French is the language of government/schools and Tahitian the language of the natives of French Polynesia.
ELDER COSBY'S ADDRESS
ELDER SETH LORENZO COSBY
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
JUL 4: I'M PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN AND SEE THE MIRICLES
Everything is going great. It is July, which is vacation for everyone here and the start of "Heiva," a huge month long party. It's cool. They are all making huge parade floats out of plants right outside but it makes my life hard. No one wants to talk with us when they are partying so as a result we had 15 lessons cancelled this week. That's a record. But after the trials comes the blessings. We had a baptism fixed for a familly of 5 (the familly that Elder Smith contacted by crushing their dog on his bike), but the mother said that she wasn't ready because her Dad is protestant and kept saying mean things about the church, so we thought that either we would have to push the baptism back or only baptize 3 of this family. So we decided to fast and right after we started our fast Nicolas, the Dad, said: "What a joy it would be for me if you decided to be baptized with us." After the fast Olyvia, the Mother, had totally changed, Also, we found out that their daughter which we thought was 7 according to what the other missionaries told us, was actually 8. So we had a wonderful baptisimal service this Saturday in which Nicolas bore such a moving testimony that one of his friends that he had invited who happens to be the father of another investigator and not a member had to stand up and bear his testimony also. The field is white already to harvest even though we don't realize it. The Lord just asks us to work hard so that he can bless us with success. Being a missionary is really to just have a front row seat to see the work of the Lord, but we have to pay attention to be able to see the miricles. Also, we changed our mission President. President Smith was an amazing president and I will never forget him. Our new president is President Sinjoux who is from Tahiti. That is all. Love y'all!
Love, Elder Cosby
Response from Mom: I love how you spell miracles miricles.
Response from Elder Cosby: That's how they spell it here.
Posted by ELDER COSBY'S MOM at 10:36 AM