Our Tuesday, December 5, 2017 / His Wednesday, December 6, 2017
I first want to say sorry for not emailing last week. Sorry. But now it is the Christmas season and as you all know how everything seems to be busy during that time in America, I can assure you that it gets busier here as well. so sorry I wasn’t able to email. So I have two weeks to report of what has happened. Here in Longomapu there are lots of programs that go on during Christmas time. And only about two programs are from the church but the rest are either the other churches or just certain families. One program that will happen right after Christmas is called Longmapu day (which is actually a whole week long). It is where some shows put on like Tongan dances and there are feasts. One thing that me and my companion realized what we got to do is that we got to focus a lot more on working with the members and the less actives in the church. In my area, almost all the people are baptized, it is only the teenagers and the younger people that have not been baptized. That said, there are not very many strong members in the church here and there are actually not many active members at all. So me and my comp talked with our bishop and he wants us to work with those people so that the people who haven’t been baptized can see the light and the blessings of the gospel from them. One of the things that the 70 came to talk about when setting up the new stake was that members need to do a better job at being Christlike. For when members become more like they Christ, they are able to do missionary work just by being themselves and sharing their beautiful light to the world. Which is exactly what Jesus asked us to do in Mathew chapter 5. I myself can also learn to be more Christlike. I have lots of faults and shortcomings but this is why the Savior came to the earth. So we can all experience the joy of repentance. I love you lots and hope all is well.
How are you? I’m doing well. Last week was transfers but I’m not leaving Longomapu. I will be here through the first week of January. One thing that I’m very grateful for is to serve in this mission. God really does know his children each and individually. And he knows us well enough and loves us perfectly to put certain things in our life or to even put us in a certain place. I know for sure that I was needed by the Tongan mission and that I needed the Tongan mission. This was the place that God thought would be best for everyone. At times I wonder what I’m learning or what am I supposed to be like from challenges and just experiences. And I’ve come to learn that God knows best and we just have to have faith in him. He does everything to help us become better people and to put us in places where we can help others. I have been called to Tonga by a prophet of God. He qualifies the unqualified. That being said I’m glad to be in Tonga. There are only 19 more days till we celebrate Christmas. I can’t wait. Hopefully I get to skype but it might just be a phone call. I love you lots.
I did not move last week...I just didn’t get to email. Sorry. However transfers did take place. I will be in Longomapu for a third transfer. This is only my third area. I wonder if I will make it to 6 areas by the end of my mission. Christmas is so close and it will be here before no time! I’m really excited for Longomapu day. Which is actually a whole week, but it is when the people go crazy. I did get to see the Tongan people go crazy though when the rugby league world cup was going on. It was pretty cool because Tonga made it all the way to the semi-finals. So after every game and before every game that Tonga played, the villages would drive around Tonga honking their horns and blasting music and making banners and stuff. We call it floats. I got to see the true country spirit here in Tonga. Tonga almost made it to the finals but there was a game changing controversial call in the Tonga vs England game. So now Tonga doesn’t like England haha. One thing that I’m going to do when I get back is to get a William Hopoate’s Mate Ma’a Tonga jersey the world cup style. It’ll be tight. I hope all is well Miss. I love you lots.
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