French is the language of government/schools and Tahitian the language of the natives of French Polynesia.


Tahiti Papeete Mission
L'Eglise de Jesus-Christ des Saints des Derniers Jours,
Mission Mormone, BP93
(for pkgs add: Cours de L'Union Sacree)
Papeete Tahiti 98714
Polynesie Francaise

Unto the Islands of the Sea

Send forth the elders of my church unto the nations which are afar off, unto the islands of the sea; send forth unto foreign lands; call upon all nations . . . -------------------------------------------Doctrine & Covenants 133:8
Bonjour! [bon-ZHOOR]:French-------------------------IaOrana! [ee-ah oh-RAH-na]:Tahitian-------------------------Hello!
Bienvenue! [bee-ahn-vuh-new]:French-----------------------Maeva! [mah-AY-vah]:Tahitian-----------------------Welcome!


MY BEST FRIEND IS LEAVING: November 22, 2010

Dear Family,
Elder Oldroyd is getting transferred to Rurutu tomorrow.   He is the best and coolest Elder that there ever was.   If you ever get a chance to see him say thanks!

Yesterday we had zone conference with President Hinckley's son.  He gave us some great instructions. He told us that it is very important to work with  less active members.  There was a mission that worked just with these members  and their baptisms also skyrocketed.  He didn't really explain how that worked, but it did. So, maybe we should all give some of these members  some cookies or invite them to FHE.   It was super cool listening to Elder Hinckley speak.   It was just like listening to his Dad.   Also we got to ride back with him in the car and hear lots of cool stories about his Dad and what it was like being the son of the prophet.   His dad was called to be an apostle while he was on his mission, so he said that they had some pretty powerful lessons about how the church was organized the same way it was with Jesus.  

Also, I royally crashed on my bike.   Let's just say it hurt and also don't do stupid things. 

 Missionary work is awesome and super difficult.  I've learned alot and I feel like I've been here only a few weeks because there is so much more to do and learn.   The time is short.   Happy Thanksgiving. 
Love yall
Love Elder Cosby


ONE LEARNS A LOT ON A MISSION: November 15, 2010

Sent by Elder Oldroyd's Mom:  Elder Cosby and Elder Oldroyd

Hey Family,
I love you.  Sorry I didn't have a chance to email last week.  We almost didn't have a chance this week also.  That's just the way it is here.  I told president to call y'all the instant I died or went to the hospital, so don't worry if I don't send emails for a while   I also told him to call if I don't love you anymore, so that's not a reason either.  I don't have any time to write, but if anyone is thinking of sending me stuff, I really really want flash cards, ties, and white shirts. Stay cool.   I love you guys and thank you Sam And Heather family for the package.

The mission is good and hard and one learns a lot on a mission.
Love,  Elder Cosby



                                                 Tahiti is an island in the South Pacific Ocean

Dear Family,
We just got back from the most amazing boat ride in the world.  We went out to this little island off the coast and you could see all of Tahiti almost.  The water is so clear it's almost not there!  Our neighbors would pull  these huge beautiful conch shells out of the ocean,  stick their fingers down in there and pull out the slug thing and we ate them with lime on them.  It was awesome and pretty good. 

This weekend we will have 5 baptisms, 2 of which will be the first family that I taught from beginning to end.  Sara is one who will be getting baptized next Saturday.  She is super super awesome and she stopped smoking in one week after smoking 26 cigarettes a day. I feel like I just got on my mission and I've already been gone 6 months almost. Love Yall,
Love Elder Cosby