Sunday, 28 August 2016

La Fin.

So it's been just over a week since I've been home now and I'm just adjusting to the 'real world' I guess you can say.

I really can't believe that these past 18 months just literally flew by like that. It felt like it was just yesterday when I said bye to my family at the airport. Feeling scared not knowing what the next 18 months ahead of me were going to be like, I was ready for it to happen. I knew it was going to be the hardest 18 months of my life, which is absolutely true, but I'm going to be cliche and say that it was the best 18 months of my life. I am not the same person as I was before. My experiences, what I faced - trials, hardships, disappointments, rejections and sacrifice really taught me a lot about who I am, what I can handle and become with God's help. Overall it taught me who God is and that He is all-powerful and He LOVES each and every one of us! I better understood what His son really do for me and for all of us. I felt the everlasting joy and love that comes from serving Him by consecrating and losing myself to His work. I am forever grateful for the great things I've acquired on my mission for I have never been so truly convicted with the truth and with my testimony. I LOVE my mission. I LOVE the French Polynesia. I LOVE every person I've met and who I've grown to know and love.

So my mission is always something that I'll always cherish in my heart.

But the page has turned. (I'll put a bookmark on it)
And I am grateful for all the stories that were made.
Now I just need to base all my experiences and for the person who I've become onto these new chapters to come.

                                                    (Sister) Arielle Bamba
                                                    Tahiti Papeete Mission
                                             March 4, 2015 ~ August 18, 2016

Monday, 15 August 2016

August 15 2016 - Week 75

Iaorana tatou!

Its so hard to beleive that this week i will be stepping back onto canadian grounds and that i'll be seeing my family again!! 

So because I've only been in my new area for 2 weeks I'm still getting to know people and they often ask me how long I've been on my mission and i don't know how many times I've been reminded that it's almost the end. Honestly i haven't been thinking about the post mission life not nearly close to as much as i should be, and i think I'm going to regret it but i cant help but taking in every minute that i have left with my badge on and being her in Tahiti.

So I love my companion Sister Regnier who is my first French companion and has to be my favourite. I feel so lost in the work with her and is such a great example to me too bad i only had this past week to work with her because my first week with her she had the dengue fever - poor thing! So just when i first arrived in the area i found myself alone working with young adults just trying to get to know the area but it all turned out really well and it shows that the Lord really sent me here for a reason because 

1. I already served in the stake/community so i already knew some members and the area pretty well

2. The young adults who i did splits with was someone i already know when i was in Pirae last December! She lived just down the street where we lived and then i went to her baptism and i had no idea i would see her again in Oremu let alone work with her as she prepares to go on a mission! 
Also the second person i did splits with was former Sr Tehiva my old companion when i was in Pirae who just got home from her mission and is now known as Aurelia! 
Its way cool because i go to the same chapel as to where i went in my first area in Heiri so i see the same old  faces and its so nice to see them again! It brings back memories and gives me a chance to say bye to them
Also in Oremu, there's family of people from Ahe, (the island where i served earlier this year) and this week the branch president and his family and other members had to fly in and are staying in Oremu and the Lord made it possible that we would see each other again before i leave! love it 

Heavenly Father just knew it had to be me to serve in Oremu for the last few weeks on my mission. I feel so blessed! I literally get to see people from all my old areas. 
So two weeks ago i had an interview with President Bize and one thing he told me that i will never forget is that: 
"remember that you're being sent to Oremu not for what you aren't but for who you are, and you are exactly what i need there so don't change who you are"
Being in Oremu has been way cool, so you have to know that Oremu is set on a mountain and that its a steep slope. So I've been spoiled and put in a car to drive all my mission and for the last 2 weeks i get to really suffer on foot and i couldn't be any happier! lol It was hard to get used to but there's something about walking uphill under the hot blazing sun and doing missionary work that makes me feel so happy.
I really do love this area. I've met so many amazing investigators and members and too bad i only get to stay for such a little time.
We had a counselor from the stake presidency take a day off from work to just come work with us, and the minute our bishop gets off work, he comes to lessons and reunions with us and drives us where we need to go.  

So were teaching an investigator Angy and he is so engaged into changing and having his family sealed that we moved his baptism up one week to this Saturday! 

We also have an investigator Pierre who the minute he heard about the word of wisdom and the law of chastity let all of it go and instantly got married, and because he wanted his wife to follow him he brought her t church and we thought that she really enjoyed it but apparently on their way home she told him that she would never join the church and they got into an argument and Pierre really felt discouraged and lost to a point where he was going to let go of everything and stop the lessons and not get baptized anymore. But something happened, he told us that somehow he felt something pushing him, like a force of some sort, come to his lesson we had fixed that afternoon and he came with tears falling from his face. When he saw him he shared his experience and told us ever so firmly that he wasn't going to let go, that he was going to persevere all the way.
Another miracle that we had this week was with an investigator who's been taking the lessons for 6 years! So Simon is 18 and wasn't able to get baptized earlier because of his parents. They would throw all his scriptures and his personal items out the door and told him he would be kicked out as well if he got baptized. He was supposed to get baptized last December but didn't and since then he stopped the missionary discussions. Well last Sunday we started talking to him again and started seeing him regularly this week and because he is no longer a minor we fixed his baptism date and he is now ready and engaged to get baptized!
I am so grateful for the experiences that I've had here on my mission and for the people that i've met and for the little miracles and great blessings that Heavenly Father has sent be and for all that i've witnessed here in the French Polynesia
I have such a sure testilony of His gospel and i am so proud to have worn this badge for the last 18 months.
I can really really say that these were the best 18 months of my life.

ps: i'l still looking for companions(people to be with) when i get back! The fact on being alone sounds so lonely to me

ps2: let me know if any of you have any fun stuff going on next week to keep me busy lol

See you all soon :)
Sister Arielle Bamba
Tahiti Papeete Mission

August 1 2016 - Week 73

Hello everybody,

These past couples of weeks have been so great in Temarua! 

So we had an open house at the chapel and i remember inviting literally as many people as i could; people on the street, members, our investigators - everybody! and usually nobody comes to our activities but i just wanted this night to go well and so great that with the faith that we had and from the efforts made from everyone, that day turned out to be one of my favorite days. One thing I find since being out on a mission is that those days that are just so hard, the ones where you work even harder turns out to be the best. So here in Tahiti not everyone has cars and totally last minute and I'm talking about minutes before the fireside starts investigators and recent converts called us to tell us that they wanted to come but asked us to give them a ride because they didn't have another way and because we cant as missionaries we had to find other members to go pick them up and that is where members are so necessary in helping us missionaries in doing missionary work is bringing investigators to church. So because i really wanted these people to come, lovely members came to the rescue and together (i hopped into their car to show where the investigators and the converts lives)we brought a bunch of people to this missionary fireside (and stayed obedient without breaking missionary rules). And this night turned out to be a hit so many people came thanks to the fabulous members driving back and forth for us like taxis dropping people off.
Like my mom always told me during my super lazy teenager years - when there's a will, there's a way. I am just loving the work more and more know even though work is hard. Time is literally disappearing but I'm just really happy that when deceivingly disappointing moments come or when it gets tough and super stressful, I've learnt to stick through it and give it my all. That reminds me of a scripture in Matt 16:25 
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

And it took me a long time to be able to do so but these past couple of months especially in this area in Temarua as an stl I've never cared any less of myself and I've never felt like I've loved this work so much!! 

I never really felt trunky until i spent that Pday last week with my mtc district, then the day after i did a split with sister Lavelua who is from my mtc district and being with them just made me realize how far we've come but at the same time being together, realizing that we were going home, the trunkiness hit me. Its ok I've still got a whole lot of fuel left and I'm super pumped because I got a surprise call this last Friday saying that I'm being transferred for the last 2 weeks of my mission! yeah funny, no joke! i am just stoked and ready to give it a big one to make a big bang to finish off my mission. 
So you know its official when you get a mail saying that you're invited to give your homecoming talk 3 Sunday from now at church. You're all invited! 

Love you all!!

Sister Arielle Bamba
Tahiti Papeete Mission

​Saying bye to Sister Shariatmadari because she left to go to an island this morning and I'm never going to see her until she comes home in November
 We watched the heiva this week which is a big Tahitian dance festival
Sister Morrill (my companion), me, Sister Lehartel (who is now in Australia), Sister Lavelua, Sister Totele, Sister Sovouai, and Sister Tuihani (our daughter)

July 25 2016 - Week 72

Hello everybody!

This week has been an amazing week that i can tell you guys that Heavenly prepares a way for His children to come to Him when we do what He expects of us to do! what can i say miracles continue to happen this week but because I don't have too much time this week, ill tell you all about it next week! 

P-day today was super hectic but our crazy adventure was exactly what i needed! My MTC district wanted to spend some last good times with each other before we separate so we took a boat to Ian island called Moorea to chill for our p-day. And because i don't really have time to write you all, ill just send you photos of what went down today....

We visited dolphins, and turtles
 Family time! So me and my mtc district aren't still sick of each other
  Yeah these are 5* hilton resort bungalows

 No I didn't get in the water :)

Sister Arielle Bamba
Tahiti Papeete Mission

July 18 2016 - Week 71

Hello everybody!

Tick tock tick tock.
So this week just passed by. So many things happened. So we got a call one night saying that the next morning we had to pick up a new missionary that my companion and I had to train! So we had to cancel almost all pf our lessons for the next day so that we can go pick up our new companion and drive the other sister around to do transfers. So our new companion is Sister TUIHANI who is from a tiny island just beside Ahe where I served and she is the coolest thing ever. She is exactly what you would think somebody would be from the islands - super cool and humble! 
SO miracle this week! 

Because sometimes missionary work can get hard it was hard seeing the fruits of my labours. Well because going to church is soo edifying I really enjoyed a talk that was given which was on the topic of what place Christ has in our life and that we need to put Him before everything - our work, even our family. So recently I've been praying really hard to know what I can do to help my area, to do the work that the Lord has prepared and there was a scripture that was shared from the talk found in John 15: 5 which says: I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

So I told myself that maybe I can focus more on the Christ and strive to have Him more with me - to be a better representative of Him. As we live our life, sometimes we miss align ourselves from Christ and no matter who we are we can always come closer to Christ. One thing that my companion always says that I like," you can never have too much faith" so we can always come closer to Him. 

So I'll get back to the miracle... just after church we had lessons fixed and had planned to see our first investigator and after pulling up we didn't even notice but other people were walking by and one of them taps on the window and I didn't recognize her right away but she said she's been wanting to see us and to my surprise I got excited and we gave each other our contact info and set a rendez vous. So I found out how I knew her and I remember meeting her one time from contacting and she said she couldn't receive us because she was busy, so then i asked her what changed her mind and she said that she has always been wanting to see us but she was just too busy at that time but now she is ready! So I know that everything that we do is written in the heavens and I know that Heavenly Father is counting on us on doing even the tiniest things even though we might think they have no impact - they do! Time will come when we will understand the real reasons why they happen. This person wasn't ready then, but she is ready now. And even if we didn't show up at her door at the right time, if we didn't she wouldn't have known who we are and she wouldn't have known where to turn to. I love missionary work!

Sister Arielle Bamba
Tahiti Papeete Mission

Monday, 11 July 2016

July 11 2016 - Week 70

HeIIo Everybody,

Sooooooo I have 1 transfer Ieft!!!!! that means 6 weeks! this is UNREAL I don't even know what to think reaIIy and ha no I'm NOT a trunky.

Sister MorriII and I have been working hard and we've found some really awesome peopIe. I seriousIy am going to miss having to meet Tahitians everyday because they can be the most interesting peopIe haha. They can be the most heartwarming people ever, for those who accepts us missionaries! haha

So this week we were teaching an investigator and just before starting her husband puIIed in and we asked her if she thought if her husband would like to come and she laughed and she said he doesn't want to do anything about reIigion and then when he walked in I thought to invite him anyways and he just laughed and waIked away. I didn't think much after but as we were doing the Iesson I could see the husband listening in and about after 10 min he puIIs up a chair and sits to listen! He even had questions going in the end!

No matter who we are, Heavenly Father can soften the hearts of His chiIdren. IittIe by IittIe i know that through the doctrine of Christ's church and by the spirit anyone can change. 

Sister Arielle Bamba
Tahiti Papeete Mission

June 27 2016 - Week 68

Hello everyone

Know that I miss you all so much even though I haven't sent out an email for like 2months! The mission has just been super busy and I find that Internet and computer access and even time has been hard to find. So I'll just fill you in on what happened recently.

So my companion sister Kaiha finished her mission and I was the one to kill her. We stayed 5months together and it was a blast. I love serving with her because she showed me how to persevere until the very end. So Sr. Kaiha had a super super bad herniated disk and for those who doesn't know what that is well it's a back problem that hurts really really bad. Well because she wanted to finish her mission really bad, she did and with honor. What a champion. Well the day after her release she got operated and is recovering. :)

So right now I am sister Morrill from Alabama and it's been fun. It's so different being with an English speaking companion because I've always been with French speakers. I had and awkward time trying to switch into English with her haha. 

So a couple weeks ago we had the privilege to have some general authorities come here to Tahiti. We had Sister Reeves (the 2nd counselor of the general RS presidency) and her husband, sister McConkie (the 1st counselor of the general YWs presidency) and her husband, and elder Pearson (from the 70) and his wife. So this had to be my favorite mission conference by far and was a spiritual highlight. The messages were, of course, focused on missionary work and this just gave me the focus and the motivation I needed of how I wanted to end my mission. 

So apparently I have 7weeks left. Yeah where did that come from? Yeah no I'm not trunky and I am so not ready to go home. I just want to go home without any regrets and literally give my heart and service to all the people of Tahiti while I can. So I'm going to take some of the messages I heard from the general authorities by giving 10%more of myself which isn't a lot but makes all the difference. It's the little things that counts. I want to go home with the Lord proud of the work that I've done for Him and be accepted of Him. So for the general authorities all the missionaries sung a song for the intermediate hymn and it was "I'll go where you want me to go" done in a beautiful arrangement. It's a song that we sing for the missionary concerts and honestly it wasn't ever my fave song to sing for the concerts because I thought it lacked dynamics but is really decent as an arrangement. But when we sang this song this day, the whole room was filled with the spirit that that every person in the room was teary eyed. I realized how beautiful this song was when I sang as I testified this song. It was a beautiful moment.

So I'm not going to lie, Sr Kaiha and I were having a really hard time in the area. We had a really hard time finding success. There was even one day that every house stopped by, we had continuous rejection. I've never felt so rejected, mocked at and yelled at in my life. My companion and I just had our heads down and I Thought to myself "how could people reject God's servants and His messengers???". I then thought of my Saviour Jesus Christ and he himself, being the Saviour was rejected, mocked, yelled at, spit at and even killed. It never was easy for any of Gods messengers and prophets. I then had a greater appreciation of all the prophets that gave their service to the Lord and of course to my Saviour and Redeemer.

But there are still people who accept us even if finding these people are like a needle in a haystack. This week we found the needle, who's name is Sabrina. So after we met her, we fixed another appointment with her for yesterday and this lady recognized the light of Christ, that when she shared her the scripture Mathew 11:28-30 and when she said that this concerns me, I felt prompted to invite her to baptism and without a doubt, she accepted. The spirit was so strong you couldn't deny it. 

This church is true. And I'm so grateful for it because without it, I literally don't know where I would be and I am so grateful for the opportunity I have to share it with others. 

Sister Arielle Bamba
Tahiti Papeete Mission

May 16 2016 - Week 62

Hello everybody 
It's been so long I know. It's funny because Pdays are supposed to be our day off but it seems to be if not the most stressful day of the week because there's so many things you want to get done this day. And on top of that in the last month or two we started practicing for the missionary concerts again for this year which took up already half or Pday. But who's complaining because we had our first concert last night and it was the bomb. The whole chapel was packed even all the way until the stage on the other side of the cultural hall. Oh how strong was the spirit. Tahitians love music and the message that was brought through the songs about the light of Christ was so powerful.  So because where the concert was held was at the chapel of my first area I got to see lots of familiar faces that I love so much. Traditions are so loving smiley and friendly people that I felt so welcomed back in Heiri. I even got to see some of my converts which made me so happy that they're still strong in the church magnifying their callings. One of them will be going to the temple next month for his endowment! The church is so true! 
Sister Bamba moment:
So we had leadership meeting with our mission president and other zone leaders and STL's and because the meeting was at president's house in Papeete (medical access is really limited here) , we wanted to take advantage by going to the doctors for my companion (she has a really bad herniated disc!) And for another sister with back problems so we went before the reunion but that got us an hour late!  So when my companion and I opened the door to walk in  presidents house  discreetly we totally interrupted a spiritual  and important discussion given by a member of the 70! Oh no..... But I still enjoyed the reunion. One thing that stuck to me was something Sr Bize the mission presidents wife shared with us and it was a story about an experiment done with frogs where each one of them were separately put into jars with the lid covered. They had all the necessities to live and as frogs they jumped and jumped and jumped each time hitting their heads on the lid each time. After about a month the lids were taken off so the frogs were no longer limited but were jumping no higher than where the lid was kept and none of them tried to jump out of their jars. The frogs in fact believed that they couldn't jump any higher than what they were used to. But in reality our capacities are limitless. Anything and everything is possible with the hands of the Lord. He has given us possibilities,  talents and his power to accompany us. There should be nothing holding us back. In fact Sr Bize gave her training about fears and she compared this story about facing our fears and reaching our capacities as missionaries but we can apply it to many things. So jump higher than you ever had. The lid is off. It's just in your head. Reach for the stars.

I love y'all
Sister Arielle Bamba                                                                                                                                 Tahiti Papeete Mission

April 18 2016 - Week 58

So I have to thank Heavenly Father for all the funny/cool moments he gave me this week.

1.So last P-day we went to what we call "le marché" which is a market where they sell fruits/veggies and souvenirs for tourists in the capital city of Papeete and as we were walking we happened to meet a young adult who was selling some goodies on his stand, anyways we carried well the conversation and had a couple good laughs then about 10min in we find out that his sister is a member and we start talking about the church and us missionaries. Well we definitely had to refer this guy to the missionaries so we asked him where lives then he replied and told us that he lives in Papara! Then we were like what?! and we asked which street, then he told us he lives on Quartier lucky, and we were even more astonished because we go through this street several times throughout the day! Then we even tracked down exactly where he lives. What chance? But seriously Heavenly Father really works things out.

2. Another not so coincidental moment was when I was doing a split with another sister (STL prorocall), sister Padbury, we had about 30min before our meeting with our ward missionary leader so we decided to go do some contacting well this one little back road that I've never been to caught my eye and we decided to turn in and there were a few houses but we decided to keep following the road. Well we got to this one point when the road started to get real tricky and I told Soeur Padbury that I don't know if this actually leads to somewhere but I just felt like we needed to continue and when we did we found a house on the end of the road. Well we couldn't really turn around so we decided to contact this one house and a lady named Manaiva answered and we talked for a bit and we found out she recently moved in and has already invited other missionaries at her old house and she accepted us to come again! Well after when we got to our meeting our ward missionary leader after and told us that he had a reference for us and he even drew out a map to show us where this family lived and he traced out exactly where Manaiva lived! He told us that the spirit told him to talk to this family and that he needed to refer this family to the missionaries! Coincidence? I dont think so... 

3. So I was in a lesson the same day with Soeur Padbury and I got 2calls that I couldn't answer because I didn't want to cut off the lesson so by the 3rd time the phone rang again I answered and it was from a reference. She excused herself for the first lesson that she missed and wasn't able to go to and then she asked if we could meet up again. I was a little reluctant but when she said if we could meet up right now I was like 'okay!' but seeing that we were busy we fixed a lesson for the afternoon. She told me that she really really wanted the lesson so I then got excited to meet this person. Well it wasn't even time for her lesson but as we were driving down a road to get to another lesson a lady i didn't recognized passing the opposite direction waved at us and then stopped her car and seeing that she wanted to talk to us, I too stopped the car, she backed up and presented herself as Bonita, the lady who called earlier and asked us where we were going and if we were going to her lesson or not. Haha she really wanted us to come over, we told her we'd stop over in an hour and so we did. When we got there, they were already waiting for us. So Bonita turns out to be really really cool. And apparently she's taken missionary discussions for a really long time and she just recently moved in and has been waiting for the missionaries to stop by for a month now! She told me that she wants to get married, respect the word of wisdom and get baptized! 

I have met A LOT of people on my mission. And already I feel so blessed to have met people whose hearts are ready to accept the gospel of Jesus Christ. But to have met somebody who was hungering to have the word of god received in their homes, to have His servitors walk in their homes and to have hearts so humble to want to be directed towards our Saviour like that makes me so so grateful that I am out on a mission. 
Well I found out later from my bishop that there was a confusion in our ward boundaries and that Bonita doesn't even live in my area! Surprisingly I wasn't even sad to have given Bonita to other missionaries but I am just happy she's nourished by the gospel and that now she receives missionaries regularly. And I am so grateful that even for the smallest thing, Heavenly Father trusts me to use me as his instrument so that His children can come unto to Him. I love my mission!

Wow I literally just found out I have exactly 4 months lefts on my mission!!! what????!

Sister Arielle Bamba
Tahiti Papeete Mission

April 11 2016 - Week 57

So Sr Kaiha and I unexpectedly had an addition in our companionship this week! The mission president's assistants called us last week and told Sr Kaiha and I were going to have a new sister just the day after! President must really love Sr Kaiha and I to bless us with responsibilities and opportunities to serve. Crazy, but i am SO happy to have Sister PUTOA with us, who's from Tahiti but is waiting for her visa to go to the MTC and is called to serve in Louisiana! Well, I have to be honest it was already weird for me to have responsibilities as an STL and sister Putoa coming in and having to train someone again took me a while to get used to but seriously for a missionary who hasn't gone through the MTC yet, Sister Putoa is killing it! She is doing such a great job and is just so happy to be out on a mission. The people of Louisiana are so lucky to have her. So it's been a week or so that she's with us and we got through the awkward situation getting used to things and being in a threesome. I love my companions we just work so well together and have so much fun in the work as well. 

So it's been a week after the beautiful conference that we had and there is no perfect time to apply all the words that touched our hearts. And this week I've had some very humbling learning experiences that's helping me become more of the person, servant and daughter that Heavenly Father is expecting of me. One talk that I really loved was the last from Elder Holland and if you haven't read/watched it yet then I encourage you all to read it -

So one of my humbling learning experiences was when my companion and I had to do training during our leadership meeting with the mission President. Well I felt my companion and I did a really good job and at the end the president asked us unexpectedly to do a role play of what we just taught. I kept it cool during the training but I freaked out during the role play and at the end president was like ''sisters, that was horrible!" and he told us everything we did wrong and didn't do right in front everybody, haha and I just stood there smiling and nodding and writing notes on what he told us that we all missionaries should strive for. Yeah I'm sure I could've cried but I took this more like a learning positive experience and I know that President just loves me to tell me what I can do to be better. One thing I learned since in the MTC is that sometimes you have to crash and burn to learn how to fly. 

So this week my companions and I had a beautiful experience with our investigators- RONALD, ANAVAI, JULIETTE AND HELENE GOT BAPTISED! I don't have too much time to tell yall their story (next time!) but I'm sure the picture below sums up how beautiful this day was for them.

Sister Arielle Bamba
Tahiti Papeete Mission

March 28 2016 - Week 55

Hello Everybody!

It has been another amazing week with sister Kaiha in Temarua! 

The first group picture below is a photo of the family MAIRAU. Most of this family used to be members of the church but left and aren't in the church anymore and this past week during family home evening grandma Juliette finally made the decision to be rebaptized into the church. What a miracle! Her daughter Helen has been ready and has been waiting for her mom to join her with the decision to be baptized. All thanks to one of the grandchildren, Hanalei (8), who was an example to her family who got baptized last month and now even one of her cousins Anavai (8) is getting baptized as well with grandma Juliette and her auntie Helen! I love this family!

Oh and happy Easter! I hope you all enjoyed all the mini eggs that don't exist here! 

I just wanted to spend a few minutes just expressing my gratitude for my Savior Jesus Christ. I know that I would be nowhere without Him. By his loving atonement, I am here on earth progressing in Gods plan so that I can become like Him glorified and perfect. I am so far away from even being a little hint of perfection but I know that with my Saviour I can reach my absolute highest potential and that I can encounter anything that comes in my life if I just humidify myself put my trust in Him, and follow Him. I am so grateful for the experiences I've had on my mission to have my eyes opened to the Lord's grace and loving mercy. I see and feel it everyday in my life and in others. I know that my Redeemer lives and because of Him we do too.

Sister Arielle Bamba
Tahiti Papeete Mission

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

March 14 2016 - Week 53

Such a great week. I love it

So I looove my companion Sr Kaiha! Ive already had soo many great missionary experiences with her. So missionary work in Tahiti is more of teaching and less of contacting/tracting/door to door approach. So i've had some opportunities to look for people to teach but its never really something  I do often. Last saturday my companion and I dedicated this whole day finding people and Heavenly Father really blessed us to find the people that needed the gospel in their lives!! We met so many people that day and met 11 hungry souls who accepted the gospel taught in their homes! I love it tahitians, they are so humble and they teach me so much! 

I dont know why but this week i came across 3 bible bashes, the Lord has really blessed me to stay calm and to follow the spirit when these things happen. The best thing is to HUMBLY testify because when the investigator eels the spirit, the environment can change dramatically
And also this week to get to a lesson, my companion told me that there was a shortcut to et to our investigators house so we ended up going on foot and she told me that there was a river to cross and i was cool - lets go on an adventure! I thought there would be a bridge of some sort but nope, we had to cross the river on foot! I was terrified of falling from the current and of the giant eels but dont worry it turned out ine and it was only knee high. It was an adventure after all and had to be the highlight of my week! haha

So today was a superbusy it didnt help that i was sick! So Its my first transfer as an STL - oh yeah when i got transfered to Temarua i became a Sister Training Leader so then in the last few of weeks that ive been here ive been to special training as a leader, ive been calling other sisters and paying attention to how theyre doing and i've been giving some training to other missionaries. I always thought that it its just normal missionary work with a little bit more resposibilities and a title that i didnt need. But this morning i got up at 5:30 in the morning because my companion and I, being th STLs and having a car had to transport the sisters into their new areas all over the island. My companion and I didnt get back until 2:30pm to have our P-day to ourselves haha.

I've talked to some sister missionaries who dreaded being or becoming STLs and i can say I'm pretty guilty for also having dreaded this extra responsibility.
But today, as I was driving I, thought to myself, 
this mission isn't about me,
this service isn't about me,
this calling isn't about me, 
But it's the WILL and the WORK of the Lord and he NEEDS me to do the work that I've been asked to do. And now I can say that I am so blessed to have this opportunity to serve and conquer my weaknesses and to forget even more of myself.

Sister Arielle Bamba
Tahiti Papeete Mission

February 29 2016 - Week 51

Hello everybody
So in Ahe believe it or not it hasn’t even been 1 year that they finally received the internet and in fact, they really don't have the best internet reception and because of that, i couldn't really do my emails. 
So don't worry mom and dad I'm alive! Also in the last couple of weeks, so many things happened. Well after 3 weeks being in Ahe after I finally got adjusted and used to it and caught up in the work. I got a call at 10:50pm saying that I'm bein transferred! I freaked ou and didn't get any sleep that night. So for the moment  am in the ward of Tamara back on the island of Tahiti. President Bize even called me to say sorry for the weird transfer but he said the Lord called me to where I am now and I was completely ok and willing just a bit shocked really, but it's just funny when he said he also needed someone who can drive a standardized car well...then I was like so hats why I'm being sent back to Tahiti is to drive a car.,. Haha no the Lord has really blessed me to serve in Ahe but dangit I was enjoying being on a bike for the first time on m mission. So being on a mission transfers just come like that and each transfer I've done, i never got the chance to say bye to people but it bing tiny in AHE everyone found out and all said bye to us and gave us their thanks ad appreciation and all wished us goodbye. It was te cutest thing when they said bye to us as we got on the boat to get to the airport. And when we go to the airport, there were even more people waiting for us to say bye. I wasn't even there for 4 weeks but i loved it and everyone in his island!
So my new ward is awesome. Where its all green and right by the mountains. It's absolutely beautiful. My companion is way cool, I am so blessed to have a companion as diligent and hardworking as she is. Her name I Soeur Kaiha and is Tahitian. It has been a week that I've been here and it definitely not like Ahe but I'm loving it. 
Well, thought id give yall the heads up of whats going on. And I can't believe it but Friday makes my 1 YEAR MARK ON MISSION!!!! Crazy.
Ua here vau ia outou
Sister Arielle Bamba
Tahiti Papeete Mission

February 1 2016 - Week 47


Serving in Heiri and Pirae were such a great blessing for me. I got so used to serving the people in the island of Tahiti with all the civilization and with all the cars and all the busyness and all the little things that happen in the missionary life that keeps us busy. Then Everything changed. I got here in Ahe and life here is literally chill. You hear nothing but the waves crashing on the shore and the wind blowing on the palm trees. It's funny because people here are like bob Marley and are all like "don't worry be happy" and there's me freaking out because I feel like I should be doing something. Missionary here is....slow. I got here last Tuesday and we literally had 1 investigator. We found people to teach and have lessons fixed with quite a bit of people to teach this coming week so already some progress. Even though I'm in paradise, it was so hard for me to adapt to this island life. I felt like why am I here there's nothing to do?! but we all have our own talents that we can always share and there is always a reason why Heavenly Father sends His servants where they are. I'm still looking for reasons why but already I got started helping the young women in the branch work on their personal progress! Also, I made myself useful as the only pianist on this island last Sunday. People are also asking for English and piano classes so I'm glad that I can, at least, contribute to something and the Lord is letting me serve His children here in Ahe. 

So to give yall an idea of how it's like over here our area where we have access to for the moment takes 10 to take the tour by walking with no doubt not even 100 people. And not even all these people are here because of school and work. The other maybe 100 people on this island are all on separate parts or islands that can be only accessed by boat. The branch has only about 20 active members who come regularly. So yeah that's Ahe for you guys. 

Sister Arielle Bamba
Tahiti Papeete Mission

January 25 2016 - Week 46

Well, the last couple of days has been full of surprises! 

1. Miracle of the week: So when I got here in Pirae 4 months ago I my companion and I started taking lessons again with an eternal investigator. That means they had been taking lessons but doesnt seem to be progressing. Her name is Heloe and I when I met I say the potential in her eyes right away. The only thing that was stopping her from keeping her commitments to baptism was really herself. Well We decided to put her in standby a couple weeks ago because even with all the hope i had for her she wasnt going anywhere. Well she called us to come one day for a lesson and I was surprised and we ended up going. We found out that she hasnt even prayed, not even one time, to find out if the book of mormon was true. She always rejected the invitation. Well we had a good lesson about the this importance and gave her again this invitation aslong with 3Nephi11 to read. Well we came back a couple days after and she said she prayed, then she read the chapter and that she found the answer in 3 Ne 11 : 25-26 which clearly talks about baptism. We then took the moment to invite her to get baptised and for the first time after many times she said yes! I know that the Book of Mormon is really the key for us to receive a testimony of the truth of all things. And without it, Heloe wouldnt have known, without it, I wouldnt have known what I know is true. This book truly is amazing!

2. So we've been expecting transfer calls for a while and the Assistants decided to do the calls last minute Saturday night to do them. I wasnt expecting a transfer but as always I was pretty curious! Well I was just getting ready to bed and I hear on of the Sisters in the house pick up the phonem then I hear the voice of the assistants and I ran in the room and I listen for the updates with all the other sistersm then it comes to my turn. I grab the phone, then he says "Soeur Bamba tu est transferer a...." then i accidently turn the speaker off and totally missed what he said, it took me like 30 seconds of freaking out then one of the other sisters turned it back on. It was then when he told me I was being transfered to AHE! So for those of you who dont know (pretty much all of you haha) Ahe is a tiny island, waaay tinier than tahiti. Its one of those tiny islands shaped like a donut. As you could have guessed everybody freaked out. 

3. So it was only a couple of hours ago when I found out that my plane leaves tomorrow morning at 6:30 so I have to get all my bags ready to go tonight to put on the boat! Then tomorrow I leave! Crazy how things change just like that. Well, Im super excited! Work is going to be super different after working in areas that are well civilized in the past 8 months. Well, I can't wait to send you all photos next week!  

Sister Arielle Bamba
Tahiti Papeete Mission

January 18 2016 - Week 45

Bonjour tout le monde! 

So this week has been quite eye opening. We had a multi-zone conference and basically had some good training and it was exactly what I needed. During a part of a training our Mission President gave us, he showed us the numbers and the statistics of the mission. I've never been a numbers person or judged the quality of work by numbers but President had a good reason. In fact, just the week before I had my interview with him and he said that I probably won't like it but he showed me my numbers since the beginning of my mission and basically he gave me advice on what I could work on to be a more effective missionary to be able to attain my goal as a server to the Lord. So it was pretty cool one on one coaching, then after the conference and everything I was just so thankful because progression is really something I need to strive for and really that is all that life is about. I know that as a strive to be humble and teachable, keeping my eyes fixed on what and where the Lord wants me to be, and as long as I am taking those little steps forward, always turned to Him, I know that I must be on the right path. 

So my Zone Leaders were inspired to have a prayer list for investigators in our zone. So my companion and I had thought of Sylvia and Philippe who have been following the missionary lessons for some time now and haven't seemed to be progressing anymore. All that was really blocking them was marriage. So we put these two in the list, praying in faith for them and or the other investigators in the zone so that they can soften their heart and be obedient to the Lord and do His will by entering the waters of baptism. I can testify you the power of prayer because this week, my companion and I fixed a marriage and a  baptismal date for each of them! woohoo! 

I can't tell you how many times Heavenly Father has answered my prayers this week! I know that he hears and puts in His heart all of our prayers to Him, and I know that He always responds us and it is our faith and our willingness to follow Him that grants us the blessing of discerning and finding the answer.

Yea, and cry unto God for all thy support; yea, let all thy doings be unto the Lord, and whithersoever thou goest let it be in the Lord; yea, let all thy thoughts be directed unto the Lord; yea, let the affections of thy heart be placed upon the Lord forever.  -Alma 37:37

Ua here au ia outou!

Sister Arielle Bamba
Tahiti Papeete Mission

Here are some pictures we took on our way to a lesson!

January 4 2016 - Week 43

Bonne Annee!! 

I know I'm a little late but I wish you all a happy new year! Christmas holidays is always the best and I am soo happy I got to spend it here in Tahiti. It was definitely different being away from the family for the holidays. Also here in the pacific, you really don't have malls that play Christmas music, you can't really drink hot chocolate by the fireplace, and the whole cultural festivities of Christmas here is just not how I always had Christmas while growing up. Sometimes I thought of how Christmas was at home because where I am didn't feel like Christmas at all! But really it wasn't the fancy decorations and lights, and the mega Christmas shopping that made Christmas for me this year. It was the really concentrating on what the Saviour meant to me. What gift He offers me, and what gift I can offer Him. 

In the past 2 weeks were a little bit difficult concerning missionary work. Everybody liked using the excuse that because it's the holidays, they didn't have time to talk to us but that didn't stop my companion and I. I have never worked so diligently like how I did these past 2 weeks and I am so grateful for my companion. The Lord has really blessed us to have all the success we had because we were out there looking for opportunities to testify of the Saviour, which is the best thing that I can do for him at this time of year. We even got to go give away cookies and presents to some families when we went Christmas carolling on New Years Eve and that just made my day! 

What a great way to end the year. I am really grateful for all the experiences I had so far on my mission in the year of 2015 and I am so excited to see what else is there in 2016. I thought really hard of what were going to be my goals for this year. Knowing that I have lots of things that I need to work on in improving, I was sure I had to make strong and motivating goals. Our goals come from our desires, and one thing I learnt this week is that yes I have so many desires, but what is it that Heavenly Father desires me to do? I really like this quote from Elder Neal A. Maxwell:

“Spiritual submissiveness means … community and communion as the mind and the heart become settled. We then spend much less time deciding, and much more time serving. … Yielding one’s heart to God signals the last stage in our spiritual development. Only then are we beginning to be fully useful to God! How can we sincerely pray to be an instrument in His hands if the instrument seeks to do the instructing?”

I need to be in unity with our Heavenly Father and with his desires. That means I need to turn to Him for know what work I really need to do, and after that I need to go to Him for help, after all, that I can do because I know that with me efforts and only with His help that I can accomplish the desires of my heart if it is his will.  

I hope we all turn to Heavenly Father and for our goals and make them more focused on our earthly progression towards Him. 

Bon Courage!

Sister Arielle Bamba
Tahiti Papeete Mission