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!!
Elder Cody John Walker