Wow! I have been here for almost 2 weeks now! Some days feel so long but at the same time its passing quickly! It just gets quicker and quicker. I feel like I have been here an eternity!
Funniest moments of the week! – Lying in my bed and grabbing my companions feet as she climbs down the ladder and making her freak out! baha ha ha ha!
Funny moment 2 – Hermana Polaties! You are the boom!!! – Hermana Cabello. Ha ha she has really good english but she was trying to say bomb!
The first week Hermana Cabello called my companion Hermana Killer and me Hermana Polaties. No one can same my name here. So we are team Killer-Pilities! ha ha!
Hardest parts of the week – I struggle teaching. I get really nervous. Last night we taught our last lesson to our investigator Juan, who is actually one of my teachers. He told me that I know the words but I put limits on myself and don´t think I can do it. He told me that I need to remove all those limits and just speak. i think thats the hardest part for me is believing in myself and having confidence in my Spanish. It is really hard to just in the moment speak Spanish with out having planned out phrases and everything. It takes a lot of faith to learn a language is what I am finding out and its something that I really need to work on.
So after I wrote you all last week we went and jumped on a bus to the temple. They are so chill here. They just leave it up to the older missionaries to help you know what to do. They just kinda let you roam free on p-day. We do have to be back at a certain time though. The temple here is very small! Only 25 seats in the endowement room. And you stay in one room the whole time. It was a really good experince and really fun. Afterward got got to go to the store and back to the CCM. I got the experince of riding on my first Peruvian bus. They really do cram you in there and the bus driver starts driving even before everyone is on the bus. Kinda freaky! There are massive speed bumps in the middle of the streets so it feels like you are on a rollercoaster! Plus trying to keep your balance and hold on. I also tried the famous INKA COLA for the first time. It tastes like medicine that they tried to make taste good by putting bubble gum flavor in it. I guess I just don´t really understand what all the hype is about INKA COLA…
So the other really cool thing that we got to do this last week was on Saturday we went tracting! They paired all the North Americans with latinos and sent us out. We first went and got on a bus and went to church. And let me tell you. The church probably owns the nicest buildings in Peru. You are driving and all the sudden there is just this beautiful building surrounded by like a ghetto as we describe it in the United States. They gave us 2 Books of Mormon and some pamphets and fliers to hand out and sent us on our way. We had a map and this girl named suzanna, who is a member here went with us. My companions name was Hermana Balzaca from Argentina. She was really nice but kinda treated me like I was stupid because I can´t really speak Spanish. I understand a lot but its hard to speak. It was an awesome but hard expericence. We got nine refferals and gave 3 lessons in about four hours. Everyone of they said they were willing to have the missionaries back!! People here are very receptive to the gospel and are very open to hearing your message. I think we only had 2 people that weren´t interested. I know what the Book of Mormon means now when people say a bible, a bible we already have a bible. Everyone here is Catholic or at least they say that they are Catholic… I mostly just introduced us at the door and bore my testimony of the Book of Mormon and Jesus Christ. They take so fast! My companion mostly talked. I could understand some of what was going on and my companion didn´t ever really give me the chance to speak. We are going again next week so I think it will be a lot better. We taught the cutest 90 year old lady! She only came up to my shoulder and she invited us into her house right away! People here talk to you through their windows a lot. We taught this lady about the book of mormon through her window and she was very accepting of it but wouldn´t let us in. People answer their doors a lot without a shirt too. Its kinda weird. Everything here is gated. I had to buy water through bars. We told the lady what we wanted and got it for us. Also there are so many dogs here!! Everywhere!!!! And when there are lots of dogs there is lots of poop! Gotta watch your step. I saw what Peru was really like on Saturday. Very different and not as clean but an adventure. Children playing on the streets. People just sitting, looking out into the street in their door ways. They are just very easy going and humble people.
Oh and I heard about the 58 new missions! My mission is getting split in half because they are making the Huancayo mission so it will be interesting to see what happens there. I heard it opens in July. Who knows they might send some of us there too. Change our missions. They posted the info in our classrooms and asked us and pray to God and thank him for all the new missions. It really is an amazing thing. I feel like I am in the middle of all the change and the i guess big wave of missionaries.
Today all the latinos are leaving! I am actually pretty good friends with them. We try to speak with them in Spanish and they teach us things and we help them with their Spanish. Its wierd though because most of the latinos know at least a little English and can speak it but the latinas don´t seem to have any interest in learning of talking to us… Its just kinda wierd to me. There are only 30 of us here today and tomorrow all the new people come! There are a lot more Hermanas coming 38 they said. Not sure about Elders.
I love you all! Thank you for your support, love, and letters. They really do help and reminds me that I am not alone here.
Hermana Brittany Polatis
Thank you so much for writing me! It has made my day to read all your letters. I only have a half an hour to email so if I will try to answer some of them but if I don´t know I love you!
Ha ha I was so confused when I got here but things straightened out after that. It is more relaxed here though. I was a little behind schedule so they rushed to get me registered and everything. My companion is Sister Killian from Las Vegas, Nevada. She is the one I have been talking to on facebook. She is really fun and outgoing. I am glad that we are companions. I share a room with 5 other girls. 4 of them being latinas. They only speak spanish so its kinda hard to talk to them but they are really nice and I like them a lot. Everyone here is so awesome. A few interesting facts for you. There are 92 missionaries here currently but the mtc or ccm as we call it can hold about 176 but that would be packed. There are only 5 north american girls and about 30 north american elders. The rest latinos. We are the second group to come in that hasn´t gone to Provo first. The first group came about 3 weeks before us. So they are not quite used to having people that pretty much speak no Spanish. The CCM has 3 buildings. All are pretty small. We are 15 girls on our floor and only 3 showers… no bueno… ha ha but it works out. We have a sand volleyball pit, a turf soccer field, a basketball court, and some ping pong tables outside that we use for physical activity. There is no indoor gym or anything
So I go to class with my district. We have six people in our district. 4 elders and 2 hermanas. We have the best teachers ever! I love them! Sister Cabello always says to me Ohhhhhhh Sister Polaties!!!! She thinks I am weird. No one can say my name here so I just tell them that they can call me Hermana Polaties.So the North Americans have there own branch here . Well we have one Australian but but they just call our group the north americans. Our Sunday meetings are in English. But when we prepare talks they are supposed to be as much in Spanish as we can. I have to teach Sunday school next week but in English! Sunday is awesome because its such a much needed break from Spanish. I
This first week was been tough. When I first got I was like oh my gosh! Why did they send me here? I understand nothing but I have gotten used to it. I really love it here! It is amazing how fast we are learning. I have taught three lessons in spanish. We use a little English but try to do it in mostly Spanish. It is so hard! One of my investigators is my teacher. I have learned how to pray, greet, bear my testimony and make small talk with people. Plus other phrases for our lessons. Time flys by so fast here. It gets discouraging at times. Especially by the end of the day! Your brain is just fried. I try to talk to the latinos when I have the chance at meals and stuff. And oh did I mention the food? Its really good. Same things that we eat in the U.S. but prepared differently. Lunch and dinner we always have rice, potatoes, and meat. Always those three. That is like all they eat here. And the juice is so good! It tastes like fresh out of the juicer! I am addicted! Pineapple and pear and orange! So good! Sunday night I got very sick. What they call travelers sickness. Your stomach has to get used to the bacteria here and I spent they night in the bathroom… The next morning I was still very sick and energy drained so I got put on a water diet. Yesterday I couldn´t eat anything but I am feeling better today. I was able to get up and go to class and I just stuck through it. God really does give you strength to do hard things. I never thought I would be able to do this before but here I am!
Sometimes it gets very discouraging and I wonder how it possible to learn Spanish this quickly. They put alot of pressure on us but yet they are very encouraging. My teacher told us that God trusts us. He sent us here for a reason. He knew that we had the ability and skill to be able to learn the language. He has confidence in us and we need to have confidence in ourselves.
Darci!!! Congrats on winning state! I am so proud! Nicole, woohoo! That girl got baptised! Arla right?
I love you guys a lot!!
So I just got here! I got out of the airport looking for who guy that was supposed to pick me up. I see this guy with a sign that says poloti Brittani. I am thinking well that has to be me so I walk up to him and start asking him questions. Only to find out that he doesn´t speak english. So it was a very quiet car ride here. Walking out of the airport it is very hot and muggy and smells like the fair. The drive through the city was insane! We just wound through the streets for like an hour and a half. I swear I almost died! There are people that stand in between the cars selling cookies and all sorts of things. There are jugglers that juggle at stop lights. People just drive pretty much where ever they want to.
Upon getting to the mtc this guard opens the gate for us and they give me my keys and point to a building and basically just tell me to go. They didn´t tell me anything else. They did give me a schedule. So I just start walking to this building that they tell me to go to and another sister helped me with my bags and helped me find my room. Finally someone that speaks English! I am still really confused… They don´t really tell you where to go or what to do… The sister that helped me just said I could go write my family. She said she has been here for 2 weeks and doesn´t have a companion. This definelty isn´t Provo… I should probably go now they didn´t tell me how long I have but everyone is leaving the computer lab and its basically just me.
Update From Alanna:
Brittany’s flight was supposed to leave at 6:40 am Friday morning. Everyone woke up at 4:00 am and left by 5:00 am. The flight ended up being cancel. So they went back home and Brittany finally got on the plan at 3:15pm.
It’s here! Brittany leaves on her mission tomorrow! Tonight she is being set apart as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint. She will board a plane in Idaho Falls tomorrow morning at 6:40 am to start her journey to the Lima Peru Missionary Training Center. There she will begin this amazing journey of growth and spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. We will pray for her and pray for those that she teaches. Brittany will be awesome and is such a great example to everyone. We love her so very much! We look forward to the coming posts on this blog where we will hear how her adventure begins! Can’t wait! Write to us soon!!!
Please make comment on this blog. Even though Brittany won’t see them right away it will be fun to know who is reading and taking advantage of this blog.