Sunday, December 28, 2014
So I'm going to try and write a big email. Things have been good here in Faaripo, firstly, I had fafaru for the first time…it was just straight death! It literally, and i mean literally, smelled exactly like a sceptic tank… like the exact same smell…they're indistinguishable. The taste was alright but it was overall terrible. Fafaru is raw fish that's marinated in fermented sea water (doesn't that sound delicious?) We had the stake christmas party over the weekend and it was crazy, loads of food and lots of dancing. I heard the cupid shuffle yesterday so that was weird. Mom will be happy to know that I played my Christmas piano medley once and now people keep requesting me to play it over and over again! Every time we're at the church someone asks me to play it. And they told me I'm the 4th "back-up" piano player. So if 4 other people ahead of me get sick then I have to play the piano in church. So let's pray that doesn't happen! It rains everyday so I'm in a constant state of being moist or wet, but Tahiti is awesome! I don't got lots of time but everythings good here! I teach a lot of lessons, mostly to people who are inactive or excommunicated. Okay well thats about it…I'll try to send pictures. Love You All.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
So this week has been crazy! I'm in a small branch on Tahiti called Faaripo! My comps name is Elder Langlois!! He's from New Caledonia and he's a bear of a man!! I live in a small house next to a chapel with three other missionaries and its super dirty so I did a bunch of cleaning today! Also no one speaks English except one other missionary in the house! The bishop here in Faaripo calls me Harry Potter cause apparently Porter and Potter sound similar....My house is twenty feet away from the beach and there's just a giant cliff face behind it. I didnt have a lot of lessons this past week because a lot of missionaries including my comp became sick with some sort of virus from mosquitoes....so I stayed back alot at the house...however once or twice I went with the elders quorum president and did visits...however I don't remember who I visited or what happened cause it was all in Tahitian. The ward here is super nice and it's so beautiful.I'm not able to send pictures cause it won't work with the computer/wifi here, but I will next week!! Oh, it's also extremely humid and I've been bitten by ants a billion times but those are the only downsides! I play a lot of rugby and I nod my head and say yes to every question. That's about it for this week cause I don't have a lot of time....I love you all and thanks for the support!!! See ya next week!!Me and my new comp Elder Langlois (I was more concerned about the ocean rushing up behind us, than I was about how creepy my smile would look. Hence.....creepy smile.)
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Hey everyone so big news.....I'm leaving next Monday December 1st for Tahiti! I'm super excited.....although last week I got a letter saying I didn't get my Visa in time. But then they told me yesterday I did! I would have gone to Everett Washington if I hadn't gotten it. This Thursday is going to be awesome!! There's a high probability of getting to hear from an apostle and we get to do a giant humanitarian project. I believe we're making food boxes!!! Today we did a lot of packing and we played a giant game of Nerf war!! I got shot in the eye "only" a million times....so fun. I'm so excited to leave!! I can't wait to use what I've learned here, in the field. This week I decided to read Acts and I love the story where Peter and John heal the lame man on the steps of the temple. Its super cool. I love you all. Thank you for your support!! Talk to you next week.....from TAHITI!!!!
Saturday, November 22, 2014
This week has been just like every week!! a lot of studying and a lot and a lot of excitement cause we only have two weeks left!!!
I've been trying a new thing to push myself. I'll pick one scripture a day and memorize it in all three languages. Its been really hard but also really cool...you can learn a lot about language by studying the scriptures. These next two weeks are just going to be language review and I have a lot of questions about Tahitian! I'm so excited to speak it in the field! Next week is Thanksgiving and we're all pretty sure we're gonna have an apostle speak to us....its protocol basically. This week during personal study I've been reading John and my favorite story so far is in John 9 where Jesus heals a man born blind....its such a cool story and the bible video for it is super well made!! I love watching it!!! Well my email next week will be a little bigger cause Friday we get our travel plans and we'll know when we're gonna be leaving! I love you ALL!! Thanks for the support!!!
Love Elder Porter
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
So not a lot has happened this week...just like every other week....Elder Hill and I finally got released as Zone Leaders....we were zone leaders for twice as long as normal....also most of our friends left yesterday...which was a super bummer...Half of our zone left for France yesterday and it was super sad....They were all amazing!! It's only going to be the three Tahitian districts until we leave so there will hardly be anyone in the Zone now....but it's alright because we get to leave for Tahiti in three weeks!!! I believe my French and Tahitian are pretty good but I'm sure that will change as soon as I enter the field!! This week I've been reading a lot out of the New Testament and its been really cool....I've never really studied it before and its been really amazing to read it during personal study and comp study. There are a lot of things I didn't know about that I read this week in Mark and Luke! Its also helped me to better understand the characteristics of Christ and ways I can improve and become more like him. I Love you All!!! Thank you for your support!! Talk to you next week!!!
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Hey Everybody, So this week has been about the same! A lot of studying and a lot of teaching. Elder Nelsons wife came and spoke to us on Sunday and her talk was pretty cool!! It snowed just a little bit here yesterday which was crazy to see. There's snow on the mountain range right next to Provo. Today was awesome because after we did a session at the temple, we went to the temple cafeteria and ate some of the best food I've ever had! It was a nice change from the MTC food. There hasn't been much else that's happened....my french is coming along....and my Tahitian is slowly improving....I'm at the point now where I can basically read and understand Le Livre de Mormon which is a good sign. I was thinking a lot this week about how I can improve as a Missionary....and the same quote from President Uchtdorf came into my mind a couple of times..."Lift where you stand!!" so this week I've been trying really hard to lift where I stand. It's been a cool experience although I still have room to improve.
Love you all. Thank You for your support!
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Hey Everyone....so not a lot has happened this week....just a lot more studying and a lot more teaching....I honestly have nothing to report....Our district is working on a song that we might sing at a devotional.....and yesterday we moved classes into the newly renovated 4M building....Its super nice!!!! the classroom is bigger and there's an investigator/interview room with a picture of a bear with her cubs so of course I claimed eternal dibs on it!! Its getting really cold up here but its also super nice!!! Also last night I got kind of sick and I was up all night with nausea and a really sore throat...I went to the clinic this morning and the doctor thinks I just have a virus but I'm doing okay now....I'm just really tired....That's all thats really happened....Thank You All for your support!! Keep me updated!!!!
P.S. I'm loving Hebrews 11 (the whole chapter) right now. I'm always changing what my favorite part of the scriptures are, but right now Hebrews has it!
Love Elder Porter
Picture of me and Elder Elledge...
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Hey Everybody....so this week hasn't been that exciting.....Its just been a lot of class time!! I honestly have nothing to talk about.....The most exciting thing that's happened is that Chad Lewis came and spoke to us on Sunday.....His talk was super entertaining.....I honestly have nothing else to tell....My room played Uno all night for my b-day party and we play soccer every night which is super fun!!! Elder Heno(who's French) and Elder Spoors(who's British) play with us and its really funny to watch them play each other!! My testimony is growing everyday and I'm trying really hard to love the people I'm eventually going to teach....I love you all and Thank You for your support!!!
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Hi mom, I'm good!!! The MTc is awesome.....I'm kind of homesick though...I miss Raya and Jacy alot! And thanks for the Birthday stuff....the ugly ties are the envy of the entire MTC and the rubiks cube and the Uno cards made me and my zone so happy!!! best birthday presents ever!!! Thank you So much! LOve You!!!!!
My Family. From left to right. Jason (Dad), Ren (brother), Jacy (sister), Raya (sister), Matt (brother),
Alice (niece), Monica (sister-in-law), Cole (me), Julie (Mom)
Art that my sisters, Raya and Jacy, have sent me, hung on my MTC closet door!
Hey Everyone.....So this week has been crazy.......we got a bunch of new elders from France, Vanuatu, and New Caledonia...Some of them speak English and some of them don't....Its been crazy...Its been a challenge to communicate with them however they are all awesome...Elder Brunet, see picture below, (who's from a small town on the border of France and Switzerland) told me that his girlfriend is going to Gilbert on her mission...I don't know what her name is but i'll find out and you can watch out for her....The Sunday devotional was given by a guy who's in charge of the church missionary media...he showed us how to use technology to teach and a new special project that I'm not allowed to discuss...We started french yesterday even though our Tahitian is purely doctrinal Tahitian...I can teach repentance and baptism but not how many children someone has or what they do for work....it'll be a challenge...Our teacher Orometua Maples has talked to us a lot about Tahiti...he just got back like 8 months ago...I'm so excited!!! Tahiti sounds awesome....The church is true and the MTC is awesome!!! I love you all and miss you!!! Talk to you next week!!
Friday, October 10, 2014
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Hi mom, I dont remember all the questions you asked....and i dont know how often Ill be able to send pictures because it takes ten minutes to send just one picture because of all the restrictions on the computer...can you tell uncle chad thanks for his letter!! It was super awesome and really helpful!! It made my day to get a letter from him!!! and can you tell aunt Cami thanks for her letter too!!!!?? I dont know if i need anything else...just cheap snacks like goldfish and stuff......and can you pick up/send any really ugly or cool ties....Elder hill and I started an underground tie ring....we've been doing really good in that business!! I love you Mom!! and ill email you next week!!!
Love Elder Porter!!
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Hey Everybody! This last week has been awesome. General conference was super awesome to watch and on Sunday Vai Sikahema gave a devotional and it was the best talk I've ever heard!! He just told a lot of stories about all his missionary experiences. He's way cool. Last Wednesday we got to do a thing called TRC (Teaching Resource Center). We had to give a 10 minute lesson to actual members either from Tahiti or fluent in Tahitian. They speak really fast!! Bro Parsons went on his mission to Tahiti in 1960 and he was extremely surprised to know that we had only been learning Tahitian for two weeks. We're starting French on Tuesday. Tonight we're meeting all our international missionaries. They're either from France or Vanuatu. Elder Hill and I are really clicking. We go hard at teaching!! I love you all!! Thank you for your support. Ua ite au e, e parau te Varua Maitai i to tatou aau e i to tatou feruriraa. Ua ite au e, ua here Te Atua ia tatou. E parau mau te evanelia. E parau mau te Puta A Moromona! Ua here au ia outou!! Na'Na
Monday, October 6, 2014
My Grandpa Alan Porter and his wife Patti just joined me at the MTC! They are going to serve a mission in Cape Verde, Praia (Portuguese speaking)! How amazing is it to be at the MTC with my grandparents? Only drawback....they take embarrassing photos of me while I'm eating!
Me and other elders eating lunch!
Me and my Grandpa Porter and Patti in front of "the map"!
So Ive had a lot of spiritual experiences!! Ive learned a lot about how to teach people and how to bring the Spirit into the lesson. We had a district meeting the other day and it was super cool. Each elder gave a 5 min lesson on a specific aspect on the Book Of Mormon...the Spirit was so strong! We all felt the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon!! One thing I really miss is going to the temple with you Mom! Its probably the thing I miss most! So I was super excited to be able to go to the Provo temple however it felt different. Usually when I go to the temple I receive the impression that the work I'm performing there is the most important thing I can do and I never want to leave the Celestial Room. However at the Provo temple it felt different. As soon as I got into the Celestial Room I had the strong impression that told me, " Even though temple work is of a great importance, the calling of a missionary is of greater importance." No missionary likes staying in the Celestial room...the Spirit whispers to you that, "you need to leave because you've completed all that you've needed to do and that it is time to go back to work." It's a really interesting feeling. I love you all so much....Ua here au ia outou atoa.I know the gospel is true.....Ua ite au e, e parau mau te evanalia. The MTC is awesome....E mea oaoa i te MTC. Na'Na!!!
Me and Elder Hill (my companion) in front of the Provo Temple
So, this past week has been super crazy!! All the French Elders left and So Elder Hill and I are the new zone leaders. M. Russel Ballard spoke to us on Tuesday which was super cool. Its been a lot of class time and a lot of studying!! The food here isn't too bad...the salads are pretty good. Elder Hill and I both caught a cold....which was super fun!! So on Sunday I was trained on how to be a zone leaders and its a lot of work...today for example...some elders from France are arriving and I have to show them around and stay with them the whole day. Then tomorrow, we're getting a shipment of 22 elders and 20 sisters...and Elder hill and I are in charge of them all. Its so crazy!! I've barely been here for two weeks. Elder Hills birthday was yesterday so to celebrate we ate a bunch of dougnuts and played with a bunch of sticky hands his parents gave him. Then we went to workout at the gym and both of us lifted so many weights that we both puked afterwards and neither of us can walk today!! It was awesome!! The french elders that left yesterday gave us a lot of parting gifts...namely: a small cactus, a small christmas tree, 25 pounds of junk food, a moose head signed by all the zone leaders, handdrawn pictures, and all their garbage!! they also snuck into out room in the middle of the night and placed cookies everywhere....it was really creepy!! I love you all!!!
So I don't have a lot of time right now...but ill try to tell you everything that's happened. So the first day was super confusing!! I had no idea what was going on. Another Elder showed me to my room and immediately he took me to my class where "Orometua Maples" only spoke Tahitian to me. We learned a lot of Tahitian vocab that day. I met my comp Elder Hill. He's awesome!! The MTC is awesome!! We have 12-13 hours of class a day. We got to watch a video of a talk by David A. Bednar on Sunday and it was the best thing I've ever heard. Our branch Presidency is so amazing and nice. On Sunday Branch President Barker pulled just me aside for an interview. It was super cool to talk to him. He said he liked my spirit which was why he singled me out. Oh and big news, the Tahitian mission has the longest stay of any mission in the MTC. 12 WEEKS!!!! 6 weeks of each language (French and Tahitian) but im excited. People say the Tahitian missionaries get a lot respect since we are here so long. I'll send some pictures later today and I'll write some more but I got to go now. Ua here au ia TATOU. I love you All!!--Love,OrometuaCole Porter
Elders working hard learning the Tahitian Language!
Hey so I just have a couple more minutes! How are you all doing? And by the way mom I did send a lettter!! it might just take time for it to get there. Thank you for your letters and for the doughnuts! all the elders really appreciated it! My tahitian is coming along!! its so much fun to speak!! I love you all!!