Belonging to Heaven

By Gale Sears

Descended from the Hawaiian royal line, Jonathan Napela turned one of many first—and so much influential—converts to the Church in Hawaii. a guy of intelligence, social prestige, and wealth, he used his significant place to additional the gospel in his place of birth.

He constructed a lifelong bond of brotherhood with Elder George Q. Cannon, aiding to translate the booklet of Mormon into Hawaiian and identify a meeting position for the Hawaiian saints in Laie, Oahu. but if his cherished spouse, Kitty, used to be bothered with leprosy, Jonathan made the defining choice of his existence. He would go away his lifetime of privilege to develop into her caretaker and spend the remainder of his existence on Molokai, the island of lepers. to those that suffered comparable heartbreak and banishment, Jonathan's self-sacrifice turned their lifeline.

Based on real tale, this is often a rare novel of a guy who selected love within the face of loss of life.

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He cares basically how we're getting ready for His state. He cares approximately our hearts, and the way we will be able to make issues correct. ” “But, am i able to ever make this correct? ” Jonathan felt peace pour into his center. “Yes. You and Kamuela will marry, and you may love your baby. and you'll be a consultant for your relatives. that's the way you will make it correct. ” “But mom says she refuses to allow us to be married. She says we're too younger. ” energy got here into Jonathan’s voice. “You will marry. you assert that Kamuela loves you. ” “Yes. ” “And that he needs to marry you. ” “Yes, it's our best wish. we wish to spend our lives jointly. ” “Then there's no extra to be stated. ” Darkness was once surrounding them, yet there has been simply enough mild for Jonathan to determine a stillness melt his daughter’s beneficial properties. He reached out and took her hand. “Come, we needs to pass sooner than darkness overtakes our ft. ” She hesitated. “I will take my mat and sleep within the venture place of work. i don't imagine mom desires to see my face this night. ” She appeared unfortunately at her father. “It should be quieter for you if i'm really not there. ” Jonathan ran his finger throughout her cheek. “We will positioned this within the Lord’s fingers, Little advisor. he'll take us the place we have to cross. ” the 2 started out down the trail, being cautious to prevent stones and tree roots that hindered their method. The lighting from the Laie payment winked from a distance and said domestic and haven yet, as darkness covered the panorama, Jonathan knew that he would want knowledge and endurance from the Lord Jesus to deliver mild again into his domestic. bankruptcy 38 Wailuku, Maui August 23, 1871 Jonathan Hawaii Napela was once ali‘i, the son of a primary and chiefess. He used to be a graduate from Lahainaluna university. He was once a pass judgement on, and one among ten venture leaders for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Hawaii. He used to be the top of the sugar plantation at Laie. King Kamehameha V had in my view requested him to run for the country legislature, a race he had misplaced through simply 40 votes. the sort of heritage could have triggered many males to strut round like a hen, or feed at the slop of recognition, yet such conceit used to be now not in Jonathan’s nature. The mana that upheld him used to be powerful just like the koa tree, however it was once additionally quiet just like the wing stroke of the wooded area owl. this day he wanted the mana from all of his ancestors as he stood in his best go well with and feather cape in the back of the chapel of the Ka‘ahumanu Church. He held the trembling hand of his daughter, and, despite the darkish circles below her eyes, which observed afflicted sleep and fear, Hattie Panana Hianaloli Kaiwaokalani Hailau Aala Napela, was once a gorgeous bride. Her marriage ceremony dress used to be faded dove grey silk within the ecu type: tight becoming at her small waist and flaring out to the ground. A pleated sash of cream rotated her waistline, whereas the bodice was once embellished with silk flower rosettes and gentle ribbons in all colors of gray, cream, and white. She wore her small feather cape, and her hair used to be piled softly on her head and embellished with a crown of yellow mamo feathers and ginger vegetation.

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