Tongan Beach

Tongan Beach

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Week 86: Fahefa- If That's your talent- Make Use Of It

May 29, 2017


Hi,

My work this week has been kind of slow although we have had some progress. We are making really good friends with this family who are not members. They are very, very talented with singing and they are helping us prepare to sing at a musical fireside. We invited them and they are willing to join with us and sing. It's really fun and we go over there a lot. It is a married couple and they are really nice and I want to invite them to listen to the message and see if they will be baptized. I don't know what their response will, be but I will probably try to ask them this week. They are both really  talented singers and the girl won the Best in Tonga award at one point with her dad and sister. So yeah, it's a pleasure to work with them because we get to hear beautiful singing. 
Something funny that happened was we had our ward conference this week. One of the activities was a primary talent show; this was hilarious to watch. There was a lot of people doing the traditional Tongan dancing called the ta'olunga and then there was also a lot of just dancing like crazy. It was super hilarious. Island people are very talented at moving their hips. There were these three girls who did a routine, it was a really risqué dance though. If they did that in America, the bishop would be interviewing the girls, and parents. The girls were about 7, 10 and 11. They wore miniskirts and tall, black leather boots; it was funny and weird at the same time. The members were just busting up laughing, but I guess if that's your talent you should make use of it.
Other than that, stuff is just plugging along. I’m trying to overcome problems and trying the best I can, hopefully I am succeeding.


Ofa Atu,


Elder Sitaki



Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Week 85: Fahefa- Nothing Big Happening

May 21, 2017

Hey,

So, I have a quick chance to email you guys. Hopefully you weren’t waiting too long. I don't really have a chance to chat back and forth. How are you guys doing? It was really good to talk to you all last week for Mother’s Day. I'm doing good here. The work in Fahefa is still slow, but it is getting better. I am starting to see some signs.
 I planted a garden at my house, but I will finish my work before any of the crops are ready to harvest. I think that is a sign that I will plant a lot of stuff in this town, but I won't be the one to harvest. That’s okay, I’m going to try really hard to get the ward alive and I have a goal of getting at least one baptism. They haven't had one since last year so maybe I can help with that. Other than things are just going along fine. We have a house in my area that is super fun to visit; we are like part of the family there. We go there almost every night and make hot chocolate, which is super fun. We just play with the kids or chat with the parents. It's going to be one of those houses I remember really well. But yeah, that's my week, nothing big happening. I love you .

Ofa atu,


          Elder Sitaki

Monday, July 17, 2017

Week 83: Fahefa- Planting Seeds

May 7, 2017

Hey family and friends!

          What's up? So, I just got moved to my new area. As of today, I have been here a week; it's pretty awesome. It's on the west side of the island and I have never been here before, but I like it here. I really like the ward, I’m pretty good friends with everyone now. The best part is I think the ward likes me too. They haven't had missionaries for a long time so everyone is happy to have us here. It's me and my companion here, his name is Elder T. He has Tongan family, but he didn't really know any of them and he doesn't speak Tongan 100% yet (funny enough. I knew his family before he did). He's been out for 7 months and he's really nice and relaxed. He's very musically talented and can play the ukulele and sing very well.
The town isn't super huge and I sometimes run out of people to teach. There weren’t any missionaries so we are starting from scratch, plus it’s been a big conference week for all the other churches. So, I did a lot of asking members to find me people to teach because I was doing a terrible job of it. But I set up weekly service projects with the ward, and English classes that I will do with the peace corps member (randomly a dude from Boise, Idaho who went to school at Bishop Kelly) twice a week. So hopefully out of all this, I get can someone to teach.
The other fun thing is I planted a garden at my house. It's tapioca and bananas with 3 sugar canes. The bad part is that I won't be here to harvest anything. That's about all, I love you all!

Ofa atu,


Elder Sitaki