Monday, November 24, 2014

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

I was so happy when I received it. Thank you a million!! This week has been great! And I couldn't be happier! 
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. 
 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