I'm emailing today on super fast gaming computers with fiber optic today so I'll try and send a lot of pictures. It's a member that owns this place and he's letting us use his computers for free!! so cool. After this, we're going direct to Teahupoo to watch the Billabong pro Tahiti surfing competition!! I'm stoked. All the world champions will be there. We couldn't find a boat though so we'll be watching it from the shore. It's so weird to realize that I was here when that competition happened last year.
This week was good. Still a lot of investigators at church, but none of the ones that said they would come. We taught Tehaunui again and invited him to be baptized. He said yes but not right now. So we've got some more work to do.
We also taught Joanni this week, who is a great kid but isn't ready to give up the things of the world. He's really humble and loves the lessons but he still wants to take advantage of his youngness (jeunesse? what is that word?). We also taught Tumoe and his cousin Ariihau this week. They're two cousins that have grown up without God in their life but are super interested in what we've got to say. Tumoe has some really good values even if he doesn't know if God is there yet, that helps him accept easily the message of the gospel.
This week Elder Packer has been super sick which is rough but such is life in the islands. I got something super bad on Thursday too but it only lasted a couple hours strangely. I took some drugs, slept for an hour and it was gone. weird. Elder Packer got the extended edition I guess.
Lately I've been working a lot on fitness which is hard when members drop off giant plates of brownies sometimes and only feed us good food. As an attack on that I have been running in the morning and doing lots of push ups. I made myself a challenge to do 1000 push ups in a week. It was going alright but I gave up at about 500. Still, It gave me some good aches and burns. So ya, that was pretty much my week.
Yep, that's a dolphin
Spiritual Thought: (Elder Garff has inspired me to starting giving spiritual thoughts to you all. Seeing how I'm a missionary I don't see why you all shouldn't profit from all this good stuff.) Charity: Moroni 7:45-47 I've been realizing lately that charity is half of the foundation on which all commandments rest.(Love god, Love thy neighbor.) If we have not charity we are nothing because we have no drive to turn outward to our fellow men. Life is meant to prepare us to meet God, and God is love. Us, as the human race have the whole and undivided attention and love of an all powerful father in heaven. let us try and have just a little more charity every day and follow what Moroni asks us to do in MNI 7:48.
So hello. I had a great week. I get along with my companion, we have found new investigators, I've seen countless miracles, felt the spirit seemingly more than ever, etc. Oh ya, and I'm just in the best mission on the face of the planet.
Yesterday was excellent! We had 6 investigators at church! After church, we had a barbecue with an investigator and his cousin and started the lessons with his cousin. after that went and gave a blessing at the hospital and saw a little concert the Catholic young adults put on which was beautiful. Ward counsel was a little annoying because bishop didn't want to give us authorization for an activity we wanted to do but oh well, I've got some other ideas.
We have a new investigator that has a pretty rough history. He was in the army and was deployed multiple times to Afghanistan. While there, his troop was given orders to wipe out an entire village by flamethrower which was absolutely too much for him. As a result, he refused and punched his commanding officer and was dishonorably discharged. Ever since then he lives with his relatives, gets in lots of fights and does a little work when he can find some. Evidently he's going back to the army next year because he can't find anything else to do. When we found him, he told us that he hates his old life and just wants to change. After our first lesson he agreed to be baptized if he received the answer that the church was true. He's a great guy, super nice and really humble. He knows God lives and that Jesus is the Savior. I'm looking forward to seeing him get to know the gospel.
I'm sending my pictures home this week (I hope) So there. well all right then crew, that's all. Also cool news, I'm going to finish the book of Mormon in french this week for the first time. SO COOL.
This week was excellent. That's all I've got to say. It's amazing what difference a companion can make. Elder Packer and I got a long so well. Anyway we found a lot of new investigators. We went to look for another investigator but started talking to this guy. Turns out he's a big gang fighter that wants to turn his life around. The day after we taught him the restoration and asked him to pray and if he got the answer that it's true, would he be baptized. He said...oui!! So cool. Other than that we found an investigator that has evidently killed some one, and we met a lot of other people too. It's great. We had some super powerful lessons and felt the spirit a whole lot. Miracles were pouring out of our ears like the good old days!! Anywho, we just got back from Moorea, which was legit. I spent some money, but I don't do that often. So ya, I don't have a lot of time today and we're about to go eat with president Bize and about 15 investigators. K, y'all till we meet. -Elder Clements
I don't have too much time but I'll get as much done as I can.
So my companion is getting transferred. I hope he has better luck with his new companion, a Tahitian. Anyway, alleluia!! Guess who my new companion is...Elder Packer!!! Again!! weird but super cool, we're gonna do some good work here.
I'll send a longer mail next week but voilà I don't really have much to say this week other than that. k, y'all later.