Friday, May 26, 2017

Season 6: Episode 12

Good morning!

Well, this is most likely the last email that I send. 

The one thing that is really outstanding this week is the  "Why I believe" Fireside that happened yesterday! The Fireside is put on by the mission, and is a combination of Testimonies from Recent Converts of the church and Musical Numbers put on by missionaries. It consisted of the 6 stakes in the mission and was hosted in one of my old areas! I was asked to be apart of three of the musical number performed. The spirit was super strong, and it was truly a special experience. One of the most special things about it however occurred afterward, when a man walked up to me in glasses and a suit. I recognized him as he thanked me for changing his life and told me how much he loved me because of it. You might recognize him from 371 days earlier in this picture (see below). It was such a special experience, I was in tears. A few days ago I was reflecting on who's life I felt like I had influenced the most and he came to mind. This man, has continued to be active, and is preparing to enter the temple for himself. I know that it wasn't me that changed Him, rather our Savior, however, I am grateful that the Lord worked through me in a way to use me as an instrument. 

I got to see a lot of families from Valrico, the Youth in the Ward wanted a picture with the missionaries that had served there and so that was a special experience.

Today, for lunch a family from my first area that I love took us out, I've really been able to experience so many tender mercies this past transfer and it's been amazing.

I'll try to send an email next week.

Love you,

Elder Tanuvasa ✌🏽

P.S. See you next week!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Season 6: Episode 10

We are teaching a girl who has cerebral palsy, and it's been a tremendous blessing. She is such an example to me of the power of prayer. When she prays, it is so special, the sincerity and closeness of her relationship with God is unreal. Her lessons are very special because we teach very simply, and we end up learning more from her in my opinion. 

One of my favorite things about being in a trio is that companionship Study is so much fun! We have been doing a ton of role plays lately, acting out people as someone else has to try to share the gospel with. Cowboys, flirty girls, grumpy 80 year old fisherman w/o a shirt. It's effective and it always brings laughter.

This week the other elders moved out, so we now only have three in the apt and after we cleaned today it's sooooo nice! We can see the floor, we don't have to rush to get ready as 3 people are trying to use one bathroom. Not having to worry about whose food is whose... it's just a relief.

We've been doing a lot of walking lately and we've picked up kind of a game as we walk. Especially in the middle of the day when literally no one is out, we'll be looking for coins either alongside the sidewalk or the road! We've committed to get something as a companionship at the end of this transfer. I'm still in the process of convincing them to save up for a special date for Elder Tanuvasa when he gets home from his mission lol. Emphasis on in the process.

Florida really hasn't had much rain lately, but the ONE time this week where it rained, we got caught riding in it... of course... it was a nice cool down, but we had to take a shower after... 

Since there was a drought and barely any rain, there have been a ton of fires. This week there was one a few miles from our apartment. It was over 120 Acres and I'm pretty sure they still at this moment don't have it contained... we'll see how that goes.

I was asked by the Primary President to play the piano for the primary program on Mother's Day so that will be exciting! I'll try not to ruin the day with my playing haha on a mother music note. There are a few mission Firesides that are meant to help members brings friends to, and after the last musical number that we did, we were asked to sing in it.. it'll be a pretty far drive, but I'm excited because it will be in my old building

We had a prompting to go visit this Less Active couple, we found out that they were pretty recently married and young. Through the lesson, she told us that she never thought that she'd be the one that needed the missionaries to come knocking on her door, in fact she had promised herself that she wouldn't be. It was a really sad situation and it was a big smack in the face that no one sees it coming until it's too late.


Elder Tanuvasa ✌🏽

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Season 6: Episode 9

Good morning! 

This week was really awesome and I'll share a few experiences we had! It seems like the weeks get faster and faster...

One of the people we are teaching has really been struggling with overcoming smoking. He has received a witness that the church is true, he is just working on overcoming smoking at the moment. We gave him a blessing to help him, and he had a really cool experience. During the blessing, some things were mentioned that he hasn't told anyone, his mind was blown. The only thing he could say after was, "That was amazing, wow..." 

Lately we've been helping people to find answers using the Book of Mormon. On Thursday, we helped four people to do it and every time we did it they found their answer! I know that the Book of Mormon will answer our questions,  in all matters. I also know that it works for all scripture!

It's been so hot lately... the humidity can't get any higher... I'll attach a few pictures of us dying in the sun... it's pretty nasty when we're all sweaty, sometimes I take showers during dinner. Nothing helps though

We get to do service every week with this one organization and they love us. However, it seems like they're saving stuff throughout the week for us to do when we get there... it's hard because we don't want them to become dependent on us, but we love helping.. trying to find balance in that 

There was a younger member that found out about Navy while we were at brunch with a few of his friends, and is now making this whole program to get me huge and he also wants to do 1v1 Pass Rush against me... sooo that's where I'm at.. trying to avoid people trying to challenge me haha

There is a 16 yr old in the Ward that loves coming out with us, and we love it when he comes out with us. This past time when he came out with us, he told us that usually when he comes out it's because he's having a bad day, and afterwards he always feels happy. So that was a huge eye opener, to see how truly happy sharing the gospel makes you.

Yesterday, we got a text from a random number asking if it was me, turns out it's a family from Palm Harbor that I was really close with! They are going to see me again before I leave, it was such a tender mercy. To be honest, it was my dream to finish in my first area, and this is a such a blessing to be able to serve in Hudson, where lots of the members are from Palm Harbor.

P.S that is kind of my Blog email

Love you!

Elder Tanuvasa ✌🏽

Elder Perrero' first flat!

#2 its way too hot

#3 this is the florida I see every day.

Season 6: Episode 8

This week was.. interesting... we've been exhausted and stressed, a lot of things seemed to come up all at once, and it seems to be at the worst times.. but we've made it so far! One of our Recent Converts had a slight heart attack, she already has a heart condition, so that brought stress. We gave her a blessing and she's feeling better now, but it was really scary at the time.

We were asked to sing again for a Zone Meeting.. we didn't have much time to practice, or a pianist so we had to do it without.. I'll attach a video that was taken. It was weird, that was my last Zone Training Meeting and it didn't hit me until the end when we had a mini testimony meeting.. the mission sure does fly by and it's so hard to condense it all into what you've learned. So, just a heads up if you ask me how my mission was or is, I'll say amazing.. If you want specific experiences you'd have to ask a better questions than that.

We got a text that a guy wanted a Bible, we couldn't get a hold of him and couldn't catch him home. So we decided to do a little bit of contacting around, and we walked down his street to the end of the road, and hadn't met anyone.. we turned around a little dejected and ran into a man spraying his lawn! He was actually super interested, he's agnostic and this is the first time any religious people have approached him. He actually thanked us for talking with him and invited us back before we asked to come back.. pretty cool!

We've been getting up pretty early this past week and it's been taking a toll.. frustration, exhaustion.. you name it.. we're deciding to get as much sleep as we can get this week.. so hopefully it'll go dreamily

Got to go on an Exchange with Elder Heluo! It's pretty cool cause we began our missions together, we're near each other mid way, and at the end! I'll send a pic.

Stake Conference was really good, it's hard to say that was my last one on the mission.. I really don't like lasts right now.. it's pretty cool because it was like all on missionary work! We're pretty excited for the rest of this transfer, we have been working with a few members, and received 8-9 referrals from them and have been able to meet them all! The work is hastening!

Love ya,

Elder Tanuvasa ✌

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Season 6: Episode 7

This week had a lot of ups and downs, tons of walking, it's getting hotter, barely missing possibly fatal accidents, sang at another's church service, crashed bikes, gave a sacrament meeting talk, and witnessed tender mercies all along the way.

So I'll explain "Possibly fatal accidents". On Wednesday we were driving and trying to turn left, crossing 2 lanes of traffic. A car, made an unexpected left turn coming from the opposite 2 lanes of traffic, I warn my companion, and he brakes and everything is fine. Fast forward a few hours later, and we are at a stop light, again turning left. We get a green light and start to pull out, when a car coming from our left, zooms behind us at 50+MPH, barely missing up by inches. It's interesting to note, that the companion that was sitting in the backseat, tried to say something, but nothing came out. I believe it was the spirit that held his tongue, because one touch of the brakes would've resulted in at the very least, injuries. We said a prayer of gratitude afterwards.

For the past 7 or so weeks, we have been volunteering at a food bank/emergency shelter for those in need. Through a series of unfortunate events, they found out that I could sing... so on Saturday, they did a little service for those who are staying at their temporary homes and I was asked to sing special musical numbers.. it went better than I thought. Also, after the service, they presented my companions and I with a volunteer of the month award with a few things, it was really touching to see, and we felt super appreciated afterwards (not that we didn't before) but we were very grateful and humbled. 

For those of you who know me, and how competitive I am, I have companion who is also that competitive. So we wanted to show our other companion how to bike fast. We always talk to everyone, however on this occasion as I was leading and biking, a man came out of nowhere, so I slammed on my brakes to talk to him. I was able to get a few words out, before I hear "whoa whoa whoa!" And my companion who is equally competitive slammed into me, lol. No worries, we still made the contact, and stayed on our feet... my companion does now have a bruised shin from where he hit my bike hahahaha 

I was so grateful for the opportunity to speak on Easter Sunday. I spoke specifically on Christ's title as the Prince of Peace. I'll share a few things that I learned from studying. As I read the story of Jesus calming the tempest, it stood out to me that the apostles at this time had witnessed several miracles, had seen some of Christ's greatest teachings (the Sermon on the Mount, for example) and had even taught and witnessed of Him. I have no doubt that they had faith that if any sick or afflicted needed healing and were brought to Him, that Christ could heal them. However, in this situation, it was their own boat being rocked, and their own trials and tribulations. I wonder if they forgot that Christ was in the boat, that the Creator, the Messiah, the Christ was with them. 1). Peace, like Faith is a choice. 2). As we Study Christ's life, we have more confidence in Him and are less likely to falter when the tempests come 3). As we make and keep sacred covenants with God, a power and strength come into our life that we wouldn't have otherwise 4). Christ is in our boat. I know that the Peace Christ offers is real, it is tangible and is offered to every one of us.

We had the opportunity to help someone move that was moving in next to us, we were super excited when he actually let us help! Not trying to boast, but he really needed our help, we lifted all the heavy furniture and helped them get everything up the stairs. They were super grateful afterwards, and even during, they went and got us gatorades. After helping them, the dad said that after they get settled in, that he'd like us to sit down with him and he'd listen! The next day, we were out walking, and towards the end, when we were getting close to our apartment, he pulled up next to us with his kid and handed us all gatorades! He told us that he had seen us walking, and his kid suggested that he get them gatorades, and so he drove over to the nearest gas station and bought some, but we had turned off another road when he got back.. so he spent the next little bit searching for us basically. It was definitely a tender mercy.

I'm loving the mission, it's been such a blessing and I am especially grateful for the hard times. I wouldn't appreciate the good ones as much if I didn't have them.

Elder Tanuvasa ✌🏽

Monday, April 3, 2017

Season 6: Episode 4   The one with General Conference

Good morning all!

Things are going well this week. On Wednesday we had a Zone Conference, and it was amazing. We talked about how we could more fully consecrate ourselves to the Lord our Savior Jesus Christ, and one of things talked about was emailing, hence this email has picked up once more. A few Elders and I were asked to sing a musical number and someone recorded it, so I'll attach that at the end.

During General Conference, I'll share a few of the themes that I recognized:

1). An increased emphasis on the Plan of Salvation and its importance.

The peace, joy and love that the knowledge of this Plan brings.

2). Charity: 1 Corinthians 13:1-3

1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

3). Repentance: Luke 15:7

7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

This weekend I gained a re confirmation of the truthfulness of the gospel, I bear witness that Christ's church has been restored. We have been blessed with a prophet, and apostles today, who lead and guide the same way they did in the meridian of time. The spirit has made it known to me, and I know it to be true.

Elder Tanuvasa ✌🏽

Monday, January 16, 2017

16 January 2017

Thank you for your prayers.  This week we had two awesome lessons with them!  During one of them, I learned a principle through a comment the wife shared.  Love and appreciation are two different things.  You can love someone, but not appreciate them.  Sadly, lots of times we don't appreciate people until we don't have them anymore, or something alike.  But when you show your appreciation, it is one of the highest forms of love that can be expressed.

Thank you so much for all that you've done and all you continue to are life-savers and the work you do as Parents, Spouses, Friends doesn't go unnoticed.  Thank you.  I love you!

Elder T

Monday, January 9, 2017

9 January 2017

This week, may have been the most tiring week physically of my mission.  We helped a brother in the ward who recently had back surgery to put his in his new fence.  Including digging holes with a post-hole digger, building gates, nailing, cementing, etc....there was a day where we worked from 11 am to sun down.  I have truly felt the Lord's hand especially this week in the mornings when seriously the last thing I want to do is get up.  When I try, the Lord gives me the strength I need.  As a result of our service, this Brother stayed all three hours of church, something that he hadn't done since the ward split some 8 months ago.  I have a testimony of fast offerings.  The blessings this week were immediate as soon as I prayed, one family wanted to buy us groceries, then we came home, we found a bag with food in it from another with a gift card to a restaurant with the exact amountI paid....He does keep His word!  Anyways, hope you're doing well and that you're not freezing, it got down to 34 degrees here and I don't know how you do it...I'm so thankful that I was called somewhere hot!!! hahha


Elder Tanuvasa

Monday, January 2, 2017

2 January 2017

This week was a lot of fun!  The Zone Activity on Monday was awesome, it really helps to unify us as missionaries, and helps us get to know each other in a different setting.  Bike week was this week (the first in a really long time, lol) and it was a little rough getting started, but as of now I'm back and feel a lot better physically.  Plus we're getting to talk to a lot more people on the street!  New Years Eve wasn't very eventful, except when we got back to our apartment, the people right across the street were popping off huge fireworks!  So it was a little hard to sleep at first, haha.  We now have church at 11 am which is so nice.  How is church at 9 am?  What really stuck out to me this week was how spiritual our weekly planning was, you could feel it leading our discussion as Elder Hudson and I correlated about those whom the Lord has entrusted us with.  Revelation was received, and we are looking forward to meeting with them!  A few talks that I've been reading if you want to check them out are "Pride and the Priesthood" by President Uchtdorf in April 2010 and "Beware of Pride"  by President Benson in 1989 general conference.

Love ya!

Elder T