Thursday, September 23, 2010

We Thank Thee Oh God For A Prophet

Note from Elder Vaea on September 23, 2010
"This is the successful day for me that I ever had,,, since we
start put me for diagnosis in every problems....they do the allergy
test and I found it all related to all my sickness,,,,,so we went down
from the 3rd floor to the 1st and I sat beside the labs to wait for
blood test....while I am sitting there a strong feeling come up,,,, is
to check if I had my name tag on me,,,,so I check and it was not
there,,,,,I felt uncomfortable,,,, so I touch my pocket and it was
there,,,,I had it on my t-shirt,,,,while I am sitting there,,,,I was
praying so hard to god to show me if this is right treatments,,,,,so
tears start come down from eyes,,,and while this feelings was on
me,,,,I saw the prophet came out from a room with his doctor so I was
shocked,,,,,and the only things that come up to my mind first my
prayer is answering right now by showing me the servant of the
lord,,,,,,I stand up and walk to him,,,,and I didn't face to him,,,,
but he look towards me and say are you are missionary ,,,,,than I say
yes sir,,,,, so we hug each other on that time and I told him that I
finish my mission from the west indies mission and I am here for
medical than after that I will go home,,,,than he ask me where,,,,than
I reply,,,I am from tonga,,,,than he say Malo e lelei,,its means
hello,,we both look happy so I ask,,,,, did you have the same
appointments with me ??????,,,,than he was smiling,,,,however mele
ask If we take a picture than he reply with an,,,, exciting
face,,,,say yes..yes..yes,,,,,.so we took a picture and this is the
same picture that mele send to you,,,,,,however,,,right after we took
the pictures the prophet left,,,, a great and a firm testimony that I
received from god about the treatments for the sufferings that I had
in five days ago....." Hurrah for Israel!

This would probably be a good time to share the story of Elder Vaea's trainer, Elder Falatau's trip home from his mission. Missionary travel could not route him through the States because of visa problems to return to Tonga, so he was routed through Equador, Chile, Austrailia and finally Tonga. In his exit interview, he asked me what he should do with all of that layover time? I suggested he read the Book of Mormon. So after flying through the night from Trinidad to Central America and on to Chile, he was sitting in the airport for a 10 hour layover and a lady walked up to him and asked him if he was a "Jehovah Witness." Startled, he straightened up stiffly, opened up his coat and showed her his missionary tag. Soothingly, the nice lady said she was just joking and wanted him to meet her husband, Elder Dallin H. Oaks. For the next 30 minutes, Elder and Sister Oaks sat with Elder Falatau and asked him about his mission to the West Indies.

I think it is great that Elder Vaea finished off his mission in similar fashion as he is also enroute to Tonga. We love our Tongan missionaries in the West Indies!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Come To The West Indies Mission Reunion

We are delighted to welcome so many West Indies Returned Missionaries back home. It has now been almost a year and a half since we returned, so most of the elders and couples we knew have returned.

Our third (semi-annual) mission reunion will be held at 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. in the Garden Terrace of the Wilkinson Center on the BYU campus. Food assignments have been posted on the event page of Face Book. (If your last name begins with A-Q please bring a snack or dessert to share. If it begins with R-Z, please bring drinks.)

The returned missionaries who will have traveled the greatest distance to be at the reunion are: Elder Hooson and his wife Gemma from England and Elder Vaea from Tonga.
From September 2010