Sunday, 28 August 2016

La Fin.

So it's been just over a week since I've been home now and I'm just adjusting to the 'real world' I guess you can say.

I really can't believe that these past 18 months just literally flew by like that. It felt like it was just yesterday when I said bye to my family at the airport. Feeling scared not knowing what the next 18 months ahead of me were going to be like, I was ready for it to happen. I knew it was going to be the hardest 18 months of my life, which is absolutely true, but I'm going to be cliche and say that it was the best 18 months of my life. I am not the same person as I was before. My experiences, what I faced - trials, hardships, disappointments, rejections and sacrifice really taught me a lot about who I am, what I can handle and become with God's help. Overall it taught me who God is and that He is all-powerful and He LOVES each and every one of us! I better understood what His son really do for me and for all of us. I felt the everlasting joy and love that comes from serving Him by consecrating and losing myself to His work. I am forever grateful for the great things I've acquired on my mission for I have never been so truly convicted with the truth and with my testimony. I LOVE my mission. I LOVE the French Polynesia. I LOVE every person I've met and who I've grown to know and love.

So my mission is always something that I'll always cherish in my heart.

But the page has turned. (I'll put a bookmark on it)
And I am grateful for all the stories that were made.
Now I just need to base all my experiences and for the person who I've become onto these new chapters to come.

                                                    (Sister) Arielle Bamba
                                                    Tahiti Papeete Mission
                                             March 4, 2015 ~ August 18, 2016

Monday, 15 August 2016

August 15 2016 - Week 75

Iaorana tatou!

Its so hard to beleive that this week i will be stepping back onto canadian grounds and that i'll be seeing my family again!! 

So because I've only been in my new area for 2 weeks I'm still getting to know people and they often ask me how long I've been on my mission and i don't know how many times I've been reminded that it's almost the end. Honestly i haven't been thinking about the post mission life not nearly close to as much as i should be, and i think I'm going to regret it but i cant help but taking in every minute that i have left with my badge on and being her in Tahiti.

So I love my companion Sister Regnier who is my first French companion and has to be my favourite. I feel so lost in the work with her and is such a great example to me too bad i only had this past week to work with her because my first week with her she had the dengue fever - poor thing! So just when i first arrived in the area i found myself alone working with young adults just trying to get to know the area but it all turned out really well and it shows that the Lord really sent me here for a reason because 

1. I already served in the stake/community so i already knew some members and the area pretty well

2. The young adults who i did splits with was someone i already know when i was in Pirae last December! She lived just down the street where we lived and then i went to her baptism and i had no idea i would see her again in Oremu let alone work with her as she prepares to go on a mission! 
Also the second person i did splits with was former Sr Tehiva my old companion when i was in Pirae who just got home from her mission and is now known as Aurelia! 
Its way cool because i go to the same chapel as to where i went in my first area in Heiri so i see the same old  faces and its so nice to see them again! It brings back memories and gives me a chance to say bye to them
Also in Oremu, there's family of people from Ahe, (the island where i served earlier this year) and this week the branch president and his family and other members had to fly in and are staying in Oremu and the Lord made it possible that we would see each other again before i leave! love it 

Heavenly Father just knew it had to be me to serve in Oremu for the last few weeks on my mission. I feel so blessed! I literally get to see people from all my old areas. 
So two weeks ago i had an interview with President Bize and one thing he told me that i will never forget is that: 
"remember that you're being sent to Oremu not for what you aren't but for who you are, and you are exactly what i need there so don't change who you are"
Being in Oremu has been way cool, so you have to know that Oremu is set on a mountain and that its a steep slope. So I've been spoiled and put in a car to drive all my mission and for the last 2 weeks i get to really suffer on foot and i couldn't be any happier! lol It was hard to get used to but there's something about walking uphill under the hot blazing sun and doing missionary work that makes me feel so happy.
I really do love this area. I've met so many amazing investigators and members and too bad i only get to stay for such a little time.
We had a counselor from the stake presidency take a day off from work to just come work with us, and the minute our bishop gets off work, he comes to lessons and reunions with us and drives us where we need to go.  

So were teaching an investigator Angy and he is so engaged into changing and having his family sealed that we moved his baptism up one week to this Saturday! 

We also have an investigator Pierre who the minute he heard about the word of wisdom and the law of chastity let all of it go and instantly got married, and because he wanted his wife to follow him he brought her t church and we thought that she really enjoyed it but apparently on their way home she told him that she would never join the church and they got into an argument and Pierre really felt discouraged and lost to a point where he was going to let go of everything and stop the lessons and not get baptized anymore. But something happened, he told us that somehow he felt something pushing him, like a force of some sort, come to his lesson we had fixed that afternoon and he came with tears falling from his face. When he saw him he shared his experience and told us ever so firmly that he wasn't going to let go, that he was going to persevere all the way.
Another miracle that we had this week was with an investigator who's been taking the lessons for 6 years! So Simon is 18 and wasn't able to get baptized earlier because of his parents. They would throw all his scriptures and his personal items out the door and told him he would be kicked out as well if he got baptized. He was supposed to get baptized last December but didn't and since then he stopped the missionary discussions. Well last Sunday we started talking to him again and started seeing him regularly this week and because he is no longer a minor we fixed his baptism date and he is now ready and engaged to get baptized!
I am so grateful for the experiences that I've had here on my mission and for the people that i've met and for the little miracles and great blessings that Heavenly Father has sent be and for all that i've witnessed here in the French Polynesia
I have such a sure testilony of His gospel and i am so proud to have worn this badge for the last 18 months.
I can really really say that these were the best 18 months of my life.

ps: i'l still looking for companions(people to be with) when i get back! The fact on being alone sounds so lonely to me

ps2: let me know if any of you have any fun stuff going on next week to keep me busy lol

See you all soon :)
Sister Arielle Bamba
Tahiti Papeete Mission

August 1 2016 - Week 73

Hello everybody,

These past couples of weeks have been so great in Temarua! 

So we had an open house at the chapel and i remember inviting literally as many people as i could; people on the street, members, our investigators - everybody! and usually nobody comes to our activities but i just wanted this night to go well and so great that with the faith that we had and from the efforts made from everyone, that day turned out to be one of my favorite days. One thing I find since being out on a mission is that those days that are just so hard, the ones where you work even harder turns out to be the best. So here in Tahiti not everyone has cars and totally last minute and I'm talking about minutes before the fireside starts investigators and recent converts called us to tell us that they wanted to come but asked us to give them a ride because they didn't have another way and because we cant as missionaries we had to find other members to go pick them up and that is where members are so necessary in helping us missionaries in doing missionary work is bringing investigators to church. So because i really wanted these people to come, lovely members came to the rescue and together (i hopped into their car to show where the investigators and the converts lives)we brought a bunch of people to this missionary fireside (and stayed obedient without breaking missionary rules). And this night turned out to be a hit so many people came thanks to the fabulous members driving back and forth for us like taxis dropping people off.
Like my mom always told me during my super lazy teenager years - when there's a will, there's a way. I am just loving the work more and more know even though work is hard. Time is literally disappearing but I'm just really happy that when deceivingly disappointing moments come or when it gets tough and super stressful, I've learnt to stick through it and give it my all. That reminds me of a scripture in Matt 16:25 
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

And it took me a long time to be able to do so but these past couple of months especially in this area in Temarua as an stl I've never cared any less of myself and I've never felt like I've loved this work so much!! 

I never really felt trunky until i spent that Pday last week with my mtc district, then the day after i did a split with sister Lavelua who is from my mtc district and being with them just made me realize how far we've come but at the same time being together, realizing that we were going home, the trunkiness hit me. Its ok I've still got a whole lot of fuel left and I'm super pumped because I got a surprise call this last Friday saying that I'm being transferred for the last 2 weeks of my mission! yeah funny, no joke! i am just stoked and ready to give it a big one to make a big bang to finish off my mission. 
So you know its official when you get a mail saying that you're invited to give your homecoming talk 3 Sunday from now at church. You're all invited! 

Love you all!!

Sister Arielle Bamba
Tahiti Papeete Mission

​Saying bye to Sister Shariatmadari because she left to go to an island this morning and I'm never going to see her until she comes home in November
 We watched the heiva this week which is a big Tahitian dance festival
Sister Morrill (my companion), me, Sister Lehartel (who is now in Australia), Sister Lavelua, Sister Totele, Sister Sovouai, and Sister Tuihani (our daughter)

July 25 2016 - Week 72

Hello everybody!

This week has been an amazing week that i can tell you guys that Heavenly prepares a way for His children to come to Him when we do what He expects of us to do! what can i say miracles continue to happen this week but because I don't have too much time this week, ill tell you all about it next week! 

P-day today was super hectic but our crazy adventure was exactly what i needed! My MTC district wanted to spend some last good times with each other before we separate so we took a boat to Ian island called Moorea to chill for our p-day. And because i don't really have time to write you all, ill just send you photos of what went down today....

We visited dolphins, and turtles
 Family time! So me and my mtc district aren't still sick of each other
  Yeah these are 5* hilton resort bungalows

 No I didn't get in the water :)

Sister Arielle Bamba
Tahiti Papeete Mission

July 18 2016 - Week 71

Hello everybody!

Tick tock tick tock.
So this week just passed by. So many things happened. So we got a call one night saying that the next morning we had to pick up a new missionary that my companion and I had to train! So we had to cancel almost all pf our lessons for the next day so that we can go pick up our new companion and drive the other sister around to do transfers. So our new companion is Sister TUIHANI who is from a tiny island just beside Ahe where I served and she is the coolest thing ever. She is exactly what you would think somebody would be from the islands - super cool and humble! 
SO miracle this week! 

Because sometimes missionary work can get hard it was hard seeing the fruits of my labours. Well because going to church is soo edifying I really enjoyed a talk that was given which was on the topic of what place Christ has in our life and that we need to put Him before everything - our work, even our family. So recently I've been praying really hard to know what I can do to help my area, to do the work that the Lord has prepared and there was a scripture that was shared from the talk found in John 15: 5 which says: I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

So I told myself that maybe I can focus more on the Christ and strive to have Him more with me - to be a better representative of Him. As we live our life, sometimes we miss align ourselves from Christ and no matter who we are we can always come closer to Christ. One thing that my companion always says that I like," you can never have too much faith" so we can always come closer to Him. 

So I'll get back to the miracle... just after church we had lessons fixed and had planned to see our first investigator and after pulling up we didn't even notice but other people were walking by and one of them taps on the window and I didn't recognize her right away but she said she's been wanting to see us and to my surprise I got excited and we gave each other our contact info and set a rendez vous. So I found out how I knew her and I remember meeting her one time from contacting and she said she couldn't receive us because she was busy, so then i asked her what changed her mind and she said that she has always been wanting to see us but she was just too busy at that time but now she is ready! So I know that everything that we do is written in the heavens and I know that Heavenly Father is counting on us on doing even the tiniest things even though we might think they have no impact - they do! Time will come when we will understand the real reasons why they happen. This person wasn't ready then, but she is ready now. And even if we didn't show up at her door at the right time, if we didn't she wouldn't have known who we are and she wouldn't have known where to turn to. I love missionary work!

Sister Arielle Bamba
Tahiti Papeete Mission

Monday, 11 July 2016

July 11 2016 - Week 70

HeIIo Everybody,

Sooooooo I have 1 transfer Ieft!!!!! that means 6 weeks! this is UNREAL I don't even know what to think reaIIy and ha no I'm NOT a trunky.

Sister MorriII and I have been working hard and we've found some really awesome peopIe. I seriousIy am going to miss having to meet Tahitians everyday because they can be the most interesting peopIe haha. They can be the most heartwarming people ever, for those who accepts us missionaries! haha

So this week we were teaching an investigator and just before starting her husband puIIed in and we asked her if she thought if her husband would like to come and she laughed and she said he doesn't want to do anything about reIigion and then when he walked in I thought to invite him anyways and he just laughed and waIked away. I didn't think much after but as we were doing the Iesson I could see the husband listening in and about after 10 min he puIIs up a chair and sits to listen! He even had questions going in the end!

No matter who we are, Heavenly Father can soften the hearts of His chiIdren. IittIe by IittIe i know that through the doctrine of Christ's church and by the spirit anyone can change. 

Sister Arielle Bamba
Tahiti Papeete Mission

June 27 2016 - Week 68

Hello everyone

Know that I miss you all so much even though I haven't sent out an email for like 2months! The mission has just been super busy and I find that Internet and computer access and even time has been hard to find. So I'll just fill you in on what happened recently.

So my companion sister Kaiha finished her mission and I was the one to kill her. We stayed 5months together and it was a blast. I love serving with her because she showed me how to persevere until the very end. So Sr. Kaiha had a super super bad herniated disk and for those who doesn't know what that is well it's a back problem that hurts really really bad. Well because she wanted to finish her mission really bad, she did and with honor. What a champion. Well the day after her release she got operated and is recovering. :)

So right now I am sister Morrill from Alabama and it's been fun. It's so different being with an English speaking companion because I've always been with French speakers. I had and awkward time trying to switch into English with her haha. 

So a couple weeks ago we had the privilege to have some general authorities come here to Tahiti. We had Sister Reeves (the 2nd counselor of the general RS presidency) and her husband, sister McConkie (the 1st counselor of the general YWs presidency) and her husband, and elder Pearson (from the 70) and his wife. So this had to be my favorite mission conference by far and was a spiritual highlight. The messages were, of course, focused on missionary work and this just gave me the focus and the motivation I needed of how I wanted to end my mission. 

So apparently I have 7weeks left. Yeah where did that come from? Yeah no I'm not trunky and I am so not ready to go home. I just want to go home without any regrets and literally give my heart and service to all the people of Tahiti while I can. So I'm going to take some of the messages I heard from the general authorities by giving 10%more of myself which isn't a lot but makes all the difference. It's the little things that counts. I want to go home with the Lord proud of the work that I've done for Him and be accepted of Him. So for the general authorities all the missionaries sung a song for the intermediate hymn and it was "I'll go where you want me to go" done in a beautiful arrangement. It's a song that we sing for the missionary concerts and honestly it wasn't ever my fave song to sing for the concerts because I thought it lacked dynamics but is really decent as an arrangement. But when we sang this song this day, the whole room was filled with the spirit that that every person in the room was teary eyed. I realized how beautiful this song was when I sang as I testified this song. It was a beautiful moment.

So I'm not going to lie, Sr Kaiha and I were having a really hard time in the area. We had a really hard time finding success. There was even one day that every house stopped by, we had continuous rejection. I've never felt so rejected, mocked at and yelled at in my life. My companion and I just had our heads down and I Thought to myself "how could people reject God's servants and His messengers???". I then thought of my Saviour Jesus Christ and he himself, being the Saviour was rejected, mocked, yelled at, spit at and even killed. It never was easy for any of Gods messengers and prophets. I then had a greater appreciation of all the prophets that gave their service to the Lord and of course to my Saviour and Redeemer.

But there are still people who accept us even if finding these people are like a needle in a haystack. This week we found the needle, who's name is Sabrina. So after we met her, we fixed another appointment with her for yesterday and this lady recognized the light of Christ, that when she shared her the scripture Mathew 11:28-30 and when she said that this concerns me, I felt prompted to invite her to baptism and without a doubt, she accepted. The spirit was so strong you couldn't deny it. 

This church is true. And I'm so grateful for it because without it, I literally don't know where I would be and I am so grateful for the opportunity I have to share it with others. 

Sister Arielle Bamba
Tahiti Papeete Mission