Thursday, January 28, 2016

21 January 2016

Side note:  Elder Tanuvasa has family in Mission Viejo.  Turns out Sister Felt (and Sister Sackley - another Summerlake Ward Missionary -  are companions) had home teachers in Mission Viejo by the name of Tanuvasa - Shawn (uncle) and Kanoah (cousin)!  Small world

18 January 2016

Season 2: Episode 8  "The one with the Storm"

Hello, hello!

As per labeled my episode this week, there was a storm.  It was from Saturday night to Sunday morning.  At 4 a.m. we were woken up by our Hazard Alert radio that was blaring (it sounded like someone pulled the school fire alarm, if that helps).  Anyways, I got up, and was listening to the emergency radio that was going off too; it was talking about tornado warnings or something like that.  I was like "oh snap, it's going down!" and that excitement lasted all of about 3 seconds before I crawled back in bed and fell asleep, lo.  You could hear the thunder booming and you could see lightning flashing, my attitude was "hey, if it's my time, it's my time."  It wasn't my time, we got up in the morning, got dressed and went outside and saw trees that were blown over and a whole bunch of debris was in the streets, so we spent a good amount of time clearing those.  As we were talking to some people at church, they said that winds were anywhere from 40-70 mph, I don't know how true that is, but yeah.  That's my weather excitement for the week.

One of the people at church's mother passed away this week, it was really scary cause we had no joke talked with her 2 days before.  She never had any health problems, was super active, she was 55!  She woke up, didn't feel good, and went back to sleep, and's just crazy to see how fragile life really is, you never really think anything is going to happen to you.  As we were comforting the family, it caused me to reflect on this.  Please keep the Barnes family in your prayers.

Something that I have noticed this week was how planning and telling the Lord your plans will bless you. As we've made our plans so specific, they are almost tedious, and as we inform the Lord, where we are going to be at a certain time and place.  He is able to place people in our paths, that we never would've seen if we decided to just go do something else.  And I think that is very applicable to life, as we express to Him, our goals, and our plans to achieve those goals, He is able to open opportunities that wouldn't have been there before!

Anyways, love you all!

Elder Tanuvasa

Monday, January 18, 2016

11 January 2016

Season 2:  Episode 7:  "The One with the Snake?"

Dear Friends and Family,

So much happened this week, I'll try and get it all down.  On Monday, we made an impulsive decision to go hit 9-holes of golf, so that was a ton of fun!  There was a lot of people there, and we didn't even hold anyone up!

On Thursday, we were meeting with this girl whose dad is a member, but her mom isn't.  they live way out in the country.  So we went out out see them, and the meeting went really well!  The spirit was so strong!  And after we met, they gave us a tour of the farm, and it just so happens that two days earlier, one of their mama's had a kid.  Hence you see me with a tiny goat.  They were not potty trained.  There were poop pellets ALL over the place.

On Saturday we were talking to people in a parking lot, and we met this guy named Jose, who didn't speak English, used my Espanol dos skillz and was able to teach a little, and say a prayer in Spanish!  So yeah, language barriers are basically gone, totally fluent in Spanish right now, hahha.

On Sunday the YW President had us come in and show the Young Women how they could use the Book of Mormon to answer their prayers.  We started off by getting a question from them that applies to their life.  We then all knelt down and had that person pray, and ask the question to Heavenly Father and to ask him to place one word in their head to look up in the Index of the Book of Mormon.  Afterwards we looked up the word and she went through, reading the brief summaries in there, and when a scripture stuck out to her, we went there, and BANG! Found her answer.  The spirit was so strong.

I've put this to the test, I dont' know how many times but every time, it's answered!  Sometimes we kneel/wait longer than we thought we would, but without fail, or question is answered!!

I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God, as well as the Bible and know that our Father in Heaven can use it to answer our questions, and I leave this with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Love you all, until next week,

Elder Tanuvasa




(From his email:  "And we found a dead snake in our dryer.. had to get it out cause it STANK, and of course, I had to get a pic with it!")

Monday, January 11, 2016

4 January 2016

Season 2:  Episode 6 "The One with New Years"

Happy New Year's y'all!

I was informed by my family and friends that I "talk differently" now.  I am unable to see how that would work seeing that I am in the United States and speaking English...speaking of that, that reminds me of when I was calling to confirm an appointment (a long time ago) and I asked "is there going to be a male there?" and her response was "well, I have chicken in the fridge...." HAHAHA she thought I said MEAL instead of MALE.  Anyways, that is just a good 'ole story to start us out.

Nothing really happened to us on New Years Eve and New Years that was out of the norm. It seemed like everyone was getting pulled over however, which I thought was no bueno.  Made me a little nervous while running the next morning.

Not too much to write about.  Happy B-Day Pops!  That would be on 5 Jan 2015 if any of y'all are wondering!

Love you all,

Elder Tanuvasa

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

28 December 2015

Season 2: Episode 5 "The One with Christmas"

So this week was Christmas, and I hope y'all had a great one.  We had a Christmas Devotional on Tuesday, which was very spiritual, took us 2 1/2 hours to drive up to Tampa but, twas worth it.

On Christmas Eve and Christmas it was very....different, as in what I am used to Christmas being.  It was the exact same when it came to missionary days.  We tried caroling, but as we practiced I was like, "yeah....this isn't going to happen...." HAHA

Did get to talk with the fambam, which was sweet.  Great to "see" everyone and get to talk with them, but it's always hard saying goodbye.

Got to bring the best gift I can give, which is a knowledge of the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I mean, what better gift could I give?

Anyway, hope y'all have a great week and a Happy New Years!  I'll be in bed at 10 pm in case any of y'all was wondering what I was doing for the night.


Elder Tanuvasa