Feinga Fanguna

    Feinga drawing on wood

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    Feinga Fanguna
    Planting and harvesting crops gives the Fanguna family plenty of time to spend together.
    Feinga Fanguna
    Feinga further developed his woodcarving skills by building kalias from large pieces of wood. A kalia is a special kind of canoe made in Tonga.
    Feinga Fanguna
    Carving and sanding wood to the right smoothness has taught Feinga that blessings come through steady effort, diligence, and patience.
    Feinga Fanguna
    The combination of strength and finesse, plus the knowledge of his craft, have created opportunities for Feigna to travel to several countries to represent Tonga at carving and art festivals.
    Feinga Fanguna
    The lines Feinga carefully draws will help guide him when he cuts the wood.
    Feinga Fanguna
    Because yams are a labor-intensive crop, everyone in the family helps with the farming.
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    Feinga Fanguna considers his woodcarving ability to be a gift, but one that has required time and effort to cultivate. “It is a blessing given to me from our Father in Heaven,” he says. He is grateful his talent can provide needed income for his family.
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    Because of their blessings, relatives of the Fangunas think they are wealthy. “We’re not,” Feinga says, “but we have everything we need because we put God first.” The gospel of Jesus Christ brings joy to Feinga and his family.
    Feinga Fanguna
    We receive talents from Heavenly Father, but Feinga understands the importance of improving them. “I like to encourage people to develop whatever talent they have,” he says.
    Feinga Fanguna
    The Fanguna family have received many blessings from their hard work. “Just do your part, and the Lord will do His part,” they say.
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    The Fangunas have three children of their own and three others they take care of. “We do what we can to help all of the children,” Feinga says “especially by showing them the happiness the gospel brings.”
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    Feinga helps his children plant yams. Yams are a common crop in Tonga, and are often two or more feet in length.
    Feinga Fanguna
    Along with carving wood, Feinga and his family work together to plant crops. They grow cassava and yams and share what they grow with others.