Yes yes everyone, the rumors are true. Elder Jenkins is serving at Bora Bora.
Haha we got the call friday night and when they told me where I was going I thought it was a joke haha! But now I'm here! we took a plane this morning and we flew over tahaa! My ol fenua.
And I'm serving with Elder Geoffroy, a real francais! I've now served with a tahitian, american, british, new zealander, and french!
It was hard to say goodbye to all our friends and investigators ahhhhh! But its ok! the work continues. Memories and friends were made, and if all goes well we'll all see each other in the next life! and before I take the airplane home.
Have a great week before christmas! Give give give, serve serve serve, love love love.
That means we all get to share and give gifts and serve and love others and be happy!
#LIGHTTHEWORLD I mean... everybody's doing it.
I LOVED the Christmas 1st Presidency devotional. Watch it if you wanna feel the christmas spirit.
The greatest joys in life are to be found in following the teachings of Christ. And that doesn't mean just going to church on sunday. It's about how we treat others. Above all it's about loving God. Show your love for all those around you this holliday season and you will be able to more fully understand the amazing love that God has for you.
This week was pretty alright haha! I was sick and woke up one morning to my neck cracking and then I couldn't move it so that was fun. But it's all good now!
We went to TWO marriages this week! I had only been to like one of those in my whole pre mission life! And then two in a week! Neato batman! One of the guys getting married is getting baptized this week woohoo!
Sometimes I feel super discouraged cause I'm not perfect. I watched the Thomas S Monson movie and that's what started my guilt cause that man has only done service and good things I highly recommend everyone watch it. BUT! I was comforted by 2 Nephi 31:20. One of the only times Heavenly Father himself talks to us in the scriptures and it's so warm and happy feeling. THERE IS HOPE! Read it and ponder :)
We continue to have a great time sweatin in up in the tropics, teaching our brothas and sistas of the islands, and the Lord just keeps blessing us!
The miracle I would like to share this week is about one of our our amis. So we found him because he is the brother of a lady in the ward and somehow has never taken missionary lessons. He works at a little island hotel, and has to leave for three weeks at a time, then comes back for a week. So it's pretty brutal to get a hold of him. But when we found him, God let the ocean be a little too rough for the boat to go back to the hotel/island, so we got to have him for about 2 weeks to teach him the restored gospel. And we invited him to stop smoking.
Then he went back to work and we weren't expecting to hear from him for another 3/4 weeks.
BUT THEN he came back way sooner than we thought and we kept teaching him and invited him to church.
We wanted to fix a date for him to be baptized, but we didn't know how that was possible with his crazy work, since the dates for the boat kept changing. And for about 2 weeks, when he should've gone back, he stayed!
So last Friday we had the revelation. We think God is keeping him on Tahiti cause he needs to be baptized NOW!
So saturday morning we go to his house as a surprise visit. We chatted a little about the gospel and how much joy we feel from the forgiveness of sins.
Then we asked him "Will you be baptized today."
He paused, a little shocked, then smiled and said "oui".
WOOHOO!!!! I was so happy I almost cried.
Sooo we hurried up and filled the baptismal font and he was baptized later that day and now is clean and so happy and has the Holy Ghost with him and has stopped smoking.
I am just so grateful for this mission! to be able to see the changes in the lives of people that I love so much and how much joy the gospel brings them!
I know this church is true and it is run by Jesus Christ. He prepares the way, we just have to follow. Be confident and never be scared to invite or make the right choice. CAUSE HEAVENLY FATHER WILL BLESS YOU!!!
This week was great! Every week is great. I love my mission and I love this gospel!
Not a lot of time this week, but just know that God really is there and He loves you. He will never give up on you, even if we sometimes give up on Him. Jesus is our Savior and by following Him we may have joy. So go follow Jesus and be happy!
Transfers this week! I said goodbye to Elder Coxhead my new zealand son, and I am now with Elder Opuu from Tahiti! And now I only live with 1 other american so hopefully we'll be speaking a lot more French!
The Gospel makes us happier than anything else in life and that is a fact. And the gospel revolves around Christ. And Christ's character is one that is never selfish. I invite you all to think only of others this week. Pray for them, do nice things for them. And you will see great changes in your life.
I've been spending a lot of time doing language study with Elder Coxhead because since he went to the New Zealand MTC, he never really learned French grammar. Cause everyone there normally already speaks french. So I'm taking on the role of French teacher which is really fun haha. I can teach French much better than I can teach English. Cause who actually knows English grammar rules???
We're finding so many new people! There's this one lady that we've seen walk around our sector and every time we think, "we have GOT to talk to her!" It was an obvious prompting from the spirit. But every time we would see her we were on our way to a lesson and didn't have time. But yesterday we saw her at the bus stop and sat down next to her and she told us about how she had recently been excommunicated from the Temoin de Jehovah church and ever since her life has taken a down spiral. She is always surrounded by drugs and alcohol not the best people and she wants out. And we had an awesome conversation about the Savior and how through the Atonement EVERYTHING that we've done can be forgiven and forgotten. We have a lesson fixed Tuesday morning. I LOVE THE ATONEMENT!!!! I LOVE THIS MISSION!!!!
A seventy Elder Ardern gave us a great formation this past Monday! Which is why I didn't write monday cause p day is today.
God loves us. He really is our Father and all He wants is for us to keep the commandments so we can become great and go back home to Him. Don't look past the mark. Just follow the scriptures and the prophets.
Speaking of, President Monson and Nelson's most recent talks have been about the Book of Mormon. READ IT EVERY DAY I BEG YOU!!!!! It is the key to happiness I swear. It's a rule of life that if we read the BoM everyday we are happy and everything goes smoothly. I know this is true because I have seen it in my life a hundred times. Just do it.
The best and only important thing that happened this week was General Conference.
LITERALLY it's like you can have a one on one conversation with Jesus Christ. You pray to ask questions, and then He talks back through the prophets. So great.
I loved Nelson, both of Uchtdorfs, and one of Elder Hales last lines hit me so hard.
"when we choose faith, we are preparing ourselves to return to the Savior"
So many plan of salvation themes this conference. God is our Father and He loves us. He is perfect and wants us to have perfect joy like him. The ONLY WAY to achieve this is through His Son Jesus Christ.
Earlier this morning we made ourselves a french brunch. French bread. French cheese. French grapejuice and steak. Twas neat.
So this week was transfers and so many missionaries are goin home! Ahhh! It's crazy to think how this whole mission thing can end. I just wanna stay forever.
God gives us so many blessings everyday I feel like we don't even notice half of them. Make a list of 50 things you're grateful for and you'll realize that your problems aren't too bad. God loves you. We can overcome pain and unhappiness through obedience and humility.
Cette semaine a été remplie de fun! Parlons-en! @elderkerr
We painted the sister missionaries' house this week! We chipped off all of the less white paint and it looked like snow and I miss christmas. Then we painted and it was great. I could paint after the mish. THe only problem was that we didn't really cover the ground that well and we used the furniture as a way to reach up high so now the sisters' house has a fantastic paintjob but the rest of it is trashed with white speckles. Oh well.
It was the 20th b day of the stake of FAAA where I am rn. This whole week had tons of activites.
But the coolest was friday and saturday. Friday was the Heiva. Which is the Tahitian cultural dance festival. So cool haha. I think the best part are the drums. They have so many little creative drums and it sounds so intense.
Saturday we had the Tuaro Maohi which is the tahitian games competition. The games included getting coconut milk out of cocos, running with heavy bannana/ uru sticks, picking up extremely heavy rocks, and pyrog racing. Then we had Ma'a Tahiti ( tahitian food) and it was a good day.
Also I send my deepest consolences for all you in Utah who are now suffering cold weather. And no the seasons don't really change here. But soon it'll get a little hotter and rain some more.
Also sorry I had no time to email anyone, today is busy but I love you.
I had a little revelation this week. Sometimes when I'm working/praying my hardest, we have no success in our sector. ANd sometimes when I'm not working/praying my hardest, I have lots of success for a week or two. ANd I was like why tho??? And I realized that it's true, today's work brings tomorrow's blessings. And we can't ever get casual or take our blessings for granted. If God decides to reward us for our efforts, we should thank Him by continuing to work hard. If we stop pushing ourselves to be better God will have to remind us just how much we rely on Him. And we will be humbled by force haha. So it's better to just always remember our merciful Father in Heaven who loves us so much and things will go much smoother.
This week was wonderful! We've had so much fun and success this week.
I don't have a lot of time, and I'm actually gonna try to limit myself on email time, just so I don't think too much about home and whatnot. So if I'm a little slow to respond I apologize!
Anyways, spiritual thought this week is about repentance. And how great it is. It is the best and only way to feel better and clean and light and happy. Repentance is change. It's amazing how crazy we are as missionaries sometimes because of how blunt we are haha. We had a first lesson with a family the other day and we focused the discussion on The Family and committed them to get married straight away. Which seems nuts for them, and obviously they need to talk between themselves, but I have no problem telling someone straight up what they're doing wrong and how to fix it. (As a missionary of course)
BECAUSE I know that we follow the teachings of Christ we'll be the happiest we've ever been. I know I am the happiest I've ever been right now and I know it'll only get better.
If there is something you need to fix in your life I invite you to do it. Be the master of yourself and do what you're supposed to to become your best you.
This week we did so much planning and I feel like I've remotivated myself. Not that I was unmoviated before, but I really wanna make the rest of my mission the most positive experience of ever.
This week up until sunday
We moved again!! Haha so that's how we're spending this p day... But it's okay! cause our new house is SHWEET! I love life I'll try to send pics next week I'm sorry I always forget my camera. We have a view of Moorea and the ocean and you can bet your left foot that I'm excited for those sunsets.
I had a revelation yesterday. I was thinking about life after the mission, and who I want to be and do etc. and I want to be happy all the time and be able to make other people happy because of it. I wanna be happy cause I should be cause I know about the gospel and because of that life is good always. That's what we preach! But I realized I wasn't actually that happy. Cause this past week was pretty difficult and we had like 0 success and I am still sick (We think it's bronchitis (AINT NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT)) and I was just not feeling good. But then I realized, I SHOULD BE HAPPY! Good-ness, if I'm not happy all the time I feel like I'd be a hypocrite and spoiled cause I have too many blessings. Count your blessings folks. Remember God. Be happy. We have no reason not to be.
So I decided to be happy and work super hard and now everything is at least 8 and a half times better.
This week was so great! Haha unfortunately, my sickness of the past 3 weeks got worse and i had to stay home a few days and go to the doctor cause I was coughing up my lungs. I don't think it's anything serious, and it's going away, but I've lost like 10 pounds lol.
My companion is a studly muffin and made me breakfast when I was sick. Shoutout to Elder Coxhead
On the bright side, while I had nothing to do at home, I deep cleaned our house, and it now resembles the temple. Mom, I've finally learned appreciation for cleaning. :)
We passed the football around last p day and it was fun to have that again. I taught a few of the Frenchies how to toss the pigskin, since they've never played in their lives!
I absolutely love the people we teach and I love the Gospel. I seriously don't know what my life would be like without this church and my faith in Christ. I often try to think about the blessings I have in my life thanks to the gospel to share with our amis. But sometimes it's hard to think of specifics cause it's just so general! Like it changes everything. How you look, talk, dress, eat, what you do etc. It literally just improves every aspect of life. It is such a blessing to be able to teach others about repentance. How it is possible through Christ, and how it will CHANGE YOUR LIFE.
We heard from an apostle this week!! WHAT. That was super awesome. Elder Stevenson talked to us about commitments and their relation to repentance, and how obedience=joy. Which is so true. Cause if we're obedient, God gives us a blessing! And where does happiness come from? Blessings! Oh how the gospel makes sense. I hope I can keep my head focused on the right path for the rest of my life cause I know God knows best.
I love you all, keep focused on the eternal perspective when faced with trials and temptations, above all.