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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

June 2018

Our Tuesday, June 19, 2018 / His Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Mom,

My companion literally just got on the boat 10 minutes ago and so right now I’m just companions with one of the elders here in Eua waiting for my new companion to get here. I do not know who my new companion is but it should be interesting to find out who it is. I think I am still district leader for the last transfer but I’m not sure because transfers haven’t happened yet. I’m doing really good though. We just had 4 baptisms last week. It was really cool because those 4 baptisms helped bring back two full families to the church. So that is good. It was cool because the mission president came to it and spoke in it. So it was way cool. I’m doing well though. I kind of want to go home now because my companion went home. But I’ll endure for these last 6 weeks. I hope all is well. Love you lots.

'ofaatu
Elder Bethke

These pics are with the investigators we baptized last week. We baptized 4 investigators and we also had president come to it. It is really cool because that was my companion’s last week before he finished so he finished off on a great note for the end of his mission.







These pics are of my district. We went to go visit some of the cool sights in Eua before my companion finished. My comp actually goes back to Tonga today to wait to go home. I’m a little sad that he is leaving but I just hope I have a good companion for my last transfer of my mission.







Our Tuesday, June 12, 2018 / His Wednesday, June 13, 2018


Hi mom,

I’m doing well. I’m actually pretty excited to finish up haha but I’m trying to finish up the work we have here first. We have a couple baptisms this week and President Tuione actually might come to it. It is also the last week my companion has before he finishes. So it is a pretty exciting week. 

I love you lots.


Dad,

Homecoming talk...hmmmm. Anyways since I get home at midnight on Friday.... I think I’d like to go to McDonalds. We got a couple baptisms coming up. So that’s exciting. I’ve been a little sick lately so I’ve been fighting that. I’m not looking forward to that flight home. 20+ hours in the air. That’s terrible. I can’t wait to go home and to get in shape tho.

‘ofaatu


Ay Miss, I’ve had a good week. I’m really excited to get my flight plans and I am not looking forward that flight. It’ll be soooo long. But I am excited to come home lol. I’m ready to eat American food again. This week we are preparing to have 4-5 baptisms. It’s really cool because this is my companion’s last week and then he finishes. So he is going out with a bang. I’d honestly be happy with those 4 baptisms then call it good for my mission. After the baptisms we are having a bbq for my companion, and I also think that President Tuione is coming to it. So it’ll be cool. I can’t wait to see y’all!!

‘ofaatu


This was our adventure to Tonga last week. One pic is the big boat we rode. It was really cool because we saw dolphins hop out of the water and also flying fish. Another is all of us at the wharf waiting for the boat to come. We also all went to go eat at this one chicken place in Tonga...man it felt like I was back in America. It was pretty fun.







Our Tuesday, June 5, 2018 / His Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Hello mom,

Mission tour was pretty cool. We had a 70 come visit us. His name was Elder Arden. He taught us a lot about making sure that we read scriptures more effectively. He said that lots of times we kind of just read scriptures to just read scriptures but we don’t actually take the time to study the scriptures. He said to make sure that we use the footnotes and read slowly and try to define the words when reading the scriptures to get the most out of each scripture. The ride from Eua to Tongatapu was a little queasy but the ride back was fun. We saw a ton of dolphins and they were putting on a show for us. They were hopping out of the water in trios and it was tight. 

I’m sorry to hear the things that Bernadette and Carlos are going through. At least that they can have the reassurance that God has a plan for them. I hope they recover well and wish them the best of luck. 

I can’t believe that Danny is 30. He’s starting become an adult haha. I won’t be there to celebrate his birthday but that’s ok, I’ll be back soon enough.

I hope all is well. Love you lots.


Dad,

Hi.

I’m doing good. The mission tour was good. I’m doing actually really good. Me and my companion got a potential for 6 baptisms next week...I don’t want to tell you a lot about it yet but next week I’ll fill you in on the details. I’m glad to hear that everything is great.

Love you lots.

Pres. & Sister Tuione -- Sister & Elder Arden

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

May 2018

Our Sunday, May 27, 2018 / His Monday, May 28, 2018

Hey mom, sorry for the short email but we are going to Tonga this week for a mission tour. We have one of the 70 coming to visit us. And we have to run and catch the boat so I love you lots! I hope all is well.

'ofaatu 

Elder Bethke



Our Tuesday, May 22, 2018 / His Wednesday, May 23, 2018


Hey mom,

How is everything going??

I honestly don’t know what to email you about. I’m doing good. I’m also trying to do my best to help others come unto to Christ. I’m also trying to lose a little weight before I come home to look good in the wedding pictures.

Love you lots.


Hey Miss, 

Glad to hear everything is working out well out there in Utah. Out here it has been pretty humid lately even though it is supposed to be the cold season. So sometimes the heat is a little annoying when we are trying to walk around. But something interesting that we have been doing these past couple weeks is that we have been playing basketball as a district. I’m trying to lose some of the fatness on my face so I can look good for the wedding pictures. But out here in Tonga it has been great. We are just trying to get the Lord’s work done out here.

I hope all is well.

Love you lots.


Our Tuesday, May 15, 2018 / His Wednesday, May 16, 2018


Happy Mother’s Day!! Hope you had a good one.


Ay dad, 

Glad to hear that I actually sound like a real missionary...that’s a first haha. But yeah I’m trying to finish hard. Invite people to come unto Christ for this last little bit. I am excited though to go home haha. But also at the same time it’ll be going back to the real world. It should be interesting. I’m not going to send a super long email because we talked on the phone on Sunday but I just want to let y’all know that I love you lots and am doing good out here in Tonga.

Love, Elder Bethke


Our Tuesday, May 8, 2018 / His Wednesday, May 9, 2018


Hey Mom, 

How is everything going? I’m doing great out here in Eua. It was pretty cool meeting Kolipoki. This was actually my second time meeting him. He came once before and talked to the missionaries but this time I was actually able to talk to him and stuff because there are only 8 missionaries out here in Eua. The whole reason Kolipoki came to Eua was actually to come and visit one of the people he baptized. He actually baptized someone in our ward and it was a pretty cool story of how she was converted. The work out here in Eua is lots of fun. I think that we will get a baptism or two this month and that will be awesome because I haven’t had one in forever haha. It’s been quite a bit of months now since I’ve had one of those. But it was really cool because me and my companion did this special fast and ever since then, the work has picked up a bunch. One thing that I noticed out here in Eua is actually how much the hurricane did to Tonga and Eua. I was in Vava'u so it was as if nothing really happened up there. But out here there is a whole bunch of stuff that is broken from the storm. I don’t think that God sent this storm because anyone was being super bad out here. But it is crazy how much this storm has brought everyone together. And the church has helped a lot with everything and so people are seeing the good works that the church brings forth. For example the church has been building a whole bunch of people’s houses out here. And everyone out here is super sharing because no one has much. It's way cool. Me and my companion have been able to accomplish a lot of missionary work because of the cyclone. But I love it out here. It’s awesome. I’m excited to go to a wedding when I get back. I’ll talk to y’all on my Sunday at 2 o’clock my time. So I think that’s 9 your time. Love you lots.


Ay Miss,

I’ve been really bad at sending pics and I want to say sorry. Especially since Eua is very pretty.  I promise I’ll send pics next week. I would’ve sent it this week but we locked ourselves out the house so we are going to break in later to our house haha. I really wish though that you all had the opportunity to come to Tonga and visit. It is way beautiful and the pictures don't do it justice. The food here honestly isn’t that bad because they do have restaurants here. And there are way cool things you could do out here like swimming with the whales. Tonga is awesome.

I hope all is going well. I just got the package and it was awesome. Let me just say me and all my companions love your packages. I love you lots Miss. Ay Miss by the way I kind of want to go to Hawaii after this mission. I’m going to try and go to school out there. It's tight because people in my mission get scholarships out there. And I really want to go out there. But ill sort that all out after the mish. Miss I love you lots.

I’ll call you on my Sunday. I’m calling mom and dad at 2 o’clock my time. So 9 ish over there. Then after them I’ll call you and Danny and them.

ofaatu



"Me being silly and trying to push a goat. So when you push a goat it pushes back and so I had to battle with it."

"Me and my companion sitting at one of our member's houses watching the sunset."

"Just finishing up a service project at the hospital because a small tornado tore off its roof."


"Me and Elder Cox when we were on Vilo Hoa."



"This is us at the Kolipoki event."


"These are pics of one of our district p-days. So we saw some cliffs and saw some natural arches in Eua. We also went and saw some natural springs of water. It was pretty tight. On that day I also saw a parrot so it was tight."




"These pics are of us at a fireside in our stake. I also met my old stake president, Pres Neiufi at it. He now is the clerk for the 70 Elder Tukuafu."



"Some pics at the beach and the sunset in our area. It's really pretty."







Our Tuesday, May 1, 2018 / His Wednesday, May 2, 2018


Hey dad sorry I can’t email long, but me and my companion have to go greet Kolipoki at the wharf because he is coming to Eua today. So I don't know if you have heard but he is shooting another movie. I think it is called otherside of heaven 2 but it is really cool. Some of the missionaries in Tonga are preparing a song to sing in the movie. I think the movie is about Kolipoki's mission president life. So it is pretty cool. But me and my companion are about to go right now and greet him. Love you lots. Tell mom, I love her cuz I haven't emailed her yet.

'ofaatu
Elder Bethke


Miss. I haven't gotten my package yet and I can’t send pics... sorry haha. My companion’s name is Elder Zitzmann and he is from Vegas. Things in Eua are always just dandy. Yay it is pretty crazy that I'm almost done out here. It will be weird transitioning to the normal life again. But I'm kind of excited haha.




Elder Groberg aka Kolipoki


Thursday, April 5, 2018

April 2018

Our Tuesday, April 24, 2018 / His Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Mom,

This past week has been pretty fun. I have enjoyed meeting new people out here and teaching the gospel out here. This last week we had a really good missionary program. We just basically had all the members invite someone to the program and it worked really nice. That day was the day I got the most investigators I have ever gotten in one day throughout my entire mission. So that was awesome. I'm really excited to be working with these people and helping them to gain the faith to repent of theirs sins and follow Jesus Christ. We also had stake conference this past Saturday and Sunday. We had a 70 come and it was really cool because I got to see one of my members from Vaotu’u. It was Pres Neiufi that I saw. Maybe you remember the house I lived at in Vaotu’u, it was his house. So it was really nice to see him again. He is now the secretary for the 70 Elder Tukuafu. Today we had a ward BBQ and it was really fun. We played pingpong and dodgeball. The people out here are surprisingly talented at pingpong. So I lost a lot unfortunately. But I still love it out here.

Ofaatu,
Elder Bethke 


Yeah dad I'm down for whatever whenever I get back. But I'm not sure how much time we have before we all go to Utah for Jimmy's wedding. You need to get my gym membership ready for when I get back too haha. But anyways, I'm having a blast out here in Eua. The work is going well too. I really am trying to finish strong and help people to come unto Christ. I love you lots. 

Elder Bethke 




Our Wednesday, April 18, 2018 / His Thursday, April 19, 2018


Hello mom, 

Everything is wonderful out here in Eua. I feel like there is lots of work to be done over here. Plus the members are more excited out here to do missionary work. Today we have a program where we have each member invite someone to listen to us so I'm pretty excited because that should be a lot of new people to meet. But Eua itself is very cool. It has a natural spring out here and has a couple of waterfalls. Eua like Vava'u is very hilly. Plus there are also some pretty cool clogs out here. There is a cliff where you can throw your shoes off the cliff and your shoes will be blown back to you. I tried it with my slippers and it was really cool. I've also seen a wild parrot out here. That was really cool. It's hard to see them but if you got to the waterfall place you might be able to see them. We have stake conference this week and I think a 70 is supposed to come talk to us. We also have zone conference this week and I have to teach in it. Not looking forward to that haha.  

I guess I really like Eua because the people out here are way cool. We have also been able to teach quite a bit of people this past week so that has been really nice. I love Eua a lot. I hope you all are doing well.  

Ofaatu 
Elder Bethke


Dad,

Eua is way cool. I'd say it is still about 50/50 members and non-members. Our ward though has about 100 people in it. This is the biggest ward I have served in. My first Sunday I had to speak here and I was able to make the whole crowd laugh and also have a spiritual side. So once I did that, I knew that these were my people haha. There are 8 missionaries out here on the island. All elders. And fortunately for me we all get along great and are focused on the work right now so I don't have to do much haha. But yeah biggest thing that I got to do to be a good leader is to set a good example. I can't make anyone do anything but can make myself do things. So it's important that I do what is right. My companion is a white dude from Las Vegas. He finishes before me actually. After this transfer he has 1 left. So he finishes a transfer before me. 

I myself am doing good. Nothing to really worry about.  

Ofaatu,
Elder Bethke 




Our Tuesday, April 10, 2018 / His Wednesday, April 11, 2018


Mom,

I’m not going to re-explain my trip from Vava'u to Eua. I told it to dad in his email. My summary of the trip was that it was the worst day of my life. I felt like Kolipoki. I haven’t spent much time in Eua but I really love Eua already. The people there are tight. I don’t know why but Eua people are just special and cool. They make really nice toavala's so I’m trying to get a nice one there. It is also going into orange season and Eua has a bunch of oranges so I am excited for that. Eua is also the coldest island out of all the islands. I can feel the difference of the air and it is nice and cool. When I got to my MQ (missionary quarters) it was really dirty. So we did a lot of cleaning. We still have to do more as well. I think whale watching season is in August or July so I think I will be here at that time. I’m really excited for this area. I love you lots.

Elder Bethke


Hey dad,

All is good out here in Eua. So my travel from Vava'u to Eua was the worst. And some of that time I was actually by myself haha. So we were originally going to leave to Tonga last Wednesday but something was wrong with the tickets so none of the missionaries could go on the plane and there were about 20 of us. So what happened was that all the elders caught a boat on Friday to head to Tonga. Let me just say that that was one of the worst days of my life. So the overall travel time by boat from Vava'u to Tonga is 24 hours. So we were out on open sea for a whole day. And during that day is was cold rainy and all of us missionaries were freezing. We were also all seasick for the first 10 hours. I never threw up but most missionaries did. And we all felt queasy for the first 10 hours. I think it was because the sea was really tough through that time. So that was just a terrible experience. Then right after I land on Tonga I hop on another boat to go to Eua, which was another three hour boat ride. And on that ride I had to do it by myself. So I made it to Eua late on Saturday. So I missed all of conference on Saturday. And so I am done traveling by boat for a while. But now on Tuesday I actually had to come up to Tonga again for MLC (Mission Leadership Conference). It’s where all the zones have a meeting with President Tuione to help run the mission. I have to go to it now because I run the entire island of Eua. I’m the district leader there, but since I run the island I get to go to these meetings with President. So I’m in Tonga right now emailing you. Luckily I got to travel by plane this time. It was literally a 5 minute plane ride, so that was nice. But I’m doing good out here. I haven’t had much opportunity to be in my area these past two weeks but I really love Eua already. I hope all is well in MD. Love you lots.

Elder Bethke


Miss. I’m going to try and send pics tomorrow, after MLC.



Our Tuesday, April 3, 2018 / His Wednesday, April 4, 2018


Hey mom,

All is way good and I have transfer news...I’m moving to the island of 'Eua. I’m really excited because everyone has said so many nice things about it. But I don’t have time to email today because I’m catching a plane soon to hop over to Tonga and then catching a boat over to 'Eua. But I love y’all lots.

'ofaatu, 
Elder Bethke

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

March 2018

Our Tuesday, March 27, 2018 / His Wednesday, March 28 / 2018


Hey mom,  

How are you? I can't believe that Jimmy is getting married! And I'll be home for the wedding!!! I'm not gonna say who should be the best man but I think that Jimmy should pick the best man for it. Which just happens to be me...Haha. But yeah we have Easter this week here and over here they just treat that as everyone stays home and sleeps. So that should be fun. I'm also looking forward to conference next week. It should be interesting hearing our new prophet speak to all of us. Transfers are this Sunday. I got a pretty strong feeling that I'm leaving this time. I hope that I get to explore a new island but I'll be fine with whatever the Lord wants. I only have 4 months left so I'm honestly good with whatever happens. But I'm doing good out here. I'm having fun. We have another service project this week. It should be fun. I hope all is well.

Ofaatu,
Elder Bethke 


Hey dad,

How is March Madness going right now? Is it almost time for NBA playoffs? I'm doing good out here. I'm having fun. I love the people out here in Vava'u. I hope all is well. When I get back it'll be really easy to beat me in ball cuz I'm out of shape and I'll be throwing up spitballs for days. 

Love you lots.
Elder Bethke


Miss, I actually couldn't email on a computer today so I'm using a member's phone. So sorry for no pics. I can't believe Jimmy is getting married. I can't wait to eat wedding food. Well I actually can't wait to eat American food. Only 4 months away from that! This is the last week of transfers so I'd say there is a pretty good chance that I'm leaving. But I'd be fine if I stayed. Time has flown out here Miss. How has it been out there? I still can't even believe I'm 20. I'm good. I'm having fun. I love the people. It's all good. I don't quite think that I'm ready for the real world. But I'm good. I love you lots.


Elder Bethke



Our Wednesday, March 21, 2018 / His Thursday, March 22, 2018


Hey mom, 

How are you doing? Sorry that I didn't get to email yesterday I did not have the opportunity to do so. But I am doing well out here in Vava'u. In my email to dad I sent the main things that us missionaries are doing right now. We are doing a lot of service projects as a district to less active members because our stake president has said that if we are able to bring the less actives back a new stake would be formed in Vava'u and a temple would probably be built out here. We even have a service project today. It will consist of cutting grass and also picking up trash and other fun stuff like that. I'm glad to hear that Bern and Carlos have improved. That is great news. I hope all is well. Speaking of cutting grass...who cuts the grass at home now? It seems that dad is pretty busy to be doing it... so who is? Anyways. Love you lots! 

Elder Bethke 


Hey dad, 

How are you doing? I'm doing pretty good out here. Ever since our stake conference that we have had this month, us missionaries in Vava'u are doing a lot of work with the less active families. One way that our district is working with the less actives is that we are doing a service project every week at a less active members house. It mainly consists of chopping away at bushes and their grass with large machetes. But our district has lots of fun doing them and we get to also help out other people at the same time so it is pretty cool. It is just like the scripture in Mosiah that says that when we are in the service of our fellow man, we are in the service of our God. I am able to feel the love of the Lord and his presence often but I find it very easy to recognize the Lord through actions like service. God often works through people to benefit His children. And I feel grateful to become an instrument in the Lord’s hands by the service that we are doing. I love you lots dad. Hope all is well. 

Ofaatu 


Hey Miss,


As you can see from the pic, I got a buzz cut haha. It reminds me of the time where I got lice and dad had to cut my hair. That was a terrible time haha. But right now I'm kind of digging the poko (buzz). How is everything in Utah? Do you see Jimmy a lot? Everything is good out here. I'm doing fine. Today we have a service project so that should be fun. It's just cutting grass and stuff but I've always liked service projects...I think. Anyways I hope all is well. Love you lots.





Our Tuesday, March 13, 2018 / His Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Mom,

I actually don't know what time I finish but I know I will be home no later than Aug 7th. Anyways I'm doing good out here. I love Tonga and the people of Tonga. This past week  ... We had a service project at someone's house that was just baptized. It was good, we cut their grass, picked up trash, weeded, and did the whole nine yards. We also had zone conference this past Monday. I really liked what President Tuione said to us. He said that we can receive as many blessings as we want from our mission. It just depends on how hard we want them and how hard we are willing to work. He challenged us to work harder so you all and I can experience the greatest of blessings from my mission. So I'm going to try and be more obedient and diligent so that we can receive those blessings. I love you all very much. 

Elder Bethke 


Hey Missy, 

I'm doing good this week. This last week I had to do a lot of baptismal interviews. It was cool because I had actually met these people before and then I got to do their interview. It was a pretty cool experience. And then later this week our district did a service project for that family. We cleaned up their yard and stuff. So far me and my companion have a had a pretty packed week with all those things so we are doing pretty good. I love you lots Missy. Thanks for all the support.

Ofaatu,
Elder Bethke



Zone Conference

Zone Conference



Our Tuesday, March 6, 2018 / His Wednesday, March 7, 2018


Hi mom, I got your email from these past two weeks and sorry but I was unable to email anyone last week. We couldn’t find an opportunity to email because all of our emailing spots fell through (which is the just the church haha). But as for jumping off water towers, those days are done haha. As for this past week of work it is going good. Ae had stake conference this past Sunday and this is the first time in all of my stake conferences in Tonga that there was no general authority speaker. But we had our mission president come and talk and he gave a good talk. As for the plans for this week we have a service project tomorrow. It is in Vaipua and it is helping to clean up a less active member’s house. Should be fun. I also have a lot of baptismal interviews to do for the other missionaries in my district. As for the work in Longomapu it is still slow but I’m having a good time. I really like my companion right now and so I think that helps a lot with everything. We are working with this one girl named Mele. She wants to be baptized, but just like a lot of the other investigators we teach, the hard part is with her parents. We are working with some members who are actually related to Mele and her parents that they may talk to the mom and sort everything out so that we can teach Mele. But the family members just never get around to it so I’m thinking that my companion and I are just going to go ask with Mele. But everything is good. I love you lots.

Elder Bethke


Hey dad sorry I didn’t get to email last week.
I’m trying to keep up the work here in Longomapu but it's hard. I’m running out of ideas and stuff. If I can’t help people by teaching the gospel I’m trying to do my best to help others by doing what is right and living the gospel. I have 5 months left. That is still a lot of time to get work done but at the same time it’ll go by fast. I’ll be home before you know it. Even though its hard right now, I’m trying to do small things that will help me to stay strong and keep the work moving.

I love you lots.
ELDER BETHKE


Miss, sorry I didn’t get the chance to email mom and y’all last week because it is hard to email up here. I got your package! It was really good eating all the girl scout cookies and the chips. We ended up just eating the chocolate chips because we were too lazy to make the cookies. Thanks!

"Our district celebrating someone's birthday at the end of district meeting."

"Me and my companion chilling at a members house."

"Me teaching the primary school."

At Stake Conference

At Stake Conference


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

February 2018

Our Friday, February 23, 2018 / His Saturday, February 24, 2018

Hey Miss, 

I’m not really supposed to be emailing today but my companion had to check something important with his mom so I decided to just hop on cause I didn’t get to last week. 

Tell the fam that I’m doing good and am having fun out here. Transfers just happened and I’m still in Longomapu with Pahulu. This is my 5th transfer here just like Vaotu’u. I’m going to finish with three areas I promise haha. But all is well. Send the family my love.

'ofaatu,

Elder Bethke

"Me teaching the Mormon kids at the elementary school. We do that every Friday and teach them about the gospel and stuff. We also play a lot of games. I think my job before the mission prepared me for these kids cause sometimes they can be a lot to deal with."


"Me looking out at the lake in Vava'u."

"Climbing a mountain, but we got lost on the trail so we had to make our own paths. So we had to rock climb a little bit."

"My companion's feet and the rock wall that we had to climb down because we got lost when climbing Mounga Lafa."

"Us playing volleyball. I'm getting ready to stop someone's spike."

"A basketball hoop. We found some fishing net thing and made a basketball net out of it."

"With my members climbing Mounga Talau."
(Mt Talau National Park in Neiafu, Tonga)


"A nice view of all of Vava'u."


"A huge tower that one of our members climbed. I started to climb it but got scared so I bailed out."


"Me riding a horse. I might've sent that one already but I feel like a gangster riding the horse so i thought I'd send it again."




Our Tuesday, February 13, 2018 / His Wednesday, February 14, 2018


Hey ma,

I’m doing good, the hurricane didn’t really hit up here in Vava'u. It hit everywhere else but our island. I was expecting coconut trees to be flying everywhere, but it didn’t happen. It was just sunny and windy where I was. The main island of Tonga got hit pretty hard by it though. I believe that some parts were flooded and that trees were down everywhere. So it is pretty sad for the people in Tonga right now. A lot of the missionaries yesterday in Tonga were helping clean the streets and stuff. But I’m all good so don’t worry or anything. Pray for Tonga.

ofaatu,
Elder Bethke


Ay dad,

I’m sorry to hear that Carlos is sick. At least he was able to receive a priesthood blessing. Hopefully he gets well soon. Send my love to them. Anyways...I cannot promise that I won’t do anything crazy for I just am that type of guy. Yesterday we jumped off a water tower just for fun. But everything is good out here. We are safe from the hurricane. I hope all is well over there.

Love you lots,
Elder Bethke


Miss,

This hurricane didn’t hit my island with rain. It was just windy. But the main island got smashed by the storm. Some of it was flooded and there are tons of trees down in the road. The missionaries went to the Mormon churches and slept there because those are the most safe places in Tonga. But, my companion and I were bored because we had to stay in our chapel a really long time, and we had nothing to do. Oh well, sometimes you just got to be obedient. How’s life though?


I got a package from Sister Wills, it was really unexpected and I never said thanks to her so can you say thanks to her for me please! Today we are probably just going to play volleyball for p-day. The usual p-day stuff.



Our Tuesday, February 6, 2018 / His Monday, February 7, 2018


Hey Mom, 

I liked the spiritual thought that you shared with your primary kids. There is one really important thing that I picked up from it. From what I am able to pick out it is the importance of being prepared spiritually at all times. In missionary work it is necessary to be prepared for anything because so many random things pop up in our work. So it is really important to be ready for those occasions. I’ve always found that one, we must be spiritually worthy of the companionship of the Spirit. Because if one has the Spirit, it will make it easier for that person in those random occasions. Another thing is reading the scriptures every day. Reading every day invites the Spirit into your life and makes a huge difference in your life. I know that when one reads every day, the day just goes by smoother and I always am happier when I read every day. I'm happy to report that things with Sovea are going better. We talk to him a lot and he even came to church this last Sunday. We talked with him about baptism and he wants to be baptized this week and not wait for his grandma to come back next year. So…now all we have to do is talk to the parents to get approval from them...wish us luck haha. All is good in Tonga. Love you lots.

Elder Bethke


Hey Dad,

I hear that the Eagles won the superbowl...that just makes our division look a lot better. But the work out here is going well. We got one of our investigators to church this past week. We just got to talk to his parents and get the ok on baptism. We just got to pray and hope everything works out with the parents. I’m doing good. You are right about remembering about doing the important things. Sometimes I’ll get side tracked but I just have to remember to keep Nephi's advice and endure to the end haha. Sorry for the short email but I am pressed for time. Love you lots and I hope your knees are doing well.

'ofaatu
Elder Bethke


Miss,

Jimmy took all my clothes...that's expected. I did the same thing when he left for his mission. This just means that I get to go shopping when I get home haha. Things are going pretty good with Sovea. It gets to the point where he comes and visits us at random times. But he was able to make it to church last week and that was good. I was able to teach baptism to him so that he understands the importance of baptism and why he should not delay it to some time that might not even happen this year. Because he is waiting for his grandma to get back from America and then he will be baptized. That could be next year. So I talked it over with him and he wants to be baptized this week. We still have to talk to the parents to make sure that it is ok. That will be the hard part. We actually plan on going there tonight after p-day so wish us luck. The scripture that I give to you is the one that I read the other day and is the one that I need the most right now—the famous 2 Ne 31:20...endure to the end. I need this to remember to not be lazy and to try and finish strong...anyways!! Missy I love you lots.

Elder Bethke