Monday, January 26, 2015

10 Months! WOO!!

Can you believe it? 10 months!! 
Time is sure flying by so quickly and I couldn't believe it. I don't know how I feel about it, I'm happy but sad at the same time. Such a weird feeling! Well, today we find out who will have changes and who will stay. We always find out after internet, so next week I may have a new companion, or I might be with Hermana Aceituno, we don't know yet! But, we'll just have to see!
My Missionary Plaques
So, my entire mission I've only used one of my plaques... well, I think it's gotten a little worn.
Time to use my other!
So, this week was great! Yesterday, we had one of our investigators accept a date for her baptism! February 14th (Bryant's Birthday!) we were so happy! It's been hard to teach her, because her Dad is a preacher of another church. But Milagros (that's her name) didn't know what to do. Because she knew that what she was learning was correct, but she was scared as to what her father would say. Normally, all the lessons are in a members house, but, she doesn't want her father to know that she's listening to the missionaries. But, yesterday we decided that we needed to teach her in her house to try to get to know her father. So we went there and we introduced ourselves to him and he told us, "I have such respect for you because you came to my house and you want to do this right. If my daughter wants to go down this path, I'll allow it." When we said that, all of our mouths just dropped. Especially Milagros. We went on to teach her, and as we finished we decided to invite her to baptism. We did and we originally planned for the 21st of February, but when we said that date, she asked, "Can we do it sooner?" The sooner the better! I'm just sooo happy!
Our "Mother"
Hermana Jesus always signs up to serve us lunch... Such a cute lady!!
Also this week, we found a less-active family. Well, last week we were in the Chapel and our Ward Mission Leader told us that we should go talk to a family that was walking into the Chapel. We went up to introduce ourselves and they were less-actives. Apparentl,y they haven't been to church in over 5 years. They're the Robles Family (that sounds weird in English... Familia Robles, yeah that's better) and they decided to go back to church when their youngest daughter, Lusiana who is 8 found a Book of Mormon on their bookshelf. She asked what this book was, and Hermano Luis (the father) started to explain it a little and he also explained if she wanted she could be baptized. Lusiana went on to ask her family why they weren't going to church, and her parents couldn't really come up with a good reason as to why. So, they came, and all this week we've been visiting with them. They're a wonderful family and I'm so thankful for Lusiana and her desire to learn more! She's such a cutie! 
Me and Elder Aoki ... Such a Cool Elder!
He's a swimmer, as well.  We've become great friends, we always talk about swim terms.
Well, this week was pretty great! I hope you have a wonderful week and enjoy the last week of January! How crazy is that?? Well, I love you and miss you all! Have a wonderful week and know you're always in my prayers. Like Rosemary M. Wixom once said, “As individuals we are strong. Together, with God, we are unstoppable.”
May God bless you all this week!

Con mucho amor,
Herm'ANNA Karratti
Predicando en Perú

Monday, January 19, 2015

Last Week of Transfer!

I want to apologize now that this email won't be very long!
I was typing when my computer went all wack and erased everything!  So, I guess next week we'll have a lot of things to write.  But, this week  I guess you could say that my body was a little jealous that my companions were always sick, so It decided that this week would be her turn.  Yes, I was pretty ill this week.  Started on Sunday with a fever of 104° and just went up from there.  Nothing but "FUN!"  But, now I'm doing a lot better.  We found out I now have what is called Gastritis, and basically I can't eat anything, right now.  Well, I have to eat VERY VERY healthy and cannot eat after 7 pm.  But, in all honesty, I feel better.  This week didn't start off too well, but it's gotten a lot better!  I'm good now, not quite 100% yet, but I'll get there in no time!
MOO!  Cows!  Well, Peruvian Cows
On Friday, my companion and I went to a members house for dinner, and I don't know if I've explained this before but my area is HUGE and my ward is even bigger. There are 11 missionaries (we have a trio) in my ward! 1 ward with 11 missionaries! But anyways, one of the members invited us for lunch and she lives on the complete other side of our ward. About 1 hour away. So we went, and where she lives is BEAUTIFUL! It's GREEN!!!!! It's like the first green that I've seen while in my mission. I couldn't believe it. 
My Companion and I ... GREEN!!
And on Saturday, my companion had a funny experience. There is a less active family in my ward that we are visiting, and the youngest is 5. His name is Antuan and yes, he is yet another one of my "boyfriends" here in Perú. (Why are all my boy friends under the age of 6?) Anyways on Saturday, we were walking down the street and we passd Antuan and all his little friends in front of his house. All the little boys ran up to me asking, "Hermana Karratti, where does your boyfriend live?" I laughed and I told them, "Oh he lives really really far from here." Quickly after I responded we had Antuan run up in front saying, "No! I live right here. Not far at all!" I just started laughing. Such a cute boy!
My Companion for the Week ... Her Name is ANNA!  Woo!
Well, sorry again that I didn't write a lot. I don't have very much time left. But, I hope you all are having a wonderful day and you have a great week! Love and miss you all!!!!

Con mucho amor,

Herm'ANNA' Karratti
Predicando en Perú

Monday, January 12, 2015

Muy buenos dias!!!

Muy buenos dias!!!
I hope just as every week that this finds you all happy and well. This week was fun! REALLY HOT but a lot of fun. On Saturday, for example we had a service project as a zone where we had to help carry bags of sand from the bottom of the hill to the very top! Because in the hills, they're really small and tight and cars can't get in there. So, the cars take it as high as they can get and then if you want to get higher, you kind of need to take it yourself. So we had a family who needed some help so we helped them take A WHOLE LOT of sand. Just bags and bags and bags of sand so that they could build some more houses at the top. Woo-hoo!  But, actually it was really good. Afterwards they gave us lunch, and it was soo good! It's called "Pachamanca a la tierra" oh it was soo good. They cook it in the ground. Just some hot rocks and a hole. Not really sure exactly how it's all done, all I really know it that it tasted pretty dang yummy!
My Zone at the Service Project
Also, we found some new investigators this week. We were contacting in the street and this woman asked us if we could help gather her ducks! She said that they got lose in her yard and if we could help. So, we walked in and started helping her, and afterwards we started teaching her. She even wanted to give us some of her baby ducks as presents! We told her no, but she then asked us, "How can I thank you then?" We just told her to keep listening to our message, so we went back to teach her and yesterday she was in the Chapel! It was really special. 
Hermana Karratti Chasing the Ducks
Hermana Aceituno and I with some Baby Ducks!
Last Sunday, during Gospel Principles, I was given a letter from the Bishop, and it was to invite me to participate in Sacrament Meeting. I was asked to give a talk about Conversion in Christ, and so all my personal studies this week were about that. And, I actually learned quite a lot! I was able to give my talk yesterday and it went great. I'm really happy to be serving in this Ward!!

Well, I love you all and hope that you all know that you're always in my thoughts and prayers! Have a wonderful week and may God bless you all.

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

Monday, January 5, 2015

Hola 2015!!

Happy New Years everyone!! 
I hope this year will bring you all happiness and joy, because it's sure doing that for me! This past week my zone had interviews with President Erickson and during my interview he told me, "Hermana Karratti, this is your year... I can just feel it!" So, this is my year! And it's going to be amazing!! 
Her Name is Gionella
She found me at Church and told me Thank You for Baptizing her Cousin, Jose Nieva
I'm now in Jose Nieva's Cousins Ward!  What a Small World this is.
Well, New Years here in Perú is soo different! Everything is YELLOW! Yellow apparently means good luck and success, so everything is yellow. People even paint their houses yellow! We were given little toys that were yellow. It was awesome! But on the 31st at Midnight there were a million fireworks! SO MANY! My companion and I couldn't really sleep that night because it was so loud. But it was fun! 
Also last P-Day the missionaries in my zone decided to do a Carnival. Another crazy tradition here in Perú. All the month of February people throw water at you. A way to show your love or something. But us as missionaries were just "practicing" for February. We had tons of water balloons and we just went at it. At the end all of us were soaking wet from head to toe, but it was nice! It's so hot here and the water feels amazing! This Hermana really misses the water! We have a pool that's in our area and every day I pass it and I just want to jump in! Ahh! 
The Zone Water War/Party!
Oh Mom! Please thank the Young Women in the ward for their letter! I received it this week and it made me really happy. Sadly I don't know who half of them are... But thanks anyways. Missionaries love letters (hint, hint) Send Letters please!!
My Letter from the Young Women back home.  Thank You St. James Ward!!
Well I love you all and I'm really excited for this New Year. I hope it brings you all happiness and joy... and wear a lot of YELLOW!!
Con mucho amor,
Herm'ANNA' Karratti
Predicando en Perú