Elder Swan is serving in the Tonga Nuku'alofa Mission from July 2013 to July 2015

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Ofa pe keu foki mai ha aho 7/5/2015

Ko huku famili. Na'a ma lava 'o fakahoko 'ae ngaahi me'a faka'ofo'ofa 'i he uike ko 'eni. 'I he kamata o 'ema uike na'a ma fokotu'u ha ngaahi taumu'a ki he ngaue kie he toenga taimi oku ma ma'u ke ngaue fakafaifekau i Tonga ni. Ko e taumu'a na'a ma fokotu'u ke ma KUMI ata'ata. Pea na'e lava ia. Nama ma'u ha kau fiefanongo fo'ou e tolu pea ma fokotu'u ha ngaahi aho ke ako'i a kinautolu. Oku ou ongo'i kuo lava hoku fatongia i he elia ko eni. I he vaha'a taimi na'aku ngaue ai i heni na'a ku lava o fe'ilo'aki mo e ni'ihi hoku famili mei Tonga ni. Lolotonga eku ngaue eni na'e tupulaki ha ofa makehe ki he kakai o Tonga pea ki honau ulungaanga mo e me'a kotoa pe.  Na'aku kumi 'ae ni'ihi he'eku fanga tokoua mo fanga tu'ofafine. Kou ilo'i fakapapau na'e i ai ha taimi i he Maama Fakalaumalie na'a mau maheni ai. Pea i he taimi nounou ko eni na'a mau lava o feohi pea feako'aki 'o fekau'aki ae ongoongolelei o Sisu Kalaisi. Ko ha me'a faka'ofo'ofa ia. Te u Tangi lahi i he taimi kou mavahe mei he fonua ni he kou lau ae fonua ko eni hoku fonua pea ko e kakai eni ko hoku kakai. E nofo ha ki'i kuonga o hoku lot i he fonua ni pea ha'u mo au ha ki'i kuonga si'isi'i. I hono mo'oni oku ikai keu fie foki ki Amelika. Kou ongo'i loto mamahi koe'uhi oku si'i eku taimi... Ka kou ilo'i oku uiui'i au Tamai Hevani ke u foki atu o tokoni'i ki he famili ke nau ilo ae mo'oni oe ongoonglelei pea te nau lava ke ma'u mo'ui ta'engata mo honau ngaahi famili. Ko e taumu'a ai pea teu feinga faivelenga ke lava'i ae taumu'a ko eni. 

My last week in Tonga has come and I couldn't be more sad. This is my favorite country and I will be leaving it behind with free flowing tears and a broken heart. This past week has been good to me and we were able to reach some of our goals we set before we leave. We found 3 new investigators for the next missionaries coming in and we are so grateful. We have been struggling in our finding. We were about to give up and that is when God guided us to those who are ready to listen. A scripture that comes to my  mind is D&C 4:4 "He vakai 'oku hina ae ngoue ki he ututa'u pea vakai ko ia oku ne ai ene heletu'usi aki hono tuukuingata te ne tokonaki ke oua na'a ne mate kae fakahoko ae fakamo'ui ki hono laumalie." The field is white wherever you are. There are family and friends who need this glorious Gospel and only we can invite and give it to them. There is a lot of work to do and although my time is short in Tonga I have a very long time in Utah to do this work. This work doesn't end on this earth but it is eternal. God has ended my mission here but has called me on a new one. I pray that hearts will be softened and opened to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and that miracles will come to pass as we take heed and go about doing good in our daily activities by living the Eternal Gospel that God has given to us. Words cannot describe the feelings in my heart for this gospel and this work. IT will go on until He comes and I will be at the front of the battle doing all I can to proclaim the words of life to all whom are willing to listen. I want to end with the "Fellowship of the Unashamed"  

I am a part of the fellowship of the unashamed. the dye has been cast. I have stepped over the line.
The Decision has been made.


I won't look back. let up, slow down. or be still. My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, and my future is secure. I'm finished and done with low living, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, worldly talking, cheap giving, and dwarfed goals. I no longer need pre-eminence, positions, promotions, plaudits, or popularity. I don't have to be right, first, recognized, praised, regarded or rewarded . I now live by Faith, lean on HIS presence, walk with patience. I am uplifted by prayer, and labor with power . My face is set, my gait is fast, my goal is Heaven. My road is narrow, my way is is rough, my companions are few, my Guide is reliable, my mission is clear. I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, divided, or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of the adversary, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity. I won't give up, shut up, or let up until I have stayed up, stored up, and paid up for the cause of Christ. I must go till he comes, give till I drop, preach till all know, and work till he stops me. And when He returns for His Own, He will have no problem recognizing me. My Banner will be clear. 

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ; for it is the power of GOD unto Salvation to every one that believeth... " Romans 1:16.
I have a goal and I wont stop until it is completed. 

I'll see you soon.

Elder Swan

Sunday, June 28, 2015

13 more days.... 6/28/2015

vao niu (shredding coconut)
Well how are things going at home.

This week Kofe's cousin gave her some anti Mormon videos... She watched them and I didn't wanna tell her anything so I just asked How do you feel when you watch these videos? And how do you feel when you read the Book of Mormon? Pray about it. And she told us that she is all good and believes it all. She is still so strong :)

Making lu (taro leaves)

Yes that's me with a Nasty Sty

Sunday, June 21, 2015

A wonderful Temple experience 6/21/2015

Going to the Temple
So this week went okay.. We are still having the hardest time finding people to teach and are in the same situation as last week. Two pluses for this week. One: On Tuesday we took all of the Recent converts and some young men and young women to the Temple. We were able to go and be witnesses for the baptisms. It was a wonderful experience to see those who we taught enter the Temple for their first time. Kofe shared with us that she felt so close to Christ she never wanted to leave. It was a great experience for us all. Two: We taught Io'apa again and He said he is going to quit smoking. He has been having a really hard time but he has had it and we all pray this time he can do it. We also taught a less-active Saturday night and she shared a few things with us and we were able to help her out a bit. We promised her that if she prays and goes to church on Sunday she will get her answer. So on Sunday we were looking for her and she came and while we were blessing the sacrament she looked at us and I could tell she got an answer. It was a really cool experience. I've been trying to look for small ways to serve others. Last week a lady bought some stuff at the store and I took it to her car for her. Then earlier today at the store a few things had fallen over and I picked them up and put them back. The point is, is that service can be found anywhere you just have to plan for unplanned service. It will come up!

 That's pretty much it for now.. Sorry it's not much!

 I love you!!

 Elder Swan

Elder Swan and Kofe and the rest of the temple crew

Toni and Tulu whom we got to witness get married.
We are teaching them...

Osai Siulua (Ward Mission Leader) Bishop Lautaimi
and Sione vea (Young Men's Pres.)

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Painting the Kings Gate 6/14/2015

 How are you!!

So this week stunk.. Honestly not much happen at all this week so I don't have much to say. A few days we were in town painting the Kings fence for a service project and then the rest of the days were awful.. We work really hard but everyone just tells us that we are almost done so it really doesn't matter. We are trying to re start and find new people to teach. 

Elder Swan 

Painting at the Kings Palace

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Packages from Abe

Abe Young was in Fiji this week and had a few friends going over to Tonga so he sent Tyler 2 packages of candy to get him through the next 4 weeks. We Love you Abe!!!
Thank you for always looking out for Tyler and being such a good friend~

Friday, June 12, 2015

Tanner's Mission call 6/7/2015

First off I cannot believe he is really leaving on his mission!!! Second, I along with Shayler can tell him and testify that you are not called to a mission. You are called to a mission President and the people. I think he will love it!!! I hope I can go through the Temple with him but if he wants to do it before I get home that is fine too. I will just take him 3 times a week when I get home. I would love to have our Homecoming and Farewell together I think that would be awesome!!!

To fill you in on my week Kofe is back home and we are going over there in 30 min. I'm planning on inviting her sister. We'll see about the rest of the family. Kofe comes to every activity and is very strong! This week was really slow because of Stake Conference and everyone was to busy. 

Hey mom I'm sorry we are short on time today we are on our way to Kofe's house. But mom I love you and you raised one heck of a son. Tanner is the man and I can see the light from here. He will save many souls in Reno.

I love you all
Elder Swan   

Monday, June 1, 2015

This is it ~ 5/31/2015

Elder Felemi, Pres. and Lori Tupou and Elder Swan
Malo 'etau lava Fam bam!

So this week was crazy. Not much went on besides our same investigator who just has miracles going on in her life. We found out more of the Miracle but I'll tell you in 6 weeks.

So this girl Kofe Manoa was baptized on Saturday. She was planning on telling her mom afterward but we went to pick her up before the baptism and she ended up telling her mom right there in front of us. Her mom freaked out at her and wouldn't really talk to us after. Kofe was scared but she showed up at the baptism and it went really well and was very spiritual. Afterwards she was super quiet and I couldn't really tell what was wrong with her so we went and sat by her. She leaned to me and asked "do you think I made the right decision??" I looked at her and thought and then I asked her what she thought. She said "yes I believe it is right." I agreed with her and told her that she is now a light and an example to her family! She looked at me and said "Elder Swan, you know I'm scared right??" I told her I knew and as tears rolled down her face I just smiled and said " God is well pleased of you Kofe! Just trust in him. Lets go eat!!" She then laughed and we went to eat. As we were walking the second counselor knew what was going on and he reached out and talked to her and comforted her. I was so happy to FINALLY see someone reach out to her. So that is the good news. Later that night she text us and explained how scared she really is. We sent a few scriptures to comfort her then reminded her about church haha. She came to church and received the Holy Ghost! Again such amazing feelings were felt at that meeting. After the meeting she told me she was kicked out of her house and my heart broke. I didn't know what to say. But I did receive revelation while I was at church that we need to invite her family. So I told her that. She laughed and told us to go for it!!

Transfers came in last night. I've been praying for weeks to stay in this area again! Guess what!!?? I'm staying and finishing my mission here. These people have become my family. I couldn't think of anywhere else I would want to be. I have a lot to do here. I can't believe it's coming so close to an end.. 6 weeks is too fast but I'm right where God needs me and that is all I need.

I apologize that I am unable to put the feelings felt this past week into words. My English isn't great and never was, but I want you to know that This is Gods work and He is watching us in all we do.

I love you all!!

Elder Swan
Kofe's Baptism 5/30/2015

Kofe and Salina