And another week goes by. This week we found an investigator of gold named Flor. Well actually we found her the other week knocking doors but this week was the first time that we taught her. She heard the missionarys like 7 years ago and was at the point of baptism when all the sudden the missionaries disappeared. She didn´t know what to do and didn´t think that she could come to the church.Wehave started teaching her again. But I swear that something always happens on Sunday. We always call our investigators the night before to tell them that we will come to pick them up and we get there Sunday and they are not there and don´t answer their phones. Practically every Sunday this happens to us! Its like what the!!! I think Satan works harder on people Sundays. There is always something better to do than to go to church. So I was a little depressed. Thinking another week with no investigators coming to church. And we get to church and there are like 5 people there… More depressing. But little by little people start coming in. And in comes this lady named Carmen that we have been teaching for months. Miracle… I am not joking. We visited her this past week and I was super direct and bold with her. I can´t drop her because she is going to be Mormon. She is super awesome. She just has a problem like every Sunday coming to church because she sells in the market and Sundays are their big day. But wow my our words finally found place in her heart. But we will see if she keeps coming…
God blesses us in strange and unexpected ways. I prayed really hard this week that our investigators could come to church. Hna Carmen came with her son.Miracle 1,Sunday before church we contacted this old man and invited him to church and he actually came! I was shocked. No one that we ever invite comes. I have contacted thousands of people and not one has ever come. Miracle number 2! And then we taught him after church! oh yeah!
I love you all! Until next week!
Hermana Brittany Polatis
This week was pretty normal. The President came to Tarma and we had interviews one day. This week went ok but not super great. We have a grand total of 0 progressing investigators because none of them came to church. Its a little hard not to get discouraged right now. But I read this talk called La Obra Misional y La Expiacion by Elder Jeffery R. Holland. I think it translates to Mission work and the atonement. I learned this week that we have trails for help us humble ourselves and to help us grow closer to God. Whenever I ask my investigators how they know that God lives or in what moments they have felt God in their lives. They always say that its when they were going through something dificult or having extreme health problems that they came closer to God through prayer. In the midst of our trails we find answers to prayers and can see the hand of God more clearly in our lives. I feel really humbled right now in my life. We really struggled this week to keep positive and to keep going some days but I am thankful for those moments because I am starting to see the things that I lack and the things that I need to change. But from reading the talk by Jeffery R. Holland I found a lot of answers to my prayers and lots of things that we can work on bieng better. Joseph Smith said that every principle in our religion depends on the atonement of Christ. The most important thing is that we have faith in him.
My companion and I get along really great. Things will get better in our area. Pray hard for me and I will pray hard for you! I know from all my experiences this week that God answers prayers and He is with us in our hardest times! I am super grateful to have an awesome family that supports me in everything! I love you all.
Hermana Brittany Polatis
Conference was awesome huh! Did you guys see that fly that was buzzing all around Elder Vinson of the seventy. haha just kidding! but really there was fly. I got to listen to conference in english this time, which made me really happy because they talk really fast in Spanish and I have to concentrate really hard and pay attention to understand. But wow, conference only makes my testimony grow that we have a Prophet today, Thomas S. Monson and that he is called of God along with the 12 apostles and the seventy. I loved everything!
I had a pretty good week but I am with Nathan. The hardest thing is to get people to come to church. And if they don´t come to church they can´t progress. Sometimes I feel stressed out because yeah we have a lot of investigators. A lot. The problem is that we can´t find them very easy and they don´t progress. It makes me crazy because its like don´t you see that this is kinda important!!! They don´t see the importance of our message. What I see is that people like to listen but they don´t like to act. I can´t remember who but someone from the seventy in the conference talked about training for basketball. You can´t get in shape for basketball just by watching it on tv. And likewise with the gospel. You can´t grow your faith just by listening to conference. You have to go out and apply it. Thats the only way that you will become more deeply converted. We have to do our spiritual training everyday.
I am starting to feel more of the stress of being a trainer. I am not used to taking the lead in everything. but I am doing good and I am learning a lot. God pushes you more than ever on the mission. Always pushing you to be better. I can´t say that I feel adequate to be in the position that I am but God gives us trials and hard things because he knows that we are capable of doing them. We ourselves doubt but God knows. I think back to when I was 16 years old. I never thought I would go on a mission. I never thought I would be doing the things I am now. But God gives experiences to prepare us for what is to come. He has prepared me for this moment in my life. And my mission is preparing me for the rest of my life. Hard things are good for ya!
Have a fantastic week! Loves ya………….
Hermana Brittany Polatis
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