Monday, April 21, 2014

He lives! (Tavararo week #7)

Ia ora na tatou!
Its been a fantastic week this week for Elder Twede and I, very tiring indeed, but we have had some great teaching experiences, as well as some not-so-great... thats the mission right?
Last Monday we had a family night at Y--- and H-----'s home. Im so stoked for the day when Y--- becomes fully active, cuz he'll be a powerhouse in the missionary work. For the family night he invited a couple nonmember friends to come! It was a good family night and the spirit was strong, but sadly one of the friends wasn't to open to our message. The other accepted, but he lives outside of our area. It was a good family night, and  we were way impressed by Y---'s desire to share the gospel already. I love those people.
Tuesday we had another good lesson with H---. This lesson she was way open and talked so much more than she had before, and she said that she knows that this is the true church. So we committed her for baptism for the 31 May, and she said shell pray about it and tell us next week. We're really praying for her so that she can accept this date, because we know its whats best for her! 
Later that day we started the lessons with a new investigator named M---. His story is interesting. He does canoe racing, and in November he took part in the annual races that go from island to island. When he was on the island of Tahaa during the races, he actually took the lessons from Elder Twede and agreed to be baptised. Sadly, after the races ended, he returned to Tahiti and never got in contact with the other missionaries. But, the good news is, we found him last week! It was certainly an answer to Elder Twede's prayers. M--- still wants to change his life and follow Christ. It wasn't coincidence that we crossed paths!
Wednesday night was another great lesson with M---- and her kids. The lesson went very well, and we committed them for baptism like we planned. M---- said that she wasn't sure yet because her husband hasn't been present for the lessons and she would like him to follow her. But her son, K------, agreed to be baptized June 7th! We're hoping that the rest of the family will be able to follow on this day as well. The Spirit is truly working with this family.

After we had our lesson with Y--- and H-----. Sadly they refused to go with May 24th for their baptism. Their family wont be able to make it down in time for their wedding, so they said they'll agree for a date in July, maybe August. When you look at it, July or August is perfectly logical to plan a wedding but for a missionary, waiting that long is an eternity! We asked them to pray more about it, and we'll do a fast here soon to figure out a good date.

Thursday, I participated in probably my first bible bash. We taught this family who was a reference from a member, so we went with the member to visit them. We weren't quite expecting the teach a Sanito, a member from that Reformed Latter-day Saint church. This investigator was a deacon... and she was tough. The whole time she was arguing why women can have the priesthood, with no biblical reference. She was starting to get a little angry, screaming in Tahitian and spitting all over the place. We weren't getting anywhere so we called it quits and thanked her for accepting us. Wasn't really what we had in mind, but for the future i think ill avoid the bible bashing idea. The Holy Ghost ain't there. (And for those who want to understand why God gave only men the priesthood, I'd like to refer you to Dallin H. Oaks' talk during the Priesthood session of the recent General Conference.)

Those are perhaps the highlights of the week. We've had a lot of blessings and miracles occur, and I know its because of obedience. When Elder Twede and I strive to be exactly obedient to the mission rules and the commandments, that's when we succeed.

Spiritual thought, since its Easter! Just a verse from the Book of Mormon in 2 Nephi that explains the importance of Christ's atonement and resurrection. "Wherefore, how great the importance to make these things known unto the inhabitants of the earth, that they may know that there is no flesh that can dwell in the presence of God, asave it be through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah, who blayeth down his life according to the flesh, and taketh it again by the power of the Spirit, that he may bring to pass the cresurrection of the dead, being the first that should rise." I know that Jesus Christ lives. He was crucified for our sins, and on the third day he did rise again. Thanks to his sacrifice and resurrection, we can one day be resurrected and live with our Heavenly Father again.

Voila la semaine derniere! Je vous aime, et je vous souhaite une bonne semaine!

Elder Ball

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