Our Tuesday, October 17, 2017 / His Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Our Sunday, October 8, 2017 / His Monday, October 9, 2017
Our Sunday, October 1, 2017 / His Monday, October 2, 2017
Sorry I did not email Monday, that is because p-days no longer fall on Monday. It is a Wednesday thing now. Therefore, I’m emailing you this day. Everything is great in Vava'u. It is really beautiful and pretty hot. I just finished a transfer out here in Vava'u. And I’m staying in the same place this transfer as well. Time really does fly by, transfers go by very fast. Plus next transfer is Christmas so that should be very fun. I hope all is well with the family and that everyone is happy. That is the one thing that always ends up in my prayers. Vava;u is great and all, but it really is the worst for emailing home. I’m not really sure what else to say so I’ll just share a small testimony. I know that our Heavenly Father loves us all. Each and every one of us. Even if we make mistakes in our lives, Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ will always be there by our side to help pick us back up. They are never changing and will always love us. They love us and for that reason they give us all these big and little commandments. These commandments are ways for us to experience a greater joy in each of our lives. However, we aren’t perfect and we do not have a perfect understanding of everything. There will be times when we mess up and break a commandment. But like I said before Jesus and The Father will be by our side. They gave us the wonderful gift of repentance where we are able to overcome our struggles and our problems. Our Savior died for us that we may have the opportunity to repent. Repentance is joy, not a sorrowful moment. We should look for every opportunity to repent that we are able to come closer to Christ. Heavenly Father Loves us. As does His Son. They will never give up on us. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
It’s not that p-days are generally busy it is just hard to email out here in Vava'u the net is slow and we are really only supposed to email at the churches because those are the only places that have email. Except a problem is that our area doesn’t have any email. But some big news, p-days are now on Wednesdays. So that's a little different. I’ve been in my area for a whole transfer. And I’m staying again for this transfer. The big thing in Vava'u right now is that we are trying to set up a new stake. That would make three stakes in Vava'u. Which is pretty cool. Everything is great. My companion is good. I love you lots.
P-days are now on Wednesday. Sorry Missy for the short emails but it is really hard to email out here in Vava'u. Everything is great in Vava'u. I just finished my first transfer in Vava'u last week. I’m staying in the same area with the same companion this transfer. Last week was kind of a slow week. Probably because it was the end of transfers but still, not much really happened. I’m doing good though. I get sunburned a lot. I got my package! Thank you so much for all that you do. I love you so much. Let me know if you need anything.
|"This pic is with my district on top of a tower. We climbed a tower on the top of one of the mountains in Vava'u. It was scary."|
|"This pic is us with a goat that we killed and ate. Delicious!!"|
|"This pic is of our district holding on to a poll. It is to represent our district name, the Iron Rod....I know it's corny."|
|"This pic is with a cat. We found it in the jungle. I named it panther."|
Our Sunday, October 8, 2017 / His Monday, October 9, 2017
How are you? This past week was a pretty great week. I’ve had many experiences that have built my testimony. Now, I don't want you to worry the least bit about what I tell you because I’m honestly fine and am happy. But one thing that me and my companion decided to do was to only have scheduled eating meals, which we call fafanga, at night time. It is usually held 2 times a day but me and my companion have looked around and decided that we do not want to burden these members because they each work so hard to support themselves and their families, we don't want them to worry about us missionaries too much. So, some days we only eat once at night. So it's kind of like doing a fast just about every day haha. But don't worry! The scriptures are true. There is this one scripture in the book of Matthew, and also in 3rd Nephi. It is the lord talking to his apostles and also his disciples in America. It basically says, take ye need no thought of what you will eat or what you wear. For he feeds the crows of the earth...are ye not more important than the crows of the earth? Even though the scripture I just said was not quoted right, the message is simple. Trust in the Lord and he will provide. There was one day I was pretty hungry and I asked Heavenly Father to give me the strength to be able to accomplish his will. The very next house we go to, they give us watermelon. After that, someone randomly drops by and gives us a whole bunch of food. Then after that, we go to our scheduled fafanga and they fed us very well to say the least. From this I learned that even if we do the simplest things like prayer, we show our Faith and our trust in the Lord and he will help us with our struggles. I really debated on whether or not to share this story with you because I didn’t want you to worry. But honestly there is nothing to worry about. I’m fantastic. I’m fed well enough to do the Lord's will each day. Don't worry. I’m great.
Anyways, I had the chance to listen to conference this past weekend. I learned a lot. I wish I brought my notes to share some of the things that I picked up, but I’ll use my memory because I’m not the most prepared. One thing that Conference really focused on was looking outwards and helping other people. Love people and serve them. For Love without Service is dead. There are many little things that we can do to help others that make a huge difference. Love the Lord thy God. Then others. That is what everyone must do, and must improve on. I also learned that we need to read the Book of Mormon every day. And if you already do it, study it harder for there is so much more we are able to learn from it. The Book of Mormon has the power to change lives and help us to become more Christlike. It is a necessity that we not just read it every day, but study it every day. Those were the two biggest things that I picked up. Other events that happened this week, we baptized someone. I sent Jimmy an email about that. Mom, I love you lots. I only had time to email you and Jimmy so say sorry to the rest of the family for me. I LOVE YOU ALL LOTS.
As for my missionary life. Being on a different island was hard to adjust to at first but I’m starting to like now. I think it was just harder because I was in one area for 8 months. But anyways, work is alright. We were able to baptize someone this past week. But the story is pretty funny. His name is Kotoni but he was previously baptized before when he was 8. But when he was baptized, his dad took him to the ocean and did the baptism without the bishop’s permission. The only people to witness the baptism were the primary kids. But when the father told the bishop that the baptism was done, he told him that the baptism had to be redone and witnessed by the right people. Then the Father got mad, and Kotoni wasn’t baptized again. But we came along and did our jobs and the family softened their heart and Kotoni was baptized again. It only took the family 12 years to make that decision haha but it was pretty funny experience. Even though it was just a lost record baptism, it was a lot of work. Plus we had to help the investigator quit smoking.
Our Sunday, October 1, 2017 / His Monday, October 2, 2017
Mom....happy birthday. I was just giving you the opportunity to remember your birthday and so I didn’t wish you birthday last week. But since you remembered I’ll wish you a happy 31st birthday!!!
I have not yet had the opportunity to hear conference because the islands are delayed a week. So I’ll get to here from our church leaders this upcoming Saturday and Sunday. But that promise is a very true thing that Elder Nelson said. One thing that me and my companion have been trying to accomplish in this town. To get people to read the Book of Mormon. Like with this one less active member named Mele, we often go to her house and read the Book of Mormon with her. We tell her that reading this book as a family will bring them closer together and help them receive happiness from knowing Heavenly Father’s plan for each and every one of us.
It is very unfortunate to hear that Sister Wetzel passed away. I know it will be a tough trial for the family but I know that the Savior knows what they are going through for he has suffered every pain and suffering on this earth through the everlasting Atonement. Alma 7: 11-13. If they look towards the Lord and ask for his help, they will be able to overcome their hardships and trials. Heavenly Father and our Savior loves them and will always be with them. Send my regards to the family, and that I love them very much.
Work here is doing better. I feel that more people are attending church now than when we first came. I hope that we will be able to continue to help this town come unto Christ. I love you all very much. I love you mom.
Wow, I can’t believe Elder Hales passed away. Out here in Tonga no one tells you anything so that is quite a surprise. I get to hear conference next week. But I don't know if you remember Maile Neiufi from my last area. You actually met with her when we did our skype call. She is the stake president’s wife in my last area. She is the one that translates most of the female voices into Tongan from English. Just a fun fact for you to know. How’s baseball season going? Are the Nats in the playoffs? Not much to report from last week. I will share one experience from last week. I might’ve told you about the baptism in last week’s email but I forgot to share something. So basically Ilaisa (the person we baptized) showed up 2 hours late after we cancelled the baptism. But before that happened my companion said a prayer that Ilaisa would show up and be baptized. And he said he got an answer that Ilaisa would come that day. And that he needs to be baptized that day. And eventually he did come and was baptized. But just from Ilaisa again at church this past weekend I can already see a difference in his life. I truly see that the gospel of Jesus Christ changes people and brings happiness to people’s lives. That’s my little experience for this week. I hope all is well.
I love you lots.
Zone Conference was good. It was really just a good reminder to do a lot of things which is good. But like Elder Hallstrom said last year when Elder Renlund visited Tonga, "If you are not willing to change, you are denying the Atonement of Jesus Christ." He also said that you should be going to every meeting willing to change. Even though I didn’t learn a whole bunch of new things, I went willing to change and I was reminded of somethings that I should be doing haha. So... my advice for everyone is go to meetings willing to change. Any meeting whether it be Sacrament meeting, Sunday school and any church meeting. Go into it willing to change for the better.
My scripture for this week is Doctrine & Covenants 64:33 "Koia namo fiu ihe failelei, he oku mo ai ae tuunga o ha gaue lahi. pea oku tupu mei he gaahi me'a oku iiki ae ngaahi fuu mea lalahi.” Basically, through the small and simple things, great things are brought to pass. And I really like this scripture because it reminds me of mom telling me to do my homework. She would always tell me to start with something easy and once I did that I was able to move on and focus on the bigger things. But this scripture can really be applied for everything which I really like. It can be applied to work, school, missionary work, or even just doing things around the house. It is also a good reminder to do even the small things in our work or school because those will help us to progress in whatever we are doing. I hope all is well. I love you lots.
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