Fiji Suva Mission

Fiji Suva Mission

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Come What May, and Love It (Samabula Area, Week 4)

Cool overlook of Suva Harbor from our area
Bula vinaka tale!

It's been quite a week, to say the least. Miracles are never ceasing - the work just keeps progressing here in Samabula 2nd! Elder Kanongata'a and I are doing really well together. Some people thought that this area was "dead"; I don't think that they really looked at it through God's Eyes (

Eating with our investigator, Sisa (left) and the Ravosai family
Sister Ravosai is from Tavua!

This little girl goes by the nickname "Pretty"
Just really quickly, cause I have to go soon, I want to share a few experiences from this past week. One of them we had just happened after church yesterday. Bishop Sautu introduced us to a couple who had been coming to church and apparently, they're an extremely less-active family that has made a comeback to the gospel recently. Bishop asked for us to reteach them the missionary lessons, but as we talked, we learned that the wife was baptized 5 years previously but never confirmed (given the gift of the Holy Ghost). Her records were never entered into the system as a result, and now the responsibility falls to us to re-baptize her, as per church policy. Hopefully, before the month is over, she will be both baptized and properly receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, which, according to John 3:5, is an essential part of receiving our salvation in the kingdom of our Heavenly Father. The sister, Sofaia Matanatabu, has family problems related to her church attendance, but she doesn't care - she told us that she's making a stand now because she knows that the Church is true. Her faith and courage is amazing.

One big thing I learned this week was about facing trials with faith. According to Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles a few years ago, we need to let whatever happens happen and just "love it". I'm working on that right now - it's transfer week (officially) and I don't know what's going to happen. But "come what may and love it".

Love you! Loloma yani mai Viti!

Elder Barnaby

Fiji Suva Mission Picture with Official Party for Temple Dedication - 20 February 2016
 It was a day never to be forgotten

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