It is such a mix of emotions, to feel such a sadness for this family and those
who are missing this young man, yet to feel the joy of their knowledge and peace
of seeing him again. Right before my husband died, we went out to eat with his
nephew that was entering the MTC that day. My husband who's body was
weakened by disease, told his nephew that where he is going on a two year
mission, my husband was going on a permanent mission, he passed away before his
nephew returned home. I felt only happiness for my husband to know that he was
doing something so wonderful.
I'm absolutely speechless at the faith this family is showing. I wish I was
as strong, I'm not sure if I could be in their same situation. They have
suffered a horrible tragedy yet they appear not to have lost their spiritual
bearing in the least. I couldn't be more impressed with the answer Ivan
gave Vai about the date of the funeral. His heart is breaking and yet he will
not hold his son back a day longer than is absolutely necessary. God bless this
family, I do not think I could compare to them in any way if the situation was
mine to bear.
What a beautiful family and missionary!What a beautiful testimony of
the Atonement and of our Savior.Thank you for such amazing faith and
strength. God bless you.
One of the hardest things that a parent ever does is kiss their child goodbye,
not knowing if it will be for the last time as they go out into the world as
missionaries, or as they begin their new lives. It is always an unknown when a
child leaves if you will see them again.The beautiful thing about this
blessed family is that they have love and strong testimonies that God is real
and He has a great love for each of them. Thank you, Vai, for letting us
glimpse a little of what your cousin's family is going through as you love
them so much. We all pray for a continued blessing of peace and hope for you
I rarely if ever agree with Duckhunter, but I couldn't agree more with his
comments. Well-stated brother. I admire the faith of the Taufa family, and
their wisdom in seeking comfort in the place where Heaven and Earth intersect:
the Holy Temple. God bless the Taufa family.
Vai, I appreciate the story an your involvement. While I played @ Utah prior to
you at BYU my son got to know you serving in the Philly-mission while you were
there (I in the Pitt-mission 20+ yrs prior), an know how much he admired you,
Coach, et. al. I am with a family that we are sending out another missionary
(step-son) to carry on the Cause and really appreciate your devotion and the
Taufa-Tongan family an missionary you referenced. my best, ej
May God bless this family. Thank you for sharing the story.
Elder Taufa was my District Leader when I was in the MTC in Guatemala. I just
got home from Nicaragua and was stunned to see this news. My heart goes out to
his family... is there a way I can contact them? He had such a happy fun
personality... I'm sure the people of Guatemala loved him!!! The Taufa
family are stalwart examples and my prayers are with them continually!
My love to you Ivan and the rest of your family. You remain in my prayers and
thoughts. Thank you for your example of faith and for the great example of your
son in his ongoing missionary service.
What an awful/wonderful story. We all will benefit from the example of this fine
Elder and his loving family. May God bless them. Thanks, Vai, for sharing it so
well.Good to have you back.
Thanks for sharing details. Hope this means you're doing more
'Vai's View' blogs in near future. Sorry for this
Thank you so much Vai for this article. My heart broke for the Taufa family as
I heard the news last week. My first thought was that I hoped the parents of
Josh were comforted during this difficult time. Your article shows me his
parents are true disciples of Christ and are helping others cope with this
tragedy through their faithful examples. My prayers are with them.
Weeping with Brother and Sister Taufa and their loved ones. God bless you with
close feelings to Siosiua until you meet again. Love and prayers...
Beautiful article. Thank you for sharing this family's faith with us. I
cried my eyes out. I have a missionary son serving in Singapore, and one
preparing to leave shortly to this same Guatemala mission, they will miss each
other by 9 days. We all need to have the faith of this family when we turn our
lives over to God and His work. I pray they will continue to be sustained by
the Spirit. They are an inspiration to me, and to all of us. Thank you for
sharing this. They are beautiful people.
I'm humbled. People like this make me question my own faith, and whether I
could react in a similar way. My daughter is leaving for a mission shortly, and
if she were to die, I'm afraid I might act differently. What an example of
Christianity these people are.