Elder Michael in Niuatoputapu

Elder Michael in Niuatoputapu
The Other Side of Heaven

Thursday, January 20, 2011


dear Mom and all,
Sorry that that last email was kinda lame i hope this one is much better.
this past week was good, and it started off reallly well with my birthday being on friday, all the guys in my district barged into my room at 6:25 and woke me up by singing happy birthday to me that was really cool, they are a bunch of fun loving gospel praising guys from all walks of life there is one kid who is 23, and has been through a lot his brother committed suicide when he was just 14 years old, and Elder Trower fell away from the church for a while but then he turned his life around and is a great missionary. He is Zone leader and has an amazing testamony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. he reminds me kinda of Will lumstend because he came on his mission a little latter and it changed his life.
Any way thanks everyone for all the birthday wishes, i fell like an official missionary now that im 19, i got tons of cards from a lot of people, i got your package mom thanks a lot for that, krissy hall sent me brownies, and some girls from BYU sent me some cookies, thanks for that. sarah ortiz dearelder'ed me all the people who wrote on my wall for my birthday and that was really cool to read all those. thanks sarah!
I saw paul and rosie the first day they were in here, paul's class is close to mine so i see him like 5 times a day, i have taken a bunch of pictures and will be sending them home soon. telll people to send me pictures, i have no pictures of any one here and would like some so can you tell people to send me some, can you send me a family picture as well.
elder Rose and I moved rooms on tuesday because we were getting new elders in our Zone and would have had roommates that we didnt know so we moved in with two elders in our district who didnt have any roommates either. One of the Elders is Elder Hetig, he is really cool, he is room New Zealand and has a sweet accent and strong testamony
The tongan is coming along pretty good i got my prayer down in tongan, and i am working on my testamony. we have learned a lot in a short amount of time and remembering it all can be kinda hectic sometimes. I played alot less basketball this week, i decided that i should hone my vollyball skills because thats what they play in Tonga and if your good they respect you.
Oh my branch presiedent use to be the stake president in Uncle Johns stake and knows him, his name is President Connors and was going to try to facebook Uncle john.
Okay so thats the worldy stuff that happened this week now on to spiritual stuff
On sunday we had a fireside with the new MTC president, President Brown he and his wife spoke it was really good, they talked about our purpose as missionary work which is to invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, and His atonement, repentance, baptisim, recieving the gift of the holy ghost, and enduring to the end. it was a really great talk. right after the talk we watched the Joseph Smith movie and that was really amazing. I love that movie and it is a very moving movie the spirit was really present in the room we were watching. I know that Joseph Smith sawGod the Father and Jesus Christ and did restore His Gospel to the earth.(I can almost say all that in Tongan!!)
On Tuesday we had another devotional here and it was Elder Gong from the quorm of the 70, he gave a great presentaion of why we should be of good cheer. he talked about how there is scientific evidence that the Book of Mormon is true and the difference between perfectionism and striving to be perfect in Christ. it was really goooood. man the devos are amazing here at the MTC
My favorite thing was wedensday we watched Elder Bednars talk abouyt recognizing the spirit, and how we need to stop worrying about wheather it is us or the Holy ghost prompting us to do someting, if we obey the commandments and honor our covenants then the lord will guide us
okay i only have a min left so i ll say thanks for all the Birthday wishes hope all is well and i love you, I know i am where i am suppose to be and that the Lord has blessed my life with so many wonderful family and friends who love and care abnout me
ofa atu
Elder Maikolo

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