Tofa Soifua

We said good-bye to our first group of missionaries this past week. We wish them well and thank them for their service. They take home with them increased testimony and memories of faith-building experiences. They will be missed.

Front row, left to right: Elder Uri, Elder Leamanaia, Elder Sianava
Back row, left to right: Elder Brunt, Elder Asuao, Sister Ta'anoa, Sister Satele, Sister Tunai, Sister Ioane, Sister Tuigamala, Elder Kaio, Elder Moon

We said good-bye to one of our assistants, Elder Brunt. He truly was an angel and life-saver. We quickly grew to love him. He has a calm, but firm nature. His humility and devotion are remarkable. He has influenced the mission and the missionaries for good. He has been a noble missionary. President Tolman commented after his final interview with Elder Brunt, "I want to be like him."  He and his beautiful smile will be greatly missed. It was difficult to say good-bye. 

We welcome our new assistant, Elder Shepherd. He brings a perspective of dedicated and obedient service. We look forward to his leadership and vision for the mission!

This is what happens when two missionaries serve the Lord together. The scripture from John 15:13 came to mind as I watched them say good-bye. "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."

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