BETTER WEEK!! Nov. 7, 2011
Hey everyone!! How’s the week been? I hope all has been well and great. First off I need to apologize to Kendra. Sorry Kendra I forgot to wish you a Happy Birthday last week I am sooo sorry!! But here is a belated one. Manuia Lou Aso Fanau!! Happy Birthday and I hope it was great!! Next is Alyssa!! Manuia Foi Lou Aso Fanau!! Love you all so much!!! Keep up the good work at being the Best Family and Friends!! All awesome examples to me!!
This past week was probably one of our best weeks here. It was Amazing with some really great experiences. On Wednesday, we started off meeting Ruta and just giving a short quick lesson reviewing lesson one and giving a preview of lesson two. Ruta was taught lesson one with the two elders before us, and we are going to finish them up this week but the only problem is that she needs to get married first before she can get baptized. (as always). Well that seems easy enough to get a marriage set up except there is one holdback, a very big holdback, her husband has to get divorced legally first from his first wife. Now the charge in Samoa to get a divorce is 1000 tala! That is a very hefty price. Also the family of the first wife is being very difficult with helping pay that so we just need to have patience and pray and it will all work out in time. Just keep encouraging that it not to be procrastinated, but get it done. We taught her the second lesson on Friday and she really liked it and had some good questions too. It was also great to have the help of her mother in law too, there teaching with us.
The other investigator we have is Kiki. We had met her at the fafaga on Saturday and planned to teach her the first lesson on Wednesday and when we were about to start, another girl came named Ruta and wanted to hear what we had to say. That was cool and we accepted of course to teach her too!! The first lesson went really well and after giving them each a Book of Mormon and the lesson two book, they said they would read and be prepared for the lesson on Saturday. When we went on Saturday to teach them it was so cool to actually see they had read, especially Kiki!! In fact she had read and marked all the scriptures mentioned in the Lesson Two book on the Plan of Salvation in the Book of Mormon. Also they said they had prayed and felt a good feeling about what we had taught and were ready to hear more. Well we got to teaching right away on the second lesson and they liked it a lot, but said as most others do it’s a lot of new info that they haven’t heard before, but it sounds right that God would love us and have everything planned out so we could return to live with Him someday and become like Him too. Then came the question would they agree to attend church with us tomorrow and Ruta asked me back if it was our hope that she get baptized?! I couldn’t believe it and immediately said yes that was our hope from the very beginning. Kiki already knew that and after some thought and I knew the Spirit was working on her, she said she would go to church with us the next day. It was great!! So the next day we went to her house and walked with her and this girl named Joy who is a member and good friends with her. Then at church we taught the third lesson to Kiki and Ruta (the one who needs to get married, the other one didn't get to come to church---keep trying there!!) and Joy was also there for the lesson and helped out and shared her testimony. Lessons with a member are that much better just because of getting a friend for the investigators. After the lesson which was on the gospel we challenged Kiki to set the 19th for her to be baptized and at first she said she couldn't but as we talked and got some help too from Ruta and Joy she accepted and said she would work to the 19th!! It was amazing this is actually my comp and I's first investigator with a baptismal date and so we are pretty excited. We committed Ruta to stay strong and keep attending and doing all she can to be ready so whenever she does get married she can be baptized right after that. So that is the good news this week and it’s great!!
Next we taught or finished up in greater detail the first lesson with a guy named Tanielu. At first he showed no interest, then others came and as we started talking he got more interested in knowing that there is really only one way to return to God and that there truly is one baptism and one faith. It was good and he took the Book of Mormon saying he would read it and be ready for us on this Saturday when we meet again. So we will see what happens but the spark of interest can grow!! Oh also we talked to Misi the ward mission leader in Puapua and he said that Talaave, who Elders Mackey and Memea taught is going to be able to get married and baptized so we will meet her this week and check up and get it all set up.
That’s the wrap for this week. I love you all so much!!! Thanks for everything!!! All I can say is I love missionary life and work!!! It is truly more of a blessing than a sacrifice. I know this church is true. I know that Jesus Christ is the head of this Church as it bears His name for one. I love Him. He leads it through a living prophet, President Thomas S. Monson. I know that he, his counselors and the Quorum of the Twelve are prophets, seers and revelators. There is only One Church that is true and One Path to lead to God. He never changes. I love this gospel and have been so blessed. I know the Book of Mormon is true and is the word of God and another Testament of Jesus Christ. I love you all!! Ou te Alofa tele iate outou!! Keep Strong!! Remember too that His Grace is Sufficient.
Elder Cody John Walker