Well thank heavens carnival is over. I am sick of dodging teenagers with water balls and chalk. Yesterday, was the last day and they attack everyone. But we escaped into the mountains and visited members all afternoon to avoid the craziness down below.
This week my pensionistas daughter got married. Here they have to get married civilly first and then they go to the temple. So we stopped by their wedding. Our pensionista is the best and so is her family. Her husband kinda reminds me of dad. The other day he was with his daughter and he asked me if his daughter looked like him. I said, ”yeah.” ha ha and he said ”yeah she is pretty ugly uh!” He always tells mean jokes and is super funny.
Also this week something super epic happened. I ate mac and cheese and a brownie for the first time in a year! I realized that Peruvians don’t eat sugar. Sometimes we eat jello or flan. I couldn’t even finish the brownie it was so sweet. Plus I also ate fruit salad with sprinkles on it. We had a different pensionista this week because mine went to Lima so we ate super delicous! I know for all of you its really not that big of deal but you don’t understand that I am in the boonies of Peru… ha ha. We also had a P day with the President last week then a multi zone conference. We went and played soccer. If you look on the blog you will see pictures! Then we got to watch a disney movie, BRAVE! We used to not be able to watch movies but the Pres is softening up a bit! So sometimes we get to.
We are preparing for a few baptisms for this next month. So we have been teaching this lady, Patricia for like 4 months right! And she is so awesome and yet so crazy. We finally got her to acept a baptismal date and we were so exited! And then i called her… and she was like oh yeah I am leaving and not coming back till March 2! Her date was for March 1. She makes me crazy but I love her to death and I don’t know why! She always bails out on us yet I can’t find it in my heart to drop her! We just need to help her not smack her kids around so much. She talks to us all sweetly and all the sudden starts slapping her kids and yelling at them and then back to talking to us all sweetly… Its kinda funny. Well except the part that she treats her kids like crap. She will get baptised! someday… ha ha and we will get her to stop slapping her children around.
In the Zone conference we talked a lot about being Preach my Gospel missionaries and how Preach my Gospel helps us to become. We all start out the mission with lots of different fears and weaknesses but preach my gospel is inspired of God and it helps us be the missionaries that we need to be. And really its true. I started out the mission, super scared and felt kinda akward. Not knowing what to say or to do but I have come a long long long long way. Its best thing to look back and see who you were and who you are now. It makes me super grateful that I made the decision to be where I am right now. Thanks for helping me get here family! I love you all lots.
Make your week great!
Hermana Brittany Polatis
So this week we have just really been working on finding new investigators. We went hiking up the hills or Huanuco to find them too. So many stinkin stairs… But my goal is to make it all the way to the top. People build there houses out in the booneys because they don’t have any money to do it anywhere else. And we actually found some really cool people. Its kinda a different world. I can actually say that I sort of enjoy contacting here. Starting my mission that was probably the hardest thing to do for me but now its pretty chill. Plus is easier to contact the poorer people because they are super humble and at least listen and then reject you!
But yeah this week was pretty chill. Just preaching the word unto the people of Peru! For some reason my mind is really blank when it comes to remembering what happened this week…. Valentine’ day was boring. They don’t really celebrate it here. But anyway… Its my time to get off anyway.
Sorry for the super short email this week! But nothing really happened this week and I spend a lot of time reading emails today.
But have a great week!
Love you all,
Hermana Brittany Polatis
Dear peeps at home,
So looks like there is lots of good news from home. Happy to hear about my new little niece! I have good news too!
This week was pretty crazy! On Febuary 7th we had a wedding and a baptism. Then on Febuary 8th we had another baptism. We completed our goal for the month in the first 2 weeks. We are now starting to see all the fruits of our labors.
The wedding was a Yessi and Abraham. I am pretty sure I have told you about them before. Abraham was already a member of the true but his family was inactive. Yessi was living with him. And well one day we didn´t know what to do and ended up at their front door because we knew that members lived there. Now that I look back on it I realize that it was so meant to be. A member of the ward told us that before when the missionaries went to talk with her she pretty much slammed the door in their faces. I dont really know what made the difference when we came but I think it was just the right time. Abraham also used to not want anything really to do with the church. He admitted to us that he used to only go to Seminary for the activities. Then with getting sick and all he started to see the importance of everything and the church. They are now married and all in love and Yessi got baptised and confirmed a member of the church.
Irma also got baptised this week. Irma is a lady just loaded down with burdens. We started teaching her, thinking that she was a less active member of the church but then to later to find out that she wasn’t even a member. She lives in a house with people that just bash her religion all the time. That make her cry and feel bad but she has been true and faithful. She doesn´t care what other people do or say to her because she knows its true. She has been having a really hard time because of the people that she lives him. Her husband moved out and her kid doesn´t want to go to church with her. All she really wants is her family to be together and wants her kid to come to church with her. She doesn´t think she is very strong but I beg to differ.
This past week went really good. Plus there are always the interesting things of the culture and the people that always keep life interesting. This week we are walking home from breakfast and I smiled at this old lady. She stopped me and told me that if she was a man that she would steal me away. And if it makes if funnier, she didn´t have any teeth. It was pretty great. I walked away laughing. And I hit my year mark this week… really crazy. My time is flying. Things are good!
I love you all. Kiss the new baby for me!
Hermana Brittany Polatis
So once again I made the trip to Huancayo to pick up my new companion. Once again I am training. My new companion’s name is Hna Sisson. She is from Heber City Utah. She is really nice but is having a really hard time getting used to the mission. Its kinda been really stressful training and again training. But everything will be fine. The first few weeks for training are always the hardest. But everything will be ok! Hna Osood got sent to train too. We had a good companionship and she is still here is Huanuco so I will sometimes get to see her.
This week I spent 3 days traveling and in Huancayo. Then we got back and prepared for our 2 baptisms. Elizabeth and her daughter got baptised on Saturday. It turned out to be a really good baptism. Sometimes in Peru you just dont know how your baptisms are going to turn out. We ended up having a really good turn out. Elizabeth has come such a long way. She basically has nothing. She is lives in a little one room house with her two daughters. The floor is dirt and there are holes in the foor and there are no windows. She was robbed of everything she owned from the last guy that she lived with. Her husband left her and her two daughters for another woman. And this year her grandma died. Her Grandmother is pretty much is like mother. She has experienced every heart ache that a person can go through. We have been working with her for 2 months. But with the help of kind ward members helping her with her job and visiting her and us visiting she finally found the little bit of light. She broke down in the baptism not with saddness but with happiness. The gospel has really helped her and brought her out of the darkness that she has and still is living in. My mission is so worth it. Its so worth everything to see the change in Elizabeth’s life. Its so worth it to help someone else. It helps me change too.
This week is going to be super busy! We have a wedding and 2 baptisms. I am so exited! Last month everything fell through but this month we are seeing the fruits of our labors!
I love you all so much!
Thanks for all your support and letters while I have been here. You have been helping me so that I can help other people.
Hermana Brit Polatis
Foto Baptisms and new comp!
Yep… We planked the Huanuco sign. I am the one all the way of the left