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

Iaorana

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

December 21 2015 - Week 41

So it's feeling a lot like Christmas here in Tahiti in the 25-degree weather! No, Seriously I love Christmas time! I've been listening and singing only S Christmas songs. Speaking of singing, since Tahitians love singing there was a concert held not too long ago for all the churches and religions here in Tahiti for the president of the country. Us missionaries were invited to sing a couple of songs for the crowd. We decided to sing the oh so famous glorious, this Tahitian chant which the whole crowd loved by the way when they heard a whole bunch of "Americans" sing this one, and my favorite, oh come oh come Emanuel. It's my favourite because as we were performing, I looked into the sky and the stars and I saw all the lights and I remember the story of the Saviours birth and to testify of Him through this song was just a privilege for me.  

Also, if you a television program here in Tahiti thought it would be a great idea to film a few missionaries singing on national television. So if you'll want to check that out the tv channel is "Polynesia1" if you wanted to check it out online. it broadcasts 21H on December 24th Tahitian time of course!

Speaking of Christmas, It really is the best time to testify of the Saviour, my companion and have been taking advantage and this week we held a ward family home evening where we invited all of our investigators and the ward of course. It was great because 50 people ended showing up! I literally am so grateful to have members who support missionary work. Anyways we showed 3 videos concerning Christmas and, of course, it had to talk about the saviour. Then we had members who bore their testimony after each video. The man was it powerful, then we split up different groups to let the games start and wow everybody a great time even all the menu and the papers were participating and laughing. Everybody had a great time. 

Below is the church website of some videos that we showed for our FHE and I invite all of you to watch the 2 videos linked in this website to see the greatest gift ever that was given to us by our Heavenly Father.

 www.mormon.org/christmas

Merry Christmas Everyone!!!! 




December 7 2015 - Week 39

Hello world, 

Wow so being here in Tahiti, you totally forget how it's like in the outside world, or in other words life at home. Sorry, i know I haven't been keeping you folks in the loop!

So I Passed MY 9 MONTH MARK THIS WEEK ! That means I am officially halfway through my mission! Crazy right? I'm still on my second area and in with my 5th companion! Right, Now I'm with Soeur Shiva who's from here in Tahiti! She is amazing and has a strong testimony. My last companion Soeur Tidjine from New Caledonia for transferred into the islands ( lucky bum!). 

So here in Tahiti, we've had a heat wave roll in and it makes missionary work feel less magnificent when you're all soaked in sweat. But wow having great conversations wth people about the church really makes up for all of that. Here in Tahiti, a grand percentage of the people are religious and religious conversations get really interesting. We meet people who like talking about God but who aren't at all interested and also great people who are amazed at what we missionaries do, and there are the people who think we are Jehovah's witnesses and shoo us away. 

This week we met up with an investigator who seemed to be all interested but in the ended were just wanting to prove us wrong. I have, to be honest, there were times where I just didn't feel the spirit say anything in this lesson, but at the same time, we were lead to a moment where we were given a chance to bear our testimony and man I did not hesitate one second. I bore my testimony of Joseph Smith, of the restoration and of the Book of Mormon, These investigators had nothing to say in the end, we even gave them a Book of Mormon to read in the end. In fact, they ended up liking us and ask if we can come back another time. I was a little reluctant because these guys had a history of making the past sister missionaries cry or angry in lessons so we said in terms if only they read the Book of Mormon. They said they would read it. 

So this is one of the many experiences that I face here in Tahiti. I just am so thankful that I'm here to have these moments and experiences that just strengthens my own testimony that makes it's more sure than ever. I'm so grateful also that I can share and testify of this truth to everyone I meet. It really is a blessing.


Sister Arielle Bamba
Tahiti Papeete Mission

Monday, 21 March 2016

October 26 2015 - Week 33

Hello, everyone!

Life on a mish isn't always la vie en rose. But I love just thinking about my week that past and thinking of all the cute little miracles that we've had. 

So just a week before, we had a multi-zone conference where and we were really lucky to hear from our Mission President who gave us the training to amp up our skills and which he decided to talk about baptism. I was like perfect because it was exactly what I needed. We have investigators who are potentials and progressing who has a testimony of the truth of this gospel who are ready to take the next step to baptism. They just don't know that yet.

I can tell you inviting other people to get baptized can get a little scary and me is not a very straight up person but I've learnt that not inviting other people doesn't help them progress and receive blessings either. Also, when I invite that means I'm using my faith in the lord and in his gospel because I know that this is something that I want for them to have in their lives. Also by inviting others to baptism, our investigators will have to make a choice of faith and by accepting this their faith will grow. So for the first 5ish months out here in the field, I think I've seen my companions engaging for baptisms but I don't think I ever actually invited someone to get baptised. And this Past week, we invited almost all of our investigators to baptism. I feel like all we talked about this week is baptism. 

It's a little tricky because they know that they have to get baptized and they want to. It's just that they're scared. I'm not going to lie we did get shut down quite a bit. It's funny that they all do want to get baptized but it's setting the date that scares them. But what I learnt is that is if we don't have a set goal in life, then we don't have a vision where were going which keeps us from progressing. 

So a tiny miracle that I had experienced this week is when we invited an investigator to baptism and just before I even finished my sentence she was already shaking her head. We asked her what was blocking her and it  was just the date that was scaring her like everybody else in Tahiti. Then we asked her if she knew if this church is true. We then pulled out a scripture that that we all know 1nephi 3;7 and asked her if she had faith in heavenly father and if she had faith that he will provide a way fro her. We talked and discussed a little to a point when she just said, "alright I want to get baptized." 

I know that Heavenly Father has a plan for each and every one fo his children and that we need to put our trust in him and doubt not.Because he will provide a way. We just need to show that we are willing to follow and obey him. 
      
Sister Arielle Bamba
Tahiti Papeete Mission