Monday, October 25, 2010

A Strange Week!

A STRANGE WEEK! October 25, 2010

Malo Soifua Tagata Uma!!!! Well this week has been something different that’s for sure!! To start off though pday ended up being a very fun day with volleyball and stuff!! Samoans are very good at volleyball I will tell you that!!! Even the sisters were rocking it with spikes and saves, the only thing is they look like they are effortlessly trying all the time and yet they still do very amazing!!! while I on the other hand along with other palagis are sweating and working so hard to get the ball or anything its crazy and kind of frustrating but I laugh because they laugh ha ha!!!
Well now begins the surprises!! My comp, elder miller, started to have back pain and it was really hurting him Monday night and he started to lose feeling in his arms and stuff!! He said it had happened before but he didn't really explain to me all the details!!! He just started getting dressed and told me the aps were on their way to pick him up!!! It was about 10 at night and I was kind of tired so I had my glasses on, I got dressed and we went and sat out by the road, that’s when he started to tell me about losing feeling in his arms!!! Well while the aps were on their way, we live like twenty minutes from them, he was stressing and having pain pretty bad so I offered to give him a blessing of comfort and so I did. He said he kind of felt better and the pain lessened. Anyway the aps came we took him to the office where the couple missionaries with doctor and nurse training took him to the emergency room and I went and stayed with the aps and another missionary who had a staph infection!! At around five in the morning, the couple missionaries asked for a relief and one of the aps, elder gage, and I went down and sat next to him!! The hospital here is so nuts; it is unsanitary and looks not like how a hospital in America does!! It was crazy; I have never seen anything like it!!! I guess they do with what they have!! The pharmacy was something else too I should have taken pix but I didn't have my camera because of the rush and I had even forgotten my belt!! Anyway the next day Tuesday I sat in on two zone conferences which had the same thing taught at each!!! Oh well I learned some things though ha ha!! the doctors finally got it all figured out that it was kidney stones that he had and with later ultrasounds found he had two to dispose of!!! They told him it could be up to a year before the stones pass, but the pain he was feeling was them moving. So now the next move is when they come out!!! He has to go in every other Monday to see how they are doing to make sure nothing bad happens!! My comp spent from Monday night till Wednesday night doing all of this!!
On Tuesday night for me I went on splits with elder teaupa, the other zl, and elder hayden in their area. It was a great day and I liked it alot!! They helped me too with my Samoan and I sat in on like two lessons and ate at both of their fafagas!! I love the language I am just sick of not understanding it!! Oh well it will come in time as I concentrate and try my hardest!!! My comp and I went back to our area Wednesday night and on Thursday started in our area again!! We had another two candidates for baptism in aleisa 1st ward and so we went and talked with them about it!! A lot of drama happened with those two baptisms and some frustrations from ward and stake leaders were told to us, I didn't understand it in the language but my comp told me the details! But the good thing is we got it all worked out but there probably will be some lingering annoyances and anger toward us until we leave!! All my comp and I care about is that the two getting baptized are ready and will have a good experience and be strong and other things. But things need to happen the Lord's way and we try to emphasize that with the people, but they don't understand fully sometimes!! It’s ok but we will keep moving forward and doing the best we can!!
I had the opportunity to baptize two more people, a couple, on Saturday for two sister missionaries in our zone!! It was a great experience!! I am so glad to be on a mission!! It is a great place to be!!! Church again was a place where I didn't understand much but am still learning!!! I know I’ll get it as I rely on the spirit and do my best!! I know this church is true and that Jesus is the Christ!!! I know that He is our savior and redeemer!! The work will progress, and none can stop it!! I love you all!!! Keep strong!!! Thanks for all the support!!
Alofa, Elder Cody John Walker

Monday, October 18, 2010

MY FIRST BAPTISMS!!!

MY FIRST BAPTISMS!!!! Oct. 18,2010
Talofa Lava Everybody!!!! How is everyone doing!!! I have so much to say but very little time to say it!!! I am so stoked to be in Samoa!!! It is so great out here and it is also so overwhelming!!! I had my first three baptisms this last Saturday!!! It was crazy! My comp, whose name is Elder Miller, and who was supposed to be his companion, Elder Teaupa, let me baptize the three kids just so I could!! They were really cool about it and everything, I didn't even expect it!! It was so exciting! I got the prayer down and didn't mess up on it but I did accidently not say the little boy’s name on the first one and had to do it again!! They are such cute kids!! There were two girls and one boy!!! Alice Brown and So'olofae Brown were brother and sister, and Sene si'u was a friend!!
These people are so humble and great!! You wouldn't believe where they live and how they live and what they eat!! My comp and I like most of the others live in a little house built on the chapel grounds!! It is really small barely able to fit a bunk bed a desk and a tiny fridge with all our stuff, but it is sufficient since we don't spend too much time there!! But it depends on where a missionary is because some companionships live with families in some wards!! These first few days have been kind of a blur!! I don't understand a thing anyone is saying!! It all blows my mind!! I listen so hard and catch a few words here or there but I can't even comprehend what or who they are talking about!! I love it though, and so do the people!! They think it is so funny and they say random things that only my companion gets and then they all laugh because I have this blank stare on my face!! My comp has been trying to get me involved as much as he remembers and thinks I can which isn't too much right now!! It’s ok though I am learning along the way!! I have born my testimony about five or so times and say about five or so sentences which is ok with me as long as it still works and they understand ha ha!! My comp like I said is Elder Miller and our area is Aleisa!! He just recently became a zone leader and has a car, so we are driving/walking right now!! It is great except I think I am getting fat ha ha no I try to keep it down!!
All the kids are so intrigued with us palagis and how we are so white ha ha except for one kid!! We saw him on Saturday and he went to the church we went to on Sunday but he is deathly afraid of me for some odd reason!! Like on Saturday all I did was smile at him and he started to bawl like crazy!! the parents here(just a side note) just don't care for crying kids, they just swat them or tell them to be quiet and they either continue being ignored or they stop because they know they won't get any sympathy!! It is so different!! But anyways the kid just doesn't like me or is so scared to be around me or something!! My comp smiled at him and he was ok but then I did and he freaked out!! But then the strangest thing is when he was leaving with his family he said "fa" to us which is goodbye and wasn't even told to or forced to ha ha!! It is so strange!!
Church was something else though, it was so different!! The people of Samoa do basically anything during church and no one cares!! They don't just talk but they fan, they walk around, they let their kids walk in and out it is just something else!! And when they sing, they sing loud, very loud!! It blew me away, I couldn't even think or try to carry a tune because I couldn't hear myself!!! We had the confirmations of the three kids and I stood in the circle, first the bishop blessed one, then my companion, then the bishop looked at me said I was next and bowed his head!!! Luckily Elder Miller understood that I probably wouldn't have even confirmed the girl but probably would have said everything wrong so he blessed her too!!!! I was so scared for just a second or two ha ha!! I about had a heart attack!!! It was insane!!!
Well out here in Samoa my stuff apparently is everyone’s stuff because if you leave it out they just take it!!! So when we have some stuff we don't want we just set it outside our house and it is gone by the time we get home!! People check it every day ha ha!!! It is so weird but it is just the Samoan way!!! I love it here and wouldn't want to be anywhere else!!! My comp is great!! The food is different but good!!! Each ward just sets up who is going to feed the missionaries each time whether in the morning or the night!! Each day we have two fafagas and a family either cooks or gives us money!!! The thing is that they give us quite a bit of money or as much as they save up or can give us!! Sometimes it is quite a bit!! It is so different the way we eat here!! The family cooks a meal but only the head of the house or just us faifeaus eat and everyone else watches and talks to us!! At first it was really awkward . It still is but that is just the way it happens!! They actually cook basically all they can and give us the whole meal but we always leave some so that the other members of the family can eat!! We never could eat it all anyway ha ha!! They care about us so much it blows my mind!! they have their kids sitting right there so they keep the flies off and keep our glasses full of the drink which is mainly koko samoa!! It is actually pretty good!! It is a whole new experience for me!! I wouldn't be anywhere else though!! I love all of you!! I know this church is true!! I can't wait till I can convey it in Samoan and help my comp out!! I know Jesus lives and that He atoned for all our sins!! Joseph smith is a true prophet!! Thanks for all the support and prayers!! I love you all!!
Alofa Elder Cody John Walker

Thursday, October 14, 2010

IN SAMOA




Cody is in Samoa!!!!
Cody arrived in Samoa on Wed. Oct. 13th after a very long flight.
After resting for a bit, they attended the temple.
His mission President is Pres. Otto Haleck.
He is so ready to get to work!!

Friday, October 8, 2010

I am in His army!!!

I AM IN HIS ARMY!! October 7, 2010

TALOFA Everyone!!!!! How is life?! I am so excited I will be going to Samoa on Tuesday next week!!!! It is so exciting I have been waiting for this for so long!!!! I cannot wait to be in Samoa!!! The language is still hard and we are learning everyday but the learning will almost double in Samoa according to our teachers because we will be absorbed in the culture and language!!! Everyone will be speaking it and I will be hearing it a lot more!! It is so exciting!!! A sad little note our solo sister got reassigned for a short time like 3 or 4 months to the Alabama because of visa problems!!! Sister Fu`e was not very happy but she knew it was for a good purpose and the Lord is involved in it!! We all felt bad for her but we know she will do well where ever she is going!! All of us are still going to Samoa there are no problems there thank goodness ha ha!!!
Wasn't General Conference just amazing!!! It was so awesome to hear the prophet’s voice and listen to him as well from all the other general authorities!!! It was so amazing to hear President Monson start off his talk about missionary work and the need for more missionaries!!! I loved it!! It just inspired me more to be a better missionary!!! All of the talks were good!!! I was able to stay awake the whole time as well!!!! ha ha no it definitely helps to write notes!!! I cannot wait for the next one!! That is amazing!! All of them are inspired men!!! The Prophet especially!! I love them all and will keep their words and apply them to my life!!!
So ya apparently there are 30 missionaries coming home and only ten of us going so that is going to be something new!! That is what my companion found out from his dad who talked with the secretary in the mission home in Samoa!!! We are all wondering if they were sent home or if their mission was complete two years I bet it might be a mix hopefully most are just scheduled to come home next week or something!! So when we land we immediately take off our suit and hang it up for two years in the bat cave (that’s what they call it)!! With our suits we leave one bag so that will probably be my duffle bag with my name on it!! Then at the end of two years we go back and pick everything up and go home ha ha!! No suits for two years!!! It is so crazy we are all so excited to head out and get going in Samoa!!! It is going to be so much fun!!
We are still working hard and almost harder than ever right now as we are leaving!!!! My comp and I are trying to teach lessons even if they are short everyday like 3 or 4 times a day!!! It is definitely helping us with the lessons and getting vocab down and getting more comfortable talking!!! I love this language it is one of the coolest in the world I think!!! It is such a pretty language if I can speak it right!!! The mtc has been a great experience!!! I will never forget it!! I am going to miss my new friends in my district but that is ok I will see a bunch of them again at byu ha ha but also we might be companions in the mission field!!! Oh I forgot we all get to stay together at the mission home the Wednesday night we get there because transfers aren't until Thursday so we get to go to the temple and be shown the ropes a little about stuff that goes on there and all that jazz!!! It will be so much my head could explode ha ha!!!
I love missionary work!! It is so exciting!!! We had a great devotional Tuesday with a speaker who spoke like he was speaking to us!!! It was a great talk to send us off into the mission field!! He talked about the seven key things that make a missionary a successful missionary!!! It was so good!! I know this church is true!!! I know this is God's work!! I am in His Army!! Jesus is the Christ and our Redeemer!!! He atoned for all the sins of the world!!! Joseph Smith is a true prophet and he did see God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ!!! I know the Book of Mormon is true!! I have read and prayed about it for myself!!! I know that President Thomas S. Monson is the true prophet on the earth today!!! I love all of you!! Pray for all the missionaries!! We need all of the help!!! Thanks for everything!! Love ya,
Love Elder Cody John Walker