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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Conference Week

6 October 2014 Tautira

This week went well. Tuahu had his baptismal interview and he passed with flying colors. It’s been really great to see the change in him as we've done the lessons. He's slightly handicapped, but functional enough that he could live on his own. Before he was super quiet, didn't ever look you in the eyes and was very unsure of himself. Now he directs the lessons, responds to question looking you in the face and appears much much happier. His baptism is this Saturday and we are all very excited and pleased. His grandmother asked him the day of the interview if he really wanted to get baptised in that patronizing Tahitian Grandmother way. He responded with "I'm ready" which touched her, and when she told us the story during his interview it was pretty awesome to receive the confirmation that our investigator is 100% ready for baptism. We were very happy. Augustine and Marcelin have started or have already quit smoking. It’s a pretty awesome miracle. 

In other news Augustine came to conference. She only came for the last part of the Sunday session - but if she could have come for any of them that was the one. Elder Bednar nailed it at the end. We had the joke in the English room that he was running anchor. I guess you could say that he won the race. I hope some of our other amis got to watch the conference as well-we'll find out this week.

I think the theme of conference for me was focus. All of the talks seemed to address the basics and the fundamental things we need to be doing in order to stay free from the influence of the world. There were also a lot of teachings for parents. I thought it was funny when president Eyring's mother told him to start praying for a good wife - while he was in high school. Guess I have a lot of ground to make up.

I apologize in advance for the lack of pictures. We've recently lost our way to send pictures, so we are going to try to find a member that has a computer that works. The chapel computer doesn't read USBs for some reason...its odd.

It’s really nice every once and a while to get reminded that the church is a global organization, not an American church, not one of the 5 churches on a tiny island in the pacific, not just a casual gathering place. It really is the growing, and powerful kingdom of God on the Earth.

I love you all. Have a great week!

Elder Molinari