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!


THINGS ARE GOING GREAT: February 21, 2011

Dear Family,
  I really like my mission and I really like Tahiti. I like hugging drunk guys, especially Taniela and William. I like it when our investigators run and hide from us and we chase them down. I like eating too much and then literally having to run away covering my plate so that I don't die while a fat Tahitian guy yells at me trying to serve me more cake. . 

I also like how we get awesome new investigators all the time that want to be baptised.  The only problem is that they aren't married with their concubines so they can't be baptised. One of our invistigators  said, "I read the Book of Mormon and it makes me happy. The Book of Mormon is true and it really does make us happy.  Love y'all
Elder Cosby


Dear Family, 
   Everyone here mows their entire lawn with a weed wacker, which takes anywhere from 7 hours to an entire day. It's not good for missionary work. It's the perfect excuse.  We ask do you want to be saved? and they say, "No,  in between weedwackin' my lawn and eating I have no time for the gospel," and I have no response because it is really true. 

On the other hand the work with those who don't mow their lawns is going great. We baptized Tevahinepoekivariki, the little girl aho came and asked us to baptise her.  Try saying that name in front of the ward.   Reading Tikitikitimbo and Rikitikitavi really helped for my mission.   Although in all of the pictures she looked super unhappy it was a great experience.  Almost all of the inactive members in her neighborhood have started coming to church again.   One good example is really powerful.  

Also, I had to give a talk about missionary work and in preparing my talk I realized that President Monson talks a lot about missionary work. He is trying to prepare us for the marvelous work that is coming forth among us. I hope we are ready 'cause if not we will miss it and it will pass us by.  There are a lot of miracles to be seen and blessings to be had in missionay work. Love Y'all 
Love Elder Cosby



Dear Family, 
 I made a lot of bad decisions this week. It all started when I agreed to eat dog . . .and then I thought of all the dogs I've seen in Tahiti and I just couldn't continue . . .  all my excitement for trying new foods left me. It's too bad that that family told all the other people that I will eat weird stuff because the next day the family set out only cooked bananas and shrimp fafaru on the table.   If you remember what fafaru is the only way I can describe it is fish soaked in juice that smells like . . . the only way I can describe it is terrible gas.   But this time it was shrimp.  Too bad that didn't change the fact that it was soaked in stink juice.   It was hard but I ate an entire bowl.   After that he filled up some bowls for us to take home which my companion put in the fridge.   So now every time I open the fridge it smells like flatulence.

 We are teaching a little girl right now that came to a Young Women's activity and decided that day that she wanted to get baptized. Thanks to her example several of the  less active members in the surrounding area have started coming back to church. I like teaching little kids.  They are smarter,  nicer, and have way more faith than adults. No wonder we are told to be like little children.

Elder Cosby

PEOPLE OF FAITH: February 1, 2011

Dear Family,
When Elder Anderson talked to us he talked about how the people of Polynesia are a people of faith and that we need to use that. Also he said,  "Don't live your mission without miracles." Me and my companion have been taking that advice and I don't think a day has gone by without a miracle or a prayer that has gone unanswered.   We prayed for a baptism and one of our inverstigators called and said that they wanted to get baptized that night.   She didn't want to get baptized because her dad is a Catholic Priest, but for some reason she decided she wanted to get baptized and she was so excited that she couldn't wait.   We prayed for more investigators and a girl who went to a Young Women's activity came and asked us if she could get baptized.   I'm starting to understand how to really do missionary work.   After that Elder Anderson said "And after don't live your life without miracles!  Never forget that the true church is a church of miracle."
        On a more serious note I am visibly bigger.  I'm no longer medium.  I am large.  Maybe by the end of my mission I will be fat and I will be happy too.  What are you supposed to do in a country where working with the members depends directly on how much you eat at their house?   That is all for today.
Love Yall!
Love Elder Cosby (Fat and Happy)

WORK HARDER: January 25,2010

Dear Family,  
     Everything is going well. I eat a lot here in Paea. One of our investigators invites us over and we think we are going to do a lesson but he just wants us to eat.  He says no lesson today eat.   So I eat. Elder Anderson came and talked with the missionaries yesterday.   To make a long story short, he told us to work harder. Missions are awesome.   There are so many opportunities to learn,  it's easy to see why the prophet tells every young man to go on a mission.   Elder Anderson speaks French so he did the stake conference and our missionary conference in French.  He also speaks Spanish and Portugese. Thats all.
Love Yall, 
Love Elder Cosby