Monday, December 29, 2014

Little Miracles

Buenos Dias a todos!!!
How is everyone this week? I hope as always that this finds you all happy and well. It was so great being able to talk to you last week. I cannot tell how happy that made me! Also, I want to make not 1 but 2 shout outs. First, HAPPY BIRTHDAY DADDY!!! And secondly, Good Luck Hermana Harding!! You will be the greatest missionary ever! Can't wait to hear about all your amazing adventures. 
Mission Christmas Party
Throughout my 9 Months, all my Companions.  I love them all!
Hermana Loca and Hermana Crazy at the Mission Christmas Party
Well, this week was wonderful! I'll start off with Saturday because it was an amazing day! Hermana Felicita was baptized! She has such a strong spirit and the strongest testimony. It was so amazing to be apart of such a special day. But this week started off a little hard for Hermana Felicita, on Friday when we went to visit her we found her soo sick! She told us, "Satan knows he can't tempt my spirit, so he's tempting my body. I really don't like him." We laughed and called the Elders to come and give a blessing. But here's the miracle, Saturday morning we went to her house to check on her, and she was COMPLETLY HEALTHY! She was in tears of joy telling us, "God answered my prayer. I'm going to get baptized!" It was a beautiful day, a beautiful experience, and a beautiful spirit. I love being a missionary!!!
Baptism for Hermana Felicita
Another little miracle that happened this week is that Hermana Aceituno and I found some new investigators! We were heading back home on Friday night and we passed a woman sitting by the river with her 2 children. We went to contact her and see if we could help. She had a lot of bags to take back to her house from her work but she couldn't carry them and her children. So, we helped. But here is my favorite part! We met her 2 daughters, one who is 1 years old is Jocelyn. I was so happy when she told me that. I told her my Best friend is Jocelyn. And afterwards, I met her other daughter who is 4 years old. I asked her name, "Me llamo Anna" I looked at my companion and started laughing. Jocelyn and Anna. How crazy is that? Their mother told me that they are the best of friends. I told her, "Of course they are! It's Anna and Jocelyn."
This week was wonderful and I am so grateful to be in the Lords service. Crazy to think I've been a missionary for 9 months now. Yikes! But I hope everyone has a wonderful week and FELIZ AÑO NUEVO!!!
Con mucho amor,
Herm'ANNA Karratti
Predicando en Perú

Monday, December 22, 2014

Hola de Los Angeles

Merry Christmas! Feliz Navidad! Mele Kalikimaka! 
Can you believe it? 3 days until I can visit with you all! And I am soo excited for it! Well as you can see from the subject line, I am sadly no longer in Canto Rey. I was transferred to the other side of my mission. To an area called, Los Angeles. (No not California) but my new companion is Hermana Aceuituno from Honduras. She is really great and I'm happy that we're companions. 
My New Companion, Hermana Aceituno
Why are all my companions shorter than me?
Well, as for this area, it's huge! Really it's one of the biggest areas of the mission, but we might hopefully be getting bikes soon! Fingers crossed!! But not really too mucho to report this week, mostly because I am completely lost in my new area. But hey, we're slowly progressing. I am now finally able to find my way back to my apartment. So, that's a good thing! 

Also, this week was really exciting because on of my investigators in my last area in Canto Rey was baptized!! Woo! I was sent the picture, I was sadly not able to attend but Jose one of my converts was able to baptize Yhordali his sister. I am so happy for her! Big welcome to Yhordali Nieva the newest member! 
New Member, Jose, baptized his sister, Yhordali
But that's not the only exciting news about baptism. My companion and I have a baptism this coming Saturday. Her name is Felicita and she is a cutie! We are really excited for her! But the best part is what we found out yesterday! We were at her house teaching her and in walked her Grandson. He looked at me and said he knew me from somewhere. I didn't know where he knew me from, then he reached in to his backpack and pulled out a pamphlet with my and Hermana Espinoza (my first companion)s name on it! Apparently we just contacted him and his family in the street and now they're investigating the church. And now we're teaching his Grandmother who will be getting baptized this week. How crazy it this? It truly is a small world after all.
Hermana Crazy and Hermana Loca
I will miss you, Hermana Alvarez!!
Well I can't wait to talk to you guys on Christmas! Woo!! I hope you all have a wonderful week! Merry Christmas!!

Con mucho amor,
Herm'ANNA' Karratti
Predicando en Perú


Monday, December 15, 2014

End of Another Transfer... and 10 days until CHRISTMAS!!!!

Hola y Buenos Dias!
I hope this finds you all well and happy... like always. This week was certainly a lot better than other weeks in this transfer, but I can't believe that we are again at the end of another transfer. It's crazy to me how fast the time is flying. This week we had some wonderful experiences. And we also found some great new investigators!

First of all, I love Primary. This week my Ward had our Primary program, and as always I was asked to help with the music. I was the pianist for the program and they sounded so great! I love how the tunes are the same in English and Spanish. But I absolutely love the little Primary kids in this Ward. We even had some of our investigators participate. It was wonderful. Such a beautiful spirit.
 
I Love Primary!
Also this week we were able to help one of our recent converts, Jose finish his house. On Saturday, we were there helping him paint his house, and well, when you mix Hermana Karratti with paint... well you just get a mess. Mostly on Hermana Karratti. We were playing around and we can see who won.... It's the one with the less paint on her face. I was trying to be all nice with Hermana Osinaga but she had a different thought in mind. What a crazy girl! But it was really fun!
Service Project / Paint Fight with Hermana Osinaga
Monday was P-Day and my Zone went to a big park. We played around, and of course played tons of soccer. I think I might be beginning to be good. Ha that's a lie. I'll always suck at this game. But our favorite part was finding this elephant thing. My companion loves elephants so we took a picture. We were able to get on top and dress up! Kinda fun!
Elephant Ride with Hermana Osinaga
Well I love you all and I can't wait to talk to you next week! Yay!!! 10 more days until Christmas. Have a wonderful week and know you're all in my thoughts and prayers. 

Con mucho amor,
Herm'ANNA' Karratti
Predicando en Perú


Monday, December 8, 2014

17 Days Until CHRISTMAS!!

Good Morning one and all!
I hope as always that this letter finds you all well and happy. This week has been fun. Well, don't know exactly how to explain it. It started off great! But Wednesday night found us yet again with Hermana Osinaga sick. Please keep her in your prayers. Please! She's not doing so well. We had the mission president come visit and see if there was anything he could do. But sadly there isn't. All of the tests that my companion had last week while she was in the hospital have all come back with nothing. So we don't know what she has. All I know, please keep her in your prayers!
My Silly Companion and I
Well the start of last week was great! We bought a Christmas tree, and decorated the house a little. But to be honest, it doesn't feel anything like Christmas here. Burning hot and it's just very different here. I don't know how to exactly explain it, but kinda missing the cold weather. But hey! We do have Christmas in a short 17 days. Really excited about that!! FELIZ NAVIDAD!!
Our New Christmas Tree!
The most exciting part about this week was we had a service project this week yet again up in the Cerros (hills). I don't know why, but I love working up in the Cerros. We were helping a family build their house, and we were helping take bricks from the bottom up to the top. We had a little assembly line going on. But at the end, a few of us had a little competition. We had a bag that had 3 bricks in it, and we had races to see who could bring the bag to the top the fastest. Sadly I didn't get first. But we did have a fun time. Teaching up in the Cerros all the time is really helping apparently!

I hope as always everyone is happy and well. Thank you for all you do. I love and miss you all. I hope you have a wonderful wintery week!!

Con mucho amor,
Herm'ANNA' Karratti
Predicando en Perú


Monday, December 1, 2014

Feliz Diciembre!

Good Morning everyone!
Well I will let you know off the bat, this email sadly won't be the most interesting or the longest for the fact. And I am sorry. This past week was very hard. After internet last week, my companion Hermana Osinaga, started having a huge headache. It wasn't just a normal headache, but she was crying and she was in a lot of pain. Well, we took her to the hospital, and we were there for a few days. We were finally able to leave the hospital late Thursday night. Not the most eventful week I'll tell you that. All I ask is that you keep my companion in your thoughts and prayers. She's slowly recovering, not 100% yet but slowly she's getting better.

If I could tell you the most exciting thing that happened this week was that on Saturday morning we were able to see another Llama! We received a call from our ward Mission Leader (who is seriously the best mission leader in the world) and he was telling us that he was on our way to our house with a surprise. We laughed and said okay, we're waiting. About 5 minutes afterwards we have a knock on our door with Miguel standing with a llama! Of course we took pictures. How couldn't we? 


Also, the church is just awesome! Well of course you all know that, but I don't know if you have all heard about this. But the church is doing a huge thing right now. Called "He is the Gift" and apparently Times Square has a huge advertisement and on the 7th (this next Sunday) the Church as bought YouTube and all the advertising all this Sunday will only be the Church. How freaking great is this? I love this Church!

Well like I said, this week wasn't the most exciting nor was it that long, but I'm really grateful to be here serving my mission. I know that this church is true and that the true meaning of Christmas is just that. CHRISTmas. When we have the light of Christ in our life we can truly doing anything. "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13

Con mucho amor,
Herm'ANNA' Karratti
Predicando en Perú 


Monday, November 24, 2014

THANK YOU!! It's O-FISH-al. I have the best family ever!!

Family, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE PACKAGE!!!!!!
I was so happy when I received it. Thank you a million!! This week has been great! And I couldn't be happier! 
Package!!
Last week as I told you all, we went to the Center of Lima. We were able to tour some of the churches in Lima, mostly catholic churches, and it was interesting learning some new things about different religions. 
My Zone in the Center of Lima
But my favorite part was being able to leave the mission and see something new. Also, being able to see and visit a FIRE STATION here in Perú!! I was really happy to visit with some of the "Bomberos" and tell them that my dad and brother are also Firefighters. 
FIRE TRUCK!!
 Also this week my companion and I made some new friends, we were on our way to teach one of our investigators and there was a group of girls playing volley-ball. Well my companion started playing with them, and then they invited me. They only wanted me to play because I was tall, and I could spike the ball. But afterwards we were able to share a little with them on who we were and why we were in skirts. We invited them to church and our activities, and this past Sunday 2 of them came! We were really excited when they walked in! 
My New Friends after our Volleyball Game
We also met a wonderful woman Hermana Candelaria, please keep her in your prayers. She has Cancer in her lungs and she's not doing so well. We actually met her through her son. We were walking in the street and her son, Miguel, contacted us! He asked us if we could come bless his mom. We talked with him a little and found out what was wrong and afterwards we called the Elders. We met her and she is a wonderful woman. She's only 55 years old but she looks close to 80 with how sick she is. It's really sad. Please keep her in your prayers! We trying to do everything we can for her.

Well family and friends, I love you and miss you ALL!! I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving this week and eat lots of Turkey for me!! Keep the missionaries in your prayers! Have a great week!!

Con mucho amor,
Herm'ANNA' Karratti
Predicando en Perú



Monday, November 17, 2014

It's Getting Hot!!

Good morning everyone! 
Hows is everyone doing this morning? Yes, I know I'm on earlier than normal... sorry! My zone will be traveling to the Center of Lima to tour today so we started internet an hour earlier today! I hope as always that this finds you all happy and well. Know that I'm doing wonderful even though it feels like it's a million degrees. We're heading into summer here, and I am told from everyone that this is nothing apparently. The "real summer" is January and February. AHH!! I'm going to melt! But I think somehow I'll survive... at least I hope!

Well, this week was pretty funny. My companion, Hermana Osinaga and I were asked to help with a presentation in Seminary and we were asked if we could represent the Gadianton Robbers in the Book of Mormon. So Dad and Bryce, you're not the only ones who were Gadianton Robbers. I personally think we look hilarious, nothing like Gadianton Robbers just like a bunch of girls with a lot of weird things on our faces but hey, we tried!  

Gadianton Robbers
We're Such Crazy Sisters!
Also this week we found the greatest family! Remember how last week I told you about the family that we helped in the Cerros? The family that we brought bags of cement to the top of the mountains? Well this week we went back to teach them and they are wonderful! They're family is great and we are really excited to teach them!

My Companion and I on the top of the Cerros ... Selfie!
Other than that not too much has happened this week, sorry this isn't the most exciting letter but really it's been a great week. Teaching some wonderful lessons and feeling the spirit! I love being a missionary and teaching this gospel. I love serving here in Peru, it's wonderful! I love and miss you all soooo much! Have a wonderful week!

Con MUCHO amor,
Herm'ANNA' Karratti
Predicando en Perú


Monday, November 10, 2014

Same Area, New Companion

Buenos Dias!
How is everyone this fine week? I hope as always that this finds you all well and happy. So, this week was a bit of a change for me. I had to say goodbye to Hermana Alvarez which was very hard. Monday was a night with a lot of tears and a lot of goodbyes. But I know that those transfers are for a reason and that she is needed in her new area. But I also know that I am going to miss her a lot!

Last Picture with Hermana Alvarez
Anyways, I have a new companion! Hermana Osinaga from Bolivia. She is really great, she knows a lot and I am grateful that I will have this time to be with her. This week we were up in the Cerros (the mountains) and we were trying to find new people to teach. We were near the top (which I must say it is VERY hard to climb a mountain in a skirt) and we found this family. There were building a house and we offered our help. We helped a little, and then we offered to come back on Saturday for a Service Project. They accepted, so we went back (in pants) on Saturday. The service project was to bring bags of cement from the bottom of the mountain up to the top where there house was. Well each of these bags of Cement weighed about 42.5 KG which is about 93 pounds each. They were super heavy. I must say I was very proud of myself because I didn't take only 1 but 2 bags up the mountain. By the end all of us were sweating so much. It also didn't help the fact that right now in Peru, we are in Summer. And it's really hot here, and the missionary tan lines are as great as ever.

My New Companion, Hermana Osinaga
What else, not really too much else to report. This last week at our Noche Misional we played Bingo and one of the prizes was a huge stuffed monkey. Well my little Peruvian twin, Dayanna won. She's the daughter of Family Huapaya that I've talked about a few times. When she yelled bingo she came running to the front! "I won the Monkey!" It was quite fun.

The Monkey with Familia Huapaya
Well I love and miss you all so much! Crazy to think that we're in November. Sure doesn't feel like it here. It feels like we're in the middle of June. It's so hot here! But apparently it's only going to get hotter. Woo hoo!! But I know that I'm needed here. I am so happy to be serving here in Peru and I am so grateful to be serving my Lord and Savior. Wishing you all a wonderful week!

Con mucho amor,
Herm'ANNA' Karratti
Predicando en Perú


Monday, November 3, 2014

Last Week of Transfers!

Buenos dias a todos! 
Happy November! Wow, can't believe it's already November. Actually, want to know something kinda cool? I was reading in my journal last night, and a year ago today I was studying at BYU. And a year ago today, I had an interview with my Stake President, and a year ago today I hit the "submit" button to send in my mission papers. How crazy is that? Fast forward a year, and here I am in Peru! This year went by way fast. So, how is everyone?This week was pretty great for Hermana Alvarez and I. Not the most eventful week, but it was still great.

Hermana Alvarez and I at a Family Home Evening
I don't know if I've told you, but in my mission, while the North Americans are learning Spanish. The Latinos are learning English. Well, my companion really wants to learn English. Mainly because her Dad speaks it and she wants to talk to him in English. Anyways, we have a rule in our house, "English only in the House!" Well this week she asked me something really funny. "Hermana, what does Butthead mean?" I looked at her and laughed, "Where did you hear that?" she said, "I don't remember. You said it one time and I think I heard it on the TV. But what does it mean?" I honestly didn't know how to respond. Finally after sometime we had a definition. Now it's one of her favorite sayings, "My companion is a Butthead!"

Happy Halloween!
Well, Happy belated Halloween! Here in Peru, they celebrate Halloween differently. Actually, they don't really celebrate it at all. There aren't a million kids un the street Trick-or-treating, only a few. If any. And really, it's different. Anyways, a kid in my ward, Joseph turned 12 on the 31st, so his family threw a party. The missionaries (the Elders and us) passed by, and our Ward Mission Leader (who was the clown for the party) gave us masks. Hence the pictures with masks. 

I MUSTACHE you a question!
 Lastly, I MUSTACHE you a question, isn't my companion the best? Well yes she is. But sadly, today is the last week of tranfers. And there is about a 92% chance that she'll be transferred since she has 6 months in this area. But hey! I'm still hoping on the 8% chance that she won't and we'll have one more change together.

Well like I've said many times, I love being a missionary! It's the best. Can't believe this year is almost over. It's truly flying by! I love and miss you all! Write the missionaries... We like letters!

Con mucho amor,
Herm'ANNA' Karratti
Predicando en Perú


Monday, October 27, 2014

How do you make God laugh? Tell him your plans.

What a beautiful week this was! 
Really, it was awesome!  I also learned a lot this week. First of all, I want to thank you all for your thoughts and prayers. Especially for my companion, Hermana Alvarez. This week was a lot better than the last. We were a lot happier, my companion is healthy and we had a wonderful week!

I Have Finally Seen Llamas Here in Peru!
First off, a big huge welcome to the newest member of the Canto Rey Ward. 
JHORDAN VILLAVERDE!! 
The New and Clean, Jhordan!
I don't know if you all remember, but I told you a little about Jhordan before. He's one of Jose's (who was baptized a month ago) best friends. Well, the original plan, or let me rephrase that. Our (my companion and I) plan was the "perfect story plan". Jose would baptize his friend and everything would just be perfect. Well, this plan was supposed to take place last week. Last week while we were at the church waiting for Jhordan we recieved a call from him saying that he wasn't going to get baptized. He didn't feel ready. I'll be honest, my companion and I were really sad about it. That night when we were back home we were talking about what happened. What went wrong, or what we did wrong. We finally realized that we planned this entire baptism, one without Jhordan. But most importantly, without asking Him, Our Heavenly Father on what we should do. Once we figured that out we talked with Jhordan. We apologized and decided that we would move more slowly. Well, we were in a lesson with him on this last Tuesday and Hermana Alvarez had a prompting to ask Jhordan if he would be baptized on Saturday. I looked at her really surprised. "What?" Jhordan went quiet for a moment then said, "Yeah... I'm ready." Well this past Saturday, we were able to have a wonderful baptism. But more importantly, I learned a very important lesson. "If you want to make God laugh, make a plan.... without Him!" 

Jhordan's Baptism
Hermana Karratti, Jhordan Villaverda, Hermana Alvarez
Also last Monday, I had American Food!! Woo!! About an hour or 2 away from my zone, actually right where the mission offices are, there is a mall. A pretty big mall. And inside there is a Chili's. Anyways, the mission has extra money or whatever, so they offered every zone in my mission a free lunch at a restaurant of our choice. My zone chose to eat at Chili's. And it was soo good! I've missed American food.

Chili's!
Anyways, this week is Halloween! Woo! It's almost November! Woo! I've been a missionary for more than 7 months! Woo! I love being a missionary! Woo! It's the last week of transfers! Wo... wait that's not a woo. I don't want my companion to go. Let's just hope that we could maybe have one more transfer together. Now, that would be amazing! But really, I am so lucky to have this girl be my companion. I have learned a lot from her and I am really grateful for her decision to serve a mission. I miss you all and love you all! Keep the missionaries in your prayers. Have a wonderful week!!

Con mucho amor,
Herm'ANNA' Karratti
Predicando en Peru

Monday, October 20, 2014

I ATE BUGSY!

Good morning everyone! 
How's everyone this fine day? This week for Hermana Alvarez and I was both great and not so great. I've finally eaten Guinea Pig, my companion and I were yet again as dorky as ever, and sadly poor Hermana Alvarez was having some bad health problems... poor girl!

First off, yes it's true. After 7 months of serving here in Peru, I have finally eaten Guinea Pig or Cuy in Spanish, and surprisingly, it was really really good! Yes it is a little weird trying to eat around the little paws and the whole fact that there isn't a whole lot of meat. But ,now I'm a Peruvian because I've eaten Cuy! And I really like it... it's delicious! 

The Head of the Guinea Pig
The Little Paw
Well, in my ward, Hermana Alvarez and I have earned new names. Hermana Loca and Hermana Crazy. Mainly because we are both completely NUTS! A family in our ward this week bought us some soccer jerseys from Colombia and my companion was so happy! We took a million and one pictures with them, and every day is just a party. I love this companion of mine. 

COLOMBIA!!!!
Hermana Loca and Hermana Crazy (you decide who is who)
Lastly, please oh please keep my companion in your prayers. This past week was very tough on her, and it even included a few trips to the hospital. She's doing a little better. But not quite 100% quite yet... poor girl. I can't give a lot of details, but this week she wasn't able to leave the house a lot and she couldn't really move a lot. Her body really took a hit but thanks to many prayers and love, she is slowly getting better.

My Crazily Awesome Companion
Good Times with Hermana Alvarez
Well, I love and miss you all. Sorry not really much to report this week. I spent a lot of time this week in the hospital with my companion so, there isn't really any big news to tell. I am grateful for this time that I'm here in Peru. I know this church is true and I love it!

Have a wonderful week!

Con mucho amor,
Herm'ANNA' Karratti
Predicando en Peru

Monday, October 13, 2014

I’m Basically a Soccer Champ!

What a week! A very long week too.
A lot happened, but at the same time it feels like nothing happened. Last Monday we had our mission wide soccer tournament, Wednesday my companion and I changed houses, and I guess we liked our house so much that we didn't leave our house until Sunday. Yep I'll tell ya... what a week! 

So last Monday (wow it seems like it was a month ago) we had our "Mundial" the mission wide futbol tournament. It was a lot of fun. I even saw Hermana Espinoza who just hit her year mark this week. That was great! Also we played futbol. Which I can saw after almost 7 months of trying to play it... I still suck! I don't think I'll ever be good at it. But oh well, I still have 11 months to practice. Other than that it was really nice seeing the other missionaries. Mom, Elder Harrison Miller sends his love to the family. It's so weird talking to him and calling him Elder Miller, not Harrison. We both laughed at how weird it was to see someone from home. Anyways, the other St. George Morningside Stake missionary sends his love!
My Zone Last Week at the Mission Wide Futbol Tournament
Wednesday my Zone had a service project. They helped Hermana Alvarez and I move. We didn't move very far from our old house, but our new house is very nice. And the whole entire apartment has a roof! We're both happy about that. 
Our New Humble Abode
Well on Wednesday night my companion and I decided that we didn't like the outside anymore so we were going to stay inside for the rest of the week. Ha no I'm kidding... Hermana Alvarez started feeling really sick on Wednesday night, we went back to the apartment and she went right to bed. Thursday, the Elders came over to give my companion a blessing and I was just assigned to be her doctor so to speak. Thursday night, I got sick. When the doctor stopped by, they told us that we had what seemed like the flu. What a great weekend it was for us! NOT! But one thing that really surprised me was the support that we received from our ward. We had members come and bring us food, the Elders passed by frequently, we had no more than 30 minutes without someone stopping by to check on us. Even though it wasn't fun being sick, it was really nice witnessing the ward come together to help us. My companion and I are feeling a lot better now, still not 100% quite yet, but we're able to leave the house and work. 
My Cute Companion and I
I am really looking forward to this coming weekend. We have a baptism! Jhordan, the best friend of Jose will be getting baptized this week. Jose is very excited to baptize his best friend, and Jhordan is very excited to have Jose baptize him. I'm soo excited for the whole thing!!!
Probably my Favorite Restaurant in my Area.  It's Pretty Much the Greatest!
Well, I love you all and I hope as always that this finds you all well and happy. I am so grateful that I have this opportunity to serve a mission here in Perú. It's amazing! I am so thankful that we were able to watch General Conference, well for you all last week, and for me yesterday. It was a fantastic conference. I love you and miss you al! Thank you for your love and prayers! Have a wonderful week!

Con mucho amor,
Herm'ANNA' Karratti
Predicando en Perú


Saturday, October 4, 2014

Hola St. James Ward

¿Como estan?
I hope this finds everyone well and happy. I am doing fantastic here in Peru. Just ..."teaching and preaching and working as missionaries do..." Can you believe it's been almost 7 months? Time surely does fly.Especially when you're having fun!

My companion, Hermana Alvarez who is from Colombia, sends her love. We are doing wonderful here. Last week we had a baptism with a young man, José, who's 16 years old. He even wants to serve a mission! I told him that he should get called to the St. George, Utah mission. How funny would that be? 
Hermana Karratti (left), Jose (center), Hermana Alvarez (right)
We also have some baptisms coming up at the end of this month. It's all really exciting. I love being a missionary!! In my Ward that I am currently serving in, I am known as Hermana Piano. I play the hymns every week, and I am always asked to play for every activity. (Thank you Sister Terry!) I am also asked quite frequently to teach piano, and English. 
Missionaries get to try Many Different Foods!!
Anyways, during these 7 months of serving my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, I have learned to rely on Him. He is there with his hands reaching out for us. All we need to do is take his hand. He loves us, He loves YOU! I know this to be true. I know that this church is true. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. Read it and you can know for yourself. I hope and pray everything is well with all of you. Pray for the missionaries! And please write! We love letters.
May God bless you all.

Con mucho amor,
Herm'ANNA' Karratti
Preachin' in Perú


Monday, September 29, 2014

¡BIENVENIDOS JOSE!

So, Jose was baptized! Woo Hoo!! 
Ah, Saturday was such a wonderful day. It was just beautiful. A really perfect day for a baptism. Hermana Alvarez (yes, I'm still with Hermana Alvarez. YAY!) and I were talking about how great it's been with Jose. Starting off as just a contact in the street, to now being a new member. He's really changed since the first time we met him, and having the opportunity to watch him take this next step in his life was awesome. On Friday night while we were teaching him, he asked us about the Priesthood. We explained it a little more, then my companion said, "If you want, you can baptize your best friend, Jhordan, because he accepted a date for the 18th of October." I wish so badly that you all could have seen his face when we told him this. He had the biggest smile on his face, and he was so happy! He said, "This church is great!" En serio, how amazing is this? THIS IS WHY I'M HERE IN PERU!!!! 
Hermana Alvarez and I with Jose
All in all, this week was a little difficult, but I don't really remember much of it. Mostly I remember how wonderful Saturday was. Most upsetting part about this upcoming week is that I won't be able to see General Conference this weekend. Darn! Here in Peru, elections are on the 4th and 5th, and it's a law that everyone has to vote or you pay a huge fine. Also, to ensure that everyone votes, ALL churches will be closed. Us as missionaries are supposed to treat it as a normal day. It'll be weird, that's for sure. My Stake that I'm serving in, will be watching Conference on the 11th and 12th. So, don't tell me about Conference next week... please! 
My Peruvian Twin
Dayana and her little brother Cristhian
Well, I am now past my 6 months! My companion was pretty funny on Thursday. She told me, "I know you're not a greenie anymore, but you'll always be a GRINGA!" She's pretty great I have to say. That night. I walked out of the bathroom, and on my desk was a little cake, Snickers (don't know where she found them), M&M's, and the cake had a 6 candle on the top. She sang, "Feliz 6 Meses!" lit a match to light the candle on the cake. She is seriously the coolest cat!!
My 6 Months Cake
Anyways, I love being a missionary and I am so happy to be serving here in Canto Rey. And I am also so happy to have another transfer with Hermana Alvarez. She's awesome!! 
My Companion and I being the Dorks that we are.
Playing on a Members Bike.
I know I'm needed here in Peru and I know without a doubt that this is the true and restored church. I love and miss you all dearly. Keep the missionaries in your prayers!

Con mucho amor,
Herm'ANNA' Karratti
Predicando en Peru


Monday, September 22, 2014

6 Months!

Time flies, that’s all I can say. It flies!
Today ends yet another transfer, and to be honest I’m a little nervous. My companion, Hermana Alvarez, has over 4 months in this area, and she thinks that she might be getting transferred today. No!! I don’t want her to leave!  She is seriously the best and I am so lucky, But, I guess we’ll have to see what happens later. Well, this week was pretty darn good! We had a ward talent show (which was a HUGE success), Jose our investigator has his baptism this Saturday, I was in a trio, and I got a PACKAGE WITH GOLDFISH!!!!

 This past Friday we had a Ward Talent Show, and it was awesome! 
Show de Talentos
The 4 missionaries in my ward with Miguel our ward mission leader performed a skit. If you search on YouTube “Missionary Car Ride” you’ll see the skit that we kinda copied. It was a lot of fun! I guess when I get home everyone can see the video. Other than that there were a lot of other skits. My companion and I were also in a band! Lifelong dream achieved! I can now happily say that I was in a band, and I even sang in this said band. Hey Bryant, I sang one of your favorite songs, “Introducing Me!” 


Also, super exciting...WE HAVE A BAPTISM THIS WEEK!!! One of our investigators, Jose is seriously golden! His baptism is this up coming Saturday and our entire ward is excited. This week he came running into the lesson with his Permission Slip. "My mom said yes!" We are so excited. Really I cannot wait until Saturday.

So, this past Wednesday my companion had to go to Immigrations (I hope I spelt that right) and so I was in a trio for the day. It was actually really good! We studied and taught a few lessons. I honestly like being with just one companion better than having 2. One is a lot easier. But at lunch we were playing with Play-Dough with a little boy and it was fun. I attached a picture of it!
My Trio!
MOM! I GOT THE PACKAGE!!! And since I seriously ate all of the goldfish in like 20 minutes. I kept the wrapper and made it into my planner cover. I get to see Goldfish everyday! Hey everyone, if you love me, send Goldfish! They don't have here in Peru and I miss them dearly. But really Mom, thank you so much for the package. I loved it, and all the post-cards. It made this missionary really happy! Thanks a ton!
MY PACKAGE!!
Lastly, this week my companion and I watched Roosters Fight! It is super duper popular here. And there are competitions for it with trophies and all. One of our recent converts, Coco (the one we had a birthday party with) has over 400 roosters that he raises and trains. We were meeting with him and he gave us an address to meet him at with his family. We went over and he was at this place where there was roosters... FIGHTING! Weirdest thing I have every seen in my life. Not a huge fan, but afterwards my companion and I went down to the ring to take a few pictures. Hope you enjoy!
My Companion and I in the Rooster Ring
Anyways, it's crazy that I'm almost at 6 months. Time is flying and I am so grateful that I have this opportunity to serve here in Peru. I love my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and I know this church is true. I love and miss you all!! 

Con mucho amor,
Herma'ANNA' Karratti
Predicando en Peru