Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Week 3

Bonjour and Iaorana,
 The city of Punauuia is one of a kind, there is so much work to do here.  My companion and I are in charge of three long streets that head straight into the mountains. Everyday I ask myself why I walked the mountains just to sweat through my pants and get declined by people.  Then you have the drunkenness ! They love talking to us, just telling us we worship Joseph Smith, but then when we actually start talking to them about the gospel of Jesus Christ they listened and seem really interested but just to tell us they aren't interested anymore because they love to drink alcohol. Oh well at least we tried! Contacting here is another story!, We basically just stand outside the gates and yell Ioarana!!!!!! Till either they come out, or we get chase by dogs haha! Only in Tahiti! Other than that, life here is rough, but then I just have to remember why I am here. Its for the families who want to change, and only through us they are able to do it. I just have to remember the joy I can bring to the people here. I love them all and I just want to be able to bring that joy to them. When days are low, I just have to remember there are 600 plus more days that can be awesome!
Love you all!
Elder Todd

                                           Great view from our appartment

                                           Another View of the island of Moorea

                                                       Dogs are everywhere

                                                          Beautiful stairs

                                                  Yep! that is our sleeping corners

                                                  It is so hot that we need 2 fans

                                               Take off your shoes, that is the custom here. 

                                                    Trying to stay dry from the rain.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Tahiti Week 2

Bonjour and Iaorana,
This week was so long, I can't believe I actually made it to Monday! I am so exhausted because we do so much work here it's overwhelming and when I get home like at 9pm I crash cause I just cant stay up anymore... The work is good though. This week we were able to get 6 amis (investigator) to attend church and the only thing that makes me love the work is seeing them smile and seeing their life change. It's the greatest thing to see as a missionary, the change in these peoples lives. 
 I love the view from my apartment because it overlooks the sea and I get a great view of the island of Moorea! Then we have the sunsets which are just amazing I wish you all could see it for yourself! Probably the best part of each day is seeing the sunset and then being able to eat at member's home for dinner! It can never go wrong with those two! One thing that's funny that happened was last Sunday! So we meet this guy who is less active and we teach him and his girlfriend, I love them both! His name is Foster and he's just a super chill guy. Anyways it's Sunday and he's taking us home and decides to take us into another zone, which we are not allowed to do in his mini cooper and then gave us  Mcdonalds before he stops at a beach where we watch the sunset lol. Things like that just make me laugh and it keeps things interesting. Other than that the week has been pretty standard. I hope more things happen this week that I can talk about. But until then, I leave you with a few pictures!
Elder Todd

                                                                Bon appetit!
                                                          Enjoy our Pday by the beach.
Ready to do the Lord's work

                                                    Beautiful flower to make leis

                                     Our view of the island of Moorea from our appartment