Hello Family and Friends,
The work this past week has been on point! After our ward counselour ward mission plan went into effect of having 7 teachings set up for each week and this past week, 5 out of those 7 were lava (they didn't fall through). We had 5 new investigators as well as few families, less-active and non-member that we've started working with. One of the less-actives that we've been focusing on is a young-man from Seattle who doesn't actually understand Tongan. His name's Suli and they started teaching him a little bit before I got here. Woah huge reality check when I realized I couldn't actually teach a lesson or say a prayer in english. haha I've improved a lot in these past couple weeks. He was baptized a couple years ago in Tonga and we're trying to help him overcome some addictions so that he can marry his girlfriend in the temple this year! Since the time I met him and I'm sure even more so since the time Sister Reid started teaching him, he has come so far! It was funny to hear his side of the story when the missionaries started teaching him again. His friend Fe'au who is in the ward had told him there were 2 people at her house who wanted someone to testify to them and she invited him over, asking him if could do it. Apparently he has a little reputation for preachin' the good word or something like that. He said he was shocked when he had been tricked into listening to the missionaries but decided that he needed it and was curious anyways. Look how it may change his life now. I am so excited for him!
I think the hugest difference transferring here is the size difference. Bigger area, lots more members, and a bigger teaching pool. The people here are the same old--super loving and hilarious. The chapel we attend is the stake center for the island and it's super nice! There is also a piano. We went early to play prelude and I also played for the meeting. I made a big oopsie at the end...got a little too confident when the chorister closed her hymn book and began to sat down and I just went right on to the next verse.And of course it's on it's loudest volume because the Tongan voices ask for nothing less. I probably would have been embarrassed in a palangi ward because everything seems to have to be perfect. But the Tongans don't really care they appreciated the laugh haha.
I'm pretty jealous that you all have already seen General Conference. But that's okay we will get to see it this weekend! This upcoming week is going to be a spiritual feast! But unfortunately less work. We leave for Tongabecause we were called as Sister Training Leaders and we will be going to the temple ! We'll be in Tonga until and then get back for the Conference sessions. Super stoked!
Love you all.
|Sister Reid and I|
|Going to see the sights on Pday...riding Tongan style|
|The district standing at the cliff's in 'Eua|