Monthly Archives: May 2014

Weekly email 5.26.2014

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Dear family,

So Alanna asked me to tell where my member companion is going on her mission. She is going to Santa Cruz, Bolivia and is really exited!

My comp got back from Lima on Wednesday and thank heavens. I do not like bieng alone with a member. They cause craziness and stress in my life. We went to visit members and it turned into a gossip session about the ward. Constantly on her phone. Leaving lessons to talk on the phone. Almost making me miss my curfew. Always coming late. I was soooo happy when my compy came back. I realize now the importance of all the rules we have and then you have to leave your home life behind because we almost got nothing done with her. But all is well now!

So we have this cute, little old man investigator. His name is Lorenzo. Actually, I didn’t think that he was that cute when I first saw him. The first time I saw him, he was wasted in the street and all dirty. I was actually kinda disgusted and tried to avoid him. Especially because there are so many drunks here that you have to be careful. But anyway, we started teaching his neighbor, Marianela. She invited him to come and listen to us too. It went pretty well. Our second lesson with him was absolutely horrible. He wouldn’t stop quoting the bible and going off on tangets and we could barely get a word in. It was a really really bad lesson. I never wanted to go back and never thought that he would progress. Well, we ended up teaching him again with his nieghbor and he still quoted the bible a lot and went off sometimes but it was fine and he actually listened to what we had to say. Then he started to clean up more and do his hair. Then he started coming to church and this week he stopped drinking. Really its a miracle! He is the last person that I thought we would teach and that would progress and he agreed to get baptised the 14th of june! We just have to pray that he can keep from drinking. He has been having really bad headaches and having troubles breathing. He is really feeling the side effects of his addiction. I guess I should learn not to judge people too fast but see them as they can become. You have to really believe that they are going to progress.

Speaking of old men. Yesterday, we were in a hurry and walking really fast and I look over and this old guy is racing us! He was walking as fast as he could to keep up with us and he was looking over with his tongue all out! ha ha ha!

Love you all!

Hermana Polatis

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Weekly email 5.20.2014: Huatapallana!

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Dear family,

This week was sparkles and an emotional rollercoaster. So get this. Our investigator, Marlene received the Holy Ghost on Sunday. She was exited and got there early. We sat down by here and she mentioned that she hadnt been feeling well but said that she was better. So she goes up and gets the spirit and is coming back and looks kinda funny and was walking really slowly. She was barely able to sit down and she passes out cold. I called to her and nothing. Everyone kinda started freaking out and luckily there is a nurse in the ward. We couldn’t get her to wake out and she was convulsing. We ended up having to take her to the hospital. She was just really overcome with the spirit… wink wink… like king Lamoni. No actually she is pretty sick… poor thing.

You are probably also wandering why I didnt write yesterday. We got permission to go to this place called Huatapallana. We left at 8 in the morning and were there for all of our Pday. It takes about an hour to drive there and then you have to hike for 3 hours to get there. Its basically these huge snow covered mountains and there are a bunch of really pretty lagoons. It was one the coolest, most beautiful places I have been, Its like your in the clouds. It snowed and I felt like I was back for a winter in Idaho. It was a pretty crazy hike because its super hard to breath with the elevation being so high. Today I am feeling the soreness….

I had a pretty normal week. I went on splits with some other Hermanas. Its kinda nice to just be the one that follows the other one around and not have to worry about anything because its already planned out. It makes me want to go back to jr comp. It was fun! My comp left me for a few days. I am with a member named myumi. She just got her mission call yesterday but hasnt opened it yet! She is driving me crazy because I want to know where she is going. She said that she is waiting till Sunday! But my companion will get back tomorrow. She had to go to Lima to do immagrations.

Most of our investigators aren’t really progressing. We couldnt get anyone to come to church yesterday, despite or diligent efforts. But things are coming along slowly. Its just been really hard to find people and its really hard to go around thier work and school schedule. But things just take time. Just have to keep praying and working. The one thing that I have seen on my mission is that people will take you by surprise when you least expect it.

Love,

Hermana Polatis

 

This was Pday yesterday!

This was Pday yesterday!

oh you know... just over here meditating on this rock surrounded by nature

oh you know… just over here meditating on this rock surrounded by nature

So we went hiking yesterday. It was awesome! I saw snow for the first time here in Peru.

So we went hiking yesterday. It was awesome! I saw snow for the first time here in Peru.

The sights

The sights

Weekly email 4.13.2014

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Dear family,

So good to talk to you all! Yesterday was super happy because I got to talk to you and we had Marlene’s baptism. Marlene was a reference from a member named Carmen. I think Carmen was just as exited as Marlene for the baptism. Carmen and Marlene both bore their testimonies and cried from happiness. If it wasn’t for Carmen, we would have not found Marlene. We also took Marlene to the family history class so that she can go to the temple on the 23rd of May with the stake to do baptisms for her family. The stake is paying for all the converts to go to the temple as long as they submit one name to the temple. She is so exited and planning on going. Things weren’t going very well for her before we met her, especially with her family. She is a single mom and has 2 sons. She is trying really hard to unite her family and exited to do her family history since both of her parents died.

We also had a conference this past week on my birthday. The President asked if we could all come fasting and after the conference he bought us all lunch. The mission is kinda like high school sometimes… especially since they lower the age. There is a lot of mission gossip and the President is tired of it. So thats part of what we talked about. Because missionaries are perfect and there is sometimes a lot of disobience and everyone begins to talk. But the 2nd commandment is to love your nieghbor as yourself but sometimes we break that commandment by talking and spreading gossip. Or we talk bad about the wards that we are in or about our leaders. We all have to be super careful about what we say and do. People see, hear, and spread the word. Sometimes we forget who we really are and what we are really here to do. If we focus more on becoming like Christ we will always treat others well. Sheri Dew said in one of her books that you can tell if someone is a disciple of Christ in the way that they treat others. Your actions reflect who you really are inside and what you think about. I am learning to treat people better and smile more and love people like they are my best friend. Sometimes its hard and it takes work to understand others and their needs but with God’s help we can be filled with this charity.

Thanks for all the letters and love,

Hermana Polatis

Weekly email 5.5.2014: We’re going to break the door down!!

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Dear Family,

So I am teaching my companion english. Yesterday was so boring and no one would open the door so I taught her how to say WE’RE GOING TO BREAK THE DOOR DOWN! I know… I am such a profound influence on all of my beloved companions.

So as you saw on the blog we had a training meeting with all the zone leaders and hna leaders and afterward we went to President’s house which is sooooo nice. I learned a lot in the training! We talked about Our Will. Everything that we have is Gods. The only thing that we can give him is our will. We talked about how much the time we spend our time doing good things but that we can do better. We need to choose between doing good things and better things. Like, studying to learn or studying for our investigators and ways that we can help them. Studying to learn is not a bad thing but there is a better option. We also talked about being a leader with love. Learning not to explode or be rude when you see disobidient missionaries. It was really good and we had a lot of fun.

So the elders gave us one of their investigators and she has been progressing like crazy. Her name is Marlene. She is reading the Book of Mormon and loves it. She always asks us to give her homework! Its a miracle ha ha! She has been to such a few times and we are planning her baptism for this Saturday if all goes well. We have a few doubts if she is living with this one guy… even though we taught her the law of chastity. Our area is starting to look up. We actually got a bunch of our investigators to go to church yesterday so that made our week because we weren’t having a lot of success finding them during the week. We taught this little wierd kid… well he is not really a kid but teenager. He loves his hair and its always perfectly styled. He is kinda a little punk. He dresses all gangster. He actually came to church and brought his other punk friend… well they got there when it ended but he came!!! Thats a start… ha ha…. My companion and I have evil plans to shave his hair off… its so ridiculous!

I love you all lots and lots!
C you on Sunday!!!

Hermana Brittany Polatis

P.S. My pensionista’s 2 year old daughter always tells me when I leave say hi to your mom for me! or Take care of your mom! Its so cute!

 

 

 

Hna Cortez y Hna Polatis - My new daughter

Hna Cortez y Hna Polatis – My new daughter

 

This is President Henderson's house! Its the nicest house I have seen in Peru so far. We had a little Hermana leader conference and after we went to their house.

This is President Henderson’s house! Its the nicest house I have seen in Peru so far. We had a little Hermana leader conference and after we went to their house.