It was so great to talk to the family last week. You all sound so
good! Thanks Mom for making it so clear how much time I have left.
Haha. Its funny because everyone is telling me that I'm going home
soon but I just dont feel like I am. Theres just so much work to do
and Elder Vaivela and I are trying so hard to baptize someone! The
work is good. We had to drop some investigators because they werent
progressing but we're searching high and low for the investigator that
we will be able to baptize. Dave Reilly came to church this week but
he still needs to get married to his partner and he needs to stop
drinking. We committed him to stop and he said he is trying. Its not
easy for him since he has been an alcoholic for most of his life.
The most exciting news here is that Will Hopoate, one of our ward
missionaries, is a professional Rugby player (we got to see him play
last week) and he decided he is going on a mission! He turned down an
offer of 1.5 million dollars to play for another team. How crazy is
that? He's an amazing man and he will be a hectic missionary. The cool
part for us is that now everyone in our area is recognizing us as
missionaries! They say "Doesnt Hoppa go to your church?" Is he going
to be doing what your doing? He's had a massive impact on everyone in
this area. It was all over the news and newspapers. Its such a good
example to the other young men of the church in Australia that are
also great Rugby players. He will be so blessed for his sacrafice.
More than he's probably tried to imagine. It just goes to show how
making one right choice can make such a difference in many peoples
lives around you.
Elder Vaivela and I are great. We're having lots of fun and making the
most of the time we have. I know that this is the Lord's work and that
Heavenly Father loves his children. People ask us all the time why
does God allow suffering to occur if he's so loving. I know that if
there was no suffering and sorrow we would not know compassion and
joy. God will hold the evil accountable and reward the righteous. Our
losses will be made up. Death is not the end. I have FAith in Jesus
Christ. With that Faith I have a bright hope that we will live after
this life. We will be with our loved ones again and if we are obedient
we will have Eternal life. I love this gospel. In the name of Jesus
Quick Funny Story: We were driving to our flat with our zone leaders
and we noticed that some lady was getting filmed in front of the
chapel! We were like what the heck? So we turned around and pulled
into the parking lot like we were getting something and then I walked
up to them and asked them if they needed help. The lady was like high
I'm Tracy from Channel 10 (she was way snobby) and we're doing a story
on Will Hopoate going on a mission. We were like great! We're
missionaries! She was like oh! (I thought: this is my chance....I'm
going to be on TV!) NOPE! She hogged the whole thing and her story was
lame and she was like can you hold this styrafoam thing and shine it
on me so I look better! PSSSH! Yeah I helped but man they were lame.
Another newspaper said "WIll hopoate is going to SALT LAKE CITY!" Man
these people have no idea what they are talking about.
Love ya heaps as. Catch ya next week.
Elder Maikolo Viliami Nalesoni