So, big news, we had 2 baptisms this week for Heirani and Jayson! Heirani is the mom and Jayson is her son. Her husband, James, is not quite ready for baptism, but he is so close! Just have to wait for certain things. But, with this baptism, it was very touching. To get baptized, this family gave up: coffee, cigarettes, got married, and all of that in just over a month! This family, I love to say, has more faith than I have ever seen in my life before. The power of faith, the fast, and the will of God are powerful, no denying that!
|Baptism of Jayson and Heirani|
In addition to that, we found a lot of new investigators this week who have a lot of potential for the baptism! A lot of them could even have baptism dates set next week! So our area is definitely on the "rising stage"! Lots of good news to come!
Culture shock: Definitely goes to our Tamaaraa (eating appointment) last night. The mom said that with fish, only true Tahitians eat the head (sucking out the eyes and tongue of the fish), so naturally Elder Peel and I had to try it! I unfortunately sucked too much out of the eyes and tasted an eye ligament that almost made me throw up... Gross
|"Uncle Rick, I Think I Conquered My Fear of Fish!"|
Funny Moment: This morning, Elder Lewis got out his shoes for a hike. The first shoe had tons of spiders. After cleaning it out, he cleaned out the other shoe, filled with 10 live cockroaches. Needless to say I hid my shoes after that!
With the family Teriipaia, I have thought a lot about the power of faith and fasting. With our faith, and with our sacrifice of the fast, we can accomplish great things. Things may seem impossible, but with God, nothing is impossible. He just asks us to believe in Him, and whatsoever we will ask Him in faith (nothing wavering), He will give it to us in His own time and His own way.
Love you all, don't suck too much of the fish heads you eat!