Monthly Archives: November 2013

Weekly email 11-18-2013: The 10 Plagues

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Dear Family,

 

I feel like we are going through weekly plagues. Week 1, Plague of the mosquitos. Plague 2, water. This is day 5 without water. So we have this bucket and we walk down and up four flights of stairs to get water. We have gone to all sorts of measures to get water to shower with and flush the toilet. The first two days there was a water faucet down stairs on the first floor that we got water from. But there was no water there, then we found this hose outside that had water the next day. Then on Sunday, the chapel got its water back and we went and filled up our bucket and this giant zip lock bag that my comp had and carried it back to our apt. On the way back, the bag had little holes in it so we tried walking as fast as we could to get back to the apt. Everyone yesterday was walking around with their buckets looking to find water. There wasn`t water in all of Huanuco but yesterday some houses started getting in back but our house still doesn`t have water. Its been an interesting. All the sudden I remember that I am in a very strange country. What will be this week`s plague? ha ha jk. Please, no more! I can`t it. The water problem was pretty funny because my companion is kinda a germ freak. Hand sanitizar and lots of it ha ha… Plus fun fact. I spend most of my time making fun of her for the pocket comb that she keeps with her at all times. I don`t think I have ever seen anyone brush their hair more than she does. Her funny quirks keep my life interesting.

 

We had a miracle baptism this week. I don`t even know what is happening in my life right now. These have been the strangest 2 weeks of my life. These baptisms keep coming our of no where. And sometimes my life just feels insane. These have been the most blessed but challenging weeks of my mission I think. I actually feel pretty weak right now but somehow good things keep happening. We almost didn`t have water to baptism on Saturday. The water in the font was super low. We baptised Anthony, a 12 year old boy. He got invited, with his mother to a different ward. The other ward passed us the reference on Monday, we met with him Tuesday, taught all the lessons super fast, and he got baptised on Saturday. Now, we are focusing in on his mother, Patricia. She is awesome but has gone through a lot of abuse from her past husband and stuff. She has come to church 3 times though and loves coming. We hope to baptize her this week or next.

 

I will send pictures next week because I forgot my camera cord today.

 

Love you all!

 

Have a great week!

 

Love Brittany

Weekly email 11-11-2013: Mosquitos from hell

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Dear Family,

 

This past week was just wow… I have never experienced opening a new area before but its kinda crazy. All we had to go on is what was in the area book and the Elders that were here before us weren´t too detailed. But the miracle was that we had a baptism this week. Her name is Whinny. She is 17 years old and her sister is member but is less active. We went and visited her the first night we got here in Huanuco and taught her a few more things and prepared her to be bautised. It was probably the easiest baptism that I have had ha ha… I am in a super awesome ward right now! I am way exited! Normally, we really lack ward support but this ward is willing to work. They have the very high goal of 5 baptisms for this month. This ward hasn´t been doing well for baptisms. We are really going to have to work like crazy. We do have a few investigators that are progressing towards baptism.

 

Our area is pretty crazy. We have this huge mountain to walk up every day. Thats were all the people are. Part of our area is flat but that part has a lot more the wealthy people. The really humble live up in the mountain. The other day my comp. and I counted the stairs up to one of our apointments and it was 340 stairs and there is a lot higher to go! We are getting super buff legs and tans but the mosquitos are from the devil. My first day here I got bit almost 40 times. All of my legs. Every day they got more and more swollen and itchy. My ankles and feet got so swollen it was hard to walk. Some of the mosquito bites looked like bruises. But luckly my legs are almost all better and I am not dying. Other people get really sick. So those are my fun stories for the week. And walking are lost… ha ha. We are looking forward to a lot better week this week!

 

Love ya lots!

 

Hermana Brittany Polatis

 

Winney's baptism

Winney’s baptism

Weekly email 11.4.2013: Fighting Satan! Getting Transfer! My New Companion!

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Querido Familia,

 

So I got a call Friday night from President Henderson. ¨Hna Polatis, I have a new assignment for you.¨

And so here I am in Huanuco once again! My area is called Pedro Puelles. The best climate in the whole world. And thats not a lie. So I am once again in the hot, short sleeve weather. It does not feel like November here. Its super wierd to hear in your letters that there is snow! The President called me to tell me to pack my bags and come to Huancayo because once again I am training. My first North American companion! Her name is Hermana Osgood from California. I haven´t been with her too long and don´t know a ton about her but lots of people say that we look alike. But peruvians think that all North Americans look like. We are opening a area that previously had Elders in it. Its kinda crazy right now… We traveled all day yesterday and basically all we had time to do was meet our new Pensionist and eat dinner last night. And today is P day so

 

I got here and we were standing outside for like a half an hour trying figure everything out because there are a lot of new area opening here and within that half an hour I was bit more than 30 times by mosquitos. If you could only see my legs right now. I look like I have chicken pocs or something. Yeah and then it started pouring rain. So I had an eventful night. Things are going to be a little crazy this week because we are trying to figure out who all the investigators are and get to know the area and everything. But the good thing is that we are in a super supportive ward. I talked to the bishop last night and he is super awesome.

 

Last week I spent my last week in Tarma. Its a really bittersweet thing to leave after I have been there for 5 months but it was time because I was kinda going crazy. I was kinda sad because I left some really cool investigators. We were teaching this guy named Alfredo. His biggest fear is going to church but he is already in like Mosiah, in the book of mormon. I told him that his thoughts came from Satan. And then we started talking about Satan. I told him that I was going to help him fight Satan, Sunday at 2 00 pm and we were going to church! I ofen times start saying really funny things in lessons sometimes and then we just all end up laughing. Yeah but then I got transfered so hopefully my companion is helping him fight Satan. I guess I have learned from my time in Tarma to be super direct with our investigators. Yeah your going to church… I don´t care if you don´t want to.

 

Last week, I also went on divisions in La Merced. I love the jungle! Someday I hope that I will be sent there. But then on the way back I pretty much thought I was going to jail though because all they give us in the mission is a copy of our passport so that we don´t lose it or get it stolen. But police man didn´t really like my explanation and told me our leaders were liers and I could fake my document and he wanted the original. Luckly, he let us off the hook and I am not in jail.

 

So thats my crazy, fun week!

Love ya lots! Make your week great!

 

Love,

 

Hermana Brittany Polatis

Weekly email 10-28-2013: Tarma Time

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Querido Familia,

 

Well another week and transfers are wierd this time they are this Saturday or Friday. No one really knows. The mission is pretty crazy because every transfer there are around 20 missionaries coming in or more. There will be 40 more coming in these next 2 transfers! That means a lot of new areas opening and lots of changes. I have been in Tarma for 5 months now so there is a good chance that I will get transfered but who knows? I am not going to lie I am at the point where I am ready to get out of Tarma. This transfer has been really hard for me and I feel a little crazy here ha ha! Mom wrote to me about patience and its true it takes a lot of patience, which I lack….

 

This week was a little disappointing. Especially when people come up to you and tell you that your wasting your time… yep… and then you can´t find anyone to teach and feel like maybe you are wasting your time. But don´t worry I know thats true. Sure there is a lack of progress in my area but I am starting to see some good changes in a few people that we are teaching.

 

We are teaching this lady named Vicky. One day when I was with my other companion, Hermana Ibarra, we contacted her in the street. I could see right off that she was a very receptive person. So we showed up to her house multiple times only to find her not home or busy but we were persistent. Until one day she finally let us through the door but only on her patio. We had an awesome first lesson and she even accepted her baptism date but then after that we couldn´t find her again. Finally we were able to get her phone number and called her to have a family night in her house. And thats how we really got her attention. She loved the family night and the games that we played with her kids. She finally actually let us enter her house. We have been teaching her every week since then. I have seen a huge change in her attitude towards us and is keeping all her… I can´t think of the word…compromisos…. She showed up to church yesterday to. The next step is to get her married! ahhhh…. I don´t like plan weddings. But hopefully her husband can be reasonable and just marry her! ha ha…

 

I love you all lots and lots!

Make your week great!

 

Love,

 

Hermana Brittany Polatis