And if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people, and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father!
- D&C 18:15
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Monday, October 31, 2016
An Island in the Middle of America
The amount of Tongans I knew in my last area: 0
The amount of Tongans I know in this area: 6
The amount of people that they mutually know: over 100,000
I guess when you come from a country who's major island is a 2x21 bump
in the ocean, the community is small. My companion, a Sister
Missionary in the zone, and four members of the Wards I cover are all
Tongan, and they are all related. By how far? I don't know, I can
hardly keep up, but whether the are first cousins or eighth cousins
twice removed, they know exactly.
Elder Vaitai and I have been having a great time in my old stomping
grounds. It is strange to be serving in an area that you have already
served in. Everything is like a really long span of deja vu. There are
a few things that changed since the 15 months ago that I served here.
It helps that most of the ward are in the military, which transfers
their members almost as much as the church transfers their
missionaries. It's been so much fun though. If anyone tries to tell
you different, let's get this straight now. Missionary work is fun.
Feeling the spirit is powerful, the work of salvation is serious, but
if you are cool, calm, and collected, it is fun.
This week Elder V and I were able to go on the bikes for two
days. Let me tell you- it has been a long time since I have been on a
bike, but you have so much fun when you understand your purpose.
Sure, it might be 85 at the end of October, your on a bike in the
humidity, but you can't complain. If you know who you are and if you
are and why you are here. We actually had our most successful days
when we were on the bikes. Personally, I think that our willingness
and our attitude made it more successful than whether we were in a car
This week we were also blessed with a few meetings with Elder Do Hoyos
of the seventy. It was a lot of fun to travel around to the different
areas. I went to the West side of San Antonio for the first time in
ages. Halloween is going to be spent having dinner with some recent
converts and a lesson with some less active members of the church.
I hope that you are all having an excellent and chilly November week.
I am beginning to miss the fall.