January 29, 2012
Dear Mom, Dad, and Family,
Hey, Hey Hey, What’s going on family? Talofa Lava! How is everything? I hope all is good as always and I want to say I am doing great! All is good here. Love my life now that I am not sick anymore. Yep, so that is going to start off this week’s letter…
It all started Sunday, when after church I started not feeling so well and at first I thought it was just the Indian food we had the night before, so I took some Pepto the next day and thought all was good. But as we went through the day, my stomach was churning. We had an appointment with S and had a good discussion about the pre-earth life. It was great and S liked all of it and said she wanted to continue it the next morning, as she was anxious to learn more about how we will live with our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ again someday, if we are faithful and obedient and meet all the requirements. Awesome! She is practically golden and had gone to church the week before and came again yesterday. So that is twice in a row. She loves coming and knows quite a few people too. We also contacted a referral from the Aps. It went great; the Dad was really receptive to all we were talking about. After that lesson though, I had to head back to the office, as I was getting sicker. I saw the nurse, received a blessing and was hopeful that all would be good for the next day, but it wasn’t. I had to go in again the next day, Tuesday, and they couldn’t figure out what was wrong, so off I went to the hospital with guess who—Elder Boren. (from Vernal) He got a pretty bad infection in his arm and he is not doing so well. So we went together, where I got a recommendation to have two IVs pumped into me (for dehydration/nausea). Elder Boren got shots to help his arm. Then we both stayed that night and the next day at the MRC (mission recovery center). We spent the day sleeping and trying to get well and talking about past times. Of course, I would rather be working, but it was fun to talk with him for a while. Then I ate a little and went home. Not a good idea. About 2 a.m., I got so sick again. No fun! I had to go back to the MRC. Finally able to get feeling better and get back to work on Friday. So glad to be better and able to do the work again.
On Friday, we had a busy day. Did some interviews for two other areas in our zone, for baptism. We made a visit to someone we thought was a nonmember, as that what we were told, but found out she actually is a member from Sili. We did get a great visit with Sister K. We had asked her to read Alma 5 and she hadn’t yet, so we asked if we could read it together right then. She said yes, and as we read it we talked about the usefulness of questions as we read and how they make us think, especially the questions Alma asks in his writings. They are straight forward and to the point. After we finished, she said that it was nothing different from what the Bible says--- to be good, help those in need, keep the commandments, and so on. She was trying to tell us that the Book of Mormon is not needed. As we talked though, she did mention how the Book of Mormon is clear and to the point in saying it. But like most people, she loves the Bible and only wants to read it. She started to go on the defense, so we left it at that for now. Sister K is a very charitable person, especially to the missionaries. She is wealthy, but constantly helping. We talked about tithing later and she mentioned how she sometimes thought her tithing was helping moneywise with others, but she knows the Bible says nothing to that effect, but just says to pay it. She knows what to do. We asked her to read the Book of Mormon and to pray about it, as it is scripture. I told her the book is true and she will never prove it to be false. Just like so many others that have tried, but cannot. Before we left, she did ask us to pray for her stubborn self. She is a great lady. We hope to be able to reactivate her and help her out.
This week, President and his assistants had 3 training sessions for zones and companionships in certain stakes to prep us as we were to teach the 5th Sunday lesson. The president had presented it to the Stake presidencies in the 3 stakes and they loved it. So President wanted it to be just right so he had us come in for training and also to receive counsel and guidance from himself and the APs. The teaching was to help the members to become better at inviting and fellowshipping others. President Leota stressed teaching about TTIP and Follow-up method. T-teaching, T-testify, I-invite, P-promised blessings, and Follow-up. So we committed the members to invite a friend or family member to do something. Whether it was going to church, reading the Book of Mormon, praying, and other things like that. Also we committed them to become better at fellowshipping and they accepted, so now we will follow-up on them later. President Leota attended our lesson at the English speaking ward, and he said it was awesome. That makes us feel good and relieved that we had done it right. After church we had people come up to us to ask questions and ask for help. We were happy to see that and that they were actually thinking about it.
Well that’s a wrap of another week here in Samoa in Alafua. I know this church is true and the only one that has the fullness of the gospel on the earth. I know Pres. Monson is the living prophet on the earth and he is the mouthpiece of the Lord who is the head of this church. The Prophet Joseph Smith did restore this gospel through the gift and power of the priesthood. God lives and he sent His Son, Jesus Christ to atone for the sins of the world. He loves us more than we can comprehend. Jesus is the Christ the Son of the living God. The Book of Mormon testifies of Him and it is true. Remember Always---Keep Strong! I love you all!! Alofa tele atu mo outou. Thank you all so much for everything.
Elder Cody Walker