Wednesday, November 18, 2015


Hey Everyone! Hows it going? So this week was pretty interesting. We got transfer calls from the AP's on Friday. So I will be going to Papeete 2. Its a new area. Its the ward of the AP's, President Bize, President Sun, and the temple president, pretty much all the big leaders. I kind of feel like I'm being babysat. I'm going there to help the assistants with their ward because they are so busy. And I'll be training another new missionary. I don't know who yet but I'll find out Wednesday.
 The work here was alright this week. . We don't have a very large teaching pool and its been difficult trying to find new investigators. Tracting doesn't really work here so we just ended up with a lot of "No"s. We were able to find one new investigator who's name is George. He builds boats and he's pretty cool. He has a good understanding of the Bible. 
  We taught Taaroa and Bertie on Wednesday. As soon as we got there I could smell marijuana smoke. We had already heard that he had started again but it was disappointing to find out that it was true. We tried helping but he seemed uninterested. Its really affecting Bertie so we're going to suggest this week that she get baptized without him and to stop waiting for the marriage. 
Thursday we had English class and its Elder Fuller and I that teach. We started off by doing a maze. The class had to guide Elder Fuller using English phrases to find a piece of chalk. Its really funny. 
 Friday night Elder Isabell got to eat his first fish eyes and fish brain...I was so proud...the members were really impressed too. The hardest part of the eyes is the ball inside the pupil. That's always a weird feeling. 
This week I learned a lot about the power of prayer. I've been wondering for awhile how to develop a certain talent and its been really difficult. Then I remembered the scripture that says " Ask and ye shall receive" and I realized I had never before prayed for that particular talent so I started praying for it everyday and it totally worked!  It just goes to show that its really by small and simple things that the Lord accomplishes his work.

I love you all Have a good week. Talk to y'all soon.  

Elder Porter

Elder Fuller with his blindfold on being lead through the maze of chairs during our English class.
Me, Elder Fuller and Elder Isabell
View from the mountain where we live

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

I will follow Him....

Hey Everyone. So my email is going to be short this week because not a lot happened. 

Both Tuesday and Wednesday I was really sick. We were basically home for like 3 days in a row. It was so boring! I hated being sick! 

On Thursday we were able to do 2 or 3 lessons. Elder Fuller and I taught English class together. We talked about directions and prepositions. It was a lot of fun. At the end, Elder Fuller and I blind folded ourselves and the students had to guide us around a maze of chairs to find a piece of chalk. It was awesome! 

We did a lesson with the Moux family also. It was cool and Thierry (the dad) knew I was sick so he decided to cure me the "Tahitian" way. He prepared a concoction of Nono purée. Nono or Noni or cheese fruit is very gross fruit. You let it rot in the sun for awhile and then you eat it. It smells and tastes like death. But it actually helped a lot. 

On Friday, while we were at our district meeting. Someone came to our house, cut our chains and stole our bikes! It was very thoughtful of them. So we had to go to the cops to give them a report and that took like 3 hours. It was an interesting day.

On Saturday, we had the baptism of a excommunicated member. He's been waiting for awhile to get baptized it it finally happened on Saturday. It was a great experience.

We had 4 investigators at church this last Sunday​ but they all left after sacrament meeting. But church was still really good! 

Fun Fact, our mission is participating in a christmas concert next month. And If i'm not mistaken its with other choirs from Tahiti. So at one point it'll be just missionaries singing and other times it will be the other choirs singing, but, ALL the choirs are singing one song together, "I Will Follow Him" from the movie Sister Act (with Whoopi Goldberg). How cool is that? I'm so excited! Google the video of the scene in the movie where they sing "I will follow him" and you'll get a little idea of what is coming!

I love you all! Have a good week.

Elder Porter 

Picture of the brownies I made. (Thanks mom for sending them for my bday!)

Our poor, lonely bike chains laying on the ground after our bikes got stolen...

My beloved elder Hughes went home this week. I will miss him. He's the one wearing the suit coat. And I'm super sorry (mom) that I didn't smile in the picture. I promise to keep trying!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Answered prayers

I don't have a lot of time today so my email will be short.

Hey everyone! Hows it going? Things are going steadily here in Pirae. Its been a pretty good week for us although these past couple of days my comp and I have been pretty sick. Tahitians blame it on the weather because the weather here has been weird lately. Its really really hot during the day and chill at night so it causes lots of coughing. Anyways, this week was spent basically preparing people for their baptisms next week. 

We were able to find and re-contact Taaroa. He and Bertie had a meeting with Bishop and they're planning on getting married and baptised in like 2  weeks. Our prayers have been answered.

The Moux family are still planning on getting married next week so that should be super fun. We had an interesting lesson with them about prophets.

We got another new investigator this week named Eugene. His story is crazy. He was born in Brazil and raised in England and France. He moved to Tahiti to experience something new. He's a traveler. He was invited to stay with a member family and that's when he became interested in the church. He reads the Book of Mormon everyday and he already has a testimony. He was the one that asked us if he could be baptized. It's a crazy cool miracle about how he found the church. We are planning his baptism for next week too.

I really enjoyed seeing this week how the Lord prepares people to recieve the gospel. Something Elder Lynn G. Robbins told us was that behind every conversion story there was a miracle that took place. I agree with that 100%!

I love you all! Have a good week!! 

Elder Porter

Getting our food ready to grill...meat, ketchup, soy sauce, preach my gospel manual. Looks like I got everything I need.
Now to cook them....
Get some wood and cinder blocks. Lay them up against the mountain in the backyard.
Use your Boy Scout training to build a fire.
Lay a piece of chain link fence in between the cinder blocks. Place meat, seasoned by yours truly, on fence.

Cook til done. Then eat!!! That's how we roll in Tahiti!