I have to say that this week was pretty "baller"!
|Elders Paxman and Boyd|
After emails on Monday we all hung out with the Mahina zone. Elder Dalton is one of the zone leaders over there and it was fun to chill with them! We went to the beach in Tiarei and after that we had our family night.
On Tuesday we had a lesson with Nicolas and he is doing great spiritually, but there was a problem; his dad is a member, but at 18 years old he decided he was going to leave the church and do whatever he wanted. His dad was speaking with Nicolas and told him he to wait until he is 18 before he gets baptised. So we talked about it with Nicolas and explained why it was better for him to be baptised right now because he is truly ready. He said that he would go and talk to his dad about it.
Wednesday we got to talk with Roger and Moeata about the fast we had together. They have decided to try and set a date within the next two months for their marriage and baptism, they just need to settle some family situations. It's hard because Roger's side of the family is Protestant and Moeata is Mormon, so the family is kinda fighting about how and where they they should get married. Roger and Moeata want a Mormon wedding of course...it's just hard with the family, so we are going to really pray for them to get the help they need with this situation!
We also had a lesson with this lady named A. Her husband is JP and he is the nicest and kindest man ever. JP was baptised about 2 years ago, but his wife (A) is a heavy drinker and heroine addict and she has been like that for about half of her life. Her body is really destroyed right now. About a year ago A got sooo close to baptism and so close to leaving her old life behind, but the day of her baptism she didn't show up to her baptism and they found her drunk of the side of the road later that day. A went downhill and JP also went downhill and fell back into habits with alcohol and stuff. It's super sad!! But Wednesday we visited JP, and A was there. She said that she wanted to change and that she wants to quit her old life, so we are teaching her again, and we are going to be working really hard with them. They are great people! A is a french woman and JP is Tahitian! They are both great!
We kept busy with lessons at the end of the week and had district meeting with the gang on Friday. We talked about our normal missionary stuff and it was pretty fun! And THEN (I'm getting excited just typing it) we went to the TEMPLE! Man it has been so long since I have been able to go!
A family that Paxman baptised a year ago went to the temple to get their endowments and to do their sealing and they invited him, and because I'm his companion I got to go haha! It was great experience to go into the temple again, it made me realize that if I go to the temple regularly when I get home that it will help me so much when it comes to school, work, and family. It just relieves all stress and worry and you get a chance to connect with God. The sealing was so cool and that was the first time I saw a family getting sealed together since I have become a missionary! It was so powerful to see that!
Saturday we went to go and talk to Nicholas's dad, and he just asked us to let his kid make his own choice (which of course we would) haha! And then he told us Nicolas wasn't going to come to church because they were going to go kite surfing and all that stuff on Sundays now.
Well on Sunday we headed to church and guess what? Nicolas came to Church! He said that he was talking to his dad and he told him that he really wanted to get baptised. His dad told him to stay with him and go kite surfing, but Nicolas totally chose to go to church instead! At Nicholas's age (16) I hope I would have been strong enough to not pick the kite surfing! But that is faith, Nicolas has faith! So Nicolas is going to be baptised as planned, but you can see that God tested this kid's faith, and he showed God that he has enough faith to follow Christ. And because of his choice, the dad finally said yes to the baptism!
This week was full of miracles, and the biggest miracle of all was the sealing in the temple. The fact the families can be sealed forever is a massive miracle, that is one of the biggest gifts that God has to offer us. That is something that is worth waiting for...even worth sacrificing everything for!!!
Have a great week pals!
Love you all so much,