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

South Pacific

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

1 Timothy 4: 12- i just like this one

Hey family and friends! I hope you are all well! It sounds like some of you endured a hurricane and might need to again, That's backwards. I'm supposed to be the one in hurricanes, not utah! But please be safe and take care of yourselves! Please! Thank you! Well another week has gone by. Mostly this week i just helped with the funeral in our town. Pretty crazy the funerals here last all week and the whole village comes together to prepare for it and the last day, the burial day everyone just eats! There are lot's of details but due to time i can't share too much. But it was fun helping with it! I saw how they kill cows to eat, That was pretty brutal  but it was just cool to see a whole town come together for a good cause no matter what religion. I'm sure you are probably seeing some of that there to those of you experiencing a hurricane! Something i thought about maybe you can think about it too. Think of those in your life. Think what they mean to you. Now think if they died and werent there anymore. How would you feel. It might change the way you treat those around you to try to always treat them the best because you never know the last time you will see someone. Just like an unexpected hurricane or another disaster and those people in your life disappear. Let's all treat those around us with love. but just another kind of email that it's just been a topic on my mind. Word of the week: Chasten. What does chasten mean? When i think of chasten i think of a chisel to us. And we are just being chizeled into better people. How does the lord chasten us? We all have different ways of being chastened. But i want to refer to the book of mormon. Many times in the book of mormon the good people become prideful and wicked. How does the lord chasten them? By letting wickedness prevail over them until they learn to lean on God and depend on him and do His will. Maybe we get chastened the same way. We get into problems because we make wrong choices. Well like a said a few weeks ago we have agency. God let's us use our agency. If we choose wrong and get into trouble he isn't just going to pull us out. He will give us clues, signs, and helps to get us out, but we have to use our agency to use those helps and do good again to get out of the wrong. Other times he will chasten us by letting us suffer for our wrong choices until we decide to stop, depend on him, and show him we are willing to do his will, that's when he will help us even faster to come out of those dark places. That's just kind of a thing that has been on my mind that i wanted to share for this week. Hopefully it helps you whoever you may be. I love you all and miss you very much! I'm so thankful for all you all do for me each and everyday! It is so kind and means so much to me! I love you! Til next time!
Elder Rose

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