I feel very saddened by this news. I can't help but to thank him for his
selfless service in which he died in the service of his fellowman, which is to
also say, he died in the service of his God. May his family find comfort in the
knowledge that families are forever!
I can't think of a more honorable way to leave this life than in the
service of our Heavenly Father. What a great loss yet what a superb example of
what we can all be if we would just choose that.
I was just being self absorbed, and thinking about ME, and then I stumbled on
this story. How humbling! May the Redeemer of Israel send comfort and peace to
this young man's family and friends. Reminds us once again how short our
mortal journey is, and how it can all end in an instance. May we have the
strength to choose the right and be prepared for when our journey ends... So
grateful for the Atonement of Jesus Christ which enables all to be resurrected.
I'm sure Elder Taufa heard the great words "well and faithfully done,
enter into my joy and sit down on my throne."
John 12:25-26 (NIV) "The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man
who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves
me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor
the one who serves me."
Kalofae.....Sending much alofas to Elder Taufa's aiga and
friends. **HUGS**Alofa tele atu from our tribe here in New Zealand.
This is very said. I would like to extend condolensces to Elder taufa's
When my son was on his mission he performed many such acts. My heart aches for
this man's family. We must share the pain.
What a beautiful young man. My prayers go with his poor family.
I echo the sentiments of CB. I have eard many a parent, particularly our
Polynesian parents, when saying farewell to their missionary children, offer the
care and keeping of their children's lives to the Lord for 18 months-2
years, while looking forward to their safe return at the end of that period,
God-willing. I have always marvelled at their faith, devotion and offering. I
may think it in my heart, but have always considered it too difficult to make
that offering in public. My heart goes out to the Taufa family. May God's
choicest blessings of peace & comfort be with them at this very sad time.
ofa lahi atu!
We sent three sons and a daughter on missions. I realized while saying goodby
and sending them off that I might never see them again, in the flesh. He could have just as easily been killed speeding around the streets, involved
in drugs or shot because he was involved in a gang.He has lived a life to
be celebrated and now is safely continuing his missionary efforts in another
place with people who will embrace him with the same love he has known here. God less this family whose void will be ever so deep, but not from the sorrow
of a loss soul.
Some wonderful thoughts by others. I echo what they have said, and hope that the
family will be blessed with peace and comfort.
So sorry this happened to such a wonderful young man.. he looks like he was a
very happy individual from his picture.. he is on a far better mission now on
the other side!
My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of this selfless young
man, at this sad time. Brother and Sister Taufa can find comfort, knowing they
raised a beloved son in whom they can be 'well pleased'.
To the family and loved ones of this young missionary, I am sorry for your
loss.The pain of loss, in time, will be replaced by joy in eternity
when families and loved ones are reunited. I guess the Lord has a need for this
missionary in another field. I believe that what the Lord told Joseph Smith
applies to us all, "Thy days are known and they shall not be numbered
less". After this life when we have the perspective of hind sight, many
things that may not make sense now, will then.
I struggle to try to find a way to adequately honor this young man who died in
the service of his fellow man and to find a way to comfort family and friends
who will always have sweet memories of him but will miss being able to build
more memories with him in this life.I take comfort knowing that He
who can bestow the greatest honor and provide the deepest comfort is aware of
this young man and his sacrifice. Also, I for one will think of
this young man the next time an opportunity to serve seems too inconvenient and
will serve with the thought of him in my mind and my heart.
A very sad time. But what appears to be a very selfless young man.God Bless all those who knew and will will miss him, especially his family.
As parents of seven, four of whom have served missions, we extend our deepest
condolences to your family and know that your son has been embraced by the
Savior and those of his loved ones who have preceded him through the Veil.
Our condolences goes out to the Taufa family. 'Ofa atu.
Killed while literally in the service of his fellow beings.Heartbreaking for his family I know, but what a way to go.God
Our hearts go out to this family. I pray that the Lord will bless you all with
peace and comfort, and wrap his loving arms around you at this time, and in the
future as you struggle for understanding.With much love,The