Tuesday, January 10, 2012

18 Tesem 2011


 Dec. 18, 2011
Dear Mom, Dad, and Family,

Hey!  Wow, how is everything going? Been very busy?  I can sure say we have again this week and sad part is we didn’t seem to get as much done.  We tried and did a lot doing what we could, but the office was over loaded with errands and people and we are the closest, we had meetings, helped other missionaries, and so on.  I’m not complaining, just don’t like being so busy with that kind of stuff, but it is a good and I’m not complaining, it is a good busy I guess.  Anyway Happy Birthday to Seneca tomorrow, even though you won’t be getting this letter til after Christmas.  But Manuia le Aso Fanau to her!!  This might get to you all before Christmas and if it does—Manuia Le Kerisimasi!!   Hope it is good.  I love you all so much, and can’t wait to talk to all of you.  That Christmas call is really what I look forward to.  Oh Mom and Dad thank you so much for the packages and presents.  Thanks to everyone for the packages, you are all so great!!   I am waiting this year to open them, as I didn’t wait so well last year. I hope Christmas is great and fun and white!  Also hope the New Year’s great!  
Monday was pday and a lot more relaxing than the first one. I spent it writing my letters and getting them in the mail.  Our lesson with Serina went through and our fafaga was with Hatu Tinkia and his family. He is such a great guy, nice and very helpful.
Tuesday we had to help the ZL companionship in Aleisa with their car. They needed to take it in to get it checked. So we started picking them up, a little confusion about when we were to meet to pick the car up, so we didn’t get so much done. I think we could do better with our time.  Just keep trying.  Our fafaga took us out to eat at a Chinese Restaurant which was great.

Wednesday our Zone Leader Council was from 9-3, so basically the whole day as well. But it was a great conference and president was good and patient, but firm in his commitment to the changes on pdays as about 4 other elders were asking to change it back. President told them that of course we weren’t used to the change as it had only been two weeks to try it.  He asked us to give it two months, and then we can talk about it again.  He gave a good analogy about Moses and the children of Israel, in that they had been in captivity for 400 yrs. in Egypt and then they were brought forth to then roam in the wilderness, a test and trial for them to prepare to enter the promised land.  This is us and the promised land is the blessings we receive for obedience. We have to be willing to change for the good and benefit the mission and to keep the spirit with us.  Pres. Leota referred to D&C 58:27 where it talks about being “anxiously engaged”, and doing so with love and by the spirit, and not to be “desperately engaged” and doing it just to get numbers, and hurry up baptisms to meet a goal. It was good to get that point across.  At the end he just explained how he knows he expects a lot of us, but he knows that our jobs are important as well as everyone else.  Not just jobs, but Callings.  The zone is affected more than I think by my actions, so I need to be completely obedient, to expect them to do the same. He is an awesome teacher and inspired man. He just gets to the point, explains his points well, then sincerely asks us to support him and help him to accomplish our duties and callings within the mission.  Great!!  Excellent!! After the meeting we tried some visits before we had our fafaga and a correlation meeting with our ward mission leader.  It was good and we want to have more of them as frequently as once a week if possible.  We talked about some investigators and got fafaga set up for us on Monday with a very nice family.
Thursday we had Zone Meeting and talked about all the stuff from ZLC the day before. We had a great meeting with some of the changes made and also practiced for our item for the Upolu Island Christmas Party.  We had a good lesson that day with a lady we have been teaching.  This time when we went over, we read and talked about the Book of Mormon and explained more to her.  We had a great discussion and she liked what she heard and has discovered. When we challenged her to baptism, she said to wait until she talks to her family. We bore our testimony to her and asked her to continue reading and studying.  She is a great lady and wants to do what is right and likes what we have taught her.  Next was a meeting with our ward mission leader in the Alafua ward. It was good and he wants to help us and get more involved.  Our fafaga was with an Indian family. They are Hindu.  Really nice people and they love having us in their home.  We talked to them more about the Book of Mormon.  She said she would read more.  They had the Book of Mormon there in their home and are very open about talking about it.

On Friday, we had planned to teach a couple, but then another guy came to us, asking us to come to his home, so he could learn more. Of course, we went and taught him the first lesson and asked him to read the Book of Mormon to find out for himself.  He was really accepting and interested. We just need to get them all to progress toward baptism.  We encourage everyone to read the Book of Mormon to pray and to come to know for themselves that it is true. Also that day, I had my first baptism interview to do.  It was with a 9 yr. old kid, who was fun and a way cool kid who is ready to be baptized.  We were able to attend his baptism also, the next day. 

On Sat. attended Matoutu’s baptism, it was grand. Then we had a great lesson with another contact that night right before our fafaga.  It was on the Gospel of Jesus Christ and he is so ready to be baptized, but has some problems with getting to church consistently.  He has conflicts with his wife’s family as her father asks him or tells him to make the food that day, so he has to do it.  It is part of their culture. Anyway he missed church the next day because of that.  Just have to be patient and pray for help.  We slept over at the MRC that night and I had the first hot shower in 14 months! My entire time in Samoa, we always shower with cold water.  We made cookies too, but they didn’t really turn out.

Sunday was good –Tamafaigi made it to church and so did an investigator I am not familiar with yet.  Our fafaga that night was with a guy from Australia who challenged me to focus on Temple marriage and make that as a priority after my mission!  Great fun guy and family.  I had mashed potatoes for the first time since the MTC.
Well that is a wrap!  Busy, busy, busy, but it is all good. Just have fun, work hard, and pray and study.  I know the Church is true.  Jesus Christ is our Savior. His grace is sufficient.  God lives and loves us. The Book of Mormon is true and before you get this, I will have talked to you!  That will be Awesome!  I can’t wait. Hope all is well. Thank you so much for everything.  I love you all so much!  Ou te Alofa tele atu ia Outou!  Thanks for all the love and prayers. Remember Keep Strong!!   Love you all. The gospel is true.

Alofa atu,
Elder Cody John Walker

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