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

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Nice little surprise!‏

Hey there everyone! So this past week elder vakameilalo was staying with us while waiting for his comp to come from the islands. Well friday we get a call from the AP's and they say my son (lauti) Is transfering and vakameilalo is my new comp. I was surprised cause that was out of nowhere. My son is great though. I miss him even though Vakameilalo is awesome too. He's hilarious. He's been out since may last year. But yeah that was a sad surprise. It's not time for transfers yet. The next one is the 18th of march. Man time flies. I can't believe february is done! So crazy to me! March 10th i'll have been in tonga for a year. It'll be weird to come home. Lifestyle is just different here haha. But anyway work was tough this past week! Every teaching we had fell through. The kid that said he needed to tell his parents he wanted to be baptized hasn't showed up again. His parents said no. Alatini went to new zealand and right now the work is just kinda stuck. Hopefully it pics back up again. But we'll see! Man it's been awhile since i've come up with a challenge. One thing i did this week was got the seminary and institute student manuals for the book of mormon and going through those and keeping a study journal for just the book of mormon and after i read a chapter in the book of mormon write what it was about and what i got out of it! So that can be your challenge i suppose! But i think that's about all for this week! I love and miss you all!
Elder Rose

Put your shoulder to the wheel push along

Hey everyone! Here is the updates this week! Valentines day was spent inside the house all day. The first real hurricane dropped through here. Our house was filled with 2 inches of water. We'd swept it out multiple times. But one time trying to hold the door open a little to sweep it out the wind caught the door and flung it open and just about snapped in half. Luckily it stayed on enough we could close til it was all done. So that was a really fun Valentines day for me! :) Haha so updates on investigators. Nisi and Lasi still can't be baptized cause their dad wont let them. Alatini we just finished teaching and invited to be baptized, he said he believe everything he just feels like he hasn't repented yet, still smokes and drinks kava. But he still wants to meet with us, he leave friday to New zealand to work so i don't know that i'll see him get baptized. Maliu, we just taught him for the second time last night, he's really good. Believes everything, invited him to be baptized he said yes but then said he has to tell his parents and if they say no then he wont. He's family with Nisi and Lasi. Dang wicked traditions of the fathers. People afraid of getting beat for being baptized. That's the hardest part of this mission here i think. So if you could pray for maliu and nisi and lasi's family to have their hearts softened that would be great! They really want to be baptized. They know it's true but just aren't willing to take the persecution from family. Pray for Alatini too to have the desire to really repent! And then yesterday i woke up feeling like i would speak in church. Ended up speaking in 2 of the 3 wards haha. Luckily i had prepared just a little before hand. Just talked about the importance of this work and working together! but i think that's all this week! I love you and thank you all for your support! Til next time!
Elder Rose

Week after Week

Hey everyone! Hope all is well! Well feels like i just emailed you all but it's been like 2 weeks except that little one the other day. But to catch you up. ualita's baptism went well and i did the confirmation. but right now just trying to set up all the appointments! But other than that all is well! Hope to baptize 4 on saturday! We'll see if that helps! But sorry i gotta go! I love you all and miss you all! WOw that's a pathetic 2 week update but that's all i got for ya sorry! I love you and miss you!
Elder Rose

Just hold on

Hey everyone. Just want to say that I'm still in Te'ekiu. Pres called about transfers and said we were doing great work and to just keep it up! So Lauti and I are still in Te'ekiu. This will be my 4th transfer there and honestly i prayed and fasted to stay so it worked! Works been great but I just wanted to let you all know i'm still here and i'll just email you all on monday! But I read all your emails you've sent so thanks! I'll try to respond monday if i have time!
Love and miss you all!
Elder Rose

16,17 and 18

Hey everyone! 
Wow it seems like i just wrote you all! This week went by so dang fast! I can't believe how busy we were too! Everyday just super busy! It was crazy! But first things first! The baptism and confirmation of Viliami 'Ofa Mei Muli Huihui and Mele Lueni Huihui and Lose Moleni all went fantastic! Probably one of the happiest days of my mission so far! Almost cried baptizing Viliami! Man i was so happy. President and his wife and the AP's and the Zone Leaders and my district leader all came. It was just great! :) But this week we were super busy. We got more investigators. Nisi a girl age 15, her sister Lasi age 9, a 13 year old girl named Ofa and a 15 year old boy named Ualita. We taught all them and were supposed to baptize Nisi, Lasi and Ualita on saturday but couldn't baptize the 2 girls because her dad said no. Both their parents are baptized and when they asked to be baptized dad said no but he said he knows it's true and the right church and way to be baptized. It stinks. that's the hardest part of my mission. Parents saying kids can't be baptized or people are scared of their family or something but yeah so we weren't able to but her dad goes to new zealand on the 14th and she said she wants to be baptized then. hopefully we are still around but i doubt we will be! and ualita, well everything was set and ready to go saturday but he had a physical problem and couldn't make it so we are doing it on this coming saturday! But yeah! Work was just really busy this week! It was cool! It was exciting! So busy with teachings and stuff all day every day! But We have transfers on next monday and i'm really expecting to leave this area. Te'ekiu. I'll surly miss it here. I love these people. so if i do get transferred to Vava'u like what was supposed to happen. i'll talk to you all when i can! Hopefully it won't be too long but don't worry! I love you all and miss you all! 
Til next time,
Elder Rose