Talofa Lava!! July 25, 2011
Hey everybody!! How’s everything going? How was Pioneer's Day? Hope all was fun. Hey Manuia Lou Aso Fanau to Aunt Janet this week and Manuia Lou Aso Fanau also to Jenny too!! Happy Birthday and I hope everything is fun and exciting on your two's special day!! I hope the Chaston camp went great and it was fun.
So this week was a harder week compared to our past weeks. We only had one set lesson and that was the last one with Ruta on Sunday. It went very well and she hasn't smoked another cigarette since our first meeting with her so she is prepped and ready for her baptism this Saturday. Also she is getting married this Saturday too, right before her baptism. She is such a strong willed lady and is an excellent example of strength and also relying on the Lord for help. She told us too that she and her husband try to donate money to the missionary fund each week. What great people to do that. She has been a good investigator and she always compliments us on our shabby Samoan (well mine, not my comps). I am trying and feel like I am getting better but feel like I should be farther just keep praying and working at it!!! I am almost done with the reading of the Tusi a Mamona and hope to have it done by my year mark I am in Eteru (Ether) right now so shouldn't be too hard. But anyways she is excited and ready to be baptized, attends church and already has been paying tithing and fast offerings, just awesome only the one weakness that has been overcome.
With not having any other investigators we have been trying to get some new ones this past week with not much success. We did get by to see Merita to teach her mom who just came from New Zealand to stay for a little and we contacted her, but after talking a little she kind of expressed to us bluntly that she wanted to just be with her family for a little which we understood she just tried it in English and doesn't know how to soften it yet. ha ha But we just laugh about it and keep up hope she will let us in and teach her sometime this week. She always tells us to come back and then talk together just got to go at the right time. She is a nice lady and on Friday when we went and talked she expressed some feelings of respect and appreciation for us for coming here to teach and learn this language and also the culture and do as much as we can to respect it. So just keep trying. Merita would just love it if her mom was converted, it could affect and influence the whole family!!
Also this week we tried to get some faamalosi (strengthening) lessons taught and we taught Fiu Vasa again and committed him to come to church again and he finally asked us the question he had about what makes our church different than others and makes it the only true one. His belief he has and this is the reason he is less active, is that all religions are correct and true, so we are working with him still and hopefully can help him pray and continue to attend church and partake of the sacrament and regain and reaffirm his testimony. We also received many referrals for some people to strengthen and so will try and visit them this week.
Hey a cool thing I got to do this week is help teach the piano to some youth in the ward!! They right now are learning from Sister Krogh but she only has one day to teach them, so on Friday and Saturday I was able to help teach them some more basics and get them prepped for the next time Sister Krogh comes. In fact I think every Friday we will plan to continue to meet and have lessons. I am starting to warm up my fingers and play in the chapel at nights sometimes and can play some more hymns now so that’s fun. It’s fun and I appreciate the opportunity.
Well I have got to get going. That’s the wrap up for this week. I love you all!! I know this church is true and is led by a living prophet President Monson on the earth today. I know Joseph Smith restored the true church of Christ to the earth and translated the Book of Mormon which is another Testament of Jesus Christ. I know Jesus is the Christ. I know He is our mediator with the Father. I know that the blessings of the Temple are true and for forever. We Can Be Together Forever Someday!! Keep Strong!! Ou te alofa tele ia te outou. Thanks for everything!!!
Elder Cody John Walker