The day that Sister Sela Kata left to serve her mission, her dad told her “If anything happens to your mother or me while you’re on your mission, stay and complete what the Lord sent you to the Washington D.C. North Mission to do.”
Little did she know that trial would actually come to pass.
On June 9, Sister Kata’s Father and three brothers were in a serious car accident. Her father, Taniela Ahoafi Kata, later passed away on Father’s Day, June 18, and then her brother Heneli passed, June 21.
Given the choice to stay on the mission or to go home to be with her family, Sister Kata chose to stay and finish what she was sent to do.
With immense faith, she told her mission president, “the Savior has blessed my family so much that there is no way I can go home early — even a few weeks. I need to stay. I want to stay. I know the plan.”
Through the heartbreak and grief, Sister Kata has found comfort in the gospel.
She told The Church News that, “God is aware of us, and He places specific people in our lives to help us on this journey. The gospel makes so much sense — the dots just start connecting, and I see all these things connect. It’s really God’s plan, and we’re just a part of it.”
You can read more about this inspiring sister missionary here!