Yeah, the mission's pretty cool. Here are a couple experiences:
Elder Fareata: Tu sais, si tu veux, tu peux te faire baptiser mormon.
Ami: Je peux me faire baptiser deux fois?
Elder Fareata: Oui.
Ami: Okay. Pourquoi pas? Oui, je pense que je veux que ma fille soit dans votre église. Et il faudra que ma femme nous suive aussi.
Yeah, why not? haha. It was a little weird and we didn't end up fixing a date, we're not entirely sure if it will work out or anything, but we'll keep teaching and see if he really wants to get baptised.
The couple that our bishop found are really progressing! We had a lesson with them, and taught the plan of Salvation. The mother of Ari'i* (the investigator) just passed away, and that lesson really helped him to get some relief. At the end of the lesson, they just talked about how they felt peace and relief. And Elder Fareata engaged him for the baptism. So far, we've engaged him every lesson, and then afterwards he talks to bishop, who says immediately: Et le baptême? C'est quand?
So Elder Fareata engaged him and as usual he said that he wants to think about it after the marriage. And After the lesson, bishop talked to him, and posed the same question: C'est quand le baptême? Le 12? And Ari'i said that we had just discussed that and that he wasn't sure. Then bishop said: Et le 15? Ari'iresponded: Okay, je suis prêt. Wow. Little did we know that all we needed to do was fix the date for AFTER the marriage and not the same day as the marriage as we've been doing. So Ari'i and Kalea* are getting married the 12 and Ari'i is getting baptised the 15. It's really cool to see how different principles of the gospel touch different people in different ways. For Ari'i it was the fact that he would be with his mother again. That hope lead him to building faith and acting on his faith so he could get those blessings.
Hamuera and Sefina are doing really well. They always surprise me with the amount of doctrine that they know. We started teaching them the improtance of commandments and on friday we taught them the Word of Wisdom. Hamuera has already been prepared. It's been two months that he's stopped drinking, and seven since he's stopped smoking and drinking coffee. He's well off. It's was a little harder for Sefina. She doesn't even know how many cigarettes she smokes a day-thirty or forty, and she drinks coffee. So we engaged her to stop drinking coffee that day, and to stop smoking cigarettes by the next week, at our next lesson with them. She agreed. Oh, and Hamuera started a fast to help him with his repentance process and to help Sefina to stop smoking. We didn't even teach them how to fast!
The next day we had a Soirée Familiale as a missionary activity and they came. We asked them how they were progressing and Sefina told us that she had gone down to three cigarettes already. They had also been praying to know what date was good for their marriage and baptism and while pondering, Hamuera had a little vision where the number fifteen popped into his head. So they're okay with that being the date, but they don't know which month yet (it's going to be april). So they are going to keep praying until they get more revelation. We should know by Saturday. There are just so many little miracles happening with this couple. I'm looking back a few weeks ago when Hamuera was on standby saying that he wouldn't get baptised any time soon. They've definitely felt the sprit testify to them that this is the truth and that this is the path that they should take in their lives. So cool!
I just thought I would share a couple really cool experiences this week. We did so much but I can't write it all. My testimony definitely srengthens each week. Honestly, there is no doubt that the restored gospel of Jesus Christ will change a person's life for the better.