April 15, 2012
Dear Mom, Dad, and the Family,
Wow, another week gone, but it was a busy week for us! But hey, to start out with—what’s up Family? How is everything going? Keeping safe and having fun? How was conference? Seeing it live? I forgot to mention last week, but here for us in Samoa, we just barely watched it this weekend the 14th and 15th. So two weeks later. It is a delayed broadcast here, and they decided to run it the week after Easter. It was excellent. Pretty cool to see Elder Haleck (previously Pres. Haleck) speak, and he did a grand job. I loved listening to him again. All of the talks were good and there was again a lot of emphasis on families and their importance. Also mentioned and spoken about was the great plan of happiness. President Monson’s teaching was so powerful. Not only that, but missionary work was mentioned and of course the Priesthood. I heard all the talks and learned personally from them. I can testify with all my heart that what they taught was true. I know Pres. Monson is our living prophet on the earth and he is the one who holds all the keys to govern this church on the earth. I know he, the first presidency, and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles are prophets, seers, and revelators. I know also that all general authorities are called and set apart by God through His prophet. I know this church is true and Jesus is the head of it. Jesus is the Christ, our Savior and Redeemer. His atonement and teachings are central or should be central to our lives. The Atonement is the only way to repent and become clean from our sins and transgressions. It is never too late to return home. I love General Conference. I wish all could understand the importance of it as does our family. So many here think it is a day off for church. Oh if only they knew and fully understood the significance of it. We are so blessed and lucky to have this opportunity to listen and learn from living prophets and Apostles every 6 months. I am eternally grateful for this. I know God lives and that He loves us. This is the only one and only true church on the earth I know that without a doubt. The church is true and so is The Book of Mormon.
So I did not know that Andrea was engaged. All I have to say is Congratulations and send me an announcement. Thanks for the updates on the family and everyone. I like getting the news about everyone. Thanks for everything.
This week was a very busy week, mainly because new missionaries that came in. We have two of those new missionaries in our zone being trained right now. Also it was busy with transfers and getting people situated and also getting my comp -masani (familiar) with the area. There
were meetings to take people to and purchases to make, meetings to attend, and getting institute class going again after a week break. Busy, but great. Also my comp has this perfect pushups program that we have started as part of our daily exercise and it is destroying my body. All in all it is fun, busy and I am dead tired at the end of the day. Good though. Also had to get our car serviced. Love being busy.
I went on a split with an elder who is training for a day, his name is Elder Alaimalo and we had quite a few visits with him. We had a lesson with W who is all set for this next Saturday. We taught him with this elder, the lesson on the plan of salvation and then we taught the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Both lessons went well, he is an easy kid to teach. He listens and wants to learn more and he is also one of the first to ask questions and they were good questions to help him understand more. I really like this kid and love teaching him. Can’t wait until Saturday.
We also taught L part of the 5th lesson on the Priesthood and auxiliaries as well as missionary work. It was good and we just challenged her to keep up the good work in being strong and a good example to others. That is some of the best missionary work—to be a good example. Since she had been baptized, she was kind of surprised we were having another lesson with her, but as we talked, she liked it.
Had another lesson with L and M was there to help out. We talked about the pre-earth life and she had a lot of thoughts and questions, so it was a good discussion. We also explained more about the Book of Mormon. M is a really good friend for her and in fact the thing that was really exciting was she came to General Conference. We had invited her and she said she would and she did! All the talks given were really good. I love teaching her and she has some interesting beliefs and we teach according to what she needs. Awesome.
We went to teach M twice this week and both times we shared a message with a different person. First time, was with M’s mom and after helping to teach her, she told us she was alright for now and would let us know if she wanted lessons. S was really good with connecting with her. The 2nd time, we met with M’s older sister and shared a brief message and planned next week to go back and start lessons.
We had a great opportunity to do service at Ah Mu again, finishing up the painting on Friday. It was just us and one other zone. We got it done in 5 hours, but I got fried! The sun was so hot. I got to work with a cool elder named Sagapolutele from Utah. Cool kid. Had a lot of fun.
Yesterday we had an interesting experience and blessing to be able to give a priesthood blessing to a premature baby who was born with its organs outside of the stomach. The baby was to have surgery the next day and so we were able to give a blessing to be strong and according to the Lord’s will to be healthy and grow. Hopefully all works out. Pray for them.
That’s a wrap. Thank you so much for everything. I love you all so much. Conference is awesome. Keep strong! Keep me updated. Out e Alofa tele atu ia te ou tou!
Elder Cody John Walker
p.s. The church is true! Tell everyone you know!