Saturday, 27 June 2015

June 22 2015 - Week 16

Iaorana! Eaha to oe huru?

I'm doing great! Thanks for wondering! This week has been an amazing week and I have been so blessed! Guess what so I got a call from the assistants of the mission president and transfers are coming up next Monday! No I didn't get a call to know who's getting transferred but the AP's (the assistants) wanted be to learn how to drive stick so I could start driving not really because Soeur Erekson is the driver and that means she might leave and I love her so much, and I literally thought she was going to be my mom\trainer for the next transfer! I love my companion to death but she wants to leave haha poor thing has been serving in our sector for 7 months! But yes I hope I do get to drive because I've always wanted to learn how to drive manual but the thing is that we have faatamaaraa'a (dinner appointments) EVERY NIGHT and they feed us so much! I've already gained weight and its only been a month! That's the downside of having a car. 

Alors, so much has happened this week! We went to the temple, then on Friday there was this HUGE activity, sooo many people were there! It was between the stakes of Faaa and Punaauia and and it was something like wipe out/the Disney channel games/ and those Asian game shows! And us missionaries were allowed to participate! My favorite part was when in the stands someone would dance and the whole crowd would follow him and it was just this huge party! I was so excited to be able to dance as a missionary! Don't think it would happen much after that occasion! Haha I might have gotten too carried away! Our mission President is great though even President Bize, our mission president joined in on an activity!

Also us missionaries have been practicing for the past couple month for this concert and our first one was last night held at my chapel and so ALL the missionaries who serve in the island of Tahiti and more participated in this concert and we invited all our investigators and members and the turnout was sooo awesome! It filled the whole chapel and the multi cultural hall there had to be over 500 people there and it was packed! Apparently they're huge missionary concerts. So fun! So my MTC district finally got to sing for Sister Bize the nission pr├ęsidents wife after the concert! She came over and wanted to hear it! the thing was that we haven't sung it in over a month but we just did it then and there and it still was fresh! It brought back so many good memories and feeling from the MTC! LOOOVE my MTC district soo much!
Other than that still working hard here in Heiri! I have been Learning to looooove my ward sooo so much! I feel like I'm getting to know the members, there are just so many great people here that I just look up to, so many members come to our lessons, I love working with them, I have the best bishop ever and my ward mission leader is the bomb! Fingers crossed I don't get transferred!

Oh and shout out to my dad! I love you so much! Ua here au ia oe! Je t'aime!

Sister Arielle Bamba
Tahiti Papeete Mission

 Our Dance Party!

My team flag. And me, the mascot the chinois (Chinese in french)

June 15 2015 - Week 15

Bonjour toutes mes amis!

Wow the weeks here literally pass by! I cant believe that I've been here for around a month now, like what! So I've got to see my MTC district a lot because of this choir practice every pday that we have and its so fun because all the missionaries in the Island of Tahiti come! So apparently I've gotten so much darker this past month and according to them I'm not yellow anymore! Although they still call me chinois and people ask me if I'm chinois all the time here so I guess I'm not as brown looking as I thought. I also had my first mission conference and it was great hearing President Bize and his wife and get to know how they're like a bit more. To be honest though the only french accent that I can understand is Soeur Hubert from France who was in my district in the MTC so I could not understand anything what the Bizes were saying. President Sinjoux though spoke as well, he was the Mission President before Pres Bize and I could understand his talk which makes me so happy! Its been so long since I've listened to a talk and actually wrote down notes! Elder Nielson from the 70 came and spoke to us as well. So to be honest work in Heiri has been slow! But that's OK! Because last week we met this guy named Olivier as we were looking for another  investigator and we started taking to this Olivier guy and he was just so receptive and was very interested so we happened to invite him to church the day after. So in fact Soeur Taputea didn't even end up going to our ward so we weren't there to see if he came and didn't think he'd come so we just forgot about it. (tip, never do that!) So we had a lesson planned with him just last Saturday and we taught him the first lesson and then we found out that he came to Church the Sunday before and that he just sat outside because he had no idea what he was supposed to do so he left after an hour! ahhhh! haha but he came to church yesterday and it was great because he had members to welcome him and he said that he enjoyed it! That night we were going to the visitors center/temple to tour and teach a less active family about the plan of salvation and they happened to know Olivier as well so we invited him just last minute! well that family couldn't go last minute and we were devastated but our ward mission leader saved us and gave us a ride and brought Olivier and also another investigator who happened to be with us! Olivier had a lot of information laid on him that day but he had so many questions that were answered and I know that he is so ready for the gospel that Heavenly Father is providing us so many opportunities to do all we can to get Olivier receive eternal happiness!


Sister Arielle Bamba
Tahiti Papeete Mission

Random Pictures!

 This is Eric. We find Eric and his friends all over the house.

June 8 2015 - Week 14

Bonjour mes amis!

So this week has been a crazy week! So there are 6 sister that live in my house -  there's me and my companion Seour Taputeam then Soeur Erekson and Soeur Hampton who also serve in Heiri, then theres Soeur Marrett and Soeur Smith (yes the one I was with at the MTC!) and those two serve in Tipaerui. In fact we live in Tipaerui which is basically just at the border of Papeete and we have a car to go to Heiri. So Soeur Marrett got the Dingue Fever so she was bed ridden with a high fever this whole week! That meant we had to do splits and Soeur Smith and I (2 newbies) got to teach together! Wooo! Just kidding well I had my companion with us so it wasn't too bad of a tragedy but It was so fun! SO I got to proselyte around Tipaerui for a day or two, even went to church there! The rest of the week was pretty much like that! Going back and forth! So that hike I told you about last week was legit! So we never got to a view In fact it led to a waterfall that we never got to, haha but I felt like we were in Jurassic park it was so cool! We got cross over this river like 3 dozen times that got to our knees, one elder even brought a machete(is that even allowed) but it was a cool jungle expedition. So as for our sector and our amis, I feel like I'm getting to know them a bit better and that I can joke around with some of them! Still not sure whats going on for the most part! But this week I've been focusing on my inadequacies that I was failing to rely on the spirit when I teach. I had a lack of faith in myself and in the lord and in the Spirit, and once I started zorking with opening my mouth words just spat out. And it was just a reminder that I really can't do this without the Lords help. It's the spirit who does the converting so its our job to bring that in the lives of the amis, and I have to let that power work within myself of course so I can share it with others! 

Je vous aime!

Sister Arielle Bamba

Tahiti Papeete Mission

June 1 2015 - Week 13

Ia ora na!

I hope all is well! So this week was a great week! It definitely didn't feel like I was grinking out of a gushing fire hydrant as I did last week! In fact I find that my french comprehension skills is getting a lot better! Wooo! I still don't contribute too much in lessons yet but its coming slowly! Yesterday I had a conversation with a lady at church for like 20 min (in french obviously) and that's the longest I've gotten without making an awkward face trying to walk away because I couldn't understand anything! Wooo improvement! So this week was a quite less demanding than last week. For lessons at least. Since we have four sisters in Heiri we finally had the 2 sectors split up into 2 so there's usually less lessons during the day but there are still so many people that we could go visit and see and contact! Its funny there was one day that all the people that we teach would literally pop out in the middle of nowhere, Like there there was this one time we bumped into a recent convert and as we were talking an ami happens to walk up. And apparently he never shows up for lessons so what better time that to trap him there at the moment to share a message with him. We also had an that recent convert which which was perfect (what are the odds) and he even got to share his conversion story!  I kid you notm this literally happend two nore times that day! What a coincidence (but we all really know it really was ;) its like Heavenly Father was like "here are my children, bring them back to me". Other than those cool experiences,  Also we've spent half of our days in meetings, service and we brought amis (investigators) to the visitors center to do tours! Later a whole bunch of us missionaries are going for a hike! I am so stoked! Because Tahiti is practically a an island with this huge mountain in the middle so I'm excited to see the view afterwards. I might die just in the process of getting there but you know, life's a climb, you just have to endure and look at the blessings it will bring afterwards.

Sister Arielle Bamba
Tahiti Papeete Mission

A little glimpse of how beautiful Tahiti is.