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Tongan Youth Gives Clothes Off Back in Inspiring Story of Service

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A member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Tonga shared this heart-warming story of a young man helping a friend by giving up his clothes.

As a group of youth waited for a bus to take them to a stake missionary preparation class, Kaponika “Pau” Otuafi took a risk by leaving the bus stop. He wanted to go an invite an absent friend to come with the group and asked everyone to make sure the bus wouldn’t leave without them. When he left the stop, Pau was fully dressed in his Sunday best to represent his future missionary attire.

After 20 minutes, the group was surprised to see Pau holding an umbrella and in shorts, walking alongside his friend Vaitohi. Pau had decided to lend his long black tupenu, a traditional Tongan garment often worn by local missionaries, to Vaitohi so he could feel comfortable in attending the class. The group was touched by Pau’s willingness to minister as Jesus Christ would.

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Aleah Ingram
Aleah Ingram
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.

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