Friday, January 6, 2012

Malo Soifua ma le Lagi Mama!

                                                                                                                12/11/2011
Dear Mom, Dad, and all of the family,  
Malo Soifua ma le lagi Mama!  Talofa Lava!  Ua?  O a mai outou?  O a tou mea na fai?  Ua pisi tele?   Hey Everybody!  How’s everything going?  Been Busy?  What have you guys been up to?  Remember no more emails so letter is the only way to get news as well for you all, but I know if I don’t send a letter I will get a call from the office telling me my mom has called wanting news. Ha ha and I will get it in letters too!  Jokes J  Anyway, I better get writing.
This week has been hectic all starting with Monday.  The main hope of changing p-day was to take away distractions, making pday less hectic and busy, keep companions close together, keep also the spirit constantly with us and so on and so forth.  Well all or most of those were improved, except making pday less hectic!  My comp and I after study and washing the car were busy from around 12:00 clear until 6:30, being a little late too for our fafaga and having to do stuff after as well as we hadn’t accomplished it all before the fafaga. It was insane!! Driving an elder who was sick back and forth, getting reports picked up and letters as well to get to the office, drop off mail, make and drop off purchases, and so much more.  But as my comp and I finished the day we looked back and realized that through that entire day we didn’t lose our patience with anyone, everything got done, no one was hurt, we helped each other, and we were able to accomplish everything.  Focus on the positive, right?  Right!  It was a learning and fun day.  Busy and hectic, but it was a good dinner we had that night and FHE too.
Tuesday we taught a new investigator and set up another day to go back and teach another person.  We taught and met a new guy and had the opportunity to teach him the first lesson.  On Tuesday we had a split with a new missionary who arrived from Australia, Elder Pepe.  He is a good guy and will be a good missionary.  He was with us that night and helped us teach the lesson.  We had a farewell party for Elders Atoa, Johnson, and Smithing with their families.  It was so good! The families were nice to meet and talk to.  The family we stay with is so generous, giving and loving. I am well taken care of mom; it is like a home away from home.  We also went to teach a nine yr. old boy, Elder Nelson has been working with him for 3 months now.  The only thing stopping him is he is not consistent in attending church.  It is a challenge for him to get there.
On Wednesday we went to the hospital to meet a couple who wanted a blessing for their newborn baby who had some serious complications and had to have surgery.  But the baby was in ICU and we couldn’t go in.  They said they would call us when we could have the opportunity to give the blessing.  We pray and hope all is well.  We went to see another lady and she wants to be baptized, but her husband is being stubborn a little, so we have to be patient.  On another visit we met with a man who is a Seventh-day Adventist.  It was an interesting conversation, but really didn’t go well. He mainly wanted to Bible Bash, which is never what we want to do, as you get nowhere.  We just tried to end it and ask him to read and pray about the Book of Mormon, but he wants physical evidence, not a spiritual witness.
Later that night we had a better experience with a different investigator.  She is a great lady who is really searching and is doing so diligently. At our lessons, she takes notes of what we say and teach.  She, well we, together are working for her to get baptized this month as she has prayed and still is and loves what she is learning.  We also cover an English ward, so we also teach in English, which is harder in some parts.  I’ve been use to Samoan and it is different teaching in English. We read together in 3 Nephi 11, so that was good.
On Thursday we had our zone meeting and I taught a lesson on the Book of Mormon.  It went all right, and at the end I asked everyone to bear their testimonies on the Book of Mormon.  It was neat to do that.  That night we went to the music/singing stake thing at the church. It was way fun and entertaining.  Samoans sing so well and it was fun to listen to them. It was also Grandma’s (the grandma at the house we live at) birthday.  She is 80 years old.
Friday was busy as well. We taught two others, and also went around inviting everyone to the Ward Christmas Party that night.  Our lesson with our investigator went well, she was really interested in the Book of Mormon and so we started at the first part of how God is our loving Heavenly Father and all of the first lesson, to give a background and then talked about the Book of Mormon and invited her to read it.  She seemed interested so we will see what happens.  Pray always!   The party that night was good and  loud, but good and fun. The family that I live with is way cool.  One of the daughters reminds me a lot of Tori, always talking.  Ha ha!
Saturday we went first to a less active that was an actor in a Samoan movie-Broken Promises- (random fact) and talked to his wife about getting a temple date set to go seal their family together.  She seemed willing to set a goal, a specific date, so we will go back and help when the husband/father can be there, too.   Another family we contacted was nice, 2 kids, and we are still working with them.  Stake Conference was that night so we went to that and also the next day- Sunday.  After the meeting we had our fafaga with a really nice family who is familiar with travelling in Utah and have been jet-skiing at Willard Bay.  The sisters in our zone had a stake meeting for missionary work so we went there and the Stake President was good and one question I wanted to put in here is from him; “What am I doing to build up the Kingdom of God on the earth?  Important question I think!
But ya, that is the update and plus my hand hurts from all this writing!  I love you all so much! This will get there around Christmas so ..MANUIALE KERISIMAS!   Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
I know the church is true. I know Jesus Christ is the head of it.  I know God lives.  I know Jesus is the Christ.  I know the Book of Mormon is true and is another testament of our Lord and Savior.  I know Joseph Smith is God’s chosen prophet to restore the gospel and His church.  I know Pres. Monson holds all the keys to lead this church.  Ou te Alofa tele ia te Outou!  Thank you so much for everything!!  Love you so much!  Talk to you soon!  Haha Keep Strong!
Alofa atu,
Elder Cody John Walker

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