Monday, 17 July 2017

Heiva, zone leader stuff and a wonderful baptism...

I love the pictures you send. It's really interesting for me to see the evolution of Dad’s beard over time. I feel like it suits you really well. You should be Santa Claus for the next Ward Christmas party. (editor’s note: not comfortable with that reference in any way)

When you made the Poisson Cru or "i'a ota" na roto te Reo Tahiti (in Tahitian)… did you do it with coconut milk? (yes, Elder Manari’i--a Tahitian Elder serving his last weeks in our Calgary Ward--squeezed it out of a freshly grated coconut). Where did you see how to make it? Did Elder Manari'i tell you how to do it. (yes). The couple times I’ve made it, it was pretty complicated. When I get home we will try it again. One thing I’ve noticed is that lemons here are totally different than back home. They taste way different. You guys have no idea what you are missing out on. That would probably make the poisson cru taste different.

Overall this week was really good. We had a Baptism on Wednesday. It went really well. Our little branch was there friendshipping every step of the way with this investigator. She's been waiting to be baptised for a really long time now, and now she finally took the step.

In other news this week we ended up going to a Heiva. It was the group of Vaiaau dancing and they apparently have won the Heiva in Ra’iatea for the last five years. Oh and we know literally half of the people in the group. Our branch president and a couple of other members play the To'ere (large wooden thing that you hit) and the drums and stuff for the group. And we know a large portion of the dancers because they are either members or because they take lessons with us. 

They all wanted us to come watch. so we did. IT WAS RIDICULOUSLY wonderful. I’ve never seen anything so cool in my life. I have a couple pictures, but I decided that no picture could do it justice because of the speed of the dancing and the massive coordination they had. I took a couple videos but it would take about six hours for it to load onto the computer, so you may have to wait four months to see the videos.

Tomorrow—good ol' Pres Fox (our new Mission President) is coming down to Ra’iatea for a little conference and a tour of the island. He will be hoping in the truck with us and we are going to show him all the sites, all six chapels on the island and the four bishops and two branch president and the 1st Councilor in the Stake Presidency (our stake president lives on Tahiti). It’s kind of crazy, and stressful organizing with all the Bishops for visits, but thankfully we have been doing our tour training tour of all the Bishops and Ward Mission Leaders in the Stake and have been able to work it out in person rather than over the phone with people that I’ve never met.

The training sessions are going really well. We did two this week. and we noticed that they received it very well. We were able to fix another training meeting for all the Ward Council for one of the Wards. The other Ward went really smoothly, hopefully it helps bring up motivation.

Oh and In our Ward is a guy who knows Elder Manari'i, His name is Yannik Vero. We will be eating at his house this week so I'll take some pictures with him and his wife.

Thanks for the email. love you guys!

Elder Goodwin

The big guy on the right is our Branch President. The others are the Branch Mission Leader and his wife.

Heiva. Same group for both pictures. They did a costume change.
Elder Manari'i (from Tahiti) and Elder Hagashi (Idaho) having poisson cru at the Goodwin's in Calgary.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Tahiti visit and lots of pleasant surprises

Dear important people,

The Leadership Conference (in Tahiti) was really great. It is very interesting to see the new style of President Fox compared to Pres Bize. It is very different, but I like it. Every President brings their own style / experiences. I am super excited to work more with him and his wife. President Fox served in Paris so he already speaks really good French. You can tell it is a bit rusty but he will pick it all back up super quick. He mainly talked to us in French. His wife actually knows a lot of French… and is obviously making efforts to learn Tahitian. She was throwing out and couple Tahitian words that she’s learned here and there. President Fox and his wife will be coming to Raiatea on the 18th and normally in the afternoon they will hop in the truck with us and we are going to take them on a tour of the island. While doing the tour of the island we will be visiting all the Bishops and Branch Presidents, so we have been working pretty hard on organizing all the visits for Fox. It'll be really fun to show Pres Fox around our island. 

Weeeeeeell. Tahiti was really fun, it was nice to get out and stretch our legs a little bit. But by the end of the visit I was pretty happy to come home. Tahiti has too many cars (which is still nothing compared to Calgary). It is just too busy and too many people. For the last 9 months I’ve been on islands were nobody drives more than 50 or 60 kilometers an hour. And if there are more than 4 cars on the road you start wondering if there was a funeral or something. In some parts of our area you could play at least 2 full periods of a street hockey game before a car drove by. Flying to Tahiti is fun too because you always meet cool people on airplanes. 

We are having a baptism this week for a really great investigator. She is a very simple lady, but she loves the Gospel and has seen some huge blessings in her life from it. She has been coming to church for about 6 months now and has been blocked from being baptized. But all of a sudden the doors have been opened and she will be starting her journey now. 

Our zone is doing really strong. We are in third place in the mission right now for baptisms. Where as this zone is normally far behind everyone else. Our relationships with the members has been greatly incresed over the last couple weeks because of the success and some greater efforts on our part on trying to serve them a little bit more. I find that if the members and the missionaries have a good realtionship together, the work just goes so much smoother. But if a Ward has struggles connecting with the missionaries… we find that the work is blocked from progressing. We are seing this right now with one of our Areas. 

Ohhhhh, I got a package from the Curtis family. I don’t have their email but I want to thank them for things they sent. It was actually a very timely package. It had a bunch of stuff in it that I happened to really need. Toiletries, home-made soap, gum, multi-vitamins, candy, deoderant, tooth brush, tooth paste and other such goodies! Tell them I say thank you and if you get the chance, send me their email so I can answer some of the questions they had. 

Overall this week was great. The trip to Tahiti for leader council was an exellent change of pace. It gave us a bit of a boost when we got back to Raiatea to go and work hard. 

Thanks for the love guys! Have a great week. Love you guys!

Elder Goodwin

P-day hike with the Elders from Tahaa (Island next door)

Obligatory pilgrimage to MacDo's 

Monday, 3 July 2017

Raromatai keeps moving forward...

Dear friends and family,

Looks like fun! (we sent pictures of Canada Day stuff). To be honest I pretty much forgot about Canada Day this year. I shall repent of this transgression!

Hey guys. This week was pretty great. Still haven’t met the new Mission Pres. (Steven R Fox) yet but we will meet him in person on Thursday when companion (Elder Terry) and I fly down to Tahiti for our meeting with him and his wife. 

The fun thing about being Zone Leader here is that we get to fly to Papeete every other month for leadership training meetings. We are also going to be training all the Ward mission leaders in Raromatai (the group of islands consisting of Bora Bora, Tahaa, Huahine, and Maupiti) this month. We have a huge tour planned out. It'll keep us crazy busy during July and the beginning of August we will fly down to Huahine for a meeting and some splits. 

My comp and I have been doing a lot of sports lately, for reasons that will remain un mentioned. We have been running 5k a day for a couple weeks now. 

In other news. The reality of my companions impending death (That is mission lingo for someone going home… Russell will “kill” his companion) has made me give a bit of thought on how I want my after mish life to go. This would involve some goal fixing and an establishment of a budget. I may need a laptop for school and life in general. Hows the car doing? Will my clothes be completely out of date? There are many more questions rolling around in my head. 

I’ve also been thinking of all the literal crap I have in my room that I will never need. I feel like we need to burn/ throw out/ give away pretty much everything I own and start fresh. These are things to ponder so that we may fix some goals and create some plans. 

Oh and my missionary account tells me that it is Elder Manari'i serving in the home Ward. (Elder Manari"i from Tahiti is serving in Calgary 2nd Ward—our home congregation). He’s from Arue, north of Papeete… I've never served there but I know some Elders that have probably eaten with his family. His name means "powerful king" or "king a power". Just to let you guys know. 

We might go do a hike with the district. Tahaa missionaries is normally ferrying down as well. All is well. Thanks for being the best! All in all life is great. The work keeps moving forward! Love you guys!

Elder Goodwin

Last p-day at Taputapuatea way in the South East side of the island.

Elder Terry and I wearing some Canada

Monday, 26 June 2017

Thankful for the work he gave me...

Family and friends,
It’s so sad to hear the news about Kenny Wong’s health. Send him my love. Tell him as well, I’m thankful for the work that he gave me when I was saving for my mission. That job really helped me a lot. Super solid guy. 

I feel like being with a master wood carver, like every other day, has inspired me a lot. We've been spending a bit of time every P-day, helping our Ward Mission Leader make the orders that he has. Then we play with his crazy tools and make cool stuff. Comp and I are about half-done something crazy. Normally next week we should be done. I hope you guys like the Hobbit.

The newbies (new green missionaries) are doing great. As a zone leader we just take a rapport of their training every week, but the trainers are all super solid missionaries. Not much to worry about yet. 

This week was great. We did a member’s integrator trainer fireside with our Ward last night. It went really well.  My companion and I did the training. And normally we are trying to plan with our 
Stake President to see if we can go and train all the Ward Mission Leaders on each island, so maybe next month we'll get to visit Tahaa and Huahine. 

Got to do another split with the Elders of Tahaa, i didn’t get to go over but I did take the new Elder from New Zealand with me. It was fun. It kind of reminded me of the beginning on the “mish" when everything was so new. It was weird because he took notes for everything I said. I guess that's kinda how it starts... 

We ended up fixing a baptism at the chapel yesterday. That was pleasant---should be good for the 12th of July. And the zone is doing fantastic this week. Over all a lot of blessings here in Raromatai (the Leeward Island group) right now. 

All is well on the flip side guys!

That's my week, love you guys!

Elder Goodwin.

Monday, 19 June 2017

5 new missionaries in my zone... busy week!

Iaorana, maita'i oe?

My companion has inspired me in a way to save time doing emails on Monday. I am currently in my p-jays typing up my email in a notes application on our phone. And tomorrow morning (or today if you are reading this) I will send it to you guys pre-typed. I will add my answers to your email as well. I will pop on again in the after noon to reply to any questions. 

Firstly, that’s sick the SAIT thing is going to work out and I have been accepted. I feel like the timing of it all is perfect as well. It'll give enough time to transition well. Yay… winter semester 2018!

Normally today we will be using our Ward mission leader's tools to make ourselves stuff out of wood. Terry and I have some cool ideas, but we will keep it a surprise.

This week was a little rough, but over all we made it through. We had three missionaries fly out on Wednesday and four that came in. Three of which are brand spanking new, fresh and green from the "fenua marite" (America)... well I lied. One of them is from New Zealand. So now in the zone we have 5 missionaries in training, so my patience with broken French has become a daily practice. 

The Elders of Haamene, Tahaa (the island next door) had a little issue with boats and had to spend the night at our place. It was a nice occasion to get to know the New Elder from New Zealand---Elder Coxhead. It was a fun night. New missionaries are always a bit shell-shocked at the beginning. 

In Uturoa we got an old friend replace one of the elders. I don't know if you guys remember Elder Mclelland from my first couple of  transfers. He is now in Uturoa and will be finishing his mission on "special assignment" training Elder Alfred as District leader. 

Thats all I can think of. I love you guys! Have a great week!

Peut-être il faut que je commence a parler en français. Comme ça, ça permet de pratiquer un peux. 

Eh, c'etait la fête des pères hier. En tout cas je veux juste dire merci pour tout les chose que tu a fait pour moi et pour m'aider a me préparer a partir en mission. Je suis carrément contant de voir que tu travail maintenant et que tu prends meilleur soin de ton corps, honnêtement je pense pas que je pourrais le faire si j'étais a ta place. 

Mauruuru maita'i! 
Merci beaucoup!

Tera noa! Nana!

Elder Goodwin

Monday, 12 June 2017

Crazy, busy, loving it!

Dear fam and friends,

In to answer your question, you read in Elder Jenkins blog (from the island of Tahaa next door) that he did splits with his zone leader…. yes that was me that he did splits with.  Yeah, I have been zone leader ever since I got here. That's also the reason we get to do splits with the district leaders on Tahaa and eventually Huahine.

That's crazy to hear that Tianna is married. It has been so long that we've seen each other. 

This week was really fun. We got to take the Assistants to the President with us for a day and do some really good work in the areas. We also got to pick up President Bize for the Zone Conference. It’s always fun when President comes to town. At the same time there was also a transfer being worked out, so we got to ask President about who will be transferred. Sadly we also had a sister get really sick and go to the hospital on Friday and we got the news that she has some sort of detached lung, and there is fluid in her body. We got her on a plane for Friday night with President Bize and the Assistants. Sad to see her go and stressfull to work out all the transportation... including getting the Elders of Tahaa on a boat heading home, all at the same time. 

Now that the big week is over we are in full force working in our areas. We fixed two missionary firesides, one in the Branch (small congregation) and one in the Ward. 

We will be a doing a training for "member integraters." At the same time we have a couple other activities being put into place. Our bishop in Tevaitoa was super awesome before, but since we invited him to a coordination meeting, it seems as though there had been a missionary-work fire ignited inside him and he has fixed a bunch of super cool plans to help missionary work in the Ward---such as devoting every other Ward Council meeting to missionary work, were it is the missionaries that lead the discussion. If we keep working in this direction the Ward will be a powerhouse. 

That’s all for this week I think. We were sooooo busy this week. I LOVE IT.


Elder Goodwin

If you look carefully you can see a houseboat and Bora Bora on the horizon.

A ukulele (Tahitian style) that our Ward Mission leader made for one of the Assistants that served in this area previously.

My companion and I (back) with the Assistants to the President.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Headed into Heiva season...

Hey guys. 

Yes I did get my birthday package. It was awesome! Thanks guys. I feel like you guys know me so well. 

The video of the Ward families acting out scripture stories was really cool. That must of been fun for them to film. My personal favourite was the Hornbergers'. 5 STARS!. 

Our last missionary conference we didn't get to fly back to Tahiti this time, but we will next month. We watched it over a video conference program called webex. Kinda sucked because they always serve really good food a Président’s house. (does jealousy here) but we were stuck here eating the beef jerky out of the package and some other snacks that we brought. But the conference was Enlightening. 

Talking about Good ol' Pres Bize. He will be coming down to Raiatea on Friday and we will have the Assistants to President staying with us for about two-ish days. It’s going to be really fun. I think its Président’s last visit to Raiatea, before he is released, so I’m sure he will take some good pictures. 

This week we have stayed really busy. We have been working with a lot of investigators.  We hope they will continue to progress. The work has been complicated a little bit with Heiva practices for July and politics like I’ve never seen in my life. 

Over all---life is doing great. I don’t really have the right to complain...
Sorry for the lame email. heh heh

Elder Goodwin

Monday, 29 May 2017

Busy week of good-byes and hello's

Hey guys,

The transfer went really well last week.

My new comp is Elder Terry from Riverton Utah. He has been on his mission for 21 months so he will be finishing here with me probably in August. I’ve met him a couple times before so we know each other alright enough. It's going to be a fun couple of transfer periods together. 

It was kinda weird to say good bye to Elder Peel because now I have to lead the area, but I’ve only been here for 6 weeks. I think it'll be fine. I’ve just gotta get a little more used to the new areas, and the new responsabilities a little quicker. All is good. 

President Bize will be coming down to Ra’iatea next week. And the Assistants to President will be staying with us for like 3 days to do splits. It’s going to be really fun and we are going to get a lot of work done. We will have four missionaries in the area. It'll also be the last time that Pres Bize comes down to Ra’iatea, because he is finishing really soon. So we will see what comes of this visit.

Not a lot of crazy stuff went on this week. We just worked a lot and said good-bye to a lot of people for Elder Peel. I'll be on for a little bit still if you guys have any other news.

Wait, Is there anything crazy going on in world news? We are honestly in an information hole over here. 

Love you guys!

p.s. Nope. My mail and packages haven't arrived yet. It will probably arrive on Wednesday in a big bunch. No worries; Im super pumped though!

More on our Plan of Salvation conversation starter display

Monday, 22 May 2017

Just another amazing week on Raiatea...

Ioriana, bonjour,

It doesn’t take crazy long to get a package from Papeete to Ra'iatea, it all depends on how fast the Missionaries in the office can get it to the docks. Considering that there is a rather big transfer right now. it may come next week. 

So ya, there is a transfer right now actually, we have a lot of changes in the zone, my companion is headed to Tautira to go a finish his mission. So I will be getting a new companion... Elder Terry. He is from the States and has been on his mission for about 21 months. I’ve met him a couple times, he pretty cool, it’s going to be fun. 

Because of the fact that President Bize is heading out (finished his 3-years as Mission President) in June, the July transfer was cancelled. So that means and Elder Terry will surely be staying together until August, since Terry will “die” (finish his mission) in August, That means that I will likely stay here until September at the earliest. And because we are getting a new Mission President, I may just finish my mission here. That'll be awesome, I’m really loving it so far.

This week we did a really cool activity in downtown Uturoa, we rented out a spot in the main plaza and got a big old tent thingy set up with some tables and chairs. We bought wayyyyyy to much chalk and just let my companion go crazy. (and very talented artist BTW) We did the plan of salvation, and while all of this was happening we had a sister who has an absolutely beautiful voice play the ukulele and sing in Tahitian. We contacted people from every island in Raromatai. (the Leeward island group). it was crazy how many people where interested. There was even a cruise ship there and we contacted people from Portugal, France, the US and everywhere in between. It was overall an amazing experience. The picture I sent wasn’t really the final Stage of its progression. Peel ended up adding a bunch of blue and purple in to make it look like it’s floating around in the galaxy. Overall a very cool experience. 

We had our Baptism this week. It was a really awesome experience. Papi is probably the coolest guy ever. And he is in mega good shape. I want him to train me.

I got to do a split with an Elder from Tahaa (the little island beside us). Peel got to go to Tahaa and I got to stay with Elder Jenkins. It was really fun. Jenkins is a really good missionary, lots of potential. 

So yeah. my comp takes a plane on Thursday, so by next week it'll be a whole new era in my Mission life. So that'll be fun to see. I’m doing fine and dandy, happy to see you guys had fun at the cabin!

love you guys.

Elder Goodwin

Oh and my branch mission leader is going to make a traditional Marquisian Tiki and A large Tahitian fish hook for the house. It'l be cool. 

Vanilla farm, this is a wilder more traditional set up.

Elder Peel's gospel sidewalk art!

Soeur Rakotomalala is going home. Just a little farewell picture.
Papi's baptism

Peel, Papi and I

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Mother's Day Skype call... check!


Mother’s Day Skype call… check!
It was great talking to you guys on Skype yesterday. It almost feels normal now to just Skype every 6 or so months and then just not see each other for forever. So this time it'll be the same thing but we won’t be waiting on a Skype call. It will be in person! I don’t really feel “trunky" at all thankfully.  Because we just have sooooo much work to do. We are busy enough teaching our investigators, but on top of it---our other responsibilities keep us moving a lot. For now we are all golden.

Talking about bringing things home…. I will have space in my suit cases. I’ve been starting to get rid of stuff that I will no longer need for the rest of my mission. Since I don’t have a bunch of time left, I can live with only so many shirts and pairs of pants. and I’ve been carrying around a bunch of stuff from the beginning that we thought I would use, but haven’t yet found a use for them. So I think the space thing will not be a huge problem. If anything becomes a problem I can send non-valuable things by mail. 

Thats going to be a fun calling for you Dad. Just remember to be the "cool seminary teacher". Not the "lame seminary teacher". Find creative ways to get those good-for-nothin kids workin! 

No worries about my birthday package being a bit late. I guess I kind of deserve it after opening my Christmas package two weeks early!

Well. that's all for this week. I love you guys. keep being cool!

Elder Goodwin 

Monday, 8 May 2017

Travels et travaux

Salut friends, 

We worked out with a member how we are going to do the Skype call on Mother’s Day. Normally we will be calling around 12:30 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. our time. So just after Church for us. I’m excited because it will be the last Skype call of my mission!  The next time you will see my face not in picture---will be when I step off the plane. Heh heh… don't think about that too much, it'll just make you sad.

This week has been super great. We found a couple of really potential investigators this week, and thanks to a couple of members that know them, we had really great lessons with them. I can’t wait to see how they progress in the gospel.  We also have a baptism coming up on the 20 of May. Its' an old man that has followed the lessons for years and finally is planning his baptism. He is super pumped. Literally everytime he sees us he says "bien tots!!! papetito!!!!" Papetito means baptism in Tahitian. We teach him in Tahitian and he helps us out, and corrects our grammar when we make mistakes. Overall love the guy. I wish you guys could meet him.

My companion, Elder Peel and I also got to take a plane this week to Tahiti for a Reunion with President Bize. It was super fun. We got to go to the temple and do a little bit of shopping that you can’t do in Ra’iatea. (including a trip to MacDonalds). We got to stay with the Zone leaders of Fa’a’a, That was really fun. It was weird to be in Tahiti again. There were so many cars it scared me. Bora Bora and Ra’iatea have, like, no traffic. So it was weird to travel on highways again. I also don’t think I’ve driven faster than 60 km/h since 2016.
The reunion was great. I learned a lot… and we had a lot of stuff to share with the zone.

I’m super down to make you guys some 'poisson cru.' i also am trying to find a way to send some fafaru water (fermented sea water) home. I’ve heard of Missionaries doing it. If not we might have to find a way to buy sea water back home, and we can ferment it.

That’s all i have for this week. Love you guys!

Elder Goodwin

Pilgrimage to the fast food gods.

Elder Peel and I had a trip to the Temple this week. What a nice break.

Our district. 
Left to right: Soeur Weyland, Soeur Larsen, Soeur Basset, Soeur Rakotomalala (Madagascar), Elder Peel, Elder ME, Elder Hanson, Elder Alfred (fun fact about Elder Alfred, he was in my EFY (Especially For Youth company in France.)

Monday, 1 May 2017

A week of uplifting conferences...

Hello Fam jam,

I haven’t heard any news about the Skype call thingy this time around, I don’t think it’ll be a problem though. (editor’s note: Russell calls home on Mother’’s Day).  I’ll set stuff up this week and on monday we will fix the time. We have some members here with internet, so it should work out alright.

Yes we did have a conference here on Ra'iatea. In fact it was super great. We had the presence of Brother Cahoon and Sister Cahoon (A general authority) from Edmonton, Alberta at our conference. They presided over the Perth, Australia mission. (and they are somehow related to Travis we think). Brother Cahoon was the missionary that baptised President Bize’s parents in France, many years ago. I really liked the conference, It was really fun and I felt very edified after the conference. We overall did a lot of running around for President, but that’s kind of our job. No complaints. We even did a split with President Bize and Bro Cahoon.

in a lesson with Brother Cahoon there was a fight going on in the ‘quartier.’ A very poor quartier btw. And there were people pointing 5-foot long harpoon guns at each other, and we were caught in the middle. Long story short, the police were called and the gentleman we were teaching ended up coming to Church the next day. Brother Cahoon saw the best and the worst of Ra’iatea. heh heh!

Oh and we also had a Stake Conference here where my companion spoke in the general session. We also had the Presence of Elder Nielson of the Quorum of the 70 was there. Super great man. We had the opportunity with speak with him a bit and to hear some of his talks. Super enthusiastic and a very grounded man. Loved it. Overall an uplifting weekend. There were so many keys on the island this week.

In answer to your question about the Google maps picture of our house… it is the one of the left side of the chapel, closest to the entrance to the parking lot.

And about the pares I sent, the lady that made them is the best pareo maker in Bora Bora. Thats right. I’ve got friends in high places. heh heh.

Thats all I think... any Questions?

Elder Goodwin

P.S. My friend also carves Tiki’s. What do you guys think of Tikis? I might ask him to make me a couple. as long as we don’t pray to them... they make a great decoration.

Wood working with Dmp (Ward Mission Leader) Rudy.
Not sure if we actually helped him, but it sure was cool to Watch.

Tahitian style ukelele

Monday, 24 April 2017

Little miracles grow a testimony...


Sad to hear about the Flames...

Alrighty, so my Tahitian is actually doing a lot better. Here in Ra’iatea they speak really really good Tahitian. Their way of speaking is very clear and holds a lot closer to the original Tahitian. Sometimes on Tahiti, people speak very mixed up Tahitian that isn’t correct. But the people here all speak very pure Tahitian, even the kids sometimes speak very well. At Church it is about 70 to 80% in Tahitian. So I’ve been getting a huge work out. We teach a couple investigators in Tahitian right now. 

The other day my comp and I got invited into a house with a bunch of old mammies in it. They seemed as though they didn’t want any of what we were bringing... until we just started talking to them in Tahitian. They were just so surprised that two white kids spoke Tahitian. So we talked about that for a while and slowly turned it into a gospel conversation. That’s how it works people!

We had a bunch of miracles this week. We ran into about 4 people on different days that were very clearly prepared to receive the restored gospel. There was a lady that took the lessons 20 years ago and recieved a testimony---but she moved to France for 15 years. After she moved back we were the first missionaries to stop at her door. Then another who took lessons ten years ago. And another couple that has always seen missionaries and have always wanted to talk to them. They have all now become investigators and are mega potential. Overall this week was a huge testimony builder for both of us. 

We also had a weird run-in with a tourist (also and member of the Church) from Texas who kinda got stranded here without money or a place to stay.  We got her in contact with people back home and managed to work the situation out. Some members ran into her at the airport and since no one here speaks English they obviously called us to help. Us being some of the only English speakers here. 

We are going now... to do a cool service project with our branch mission leader who is a master wood carver. We are going to help him with his projects. Lets hope we don’t mess up one of his master pièces.... I’ll send pictures of that next week.

Well that’s all I can think of. If you have questions you can asks em. 

love you guys!

Elder Goodwin

Monday, 17 April 2017

Serving in Tevaitoa and Vai'a'au, Ra'iatea

Hello Dearest Fam jam,

So the easiest way I can explain where we live is that we live in the parking lot of the chapel of Tevaitoa. There is a little building just to the left of the chapel. (The Chapel is the 'H' shaped building on the road in the clouds at the southern end of this map) That is our home. It's kinda weird, but I can dig it.

So I am now in the area of Tevaitoa on Ra'iatea, but we also cover the area of Vai'a'au which cover all the way to Fetuna on the southern part of the island. Our area almost covers half of Ra'iatea. It is by far the largest secteur I've served in and one of the biggest areas in the mission right now. Thankfully we have a car.

This week was crazy busy. We got a lot done, but also did a lot of running around pickup stuff and throw it on the boat for the missionaries that transferred. We had a couple of changes in the zone, so that was a lot of work for us.

Funny story of the week. Left the phone on the roof of the car and drove about 2 kms to a lesson before realizing that I had put it on the roof. "Praise the Lord!" the phone was still there. Such a tender mercy of the Lord. And for the totally unrelated reason we now have a new phone in the area.

We have a bunch of really potential investigators here, we will be doing a lot of really good work together. I already know Elder Peel pretty well so the ice was already broken before we even started. So we've hit the ground running. I'm really excited for the opportunity to be serving here.

Just an overall description of what the area is like. The far away areas like Fetuna are super sparce and very secluded. Some of our investigators just live in the jungle. That is the only way that I can explain it. The mountains here are beautiful. I'll have to try and get some cool pictures of it. The island itself is just very wild in places. And there is a lot of Tahitian spoken here. And the Tahitian accent is super clear and clean... which will help me out a lot. Moustaches seem to be popular here, I've counted at least 30 different men in the ward with moustaches. There are also a lot of what we call, "faapu's" which is like a garden/farm thingy. Lots of vanilla and taro grown here. I've already gotten a gift of a bunch of vanilla that I dont know what to do with, but i'll try and bring it home. Smells great.

For the birthday package, send mostly mediums and a small for my comp. My comp is a very small man. So yeah... heh heh.

All is well here. I'll try and get some cool pictures of the area for you guys.

Elder Goodwin

Ps: I love you guys.
Transfer day from Bora Bora.

Last view of Bora Bora. Triste! I fell in love with this place and the people I served and the people I served with.
Just a regular trip to the boat docks to ship out luggage and bikes from the missionaries who were transferred.
This Tahitian equivalent of "Big Gulps" for the road trip. 

Bonding with Elder Peel in our little apartment.
Tahitian vanilla pods.
A beautiful little motu near our home. 
Elder Peel and our wheels