Monthly Archives: December 2013

Weekly email 12-23-2013: Feliz Navidad

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Dear Family,

 

Ha ha so I guess I lied but I didn´t. I am writing this week. I guess the President had a change of heart and let us have Pday today. Last week went great! Like Nathan I didn´t get transfered. But transfers have been crazy. The mission is growing like crazy. Every single Hermana in the mission in training. And there wasn´t enough Hermanas to train so there are 3 trios. Hna Osgood and I are like the only Hermanas that didn´t have transfers, trios or anything. Our zone also got split in half because they made a new zone here too. But get this! In my zone there are 6 Elders and 9 Hermanas…. The Hermanas are taking over! ha ha ha ha ha…

 

Last week we started our Christmas celebrating. We had a Christmas conference with President Henderson and his wife and we ate Italian food. Well peruvian, italian food! But it was still really good. The white rice is getting really old. Then we went and played volleyball and soccer. Then that same night we had a ward activity. It was supposed to start at 7 but with the whole Peruvian standard time, it started at 8 30. So we didnt get to stay that long. But we brought a few of our investigators and they had fun.

 

We also had a baptism on Saturday! Piero got baptised! He was a true investigator of gold. He is so shy though! I don´t know if its because we are girls, white girls, or if he is always so shy and nervous but he is super awesome. His aunt has been wanting him to get baptised for a long time but he was studying and working in Lima and never had the chance to go and didn´t know anything about missionarys but he is now living here. His aunt gives pension to the Hermanas in a different ward. They started teaching him and then gave us his reference. I think he reads the Book of Mormon more than a lot of the members do! And of coarse my favorite part of every baptism is when our investigators bear thier testimonies.Piero shared an experience in his testimony that I really like. He hasn´t talked to his mother in a year partly because she lives in Italy. But one day we were talking to him about faith and gave him alma 32 to read. We taught him about how faith brings miracles and the next day his mother called him. He said that he feels really grateful to have the gospel in life and that it is already bringing him lots of blessings. He never told us any of these things before. I have been learning how important it is to bear your testimony. It cool because I always feel like I get to see a different side of someone or see how they really feel through their testimony.

 

We have a lot of other great investigators that we are teaching. There is this one that is named Helen. She is sooooo awesome but we can never find ever. Every appointment falls through somehow. We call her make an appointment, and she is not there… But its been because her baby has been sick and she keeps having to go to the hospital. But its funny because she always has dreams about us. In one dream we were telling her to come to church. The one she had the other day was so funny. That day after our appointment fell through she dreamed that I was like oh don´t worry about the appointment… but my companion was like yelling at her, telling her that she shouldn´t play games with God. God is not a toy! ha ha… Unfortunatly, she left to Lima, to take her baby to the hospital there and we don´t know when she is coming back. But in time she will get baptised! She is so prepared but it seems something always happens! Something always prevents our investigators from getting baptised! But we just have to keep pushing them and bugging them and never give up on them. They drive you crazy sometimes but you can´t help but love them to death!

 

I love you all lots!

I will still be calling around the same time on Christmas!

 

con amor,

 

Hermana Polatis

Piero´s baptism

Piero´s baptism

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Christmas Conference Dinner

Christmas Conference Dinner

 

Weekly email 12-18-2013: It’s almost Christmas!

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My dear family,

 

Well this week went pretty well…. except the fact that for some reason Peruvians like to put 3 foot deep holes in their sidewalks so that stupid Americans can can and fall in them and rip all the skin on their knee and upper thigh. Then the same day, when you just happen to forget to put on your mosquito repellent, they send a swarm of mosquitos to eat your legs alive. Then the moquito bites make your foot swell up so that it hurts to walk. Then you spend the whole week walking around with a giant pig foot. But I am now doing great! My leg is healing quite nicely. We just spent a lot of time riding around in motos this week.

 

So next week we are not are not having P day because I get to skype you!!!! Woohoo. So I will be calling my time around 6 pm on Christmas, so I think there is a two hour time difference between here and there. So like 4 pm your time. I will be using the same skype name so it should be the same as last time.

 

So this week, there are transfers! We will find out tonight or tomorrow what is going to happen. There are so many new heremanas that are coming in that there are not enough trainers for everyone. It is very possible that we could be put in a trio… but I hope not… But we will see what happens. I haven´t been here very long so I hope I don´t get transferred! Especially because, like Nathan, we have a baptism this week. Our investigator, Pierro, is getting baptised on Saturday. He really is of pure gold. Its not everyday that you get an investigator that always comes through on his reading of the Book of Mormon and wants you to give him new things to read. And he actually reads the booklets we give him! Its a miracle. We usually fight to get our investigators to follow through with their commitments. But he is so ready for baptism its not even funny!

 

We are getting in a Christmas Spirit! Last week we made this skit about what we as missionaries go through on a day to day basis and what Christmas is like for missionaries. It turned out really funny. My part was about our Christmas dinner and we all got really fat…. I am sending lovely pictures! The members had a lot of fun making fun of us at church the next day. Saying what great actresses we are… ha ha. I do make a really great fat person!

 

Despite all my leg problems we had a good week. We are making good progress with our investigators. I love the mission because God always seems to send you places without you knowing it. Well until you get there and you realize that thats where you are supposed to be. That happened yesterday. We were walking around in the rain. Our appiontment fell through and we see the light on the house of this less active lady. So we went to visit her. It just so happened that she has been going through a lot of problems and was really sad. Sometimes that always seems to happen. We always go places at just the right time.

 

I love you all and I am exited to talk to you all next week!

 

Love,

 

Hermana Brittany Polatis

 

Our Christmas skit. Las Gorditas

Our Christmas skit. Las Gorditas

 

 

Weekly email 12-9-2013: Victors Baptism!

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Dear Family,

 

So this week went pretty well despite all the rain that has been coming down on us. The best is when we are in the mountain, where everything is just pure mud. Its like a slip and slide up there. I almost couldnt get up to one of our investigators houses because my boots didnt have good enough traction. But all is well here Zion.

 

We had a baptism this week! Woohoo! Victor got baptised. I am pretty sure I told you guys about him… I can never remember who I talk about in my letters. It was like the best thing ever though because he was like freaking out. Soooooo nervous! So peruvians are normally really small but Victor is built and a lot bigger than the average peruvian. We had a really hard time finding baptismal clothing and everything. In the end his clothes were just a little bit too small. The baptism started an hour late because they brought 2 pairs of pants and no shirt… bah. My idea was just to wrap him in a big white towel ha ha.. And the guy that was baptising him was kinda small and the water wasnt very deep so he had to be baptised twice. But all ended well but it was just really funny for me because all of Victors fears came true. He was worried about having someone big enough to baptise him and he was worried about the clothes fitting and he was there early for his baptism unlike any other Peruvian and then we started an hour late. He gave the best testimony at the end. I almost cried! He cried! I got the best feeling ever in his baptism. He talked about his whole experience with the Elders that taught him before us and one day he was just sitting there doubting if the church was for him and then I called him in that very moment, Asking when we could visit him. He always has like a million questions but is super humble and acepted everything that we taught him.

 

Life is good! We are getting ready for Christmas and on Saturday all the missionaries are putting on a talent show for the members. Oh no… I will probably sing something.

 

I love you all a lot

Thanks for all your support!

 

Love,

 

Hermana Brittany Polatis

Weekly email 12-2-2013: Las luvias

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Querido Familia,

So for thanksgiving we did nothing. I am jealous of Nathan`s pizza adventure ha ha… We did go looking out for pie but we got there too late and they were all out so we ended up just buying peruvian pateries instead.

So this week was pretty awesome. It is the rainy season here so pretty much everyday it rained this week. And I don`t know why I haven`t been smart enough to bring my umberella. It always starts our super sunny then just pours rain or it starts out super rainy then all the sudden is blazing hot.But yeah we keep getting stuck in these storms. We are way up the mountain where its muddy and we get soaked. Sometimes we are lucky enough to be appointments when the worst part of the rain comes but its pretty bad when we get stuck outside. But I found that if I look all sad, shivering out in the rain people feel bad for us and let us in ha ha…

This week we also found this really cool new investigator named Piero. He is 22 years old and of pure gold. His aunt is a member in a different ward and he has been reading a lot in the book of mormon which is awesome because normally we have to pretty much beg people to read it because they are too lazy or too busy but he actually wants us to asign him homework. Best day of my life… He came to us this week to church and really liked it so we hope to see a baptism in a few weeks.

Our ward all went to the temple this week on Saturday and left us here all alone! I wish we could have gone. But they traveled all through the night to get there by Saturday morning then traveled back Saturday night and all came to church tired the next morning. But I finally see the sacrifice it takes for a lot of ppl to go to the temple. They all have to save up their money and travel through the night to get there.

So thats my week!

Love you lots and lots!

Love,

Hermana Brittany Polatis

Companionship study!

Companionship study!

So this is what my area looks like. Well the worst part of it. There is a nicer part too where I live but we spend most of our time in the mountain and in the poorer areas. Pretty much everyone has dirt floors.

So this is what my area looks like. Well the worst part of it. There is a nicer part too where I live but we spend most of our time in the mountain and in the poorer areas. Pretty much everyone has dirt floors.

 

P1040798We eat lots of papaya!