Sister Erickson

Sister Erickson

Monday, December 19, 2016


Things are going so great here in Miramar. The holiday season is wonderful and we are seeing Christmas miracles.
One of which comes from setting visions and creating things spiritually before they happen temporally. On our first day of the transfer, Sister Root and I, right before we got out to knock in the neighborhood, we prayed for a vision of who the Lord wanted us to find, teach, and help prepare to be baptized during these holidays. We prayed and asked the Lord and after the prayer, I saw a single dad that was African American/ Haitian and he had 2-3 daughters. I opened my eyes, looked at Sister Root and described what I saw. Her jaw dropped and she said.... she saw the exact same family! It was incredible. Fast forward to a few days later and we get a call from a man named Riclair that wanted to meet with us and learn about what we believe. He started asking "If I were to become Mormon would I...." type of questions. We met him the next day and.... we met his 2 daughters. And he's Haitian. God has lead our vision to us!! It was incredible to see the Spirit working through us and to see that we were doing God's will. SO COOL.
We also saw a huge miracle where we were able to help our 9 year old friend agree to be baptized on the 1st of January! What a cool new year's gift, right?! His family has been waiting for him to be baptized for a while and it is all happening through God's grace and His timing. I'm so glad i get to be a part of it.
This week I was studying about Charity. In Moroni 7:48 it talks about how if we pray with all energy of heart that we will acquire this love. But i began to wonder how that happens. How is this love gifted to us? I then read Moroni 8:26. It says, "And the remission of sins bringeth meekness, and lowliness of heart; and because of meekness and lowliness of heart cometh the visitation of the *Holy Ghost, which Comforter filleth with hope and *perfect love*, which love endureth by diligence unto prayer, until the end shall come, when all the saints shall dwell with God." The Holy Ghost is what makes us more charitable. it is the agent that softens our hearts and fills us with perfect love. Because we are longing to do God's will and to be humble towards Him and what He has to offer us. We maintain this love by prayer and praying with diligence. it isn't something we can just get then it is there forever. I feel the Savior's love and I know that it is what unites people during the holiday season.
Love you all! 
Sister Erickson

My cute friend Sister Haws and I
Sister Root! We made an accidental surprise trip to the temple! 

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Hey all! This week was transfers... I'll be staying in Miramar and my comp will be Sister Root from Utah. I served with her earlier and she is amazing!! I'm stoked for Christmas miracles to happen here with her. 
This week was so great. Our friend Celeste was able to come to church! We were really happy about that. Her younger sister Jaylah was planning on coming but bailed last minute. She is really excited to come next week though.They also came to our Christmas party and was impressed with the fellowship and how united the church was! 
Our huge miracle came from an unbaptized 9 year old named Martin. His dad is less active and has hard feelings with the church so for a while it wasn't really an option for him to be baptized even though he's been coming to church his whole life. The mom was really worried to ask but i know the Christmas spirit has been softening all their hearts! Martin's mom came up to us on Sunday and said that she wants us to teach him everything so that he can be ready to be baptized whenever they all get the ok. I know that God provides miracles and His timing is so perfect!! We're so excited for him!!
I've been studying about charity this week. It's been perfect for this holiday season. I'm personally working on transforming my love for people into action and SHOWING them i love them. It's been great!! In True to the Faith it says, "As you continue to receive the Savior's perfect love and as you demonstrate Christlike love for others, you will find that your love increases." I love that. it takes receiving it from Christ to be able to give it back to those around us. It's a continuous cycle that just continues to increase. I'm grateful for my Savior's love for me.
I LOVE the Miramar ward. It truly is so amazing. The members are so great. I'm excited for these next 5 weeks to be with them! Thanks for all your support and love. Remember that He is the reason for the season! God bless. 
Sister Erickson

Our zone is sending 4 missionaries home this transfer so this is our farewell to them!
Miami Lakes District
Our Polar Express Christmas party
Cutest little kids!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Hey everyone! Happy holidays.  We were able to find a couple of families that want to learn more and that we were able to teach the Restoration to! One huge miracle we saw was through knocking. The 2nd door we had knocked in this community, a guy named Derek (in his 50's) opened the door and told us he had just gotten out of the hospital for breaking his arm. We told him we wanted to pray for him then and out of no where he yelled "You are MORMONS huh?!" We said yes and he said that his friend, a member of the North Miami Beach ward has been telling him he needed to take the lessons from the missionaries and then we showed up! He also said that he had been praying while in the hospital for help to get his life back in order and to feel Him close. We talked with him more about the church then he introduced us to his friend Alex who is from Russia who had just had some life changing events happen to him that have really weighed on his soul. Both of them said that they could tell we cared about them and that we were so nice. And we're going back tomorrow to teach them "those lessons"! They are really excited and we are too!

I've been studying about the Savior's ministry in the Book of Mormon. There definitely is a special spirit about chapters 11-20 and I felt so much peace while reading it. I know He lives and I'm grateful for my mission that has deepened my testimony of the Book Of Mormon. In General Conference in October, a speaker talked about how we should have the goal to KNOW without any uncertainty that it is the word of God and i've been working on deepening that testimony and i've felt it. We can always know more, but i know with no uncertainty that it is true. 

Have a great week! Love you all.
Sister Erickson

Selfies with my fav Sister Staffieri
Christmas outfits!