"Begin today and write in it your goings and comings, your deepest thoughts, your achievements and your failures, your associations and your triumphs, your impressions and your testimonies. I promise you that if you will keep your journals and records, they will indeed be a source of great inspiration to you, each other, your children, your grand-children and others throughout the generations. Remember, the Savior chastised those who failed to record important events." --President Spencer W. Kimball

April 6, 2014

Power of Prayer!

I've been so horrible at keeping up with my blog lately and I am totally regretting it.  I posted back in November that I was going to try and be better at it and yeah, it's been 5 months since then without a post.  I just need to start and hopefully it'll become a passion to me like it once was.

Our family recently had an awesome experience that I just need to record...and all I kept thinking was that I need to blog about it and preserve the memory.

I believe so much in the power of prayer and I've seen many prayers answered in my own life.  I know that if you pray with faith and sincerity, he will truly answer your prayer....and that sometimes he will use you to be the answer to someone else's prayer.  I was grateful to have witnessed and been a small part of an answer to a young man's prayer the other week.

I was at work last Tuesday and I got a text from Ova asking me if I could talk.  Usually we just text back and forth while I'm at work so I knew it must have been something important because he didn't want to just text me.  I called him and he started to tell me this story:

His Uncle had just flown in from California and was sitting at the airport waiting for his ride to come and pick him up.  He looked over and saw a young man in a suit, staring at him.  The young man just kept on staring so he got up and went over to him and asked him if he was Tongan or Samoan, not that his nationality would have mattered, but we just always ask out of curiosity.  He said he was Tongan and he was supposed to go to the MTC.  They got to talking and come to find out, he was lost and alone.  He was supposed to travel with 8 other missionaries from New Zealand through San Francisco to Salt Lake to go to the MTC, but somehow his ticket got mixed up and they ended up sending him through LAX.  He had been sitting in the airport for hours not knowing what to do and he was hesitant to approach anyone because he didn't really speak English.  He told Mevingi that he had been praying for help for someone to come and help him get to the MTC.......and not to long after that, he saw Mevingi.

He hadn't eaten for over 24 hours, the last time he ate anything was when he was in New Zealand and he didn't have any money.  He was tired and scared.  He only had a little carry-on sized hot pink suitcase with him and that was all he had to go on his 2 year mission.  Mevingi immediately called Ova and his other nephews and everyone just jumped into motion.

Ova was calling me to tell me the story and to tell me that he and his cousins had all decided to hurry and put money in together and go and buy this missionary the things he would need for his mission.  One of his cousins bought him p-day clothes and shoes, another one some walking shoes, we bought him some white shirts and garments and as all the boys were out buying the stuff, Tea and Silia took him to Ihop to get him something to eat.  He hadn't eaten for so long so they ordered him a big steak and he killed it.  While they were at the restaurant, they ran into another family member who was visiting from California and they told him the story.  He pulled out $100 and handed it to the missionary and then they said their goodbyes and he left.  A little while later, while Tea, Silia and the missionary were still eating, that man came back in to Ihop with a suitcase.  He ran to the Walmart that was right behind the Ihop and bought a suitcase and filled it with all the toiletries the missionary would need.....razors, deoderant, toothpaste....everything.  He dropped off the suitcase to the missionary and then left.  I told the ladies that I work with what was going on and they both wanted to help too.  I asked Ova to get the missionaries measurements and he just happened to be the same size as Denine's husband and so she brought an extra suit her husband had and a white shirt with some ties to donate to him.  The missionary couldn't believe what was happening, he just kept on crying and crying.  Tea happened to have a calling card in her purse that she had bought a few weeks earlier but hadn't used, so she told him to call his parents in Tonga and let them know that he was ok.  He called and told him mom what had happened and she kept crying and thanking Tea over and over for taking care of her son.  She had been praying for him too.

Come to find out, he's from Eua...which is the island in Tonga where my dad is from.  Who knows, he's probably my cousin!  His dad is the bishop out there and he's the oldest kid in his family and the first missionary.  He just turned 18 and he was going to serve in the Phillipines.

When they left Ihop they all met back at Silia's house and everyone who had run around to get him some stuff brought all the stuff.  Tea was the one that unpacked his hot pink carry-on bag and she was humbled and totally cried when she saw what was inside.  He had a pair of shoes that were worn, some slacks and two white shirts that were gathered in the front (they were girl shirts)... that was all he had with him to take on his mission, that was all his family could afford....and that was good enough for him.  He prayed for help but he never expected anyone to do what Ova and his Uncle, cousins and mom did for him.  Tea packed a new suitcase for him with all the things that people had collected and the missionary just kept thanking them over and over again and he never stopped crying.  They dropped him off at the MTC that night and now he's off to serve the Lord for 2 years.

My heart is so touched by this experience and my testimony of prayer strengthened even further.  Ova's uncle was in the right place at the right time and it's amazing to see how everything fell into place and everyone was more than willing to help this missionary.  We don't have much, but what we have, we're willing to share.  This missionary, Elder Tuifua, may think that it was a blessing for him....but really, this was a huge blessing for us.  My mind keeps going to the scripture "when ye are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of your God."  I'm so grateful for these tender mercies that happen and for family members who are faithful and aware enough of the spirit to be the instrument in God's hands in answering the prayers of this faithful young missionary.

Elder Tuifua w/ Mevingi & Baby Katea
 Silia, Elder Tuifua, Mevingi & Baby Katea                                  Elder Tuifua, Tea & Lautala
 

90 comments:

Mua said...

OMG, this post totally made me cry! Thank you for sharing Mon. The Lord sure does work in mysterious ways, and what a blessing it is that he chose your family to answer this missionary's prayer. I'm am so grateful to these young men that willingly go and serve the Lord even when they have nothing. This experience was too beautiful, reading it definitely topped off this uplifting Sunday I've had!

shaunita said...

What a wonderful experience! Thank you so much for recording it so I could be inspired by it today!!

nakinana said...

I haven't been on here for a while but i really enjoyed reading this blog today and totally made me cry. That is so sad but yest the Lord def answers our prayers he is mindful of us. Thank You For sharing its crazy cause I feel like it happens often with some of the missionaries my family has taken home 2 missionaries from the airport and there seems to be a miscommunication with people picking them up. Its esp hard when the missionaries don't speak english too. But I am so happy that the Elder received an answer to his prayer.. Love You Monica have a great day

Morena said...

Omg thanks for sharing...this totally had me and silia in tears what a blessing for us all to read thanks sis love you. Elder Tuifua will be an awesome missionary.

Pamela said...

Thank you for sharing this you should send it in to the Ensign!! I had my son who is getting ready to return to his mission read it. What a wonderful family story. Melanie Ferreira's MOM

christa said...

What a neat story! Awesome

christa said...

What an awesome story!

Ane said...

Monica, thanks so much for sharing this. What an amazing blessing. I hope you don't mind me sharing your link on my fb. It's just so inspiring. ♥

Jett Stream said...

That is awesome. What a place to get lost. SLC airport has the best Polynesians I've ever met!!

arely luque said...

Thank you so very much for sharing this wonderful experience! You are right the POWER OF PRAYER is beyond our comprehension. God lives and He is mindful of His children, your family and friends who were willing to be the Lords hands will be blessed beyond measure. May we all be willing to be the Lords hands in helping in His kingdom on earth. The time is near to His coming and we must all be willing to be guided by the Spirit to do what He would have us do. THANKS again and the best to Elder Tuifua and his family.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing..Im from Eua and indeed touched by the love n care for our dear missionary..They are indeed in the care of our Heavenly Father and so grateful for you n your loving family. ..

Ofa Tulilotu said...

Thank you for sharing this, really made my day. Couldn't stop my wife from crying. Good luck to elder tuifua. Oh and hope you will keep his hot pink suitcase for memory of him.

Ofa Tulilotu said...

Me n my wife was reading this wonderful story and now she cant stop crying. Thank you for sharing this amazing story. Hope you guy keep his hot pink suitcase for memory of him. Than you

Heku Langi said...

This had me in tears. What a beautiful story.

Iaeli Tonumaipe'a said...

Thank you for sharing this!!! I literally cried! God does work in mysterious ways. Your family were prepared by the Lord to help Elder Tuifua!! <3

Charisma Sua said...

Thank You for sharing such a powerful story. Thank you for the examples of Charity, Love & Faith In Action.

Malia Wichman said...

Oh what a lovely sharing story.he is my cousin I wish he was come and serve his mission here so I can help him out.but I thank you all for loving him.my mom that his aunty and his father is my uncle and we are all member of the church. I cant stop crying reading this story.no one know what the lord prepare your self to save some other missionary.its a blessing for your family to.oh that story its touch to my heart and how much appreciate that he was thinking for your family.my mum call me and tell me that story and now I can see the whole story of what happen to my cousin a brother to me.i always support him to go for his call and save people that are a waiting to him to save them.thank you so much to this family foe care n helping.ofa lahi atu moe fakamalo moe hounga ia homou tokoni.from me as a cousin asister malia wichman.from all the family from eua,mother unaloto tuifua n father pisope Mavae Tuifua,grandparents,Sione Tuifua n Lotomoua Tuifua,sister n brothers.also love from aunty Mele piei tuifua Maake,Mele itiopea tuifua naulangi.and all the cousin n family they all thanks for your help.ofalahi atu kiamoutolu.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing this wonderful experience..... It is heart felt and very touching. There is a wonderful spirit when reading your story. I couldn't stop crying because I was thinking of my own son. Elder Tuifua will share the gospel without a doubt and his testimony of the power of prayer and faith is stronger then ever. May the Lord continue to bless you and your family and all those that had a hand in helping Elder Tuifua.

lesieli tautuiaki said...

Ooooomg that was my auntie Silia and my first cousins with there wifes.. Silia huband my Uncle Papa was at the hospital that day because he had an heart attack and everyone didnt come till later to hospital because they were all out helping this missionary. Wow what a small world.

Malia Wichman said...

Oh what a lovely sharing story.he is my cousin I wish he was come and serve his mission here so I can help him out.but I thank you all for loving him.my mom that his aunty and his father is my uncle and we are all member of the church. I cant stop crying reading this story.no one know what the lord prepare your self to save some other missionary.its a blessing for your family to.oh that story its touch to my heart and how much appreciate that he was thinking for your family.my mum call me and tell me that story and now I can see the whole story of what happen to my cousin a brother to me.i always support him to go for his call and save people that are a waiting to him to save them.thank you so much to this family foe care n helping.ofa lahi atu moe fakamalo moe hounga ia homou tokoni.from me as a cousin asister malia wichman.from all the family from eua,mother unaloto tuifua n father pisope Mavae Tuifua,grandparents,Sione Tuifua n Lotomoua Tuifua,sister n brothers.also love from aunty Mele piei tuifua Maake,Mele itiopea tuifua naulangi.and all the cousin n family they all thanks for your help.ofalahi atu kiamoutolu.

Anonymous said...

Heavenly Father hears n answers our prayers.

Anonymous said...

BLESS YOU! BLESS THIS MISSIONARY....AND YES "GOD DOES WORK IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS".........Ofa atu

zelda dahya said...

Thanks for recording this! I am literally in tears!! I just sat down after dropping kids off to school to read my scriptures and ended up jumping on FB to find this wonderful example of love for our fellow men! Thank you all for being the people you are and for the way you were all taught. In the Gospel we are all able to have these experiences and of course we have read and heard of many! BUT this particular story is beyond words!

Thank you for teaching us what you learnt. Love this!! Go HARD Elder Tuifua!!! CHeehooooooooooo!!

Anonymous said...

i've seen a few of my friends share this blog so i had to come on and read. and glad i did. what a blessing for the elder. i'm grateful their are people in this world like your uncle, husband and family/friends who give unconditionally w/out wanting anything in return. thank you for your example. and for sharing this experience with us all.

kuleisi hafoka said...

Tears tears thank you soo soooo much for helping him he's my dear cousin I cry when I read it not knowing that it was my cousin when I saw the photo I cry even more just looking at his face...Iknow that heavenly father will look after him I'm soon grateful for your loving family ofa atu

Anonymous said...

When you are in the service of the Lord, you are never alone. God bless all those who paided it forward.

Anonymous said...

wow! blessed are those who are able to help out with this missionary.. this had just made my day... so touching to hear about this story... I know this missionary from tonga he use to be in one of my classes that I use substitute teach on... a big thank you to this wonderful family

Anonymous said...

really touching and awsome God is Good all the time!!!

Tiffany said...

Thank your for sharing this experience. This is such an inspiring experience and it really touched my heart and my wife. I am from Samoa and I remember very well when I left my family to go to school BUY Hawaii and how little I had when I left my family. Thank you for listening to the Spirit and being there when Elder Tuifua needed the most.

Loisi Takai Bloomfield said...

Wow! This is such a beautiful experience. It had me crying thinking about all our missionaries serving. Definitely a true blessing! Thank you for sharing this miracle of God. Much love.

tita masters said...

Someone had shared this link on fb and I too have shared it as well. My fb friends have shared it as well too. Elder Tuifua has already made an impact on plenty of people, thanks to your family. So thank you for sharing.

sione finau said...

Great story. Thanks for sharing

Anonymous said...

Kau long beach ia...oua toe lea taha.

langiake manuha said...

Amazing.. i love missionaries! It's people like Ova and his family that I appreciate the most. When I served my mission I met people like Ova where I learn to continue to praise Heavenly Father for putting people like that in my pathway. Good luck Elder on your mission...

Anonymous said...

Love this...thank you for sharing...god bless you all for all the love you showed this elder...his prayer was answered...and our father in heaven never leaves us forsaken...ofa atu sii kainga Tonga...proud to be Tongan....

Anonymous said...

What a great blessings and experience for Elder Tuifua. We always learned from how our Father in Heaven works in a mysteries way. I know you guys will blessed more than what you give. Lord will never forsake His faithful servant. Thanks for this families who humbled themselves and listen to the quidance of the Holy Spirit. You have follow the examples of oir Savior. Ofa adu mei he taha oe kaiga mei Eua.

Anonymous said...

This blog was forwarded on FB... What a wonderful experience to share...Thank you. Tonight before bed, i read your blog to my 2 sons, age 10 & 12...they were both touched also. My sweet 10 yr old was crying like a baby with his heart truly touched deep down. Thank you again for sharing...an awesome reminder of what life & happiness is all ablout! Love to all!

Anonymous said...

An amazing experience to be shared by us all..of faith and miraculous power of prayer. ..my heart is touched and felt sooo overwhelmed that I cried. ..love the greatest charitable acts these angels did..and love this humbling missionary son with a family sooo enriched with the Spirit to put the Lord's work first even with what little wealth they possess in material things. Bravo to all the great loving angels who were spiritually in tune to minister unto "the least of these"....

Anonymous said...

Faafetai tele for this story , God does really work in mysterious ways.I'm inspired may our heavenly father blessed all those who helped this servant of the Lord. It is better to give than to recieve.

Bonnie Ismyname said...

How humbling to open that pink bag and find so little. What faith it must've taken to leave your homeland with so little to fulfill the Lord's call to serve the people of the Philippines! I am so humbled by this. Elder T was truly in the company of angels that day! Both in the flesh and in spirit. =) Send this to the Ensign!I Please!

Anonymous said...

I can't stop crying....God is always in Control....God bless this family for helping this young missionary.....much n much alofas n ofas.....jst thinking about how God do work in mysterious way....BLESSINGS

Iwa(E-va)FromHawaii said...

What an awesome experience! Thanks for Sharing your testimony!

ma'elePHOTO said...

Mon! I am just reading this experience. What an awesome testimony of prayer. I am just in tears over this sweet story of faith and the tender mercies of our Heavenly Father. I love you and miss you!!!!!

ma'elePHOTO said...

Mon! I jusst read this and I am in tears this morning. What a sweet reminder and testimony of prayer and the tender mercies of our Heavenly Father. Thank you for reminding me to be alert and aware when I can be an instrument in His hands. Love and miss you Mon!

LilianJae said...

Thank you for sharing your wonderful story. God is truely Amazing! God bless you all!!! :)

Adele said...

I have shared this story on FB and I want to thank you for blogging this beautiful spiritual experience. I have a missionary on the field and he's also in the philippines so this story is very close to my heart. I must say that yes the Lord has lead all of you to humble spirit. Its amazing how everyone jumped into action for this servant.. thank you again.

Anonymous said...

I'm so grateful to have read your blog this morning. Thank you for sharing this!

Stella Haskan said...

What a wonderful faith building experience. Thank you for sharing.

Anonymous said...

yeh i was all dressed up and face looking good ready to meet my public...(to go shopping at DI (DESERET INDUSTRIES THRIFT STORE TO BUY A DRESS FOR THE CHOIR) and I hesitated wondering if I should stop and read this post...and I thought...what the heck..i'll take a peek...oh boy that did it!..what an awesome experience...the outpouring of love on this young missionary...of course i cried a downpour of tears...tears of joy that this good man came to the aid of this new missionary ..."In as much as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren ye have done it unto me"..my eyes are red my face is swollen and i look a mess....do i care? not in the least..I am happy ..gonna see what good i can do today for my fellow man or woman
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Karen Leota said...

This story needs to be posted on LDS .Org. What a amazing story of Love and Faith. Good job to this awesome family. Heavenly Father does hear and listen to our Prayers.

Tammy Schick said...

Beautiful story of Christ-like love. Being in the right place, at the right time, doesn't amount to much if you aren't willing to listen to the spirit and act upon that prompting. What an example of doing just that. We are His tools if we allow ourselves to be. Thank you for sharing this. It is a great reminder for all of us! :)

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Mony Afu said...

Wow. Im an inactive Mormon. For the longest I havent been to church but this blog is very touching and almost made me cry. I feel he was suppose to go through LAX cause he needed all those stuff yall bought for him. This story will forever be remembered. Thanks for sharing. MONY

Maggie Chan said...

I'm still teary eyed as I write this, humbled by everyone's love for a young traveler far from home. This young man has a mother, and as a mother it lifted my soul knowing Elder Tuifua was taken care of. (It's a bit of a secret, but mothers always pray for their children, no matter how old they get) To acknowledge you all personally would embarrass you I know, but thank you for caring, sharing and listening when the spirit prompted. This Easter Friday, I think about the great sacrifice the Savior made and my Easter is a little more special for having read your experience. So proud to call you my 'Brothers and Sisters' in the gospel.

Anonymous said...

Hi. Saw this on Facebook and immediately shared it! I have a boy serving in DC, and a girl in SC right now, so our home is filled with the Spirit of the work. The amazing thing I wish we could tell Elder Tuifua is that after reading your story of God preparing to meet his needs through you, we had family scriptures. We are reading in 3rd Nephi in prep for Easter, and hit 13:25-34, where the Lord tells his twelve to take no thought for what you shall eat, or wear! My beautiful 16 yr old daughter looked at me and asked, do you think he thought of this scripture?! I told her, if he didn't then, he will find it, and it will always hold a special place, and be a source of faith to him, his whole life. Elder Tuifua sought first the kingdom of God, and what he needed was added upon his brave and faithful head. Sweet boy. I love his heart, and all of you amazing Saints sending him off in such a loving manner.

Nuuipeau Falenofoa said...

To God be the Glory :) this is such a touching story, thanks for sharing!

Nuuipeau Falenofoa said...

To God be the Glory :) very touching story, thanks for sharing! My God is truly awesome, for the missionary to be at the right place and right time, my Heavenly Father surely works in mysterious ways, love this story! and to all who showed their love and kindness, lending a helping hand, amazing!

Toakesa Fangupo said...

I was in Hawaii when my husband call and tell me about Elder Tuifua all I doing on the phone was just crying. I told my husband did Elder Tuifua knows that he was sending to us by God. Elder Tuifua we still talk about this unique experience that we had with you and the power of prayer miracle happen everyday. Elder Tuifua the faith of your loving parents that why the Lord provide these people to help and comforted you. They were providing you with everything that you need for your whole two years of your mission. Lord is working in a very mysterious way. Power of prayer is so true. The Lord always answers prayers.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing such a wonderful personal experience! What a testament to the power of prayer. What a testament to the knowledge that our Heavenly Father is real and loves us and watches over us. What a wonderful family you have to assist this young Elder, and what an inspiration this young Elder is to all of us to serve the Lord!

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Rosemary Fifita said...

Thanks Monica for sharing this. This is one event that I will ever be so grateful to have been a part of. I still get choked up when I think of Elder Tuifua. I will never forget his story he told about what his father counseled him before he left. He told him that tho they didn't know of any family in the states that he had prayed and had faith that the Lord would prepare a family to await him. What faith by a humble family who truly opened their hearts in faith as they released their son into the Lord's arms to serve for two years! I am truly humbled and grateful by such an experience as this Elder shared his story thru the tears he shed as he told of his dilemma turned into a blessing for ALL of us that he met that day. My husband took a two hour lunch break so we could meet at Ihop with the rest of the family. This young man cried for some time at Ihop and let it be known that when he was dropped off to the MTC he shed tears again as if just leaving his own family. We truly are one family in the Lord's work! Thanks again Mon for sharing this.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing this beautiful story!! :)
It really goes to prove that..ALL that the Lord requires of us to be in his service regardless of where we serve, is...our TIME and a WILLING HEART! ♥.
What a beautiful way to begin this young man's new journey as a Full time Missionary! This amazing yet profound experience, I've no doubt is now embedded in this young man's heart & mind, and will be his story to tell & re-tell whilst on his mission, and for many generations & years to come!! :)

Anonymous said...

This was so touching to read and bright tears to my eyes and so much happiness.. My baby sis is out right now and it made me feel comforted to know that there are such caring and loving people out there watching out for our young valiant missionaries. Thank you for sharing this. What an incredible experience of mercy and love and answered prayers for your fam and for Elder Tuifua. The Church is true and God loves his children:) hoorah for Israel

Ane said...

I agree, you should submit it Monica. :)

Unknown said...

Wow...since this is less than two weeks old, I assume he's still at the MTC? And he's going to the Philippines? Which Mission? My son Elder Alex Garvin is in the Iloilo Mission over there. If somebody can answer my questions I'd sure appreciate it.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing this. ..

Anonymous said...

What an awesome experience. Heavenly Father surely works in mysterious ways. I'm so touch in how everything turn out and to everyone that help out with kindness and love. Thank you for sharing this wonderful experience.

Sela Ongoloka said...

What an amazing story. I'm sure it touched each and everyone that has read it or is reading it right now.Thank you do sharing.

George H R Lyden-Pulu Jr said...

Consider my testimony strengthened. Thanks monica for sharing your testimony with many. Such a good read. Prayer is very powerful. And heavenly father does answer but in his own way and his own time. He works in mysterious ways. As a missionary it comforts me knowing that god will help all the other missionaries in the field. Help them so they can preach his word. This church is true. Heavenly father and jesus Christ lives.

Joshua Taituave said...

Awesome story!!

Joshua Taituave said...

This is by far the best thing I've read in a while!! Thank you for sharing your experience..God bless you all!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing an amazing story....

A. Tiueti Faupula said...

Thank you for sharing but more importantly thank you for being instruments in the Lord’s hands in answering a young missionary’s prayer. Truly Heavenly Father answers prayers and is mindful of every one of His sons and daughters. The scripture that comes to mind as I was reading the story is the word of the Savior himself “…Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”

Anonymous said...

Im just being greatful for the wonderful gospel of Jesus Christ and I do believe that miracles happened in those days still happen in our days..this story strengthen my testimony that no matter where we are or who we are we all the Heavenly sons and daughters of our Beloved Heavenly Father that love our Father in Heaven had for us and yes he still ..I just cried that I know to be true that Missionary work is the blood line of his great work..malo mua sii ofa and thanka for being a great example..Ofa lahi atu

seini fukofuka said...

Amazing story it really touched my heart thanks for sharing! Ofa atu

Moana Mahe said...

So proud of this former student and this blog made my day.. tears from this very inspiration sharing thanks for this lovely family for sharing and caring... ofa lahi atu and thank you for hastening the work in every way ... ofa atu to this missionary Elder Tuifua... proud of the choice you made

Anonymous said...

As Nephi said...I WILL GO AND DO THE THINGS THE LORD COMMAND I KNOW THE LORD PROVIDE A WAY HE WANT ME TO OBEY.. as I read this amzing story I remember this story in the BOM..the lords always prepare some people around the world to give a helping hand to those who needs help as it happen to the prophets in the bible....as a Tongan we have that kind of feeling toward tongan especially when we a member of the church n seeing someone who needs help n we are willing to help...I cry when I read this unforgetable story because its happen to our family..when we first move to overseas we dont know where to stay but a family member in our ward which is not a family tous has giving us a place to stay without paying anything n also a job for my husband...the Lord always provide someone to help when we put our trust n faith in him at all time..we are his children..thank u so much for sharing this wonderful experience so we all learn to continue to loveone another as Jesus loves us..ofa lahi atu n may the Lord bless this loving family n the missionary too.

Silivia Tonga said...


Thanks for sharing. and for being the Lord's hands..Elder Tu'ifua is one of the alumni of Liahona High School. He was always an example of being humble and having faith. I remember one time, my husband and I were taking the rugby boys home after training and it was already night. We were supposed to go around the Fuaamotu road but somehow we ended coming throiugh the Pelehake road when we noticed aheda us two Liahona students walking. We stopped by and there was Sione Tuifua with a friend walking home after night school seminars. He said that they were praying for help because they have been walking and hitchhiking from Liahona.. Elder Tuifua will be great missionary.. Once again, thank for taking care of him.. He is a great friend.

Filimoeika Kauhenga said...

Thats was a great story i have read it and it has been teaching me a lot of faith i was once was a missionary that had that but i am greatful that i have already return with honor i remember watching this elder came to take a passport photo at the office equipment

Fineasi Tamale said...

It's people like yous that exemplifies the example of what we ought to be. Reading about the efforts that yous aredoing, going around ccreating miracles behind close doors strengthens our testimonies. We love yous and continue being great.

S.Langi said...

Thanks for sharing. I've known Elder Tuifua from a young age. He was in our Fua'amotu 1st ward when staying with his Aunt in Fua'amotu. Thank you for opening up your hearts and home to him. Great to read about the positive our people do. Malo e tokoni moe 'ofa he faifekau.

S.Langi said...

Thank you for sharing. I've known Elder Tuifua since he was young. He was in our Fua'amotu 1st ward when staying with his cousin in Fua'amotu.I'm sure his family appreciates all you've done just as much as Elder Tuifa does. Malo e tokoni malo e 'ofa he faifekau.

Anonymous said...

thanks for this sharing story ,he is one of my passanger as a Bus driver @ Liahona High School.hage koe lau e motu'a vAINI,"KOE FU'U SIASI KAUTAMA KOE MO'ONI HE MO'ONI ! 'OFA ATU

MisZy WaTwaT said...

Im truly honored, being able to witness that heavenly father do listen and answers our sincere prayers.. Prayer offers each of us the privilege of divine guidance in this troubled world...

“Ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full” (John 16:24).

awww thank you for sharing...it brought me tears..this strengthen my testimony ..hes one TRUE ARMY OF HELAMAN..the faith n courage he had is amazing..Heavenly Father always provides a way for his fellow servants..I AM GRATEFUL TO B A PART OF THIS TRUE GOSPEL..the love yall gave to him ..MARVELOUS..no words can express the gratitude i hav for you guys..cant thank yous enough..YOU ALL MAKE A DIFFERENCE in this young mans life..he'll never forget..I hope that those whos reading this ..can share this story with your love ones during family home evening ..especially those who are preparing to go on a mission..u dont need to have fancy stuff, when goin on a mish..B HUMBLE LIK THIS YOUNG MAN...it reminds me of when my lil brother went on his mission, same senario..the only difference.. he was able to communicate ..he served at the quezon mission..philipines..it seems that it only happens to missionaries who r goin to the philipines lol (kidding)..darling your blog is awesome ..keep up the good work..dont slack off :P coz ya story do wonders ..it strengthen my testimony..ANNND THATS MISSIONARY WORK itself..WELL I THINK SO ;)

I leave you with my testimony .. that the church is true..heavenly father lives n Christ is our Savior..MISSIONARY WORK is a true work of god..pray always n trust in the lord and he will direct you..

♥♥TUKIA FAMILY♥♥

Joyleen Tuifua said...

thank you for sharing this wonderful stories and a true experience..... i be proud of what my brother done and it shows me a good example when i went on my mission and gudluck brother and i hope you do your very best in the missionary field............MUCH LOVE FROM YOUR POOR LITTLE SISTER

Anonymous said...

thank for sharing this...... i can't stop my tears when i read through this and i know it a miracle to my brother......... Elder Tuifua i hope you can do your very best in lord's field ehh........Much Love From Your Poor Little Sister