It's hard leaving, YSA has provided me with a lot of life lessons and experiences. As with every area, you make strong ties and its hard to say bye. Even if it is for a short time.
I couldn't have thought of a better Sunday to end it on. Dave, someone that we have been teaching for a couple months, was confirmed a member and received the gift of the Holy Ghost during sacrament meeting.
Sister Aiasau and I have gotten really close to a Tongan family over these passed 6 weeks. We've been helping their eldest come back to church. Over these passed 6 weeks he's stopped, drinking, smoking, AND drinking Kava. HALLELUYERR! For awhile he was going to just keep drinking kava, but after going to a mix Saturday night he felt a strong temptation to smoke. It was then he decided that he didn't want to flirt with the temptation any longer. Now he's talking about getting his patriarchal blessing, becoming worthy to go do baptisms, and eventually go through the temple.
Ties like that, where you've been apart of someones journey back to their Savior makes it hard to leave.
Things have been going great in this area, people who have struggled with keeping commitments are finally progressing, members are getting so pumped about missionary work, the Lord has been providing us with countless opportunities to teach and testify. I know that the amount of time that I was called to serve in this area of the Lords vineyard was inspired, and that there are people waiting for Sister Aiasau and her new companion to come here to share the gospel with them.
I'm excited to see what the Lord has in store for me in this new area!
Thank you all for your continuous love and support, it helps me everyday. Love you all!