Vai's View: Taufa family shows faith in wake of LDS missionary's death

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  • Alaskan Ute Fairbanks, AK
    June 26, 2013 4:46 p.m.

    I'm humbled. People like this make me question my own faith, and whether I could react in a similar way. My daughter is leaving for a mission shortly, and if she were to die, I'm afraid I might act differently. What an example of Christianity these people are.

  • #1 Champ Salt Lake City, UT
    June 26, 2013 4:41 p.m.


  • Melanie Alpine, UT
    June 26, 2013 3:16 p.m.

    Beautiful article. Thank you for sharing this family's faith with us. I cried my eyes out. I have a missionary son serving in Singapore, and one preparing to leave shortly to this same Guatemala mission, they will miss each other by 9 days. We all need to have the faith of this family when we turn our lives over to God and His work. I pray they will continue to be sustained by the Spirit. They are an inspiration to me, and to all of us. Thank you for sharing this. They are beautiful people.

  • daver Provo, 00
    June 26, 2013 12:56 p.m.

    Weeping with Brother and Sister Taufa and their loved ones. God bless you with close feelings to Siosiua until you meet again. Love and prayers...

  • CT98 Saint George, UT
    June 26, 2013 10:29 a.m.

    Thank you so much Vai for this article. My heart broke for the Taufa family as I heard the news last week. My first thought was that I hoped the parents of Josh were comforted during this difficult time. Your article shows me his parents are true disciples of Christ and are helping others cope with this tragedy through their faithful examples. My prayers are with them.

  • Aloha Saint George Saint George, Utah
    June 26, 2013 9:08 a.m.

    Thanks for sharing details. Hope this means you're doing more 'Vai's View' blogs in near future.

    Sorry for this families loss.

  • oldcougar Orem, UT
    June 26, 2013 7:46 a.m.

    What an awful/wonderful story. We all will benefit from the example of this fine Elder and his loving family. May God bless them. Thanks, Vai, for sharing it so well.

    Good to have you back.

  • Norman Wright Provo, UT
    June 26, 2013 7:21 a.m.

    My love to you Ivan and the rest of your family. You remain in my prayers and thoughts. Thank you for your example of faith and for the great example of your son in his ongoing missionary service.

  • LPJensen orem, UT
    June 26, 2013 12:30 a.m.

    Elder Taufa was my District Leader when I was in the MTC in Guatemala. I just got home from Nicaragua and was stunned to see this news. My heart goes out to his family... is there a way I can contact them? He had such a happy fun personality... I'm sure the people of Guatemala loved him!!! The Taufa family are stalwart examples and my prayers are with them continually!

  • Straitpath PROVO, UT
    June 25, 2013 9:19 p.m.

    May God bless this family. Thank you for sharing the story.

  • Utah/BYU man Kanab, Utah
    June 25, 2013 7:17 p.m.

    Vai, I appreciate the story an your involvement. While I played @ Utah prior to you at BYU my son got to know you serving in the Philly-mission while you were there (I in the Pitt-mission 20+ yrs prior), an know how much he admired you, Coach, et. al. I am with a family that we are sending out another missionary (step-son) to carry on the Cause and really appreciate your devotion and the Taufa-Tongan family an missionary you referenced. my best, ej

  • RBN Salt Lake City, UT
    June 25, 2013 6:35 p.m.

    I rarely if ever agree with Duckhunter, but I couldn't agree more with his comments. Well-stated brother. I admire the faith of the Taufa family, and their wisdom in seeking comfort in the place where Heaven and Earth intersect: the Holy Temple. God bless the Taufa family.

  • washcomom Beaverton, OR
    June 25, 2013 6:22 p.m.

    One of the hardest things that a parent ever does is kiss their child goodbye, not knowing if it will be for the last time as they go out into the world as missionaries, or as they begin their new lives. It is always an unknown when a child leaves if you will see them again.
    The beautiful thing about this blessed family is that they have love and strong testimonies that God is real and He has a great love for each of them.
    Thank you, Vai, for letting us glimpse a little of what your cousin's family is going through as you love them so much. We all pray for a continued blessing of peace and hope for you all.

  • 35ppg American Fork, UT
    June 25, 2013 6:15 p.m.

    What a beautiful family and missionary!

    What a beautiful testimony of the Atonement and of our Savior.

    Thank you for such amazing faith and strength. God bless you.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    June 25, 2013 4:50 p.m.

    I'm absolutely speechless at the faith this family is showing. I wish I was as strong, I'm not sure if I could be in their same situation. They have suffered a horrible tragedy yet they appear not to have lost their spiritual bearing in the least. I couldn't be more impressed with the answer Ivan gave Vai about the date of the funeral. His heart is breaking and yet he will not hold his son back a day longer than is absolutely necessary. God bless this family, I do not think I could compare to them in any way if the situation was mine to bear.

  • MoJules Florissant, MO
    June 25, 2013 4:30 p.m.

    It is such a mix of emotions, to feel such a sadness for this family and those who are missing this young man, yet to feel the joy of their knowledge and peace of seeing him again. Right before my husband died, we went out to eat with his nephew that was entering the MTC that day. My husband who's body was weakened by disease, told his nephew that where he is going on a two year mission, my husband was going on a permanent mission, he passed away before his nephew returned home. I felt only happiness for my husband to know that he was doing something so wonderful.