Elder John H. Groberg’s remarkable first-person accounts tell the fascinating story of the many years he spent as a missionary, and mission president, on the islands in the South Pacific. Filled with adventure, romance, danger, and extraordinary faith, take this new eBook bundle with you on all your travels, and find inspiration in the most unlikely situations.
The Other Side of Heaven
The missionary memoirs of Elder John H. Groberg, found in his popular book In the Eye of the Storm, can be enjoyed in the retitled book,The Other Side of Heaven.
This first-person account tells the fascinating story of the three years he spent on the islands in the South Pacific amidst a kindly people who had a deep faith in God, a faith that provides the backdrop for Elder Groberg's accounts of miraculous healings, protective warnings, and perilous voyages; for such stories as: The emergancy night voyage on a turbulent sea, and the anxious search for the only guiding light into the destination harbor. The boy whose apparently lifeless body was handed to the missionaries with the words, "Here, make him well again — you have the power." The storm that overturned the boat, throwing missionaries into the raging sea. The hurricane that hit the little island. The hunger when the usual supply boat failed to show up. And much, much more.
This remarkable book paints a vivid picture of missionary life in a society geared to "a different way of thinking." But it is far from being solely a collection of stories. To the experiences it recounts, the author has added observations on the scenes and circumstances that in an inspiring way bring out the gospel principles involved. Given this combination, the total effect of the book is that from the time readers reach Tonga with the young missionary they will be engrossed in his story until the end.
The Fire of Faith
In The Other Side of Heaven, Elder John H. Groberg told the gripping story of his three-year mission on the tropical islands of Tonga. His story continues with The Fire of Faith, set a decade after his release when Elder Groberg is called back to Tonga — this time with a growing family-to serve as mission president.
Like the earlier volume, this book is filled with experiences among a faithful people. Here we read of the young man who calmly endured a terrible beating from his brother rather than remain unbaptized; the excitement and joy of the first Tongan group to attend the New Zealand Temple; the faithful Saints and their long-delayed chapel dedication; examples of the love shared by Tongan family members; the inspiration that led to the fiftieth Tongan anniversary jubilee; the work of highly dedicated missionaries; the organization of the first stake in Tonga; miracles of faith; and much, much more.
And always there is the sea, the only pathway between the islands — the perilous ocean that often denies access to the desired shore after a long journey. But faith somehow always wins the day.
The Fire of Faith is a compelling story, one that extends beyond Elder Groberg's life as a mission president and into his continued service throughout the Pacific Islands.
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