Fefe Hake Moutolu!

Yo. what up Famili. I was like way excited for last few weeks about the mission work and then me and my comps game plan has kind of slowed down…. So what our game plan was is that we have two group leaders and then 5 people in each group. There’s only two groups. We have two wards in our area and so we split the wards up and what we do is mon, wed, fri. is group 1’s day. They get us investigators, or investigators we already have and we just go to each of their houses during the day and teach them. Then tues, thurs, and sat. it’s the other groups turn and they do the exact same thing. It’s been slow because they start to forget or can’t find someone, so it was rough last week.

Yes, mom, I got your package and all of Grandma’s letters. I feel so popular! I get like 5 from her a month. Haha, but thank you so much for the package it was tight and my comp loved that American candy haha. My comp saw your 21 day promise thing, and I won’t lie, mom, I was not going to do it. I just saw it, and in my mind said, “thanks, mom.” But, my comp saw it and was like this is “freaking tight” – I’ve been teaching him that American slang. Anyway, he really liked it! We translated it all into Tongan and we’ve gone to mostly all the members in our area and we’ve got them to sign and agree and we’re hoping this will spark things up again cause everyone got super excited. The members here love new things, but after a while it gets old and they start to get bored of it. So we got to come up with something new to get them excited. Hopefully it works. We’re going to finish visiting the rest today after p-day. Then we’re going to have fakafamili at 8 and I’m teaching the lesson. Hopefully it goes good. It’s a family that loves to feed us, and take care of us, but they just say they’re too busy to find a investigator for us. I’m going to teach a lesson on the importance of members and missionary work. So fingers crossed they’ll be feeling me and my lesson.

But besides all of that jazz, everything’s been going solid. I love this area and all the members. We have this one investigator who’s married and has a little girl and his wife is already baptized, but she’s not active, so we’ve been working hard with him and he’s been coming to church. Many members have been fellowshipped him. He just doesn’t want to be baptized cause he doesn’t want to cross his dad who lives in Ha’apai. That’s the faifekau for the Tongan catholic church. So I thought me and my comp should fast for him on Saturday. I’m hoping things go well when we commit him to baptism again… we’ll have to see.

So I guess Buntings comp got sent to his real mission cause he was waiting for his visa to go to papua new guinea? He’s in a trio with his second comp and he’s now serving in Kiu’s area. and I was talking to Bunt and he said it was the weirdest thing to see him cause he said we look-alike. It’s so weird. Bunting says he’s way cool, so I thought that was tight.

But anyways, that was my week. I sure love and miss all you guys like crazy. and again thanks for the package mom and dad. I hope you guys had a solid week in Arizona. Jake and Amy I miss you guys and the boys! Made me sad reading your email Jake when you said you went into my room. I miss home so much.

Mom you should look up these guys called the Brown Hymn Books. They are a few polynesian guys from australia and new zealand that sing some cool church songs. look em up on youtube. I listen to them all the time.

But Nate and Gergs! I miss you guys hope school and work is going swell for yall! tell Bretty boy I miss him. Tikirs, I would love to hear from ya, Sis??? It’s been a while. Papa, I’m loving your emails, keep them coming. And Give Grandma love for me. Love all you guys!

Talk to you next week. Ofa lahi atu!

love your missionary,
Elder Berry

Fefe Famili!

Bahahaha! Aight, I’m sorry i’ve been internetless for a while but the computers here are wack!

I’m in a new area and its called Eua (ay-ooo-ah). Its like a two hour boat ride from Tonga and it’s freakin tight! I have a new comp as well and his name is Elder Puta and he’s from Vava’u. He’s a way good missionary.

So I’m just gonna hurry and let ya’ll know that I got a baptism two days ago. Her Name is Pesi, and she’s 11 years old. She’s a sweetheart and she’s so smart with our church. she was so easy to teach, and she’s way outgoing and not shy at all, so its been fun getting to know her.

This area is BOMB! The members in this area are so down for the missionary work, we’re getting referrals like crazy. And, we’re teaching at least 2-3 times a day. It’s awesome. I love it here. I feel like my mission is actually starting. My tongan has been getting so much better here, especially with my tongan comp. It eliminates me speaking english as much, even though he’s fluent in English. He’s a cool breh.

I lost a grip of weight when I came to Eua. I flew here and they have to weigh us to see where they want to put us on the plane – they like have to even out the weight on the plane for landing. It’s ghetto! I won’t lie, I was praying big time on the plane, cause I legit thought we were going to die. The plane is small, and i could see the front of the plane window, and the plane was shaking and they were coming in to land at like a slant. One of the scarier moments of my life. I was making peace with life, cause i legit thought i was going to die. anywhoooo. So, I had to weigh myself and I was 96 kilos. I got a converter and I weighed 209. I’ve lost 43 lbs since the mtc! I dont know if this is healthy, but I lost heaps.

Alright, so, the other tight thing about this island there’s only 3 sets of missionaries. It’s me, my comp ,and Elder’s freer, lao, grant, and patey. They’re all from my intake from the mtc, so we’re partying every week, hahaha. They’re tight and I love all of them. There’s no zone leaders here, so my comp is the DL and he kind of just takes care of everything. I was way happy when I heard that our mission pres only sends the guys that he trusts out to this island, cause there’s no zone leaders and we could be mau’mau lao. We’re solid out here. Theres so much work to be done out here.

Oh, and the other twist with me losing weight– im like probably gaining some weight back. Me and my comp are so busy during the day we dont have time to eat dinner til lway late at night, so we’ve been eating at 9 every night and its so unhealthy. .. so i’ve been like trying to workout at night but there’s nothing much you can do when you have a comp that doesnt wanna run.

When i came to Eua i couldnt bring my bag on the plane, cause it was too heavy. They had to put it on the boat and i thought it would be back to me in 3 days, but i didnt have it for 2 weeks. I wore the same clothes for two flippin’ weeks! It was nuts. Sorta humbling and it made me realize i could honestly go throughout my mission with two pair of outfits. I did grab two pair of G’s, and that’s it – I wore the same clothes every day. I just re- washed my clothes every day. It was crazy! I had nothing. I had to go buy a tooth brush and I had no sheets or pillow. I was so cold, cause this is the coldest island in tonga. It gets really cold here for some odd reason.

Anyways, I spoke to Bunting. I love bunting. I hope I’m comps with that kid! I haven’t seen him once this whole time out here. I hope me and him can be freakin zone leaders and just run this joint, haha. Miss that kid. His tongan is freaking bomb. He’s a different person. He told me he can’t wait til me and him come off the airplane together in our flipflops, haha.

Well I just love all you guys and miss ya’ll like crazy! sorry I’ve been slacking with the emails. cant wait to hear from ya’ll.

Ofa lahi atu!

love always, Elder Berry

Transferred to ‘Eua!

Elder Berry has been transferred! He is now serving on the little island of ‘Eua (pronounced: ay-ooo-ah).

Internet access is really hard to find on the island. We finally received an email from Tay Sunday night after not hearing anything from him for 3-4 weeks. We didn’t even know where he was for 3 weeks! (Mom and Dad were stressed out, to be sure).

You can still send emails to Taylor, but letters will probably be the best way to communicate with him while he is in this area. We aren’t sure when, or if, he will have internet access again in the future.

Screen Shot 2014-03-18 at 3.07.29 PMBelow is a little information about the island:

ʻEua is a smaller but still major island in the kingdom of Tonga. It is close to Tongatapu, but forms a separate administrative division. It has an area of 87.44 km2, and a population in 2011 of 5,016 people.

ʻEua is a hilly island, the highest peaks are the Teʻemoa (chicken manure) 312 m, with the grave of the soldier on top, and the Vaiangina (watersprings) 305 m. The island is not volcanic, but was shaped by the rubbing of the Tonga plate against the Pacific plate, pushing ʻEua up and leaving the 7 km deep Tonga trench on the bottom of the ocean, a short distance towards the east.

The soil of ʻEua is volcanic, as is that of Tongatapu, but only the top layer, deposited by eruptions of nearby volcanoes ten thousands years ago. Under it are the solid rocks of pushed-up coral.ʻEua counts many huge caves and holes, not all of which have yet been explored. ʻEua is the only island in Tonga that has a river, and had the only bridge inthe kingdom until Vavaʻu also built one.

The river drains into the harbour near the capital of the island, ʻOhonua. A unique feature is the shore between ʻOhonua and Tufuvai. It is coral reef still close to the sea level. Many small tidal pools are found, named the ʻotumatafena.

Source: Wikipedia