Thursday, March 31, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Okay this week went alot faster than last. Today is my p day thursday but its wednesday there. I'm 20 hours ahead of you in utah. I have a watch still set to utah time so it makes it kinda fun. Some of you asked about the earth quake. The night I got here i was sleeping and woke up the next morning and president said there was a tsunami warning i didn't know anything happened. so if i died it would have been peaceful to say the least ;) anywho i'm really happy here. I'm sorry my last letter was kind of pessimistic i was really frustrated but just prayed hard and have been having a blast since. It's a really neat place here and the people are really nice. it's funny walking into someones house you don't know and asking for food or a phone. in america that's robbery haha. but it's cool here though sometimes i only get to eat once a day cause people forget they are supposed to feed us haha. okay starting off the week. last pday i felt sick it kinda sucked. just nausiated. but got better. some items i need. whoever may send them i know it's probably expensive: A flash drive so i can put my pictures on it then send my sim card home so incase it gets lost like my last i still have the pictures cause i can't figure out how to email pics. sorry. my companion elder fale looks just like Derek Rose the NBA player. He is way awesome i'm lovin having him for a comp. 3/20 holy cow i ate so much. we went to church and had our fafanga (very important word means dinner or food appointment) ate aton of lu pulu and fish and i couln't eat more then walked to another house and they fed us just as much so pretty sure i had food in my throat cause no more could go down. then we got back home and my comps family brought more food. man o man i was stuffed to the rafters (hope some of you caught that reference) 3/21 we had a special training meeting that was really awesome with president. Really felt the spirit there. then we went to our fafanga but they didn't know they were supposed to feed us so they gave us 100 bucks, benefits of that person being the mayor ahaha. so us and the zone leaders went to the most expensive place in tonga to eat. it's also the best. it's called little italys it was a massive pizza. 55 bucks massive. then we went and got ice cream. it was dang good. we ate next to the ocean. sorry for all you who can't do that :) 3/22 I couldn't sleep that night i was so hot. fell asleep at 4 it sucked! but what can ya do. Then we walked to our district meeting. that was an adventure. We were walking and got soaked in rain! It rains alot here. Luckily my backpack has a rain fly so nothing in it got wet! but we stopped by a shop just to get out of the rain and luckily it was one of my comps relatives who owns it! it was great! She gave us an umbrella and a big arizona drink! I still don't understand when people talk so district meeting is pointless haha. We did the same thing here though as we did at out special trianing. just practiced the baptismal invitation. anyway that day we got 3 investigators. Atimata who is s 16 yr old girl. another lady that goes to church but isn't baptised and thinks going to church is good enough and then the bishop told us about someone. I hope these all go well and we get baptisms. the area i'm in is known for the work being dead. hopefully we can get it going again. yesterday 3/23 I woke up and just read the BOM cause i havent since the MTC and i missed it. So i read. I was reading in alma. and i read chapter 5. wow that's a very powerful verse. it'll rip you apart haha. But i really liked it. Though it was wierd cause I prayed that the things i read would help me with our investigator that goes to church. I think that would scare someone away haha. so if you read it just imagin what i was thinking having a certain investigator in mind. Then me and my comp started talking about adam and eve and trying to figure stuff out with that and symbolyzm and such. it was really interesting so i read about it in the bible and moses. and I read about Cain to who became perdition. I didn't ever know why he was but now i know. I love searching the scriptures. it's so cool! I learn so much from them! Then we hung with the Zone Leaders all day cause My comp is the District Leader and had to interview 3 people for baptism so we drove around alot. They all went well and accepted being baptized! I started to read a book called the infinite atonement and just reading the first like 5 pages i gained a greater appreciation. I don't have the book it's the ZL's and when we were at his house i just read. but it was good. Then last night we had a big fafanga. I had this soup stuff i didn't knwo what it was but it had coconut cream, peppers, tomatoes, fish and i didn't know what it was at the time so i just ate it. it wasn't very good but i finished it anyway then had 2 bowls of kapa pulu (corned beef) and then the guy brings in 7 bananas and says i have to eat them all. So i did! I got a pic of the seven banana peels on a plate man i ate alot. They loved that i could eat so much ahaha luckily i like bananas. probably the best tasting thing since i've been here! But they were happy cause i ate alot. so now 3/24 it's p day and we are emailing! I'd still love to get hand written letters from you all! It's a really stormy day today and we drove by the ocean and i saw some massive waves! Well I got to go times out! I love you and miss you all and hope all is well! The church is true and I'm blessed because of it!
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Hey everyone I'm no longer using the my lds mail account so send emails to me hear. I'll be able to email you I just have to pay for a dollar an hour! well i'll get started. havent been able to email for a bit so i have many days to cover. 3/3 we had a culture day in class with brother yates who came here to tonga. it was pretty cool! he told us some stories and gave me a rugby jersey! I sent that home. 3/5 i got my hair cut did our last service and have been on my mission for 2 months! Time went by fast! we had our last TRC too which i was quite excited about! 3/6 This was a really good day! it was our last time in sacrament so we had a musical number. We sang army of helaman. The first verse in tongan the second in english and the last in tongan. Oh man I love that song. It's so dang good! and we sounded good too! We had a departure meeting with our branch presidency where we took pics with them, learned how to pack and got pass along cards. I got to hold and iphone and that was really wierd. It was awkward! So then we had a fireside that night. It was really good. it was the temple president of the provo temple. He talked about temples. Pointed out some cool stuff, Have you ever thought that when you go to the temple you have walked where god and our savior have walked? they've walked every hall of every temple. That was amazing for me to hear. And he still goes there today! especially the salt lake temple. That temple has grown to mean alot to me over the last few months. I don't know why but for some reason this day i felt really close to jeremy. It was a neat feeling. For those of you who don't know Jeremy is my brother who died a little after he was born. And I had an impression or wondered if his temple work has been done. so if someone could inform me of that that would be really cool! Then i saw a friend from home after the fireside and talked to him about the mission. it was a really good talk. i guess alot of my friends who weren't going to go on missions have decided to shape up and go. That made me happy to hear. and we just talked about how much we grew in the mtc. I really loved the MTC and learned and grew so much! then we watched the testament movie again. 3/7 we had culture day with bro williams and he just taught us how to play rugby. then we had alot of time to pack and do laundry and stuff like that. then we had culture day with bro payne that night. he served tongan speaking in new zealand. it was really cool! some neat pictures and told us stories. then 3/8 TIME TO LEAVE TO TONGA! Goodbye MTC you were great! we left the mtc and flew to LA had a 6 hour lay over there I talked to some of you and thank you to those I talked to! It was really good to talk to you and meant alot to me! You are all great and glad to hear you are doing good! I was really happy i got to talk to you! Then 3/9 we missed that day completely it was really wierd not to have a day haha. We were just on a plane and missed it cause we passed the dateline. The plane we rode to new zealand was huge! 3/10 We arrive in new zealand and it was cool. Elder Hettigs dad owns a bus and came and picked us up and we went to like an animal farm and got alot of food and had a picknic at some park in new zealand. It's a really pretty place! then i couldn't call you from new zealand because my phone card wouldn't work and it was really expensive to call! I wasn't a fan. So we left new zealand and arrived here in Tonga! We actually rode with the king which we didn't know until we landed and all these people were there waving and the band was playing it was really cool. Super hot here haha. So then we went with president tukuafu and his wife who are really awesome and had a dinner at their house and then stayed and the school liahona which is a church owned school. there were lots of bugs that we killed here. so then we went to bed that night 3/11 we woke up and saw some people playing rugby so we walked over there to watch and elders fotu tau aho, unga, langi, and leavitt played with them. it was funny. then we had to go to presidents for breakfast and do an orientation. that was boring. And president said after feeling the spirit we brought and inspired to do so we'd go to do a session from 2 to 4. I was way excited! It was cool to go there and see what it's like. It's so different from what Im used to. I didn't understand anything the whole session. Luckily when i had to do something I got to do it in english haha. But it was a cool experience. I enjoyed it. Then we had dinner. Yes I know we eat after everything we do. And then we went back to our dorms and just hung out. The next morning we went to breakfast and met our companions and had a testimony meeting. My comp was Sime. He was awesome. He was supposed to be in new guinea but didn't get his visa til just barely. so he was my comp my first week here in tonga. He was awesome. but he left me today. I got my new comp but i'll talk about him when i get to that day. so then we went to our area. Longolongo is where i'm serving. This place is very 3rd world even the nice houses are really bad. But it's cool here to see the tropical stuff. So me and Sime went for a walk and I got fried. I got a cocoanut too fresh off the tree. It's a weird taste but i like it now. so then on sunday I had my first baptism. A little 8 year old girl. Heleni Salote Tukutukunga. It was cool. I did it in tongan! Okay so i won't go day by day now but just kinda things i've done and feelings. My first few days here I got reeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaally frustrated not knowing the language don't know what anyone is saying and can't really speak very well. I don't know why but i got really mad and sad. First time I've been homesick and almost a feeling of depression. I was just really down. I hated it and wanted to leave. But it's little things that keep you here. First the little kids everytime they see me just yell ROSE and come up to me haha they are funny. One boy has a kobe bryant jersey so i call him bryant. Oh ps I was sad to hear Deron got traded from the jazz. anywho back to the story. I was really down and so i just kneeled down and prayed to God for help with the language and be comforted. I worked hard and tried to understand. Then after when we were talking to someone I was able to understand a little. So that was nice. Then the next day, super down again because I couldn't understand anything. Yet again I prayed to God, hard. Just for comfort and help. I work really hard to try to learn this language. He helped me out and since then i decided i'm just going to have fun. I do things that make me laugh. I made a video that I hope I can send you guys. anyway that's about it i'm going to try to attach pics now. Oh and ps. i got a tupenu today. Sime left it for me. Oh and Elder Fale is my new comp. From austrialia. He's way cool. okay here i go.okay looks like i can't put up pics. I'll try to figure it out next time. Im runnin out of time. I love you all and miss you. Hope you're all doing well! ofa lahi atu kimoutolu!