hello family,this week went pretty well. yes.. found out that my wrist is broken.. the bottom bone in my wrist is broken. thats all i know though. the doctor gave me a splint. so its half a cast that i wrap to my arm and it is really annoying because it moves a lot. i dont know how much good it is doing. it does make riding my bike harder, but i am getting better at riding with no hands.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Friday, May 1, 2015
dear family,This week has been great. e. ruff and i have worked really hard and we got 32 lessons! its the highest in the zone. of the baptisms we had scheduled, 2 have canceled. its really sad to see these people who ive fallen in love with just give up. they think that they cant do something but they dont even try! it is really sad.
weve been getting up every morning with our district at 530 to play basketball. its been kinda fun.
not much else has gone on this week. no awesome stories.. but its been great being here. a lot of the time i regret that i waited so long to make the decision to come out. but the lord was preparing me in ways that i dont think i will ever know.
way to go on the talks! ill bet there was someone there who needed to hear something you had to say. it always seems that way. way to go mom for teaching all those lessons as well! bet that made for a busy saturday night! ;)
its weird to think that ill be 20 tomorrow.. i still feel like im 13 (still older than dad). but maybe itll always be that way.
i miss you guys a ton. and youre in my thoughts and prayers. happy thanksgiving!!
Dear family,im glad everything there is going well. things here are good also. thats cool that paden got to give his talk. theres a missionary from my zone that finished his mission last transfer and he siad being home sucks. so im sure its going to be hard for paden to adjust back into normal life.
this last week has been great. we were really busy and were able to get the amount of lessons we planned for as a district. and E. Ruff and i have 3 of the 4 baptism dates in out district.
this morning we hiked up to Coronado cave as a zone. it was only like a 15 minute hike. but the cave was really cool. when we got in, there was a big cavern that had a cool echo so we all sang hymns, some primary songs and also a few disney songs. it was really cool. i wish there were more things like that we could do.
sunday was the temple dedication for the Phoenix AZ temple. it was really cool. the people that sang in it did a really good job. there was a lady whose mouth was open so wide while she was singing, that a cantelope couldve fit in there. not really.. but it was kinda funny. There were some really good talks given. Elder Uchtdorf gave a talk about doing genology work and then dedicated the temple. so now ive been to two temple dedications while on my mission.
no news on the ipads. we were supposed to get them in august ive heard. but they keep pushing the dates for that back. but if we dont get them by christmas we wont be able to skype home for christmas.which would not be fun. but who knows.
we havent been invited to any thanksgivings yet. but i bet we will. the people here are super in love with missionaries in general. its really cool.
Im glad Grandma is getting out for thanksgiving. she seems to spend a lot of time at home. that wopuld not be fun.
theres a member here that we see a lot of named Jim and Karen Ravert. they are going to utah this week and wanted to stop and see our families. so dont be surprised when some really smiley people show up to the house.
i am feeling good still. no problems here.
you know.. i cant really think of anything that i need for my birthday.
i did get the pumpkin seeds. they were awesome! elder ruff thought it was weird that i would eat them, but nobody is perfect.
we have two new investigators. Nick and Brittany. they have a lilttle girl whos like 1 and a half. Brittany wants to get baptised... but theyre not married. so that complicates things. other than that its the same people.
Elder Ruff has been on his mission about 8 months. this is his third in sierra vista. so hes only been here one transfer longer than me.
speaking in church.. yes i have spoken in church. my first week they asked me to speak. and the next week we taught gospel principles.
i love you guys and miss you a ton.
Love Elder Erekson
hey there family!i am feeling great. healthy as a horse. could ride my bike to canada.
i think that im gonna try to get hold of a lacrosse stick somewhere. i havent seen any gear around here and no one knows what it is so i might have to ask you guys to send me some stuff..
mom is saying that its been quiet around the house? is audree not home very much or something? im glad you guys liked the picture the lady sent you! Elder Ruff and I were given lights to decorate our bikes and candy to give out at the trunk or treat for the stake were in. I actually cant think of the ladys name that took our picture. theres a lot of names I cant remember. we loved the ties that die sent us. the other missionaries were jealous. wow.. paden gets home on Friday. it seems like he didn't leave long ago. I still remember his farewell. you should make signs for him. but I don't think hell have a hard time picking all of you guys out. itll be a big group.
how does sam like being 9? its too bad he didn't go trick or treating. now he doesn't have candy to eat! bummer! that's way cool that they opened a popeyes there. ill bet its super good. when is fried food not? how was the carrot cake? you cant go wrong with that either.
the pumpkins that you carved look awesome! that big one is really big. did it have lots of seeds? the one you did for me looks pretty good. who carved it?
its good that sam got another nerf gun. maybe he can shoot the missionaries with it if they come over again for dinner.
I am feeling good. nothing wrong here.
we actually didn't teach many lessons this week. people kept canceling on us. it was really disappointing. but it worked out. we were able to go do a lot of service. theres a less active member who we have been helping clean his yard up. he called and asked us to help with some dead trees in his back yard. but he didn't really have ny tools, so elder ruff and I literally tore a tree apart with our bare hands. the tree was actually pretty big. it was so much fun. and then we got to help some other members replace their roof. these guys' roof has been leaking for years and it was super soggy. believe it or not... I fell through. it was super funny. but roofing is not something I would like doing for a job. my back was killing me.
for Halloween, we were supposed to not go out on the streets. for "reasons". but a lot of our ward members wanted us to go to the trick or treat. so we wrapped our bikes in lights and threw them in our ward mission leaders truck (the church is like 8 miles from where we live, uphill the whole way). and a lot of people gave us candy to give out. it was a blast. little kids love the missionaries.
the old guy who set a baptism date is still getting baptized. he is super excited for it. his kids are as well. when we go teach him, we just answer his questions for sometimes an hour. he is really funny. I think grandpa and him would get along great. same kind of humor. He is set to be baptized on January 17. that's the only time all of his kids can come to town.
transfers are this week actually. I don't think Elder Ruff or I will get transferred out or split. but out zone leader is going home and a lot of the other missionaries think that Ruff and I will be the new zone leaders or replace the district leader. either way, that's a huge responsibility. but I don't think that will happen. were both still pretty new.
Love you guys so much. I miss you all a lot.
Love, Elder Erekson
to whomever reads this email,
i am feeling good. ive been healthy so far. but the fillings that i HAD to get before i came out hurt all the time. thats it though. other than that, all smiles.
i am still teaching that man who is 93. we have taught him 3 lessons and he has decided to be baptized. it was really cool. he wrote it on one of the gospel books we gave him and he showed us and i swear he was glowing. something really cool though. he was telling us some of the things hes had to give up in order to be baptized. which is really only 2 things. 1, he drinks coffee. but its so watered down that he says it basically just warm water. and the other thing.. he was a 32nd degree mason. he was a freaking free mason! thats so cool! but he has to resign to be baptized so.. oh well. hes really excited to be baptized. and apparently elder ruff and i are really good teachers because he was telling us that we should go sell freezers to eskimos. interesting.
things with elder ruff are going really well. we get along great. theres a lot about being a missionary that i need to learn though. the other day we got back to our house early and we hadnt been able to study in the morning because it was zone conference. so we decided to study at night. but.. we got home, found a pass along card, and then proceeded to throw them at eachother for 3 hours. if theres a better way to learn the gospel, someone has to tell me. because we found it.
i got the package from you guys. and i got one from the mays. but i havent been able to open them. theres no where for them to leave packages so they take them to the post office. and the post office is a ways from our area. so we usually go get them on p days. so theyre in the truck now.
the truck i sent a picture of belongs to a friend of brother bouchard. when we went and cleared that property he came to help. and that is his truck. he made it himself. the cab and the bed are from different trucks and he doesnt remember which ones. but i thought it was really cool so i took a picture, and thought id share it.
way to go on the bike ride! 62 miles is a lot.. we ride about 10 every day. so were a ways off. im glad you were able to stop in arizona! isnt it great? everything here is trying to kill you! i love it! i am going to catch a rattle snake though.
way to go on the lacrosse seasons everybody. happy birthday sam (hopefully you get my letter in time). i wish some of the people we eat with would have nerf gun wars with us. they always have to be super fancy. pfft.
anyways, i love you guys. i miss you a ton.
Love, Elder Nicholas Erekson
Mom and Dad,i did get the package with sheets and my drivers license. they gave it to me my first day here. and everyone for some reason looked mad at me. they were just jealous. i also got the package with the ipod and speaker. we use them almost every day. and thank you for sending my boots. we did some service the other day clearing a members property (and we burned all the cleared brush, it was a huge fire) and the bushes had thorns that were almost 3 inches long and they were going right through the bottom of my shoes. so i will definitely appreciate having them. just send them to the mission home. and the address i gave you for our house was wrong. i spelled the street wrong. it is Lenzer. dont know why i threw a d in there...
im sorry to hear about grandpa. seems like nothing can kill that guy. hopefully he enjoys the sub in my truck. i can picture him driving down the road with some rap turned up really loud. that would be awesome!
and to answer dads questions about the ghost chile wings... they arent called ghost chilis for no reason.. its because they haunt you.
Audree, way to go on beating bingham. im sure you had more to do with the win than anybody else.
too bad you guys didnt go hunting this year. maybe audree wont be able to get one before me though. ;)
some things i think you guys should do.. family history work. its really cool. we were supposed to be trained in the programs but i guess they couldnt squeeze that into the 12 days. but there are some members here who gave us a crash course, and it is so cool. and i also think you guys should get some more food storage. i dont know why, but i feel like i should tell you that.
"He who must not be named" Elder Nick Erekson
mom and dad, and adjoining family members,sorry my email was short last week. we were in a rush.. since we dont have a car, some other elders come pick us up. and they had an appointment they had to get to.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
hi mom.just fyi, i really miss you. the ward mission leaders wife (sister bouchard) reminds me a lot of you. we call her mom. and she actually likes it when we do that. she made us french toast caserol for breakfast the other day. not as good as yours though.
well, today is my second day in Arizona. it was really hot walking off of the plane. Elder coesens sat by a guy on the flight and talked to him the whole time. when we saw him later walking around, he looked like he could crush a watermelon between two fingers. his pinkys actually. we went and had dinner at the mission presidents.. he has a really nice house. but guess what! I went to high school with my comanion! he is Elder Ruff. we have actually known eachother for awhile. since middle school. but im in this town called Cochise. its a fairly small town. I don't know where it falls on a map, I fell asleep on the way over here. it was great. we went and had lunch with one of the members, the Reavers. they made some grilled cheese sandwiches (not as good as moms) and I even tried tomatoes on them. they were alright. the tomatoes I mean. oh funny story. so last night Elder Murray, Coesiens and myself stayed at some other missionaries apartment. it was really dirty. (mine is fairly clean) but elder murray got upset at Coesens and I because he wanted to sleep and we were just talking. so the other Elders invited him to sleep in their room. even after I warned them of his snoring. a few minutes later, we heard snoring, and the other Elders trying to wake him up to stop the snoring. long story short, they ended up sleeping out with Elder Coesens and I in the main room.
so far I am liking it here. its really not that much hotter than Utah. yet. but I think ill have some adjusting to do regardless. Theres lots of wild critters here that are dangerous. Just like in the great outback. not really. but there are some scary loking lizzards.
hi mom and dad. sorry I didn't call from the airport. I really wanted to, but at the same time, I didn't. does that make any sense? I miss you guys though. I got your package too. thanks for the ties. im wearing one now.
so when we got our comapanions today, it turns out I know mine from school. He was really good friends with Connor Merrill. His name is Elder Ruff. its kinda hard not to call him by his first name. thanks for putting money on my card! I was worried I wouldn't have enough money to buy my stuff. and yes. I am in a bike area. im kind of excited about it though.
I wish I had more time to collect my thoughts before I emailed today. it was pretty sudden. but did you get the last letter I sent? im always worried that itll get lost. I think im going to like it here. theyre saying that when it rains, its like 3 or 4 inches in just a few hours. wow. that's a lot of water. so much for being a desert. pfft.
I wish I had more to tell you guys right now. I don't have any of my stuff so I don't have my jouyrnal. but ill bring it next time.
hows everyone doing? dads gout still there?maybe youll have it until I get home. that would be kind of a bummer.
im sorry to heart that mickelle lost. that sucks. and why am I not surprised that audree did great!
love and miss you guys a ton.
So week one at the Mtc is complete. i only get one p day while im here, which is a little frustrating. i am leaving the mtc on monday morning at 3 am. thats too early.
So in my district there are 8 missionaries. Elder Murray, Elder Thornton, Elder young, Sister Moe-tufaga, Sister Jacobs, Sister Jones Sister Weaver, and myself.
Elder Murray is my companion. He is from atlanta georgia, but does not have an accent. shame. he and i get along fine but between you and me, hes a weird guy. he has mood swings all the time. one minute he will be happy and energetic, the next he will literally turn his desk around and stare at the wall for a few hours. no joke. its hard getting anything done that has to be done in a companionship because he doesnt really like to talk. and when he does, he sounds like a robot. and he shows mno emotion.
elder thornton is from montana. he is pretty cool. hes pretty quiet but he still likes to talk to people.
elder young is from nampa idaho. he likes to talk a lot and its really hard to stay on task when hes in the room. we started a brotherhood called to brelders. because he kept mixing up bro and elder in the first few days. he has had the flu the whole time. i feel really bad for him.
Sister moe-tunaga is from hawaii. she is halarious. we even made up a secret handshake. her first name has like 50 letters. its vbilavbjfvouabfe;gvouiare. thats her name. Sister Jacobs is from South carolina. she has a really thick southern accent and likes to talk ALL THE TIME. which is ok i guess. shes entertaining to listen to. and when she does it usually brings the spirit.
sister jones is from washington. she is super funny. we all try to get a picture of her smiling. but she has like a 6th sense and quickly makes a face.
sister weaver is from somewhere in idaho. she was pretty quiet. the second day here she got really sick. and it turns out she has mono. so.. she went home.
im glad i have sister missionaries in my district though. they really bring in a different kind of spirit that i dont think a class full of elders would have.
so my teachers. they are Brother Leah and Sister Borland. Brother leah is awesome. i love his lessons. for some reason, whenever he teaches, i just feel like everything makes sense. He is from england and has an awesome accent!! he played lacrosse a little and said he got really bruised all the time. his right wrist is fused together, so it cant move. and once he told me that i could help but notice that he does things a little differently. Sister Borland is a great teacher too. but i dont connect with hers as well as i do brother leahs. she is getting married in a few weeks so i think shes a little preoccupied. she was my practice investigator as well. which was going horribly because Elder Murray doesnt know how to talk to people and pretty much just shoves lessons down her throat, and gets out of there as fast as possible. but once he finally cooled his jets and let me just sit and talk with her and get to know her, things went pretty well. she agreed to come to church and even get baptised. one of the other elders in my district, Elder Coesens (cousins), and i get along pretty well. we quote nacho libre, king of the hill, regular show, spongebob, ace venture and a bunch of other movies all the time. it would be sweet if the two of us got to be companions at some point. he reminds me of Justin a little bit. and not just because hes a ginger.
Im glad that i made the decision to go on a mission. being here is something a really needed to do. it feels so right. even though im always tired because of elder murrays excessive snoring, theres gotta be somthing wrong with this kid. i have a head cold. so i got to leave the MTC and go down to the pharmacy to get some meds. and i was like.. woah! i forgot theres life outside of here! and i saw an f350 driving down the road and asked my companion what he thinks ford stands for. he didnt get it. i then proceeded to tell him that the chevy silverado is made out of bruce lee movies and pure tornadoes. he didnt get that either. bummer.
oh! i forgot to mention that sister Jacobs and Sister Weaver are going to the bakersfield california mission. isnt that the same mission as Morgan?
well my time is about up. but i want to say that since i got here, i have felt the spirit so strongly. my testimony has grown immensely and i cant wait to get out there and bring the people of tuscon the gospel. i wish i could write more. hopefully ill get to write on monday! i have some stories to tell!
i love my family (Beards too). miss you all a ton. but i know that this is where im supposed to be.
Love, Elder Nick Erekson
ps mom will you forward this to everyone? i lost my paper with all the addresses on it. so maybe tell me their addresses also?