Ofa Lahi Atu'
...Tokanga ki he Ngaue'...
"If ye have a desire to Serve Ye are called to the Work"
This week was transfers. When I received the call last week Thursday from Pres and found out that I was training to me a few seconds to think in my head are you sure pres? But it was chill tho. Staying another two in Constanta til November. Kinda sad tho because Elder Boud is dippn to the Western part of Romania. One and out. Onto the Next One. lol.jk. I know he will come back here to Constanta. But Timi tho' West is the Best' I was thinking I was bout to stay with him for another transfer but his journey will only progress from here. I am happy I got to serve with him learned so much from him. Never met anyone who is outspoken, humble, and talks as much as me. lol. Ur Welcome, ur welcome. As the Nigerians would say. This week for us has been really good for us. We were able to see alot of new faces at church ones I have never seen. Probably the most I have seen since my time here. We got to go visit the Constantinescu Family and celebrate Marianas birthady and shared the importance of the Book of Mormon and why its important to read daily. I love how they read as a family and seeing their kids at a young age share what they know proves that the gospel starts at HOME. The other sad news was that we found out that our BP and his family is moving back to my previous cities Pitesti. They are another pillar family here who I truly love and respect so much. Finding out this past Sunday was a bit of shock to here but I am truly thankful for everything they do here for this branch. They embody good work ethics and sacrifice. Ima miss them but excited for their new journey. Luckily, we were able to catch up with our investigator Marius and touch up on his experience at the YSA trip. He felt the spirit so strong and felt happy being surrounded by so many good people. Met so many cool people on the streets at the random places and its funny how the lord puts us in the paths of many people and sharing what we know with them. I truly love my time here in Constanta and continue to pray for more miracles here. Next week we will be having our mission conference and having an apostle here with us. Super stoked for it. Please pray for me for training and hope that everything goes well. lol. Hope that everyone is doing good and alive.
Ofa Lahi Atu'
...Tokanga ki he Ngaue'...
Get super happy when I am surrounded by my poly people. It was just another bipolar weather. Rainy Day, And I look down the mall see polys going down the escalator and I hecka rushed ahead leaving my comp a lil bit. I can tell they were straight from Tonga because their calves were like tree trunks and the shirt, slippers, and shorts. Only polys would wear shorts and slippers through the rain. lol. But I was super happy to flag them down. They shocked when I started speak a lil Tongan with them coming down the escalator. They had just finish getting out of electronic store with a new PS4 and ipads. I was like they treat you good here in Romania. They came out here for work which must pay them really good. Happy to see them here. They will stay here for a good time. Lopeti Tauhatalika from Havelu and Wasi Tupou from Noumuka. They were glad to see me here and tried to give me a ipad or if I needed anything. lol. But its all good I am just happy to even catch them out here.
Crazy this week went by super fast visited alot of less-active members, met more military people, and have new sister for now in Constanta. Sora Warrick from Chicago. This week tested my patience with the Gypsy people here these were the ones from the streets. As much as I wanted to yell at them and do who knows what, just thankful for the tag I wear over my heart. A constant reminder of who I represent and mindful of never walking down that rode every again. lol. They alrite tho. But as we continue to read our BOM and challenge ourselves to be fully converted, I have learned and gained a stronger testimony of this book and its truthfulness. Happy for my mom back at home made the newspaper. Always talk about her with the people I meet here and with members of how much work she does for not only me and for others who are less fortunate. I LOVE her for that it gives me a constant reminder in LIFE of who I should be. Letting the lord change me as I continue to serve him. LOVE you mama' Much Appreciated. Thanks Pops for sharing the article with me. Peace out hope you all are doing good.
yall more than welcome
A lil inside joke, crazy to think the sisters in my MTC group head back home in a few days. All four head back home that means I literally have 6 months left here. As much as I try not to think about it, I want to make sure that I give it my all here and do everything to the fullest for the lord. If you haven't read The Fourth Missionary by Lawrence E. Corbridge awesome read for those preparing to go on mission or even leaving on one it shows who you can become as a missionary. But I am just super happy to be out here serving the lord and doing all that I can my time out here. Lets see this past week for us has been super good for us here. One of the members here found out that she will be a grandmother. She is super happy and we are too for her we just seeing a family grow here in Constanta has been true blessing. All within 6 months, seeing one family grow into a pillar family is needed everywhere. Sora Mihaiela will be heading out to the temple in October and visiting her daughter in Utah. She is an awesome member here and has looked over all of us missionaries here. From making sure we are home and well fed. Feels like having a mom here. This week for us has been chill a bit slow but getting by. Lets see most of the people we have met have been people from the military base from various bases. Crazy talking to them and sharing why we left our school, family, friends, and work to serve a full time mission. That's one thing I love sharing with the people here in Constanta. Alot of tourist here and just even meeting people in the streets has been really cool sharing with my comp. The experiences that I have learned thus far has better myself in the long run. Marius our investigator is still in his ysa trip but has been telling us nothing but good things about his experience so far. This past weekend was super funny catching everyone we meet with here all at the mall during our lunch time. Funny when you catch them and they tell us one thing and we catch them at the mall. mani eh. lol. Its ok I remember when I be like that to the missionaries back at home. All our military friends just got back from various places they were serving and Chu is not alone for now. So we have been keeping up with them and love hearing the cool news from back home. Congrats to fellow FIJIANS on taking GOLD at the Rio Olympics 2016 for rugby. Toso Viti Toso. Had my TokoBula hat at the beach had to represent. The past few weeks we wanted to clearly emphasize on The Book of Mormon and the importance of it. I really liked when our sisters asked us why is it important that we even have this book? Brent our military friend answered I love how this The Book of Mormon tells of its simple truths of the gospel. It puts to show it can clarify how things should be done. I never thought about it like that for example he infant baptism and how in the BOM it explains why we have it at the age of 8. Simple truths like that go hand and hand with the Bible. The BOM is guide for us and it shows how we should live the doctrine, know of Christ, and have testimony of the Book of Mormon and what it has to offer. I know this Book was translated through our Prophet Joseph Smith and that its contains all truths. If pray about it and ponder upon the things we read from it we can know for its truthfulness and have true conversion in the Gospel. Hope everyone is doing good and still alive. lol. Ele and Tiki send my love to dad and grandma. Kai lelei eh. jk. Much Love.
Ofa Lahi Atu'
Lets quick recap this week,
-Exciting news President Uctdorf of the first presidency will be visiting our mission first week of September. Liahona here I come. jk.
-I got sick by throwing up alot. Lets just say ate too much good food. Thanks ferris wheel. Then, my comp got sick the next day and threw up before a member lesson. Kinda felt bad because I made Nigerian fried noodle or it was probably too much cinnamon he had. Still tryna figure out whats the cause. Pretty much a slow week for us.
-Marius our investigator headed off to YSA trip in Hungary. It would be a good experience for him. His mom got her passport so she can go to the states and visit the temple in SLC with her daughter. She called us today thanking us for the blessing we gave her yesterday. Power of the Priesthood. Happy for them.
-Leo our other Nigerian came to church gave him the guilt trip if he didn't come. lol. Love my Nigerians. Super dope on the keyboard. Give ya a lil snippet next week. I need thee every hour'.
Hope everyone back at home is doing good love you all.
Ofa Lahi Atu'
...Tokanga ki he Ngaue'...
Sorry had to throw in a lil pidgin for ya. Got real good practicing with all my fellow Nigerian friends here. This week has been super good and well productive for us. So we wanted to put a good push to helping our Branch President any way possible. He called us to do some service for him. We ended up moving alot of furniture for him filling up a truck full. Good workout tho with 9 floors. Sucks when you cant pull your own weight. The cabinet just slammed on me and I ate it. lol. Thankful for companions. It allowed us to really get good conversation with our Branch President. Truly greatful for everything that he and his family has done for us and the branch here. This week we had the chance to head down to Buc for Zone Conference which was good to see all the young missionaries coming in with so much energy. Totally different from last year, so many new faces. As much as I loved last year, I am super stoked for this mission to progress to whole new level with these young missionaries. I really loved how they emphasized on testimony and true conversion. Solely for me it was good rememberence for me to have a testimony and believing it. True conversion for me is truly living it having faith. It can seen as a life long process. All in all, we have a greater purpose here in life and we share it with those we surround ourselves with. I am truly thankful for being a missionary here and the people that I have cross path with. I send you all my love and hope that everyone is doing good.
Ofa Lahi Atu