To attend school in Samoa, each family must purchase the mandatory school uniform, which cost about $2.75. The Leiataua family had 12 children and could only afford to send their eldest son Toa to high school.
Due to Toa’s parents financial circumstances his lunch consisted of coconuts from the school’s coconut trees that he climbed at lunch time. However, from these sacrifices Toa was able to attend BYU-Hawaii and major in math. Now he teaches at Kahuku High School in Honolulu. He is raising nine children of his own on just his teacher salary and has sent most of them on missions.
Below is Toa Leiataua performing at the Polynesian Cultural Center while attending BYU Hawaii.
A while ago, my wife emailed me some of the images below. It sat in my inbox because I wanted to add it to LDSFriends, but haven’t had much time. Finally, I sat down today and started working on this post. I added the frames and wording to each image, but then I couldn’t stop. I went out and found additional pictures. In the end, I really spent way to much time creating this post, but I think you will find my efforts worth while. Special thanks to my beautiful wife and daughters for teaching me many of these words, but I thank my tender Heavenly Father for not teaching me all of these words just yet!
The below video won first place at The Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival. It is only about a minute long, but in those short moments you will see why it won first place. The style of video is very similar to how the Church does its media—brief and beautiful.