Sunday, 31 May 2015

May 25 2015 - Week 12

Bonjour toute le monde!!

I can't believe it but I'm in Tahiti!! I love being here! It was only the other night that I realized that I was going to live here for the next 15 months! In fact to be honest on my first day I was like, what am I doing here? But then the next day my perspective flipped over and I felt like Tahiti was my home and that I  was looking for the next months to come! So I have to tell you about my companion! In fact she's from here in Tahiti! Bora Bora to be exact! I am so glad to have her as my companion because eventually I would be able to understand her and the rest of the Tahitians. Which brings me to the point THAT I CANT UNDERSTAND ANYTHING. In the MTC I was pretty confident with my French, then I got here and started teaching lessons to Tahitians. Luckily, this week, I have been teaching in a companionship of four so then there's less pressure for me, but then starting tomorrow, it's just my companion and I. I'm assigned in the Heiri area and there's just so many lessons that we have to split up. In fact all that we've done here are lessons. We never have time to do contacting or anything like that. We had 25 lessons this week. Heiri is going strong. If there is anything I've learnt' its that the Lord really has prepared his people here to accept His gospel! and I am soooo stoked to take part in this work because there are so many people that need the gospel in their lives and so many people here in Tahiti are willing to learn! I have so many cool stories to tell but so little time! Next week for sure! But I would just like to tell ya'll that I made it! Finally! I'm safe, in fact I'm in paradise so I can't complain too much!


Sister Arielle Bamba
Tahiti Papeete Mission

Wish I can say this is the view from my house back home. 

May 18 2015 - Week 11

Pictures from the last week in the MTC !!!

Friday, 15 May 2015

May 12 2015 - Week 10

Ia ora na!

So this must be email number 11 for me! AAAAhhhhh I can't believe I leave the MTC this week! SO my district and I were freaking out as we walked into the mailroom to go grab our travel plans. So all our cameras were set out and ready to roll. So I got it all on video, such a happy moment, one that we were definitely waiting for! So I leave the MTC at 6am on Monday in the morning and we land at Tahiti in around 11pm so its going to be long day of travelling! I'm so happy my whole district got stuck on the same flight! I honestly don't know how its going to go down when I have to say bye to them!

So this week was a great week! Since its our last week here at the MTC, I wanted to reflect on the 11 weeks that I've been here....and its been great! Honestly such a huge blessing! I cherish the time here so much and I would not trade any of it to be in the warm beaches of Tahiti. 

So I got to experience one of the best things here at the MTC. So every week, the missionaries here go teach TRC where we teach members of the church who volunteer to come in to have a lesson taught in your mission language. They either come in person or do it over Skype So after Soeur Stosich and I taught our lesson to a Sister who just returned home from her mission from Tahiti, another companionship from my group was just finishing up their lesson over Skype and their member they were Skyping was from Tahiti! and as decided to listen because the member had the cutest son ever! He had to be one years of age, but as those missionaries finished off their lesson, the lady started balling and started bearing her testimony. So apparently she has been praying to have more patience in her life and these missionaries just answered her prayers by sharing a message on patience! SO as she was crying her one year old son was wiping her tears with her pajama pants! way cute! And to top it all off he then grabs a Mormon pass along card with Jesus Christ on it and then he uses that to wipe off her tears! It was the cutest thing ever! Even at the age of 1 he knew that Our Saviour Jesus Christ can take away our pains and heal our hearts. He definitely reminded me of that for sure! 

So you guys know about the Tahitian Troubles err I mean Tahitian Trebles...(You guys wont be surprised how suiting the first option is if you meet my district, plus we're practically a group of sisters) Anyways lately being well known from the MTC Presidency and their wives, they keep having us to do musical numbers! So literally in the mail we get an envelope saying "thanks for being willing to sing for us" even when we had no idea it was coming haha. At first we would joke about it, but then they were actually being serious, then they just got carried away. Haha no we love it. So last Sunday we sang for the devotional in front of the whole MTC!!! To almost 1000 people! I was terrified! President Bertasso ( the MTC 1st counselor) actually wants us to sing for our last devotional next Sunday in the middle of his talk! So we're excited for that! In fact he was going to go through a dry run for his talk later this week for our district so we get a feel for the song! ITs not the first time he came in to our class. One time he gave a lesson on deep doctrine and for the 2 hours he taught us, I learnt more than I ever have in my life(our district made a deal with him and he lost on his part of the bet so that's how he paid back-so worth it).

I Honestly don't know how I feel about leaving out to the field! Mixed emotions but I'm trying not to think about it too much to be honest. I've been hearing it lately that the last week here is the hardest you want to work. And to be honest I have been feeling "trunky" on my last week and I haven't even left for Tahiti yet! My branch President is awesome and he said to be careful that we don't leave the MTC thinking "I wished I did that", or "I wish I worked harder to...". And honestly I have been terrified that I will feel that way! So what my teacher taught us is that we should look at things is to look past the point where you're aiming for. For example, when you run a race and just when you could see the finish line, the last thing you want to do is to look at that line. What you want to do is to focus on that tree about a couple hundred meters away, that way you don't slow down to the finish line, you want to sprint all the way through, sprint the hardest you ever had in fact. Finish strong my friends. 

So I better leave and start packing! Ahhhh! But to to give you all an idea of how long i've been here at the MTC, a fellow sister in my district came up with rough, but somewhat accurate statistics:
Days Spent in the MTC - 70 days, and only 6 more to go
Hours Spent in a classroom - 605 hours
Lessons taught - 108 lessons taught (86 in French, 22 in Tahitian)
Number of Investigators I have taught - 10 
Number of people I have seen enter the MTC - 2756
Number of people I have seen leave the MTC - 3218
Number of Devotionals I have attended - 26 {1 Apostle (Elder Cook), 19 "Seventies"}

Next time I email you I'll be in Tahiti!!!


Sister Arielle Bamba
Tahiti Papeete Mission

 The Picture we took with the MTC presidency before we sang!
Getting travel plans! With Sis Driggs and Sis Winter who are going to the West Indies French speaking!

Me calling my family on mothers day!

Friday, 8 May 2015

May 5 2015 - Week 9

Ia ora na ia outou I teie mahana nehenehe!

So I heard that Google translate doesn't translate Tahitian...lame. It means hello to you this beautiful day! SO I'm in a really good mood right now! So many miracles, such a great day so far! 

Well what makes my Pday so great is that I have the opportunity to the temple! I love it so much! The Provo temple is so huge I love being in there! It's beautiful, I learn so much, its amazing. Then of course you can't leave the temple without going through the cafeteria. After eating the same rotation of food for 10 weeks, you want to have temple food. And its so worth it! I can most definitely say  that all the missionaries in the MTC agrees with me. Cool things happen in the temple cafeteria, this one time I met a temple worker who was grabbing lunch who my district started talking to and we found out He was from Cape Verde! I love Cape Verde! I went over there last summer and it was one of the best experiences ever! I actually met this one sister heading over there and when I found out I practically yelped, well it was more like a squeak. I was excited OK. But yeah I was  soooo stoked for her. 

So today after the temple, just as we were about to leave we found out our Teacher was in for a session so we waited around, hoping that we'd see her. eventually we decided that she probably left so we walked back to the MTC. Then as we were walking through the gate, we ended up talking to this girl who seemed our age who was applying for a job at the MTC and as we were walking and talking, she asked if we could help her get through the MTC. And of course, as Mormon missionaries, we were going to help her.  As we dropped her off to the lady in charge, that employer asked us if we could help her, and of course as missionaries we said yes. So apparently, this lady was in charge of real investigators and having missionaries teach them and apparently she was short of missionaries. She asked us if we could stay and give a 20 min message, but thought that the 5 of us sisters would be too overwhelming so basically the other sisters volunteered my companion and I to go do it. TO be honest, I was kind of worried, because obviously my companion and I weren't prepared, It was our Pday and all was just planning to take a nap after getting back from the temple. Also I didn't even have my scriptures on me. SO I didn't know what to expect. I knew that it was going to be interesting though. So my companion and I walked into the room where the investigator was and there was this nice girl, who seemed college aged sitting on the couch. The lady in charge didn't give us much instruction, just that we had 20 minutes and that she'll let us know when to wrap things up then she closed the door then left. Soeur Stosich and I introduced ourselves and got to know the investigator. Her name is Shannon, she's 23. She seemed super sweet and as we got to know her, we found out she's lived in Utah her whole life, and she's seen missionaries walk up and down her street numerous times, she's aware of Mormons and she's definitely seen them knock on her front door as her mom slams the door on their faces. She doesn't know much about the church So as we were talking and got to know her we gave her messages that we felt prompted to share based on her needs. Finding out that she has a 3 year old daughter who she loves so so much, we talked about the miracles and the blessing heavenly father blesses us with, we talked about how the gospel can bless families, we talked about prayer and how we can communicate with him and shared experiences that we all had, we talked about the holy ghost, and how we can recognize it in our lives. Shannon also asked about the Book of Mormon and she felt content and felt she understood the purpose of it more. We were then warned about the time as the lady  in charge popped her head into the room. I then asked Shannon why she wanted to know more about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and she basically described her needs, concerns and everything that she mentioned I know that the church and this gospel can offer her. I bore my testimony and told her basically everything she wanted to hear and how this gospel and the church can bless her life and her daughters. At the end I couldn't help but just off the couch and give her a hug. After Sister Stosich and I walked out of that lesson, we had the biggest smiles on our faces. I was so happy, Shannon, is amazing and I feel like I could relate to her so much. She needed to know that Heavenly Father was there for her and that there is a purpose in life and a purpose in all the things that we face. Its amazing to see how at the end of the lesson, you can see this look on her face, a new face of hope, understanding and a greater face of faith. Those 20 minutes talking to Shannon was probably my most favourite MTC experience so far because of the light that I could tell that was growing within her, that light of Christ , she was starting to recognize and that she was willing to find more about and that she realized that it was something that she wanted in her life. Ahh it was soooo good! I still can't stop smiling about it! I want to stop by and ask the lady in charge and ask when Shannon comes back! 

So the reason I'm so happy is that this is my first lesson as a missionary with a real investigator! Who knew it would happen in the MTC! and the fact that I had this opportunity and how I was lead perfectly into it is another testament to me that all things happen for a reason. And that as we are willing to serve the Lord, even by little acts of kindness, you can be an instrument to the Lords work. So whenever you have the opportunity to serve somebody, grab the chance if you can. I know that you can work through the guidance of the Lord and help him answer the prayers of other people. In fact we should be asking and looking for ways to serve. I know that great things happen after that, and that it will give you great joy. So this week, look for opportunities to serve, and always be willing to do so.  

So today is Cinco de Mayo and to celebrate, WE HAD CAFE RIO! and it was the first cafĂ© rio I've ever had and after hearing soo  much about it , I couldn't wait! So Canada doesn't have a variety of Mexican joints. I had the sweet pork burrito and it was still warm! Wait, sister Bamba, you're in the MTC how did you manage to get fresh CAFE RIO? Well My district happens to be the best district and we happen to talk to the right people. We're already best friends with the MTC Presidency, and we happened to make a little deal with the MTC cafeteria manager. So that's whats up for today. Its probably been one of my most favourite days.

Sister Arielle Bamba
Tahiti Papeete Mission

 This week, alot of things actually happened, a new french district came in! Theyre way cool!  Here they are!
Here's the Cafe Rio....
and here's another picture of the best district ever....

Friday, 1 May 2015

April 28 2015 - Week 8

Ia ora na ta'u mau tiare iti!

So I just found out! I have 19 more days until we leave the MTC woooo... I mean until we head off over to Tahiti!

This week has been a good week, an emotional rollercoaster if I might say. Lets start off with the sad stuff first. So the two other districts from our zone of the Elders going to France left yesterday and it was one of the saddest days here at the M​TC. Remember 6 weeks ago when I talked about having new Missionaries come in and how excited I was, well they're in France right now, off in the field about to do great things. It was just the fact that they were such good missionaries that left a huge impact on my district and whom we've come so fond of. Its ok we're so excited for them. France better watch out because of the amazing young missionaries coming their way.
They were such a happy bunch.

Ok now for the good happy stuff. So here at the MTC amazing things happen on the daily. Because everybody's so in tune to the spirit, there's always something uplifting and inspiring that people share and do that just make my day. Last Tuesday we had Elder Wilford W. Anderson came in to talk to us and he gave an amazing talk for not only missionaries but also for members. He talked about 3 types of knowledge's; mind knowledge, heart knowledge, and soul knowledge. Mind knowledge is basically knowing the facts or in other words being taught, studying and knowing the doctrine. This is essential but not sufficient, we need heart knowledge, which is the desire and true understanding which edifies us. Then there's the soul knowledge which is becoming. Like in music when we want to perform a piece, to get there it is needed that you memorize it (head knowledge), then you need to feel the music (heart knowledge) , and lastly you need to get the music in your fingers (soul knowledge) which is only achieved through practice. And he taught that we only come to know god by playing his music, which means we need to do those things listed above. For me they're all important but what stood out to me was the soul knowledge, the application to all what we have learnt and desire to achieve. Its so important to practice, practice and practice and  let our spirits grow brighter and brighter each day and as we do that we will be able to come to know our saviour more and more. So personally, what I've got from that is that I needed to apply all the spiritual uplifting things that I learn whether it be from a talk, a lesson, a devotional or a study session and take something I've learnt and challenge myself to apply it in my life somehow. Something specific so that I may be able to improve myself continually because I'm a pretty passive person so I can definitely work on this, and life is all about improvement and progression. With that said I would also like to challenge this to ya'll as well. 

That devotional was so great! Last Sunday's devotional was so awesome as well! President Vai Sikahema came over to talk to us. If you don't know who he is he's a stake president from the Philadelphia/New Jersey area (not really sure) but he talked about missionary moments he's had recently and miracles that happened during his mission. He's got great stories and they're quite hilarious too. It was entertaining because He's a new anchor from NBC channel 10 in Philadelphia so he like to talk and crack up jokes haha. He also was in the NFL, and was great at it. He played for the Cardinals, the Eagles and something else. He had so many great missionary moments because he loved talking to people and gave EVERYBODY a Book of Mormon. Such a cool guy.

Its funny because people who work/serve here at the MTC recognize my district and I here because we have been here longer than any other missionaries in the campus right now! The 9 weekers just about left or are leaving. It's all good, I don't think I'm ready to say bye to my teachers who are absolutely awesome! Imagine full time college students who are literally not even 5 years older than you, who are so spiritual and care so much for your well being and do everything they can to help you and give you tips and share amazing stories and miracles about their missions. I love them. I can't  wait to meet more missionaries just like them out in the field! 

Alright, well other than that its been the same old same old here at the MTC. Everything else has been the same including the food. The only thing that's different are the new sets of missionaries that come in and the construction that's going on here. For fun my district likes to look out the window from our classroom and watch the workers pour concrete. But other than that that's all. I still love it though...

Well That is all here at the MTC
Until Next week!

Au revoir

Sister Arielle Bamba
Tahiti Papeete Mission

My study books! left pile are all in english, middle is all french and the right are tahitian stuff. We study hard core here at the MTC.