Elder Michael in Niuatoputapu

Elder Michael in Niuatoputapu
The Other Side of Heaven

Thursday, January 27, 2011


dear Mom and all,
thanks for all the lettters that i recieved this week. they were wonderful, keep them coming, i only have one day to write letters so plese forgive me if it takes a while to get a response. this week was a good one, learned a lot of tongan it is coming along pretty good. i am still getting confused between spanish and tongan somtimes. i forget to pronounce my Hs and make a ye sound when i pronounce my Ls, some in my district say that i speak tongan with a hispanic accent haha.
We had a lot of fun this week, my companion and i pulled a playful prank on Elder Leavitt, we wrote him a letter and put it in the mail box. My companion dear johned him using some fake girl name and i wrote him an annyonimous poem, it was really funny. He reminds me a lot of cousin daniel gleason, really a funny guy and goood at basket ball.
One of my teachers Brother Yates just got back from Tonga in september and has been telling us what to expect when we get there, he said that there are these boils there that people get and they get really huge. he says the way to prevent from getting them is to shower using antibacterial soap, so i am going to load up on that before i leave. He also said that he did wake up one time in the Tonga in the middle of the night and a huge rat was nibbling at his feet, so it is true the movie didnt lie. but he said that was the only time so i am not scared. He also told us that they eat horse and dog over there and that they are delicasesy and really good, sorry if i just grossed you out.
Oh Mom i saw Uncle Gary coming to the MTC to volunteer yesterday, i talked to him for a little bit, it was really cool to run into him he asked about Russell and and everyone. I told him Russell is looking for a wife haha hope you dont mind that Russ. i saw Russell yesterday too, that was good. How is Uncle Ron doing, and how is Uncle Rob? Russell told me a little bit but not a whole lot.
I Elder Hilyard yesterday with his dark dot on that was really cool. He was one of my roommates at BYU and is headed to Japan, im really glad i saw him and hopefully we will have lunch or dinner together some time.
On sunday for the Devotional we had Brother Allen who works at Church Headquarters come and talk to us that was really neat, it was a very good talk. He told us how a mission is not going to be easy, there will be times that we feel like we should come home, but we cant we have to push throught the hard times and endure to the end. That was what i needed to hear, while over all i have had an amazing time here at the MTC there have been times where i have been really down because the language is not uber easy or people are just being jerks here at the MTC of all places, but i must grin and bare it and push through the hard times because i will get better eventually. Brother Bott my mission Prep teacher at BYU said that a mission is virtually one large spiritual roller coaster where you have good times and bad, but you will get through them with faith in Jesus Christ and the Restored Gospel
I know i am where i am suppose to be and coming on a mission was the greatest decision i have made in my young life, thank you so much for all the support back home. i can feel your love when i read your letters and i feel the prayers that you are saying for me i hope all is well, all is well.
Ofa Atu,
Elder Michael

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