Monthly Archives: March 2014

Weekly letter 3-31-2014

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This week….

Well we had some super dificult days and then it started getting better. We had a day when we couldn´t find a single person to teach. All were not home or they said that they didn´t have time and to come back another day…. super bummer. We had two days like that but then things started looking up. It’s been really hard to help our investigators progress. Everyone is so busy with life, school, work. But the plan is to get all of them to come to conference. Yesterday, an RM went out teaching with us and he told us that they hadn´t had baptisms for awhile and were having a hard time helping their investigators progress. Their mission president promised them that if they got their investigators to conference that it would solve their problems and doubts and that they would get baptised. So they worked super hard and got 11 investigators to come and of those 11 all 11 got baptised! For me it was a super amazing and inspiring story and I really hope that we can get our investigators there! I am super excited for conference. We got to go to the Women’s conference. It was super good!

Things are just going ok right now… Half the time we can’t find our investigators. I don’t know if its just here or everywhere but people are so wishy washy. Is it bad to call your investigators dead beats… Just kidding…. I only do it sometimes! I really like them and all but they drive me crazy. I am learning lots of patience. I probably shouldn´t call people dead beats.

We did find this really cool investigator named Johnathan. I think that I told you about him. We’ve only taught him once and then he didn’t come back to Huanuco for like 2 weeks but then we found him again on Saturday and invited him to church and he came! With out us having to even try and convince him! He is pretty much golden except for the fact that he is only here on Saturday and Sunday. But hopefully things work out ok.

Other news… we finally got a ward mission leader. Its makes things so much easier. I never knew how important it was before. The mission has been so good for me because it has opened my eyes to so many things. I can now go back home and be a lot better ward member because I now understand how the ward works and how hard it is when people in the ward don´t do thier part.

The rainy season is over now…. or almost. That will be good because since we are the mountains, when it rains there are lots of rock slides. It’s now nice and hot!

Its been a tough week but right when I think that I am at my breaking point God always gives me a tender mercy. He always gives us something to lift our spirits so that things don´t seem too bad.

Well, Until next week!

Love,

Hermana Polatis

 

The dreaded stairs.... dun dun dunnnn...

The dreaded stairs…. dun dun dunnnn…

 

My little birdy friend

My little birdy friend

Weekly email 3.24.2014: The baptism the almost didn’t make it…dun dun dun!

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Greeting from the boonies!

So sorry I guess that you didn’t get my letter from last week! I don`t know what happened but I found it in my drafts. So you get to read 2 this weeks. So this week we found 8 new investigators but like five of them aren`t married. Yep. Story of my life. Its just super hard to help them progress. Especially since their husbands are never home. The guys here are also super into drinking and its the hardest to get them to listen. But the work keeps moving on. We have a lot of investigators. We just can’t get any of them to progress. It doesn’t matter how well you explain things. Some people just don’t care. Thats the most frustrating part. This week we went and visited a less active. He almost brought me to tears. We couldn’t figure out what his problem was or how to help him so I kinda started asking him bolder questions like if he was mad at God. He told us that he wasn`t mad at God but he hopes that God never thinks of him and he does not want to think of God either. It was probably one of the saddest lessons that I have ever been in. He wouldn`t even pray at the end. But we challenged him to pray and he said that he would try. Seeing such hopelessness breaks your heart.

But on the brighter side. We had a baptism this week. Her name is Danuska and she is 13 years old. So she was super exited about her baptism and we stopped by her house in the afternoon to tell her when we were coming to pick her up. So we show up 2 hours later to get her and first her brothers tell us that she is not there. But then they shut the door and then she opens it. Relief…. Everyone here lies to us like crazy. But then she tells us that she is not coming… What?????!! She told us that her mother didn`t want her to, which also was a lie. But we couldn`t give up too easy and got her mom to come to the door and her sister. What happened is that her mother said yes but said that she wouldn`t be coming to the baptism because she was washing clothes! So Danuska was sad and didn`t want to get baptised anymore. But its like really lady! Your going to pick washing clothes over your daughter’s baptism. So we used your missionary power and got her mom to come and her sister and a bunch of her friends and everything turned out great! The end!!!!

Love you all! bye

Love, Hermana Polatis

Noche de Blanco

Noche de Blanco

Danuska

Danuska

There are giant cactus plants here. All over in the mountains

There are giant cactus plants here. All over in the mountains

This is part of my area. Look at the little sheeps!

This is part of my area. Look at the little sheeps!

Weekly email 3.17.2014: Peru just keeps getting better

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Dear Familyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy…..

Happy St. Patty’s day! And Happy Birthday Grandma!

So I am guessing that you are all wondering what happened in transfers……well….. the good news is that I am not training again. Thank the Lord! I am so tired…. But my new companion is Sister Allred, from Clearfield, UT. She just finished her training and is quite the worker. I totally approve. She is super nice and humble. I will send pictures this next week!

Things went well this week I didn’t have a companion for almost 3 days. I had members go with me or other sisters that were waiting for thier companions too. Then finally Hna Allred came.

Did you know that everyone in Peru thinks that they are a doctor. Its actually really funny! So we have this investigator that has been pretty sick… She told us that she couldn’t come to church because she was getting ”cured” From what I understand she was going to strip naked and this witch doctor lady was going to come and rub a guinea pig all over her body, then you chew coke leaves, and smoke a cigar. And then it cures you! But you can’t leave the house for the day or you break out in rash… I feel so bad because I just want to burst out laughing! Other ”cures” that I heard from another sister missionary are: rub pee on your stomach to relieve gases. If you have a red face put breast milk from human on it. Oh and it goes on and on. Peru just keeps getting better.

Other happenings of this week is that we have a baptism coming up this week! Finally, Danuska is getting baptised! We finally got permission from her mother. She is 13 years old and the first time we met her she totally rejected us and told us that our church was false but then she started coming. I really don’t know why and this week is her baptism. She has changed a lot. At first I really hated teaching her. She was so crazy and didn’t listen and we thought. What is the point? But now she is super attentive and listens and is respectful. The things that happen in the mission continually surprise you! Sometimes baptisms just come out of no where….

Well folks. I do believe that it is my hour…

Until next week

My companions for the day! Medalit is like my best friend here! The other is Genoveva that just loves the missionaries. We go to visit her a lot. She always gives us cough drops. They eat them like candy here

My companions for the day! Medalit is like my best friend here! The other is Genoveva that just loves the missionaries. We go to visit her a lot. She always gives us cough drops. They eat them like candy here

Weekly email 3.10.2014

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Oh Dear family,

I am but a loner now. I am getting a new companion but not till Wednesday…. Transfers!!! These past 6 weeks have gone by soooooooo fast. I can´t believe that it is time for transfers again. I finally understand what people say when they say that the mission really does fly by in a moment. So here I am, my loner self. I might be training again because there is another big group of Hermanas coming but I will find out tonight!

This week we dropped a lot of investigators and went out to find. Our area is quite small but the mountain is huge. So we went climbing this week. My calfs are pretty sore! We contacted the whole world… ha ha well not quite but we went to new hieghts and climbed stairs that I have never climbed before. And we found some good results. We met this super awesome kid named Johnathan and his cousin Ruth. We taught him about the Plan of Salvation. Its the best when you teach people and they just look so entirely shocked and blown away by everything that you say. I asked him if he thinks that we existed before this earth? He looked at me dumb founded and said I have no idea. No one had ever asked me that before. He thinks that the Book of Mormon is like the coolest thing ever. I really hope things go well with him. He is only here on the weekends because he works way out in the mountains. You hope everyday in the mission to find people like him.

In contrast, we found this other girl named Vanessa. She is super Catholic but wanted to learn about our church. We taught her about the Book of Mormon. She looked pretty interested but won´t accept it and said that she would never come to our church. I asked her to pray about it. I also asked her, If God answered your prayer and told you that this was the right route for you to go would you listen? She said yes but at the same time refused to read the Book of Mormon. It’s kinda sad. But maybe we planted the smallest of seeds. You find all types in the mission. There is this 13 year old girl that we are teaching named Danuska. The first time we taught her she was super crazy and said that she would never get baptized in the church. But I don´t know what changed but she came to church and has kept coming. She now has a baptismal date. We are just having problems getting permission from her mother. They are super poor and the mom is scared that people in the church are going to discriminate against her. People here think that the ”mormon” church is full of rich people.

I love you all soooooooooooooooo much!

Hermana Polatis

Be tolerant, loving, kind, serve, pray for the needs of those around you and go out and help them.
David A. Bednar

 

 

Sunday lunch with my favorite family. Epi, my pensionista and her family. Then the Elders that are also in our ward. Elder Larsen and Elder Guerra. Elder Larsen is from Cali and I know Elder Guerra looks North American but he is from Lima

Sunday lunch with my favorite family. Epi, my pensionista and her family. Then the Elders that are also in our ward. Elder Larsen and Elder Guerra. Elder Larsen is from Cali and I know Elder Guerra looks North American but he is from Lima

 

me and the beautiful Hermana Sisson. All the Peruvians think that she is a model. I will miss this girl....

me and the beautiful Hermana Sisson. All the Peruvians think that she is a model. I will miss this girl….

Weekly email 3.3.2014

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Dear Family,

I got sick part of this week with a stomach infection so all we could do was just hang around the apartment and I just laid in bed all day. I know! Exciting right. So the work went pretty darn slow this week…. I mean really slow. Thats the toughest part. Not working makes you feel kinda crazy! You’d think that it would be a nice break to lay in your bed all day but no…

We are working with some pretty interesting cases right now. We have this really awesome investigator named Percy. But the thing is that he got robbed of his phone and we only generally know where he lives because we always teach him in the church. So we have to go hunt him down this week. We also have these two really awesome girls that we are teaching. They are references of a member. The problem is that they don’t live in our area but don’t want to go to the other ward because when they went no one even bothered to say hi to them so we are trying to get special permission to teach them and baptize them in our ward. We tried to tell them that they needed to go to their own ward but they don’t want to. I had a really interesting talk with my Zone leader about it because he told me no. But my question is? Do we live for law or principle? Here we have people that really want to be apart of the church but we are not going to let them get baptized because they won’t go where we want them to. Its really hard… I can understand the rules because I have been a member all my life but I don’t think that we should turn someone away from baptism just because they won`t go to the right ward.

We are also teaching a woman named Cessy and her daughter Digna. They are super awesome and super receptive but its been really hard for us to get them to church. Right now it seems that we are dealing with really hard situations. But I know that if we work hard and do our part that God will bring us miracles.

I also went on divisions this week with Hermana Whitlock. She is almost done with her training. It was fun. We got creeped on by wierdos that wanted our personal number and to one day make us lunch. Have I mentioned how creepy some people are here? Getting creeped on is a daily occurrence here… But anyway… we went and taught one of her investigators the law of chastity. And he is just kinda slow and didn’t understand. We had to teach it like five times!! Its like how much clearer can I get than DON’T have sexual relations before marriage and keep your mind clean. It was kinda funny. But he said that he would read the pamphlet so….

Despite the fact that this transfer has been super hard I have learned a lot this transfer. I have learned to just do it. Keep going. Sometimes that’s all that we can do. As President Monson said ”In this cause we will go forth changing and blessing the lives of others.” Whether it be the lives of members, investigators, less actives, or our companions.

Until next week!

Love,

Hermana Brittany Polatis