April 10, 2017

Tonga Nukuʻalofa Mission

Free resources about the Tonga Nuku’alofa Mission:

Tonga Nuku’alofa Mission Address

Here’s a recent address for the Nuku’alofa Mission. We try to keep this information up to date, but it’s a good idea to check the address with several sources, including your mission packet or the mission office.

Tonga Nuku’alofa Mission
P.O. Box 58
Nuku’alofa, Tongatapu, Tonga
South Pacific

Phone Number: 676-20-334
Mission President: President Sione Tuione

Tonga Nuku’alofa Mission Map

Here’s a link to the mission map for the Tonga Nuku’alofa Mission (LDS). To access the official, up-to-date LDS.org map for the Nuku’alofa Mission:

  1. Log into your LDS account here.
  2. Click here.

Videos with Nuku’alofa RMs

Here are in-depth YouTube video interviews with returned missionaries from the Nuku’alofa Mission.  We interview hundreds of returned missionaries each year, so check back regularly to see new RM interviews.

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LDS-Friendly Videos about Tonga

Here are LDS-friendly educational videos about Tonga. We scoured YouTube to find the best quality videos about Tonga, that are free from inappropriate music, immodesty and profanity.

LDS Church  history  food  language  People and Culture  Traditions  nature

Tonga Nuku’alofa Missionary Blogs

Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the Nuku’alofa Mission. This list includes the missionary’s name, URL and when their blog was updated.

*Send your missionary a gift (mission-specific shirts, ties, Christmas stockings/ornaments, pillowcases, etc.)

Elder Peter Brown elderpeterbrown.blogspot.com 2017
Elder Levi Wilson levismission.blogspot.com 2017
Elder Patrick Watts elderpatrickwatts.wordpress.com 2017
Elder Owen Stark elderowenstark.blogspot.com 2017
Elder & Sister Kapp kennybecky.blogspot.com 2017
Elder Charles Bethke anelderinthekingdom.blogspot.com 2017
Elder Taylor DeSpain eldertaylordespain.blogspot.com 2017
Sister Emily Bever emilybever.blogspot.com 2017
Sister Tiffany Reid sistertiffintonga.blogspot.com 2017
Sister Kelsey Betteridge sisterbetteridge.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Ikuna Tavake ikunatavake.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Blake Harmon elderblakeharmon.blogspot.com 2015
Elder & Sister Hamblin garthandsandyhamblin.blogspot.com 2015
Elder & Sister Moon tonganmoons.wordpress.com 2015
Elder Tyler Crosby sjmissionaries.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Tyler Swan tyintonga.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Taylor Berry eldertaylorberry.wordpress.com 2015
Elder Connor Sheppard tongatales.blogspot.com 2014
Elder & Sister Webb webbmission2.blogspot.com 2014
Elder Taylor Larsen eldertaylorlarsen.weebly.com 2014
Elder Anitelu Cruser missionsite.net/elderanitelucruser 2014
Mission Alumni mission.net/tonga/nukualofa 2013
Elder Brian Fifita missionsite.net/elderbrianfifita 2013
Elder Michael King eletatui.blogspot.com 2013
Elder Jake Rose storiesoftonga.blogspot.com 2012
Elder Jacob Michael elderjacobmichaelintonga.blogspot.com 2012
Elder & Sister Hawley hawleydayz.blogspot.com 2010
Elder Virgil eldervirgil.blogspot.com 2010

Tonga Nuku’alofa Mission Groups

Here are Tonga Nuku’alofa Mission Groups- for LDS missionary moms, returned missionaries, mission presidents and other alumni of the Nuku’alofa Mission.

  1. Nuku’alofa Mission 1989-92 Pres. Isileli Kongaika Group (107 members)
  2. Nuku’alofa Tonga Mission 2010-2013 Group (82 members)
  3. Nuku’alofa Mission Presidents Kivalu, Banks Group (61 members)

Tonga Nuku’alofa Mission T-Shirts

Here are T-shirts for the Tonga Nuku’alofa Mission!

Shirt designs include Nuku’alofa Mission logo/emblem shirts and Called to Serve shirts. The shirts make great gifts for pre-missionaries, returned missionaries and missionaries currently serving. LDS Mission shirts come in all sizes: Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large, up to 4XL.  The mission designs are printed on white shirts and are shipped to you.

*Simply click on a shirt design to view the details and submit an order. The designs on mission t-shirts may also be printed on other LDS mission gifts, including: Nuku’alofa missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.

*Click here to browse Nuku’alofa Mission gifts

Tonga Nuku’alofa Mission Presidents

Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the Nuku’alofa Mission.

  1. 2016-2019, Sione Tuione
  2. 2013-2016, Leitoni M. Tupou
  3. 2010-2013, ‘Aisake K. Tukuafu
  4. 2007-2010, Lynn C. McMurray
  5. 2004-2007, Siaosi R. Moleni
  6. 2001-2004, Douglas C. Banks
  7. 1998-2001, Taniela Kelikupa Kivalu
  8. 1995-1998, Alifeleti Malupo
  9. 1992-1995, Samisoni Uasila’a
  10. 1989-1992, Isileli T. Kongaika
  11. 1986-1989, Eric Shumway
  12. 1983-1986, Melvin Butler
  13. 1980-1983, Pita Hopoate
  14. 1977-1980, Sione Tu’alau Latu
  15. 1974-1977, Tonga Toutai Paletu’a
  16. 1972-1974, Charles Woodworth
  17. 1969-1972, James P. Christensen
  18. 1966-1969, John H. Groberg
  19. 1963-1966, Patrick Dalton
  20. 1959-1963, Vernon M. Coombs
  21. 1955-1959, Fred W. Stone
  22. 1952-1955, D’Monte Coombs
  23. 1950-1952, Evon W. Huntsman
  24. 1948-1950, Emile C. Dunn
  25. 1946-1948, Evon W. Huntsman
  26. 1936-1946, Emile C. Dunn
  27. 1933-1936, Rueben M. Wilberg
  28. 1932-1933, Verl Stubbs

Tonga LDS Statistics (2015)

  • Church Membership: 63,065
  • Missions: 1
  • Temples: 1
  • Congregations: 166
  • Family History Centers: 19

Helpful Articles about Tonga

Coming soon..

Tonga Nuku’alofa Missionary Survey

Here are survey responses from Tonga Nuku’alofa RMs, to give you a snapshot into what it’s like to live in the mission.

*Click here to take a survey to help pre-missionaries going to your mission.

When did you serve?

  • February 2010-August 2011 (Ema)
  • October 2010-October 2012 (Colton)
  • 2013-2015 (Caleb)
  • 2002-2004 (Mike)
  • 2002-2004 (Daniel)

Which areas did you serve in?

  • Lapaha, Liahona, Lotofoa, Ha’afeva, Fotuha’a, Tefisi, Ohonua, Nuku’alofa. (Mike)
  • Veitongo, Kanokupolu, Vava’u, ‘Uiha, Lapaha, Eua, Te’ekiu, (Daniel)

What were some favorite foods?

  • Lamb flaps cooked with tomato, crab and sausage. (Ema)
  • Roasted suckling pig, raw fish, dog. (Colton)
  • Lu sipi and ufi. (Caleb)
  • Lu pulu, Ota ika, Puaka. (Mike)
  • Lu Sipi, ‘Ota Ika, Tunu puaka, Mango momoho, Talo Tonga. (Daniel)

What was a funny experience?

  • The main transport during the mission was walking. During the long walks, it would be boring or long, or just too sunny to walk. What made it worse was when people in vehicles would drive by and give us a totally stiff look. I told my companions we would oppose that look with a wave and a smile. We would just laugh at how surprised the drivers were when we just waved and smiled. It made walking fun. (Ema)
  • The entire mission is a funny experience. The Tongan people have the best sense of humor. (Colton)
  • The first time I ate dog (as Tongans do eat dog and other strange foods), I really couldn’t enjoy it because it felt like I was eating a pet. I soon got over that though. (Caleb)
  • There was a horse born in Eua that was born without a tail “ho’osi ta’e hiku” it became a pretty funny thing… (Mike)
  • I developed a strong friendship with a non-member father in a partial member family. We would joke about how stubborn he was about joining the church. I would use the term from The Book of Mormon to say he had a “stiff neck.” It turns out that in the decades since the translation of The Book of Mormon into Tongan – the term used to describe stiff neckedness had taken on a crude meaning. I always wondered why he laughed when I said it until he finally clued me in. (Daniel)

What was a crazy experience?

  • Going by ferry from the main island (Tongatapu) to the outer island (Ha’apai). I think it was just crazy because a ferry had sunk just a few months before the trip. (Ema)
  • A crazy dangerous experience was when I flew on a 10-seat plane from one island to another on the morning of a hurricane. A lot of the ladies on the plane were screaming as the pilot had a hard time getting the plane to land safely. (Colton)
  • My companion and I were serving on a small island and while we were out there, there was a massive storm that hit us. We were stuck inside all day until it was over. Luckily no one was hurt who lived on the island but there was some destruction to outside bathrooms and kitchens. (Caleb)
  • On a boat from Eua to Nuku’alofa there was a huge storm with waves so high I thought it would swallow our little boat whole. When the boat would go down in the waves there were huge walls of water 360 degrees around us. Thought we were going to sink. (Mike)
  • We approached a guy mowing his lawn (chopping it with a machete) and he immediately started yelling at us and chased us off his property. While a non-native missionary unintentionally (or intentionally?) called a girl a derogatory name in front of her father. When we showed up (as zone leaders), a small crowd had formed and the father was holding a tire iron and shaking in rage. It took a town hall where everyone expressed their grievances in order to calm the situation down. Chalk this one up to a language discrepancy – got to be careful what you say when you don’t really know what it means. (Daniel)

What was a spiritual experience?

  • Every baptism was spiritual just thinking of how the restored Gospel had been accepted. Other spiritual experiences were when you had a golden investigator. That one investigator you feel is in tune with the Spirit and is willing to accept the Gospel freely. (Ema)
  • The mission is a giant spiritual experience, but the best spiritual experience was just watching others come to know the truthfulness of the Gospel and helping them change their lives. (Colton)
  • Seeing a woman that I had been involved in her baptism after over a year and she had, by this time, gone through the temple with her husband and baby. It was so powerful seeing her again. (Caleb)
  • My companion and I were having a hard time finding people to teach so we decided to fast. We said we were going to fast until we got a lesson. After a couple days we finally had a family bring us someone to teach, it was totally out of the blue, but it was a pretty cool experience. (Mike)
  • We found an investigator family in my first area that was half German so they all spoke English. They agreed to take the discussions. First discussion went great and the two daughters agreed to read the Book of Mormon. When we came back a few days later for the second lesson, we saw the Book of Mormon in their room next to a melted down candle. Their mom was a bit angry because they had stayed up super late reading the book. When we finished the second discussion, the two girls asked about temples and I was prompted to stay silent but let my companion answer. He bore his testimony and it felt like fire descended down on the room. It was tangible. The two girls started weeping. The Spirit was the strongest I have ever felt. We looked at each member of the family and testified that that what they were feeling was a manifestation of the Holy Ghost confirming the truth. Both daughters wanted to be baptized but their mother wouldn’t let us come back after that. I hope that those two girls have managed to find the gospel again and get baptized. (Daniel)

What are some interesting facts about the Nuku’alofa Mission?

  • You are loved by the ward members IF you serve diligently (why not? you are supposed to serve that way anyways). That love is shown in many ways: being fed well, taken care of with necessities, etc. If you have two or more of something, get ready to have only one or none of it. Tip- just have one of each, having two or more means you share or have it taken. (Ema)
  • Tonga has one of the last Monarchs in the world, there are more Tongans living outside of Tonga than who live in Tonga. Tonga has an extremely high literacy rate and the highest number of PHD’s per capita of any country in the world and also has the highest number of LDS members per capita than any country in the world. (Colton)
  • About 50% of the Tongan population have been baptized into the church but only about 17% are active. Still a huge proportion. (Caleb)
  • There are very few palangi missionaries, most of the missionaries are natives. Tonga has the largest percentage of members per capita in the world. (Mike)
  • The most common food during preparation day missionary activities was roasted dog. We had two or three mission boats which would collect Elders for district meetings and also help during transfers. My first area as a lead companion with a non-native speaker started by the boat driver beaching the boat, throwing our bags on onto a deserted beach (politely) and telling us that our house was a mile walk through the bush down a deserted road. The Elders still wore traditional dress (skirts and woven belts). On some smaller islands it was considered disrespectful to wear western pants, so non-native Elders would wear traditional dress as well. Some islands requires Elders to swim from the boat to get to the island because there was no safe harbor to dock (20-30 meter swim). We had to ride a big cargo ship for 24 hours when we were transferred to the northern islands. (Daniel)

What was the weather like?

  • Tropical. It rains during winter, and there’s hot breeze during the summer. (Ema)
  • The weather is hot and humid, but awesome. Just be prepared to sweat. (Colton)
  • Humid and hot most of the time. (Caleb)
  • Humid, sometimes hot, beautiful. (Mike)
  • Hot and humid. (Daniel)

Any things you really like about the area/people?

  • They live a simple life. You will be told they are at home most of the time, but even being home is busy. (Ema)
  • Everything. Tonga is amazing and the people are amazing. (Colton)
  • The people are so humble and giving and kind. The places were always beautiful and peaceful. There is no rush for anything…everything is laid back. (Caleb)
  • They are a very friendly people, easy to love, faithful. (Mike)
  • Most generous and loving people on earth. Yet warriors at heart. The Tongan culture is the exact opposite of American culture. In America, it is all about what you accumulate. In Tonga, it is all about what you give away. At first you think one way is right and one way is wrong. By the end of your mission, you appreciate that both cultures are beautiful in their own way – neither right, nor wrong. And you can take the positives from each and incorporate into your life. For the majority of my mission, I had one pair of pants, one pair of sandals, one pair of garments. I washed my shirt every night outside and garments every morning in the shower. Besides clothes, I had a couple of books, my scriptures, and my workout gear. That was it. It was strangely refreshing to not have to worry about “things.” I didn’t want for anything. I had what I needed and nothing more. Fantastic perspective building experience simply letting go of the fixation on material possessions. (Daniel)

Any packing/clothing advice?

  • Since there is “uniform” clothing to wear on the mission, I had few Preparation Day clothes- not more than five. It was just easier and lighter to pack. If you have more clothes you do not want to send back home, leave it at the mission office storage room. (Ema)
  • Anything you plan on taking you should be prepared to “share” with others. The mindset of ownership is different in Tonga. (Colton)
  • Just have enough shirts to last your mission because they are hard to come by in Tonga, and you’ll have to learn to live without a few things if you don’t pack enough garments and toiletries etc. (Caleb)
  • Mesh garments, sandals, light weight short sleeve shirts. (Mike)
  • Light, quick drying and durable. (Daniel)

What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?

  • They are endless. I was accepted to BYU-Hawaii two weeks before I returned home. I married in the temple. I have a son and I’m independent and blessed to live in Tonga. (Ema)
  • I ended up marrying a Tongan from New Zealand, who was born in Tonga. I know have a half Tongan son and we are planning to move back and live in Tonga. My entire life revolves around my mission. (Colton)
  • I can speak Tongan and I learned more about the type of person that I want to be. I also am thankful for all my blessings having learned to recognize and acknowledge them. I have also made many long term friends due to my mission. (Caleb)
  • Too many to count. (Mike)
  • Almost every accomplishment/achievement/blessing I received since my mission I attribute in some way, shape or form to my missionary service. It was really hard as I look back on it. But, everything I am today can be traced back to my service. (Daniel)

What are some skills you gained?

  • Most importantly obedience, independence, and reliance on the Lord always. (Ema)
  • I learned to be humble and to love my companion- my mission companions and my eternal companion. Also, I learned how to strive for goals. (Colton)
  • The language and also study skills. (Caleb)
  • Ability to open a soup can with a machete. (Mike)
  • Patience, open-mindedness, strict obedience, faith, generosity, love. (Daniel)

What do you wish you knew/did at the beginning of your mission?

  • I wish I controlled my diet/appetite. I wish I had spoken to more people about the Gospel. (Ema)
  • I wish I knew how to be humble at the beginning of my mission and realize I should forgive others’ imperfections just as the Lord forgives my own. (Colton)
  • I wish I had a greater understanding of the gospel before I left. (Caleb)
  • Brought a better camera. (Mike)
  • There is no “right” or “best” culture. Only different cultures. All with positives and all with negatives. Learn to appreciate the positives and not dwell on the negatives. (Daniel)

Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to Tonga?

  • You go out there and “serve”. Make life easier for yourself by obeying the missionary rules/handbook. You will have companions that will make missionary work difficult, but do not let them pull you down to their level. You keep praying for a way to preach the Gospel and keep to the missionary handbook. (Ema)
  • LOVE YOUR COMPANION, and love the people. Work hard and realize the Spirit will be with you as you love God’s children in the Isles of Tonga. (Colton)
  • Stay faithful and true to the white hand book. It’s the only way you will have the spirit with you at all times, as long as you follow it with both your heart and mind. (Caleb)
  • Love the people and accept them for who they are. (Mike)
  • Strict obedience. Serving a mission without adhering to strict obedience is completely ridiculous. Either you are fully in or not. No gray area. If you are obedient and work hard, at the end of your mission, the Lord will acknowledge and consecrate your service. This experience is one of the most precious I have. (Daniel)

What was a funny language mistake?

  • One of my companions thought she had fully understood Tongan (with help from the Spirit). I did the translating for her. We went to the dentist for a check up, when I turned around to translate she had told me “no, I think I understand what she said.” In my head I thought “oh finally, no more translating.” After, she explained that the dentist said the tooth is infected and it can affect the blood and get to the heart. In my head I was saying, “oops, still need to do translating”. The dentist just said that the tooth (false tooth) needed to be taken out every night before going to sleep and because it had not been and it had infected the gum it was covering. Nothing to do with the blood and heart, nope. You will not fully understand the language all at once, or even if you do it would be nice to confirm it with a native. (Ema)
  • In Tongan te’epile is table, but te’epilo is the flatulate. So I was blessing the food and meant to say “please bless the food on this table,” but I said “please bless the food on this flatulence”. There were many other mistakes made by me and other missionaries. (Colton)
  • I said a rather insulting word during a talk once because I didn’t know that the particular way that I used it was insulting. (Caleb)
  • The mission president’s wife was speaking in zone conference and must not have known she was saying a vulgar word, she must have said it at least a dozen times… (Mike)
  • One of the main words in the Tongan language is Faka. And tired is “Fakahela.” There were lots of nasty looks from other missionaries in the MTC. (Daniel)