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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Monday, August 7, 2017
Teie taime, e papai vau i roto i te re'o tahiti no te mea, e mea fiu ia parau i roto i te re'o marite. Aita vau i rave i te mau mea e rave rahi e te faahiahia i teie hebedoma, e'ita ra vau ia hinaaro ia papai i te hoe rata poto roa. No reira, teie to'u mau mana'oraa
Conseil des dirigeants. 2nd photo is with the cook, Julie, who is retiring after many years working for the mission. The Elders and Soeurs love her food!
Okay, I'll stop writing in Tahitian so that you can understand me. Not much has happened this week. We're still working with the same investigators, and there isn't much news from the last time except that we've pretty much lost Manava. It's super hard to contact her. I think it's still good for the mariage this month, but it's not looking good for the baptism.
Other than that, the theme recently for missionary work is helping people have joy. That comes through repentance, baptism, and the temple, so we've made a bigger effort to bring people to the temple because we know that they will experience so much more joy in going to the temple than any other activity. It is the house of God, after all.
So this week we were able to go to the temple with some recent converts and we're setting up a time to go with Maeva. It was cool to see the change in the new convert as she went through for the first time. Afterwards she told us that she wanted to come every week, and that she didn't want to leave the temple. That's the joy that comes from the temple. Here's the deal: are you sad, upset, or worried? Go to the temple, and you will find peace and joy. Take advantage of it, it's really worth it.
Well, I don't have much else to write this week, so I'll leave you with a scripture and my testimony:
2 Nephi, 26
Adam tomba pour que les hommes fussent, et les hommes sont pour avoir la joie.
Et le Messie vient dans la plénitude du temps, afin de racheter de la chute les enfants des hommes.
God placed us here on earth so that we could have joy, and because of the great Atoning Sacrifice of our Savior, Jesus Christ, we can not only have joy in this life but eternal joy after this life. I know why I am on this earth, it's so that I can be happy. I know why I'm here in French Polynesia, it's so that I can help people have the same joy that I have felt from the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
I love you all and have a good week!
Thursday, August 3, 2017
Well, the highlight of the week was the baptism of Poenui. It was good, and her dad showed up! We talked to him. He's super nice, and said he would come to the confirmation also, but he ended up getting sick and not being able to make it. C'est dommage, but we're going to keep trying. Poenui's awesome, and I'm sure that she'll stay strong when she goes to England next month.
Things are going really well with Fetia*. Every lesson she tells us that she prayed to know if it's all true, and every lesson she says that she didn't get her answer yet. So we really focused on helping her recognise the response. At one point we asked her if she believed it was true and she said yes. We asked her why, and she started telling us a story that happened and ended up saying "I already know it's true." Woah. I've never had an experience like that. Basically she already got the answer to her prayers about two years ago, but she just didn't realise it until we asked her that question. You could really feel the spirit when she was talking. So know she knows it's true, and we're moving on with the next step.
It was hard to teach him, that's sure. We had google translate off to the side to help us out. I didn't think I'd ever have to use the How To Beging Teaching points in english, and definitely not the one that says that we might not speak the language well, so if you don't understand, ask questions. I also realized the importance of the spirit in teaching. You can't be too focused on what you're going to say or the spirit can't guide you. Another thing I realized is how hard it must be for these people to try and understand a young missionary's thick accent. Te haere. It's also a good thing I memorized scripture mastery in english. I didn't think that would be very useful.
But in the end, he said he felt something warm in his heart, and we know that was the spirit. I really hope that we'll be able to show him the importance of the gospel and how he can have an eternal family if he follows the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Well, those are a couple fun stories, I wanted to write more, but I got to go. See you next week!
Monday, July 17, 2017
Well, this week flew by fast. There wasn't a whole lot of interesting stuff that happened either. Heiva is going on so work is slowing down a ton. I'm not sure how much we're going to accomplish during July but we'll see what we can do. Last year our mission President encouraged us to take advantage of it to find new amis. Last year I was on Takaroa and it was a little different, but we'll so what we can do on Tahiti.There were just two really cool experiences this week:
So last week we were trying to find people to visit and I had a sudden impression to visit this family. We passed by their house and invited them to come to the concert. It didn't seem like they would show up, but the whole family came! Afterwards they wanted to talk to us, and I was excited because I knew they would let us teach their daughters. So we went up to them and they asked us for the number of an elder who is from france. Well, we almost got in.
Also I was able to go back to Faaa to see the baptism of Paul. So awesome! Those were some of my favorite experiences working with him, preparing him for baptism.Alright, that's the fun stuff for the week. Je vous aime et bonne semaine!
Monday, July 10, 2017
Well, We don't have much time today for emails, so I'll try to be fast. As usual, we've seen more miracles this week than we deserve. It's been a little hard this week to find new investigators. But we have found a couple good families, and each day we see their testimonies growing, and we're going to focus on that. It's no use trying to help someone that doesn't want help. It's sad that they don't want it, but there's nothing we can do. However, if we can make families eternal, it's totally woth every minute.The lessons are so cool with Manava. In our last lesson, we came and she told us that she had a surprise for us at the end. We taught the lesson (in depth plan of Salvation) and at the end we started closing our books and she said "That's all?") So we reopened our books and started going into even MORE detail, I'm talking the book of Revelation and the Millenium and stuff like that. And She just soaked it up. And at the end, she presented her surprise. She and her friend (the member integrator) had spent the five previous hours making cakes for us. Yes!! You can't say now to a homemade cake, even when you're about to go to a pizzeria right after for dinner.
|Random pics with my old DMP of Tautira|
|The baptism of Sefina|
|The baptism of Oliana|
This was my last sunday. We took a picture with all of our investigators at the class of gospel principles.