Missionary Service in Tonga
Missionaries from the Tonga Nuku’alofa Mission have been participating in a royal service project over the last few days. Forty missionaries have been helping paint and garden around the Royal Palace as the Kingdom of Tonga prepares for next month’s Coronation of Their Majesties King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau’u.
Mission President Tupou was quoted by Pacific Mormon Newsroom as saying, “During the service project the crown Prince Tupouto’a and the King and Queen complimented the missionaries on their service and fine work.” This compliment from the King is perhaps a good sign that he is coming around to the idea of his younger son’s recent baptism.
The missionary service project was initiated by Prince ‘Ata, who, according to New Zealand Herald, was recently baptized against his father’s wishes. Prince ‘Ata had been preparing for baptism into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints last year, but his father repeatedly urged him to postpone it. King Tupou even sent the Prime Minister to stop one baptism in 2014. In March of this year, however, Prince ‘Ata joined the Church.
Buddist Monks at Hawaii Temple Visitors’ Center
The Hawaii Temple Visitors’ Center Facebook page posted yesterday, “We were recently honored to welcome a group of Buddhist monks to our visitors’ center. Their travels led them from Hong Kong to Taiwan, Canada, France, and across the United States. We were able to share copies of the Book of Mormon with them and answer their questions.”