Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Hey Everybody!

Hey Everybody Dec. 28, 2010

Talofa Lava!!! O a mai outou?? Hey everybody how are you all doing? Hopefully all is well and Christmas was awesome!! It sure was great for me and being able to talk to everybody on the phone that was way cool and I loved it!! It’s too bad it couldn't be longer it seemed too short to me!! I wanted to just keep talking but it is still only about five months till mother's day ha ha!!! I didn't email yesterday because all the email places were closed!! If a holiday falls on a weekend than the next Monday is when the holiday is observed and everything is closed in town and stuff so that’s what happened yesterday!! Weird thing is all the stores and restaurants were open and ready to accept business just the things that were closed were the things important on pday ha ha!!!
Anyway this week was just a week of everyone being busy!!! Oh first I want to thank everyone for the packages and the cards and letters!!! All is so awesome and it made the Christmas away from home and in the mission so much better!!! I love you all and am kind of in a rush today so the email won’t be long!!! Sorry just next week it will be longer!! Oh I am being transferred to Lemoli in the same zone so no big move really and it will be fun because I know some people there and they are all really nice!! Hopefully I can help the work keep moving on there and everything!! I will have elder Asuafi from Lotopa in Samoa as a comp and he is really cool and can speak alright English but he will help out a lot with my Samoan and stuff so I am excited for that!! It will be my first transfer and it will be fun!! Oh a surprising thing I just found out is I lost 10 pounds in like two or three weeks!! That is so crazy it’s because I got sick and it wasn't good but I hopefully will gain it back and be good. I will be walking in my new area so I will be getting some exercise!!! It’s a good area and I am ready to do what I can and get the language down better!!! I will miss Aleisa but all will be good I have friends there and all ended well with my soa and the people. I got to get going just updating you for now!! Keep me posted and up to date!!
I love you all!! oute alofa tele ia te outou!!! I know this church is true!!! I know it is lead by a prophet today president Thomas S. Monson!!! I know the book of Mormon is true!!! I know Jesus is the Christ and that through His atonement we can repent and live together forever someday!! right Tori, just like the Forgotten Carols, "We can be together forever someday!!!" Thanks for everything!! Keep strong and do what is right!! I love you all!!
Alofa
Elder Cody John Walker

Tuesday, December 28, 2010



Manuia le Kirisimas!

Manuia Lo Outou Kerisimasi!! December 20, 2010
Manuia Lo Outou Kerisimasi ma lo Outou Tausaga Fou!!!!!! Hey everybody!! O a mai outou?!? How is everyone doing?? Happy Birthday to Seneca yesterday! Hope it was good!! How is the Christmas season this year? Is the house all decorated and ready? How’s the weather, really cold I bet!! It’s still just as sunny and hot over here as ever!!! It’s crazy though, it just doesn't feel like Christmas with no snow and I am sweating everyday and driving with the ac on all the time ha ha!!! Oh well ill get used to it I know!! So any new news, I know I ask this every time but just wondering ha ha!!! This week has been pretty busy with everything!! On Tuesday we were able to meet with Renata and teach her some more and get her date set for her tusiga faaipoipoiga (wedding papers) so then after two weeks she can get married and baptized!!! It should happen this Wednesday we are hoping!! She tells us every time how she has a testimony ever since she was young but her father never approved and wanted her to be baptized!! She used to go to the lds church school in pesega and got close to being baptized but when her father found out he transferred her to a different religion school!! She has taken lessons before but missionaries get transferred and stuff happens so we are here to finish it and help her complete her baptism but first she needs to start going to church!!! But she said she would, she just had a baby so it is getting strong enough now so that’s great!!! She can speak English and wants to hear the lessons and stuff in English so it is a great investigator for me (like Joanne was but she moved, but good news the elders in Apia are teaching her and she is being at their lessons and stuff)!!
Another great investigator is Makerita in the same ward!! She is also accepting the lessons and we are trying to get her and her husbands tusiga faaipoipoiga done as well on Wednesday!!! Hopefully the stake president and all of that works out!!! They are both progressing so well and we are working well with each!!! They both ask really good questions and love hearing about it!! It’s too bad their husbands aren’t the ones who get them to church and help them but we are hoping the baptisms of their wives will get them reactivated!! We also just started on another girl in Leauvaa named Safaira and she needs to get married as well but they don't have the money for the tusiga faaipoipoiga!! Also she wants to hear the lessons, so we are starting tomorrow morning at nine!! she also has a kid, one years old, and she is 17 years old herself, but that as you can see happens a lot here but all good since they are accepting the gospel and being baptized!!
On Thursday we had the mission Christmas party and it was amazing!!! All the elders came over from Savaii and all the elders and sisters from Upolu also were there!!! It was amazing and so much fun!! We had a little spiritual program that president and sister Haleck got put together and it was great!! Then they fed us and gave us all gifts!! We all received a personalized letter thing with a flashlight and pen and the best is a DVD of the mission like an hour long it was great!!! It was fun to see some people from Savaii and have a lot of people together!! Then afterwards we went on a super long drive around the whole island basically and it was fun with our whole zone!!! I don't know quite what the plan is for us missionaries on Christmas day but it should be fun either way!!
I am doing great the people are great and our companionship is doing a whole lot better!!! My zone is the top!! I know this church is true! I know it is lead by a prophet of God, Pres. Thomas S. Monson!!! I know my Savior lives!!! I know He atoned for all of our sins!!! I know the book of Mormon is the word of God!!! I love you all!! oute alofa ia te outou!!! I can't wait to talk to you on Christmas day that should be so much fun!!! keep strong and faithful and have a great Christmas season and a happy new year!!! love ya!!
Alofa Elder Cody John Walker

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

December 13, 2010

December 13, 2010
Malo Lava le Soifua Manuia ma le Lagi Mama!!!!! O a mai outou? How are you all doing this great day huh? What’s up, what’s new? Any new news or anything? I love hearing the news about everybody its fun to hear and know what’s happening!! Thanks for all the emails and letters they are great!!!
To start off this week we had a four zone conference and we had Elder Hamula, the presiding Seventy come and talk to us with others!!! It was great and all the speakers were good!! It was all in English so the Samoan elders who couldn't understand had headsets so they could hear the translation!!! It was such a great conference Elder Hamula spoke on listening to the spirit and keeping ourselves tuned by keeping the rules and also hearkening so we can have its help and guidance as we teach and study!! it is always a question that missionaries have and I think about if I have the spirit with me, but as a talk I can remember from Elder Bednar, a replay we watched in the mtc, is not to worry but just do what I am supposed to and I will have the spirit!! All of the speakers spoke on the same thing with no, umm what do you call it, no talking about it earlier with one another, I guess!! They all just wrote what they thought should be talked about separately and it ended up being the same!!!! It was definitely a sign of importance for the topic and also of the guidance and knowing of what is needed to be worked on and is important for missionary work!! He and the other speakers along with my mission president are all inspired men called of God for their callings and assignments!!! It was great and a privilege to have them speak and to be there!!!
So this week has been a tough one and a lot of a talking and getting things taken care of!! There are people in Aleisa prepared to hear the gospel from us and I am trying to talk to my soa (companion) about that. I just need to keep trying to do my best and the Lord will help me!! I went on another split on Saturday night and all day Sunday and Sunday night till this morning with Ualotu and it was fun again.
On Saturday I had another opportunity to do three more baptisms for the sisters in si'usega again!!! They sure are getting a lot and they are all from the same house which is great!!! They spend quite a bit of time there, but the people have testimonies, from what my soa says, and they know it’s true!!! I love baptizing people, it is such a blessing and I am grateful for the opportunity!!! This time it was the parents of some earlier baptisms and also one of their daughters, I am pretty sure the last unbaptized one from their family!!! It was so great now all of them are members in the church and from what I hear and see doing well!!! The mission is so great!!! I really do love it here!!! I will get things worked out with my soa and all will be good!!! I know the Lord will help me as I strive to be a peacemaker and help out as much as possible!!! I love being in Samoa!! The people are great and I am here for a reason and I just need to find the people!!! We had a great visit on Wednesday with Renata again and we both bore our testimonies in English and got a date set for her papers for marriage!!! Then she wants to be baptized!!! I know this church is true!!! I know it is led by a prophet of God, President Thomas S. Monson!!! I know Joseph Smith was and is a prophet of God and that he did restore the church and translate the Book of Mormon!!! I know the book of Mormon to be the word of God!!! I know Jesus is the Christ and that He did atone and die for all of our sins and pains, and weaknesses!!!! I know that through the atonement we can all return to our loving Heavenly Father someday!!! I love you all!!! ou te alofa atu ia te outou!!!!! keep strong and keep me posted!!!!!
Alofa Elder Cody John Walker

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

SPLITS SPLITS SPLITS!!!

SPLITS SPLITS SPLITS!!! Dec. 6, 2010

Talofa Lava!!! What’s new everybody? Any new news?? How’s the baby doing? Keep me posted on Tyler, Ross, and Cory please!!! Thanks for all the emails and letters everybody!!! I love you all!!
Well this week has been a week of splits for me!! It all started Monday (aso gafua) night when I was put on what I thought was just a split for that night but ended up being a split for all of Tuesday (aso lua) as well!! It surprised me but was all good I liked being with elder Ualotu, he is a funny guy and actually very motivated!! He is really nice to me now and wants to help with my Samoan so we can talk more than just his English which is limited like my Samoan!!! It’s great; I am the only palagi in my entire zone!! All of the Samoans are really cool and want to help, along with elder Teaupa and my comp (who is Samoan)!! Anyway I went with Ualotu all day Tuesday and went around his area, Lepale, while my comp and elder Vili (elder Ualotu's comp) went and did some stuff. While I was with elder Ualotu, we stopped at this one house and the family's last name is guess what... Walker!!! It was crazy I didn't expect to find a Samoan family with the last name of walker I couldn't believe it!!!
Then after that, on Wednesday (aso lulu) I was put on a split again this time in Lemoli with elders Asuafi and Tui!! It was another great day except for the fact that I had drunk some bad water we figured out and I was super sick and not liking life for the day!! Oh well all of these experiences are for a reason ha ha!! We were walking the whole day and it was an overcast humid day and I was sick and sweating so bad it was dripping off my face just standing it was crazy!!! There was one place that we went and visited that took I think almost an hour to walk through paths I would have gotten lost on if I was by myself through trees and bushes!! It was fun though because they were cool and tried to help me in fact they gave me a blessing before the big long walk and I was better by the next day it was great!!! I know and believe in the power of the priesthood that’s for sure!!! I came back after that long walk and got back to Lemoli around six and I slept till eight and didn't eat or anything and I felt a lot better!!! It also gave me time that night to write in my journal and catch up on that!!
Anyway, the next day we did another zone blitz, this time in Lepale for the fireside that Saturday!! After the zone meeting I went with the bishop and the first counselor (fesoasoani muamua) and we went to three houses and were done, the area is widespread with very few houses!!! Then we all came back and reported!! We were fed by some ward members, which is really nice and then went to returning people to their areas. The next day Friday (aso falaile) I went on the final split for the week in Lemoli again with Elders Ualotu ma Asuafi! It was another great time all of us get along and we had fun together!!! We went to visit that family that was far away again and this time as we were walking it poured rain!!! Thank goodness for my waterproof backpack!!! I didn't get a drop inside to get anything wet but the rest of my body was completely soaked!!! It was so crazy!! We tried to block it at first and get under some trees but there was no getting out of it so we just walked and got wet!!! It was way fun though and I had a good time!!! We stayed there a while and watched Joy to the World the Christmas movie and they fed us quite a lot of food, they just kept it coming!!! These people will feed you until you leave because it is just respect for the faifeaus (missionaries)!! One time they brought oka (raw fish) and I actually liked it!! I am becoming more and more acquainted with this food which is good!! Then came that night, we moekasi (slept our whole zone) in Lotopa for the service project the next day!! But before we were treated by going to the Christmas party one of the wards had in Lotopa!! There was dancing with music and a live dj there!! It was such a great time and moms came and asked the elders to dance, especially the one palagi in the whole room, ME!!!! I couldn't believe how many times I got asked but it was so much fun and everybody just laughed!!!
The next day was the service project and we weed-eated a lawn about as big as the back part in Vernal (maybe even more) but it was good work and great to unify our zone!!! The lawnmower was broken by the bishop pulling the cord too hard and breaking it in half. ha ha!!! I had to be the one to start all the weedeaters because the others didn't understand what was wrong and how to use the choke and prime and stuff!!! Oh well it was great though!! That night was the fireside in Lepale and it was an awesome one with a lot of preparation and great classes!! It was on the second lesson, the plan of salvation with different rooms being the latter part of the plan past earth life!!! It was great and they had about ten investigators show up!! On Sunday we went to Aleisa muamua ward (first ward) and had a good time there!! Then we ate at the stake president's house. We hopefully will get some proselyting in our own area this week. My comp and I are working to catch up to where we should be!!! Hopefully it’s not too busy again!!! The language is coming more and more everyday especially with the help of everyone in my zone and the people here!!! I love just talking and no one cares if I mess up and everyone laughs, including me!!! I know this church is true!! I know it is led by a living prophet (perofeta soifua) President Thomas S. Monson!!! I know the Book of Mormon is the Word of God!!! I love you all!!! ou te alofa ia te outou!!! thanks for everything!! keep strong and keep working hard!!! I know this is where I am supposed to be and would not want to be anywhere else!!! Remember the true meaning of Christmas!!!
Alofa Elder Cody John Walker