Monthly Archives: March 2013

Weekly email 3-18-2013: My last week!

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Dearest family!

Thank you for your letters! Good to know that you are all doing well. This is my last week here. I leave on Tuesay morning to the mission field. But for me its only a little drive away since I am already in the mission. I have mixed feelings about leaving but I am way exited to get out of grammer classes. Not too much went on this past week. It was kinda a rough week for my companion and I. We both kinda just want to get out of here. I hope this last week goes by fast. We had a member of the seventy come on Sunday. His name is Elder Nash. He and his wife both gave really good talks about leaving everything in the mission field. Giving it all that you have so that by the time you get home you have no regrets. You can honestly say that you gave God all you had.

 

Our investigators like to play jokes on us a lot. Like our investigator Marina. We taught her the law of chastity and then the next lesson she told us that she was pregnant and really happy about it. As we are fumbling around trying to figure out what is going on, she bursts out laughing and says she is joking. I think our teachers get bored of being our investigators and like to make it a little more interesting for themselves. They also like to get really off topic. Marina keeps trying to hook me up with her friend, that apparently is very nice looking. I love my teachers. They are the best!

 

Today we went to the temple as usual and they give us about an hour to go shopping. Its been a pretty chill day but now its time for more class.

Love you all,

Hermana Brittany Polatis

 

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Weekly e-mail 3-12-2013

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Dear family,

Time seems to be passing by quicker than normal. I feel like I just barely wrote you. I only have 14 more days in the MTC and they are sending me out into the real world. This week has been pretty good. We went out tracting again on Saturday. It wasn´t quite as good as last time. My companion was really shy and then there is me that can barely speak Spanish. Seriously, I felt like she hide behind me. I would start to walk up to someone to talk to them and she would slow down and be behind me. Or if we were knocking on the door I made her come up to the door step by me because she would always hang back. Once you get her talking to people she is fine and will talk a lot but it was really frustrating to me that she hang back so much. I feel like it made us look like a bunch of scared, akward girls. Plus this time we didn´t have a guide or a teacher with us this time. Maybe it was good though that she was more shy because I did talk a lot more this time. I usually introduced us but its hard because the people talk so fast in Lima. All the words slurrrrrr together. My teachers here try to pronouce their words and talk a little slower for us. I don´t want it to sound as if it was a bad experience because it was still good despite everything. It was just harder. It really is important to be a bold, friendly missionary. We talked to quite a few really cool people. We talked to these two men that were working on a car out in the street and they just stopped and listened and we gave both a book of mormon and got their information. They knew of some Mormons but no one had ever shared with them about the gospel. We also talked to this girl that already had a book of mormon but we invited her to church. Its really funny to go tracting. You get a lot of cat calls and creepy people looking at you. You have to be careful of the men. Especially since I am white. I get a lot of stares.

This weekI spoke in church. My first talk in Spanish! I don´t know if it made a lot of sense but I tried. I have a calling now too. I am the sister´s cordinator. So basically in charge of the sisters in my ward. Sorta like being a relief society pres. I just make sure people are following the rules and make sure they are ok. Plus I get to go to a few extra meeting on Sunday. Can I just also say how weird it is not to have a phone. Seriously, at the beginning of every meeting I freak out because I forgot to turn my cell phone off. Or through out the day I just keep thinking I need to put my phone on silent. Its great not having a phone actually but I still always get those thoughts!

So every Sunday here we watch church movies and at least 2 apostle devotionals that were recorded in the Provo MTC. Watching them is probably my favorite part of the week. Its nice be able to just sit back and watch something. Not have to worry about preparing lessons and practicing Spanish. This week we watched one by D. Todd Christofferson. He went to Argentina on his Mission and spent 3 months in the MTC learning Spanish and he got off the plane and couldn´t speak a word. He had to same worries and concerns about learning a language as we do. He said he would try so hard to listen that it would give him a headache. Thats exactly how I feel most of the time. Especially since everyone talks so fast. It was kinda a reminder to me that I shouldn´t be so concerned or worried about not nothing enough because I do know enough and it comes little by little. The Lord will never let his words fall to the ground. He will make us eloquent in speaking even if you just speaking your native language. He said you wonder if you can do it. Well, you can.

These simple reminders that we can do it are really important. It helps keep your faith going strong.

love you all, make your week great. Create your own weather!

Hermana Brittany Polatis

Weekly email 3-5-2013: Oh Peru!

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Dearest Family,

A few interesting facts about my life.

 

Favorite phrases in my district- ¡que en el mundo! What in the world!

And we always make fun of my teacher because he says ¨Español es muy facil. Para bebes!¨ I must be a baby because its definetly not easy for me. So we just go around saying it all the time. Curse grammer! ha ha! But the language is coming along!

 

Strangest food I have eaten- granadia… I don´t know if thats how you spell it but its really wierd. Its like grey colored brains. The outside is orange and you crack it then there are these slimy brains inside with crunchy seeds. You like suck it out! The taste isn´t bad but the texture is really weird.

 

Wow this week I am half way done with my training in the CCM. Kinda intimidating to think that I have to go join the real world in 3 weeks from today. I have so much to learn. The CCM is like an emotional rollercoaster sometimes! So many highs and lows of everyday! This Saturday we are going tracting again so that will be fun. Also can I just say that my district is the best!! We are all great friends and have a lot of fun together. Too bad we are all going to different missions. They all think I am kinda crazy. Elder Murphy told me I needed to go to a mental institution… ha ha but he just likes to mess with me. Hermana Killian, my dearest companion, also thinks I am a crazy. I get bored so whenever she looks at me I have to make creepy faces at her.

 

Our lessons with our investigators are going better and better. I might not have perfect grammer but I can speak a lot better. Even though our investigators are fake I have really realized how important it is to listen to the spirit as you plan your lesson and tailor it to the needs of your investigator. As we say here, Its muy importante!!! I have just learned to go with the flow and not just read a script. Our lessons have improved by leaps and bounds. Our investigators like to throw us lots of curve balls. It would be easier to react and explain in English but we do our best in Spanish. Like one gave me her bracelet with crosses all over it and try to give us money. They get really off topic!! Its hard to get them to listen! They go off and get a job at the club when they are supposed to stop drinking!! Its fun! ha ha.

 

Also while I am thinking of it. Could someone send me some stamps. I only have a few more left. And I can´t buy american stamps here. Which that probably means you mom!

 

Love you all,

Hermana Brittany Polatis

The Hermanas on the bus!
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Me and my Companion
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My District
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p.s. Thanks for all your letters! Everyone is so mad because I get a lot more than they do. Muhahaha!