Monday, April 16, 2018

Another week in Bora

This week was gr8!  Wow aren’t I clever.  
We had a marriage this week for some of our amis! So fun. Marriage is such a great thing.  Helping families be happy forever since forever ago. 

We went on a hike to see cannons today! Neat!

I had a cool experience during a split this week. We saw a canadian tourist couple while walking to our faatamaaraa (dinner) and we introduced ourselves and the wife started getting mad. She went off a little bit about polygamy and asked us why that's acceptable and how many wives we were planning on having hahaha! But we were able to answer her questions, teaching a little about the restoration and she ended up apologizing and it was nice. But I kept thinking about them for some reason cause I didn't give them any engagement haha so I prayed to run into them again. Then the next day we were at the marriage of our amis and lo and behold we see the couple in a nearby shop!  And so I gave them a pass along card and explained a little more and I hope they'll find the missionaries one day in canada! @jopetejp

Transfers are next week, we'll see if I stay in bora.  


Monday, April 9, 2018

Moses supposes his toeses are roses

We were sad to hear the news that we couldn't wear flip flops anymore, especially when I have an injured toe (that refuses to heal) but were then pleased to hear that Jesus sandals are still okay hahaha.  Apparently it's because our mission presidents wife just loves how missionaries look in Jesus sandals hahaha!  The Fox's are great people.

This week was cool, not a whole ton of news.  Im starting to feel the reality of going home in a few months but I won't let it get to me!  I am going to miss Polynesia so much. 

I really just want to help our investigators make a change in their lives.  They've already made so much progress but sometimes life is difficult.  PRAY FOR THESE PEOPLE I LOVE THEM SO MUCH!

Things at Bora are great.  Its pretty strange to be living with only americans, in fact all 6 of the elders on Bora are from the US.  In some ways its fun but I do miss the french/ tahitian/ mauri etc influences. 

I know I say it like every week, but man am I grateful for the Savior and His Gospel.  It just makes everyone so happy.  I wish I was a better person/ missionary, and I still have so so many faults and things I need to work on but I know that thanks to repentance and faith I can keep getting better.  That's the beauty of the Gospel.  We can leave behind us ALL of our stupid mistakes and bad qualities and life just gets better and better.  And if we mess up, WE CAN TRY AGAIN!!  God will never give up on us.  Just keep trying and I promise things work out.  It's usually after our biggest trials that the biggest blessings come rushing around the corner.

I love all you guys so much and I can't wait to see you all.  Sometimes I think about how great it will be to see you and give you all a big hug.  And then I remember I need to get back to work haha.


Elder Jenkins

Monday, April 2, 2018


This week was so so great.

The work is amazing out here in bora bora and everyone is so cool! Seriously such good friends everywhere you go.

Conference was crazy!!!! So many changes happening. I am in favor of all.  This just shows even more that Christ really is running this church and He isn't sleeping! He's working day and night to help us find joy!

I loved so many talks from conference.  Uchtdorfs might be my favorite.  The prophet talked a lot about how we NEED to learn how to receive personal revelation from the holy ghost or the world will take us where we dont want to go.  I am so grateful for the spirit and the gospel principals which help me make the best decisions. 

Something that really touched me was the phrase "there is no one more on our side than Jesus Christ"  It is true that He will judge us at the last day but He is rooting for us even more than we are to make it!! Its hard to understand the Saviors love, but He sure loves us.  And I love and and grateful for Him. 

Everyone go watch the because of Him video

Easter is such a wonderful time to remember why we are here and what God needs us to do.  LOVE OTHERS!!! There is nothing more important than loving others like Christ did.  "Judge not, that ye be not judged"  "love thy neighbor as thyself"  "love those who hate you".  the teachings of Jesus are truly unparalleled.


Elder Jenkins

Monday, March 26, 2018

tour de l'isle - Bora Bora

iaorana tatou!

I love Bora so so much.  It is so pretty!  We did a tour de l'isle (biked around the island) and it was so fun! except one of our colleagues got a flat tire haha so I took a nap on the grass next to the ocean.  My mission is so hard.

We never get to use technology but one family that I love has an iPad and we showed them a few videos of the church on it and it was so great.  I miss videos! We watched the because of Him video and I tear up literally every single time.  IL VIT!

We had one investigator who was having relationship problems and we aren't really ordained to talk about that stuff but we do talk about Christ. So we read together in 3 Nephi 12 and Jesus teaches us how to have a good happy wholesome relationship. I love the book of Mormon.  I dont read it enough.  IT IS TRUE!!  Following the teachings of Jesus Christ is the number 1 way to be happy.  My mission has shown me that so clearly. I am so grateful for the church and gospel.  I am grateful for my Heavenly Father who loves me and I know that if I follow Him everything will work out fine.  Every trial has a blessing at the end.  STAY FAITHFUL!

All the loves

Elder Jenkins

Monday, March 19, 2018

5 months - Bora Bora

No group email from Elder Ethan this week, but here are some bits from my letter:

So emails are on an iPad so idk how to do this help. I am good and am with elder Irvine who went to Alta.

I miss you guys all so much! It’s weird. Home seems so close. Like I can totally imagine going to Owens play. I have 5 months what the heck. 

We baptisés a kid Saturday and there was a rainbow 🌈 yay.  We have so much work. We teach like at least 5 lessons a day. Wednesday we have 8. There is no breathe time. A bunch of Mormons from Provo came to church and after they saw us on our bikes and cheered us on and I felt so famous. 

I love you!  Elder Ethan

Monday, March 12, 2018

transfers!!! - Bora Bora

This week was so great!! I seriously love all these people so much.  It's so fun once you become real friends with your investigators and all the members it just feels like you have a giant tahitian family.  

Im staying in my wonderful ward of Faanui but my comp is leaving to the sector next door.  My new comp arrives wednesday.

We were supposed to do a hike today but Im sick and that is fiu. 

We had an awesome activity with the ward and played volleyball and footsal and it was great.  

I love missions because by teaching the gospel it allows you to understand the gospel so much deeper.    I love teaching repentance because repentance is great hahaha.  Alma 34 32.  

I love you all!!!  Have a great week!!

Elder Jenkins

Monday, March 5, 2018

hi! - Bora Bora

Im sorry literally no time cause we have family night


Elder Jenkins