Meet Raiarii from Tahiti

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“Meet Raiarii from Tahiti,” Friend, February 2021

Helping Hands around the World

Meet Raiarii from Tahiti

Meet Primary children helping others, like Jesus did.

Tahiti: Raiarii Tupai

All about Raiarii

Age: 9

From: Tahiti

Language: French

Family: Mom, Dad, three brothers, and a sister

Goals and dreams: 1) Learn to play the piano. 2) Read the whole Book of Mormon. 3) Become a doctor or a pilot.

Raiarii’s Helping Hands

Raiarii loves visiting his grandmother, Mamy. He can play on the beach and catch fish in the lagoon. He eats mangoes and bananas from the trees. A few years ago, he met Mamy’s friends Kali and Mia.

Every morning Raiarii and Mamy would read the Book of Mormon together. Kali and Mia started joining them. Raiarii helped explain the scriptures so they were easy to understand.

Raiarii and his brothers liked helping Kali catch fish. One day Raiarii said, “Let’s pray that we can be safe and catch lots of fish.” That day Kali caught more fish than ever before! Kali decided to always pray before he goes fishing.

Raiarii was getting ready to be baptized. He told Kali all about it. Then the missionaries came and taught Kali and Mia more about the gospel. When Kali and Mia were baptized, Raiarii was there. “I am so happy that Kali wanted to follow in Jesus’s footsteps,” he said.

Raiarii’s Favorites

Place: Mamy’s home

Story about Jesus: When He fed the multitude with two fishes and five loaves of bread

Primary song: “I Know That My Savior Loves Me” (Friend, March 2015)

Food: Sashimi made with fish fresh from the ocean and chocolate cake from his great-grandparents’ recipe

Color: Red

Subject in school: Math

Raiarii with Kali and some of the fish they caught.

Friend Magazine, Global 2021/02 Feb

Illustrations by Maarten Lenoir