Wednesday, February 17, 2016


This week was Bumpin! But soooooooo cold... I think the Lord is trying
to teach me something because I've been in a walking area every time
it gets cold! It was -15 with wind chill on Saturday! Just makes the
work 10 times Better!
Anyways. On Saturday we had a all mission conference and Clayton
Christensen the author of "Power of Everyday Missionary" super great
book I guess but I haven't read it yet... But he's a super great Man!
He and his wife gave Amazing talks about Member missionary work and
all the Ward and branch council members came to the conference so we
are going to bust it with member missionary work cuz that's the best
way to do it!
The biggest thing that He told us in that conference that stuck out to
me was that Never Ended his Mission. That was one of the many things
contributed to his great missionary work as a member! But if you
haven't read the book read it cuz it will change your life! (I'll read
it as soon as I get home)
Yesterday church was Amazing! One of our members started to act right
away for what he learned at the conference and brought a friend of his
to church, he brought a guy named Dr. Slalom and he loved church! Also
the Other East Orange Elders invited this guy that they met on the
street named Gerald and he caught a bus and walked super far to get to
church in the freezing cold! This guys first time coming to church and
he's not even a member! He ended up living in our area so we are
teaching him great guy!
Elder Manumā is such a stud! It's kinda funny because he reminds me of
Lennon! Hahaha I'm like man I get to train my little brother!

Well things are Gold as always around here! Just Pray that I don't Freeze!

Ofa Lahi Atu!

-Elder Fotu

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Hood is where I'm From

Well... IM BACK! And I've got the best companion ever! Fresh outta the
MTC Elder Manuma, From Mililani Hawaii! He is half Hawaiian, a quart
Tongan and a quarter Samoan! I spelt his name "Manoa" in my last
letter.. But he is excited to be here and is such a Boss! He is goofy
as ever too! He reminds me of my bro Elder Seth Hannemann, so we
trouble!;) hahah
So East Orange is he best as always, the branch is still so close to
becoming a Ward! One of our goals is to see it become a Ward! It was
so great to see everyone yesterday at church.  Some people were saying
"Welcome Home Elder Fotu" hahaha almost cried, and others were like "
your still on your mission!?" Hahaha I don't think they understood
that this was my first Area.... But this past week we spent a lot of
time finding new people to teach, there wasn't really much left from
the last Elders to work with so we're really trying to find some solid
people to Baptize! One part- member couple -with a lot of potential-
that were are working with and actually going to see tonight is a
less-active named Herman and his non-member wife Aida. So we're
excited to be teaching and working with them!
Haha funny story... We were driving back from picking up Elder Manuma
and we were driving back into East Orange and the first street we
drive down E. Manuma was like " I think I just saw more black people
on that one street than I have in my whole life..." Hahahahah so he's
still getting used to the culture here. Our apartment got turned into
a 4 man so we relive no with two other Elders, a Elder Covington and
Elder Lee. Elder Lee is from Korea, super funny guy! Elder Covington
is a hick from St. George. So our 4 man is the bast in the mission!

I hope you pray that I can live up to the huge trust that the Lord has
put in me to send me back to East Orange training a new missionary...
It's kinda overwhelming but we are working hard and doing our best at
this wonderful work!

Thank you for all your Love and Prayers!
Love you all!

-Elder Fotu

Pic: Elder Manuma & I

Monday, February 1, 2016


Well.. Imma get right to the MEAT because I have no time.. I'm getting
transferred!! Im Going back to my most favorite place on earth! East
Orange!!! 🍊kÑvrbnrwrgwrgwrvda!!!! And I'm my companion is fresh from
Hawaii!! Elder Manoa! His flight get here this afternoon and we'll
head to   East Orange! I know that the Lord has put A Lot of trust in
me so I'm excited to Do Work! I'm gonna miss Elder Woodward and
Ledgewood, a lot of Great People here!

Love you all!

-Elder Fotu

Jesus Wants Me For a Sunbeam!

Very good and very busy week this week!
Highlight of the week was that Renee came to church! She had work on
Sunday's but in our lesson last Wednesday she really was touched by
the spirit as we talked about the Gospel of Jesus Christ so we
committed her to talk to her Boss to get work off and she was kinda
scared because I guess her boss is pretty but we told her to pray
about it and she was able to talk to her and and get 1 Sunday a month
off! Not as much as we wanted but she was happy and really liked
church! So we're praying that she will continue try and get more work
off so that she can come more often! She has such great faith though!
Super excited for her!
Friday was another highlight! We had Zone Conference, Elder Woodward
and I gave a training on our purpose. Went pretty well! The conference
ended with a training from the First Councilor From our Mission
Presidency, President Bean! He works for the church as the CES
Director for seminary and institutes in New Jersey and he teaches at
Princeton. He gave an Unbelievably Spiritual training on Obedience!
It snowed for the first time this week as well! Not very much but it
made it 10 times colder so the work is 20 times Better! :)

Thanks for All the love and prayers! Oh and Shout out to Jake and Sara
for getting Hitched on Friday! Congrats Brotha!!! Love you Guys!

-Elder Fotu