News Release

Tongan Teens Invite Neighbours to Church Services

'Mini-mission' experience lets youth see what missionary service is all about

55 Tongan teenagers took part recently in a three-day "mini-mission" experience that led to over 80 people coming to church services, who otherwise may not have attended.

The young people, all members of the Halaliku stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, met with people in the villages of Fua’amotu, Nakolo, Ha’asini, Hamula, Lavengatonga and Fatumu over the three days. 

Their missionary experience also involved scripture study, missionary training, family history research, sharing copies of The Book of Mormon, and inviting individuals and families to a sacrament meeting (worship service). The activity concluded with a devotional meeting. 

Of the 83 people who accepted invitations from the youth to attend a Latter-day Saint worship service, one woman expressed a desire to learn more about the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. 

Subsequently she decided to be baptised and become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

Local church leader, Sateki Manakofua, said the three-day activity was "an important part in preparing the youth for work in the mission field."

"I have felt the Spirit of the Lord through these young members, the increase in testimony they have gained, and the miracles they have experienced."

President Manakofua expressed gratitude for the youth, their parents and youth leaders for supporting the initiative.

There are currently 15 full-time missionaries serving from the Halaliku Stake in various locations in the world. Youth leaders and parents will continue to encourage the 55 youth who participated in the recent "mini-missions" to all serve as full-time missionaries in the near future. 

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