Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Te ora noa ra

     Ya so today I don't have much time again. My companion likes to plan giant activities like every week for the entire zone so we've gotta go change a boat motor and then we're going to a little "motu" right next to the shore (motu=island). I'm really close to coming home by the way so It's getting hard for some reason to find things to say in my letters. This week we have a bunch of stuff going on so it'll be better next time. Zone leader life is going fairly normally...ya I gotta go. Aru'ae!
-Elder Clements

Friday, February 10, 2017

Conseil des dirigeants

     Bonjour. This week was really good. I'm still getting used to being a zone leader and driving this giant van. Today I got  a photoshop free trial on this computer so I've been using up all my time editing pictures... time flies when you're having fun. 

What're thoooooossse?!?! (thank you photoshop!)

     I went to leadership counsel on Thursday at presidents house with all the other zone leaders and the assistants and it was rally cool. We talked and discussed about some new plans for the mission this year. It's really cool because you can feel the spirit really strong. I was the one to make the monthly challenge for this month witch is to have 12 member references per ward before 3 weeks. We've got some good plans that we've already talked about with the stake president (who is awesome).  I feel like not too much happened this week other than that and our zone meeting with the australs. Ya, our zone also includes the austral islands  like Tubuai and Rurutu. We used google hangouts to talk to them and we even made a super cool presentation to give our training and used screen sharing so they could follow it. 
     Alright well that's about it for now. We're gonna go to Carrefour (walmart kinda) and go pick up the others. The church is true and is lead by the Christ Himself. 
-Elder Clements
Our hike to Vaihiria lake

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The Lake

   These weeks just keep rolling past and now I only have less than 4 months till I come home! This week we were able to fix a baptism with a feller. So that's cool and we have even more that are super potential. 
     This week we watched a worldwide missionary conference and things...changed a little. We no longer report the amount of lessons and progressing investigators that we do every week. All we count are baptisms, baptisms fixed, new investigators, and investigators that come to church. I think this will be good because it will help us to teach from our desire for others' salvation and not for the numbers.(see Alma 29: 10) That's already the goal but I think this step will help. 
    Yesterday we had a day that was insane that led us all the  way into Papeete looking for a car battery and that's why we didn't have time to email.

 In the afternoon we went on the most amazing hike I think I've ever done. We hiked up to the Vaihiria lake which is the only natural lake in Tahiti. It is way up in the mountains and was some of the most beautiful scenery I've ever seen with tons of waterfalls falling right next to the trail, bridges, mulitple-thousand-foot mountains encircling us on both sides, and literally zero people. It's kind of obscure because you have to ask permission from the private property owners and even then it's pretty far. So that was pretty legit. 
     Something really cool: There's a sister missionary in my zone that lives in my old area. I ate with her family right after she went to the MTC and before I got transferred and I had felt the impression to tell them that they would be protected and blessed because their daughter was a missionary. I talked to her yesterday and asked if her family had been flooded out like many others in that area (seeing as they live right next to they river too) and she said that every house next to hers had been flooded except for hers. I thought that was really cool and strengthened my testimony that this church is God's church and that he protects those who share it as well as their families. 
     Love you all, have a good week.
-Elder Clements