Sorry people, i am not the most dependable emailing missionary :(. The internet at chapels in Tonga is a bit shaky. Today we went to another village to use the internet. It's dead in Kolovai right now, but we live in this cute MQ right next to the church and we have a CAR!! So we are sister training leaders again and the car is awesome, but between that and the very huge fafangas (meals) around here in Kolovai, I am a little worried about that mid-mission chub really coming on so be nice if i still decide to send you all pictures ;).
But... saying goodbye to Navutoka was sad. I went a little control freak and labeled everything in our house with sticky notes so the elders who came to replace my comp and I would be able to continue with everything we had planned. By the way, Sister Emch got transferred to Vava'u!! She and sister Faux (her old comp before me) are the first white sisters to go there and they are the new STL's there too. I know she will be great. I will miss her, but my new comp-- Sister Vete-- is great!!! Sister vete has been here in Kolovai for 3 months, and she is Tongan, but she has lived in America for 6 or 7 years and she seems more American to me. She is so funny and we get along great. We are already seeing success together in this area! We began teaching a man named Kulisi last week and he just got BAPTIZED on Saturday! He is such a miracle and a perfect example of true repentance and the change that only comes through the atonement. He is married to Mele who was less active and has now come back. I attached a picture of us with him and his family at his baptism and all of us at the temple last week. We took them there to help them learn about the plan of salvation. One of the members of the temple presidency came to talk to us and it was SO spiritual! Kulisi just loves us! He tries to bring us food everyday and he wants to put the picture of all of us at the temple on their wall in their house. Seeing his life change has changed us too. The gospel is such a blessing. We have many other investigators and potential investigators including.... get ready for this... THE ROYAL FAMILY. THE KING AND QUEEN OF TONGA. The live in our area and Prince Ata is one of our ward missionaries we work with in our ward. Yeah. I have no idea why the Lord chose us to be here in this area at this time, but big things are gonna happen. I can already tell. We have 2 vilohoa's with other sisters this week and we are teaching a new investigator tonight-- a woman who we have never met but came to church yesterday! Anyway, I love you all very much and I don't have much time, but here is my spiritual thought for the week--
1 Nephi 10:19
Look it up-- i only have tongan scriptures right now. But, it talks about searching diligently to know the things of God, so here in Kolovai we are working on being diligently in our searching. Most of the problems I see with investigators is their lack of diligence in their search. The same can be said for the rest of us-- when we need guidance from Heavenly Father, we won't get anything if we just sit and wait. We must go out and diligently search for guidance, comfort, help, etc... Anyway, I love you all more than you know <3.
Sister Emily Bever
Tonga Nuku'alofa Mission