Ia Orana tatou! (literal translation: May you live, everybody.)
Person Highlight: Mami Sarah
First of all, President made transfers last night and Soeur Naylor will be going to an outer island, Raiatea!!! We cried but she is going to have amazing experiences over there, etc. Difficult quand-meme.
We had a baptism this past Saturday for Mataihau!! I gave the talk on the Gift of the Holy Ghost and spoke a little Tahitian. It was a very unique baptismal experience. She is the first in her family and her parents are taking lessons so she's already a great example!
I have officially not yet tried to eat fafaru, fermented fish. It's a big deal here and pretty much all Tahitian missionaries try it at least once on their mission.
I just realized that I will have to give my companion's talk in 2 weeks since she wont be here... But I should mention that my new companion will be Soeur Derrick who is actually in the same house so she'll just move her stuff into my bedroom right next door! Shes great!
1. My comp and I made homemade granola bars with nuts and raisins and it's one of the best stable energy snacks to take and go.
3. My incredible companion, Soeur Naylor who is leaving Wednesday afternoon for Raiatea!! So sad last night but Raiatea is going to be incredible.
I really love my ward/sector of Tipaerui (Tip-air-oui), the members are really strong and the investigators are by & large progressing!
Person Highlight: Mami Sarah
Mami Sarah is about 86 years old and is so sweet and likes to hold my elbow. She takes care of her 56 year old daughter who has a learning and growth handicap and she is so patient. Lessons are in Tahitian with a little French mixed in. Her husband passed away a few years ago and she loves to share an experience of tears running down the side of his face right after he died. The word in Tahitian for tears is "pape mata" (trad. "water of the eyes"). She has about 3 functioning Ford Mustangs in her yard.
Spiritual thought: (pensée spirituelle) Doctrine and Covenants 33:16 The Book of Mormon is scripture that is written by ancient people to edify and fortify our faith in Jesus Christ. There are three members of the Godhead: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost will enlighten our minds with peace and calm when we encounter truth. That is why the promise at the beginning of the Book of Mormon invites all people everywhere to read its content, reflect and meditate on its meaning and application, and to pray. Through prayer, we communicate with Divinity. Never underestimate the power of a sincere prayer. If you feel the warmth and peace of the Holy Ghost, that is God the Father confirming its truthfulness!
I hope everyone is taking vitamins- with all of the running and hiking we do, Ive started taking Iron and Vitamin B-12. Make sure to eat carrots, they make your eyes stronger.
Ua here au ia outou,
xoxoxo Soeur Carter