Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Deja Vu

Hey everyone. So, Surprise..... I got transferred in the middle of the week....and my new sector is.....Papeete 2....the sector I was literally just in. Elder Barlow, my old comp, and i just switched places. Everyone is kind of surprised because getting transferred back to an old sector here is super rare. President called me and said he just had a feeling that I was suppose to be in Papeete for my last month, so here I am! I am literally right back where I was a few months ago, Same area, same Ward, same house (back living with the AP's). The only thing new is my comp, Elder Langomazino. 

I was able to say goodbye to the members of the Orofero Ward before I left so I was happy about that. 

All of the Papeete members were really surprised and happy to see me yesterday at Church. The ward has been doing awesome since I left. They are already at a total of 30 convert baptisms for the year which is the highest in the mission. The work is going really well here! The ward leaders and members are highly motivated and are working hard. Its awesome to see their dedication. 

We have some cool investigators that I didn't know before and we have a good week planned ahead of us. 

I have 30 days left!! I got my travel itinerary. I fly out of Tahiti on August 18 @11:00pm and then I arrive in Phoenix on August 19th @4:30pm

Thats about it. I've only been here a day so I don't have any stories yet. I'm sure to have some next week though! I love you all!! have a good week!!!

Elder Cole Porter


Me and my new comp Elder Langomazino.



Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Vive La France!

Hey everyone! So this week was good. We had some cool experiences and we saw some progress with a couple of our investigators.

So it looks like I'm going to get transferred. I thought I would be in Paea for the rest of my mission but President Bize told me he's transferring me to one of the islands. He told me I could pick which one I go to, but I told him I would leave it up to him. So I find out later today. I'm thinking it might be Bora Bora, but We'll see.


So, first off, France lost to Portugal in the EuroCup so that was disappointing. However, swag to them that they got that far....I mean they destroyed Germany in the semifinals so that in itself was an accomplishment. VIVE LA FRANCE!!

We finished off the week yesterday with a total of 8 investigators that came to church. It was awesome! There were a lot of people we didn't even know so we got some solid contacts. 

Christophe came to church finally!! It was cool to see him there! He left halfway through sacrament meeting...but still....progress.....!

We had Leadership Council on Thursday. The whole gang was there. All my buddies from the MTC. It was really awesome to have Elder Heno there too. Elder Heno is from France and he was my comp last year. I loved serving with him. So we had leadership council with President Bize and it was funny because all the elders from France were receiving updates during the meeting because the France/Germany game was at the same time. If France scored all the French elders reacted, especially Elder Heno! I was dying laughing. 

I got sick on Saturday...I think I ate some bad curry and I couldn't leave the house (for reasons I shall not name. Haha.) It was horrible...luckily the Tahitian prescription for stomach problems is warm Coca Cola, so that was nice...and funnily enough, it worked...I was actually astonished....!

Anyways thats about it for this week!!! I love you all!! have a good week!!! See y'all soon!!
Elder Cole Porter

Leadership council pic
The view from papi Tepa's house.
The Tahitian prescription for stomach issues.



French/Tahitian Parade. Oh Yeah!!!

Hey everyone!! Hows it going? This week was super fun! We had some cool experiences. 

First OFF!!! HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!!!! Being in a foreign country has really helped me appreciate the awesomeness of AMERICA!! Happy birthday Liberty!

Wednesday, we got to participate in the big Tahitian parade. Tahiti was celebrating "Fete de l'autonomie", It's like their independence day. The lds missionaries were asked to participate and Wallin the parade. We had to stand out in the sun for like 3 hours just to walk for like 5 seconds....but it was cool. It gave the missionaries good exposure. President Bize was very happy with it. That's pretty much all we did on Wednesday.

So Monday night, we did a lesson with a new investigator. It's a lady and Her boyfriend got baptized last year and they separated when he did. They got back together and he convinced her to take the lessons but she doesn't seem that happy about it. They apparently have lots of problems and fights and she blames it on the church. She's actually very angry and bitter. We invited her to pray but she won't. She's allowed her bitterness and anger to cut her off from God and Christ, the only people who can heal and help her. We are trying to help her open up and pray but it's going to take a while. 

We had a super cool lesson with our investigator Phillipe yesterday. He read Alma 7 but didn't really understand. We had an awesome discussion of the Atonement and repentance and baptism. He understood and I know he felt something. He's slowly melting and I'm sure sometime in the future he'll be baptized. I'm just not sure when. He is progressing though. 

We had our last missionary concert yesterday in Papeari. It was a bit sad because it was Sister Caldwells last concert and all the missionaries wrote her letters to thank her. Sister Caldwell and her husband are here serving as a "couple missionary", but their time is done. They have been so wonderful and the mission will be less fun and awesome without them. 

This week I read a lot in the "Teaching of the Presidents" book. I read the biography of every single prophet and I learned so many great lessons. Their stories and examples have inspired me a lot. I was most touched by their devotion and their humility so my goal this week is to be more humble and devoted. We'll see how that goes.

I love you all!!!! Have an awesome week!!
Elder Cole Porter

Pics of the parade.









What a week

Hey everyone, hows it going?! I'm doing well. I'm going to write a short email because not a lot happened this week. 

It rained a bunch!! Like every day!! Rain kind of kills missionary work here so the work was slow. Also I got kind of sick so that slowed us down a bit too. 

Not a lot happened lesson wise. We were able to go on visits with a brother in the ward named Brother Tarano. He's super nice and we were able to visit a couple of inactive families with him. On Saturday there was a sport activity for all the priesthood brethren. We went with the elders of Vaiatu who live in the house with us. When we showed up there was only the elders quorum prez, the High Priest group leader, and his assistant (who happens to be Brother Tarano)! After a bit, Bishop showed up too. So it was pretty funny! There were just 4 young missionaries and 60 year old men playing soccer against each other. I was laughing a lot! 

We had a lesson with Phillipe yesterday after church. We read Alma 40 with him to discuss the resurrection. It was a cool lesson and he enjoyed it a lot. We are starting to see him progress little by little. He even said he might come to church after he gets back from vacation. YES!!!! 

We had the concert at Mahina last night. I saw a bunch of people from my first area of Faaripo! It was awesome!! I also got to see some good missionary friends that I haven't seen in awhile like Elder Heno, Elder Reese, and Elder Paxman! It was a good concert! At the end, of the concert a super sweet Mami (grandma) I knew from Faaripo came up to me and said she had a gift for me. She then handed me a brand new, beautiful, handmade Ukulele!!! It's super cool! I thanked her profusely! Tahitians are some of the most charitable people I know! 

Anyways! Thats about it. We have some cool lessons fixed for this week so I'm sure to have some stories next week. I love you all!!! Have a good week!!! 
-- elder Cole Porter

My awesome new Ukulele.
The Paea Zone.

My typical breakfast, lunch and dinner for the past two years! Cooked fish and Raw fish! Delicious!!

Rain, anyone????
Elder Goodwin, Me, Elder McClelland, and Elder Swartz



Another missionary concert

Hey everyone,
So this week went by pretty fast. We had to work on finding a lot of new investigators, which meant lots of door to door. We didn't do too bad. We ended up finding a couple people who were interested. 

There was not a lot that happened this week. We did a lesson with Phillipe yesterday. We showed up and I asked him if he had any questions. He asked us if we existed before we were born. We ended up having a very nice discussion about the Plan of salvation. He's progressing little by little. 

Last night, we had the missionary concert at Papeete, my old stake. I got to see a bunch of members and old "new" converts. It was awesome to see them there, still active in the church! It was an awesome concert too! Lots of people came!

SO, something interesting that happened this week. Friday, when we were doing some tracting, Elder Swartz saw a dude standing in his yard. For those of you who don't remember, we don't knock on doors here, we yell at the house and someone either yells back that we can come in or they come out and greet us. So...we see this guy and His house was pretty far away from his gate so Elder Swartz had to yell, (louder than normal) to get his attention. He came over and asked us, kind of rudely I might add, what we wanted? Elder Swartz asked if we could have a cup of water. I was dying....this guy was not at all happy to see us and we are asking him for some water. The guy looks at Elder Swartz, smiles a bit, and says wait. He goes and brings back a bottle of juice with some plastic cups. We thought, maybe his heart was softened and he was going to talk with us. Nope. He told us he was too busy to talk so we left. Super weird experience...but I guess if it works it works....at least he'll be blessed for giving the missionaries a drink. Maybe we were just suppose to meet him real quick and then come back. We'll see. 

Anyways, thats about it for this week. I highly recommend, to everyone, Elder Bednar's message in the Liahona for June. It talks about how members can help missionaries. Please read it and apply it! I love you all!! Have a good week!!!!

Elder Cole Porter

Pics of the missionary concerts...



Tuesday, June 28, 2016

59 days left.

I have 59 days left here in Tahiti!! I can't believe it. I get home on August 19th and then I start school at BYU on August 24 or 26th!! I got my schedule already from BYU. I'm a little bummed because I wanted to major in Medical Laboratory Sciences and minor in French and Biblical Hebrew, but they won't let me take two languages!! My mom says I should do French because I know it so well now, but I like the challenge of Biblical Hebrew. Any opinions??? 

It's rainy again here in Tahiti....like always. This week was pretty interesting.

On Friday, we had a mission conference with some general authorities. Elder Pearson of the First Quorum of the Seventy, Sis Reeves and Sis McConkie from the Relief Society and Primary general boards and their spouses. They gave some pretty cool messages. I learned a lot. 

On Friday, I went on a split in Papara with Elder Chion Hock. He's from the Reunion Islands. There was some baptismal interviews in Papara that I had to do. They were for a mother and her 12 yr old son. I was very touched while talking with them because I realized that Heavenly Father really does prepare people. They met the missionaries, accepted the lessons, and changed their lives in about 2 months. They have strong testimonies and strong desires to obey. 

Later, During the split, we went to go eat with a part member family who were super nice. The food was very good but we ran into a little problem as were leaving. Our truck got stuck in the mud, on a steep incline! It took a lot of pushing from the other men and very skillful driving on my part to get us out of there. The other elder Chion Hock and the ward member we had brought with us enjoyed themselves very much!!! They've never been quadding or off-roading, so this was the closest thing to it for them!! Haha. It was a fun little adventure. 

We found a cool new investigator this week. His name is Puahea. We found him one day as we were tracting. We gave him a brochure and he read it. He has a lot of good questions and he understands very well. He's a Sanito (member of the RLDS religion) but doesn't know much about his own church, nor of Joseph Smith. I'm very excited to see how he progresses this week. 

Anyways, thats about it. I love you all! Have a good week! 
Elder Cole Porter

Rain anyone??

Scripture Power

Hey Everyone, 

So this week was interesting. Monday was as stressful as always, seeing as I'm kind of a chauffeur now for whenever a missionary needs a ride. But I don't mind. 

So we had some cool experiences this week. We've been teaching a inactive brother whose wife is the Primary president in the ward. He's a convert and he's been inactive for a while. His big problem is cigarettes. He's tried stopping before but he hasn't been able to. We started teaching him because he's kind of been put aside in the ward because everyone already knows him and everyone assumes that he's not going to be able to change. We had a very cool lesson with him and we came up with a cool idea to help him stop smoking. We made plastic pill bottles filled with rolled up pieces up paper with scriptural passages written on them. Every time he's tempted to smoke he has to take one out and read it. Picture is attached....

Thursday night, we had to go all the way over to Mataiea to get Elder Temake. He had a flight to Apataki early in the morning and he had to be at Faa'a that night so the zone leaders could drop him off in the morning. It was fun! 

Saturday, Elder Swartz and I went to Tautira which is the farthest sector away on Tahiti, for a baptism. Elder Swartz got permission from President Bize to stay the night there so he could confirm another investigator the next day. So I took Elder Ateo home with me. He's waiting for his visa to go to Auckland on his mission. 

Yesterday was Mother's Day for France so Sacrament meeting was themed around mothers. All the men sung in a choir and it was awesome. 

The missionary concert yesterday was at Punauuia, and it was awesome. There were a lot of investigators there! The stake president gave a really good message afterwards. It was well organized! 

Anyways, thats about it for this week!!! I love you all!! See you soon!

Love,
Elder Cole Porter

At the missionary concert.

Me and elder Swartz 

The courtyard of our ward building....not to shabby.


The "scriptural medicine" we made for our investigator.

Me and elder hill (he was my companion the whole 12 weeks were in the MTC) I love that guy!!!

Jesus is the Christ.

Hey Everyone! How's it going?! I'm doing well. 

This week passed by very quickly. We had a pretty fun week. We finished off the week yesterday with the missionary concert here at Paea. There was a pretty good turnout. The singing wasn't the best we've done so far, but the Spirit was there anyways. 

We had normal lessons this week. We had a lesson with Hina, a teenage girl. Someone gave her a "For the Strength of Youth" pamphlet. We discussed it because she had a couple of questions. At the end, she accepted the need for rules and said she'd follow them....even the modesty rules! AHHH yeah!

On saturday we had a cool experience. I was doing a split with Elder Chion Hock, who's from the Reunion Islands. We had a couple lessons in the morning and then went to a contacting activity for the sisters of Temarua. Elder Chion Hock and I found a couple of references for the sisters. We both felt as if we should go back down the road and talk to this one drunk guy we saw. We found out that he was a member and that he lived with his brother who's also inactive. We went to go visit his brother but couldn't find him. SO we asked these two kids who were standing by and asked if they had seen the guy. They said no but then directed our attention to the members' 2 kids who were walking up the road. We went to talk to his kids. Turns out, neither of them are baptized and they are interested in taking lessons. SWEET!! We gave the golden reference to the sisters and hopefully we should see a baptism here pretty soon for them! 

We had a very interesting sacrament meeting yesterday. Members used time meant to bear sincere simple testimony to talk about their problems with other members and to let everyone else know that they were offended. And then other people told stories for like 15 min that had no doctrine or testimony in it. That was our sacrament meeting. Luckily our bishop and stake president were there to correct some errors. I wanted to get up and just read Spencer W Kimball's message found in this months Liahona/Ensign about testimonies. Testimonies should be brief, heartfelt statements about what someone believes or knows. The Spirit only testifies, if we testify. If we don't testify, the Spirit will not be there and no one will be edified or taught. 

I would just like to testify that I know Jesus is the Christ. That he is Jehovah, the Son Of God, and the Savior of the world. I know he loves us and I know he hears our prayers. This is the true church of God upon the earth. 

I love you all! Have a great week!!!
Elder Cole Porter

Another missionary concert.

Hey everyone,
So this week went by pretty fast. We had to work on finding a lot of new investigators, which meant lots of door to door. We didn't do too bad. We ended up finding a couple people who were interested. 

There was not a lot that happened this week. We did a lesson with Phillipe yesterday. We showed up and I asked him if he had any questions. He asked us if we existed before we were born. We ended up having a very nice discussion about the Plan of salvation. He's progressing little by little. 

Last night, we had the missionary concert at Papeete, my old stake. I got to see a bunch of members and old "new" converts. It was awesome to see them there, still active in the church! It was an awesome concert too! Lots of people came!

SO, something interesting that happened this week. Friday, when we were doing some tracting, Elder Swartz saw a dude standing in his yard. For those of you who don't remember, we don't knock on doors here, we yell at the house and someone either yells back that we can come in or they come out and greet us. So...we see this guy and His house was pretty far away from his gate so Elder Swartz had to yell, (louder than normal) to get his attention. He came over and asked us, kind of rudely I might add, what we wanted? Elder Swartz asked if we could have a cup of water. I was dying....this guy was not at all happy to see us and we are asking him for some water. The guy looks at Elder Swartz, smiles a bit, and says wait. He goes and brings back a bottle of juice with some plastic cups. We thought, maybe his heart was softened and he was going to talk with us. Nope. He told us he was too busy to talk so we left. Super weird experience...but I guess if it works it works....at least he'll be blessed for giving the missionaries a drink. Maybe we were just suppose to meet him real quick and then come back. We'll see. 

Anyways, thats about it for this week. I highly recommend, to everyone, Elder Bednar's message in the Liahona for June. It talks about how members can help missionaries. Please read it and apply it! I love you all!! Have a good week!!!!

Elder Cole Porter

Pics of the missionary concerts...




Brightly Beams Our Fathers Mercy

Hey Everyone,

SO this week went by pretty good. My comp and good buddy, Elder Fuller, got transferred to Fakavara. Fakavara is one of the Tuamotua islands. I'm excited for him because he hasn't had a chance to serve on one of the Tuamotua islands yet, but I'm sad because we only got to serve together for a short time. He was in the MTC with me too. But, on a happy note my new comp, Elder Swartz, is also one of my friends that was in the MTC with me. This should be a fun couple of weeks. 

So some things that happened this week. Elder Tokalolo from Vanuatu finished his mission this week. Elder Fuller and I got to drop him off at the airport for his flight...it was pretty early in the morning but it was fun. 

On Thursday we had Leadership Council for all the zone leaders. Elder Sinjoux, an area seventy, and also the former Tahiti mission president, talked to us and it was really nice. Sister Bize gave a training about fear which was super interesting. There was really good food and then President Bize talked about spiritual power. I learned a lot.

Friday, I dropped Elder Fuller off at the airport. I say "dropped off" because it was I that drove. It's the first time on my whole mission that I've had a car. Our car is a 2014 Toyota Hilux. It's not the best handling thing ever, but its cool. I now officially know how to drive a manual car. I have not stalled yet. It was sad to see him go. Then I had to take Elder Souday to the doctors for his back, so that took awhile. Then we had to stop by the Mission Office because Elder Souday had to have an interview with President Bize and then we went to airport to pick up Elder Meyer who's going to be replacing Elder Souday in the area of Papehue. Elder Meyer funnily enough, is from Blanding, Utah. Blanding is where my Grandpa Porter is from and also a place of some very fond family reunion memories. We had a nice little talk about Blanding. I'm apparently the first person he's met here at Tahiti who actually knows where Blanding is. 

Saturday, we were able to do a couple of lessons. We met with our investigator we found the other week. It's the Catholic man from the Marquesian islands that I mentioned last week. So we had a really cool discussion with him on Thursday night. We showed up and they had made us carpaccio, which is raw fish cut very thinly an then covered in olive oil and other spices. IT was super GOOOD!!! WOW! It was good! Anyways, at the end of the lesson we asked if we could come back to talk again. He said, even though he enjoyed talking with us, we couldn't come back. However, I gently insisted. He said no to basically every idea I threw at him. I asked for Sunday and he said "no no definitely not!" He would not say yes to any idea or suggestion I asked. Normally at this point, I would have given up and said " fine whatever" but I didn't want to let this guy go! SO I asked for Sunday one more time, he paused, looked at me, and said, " What time?" and I said whatever time you want. So we fixed a lesson for 10 a.m. YES!! Totally won! 

However, the story is not over yet. SO we went back yesterday and discovered that he had prepared breakfast for us. We had hot chocolate, toast, doughnuts, poisson cru (raw fish) and some juice. We talked about the Book of Mormon. He seemed very interested and he said he'd read a little bit. SO at the end, I asked when we could come back, and do you know what he said..." whenever you guys want"! What!!!!????? We fixed a lesson for next Sunday! I was super pumped! 

Anyways that just goes to show that the Spirit is capable of changing peoples hearts and minds! hehehehe...this should be an interesting week.

One more thing. So the missionary concerts have started. Its where all the missionaries of the island of Tahiti get together and sing some songs. We are going to visit all the stakes here. Its a concert tour! So last night was at FAA'A. It was awesome! The stake center was filled! I don't have any special parts except I'm sort of in a Quartet but with like 9 elders.....so not really a "quartet" at all, but they keep calling us a quartet, so I'm just going with it. We sang "Brightly Beams Our Father's Mercy" (which happens to be my mom's favorite song right now! She mentioned it in her email three weeks ago and asked me to read the words of all three verses.) We sang in all 3 languages; french, tahitian, and english. It was really cool! 

Anyways!! I love you all!! Have a good day!!!

Love,
Elder Cole Porter

Elder Temake, Moi, Elder Kokona, Elder Hill (He was my comp the whole 12 weeks at the MTC)

Flashback to me and Elder Hill at the MTC (we're modeling our crazy socks)

Another "Flashback" and "Flashforward" moment. The top two pictures are me and some of my buddies in the MTC. The bottom pic is some of my MTC buddies at the leadership training meeting this week.


Friday, May 13, 2016

Time is winding down

Hey Everyone,

First off I would like to wish a happy Mother's day to everyone especially my mom!

It was great talking to my family on skype yesterday. It's so strange to think I'll be home in 3 short months. Time has gone by so fast. On one hand I never want to leave my mission and on the other, I'm excited to come home and head up to BYU to start the next chapter of my life.

This week was pretty good. It wasn't the most successful week but we had some good things happen. Tuesday night, Elder Fuller and I got to make salad for a Multi-Zone Conference. We went to a members house and some sisters helped us cut lettuce, grate carrots, and slice cucumbers. We probably made like 10 pounds of salad. IT was really good. Definitely the best part of the whole meal. 

Saturday night, we got to eat with a couple. The wife is an inactive member and her husband is Catholic and from the Marquesas islands. When we got there, her husband was just slightly drunk. He has a long ponytail and a giant beard. The food was really good and we had a fun conversation. It turns out that, the husband is very smart and he had some really good religion questions. We discussed the Joseph Smith story and even though he was slightly drunk, he understood it very well. We'll see him again this week. His daughter, who's an active member, was very happy because this is the first time he's accepted the lessons. We'll see what happens. 

We also had a lesson with a new investigator named Olivier and his wife Fanny. We had a really good lesson about the Restoration. The husband is a little interesting but he's really nice. His wife I believe will be our best potential. She already knows its true because she came to church when she was younger. 

Anyways, Thats about it! Happy Mother's Day again! See y'all next week!

Love,
Elder Cole Porter

Me and elder fuller with some investigators.
Me, chopping lettuce. I just noticed that sister is watching me very intently. She's not sure of my skills!
Picture nonsense!!!




Appreciation

Hey everyone,

So this week went by pretty fast. Papi Tepa our new convert is doing awesome. He was ordained a priest yesterday. It was amazing!

On Thursday I went and did splits with Elder Thia at Papara. It was really fun! We had some pretty cool lessons. We talked to one sister named Raff. She had the most adorable children! If I see them again, which I probably will, I'm going to take a picture with them. We had a pretty cool lesson with two young couples. We talked about marriage and chastity and they really liked it. That night, Elder Fuller and I had to drop off a bike and suitcases of an elder that goings to the Marquises islands this week. It was pretty late at night and we got soaked because it was pouring rain and we had to stop and tie down the bike several times because it kept falling over. It was exciting to say the least.

Saturday, Elder Fuller and I had an interesting experience. We were trying to teach some kids and behind us there was a group of adults who were drunk out of their minds. They had been drinking for about 7 hours. So while we were teaching, one of the drunk guys came over and crouched down in front of us and then started babbling nonsense about religion. He kept touching my leg and he spat in my face multiple times, on accident, but still super gross. I consider myself a nice gentle person but I wanted to hurt this dude. We finally got him to go away, but then another drunk dude came over. This guy wasn't as drunk but still. He was an inactive member from Ahe. We told him to drop the beer and leave but he wouldn't. He told us we didn't understand because we were too young. As we were trying to get him to go away when the first drunk guy came back. At this point, I was really fed up so Elder Fuller and I left and just went home to calm down. 

Alright so I usually don't go off on schpeels during my letters but this experience had a very large effect on me. There was at least 4 or 5 adults drinking and they were all parents and they had their kids there with them. This made me so sad. They sat around all day smoking and drinking and negelcting their kids. It's so hard not get angry. I kind of understand how Alma felt when he talks about wanting the voice of an angel. I felt the same way. I wanted to yell at these parents! I wanted them to see what they were doing to their children. I understand a little bit more the verse where Jesus says its better for someone to drown in the ocean than to hurt a child. I understand just a little bit more of how he feels when parents neglect or abuse their children. 

This experience made me appreciate so much more the parents I have. I know I took them for granted. I know that I didn't understand or appreciate how blessed I am to have the parents I have. Its hard to describe but I'm very grateful for parents that raised me well, that weren't perfect but did the best they could. I'm grateful for parents who never give up in life and never give up on me. And I'm grateful for parents who knew how to say NO and didn't let me do stupid things. I see so many teenagers here who do nothing but smoke and drink and steal. And I wish with all my soul that they would wake up and hear our teachings and realize what true happiness is and can be! In the end though, all we can do is show love, extend the hand of fellowship and keep teaching to anyone who will listen. My heart is full. 

I love you all! have a good week. Talk to you Sunday!

Love,
Elder Cole Porter

Random pic. We had to sing in church. This is our practice. I'm the second to the end on the far right.
Zone conference
Me being the "French" translator because our senior couple instructors only spoke English.




Faith is like a little seed

Hey Everyone,

So this week was awesome. 

For starters, two investigators that I taught in Pirae, Taaroa and Bertie, were baptized on Saturday. I had the pleasure of baptizing Bertie. It was an amazing experience. I'm so happy that they made it to the waters of baptism. And I got to see a lot of people that I haven't seen for awhile. 
 
We also had the baptism of Papi Tepa on saturday it was equally amazing...or as we sometimes say in French but not really " C'├ętait formidable." He bore a really special testimony afterwards. Something funny happened too...we told him to make sure he says "In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen at the end. Or in tahitian "Na roto i te i'oa o Iesu Mesia, Amene." So when he got up he said, "I'ora'na i te mau taeae e te mau tuahine, na roto i te i'oa o Iesu Mesia, amene" which means " Hello Brothers and Sisters, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen." I dont think he understood exactly what we meant...but it didn't matter, he went on ti bear his testimony and it was very good...he also finished his testimony correctly. Sometimes Tahitians are really funny. 

We taught a lot of investigators about scriptures this week. We taught Robert and Kelly yesterday about the Book of Mormon. Robert is the guy that had a dream about the Book of Mormon but they still haven't read or prayed. The problem is that Robert has a hard time believing in Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon...but he does have a desire to believe. So we talked to him about Alma 32 and about how, now that he has the seed planted in his heart he has to water it to see if it will grow and the only way to water the seed of faith is to read and pray. They finally understood and hopefully they'll put their belief into action!

anyways thats about it! I love you all have a good week!!!!
Elder Cole Porter

Baptizing Bertie
Me, papi tepa, elder fuller
The party after papi tepa' baptism.
The view from an investigators house.






Friday, April 29, 2016

Pray

Hey Everyone,
I don't have a lot of time today....we had a pretty busy day of driving...I'm very tired. This last week was awesome. We got to meet some cool members and we found a bunch of really great potential investigators.

We've been working with an older investigator this week. A lot of his kids are already members and his wife was baptized a year or two ago, but then she died right after her baptism. It was very sad. We restarted the lessons with him. He's been taught multiple times. By multiple missionaries. But, During our first lesson he accepted the invitation to be baptized. His baptism is this Saturday and we are very happy for him. He's progressed a lot. It should be a good baptism.

We've been working with other investigators this week who just need to get married but their waiting for some papers. They've also been taught many times by missionaries. Apparently, the first time Elder Fuller and I talked to them, the husband had a dream in which he read the Book of Mormon, prayed to know if it was true, and had a warm burning throughout his entire body which woke him up and which he felt even after he was awake. The problem is that he's afraid or embarrassed to pray for real while he's conscious!!! This is a problem I have never come across before. So that's been our little project. We read Alma 32 with him and it went really well. We'll see this week if he prayed. Would you all pray for him, that he will be able to pray?

Anyways, Elder Fuller and I gave talks in church on Sunday and they went really well, I was going to talk about how to fight against Satan but during Sacrament I was prompted by the Spirit to talk about something else. I talked about the story of the brother of Jared and how it applies to member missionary work. Basically the idea is that it doesn't really matter what we do to do missionary work. It only matters that we do something!! God expects us to make a plan and then he'll help us to succeed. We just have to have faith and get to work.

 I love you all. Have a good week!

Elder Cole Porter

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Zone leader conference

I didn't get an email from cole until 8:30pm tonight. The Internet is down in Tahiti apparently. He only had time to say "hi. I'm doing great! And I'm very happy." And then he sent me a pic of the Zone leader conference.