Building a strong family takes hard work.
And part of that work is about teaching our children why it matters.
Though some may see work as something to avoid, the gospel teaches that working for and with our families brings great blessings.
God Himself calls His plan for His children “my work and my glory”
This is the view of Lilo Asiasi from Luatuanu’u when the Village Voice caught up with him yesterday.
“By work we sustain and enrich life. It enables us to survive the disappointments and tragedies of the mortal experience. Hard-earned achievement brings a sense of self-worth,” he said.
“Nothing is easy in this life.”
Working as a farmer, the 59-year-old says it doesn’t matter what one does for a living, if you work hard you will succeed.
“If you make sure your children are on the right path then you won’t have anything to worry about,” he said.
“The people they become in the future will reflect what you have taught so make sure you do right by them.”
Lilo is a farmer.
“Most people in our village collect nonu and take them to Vaitele and Vaivase to earn money, and I say it helps a lot to try and make end meets.”
The only problem Lilo faces is that it’s just him and his wife at home.
“We have children but they have families of their own.
“But that doesn’t mean you should give up though.”
Lilo also doesn’t believe that there is poverty in Samoa.
“To my understanding, there is no poverty in Samoa,” he said.
“People don’t make enough for their family because they do not work for it. I leave the house early morning to work at the plantation and when I return home I have other duties to go through.
“The harder I work, the more I can look after my family. That is my motivation.”