Good to hear from you! Thanks for your emails!
This week, was a good week. It ended really well, with a baptism (picture should be attached). It was for an investigator who is like almost 80 years old. The baptism went really well, and it was a special, nice service. A brother, (his member integrator) baptized him, and Elder White confirmed him in Tahitian! It was super cool, because the confirmation prayer is pretty hard, and he got it perfectly, then gave a nice inspired blessing. Pretty cool :D
This week, President took a trip to Rurutu, and Tubuai, so Elder White and I were lucky, and got to teach a lot! A lot more than 6 lessons that is... :P We taught 19 investigator lessons, and some other lessons. It was a good week, and it felt very productive. We had some good experiences as we both felt like we needed to find new people to teach. We studied PMG chapter nine (finding people) and we both felt like Heavenly Father has got people READY and waiting for our message. Having this in mind, made contacting and other efforts easier, and it made them make more sense. I remember that last week, when we watched Meet the Mormons, I had felt the Spirit, and I felt an excitement and desire to spread the news about Christ, and to really help others go to Him. That feeling carried over throughout the week, and was a good help. I think that feeling, and the feeling of knowing that Heavenly Father is happy with your efforts, are really what makes missionary work so rewarding, and worth doing. The peace, and simple joy that the holy Ghost communicates, makes every thing else calm down, and is so worth fighting for.
Elder White is such an amazing companion. I feel really lucky to be with him. He works really hard, and as we were studying chapter nine this week, he picked up on some opportunities I would have missed. At the baptismal service, Saturday, Elder White talked to a couple who came, and found out that they were taught a long time ago, and that the husband in the couple, would love to be baptized.... :D Wow. That was amazing. We'd like to help him with that. :D
This week, we also had the chance to give some priesthood blessings. There is a member family here, who I love so much. The sister in this family asked us for a blessing once, a few months ago, because she was sick, and because her husband wasn't there. We came, and gave her a blessing with her brother in law. Now, she's doing better, and she just had a baby. We got to stand in on their baby's blessing, and it was a neat experience. This Sunday there were 4 blessings, and 1 confirmation, all before the sacrament. I was struck by the power of the ordinances, and thrilled to have been able to participate in some of them. This sacrament meeting, I got to translate all the testimonies into English, for the Warner couple (I love this couple!) Sister Warner is the mission nurse, and her husband, is such a cool man. They don't speak or understand much french or Tahitian, so we sat with them, and I got to whisper all of what happened in the meeting, in English to them. I enjoyed translating for them, and as I did, I was touched by some of the testimonies. When you have to focus on the meaning of every word, the level of understanding, and of effort put in to listening, really goes up. It was a neat experience. I have loved translating for meetings, and this was my first time with fast and testimony meeting. Sunday was just uplifting.
Speaking of PMG chapter nine, I had a strong impression this week, that I wanted to share with you. As we studied this chapter, I felt very strongly, that the family can prepare somebody for the missionary lessons. In 6 months I will be home, and I felt VERY strongly, that we can get someone ready to follow the lessons by the time I get home. I know that like all our friends are members( all is a slight exaggeration), and I know that it isn't really the easiest thing, but I really felt like the family can do it. I see the efforts of other families here, and I know that having a project, or "game plan" (as Elder Neilsen said) should consist of specific names, and specific goals (such as FHEs and sacrament meetings, leading up to missionary visits). Again, I don't know why I felt this, but as I read PMG chapter nine, I very strongly felt that we can do it, and that we could have someone in our family game plan, to get ready for the sisters in our stake to teach. I'd like to know what you all think about that. I really felt strongly, to ask you about it in my letter home this week. (its been written in my planner since Tuesday)
This week, I have thought a lot about what I'd like to be as a missionary, and what I'd like to be afterwards. I have come to the conclusion,
(long long pause for suspense :D)
that I don't know what I'd like to be afterwards, but I know that I always want to be a missionary. I love my mission. I love the people, and I am sooo glad that I am here. I want to be a better servant for Heavenly Father, and I know that the work we are involved in is real. It feels like a game to some people, and some times, people look at it as a game, or as something secondary to 'real life'. But this has been the most rewarding, challenging, and happy period of my life. I know that Heavenly Father is real, and that His work is real. I am so happy to be a missionary. I love you. And I hope that I will always be able to be a missionary, and to work for Heavenly Father.
These are my thoughts this week.
Know that I am doing well, and that I love you so much! I am so thankful for all that you have given me, as my parents,and for all that you do for me. I miss you, but I know that I will see you when it is time.
Thank you for all your love, prayers, and help.
Have a good week!