A long awaited e-mail from our favorite missionary!

Dear famili,

Sorry I’ve been slackin with writing y’all. I promise I haven’t been like avoiding any of you guys. It’s just every time I come into town me and Elder Rreer go on splits and im never with him and he goes and find net to email and I’m always with other missionaries and I sometimes don’t get an opportunity. But I do now and I really got a lot to talk about but like I’m really not here for long cause of our zone conference meeting.

 

Today we had our meeting and it was such a good meeting. The spirit was so strong. We got like two set of new missionaries. But anyways the meeting was all on daily and weekly planning. The question that was asked to us was why do we weekly and daily plan. And we kind of just said baloney like so we know what to do. And the answer was to show love to our investigators and too be honest the more we got talking about it. After thinking about it,  I really did realize how much love I have for the people I’m working with and how important I really want them to know and have the knowledge I have. I learned so much and our mission pres came with his wife and the ap’s. so it was fun to have them here.

 

My zone leaders are the tightest guys here. They spoil me cause one of my zone leaders was my second comp. and he just does anything for me. I love the Tongan people. Cause he just treats me like I’m his son haha takes me to get haircuts or to go get food. His names Elder Puta. He’s planning to go to BYU after the mission. He’s been serving for 3 years and he finishes next year.

 

Since the last time I wrote you guys the baptism that I had went through we were able to baptize the kid in the ocean. Freer did a great Job and the baptism when smooth. A week later we got a call from this other island to come teach this girl so we hopped on the big big boat that travels from tonga to Vava’u met our new investigator and her name was Sia. She was a very very pretty girl and I won’t lie it was hard to teach her and focus on the spirit cause of how attractive she was. But we were able to teach her and papi her and i was able to do it In the ocean.

 

So the situation with her was that she had a baby already with a guy and so we had to get them married cause they lived together. It was about a two week process to get everything ready so she could get baptized but it was worth it. But then we find out after the marriage she didnt really love the guy cause he was 18 and she was 20 and he lied about his age and they met at the club and then 2 months later her husband gets a call saying shes pregnant. So they got married for the baby’s sake and she was trying to work it all out and like try to love him. It was a sad situation but I believe this girl will stay solid cause she has so much faith and she just tells us she just wants to stay clean and endure to the end.

 

Teaching her was so much fun and she opened up to us and what we really wanted was for her to pray to know what we taught her was true. And then we asked her if shes ever had a time shes prayed to god and you received and answer. And she said when her baby was born it was really sick and was dying and she said on her way to the hospital she prayed that her baby would live. She knew the reason her babies alive was because of her faith through her prayer and that’s what kind of sparked her faith and wanting to pray to know what we teach wus true.

 

So I can testify that if you ask inspired questions through the spirit he will help you ask the right questions to fulfill your investigators needs. So teaching her was fun and very spiritual.  But the best part of all of this was during the baptism our stake president told me to hold her hand and guider her out to the beach with all members behind us like following. I won’t lie it was tight cause shes very pretty (; ……. but it was super awkward cause I’m a missionary and we had to walk like 150yds to the beach. Freer told me it was the most beautiful baptism he’s seen through out his mission just cause everything was perfect.

 

This up coming week we got 3 teaching On this island called o’ua and it should be pau teachings. Like they should be set bapis. I’m really excited cause the work is starting to flow out here and pres is loving it that the works hastening out here.

But anyways the boat rides are nuts! I see at least 5 whales everytime I get on this bad boy of boat and the boat is fast! Like the trip here I saw 8 dolphins just shooting out of the water. They’re the most beautiful creatures and then we got whales that are like ten feet from the boat just shooting put of the water like a light post height. And I’m just In awh for how big those things are.

 

So many cool experiences I get out here and opportunities. I have met so many cool people and this had been my favorite area so far. But I’ve only been In 3 so there’s not much to base off of. But I’ve been one of the luckier missionaries to go to all the cool islands cause eua my last area everyone’s dream is to work there and haafeva is the other dream area and everyone wants to go work I’m Vava’u and I’ve just been fortunate to work in all of them. Cause this area I’m I’m now is the only area that gets a boat to travel throughout 7 islands. So grateful for these opportunities and the trust The Lord has for me for this huge responsibility. But not only that freer has been helping me so much with the gospel doctrine. He’s a stud!

 

So yes I did meet my birth mom. It was super weird and awkward cause its like you don’t know what to say. She was crying and was so happy. Just awkward after. Like all you can say is hi I’m here and  your son?? Ya know. It was cool. But it’s nothing huge to me ya know. I’ve actually met a grip of people out here and like my family I’m Ha’apai. My birth mom told me her husband isn’t baptized but if I came he would be baptized and she also came back to church and said she has two sons that served missions and she needs to follow our example and she like spoke I’m church and said that cause she is baptized and went through the temple with her first husband. But she’s working her way back and she was able to go inside the temple so that was cool but my sisters husband, I’m trying to work with him. His name is tei but he smokes alot.

 

And I’ve been working with my cousin sunia who’s less active but he smokes but his wife wants to be sealed I’m the temple but he can’t give up smoking. And I was talking to my uncle and his name is wytoney and we’ve been working with him and he’s so down for us to teach him he’s just strong I’m the weslyann church. But he’s super cool. Whenever I come here to Pangai for meetings someone just looks at me and asks are you kalonis son? And I’m like yeah. And they’re like oh tau famili, uma. And uma means kiss so like all these people come up to me and tell me we are family them they kiss me on the cheek. It’s so weird. It’s like everyone In Ha’apai knows me and they’re like telling how they remember me when I was born and that they held me and stuff. It’s kind of weird to be honest when like I hear that ya know? But it’s cool to like see where I was born and stuff.

 

Going through an experience where not a lot of people go through is pretty interesting. But besides that the work is good. The food is amazing. I did receive the package and thank you so much for everything. The members enjoyed the sweets haha. But I love all you guys and I’m sorry I’ve been slacking with the email. I promise ill start to send letters. I can’t believe I’m at single digits now with months crazy right? But I love and miss you all like crazy. Don’t forget I am your son mom and dad and you did raise me and I am sealed to you guys for all and eternity and im so grateful for you guys for adopting me and giving me this life and all these opportunities. Can’t wait to hear from you guys. It’ll probably be In a month I’m guessing. But I love you guys. Since  out I’m the outter islands I haven’t yet watched conference but this week I will. And I’m super excited. Hopefully I understand it cause they use some big Tongan words i don’t usually hear or know. But ofa lahi atu a kimoua.

 

 

Love always,

 

Your Tongan missionary elder berry

 

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Munila Baptism

Yo, what up Family!

Solid week this week. I hope everyone’s Valentines was tight! I sure miss all of you guys! My week honestly consisted on a lot of splits with other missionaries. It was tight cause all the guys in my district are mostly from my Kauhu. They were in the mtc with me. I got to kick it with a lot of those guys.

My legs have been getting bad again. So I’ve been taking these pills that have been helping them clear up.

I’m honestly going to make this email short because we’re at a members house and the internet here. You have to buy credit, like gigabytes and so me and my comp try to write fast cause its not cheap here.

But, the big update was we didn’t baptize Kesipeni but we baptized Munila! It was tight! I was so happy and she’s such a sweet heart. So we finally got a missionary ward leader, and Tongans here sort of take the role seriously so we’ve been going on splits with him and inviting people to come to church who are mamalohi or like non active and me and my comp were like straight up murmuring (; hahah but it’s cause we would go visit everyone Friday then Saturday night and then wake up at 6 to go invite everyone again in the morn before church. But, the thing is, everyone has been coming to church and staying the whole 3 hours! So I had a lot of repenting to do for complaining so much. I honestly felt bad, but seeing all the progress has been making me so happy and I give so much credit to our ward leader. But nothing to crazy has gone down.

I might go crazy if I have to stay here another transfer. They said some of us might be training, so I am nervous for that, but its whatevers. But I miss and love all of you guys! Give everyone love for me back at home.

ofa lahi atu!

Love, Elder Berry

Oh and mom I got the calendar. I love it. Thank you so much!

Week of Feb. 9th

Male Famili,

So me and my comp went to our friend’s house the Atoa family. We were just chilling  in the house when all of a sudden the dad,stormed through the door with one of the pigs and it was just squealing and going crazy. He told us to come help him so me and my comp grabbed the pig and  held it down, and he pulled out a knife–we thought he was going to kill the pig, but he took his man hood away! hahahaha I was dying laughing, but I was hurtin’ at the same time. The pig was squealing and I felt bad for him, ya know? After we were done he rolled in some dirt and walked it off like a man. haha

We got finally got a ward mission leader and we have been working hard this week with this guy. His name is Siliako. He’s a cool guy. This week we visited every member and less active member in this area. We like talked to people we’ve never seen or met before. It was crazy, but we shared a spiritual thought with all of them and invited them to church. It was tight because when yesterday rolled around 3 of the non active members showed up and they stayed for all 3 hours.

Oh, and speaking about church, me and my comp had to speak. It was bad news…,but I was able to get through it alive. I only spoke a little English at the end, but besides that it was all in Tongan. It was about a 10 minute talk. I was dreading it all week cause I was so nervous, but the topic was missionary work, so it was pretty easy to talk about. Just have to say it all in Tongan and have everyone understand my message.

I said last week my comp is the new district leader. So we had to go interview 3 people this week for baptism and my comp was so nervous, but I didn’t have to do a thing. I like rolled with one of the zone leaders and we went to town and ate some food and just kicked it for an hour, haha! Just playing! We were dropping off packages to the elders in our zone. It was fun, and after my comp got done interviewing, we were on our way home and we saw a group of people cutting the grass on this property. They were all using machetes, so we all stopped, and got out to go help. It took about an hour and a half to cut it all and clear it all out. There was like 30 of us. That’s how big this property was, but it was fun and I got to meet a lot of new people and visit with them.

This week was pretty solid, and it went by super slow for some odd reason? Not much teaching went on this week. School started, so the kids are way busy and no one’s really home cause everyone’s out in the bush or in school. We’ve been going to the houses at night and helping the kids out with homework. Mostly with their English and math. These kids are so smart! It surprises me., but the parents appreciate us helping them out. That was my week. Nothing too crazy just trying to find a new investigator. The church wasn’t able to fine Munila’s file, so we might have to baptize her again. All we have to do is review with her and she should be good.

Mom-the food is good. And the fruit is okay. Im not a big fan of the fruit here, but I eat it anyway cause its healthy. I finally got my shoes from the office so I’ve been running every morning. I feel like im losing weight but I haven’t seen scale since I left the mtc. I hope all of you guys are doing solid. Tell Brett I love and miss him! And that I wish I could of been there at his play. I miss all of you guys so much! You’re all in my prayers and I can definitely feel your guys’. I love you guys. ofa lahi atu!

Successful week!

Malo e lelei Famili,

I won’t lie this week was pretty solid! A lot of success went down this week. I mean not like a lot… but enough to make me happy, haha. So this week me and my comp just were finishing up teaching Aisake. This is kid is only 9 but he’s so smart. He’s not shy and he answers the majority of our questions. He’s a tight kid.

So the baptism…we switched it to Sunday instead of Saturday cause Aisake’s dad isn’t a member, and a lot of his family are baptized but they’re mamalohi (inactive). We thought if we had the baptism on Sunday they would have to come to church. It was good. I was so nervous for the baptism. I didn’t want to mess it up in Tongan, because it’s like the sacrament, it has to be perfect. So I was sorta stressin’ a little bit about of it, ya know?

But it was all good, I got it down and it was solid. The baptism went good and during sacrament we confirmed him. It was fast Sunday, and it was testimony meeting, and Aisake’s mom got up and bore her testimony. It was good. She was apologizing for not being a good member and how she’s so grateful for her kids to grow up in this church. It turned out to be a really good day. Later that night we just went up to the Atoas families house and Aisakes family was there and we did scripture and prayer with them. After we just visited and hung out with all the kids. Definitely a great experience for me. I’m so grateful to get this opportunity to serve the Lord and bring his children back to him. I haven’t stopped smiling since yesterday. So it’s been good. I hope that we’re able to teach Kesipeni soon. We figured out why he ditched out on us, because we’ve been seeing him around. He’s not very good at reading, and when we asked him if he could read the first time we taught him, he got really shy and embarrassed. So he got mad and left and just avoided being taught. But we talked to him and he said he’ll think about it. I’ve been praying he accepts because he’s just like his little bro. He’s very smart and he knows this church is true. He just got a little upset, and hopefully he can shake it off.

Update on the mission. On our Pdays, we cant do anything. My comp is our new district leader, so that’s pretty tight. We had 5 missionaries get sent home. 3 from my district, 1 from my zone, and 2 of the 5 were from my kauhu, we were in the MTC together. It was sad to hear about it, but they had things they had to take care of. 3 of them were from Tonga. So it was sort of a dramatic week last week. That’s why my comp is the DL ,because ours got sent home.

All right mom: I finally got pop’s package. Tell him I’m so grateful for it, and so was my comp. Tell him I love and miss him, but I haven’t got the calender. Oh and tell grams I got hers too. Tell her to stop sending me money. I don’t need it, but besides that, everything has been going solid.

I’ve been getting updates with the game and it sounds like my Seahawks are killing it! bahahaha!

I love and miss all of you guys so much! I hope all is going well. You’re all in my prayers. ofa lahi atu!

Love always, Elder Berry

p.s. oh and tell brother Nau from our ward that i ran into his first cousin. his name is koni pa’aia or something like that. He’s from australia and he was visiting. He gave me and my comp a ride to one of our meetings. And he asked where i was from and i said st george. He said he had a cousin that moved there from slc ,and i he asked if in knew the naus– i was like yeah! he like lives kiddy corner from my house. he’s my YM leader. small world, yeah? but it was cool!

Whats good my Family!

Malo e lelei famili!

How’s everyone been?! Well, my week flew by so fast! And i was able to commit Aisake to baptism. Aisake is Kesipeni’s little brother and he took our lessons. This kid is so smart–he knows so much when we ask him questions, and im very grateful to finally have an investigator. Oh and that girl Saane, well she went to tonga and the missionaries taught her, and she was baptized!  So it was a really good thing, but at the same time i was hoping she would of came back and we were able to finish our teaching with her. Our teachings have been solid. I feel the spirit, but i wish i could just recognize it even better–im trying so hard to just recognize it better.

So i  met this angel of a girl, her name is Munila and she’s 15. She’s Aisake and Kesipeni’s older sister and she is just a sweetheart. She speaks and understands English really well. Anyways these kids are living with a family that are members, and the mom in the family that took the kids–her name is Anty–and she was telling me about why she took all the kids in. They got kicked out and they all started to live out in the bush and they didnt even have flooring, they were sleeping on the soil. The lady (Anty) went over to the house to go visit them and she said she couldn’t see these kids live in this kind of condition, so she asked the mom of the kids if she could take them. The mom said she could take them forever and raise them into the mormon church. FYI thats a really common thing for families to adopt other kids from other families and raise them. But, this Munila girl was  grabbing her clothes and  laying them all out so her mom can lay down and sleep, and when Anty came over Munila grabbed more of her clothes so Anty didn’t have to sit on the dirt floor. I dont know why, but it just made me cry. This girl is so humble and she’s just always taking care of everyone in her family. I just know that there’s a special place for her in the future.

Anyway, i have the baptism this saturday, and im so stoked! i’ve just been way happy about everything, like just being able to teach him. My teaching stinks, but im just hoping the spirit can testify what im teaching is true. haha

Nothing too crazy has been going on, we have just been teaching Aisake. It’s been raining a lot here. Oh, and mom, yes, we did have a huge meeting but it was just for Vava’u. Pres came over and we had a big zone conference, and i did not see harmon or bunting, just swan cause he got transferred over here with us.

I did get Jake’s package, so thank you Jake and Amy and Carson and Eli. I did not get Paps package yet or bretty’s package. The whole mailing system is messed up out here. It’s organized, but just a mess?? Doesn’t really make sense, but i have got all of G-mas letters and i have a letter coming her way. So yeah….. im loving all of her letters. Tell her to keep them coming!

So lets talk super bowl. Go seahawks! beast mooooddddeee! I miss all of you guys so much! i hope all is doing well. i pray for your safety and health. The church is true and I love all of you.

ofa lahi atu!

love, Elder Berry

Fiefia Aupito!

Malo e lelei Famili!

What’s good Famdamily!??? I sure miss all ya’ll! Well, I can’t really write for long cause some of the other elders need to write too, but I just wanna say I love and miss all you guys. I am definitely getting your prayers because me and my comp got a new investigator, and we taught him last night and we’re going to teach him tomorrow.

I’m so happy! I honestly think we’ll finally get a baptism. I just hope he understands what we teach him, but he’s living with a members so they’ve been good with helping him understand cause my Tongan is fakaofa! But it’s straight. I think he understands. His name is Kespeni and he’s 12 years old. He’s a cool kid and hard worker, but just getting this laumalie makes the area worth it.

We visit families. Go to non members houses, and invite them to church, and challenge them to read the scripts. But it just comes down to them, ya know? A lot of prayers are involved for sure.

We visited a member this week who said  she’s frustrated with Church and callings. We taught about how Jesus loved everyone even though things were not easy. The spirit was so strong in the room. I know that I can’t write how that sounded, but I’m trying to hurry and type and give a good idea. but the spirit really did take away. and we asked her to just pray because she really is mad and wants to give up but we just told her to pray to help her love and forgive. But she takes care of me and my comp.

hey i got to go. i love you all and i pray for you every day! I hope everyone is safe and healthy. Miss you guys like crazy!

Love your crazy Tongan missionary!

Elder Berry