Really enjoyed your article. I served in the Northern Indian Mission from
19165-1967. I knew some powerful Polynesian missionaries...Howard Hall, Jimmy
Poai, Charles Basso, Ikamano Fifita, Raymond Poole and Theodore Maieda to name a
few. Elders Basso and Poole were companions. What great men. Did not know you
were in this area. When I was there we could only teach Sioux and other native
americans. Elder Basso and his wife are currently serving a mission in
Johannesburg, South Africa. Well, just a note to say thanks for your columns and
the great light you shine into the lives of others....by the way, do you know
David Pasi from Salt Lake? He and I used to dive together in Hawaii when I was
stationed there in the early 1970's.
Great article Vai.
This morning my husband, a big fan of Vai Sikahema's articles, forwarded
this article to me. In 1961 when I was just 9 years old, missionaries from the
LDS Church came to my home and taught us. I was the only one to get baptized at
that time. Those missionaries may have felt discouraged, but much has come from
the seeds sown at that time, and over the years I have wished I could tell them
that. After reading this article, I decided to try. I dug out my Baptism
Certificate and typed those two names into my search engine. I found some
possibilities, decided to be brave, and called. The very first try was a hit!! I
actually got to speak to the man who baptized me, and thank him for the gift he
gave me that has changed the whole course of my life. And he had the phone
number for his companion! So I got off the phone with one and called the other,
and got to speak with him, too. I thanked them both, and we each got a little
teary-eyed. Thanks for making my day! Your article inspired me to do something
There are often the little or larger life uplifting experiences we are blessed
with that help us on our path back to Our Father in heaven. I'm so thankful
for them and also sorry for the few times I have only hesitated when I
questioned if I should make a remark. When we have that doubt it is probably a
prompting that we should not say it. Just like with food " when in doubt-
don't " eat questionable food or speak a word that is not necessary or
kind - even if we think it may be true.
Vai, thank you for the weekly shot in the arm. Great story!
Not so bold as Vai, when I finally reconnected with my Church College of New
Zealand Religion class teacher, Lloyd Anderson (he was also my Bishop at the
time), I was invited to his 50th wedding anniversary & all I could do was
put a little "thank you" in the guest book. There were simply no words
adequate to express my gratitude for the anchor he gave my soul! We are so
fortunate to have the programs in the Church that bind us together - and to the
Hello Heater,What might have happened if someone years ago had
warned that patriarch that affected Brother Klein, to be more careful and
sensitive when he talked about Jewish topics? It might have saved the Klein
family from a decade of inactivity. So if the Spirit gives us a prompting to
offer suggestions, kindly couched, should we remain silent? Is there
much difference between what you saw in Orem Parent’s or Aztexas’
comments and your own posting? Their comments were positive and their
suggestions respectful. I would hope that Vai, if he is as humble and wonderful
as I suppose he is, would be glad for kindly-given suggestions to slightly
improve his wonderful writings in the future. For example, the next
time he starts to write about a “rivalry,” Orem Parent’s
comment might be brought back to his mind and he will inspect his writing tone
and double-check if his tenor is what he really wanted to use to most
effectively make his point. And he might be prompted to better grammar check and
edit a more important writing in the future, which might save him some unknown,
I loved this story! Thank you for sharing. It's really true that we may
not have any idea of the impact we may have on another person's life. What
a rewarding experience for both of you!
I love this article!! I admire Vai for his seeking out those who have
contributed to his life--we need to do more of that. Even cards and notes, or
phone calls can do a lot. But--he must have been really listening to the spirit
to be where he was, at the time his friend needed him. This story is a
wonderful example of the Lord being mindful of the needs of all of his children,
and the importance of both of those men to listen to the spirit at the right
times in both of their lives. Thanks you for sharing this Vai!
Awesome as usual, Thank you for sharing.
What a heartwarming story. I used to have, MSNBC as my homepage, but just
recently changed it to the Deseret News. Now I start my day with uplifting
stories, news etc. We never know what kind of an impact that we make upon
others. This story illustrates, for us, the importance of being kind and open
with each other. The church, helps us to do so, step by step. Thank you, Deseret
News, for your thoughtful articles,and content.
Vai, thank you for sharing such an incredible experience. What a great reminder
that sometimes it's the little acts of kindness - like reaching out to an
old friend - that have the biggest impact. I really enjoy reading your blog for
your perspectives on sports as well as more personal things like this. I'm
getting ready for a nephew's baptism as I write this and your article
helped me feel a little closer to the Spirit than I was a few short minutes ago.
Aloha- Beautiful story....Thank you for sharing....This touched my heart. I grew
up without the Priesthood in my home and there were many faithful that
influenced my life too. Before I turned 50,I wanted to thank 50 people that made
a differnce in my life.... I had MANY more than that number that I thanked....I
have a testimony that our Heavenly Father knows each of us individually and
places people in our paths to help us obtain that which He knows we can. AND
your story shared was one of what a blessing it is to show our gratitude
too....Mahalo for all you do.
Orem Parent: "... Vai you are at your best when you leave the rivalry out of
your stories. "You only want good news, feel-good, warm &
fuzzy stories. Frankly, what makes Vai enormous popular is that he does from
time to time tell us EXACTLY how he feels on some issues - even unpopular ones.
Why must you insist on painting Vai into a corner and limit him to only the
subjects that suit you? Aztexas: We get it. Vai made an error and
his editor missed it. You're invited to a gourmet meal but all you see is
the lint in the linen napkins. The rest of the posters saw this for
what it is - a glimpse into an extraordinary experience Vai allowed us to
Terrific stuff Vai...thanks for sharing
Vai,You are the best. I love to hear you tell a story. You are a
great example to all of us.Keep it coming!
I always enjoy your column, and I, too, have had many positive home teaching
experiences. I would like to suggest, though, that you or your editor should
know better than "to take he and Mary out to dinner." I'm sure you
wouldn't say "take he out to dinner"; you'd more likely say
"take him out to dinner," right?
Thanks Vai, I anxiously await your blog and am never disappointed. Brought to
mind my assignment as a young man with my home teaching companion in the old
Boise 4th ward 59 years ago. Wayne Peterson, who owned a local auto dealership.
I was a young man whose father wasn't active and your story reminded me of
all the men in the ward who helped me stay involved in the church.
Thanks for the story. Vai you are at your best when you leave the rivalry out
of your stories. Please keep the great stories coming!My first home
teaching companion just passed away. I was a 14 year old young man assigned to
go with one of the brothers in the ward. It is amazing what I remember from
those visits. Without realizing it, the older companions are teaching so many
lessons to the teenagers. The teenagers are like sponges. They might not say a
lot but they soak it all in.Thanks again!
Vai - Thank you for sharing another one of your great experiences. I
read your blog often, but this one touched a very tender part of my soul. I too
feel such profound gratitude for all those that have inspired and changed the
course of my life through their examples and sacrifices. Those moments have
changed so many things for the better. I'm truly grateful for your good
example and for the way you strive to use your minutes of each day. Keep holding
up the light the way that you do!
Hopefully the Mets lost the game.Seriously, great story wonderfully
I know Vai has got to be swamped with requests to speak and visit somewhere
every week.I'm amazed at how much he must get done on a given week or
month.Makes me feel lazy....and I'm not!
Love your stuff Via!
I loved this update! My father has always been active in the church, but my
testimony of home teaching was also fostered when I went home teaching with an
older gentleman (not my dad) who taught me the importance of consistently
serving & ministering to others. As you so lovingly provided thanks to Bro.
Marty Klein, I owe a lot to my home teaching companion-Bro.Bernarr Humpherys.
Vai, you bring joy to so many because of your big heart. Who else whould have
gone to such great extremes to "reconnect" with an influential person in
your life as a youth. Good stuff!
Thanks for the story. The church says for someone to come back into activity;
they need three things. The first one was a friend. I sometimes go to church
wondering what they can do for me, but it's definitely a two way street.
Thanks for sharing.