Tuesday, June 18, 2013

 Only in Tahiti can you book a tour for the island on which you want to be baptized.

On Saturday, June 15, 2013, Elder Garrett invited us to a baptism.  He said to meet at their apartment and he would lead the way.   Off we go and then the pavement ended.

Up this bumpy little road, where we couldn't believe that President Sinjoux gave the missionaries permission to go.

And we continued up and then down into the volcano.

And yes, we had to cross the stream to get to the designated spot for the baptism.

It was a beautiful spot and a beautiful day.  With many friends and ward members there to support him.

Looking back at the group.  It was a very casual baptism but wonderful.

The members lined up and made a path for him to walk down to the water.

Elder Garrett was happy to be able to baptize him. this man haD been talking with the missionaries for about 2 years.  We had to hurry Elder Garrett off after the baptism. He was due to be transferred on Thursday but talked the President into letting him stay until Saturday. He was lucky that Elder Hemming could re-book his flight to Raiatai.

Everyone lined up after the baptism to congratulate him.

We make cookies, brownies, cinnamon rolls and other treats for the missionaries.  The missionaries bring us treats as well.  Like these special book marks that Elder Bates made from his dried centipedes.

I told him I needed several more for our family and closest friends. 

After spending the day in the hills and valleys and volcano we had the opportunity to visit Zone 4 and their missionary fireside.  They put together some lessons and some videos and great singing.
Here we have a member who loves to sing and work with the missionaries, plus Elder Calves and Elder Tepa.

Soeur Mariteragi was the narrator for the evening.

Zone 4 missionaries. 
Front Row:Elder Calves, Soeur Mariteragi, Soeur Iotua, Soeur Cook, Soeur White, Elder Tepa
Middle Row: Elder Robinson, Elder Gale, Elder Watson, Member
Back Row: Elder Teniarahi, Elder Irihau, Elder Teihotu, Elder Tera and Elder Fitzsimmons

Soeur Pehrson, Soeur Outzekhovsky visiting Soeur Barker in the hospital.  Sadly, Soeur Barker will be going home soon.  She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and needs some help from mom and dad and her own doctors.  Soeur Outzekhovsky makes everyone smile (laugh).  She is great.

We thought visitors might be confused so the nurses let me add the pink sign. Actually, I waited for them to leave and I stuck it up there and took a photo.

Soeur Ference.  Sister independent. We see lots of flat tires.

Soeur Maitere helping Soeur Ference get the wheels back in place so they can get on their way to their next lesson.

Soeur Maitere's THOUGHT BUBBLE: "Don't let Elder Hemming work on your bicycle, he has no idea what he is doing, he works in the office."

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