Sunday, 26 April 2015

April 21 2015 - Week 7

Ia ora na! Hey guys!

Well it snowed this week here in Utah which was magical! Then there was this one day when it was super windy that because of the dry dirt landscape here there was basically a sandstorm.  Other than that, this week was fast, it literally zoomed right by. So remember how i said last Monday we started to learn Tahitian well the day after was my preparation day so the day after (Wednesday) was technically my second day of Tahitian. Well I had TRC which is when missionaries in the MTC basically teach members in the mission language and guess who had to teach in Tahitian on their second day of knowing the language? Yeah well that was interesting. Funny story, we were assigned to go into this one room where our investigator was waiting but then another pair of missionaries took that room so then Soeur Stosich and I were left with this last one but just before we walked in we said a quick prayer. And Just after I said "Ia ora na!" he said "Buenos Dias" then my face turned red, said "sorry never mind!" and rushed out of the room as fast as i could thinking wow that was awkward. But then the investigator rushes back out of the room and says "desolee les soeurs" (sorry sisters). I was so mad at him but i was way too confused. So basically that was the only french he spoke from that time on. And the rest was Tahitian. Its been a tough week and I've been tough week when it come to our lessons. I let the language become a barrier but its just so hard. This week should be better though. Oh also as of yesterday our district started doing something different; so since we're at the MTC for so long, my teachers thought it would be cool to start teaching each other. So how its going to work is that we teach in companionship's in french to other missionaries in our district. That way we understand how its like to think as an investigator and get a better idea of how they feel and get a better idea of their needs basically. So yesterday my companion and i taught elder Reese and i honestly never had a lesson so far they went so smoothly. I felt really good with that lesson. Elder Reese played as his best friend whose parents are somewhat catholic but hes pretty much an atheist. I feel like at this point I feel ready to go into the field with my speaking ability in french which is great, then there's Tahitian....Well that's it, its a short one this week.

Au revoir

Sister Arielle Bamba
Tahiti Papeete Mission

 Here's where I've been hibernating in the past 7 weeks. This is the definition of studying hard. Diligence guys.

April 14 2015 - Week 6

So Saturday officially was my halfway mark in the MTC! Which means we have officially moved from french to Tahitian! It also means that if I was learning a language then i'd be gone into the field! Its so sad most people that got here the same day as me are gone out in the field and that just makes me think of how terrified i would be! I don't think I'd be ready to be honest! I think its because i expected to stay here for so long but still! 

 Yesterday was the first day of Tahitian and all i can say that it was very humbling. I felt like I learnt so much within the past 6 weeks and now i feel like i know nothing haha! Yesterday I've never appreciated french so much in my life! French is so easy to learn or at least easy to get by because at least the language make sense, so if you didn't know a french word for something, if you just say the English word and add a french accent to it, then at least you have a chance that you got it right! All the grammar tenses are a different story though! But at least in french i knew what i was getting myself into because of the french i took in high school but Tahitian is a whole new level. Its so hard to make a connection with the words to English so i have to start from square 1. I feel like babies would have an easier time to learn how to speak than me learning how to learn Tahitian and yet my first lesson in Tahitian starts tomorrow. Its ok, I am determined to learn Tahitian though! The mission president in Tahiti was seriously considering in having missionaries stop learning how to speak Tahitian in the MTC because its practically a dying language over there. Only the elderly really know how to speak it. Soeur Johnson told my district though that although french is definitely important because its the language that we'll be using for the most part, that she wants us to make the effort to learn Tahitian because there have been some moments during her mission that because of her ability of speak Tahitian so well, she was able to speak to Tahitians and investigators when her companions didn't know how. She didn't want us to limit the people we talk to because of the language. The thing is that most missionaries end up losing their capability to lose Tahitian because they speak mainly french and that it was up to us during the mission I we wanted to learn Tahitian or not. Also in our calls, it strictly said that we were called to share the gospel in the Tahitian language and it was only later when we were notified that we also had to learn french after. SO Tahitian is the language I was called by a prophet to learn therefore I'm really pushing myself! plus I better take the opportunity because I could be one of the last missionary groups called to go to Tahiti to learn Tahitian.

The BYU mens choir came for devotional on Sunday and it was really neat listening to them! They sang songs under the topic of deliverance of the Lord and they shared how the Lord has helped them throughout their missions as well. They were really good though ,my fave was when they started singing in Swahili (not sure how its spelled) then they started singing songs that made me feel like i was at some baptist church. then they started singing songs from that movie the 'Prince of Egypt' and it was amazing! Everyone in the mtc has been singing that miracles song since. 

Anyways How was your guys week! Here at the MTC its been great! Its amazing to recognize the blessings I've been given by a loving heavenly father! He' answers so much of my prayers especially the ones when the Lord can use me to become a better instrument to Him. Its also amazing to see how he inspires others to answer your prayers! 

Like this one time, my companion and I were praying and pondering and talking over how we can best serve and help and sort out a problem a sister companionship has been having. So basically these sisters are the complete opposite of each other. To be honest I was quite impressed how well their companionship was going for the first 4 weeks they were so different but they loved each other and out of all companionships in the district I did not expect a thing to come out of this one, well, things started to come out loose this week and it wasn't pretty. The problem was that they didn't talk their feelings out and my companion Sister Stosich and I almost came to a conclusion to having a companionship inventory session with them and us being there as the mediators. Yup. But after sister Stosich and i talked about it for an hour, we felt prompted to let it go and have them try to work it out themselves because we wanted what was best for them, they couldn't just let it slip by it solves nothing, but we wanted them to work it out for themselves because they wanted to and they had to make that initiative and learn throughout the process. Glad we did, we sought out help from leaders and we felt comfortable that we made the right decision. Then The next day came by then boom out of nowhere my teacher decided to share a story from her mission and she shared a quote that was perfect for my district especially those two sisters! 

It goes:"Perhaps the greatest charity comes when we are kind to each other, when we don’t judge or categorize someone else, when we simply give each other the benefit of the doubt or remain quiet. Charity is accepting someone’s differences, weaknesses, and shortcomings; having patience with someone who has let us down; or resisting the impulse to become offended when someone doesn't handle something the way we might have hoped. Charity is refusing to take advantage of another’s weakness and being willing to forgive someone who has hurt us. Charity is expecting the best of each other."

I never thought of charity this way and It really did open my eyes more because I always thought that charity was something I didn't need to work too much to improve on. but now that I look at it in this perspective, we can all use charity in this sense. This quote is from Elder Ashton its quite old from general conference in 1992 i think. The talk is the tongue can be sharper than a sword. 

Even this morning during my temple trip I had a long prayer asking heavenly father to help me learn how to become a better missionary because I learnt so much this week about being enthusiastic to share the gospel and that when we teach and testify of the gospel we should transmit the joy we feel and let that light transit through you. So I wanted to be able to do that, basically I flipped through the scriptures and man, God must really love me because I read exactly what i just had prayed for. 

Scriptures and prayer is such an incredible tool and witness of Heavenly Father's love for us. I hope you guys use them often!

Hope you all have an amazing week!
Let me know how it goes :)

Sister Arielle Bamba
Tahiti Papeete Mission

If you ever wondered if Tahitian is any similar to French here ya go.....

April 7 2015 - Week 5


Seriously though don't you guys just love that daffodils and tulips are blooming! Here at the MTC there's great landscaping I love love love looking at the array of flowers as I walk around and skip and twirl and sing my fave songs its my fave thing to do around here.

So I had an amazing weekend what about you guys? It was Easter and general conference! I honestly wasn't excited to sit on the uncomfortable seats here for 8 hours in the cold gym this weekend. But that was the last thing on my mind. It really is a great opportunity to sit and listen to the words of our prophet, apostles and leaders of the church. I felt like I learnt soo so much! for one I love learning more about our Savior Jesus Christ and about his atonement. Someone from our branch president here told us that it is a gift to truly understand the atonement because it really is truly incomprehensible so it really was an awesome opportunity to hear the stories and the analogies and the testimonies that we heard to better understand it. And it was a great reminder to remember the true meaning of Easter! The Americans here really take Easter seriously and by that i mean every single missionary her got an Easter package full of Easter candy and fun stuff except for me. Hahaha. But Easter is all about the savior! Forget the bunny. JK I love Cadbury mini eggs if ya'll could send me those that would be awesome :P

Sunday had to be my favorite day though, general conference definitely hit it but what topped the cake was the surprise the MTC had for us missionaries for devotional. so there's this accapella group from BYU called vocal point and they held a little concert for us! SO I don't know if you've heard of them because i had no idea who they were before, but they're really popular in the Mormon community. then they were also in a show that competed against Pentatonix (famous accapella youtubers) and lost second place to them. So yeah they're really good and sort of well known to some other people. You should look them up or youtube them they sound really good! There are about 9 of them guys and they're all return missionaries attending BYU here in Provo and what was really cool was that they shared  their missionary experiences in between their songs which did apply to us so that was really cool. At first I was curious because it was Sunday so i thought it was weird to listen to a concert type thing and but they did sing hymns which were on point and they had some fun Christmas tunes and fun Broadway type songs no pop of course. They did a really quick meet and greet and my district went up last, so at this point the all the missionaries had left the gym and it was just us with the MTC presidency and vocal point and their gang. anyways Elder Reese, the elder in my district had really really close family friends with people who are also friends with vocal point and came to watch them at the MTC. and we were talking to his family friends and talked about the the song we arranged as a district that we're performing tomorrow. (Oh on a side note that my district in singing for all the new missionaries who comes in tomorrow! So exciting we auditioned last Thursday and we made the judges tear up!) but anyways we ended up singing to elder Reese's family friends and we even got the MTC presidency to sit in to watch and listen because they love us. They've heard us perform the song already and wanted to hear us sing it again. SO basically all this happened and vocal point was still in the gym as we were singing our little accapella thing. We were all terrified but it felt so good! Apparently they were just standing there watching us sing and while we were i could just hear how quiet everyone went when we were singing. But yeah twas a cool experience singing for the MTC presidency and having vocal point listen to us as well.

This week has been amazing though, I've learnt so much about my self that I never admitted to but I was talking to other girls in my district and its weird to let it all out and finally know that I'm not the only one and that I'm not alone, we're like sisters its awesome. I miss my sisters at home so its great to have awesome ones out here on the mish as well.

Oh and generally conference again! Did you guys write down questions and watch general conference then all of a sudden you get slapped in the face because your question had just been answered to so simply and you just feel great because you know that the lord loves you and that he listens to you then you feel wow this is real, prophets really do get revelation from god. Its so great my fave sessions would probably have been Saturday night and Sunday morning but honestly they're all so good! In case you missed it its already up at I was listening to elder Hollands talk on it yesterday during personal study and i still get the chills! What the heck just go check out the talks because they help so much I know there is something in there for everyone! Its great watching it as a missionary because all I could thing of when i was watching it were other people the talks could apply to. Whether it be family, friends especially my investigators! Its really cool to watch it now with a new perspective. 

What else....Oh theres this new sister missionary who came into our district! Her name is Soeur Houbert shes from France! I was so so excited when I found out because my companion and I weren't given any notice if we were getting a new sister or not so it was a fun surprise! She speaks awesome English and I love trying to speak french with her because shes so patient and is so willing to teach us its great! I haven't seen her all day today because she doing international missionary stuff but i only talked to her for a couple of hours but I already love her!
Fun fun fun!

Anywho I better head out! Peace! Na na! Au revoir!
I hope you have a fantastic week

Sister Arielle Bamba
Tahiti Papeete Mission