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.

View of the ocean (from my house)
A stream near our house.

The ocean is really choppy right now because it's the rainy season.

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 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.)

Our last day at the MTC...
All of us fresh off the plane with our new comps....