Thurs. March 25.
Conducted as usual our weekly song practice. Also taught Taimi how to play “Promise Never to Forget Me” by ear on the organ.
Fri. March 26.
Was payed a visit by Mrs. Henry the wife of the first Protestant Minister to come to Tahiti. Although she has been here over forty years she speaks neither French nor Tahitian. She was a quaint old lady, the sort you read of in books. Tall and stately with silvery white hair that parted in the middle. She wore a soft white dress that hung from the shoulder. Around her wrists and neck she wore a narrow black velvet bands, caught at the throat by an old-fashioned gold brooch. About her hung the slightest perfume of sweet lavender. Her husband has been dead several years and they have always been friends with the Mormon elders. She knowing that we believed in revelation, asked me in all sincerity if any of the boys had lately had any visions concerning the war.
Sat. Mar. 27.
Our usual Saturday program, cleaning, baking, a bath in the ocean and our weekly priesthood meeting.
Sun Mar. 28th 1915
Before Sunday School I went out to do a little missionary work and as a result we were glad to see five people respond to the invitation to attend. Among them were two Protestant girls. This increased our attendance to eight as compared with three the previous Sunday. At the Sacrament meeting our attendance was twelve as compared with four on the previous Sunday. Among them were Mlle. Lena Droulet, the French girl we met on the boat, and her father who is the official interpreter of the Islands. It was indeed a great surprise and a pleasure to see them, for they are among the finest people in Papeete. It was also a great encouragement for they were the only people with whom Mr. Rossiter had left a tract that were interested enough to come to the services. They came with the rest of our people to the house after church and stayed about an hour. They displayed the kindest of feeling toward us, and invited us to call on them again.
Mon. Mar. 29.
I went shopping for the first time to buy some dishes and cooking utensils for the Mission House. Prices are much higher here for inferior goods than in the States. In the evening I went on the hill with the boys to gather cocoanuts for which we pay 20c a dozen and avolas or alligator pears, a native fruit, the pulp of which when creamed to-gether with a little salt makes an excellent substitute for butter.
Tues. Mar. 30.
It will not be many years before the Tahitian race becomes extinct, as the death rate greatly exceeds the birth rate, there being in the neighborhood of 80% of the people who do not have children, and few people live until they are 50 yrs. old. This is due to the decreased condition that exists among them, caused from the immoral lives of the people. Marriage is a very rare thing and the French people who have settled here instead of improving the condition have made it worse.
Wed. Mar. 31.
Bros. Ira Hyer and Irvine Pierson returned from the Island Morea, after a 2 wks. stay.
Thurs. April 1st. 1915.
To-day I have been cleaning and airing my clothes, which must be done very often on account of the ants and mildew that get into the trunks and destroy them, especially during the rainy season. We have not been here yet a month and many of them are spotted with mildew or have tiny holes eaten into them by the ants.
Fri Apr. 2nd.
I went with my husband to see Terai, the native woman the missionaries call mother. She was sitting on the floor ironing clothes and her daughter who works for a curio store was weaving a native hat. When we left she gave me a string of tiny yellow shells several yards long, and a pretty black shell to Mr. Rossiter. We also called to see Mrs. Henry the Protestant ministers wife.
Sat. Apr. 3.
This morning we were awakened by the firing of cannons and naturally were a little alarmed on account of the recent bombardement of the city by a German vessel, however we were soon put at ease, being informed that the firing was from the barracks out into the bay to sink an old abandoned ship.
Sun. Apr. 4.
Our first Fast Sunday in the mission field. We held our priesthood meeting at 9: am, where each in turn gave a report of the past week and bore their testimony. Followed by Sunday School at 10:30 am, and Fast Meeting at 3. pm. Bros Ira Hyer and Lewis Westover who had been released during the week, made their farewell remarks following by the testimony of each native and missionary present. The spirit of the Lord was there to a very marked degree. Notwithstanding the fact that we had been here just a month, my husband arose and bore his testimony in the native tongue, and tears run down the faces of every person present. We blessed and gave the name of Vanaga to the infant son of Hiketehi. In the evening my husband and I attended the service of the Catholic Church.
Mon Apr 5.
We have a washing machine at the mission house so we wash our under wear, bed linen towels etc. ourselves and we send just the pieces that need starching and ironing to the natives whose method of pounding the clothes is very destructive.
Tues Apr. 6.
Went with Bro Westover in the evening down to the wharfs to send a package to one of the other islands. People were lying asleep all along the rough board walks, men, women and children. Native Chinese and white people, just where night had overtaken them.
Wed. Apr 7.
It has been the custom of all released missionaries to furnish a real American dinner to the remaining elders, so to-day we celebrated and had roast beef, creamed Irish potatoes green peas, tomato salad & ice cream & cake bread and butter and jelly.
Thur. Apr. 8.
Bros Orton and Shaw returned from Vairoa, much improved in the language.
Fri. Apr. 9.
Brothers Ira Hyer and Lewis Westover left on the Marama for America after a stay of 38 months on the Islands. They were the first to leave since our arrival and it made us feel a little lonely for awhile.
Sat. Apr 10.
Cleaning day, and our regular priesthood meeting in the afternoon, followed by a swim in the dry docks.
Sun. Apr. 11.
We held our Sunday school and Sacrament meeting and had a very small attendance. All day we looked for the sighting of the ship from America at the signal station on the hill, just a short distance from our house. In the evening Mr. Rossiter and I called on the Droulet family but found only Mr. Droulet at home.
The Moana was sighted before we awoke, and we were dressed and down to the pier by 6:30 am. to see if there might be someone from home, and to get our mail for a month is a long time to wait for a letter from home, and we are anxious to get it as soon as possible.
Tues. Apr. 13.
Arose at 6:30 dressed and Mr. Rossiter and I went down to the pier to see the ceremonies for the departure of the sailors and officers of the French Man of War Zelie, that was sunk by the Germans in Papeete Harbour. When the ship pulled out with cheers and song, the regimental band accompanied it out through the pass in a gasoline launch,.
Wed. Apr. 14.
Bros Otto Stocks and Wm Orton left for Raiatea.
Thurs. Apr. 15.
I made 10 pints of guava jelly. In the afternoon Mrs. Henry called to see me again and I gave her some embroidery transfer patterns. We also had a long conversation on pre-existance and the hereafter. She never fails to ask if we have had any visions about the European War.
(To be continued)