Monday, April 27, 2015

Tons and Tons of biking!!!

Alright so this week was super tiring! We did so much biking!!! We had to go to the other end of our sector six times this week!! Plus me and Elder White have been sick. There's another weird sickness going around and we got it. It's not chikingunya though. I've never worked so hard or been so tired! But we had a killer week, lesson wise! We made standards of excellence again this week which was awesome! So tuesday we were super sick and extremely tired, So it was rough, but we had 5 lessons planned that day and we did them all! Not a single person canceled which is a flat out miracle! Then Wednesday....still sick and tired....5 lessons cancellations! We were amazed! Thursday was our day of planning, studies, and rest because we were exhausted. We then had to ride back to the other end of the sector Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Saturday we had a primary baptism of a kid named Nephie. He wanted Elder White to baptize him and me to give him the gift of the Holy Ghost. It was an amazing experience! This week was sort of uneventful, just a lot of biking and some good lessons. One of our favorite lessons this week was with a couple who are very adventist! We had a really cool lesson with them about prophets and the original church of Jesus Christ. They just need to know how to find the true church because there are - major churches in Rangiroa; Mormons,  catholics, protestants, Jehovahs witness, Adventists, and Sanitos ( Sanitos are the nickname for members of the Reorganized church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. For some reason that church has a super strong presence in French polynesia!) Anyways We had a very spiritual experience with them and we hope to show them the true characterisitcs of the true church of Christ!

I love you all! Talk to you next week!!!

Elder White, Nephie, and Me
Elder White walking Nephie out to be baptized. 
Baptism in paradise!!
Umm...just to freak my mom out...this is a shark feeding frenzy. Look real close at the pic and see how many sharks you count.
Random hermit crab. I named him "buddy".

Monday, April 20, 2015

Everything is Awesome!!

Just Hey everybody...;.my grammar and spelling are gonna be terrible cause I don't have a lot of time!!!

This week has been awesome!!! We achieved standards of excellence which are number goals you try to get. We had 14 lessons, 2 fixed baptisms, 6 new investigators and, 8 investigators at church! It was awesome! We have one investigator right now who is super ready to get baptized. He only needs one thing, a witness that Joseph Smith is a prophet. That's something we can help with!! He's awesome!
We had one really cool lesson with a mom and her two daughters. The lesson was mostly for the two girls but the mom decided to join. At the end of the lesson she started crying because she has had a lot of struggles lately and she's really wanted the presence of Christ in her home! The Spirit was really strong and the two daughters started crying! The dad is inactive but he was touched by our visit and the family made the member friend promise to bring them to church the next day!! It was such a testimony building experience for me. 

 I don't think I've ever worked harder in my entire life than I have this week! We discovered that to get from one side of the village to the other side is about 18 kilometers and we ride that 3-5 times a week! Back and forth! It's tiring but soooo worth it! Especially when you get to look at the ocean or eat raw fish for dinner!!!! That's the best!!! I LOVE the food here.

P.S. This will make my mom and dad laugh. When I arrived on the island last week, everyone knew me immediately as the elder who can play piano. My comp, Elder white, had told them before I arrived so they were all waiting for me!!! Apparently there hasn't been anyone to play the piano in over a guess who's the branch pianist in both branches?!?! For years I complained when my mom asked me to practice the piano. She told me that I would probably need to know how to play on my mission. I didn't believe her. Big mistake!!!

Love you all,
Elder Cole Porter

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


So I'm basically in heaven here. Rangiroa is so beautiful!! The water is so clear and there's so much life. We walked to a part of the beach and in the water I saw crabs, parrot fish and all sorts of tropical fish, sharks, and sting rays..its awesome. So I don't really know the investigators that well yet so I'm just going to describe what its like here. 

Firstly there are coconut trees everywhere!!! Like everywhere! Secondly, you can see the ocean basically at all times. You are never more than 10 min away from the ocean. Thirdly, it's extremely hot here and the sun is intense! Lastly there is a lot of biking!!! 

There are three main parts to Rangiroa. There's the village of avatoru where mostly everyone lives. There's stores there and the airports there and the chapel too. Then there's Ohotu where the big docks are and the taxi boat. A lot of members and investigators live in Ohotu. Then there's tiputa which is entirely separated by ocean. You can only get there by boat. There's a branch there with their own chapel. We take a boat to get there and visit the branch.

We live at one end of takes half an hour to bike to the other end where ohotu starts....then its another half hour to get to where people live in Ohotu....then its a five minute boat ride to get to Tiputa which is another half hour to bike across...a lot of cardio...everyone here loses weight! 

So for personal study this week I've been reading Jesus the Christ...and I love it so much! I've learned a lot from reading this book!!! Something I noticed that I haven't thought of before was how in the book Of Mormon its very easy to see the pride cycle. The people get rich and then think they're better than everyone else and then they fall. But its not as evident in the old Testament. In Jesus the Christ it talks about the Jewish pride and how they thought they were better than everyone else because they were the chosen people of God. They hated all other peoples and were then recipricolly despised. Sometimes Pride takes different forms and we have to be careful to stay away from it all times.

Anyway thats about it...the members here are awesome and its amazing here!!! My new companion is Elder White and he is the best!!!! Love you ALL!!!!

I took this picture as the sun was setting. I'm no photographer but this pic is beautiful. I'm pretty sure it's impossible to take a bad picture here!!!

Picture of how crystal blue the water is here.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

General Conference and saying goodbye to faaripo.

Ia'ora'na Tatou

Hows it goin? Everythings going good here in Faaripo. I'm leaving
tomorrow afternoon for Rangiroa! I'm so excited. I've gone through
this whole week in nervous anticipation. I can't wait to start working

This week was a little dissappointing number wise. Almost all of our
investigators were out of town. It was extremely difficult to get a
lesson. However we did have one or two really awesome lessons.
Firstly, Tumata and Jean-Claude finally picked a marriage date. They
are planning on getting married the 21st of July! Now we can finally
plan the baptism.
We also had a lesson with Janita and her family. Some of her daughters
are investigators and her niece is our other baptism, Moeata. I told
them I was leaving and so they made us a big lunch. It was so nice!!
I'm going to miss that family.
Today we fasted for Yanki so that he can receive the okay to get
baptized. He's an awesome man and we ate super good bbq chicken at his
house. He's helped us learn a lot of Tahitian because we do lessons
with him in tahitian.
I loved listening to conference!! It was kind of difficult getting to
hear it in English but it was worth it. I loved the talk by Henry
Eyring during priesthood about prayer. I think sometimes I
underestimate the power and importance of prayer. I love the promise
in D&C 10:5 that promises us protection from Satan if we pray always.
Personally, I need to learn to pray more fervently and more frequently
so as to be better protected and better guided by the Spirit.
 I love you all. 

Talk to you all
next week from rangiroa.

Me and Elder Warren. I'm going to miss him. He's been an amazing companion.

My district