I am Elder Jake Rose, and I am currently serving in the Tonga Nuka'alofa mission. I left to the MTC January 5, 2011 and will arrive back to my home in Utah in two quick years.
This is my story and the stories of the people of Tonga.
Elder Jacob Aaron Rose
Tonga Nuku'alofa Mission
P.O. Box 58
Nuku'alofa, Tongatapu, Tonga
Thursday, January 20, 2011
It's been 2 weeks! Time is flyin! I got this great idea to carry about this little note book with me to write down the things I want to put in my letters make things easier!
Well after day 2 i got made Senior companion. I found out i fly outta here Mar 8th! Can't wait! I hear more stories every day and i get way excited! Last thursday we went to the temple. But good smart old me forgot my recommend so me and my companion went back and got it then we did inititories while everyone else did a session. But it was really good! I wont forget my recommend today! My class is in the Heber C kimball building, room 135. I havent been able to dry clean my suit yet. I get to on monday. We couldn't last p day cause it takes til the next day after you drop it off at 430 and We are busy so the only day i can is monday out of monday wednesday and saturday. Something that has been popping up in my head while i've been here is maybe trying to walk on at WSU for basketball and try to get a scholarship. I hear in tonga you give everything away so I'll send some stuff home I want to keep. They ask to borrow stuff and you give it to them. or if they say like that's a nice watch just say you can have it! just part of bein a tongan! It'll be cool i think! Haha on the third day my camera broke. I took a picture then it automatically turned off and the lens stayed out and just got stuck. So i broke it to fix it bein the handy man i am! It works great now! My companion is never on time and we spend more thime in the bathroom than studying. I swear everythime we pass a bathroom he says i gotta go haha. It's crazy. We get to go talk to tongans from tonga sometimes that are here and going stateside. It's fun and pretty cool. Just so you know you were all wrong and I won't gain weight I'm just going to get muscular haha so sorry. No 100 pounds added! :) We got a new MTC presidency on the 14. so made history haha. On man on sunday I had a wonderful experience. We watch the joseph smith movie after the devotional and it was amazing. I've seen it before but when I watched it it hit me so hard and the spirit testified to me that everything in that movie is true. I have a strong testimony of joseph smith now and i love it and everything he did in his life for all of us. I read Joseph smith history after that and that was really cool too!! one of the guys in my district, elder fotu-tau'aho made me realize what I'll miss about UT. and how much i take temples and temple square for granted. He's from cali and he's never been there and he want's to so bad and i was like i can go there whenever! and I just realized I take it for granted and i shouldn't. I'll miss it! I find myself alot realizing how excited it is to me to study the gospel. I learn so much every time and it's really fun to do! I was thinking the other day. The last days I was home were very special. Getting to go to the SLC temple to do a session with all my siblings was way special to me and I loved doing that. And then the day i got set apart going to do baptisms with 2 amazing women in my life Jenna and Kendra really meant alot to me and memories i keep very dear. They were great experiences. We do these zone teaching things which are really cool. Just with guys in the zone who act like people they know without the gospel and i was totally lead by the spirit in one. One guy acted as his brother who fell away at age 15 or 16 and all he did was loose his faith and i realized how important faith is. He also had just got engaged and didn't know what he believed about the after life. I was looking up a scripture i had read about the three kingdoms a couple days earlier in d and c but came upon a scripture that talked about both the after life and temple marriage and how important it is. I know that was something he needed to hear. Tuesday we had a devotional and had my testimony grow about the BOM. the guy put up a picture of a excerpt from one of the books oliver cowdrey wrote on the projector. I was like it would be so cool to see that! But the thought popped into my head instantly. it said " you don't need to see that, you already have it and it's the exact same thing" It was a spiritual experience and realization to me. He also talked about how people have proven the book of mormon is true true science and facts and stuff. I can't remember exactly what he said though. I realized also the best way i learn is when i look back and reflect. In my life things i go through i don't really learn why imediately but when i have passed it and look back i realize why and i think that's what life is all about. Yesterday i got on the church website during MDT to look at all the temples and i found out i really love the SLC temple. it's beautiful and so unique. I started to learn caligraphy from elder martinez! I wrote some in my tongan bible and took a picture! I did it by myself so when i send pics back you can see! After the first day elder palavi and tulimaiau moved out of our room so it was just me and elder michael. But yesterday we moved in with hettig and martinez cause it was only those two in a room as well and we didn't want to be put with new people. We liked martinez and hettig. Martinez is becoming one of my closer buddies here! yesterday in class i had my pant leg up cause i was hot and this janitor pokes his head in and points toward me and says that's nasty and i look around to see what he ways pointing at and i didn't know so i said what is and he said your legs. haha it was so funny. he has huge glasses and his face was scrunched up. It made me laugh. I'm doing good though! I hope everyone is doing well! Keep sending letters! not emails. I don't have time to read emails! Sorry but I'll do my best to write back to letters! I challenge you all to watch the joseph smith movie and pray about it and maybe read JSH! I love you all and can't wait to hear from you all! Til next week!