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