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Weekly Letter 11-12-2012

The work is continuing to progress here in Nasugbu. At times I feel overwhelmed to think that me and Elder Viloria are fully responsible for this branch and this area. But we continue to work and we continue to experience succuess its the same thing I always tell brother Tindugan (the less active I sent a picture of in one of the past emails) conte-conte or little by little. As we do a little bit by bit everyday its awesome to see how much work we can accomplish by the end of the week. Me and Elder Viloria decided last night on a goal that every week for the rest of the transfer we going to be above average elders and have 30 plus lessons. Sometimes its hard to walk out of a lesson say our goodbyes and do our fast paced missionary walk to the next lesson. At the end of every day during daily planning when I sit down I can barely keep my eyes open. Funny story the first week on the mission if you look at my daily planner some of the notes only got half wrote and then turn into scribbles because i dozed off. But im getting more and more adjusted. Actually another story having to do with sleep is that the rats that live in our ceiling and our litterally the size of a football almost were up all night as was I listening to them chew on wood and scuffle around ugh. My ear plugs always fall out ha.

 

So this week was my week for cooking. I really am not that good and cooking and its surprising on what a picky eater Elder Viloria is. He will bite the head right off a fish but he wont eat the skins on a potatoe. Thats ok the hot dogs and rice make just a fine meal I even made banana pancakes one morning. This week the couple missionaries over our zone visited to observe our apartment and things. The Couple missionaries are Elder and Sister Wagner they are from Sandy, UT. Anyway they said we are doing great and are very clean missionaries. Mom no worries I absorbed many of the things you taught me about cleanliness even Elder Viloria said your house must be very clean always cause your things are always tidy something like that at least.

As for this week on Saturday we did a service project theres a family thats building a new house they live up in the mountains. So a previous service project to branch did was take cement center blocks up the hill to there home. This time for the project we packed bags full of cement up the maybe half mile trail it was pretty intense. But they have already started putting walls up now it was really ineresting to see how they construct homes and stuff here its completely different than I have ever seen ha. At the Service project I tried sugar can for the first time. Its actually super good it tastes a little fruity even. Better than sugar beets in my opinion ha.

In one of our lessons last night we taught a less active about enduring to the end. It wasnt even planned but with in the last week me and Elder Viloria have been jokingly trying to repeat the words of apostle Jeffrey R. Holland as boldly as he says them “Salvation is not a cheap experience” It came to a point in the lesson where Elder Viloria remembered those words and shared them. I suddenly got a deeper under standing that the path less traveled isnt going to be easy but its going to be an opportunity for us to ask and receive strength from the lord. On the mission I truly have received both spiritual and physical strength from Heavenly Father I know he loves us and is just waiting to bless us when we ask. Have a good week Love you all.

 

Elder Polatis

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Weekly Letter 11-7-2012

Dear Family.

Its great to hear from you and find out whats going on each week. This week was another solid week for us missionaries and no interruptions. Transfer day was this week but we dont go to that cause its far and only the missionaries that they call up go to that meeting. It is crazy in some ways to think I finished one transfer already im over 1/8 done with my mission which makes me think i better pick it up a gear theres not as much left as I think. I am sad to say I dont have any new foods to put on the list from this week other than quail eggs ha.
I know your all asking about my companion still sorry we dont have a whole lot of pictures together but I will make sure we start getting some more. Hes been telling me hes sad cause hes probably going to get transferred out of this area right before christmas cause december 14 is the next transfer. A little bit about him is that his whole family are converts when he was 10 years old or close to that age. His older brother also served in this mission and was an AP. He is 24 years old and has already finished college and is a physics teacher. Its crazy cause here they finish high school at 16 years of age so they can be done with college by 20 or 21 bata pa. Hes really organized actually hes made our area book nice and pretty. Hes also super good at remembering peoples names and whos related to who. I just all confused about that cause sometimes I wont catch things like that when people are talking and so we make a pretty good team. I actually have a hard time being being the harder worker sometimes haha.
So theres this family that is less active and lives really far from the church when we visited them this week they told us about how all there family has been getting sick lately and the fathers business is going to get closed down this month. It was really a hard situation and Elder Viloria left it to me to give them advice about there hardships I tried to apply it to the stories I have been reading in the book of mormon lately particularly about the nephites and lamanites that whenever the lord helped them or took them out of bondage was when they faithfully asked for his help and then did all they could to do. I left the lesson a little bit discouraged it was probably one of the hardest teaching situations so far. But then yesterday the whole family showed up to church. I could see they were taking my advice and excercising faith. The only thing I can do now is pray that Heavenly Father will bless them for there efforts.
Last night we went to Family Home Evening at the Felicisimo families house. The Felicisimo family is a recent convert just about a month before I got here. Its really interesting cause they actually live very far away a Tali Beach (maybe you can see on google how far away that is). But they have not missed one sunday yet in my whole time of being here. They wanted to do everything they can to be a “mormon” the lifestyle and everything. Its crazy how easily I see them taking it in. Anyway so family home evening is kinda different than I ever experienced before but very organized also. Since we were going to kind of show them how to have there own FHE it ended up that a lot of the members and branch missionaries came also. It was really fun because they live up in the mountains so we had to hike part of the way up there after riding a tricyle up there.
This family is just one great example of how much a blessing to gospel is to families. I dont think I really understand this concept because I was raised in the gospel. But really when I look at this branch everyone is like first generation members. They see it as a big deal that I was “born in the covenant” it just really goes to show how much we need to appreciate the gospel in our lives and the blessings we receive from living it.
Love you all
Elder Polatis

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