From one of the people he baptized: Merci d'avoir envoye ton fils pour me sauve, moi et mon epoux.
Monday, September 25, 2017
Monday, September 18, 2017
Sorry we went to Moorea today and came back late so I wont have time to send my email, but I'll try to send it later!!
(That was the entirety of his last email home. However, a couple he taught posted this on facebook with photos)
Bientot le depart de notre elder Lewis il rentre chez lui a Los Angeles tu va nous manquer enormement on taime fort moi et mon epoux merci pour tout seke que tu fait pour nous merci encore grace a toi tu a changer notre vie gros bisous a lundi soir pour ton depart bisouss
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Here are a couple updates on our investigators:We had a really good lesson with Natia, and she wasn't sick of it. She had to go give her bike back to her friend who lent it to her, and she came back on foot for another two hour lesson. We were at the chapelle and as we were discussing she asked who two men were outside in the hall. We explained that one of them is in the Presidency of the stake and the other one was a ward missionary (those two just happened to be there) and she asked to meet them. So we brought them in and she had a nice little interview with president and a little later a member who just happens to live across the street from her came into the room also and we just talked and she quickly became friends with all of them. Then, that member who lives across the street invited her to dinner. Now that is good missionary work.
That's not true.
Monday, September 4, 2017
Iaorana tou'u mau taeae e to'u mau tuahine!
Mark got baptised! It went well. He was a little scared at first, but he pulled through and now he has entered by the gate that leads to eternal life. He still talks a bunch about doing missionary work with us so we're excited to start going with him.
There's one really cool experience that I wanted to tell you about this week. We had a Multizone Confernece this week and right after we had a cours d'anglais so we had the other elders drop us off at the chapelle instead of out our appartement to get our bikes. No one showed up at the Cours d'anglais so we were just stuck on foot the rest of the evening. So we decided to go visit an old investigator that told us that she's too busy right now to take our lessons. We went to her house and she wasn't there, so we walked back to try and visit someone else. As we crossed the street a woman suddenly came up to us and asked us if she could take the missionary lessons. We ended up talking for a while and found out a lot about her.
It turns out her copain is a member inactif and right now they're separated. She's deep in the Catholique church. She's been searching a lot lately for something better in her life, and there is a member that she works with who has told her a lot about our church and proposed that she talk with the missionaries. She also has a close friend who is témoin de Jéhovah who set up meetings with her church, but everytime they had a rendez-vous it got cancelled and she took that as a sign that it wasn't the right path. And then, the evening that we walked down the street she happened to be reading a catholique thing(I'm not really sure what it was exactly) that talked about a light coming into her life and she looked out the window and saw us. WOW. That was a really cool experience. God set that up perfectly. If our english class hadn't been cancelled, or if we had gotten our bikes, or if we hadn't tried to see that old investigator, or if that member hadn't talked to this woman about the gospel, maybe she wouldn't have known what to do to find what she's been looking for. She kept thanking us, she was just so happy to see us.
That's definitely the best experience for the week. Her name is Natia* (the american). We'll see how things go. I'm so grateful for the gospel and how it blesses our lives. God is preparing people to receive this good news, and I know the the Gospel will bless our lives more than anything else in the world.
Okay, I have to go. Faaitoito noa ia outou. Ua here au ia outou!
Monday, August 28, 2017
This was a good week. It's just one of those weeks where you feel accomplished, even if you didn't have a whole lot of success. In this secteur we don't have a whole lot of time to find new people, it's just going to our fixed lessons. We tend to always be late, too. Right now we're just focusing on the investigators that we teach, and things are going pretty well with them. I think the reason why we're always late is just because everyone talks a ton. A TON. Normally one visit shouldn't last more than an hour, but sometimes we're stuck talking to people for two and a half hours. It's crazy. It's a little stressful because a bunch of people expect a bunch out of us and they won't let us take care of other things. But it's all right, that's just life.Actually, this week Elder Tiatia and I got a new companion. His name is Elder Teriitahi and he'll be staying with us until the end of my mission, then he takes the plane to Madagascar which is his real mission.
Brigitte* and her inactif boyfriend, Afu* the other week and at the end they asked us for a few things. They felt a little embarrassed to ask us to help them, but when we said we could, they asked for more. One of the things they asked for was shelves. I'm not entirely sure why they need shelves, but we said we would help them. So we brought it up in our Conseil de Paroisse and randomly someone there told us that he had a spare shelf that he was getting rid of. So we set up a few plans to help them with those needs. I hope it will help Brigitte to open up her heart more. In our last lesson we talked about charity and she realised that she needs to change too, not just Afu. Afu has been working hard to change his life. He comes to the chapelle each week, he's respecting almost all the commandments, he's just waiting on Brigitte right now. We're praying so that they can become a family united for eternity.
He also had us unlock our hearts for two minutes and gave us advice on the second mission, but don't worry, we locked our hearts right back up haha. I've still got the final stretch of the first mission, and I'm not slowing down. I hope by the end I'll be able to quote 2 Timothée 4:7
Monday, August 21, 2017
Iaorana tatou!Wow, it's a crazy difference going from the cool life of Papeari to the fast life of en ville. This week has been packed full of lessons and giving blessings and inviting people to come unto Christ.
Monday, August 14, 2017
Well, yeah, I'll start by talking about the transfers. I had a feeling that I wouldn't end my mission in Mataiea and I was right. This was a huge transfer because 35 missionaries are going home and 30 are coming today. Only four companionships stayed the same, so that was probably the biggest transfer call I've had on mission. Right now I'm in the ward of Pare in the commune of Pirae. Looking back, I realize that Hamuera prophesied that I would go here, but I thought that he was wrong. My new companion is Elder Tiatia. He comes from Utah, but his parents come from Samoa. It'll be fun working with him. In the secteur of Pare is the Hospital, so it looks like we'll be visiting it daily to give blessings to people.This week has been rough. Not only is Mataiea a hard secteur to work in normally, but the transfers started on Thursday, and since then we have done almost no missionary work. However, the Lord never ceases to give us miracles, and we saw some blessings this week.
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