Hey Fam!! 1/24/11
Talofa Lava!!! o a mai outou?? Hey everybody how’s it all going? How’s the weather there? It’s just been raining basically everyday here almost all day too!! Don't worry yet I guess because the cyclone (afa) I don't think is going to hit here or if it does it won’t be too big is all I can guess!! President Haleck and his wife are stuck in Tutuila American Samoa because of the storm hit there pretty hard I guess!! I hope all is alright over there we have been warned many times to stay at the fale sa because of the storm, but nothing really big happens. But it’s good to be safe anyway!!!
So this week like I said has been pretty rainy especially Wednesday so we had things canceled but I got a lot of studying and reading in that day, in fact I finished Jesus the Christ and wow what a book that was!!! It was excellent and definitely a good book to read!!! It has strengthened my testimony and I have learned so much more and gained a lot more knowledge from it!!! Anyway it was a great book to read!!!
On Tuesday we started out talai tuitui (proselyting) again on the road behind the church and again we had some good visits!! Lemoli lua (2nd) doesn’t have a ward mission leader but they are working on it because that is really important as you come to find out as a missionary!!! So dad keep up the good work!!! We met some less active people who wanted us to return as well as finding others who wanted to talk which may be just so they can bible bash but it’s still a chance to talk hopefully not turn out bad ha ha. One when we were talking the first thing he said was "What’s the definition (meaning) of the word Sabbath?" He is a seventh day Adventist and they ask that a lot!!! They say that their religion is the right one because of them worshipping on the Sabbath!! Oh well he asked us to come back and talk so we will. One other guy we talked to had a pretty bad view on missionaries. He put all missionaries in a certain group, of after the mission just going home and kafau (hang out, not a good thing) and become less active. Pretty surprising to us who weren't planning on doing that at all, so my comp tried to explain that everyone is different and not all missionaries do that but he didn't sound so convinced. Oh well hopefully his mindset changes. Another good thing about just walking and going to every house is to meet members!! It’s always good to have the members like you and get to know them, right Blake! Thanks for the advice it is good and very important!!!
On Wednesday we had planned for the same thing in lemoli muamua (1st) but it didn't work out with the rain, so we studied and read and that night we had a meeting with the president of the stake for the goal setting and stuff for the year. It has been an improvement from 2009 for Aleisa stake. We went from 36 baptisms in the year to 57!!! And now the goal is for 84 so hopefully we can get it!!! All was good there, it was a good meeting!!
Thursday was our weekly fono (meeting) for the zone It’s always good to have those and afterwards that night we had planned to teach Fesolai and Maria Moega but when we got there Silia was there Taunese's sister (uso) and so we taught her since Fesolai was busy. She was the one who I talked to about the temple. Anyway the lesson went good for my comps part, on the other hand for me I was not having that good of a day because I was criticizing myself for the language. I was doubtful of myself and didn't have any confidence and the one time I went to bear my testimony I got all jumbled in Samoan and English which is really bad, but I learned from it that I have got to keep a positive attitude and keep working!! It takes too much time to be frustrated and discouraged. Just keep positive and laughing, and always pray for help as well.
Friday we met with Perenise again and she is a good lady. She has a testimony but just cannot give up smoking! She knows the church is true and has been meeting with missionaries for quite a while about 10 or so, so we need to start pressing that she come to church and reduce the smoking slowly to where she isn't anymore. Hopefully all goes well. She was nice though and gave us money for some drinks, so that’s nice. We made other stops on our way down to Faleasiu where when we got down there it started to pour rain so we got a ride back to the chapel from the ward mission leader, Misiona, in the Faleasiu itai road. Our zone was sleeping in Lepale for another galuega fesoasoani (service project) the next morning.
The service project was sasa le vao (cutting the grass) with knives!!! It was awesome!!! It was raining slightly but it felt good. It was so much fun to use a machete and cut grass with it!!! I took pix so I’ll send some next week hopefully. It was great and we all worked together taking turns and stuff. Good hard work, oh and we also planted fala (pineapples) for them. Then we got a call from the AP’s to stay there because of the storm so we stayed in Lepale as a zone. Nothing happened though just a warning. We had fun together though!!
The next day was Sunday and we stayed in Lemoli this week. The stake president went to each ward and I guess so did every stake president in each of their stakes to say only sacrament meeting because of the cyclone!! Another warning but not much has happened, unusual so just waiting. It was good and the fafaga was great. The family is awesome and way cool!! It is the second counselor to the bishop, Fiti, and his family. They are way nice!!
Well that’s the update for this week. I love you all!!! I love the letters and news!!! I wish you all a great week. I know this church is true and is led by a living prophet Thomas S. Monson. I know Joseph Smith is a true prophet and that he restored the church. I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God and along with the Bible contains Christ's church. I know Jesus is the Christ. I know He lived and died for us. I know through Him we can return to our loving Heavenly Father. He is the way the truth and the light. He lived the perfect life and gave it up so willing for us. He overcame death and so will all of us! What a great blessing!!! ou te alofa ia te outou!!! Keep Strong!!!! thanks for everything!!!
Elder Cody John Walker