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Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia
Missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. July 24, 2013 - July 24, 2015.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Hey everyone,
It’s been a while since the last blog post but I will try to cover all the important things that have happened since the last post. First off, Elder Tematahotoa got transferred and I am with Elder Palombo right now. We were in the MTC at the same time but he was in the other district that was going to Tahiti. He is great, we are having a blast serving together and it’s nice to be able to speak English again to my companion.
The missionary work here at Paopao has really taken off in the past couple of weeks. Within the last two weeks we set/reset 6 baptismal dates. So we have 6 investigators with baptism dates right now. It’s just so interesting how within the past couple weeks we have been finding so many investigators who progress and want to be baptized. I know that all of these blessings are thanks to our obedience. We will also do a fireside with the members to help them learn how they can do missionary work as members. Overall, we are making some good progression here.
Now for the food. The normal dinner here consists of chicken and rice and maybe some vegetables. But since I have arrived here I have eaten pretty much every variety of raw and cooked fish, chickens that were probably road kill, duck, many species of exotic fruits (mangos), cow heart, dog (tastes like weird chicken), and my least favorite... fafaru. Fafaru is fish that is left out in seawater for anywhere from 1 day to 3 weeks until it is fermented (nonalcoholic). It smells like excrement and it tastes like used baby diapers. I haven't eaten baby diapers but I am sure if I were to eat a used Huggies diaper it would taste exactly the same. Moral of the story, I didn't sleep very well that night. 
And I don't know if it was a big deal in other countries but everyone freaked out about the lunar eclipse. A lot of different religions had big meetings saying that the end of the world is close and stuff like that. Last I remember that happens often? Every couple years. It was cool just to see it here at Tahiti though.

I have had many experiences over the past couple weeks but I will sum them all up by saying that I know  that in the same amount that we put our faith in God, He will always be there to support us according to our level of faith. Alma 38:5.  And I know that the Priesthood is a real power from God given to men who are worthy. I know that the baptism must be done by this Priesthood in order to be valid. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the same church that Jesus established while he was on the Earth. I know that Jesus himself re-established this church through the prophet Joseph Smith. I know these things are true.
Thanks for everyone who reads this. I will try to start writing more regularly. And I hope everyone had a good Easter! Until next time, faaitoito
Elder Rose

A nice boat ride from Tahiti. Check out those muscles. 

P-day activity. Touch the water. I got so many blessings for my obedience that day (I did not go swimming)

Did you know the French government set off a nuclear bomb in the tuamatu islands in 1976?

This is the coolest dog ever. Brings this rock back to your feet every time you kick it.

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Elder Cody Tiler Rose
Tahiti Papeete Mission
The Church of Latter Day Saints
B.P. 93 Mormon Mission
Papeete, Tahiti 98714
French Polynesia

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Elder Rose's e-mail address: cody.rose@myldsmail.net

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Hey, so crazy stuff this week. Everything worked out with my companion and he left on Monday and now I am with Elder Palombo. We got here at the same time; we were in the MTC together so we already knew each other. Yesterday we went to Tahiti to do a missionary concert thing. All the missionaries that serve on Tahiti get to sing in a missionary concert and someone on Moorea asked president if we could go to the concert and he said yes So that as why we went to Tahiti yesterday. 
I am glad I am serving out in the islands. The good thing about being out here is that there are not a lot of other missionaries that I can compare myself with. Also there are tons of opportunities to use Tahitian which is awesome. Elder Palombo is a really cool guy too so I am happy to be serving with him. He is super easy-going and just a happy guy so that will help to make this a good transfer. 

The first picture is our district here at Moorea. Coolest district in French Polynesia I would have to say.

Me and Elder Palombo. 

Elder Rose