Monday, July 28, 2014
This weekend, I was able to go to three baptisms. I went to a baptism in my old sector of the couple MATAIO, after that, one here at Papeete, and then, Tupuhina, who we teach, but who got baptized at Punaauia (my old zone). It was really cool to see the light in their eyes. They were all filled with joy, peace, and the spirit. They are each different than when they started. They ended their old lives and started their lives as disciples of Jesus Christ. I'm so grateful for you all! For your wonderful examples for me! I love you all so much! And, I hope you have an amazing week!
Ua here au ia outou ma to'u aau atoa!
Orometua Jessop haha
Monday, July 21, 2014
Thanks so much for the email! That's so crazy that Cody is home (he just returned from his mission in France)! And, he is perfectly right with the Tahitians speaking French ha. It depends where you are from on Tahiti how different the French is, but it is different everywhere here ha. I knew that, but I didn't know everything until we got our new mission president haha. When we talk with them, we have to really think about what we are saying haha. Sometimes it is because we mix Tahitian and French together, sometimes they throw in English words like ice cream, and sometimes it is just because the Tahitians changed their French a little, or a lot, I don't really know to what extent haha. My companion and I talked to Soeur Bize last week and part of the time she was really confused haha. And, as for ice cream: ice cream here is like ice cream in the U.S., but the French word for ice cream, glace, is when you put juice in the freezer and then eat it kind of like a popcicle. I love Tahitians haha!
This week, my companion and I had a really amazing experience! We found someone that God had already done almost everything to prepare and we had the blessing of helping her finish her preparations for baptism. Actually, they're three, Tupuhina Hunter, Taimiri Hunter, and Elsi, two sisters and their cousin. They went to a weekly activity that is kind of like efy, but for the young adults. Then, they came to a baptism in our zone and we took them to the visitor's center at the temple. This week, we started the lessons with them. The first lesson, we got to know them better and talked a little about God, faith, and the Book of Mormon. Then, of course, we invited them to get baptized after they have received the answer from God that it is true. They said of course they would want to! Excellent Soeurs! They had each read a little in the Book of Mormon before, so we ended the lesson with blessings to help them feel the spirit and love of our Heavenly Father. Next lesson, they said that they knew it was true and we helped them fix their baptismal date for the 26 juillet (July 26). I have never wanted to engage someone to be baptized the next week, but I know that these people have already been prepared by God. Their faith and desire to follow God is incredible! I am so blessed to help them continue to grow and strengthen their faith and follow our Heavenly Father! I was able to feel just a glimpse of the love that God has for those sisters and for each one of us. I know that God cares about us. He knows us perfectly. And, He is doing everything He can to help us have eternal families. I know He lives and loves us! Thanks so much for the love and support you give me! I love you!
Ua here au ia outou!
Monday, July 14, 2014
Anyways, this week, I got to go to the temple!!! President Sinjoux didn't have us go to the temple very much; he aways told us that missions are for the living, not the dead. But, President Bize wants us to go every other month, so excited haha! We went last week with our zone to help us with our goals for the zone and then Elder Tehanin and I went again this week with our ward missionary leader. Needless to say, it was a wonderful experience! We really got a new spiritual force by going. It was like our spiritual batteries needed to be charged ha. We had planned to go do a questionnaire in a neighborhood called the mission ha. It is a pretty poor area and my companion and I felt God had really been preparing the people that live there. Then, right before we did the questionnaire, I read Alma 32:1 and the first sentence in 2 and I felt even more strongly that there were a lot of people in that specific area that God had prepared for us. We did the questionnaire and I have never had so many people accept the missionaries. It was incredible! The first house said no and to leave before we had said hello, the second was a member, oops, but every house I talked to after that accepted the missionaries...us haha. This experience really stregthened my testimony of how much this work is really the work of God. It's His! (Moses 1:39) Our Heavenly Father is constantly working to help us receive eternal life. And, He has called us all to help Him accomplish His great and marvelous work! Jacob 5:71-72: I love in these verses that God is working, we are choosing to work with Him. God had already been preparing all of those people and, through us, He will help them receive eternal life. I know that God has prepared and is preparing people and, if we choose to serve Him, we can help God help those people have eternal life. I know, also, that God is helping each one of us. I know He loves us. I know He loves you! I love you! And I love Him! Thanks so much for all that you do! Have a great summer week!
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
|My New Companion|
So so so sorry about the last week and being late this week! It was kind of like you said, the new responsibilities ha. Being the zone leader here, we do a lot for the assistants, too. And, because everyone from the islands came in for the reunion with our new mission president, Président Bize, we had a lot of work to do ha. My companion and I did everything we could do to our e-mails, but, as you can see, we didn't get to ha. So so so sorry! Like I said before, it's different to be a zone leader and it is even more different to be a zone leader to sisters and the assistants ha, but it's so much fun! I love it! And I love my sector here, too! I didn't know if I would like being in town, but I love it! And I love being so close to the temple! We take investigators there at least once a week, but I like to do it as often as I can! The spirit there is truly amazing! I am so happy that we can have an eternal family! I love you all so much! Thank you so much for all you do! You are the best!!!! Have a great week!
Ua here au ia outou ma to'u aau atoa!