Wednesday, 29 July 2015

July 27 2015 - Week 21

Iaorana tatou!

Crazy things happened this week. So I was yelled at by some angry Tahitian man that was getting ready to try to fight us! So background story is his son, Teva who is 19 started taking lessons with us. He saw the difference and the change in his friend Lahaina who recently got baptized. So his dad found a copy of the book of Mormon and freaked. They live in an apartment and apparently the brawl was so bad everybody came out to check up on them and even the dad started yelling at the members who live in that complex. Teva's dad was saying not to take lessons with us, and all about the false things we were saying but Teva just kept saying no dad, I want to change, look at Lahaina, I want this in my life, I know that what the sisters are teaching is true. So then he grabbed a sack of his clothes, his book of Mormon and left his dad that night to stay with his real parents. So know that S Cromar and I were at that neighborhood /complex for practically that whole day doing lessons and left for an hour for another lesson and came back, no joke 5 minutes after it all settled down for another lesson. So a week goes by and we drive by and see Teva and of course we were going to say hi, And as we were talking to Teva, his dad pops up in the middle  of nowhere and comes to the car window on my side and starts yelling in angry Tahitian and then in angry French that I had no idea what was going on, then he starts trying to take his jacket off as he was wanting to start a fight. I was so shocked I really had no idea how to think. one thing that Soeur Cromar and I knew though is that we were protected by the Lord. It wasn't too long until members and the the neighborhood came right up to us to make sure we were safe. It wasn't until then that I realized that the Lord will protect his servants, because even though yes it did startle me, I felt calm that whole time.

Don't worry, were safe, nothing bad happened to us I promise! Although I am praying for Teva! That week, I realized how much people are fighting to have the gospel in their lives. And Teva is wanting these lessons so badly because he knows that through the gospel of Jesus Christ of latter day saints, he can change and find newer and better meaning life, why were really here. We had a lesson with him in our ward mission leader's home and for our closing hymn we sang, "Where can I Search for peace" and from the struggles that he's facing right now, I know that he is in the right path in finding it.

I love the mission!

Sister Arielle Bamba
Tahiti Papeete Mission

Lahaina! aka future Soeur Kohumoetini

July 13 2015 - Week 19


I feel so blessed to be here to see the works and miracles of the Lord! Seriously. So there's this investigator who has been taking lessons since the last year. Her name is Lahaina and is 15 years old and has a crazy smoking addiction as she was first introduced to cigarettes at the age of 10. So the first time the missionaries met her she had quite a bit of things to work on. Also realizing that shes 15, she likes to have fun, joke around and didn't take the lessons seriously for the longest time. So it wasn't until a couple of weeks ago she started progressing like crazy! Her desire to get baptized skyrocketed and her efforts in quitting smoking was undeniable and went from packs a day to 3 cigarettes a day, to 1 a day to 1 every 3 days! She was improving so much, the only thing that was stopping her was asking her parents for permission. So last Sunday she missed her ride to church so she called us and said she couldn't come, but then she came with the decision to ask her parents to drop her off to church. Then just before she got out off the car, her dad made a comment saying that he saw her efforts and the huge change that she has made and basically said that she can get baptized! Then a couple days after  we got to her lesson and found out that she wasn't there because she decided to attend EFY last minute and was there for the week! (We had no idea the efforts of member interrogators is real - I love Church members!) But the thing is that she had the strongest desire to be baptized that upcoming Saturday which her being at EFY and not having her parents written authorization, with them also not knowing that she was making it her goal to be baptized within the next few days was a little bump in the road. But like what I have been saying before, is that the Lord prepares a way for for his work to come forth. Seriously, her baptism was a miracle it happened and it was all thanks to Heavenly Father.

Lahaina's baptism was her best experience ever! all her EFY friends were there, everyone from her neighborhood, and so many members came to support her, all the missionaries that worked with her and her favorites were there as well. Lahaina, only 15 years old was touched by this experience so much I am so proud of her! Its seriously experiences like these to see how the gospel changes the hearts of the people is a reason that I'm grateful to be out here. The power of the atonement is real. Jesus Christ lives. Heavenly Father is out father in heaven, who is all powerful, has us his children in his heart and is always mindful of us and brings forth miracles.    

Sister Arielle Bamba
Tahiti Papeete Mission

Lahaina's Baptism!

Lahaina with my new mom Soeur Cromar

July 6 2015 - Week 18

Bonsoir Everyone!

Ok sorry I missed emails last week it was hectic! Transfers are hectic! But so fun, its like opening your call well not really but just to hear if your getting transferred into a new area and if you get a new companion! So Im stayingin Heiri! WOO! and its sad because I had basically 3 companions who left me! Its all good because my new companion is soooo cute! She is the happiest person ever and I am so excited to continue working with her! Her names Soeur Cromar! Shes from Utah but her mom is Tahitian and shes like related to everyone here and she doesn't even know haha! Heiri is loving her as well! She is just a lovable person!

The couple Wang foo where we received transfers calls during our dinner appointment. Also the wife, her sister is Soeur Hubert from my MTC promotion.

 Ward mission leader Frere Bopp and wife with my old companions Soeur Erekson, Soeur Hampton, and Soeur Taputea.

Faa'a zone. my first zone before transfers.

My new Companion!!

Alright, so a lot has happened in the past 2 weeks! SO many miracles that the lord has provided us! I'll just share one with ya'll. SO you remember Olivier? the guy that Soeur Taputea and I found a few weeks ago? Well, he just scheduled an appointment to talk with the bishop to get his temple recommend! So here is what you've missed:

 So not long after teaching him we invited him for baptism and fixed a date and he accepted for the 27th of June and he was doing to great and was ready and everything but he called the day before and said that he would want move the baptism date to the 25th of July! Like no way that's a month a lot of things could happen in a month but of course you have to respect decisions like that. So we continued on with just that other baptism we had scheduled with Oliviers. So this other guys name was Stellio who has some complications with his wife being against him being baptized. She actually came out of the house one time yelling at us in angry Tahitian. So I've been having this weird feeling about Stellio all day, and then 10 min before his baptism we get a call saying he left to Moorea that morning the day of his baptism! We were devastated and had no idea what to do! We had no idea what was going on and I remember just feeling so upset and let down but Soeur Taputea was like, "nope there's going to be a baptism tonight" so we get to the chapel and everybody there waiting and Stellio still wasn't there!  So Soeur Taputea and Soeur Erekson being amazing and all,  following the spirit, knew that things were going to be ok and it took me a while to realize that. We had no idea what to do, so we walked into a classroom and just knelt down in prayer for guidance and to bless Stellio that he is safe and for Olivier because we knew he was prepared for baptism and to help us know if it was the will of the Lord for us to have a baptism that night. So the answer to our prayer was pretty clear because guess who was the first person we ran into out of the classroom....Olivier! We asked him to come talk to us and got back into the classroom and discussed with him our experience that had just happened not too long ago and asked him if he was willing and will do what the Lord wanted him to do. He said a very sincere yes. Then we invited him to pray with us right then to see if it was the will of the Lord to have him baptized that night. Well I guess you can guess what happened from there. 30 minutes later I saw Olivier enter the baptismal font and enter a covenant with Heavenly Father.  I  feel so blessed to experience something like this and I learnt so much!

1. Prayers are always answered! 
2. Always follow the spirit! If you follow the spirit and seek for its guidance the lord will bless you so much for it
3. When things turn out unexpectedly, dont look back because I did and almost didnt realize #4
4. The Lord has a plan for his work. if you are prepared to recieve miracles he will give them your way. 
5. Prepare yourselves and look for miracles, dont wait for them to happen.
I have the best companions ever who teach me so much! So blessed!

I love you all

Sister Arielle Bamba
Tahiti Papeete Mission

Olivier! Nuff said.