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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

July 2018

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


Hey mom,

How is it going? I’m doing well. I’m actually doing great for only having 3 weeks left. But who’s counting right? I’m really excited for Jimmy's wedding. I’m also excited to eat food from America. I’m doing well tho. We might have a baptism this week and then zone conference after that. So after zone conference I’ll only have one week left.... 

'ofaatu
Elder Bethke


Hey dad,

You are absolutely right about living what you teach. It is necessary to do that when being a missionary. If we do not live what we teach then we will not be able to preach with power. So it is vital that we live by what we teach. But thanks for all the advice. So do I have to speak when I go home and when do I have to do it?



Miss,

Some of these pics are of me going to MLC. That is a pretty good story. So I was supposed to go to MLC and have a meeting with President and all the other zones in the mission, so I had to go catch a plane. But the plane got cancelled two minutes before I got on the plane because it was bad weather. So I called the office and told them that I was not going because the flight was cancelled but they said that they would find a way that I’d be able to go to Tonga. So they put me on another boat. But the boat didn’t leave until 8:30 at night. So I didn’t arrive to Tonga until 11 o’clock. And when I get to Tonga...no one was waiting for me to pick me up so I was all by myself. Now at the beginning of my mission I would’ve been scared but I already had everything under control. I was able to sort everything out with my ticket even though I had no money haha. I was able to contact the office eventually and someone eventually picked me up. It’s funny because even though I was by myself in a foreign land, I was perfectly fine and it was like I grew up here in Tonga doing this. But I eventually made it home at 12 ish and then went to bed so I could prepare for my meeting. So it is kind of like Kolipoki when he just arrived to Tonga and no one was there to pick him up. Except I was perfectly calm with it all.



"At my bishop's house looking out at  Eua."









"Me and my companion Kaloni. So right now we are in a trio."












At MLC.

With Sister Tuione at MLC.

"It is freezing out here in Eua right now. It's the coldest island in Tonga."




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


Ay mom,

Sorry I didn’t email last week. I’ve been a little busy. But I’m excited to go home. Mom I have one request for the welcome home party. Can you get the bbq wings platter from giant and also make the meatballs. I’m going having a fun time. I’m trying to get one more baptism before these last 4 weeks are up. Love you lots mom.

See you soon.


Hey dad, 

All is good. My new companion is Elder Lavaka. He is a professional rugby player. If you were to play the NRL rugby League game you would be able to play as him. So he is pretty cool. He is from Australia and is a big guy. I’m just trying to finish up strong and get one more baptism. I think we might be getting that one next week. So I hope all is well. Just get ready to go to the gym with me every day when I get back.

'ofaatu


Hey Miss, how is everything going? I’m doing well. Sorry I didn’t email last week. I’ve been pretty busy. This is my last transfer and I’m excited to finish. These are just some pics I took last week.



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