Couple ties knot at Manumailagi Garden

True love prevails despite the obstacles of life.

This is the shared belief of the newly weds, Uila Elizabeth Muta and Rocky Lapi, who tied the knot at the Manumailagi Garden on Saturday.

The church service was led by Pastor Olive Dean from the Seventh Day Adventist and was well attended by family and friends of the couple.

Mrs. Lapi is the daughter of the late Tofae Moli Muta, but was walked down the isle by her step dad Tuivasa Tuua. Her mother is Lulu Matuu from the villages of Laulii, Malie and Luatuanuu.

Mr. Lapi is the son of Sauvao and Faatali Lapi from Faleasiu and Nuusuatia.

According to Mrs. Lapi, they first met in church but have been together as a couple for more than three years.

“It has been a hard and difficult journey together, in relationships there is no such thing as a love story with sunshine and rainbows without the cyclones, tsunamis and earthquakes that hit both of you.

“We faced so many obstacles like everyone being so judgemental of our love, but we stayed strong with our faith in God. I love him because of his unique qualities, he is very humble, loving, caring but most importantly his love for me.

“I think we overcame all the challenges through God’s help and guidance, so many people think that having a lot of money is more important than love but at the end of the day, love is rare – a person who loves you helps you face life despite the hardships and I have to admit that loving a person does not require wealth as a condition,” she said.

Mrs. Lapi believes having God as the foundation of any family is important because God is the source of blessings.

“No one is perfect in this world and I know we both have our own shortcomings or weaknesses but with God as our anchor and strength we can face the world and its obstacles.

“Remember what the Bible said: ‘The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me’,” she said.

Mr. Lapi added loving his wife was the best decision he has ever made.

“Words fail to describe how I feel except that all the glory be given back to God for everything in life especially blessing me with the love of my life despite so many difficulties we have been through I can smile and say I Iove her.

“They say love can make people blind but marriage is based on love which is the action of trust.”

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