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Iohani Wolfgramm - Man of Faith and Vision 1911–1997

Iohani Wolfgramm - Man of Faith and Vision 1911–1997

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The story of a remarkable soul of German and Tongan ancestry who grew up in Tonga, emigrated to America and raised a large, loving family. Iohani Wolfgramm loved God and was blessed with extraordinary faith in God. Iohani's life stands as a testimony to the goodness, reality and generosity of God.

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The story of a remarkable soul of German and Tongan ancestry who grew up in Tonga, emigrated to America and raised a large, loving family. Iohani Wolfgramm loved God and was blessed with extraordinary faith in God. Iohani's life stands as a testimony to the goodness, reality and generosity of God.

• The PDF download includes an interactive table of contents and an advanced search feature

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My family was living at Ha'alaufuli about 1938. I was assigned to go to the island of
Tu 'anuku 10 speak at theIr sacrament meetmg the followlllg Sunday. We got up early
and had OUI' family prayer, I said goodbye to my family, and walked to Ta'ane, then to Mata'ika down

by Tufutele 10 the beach.

I had a lot of water 10 cross to Tefisi, so I lOok off all my clothing except my shorts and
wrapped my scriptures and hymn book in my clothing, then placed them on top of my head and began
to swim from Mata 'ika to Tefisi. There was no boat or canoe in that area on Sunday morning and I
wanted to keep them dry.

I swam quite a ways in this deep blue water unti I got 10 Tefisi. From Tefisi I had to swim to
the island of Taoa. After arriving at Taoa 1 had to get to the island ofTu'anuku and finally made it
there. The saints were so grateful 10 have me come. I preached and taught them a lot. We enjoyed
a good dinner, then at 4:00 p.m. I said goodbye to all my friends and returned the same way.
By the time I was at sea swimming between Taoa and Tefisi, it was very difficult because the
tide was high, which means I had deeper water in which to swim back to Mata'ika. When I was half
way between Tefisi and Taoa, I noticed the sun disappearing into the sea, and only for half an hour
could I see any more light. I tried to quicken my strokes, but darkness came too fast.
At that time I heard a big fish of some kind coming straight at me. The fish was flipping up

in the air, then kept heading straight at me. In my mind I thought it could be either a whale or a shark
so the spirit IOld me that I should try to swim to the closest beach as soon as I could. I obeyed and
began to swim towards Mata'ika beach. I soon arrived and got out of the water. I saw a beam of light
coming straight at me aiming to hit me on my head from the highest point of Taoa village. I quickly
turned my head and missed that target. I again thought I might be wrong. Maybe someone was trying
to get back to Taoa or Tefisi. More beams of light kept coming at me trying to hit me on the head,
but couldn't. I again thought it might be some fisherman out late at sea trying to return home. Then
I remembered that couldn't be, it was Sunday so no one would be out fishing at that time, so maybe
it's something else.

I started to walk toward Mata'ika and more light changed position. Now they all turned
around facing me and kept on coming straight at me, but it didn't scare me at all. I kept on walking
right straight at these lights.

The closer they got to my face, they quickly went over my head and landed on lOp of the
highest elevation at Taoa village. I couldn't believe what I saw when I turned back to watch these

lights.

I again turned my head forward. There were a hundred more lights out at sea where I had been
swimming, and from the western part of Mata'ika there was the villages of Feletoa and Leimatu 'a.
To my surprise, as I looked over their graveyards, every tombstone had lights shining on me. To me
they looked like Christmas time in Amelica.
I knew there must be hundreds of evil spirits trying to get me to swim back into the deep water
in the dark so a shark or whale could destroy me or prevent me from doing my assignment for the
Lord.

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I again looked out to the beach. At this time the whole beach was covered with lights. 1 was
not afraid so I kept on walking toward these lights. As I came close to them, the lights began to move
away quickly from me.

I finally arrived at my grandfather Tu'inahoki's' sweet water cave and lagoon at Mata'ika
called Tufutele and washed off al the salt water, rinsed my shorts, put on my dry clothing and left to
see my Uncle Herman Wolfgramm and Aunt Maele at their home at Mata'ika. I visited and rested
for a little while then I was back on the road walking back to Ta'anea and Ha'alaufuli. Before I got
to Ta'anea there is the home of Fifita Motu'a called Toloke, and as I passed Toloke to Ta'anea road
there's a big hill on the road,and from there I looked ahead and could almost see Hangai Tokelau, my
home api at Vao at night with the moon above me to direct me home. As I looked up, hundreds more
lights were shining at me from Hangai Tokelau.
It didn't frighten me at all. I decided to keep on walking to Hangai Tokelau and ignored the
lights and spent the night out there. This I did. I know what the devil had in mind. By shining these
lights at Hangai Tokelau, he might lead me about 300 yards to a cliff to fall off and be destroyed so
I couldn't continue my duty for the Lord.
The next moming I returned to Salote and the children. They were very happy and grateful
that the Lord had protected me while I was away in my calling.

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