January 7, 2015

Tahiti Papeete Mission

Free resources about the Tahiti Papeete Mission:

Tahiti Papeete Mission Address

Here’s a recent address for the Tahiti Papeete Mission. We try to keep this information up to date, but it’s a good idea to check the address with several sources, including your mission packet or the mission office.

Tahiti Papeete Mission
L’Eglise de Jesus-Christ des Saints des
Derniers-Jours, Mission Mormone, BP 93
(for packages add: Cours de L’Union Sacree)
Papeete Tahiti 98714, Polynesie Francaise

Phone Number: 689-50-5525
Mission President: President Pierre F. Bize

Tahiti Papeete Mission Map

Here’s a link to the mission map for the Tahiti Papeete Mission (LDS). To access the official, up-to-date LDS.org map for the Papeete Mission:

  1. Log into your LDS account here.
  2. Click here.

Videos with Tahiti Papeete RMs

Here are in-depth YouTube video interviews with returned missionaries from the Papeete Mission.  We interview hundreds of returned missionaries each year, so check back regularly to see new RM interviews.

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LDS-Friendly Videos about Tahiti

Here are LDS-friendly educational videos about Tahiti. We scoured YouTube to find the best quality videos about Tahiti, that are free from inappropriate music, immodesty and profanity.

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Tahiti Papeete Missionary Blogs

Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the Papeete Mission. This list includes the missionary’s name, URL and when their blog was updated.

*Send your missionary a gift (mission-specific shirts, ties, Christmas stockings/ornaments, pillowcases, etc.)

Elder Dallin Christensen dallinintahiti.blogspot.com 2017
Sister Claudia Battezzato soeurbattezzato.blogspot.com 2017
Sister Lindsay Sellers ldsellerstahiti.blogspot.com 2017
Elder Ethan Jenkins elderethanjenkins.blogspot.com 2017
Elder Dakodta Clements testifyingintahiti.blogspot.com 2017
Elder Jonathan Barlow elderjonathanbarlow.blogspot.com 2017
Sister Erin Ladd upontheisles.blogspot.com 2017
Elder Russell Goodwin eldergoodwintahiti.blogspot.com 2017
Elder Tyler Harrah tylerintahiti.blogspot.com 2017
Elder Connor Boyd elderconnorboyd.blogspot.com 2017
Elder Joshua Garff elderjoshgarff.blogspot.com 2017
Sister Heather Kofford sisterheatherkofford.blogspot.com 2016
Sister McKenzie Morrill mckenziemorrill.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Teva Todd tevatodd.blogspot.com 2016
Elder John Lewis elderjohnlewis.blogspot.com 2016
Sister Bassett sister-bee.tumblr.com 2016
Sister Arielle Bamba ariellebamba.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Cole Porter elderporterintahiti.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Andrew Olsen elderolsenintahiti.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Dalton Moller daltonkmoller.blogspot.com 2016
Sister Mikelane Gray mymission.com/sistermikelanegray 2015
Sister Natasha Kimball mymission.com/sisternatashanicolekimball 2015
Elder Casey Ball elderballintahiti.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Taylor Crandall eldercrandalltahiti.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Cody Rose eldercodyrose.blogspot.com 2015
Sister Christine Lawler christinetahiti.wordpress.com 2015
Elder Brigham Larsen islandservant.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Kristoffer Molinari tahititimes.blogspot.com 2015
Sister Rachel Taylor texanintahiti.blogspot.com 2015
Sister Natasha Kimball sisternatashakimball.blogspot.com 2015
Sister Morgan Taylor xoxomorgan.blogspot.com 2015
Sister Hayley Spackman hayleytakestahiti.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Tyson Jessop eldertysonjessop.blogspot.com 2014
Sister Courtney Carter learningtwolanguagesinparadise.blogspot.com 2014
Elder Wade Purdy elderwadepurdy.wordpress.com 2014
Sister Rebecca Bradshaw sisterrebeccabradshaw.weebly.com 2014
Missionary Couple terrykaymission.blogspot.com 2013
Elder Tyler Baldridge missionsite.net/elderbaldridge 2013
Elder Jordan Abner missionsite.net/elderjordanabner 2013
Elder Taylor Redding missionsite.net/elderredding 2012
Elder Ryan Honey missionsite.net/elderryanhoney 2012
Sister Jordan Harline missionsite.net/4380SaxtonHollowRoad 2012
Elder Seth Cosby vanandruth.blogspot.com 2012
Elder Cotton Fitzsimmons cottonfitzsimmons.blogspot.com 2012

Tahiti Papeete Mission Groups

Here are Papeete Mission Groups- for LDS missionary moms, returned missionaries, mission presidents and other alumni of the Papeete Mission.

  1. Anciens Missionnaires Papeete Mission Group (188 members)
  2. Tahiti Papeete Mission LDS/SDJ Facebook Group (122 members)
  3. Tahiti Papeete Mission Facebook Group (42 members)
  4. Papeete Mission – President Larson (1981-84) Group (18 members)

Tahiti Papeete Mission T-Shirts

Here are T-shirts for the Tahiti Papeete Mission!

Shirt designs include Papeete Mission logo/emblem shirts and Called to Serve shirts. The shirts make great gifts for pre-missionaries, returned missionaries and missionaries currently serving. LDS Mission shirts come in all sizes: Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large, up to 4XL.  The mission designs are printed on white shirts and are shipped to you.

*Simply click on a shirt design to view the details and submit an order. The designs on mission t-shirts may also be printed on other LDS mission gifts, including: Papeete missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.

*Click here to browse Papeete Mission gifts

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Tahiti Papeete Mission Presidents

Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the Papeete Mission.

  1. 2017-2020, Steven R. Fox
  2. 2014-2017, Pierre Bize
  3. 2011-2014, Benjamin T. Sinjoux
  4. 2008-2011, Matthew A. Smith
  5. 2005-2008, T. Marama Tarati
  6. 2002-2005, William Joseph Welsh III
  7. 1999-2002, Ralph A. Andersen
  8. 1996-1999, Tekehu Munanui
  9. 1993-1996, Victor Dwight Cave
  10. 1993-1993, Phillip T. Sonntag
  11. 1992-1993, Samuel D. Richards
  12. 1989-1992, Yves R. Perrin
  13. 1987-1989, George F. Hilton
  14. 1984-1987, Stephen L. Graham
  15. 1981-1984, C. Jay Larson
  16. 1978-1981, G. Wayner Mack
  17. 1975-1978, Raymond Baudin
  18. 1972-1975, Joseph E. Childers
  19. 1971-1972, Karl M. Richards
  20. 1969-1971, Ralph John Richards
  21. 1966-1969, Karl M. Richards
  22. 1963-1966, Thomas R. Stone
  23. 1960-1963, Kendall W. Young
  24. 1958-1960, Joseph R. Reeder
  25. 1956-1958, Ellis V. Christensen
  26. 1954-1955, Larson Caldwell
  27. 1953-1954, John K. Orton
  28. 1952-1953, Othello Pierce
  29. 1950-1952, LeRoy Mallory
  30. 1949-1950, Franklin J. Fullmer
  31. 1945-1949, Edgar Bentley Mitchell, Jr.
  32. 1941-1944, Ernest C. Rossiter
  33. 1940-1940, Eugene M. Cannon
  34. 1938-1940, Kenneth Richards Stevens
  35. 1938-1938, W. Dean Palmer
  36. 1937-1938, Thomas L. Woodbury
  37. 1933-1937, LeRoy Mallory
  38. 1931-1933, George W. Burbidge

French Polynesia LDS Statistics (2015)

  • Church Membership: 24,755
  • Missions: 1
  • Temples: 1
  • Congregations: 88
  • Family History Centers: 17

Helpful Articles about Tahiti

Coming soon..

Tahiti Papeete Missionary Survey

Here are survey responses from Tahiti Papeete RMs, to give you a snapshot into what it’s like to live in the mission.

*Click here to take a survey to help pre-missionaries going to your mission.

When did you serve?

  • June 2014 – December 2015 (Ciara)
  • 2013-2015 (Emily)
  • 2013-2015 (Brandon)
  • 2010-2012 (Josh)

Which areas did you serve in?

  • Papeete, Taravao, Tipaerui, and Manihi. (Emily)
  • Tavararo, Bora Bora, Outumaoro, Tubuai. (Brandon)

What were some favorite foods?

  • Poisson cru, sashimi, fruit, sushi, steak frite. (Ciara)
  • Poisson cru, Cabonara, Ragout, and Steak frites. (Emily)
  • Poisson cru (raw fish with veggies, lemon juice, and coconut milk) and poulet riti (chicken on rice). (Brandon)
  • Poisson Cru, Fafaru, Sashimi, Maa Tahiti. Everything!! 🙂 (Josh)

What was a funny experience?

  • One night, I woke up around 3am in our apartment. I went downstairs to get a glass of water. Sitting on the couch, I sipped my water and thought I heard something fall on the floor. Looking over, I saw a lizard not to far from me. I then looked at the ceiling and saw about 15-20 lizards on the ceiling that would occasionally lose their grip and fall down!! It was indeed raining lizards, hahaha. (Ciara)
  • My companion was afraid of the cows in Taravao and panicked when they came down the hill. (Emily)
  • Randomly speaking perfect Tahitian to a group of adults and watching the shock on their face. (Brandon)
  • We were doing a little bit of tracting and an old lady started chasing us with her broom yelling in Tahitian. She couldn’t move fast, but she was determined. (Josh)

What was a crazy experience?

  • Riding into a street on our bikes, my companion and I were scared to death by a dog who had been in the bushes, who jumped out and nearly bit my ankle. One of his teeth grazed my ankle and took some skin off, but it didn’t draw blood. My companion had turned around and I had sped up, so the dog was now in between us, foaming at the mouth. My companion refused to budge so I got off my bike, grabbed a rock and proceeded to walk by him. As I passed he came at me again. I yelled at him and rose the rock to throw it…he stopped immediately and ran away. (Ciara)
  • Chased by dogs ALL THE TIME! (Emily)
  • Riding my bike down big, bumpy hills. (Brandon)
  • I was on one of the Motu’s in the Tuamotus, when the earthquake hit Japan. I was on a ring of sand about three feet above water, maybe 10 feet at the highest point (a man-made dike by one of the churches). There was a tsunami heading towards us and we just hung out with members, ready to try and ride out the storm. Luckily the wave never hit us and we were able to continue on. (Josh)

What was a spiritual experience?

  • Through the miraculous help of a member, we had received a reference for someone living in an apartment building. We climbed up to his door and knocked. He opened the door with his sister and the were both drunk and high on drugs. Their jaws dropped in seeing us at their door as they said “how did the Lord find us in Babylon?” Turns out they were inactive members! They let us in and we chatted. He was pretty rude and hard hearted with us. I felt inspired to share a scripture in 1 Nephi 21:14-16. This big ol’ drunk tough guy started crying and asked if there was truly a redemption for people like him. We took turns, my companion and I, testifying to him and bearing personal witness that there indeed is. (Ciara)
  • Everyday, I saw little miracles as people were able to change their lives and feel the Savior’s love. (Emily)
  • Teaching the first vision in Tahitian. (Brandon)
  • In my second to last area (Faa’a) we started teaching a young girl after her aunt (a member) recommended her. As we taught her, her father and brother became interested and we started teaching them. The father had more faith than anyone else I had met. Before we even taught the Word of Wisdom, he told us that he knew that smoking and drinking was bad for the body and so he gave it up, on the spot. When his wife wasn’t showing interest, he told us not to worry, she would come around and they would be sealed as a family. He did not waver even once and eventually (after my mission) she began taking the lessons and later joined The Church. (Josh)

What are some interesting facts about the Papeete Mission?

  • Loved ones are often buried in the front yard. Everyone is greeted with two kisses on the cheek. Their form of hello, “Ia ora na,” is actually wishing life to the person. (Ciara)
  • First foreign language mission. (Emily)
  • It is always warm! (Brandon)
  • It can go from dumping buckets of rain to perfect sunshine in a matter of seconds, and vice-versa. The people are very friendly and religious- most will at least talk to you. There are a large number of people who are members, but have been inactive and so have forgotten. The Reformed Church of Christ (Sanito- formerly the rLDS faith) has many members, most will know The Book of Mormon by heart in French and Tahitian. Teaching them is fun but difficult. (Josh)

What was the weather like?

  • Delightful. (Ciara)
  • Hot, humid, and crazy rain in December-January And the presqu’isle. (Emily)
  • Perfect weather all year round. (Brandon)
  • Sunny and rainy basically sums it up. It’s always fairly warm and very humid. I wish I could go back. (Josh)

Any things you really like about the area/people?

  • They give and give and give and give, even if they have nothing. (Ciara)
  • The people are so so loving and welcoming. (Emily)
  • The people are really kind and generous. (Brandon)
  • The love they have for everyone. I loved getting to know the people, even if it was for a short time, I miss them more than anything else. I loved the fresh fruit that could be found and the willingness of people to help. The mission is hard, but the people and place make it worth it. (Josh)

Any packing/clothing advice?

  • Bring simple jewelry, workout v necks for daily shirts, simple single colored skirts and flip flops. (Ciara)
  • Tee shirts! Don’t buy blouses you won’t want to wear them. And flip flops are all you need. (Emily)
  • No silk ties. Don’t bring anything you’re not willing to trade or give away. (Brandon)
  • Good sandals that will withstand walking/biking. Mostly short sleeve shirts, you won’t need your suit after you’ve landed on the island (the Mission President will take it and give it back when you go home). Take diarrhea medication and a good bike. (Josh)

What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?

  • My family was blessed and I was changed. I met people who I know I knew before this life. (Ciara)
  • I know without a doubt that God is real and very aware of us and those we love. I am much more aware of Gods hand in my life. (Emily)
  • I personally learned a lot about myself and about how God works. (Brandon)
  • Impossible to count. One of the biggest for me is an ability to be more patient (I’m still working on it, but I gained a lot of patience there). The blessings are endless. 🙂 (Josh)

What are some skills you gained?

  • Work ethic skills, cooking skills, budgeting skills, French!! Personal study skills. Coconut picking skills. Braiding and weaving skills. (Ciara)
  • Driving a stick shift, interpersonal skills, foreign language skills, and scripture study skills. (Emily)
  • I learned French and Tahitian. I learned many great things about talking to people. (Brandon)
  • Speaking French. Working with difficult people (both companions and investigators). (Josh)

What do you wish you knew/did at the beginning of your mission?

  • I wish I knew how to better cope with culture clashes. (Ciara)
  • I wish I had been less afraid of being me. I wanted to be like my trainer, but the people I taught didn’t need my trainer they needed my testimony. (Emily)
  • Trust the locals except for their medical advice. (Brandon)
  • I wish I knew that not every missionary or trainer is perfect, but you can still learn a lot. Also, that no matter how well you think you know the languages, you know nothing until you get to the islands. It’ll take a while, but you’ll be able to understand- patience. (Josh)

Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to Tahiti?

  • Have your own mission. Live your own mission. Love your own mission. Do not compare your efforts or numbers or success, to others. You will live the perfect mission that Heavenly Father wants you to have when you can allow Him to bless YOU in His own way. (Ciara)
  • Have faith! At the end of the day if you do what you can it will all work out. (Emily)
  • Enjoy it. It’s not easy and the culture shock is real. But it is a beautiful place to be. (Brandon)
  • Go with a heart ready to love and serve the people. Trust in the Lord and trust in your mission president- he’s always aware of what you are struggling with and everything he does is for a reason (even when you can’t see it). Love the people. (Josh)

What was a funny language mistake?

  • Benir is to bless and blesses is to hurt… I promised someone that God would hurt them…instead of bless them. Oops! (Ciara)
  • I misunderstood reflexive verbs at the beginning and on accident wrote something bad on the board during English class. (Emily)
  • Any attempt to speak Tahitian in the first few months is a funny language mistake. The people love when you speak it, it earns their respect even if it’s not very good. Tahitian is beautiful, but easy to make mistakes in. (Josh)