Sunday, July 31, 2011

The Work Goes On!!

Talofa Lava!!       July 12, 2011

Hey everybody!!! How’s everybody doing!? Welcome, welcome and malo le soifua to Elise Charity Walker to the world! Congratulations to you two---Tyson and Jenny. Wowser!! Way to be! I am so excited, the Walker family just keeps building. Please send me some pix please in the mail. I love the ones in the email too though, but would love to have some printed off and sent if you could please.

Well the coming of a new life to the family trumps my news. haha No, but seriously it has been another good week here in Savaii. We had two more baptisms on Friday, the two girls Vasa and Sia. I had the great opportunity to baptize them and they are very good, smart and well over ready to be baptized. We finished up their lessons this week and also finished up the fafaga(s) (meals cooked by families for us) in Sili Muamua and now start in Sili Lua ward which is going to be pretty good as I am not very masani (familiar) with that ward as much as the Sili Muamua Ward, since we have been involved with all their baptisms and fafagas ever since I started here in Savaii.

But the big news is we have a grand baptism planned for this Saturday! Her name is Lipena and she is like the perfect investigator. We have taught her the first two lessons and she has kept all the commitments. The best was when we challenged her to come to the baptism on Saturday as that is one meeting that is nice for investigators, then they can see what happens at a baptism and stuff. She came to the baptism and then came to church the next day and loved all of it. She prayed about the Book of Mormon and also Joseph Smith and said she received the answer that all of it is true! Just so awesome to see her progress and also at the end of the second lesson she accepted the invitation to be baptized this Saturday. So cool and I love it! The second lesson I felt especially blessed personally while teaching about the part of our purpose in this life and the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I teared up a little bit as while I was teaching the lesson, I noticed I was not hesitating or slipping up or anything with the language and as I looked at Lipena I could see she was pondering and listening to every word I was saying. It was an amazing experience and a true blessing from the Lord. My testimony was strengthened even more and I will never forget that. It was great and I know it is only the beginning of more to come as I keep at it. The language still isn't all there but it is coming along just fine.

We had a good faamasani day (make familiar) on Tuesday with the Sili Lua ward as I wasn't very familiar yet as I said earlier. We went around and met some people and even got some referrals that didn't work out as they were already baptized a while ago just became less active. We would have visited longer but the family was busy so we will try more this week. We want to get some work going together with the other wards as well, just been really busy receiving all these people in Sili Muamua. But ya, so that’s the plan this week and as we also found out we would be able to baptize Ana after all, but the president of the stake is working on it.

Anyway that’s the update of life here in Samoa! I love you all!! I miss ya but am here and loving it. Congrats again and keep me posted I love the news and letters. Thanks for everything. I know this church is true. I know it with all my heart that it is the only true church on the earth and Christ is at the helm. I know it is led here on this earth by a living Prophet President Thomas S. Monson. I know that Joseph Smith is a true prophet and that through him our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ restored the church in its fullness to the earth. I know he also translated the Book of Mormon by the gift and power of God. I know it is true and is another testament of Jesus Christ. I know Jesus is the Christ. He atoned for all of our sins so we can repent and live forever with our Loving Heavenly Father someday together as families forever. I love you all. Ou te alofa tele ia te outou. Thanks for everything. You guys are great. Keep Strong!! Remember that!

Alofa
Elder Cody John Walker

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Busy, Pisi, Busy in Sili!!!

Malo Soifua ma le Lagi Mama!!!! July 4, 2011

Hey everybody how is life going?! Happy 4th of July! Happy Bday America! It’s a great day to be an American!! Anyway I will miss the fireworks though, none here for sure and why would there be, but I borrowed my comp’s tie this morning and it has like red, blue, white and some grey like splashed designed on it. But ya it’s as American colored as I could get haha!! But ya I hope you guys enjoy it and also have a great week.

Yep so like the title says we have been a little busy here in Sili! Especially the ward, Sili Muamua (1st). So far in the last three weeks we have had seven baptisms in that ward and we have two more coming up this Saturday too. It is so crazy and so much fun! The ward is just helping us a lot giving us these referrals and most are kids about the ages of 9-15 or so but still it’s good to help these kids enter the waters of baptism. Just this past Saturday we had two more, two young kids, boys too, named Sailiai (9 yrs old) and Siueva (11), that was fun and they were kind of shy kids not really talking and our Zone Leader, Peck, said it was difficult interviewing them but they knew the answers just afraid to talk especially to palagi(s) ha ha!! The baptism went well and I had the great opportunity to perform the baptisms which I am always glad and grateful to do.

Had a little hold up on Tuesday with getting to the houses of our fafagas and our lesson as it poured rain and we have this place where we are supposed to cross the water either by hopping rocks or taking off the shoes and wading across. But after the big rain that started Monday night and went throughout the night the water was up to the chest! Crazy stuff, so we stayed on our side of the river of course and made visits. Also on Thursday morning we had the opportunity and blessing to go with our Ward Mission Leader of Sili 1st, Moeai, and give a blessing for an elderly man who was sick. It was good and the toeaina (word for elderly man) was so grateful for the time and the blessing.

As I mentioned earlier we have two more baptisms set up for this Saturday which we got referred to on Saturday and taught their first lesson yesterday on Sunday. They are two girls ages 15, Vasa, and age 13, Sia and both have been attending church for quite some time now just not been baptized and we never knew until the Ward Clerk, Malo, told us Saturday morning. But ya the lesson one on Sunday was absolutely amazing they are so smart and ready for baptism. They knew all the answers and we are planning for the rest of the lessons to ask a lot of questions to see if they can teach themselves. It’s so great!

Other news is we are trying to strengthen this mom who is having some troubles, but she is trying to remain strong and do what she can for her kids. Pray for her please! Also we had planned another baptism on Saturday but she had to be married first. Thing is you have to be 18 to be married and she is only 17 so has to wait one year more until May, so I hope it all goes well and she still wants to be baptized next year.

Well I have got to go. Thanks for everything everybody. I love you all and miss you but I am having the time of my life here!! I know this Church is true and is led by a living prophet. I know Jesus is the Christ and our Savior and Redeemer for all mankind so we can repent and return to live with our Loving Heavenly Father someday. I know the Book of Mormon is true and another Testament of Jesus Christ. I know these things to be true with all my heart and this is the one and only gospel. Ou te Alofa tele ia te Outou! Keep Strong! Live life, but remember that. Thanks for everything. You are all such great examples to me!!

Alofa
Elder Cody John Walker