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Hi I'm Daniel Tonga.

I'm a missionary. I love to play the guitar. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm currently serving a full-time mission in Ogden, Utah (Spanish-speaking). I was born of goodly parents in a very special place called Independence, Missouri. Mom is from Puerto Rico. Dad's parents are from the islands of Tonga and Hawaii. I'm proud of my ethnic heritage and identity, and even more grateful for the blessings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in my life. I'm grateful to the Lord for my family, for being able to be a member of his true church, and for being able to serve him by preaching his Gospel as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Why I am a Mormon

To me, my spiritual heritage is just as intriguing and important as is my ethnic heritage. My father was born a member of the church. My mother is a convert. She, along with her family, was baptized at the age of 9 while living on the island of Puerto Rico. I was spiritually privileged to be born into a family, blessed with the light of the gospel. As I've learned of the experiences that my ancestors (primarily my grandparents) have had encountering the church, my testimony of this Gospel has been strengthened. I recognize that I am a child of my Father in Heaven. I understand the role of my Savior, Jesus Christ, and understanding that helps me to understand my own purpose in life better. I believe in the Book of Mormon, and the restoration of the Gospel through the prophet Joseph Smith. I have a testimony that we are led in these latter-days by a living prophet, President Thomas S. Monson. I've come to know my Savior and his will for me through this gospel, and for these reasons, I choose to belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

Matthew 25:21 reads, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make the ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of the Lord." We were all put on this Earth for a purpose: to return back to our Father in Heaven. We know that in this life we will make decisions by our own free agency and learn by experience. When all is said and done, we will face the Lord to account for the decisions that we have made in this life. I strive to live my faith, and life, in such a way that I can stand before God at the last day with clean hands and a pure heart. I strive daily to keep his commandments, and do his will by serving my fellow men. I strive to live so that I may hear those words at the last day, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant." For me, there is not better feeling than the reassurance that our Father in Heaven is pleased with us and the path that we're on. I pray and hope that he will be pleased with my efforts in this life to do his will, and allow me to enter once again into his presence.

What is the Book of Mormon?

Daniel Tonga.
If you understand what the Bible is, how it came forth, and what its purpose is, then it will be easy for you to understand what the Book of Mormon is. Like the Holy Bible, the Book of Mormon is a collection of records and accounts of ancient prophets. These prophets lived in the Americas. Their accounts begin six-hundred years before the birth of Jesus Christ with a prophet named Lehi and his son, Nephi (also a prophet). Lehi and his son, along with their family, were commanded to leave the land of Jerusalem, with the records of their fathers, and establish themselves in the "promised land" (the Americas). Their seed, and the seed of Lehi's eldest son, Laman, grew and became great civilizations who inhabited the Americas. During the years preceding the birth of the Christ, many prophets arose among these people and testified and prophesied of Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God, who would come to redeem the sins of all those who would "believe on His name." These records document many events, including a visit to the Nephites from the resurrected Savior himself. While He dwelt among them, he healed them, taught them His gospel, and formed His Church amongst them. Many of his personal teachings were recorded and are included. Here, Christ reveals the fulness of his Gospel. The Book of Mormon is an additional witness of Christ, and that he lives and loves all of us. Those who pray humbly and sincerely can receive a confirmation of its truthfulness and divinity. Show more Show less