Matavai Bay at sunset Hello! (I felt like changing it up a bit) So transfers came around again, but Soeur Ke- and I will be staying...

Matavai Bay at sunset


(I felt like changing it up a bit)

So transfers came around again, but Soeur Ke- and I will be staying together again! She is now officially my longest companion (one transfer in Raiatea, two transfers in Mahina) The only change in our house is that our roomate Soeur Ji- finishes her mission this week, and will be replaced by Soeur Te- (my mission niece, kindof, she's Soeur Sa-'s daughter.) However we did get a new automatic car so that's fun. It's all shiny and clean and smells like new car.

Tuesday we had a temple trip, wonderful. That evening we presented a fireside that we've been preparing for awhile, and it turned out well. Our zone prepared some funny sketches and short trainings to show our members the difference they can make instead of just telling them. We were a bit overdramatic but everyone laughed and they got the point. For example: Two elders knock on a house, are answered by a little girl. "Is your mom there?" "Yeah, just a minute." Little girl talks to mom, comes back. "Mom said that she's not here." (Elders later return to the same house, with a member, are received warmly by the mom.)

Wednesday we took a vaccine for one of the mosquito borne diseases, and were super tired for the rest of the day. Whoops. But hey, now we're protected so c'est bon. It was a good day anyway, we were able to see several investigators and inactives. Thursday was mission leadership council with President and Soeur Bize, which is always great! We set a mission goal for this month that will definitely push us all - fix three new baptisms in every secteur by the end of the month. We also talked about charity and unity, and like Elder Holland's talk that I mentioned, I was reminded of the importance of unity in our companionships, our wards and all other relationships. But I was also reminded that unity doesn't mean uniformity. We don't need to have the same ideas or opinions or personalities. Quite the opposite; true unity is harmony. Just like in music or art, there can be many instruments and colors, highs and lows, louds and softs, brights and darks, and all of that is what makes it more interesting! "Now, this is not to say that everyone in this divine chorus can simply start shouting his or her own personal oratorio! Diversity is not cacophony, and choirs do require discipline—for our purpose today, I would say discipleship—but once we have accepted divinely revealed lyrics and harmonious orchestration composed before the world was, then our Heavenly Father delights to have us sing in our own voice, not someone else’s. Believe in yourself, and believe in Him. Don’t demean your worth or denigrate your contribution. Above all, don’t abandon your role in the chorus. Why? Because you are unique; you are irreplaceable. The loss of even one voice diminishes every other singer in this great mortal choir of ours." -Elder Holland ;)

Awkward family photo of the Mahina Zone March 2017
Friday we followed up with a zone meeting and discussed our plans to attain the challenge previously mentioned. And we helped Na- with genealogy, so that Saturday we could go to the temple together for her to participate in proxy baptisms for the dead for the first time! It was lovely, I'm so proud of this girl and her testimony. 

Na- at her baptism

Na- at the temple

After the temple trip on Saturday we felt rather spoiled. (Let me remind you that Mahina has some very rich neighborhoods) First of all, our friend Ma-, that inactive woman we meet a few weeks ago, had invited us to crash a birthday party she was hosting for her friend's 4-year-old. I'm sure the (also rich) parents of the children were a little confused when we showed up, but Ma- pulled us right in and introduced us ("These are the Mormons, yeah us three we're all mormons!") and handed us some cake so we took advantage of the situation and got talking! Unfortunately we had missed the clown. Anyway, that evening, a member took us out for dinner. First stop, a beautiful hotel on the beach at sunset for non-alcoholic cocktails, followed by a nice Chinese restaurant, and a quick stop at McDonalds for dessert on our way home. Kinda makes me grateful I get to stay in Mahina :)

Tahiti Pearl Beach Resort

Matavai Bay at sunset

And to end the week, our ward's Primary organized a beautiful Easter/Passover fireside last night. Highlights were the music, three young future Celine Dion's singing "When You Believe" from Prince of Egypt, Soeur Si- sang "O Lord, My Redeemer", and Soeur Me- played "I Stand All Amazed" on the violin. I hope you all have a wonderful Easter and remember the true meaning of Easter. It's as if not more important than Christmas. I know that our Redeemer lives and loves us, He suffered and died so that we can become someone better, and rose again the third day so that we can as well and so that we can be with our families forever.

Lots of love,
Soeur Ladd