Week 14 – Talihau/’Utungake

This week was one of the best but also somewhat frustrating. On Wednesday we had a zone meeting in which we were all sort of reprimanded because the baptismal numbers in Vava’u were way behind the other islands. It resulted with the zone leaders setting up a zone baptismal date at the stake center and everyone feeling super motivated to meet that goal. We thought our investigator Nane was a pretty sure baptism and we had already set a date with her but at the beginning of the week she left to go visit someone on another island in Vava’u. It sounded like she would only be there for a few days but by the end of the week we found out she was possibly moving there indefinitely. We’re still confident she’ll get baptized at some point but it’s still disappointing to have her leave right when she seemed ready.

Our second closest investigator to baptism is a boy named Viliame. We taught him all the lessons and he wants to be baptized but we need permission first since he’s a minor. However his parents are in New Zealand and his grandpa who lives in the same house is the head minister for the Wesleyan Church in Vava’u. So it’s pretty unlikely anyone else living there will approve Viliame’s baptism. I got back to normal healthwise this week so we got a lot of work done but our lack of an investigator for the zone baptismal date makes it hard to feel like we were successful this week.

If at least something good has come from these circumstances it’s that I am more willing to fast than I was in the past. We fasted on Friday so we could find someone for the zone baptism, but it seemed like we just got offered more food because the members could tell we were hungry by our faces. I know that fasting really does show God your commitment to the work, and that blessings do come from it, but I also think the work you do beforehand is extremely important. It would be unfair to expect miracles to come from fasting when you haven’t already shown your commitment through your daily efforts. This week I hope to see the blessings that come from hard work combined with sincere prayer and fasting.

Oku ou ilo oku mo’ui hoku Huhu’i. Ofa lahi atu.

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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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