As the second son of His Royal Majesty King Tupou VI, His Royal Highness Prince Ata of Tonga has received many special honors from his nation, among them the Knight Grand Cross with Collar of the Royal Order of Pouono, the Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Crown of Tonga, and the Knight Grand Cross with Collar of the Order of Queen Salote Tupou III.
Prince Ata became a member of the Church in 2015 after significant opposition from his family. In 2014, when Prince Ata originally planned to be baptized a member of the Church, King Tupou VI sent his royal guards to intervene. Later, His Majesty also sent the prime minister of Tonga to persuade Prince Ata not to join the Church.
Though these events delayed Prince Ata's baptism, his testimony was not shaken and he continued attending Church and learning about the gospel. Finally, near the beginning of 2015, Prince Ata became baptized a member of the Church in Hawaii.
Since that time, Prince Ata has continued to inspire many with his testimony of faith and his ability to withstand opposition. In 2016, Prince Ata traveled to Utah where he saw significant Church sites, met with Elder Neil L. Andersen and toured Church headquarters, the Church History Museum, the Family History Library, and the Bishop’s Central Storehouse. He also visited several temples and spoke with new missionaries preparing to serve around the world at the Provo MTC.