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
Dec 5, 2011: LA ORA NA
Everything is going great. So I did a split with the Elders of Mahina. It lasted 2 days... and then president said a week... and now he just told me to stay here. So now I am serving with Elder Teupoorautoa (which means "The many kinds of heads in stores. . .") in Mahina, where my first companion Elder Punu is from. Elder Punu is getting married soon. Also at night you see the light from the Mahina lighthouse go over the house. My companion really likes fighting because apparently he was a pro boxer before his mission, so on P days we go to the house of the biggest scariest man ever and practice kicking him. He is at least 350 pounds and does flying, jumping, spinning kicks. His name means "Clean river eel." I'm glad he is my friend. They also tried to convince me to practice kicking stuff, so I did. It wasn't that great.
They also gave all of the Elders DVD players to watch Preach my Gospel videos for comp study. It's weird. We had a first lesson with a young man named Revatua, which means "Skyback" . He is 9 years old and super super smart and he has a lot of faith. He helps me to understand what it means to have to become like a little child. My companion showed him a picture of Jesus calming the sea and asked him "Can you do that?" He said, "Hold on, I'll try." It was raining outside and we were just under a little gazeebo thing, so he hopped up from his chair and looked at the rain for a few seconds, held his hand up like Jesus in the picture and waited. After about 15 seconds he came back disappointed and said, "I can't.". Revatua has a lot of faith
Love, Elder Cosby
Posted by ELDER COSBY'S MOM at 7:14 AM