Yes just got the valentines package. Thanks so much,Can you also send a
new towel and some cologne. Our Zone leader is from Quincy WA, he has
been to colvile, and has family that lived in kettle falls, Mark &
WE had a very sweet baptisimal service last week of
Simote, Really spiritual. We have baptisims set up for the next two
weeks. Ellen sent me the sweetest email I've ever received. That is so
great she made Girls State. Soooo glad you got the package from
Tu'iasoa, he is a really great man. I sent a letter for Russell with
an elder who enters the MTC this Tuesday.
Sorry this is short i love
Monday, February 20, 2012
I am super burnt right now. We played volleyball all day today. We had a baptism last Saturday and another one this Saturday. All is well here in the Other Side of Heaven. There is a member couple from a village I work in, who is going to LA tomorrow. They are going to be staying in Hawthorne. His brother is the Tongan Stake President Counseler that you met a while back, Sione Tu'iasoa. They want to meet you and Dad. I'm going to give them a bunch of lettters for you and other people at home.
Sorry this is short.
Sorry this is short.
Love you lots more then luggage.
Posted by stillindowney at 3:22 PM
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Here is us after we baptized Malia. That is her Uncle from Nampa, Idaho on the left, and the Pisope i Utulau (BISHOP) on the right
Look how fat i am!
Posted by stillindowney at 7:34 PM
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Malo etau ma'u ki he ho'ataa ni
Yesterday was a really special Sunday, I think i was the only missionary ever to go to the homecoming of his trainer while training a new missionary. My pops, Elder Mafoa came home last Wednesday and he gave his homecoming talk yesterday in the Ha'akame 2nd ward. President came which is always special and we had 4!! investigators there which is awesome!! Mafoa got called to be the new ward mission leader so we'll be working together again haha. His talk was super spiritual and super short. He talks super fast and it was only maybe 10 mins, i think to a normal person, it would have been double that. During his talk he mentioned how grateful he was that i was there and how he trained me, He told the kaingalotu that every thing good that i do i learned from him haha, and everything bad from some one else haha. i was really lucky to have such a great trainer. During President Tukuafu's talk the sprit whispered to my heart that it is not Prez who does the transfers or the other administration work but it is the Lord and President is just a Tool in the Lord's hand.
We had a total of 6 investigators that came to Church on Sunday in the 4 wards that we work in. We did some work this week!!! We had one baptisim planned for this past Saturday but it wasn't lava (able) but we have 3 planned for this week which is great. We taught a Fijian lady yesterday in mixed English/Tongan, she is not too good at either (language) but i know she felt the spirit . I recited the First Vision to her in English and i know she understood that. We gave her a Book of Mormon in English (we'll get her one in Fijian this Thursday), and she is reaally excited to read it. It was an awesome week that concluded with an awesome Sunday! I love my comp so much he really wants to be obedient which is great.
I have a testimony that Obedience is the First Law of Heaven and that if we are striving to be obedient then the Lord is bound( DC 82:10) to pour forth blessings to us. He has really blessed us greatly this week. I'm so grateful to be a missionary right now, all the blessings and joys that i am experianceing right now are so worth all the hardships and difficulties that i have had.
I love you all !!
I finally got that birthday package. Thanks so much for the shirts. Oh i got a letter from Aunt Eilene which was cool.
Tell her thanks a lot or can u send me her address. Whats Grandpa Fred's mothers name ,Grma Merlyin's parents name? what is Gramp Herbs mom? i have a geneology chart in my journal and these are the last blanks (pretty sad right) i love you all soo much.!!!!!!
Has Russ heard back from any grad schools??
okay sorry this is short, the Lord's time is very precious!
Posted by stillindowney at 8:59 PM
Sunday, February 5, 2012
How cool that Ellen got to serve a Mini Mission this weekend.
That is so cool that you had that reunion i bet it was a lot of fun.
There are a lot of missionaries from our stake which is so awesome.
Well another transfer has come and gone, time seems to be going by
faster now then it did two months ago and i really don't like it.
President called and told Elder Lakai and I that we are staying here
in Ha'akame which i am really happy about. We are going to do
miracles this transfer. We had a baptism last Saturday which was
pretty sweet. We baptized two young boys a 11 year old and a 8
year old. Their parents are members but in-active, we have reactivated
their Mom, and are working on the Dad. There are 7 kids in all in the
family but there all little, the primary President was really happy
with us. This family, the Fotu Family, lives way out in the bush
about a mile and a half from the Church, they live out on a plantation
with no neighbors, no electricity (just like Niua), and no water, they
collect the rain water in drums and use that for everything. The Mom
was baptized last year or the year before but hasn't been active in
the Church since her baptism. She was baptized in a different village
and told us we are the first Missionaries to come to their house. She
bore her testimony on Fast Sunday, really a powerful testimony of how
she knows she has come back to the truth, and how happy & grateful she
is that her two sons have been baptized. We are having FHE there to
night and will teach about temples, Fipe(the mom) really wants to go
there now. The dad, Malakai, grew up in Hawaii, and was baptized a
long time ago, he has a smoking problem. his attitude towards us has
really changed since we first went to his house. he has been really
encouraging Fipe to go to Church with the kids which is awesome now we
just have to get him to Church. He has some problem with his kidneys
and the Doctors have said there is nothing really they can do. We
definitely found them at the right time to teach about Eternal
Families! Heavenly Father knows everything!!!
We have another baptism this Saturday for Simote, we though he was
just a in-active member, but then discovered that he has no baptismal
record. he has never been active in the Church so it is great to be
able to teach the lessons. He is one of the first people i met when i
got transferred here, and to see the change that the Gospel has made in
him and his desires and how it has helped him with his challenges is
just amazing. The Gospel can really solve all the answers to life's
problems.! Simote married a member but 5 days after they were married
she went to Salt lake for a funeral and hasn't;t returned, they are
still married and love each other, but her family doesn't want her to
come back to Tonga. Fk'ofa mo'oni.
Well that's all the news really i have this week, my hand is doing
great, i got a package from Hillary on Saturday, i think Portugal has
the best/fastest mail service in the world, a very nice B-day package
Still haven't gotten yours mom may be this week. Thanks for all your
love and support, thinks are going great right now here in the Other
Side Of Heaven, He is with us where ever we go, and that's all we need.
Ofa lahi atu!!
Posted by stillindowney at 3:27 PM