So once again I made the trip to Huancayo to pick up my new companion. Once again I am training. My new companion’s name is Hna Sisson. She is from Heber City Utah. She is really nice but is having a really hard time getting used to the mission. Its kinda been really stressful training and again training. But everything will be fine. The first few weeks for training are always the hardest. But everything will be ok! Hna Osood got sent to train too. We had a good companionship and she is still here is Huanuco so I will sometimes get to see her.
This week I spent 3 days traveling and in Huancayo. Then we got back and prepared for our 2 baptisms. Elizabeth and her daughter got baptised on Saturday. It turned out to be a really good baptism. Sometimes in Peru you just dont know how your baptisms are going to turn out. We ended up having a really good turn out. Elizabeth has come such a long way. She basically has nothing. She is lives in a little one room house with her two daughters. The floor is dirt and there are holes in the foor and there are no windows. She was robbed of everything she owned from the last guy that she lived with. Her husband left her and her two daughters for another woman. And this year her grandma died. Her Grandmother is pretty much is like mother. She has experienced every heart ache that a person can go through. We have been working with her for 2 months. But with the help of kind ward members helping her with her job and visiting her and us visiting she finally found the little bit of light. She broke down in the baptism not with saddness but with happiness. The gospel has really helped her and brought her out of the darkness that she has and still is living in. My mission is so worth it. Its so worth everything to see the change in Elizabeth’s life. Its so worth it to help someone else. It helps me change too.
This week is going to be super busy! We have a wedding and 2 baptisms. I am so exited! Last month everything fell through but this month we are seeing the fruits of our labors!
I love you all so much!
Thanks for all your support and letters while I have been here. You have been helping me so that I can help other people.
Hermana Brit Polatis
Foto Baptisms and new comp!
Yep… We planked the Huanuco sign. I am the one all the way of the left
My week has been loco! Yup… So there we were just walking down the street. Going home after a really bad day of not finding anyone and there are the Elders from the office with a new north american missionary with them. Hermana Soliz this is your new companion! You leave to Huancayo tomorrow at six thirty am. Hermana Polatis, your new companion is Hermana Bautista! Uhhhh what!? Yeah I have a new companion and I think on Tuesday that I might be changing again. The mission is spliting this next week and like a billion Hermanas are coming in. I might or might not be in this mission…. Waiting to find out is kinda driving me crazy. What is going to happen next? There have been a lot of emergency transfers in the last few weeks. The mission is insane. I am not joking… ha ha but everything is good. Winter has hit Lima. I have been wearing my coat a lot. Usually its freezing in the morning and the night and perfect during the day. I never know whether to dress for warm or cold because it changes a lot. Our water heater thing wouldn´t work this week either so I am always cold and shower in the ice cold but it is fixed now! I have never been so grateful for hot water in my life!
I have been directing our area this past week. Its a pretty hard because my companion doesn´t know anything about this area and I have only been here 5 weeks. The first few days were kinda rough but it has been getting better. My companion is from Peru and has 9 months in the mission. She is really nice and pretty soft spoken. We get along great! On Tuesday after zone meeting we went to the bathroom and when we came out everyone was gone and everything was locked up. In Peru, all the chapels are gated with poky thorns at the top. We were totally locked in with no phone or anything. My idea was to jump it but my companion is a lot smarter than me and we called out to this lady passing in the street and asked if we could use her phone. I am pretty sure she thought we were crazy but let us borrow her cell phone. She just happens to be Jehovah´s Witness… Ha ha all the Elders were laughing at us that we got locked in. They had a member come get us out.
I haven´t told you guys about Juan. Juan is a recent convert that got baptised basically because he was in love with the sister missionary that taught him… And he is crazy. Like for real. Our conversations usually go like this…
Juan- Hermana I don´t want to go to church!
me- Hermano Juan! Por que!
Juan- I don´t know!
me- Por que?
Juan- I don´t know! because the devil is on my shoulder telling me not to.
me- Well I am the angel on the other shoulder! Telling you that you need to!
He really likes to talk about the devil. He told me that he is going to highlight everything about the devil in the scriptures in red! I told him that he better hightlight everything about Jesus in yellow. He also likes to talk about how he is going to be a hippy in Cali and do drugs and live the life. He is 47 years old and very strange. We visit him a lot because he wants us to and he is lonely because he doesn´t work but is at home all day.
Our investigators are good. Slowly progressing. Very slowly. Because everyone is always working and studying and all. They never have time. I am learning to have patience. Lots or patience.
Well until Monday!
Love you all a lot a lot!
Hermana Brittany Polatis
Sorry about last night. The bishop got stuck in traffic and wasn´t there for me to use his skype and I was kinda stressed trying to figure out how to tell you all that I couldn´t and needed to change the time. But I am exited to talk to you tonight!
On Monday night I got the call that I was being transferred! To Santa Felicia, La Molina, Lima . I was told that I was leaving the next morning at eight thirty in the morning and to hurry and pack. My companion and I were both really shocked! Usually you are trained by the same person for the total 3 months and we didn´t think that the changed would affect us. I was really sad. Especially since my birthday was on Wednesday. We both cried a little bit! Huanuco is the best and I was really sad to leave our investigators and the members there. So Tuesday I spend the whole day on the bus and arrived in Lima that night. My area is beautiful. I live 8 minutes from the temple and walk by it mulitiple times a day. I am in a very wealthy area. It couldn´t be more different from Huanuco! My pensionist is the Bishop´s wife. Their house is across from the temple. Its really wierd trying to adjust to the change. Its very different here. The people are not as humble and willing to listen. I go from the dirt poor people in Huanuco to sitting in rich and fine dining rooms. Its wierd. Ha ha it has kinda been rough. But nevertheless, I like my new area and ward. A lot of the teachers that work in the CCM are in this ward so its kinda nice to know someone.
My birthday was good! I ate lots of cake. The hermanas in my zone bought my some cake and later we had tres leches at the Bishop´s and they sang me happy birthday in english. Before I left Huanuco too. Hermana Lili and her family sang me happy birthday and all gave me little speechs. They also bought me cake for the road. So it was good!
Haha there are some strange people in Lima! There is a crazy lady that walks around with her crazy hair! She is not all there is the brain. I think she is posessed by the devil. She pointed at me all creepy and basically said YOU ARE NOT OF OUR KIND! ahhhhh… She hissed it all creepy like. Ha ha and some loco kissed Hermana Soliz on the cheek and was kissing our hands! She was freaking out and I was laughing my head off and then we ran away. Oh yeah I forgot. My companion is Hermana Soliz. She is from Bolivia. She is way cool! We are a lot like. She likes art and music and finished her degree in architecture. Well I will talk to you more tonight! Loves,
Hermana Brittany Polatis
Lili and her family. The best family in Huanuco! Our sad goodbye at the bus station. They came to set me off and sing me happy Birthday.
So its birthday this week! Thanks for the happy birthday wishes. I also get to call or skype on Sunday. If all goes well I want to skype but if not I will just call.
This week we have been focusing on finding new investigators. Its a goal of the zone. We really need to work harder in our zone because the President is annoyed because our numbers dropped from last year. So we trying a lot harder… One story about trying to find new investigators was with Wilmer. We met Wilmer while knocking on doors trying to find this older couple that is sick. We couldn`t find them but ended up meeting Wilmer, who was visiting is cousins. He actually lives way up on the mountain. We sat in the street and taught him the restoration. He really liked it and was receptive to our message. He said that we could come back and wanted us to meet his family too. He lives in a passage that we are unfamiliar with. So we took a member with us to help us find it. Also a lot of people don`t have numbers on their houses so its difficult to find. We walked around asking for about an hour with no luck. We went back to the members house to call him. He explained a little bit more and set out again. On our climb up we ended up running into his sister!! Coincidence… I think not. We asked her if she knew a Wilmer Santiago. Oh thats my brother!
So ended up teaching his whole family that day. We went back to teach another lesson yesterday and they were having a neighborhood meeting. Talking of all sorts of matters concerning the up keep of roads and what not. I was scared to walk up to them because there were so many people but when it looked like people were starting to disperse we walked up. And of coarse everyone is pointing and staring at the gringa! Ha ha thats why I was scared! I didn`t want everyone looking at me. But oh my gosh! We got so many references. People started asking about who we were and where I was from. It went from there. We introduced ourselves and the church. A lot of people said that we could come back and visit them. They said that missionaries had never come there way before! Passage of Gold! We have found a lot of new people to teach. God leads you where you need to go without you even realizing it till afterward.
Love you all!
Hermana Brittany Polatis
WOW what a week. Planning a wedding is extremely difficult here in Peru. Trying to get the proper documents ready and get in contact with the right people. People not answering their phones and letting us down. This week we focused all our attention on mostly getting Edwin and Marlene married and then baptised. Edwin and Marlene have lived together for 15 years and have 7 children. The oldest in 12 and the youngest is 3 months. They are very poor and live in a one room house way up on the mountain. Quite the hike to get to their house. This wedding was literally a miracle! I am telling you. Everything that could possibly go wrong did. And in Peru people are not exactly on time for anything. I am talking like an hour or two late. The lady that was supposed to decorate for the wedding was an hour and a half late and everything was in crazyness! But it happened and we are so happy and they are so happy! Yesterday they were baptised. 3 of their children are baptised and the others are too young. But they are on their way to being a forever family. It is amazing to see the change that takes place when people hear the gospel and apply it. Marlene looks so much happier. Her very countance. In our first lessons with her she always looked like she was about to cry.
We also had another baptism this week. Miceala is a single mother with a six year old daughter. She has a member friend and thats how we got introduced to her. She accepted everything we taught her immediately and was ready to be baptised very quickly! She bore her testimony after her baptism and it almost made me want to cry.
This week was very exhausting but we seeing the fruits of our labor and seeing the lives of people change. I also had a interview with the President this week and I expressed a lot of my worries and concerns to him. He had me bear my testimony and told me that is all I need to get me through. He said that he could feel my testimony and that is all need. The Spanish will come in time. Our testimonies are what give us the strength to do the things that feel impossible. As Kurt wrote to me, the Lord calls us to do the things that we feel that are beyond our capacity but at the same time he gives us the strength to do it. All we need is to be obedient and follow blindly in faith. My companion has only been in the mission for 4 months and me only 5 weeks but yet things are working out for us and we have had 5 baptisms this month. My companion keeps saying that I will train someone else when I get done with my training because there are a lot of Hermanas coming. I really hope that is not true… ha ha.
Love you all!
As Nathan said in his letter. It seems like the U.S. is taking a hit right now. People talk about the United States a lot here. A few people have told me that they want to come back with me ha ha. Including the brother that I told you about before that is looking for a american wife. Oh no! The good thing is that I can pretend like I don´t understand what he is talking about ha ha. His name is Hermano John this week he gave us like 6 references and is a big help in the work but he is very very passionate and crys a lot in our lessons. Goes off on big tangents but we have to be patient with him because he has been a big help to us. The members here have given us a lot of rederences and go on visits with us. We have a lot of new investigators! That we barely have time to teach. Today is our p day but we appointments!
Everyday we climb up the mountain. Stairs, stairs, and more stairs. Its exhausting but at least I won´t get fat ha ha! They feed a lot here so at least I can work it off! We walk a lot or take little motors. The mission is awesome but hard. I have seen countless people break down in tears, people on their death beds, and the hardships and poverty of the people in Peru. The people here are so receptive to the gospel and religion in general. They are a very humble and loving people. We committed 4 or 5 people to baptism last week and they all said yes. People are very willing to believe and hear the word of God here.
We taught a lady this week named Alejandrina. We asked her about the times that she has felt the love of God in her life. She told us about a time when she was is the jungle with her baby. It was a time of war and there were terrorists in the Jungle. She got held at gun point with her child. At that moment she prayed to God to save her. She didn´t get shot. When the general asked the terrorist why he didn´t shoot her he said I couldn´t and I don´t know why. God does answer prayers. He has answered many of mine since I have been here and my testimony grows stronger everyday. The spanish is coming little by little. I am starting to participate and teach more in lessons. The conference with Elder Zivic was really good. I sang in it and now at this moment the Elders are singing to me, come thou font, trying to distract me from writing this letter!
I love you all! Make it a great week!
And another week goes by… There happens to be a lot of slug bugs here in Huanuco. I don`t know why but we see them everywhere. But they call them frogs here. We have a contest to see who can see them first and punch each other. frog red! ha ha what we do to entertain ourselves in the streets. We had two baptisms this week!! Deysi, 12 years old and her brother Dayer, 8 years old. Their parents aren`t members and didn`t come to the baptism but are still supportive, none the less. We have taught their mother twice and I think she is very interested and thinks its very good for her children. She always laughs at me and says oh gringrita! ha ha. Yeah I get that a lot here. They are a very poor family. We had our pensionista make them a cake and gave Desyi two skirts for church. Desyi was very exited about the skirts and their younger brothers and sisters were thrilled about the cake. Its a big deal for them to have something like that.
This week a general authority is coming. Elder Civic of the seventy. Elder Bednar is coming to Lima but since I am way out in the boonies I can`t go. Sad but Elder Zivic will be really cool. Some missionaries in my zone put together a choir for the conference on Wednesday and we have a lady from one of the wards helping us. Some how I am now singing a duet with Elder Morrow, the first verse of come thou font… I guess I am a better singer than I thought. I am kinda nervous. There will be about 50 missionaries there. ahhhh. We have also had to do a lot of studying and preparation for the conference with Elder Zivic. He is also doing a special conference with new members and investigators. We are exited!
Thanks for your Dear Elders! I got them this week! I don`t have as long to write this week so I got to go!
Love you all! Congrats Keshia and Juan on your new house. Send pictures ok!
Our Baptism this week! Desyi, Dayer, Bishop Omar Luna, me, and Hermana Camones.
The view from my window. However, this view is about to change. We have to switch apartments because we have to have our own entrance and right now we go through the members house to get to our room.