Monday, March 7, 2016

Tahitian Missionary Farewell

March 7, 2016
EHHH Ia ora na tatou,
C'est moi, just checkin' in again!
So I will be honest! This week was weird, hard, and trying!
First of all: It didn't really stop raining until last night, but we had patches of sun here and there throughout the week, so our showers we reasonably warm haha.
Soeur Lawrence and I had to go en ville twice this week for her back, so we ended up having little ballads with Couple Hauata (one of the missionaire couples who work in the mission bureau). After one of the ballads with couple Hauata they took us to MACDO. Sitting back and looking back at that day I never thought that I would be HERE, in Tahiti. As we were sitting in MaCDO Elder Hauata told us "vous n'auriez jamais pense que un jour vous seriez ici a MaCDO, a Tahiti, en train de manger et parler avec les Tahitiens en Français." It's true. Some nights I will be sitting in my room or laying in bed and I will have that "Woah...I'm actually on a mission" realization....still at 9 months out.
Funny little story: Soeur Lawrence had to get a scanner of her back and as we were waiting for the images to come back I had a chance to get a little dodo (nap) in. Not gonna lie....I had a little dream, and in that dream (my point of view) I was looking down at a wooden table and I was holding a nife and fork in my hands. Then, all of a sudden I see hands place a BIG metal bowl of POISSON CRU in front of me. And then I woke up. Literally...that was my dream! Kind of went to show how hungry I was that day haha.
In speaking of this week being hard: We worked both secteurs, Taravao 1 et Taravao 2. Soeur Lawrence's back did not let her work so we did splits and she stayed at a membres house while me, Soeur Lasso, and Soeur Sanchez worked. It was hard and tiring. We lost Vairea's bapteme for the 12 of March, because she wants to heal the relationship with her famille first. She has such a strong desire to get baptized, and even though the trials in her life are super overwhelming, she toujours turns to prayer and the Livre de Mormon to give her comfort when we aren't there.
SO this week Soeur Lasso and I got poisoned... :)
No idea what kind.
The docteur only told me..."tu a ete empoissonee." Il a rien dit quelque chose d'autre.
Was it with food? Something we touched? Something we breathed in? No idea....but for 2 days me and her were sick! It was rough. But once I went to the medecin he gave me "charbon active" (activated charcoal) to absorb the poison in my system and in his broken english "suffocate it" haha. It worked though, and here I am again :)...still getting sunburnt and inviting people to come unto Christ!
Je me rappele quand j'ai quitte ma famille en Amerique pour venir ici en mission. C'etait dur et je voulait pas les laisse derrière moi. Mais chaque fois je pense ou inquiete de ma famille mon Pere Celeste me dit "T'inquiete pas. Je t'ai promis que je vais les proteger." Mais j'ai trouve une famille ici a Polynesie Francaise, une grande famille. That little thought came to my mind as I listened to Elder (Jean-Phillipe) McGrevy bear his testimony one last time in church this past sunday, before he leaves for his mission to Pocatello, Idaho. JP has been a big inspiration to the membres of Taravao 1 as well as me and Soeur Lasso. He changed his life around and at the age of 25 left on his mission. He has become one of my great friends here during my sejours in Taravao.
This week has been really scattered with events that don't exactly coincide, but it was still a week for the books, malgré les difficulties et les maladies on a eu.
I love y'all so much and appreciate all of the prayers and love!
You are in my prayers!
Ua here au ia outou!
quote of the day: "Our physical bodies grow bigger when we feed them nourishing food. Our spirits grow brighter when we feed them light.....fulness of light means a fulness of joy." - Elder Larry R. Lawrence of the seventy
"God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all." - 1 John 1:5

- Soeur/Tuahine Morrill :)

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