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 :)
Let me know how it goes :)
Sister Arielle Bamba
Tahiti Papeete Mission
Tahiti Papeete Mission