And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn, when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God. Mosiah 2:17

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

WEEK 79----4 MONTHS LEFT??

Time has been flying by... I don't like it. Mainly because that means summer is coming, and seeing how it is only April and the temperature right now is in the mid 90's, it  doesn't look too promising to me..This past week has had some ups and some downs, but over all it was a pretty good week! Here are the Top 3 highlights. 1.) 50 ft. Cottonwood. 2.) FHA. 3.) Easter!

1.) This Wednesday we got a call by a member to come and help him take down not 1. Not 2. Not 3. But 4 Cottonwood Trees in his back yard.. It was a blast. We got to watch those things come crashing down and then the pick up was the fun part. We would cart them to the wood chipper. It was so cool mainly because I become a 5 year old when big loud yellow machines are at my disposal. It's weird to see cottonwood trees in AZ. Well you'd be right if you were to agree with me because 1 - I am always right and 2 - The cottonwoods dry out and rot, and become brittle, so limbs come falling down by winds that compare to a 2 yr old blowing out a birthday candle. So that was the reason The Lemieux's were getting rid of them. The video will show how cool it is. Because I do it no justice...

2.) FHA (Family Home Afternoon), So if you haven't heard of FHA don't worry. It is just a 2 hour activity put on by Senior couples in our mission to feed us, teach us, and let us relax, and get out of the heat. It happens every transfer. Well this last FHA was probably my most favorite one yet. There was ping pong, pool, mini golf, a tramp, corn hole, horse shoes, basketball, all in one yard!!! We had some dang good authentic street tacos and they were bombin! We also had a beautiful spiritual message that was all on becoming a better and a more true disciple of Christ. And as we were playing games all over the back yard it was just cool to see of immature we really are. Haha Especially me yelling at a stupid bean bag to get inside the hole. We may all look the part as we ride around and talk with people but deep down we all of our quirks and we all have that inner mischievous part about us. But here are some zone pics from FHA!

3.) I am writing about this now because I failed to send out an email last week! Anyway Easter was AMAZING! Conference was just jaw dropping. It was so amazing to stand and sustain President Nelson as our Prophet! But the best part about Easter Sunday was I didn't feel like I was away from home because of the Sparks family. The past 2 transfers I have gotten really close with them, and they treat me like their own. We spent the time in between sessions to hangout and play some games, and have lunch, and I felt right at home. And it just reminded me of my own family, and how grateful I am for them. Being out her on a mission has brought me to a bigger and better understanding of the importance of families. I am so grateful to know that we can be resurrected because of our Savior to be with our families for Eternity.

I am sad that my time here in AZ is becoming so short. I have hit a lot of bumps in the road while being here, but one thing for sure I am a better person because of the trials I have been through, because of the people I have had the opportunity to meet, and most of all because for once in my life I truly feel I have let the Atonement work in my life. These past 19 months have been the best 19 months for my life. I have learned so much. And all I can say is I wouldn't trade it for the world!

I love you all and I, again, am grateful for the love and support you all have shown me through out my life. I miss you all. I hope life is all goods in WJ! and wherever else you may be. I'll see you in a few!

Here is a picture of a friend I ran into the other day his name is Rolly!

Love,
Elder Tautai Matua






Tuesday, April 3, 2018

EASTER/CONFERENCE PICS APRIL 2018

Another P-day sunrise hike


No words.....

The Zone after Conference

Monday, April 2, 2018

WEEK 78--QUEENTUCKY

This week has been pretty eventful! It has been one of the shortest weeks on my mission. We have had a lot of lessons where we have seen progression in our investigators, and we have been able to see miracles through out the week. Here are some of the highlights of Elder Matua's week. 1. Spring into Queen Creek festival. 2. Food Truck Friday 3. Baby Goats

1.) So our zone got signed up for an event here for the city of Queen Creek, and it was a blast! We were supposed to play games with people and just be there to help out. Well me and Elder Neilson ended up playing corn hole with Downs Syndrome girls for like 2 1/2 hours! They were and absolute riot! We had a lot of fun. We also were able to be apart of the color splash. and we got demolished. We were caked in chalk.. I'll let the pictures do the talking. But needless to say we had a lot of fun on Saturday!

2.) Every Friday there is a lot like right next to our apartment where a bunch of food trucks, and we finally went. We showed up not knowing it was super over priced, but it was.. A member walked up to us and said wow Elders you have a budget for this? We were like no we don't haha we are just gonna go to Mcdonald's. He said oh don't do that and he handed each of us $20 and let us get whatever. It was lit. They have live music, food trucks, soda trucks, pretty much any food you can think of it was there. It was so cool.

3.) Last baby goats. I watched these little things enter this world. DISGUSTING! But they are cute so I don't care. Here are somepics.



Well  yall have a good week! I love you! I'll see you in a short 5 1/2 months!!


Friday, March 23, 2018

WEEK 77---Long Week

This week has been good just not a whole lot going on. Hopefully next week will pick up because we have found a few new investigators. But everything is going good. Just pressing forward doing the work. I love you guys I hope all is well! I miss you!










Thursday, March 8, 2018

WEEK 75---"A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there."

This week has been a good week. Elder Lott and I have been able to see a lot of miracles and success. I found this quote the other day, and it's funny because I have kind of been in a comfort zone the past week. And here is what helped me get out of this funk. obviously seeing the quote helped,but we had a guy in our ward come up to us yesterday after sacrament meeting and he told us, "Elders I have written down EVER testimony given in this ward this year. 283 testimonies were born, and only 38 of those mentioned out Savior. That is roughly 13%. My brothers how sad.. Our Savior gave His life for us and we can't even acknowledge him in a simple testimony, but we are quick to give self praise for something we did, or how our kids made the school soccer team." I thought long and hard about that all day yesterday and all day today. And last night I got an amazing powerful test message from a good friend of mine named Steve Tenney, now if you haven't heard about Steve I'm sorry that's on me, but Steve was a less active member that came back into activity and is now working harder than ever to stay on the path to eternal life. Anyways here is what he texted me. "Hey Brother is Steve-O I was prompted to text you and to bear my testimony to you. The same testimony that I bore today verbatim, "I stand to bear witness to you all that one of the only things I have ever known, and will ever know whether I live for another 50 years or if I die right now is that Jesus IS THE CHRIST, and that I testifyand bear witness of in His Eternal and Sacred Name. Amen." He said Elder Matua I wasn't NOT going to church because I didn't want to I wasn't going because I got comfortable doing my own thing. I am proud of what you are doing keep pushing forward and finish strong. And I don't think I have ever felt the way I did last night as I read that. My Father in Heaven knew what I was going through whether I want to admit it or not, and he gave me exactly what I needed to keep pushing forward these last six months I have here in AZ. Anyways it's been a good week. Nothing extraordinary..I'll try to have some stories for next week, but until then I love you guys! Have a good week!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

WEEK 74---PICS FROM THE WEEK
A massage

Not sure why they need a drone

Soccer skills


Oh MY!!! Study not study
In deep thought at church...more like a quiuck nap

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

WEEK 73-----How You Possa Understand Me If My Jaw Keep Locking

This week has been another slow one. The Elder that has his mouth wired shut, aka LOCKJAW, still can't be out working from the meds that he is on, so we have been taking turns with other Elders watching him, and we have drawn the short stick everyday... But I will still fill you in on the hgihlights of the week! 1. I just about threw my bike off out second story balcony.. 2. The Anti-Endrizzi staff. 3. Chocolate Poop.

1.) My bike has been acting up the past week, and it is sad because she's been so good to me. Now, she is just getting tired of lugging my fat butt around. She's seen better day. But I've been saving money to fix her up and I did! I switched her chain, got her new grips, new pedals, and a tune up. She is still a little muddy from the ride we took thre other day through the rain, but for the most part she is looking good. It took about 2 days becasue I have no idea how to work on a bike, and I wasn't about to pay a shop a fortune to do it. I was getting so frustrated with my bike (which is really stupid Iknow..) But I am a guy it happens haha. So as I was working on putting the new chain on the bike the tool I was using broke on me. and this was about and hour after working on this stupid thing.. I picked my bike up lifted it over my head and luckily an elder came out cause he grabbed my bike from me and set it down and told me to go to bed. I kind of feel dumb about it, but oh well. She is all fixed up pretty now.

2.) The Anti-Endrizzi Staff is a weadpon I created to keep Elder Endrizzi out of our room.. He always just walks into our room and just stands there while we are studying... It's so annoying, so instead of having him walk into our room for no apparent reason for like a good 3 solid minutes. We have trained him to not do so with this beautifully crafted bamboo spear. I split the end of the stick and stuck sticks in between them and wrapped some wire around it. and then sharpened the tips of the split end. So whenever he would walk in and stood behind us we would chase him out with the spear. This past week has been nothing but peace and quiet while studying.

3.) Oh my goodness this was the best part of my week! So Saturday night we had no one outside, no one answering so we decided to stop by some Relief Society Pesidents and Elder Quorum presidents to see if they had aNY body they wanted us to stop by. The first person we stopped by had us go to a part member family just to check in on them and share a message. Surprisingly we got in with the part member family. We shared a message and they gave us some chocolate to start well my comp didn't eat it right away and so it was sitting between his legs the whole message. We finished the messaged and the family asked Elder Lott to say the prayer and as he reached for his phone there was chocolate ALL over it. He lifted his leg and the Chocolate had melted everywhere. All over him, the couch, his phone. Everyone started dying laughing. It was so funny. So as we walked out all the kids started calling him poopy pants. Haha it was the best part of my week.

Anyways that's all for this week. Hope everything is going well. I live and miss you all. Have a good week!!