Category Archives: Sister Polatis’ Letters

Weekly email 8.18.2014: Dog wrestling

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Dear family,

Can’t say there is a lot to say about this past week. Probably the best thing that happened was in sacrament meeting yesterday. So pretty much every Sunday there is this dog that just walks around the chapel and does whatever he wants and no one ever does anything. He always comes to all the church activities too. He is one of the members dogs but he looks pretty mangy. But anyway, Elder Cook, from Idaho Falls always gets really mad and always tries to kick him out.This is literaly what happens every Sunday here. So there we were singing to sacrament hymn and Elder Cook is trying to to herd the dog out but he keeps trying to bite his hands off. The dog just goes up on the stand and finally the bishop tells one of the priests to get the dog out. We are singing I know my saviour lives and he is wrestling this dog out the door. I was literaly dying of laughter! Because I am not kidding. He like tackled the dog and hauled him out and then one the the counselors locked the door…. that will sure keep him out. But then of course after the sacrament he finds his way in again. So much for bieng reverent…

My body also decided to get sick this week. Of coarse…. I have been fine this whole time and in my last two weeks my body decides to rebel! So I have a cold and all the people here are convinced that I got sick from drinking cold water because I always have my waterbottle. They all are like freaking out and telling me not to drink cold water and that I am going to die and I will never get better and then they want to buy me pills. People here are crazy… but its kinda funny! Plus people here just know nothing about health….

This week I will hardly even be in my area. I have to go all the way to Lima to stand in line for 2 hours to sign a paper. So that will take about 3 days. But we are also having 2 baptisms on Sunday. One is Nelly that has been going to church for years but finally made the decision to be baptised and Omar who is the punk kid with crazy hairs that we have been teaching.

See you all next week on Wednesday!!!!

Love you lots

Hermana Brittany Polatis

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!

Weekly email 8.4.2014

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Dear family,

I am so fat… ha ha jk but sometimes we eat so much!! Yesterday I ate 2 lunches and 2 pieces of cake and dinner. In the second lunch, when the lady left a chucked my potatoes off her balcony into the nieghbors yard. That is the good thing about eating outside. Then she brought out another plateof chinese rice and the eggs and chicken tasted wierd, so with my cunning inteligence I asked for water and she left again and threw rest over the wall. I hope the nieghbors have dogs…. People tell me that they are fatting me up to go home and I tell them that it is their fault if I never get married!

So crazy story,,,
S back in May, on mothers day, this guy drove us in his moto to where we were going to talk to you guys on skype. We were talking about the church and stuff and we gave him an invitation. I never saw him again but he ran into a lot of other missionaries. He got invited I dont know how many times and finally he accepted the missionaries. Two sisters have been teaching him but really he lives in our area so two weeks ago they brought him to our ward and gave the reference to us. At first I didn’t recognize him but then he asked me if I remembered him and the moto ride and everything and everything clicked. This week he is getting baptised. He gave up his drinking, partying and girls and has cleaned up quite a bit. We only have to teach him a few things because the other missionaries already taught him almost everything. But I never expected to see him again and he was kinda creepy when we met him. Creepy as in kinda flirty but really he is just overly outgoing and direct. But really some people are so unexpected.

Things are going happy… Time is going by extraordinarily fast. Its kinda scary but good too. People always ask me how I feel to know that I am going home in 3 weeks but honestly I feel pretty normal. Maybe its because we are busy and are preparing 3 more ppl to be baptised and I have to go on lots of splits with other sisters and the list goes on and on. Things are all good. No worries.

I love you all!

Hermana Polatis

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 7.21.2014

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Dear family,

I hope that doesn’t happen to me when I come home! But I guess there are not typhoons in Peru. My companion showed me pictures of Rexburg flooded today. Mostly just the apartments on the first floors got damaged and I guess they shutdown the Smith building.

So my companion got transfered as we were expecting and my new companion is named, Hna Peters. She is from Oregon and has 6 months in the mission. She is pretty shy and super nice and a hard worker. We started out the transfer well with Kevin’s baptism. I got a call about an hour before the baptism telling me that there wasn’t water in the church… Are mission leader didn’t go fill it up when he was supposed to…. So we borrowed the nieghbors garden hose and started filling the font with that. But then they figured out what the problem was thankfully. The problem was that here in Peru the font just doesn’t fill with warm water. It takes 2 hours to heat. So poor little kevin got baptised in freezing cold water. His poor little body was trembling and when he came back up out of the water he could barely breath because it was so cold. But he is a little trooper and he actually didn’t seem to mind too much.

This week we are having a baptism of our little old man, Lorenzo. He hasn’t been drinking and is so ready to be baptised. After forever of teaching him, he has changed a lot. Things are all well in Huancayo but the cold is setting in a little more everyday. I bought my llama socks so I’m good!

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 7.7.2014: oooohhhhhh yeahhhhhh…..

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Dear family,

So these last few weeks I have felt really tired… and kinda unmotivated. Plus nothing was seeming to work out and everything was falling through and our baptism fell through because our investigator got drunk. I was always too unmotivated to get up and actually do my exercises. But this week I decided that I needed to get more motivated and put my butt in gear because really this is a once in a life time experience! But another missionary had this quote and I copied it and read it 3 or 4 times a day. It’s called ”The fellowship of the unashamed” by Henry B. Eyring.
“I am part of the fellowship of the unashamed. The dye has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made; I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. I won’t look back, let up, slow down, or be still. My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, and my future is secure. I’m finished and done with low living, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tinted visions, worldly talking, cheap giving, and dwarfed goals. I no longer need pre-eminence, positions, promotions, plaudits, or popularity. I don’t have to be right, first recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded. I now live by faith, lean on His presence, walk with patience, am lifted up in prayer, and labor with power. My face is set, my goal is heaven. My road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions few, my guide is reliable, my mission is clear. I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, divided or delayed, will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of the adversary, negotiate at the table with the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity. I won’t give up, shut up, or let up until I have stayed up, stored up, and paid up for the case of Christ. I must go till He comes, give till I drop, preach till all know, and work till He stops me. When He returns for His own He will have no problem recognizing me, my banner is clear”.

 

Reading this everyday changed my whole week. I got up everyday with a better attitude and worked out everyday. We hit 30 lessons this weeks, found 9 new investigators, and got 5 investigators to church. We doubled and tripled our numbers. We got a ton of work down and everything just seemed to be better because I changed my attitude. I didn’t get upset at all when our plans fell through. We just went and found someone else. I felt fine before but now I feel great. When I made up my mind to change, things changed. It takes a lot of diligence. I decided now is my time to show what I have learned in my mission because I only have less than 2 months.
The other day I had to teach in district meeting. We decided to talk about goals. A goal starts as a desire until it is written down and acted upon with faith. Our goals show our desires and our faith. If we don’t make our goals it’s because we lack faith. Goals have changed me. They are what have helped me the most in my mission. So if you don’t have your goals written down, you should… ha ha. I marked in my scriptures everytime that it says that God will give us according to our desires. It really bugged me for a long time because I didn’t feel like God was giving me according to my desires but I studied about Nephi when he wanted to see the vision of his father and how he achieved his ”goal.” It was all by his DESIRES and FAITH. He really believed.
Thought I would share these things with you all because they are the things that I have learned the most and the things that I have been trying to learn for a really long time. My letter is getting a little long but I will give you a little update on some of the ppl we are teaching.
We fasted with our investigator, Lorenzo, on Saturday and Sunday. He also got a blessing on Sunday from the members. He has been sick, has a really unsupporting family, and is trying to resist the urge to drink… We don’t know if he will get baptised but we pray for him everyday.
Our next baptism is coming up on the 19th. We are teaching the son, kevin, of our recent convert, Marlene.
Glad to hear you all had a good 4th of July! I didn’t do anything… but I remembered that it was 4th of July and sang the national anthem, really obnoxiously to my compy…. ha ha!
Love you all lots! Thats for the emails and letters!
Hermana Brittany Polatis