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

Thursday, February 23, 2017

WEEK 21- I don't have much time

Here are some pics for the week.

We went to a farm and did some service there. I got bit by a pig and kicked by a horse that we took on a walk/jog.

We went to Top Golf. Sadly I didn't have my camera....

I caught my comp slippin! hahaha what a sack...


Oh and we, here in AZ, have THE best suntsets EVER!!​


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

WEEK 20--5 Months In! I Think?

This last week has been quite amazing! I felt like I really got lost in the work after being out sick all of last week. Time just flew by. It was Monday and then it was Friday, like what the heck just happened here??
Okay okay. 1. My Comp and I had a baptism this last weekend!! 2. Well that's about it....? It was pretty lame this week besides the baptism.

1.) So, we had a baptism this weekend! For a 59 year old man named Stephen Mcguire. This is a studly man. He is amazing and I love him for the fight he has put up against the adversary. Stephen struggles with bad depression. He is dead broke and about to lose his house. He has been divorced for about 10 years and is just having a rough go. Oh and not to mention he is broke because his father spent Stephen's whole retirement... So you feel for him right? Well Elder Tolman and I decided that we would not let go of Stephen and just attack him just as hard as the adversary was, and now look. This amazing son of God has entered in the waters of baptism and opened that first gate on the path to Eternal Salvation. I had to honor and privilege to baptize Stephen, and boy as soon as he came up out of the water you could just see this light just radiating off of him and he had this smile from ear to ear. I couldn't help but tear up a little. I was so happy to see this man after 15 years from his initial contact finally make this beautiful covenant with his Love Father in Heaven. I will never forget the feeling I had Saturday and spirit that was felt in the baptismal font!

No worries Mom, just a dart...no bullets
Oh I forgot. Yeah we got shot at through our apartment window the other day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Palm trees for Dad

Jim

Me on my hot rod,  cruisin' through the neigborhood



Thursday, February 9, 2017

WEEK 19-Not the best week

I don't have too much for the week I was sick all week with the Flu... Tuesday -  Friday. I got out of bed and went out just to keep my comp sane and so he didn't have to stay inside all day. But here is what happened. 1. Watched to Super Bowl. Oops(; That is a bout it Hahaha I don't have any pictures cause I don't have a computer I cant transfer pics onto.. But I love you all and thank you for all the prayers! I miss you!
 I promise I will have something to write about next week!

p.s. I didn't get transferred!!!!




Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Week 18

Where has the time gone?

So it feels like just yesterday I was entering the MTC, granted it was 4 1/2 months ago, but still. But this week has had some ups and downs. But here we go. 1. Darts can be fun! Until you almost get one in your neck... 2. Don't take turns too sharp in the rain.. It doesn't end up very well. 3. 10:00 p.m. baptism. Save the best for last.

1.) The other Elders we live with came home on Wednesday with a dart board. Well we were playing darts that night and I stepped out to go get a snack, and somehow I forgot we were playing with needle sharp objects and throwing them across the room passed the door. And me being the dummy I am walked right in and Elder Brown threw right as I was walking, and stuck in the door centimeters from my throat!!!! I just stood there as the dart nailed, and stuck into the door. Then as you could imagine 4 guys in one room that just witness a near death experience. We all freaked out and laughed our heads off. Lesson learned? Lock the door when playing darts so you don't get you esophagus impaled by a dart!

2.) Okay, I did this to myself. First off my back tire is more bald than my dad.. (Sorry dad) Second off we aren't supposed to ride in the rain here, but I thought it wouldn't hurt to gt a little wet riding back home?? My comp finally agreed and we made our way back to the Apartment, and it started dumping rain! And enough to where water was just rushing down into my eyes... I couldn't see. I was doing SO good up until 5 feet from the apartment and I took my LAST turn....... Bam!!! Next thing I knew I was on my back soaking wet, and my bike about 10 feet from me. Another lesson learned...

3.) Best for last. Okay, one of our Asians, Klaus, was leaving back to China to terminate is contract with his pilot school. And he asked to meet him at 8:00 Tuesday night. And, so we did. We brought everyone he knew, we contacted the Bishop, Stake President, our Stake Mission Leader, and we all met with Klaus, and his friend Jack (Who was not leaving fo China)  to say our last goodbyes before he left the next morning. As we were sitting in the Bishop's office talking our goal was to get him the Aaronic priesthood before he left. Well he said he would LOVE to receive the priesthood, but he needed an interview. The Bishop said, "Well I can arrange that." He then invited everyone to leave. As we sat in the hall way waiting for his interview to finish us Elders huddled around and realized that Jack could be baptized tonight!? It was about 8:40 by this time. Jack only needed one more lesson and an interview, and my comp just so happened to be the DL that needed to interview him! So while we were teaching the last lesson to Jack; the font was filled, more people were called, we got permission from our Mission President, and Klaus finished his interview with Bishop Cupps. We then proceeded to give Klaus the priesthood, and gave him a run down how the ordinance was to be performed. With 2 hours Jack was baptized and on Sunday he was confirmed and the newest member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. There are no such things as coincidences. God is a God a miracles, and this was on of His miracles he allowed me to be a part of.

I love you all! Have an amazing week and I will talk to you next week! Alofa Atu.

Love,
Elder Tautai Matua