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Pictures in the MTC

Here is the blog that Nathan referenced in his email http://elderkylespezia.blogspot.com and the pictures from Elder Spezia (Nathans companion)!!!

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Hello everyone,
Man It seems like I just barely wrote an email like 2 days ago times really speeding up it especially goes a lot faster when your not counting at first some of the missionaries were counting days and writing on the chalk board but now that they are all tired of that and busy doing other things I have lost track of the weeks days everything except day of the week i really dont know how long I have been here and im not gunna stop to figure it out either cause that will slow it back down. Well I heard the big new about Brittany going to Lima, Peru east mission I dont know if you remember me telling you about our roommate when we first got here but he went to the Lima south mission I think he said theres five but im sure all of you already know that and all about her mission. Also though I think I have a friend I met a while back at EFY in that mission possibly Im gunna do some checking but the district leader we have right now was good friends with him in high school. He said hes in Lima Peru east maybe so I will let you know on that. I have to admit just a little jealous that shes learning spanish now ha. Thats ok cause im starting to really like Tagalog now that im understanding it more it is a lot simpler of a language than I thought. If you compare a Tagalog book of mormon to Spanish bible the Tagalog book is still a touch bigger it just goes to show how long the words are in Tagalog but its because of the way verbs are conjugated and linkers are added I really am starting to like it. Well I heard you are done with grain harvest now thats cool and I bet everyone is relaxing before potatoes I miss potatoes they serve either rice or potatoes every meal I just came from a idaho potatoe farm and these potatoes dont come close to match. And I know that im gunna get plenty my share of rice the next to years but thats ok I never go hungry. So my teacher Bro. Langer is actually the head of the whole Tagalog department of teachers if that makes sense I think he has been here almost two years now. I really have developed a lot of respect for him though. He just started school back up again yesterday as a Linguistics major. This year he is taking Spanish classes and plans to be fluent by the end of the year and be tri-lingual. He starts classes at 8 o clock in the morning and doesnt stop until 2 o clock not even for lunch and then he literally runs to the MTC to either teach our class at 225 or have Coaching missionary study. He is a convert to the church and was baptized when he was 17 in Nevada. I just think about what a change he has made in his life to be doing all these things and hes super hard working.
One of my goals while I am here and on my mission is to become more hardworking and dedicated to things that are most important I have realized planning can be everything to start out our days in the mission field. At the end of the day if I can look back and say we executed our planning session to the T it makes me feel really good that we didnt waste time. So I know you would all like pictures from my end but like I said before they stopped developing pictures on campus here and theres no way to upload pictures on the email. But if you are really inerested my companion sent an SD card home to his parents who I think will upload his pictures onto his blog so see if you can find Elder Kyle Spezia’s blog and there might be a couple of me. Just so you know that I appreciate pictures in my letters ha. By the way speaking of getting stuff in the mail I got some temple names from Alanna yesterday and today I did temple work for James Monroe Light. That was really cool experience to know im helping out a direct relative and I have more names to do.
I almost forgot to tell you about Neil L. Anderson coming to speak to us last Tuesday it was amazing to have a general authority and its always a intense waiting to see who walks in the doors cause they dont say anything before hand. When he walked in instantly the whole MTC was on there feet in the middle of the song. He talked about the Ten things president Monson would tell us if he were there. Its amazing cause it was almost like he was giving the talk the President Monson had prepared I wish I had time to go through all ten things he told us about but I will some it up with the words from a talk that Nicole sent me actually “Find Joy In the Journey” President Monson is one of though happiest people I have ever seen and you can tell that its now just some fake camera smile hes putting on he is a truly happy person to be a servant of the lord. As am I. I never really realized how much joy I could receive from being on a mission having the spirit in my life I can tell is changing me. I really am starting to feel more love for my companion and those that I am able to help out. I met a missionary the other day who was meeting 5 new missionaries every day talking to the getting to know them telling them he loved them and then praying for them and there specific needs as one of his goals. It was incredible what he was doing and the charity he showed. I to have started making goals to help others out and let them know I care and try to love them as equally as Jesus does, I know im far from that though. Getting to know people is a really big part of missionary work though I have found its how you show your love is by showing them that you care about the same things they do. A excercise we did in class the other day was question, answer, and meet there needs or Tunung, Sugot, Tugon in Tagalog its a little more in depth to explain but its about showing them how the gospel relates to them specifically. The gospel is for every single person and can help them in specific areas. I love you all
Elder Polatis

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Kumusta po lahat tao,
Hey everyone so before I forget everyone that receives this email if you would like reply back to me so i have your email and then I can send it straight to you if you would like or check the blog that Alanna has set up for me. So how is everthing going there thanks for all of your letters and packages. Everything is great here were still hard at work on the language. I have been buying flash cards from the bookstore to memorize vocab. So I have all these sets of flash cards on rings now and so I got this giant three inch ring to stick all my cards on it is really cool to hold it up and see all the words I know in Tagalog now and see my progress. My big thing with the language im gunna start doing more of is grammar I need to get better at that and verb conjugations but other than that its coming right along and I am hoping for a big jump when I finally get to the Philippines. Speaking of going to and from the Philippines next week is a pretty big week theres a district leaving for the Philippines on monday and then wednesday 70 new missionaries are showing up between the two zones headed for the phillys here at the MTC thats about 6 Districts maybe 5. Which is gunna be crazy because right now its some what tight theres a few empty classrooms but with 5 districts we will be jammed. Also along those lines me and Elder Spezia still dont have any roommates theres two empty beds so were trying to figure out if we will get new ones tomarrow when the new batch comes in or if they will wait and give us some Tagalog speakers the next week. The craziest thing is that after all this we will be the oldest of farthest along in our missions between all the Tagalogs. Sorry im trying to make this sound comprehendible but its kinda hard to understand unless you realize how the MTC works.
So right now we have two teachers Bro. Langer and Bro. Ward one teaches us in the morning and one at night I have learned so much from Brother Ward hes really good at teaching which is the sad part because since all these new districts are coming in he wont be teaching us anymore he will start up with a new district. The cool part is Sister Watkins is gunna be replacing him and she went to the San Pablo and barely got back like 3 months ago shes so excited for me and elder Spezia and sister hadley cause were going to the same mission as her and she tells us all about our mission president and stuff. Theres really no way to describe sister watkins she is so full of energy and literally bounces off walls ha so maybe it will be good to get more energy flow in the room. Just in case you were curious pretty much the rest of the people in our district are all headed for the Quezon City North mission. Including Elder Waite who by the way we talked about him maybe having family in North Platte he wasnt positive but he wrote home and is waiting for a reply so I will let you know on that.
The Temple was really great this morning the provo temple is really unique at least I think so I havent been in a whole lot of temples to compare it but its a really good experience. I wish I could send you all some pictures of things but just as of a few months ago the MTC stopped developing pictures for missionaries and they locked up the computers so you cant send them over email either but thats ok two more years and I will show all of them to you.
For a very cool note last Tuesday we had Brother David Evans from the quorum of the seventy speak last week to us it was a great experience as have been all the speakers we have had here, they really speak with strong authority and are able to relay very spiritual messages that can really activate spiritual revelation. I am grateful for the spirit I am able to feel from the MTC its very unique and comforting to know that all these buildings and this ground is dedicated to studying, learning, and teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. One thing I feel I have taken for granted is the power of the priesthood I have been given. Through my experiences here I have realized what great power and blessing it is in our lives I am excited for every chance I have in being able to use it and the way it makes me feel. I know it is the true power and authority of god that I am able to act in his name. I am striving to use it to the fullest extent to serve the people in the Philippines. I am grateful for my decision to be here right now on a mission. Its been what 5 weeks and I still lay in bed at night stunned at the thought that I have a name tag now with Jesus Christs name on it and its through him that I have learned so much about the gospel and picked up on the languange.
Love,
Elder Polatis
P.S. I just glimpsed through and realized how horrible this sounds and all the misspellings try to get the best from it. But I am out of time and cant proofread it magandang araw

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Hey everyone another P-day man crazy im almost down to double digits on weeks now. Of course its the same ol schedule we just got back from the temple and came to the lab to write. The works going good just doing me desk work im learning a lot though. Tagalog is getting better and we almost are at the point where we dont even memorize phrases before we go in with our fake investigator and we can carry on a small conversation. Its definately still hard though its fun. So every Tuesday we have fireside and im really hoping its a big shot tonight who talks so far most of the people who have talked have been emeritus general authorities who are very good and they all have good messages. So on Saturday Elder Peet (our roommate) left for Peru he finally got his visa and they shipped him right off he had to leave at two o clock in the morning. Now its just me and Elder Spezia so were thinking there gunna put a new companionship in with us tomorrow when the new missionaries come in I dont know if I told you but in two weeks 70 new missionaries are coming in all headed for the Philippines so our classrooms are gunna be packed most the buildings here are pretty old and the A/C is not up to par so it gets pretty muggy they have redone a lot of the buildings but not ours and I guess our residence hall is the last one that needs remodeling also but its not to bad. So I weighed myself the other day I have already gained ten pounds ha so once I leave the MTC im gunna need new cloths ha jk I wont.
Our district as a whole has started to work together a lot better with so much free time to ourselves a lot of times people will get off topic and distracted but everyones been keeping in line pretty good the last little while and we learn a lot faster that way. Thank you all for the letters you have been writing although now that im sitting down here on a time limit I cant remember all the questions you had thats ok im planning on writing some hand letters during laundry today.
I have realized while being here that goals are super crucial to working effectively In my personal goals companionship or even district goal if you outline your goal decide what steps to get there you can do a lot of things with the lords help. Im grateful to be out here learning life lessons like that and doing this super important work. Oour Branch Presidency here keeps telling us how this church is different from others in that we send out young inexperienced young adults to do the lords work who dont have any high degrees or anything and this is because he just needs someone with a pure soul and able body to deliver this message I discover more and more I can be an instrument in gods hands like that and Im excited to see all that im gunna learn and experience in the Philippines also to go along with that a speaker on sunday added to that when he said we may be just a bunch of young college age kids but we are a very select few to be here doing his work considering everyone that is out there. Im grateful to be one of those and its humbling to meet all the missionaries here and discover how they got here thanks for all that you guys are doing for me and have done for me
Love Elder Polatis

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Hey we just got back from the temple. The days are starting to pick up a little more now and its crazy I cant really tell time apart now sometimes I think im headed to dinner when its really breakfast. This morning we got a change up though cause we ate breakfast at the temple. Its really nice to get a change up on food. while Im talking about food I will tell you about my food experience I concluded the reason I am either to energetic or dead tired is because I have probably tripled my sugar intake while being here so im either on a sugar high or am crashing from one. Not just from all the chocolate milk ice cream pies and cookies and donuts from meals but everyone gets packages full of candy that we share ha yeah so I made that a little goal to cut down the sugar. Still havent gained a pound though we work pretty hard in gym time and me and Elder Hendrickson (District Leader) do push ups and pull ups every night before bed. It helps me to sleep better when we do that right before bed. As far as the language and things thats going good Im starting to get a hang on concepts and verb conjugations. So you know how different it is we have to flip words around and talk like yoda and then whenever anything is plural you put the word mga (munga) before instead of and s at the end. exp. Mga pusa is cats. Anyway that probably bores you but thats pretty much all we do all day were incouraged to SYL speak your language to everyone on campus so we try talking in tagalog everywhere we go its kinda hard to do. Were teaching two investigators who are really only our teachers but the just play role and act like there someone else they really try to make it real. Our teachers are awesome we have Brother Ward and Brother Langer who both served in the Philippines. Also we have another teaching thing on Wednesday called traing resource center TRC where people from the community come in that know Tagalog and we teach them a spiritual message and just practice thats really fun cause were not acting anything they tell about there lives and of course are almost always members but thats a really good experience. Me and some Elders signed up for haircuts later today mine has already gotten really long. I never really had anyone but you cut my hair mom ha so its a new experience, like lots of things are here are somewhat new. I would send you some pictures but of things we do here but I guess they stopped letting elders send email pictures a few months ago and theres no place to develop any. I will just quickly tell you about the Elders and Sisters in my district considering I spend practically all day every day with them. Elder Spezia from peoria Arizona oh yeah and I asked him about Brandon light he didnt know hime or any lights though. Elder Molnar is from Orem his companion Elder Waite is from Gilbert, AZ Elder Hendrickson is from Bear River City, Ut and his companion Elder Johannson from Cheena Hills Cali whos mom was born in Blackfoot Then Sister Baravilala From Fiji and sister Nuipulusu from American Samoa then Sister Hadley from Micronesia and Sister Mower from UT.
Love you all and I will try to send some letters
Elder Polatis

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