Guess what?! No more bucket showers!! They came and hooked up our water tank to our shower and toilet so we get to have real showers now...I'm pretty excited! haha
This week all of our investigators went to Tonga to go right before school starts up next week. Also, it was Eua's week to go to the temple so almost all of our members were gone to...so it was a little bit of a struggle. BUT we went on vilo hoa with the other Sisters in 'Eua on Tuesday and Wednesday so that was good...and we got to teach someone in ENGLISH!
I was on exchange with Sister Langi (she's from Tonga but knows a good amount of English) and we were tracting in her area and we came to this nonmember house who had visitors from Australia. One 20 year old girl came out of the house and said that her family is super strong catholic and there's no way they'll listen or change but she said she'll listen to what we have to say, mostly because she's doesn't know Tongan and just wants to speak to someone who knows English. It was very different from all others lesson I've taught in Tonga because one, I wasn't the one struggling with the language haha and two, she's not really religious. She went to the Catholic church as kind of a family thing but doesn't really know what she believes. She believes in a higher power but doesn't know what it is...and feels that life starts at birth and ends when we die. The lesson went really well! She asked tons of questions and said she'd start reading the Book of Mormon to begin her quest to find what she really believes. She was heading back to Australia and wasn't really interested in having missionaries come teach her so I gave her the church website to look up and she seemed excited about that. I was so blessed to be in that area that day and to be guided to that house. It was amazing being able to teach more clearly and set a goal for me to work toward in teaching in Tongan :)
Oku ou ilo'i oku mo'oni 'ae Ongoongolelei o Sisu Kalaisi pea na'e mamahi pea pekia 'a Sisu Kalaisi ma'a e ngaahi angahala 'oe tokotaha kotoa pe kuo mo'ui pe 'e mo'ui 'i he mamani. Oku ou ilo'i oku mo'ui 'a etau Fakamo'ui mo Huhu'i. Oku ne ofa kiate kitautolu pea 'e tokoni kiate kitautolu 'i 'etau ngaahi faingata'a.
Translation: I know the Gospel of Jesus Christ is true and Jesus Christ suffered and died for the sins of everyone who has lived and will live on the Earth. I know our Savior and Redeemer lives. He loves us and will help us in our difficulties.
I'm so blessed to be apart of this work!
p.s. I'm going to include a question at the end of each of my emails from now on for you to think about. I think it'll be good mission prep for those preparing to go on missions or good for anyone to help in their personal study. Thinking and pondering questions has enhanced my study.
This is a question a Baptist man asked us: "How do you KNOW Joseph Smith was a prophet, and how do people who go to other churches know their church is true? and I know that my church is true."
To study (write in a study journal):
1. Think of what you would say...how would you clearly explain your thoughts
2. What questions could you ask him to open a discussion and guide them to learn truth
3. What scriptures support your answer or could help explain