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Weekly email 8.9.2014

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Dear family,

So this week was kinda crazy! We had leaders council, I went on divisions, my area kinda fell apart, and we had a baptism! Woohoo! Santiago is kinda a little wierdy! but we like him anyway. He talks little a million miles an hour and drives a little moto taxi. He is all about trust and really wants us to have trust in him. When he sees us walking on the side of the road, he pulls over in his moto and starts freaking out on us! ”WHY DIDN’T YOU CALL ME!” He never wants us to walk. He wants us to call him everytime we need a ride and freaks out if we don’t. Our excuse last time was that we only had to walk 2 blocks to our next appointment but he was still really mad. He is an odd little child but he is going to make a super great member of the church!

Today we had a multi zone Pday thats why I am writing later than normal. The elders planned it and I ended eating like a billion pieces of meat and I ate cow heart on a stick. It tasted wierd.

Everyone is trying to trunky me out. Everyone in my zone likes to tell me how many days I have left. They are a bunch of bums but they mostly do it to mess with me. Its still too hard for me to think of bieng in the USA so I don’t get too trunky though…. What else can I say….. Things are happy. Hopefully my last Saturday in the mission I will have my final baptism. I wrote you guys before about Omar. He is the little punk kid but he is super awesome!

gotta go! Thats my hour

Love you lots! Thanks for all the letters and pictures!

Hermana Brittany Polatis

 

So this is Santiago and his family. We are also teaching them! They are our next victims!!! ha ha ha! I have to make it sound like an evil plan by using such words as victim!

So this is Santiago and his family. We are also teaching them! They are our next victims!!! ha ha ha! I have to make it sound like an evil plan by using such words as victim!

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Weekly email 7.28.4014

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Dear family,

Wow! Why hasn’t anyone sent me pictures of Nathan’s homecoming? So unlike our family! I want pictures! Dont worry you wont make me trunky or anything.

http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/mormonism-in-pictures-church-growth-peru
Check out this page. All pictures from my mission and my and I made the page too. I am standing I the field with my old comp, hna Ibarra.

We had a super great week!! Lorenzo finally got baptised!!! The person that I never thought would get baptised finally did! We have gone through a lot with him. He kept saying that he hated Huancayo and was going to go back to the jungle. He wouldn’t stop drinking and didn’t want to accept a baptismal date. We have visited him every single day for the past month. He will always be my favorite investigator. For his baptism the members gave him a new, really nice cane and a new sweater. After the baptism he was sitting outside on his step wearing his new sweater and with his new cane in hand. I don’t think I have ever seen a better sight. It kinda made me want to cry because he hardly has anything and he looked super content and happy. The members have really taken him in.

This transfer is going by fast already. We are preparing 2 other people for baptism this month. The first is Neli. Neli is super interesting. She has about 3 years of church attendence but somehow still hasn’t figured out who Joseph Smith is. She never wanted to get baptised before because she likes to dance in these traditional catholic parties but we finally convinced her. We have also got the whole relief society that are visiting her and exciting her to be baptised. She learns really really slow but understands little by little.

We are also working with 19 year old, Omar. He is a reference from a member. She has helped us like crazy with him. He is kinda a hipster punk kid but at the same time religous…. ha ha. He is super smart and has been analyzing every word in the Book of Mormon. The first question he asked us was ”How can we know what church is true?” Could it be any more perfect?

Little by little everything has been working out. I’ve prayed a lot that my last transfer in the field would be something great to remember and that I would be able to give the 18 months that I promised without trunking out. So far its working and God has heard my endless prayers!

I love you all lots.
Have a great week!

Hermana Brittany Polatis

Our little Lorenzo! Isn't he the cutest old man that you have ever seen?

Our little Lorenzo! Isn’t he the cutest old man that you have ever seen?

Weekly email 7.14.2014

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Dear family,

So Nathan will be home this week and I will be starting my very last transfer in the mission field. My companion and I have 3 months together and one of us will most likely get transferred. But I shouldn’t be getting transfered… .but I dont want to talk to soon…. We find out tomorrow.

Amazing things are happening in my area. This past transfer was pretty disappointing and we didn’t see any baptisms but our area is having a huge turn around. Yesterday, we had nine investigators come to church! I have never had that many at church in my whole mission. We have been fasting a lot and praying a lot for our area and we are seeing HUGE amounts of blessings. We have a baptism this week of our kevincito! He is the son of our recent convert. He is kinda a little crazy and goes crazy in the lessons but at the same time super sweet. When we taught him about the plan of salvation , he told us that his plan for his life is to help old people and and to feed them and stuff. Sometimes, no matter how hard we try! He can’t remember the things that we teach him. Everytime we ask him what he has learned its always ” ummmm don’t steal, listen to my mom….”
Right now is party time in Huancayo. Right now they are celebrating Santiago. Its not just one day but one month! Its basically a good excuse to get drunk and party. Santiago is a festival or birthday for the animals. The people that live out in the country pierce their cows ears and put ribbons on them. People here in the city dont even have cows or anything but dress up and there are parties all over in the streets. Don’t even ask me my drunk people stories because I have too many. Not a day goes by when I don’t see anyone crazy making their way down the street…

I love you all lots! Have a great week!

Hermana Brittany Polatis

 

Last P day we went to this cool artsy peruvian park and dressed up in Peruivian clothes. And yes, some people really still dress like this here.

Last P day we went to this cool artsy peruvian park and dressed up in Peruivian clothes. And yes, some people really still dress like this here.

 

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Weekly email 6.9.2014

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Dear family,

Well you know that cute little old guy that I was telling you about that was going to get baptised…. well of coarse he decides to move the week of his baptism because the altitude and the cold here are kinda killing him. He is originally from the jungle so he is going back there so he can die peacefully or something. But he are sending his reference on to the elders there in hopes that he still keeps going to church and stuff. And there goes our only progressing investigator….. Kinda depressing but its ok. All our other investigators are all kinda wishy washy. But we do have this really cool investigator named Carlos. We havent been able to teach him in two weeks because he is always so busy working and stuff but we stopped by his house yesterday and he was leaving to work but he has been reading the Book of Mormon. He told us that somebody keeps telling him to keep reading. He keeps having dreams of someone in white that keeps telling him to keep reading. I know in our culture we dont ever really talk about having dreams but hear its a lot different. People here always have these crazy dreams. But he is super awesome and a super open investigator.
Despite having lack of success with our investigators, our mission is to rescue less actives. I don’t know about other missions but in mine our president counts what is called ”a rescued” less active as a baptism. Or its equal to a baptism. We teach them all the lessons, they have to get interviewed by the bishop, and they have to come to church 2 or three times. We get them back on track with a calling and visiting teachers. We have about 8 families assigned to us by the bishop that we are working with. On Sunday we got out to pick them up for church. So that is what we are really focusing on too is the less actives because there are like a billion of them… Our ward had an activity on Sunday called the rescue. We all met in the church and went out in companionships with lists of less actives. And it turned out really good. We even got references from it.
Love you all!
Have a great week!
Hermana Polatis
Mary (a member) me and my compy! I helped mary pass her english class! We made a video talking in english

Mary (a member) me and my compy!
I helped mary pass her english class! We made a video talking in english

 

Got to drink my Hornimans... The best part is that peruvians have no idea...

Got to drink my Hornimans… The best part is that peruvians have no idea…

 

Yeah I dont know what happened either. I think all the rice went to my thighs... ha ha

Yeah I dont know what happened either. I think all the rice went to my thighs… ha ha

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 letter sent 1.13.2014

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Oh mi familia!

 

¿Como están? Always when I sit down to write I can never remember anything from the week. Curse my mind. Well the couple that we have been teaching are going to get married! Not this week like they planned but next week its a party!! My companion and I are working on completing families. Meaning that we try to find members, where not all of the family is a member. We are working with this other investigator that it is named Elder. Ironic right! All of his family are members but we went off working all over Peru and just recently returned. We are hoping to baptise him this week. We are also finding a lot of interesting cases. So we have been teaching this less active that got baptised a long time ago but wants to come back to church but we came to find out that he was never confirmed and is not a less active but now our investigator. He hardly remembers anything about the church. And then we are also teaching this lady with the same problem. We thought she was a less active but come to find out is not a member either. She was never confirmed. Its crazy how we just keep finding people.

 

And I agree with Nathan, whenever there is a good referral we dont ask for it. We search and search for new investigators but then miracle people just pop up our of no where. I dont know about anyone elses mission but here sometimes the wards compete for how many baptisms they can have. It kinda makes me sad. They say its not a competition but really it is.

 

I cant think of anything else super to tell you expect that sometimes I like to dogs in the street because its to hard to walk through them all. Just kidding… but not really.

 

Love you!

 

Hermana Brittany Polatis

 

So I finally got pictures. This is what I mean when I say that there aSo I finally got pictures. This is what I mean when I say that there are negritos in the streets...re negritos in the streets...

So I finally got pictures. This is what I mean when I say that there aSo I finally got pictures. This is what I mean when I say that there are negritos in the streets…re negritos in the streets…

Letter sent 1.6.2014

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Dear Family,

 

So Christmas and New years have past but they are still celebrating here. This is the time of the fiestas! Dancing in the streets, the negritos going through the streets. You can always tell when they are coming because you can hear the beat of their drums. Then I spend too much time looking out the window at them during my personal study time. Next week I will have to send pictures of them. They look kinda creepy.

 

New Years we didn’t sleep. Like Christmas, there was a huge firework show and it was so loud! We ended up going on the roof to watch all the fireworks go off. Since its kinda dangerous to go out on New Years eve we had a dinner as a zone to celebrate the new year. This lady from one of the wards cooked for us all.

 

So its been going good. We are supposed to have a wedding and 2 baptisms next week but I am kinda disappointed because I don’t know if it will go through or not. I guess we will see what happens. It’s a really wierd story. So one day we show up at a less actives house. They invited us in and introduced us to the addition to their family or should I just say household because Yessy and Abraham aren’t married. Abraham is a less or was a less active member that normally hid from us. But he got sick and didn’t have anything to do and started reading the Bible and the Book of Mormon. All of a sudden he just wants us to come over almost every day to read the scriptures. He has been coming to church for the last two weeks even though he is sick. So we have been helping him and teaching his girlfriend. Their wedding is all planned for the 15th along with Yessy´s baptism. But yesterday they went to the clinic because he has been getting worse but the doctors couldn’t find anything and they say it’s all in his head. A counselor in the ward told me that maybe it’s best to postpone everything because he might be crazy or something. It’s a really wierd situation and I don’t know what is going to happen yet.

 

We will see what happens this week!

 

Love you all!

 

Hermana Brittany Polatis

 

So this is a part of my area that is called Villa Crucis. They have 13 crosses going up this hill and during Easter they do really creepy ritual things. I have heard that they really do crucify someone but I dont want to think that that is true...

So this is a part of my area that is called Villa Crucis. They have 13 crosses going up this hill and during Easter they do really creepy ritual things. I have heard that they really do crucify someone but I dont want to think that that is true…