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).
No – for some reason, we are not getting Island Fever.
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).
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.
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!
They’re getting the shingles on, and so far, no-one has died. Most of the time, when there are 8 or 10 people on a job site, 9 of them are in a supervisory role.
I hope he’s not wearing flip-flops!
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.