Monthly Archives: April 2014

Weekly email 4.28.2014: Hay Cambios

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Dear Family,

I have so much to tell you. So I did get transferred this week. President called me monday night and once again told me ”Sorry Hna Polatis but I am asking you to train again and you will be opening up a new area in Huancayo.” And to add to that I just got informed today that I have been called as an Hermana leader or cordinator. So basically I am like a zone leader but for the hermanas. I have to go on a lot of divisions and I have to take take of sick hermanas of take care of the things that they need. All my new responsibilities are pretty overwhelming for me. But so far I am just getting started.

My new companion is Hna Cortez from Bolivia. She is 19 years old and pretty quiet. (but I will change that…. ha ha ha… I will convert her into a crazy). We got to our new area and everthing was a mess. Our new apt. wasn’t ready and we basically had nothing but now everthing is good but have no phone or cell phone and its no fun. Things are working themselves out slowly though.

Opening an area really makes you have to walk blindly with all the faith you have. Especially because my companion is new and just follows me and I just have to follow the spirit. Luckily we were able to find a bunch of new investigators and we have members go with us to show us the limits and were the members live. We divided our area with our district leader so they also helped us the first few days. I have lots of work to do this transfer!

Huancayo is cold and has a really high altitude. Its very different from Huanuco. Its a lot bigger and more modern. You don’t quite see so much poverty. A lot of the members actually have cars. I was in my old area for so long thats it was really hard to leave but my new ward seems pretty cool so far and its nice to have a change in scenery. I am afraid I cant spell sorry…

I love you all a lot! Sorry I will send pictures next week of my new comp and apartment! Thanks for all the letters!

Hermana Brittany Polatis

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Weekly email 4.21.2014: La Semana Santa

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Dear Family,

So this week was good we had interviews this week with President and it was also the Holy Week. On Thursday and Friday no one worked. Huanuco looked deserted…We hardly had any lessons.

You know those 13 crosses that I told you about before that go up this mountain in my area? Well its true. On Friday they crucified Jesus. We didn’t see it but the Elders in our area said that they saw him walking up the hill with the cross on his back. They said it looked really real. They had people dressed up as Romans that were whipping him. Every time he fell and would try to get up again they could whip him again. They even have a Mary that goes after them crying. So messed up! I just saw the swarms of people. There were thousands of people that came to watch. Its so big here.

In my interview with President it was kinda funny. We were talking and then he gets this big grin on his face and says you have a really interesting personality… What? He told me that I am so gentle and kind but that I have a back bone. A peeler. I choose to take that as a compliment. Lets just say I tell things like they are to Pres. He is the best President!

The days seemed long this week. It was hard to find investigators and just anyone at all. But Saturday and Sundaywe had really good days. So we have this investigator that is named Helen. She is so amazing! I met her way back in December. We had amazing lessons with her but then she would always fall through on her apts. and would never come to church even though she lives right in front of it! Then she went to Lima and we dropped her. She got back and we started to teach her again but then had to drop her again because she just was never there. But once again found her in the street and she wanted us to come. We had the most amazing lesson with her though. We found out all her fears and worked through them with her because she really has a strong testimony of the Book of Mormon and Joseph smith. At the end of the lesson she was crying and gave me a big hug and said, ”thanks for understanding me.” She came to a baptism that day and the next day came to church. I learned that all people really want is to feel understood. Sometimes you just have to start listening more and shut your mouth. It was one of the best lessons in my mission until now.

I had going away dinners this week. I have been in the area for 6 months and everyone is saying goodbye… its kinda been sad but transfers are this week and so 99% chance of getting transfered.

Got to go!
Love you all

Hermana Polatis

Weekly email 4/7/2014: La conferencia general!

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Dear family…

Hello once again! Wasn’t conference so great! I loved it. We didn’t get a ton of work done Saturday or Sunday. Just ate food and watched conference! I like it! I thought how cool it was to see all the patterns in the talks. Many of the talks were themed about the exact same thing and many of the same scriptures were used. I noticed that they talked so much about standing up for your faith and preparing yourself to do so. We must go against the popular public opinion. The world might change but our religion never will! They also talked so much about bieng obidient and mentioned twice about the story when Joseph Smith lost the 116 pages. I really do feel that they are preparing us for some crazy stuff. And its true. Nicole updates me on a lot of things that are going on in the U.S. that really have shocked me. It the short time that I have been on my mission so much has happened. My favorite talk was by Elder Uchtdorf about gratitude. We shouldn’t just be grateful FOR things. Gratitude is a disposition. We need to have a grateful heart like Nephi. He also said that gratitude is the catalyst for all christ like attributes. Thats want I really loved!
My companion went to Lima again for immagrations…I always get left alone! But I went out with, who is now my good friend here, Medalit. She is like my favorite Peruvian! She is a young woman in the ward.She studies in the mornings but went out to work with me every afternoon. And then I was on splits with other missionaries for the rest of the time. My companion barely got back alive. There are so many rockslides and they had to get out of the bus and start walking over all the rocks to get to the next town to find a car to take them back to Huanuco. I told my mission President today that the mission should just a plane! Hopefully he likes my advice! It would make traveling so much easier here. Since we are so high in the mountains there are always problems.

Can’t say I have too much more news for this week. But sometimes its very interesting to be a missionary and a white girl in a foriegn country. Sometimes people make things really akward and want you to come back and marry their family members and your there just trying to teach them about Jesus but they won’t stop asking you questions about if you have a boyfriend and if you can have one. The mission never gets boring here. There is always someone insane, drunk, or gringa crazy in the street or behind the door that you just knocked on!

Well goodbye for now. I am going to hike up a huge mountain today, where there is this giant cross!