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

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Member's and Missionaries 12/22/2013

Ko Famili,

Oku ou fiefia lahi aupito faingamalie ko eni ke tohi kiate kimoutolu! 

I will try to say all I can. I realized my letters have been kinda lame compared to other missionaries.. So I apologize! Kataki fakamolemole. So last week we should have baptized two kids. Ones 8 and ones 12 but the father didn't think they were ready for it that week. So we should be baptizing them this week! We have also been teaching a soldier named Sione Kiu! He is dating a member in one of our wards. He is Catholic along with his entire family! He has taken our first two lessons very well. He agrees with all of what we have shared and I think he believes this Gospel is true. We invited him to church and He said he would come and we would teach him during Sunday school, he didn't show up. I think he had work. But next time we teach him we will be committing him to baptism and I think He is ready. If not, he will be soon! He is a different type of Tongan. Most Tongans we call "Telinga Veli" Which literally means "Ear Itch" and in Tonga they take it as they know the church is true but their pride is too high so they wont do a thing about it. But Sione has a different mind set. He seems like He wants to find out as much about this as he can. He is a very nice guy and I love him! As for Maeata, She is really good. Her parents still say no so we can't do much about it. Just pray and fast that they will have a change of heart. Her Uncle says He will sign if he needs to, but that's against the mission rules. So Remember her and her family. Last week we went on a Vilo Hoa "Comp exchange" With the ward mission leader in havelu and his Son in law. I went with the Son in law and we taught two in active families. He turned the time over to me and I was kinda shocked. But I taught about the Importance of Families in this Gospel and that This Gospel blesses Families! They said they would go to church! I didn't get to go to Havelu church this week so I don't know if they went or not! The other family I taught was an in active family but they had a friend living there that wasn't a member! So I just taught the same thing because there were 2 families. The Girl who wasn't a member, her name is Mafi. She has 4 kids and they are all baptized. She has been desiring the missionaries to come and teach her. She wants to be baptized already! But she wants to wait until her kids come from Ha'apai! The Lord really does guide us in his work. The Importance of members in missionary work is beyond what I can describe. Our mission president has simply stopped us from tracting. He told us to only use the members. If they aren't helping you then we need to go and chill with them and do what they do and serve them until they help you. If the members are lazy, the missionaries are lazy. It is kinda weird.. But it has been working. We have a lot of people to teach! I want to challenge you all to help the missionaries. The Prophet said that time is now. That we need to work together. Members and Missionaries! So I challenge you all to give at least one referral in the next 2 weeks to the missionaries. Talk to your friends at school, work, just bare Testimony and invite them over for Family home evening with the missionaries! I promise that this is the way God is hastening His work! So don't sit back and watch. Get up and help! The gathering of Israel is taking place as we speak! Be a part of it! What better week to do so than this week. Serve all during this Holiday season! Tanner, Mom, Dad, Parker, Friends, Lovers ;) I invite you to share this Gospel and help spread this Word. I want to hear all about it! I love you all so much and can't wait to call you! I don't know about anything yet but when I do I'll let ya'll know!

So far I have heard nothing of a party. That would be really cool. But who knows! And Also... I have a massive boil on my right thigh.. Can hardly walk.. It KILLS!!! Boils are the worst! Elder Tauvaaka put a bunch of matches in a bottle so it would smoke then we put it on my leg to suck it all out.. It didn't do much so I ended up pushing down on the sides and the rest I wont share. It was nasty. I couldn't hardly sleep at all. And this morning it got bigger! Haha But nothing is gonna stop me from working. I love this gospel. It is true! It is true! it is True!

Ofa pe mou ma'u Kilisimasi monu'ia mo ha fakaosi ta'u fiefia!

Ofa lahi atu kiate kimoutolu!

Elder Suani

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