“Her Majesty was very gracious and very welcoming and respectful to the Church. She is an impressive woman who cares deeply for the people of Tonga," Elder Hallstrom said after he, his wife, Elder and Sister Renlund, and Elder and Sister Haleck visited with Their Royal Majesties Queen Nanasipau’u, Crown Prince Tupoutoʻa ʻUlukalala and his wife Princess Sinaitakala Tukuʻaho, and Prince Ata. His Royal Majesty Prince Ata became a convert to the LDS Church in 2015.
At a special conference in Nuku’alofa on Sunday 19 February, Elder Renlund spoke about a meeting with Latter-day Saint leaders and Her Royal Majesty, Queen Nanasipau’u, and other members of the Tongan Royal Family, which took place on Friday 17 February.
“I have never met rulers who care more deeply about their people than Their Majesties the King and Queen,” Elder Renlund said.
“We believe in being subject to rulers and kings,” he said. “Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints should be the best citizens of Tonga.”
“Governments frequently try to change people from the top down. We can help this remarkable Royal Family by changing people from the bottom up; by changing them one heart at a time.”