Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Hello My Family and Friends, 

So I’m kind of freaking out because today is my LAST pday. 

I never thought the end would come! 

Since there are 3 of us in our zone who are finishing, we did another Motu activity and so that was fun. We went and played volleyball, and Soeur Falesii went fishing a little bit! We found a good spot where there was a fallen tree trunk so we sat down and fished right there on the beach but we (by we I mean I ha ha) only caught 2 little fish before we tried to find another spot where there were bigger fish right on the shore and we failed. Ha ha, guess I’ll have to try again after the mission when we can go out in the water. 

Zone Activity at the Motu!

Our zone! 

This past week was AWESOME and super busy. We taught almost 40 lessons this past week which brings back flash backs to when I left Papara almost a year ago. The work was really hopping in Papara (and still is!!) We have a lot of new investigators and SO much potential which is kind of a bummer that I'll only be here for another week!! Remember our miracle family, Suzanne and Boniface? Well the adversary REALLY got them this past weekend but Boniface is determined to be baptized this coming Sunday morning and Suzanne said she would tell us in the week if she was going to be baptized as well. We're still on edge because I really hope that she decides to be baptized with her husband but overall I know that she will be baptized, even if it’s not this coming Sunday. She has a WHOLE lot of opposition coming from the RLDS church because she’s a leader and they didn’t accept her decision to be baptized. We encouraged them to keep going and that the opposition is only normal because they are on the point of making the greatest decision for their family. We have shared with them Matthew 16:19 ( and D&C 22 ( to help her understand that nothing holds her back from being baptized because when she will be baptized with priesthood authority, it will be sealed not only on the earth but also in heaven. Fingers crossed and lots of prayers that her answer will be yes for this Sunday. 

Another miracle we saw was with a part member family that we ate with on Wednesday. We ate a traditional Tahitian meal and we were talking with this family where two of the kids (and their spouses) are members but their parents are not (they’re Adventist) and it went so well! We shared a message before leaving and when the Dad was sharing his thoughts he said, "I want to thank y'all for always coming to teach my kids and for everything that y'all do and after all these years I don’t know why, but no one has ever come to teach me!" It’s been like 7 years since his kids have joined the church so we kind of laughed and told him that it was not a problem, we would come to teach him. One of the coolest miracles on my mission because he is very active in his church. 

Well it looks like this will be my last email. I want to thank all y'all for all of the support and for all of the prayers that were offered for me. I really did the see the tender mercies of the Lord and SO many miracles, I can never even type them all out on Pday. I learned a WHOLE lot about myself but the most important thing I learned is that God lives and that because he loves us, He sent His son to die for us. This restored gospel that we have is literally the path to receiving eternal life. I can't even say how grateful I am for the opportunity that I have had to share it here in French Polynesia. Good thing my mission isn’t quite finished yet, but that's just what I wanted to share in my last email home. 

I love y'all and I will see y'all really soon. 

CRABS at the Tiatia's house. They still freak me out.  

My favorite little boys- Ariihei, Terehau, and Moeava (the kids at Suzanne and Boniface) They make me laugh. 

YUMMMM Ma'a Tahiti (Tahitian food) hahahaha I promise that it actually tastes soooo good.  

Lots of Love, 

Soeur Rachel Taylor 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Bonjour Ma Famille! 

We are doing SO great here in Avera. 


I seriously am so grateful to be here because we see so many miracles in the lives of our investigators and the people we meet. Suzanne and Boniface are progressing SOOOO well. Last week, when we taught the Word of Wisdom, Suzanne said she didn’t know that coffee was on the list of things that aren't good for our body to consume. She drinks it every day to help her at work, but when we committed her to live the Word of Wisdom ( she said yes right away. We did a follow-up this past weekend and she said that she drank her Milo (hot chocolate) every day and when they ran out of Milo, she drank sweetened water. I was just like wow- that's what you call someone who understands the importance of the commandments. Suzanne hasn’t officially announced to us that she is going to be baptized the 15th with her husband, but when we committed her this past weekend, she said that she really wants to. It’s just hard with her family and the church (remember she's a leader in the RLDS church). She was going to have a meeting with them but when we did our lesson on Saturday, she said she didn’t go and decided that it didn’t matter what they said, she was going to keep going forward because she felt that it was right. I don’t think I've ever met someone with greater faith. She's more of an example for us than we are for her, that's for sure. 

Other than that, we had our Couples Night this past week and it went soooo well! We had three different workshops and then we had activities after. Everyone loved it and even though we had more members there than investigators, it really motivated the members to invite their friends for the next activity. So that was a plus. 
Part of the evening was our little photo booth- lol, "For thy Maker is thine husband...." (Isaiah 54:5) 

Saturday, we had the STLS come and do splits with us which was WAY fun and I learned so much. 

We worked hard and found so many new potential investigators and we fixed Hereiti's baptism for the 15th as well! Do y'all remember Hereiti? She's our age and she hasn’t really been progressing until this past week. Actually, she was progressing when we fixed her baptism for December but after some trials, she was no longer progressing and now, its sure. She stopped smoking and is really motivated to be baptized because she got her answer that the church was true. So we are working with her and I hope that she will continue to progress until her baptism. 

Other than that, I’m doing great! Everyone keeps reminding me that I have so little time left so that's weird because it still feels like I have forever here!  
The Moutham family with their ADORABLE little girl,

Suzanne and Boniface's house! Cool huh? It’s on the water! It’s so windy and we LOVE doing lessons there :) 
Ariihei and Terehau! These kids are my favorite.  

Hope y'all are doing well! Love y'all! 

Soeur Taylor