Friday, August 3, 2012

July 23, 2012


                                                                          July 23, 2012

Dear Mom, Dad, and The Family,
Talofa Lava Le Aiga Malosi Walker!
Hey Family I almost decided not to write any more, but repented and am writing to you now as these letters might be a history or journal I guess. Also though, I promised to write every week so I have to keep that promise. I hope you all stay well and good till I see you in a couple of weeks. I won’t ask for news or updates as you can just tell me in person.  By the way, I am not trunky, but it’s still fun to make jokes. Sorry, I will just start writing.

We had T’s baptism this past week on Thursday. It went really well, just that it rained at the baptism, but that didn’t destroy T’s spirit.  She was happy and smiling the whole time.  The Bishop is so great too. Bishop Faalaulau called the members to step up even more and go out there spreading the gospel and also befriending T and all the others who are baptized as well.  Then after he finished he gave T a big hug congratulating her and saying they are there to help.  So Awesome! That’s exactly the kind of bishop we all need.
We had two visits this week with another lady, and she isn’t a member, is catholic and is very good friends with many elders now, including us now.  She told us about her whole situation with her family. It was a good talk and then we had lunch with her as well the next day for the second visit.  We did invite her to read and pray about the Family a Proclamation as she as many people, don’t or won’t try to read the Book of Mormon like it’s so hard I guess.  Anyway she said she would, so hopefully she does.  Little baby steps with her.
We had another lesson with A.  It went well, she wants to continue lessons, but just can’t commit to baptism as of her brothers, so it’s hard.  We had a great reunion I guess or good visit with S on Friday. It was good to talk to her again and she really enjoyed the visit.  We focused on her and strengthening her testimony of the Book of Mormon and also about the church and Joseph Smith.  She knows a lot and has a testimony but yet continues to struggle with overcoming Word of Wisdom challenges and praying to know if the church really is true and also the Book of Mormon. A, was really good and bore her testimony and told of an experience a lady had with her conversion and applied it to S.  S understood that it will be hard, but she is getting there.  Needs all the help she can get though.
We had a new investigator this week, L. We met with her at our fafaga last Tuesday.  It was really good and she already started reading the Book of Mormon. We had a little discussion with her on the BOM on Saturday and she had a lot of questions!  We invited her to read and pray to know if it’s true and also invited her to attend our Institute class as well.  Hopefully she comes as well as the others we have invited.
We finished up lesson 3 with L, who is waiting for his wife to have her baby so they can officially get married. And then he can prepare for baptism.  She is going on 9 months, so she should have the baby any day now.  I hope it all works out so I can be there for his wedding and baptism before I leave.  He is way cool and fun to joke with.  He is only 20 yrs. old though, I had thought he was older than me, but I guess not.  Anyway it was a good lesson and now it’s just keeping the commandments.  It has been really fun coming to know him and help him to change his life for the better.

We had an open house at the Institute on Friday where we showed the movie of Samoa and its progress from the beginning of the church there until now. We also had posters with descriptions for them and stories.  I should say that Sister Leota has planned to have open houses at the Stake Centers and any other places they are invited, Good missionary tool.
Anyway, that is it for the week.  I love you all!  Thank you for everything.  I know this church is true.  Jesus is the Christ.  God lives and loves us.  I know families can be together forever.   The Book of Mormon is true.  I have finished it again and I know without a doubt it is true!
E Mani le Talatelei.   Keep Strong!  Faamalosi Pea.   Endure to the End!  
Tumau e oo I le Iuga!!
Alofa tele atu,
Elder Cody John Walker

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

July 15, 2012


                                                                               July 15, 2012

Dear Mom, Dad, and The Family,

Malo lava Soifua ma le Lagi Mama!  (Congrats on living and the clean heavens).

By the way my English is leaga and I sometimes fill in words with Samoan ones as I can’t remember all the English I am looking for. This week was absolutely packed to brim with stuff to do and even with all we did, we still haven’t completed everything such as contacting people, talking with each companionship on some things to do and much much more with lessons and such!

We had a baptism this week.  They were the first baptisms in Magiagi.  The two kids I told you about, Lite and Sofeni.  We finished up Sofeni’s lessons on Thursday and then interviews for both on Friday with the baptism at 6:00 on Saturday.  Well, it was planned for 5:30, but we were on Samoan time. Ha ha. But it went really well.  Awesome baptism and a good turn out too.  Those two kids are legit.  Good listeners (of course if not they would get fasi), but they learned and hopefully grew from our teachings.  I really enjoyed teaching them. Cool kids.

Also have a baptism set up for this Thursday in Vailima.  It’s the girl T, I told you about. She is 14 yrs. old and solid. We taught the first three lessons this week.  She has even been reading steadily from the Book of Mormon. Reading every day. Also on Thursday when we taught she had come with questions for us about her reading. Awesome! She loves church and young womens.  She is excited to be baptized. Of course the bishop was excited, too.  We will finish us her lesson Tuesday, then her interview on Wednesday and baptism on Thursday.  Hopefully all works out.

Last of all, the big news—we went to the TEMPLE.  It was amazing. Awesome. Sekia, Musuia, unforgettable and much more.  I loved it.  First we had training as a zone at the office with President Leota who really emphasized having our hearts right, faith has got to be strong, and we need to visit, invite, report, and follow-up with everyone we see.  This all put together will help us accomplish our goal.  He asked us all what we thought and whether it was possible to obtain our goals or no.  All of us answered yes we could, so now we are to go forward and get it done. So then we went to the Temple and wrote down commitments to give to the Lord on what I will improve on and change so that I can always have the spirit and work well with my companion. Just 100 % obedience.  I love the temple and wish I could go more often. That is definitely a blessing in our lives to go there.  I love it!  It’s indescribable in words.  The Samoa Temple is so beautiful. All are just amazing places to be. The Lord’s house.  I got the chance to go with Too-Faalogo and Ormsby, too.  We were the last ones in the Celestial room, so peaceful.  Holy and Amazing.

We have some new investigators in both Vailima and Magiagi with some wards as well.  Crazy, but it seems where we live is where we have work.  Maybe the other wards may think they don’t have missionaries or something, but we keep on visiting when we can.  We still have investigators there, too.  Just do all we can.  It is so fun though to be busy.  We have some pretty promising people too, that we have contacted. So busy by the way, that on Thursday we did a split with the APs.  I went with Rodgers and Malaga went with Ormsby. Got a whole lot more done.

Well that is it for now.  Sorry, but gotta run. I love my mission, kind of don’t want to leave. Actually a lot, I don’t want to.  It is sad to think about so I don’t.  I just work and keep going until I drop.  Do all I can with what time I have left.  Thank you all so very much for the support, letters, prayers, packages, and love!  I LOVE YOU ALL SO VERY MUCH!  You are constantly in my prayers.  Keep strong.  Faamalosi Peal. And endure to the end. Tumau e oo i Iuga.  Ou te Alofa tele naua ia Outou! Faafetai mo mea uma.

Alofaaga,
Elder Cody John Walker

July 8, 2012


                                                                                         July 8, 2012

Dear Mom, Dad, and The Family,

Talofa Lava!  O a mai tou susuga?  Malo lava le faamalosi!
S is back from Australia, but gone back a little as her husband is very against it.  For two months he probably was very forceful and negative as she didn’t come to church, but told us she has the flu. So trust that is true and hopefully help her out. She said to keep in touch and set up time to meet so hopefully that all works out.  She was so set back in April, going strong but don’t give up hope.
We had a lesson with A.  She let us know apologetically that she couldn’t go through with her baptism because of her brothers.  She said she wants peace first. It was hard as she really wants to but just is too concerned with outward forces.  We invited her to go home and pray about it and see what God had to say.  Then go forward with that. She said we could continue lessons but eventually also said she would be baptized, but just not now.  Sad day.
Also taught L.  He is just waiting for his wife to give birth then they will get married and he will be baptized.  He can’t wait for that day.  Good guy.  Always so happy to see us.  Comes to church, reads, prays and us constant.  Such a steady investigator.  Awesome.  Need to teach him all the lessons.
L is going strong.  Cool little kid.  Also S, his house is just way far so he has trouble, but still planning their baptisms this Saturday the 14th. So hopefully all works out.  Planning to go see S’s parents this week. Need to talk to them. Pray all goes well there.
We have been having fun Fafagas this past week with the Magiagi ward.  So fun to talk to them and laugh and joke and enjoy each others’ company.  I will miss that. Good families!
We had a ZLC this past week.  That was way cool.  We went over the special meeting with Elder Pearson and are going to put to work those things and anywhere we go to invite change and repent, report that to the bishop, then follow-up.  Great stuff. Keeps us focused and busy.  Then the next day shared all of this with the zone in a 3 hour meeting.  Long, but really good. Great meetings.
We had planned visits with some of the auxiliary leaders in Pesega 5th with brother P.  their visits were more successful than ours.  Ha ha .  But we had time to talk to H who is a great guy.
With the transfer that happened on Friday and no sisters to be in Vaitoloa until Tuesday, the baptisms fell on us to help get it done.  We needed to teach the last lessons to one named G, a really honest, sincere guy who I just really looked at and saw him with the love God has for him.  It has happened before, but I really felt for G. We had the interviews and then the baptisms the next day. The baptism service was amazing.  Packed with so many people.  So many supporters. Awesome!  I could definitely see all the help that the new members have. There were 3 converts and one rebaptism. Then the funny thing happened. We had received money for our fafaga, but as we were leaving a lady came asking for the sisters as they had a fafaga ready for them. We said that they had been transferred and it worked out that we could go and accept the meal.  It was fun though, as we talked with an RM who served in Pocatello, Idaho.  He and his wife are planning to be sealed this November. The mom of the RM is sturdy as her husband had passed, but they were sealed so they will be together again.  Cool experience there.
Had Ward Conference in Pesega 5th. It went really well, a lot of people came.  President Faalego is really good. He talked on the basics of the church and whether we are getting it done.  Prayer, scripture study, FHE, church and other things.  These things will provide the foundation for our lives.  Did a really good job.  The counselor talked on remembering the past to better the future. Always important.
Contacted a girl named T in Vailima, should be a good baptism, she is used to going to church and has been going for a while. A good girl.  Also going to contact and start lessons with others so starting there.
That is the update for this week.  My comp and I are so busy we can hardly think.  Plan well, set goals, then go out and get it done.  I am so thankful we are busy. The work is exploding.  So exciting!
I know the Church is true.  It is the only true and living church on the earth today.  I know President Monson is the living prophet and holds all the keys to direct this church under the leadership of Jesus Christ. God lives and His Son, Jesus Christ also.  They love us infinitely.  I know Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer.  His teachings and life are our guide to peace in this life.  Follow Him!  I know the Book of Mormon is true through and through.  The most correct book on the earth and the keystone of our religion.  I know that Joseph Smith through the restored priesthood set up again the church on the earth.  E moni le tala lelei.  Keep strong, and Endure to the End!   I love you all so much!  Alofa tele atu mo outou.  Thanks for everything.
Elder Cody Walker


Friday, July 13, 2012

July 2, 2012


                                                                   July 2, 2012

Dear Mom, Dad, and The Family,

Talofa Lava Lou Aiga Malosi Lava! How’s it going family?  I hope all is well. Time sure flies.  Already to July. Crazy stuff.  So super busy here, it is great.
It was an awesome week. I can’t begin to describe it. First off, on Monday morning we had a special Zone leader meeting with Elder Pearson of the Seventy in Upolu. It was amazing and so inspirational.  I love it when he speaks.  He has so much enthusiasm and keeps everything upbeat.  He talked on Priesthood keys and how they are designated and also on essential ordinances for the Celestial Kingdom and also on having our vision broken down to unity, clarity, focus, faith, and urgency.  Also talked on having faith in ourselves and helping others do the same with understanding as well.  That is key.  Such a great meeting.  He is like President Leota pushing us to work together more with leaders and changes are happening.
We had one of the most spiritually powerful and just plain awesome lessons with F and A this past Tuesday. I wish I could explain it in detail but it would take too many pages.  Both of them felt the spirit as we talked on the Plan of Salvation and they expressed their desires to be with their families forever.  Then we invited them to be baptized and this is where it got emotional. A accepted right away with how her mom had passed on and she wants to feel belonging and loved, which she knows can come as she performs ordinances in the temple and helps unite her family and how it’s been hard for her not having that relationship.  Next came F whose mom also passed at an early age and whose dad is a pastor of another church and how his dad said if you turn on the church now you turn on me saying don’t ever change so that’s why it would be hard as he loves his dad and has always looked up to him.  Sister F came in explaining Christ’s love for us and it would be more to follow Him.  It was so emotional and I just was so amazed at how strong the spirit was and the way it worked through us to them.  A accepted the 14th and is still working towards that.  We had another great lesson with her, another emotional one and we talked about repentance and how she needs to forgive herself.  We shared Alma’s testimony and experience and she understood she really needed this before her baptism. Oh it was so amazing! F though was told he couldn’t meet with us again as of right now, but all is for a reason.
We have had more lessons too, with L.  He is doing great and progressing steadily.  He said they are waiting until after his wife gives birth to get married then have his baptism. She is due any day so it will be this month hopefully.  So awesome though how he bears testimony of how he knows this church is true.  M was able to meet again and we were able to help her with her problem with the Book of Mormon and this being the only true church with priesthood power.  She had been wondering why we so wanted to help her to be baptized in this church and so we explained all that. 
We started lessons and have planned baptisms for 2 kids in Magiagi coming up on the 14th as well.  L and S. Cool kids simple and fun to teach.  I love those two lil guys.  They like us too and love having us teach them.  So innocent, they are both 11 yrs. old. S is a bright kid and he picks it up fast and L is sincere.  Fun guys.
Had L’s baptism this past Saturday, and I had the blessing and opportunity to baptize her.  Also before that we taught her the 4th lesson.  It was a good baptism. L seemed happy. Her husband was a little sad that he could not perform the baptism, but he was still there to support her.  Hopefully he can get back on track and they can do things together and eventually be sealed with their new little boy. That will be an awesome day for them.
We are still having great fafagas, not just because of spiritual thoughts and conversations we have had, it has been so fun to actually help out and really fulfill the whole purpose these fafagas are for.  Hopefully changes are made in people’s lives. Also could affect others.
We had a very busy, but fruitful day on Sunday.  First, a fun thing (by the way, I was exhausted from this) is that we were busy with meetings, visits, zone business from 5:20 a.m. to 10:20 p.m., meaning 17 hours in a shirt and tie. J  First off a meeting with the Stake presidency of Pesega at 5:30 in the morning. Then sacrament meeting at 7:30 at Alafua, then right after that, we attended the ward council for Pesega. Then to sacrament meeting in Pesega 4th for L’s confirmation. After that back to the 5th ward for church, then to our fafaga at 2:30, followed by another meeting, this time with the Apia Stake Presidency, followed by a general stake priesthood meeting. We dropped off elders and picked up reports and then came home to plan until 10:20 pm where the day ended.  Crazy, but fun. Don’t even want to know what the APs and Pres. Leota go through.
I have got to run.  Hope to always keep busy. I love you all!  Thanks for the pix of Alexsis, it was so cute. Thanks for everything. I know the church is true and led by a living prophet.  God lives and loves us.  He sent His Son to Atone for our sins.  Jesus is the Christ. Joseph Smith is a true prophet.  The Book of Mormon is true.  I know families can be together forever!  Keep strong. Endure to the end.
Alofa tele atu mo outou uma lava!  Emoni le Talalelei.
Elder Cody John Walker

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

June 24, 2012


                                                                             June 24, 2012

Dear Mom, Dad, and The Family,
Talofa Lava!!   I hope all is okay and everything is going great.
We have been having some great fafagas these past weeks and some more good ones this past week.  Andrew, our Ward Mission Leader has been pushing and scheduling for us to eat with less actives and nonmembers or part members too. We have had some really neat experiences and good spiritual moments during these. Some who are less active have committed to change and come back and others who weren’t members have accepted to read and pray about the Book of Mormon. What more could we ask for with these members helping us and having full day nonstop missionary work which has been happening.  Mostly just spiritual thoughts but with these families and people who need help, it’s a really big help to the work and hopefully help us in helping others come to Christ, thus fulfilling our purpose.
Really quick, want to say goodbye to two senior couples I’ve grown to love.  First off, the Eriksons who for some time lived up in Manila and are familiar with Vernal.  That was fun to talk with them.  Loved these couple and had fun with them all.
We have been continuing with L who is just such a good, honest, sincere guy.  Right away he has talked to his boss to make arrangements to no longer work on Sundays.  Also they are starting their marriage plans so he can be baptized, which he has accepted to do.  Every time we teach he testifies he knows this is the only true church and wants all the blessings with it.  He is so committed to learn and grow more and more.  Awesome stuff, I will keep you updated on him and when his baptism is.
Next is A. Only had one meeting this week, but it was with W who came back and another young man named F.  He is an awesome respectful warm guy who already has a friend in the church in Pesega 5th Ward.  We had a great visit and talk on ordinances and all of them were in tune and listening intently.  We had a great discussion and bore strong testimony.  Sister F was there and she was equally awesome, sharing her feelings on the temple.  Really intense, but way strong spiritually with the Holy Spirit there.    
We had another quick visit with L, reviewing what we have talked about and pushed her baptism to the 30th as Bishop was out of town and more support would be there for her.  She was perfectly fine with it and happy, too. I think she wants another week of rest with having the baby and all.  We had another lesson too, with A.  Finally got a hold of her again and talked to her about the Book of Mormon and prayer.  She had never prayed out loud before and so we talked and came to understand that she didn’t feel it was personal when prayed in groups, but we asked her to say the closing prayer and she did. (She would never say group prayers before this.)  She did though and said she felt good and that she liked it.  We invited her to do that more and pray together with P.  A way good visit.
We had a ward conference in Magiagi this past week and us being there as well as the ward finding out we live there was what caused a big change and good stuff happening.  First off, our ward mission leader together with the Primary president introduced us to 3 kids who are not yet baptized, but go to church and are over 8 yrs. old. We start lessons this week.  Also many members have come up saying they have friends they want us to teach.  Just a total flip around.  They had had a drought with missionaries  and are just exploding together with the TTIP we did. The Bishop too, is on fire, it is exciting.  Probably might—no we will meet the goal for the year next month or catch it up.  Oh so exciting. Now just need to get Vailima ward going.
We had a good visit with the M family mainly just talking to Sister M who is a convert and strong.  She told us about her conversion and how she is now stronger than her husband. That is who we had planned to visit, Brother M, but he was sleeping.  He is the one we need to help, but like the scriptures state, “true doctrine, understood changes attitudes and behavior”.  So true!
Vaitoloa sisters had a grand baptism on Saturday. We went, as my companion was performing the baptisms.  It was a mom and her 3 girls who the father and husband is a member, just less active.  He showed up right at the baptisms, but was crying as the ordinance was done.  Then his three daughters sang in English and Samoan—“Families Can be Together Forever".  Perfect!  Brilliant sisters to have the daughters sing that.  Spirit was so strong and that man changed.
We had homemade hamburgers Thursday night as our fafaga fell through.  I made it and got some pix, but it just didn’t have the right seasoning.  But still good and food is food.
Nielsen came back, this time with his family.  Saw him at church at Alafua and Pesega 5th then again that night at the Taulas.   It was so much fun, I loved it.  Being together enjoying everyone. I miss them all.  Oh, great thing is Bro. T bore his testimony as his family was the program for sacrament mtg on Sunday.  Fun to see Nielsen again.  I miss him as my Soa.
Anyway got to run.  I love you all.  Thanks for everything!  The Church is true.  The Book of Mormon is true.  Jesus is the Christ. (way good book, too. I am reading it again.)  God lives and loves us. Families can be together forever.  Joseph Smith is a true prophet.  President Thomas S. Monson leads the Church today.  Faith, hope, and charity.  Got to have it.  Keep Strong!  And Endure to the end.  We have the priesthood that has been restored. The only one and that’s why we are a part of the living church. 
Alofa tele atu mo outou!
Elder Cody John Walker

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

June 18, 2012


                                                                            June 18, 2012

Dear Mom, Dad, and The Family,
Talofa. Ua mai outou?  What’s up?  I think we are so blessed to have the gospel in our lives and the knowledge and understanding we have on the plan of salvation and how much God loves us.  I love you guys and continually pray for all of you. Keep strong.  Pray always and the Atonement covers all pain.  I know that. The Lord does that for me through His Holy Spirit.  Alofa tele mo outou uma. 
Monday, we went golfing with Brother V and N and I was really really bad. I couldn’t even tee off.  Oh it was horrible. But my putting was decent and I even got some compliments on it.  It was fun, but we didn’t get a chance to talk to brother V about the church!  He wouldn’t give us a chance.  We will keep trying though as always, have faith and it will work out.
This week we stayed in the MRC while our house was figured out in Magiagi.  The final decision was that we go and shower with buckets of water we take from the office.  We also had to spend a long time cleaning the house to make it livable. But it helped my comp and I grow closer, as we worked together to clean and such. It’s a nice house, just has to be kept nice.
We had quite a few visits, dinners, and new investigators wanting to be baptized!  The work is starting to explode!   It is a lot of fun.  First off, is L.  We had a great end to the second lesson on the Plan of Salvation and she really liked how much she could know being a member of the church.  She was all prepped for baptism and everything.  Funny thing though is the dad of her husband asked if she could be baptized while pregnant and we said of course no problem, but that night she ended up giving birth to a boy.  It was exciting and we got to see the baby on Friday .  They all looked so happy together. L was still regaining strength so we quickly went over the 3rd lesson, planning to re-teach it later.  Exciting stuff there.
Next is brother W.  His son is M and he is going on a mission here the first week of July and his dad who seems like a member as he goes to church and doesn’t do anything contrary to the teachings of the church, but just hasn’t been baptized. Kind of like Elder Bednar and his dad in that talk, in fact they both mentioned that talk and when they listened to it together and knew that meant him. Anyway we had dinner with them Wed. and had a great talk with Bro. W which led to inviting us to teach him on condition that his son teach also to prep him for his mission, which of course we took that opportunity.  We planned it for Sunday night and Friday just went over the lesson with M and discussed how it might go.  Then we agreed to fast together so that it would be a good lesson.  On Sunday, we all got together and had one of the most amazing lessons! The spirit was so strong.  M teared up as he was talking and bearing testimony to his dad and even invited him to be baptized.  His dad sat and thought, saying he would keep studying.  Then we bore testimony and brought up setting the 30th to be baptized and he said he would pray with us, which he did with us at the end of the lesson. Since we had fasted, I was naturally feeling a little weak, but as he prayed, I was praying for him and as my physical body felt weak, my mind and spirit was so strong, I could just feel it!  Bro. W prayed so sincerely, it was awesome.  We testified so strongly and with so much conviction, he couldn’t go wrong. This had to be one of the highlights of this week and my mission.  I loved it and thanked my Heavenly Father for the opportunity I had received.  Man I don’t want this to end. Time flies too fast.
We had another good visit with a guy named L.  We began the first lesson and he has already expressed his desire to be baptized and it’s because we testified and taught on Priesthood and eternal families which he wants in his life, too. He kept asking what it would take for him to receive those blessings.  We explained it would take him getting married first, then preparing, repenting, and keeping commitments.  He said he would do whatever it takes.  So cool.
We had another lesson with A this week.  She shared some really cool experiences and dreams she has had.  She really wants the gospel in her life and just listening to her, it seems she has changed so much and you can see the desire in her.  She is reading, praying and putting God and what she knows is right first.
We re-contacted A, this week and have set up Wed. with her.  She is also prepped and excited to work towards baptism.  I was able to give a blessing to S, blessing also his house through prayer and shared our testimony on how he can have that in his life with him leading his family with that self-same power.  All this stuff is just coming and we are too busy with so little time . I love being busy.
We had stake conference.  It was good.  I saw Sitoga, Sunshine, Sister Taula and Faina and it was so good to catch up.  A thought from Stake Conference…Compare life to a Merry-go-Round and how sometimes being in the middle (Zion) is boring, it seems as we look to the edge where the fun seems to be but as we go out it becomes harder to hold on.  It appears seemingly fun, but Babylon in the end leads nowhere.  Don’t risk being thrown off and lost in darkness where life isn’t really fun.  Stay to the middle where happiness is.  That’s a rough and short interpretation, but it was still good.  I liked it.
Well to end with my testimony. (Molimau)
Ja ou te iloa emoni le talalelei. Eleai sou masa losaloi lena mea out e iloa foi O Thomas S. Monson o le perofeta soifua o loo taitai oi tatou. Ou te iloa ma ou mautinoa O loo soifua le Atua mo Lona Alo o Jesu Keriso. Ealofa tele le Atua ia te i tatou. Sa maliu Jesu Keriso mo o tatou ugasala luma lava. E moni ma faamaoni le Tusi A Mamona. O Josefa Samata O le perofeta sa filifilia e le Tama oi le Lagi ia toefuatai mai ai le talale lei i luga le fogaeleele…..(more testimony, all in Samoan this time J)…  Ou te Alofa tele ia te outou!  Faafetai mo mea uma lava.
Keep strong. Endure to the end. Thanks for everything!
Love you all,
Elder Cody John Walker

Monday, June 25, 2012

June 4, 2012


                                                                     June 4, 2012

Dear Mom, Dad, and The Family,
Hello Family what’s going on? Anything new or exciting? How is the summer treating you all? It was a really dry winter/spring wasn’t it? That’s no good. How are all the kids doing? Keeping active and keeping all of the parents (and grandparents J) busy? I hope as always all is well and no problems and everyone is safe.  How is the new baby, Alexsis doing?  Send me some pix please. Thanks.
Now for an update.  First off and the biggest change is ….We moved!! Yep, sad to say (really sad actually). We moved to Vaitolea adding 2 wards to our list making 6 wards altogether making us the most spread out and biggest areas.  No more missionaries will stay at the Taula’s or other member’s homes. President Leota wants every missionary in a missionary house. It was hard though, I had gotten so use to the family and enjoying them. There were times we had some good talks and thoughts were share. We tried and will continue to try harder to help the family come back to the truth and light. Now actually as Elder Rodgers said, they will look at us as missionaries more now and when we go over to share messages and invite them, we will always have that connection. I will never forget all their kindness and love and caring for us.  I love that family so much.  They are my family away from you guys.  What I’m saying is… Taulas Number 1!  Hopefully I can leave an even bigger impact by helping them get stronger or get back to activity by the time I’m done. That’s my new work.  Always the Spirit with it.  It was the biggest thing that happened this week.  I tried my best to explain why to them and continually pray that they understood.  I have faith and hope that all will be alright. S took it the worst as she was the closest to all the missionaries.  She was always serving them.  She and everyone else were great. We will continue to serve them and invite them to change.
We also got two new investigators also given to us by Sister F (man she is getting some work done).  Two more girls who both go to Pesega and after being in class and learning different things, they wanted to learn more and so Sister F invited them over to learn more. It went really well, we only taught up to the Great Apostasy but then finished it up with A who also came to church. W was busy when we planned the other lesson, but we will hopefully see her this week. It was really good and it’s awesome to teach people about the gospel and with a friend or somebody they know there it’s that much better. Member missionaries are the best!
We had an interesting but good week too with L.  She had wanted to watch the little short film on the Restoration so we watched the Samoan version with her on Tuesday but it didn’t go as well, as the translation is kind of amusing, so sometimes Samoans kind of laugh and don’t pay attention as well. She said she would enjoy watching the English version so on Thursday that is what we did.  This time it went a lot better and she enjoyed that video more and understood more.  Still she said she will continue praying to know whether it’s true and we said that’s great.  Read the Book of Mormon and pray, that’s how you’ll get your answers.
My comp is still on the sick side and two days he rested because his body is exhausted.  The 50th anniversary of Independence is happening which is making everyone busy and crazy its nuts.  UB40 came to Samoa for the anniversary. We taught the TTJP and Follow-up to M and it went ok. Anyway that’s this week.  I know the church is true.  God lives and loves us more than we know.  Jesus is the Christ our Savior and Redeemer.  The Book of Mormon is true.  Joseph Smith was chosen by God to restore the Church.  President Monson is our prophet today. Families are forever through the gospel.  I love you all so much! 
Alofa tele atu mo outou uma lava.  Keep strong and endure to the end.
Love, Elder Cody John Walker