Talofa Family and Friends,
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We have loved having Miriama take the missionary discussions in our home. She is a beautiful, smart young woman who wants to join the church for the right reasons. She has asked Brent to baptize her next Saturday, which will be a great way to end our mission.
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|Elder Vahai's carving|
President and Sister Hannemann were off island all week, so again Brent and I held down the fort. This upcoming week is our last transfer, and I have the schedule done, so hopefully the President won't change too many things at the last minute. At FHE last Monday Sister Starke conducted a very interesting activity where people identified their personality type. I learned that I am mostly West and Brent and President are mostly North. That means I like things organized and they just push through like bulls in a china closet. It helped me understand why we knock heads a lot.
Elder Vahai (Tongan) was Elder Cutler's companion last week, so while Elder Cutler worked on computer tasks, Elder Vahai carved hymn books. He is an amazing artist! Several missionaries know how to carve the books, but he is the best I have ever seen. He comes by his talent honestly, as his father carved the King of Tonga's official chair.
I have loved teaching the New Testament in Primary this year, and am enjoying just reading it through again. It is like spending time with an old friend. In reading John this week this scripture stuck out. The LDS Temples that are now around the entire globe exist to help save the dead who never had a chance to hear and accept the Gospel of Jesus Christ. These scriptures refer to to this doctrine of saving the dead. John 5:24-29:
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from
death unto life. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man. Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.
It is a great blessing to understand the plan that our Heavenly Father had for every person ever born on the earth - a plan that is totally inclusive. If you want to know more you can always invite the missionaries into your home to share this message. I send my love to you and look forward to seeing you soon.
Alofa Tele, Patty