Week 40 – Lapaha

We woke up around 3:00 am a few nights ago to the barking of dogs right outside our room. They were so loud it was impossible to go back to sleep so we went outside to check it out. The lady that owns the property we live on was poking a long pole into the bushes with the dogs barking next to her. Turns out the gate was left open and a pig got inside the fence, then ran into the bushes after the dogs scared it. The funny part was the pig must’ve been in such shock it didn’t budge even with the lady jabbing him in the head. Eventually it escaped the bush but fled to an even farther corner of the fence. Emelita picked up a big rock and chucked it square at the pig’s head. It squealed but didn’t give up. Then the dogs ran over and each locked on to an ear, spinning the pig in circles while it squealed like crazy. It was hard not to bust out laughing. This went on for another half hour trying to get the dogs away from the pig so it could finally leave. Thankfully it started raining and the dogs got bored so we went back to sleep. Now the owners chain up the gate every night haha.

The work is still going awesome. We had a couple not-so-successful days at the beginning of last week and I told Elder Hirinuki my enthusiasm for the area was starting to wear off. But then the last few days the work was super productive and I told him nevermind, I love this area again.

That’s all for this week. Happy Easter!


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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