The Tauelangis

My prayer is that you would give greater consideration to your calling as mothers, fathers, daughters, and sons.

One warm summer evening, my missionary companion and I stopped by the home of the Tauelangis, an older, recently-married Tongan couple who had just moved into town a few weeks before.

They took several moments to open the door, but when they graciously welcomed us in, we saw that they had been sitting out on their back porch singing hymns. Brother Tauelangi had his ukulele out, and his wife was tapping on a small electronic keyboard. It was a sweet moment to capture them in.

To see this faithful couple—who had everything they could want, including a large house with innumerable bedrooms—sitting out on their unfurnished patio singing hymns together with their two small instruments, touched my heart and gave me a greater vision of God’s plan for His children. As the children of the church sing in their primary classes,

God gave us families to help us become what He wants us to be—
This is how He shares His love, for the fam’ly is of God.
(The Family Is of God, 2008)

My prayer is that you would give greater consideration to your calling as mothers, fathers, daughters, and sons during this special Father’s Day week. Assuredly, God’s plan is for “family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave” so that we might “ultimately realize [our] divine destiny as heirs of eternal life” (The Family: A Proclamation to the World, 1995).

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