Monday, May 26, 2014

Another eventful week for Hermana Karratti

Yes, this has been yet another fun and very eventful week for Hermana Karate-Kid. First of all, my entire barrio (ward) calls me Hermanita Karate-Kid. So that's kinda fun. And I am finally starting to recognize members. That itself has been so helpful! 
Our Weekly Selfie
Hermana Espinoza and I do "Insanity" workouts every day!  Bleh!!
Secondly, this week has been a little bit of a struggle. I want to learn this language so badly, because I really don't like sitting in lessons where I only understand about 30% of what is being said. I even got yelled at by somone we were trying to teach. It wasn't anything too bad. Just a new investigator and I was struggling a little and trying to tell him something about the Plan of Salvation and I couldn't remember a few words, and he got frustrated and told me, "Why are you in my country and you can't speak my language?" Yes it was a little frustrating to say the least. But every day is getting better. 
Guess Who I Saw Last Week?
Elder Harrison Miller from back home.
I actually believe that God has a sense of humor, because after that certain lesson. My companion and I were running a little late for our next lesson with a less active member. So to be faster, we decided to take a moto-taxi. Which is a taxi, but a little smaller. It only can fit like 2-3 people and it's a little easier in the small roads here. Anyways, we asked the driver to take us to Calle 8. And he said okay. Then he drove, and drove, and drove. My companion started freaking out cause we had no idea where we were! She kept asking the driver, "Where are you going?" He would say, "Calle 8. Calle 8!" But we had no idea. I don't exactly know why... But I just started laughing so hard. Because we weren't in our area anymore. I knew that for sure. Finally Hna. Espinoza just said, "Okay! Our stop is right here." So we got out, and walked up to someone to ask where we were. He recoginized us as missionaries. And then he said, "Are you new missionaries to this mission? Because I haven't seen you two before" And we asked what mission he was talking about. We were in freaking Lima West Mission! We weren't even in our mission anymore! When he told me that, I literally almost fell to the floor laughing so hard. I couldn't stop laughing! I was just way too funny!! We took another moto-taxi back to our mission, and it was just a hilarious night. Exactly what I needed after our lesson. 
This is what a Moto-Taxi looks like.  In case anyone was curious.
Other than that really fun experience, my week has been good. We are starting to have a few investigators, and one of our investigators speaks English! So it's really nice to talk to her and teach her. The only really hard part is that I don't know the lessons in English. That's hard to teach. But when I want to explain something better, I can do it in English and that's really nice! We also have another investigator, Jhon, yes spelled like that. And honestly, he reminds me of Dad, Uncle Kimo, and Uncle Ed all in one person! When we first met him it sorta freaked me out! 
I Got Pictures/Letters!  One Happy Missionary Here!
But really, it's been a great week! I love being a missionary, even though the language is tough. But I love it! I miss you all, and I hope everything is well for everyone!

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

Monday, May 19, 2014

Another wonderful week in Perù!!!

Oh my oh my!
So many wonderful things and not so wonderful things have happened this week! For those who didn't know, I was transerfed right after I emailed last week. Literally right after! 

Anyways, now I'm with Hermana Espinoza from Honduras, and she speaks little to NO english! So we've been helping each other a lot. Because our Mission President wants all the native spanish speaking missionaries to learn English, while all the others try to learn spanish. So everyday we're helping and listening very closely to each other. I guess sometimes, that's not a good thing though... Because I accidently taught my companion the word "FETCH" and she says it all the time. I don't know if that's a good thing or not. Sorry Hermana!!
Hermana Espinoza and Me
Oh! Something super exciting is happening next month! Elder Dallin H. Oaks is visiting Perú and guess which Hermana was asked to play the piano for him in a special devotional he's having for all the missionaries? Yep! Hermana Karratti! Kinda nervous to play but really excited at the same time!

But as we've been contacting all this week, Hna. Espinoza and I are whistled at constantly, I quickly had to teach her that when a group of men whistle or cat call at us, it's not because they want to hear the gospel. We usually just ignore them and keep walking by. A little different, but this place is very different!
My area is: Carabayllo My ward: Carabayllo My District: Carabayllo... Kinda funny, huh? Anyways, my ward is wonderful! And they love the missionaries. And it's a lot like the Polynesian culture. They feed you all the time! Many times this week, I've had 3-4 dinners. And they have HUGE portions. Bleh!

All in all, I love it in my new area. I wasn't too happy at the beginning because I really loved my last companions, but Hermana Espinoza is wonderful!
I got the package Mom!  THANK YOU!!
Hope this finds you all well and happy! Love you all! And I miss you tons!

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

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Missionary Mom's Day

Because She's Happy!!
Hermana Karratti was only out of the CCM (Peru's Missionary Training Center) for 4 days when we were able to Skype for Mother's Day!! It was wonderful to visit with our missionary daughter face-to-face. We are so grateful for modern technology and for children who understand how it all works. We were able to have Dad in California and big brother Brandon in Orem and the rest of us here in St. George all online and chatting with our missionary at the same time. Couldn't have asked for a better Mother's Day gift!!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Herm’ANNA’ is finally in her mission!!

¡Hola mi familia!!
Okay, I know it's not my usual P-day, but on Monday we're doing a huge zone futbol game and so they are allowing us to write our families today. So I am finally out of the CCM! And I love my mission! My mission is known as the poorest mission out of all the Lima Missions but I believe it's the best! The people are amazing and I just love it here! Next week I'll send pictures, but I can't on this computer because there isn't any way for me to insert my card. Darn!! 

Anyways, the Perù Lima Norte Mision is known for it's DIRT, TRASH, and DOGS! There are barely any paved roads, so everything is dirt! At the end of the day, my legs are just black with dirt. Trash is also everywhere. It's not like America where there's a trash day every week, we're lucky if someone comes to get the trash once a month! And dogs, oh my goodness! There are dogs everywhere!! And the dogs here are so ugly!! Sad, but true! 

My first day in the field was Tuesday, and my first day here was different than any other missionary. Because every other missionary, their first day they went to the Mission Office, met the Mission Pres. and all the orientation. My first day was nothing like that. Since I came by myself, and I'm in between transfers, I went straight to a zone meeting, and then right out into the field. I was assigned to a trio. Hermana Day and Hermana Sanchez. They are both wonderful!! Hermana Day has been out 9 months, and she is from Salt Lake City. Hermana Sanchez has been out 6 months and she's from Mexico. (One hour away from Monterey, Dad!) They are the best trainers ever! We live in this little apartment above a member, and I just love it. 
My First 2 Comps
Hermana Day from Salt Lake City, Utah (right) and Hermana Sanchez from Mexico (center)
Our apartment is FREEZING during personal study, so we all had sweats and jackets under our skirts.

I will tell you more about everything when I talk to you guys TOMORROW!!! Oh my I cannot wait for that. 

Sorry this week was so short, I want to save some things to tell you tomorrow! Just know that I absolutely love my mission! I love the people, they are the best. And I am so grateful that I have the gospel in my life. It brings me the greatest joy in the world.

I love you all, and I hope this finds you well and happy. 

Con amor,
Herm'ANNA' Karratti
Preachin' in Perù