Monday, September 23, 2013

"the Lord did hear their cries, and did strengthen them"

Talofa lava family and friends,
It's been a good week. There's been lots of little blessings that add up to great things.
On Wednesday we ate with the Moleli family again. I love them! The oldest daughter is waiting for her mission call and was asking all sorts of questions about missions. And the Moleli's cousin (I think) is living with them for a while, and he served in San Francisco speaking Tongan. It was cool to hear all the stories he had. We taught them about the plan of salvation, and it was awesome to hear their testimonies. All the kids want to serve missions, and they have a brother serving right now. So they were more than willing to take pamphlets about the plan of salvation and find a friend to whom they can give them. I love member missionaries!
On Thursday, we met with the Fiu family. I so wish I had met them before this week! They are so great. They joined the church about a year ago and are working to go to the temple soon. We ate with them and taught about scripture study. Bro. Fiu's English isn't perfect, but when he bore his testimony I could feel that he truly believes the gospel of Jesus Christ. He told us about how he hasn't lived in the safest areas or done the smartest things in his past, but he loves the church because it helps him raise his family well. He even wants to serve a mission with his wife someday.
Something I have loved about this area is that I've been able to really feast on the word of God. Especially this week. As I study more and more I see my desire to do good increase. It just makes me want to be better. I've come to love the scriptures. I love 'em! :) I love the Ensign too! I love the quote from Boyd K. Packer:

"True doctrine, understood, changes attitudes and behavior. The study of the doctrines of the gospel will improve behavior quicker than a study of behavior will improve behavior."
It's so true. That's all I've got! :)

Love you all,
Elder Judd