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, May 19, 2011
Another week bites the dust!
Hello again family and friends! It was good talking to alot of you the other day! It made me really happy! I miss you all and glad you are all well and healthy! I'm gonna cut back on my emails so they aren't as long. I don't think you need to know every step i take haha so i'm just gonna write the somewhat important to important or interesting things! 5/6 There was a ward feast for ward conference. It was pretty cool. So we went around inviting people to it. One of the people we invited, he is a member, but when his dad died he took over as the preacher for the wesleyan church, but he's been through the temple and all so we hoped inviting him to this would help. Then we went and set up lots of tables and chairs to get ready for this. When it started families showed up and all sat at the tables and they all brought food to feed themselves and really whoever wanted some of their food! Well we sat with this one family and my meal consisted of raw fish, octopus, and dog! The dog and octopus was way good. Not a fan of the raw fish. It made my stomach hurt haha. We never saw that wesleyan guy there either. 5/7 Not much happened this day. at the church there was another thing goin for ward conference and we sat in with some guys talkin about what the clerk does and about the budget. I didn't understand and i just looked at a world map the whole time haha. But afterwards we got some good ice cream! So it was worth it! 5/8 Happy mothers day! Had some speakers from our neighborhood speak and waiting for the next ward we are in charge of to start we practiced our lesson. When sacrament started for the next ward we sung with all the kids for mothers day haha. 5/9 I got to talk to you all! It was very fantastic! It really helped me refocus myself and commit to working harder! so thank you all! I actually heard thunder for the first time too! I didn't see any lightning though. I hear it looks pretty cool out here! While i'm thinkin about it. I figured out how western union works. You go there and you say how much money you want to send and where and give them the name of me. Jacob Rose. and they will give you a control number thing. You tell me what that control number thing is and i go in and give them that and my ID and they will give me the money! Hope that helps you out if you happened to maybe want to send some money this way. it'd be helpful especially if i went to a little island and they don't have an ATM but i guess they have western union on the smallest island so that would always work. 5/10 Happy 2 year anniversary ken and lance. Crazy you two have been married let alone together for so long. Glad you are doing well and enjoying all your new things! We had district meeting this day and it was same as usual. Just reporting on the week. After we did an activity where we all were sitting there and a guy pointed to someone and they start a lesson, he points to another person and they pick up in the lesson where the last one left off and so forth. This happens at any random moment. I liked it because it helped me listen, comprehend, speak, and know the lessons better. All this was in tongan so it was good! I also got a letter from chet sent march 7. A stamp on the front of the envelope said, " your mail was missent to boroko papua new ginea" glad it made it to me and all that other mail isn't doing the same thing haha. I also attemped to get a hair cut. One of the elders just cut the sides with scissors and then said he'd finish thursday. I wasn't walkin around lookin like that. So when i got home i cut the front with scissors so it looked a little better. Anyway we got a basketball that day and played horse with some kids! It was fun finally getting to play! 5/11 Oh some asked what my address was so i wrote down the address that was on a letter i've gotten. Elder Jacob Rose Tonga Nuku'alofa Mission P.O. Box 58 Nuku'alofa, Tongatapu, Tonga South Pacific Hopefully that helps. We just walked around trying to find a dog to eat for Pday this day. 5/12 We checked to see if the guy got us a dog. He didn't. We went to longolongo and played basketball. Then i got my haircut. A guy was there cuttin his hair with clippers and then makasini got his cut and they said i was up. I said okay. The first guy again just cut the sides and then had to leave and said we'd finish when he got back. Well he chopped the sides bad. Then elder fale tried cuttin the top. Did decent but left the back on top long. So right now i got a wierd cut. Then Vaka, who started at the very first with the scissors came and asked if i wanted him to fix it. I said yes please. He made it look pretty decent. Pretty short though. Had to be thought if it was gonna be fixed. So after 3 different people goin after this white guys hair. It looks alright. Haha one guy said i look like a soldier haha. can't expect pro cuts by people who never cut white people hair. Oh well i'm sure i'll get worse haha. but we spent the day playin basketball and volleyball and it was fun! We got poured on with rain on the way home in the dark haha it was fun. Well that's about all! I love and miss you all! Thank you so much for everything! Til next week! Love, Elder Rose