Church Growth in Tonga

Growth of the Church in Tonga

1897  –  15

1917  –  517

1930  – 1,185

1950  –  2,975

1990  –  35,227

2000  –  46,623

2013  –  61,470

Population of the Kingdom of Tonga – 107,0122

“Know ye not that I, the Lord your God, have created all men, and that I remember those who are upon the isles of the sea.” (2 Nephi 29:7).


We LOVE our patients!

It’s really fun to see so many patients who are so sweet and genuine!


She was SO proud of her Young Womanhood Award. The little “Honor Bee” award on the right* was presented to her because she completed an extra 40 hour project above and beyond the requirements for the award, which are:

  • Attend sacrament meeting regularly (where possible).

    Live the standards in For the Strength of Youth.

    Complete the value experiences and value project for each of the eight values (faith, divine nature, individual worth, knowledge, choice and accountability, good works, integrity, and virtue).

    Keep a personal journal.

    Attend seminary.

    Read the Book of Mormon regularly.

    Record your testimony of the Savior Jesus Christ.


  • *  The Honor Bee charm is presented to young women who are willing to do more than is required.  Those who receive this charm read the Book of Mormon a second time, and serve others for at least 40 hours.

Luau at Oholei


One of the daughters of the owner of Oholei Beach Resort. We took our visiting dentist from Samoa (Frank Pitcher and his wife Sandra) to the Luau, with a dozen people from our clinic and Liahona. We have been there a half a dozen times now, and it doesn’t get old!


This time, we sat with Dorothy Tonga, and watched as she sucked out the eyes from a fish. Yummy!


Her son does the “fire-dance.” He is quite amazing!

“In the last days the righteous will flee to the mountain of the Lord.” (J.S.T. Psalms 11:1).


We are lucky to have the temple just a 3 minute walk from our house. We get to serve there as ordinance workers each week.

“In the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the  Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.” (Micah 4:1), On Tongatapu, the Nuku’aofa temple is at an elevation of 241 feet above sea level, which is the highest point on the island.