Sunday, July 16, 2017

Week #101

  Bula Tale Y'all! The work here is on FIRE! Finally all the work we've been putting in seems to be unfolding into visual success. This transfer I have just learned heaps about hard work and how to work hard even when we can't see any results. 

The best lesson I have ever learned in my life has come clear towards the end of this last transfer. Elder Ogden and I have been working our tails off and haven't seen much success. I took some time to think about what I could learn from all of it and then I discovered that special lesson. Sometimes in this life we are going to work hard and for awhile we will not see any immediate results but if we endure well and keep going the blessings will come.

I can testify that this week the blessings did come! The whole week Elder Ogden and I spent finding. I could feel Heavenly Father guiding us everywhere this week.

TENDER MERCY: We got in the car Thursday morning and prayed that while we were driving we might find someone who could use our help. We parked on the side of the road and as soon as we opened the car door this old Indian man was standing outside our car. He told us about his brother who had just experienced his 2nd stroke and he asked if we could go and give his brother a blessing. If we had not been guided by God then how else did we end up on that part of the road at that specific time for that man to ask for help. We got to his brothers house and gave him the blessing also realizing that he was a member of the church as well as his wife but they had just gone less active over the years. 

Heavenly Father has people we can help every day we just have to ask him to direct us to those opportunities! 

Lo finally came to church again and she also brought two of her friends so let's GO! One of our members also brought all of her friends and so that was bomb as well. Lo wants to be baptized this Sunday which happens to be my final Sunday in Fiji! I am way excited for her. 

On top of that this next week we get to go out to Beqa again to do 3 baptismal interviews! That's right! The very first 3 people to ever be baptized on Beqa is going down this week! President Higgins will be coming with us this time and joining us on the adventure. I am super looking forward to that.

Serving a mission has made me so happy...I don't think anyone can fully describe the joy that comes from being His disciple 24/7.  I don't want it to end so I am going to go so hard this last week and wear myself out. I love being a missionary and sharing His gospel! 

Love you all! Elder Jonutz

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Week #100

Bula Vinaka Everybody!  I feel like this past week I have gained so much's only been a week but I feel as if I've crammed thousands of life-long lessons into my brain that will never be forgotten!  "And now my bretheren, I wish from the inmost part of my heart, yea, with great anxiety even unto pain, that ye would hearken unto my words, and cast off your sins, and not procrastinate the day of your repentance." - Alma 13:27.

Day in and day out, my companion and I have been searching and finding people to help them repent and come closer to Jesus Christ.  We sit with almost 30 people every day and share with them how they can do exactly that! Some of them choose to listen and some of them don't. It's amazing to me how every time I sit down with the people I immediately feel the Savior's love for them. I know we all, before this life, were with our Heavenly Father.  We all knew of His plan for us and we're all brothers and sisters. Having this knowledge makes the random everyday people we meet no longer strangers, but our family! 

I sit with random people every day, all day long.  Almost every single one of them does not speak english and yet I still feel close to them.  I have an overwhelming anxiety to share with them Heavenly Father's plan!  For me, being a missionary is being a good "older" brother.  I love my brothers and all my sisters.  Jesus Christ has provided a way for all of us to get back as a family because He is the best older brother.  Bottom line, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is true! 

Elder Ogden and I witnessed a miracle this week from fasting and prayer. Lo's dad hasn't wanted Lo to be baptized at all.....For the past 2 weeks we'd set up appointments to talk with her dad but he stood us up every time.  Finally, this last Saturday we waited outside for an hour until he came out and sat with us. Sitting there all together was the mom, the dad, Lo, us and this random lady.  We started with a prayer and I explained to her father how much Lo had progressed and she told him that she knew the church was true. After all this was explained to him he said, "She has already been baptized in the Methodist church and the answer is no!" I thought the fight was over and then the random lady began to talk....."Hear me out" she said, "I am also in the Methodist church but in our church we don't even baptize people the way Jesus one visits us week after week like these elders do and your daughter has received a personal answer from God that this church is right. In the Mormon church the girls believe in keeping their chastity and she could have an opportunity to serve a mission. Are you really going to hold her back form all that?" Lo's dad sat in silence...... Elder Ogden and I were just sitting there trying not to have our mouths opened in shock wondering who sent this angel from heaven into our lesson! After some silence we saw the power of God change his heart and he agreed to allow Lo to be baptized! LET'S GO! MIRACLES MADA! 

On top of all that we had zone conference with our new mission president who is the coolest man ever! He surfs...and he goes out teaching with us. I already love the guy! Elder Ogden and I also went out to Beqa again and saw a traditional Beqa dance at a resort. If you can't tell by this email, this mission is the best mission in the world! 

 Love, Elder Jonutz

Back on the island of Beqa

Some Fijian Lady from California came and made us fried chicken on the 4th of July! 

When your companion falls asleep on you during zone conference 
We try hard

District kala vata (matching) goals
When I'm trying to get to Beqa but every one is taking their sweet little time

Getting on the Boat


We had to take the boat through some fun waves! 

This dude defines Fijian

When we finally made it

We helped our family cook some dinner

Met this kid on the street. His shirt said "Mr. Happy"

Resort life

More resort

Baby Mr. Crabs

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Week #99

 Bula! It's so sad to see another week go by! This week was work work work! I honestly cannot even think straight. We started with checking up on an investigator we found last week named Solo. His second lesson went awesome and he told us he read the introduction to the Book of Mormon and he felt like it was true, he just hasn't prayed yet. So we talked with him about the importance of prayer and I'm pretty sure he is committed to receive an answer. He's only 20 years old and his friend, Pita, sat in with us last time and they both accepted a baptismal date for July 22nd.  After seeing him we decided to follow up on a house we OYM'd and when we showed up 4 completely different people were in the house. Confusing but a blessing in and of itself haha! 

 The work is improving here in Tacirua! We're just trying to get our investigators to make it to church right now. Viliame left to go to his koro this last week so we didn't get to see him all that much. He's supposed to have read 2 Nephi 31 by tomorrow so I'll guess we'll see! Just gotta have faith mada! A lesson we learned from the spirit this week was pretty powerful! Our investigator Lo has been doing awesome. She knows the church is true and has a testimony of the Book of Mormon but lately she hasn't been able to come to church and so on Wednesday we decided to try and figure out what was going on.

Elder Ogden and I did not know exactly what we were going to say or how we were going to figure out what the problem was, so we said a prayer for guidance. Lo is a very quiet person and doesn't talk much so at the beginning our lesson was pretty rough. As the lesson went on I felt the Spirit kick in and the questions we asked her were divinely directed and we were able to figure out the problem. She told us how her dad does not want her to be part of another church. The mom came outside and sat with us and explained more and we had a plan to talk with the whole family last night but that fell through! Tonight we are going to try again. I know Heavenly Father has the power to change hearts but I am also aware that her dad has his agency. We are still praying and have faith. 

This past week we worked as hard as we could. We found 27 new investigators and this week we're going to invite them all to be baptized. I love this work. It's hard and sometimes discouraging but I've seen the joy that it brings to others and even me. I love the members here! I'm just cherishing ever last second I have to testify about Jesus Christ here in Fiji. He lives and I can feel His love in every lesson that I have. 

 Moce mada, Elder Jonutz

Qito(P-day) with the bros 
Our departing gift to President and Sister Layton
That huge round thing on the tree is a LIME!!!


our dinner list...Nice and full

the back of our dinner list haha