Elder Michael in Niuatoputapu

Elder Michael in Niuatoputapu
The Other Side of Heaven

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

 Dear Jacob;

 Today is Easter for you.  Tomorrow is Easter for us.  This afternoon, we met
 the Tuiasoa family that you know from Tonga.  They are bringing you a
 package from us and a short note.  They love you and tell us great things
 about you.  What a blessing it is to have this connection to you.  The
 Tuiasoas fly home tomorrow evening, so they will be in Tonga on Tuesday.  Go
 by and see them when you get a chance.

 We love you and rejoice with all of Christendom in the atoning sacrifice and
 the resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ.

 May our Father in Heaven continue to watch you and hold you in the palm of
 His hand as you serve the people of Tonga.



 thanks so much for sending a package with the Tuiasoa familiy that
will be great to give them a hug knowing that you all recently gave
them a hug.

We celebrated Easter by watching conference, it was awesome it always is!!
I can not believe how fast time is going bye it is literally
ridiculous!!! it is already week 4 in the transfer what the heck!!!???
i dont like that.  Hillary is done in a week thatis crazy to think
about, klike i feel all sad inside when i think that hill wont be out
here with me in the Lord's Battlefield serving in God's Army.

Dad thanks so much for the Email you sent Hill last week about how you
finished your mission, i want to go out like that, get an extention
and have nobody know that you are done, that would be hard here in
Tonga because everyone asks, Te ke 'osi 'afe?  (when are you done?)  i
just say ta'u fo'ou (next year)

This week was a good one.  we committed three people to be baptized
next week, Ana, Tangi, and 'Ailani.  although tangi cant be baptize
though because he didnt come to Church this week.  Ana has a smoking
problem, but we committed her to live the Word of Wisdom last Tusday
and then when we met ith here on that Friday she told us she had gone
down to smoking just 2 a day. and that day when we met with her it was
already the afternoon and she hadn't smoked yet. She is such a
testimony builder of the power of this gospel to change a person, it
is so cool to teach Ana and help her and her less active Husband.
You all know how i have  been saying that i feel like my teaching is
horrrible, well yeaterday we taught a guy named Tekiteki, he married a
member, and i feeel like it was one of the smoothest lessons i've ever
taught, it wasn't perfect but it was good, we are teaching him again
later today.

Russell i loved how you mentioned that even if we did not baptize
people we would still have missions,  we are here to baptize, but we
are not here to force people to be baptize but rather teach and
invite.  I know there are some missionaries that serve 2 years and
dont get one baptisim and here i am wishing i could have 8 a transfer
instead of only 5,, i should see every baptism i have  as a blessing
from the Lord, everything is a blessing from the Lord, even our trials
because they help us learn and grow.

Oky i got to go still havent gotten that one package you snet a long
time ago  but i got a letter from the Ortiz Twins it was a joy to read
and see their pictures, they told me the sad news that Alex Smick, a
kid  was friends since East Middle School past away in February. They
dont know what happened just went to bed and didnt wake up. im praying
for his familiy

I love you all so dearly and i am greatful for all your examples of
Missionary service before me, you paved the road for where iam at now.
Ofa atu
Elder Maikolo

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