands Around the World." Great songs. I´m grateful for the chances I´ve had to feel the Spirit of the Lord, for His mercy in permitting me to feel these things.

Now I´ll share about the letter thing. This is exactly how our Father in Heaven feels about us. He wants us to "keep in contact" with Him as it were. When we get back to Heaven, shouldn´t we desire to have a strong relationship with Him? Reminds me of the hymn "O My Father." I like that hymn. Also reminds me of a video we watched once in seminary. In this video, a soldier father returned home and surprised his son by dropping by his class. When the little kid saw his dad, he ran into his arms and sobbed. When we get back to heaven, that is going to be us. We are going to be so happy to be back home. We can maintain a strong relationship with Our Father by praying, and keeping the commandments too. But, the praying part was like the letters. He already knows what we´re up to, but He still likes to hear from us. When we feel His Spirit, or read the scriptures, it´s like when we get our letter from Him. His "I love you."

Monday, January 7, 2013

¡­­­Bienvenido a México!

México, Gaudalupe, Los Ángeles, Nueva Aurora 1

­ Hopefully things are going well for all of you. Me, I´m doing alright here in México. Right now we´re writing from a "ciber" or whatever, at least that´s the general name for places like this. We pay by the hour for our time here in the computer. Anyway, my schedule for emailing will be for about an hour each preparation day. We´ll probably head over and do it about the same time each week.

­ So, as I said before, I´m doing arlight here in México. It is a bit different, but it´s been good. My companion is named Elder Rafael ... L ... something. So, Elder L. He´s been out for about 18 months already, so he´s pretty experienced as a missionary. So far he´s helped me with some stuff, and we´re pretty much always speaking Spanish if we´re speaking, since he doesn´t know a lot of English. He knows some, but... So, that helps me improve my Spanish abilities. In fact, I am his first American companion. Yeah, after all of this time, he gets an American. So, we don´t have a ton in common, but we get along well enough. We should have plenty of time to form a strong bond as companions. He is a nice Elder, so that´s good.

When I arrived in México I was picked up by President and Sister Walker - they´re nice. They took me out to eat, then to the offices. I spent some time with the Assistants to the President, and we actually went and read from the Book of Mormon with a less active member who is trying to re-activate himself, or something like that. So, that was pretty good. Here, the Assistants to the President do normal proselyting work. They have other responsibilies, obviously, but they do work with investigators, so that´s good. I stayed the night at the offices, and joined up with Elder L the next morning.

So far we´ve taught... at least 4 or 5 lessons? And, we have 11 baptismal dates. One of those is from this week with me being in the mission. I actually extended the invitation, so, yeah. It´s been pretty good. It´s my second real lesson with a baptismal invitation, and my first "yes." So yeah, so far the work has been pretty good, and so has visiting with the members.

Before I continue, I´ll explain some of the things we use for travel. We usually either travel with "taxistas" in green taxis, or we take a "camion" - which is a bus. So, that´s how we get around, and walking of course.

Sunday was good. Of all the hymns we sang, only one of them exists in our English hymnbook. I liked hearing the different songs. During the sacrament hymn I got a bit emotional, so that was good. Testimony meeting was pretty nice too - some of the things that I understood I liked. One sister basically said, "If you can do missionary work, get through that, life is easy." Something along those lines. Afterwards we got to teach a class, because the teacher was not there. We taught about Heavenly Father, so that was good. I got to share some testimony stuff, and it was pretty good. Then we had priesthood. Two of our investigators (a husband and wife) attended church this week. Maybe another? Anyway, it was good. Later that night we went with them to a member couple´s house. They want to be baptized, but have things to overcome. I like them. One thing the husband said was (in response to the statement by Elder L that three families from an area attended church) that "It´s going to be four." He also said, in response to a member, "I know it´s true." So, that was good.

So, our apartment is just for the two of us. I have some pictures for you. We have two bathrooms, with warm water. We have little heaters to warm us up.

So, how is everyone back at home? Are you all doing well? That reminds me, President Walker said it´s best to just mail the Mission Offices, so that´s what we´ll do. That means I will only receive mail every 6 weeks or so, by paper. It´ll depend on my area, but yeah. So, I´m doing alright. If you could pray for me to really enjoy my time here, be happy, and gain a strong testimony, I´d appreciate it. I did receive those letters you sent through the pouch, so thank you for those. What else should I say? Spanish is going alright, I´m not perfect, but I´ve received compliments.

I hope that everyone is doing well, and is happy and safe. I love you all.