On 8/21/13 We arrived in Papeeta Tahiti via Los Angels nonstop on Air Tahiti Nui, who Us Airways has an agreement with, this means we fly by paying taxes only--we were exhausted and stayed at the nearest hotel next to the Airport.
Day 1 8/22/13 Papeete they now have 20 buildings, and 20 stakes with 16,000 members the gospel is strong here on this Island.
|loved the tree over the walkway|
|As we walked I took a moment to notice|
this rock shaped like a heart
|Oh if these trees could talk...Eric looks so|
small in comparison--
|finally we had our nutella, banana and coconut crepe|
After I dressed, I was taken into a room filled with sisters, a Tahitian woman greeted me with a kiss on each cheek and said "welsome, Yo rah na" This women I will never forget, her hair was stark white, her skin perfectly angelic, and her eyes were the radiant caribbean blue, never in my life do I remember seeing someone as beautiful as her inside and out, with the exception of Viola Williams. I cannot remember her name, but she asked me where I was from when I told her I was born and raised in Glendale/Phoenix area of Arizona, she smiled and said "I was born here in Tahiti, I met my husband when he served his mission here, he came back after his mission and we were married, I then moved to Glendale and raised our 4 children there, later we were called to serve missions here, when we returned from our mission we decided to move back to Tahiti and my husband was called to the Temple President" sadly he passed away 5 years ago and she moved back to Glendale to live with her brother, then she was called to a Temple serving mission in Tahiti--I could tell she was truly a servant of the Lord by her spirit. I was totally surprised when she asked one of the sisters who speaks english to escort me and help me through, this sister told me that the white headed woman was 86 years old, this was astonishing to me. I watched as each sister kissed eachother on the cheek as they greeted one another--I LOVE THIS TRADITION-the men do it with the women and the men also with the the men,it is part of their culture and warmed my heart as they each did this with me, I began to get teary before we had even left the dressing room--WOW the spirit was strong for me tonight, this I needed to do and I am glad I did. I could feel Eric's mom and dad's spirit there with me, what comfort they brought to my soul, oh how I miss them and love them. I wish I could get advice from Vi, even though I know she would tell me to get on my knees, I also know that she is the one person who would understand exactly what I am feeling, she died of breast cancer--I need her right now, but her spirit is telling me to rely on the Lords answers, not the Doctors, or even other members of the church, just listen to the spirit and he will guide me. There was a woman who walked in with a bald head, and a white scarf covering her head, she was going through chemo, I remember President Greer once calling the Temple to ask about me being able to attend with the white scarf-- I watched as this woman was greeted like every other one of us with a kiss on each cheek. I thought that was PERFECT. After the session I was waiting for Eric in the foyer, the Temple President came out to greet me and said "Yo raw na, welcome, we heard you were coming from the mainland, thank you for being here" Tears filled my eyes, he asked "what troubles you sister?" I replied "nothing, I am grateful to be here, right now, and on this night, the spirit has been strong and questions for me have been answered" He hugged me and said "The Lord is good, he answers ALL" Tonight as we drove back to the hotel, I told Eric, "I finally get it," "what?" was his reply "I finally understand the love and compassion your mother had for the polynesian culture, she was one with them, and your brother Kurt who served his mission here, he had such a hard time when he came home, his mother was really the only one who could comfort him." It's difficult to understand, even my own son had a hard time returning from the Dominican Republic because he loved the service he did and the people he loved. With Kurt it was more than I had ever seen, he was literally heartbroken when he got home, and Vi was the only one who could truly understand--I always thought it was because they served the people so obviously they loved them, but know I SEE it, I KNOW it, there is no place I have ever been where the people are so friendly and compassionate. I didn't want to leave, and I just met these people, I cant imagine serving with them for 2 years and then leaving not knowing if you would ever see them again. Over all today, I learned so much, I learned to soften my heart and not be like that rock, to let myself be ok with answers that come, and to be true to who I am.
Day 2 Moorea
Eric and I returned the car, went to the Ferry to the Island of Moorea. After much negotiation with the car company, he finally decided on one and we drove the entire Island looking for just the right Hotel. Eric had budgeted on a certain amount and wanted to be in a place where we felt safe. We ended up at the Intercontinental-in a bungalow, which really has never been on my bucket list but apparently was on Eric's.
|One of the Hotel Bungelows we looked at|
|Eric, said NO--Johnny Lingo would of said NO|
|We ended up here at the Intercontental|
|I love this picture of Eric capturing the sunset|
|Eric, loved this view of the family who caught a 600 pound|
fish and let us watch as it took 4 men to cut it up and weigh
it, they then sold it to local restaurants Oh and by the way
this was only one third of the fish.
|cutting it up, was a chore|
|the tail and fins|
|this fish took over an hour to pull in|
4 men to cut and weigh
|baby maui maui 12 kilos locals stop by|
and buy for dinner
|Eric & William the owner and father|
proud of another fish head..
|Today, I'm happy for Guava Juice--my fav|