Happy Memorial Day!
Life is still great here in the islands. There are struggles everyday,
but we love sharing the gospel here with our Friends in Nonouti. This
week Mouaa (Moe Ahh) was baptized. He is another with a crazy story.
When Elder Smith first got here Mouaa was coming to church every week,
so he went over and asked if he had received the Priesthood yet. He
said that he hadn't and hadn't even been baptized. He and his
companion were shocked that Mouaa wasn't even a member, because he was
one of the strongest and most consistent people coming to church every
week. Turns out that he had been on parole for a long time and living
in the Policeman's house because of it. Before he had been a heavy
drinker and quick to anger and been arrested a few times for what he
did when he was drunk. But his sister's family are also strong members
so they invited him to come to church. Since he started coming to
church and in our time in teaching him he has made lots of changes and
really felt the joy of Repentance in his life. He has completely
changed his life and as soon as he learned a doctrine or commandment
he changed his life to be able to live it. I marvel at the ability of
people to change and especially at the work for good that the gospel
does in people's lives. I add my testimony to that of Alma's in Alma
This week my favorite scripture is Doctrine and Covenants 123:17.
Therefore, dearly beloved brethren, let us cheerfully do all things
that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost
assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be
No matter what if we do all that we can, and do it happily, God will
be right there making everything work out as it should. I know that
this is true and that God Lives and loves us. This is his true church.