Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Day 3 in Tonga - Working with Youth

Tuesday was our first full day of 3 separate trainings.  It was a LONG day.  We left our house at 8AM and did not get home till 10 PM.  We were just about exhausted by the time we were done.  However, we felt good about all we were able to accomplish and felt the Spirit of Elijah sustaining us along the way.                                          

 We started at Ha’akame Stake where we trained members of Ha’kame 1st Ward Council.  The Stake President was also there and remembered us well from our earlier visit, so it was good to see him again.  Those who were able to submit names got super excited and the enthusiasm was contagious.

Next we moved on to the Liahona FHC where we gave a presentation for members of the Mapelu Ward Council and family history consultants.  After that training the director and consultants came back to the FHC for specific computer training.


While we were over there we talked with some very cute young Sister Missionaries who were there for a meeting with Elder Pearson.

We returned to Ha’akame Stake FHC for the evening training of Houoma 3rd Ward.   They had invited their youth as well as Ward Council members.  That training was especially fun.  The first counselor in the bishopric was particularly eager to get help as he really did not understand how to submit names and had not yet completed his own 15 in 15.  He had a written record with him, so we were able to help him enter all the names and submit two family names for temple work.  He was thrilled!

The Primary president in Houoma 3rd ward told us about how they were working with the children of their ward to help them all complete the MyFamily book.   She showed us all the books she had and told us they would be working with consultants to get those entered into FamilySearch as well.
For that day we had planned ahead, packing some peanut butter sandwiches and bananas for lunch.  At the end of the day Brother Piatau brought us dinner which was MUCH appreciated.  By that point we really didn’t have a bit of energy left to make a meal.  One of the challenges we always face when traveling in Tonga is we find few vegetables which make up much of our normal diet.  Still, we were very grateful to have something hot and delicious provided for us after such a very long day.

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