Monday, February 6, 2017

"Jesus Christ really is our Savior and our Redeemer and that true happiness in this life can come through Him and His Atonement."

Iaorana tatou!

This week was pretty interesting. There were a lot of cool experiences, a lot of not cool experiences, and overall a lot of weird experiences. I'll try to share some of them.

We found a new investigator this week named Paul*.  For the first lesson we taught the Plan du Salut. It was really awesome. He asked some really good questions and talked about how being baptised when you're young doesn't really work because you don't know what you're doing. We also had him pray at the end. He did a really sincere prayer and ended with something like "thanks. Amen." Then he told us that it was his first time ever praying.

We had a few moments this week that were  a little hard. It's always hard when you try to invite someone to come to Christ and they don't accept what you say, and even go against it. We taught an antichrist. That was one of the most interesting missionary experiences. I won't go into details, but it was pretty frustrating. We're going to try to come back again and try to explain a lot of things that he misunderstood. I can only hope that he will realise that Jesus Christ really is our Savior and our Redeemer and that true happiness in this life can come through Him and His Atonement. Talking about the little trials, we taught this guy from another religion who we've taught before, and he's brought up some of the same points about why he thought that we were wrong, but we were hoping that this time he would open up his heart a little more to hear our message. It didn't work. He immediately brought it back to that same point and stuck to it. I told him that although we had different beliefs we weren't there to break his faith but to build it, and we wanted him to do the same for us, letting aside that point of doctrine that he kept bringing up. He agreed, and then immediately went back to that. Well, he basically said in a very kind voice that we were of the devil. He said it like it was his duty as a disciple of Christ to tell us that if we didn't change we would go to hell. Man, I hope that I don't sound like that when I teach. Anyway, I think we're putting him on standby.

We found an inactif named Moroni*. His wife isn't a member, so there's potential there. He said that he wants to stop smoking, but his wife doesn't really want to, and it's really hard for him. In the end, we engaged him to read a chapter in the LdM and pray each day with his wife, along with brushing his teeth after every meal. He cancelled the next lesson with us, but then he came to church on Sunday! We didn't even invite him to church! And he came with his wife. So, along with the little trials, there are also little miracles.

Oh, we talked to some Témoins who offered to give us a bible next week. They were really nice. We're going to try to give them some LdMs, although I don't know if they'll accept them. We'll see.

Last interesting thing of the week: We had some guy call us one day for les cours d'anglais. Apparently the elders before us used to do them, and this guy wanted to start them back up wit his family. I expected it to be him, his wife, and daughter or something, but it was him, his four daughters and two friends. And they told us that they weren't mormon. So we taught seven amis, and set up times for some future cours. They also said that they would bring more people next time.

The Lord's constantly blessing me here at Tahiti. I'm seeing each day lots of blessings and the love of God for the ma'ohi people.

That's all for this week-

Orometua Lewis

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