This past week was an amazing experience leading up to an even more incredible Easter. Nothing beats when the world, and all the nations that abide in it can take the take to remember the Lord, OUR Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. It's cool to think about that... one day maybe that'll be what the ENTIRE WORLD will do Everyday!
Anyway, this week was quite an adventure. I have to admit... we were use for heaps of good this week in more ways than just preaching the Good tidings of the Gospel.
We ended up being their for the next day and a half, doing a total of 17 hours of service for them. The best part was the summoning of the ward. They were incredible easy to entreat and seemed to just come in flocks. At aboutnight, 30+ people showed up with another 20+ YSA arriving after the 13 missionaries left to retire home. AMAZING. The hands of many make light work.
We were so blessed, and our backs, arms, and legs were sore from the heavy lifting. It was good for the love of the ward but bad for our goals. However, we were blessed anyway.
So, to put things into perspective for those who haven't served a mission... you eat heaps. But for those who have never been to a Tongan feed... you have NO idea what it means to eat heaps of food. We visited the Mahina family, and were invited to a Hangi, or what we may know as an in ground oven where they cook meat, and veggies with taro leaves on top. SO GOOD. Never have I eaten so much meat (mainly because if you don't it's rude!)
Bro. Mahina is a big man and told us... "Eldas----Eat---more meat."
Our Part member family, the Ball family (Finley, Hayden, and Lochlan) came to church for the first time... in 10 years! What a good time to do it! EASTER WOO!
It was an amazing experience seeing the ward just scoop them up and take them in like brothers. It made me realise the kind of RM I want to be when I am off my mission, or rather the kind of disciple of Christ I want to become.
Hayden is keen to be baptised!!!!!
KEEP THEM IN YOUR PRAYERS!!!! And thank you all for your prayers towards us as missionaries. We feel them. We receive that strengths when we are in our weakest moments, and they are seen even more in the miracles wrought by Heavenly Father.
ENJOY YOUR WEEK!!! LOVE YA HEAPS!!!
PS---- I got my first speeding ticket of my life :( Australia doesn't go too cheap either... $180!!!!!
You see, here there really aren't many Police officers but what's called "Red light cameras" so if you are going even like 3 KPH our, they bust ya. Stank. Well, ya live and ya learn. No better time than on the mission.
Top-Elder Nicholson, Elder Matu'u, Elder Newell, and Me.
Bottom is Elder Hollist and Elder Cook.