Archive for February, 2013

Weekly email 2-25-2013: Papuntang sa iba

Well dearest family,

There is so much that happened this week. I will start off with the sad news that one of the sisters who was planned to be baptized on saturday backed out. She texted us one day and the next day she had moved to another city just like that she was gone we didnt even get to talk to her in person about it. In the end though it was because she was offended by the member family who she was working for because they didnt pay her the wages she had earned at the same time the member family told us she was still having Word of Wisdom problems so it was sayang or in other words a sad situation but we did have one baptism and it went really well. I was surprised at how much of her family showed up to support her. Its crazy to see them come out of the water and have that feeling that you had a part in bringing that person to this point in there life especially with all the trials we had to help her through. anyway were glad thats over now and now we move on to the next focus which is actually her mother ha. Another person were focusing on is brother Reden he has smokes four sticks a day and so this coming fast sunday he has the goal that hes going to fast and along with his first time fasting its going to be is last time smoking. So were really working closely with him to encourage him to stop because as soon as he can get rid of that he wants to get baptized.

As for our other experiences this week we have a lot actually. We went on exchanges with the other missionaries and for the first time I worked in a different area. It was weird my whole mission I have been in Nasugbu and for the first time I didnt the know streets or the people we were teaching. I felt like I was brand new in the mission again. But I better start getting used to those feelings because transfer day is on friday and I have been in this area for 6 months. I am really curious what Im going to be doing next and where im going on the islands of the mission everything is super far so they have bicycles there. It would be ineresting having a bicycle in the Philippines. But I have no idea where I will be next. The exchanges were actually really good though I learned a lot. Also my companion learned a lot to and we have been working together a lot better ever since.

Being a missionary is crazy theres so much that goes on in one little branch and keeping track of whos doing what and the little bit of drama that roles around. At the same time the members here are really rooted deep within the gospel and do there best Nasugbu is a big city lots of people and the little ward of 150 active members has a lot of trials to face in there daily lives. I know that it wouldnt be possible without our heavenly fathers help. The same thing applies to my mission I wouldnt be able to do this with out support from heavenly father and Jesus Christ. Its been tough I will tell you the truth every miracle every blessing that heavenly father blesses us with has to be earned. As missionaries we have to push ourselves harder and harder everyday. But on top of that I know with out a doubt that the biggest sacrifice that was ever payed was the atonement of jesus christ. The biggest blessing I have earned on my mission is his love. I know this is his gospel and his church. No matter what trials I have in front of me Im going to press on to the end

Thanks for all your prayers and all your support,

Elder Polatis

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Weekly e-mail 2-18-2012: Huwag kang siret

Dearest Family,

As I started listing all the names in the send to box I start thinking about where everyone is in there life. Brittany clear over in Peru mixed in between all those Latinos and then all those places and memories from back home Utah/Idaho that seems like a dream now. Oh and then me beached up on some island in the…. Is this the Pacific or Atlantic? Well anyway whereever im am no worries im doing good or in other words Hiyahi which is the translation for Hakunamatata. So the Past week came and went the time really speeds up on this mission when your so busy all the time. For the most part it all went good though. We have 2 Investigators the past there baptismal interview on saturday and so they will be baptized this coming saturday. Theres a really big problem in the Philippines with people living together outside of marriage first off because marriage papers are expensive and secondly because divorce is almost impossible. One of the investigators getting baptized has this problem where her past husband split up and now she has a new husband but they arent married because she cant get divorced from her previous husband. The church in the Philippines has had to adapt to the laws of the land and so if a certain couple has been living together for more than 5 years with a stable relationship then they are eligible to be baptized. So were continuing with the baptism. Someday I want to go on an american mission just to see what that is like it cant be close to a mission in the Philippines.

My companion and I are doing good this week we are going to the mission home for training check-up meeting 5 hours there and 5 hours back its a way long trip but going to the mission home is fun Sister Peterson makes a way big meal everytime. As for the area in particular I think this coming march they are going to get some big news that the Nasugbu branch is going to get split in two but im going to be leaving more than likely anyway. This past week I went on splits with another Philipino Elder Manzon it was a good experience and a nice break from training. One thing I learned from the past week here on the mission is that even though I keep working harder and harder its never perfect theres always that shortcoming until the other day I was thinking you know im never going to be perfect as long as im alone…This is what christ did for us he makes up for our shortcomings he has comforted me when I have felt down and I know that he atoned for the sins of the world. I know that one day I will be able to say me and christ are perfect. Well im short on time today and our apartment needs to be terminated for cockroaches I know this is a little short but theres two missionaries our right now so Britty will make up for what I lack. Take care!!!

Love,

Elder Polatis

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Weekly email 2-11-2013: Mag-aral nang masigasig

Hey everyone well Nasugbu’s doing good. We found so many new investigators last week its starting to get hard to keep track of all our appointments we have. But its better to have more than enough than not enough. On the 23rd we have two scheduled baptisms for Mae and for Vivian. Sister Mae has a super deep conversion and we actually started to teach her brother yesterday so its been a really good experience. After we taught her brother she bore her testimony that the gospel have changed her life. Shes super excited for her baptism and so are we. So this week one of those new investigators that I was saying we found this week we taught him all of Lesson 1 the Restoration. He was an older man and pretty quiet the whole lesson at the end of the lesson we asked him to give the prayer so we closed our eyes and waited it was taking him a while to start when all of a sudden he said ok im done. He was nervous to say it out loud so he prayed in his head of jeez ha. Also when we got up to leave and shook his hand he said thank you brother Joseph. So yeah that can be taken as a bad example of how to teach lesson 1 he was obviously confused with who Joseph Smith was but it definately isnt me ha. But lack of education is a little problem we face here. A sad story that happened this week was one of our investigators died this week. His mom was a recent convert and we were walking by her house when we saw a banner with his face hanging outside. We were shocked to find out. But its almost weird how people accepted death in the Philippines because its such a common thing from poor health and lots of diseases.

 

 

Yesterday at church was really good attendance though we had 10 investigators and even more less-actives there. So the works going good. My new companion really likes basketball so we got a basketball the other day and we have been playing in the morning theres a really nice covered basketball court that the city made really close to us actually. Its a good way to get the blood flowing in the morning so we can study hard. Also the couples missionaries visited us this week. He watched the superbowl so he was telling me about it. He actually mentioned one of the Dodge commercials about how in the 8th day god created the farmer ha he liked sharing that with me. The couples missionaries are really nice Elder and Sister Wagner are from Sandy, UT and they go home in August. Oh how nice it would be to have an Air Conditioned car like them. We are coming up to the hottest part of the year and I enduring hard ha. When we go out in the afternoon the sun just beats down on me and with all the humidity im sweating in less than a minute lol. I think I mentioned this last week also. But im just looking forward to rainy season.

 

No matter how hard this is I wouldnt change it for anything. Everything I have learned so far has done more than made me a better missionary. It has helped me become more loving. Just like the example of sister Mae the more and more we learn about the gospel the deeper our desire grows to share it. I know thats true because the deeper my testimony has grown while I have been here the more I want to share and harder I want to work. This transfer me and my new companion have really been working hard on “finding with faith” I know that the people we have found was because we showed faith and had desire to share. Everytime I feel overwhelmed with the work heavenly father has made a way. I know that this is Jesus Christs gospel and his church that all he wants us to do is be happy by following his example.

 

Till next week,

Elder Polatis

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Weekly E-mail Feb 4, 2013: Sobrang laki and simbahan

It sounds like everyone is busy and has a lot of things going on right now at home. Same story in the Philippines everyones busy and doesnt have time right now. Ha I here that line so many times but its ok because we teach them anyway when they turn us down. Sometimes I pretend I dont understand when people deny us or say no and I give them a pamphlet and say “Im glad your so inerested in our message and we will come back soon to answer your questions.” Its actually fun being a foreigner here in the philippines especially if you can find a sense of humor in the people. Im going on my last transfer here in Nasugbu when I get transferred I will have been here for 6 months in the philippines it crazy to think Im 1/4 done already its going fast and I feel like theres still a lot to get done before that time comes.

Well within the mission its a push. Switching from trainee to trainer is a big jump in taking the lead but were learning quickly and im glad for the experience. This week has been sooooooooo sooooooo soooooooo sweaty hot. Notice I dont say just hot. Its wet hot because of all the humidity. It makes me think of that dry desert wasteland called Idaho. Also if you look outside you probably see cold snow sitting on the trees while I see hot melting pavement ha. But really the Philippines is a great place im glad I get to eat bananas and mangos everyday straight from the trees all that fruit must be keeping me healthy because I havent got any of those weird things the other missionaries have told me about.

So earlier today we had zone P-day we all went to the zone leaders area and went to the Taal catholic church which they told us is the third biggest church in the whole world. Its 400 years old and we walked up this super skinny stair passageway to the top and we could see the whole city up there along with the ocean and much more. It was a good time to get with the other missionaries and see some sites like that. I just have one thing to say “Catholic doctrine is weird and twisted” I have no idea what they are thinking ha. Big falso idols everywhere and creepy paintings. It was an ineresting experience though to see a monstrous building like that though. It was truly the whore of all the earth.

This experience just puts me even more focused on our purpose and training plan within the mission which is to teach doctrine simply and effectively. Theres no deep meaning behind anything and its all written simply in the scriptures. Which makes my job even more easier I dont have to do any deep explanations just say look at this scripture. Scriptures are solid evidence. And like Nephi says “my soul delighteth in plainness.” Im glad we have the Book of Mormon to help us in this work to show people plainly god’s plan. I really wouldnt be able to do this without the Book of Mormon. Im glad I have it to simplify my mission the only thing thats hard about it is explaining to people why its named after mormon. I cant count how many people have asked about mormon they think we worship him but just another opportunity to share. The Book of Mormon has showed me why im here in Nasugbu and what heavenly father has in plan for me. I know he loves us and has a purpose for us wherever we are in the world. I hope you all back home are finding these same things from what your reading.

Love

Elder Polatis

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