I arrived back in Tahiti on the 23rd
of Sept. and was there 12 days and then left for Hikueru; once more traveling
alone. Was on the water 6 days (wasn't seasick) and arrived in Hikueru on the 11th of Oct.
Met Elder Percy B. Asay (Pereti), my Senior Companion. Hikueru is known throughout
the South Seas as the pearl shell Island. I was fortunate to arrive here while the season was on for taking
shells. Life here was much different due to shortage of food and poor contact outside.
Tahaa and Raiatea, "Leewards"
Having journeyed back to Tahiti for Elder's
Conference and Xmas, my next assignment was with Elder Uel C. Hunting (Uela)
to "open" the Leeward Islands. We
might say "Pioneers" as far as recent Missionaries to the Leewards are
concerned. The first Elders in 20 years.
We landed in Raiatea but started our work in
Tahaa. We found Protestantism
established very firmly but did what we could in bearing our testimonies as
to the true Church of Christ. Our work
took us around Tahaa, walking all the way, six times, and completely around
Raiatea once, one trip over the mountain, and working the districts from our
H.Q. in Uturoa. It was in Tahaa I
witnessed the Power of God in the laying on of hands by those in
authority. One was almost instantly
healed and the other was the healing of the dread disease "elephantiasis".
We hope sincerely that through our efforts the
future Missionaries may find the way a little easier for them.
It was here that Elder Dean Haslem (Teina)
joined us, my future Junior Companion.
On April 8th 1939 we left the
beautiful Islands in Raiatea lagoon and journeyed to Huahine, a matter of 3
hours ride on "Potii Raiatea ".
Elder Hunting went on to Tahiti leaving me as
Senior and Elder Haslem as Junior. In
Huahine we followed almost the same pattern of tracting as on the last
two. With two H.Q. we were able to
work both sides nicely. In "Fare" we
stayed with a Mr Tetua Mervin and in Maroe we were with our native Missionary,
Tahiri &acir; Torihi. We were blessed
considerably while here.
Back to Tahiti again on the 26th of May to meet Pres Rufus K. Hardy, etc.
Stayed at H.Q. 17 days, drew the assignment of a "bright green" Elder
and Anaa. Elder Price and I landed in
Anaa on the 15th of June, among a Priest and his "flock".
While here we visited all the five cities. The priest made things "hot"
for us but we surely enjoyed our work.
Baptized a boy eleven years of age as our first and only convert.
His father is a "Mormon" but his mother is a "Reorganite". On August 28th
we sailed from Anaa aboard "Moana " to Marokau, not through, however, in Anaa... I hope.
August 30th, 1939 we landed in Marokau,
prepared to stay until after Conference.
Here we met Elders McEntire and Braegger.
Between our arrival and Conference I had
the privilege of baptizing two Catholic women.
Our Conference was quite a success but with
only Marokau and Tauere represented.
Elder Braegger and I left Marokau for Hikueru on October 22, 1939.
Back in Hikueru again after almost a year
away. I surely was happy to meet again
my old friends of a year ago. We
surely enjoyed our stay this time. The
people treated us swell; not once did they tire of us that we know of.
Once again I was privileged to return a
soul to the Church through baptism.
This time it was Hamau â Taremata, a girl 30 years old.
We stayed here, getting the Branch in order
until November 26, and then left for Papeete.
On November 30 Elder Braegger, McEntire, Price and
I arrived at H.Q. While all the Elders
were assembled there for Convention month and Xmas, we all became acquainted
one with another. The month of December passed quickly and in January the exodus started.
My new assignment was Associate Editor of the Mission and I was to work at the Mission Home.
I always found plenty to do... handled all the printing, proof reading,
and folding work. In March I was
advanced to Editor of the Mission and have since had all publications in charge.
During my work here I had the
privilege of baptizing two new converts, one an American, James T. Hubbard, age
68, and Terii â Teheiure, 25, a young lady whose "husband" had died just
previously. His funeral was my first funeral sermon down here.
On April 26 Elder Haslem and I took a short trip to Moorea for a short vacation. We were
there four days, seeing some very beautiful and interesting points of
interest. One of the most beautiful was Cook's Bay. We stayed one night at the
hotel in our trip around the Island on bicycles.
On June 1st Pres. Stevens told me to
prepare to go home inasmuch as the Government is forcing our numbers down and I
was next in line to go. But due to war
and uncertainty of ships I was allowed to stay over until the 5th of
August, 1940. On July 2, 1940 I left on Hiro for Raiatea and Tahaa.
There I companioned with Elders Sanford, Wilde and Halverson. We surely enjoyed
our work there and returned to Papeete on the 19th of July to
prepare again to go to America. I left
for America on board the Monterey the 5th of August, 1940.
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