Monday, May 2, 2011
Talofa Lava Everybody!!! May 2, 2011
Well a lot is happening in this next week as I can see and some big days too. First off Manuia Lou Aso Fanau to Trisha Walker and Grandma Arrington!! I hope they are both great days! Then Congrats to you three--- Tori, Tyson, and Jenny on your graduation!! Tyson and Tori from the school that cannot be said in these emails; no I’m joking a graduation from the U is legitimate too. Way to go with the Bachelors!! Jenny getting a Masters from USU, way to be--a great job on that! I heard a baby boy is coming sometime this week (hopefully not on Sunday ha ha, if you know what I mean) so I hope all goes well and congrats to Bryan, Jesenia, Seneca and Paelyn. Then of course is the very special Sunday for Mothers everywhere but a BIG Happy Mother’s Day to the best, My Mom!! Happy Mother’s Day and have a great one and I can't wait to tell ya on the phone. Happy Mother’s Day as well to Rachael, Jesenia, Angela, and Jenny as well! Have a great day and talk to ya then.
So this week was way amazing and cool! First off was on Saturday when we had Eteuati's baptism. A cool thing about this is that he had a daughter on a mission in Sacramento at the time and wanted to wait till she got back, which was on Thursday, so she could be at the baptism. It was an amazing experience and he is just a great and humble guy. So a cool thing about it is when Sua went and did the interview on Friday, he asked who he would want to perform the baptism and he said "O le Palagi" which was referring to me the white person!! So I had the great opportunity to perform his baptism for him and his daughter was crying and so was he especially at church the next day when she said her testimony about eternal families. It was just an unforgettable experience! Oh a little side note, if you remember he can hardly walk with his legs infected and stuff and also he is a pretty hefty guy as well. The baptism was harder than it looked because he can’t bend his knees, so he sat down when I said the prayer kind of fell to a sit and so lifting him back up, I needed help from a witness. But after all was done it was just a great neat experience!!
This past week we have been trying to set a time and have a conversation with Faamoina and her mate, not yet husband Ene, about getting married. But all times have fallen through so we got the phone number and will call them sometime this week. That’s the plan anyway. Faamoina wants to be baptized really badly but she is keeping faithful and patient as are we, until her husband can get free and the marriage process can be started, but when all works out it will be good and great.
Also we are trying to get some new investigators in Lemoli Muamua and Faleasiu itai wards so we went proselyting/knocking doors (talai tuitui) this past week and had some visits but no real takes. It just takes work and with the help of the members we will get some work going again in those wards. Oh also really quick we had a split in Aleisa Lua in my first area for Sua and Aloi and they gained some new investigators so that’s great.
In Lemoli Lua this past week we visited and had three other toeaina('s) (elderly men) to come to church, one being Faamoina's father and two others. When we went to pick them up though it was only Faamoina's dad and Eteuati that came, but one is better than none. It was good and he liked the meetings. He is a former member but is too old and weak to walk, so he went inactive. But as I said he liked it and appreciated us taking him and everything.
So anyway, I still can't wait for Mother's Day on Sunday and the call!! I love you all and thanks for everything. I know this church is true and that it is led by a living prophet. I can’t wait for the new conference issue liahona to get to Samoa. I know Jesus is the Christ and that He did live and die for us so we can repent, and then was resurrected and gained a perfect body as will all of us. I know the Book of Mormon is true and is another witness of Jesus Christ. Keep Strong!! Ou te alofa ia te outou! Thanks again for all the support, letters, and prayers!! Oh and boxes with pix. Love you guys!!
Elder Cody John Walker