Monday, July 18, 2016


So sorry I did not get to email last week. Nothing terrible happened the net was just down. But wow lots has happened since I last emailed and I'm going to do my best at a decent update. 
So first of all, I got transferred back to Tongatapu. It was honestly the last thing I had expected and so it was pretty hard on me, but I got the news last week that I'd be leaving 'Eua. I'm now working in Kolovai and Fo'ui. It was a little shock coming here because it feels like everyone here speaks english. I'm kind of worried about my Tongan! There are just so many people that are from New Zealand or overseas and prefer speaking english. We cover two wards like my last area and it is not nearly as big but we have a car which is nice! My companion is one of the hardest working missionaries I've met! Sister Bever is from Oregon City , OREGON. The first day she got here to Tonga we saw each other and tried to figure out for a few minutes how we knew each other and realized that we took the same Book of Mormon class our freshman year at BYU. She is super smart and ran track for BYU. I believe she is going to help keep me in shape. 

I was lucky enough to to leave 'Eua just after the baptism we had scheduled with one of the girls we've been teaching in Pangai, Mele Ngatehau. Her younger brother, who was just recently called as the new ward mission leader, came back from his mission recently and came back just in time to baptize her. They are now the only two in their family that have been converted to the gospel and will continue to work towards the rest of their family! I know that one day they will all be baptized.

We also had a baptism here in Fo'ui. Her name is Sina Loni and her husband, Sika, is a member and performed the baptism. When she first married her husband, who was less-active at the time, she didn't really want much todo with the church, but having met her this week, it would not seem so. She has a strong testimony. I am excited for both of these woman to continue developing their faith and conversion and to be able to enter the temple a year from now. I am filled with so much every time I see someone who is humble enough to listen to the missionaries, and then give up the things of the world to follow Jesus Christ and be baptized. I know this is the true church and Jesus Christ stands at the head. Ofa lahi atu!

Sister Petalisi

Mele's baptism

Last p-day in 'Eua

Sina Loni's baptism

Washing our car with some helpers

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Hello everyone! 

I feel like it's been awhile since I last emailed and so sorry I didn't last week! But I'll do my best to give a good update..

1. Happy 4th of July!!

2. We have a new mission president, President and Sister Tu'ione! We have yet to meet them here in 'Eua. But we will be flying to Tonga tomorrow for the temple and MLC and we are so so excited. President and Sister Tupou will be missed here they are so wonderful and I love them and their cute little family.

3. Pangai ward was ON FIRE this week. We had 7 new investigators and 5 baptismal dates set from those. 4 of these were siblings of a missionary that just recently finished and came home last week. He is the only member in his family and now we are preparing 4 of his siblings for baptism. They are so so cute. We started teaching on Wednesday and since then have met with them every day to teach them. Another is family with one of the older woman in our ward,  a 14 year old girl named Susana and it was her first time hearing the message of the restoration, but it was a beautiful lesson and when we invited her for baptism she was so so happy. We are taking it slowly with her because the hardest thing with most of those we are teaching is making sure their parents and grandparents are okay with it. 

4. Other than that, the majority of our teaching pool is less-actives. Thanks to our new ward plan centered around the meals the members feed us, we have been able to see 2 of the less-active members we are working with in Pangai come back to church! They are both preparing to go through the temple for the first time and hopefully by next month when our stake in 'Eua takes a trip to the temple!! One is a single mother in her 20's and the other is a married man in his middle age, whose wife is active and has been a huge support to him all these years. 

5. Last week we had a really good experience cleaning up a non-members yard in Ha'atu'a. We rounded up some brooms and a few neighborhood boys with lawn mowers and showed up at their house in the morning. The woman in the house that lives there came out and helped us and Sister Vimahi was able to start talking to her about the gospel while we all swept, weeded, cut the grass, and burnt the trash. By the time we were done she set a time for the Sisters in Ha'atu'a to go back and teach the family. 

6. Last week was a little wild. Sister Vimahi fell into a pile of mud trying to climb over someone's gate so our phone broke and we got locked out of our MQ and ended up surprising the Ha'atu'a sisters late at night after trying for forever to get into our house. But now all is well, new phone and new lock on our door. 

7. We had a stake fireside last night on living healthy and preventing diabetes, a very big problem here. A palangi doctor from America spoke at it and he was accompanied by a team of other doctors. We all had a change of heart and Sister Vimahi and I committed ourselves to taking our morning workouts more seriously. 

Well I love you all! I hope your week was just as good as mine! Here are some pics 

Me and Sister Pohahau

Ngaue 'ofa

Sister Vimahi's trip to the mud

President & Sister Tupou