ELDER MICHAEL WILL BE SERVING IN THE TONGA NUKUALOFA MISSION
January 2011-January 2013
Elder Michael in Niuatoputapu
The Other Side of Heaven
Friday, September 21, 2012
o'ua lahi kae kou ma'u ha fiemalie
Malo moe Lelei! Things are going great here in Tonga! today we had the oppourtunity to go to the Temple. Even though it was raining cats and dogs Elder Fisher and I went all over the west side of the Island in the big mission shuttle picking missionaries up to take to Liahona where the temple is. At one of the Missionary homes the road was so flooded that the shuttle was more like a boat than a car it was pretty fun to dive in haha. right now we are teaching a lady named Tala, she was baptized 3 years ago but has not been active in the Church and has alot of questions about small little things. for example she asked why the Gold Plates weren't kept around to testify to the world that the Book of Mormon is true, or why there are not the same names in the Book of Mormon and the Bible if they are both testimonies of Christ. We listened to her questions and the thought came to both of us that we needed to teach her about Faith. we shared with her Ether 12:6 which talks about that faith is a hope for things that are not seen but true, that scripture helped her understand why it was not important to have the gold plates around to prove that the Book of Mormon was true, we need to walk by faith rather than sight. It is so much eaiser to teach lessons when investigators ask questions! some of the people we teach are scared or embarrassed to ask questions and it sometimes is hard to know their needs and therefore what to teach. that is where the importance of asking questions to the investigator comes in, asking inspired divine questions to them to know what kind of situation they are in. We are also teaching a lady from Arizona, Elizabeth, who is 43 years old married to a Tongan in one of the Villages we work in. she is penticostal and loves talking about God. The first time we taught her we taught a bit of every lesson because she asked many questions. I have discovered that everytime we answer a question we end up teaching at least one principle of one of the Lessons. the Gospel truely does have all the answers to all of life's many questions. We gave her a Book of Mormon to read and committed her to read just the introduction, but next timewe met she had read everything from the Introduction to the 2nd chapter of 1st Nifai. Currrently we are having a hard time finding a time to teach her because she wants us to teach her together with her husband. hopefully we will be able to teach her this Sunday and set up a baptisimal date!!
So last saturday Elder Fisher and i had the oppourtunity to go to Eua, it is a 6 min flight away from the main island. we went over for a training meeting for the 6 missionaries overthere. we flew over in the morning and few back the same afternoon, 8am to 5pm, it was our P-day (Fisher's and mine atleast) so after the meeting we went and eva (sight seeing) to the many cool natural wonders there. we went to the very southern tip where wild horses run around and watched us as we walked to the 'Cliffs of Insanity"!! Russell and aunt Melissa can tell you where that is from. They honestly look the same asthe movie. it was those cliffs where you can throw things off but they come back! it is quite 'insane' hahahaha i threw my tie off and fisher threw both his slippers and they both can flying back we filmed it, pretty sweet. we also saw the huge land bridge. Wind and sea spray have eroded a huge massive opening in the cliff. it is really sturdy and can be driven over, ill attatch apicture of it so you can see it, it doesnt look big but it is, our house stacked on top of each other 3 times would still fit under it.
We had a great time overthere in Eua, Fish and I got sunburned pretty bad, but now atleast we have a tan, driving around in a car all day takes away ones tropical south pacific sun-tan.
Yep well everything is going good, we have not nearly been as busy this week as last, yippee!!! which gives us more time to park the car at home and walk around meeting people and feel like normal missionaries again. I have had quite an amazing mission, I am having a quite an amazing mission. this is the funniest time of my life!!! i LOVE SHARING THE GOSPEL!!