Malo le Soifua!!! November 14, 2011
Hey what’s up everybody?! I hope all was great this past week, it was a grand week here and should be another one this week.
So this week we had interviews on Thursday and Zone Conference on Friday!!! Both days were really good!! I really enjoy and love having interviews with President Leota. It is just a great time to not only see President which doesn't happen often over here in Savaii, but also just talk to him one on one and him just ask how the work is and how I am loving my mission. He always knows exactly what to say and ask, so as to help him in receiving those inspired questions to ask and we start with a kneeling prayer every time!! Great stuff and an awesome leader. While President was doing interviews, the APs taught us some things and how to make correct our numbers. Elder Rodgers is the new AP as well with his dad in the mission Elder Smithing who finishes next month. Both really good guys and good leaders. Then the next day we had a Zone Conference with all of the Savaii zones together and it was so awesome and Spiritual. It started at 9 that morning and went clear till 5 that night. We had some breaks where we ate and stood up to stretch but all in all just great stuff one after another the whole entire time. Oh ya and my comp gave the spiritual thought (mafaufauga faaleagaga) and did a great job in Samoan. Sister Leota gave the first talk with President Leota following it up before lunch. He gave us the three things we are going to focus on in this mission 1) I am a Child of God 2) I am a Disciple of Christ and 3) I will go where You want me to go, I will do what You want me to do, I will be what You want me to be. He focused his teachings and thoughts around that. Then after lunch we had APs teach and we got some add-ins into our Preach My Gospel giving us ideas and thoughts on Companion Study, Language Study, and Becoming a Master Inviter. After teaching they would have us practice and then we would come together and evaluate and sometimes practice again. It was all really, really good and this is just a quick review of the whole thing, just touching on the important stuff. One thing they really want us to do is to practice through role/real play. Taking an investigator and practicing how to extend a commitment or teach a principle, stuff like that. Takes up the hour a lot faster and also is very helpful to get mess ups out of the way. Then for the last part, President Leota got up and explained some changes that are being made to our mission and it is focusing on P-day!! First off we will no longer be going to taulaga (town) 1) to do email or 2) make some purchases. Only ZLs will do that the first Monday of each month. So now we are only using the post. It will be different but as he explained his thoughts and intents and goals to help improve the mission, it all made sense and if we all pray and work together it will be good. So ya that’s a quick thing there of interviews and conference but it was all really great and I loved it. President Leota is such a spiritual man and was called of God and set apart to lead this mission.
As for our area we had some ups and downs. First with the ups! Talaave should be baptized this week!! We are deciding on Friday or Saturday to perform both their (her and her husband, Talosaga) wedding, that being first of course, and then Talaave's baptism. We are going to go and review all the lessons and answer any questions, but they are excited and ready to get this done finally. They have been waiting to get married for quite a while it’s just been a bit of a problem with her family in Gataivai, but it’s all good now and it should be done this week. Exciting for my comp, his first baptism and he will also be able to do it in the ocean. I will have pix next week. It should be a great and spiritual experience one not to forget for any of us. As for the not so good news this week is that Kiki's parents right now are not going to allow her to be baptized. We can finish teaching and keep visiting but we need to have faith and pray and you all too that their hearts will be softened and allow her to be baptized as she was way bummed and sad and wants to learn more and be baptized, but the parents said if she does, to look for another place to stay. Never easy there. We also met with and taught Ruta the last lesson but will go over more and help her out as she didn't go to church yesterday. So anyway not so good news, but the other Ruta we found out is married to a member who is working right now in Apia and still goes to church and if she does decide to get baptized, she wants him back here first, so her choice. Do all we can. We found some others to visit this week so hopefully all that works out great and we keep the work growing and spreading.
That is the update and letter for this week. Sorry not too much but time is quick and I’ve got to go. Thank you all so much for everything. All the support, emails, letters, love, prayers and so on. I love you all so much!! I know this church is true and that Jesus is at the Head of it. I know that God is our Father in Heaven and He in fact knows and loves us more than we could ever understand. I know that President Monson is His mouthpiece for us on the earth. I know Joseph Smith restored the church and the priesthood to the earth. I know he also translated the Book of Mormon by the gift and power of God and that that book is another Testament of Jesus Christ and the word of God. I love my Savior. Jesus is the Christ. His Grace is Sufficient. Families can be together forever. We Can Be Together Forever Someday!! Temples are awesome. I love you all!! ou te alofa tele iate outou!! Keep Strong!!
Elder Cody John Walker