Week 12 – Talihau/’Utungake

General conference was great! I want to share some thoughts I had. We listened to the Saturday sessions in English and the Sunday sessions in Tongan, so most of my comments are from Saturday, haha:

  • “Let us remember that our children and grandchildren measure our love by how much devoted time we give them.” – Elder Hales. This quote was so enlightening to me because I had never considered that children measure, subconsciously at least, the love their parents show them. When I become a parent I want to live this principle and set aside time devoted to my children.
  • Elder Craig C. Christensen’s talk was on Joseph Smith, the first prophet of the Church. At some point during his talk I had an interesting thought – immediately after the First Vision, those who believed Joseph Smith such as his family and friends had a testimony of his divine calling as prophet before they had a testimony of the Book of Mormon. Usually it is taught that one must gain a testimony of the Book of Mormon, then a testimony of Joseph Smith and the restoration of the Church will naturally follow. It could only be planned by God that Joseph was born into the family he was, because of how readily they showed their faith and believed the boy who would need so much support bringing about the restoration of the Church.
  • “Clayton M. Christensen, who has impressive experience as a member missionary, states that “over the past twenty years, we have observed no correlation between the depth of a relationship and the probability that a person will be interested in learning about the gospel.” – Elder Dallin H. Oaks. Elder Hopoate and I are still puzzled by this statement but we’re determined to understand how its meaning applies to our missionary work. Some of our best work comes from working with less-actives and nonmembers close to our members.

Ko ia pe kuo u ma’u ke pehe atu kimoutolu.

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Author: Elder Patrick Watts

I am serving a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Tonga Nuku'alofa Mission.

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