Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Week 49: Tairohia is baptized by his Dad, Ralf reads the BoM and Aaron feels the spirit

What's up everyone?  So this week was awesome!

Last Monday after emails all six of the Bora missionaries went to Matira Beach and ate at one of the restaurants and it was great. I even bought this fizzy candy that was super good, B would love it! Then we played basketball with the crew and it was super fun, it may have gotten a tad bit competitive...but you know, it's better that way (missionary power can even be found on the courts) ha! We had family night with the Atiu family and it was just great; I ate a ton like always!

Tuesday was such a busy day full of lessons. Tuesdays are always our super busy day here, I'm not sure why, but it's always a great way to start out the week!

On Wednesday we had a lesson with Ralf. He is pretty much all alone in this world, meaning his mom died, and his dad is super old and super sick, and he has no money, no home, nothing really and it is sad. Ramon took us to see him a few weeks ago, and he started reading the Book of Mormon, and praying, and then "boom goes the dynamite", he wants to get baptized! So we set his date for the 13th of August. I just know that being part of a ward, with people who love him will be such a great thing for him. Plus he will be baptized a member of the church! 

We had our district meeting on Friday, of course. We talked about our areas and what's going well, what's not so great, and what can we do to make it better. It's a good district because we actually try to help each other get better! I've grown a lot in this district, with Elders Rybin, Brunet, Heiata, Ruff, and Lewis! 

Saturday was a really great day.  So I've told you guys about Tehea; she has been taking the lessons for a few months and she totally wants to get baptised. She got married to Charles, who is a member, about 2 months ago and they have two kids.  She is trying to get things settled with her family so that she can get baptised, but it's really hard because her mom is a strict Protestant and not very happy about her joining the church. But a few weeks ago her 13 year old son, Tairohia (the young man in the picture), decided he wanted to get baptised and his baptism was this Saturday. It was a difficult choice for this family because of the contention from Tehea's family, but Tairohia had so much faith! I'm so proud of that kid! 

His dad cleaned up some things in his life so that he could baptize Tairohia and it was great for this whole family. After the baptism Tairohia bore his testimony and said, "I know this church is true, and God lives, in the name of Jesus Christ amen." I don't know why, but that simple testimony was one of the most powerful testimonies I've heard. It was one sentence long, but there was something so powerful that day...we could all feel it.  It was an awesome day!  Tehea was so happy and she knows that she is next! Their goal is to have an eternal family and they are getting there one step at a time. I honestly love them and I'm so proud of this family.

On Sunday after church we taught this kid named Aaron at Papi Pierre's home. It was our first lesson, but when we started talking about Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon the spirit grew so strong! We asked him if he was feeling something (knowing that he could feel it) and then we started testifying of the Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith's role in the Restoration, and God's love for us. He just started crying...he knew what we were saying was true. We invited him to be baptised and he said yes! 

Aaron is really cool. He is 18 years old and a great kid. He said that it was the first time that he had ever felt like that! It was one of my favorite lessons that I have ever had!

I'm so grateful for this gospel. We are so lucky to have this in our lives.  There are people who have never even felt the spirit before...imagine that! Imagine living 20, 30, or 40 years of your life without ever feeling God's love. No wonder God wants us to serve others!

Have a great week!

Elder Boyd

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