Monday, April 3, 2017

Tout est bien - Tahaa

The body is weak, but the spirit is strong.

Haha crazy week!  So we did splits with the zone leaders on another island, and with General Conference starting at 6am here, I got to wake up before 5 for 5 days in a row haha!  wonderful.  Is my body falling apart? yes.  But also had a super great spiritual week!

There's gonna be a big race this saturday all over the roads/mountains and like everyone is gonna race in it! Haha unfortunately idk if we missionaries are allowed to, but I'm super stoked to see our friends!  And hope no one dies of heat stroke.

The splits with the other missionaries were great! we have to bike like 40 mins to get to the boat dock by 6:30 (hence waking up before 5) and then take the boat to the other island to exchange companions, then take the boat back. But slight problem, when we came back from the other island, the boat took us to the other side of our island! Like 3 hours walking distance from our bikes! Haha so we had an adventure walking all day instead of bike riding.  And that's pretty physically draining. But luckily an awesome member drove us back to our bikes at the end of the day so we could ride back to the boat dock the next morning!

We've had octopus a few times at a member's house and it's pretty good!  Except now I'm pretty scared to eat it, cause someone told us it makes you lose hair haha! Like we can't throw it out to the dogs or they'll lose their fur!

We had a Conference with our mission president and it was awesome!! So spiritual.  
Touched by a verse he shared "For I CAME ON A MISSION to do, not my will, but the will of He who sent me.  That's in John 6 I believe.  And changed words a lil bit. But it's really inspiring and reminds me that I made this decision to serve the Lord, in spite of all the hard times or selfish desires, I need to put Him first.  And I've started stepping up my game and am already seeing blessings.  

GENERAL CONFERENCE!!!!!!! Guys.  Do you realize how cool General Conference is.  It's literally the most important 2 days out of your 6 months.  Amazing.  I loved all the talks.  Of course, we watched the live French translated version, so I didn't understand all of it, but I still got a lot out of it and just want to watch it all again!  Conference is amazing because no matter who you are or what sticky situation you're in, there is a message for you hidden in the talks of prophets and disciples. I invite you all to watch conference if you missed it, or reread/watch the talks that you enjoyed. I know with certainty that these men and women are called of God and that the Church of Jesus Christ is on the earth today.

Cool experience! So we've been teaching a lady for a while and she's been doin well, reading the Book of Mormon and trying to stop smoking.  She received an answer from God that the Book of Mormon is true and she was ready to make the decision to get baptized!  But unfortunately a member in our branch went over to visit her and was a bit too direct in her encouragement to get baptized, and she got offended and told us she no longer wanted to join the church or continue the lessons.  But Elder Barlow (companion), being the stud he is just goes "And how are you doing with cigarettes?" haha so basically we just ignored it and once she calmed down we taught her about forgiveness and how we're all imperfect, but also family and we need to love each other.  And we totally saw a miracle cause her heart completely changed and she decided to forgive the lady who offended her so badly and continue reading the Book of Mormon.  I'm sure she'll soon be ready to join Christ's church and experience the wonderful blessings it brings into our lives.

I love you all! have a great week!!
Elder Jenkins

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