Malo e lelei "Kainga Ofeina"-
Hmmm... i have 10 minutes to write one bomb email. Okay. So, this week we completely changed our work. We had pretty terrible numbers as far as how many lessons we taught, but we established family plans with a lot of member families and we are really focusing on quality over quantity in our teaching. We are hoping to get most of our lessons in the future from having family home evenings in members homes with someone they are choosing to fellowship. We didn't do this as much in the past because the missionaries before me did it and nothing ever happened, but we made a few changes, and with a strong emphasis on FOLLOWING UP on commitments, we know it will be successful. We already have seen good things come! Example A: an investigator named Elisi is a friend of a member and we have taught her 2 times in the member's home and even if she is not super close with us, she is comfortable sharing her true thoughts and feeling with her member friend there. She has a true desire to learn. We need the members. Example B: One member, Paea, invited his friend Sione to the open house we had a couple weeks ago. Sione liked the open house, but Paea is kinda shy but we established a fmaily plan with Paea and role-played with him a way he could invite Sione to take a lesson with the missionaries! He invited him, Sione said yes, and he was sooo excited to tell us that he stopped in the middle of the road the next day and called to us to report the good news... we are still waiting for the exact day on that one though... but I believe in Paea!!! Okay so other things to report- we are teaching Nicki tonight with his non-member wife who recently returned to Tonga from Australia! expecting good things! there is a transfer coming up and we'll see how that goes. It finally started to cool off around here and right now it is nice a cloudy and rainy :) ahh missing Oregon. Hope you all like the pic! Sometimes I wear Sister Emch's glasses when I want to feel as smart as her ;). Spiritual thought- 3 Nephi 8: 1. nephi was able to work many miracles in the name of Jesus because he was cleansed from iniquity. I know I always need to do better on daily repentance so the Lord can use me more effectively. How about you?
Love you all. Thank you for the thoughts and prayers.
Sister Emily Bever
Tonga Nuku'alofa Mission
Sometimes I wear Sister Emch's glasses when I want to feel as smart as her ;)