IA ORA NA TATOU!!!
So this week has been great, hot, and super super sunny! Thankfully though in Nuuroa the clouds give us shade sooner into the day than in Taravao haha.
With my new companion we were asked to "white wash" the secteur of Nuuroa; meaning we both are pretty much super new in the secteur and have no idea who people our, so it's our job to find and recontact the old amis that have been taught and continue to find new amis (comme d'ab). So far so good. Soeur Andersen is super great and motivated to find new people and teach them.
This past week we were able to recontact and recent amis. His name is Robert, and he is....well...difficult. He loves reading the Livre de Mormon, and pretty much already knows it's true, BUT he is still searching for proof on why it's true. So, in doing so he is writing a thesis about the Livre de Mormon. He told us that once he gets his thesis written concerning the Book of Mormon THEN he will get baptized with his two other kids who LOVE the missionary lecons and have apparently begged their dad for them to get baptized. You can pretty much say that he's our challenging amis. BUT I have the FAITH that he will one day be baptized by the true Pristhood authority!
After our lecon with Robert, Soeur Andersen and I discussed that Robert is like the modern day Korihor. Now...Korihor was an anti-Chirst in the Book of Mormon who was successful for a time in leading the hearts of the people into unrighteousness, but throughout his "ministry" he kept saying "And now Korihor said unto Alma: If thou wilt show me a sign, that I may be convinced that there is a God, yea show unto me that he hath power, and then will I be convinced of the truth of they words," (Alma 30:43). Korihor was eventually "struck dumb, that he could not have utterance, according to the words of Alma," (Alma 30:50). At the end Alma, a prophet of God, asks Korihor again if he believes that God truly lives. Korihor than says "I know that I am dumb, for I cannot speak; and I know that nothing save it were teh power could bring this upon me; yea and I always knew that there was a God," (Alma 30:52). Throughout his life, Korihor knew that God really did exist and that Christ's gospel is the true gospel on the earth today, but he kept asking for a sign from God instead of listening to the Holy Spirit or realizing the feelings the Holy Spirit put into his heart. Our amis Robert is not the spitting image of Korihor, nor does he look to destroy the church or turn people's minds away from doing good. I know that Robert has received a testimony of the Book of Mormon, and he knows it's true, BUT like many I think he's scared and doesn't know what to do with that "wow" moment he received from the Holy Spirit. He wants solid proof, but we are trying to find ways to help him realize that if he just "listens to his heart, when He's calling for you" and the feelings he has when he reads the Book of Mormon then he would no longer question if the Book of Mormon is true or not, because by gosh is sure is true!
Des fois we might think "God doesn't exist"..."If he really loved me than he wouldn't give me these trials in my life." WRONG...Heavenly Father loves each and every one of us. And I testify that He lives and that we were all created in His image. We are placed on this earth to progress; to improve our lives to become more like Him, because if we have the desire to change then we can definitely live with our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and our FAMILLIES for ALL ETERNITY!!! Like....HOW COOL IS THAT!! So lets just all make a pact right here and now that we wipe away any "Korihor thoughts and actions" from our heads and put Heavenly Father and his goal for all of us in the forefront of our minds! #goteam
Other than finding people, riding the bike has been super great! BUT.....I am really sore from riding the bike every day. Pas grave...c'est le sport pour moi chaque jour! #stayfitwhiledoingtheLordswork
Other than that there isn't really much to report on, other than j'espere que vous aviez passe une bonne semaine and pour les personnes qui sont en train de se preparer pour les examens a l'ecole ou universite....je veux vous dire une choses...FAAITOITO (take courage)! Vous pouvez les reussir!
Ok...Je crois c'est tout pour le moment! Je vous aime! Ua here au ia outou!
Until next week!!
-Soeur/Tuahine Morrill :)
my favorite quote from a membre who spoke in church this recent Sunday: "Une mission est la mailleur ecole on peut jamais faire."