Wednesday, June 27, 2012

June 18, 2012


                                                                            June 18, 2012

Dear Mom, Dad, and The Family,
Talofa. Ua mai outou?  What’s up?  I think we are so blessed to have the gospel in our lives and the knowledge and understanding we have on the plan of salvation and how much God loves us.  I love you guys and continually pray for all of you. Keep strong.  Pray always and the Atonement covers all pain.  I know that. The Lord does that for me through His Holy Spirit.  Alofa tele mo outou uma. 
Monday, we went golfing with Brother V and N and I was really really bad. I couldn’t even tee off.  Oh it was horrible. But my putting was decent and I even got some compliments on it.  It was fun, but we didn’t get a chance to talk to brother V about the church!  He wouldn’t give us a chance.  We will keep trying though as always, have faith and it will work out.
This week we stayed in the MRC while our house was figured out in Magiagi.  The final decision was that we go and shower with buckets of water we take from the office.  We also had to spend a long time cleaning the house to make it livable. But it helped my comp and I grow closer, as we worked together to clean and such. It’s a nice house, just has to be kept nice.
We had quite a few visits, dinners, and new investigators wanting to be baptized!  The work is starting to explode!   It is a lot of fun.  First off, is L.  We had a great end to the second lesson on the Plan of Salvation and she really liked how much she could know being a member of the church.  She was all prepped for baptism and everything.  Funny thing though is the dad of her husband asked if she could be baptized while pregnant and we said of course no problem, but that night she ended up giving birth to a boy.  It was exciting and we got to see the baby on Friday .  They all looked so happy together. L was still regaining strength so we quickly went over the 3rd lesson, planning to re-teach it later.  Exciting stuff there.
Next is brother W.  His son is M and he is going on a mission here the first week of July and his dad who seems like a member as he goes to church and doesn’t do anything contrary to the teachings of the church, but just hasn’t been baptized. Kind of like Elder Bednar and his dad in that talk, in fact they both mentioned that talk and when they listened to it together and knew that meant him. Anyway we had dinner with them Wed. and had a great talk with Bro. W which led to inviting us to teach him on condition that his son teach also to prep him for his mission, which of course we took that opportunity.  We planned it for Sunday night and Friday just went over the lesson with M and discussed how it might go.  Then we agreed to fast together so that it would be a good lesson.  On Sunday, we all got together and had one of the most amazing lessons! The spirit was so strong.  M teared up as he was talking and bearing testimony to his dad and even invited him to be baptized.  His dad sat and thought, saying he would keep studying.  Then we bore testimony and brought up setting the 30th to be baptized and he said he would pray with us, which he did with us at the end of the lesson. Since we had fasted, I was naturally feeling a little weak, but as he prayed, I was praying for him and as my physical body felt weak, my mind and spirit was so strong, I could just feel it!  Bro. W prayed so sincerely, it was awesome.  We testified so strongly and with so much conviction, he couldn’t go wrong. This had to be one of the highlights of this week and my mission.  I loved it and thanked my Heavenly Father for the opportunity I had received.  Man I don’t want this to end. Time flies too fast.
We had another good visit with a guy named L.  We began the first lesson and he has already expressed his desire to be baptized and it’s because we testified and taught on Priesthood and eternal families which he wants in his life, too. He kept asking what it would take for him to receive those blessings.  We explained it would take him getting married first, then preparing, repenting, and keeping commitments.  He said he would do whatever it takes.  So cool.
We had another lesson with A this week.  She shared some really cool experiences and dreams she has had.  She really wants the gospel in her life and just listening to her, it seems she has changed so much and you can see the desire in her.  She is reading, praying and putting God and what she knows is right first.
We re-contacted A, this week and have set up Wed. with her.  She is also prepped and excited to work towards baptism.  I was able to give a blessing to S, blessing also his house through prayer and shared our testimony on how he can have that in his life with him leading his family with that self-same power.  All this stuff is just coming and we are too busy with so little time . I love being busy.
We had stake conference.  It was good.  I saw Sitoga, Sunshine, Sister Taula and Faina and it was so good to catch up.  A thought from Stake Conference…Compare life to a Merry-go-Round and how sometimes being in the middle (Zion) is boring, it seems as we look to the edge where the fun seems to be but as we go out it becomes harder to hold on.  It appears seemingly fun, but Babylon in the end leads nowhere.  Don’t risk being thrown off and lost in darkness where life isn’t really fun.  Stay to the middle where happiness is.  That’s a rough and short interpretation, but it was still good.  I liked it.
Well to end with my testimony. (Molimau)
Ja ou te iloa emoni le talalelei. Eleai sou masa losaloi lena mea out e iloa foi O Thomas S. Monson o le perofeta soifua o loo taitai oi tatou. Ou te iloa ma ou mautinoa O loo soifua le Atua mo Lona Alo o Jesu Keriso. Ealofa tele le Atua ia te i tatou. Sa maliu Jesu Keriso mo o tatou ugasala luma lava. E moni ma faamaoni le Tusi A Mamona. O Josefa Samata O le perofeta sa filifilia e le Tama oi le Lagi ia toefuatai mai ai le talale lei i luga le fogaeleele…..(more testimony, all in Samoan this time J)…  Ou te Alofa tele ia te outou!  Faafetai mo mea uma lava.
Keep strong. Endure to the end. Thanks for everything!
Love you all,
Elder Cody John Walker

Monday, June 25, 2012

June 4, 2012


                                                                     June 4, 2012

Dear Mom, Dad, and The Family,
Hello Family what’s going on? Anything new or exciting? How is the summer treating you all? It was a really dry winter/spring wasn’t it? That’s no good. How are all the kids doing? Keeping active and keeping all of the parents (and grandparents J) busy? I hope as always all is well and no problems and everyone is safe.  How is the new baby, Alexsis doing?  Send me some pix please. Thanks.
Now for an update.  First off and the biggest change is ….We moved!! Yep, sad to say (really sad actually). We moved to Vaitolea adding 2 wards to our list making 6 wards altogether making us the most spread out and biggest areas.  No more missionaries will stay at the Taula’s or other member’s homes. President Leota wants every missionary in a missionary house. It was hard though, I had gotten so use to the family and enjoying them. There were times we had some good talks and thoughts were share. We tried and will continue to try harder to help the family come back to the truth and light. Now actually as Elder Rodgers said, they will look at us as missionaries more now and when we go over to share messages and invite them, we will always have that connection. I will never forget all their kindness and love and caring for us.  I love that family so much.  They are my family away from you guys.  What I’m saying is… Taulas Number 1!  Hopefully I can leave an even bigger impact by helping them get stronger or get back to activity by the time I’m done. That’s my new work.  Always the Spirit with it.  It was the biggest thing that happened this week.  I tried my best to explain why to them and continually pray that they understood.  I have faith and hope that all will be alright. S took it the worst as she was the closest to all the missionaries.  She was always serving them.  She and everyone else were great. We will continue to serve them and invite them to change.
We also got two new investigators also given to us by Sister F (man she is getting some work done).  Two more girls who both go to Pesega and after being in class and learning different things, they wanted to learn more and so Sister F invited them over to learn more. It went really well, we only taught up to the Great Apostasy but then finished it up with A who also came to church. W was busy when we planned the other lesson, but we will hopefully see her this week. It was really good and it’s awesome to teach people about the gospel and with a friend or somebody they know there it’s that much better. Member missionaries are the best!
We had an interesting but good week too with L.  She had wanted to watch the little short film on the Restoration so we watched the Samoan version with her on Tuesday but it didn’t go as well, as the translation is kind of amusing, so sometimes Samoans kind of laugh and don’t pay attention as well. She said she would enjoy watching the English version so on Thursday that is what we did.  This time it went a lot better and she enjoyed that video more and understood more.  Still she said she will continue praying to know whether it’s true and we said that’s great.  Read the Book of Mormon and pray, that’s how you’ll get your answers.
My comp is still on the sick side and two days he rested because his body is exhausted.  The 50th anniversary of Independence is happening which is making everyone busy and crazy its nuts.  UB40 came to Samoa for the anniversary. We taught the TTJP and Follow-up to M and it went ok. Anyway that’s this week.  I know the church is true.  God lives and loves us more than we know.  Jesus is the Christ our Savior and Redeemer.  The Book of Mormon is true.  Joseph Smith was chosen by God to restore the Church.  President Monson is our prophet today. Families are forever through the gospel.  I love you all so much! 
Alofa tele atu mo outou uma lava.  Keep strong and endure to the end.
Love, Elder Cody John Walker  

June 10, 2012


Dear Mom, Dad, and The Family,
Wow! A lot sure can happen in a week let me tell you guys. But first, how are things? Everything just fine, no problems or new things coming up? Where are the pixes of the new baby? I hope they are in a letter coming very soon.  Please.  Faamdemde.  I want to see Alexsis. Ya, also pix of others would be cool. I love pixes as I am sure all of you do, too. (and you are probably waiting on some pix from me. Ha ha. (Sorry, just don’t want to chance the mail).Ya, time sure flies and it has gone by super fast this week. 
First off, we are moving again. This time to live in Magiagi, still covering Alufua and Pasega 5th, but no longer Vaitoloa wards as other missionaries are coming to stay here in this house.  Yep, I think my comp and I were sent here to prep the house for them as they are the sisters in our zone.  Yep, being transferred from Matautu to here to cover this tamaieria (small area) and elders are going to be in Matautu.  Elders Lokeni ad Uri are being transferred together over to Savaii, Faala area!!  Uri is pumped and Lokeni relieved in a sort of way, just different.  Anyway the elders coming to Lotopa are my son, Too-Faalogo and Teleaga.  Both being transferred from Yuanai area and coming here to Lotopa.  I never thought that would happen.  To be in the same zone one last time with him.  Crazy cool!
We had a good start to the second lesson with L on Tuesday.  It was a neat experience as we went over and M her husband came to us apologizing saying she couldn’t talk as her stomach hurt and so we were leaving and about to just hop in the car and leave when I saw K and went to talk to him, but felt almost “pushed” toward him. Anyway we talked for a few minutes and were just seeing how he was doing, then got in the car to leave when M came walking out and L had just woke up and wondered if we could have the lesson.  Of course we said, Yes!  We went in and had a great talk and lesson with her on where we came from and the importance of Adam and Eve and their Fall.  Also our purpose here. As we talked to her she seemed happy to learn. Also gave her a blessing and I credit the spirit and the gift of tongues as I gave the blessing, it was so clear, genuinely from God.  All was spoken peacefully and just really all for her and all really fit for her and her situation.  Such a blessing not only for her, but for me as well.  Awesome experience and almost didn’t happen.  Next we went to our fafaga with the Martinez family, and Bro. Martinez’ parents from Australia had just come and his mom made homemade soft taco shells.  Amazing!!  I haven’t had that forever. I ate like 8 or so.  So good. His parents were born and raised in El Salvador.
We had another ZLC on Wednesday.  We had Brother Pauga come again and speak on reactivation and he gave us more help with stories on how it is best done. (Also showed us a cool trick with a pen and your hands).  He gave us advice on fasting and having a contrite spirit with a broken heart. All very important. Then we had a lecture from M, but it opened our eyes to prices of the mission and spending wisely.  Also had other matua faaleagaga (senior couples) speak.  Really great meetings.  President Leota gave us some good teaching on certain items to stress over and over and continue to work on including weekly progress reports, being anxiously engaged, keeping us focused on goals and helping the ward leaders to obtain them. Keeping us pumped.
This week we had a lot of referrals to contact so that was our main focus. We met some new faces along the way and had one really promising one who said he would want to start lessons.  Another said he would be fine with us coming back this week, and the last two we didn’t actually talk to the guy but to his wife and gave her a Book of Mormon and the invitation to give it to her husband.  The work is still progressing!
I have to say Mom we are so loved here and I love this area.  We have so many “moms” taking care of us. Sister K especially, who when she heard we had moved into our own place gave us a bunch of food and then said come back next week for more. Any house we go to they give us stuff to help us out, if they have it and find out we have a need.   So so blessed.
We had another visit with S on Friday and it was perfect.  She was so open and ready with questions.  We discussed Joseph Smith and his first vision, which talks about our beliefs and knowledge of the other churches at that time and how he was told,  “they were all wrong”.  That statement in the pamphlet really gets to some people understandably, but there is only one path, one faith, and one baptism and one Lord.  We talked on the importance of priesthood ordinances done by the right authority. All this is so key and we asked her if she consistently read the Book of Mormon and prayed asking if it’s true.  She said, no; so we stressed you can’t get an answer without asking. Also touched on eternal families and how it is only possible through the priesthood and inside our temples and she was shocked, but not so much when we explained why. It was good though, and her friend may be interested as well. Something she did say that I liked was how they know we as missionaries, are the ones to go to for answers, which means they know our purpose and helps us to know we are sharing our message.
We had another good visit with D.  Invited him to read the Book of Mormon every day.  He still has problems to overcome, and it is hard, but he can do it.  The power of the word has more power than anything.  Alma 31:5.  So we put it to the test with him. 
Well that’s a wrap for this week, still had some hard downs when my comp was down sick.  He still has not gotten over it completely.  We are going to stay in the MRC until the house in Magiagi is fixed.  It has some problems right now.  So ya, we are in the office. Anyway, I know the church is true and the only true church on the earth.  I know Joseph Smith is a true prophet and that through him with the restored priesthood the true church was restored to the earth.  I know the Book of Mormon is true and so powerful.  I know Jesus is the Christ and that he lived, suffered and died but was resurrected on the 3rd day, so we all will be resurrected and brought before God to be judged of our works.  I know God lives and loves us!  It is infinite.  I love you all so much.  Thank you for everything!!  Keep strong and endure to the end.
Alofa tele atu mo outou uma lava!
Elder Cody John Walker

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

May 28, 2012


                                                                                                          May 28, 2012

Dear Mom, Dad, and Family,
Hey, first congrats to Blake and Angela for the birth of Alexsis, #4 and a girl!  Send me some pix please.  Awesome!  What else is new?  Anything? You all keeping busy? I hope all of you are doing good and no problems. I thank Heavenly Father for that every day. He surely has and is continually blessing our family.  I love all you guys.  I was so blessed to grow up and be in a family like ours.  We are truly one of a kind, meaning who we are. Thank you guys for being you and also for your examples to me.  I grow each day and think to different times you have advised me or helped me and I use it to make me a better missionary and a better person.  Faafetai faafetai lava!  The Walkers, the Best.  Love you all!! Alofa tele atu mo outou uma lava!
First off was our Conference or Mission Tour with President F. Michael Watson and his wife.  It was amazing and so awesome.  He talked to us about the doctrine of the Father and Jesus Christ, emphasizing the point again like Elder Pearson did.  It is essential that people understand that and realize who they really are as sons and daughters of God, but also know exactly who Heavenly Father really is and how we can talk to Him and understand more about Him.  Pres. Watson’s wife talked about the 13 Articles of Faith, inviting us to use them more, but also to memorize them in our second language so we can help others more fully understand our religion.  President Leota talked about 7 different things or statements we are trying to do in this mission. They were all amazing.  One I will mention is it is better to be trusted than loved, because if they can trust you they will come to love you.  So true.  Especially here as we are so loved, but need to be trusted so they will learn to love who we are.  We need their trust to get this work going.  Also one thing that has not been making too many Samoans happy and is changing this mission is that the Lord’s Aganuu (culture) is better than any other and the most important and we need to learn to speak that.  He is mainly talking on the big speeches people try to learn and focus their time on instead of gospel language and teaching or gaining spiritual thoughts with the power of the spirit.  That’s more important.  I really like that.  I didn’t come on a mission to become a master of the whole language like a Matai (high chief), but to become a master servant of God and a representative of Jesus Christ.  Also had some thoughts from Sister Leota which was all good.  I could keep writing but you will just have to see my journal later.  Needless to say it was a good conference.  Oh also on Friday morning we had a special fono (meeting) for zone leaders with President Watson and President Leota which was short and sweet, but instructive. With comments also from the mission tour and how we are focusing on real growth in the church and rescuing the one or those who have strayed. Also he talked to us and told us to fulfill our calling as a leader as that is what we are called to do. So go out and lead the way for others to follow.  Lead with love and by example.  This is training us for other callings.  So much stuff.  All good though for sure.
Tuesday was our pday this time. We had a good lesson with M and also had institute.   This week was the last week of Institute for this term. Couldn’t believe it.  That went fast and now because of the 50th Anniversary of Independence for Samoa, it is going to be out until July, so our Tuesdays and Thursdays just opened up. It was fun though to teach and I got some experience there. Also it was fun to sign their certificates and hand them to them at the presentation on Friday as their instructor. Ha ha. It was fun.  We had 5 or 6 graduates from our class.
This past week my companion got some virus and was down all day Wednesday and part of other days.  His stomach was bad!  He had a fever of 103, it was crazy.  But he got a blessing and is doing better now, thank goodness.  Not the kind of sickness you want to get as you can’t eat, sleep or do practically anything.  Hopefully I don’t get it either, just pray and hope not.  Keep Strong.  Ha ha.
So the cool thing for this week is the referral from the APs that we contacted and taught the first lesson in two days.  Her name is L and she is married to M and M’s brother was a big help, just getting home from his mission to the Philippines, so he helped with his witness and testimony.  Anyways I really really loved the lessons and consider them some of the best first lessons I have had here in Samoa.  The Spirit was strong, the atmosphere was comfortable and relaxed, also it was organized and setup well, etc.  I could just explain more and more, but it was so much fun. L was open with us and was asking questions that were very legitimate and helped us to teach her and help her understand instead of kind of teaching blindly or trying to teach based on nothing just that she wants to investigate.  But with her asking questions it makes the lesson so much better and helps us to help her.  Anyways it was a great experience and I was grateful for the opportunity.  All of the people are fun and love to laugh and make things interesting.
Last is Sister K and another good experience. We constantly talk on the Book of Mormon and stress the importance and she always says she will read and pray, but gets busy.  Then I felt inspired the other day to have her read “Our Search for Happiness” by Elder M. Russell Ballard and she said she would.  She came to me on Sunday just beaming and saying how she loved the book and said she could feel the spirit so strongly after she prayed and started reading the Book of Mormon.  She said, “I’m not there yet, but I am closer.” YES!  So awesome.  Cool experience there.
I know the church is true, Joseph Smith restored the church through the power of God, and President Monson is a true prophet. Jesus is the Christ and is our Savior and Redeemer. God lives and loves us; The Book of Mormon is so so true.  Memorize the Articles of Faith, so important.
Love you all!   Thanks for everything!  Alofa tele Atu.  Keep strong and Endure to the End.
Elder Cody John Walker

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

May 21, 2012


                                                                                                   May 21, 2012

Dear Mom, Dad, and Family,
Hey family!  How is everything going?  I hope all is well and still going great.  Anything new?  You know I will always ask that question.  How is everyone?  Anything happening this summer?  Keep me updated.  Oh first off, it was great to talk to everyone.  It was awesome, I loved it!  It was great to hear from you guys and how everyone is doing.  Wasn’t too bad to have to hang up since it won’t be too long before I see you all, but don’t think that yet. I love my mission and just like that book, Mom, where he asks –“do I have to come home?”  I so love the people here and can’t imagine life without them and talking and joking with them, too. I love the language! So amazing and I thank God everyday for the privilege and blessing of speaking this language. Amazing stuff.  Hey, if by chance my brothers could write some thoughts on how to finish strong as well as Dad, that would be great, just some good words of advice for me.  I am not trunky, I just am always willing to take good advice and how each of you worked in your missions.  I think it would be cool.  Thanks.  It would be good to hear from Tyler and Ross, too if they can.  Thanks a ton.  Love you all.
My birthday- ha ha .  Well I started out the morning getting hosed with water , then mackerel and flour dumped on me and thrown on me while they sang Happy Birthday to me.  (I even got the monkey version). Just grand! We had a decent day with keeping busy before coming back to our home to help prepare the umu (rock oven), for the pig (yep size 2) luau/palusami, chicken ( moa tao), ulu (breadfruit) and talo!  All prepared just for my birthday.  So much fun, but I also could see how loved I was and I so love that family!  So good to me and loving and caring. So grateful to them. Oh and Koko Samoa!  My cake consisted of ulu and talo.  Wait till you see the pix.  So awesome!! 21 yrs. old, wow, I don’t feel like it.
Wednesday we were busy with transfers even though only one was transferred from our zone with one that came in.  Elder Lokeni from my MTC was switched with Elder Kinnison who became ZL in Upolu South Zone.  It’s fun to have Elder Lokeni here, he is a cool guy.  Also had splits in our zone with other elders who were sick, well I mean Elder Logoai who had his wisdom teeth pulled.  Not fun.  Also a group finished on Wednesday of decent size, but with mainly people from California on that one.  Yep, that was big.  Also my son, Too-Faalogo got transferred here to Tuanai area.
Big things that happened was with M.  First, thinking she was engaged, but on Friday found out it was all broken up.  That’s where the spirit of the Lord guided us and also witnessed to M of the truthfulness of this gospel.  We gave her a blessing of comfort and the next day taught a good first lesson. Cool thing is she just kept thanking us for helping her and the peace she felt after the blessing and how she read constantly from the Book of Mormon and felt at peace.  So awesome there. Loved that experience.  Also we have member work going in Pesaga 5th ward.  A sister/teacher of Pesega invited a girl her age 18, named T, to learn more and she accepted and we had another amazing lesson. She felt the spirit and especially at the First Vision part.  Sister F was the one doing the missionary work.  She wants to be baptized and oh, so does M. Oh and also had a grand visit with two less active families, the K and F families.  Sister K was so great and I felt so humble and teared up when she thanked me for persisting with her and told me to do that with everyone as she knows I won’t give up on her.  I love that family, especially sister K.  I felt of her love for me, too when she talked to me. Then the F family, the mom is the only strong one and she just had a stroke so we are going to work with her and her kids.  So much stuff, not a lot of numbers, but meetings and visits and now work that can be done.  All good things happening.
Sorry to cut it short, but I have to go.  I love you all!  I know this is the only true and living church.  God lives and so does His Son, Jesus Christ who is our Savior.  They love us infinitely.  We have a living prophet, Pres. Monson.  The Book of Mormon is true!  The work done in temples is true.  Thank you so much for the boxes and everything and all you do for me.  Thanks to everyone.   Alofa tele atu mo Outou!  Keep strong and endure to the end. 
Alofa atu,
Elder Cody John Walker

Monday, June 4, 2012

May 14, 2012


                                                                                                       May 14, 2012

Dear Mom, Dad, and the Family,
Well this week has been pretty busy, but also exciting as the Mothers Day call is coming up.  But first off is everything good?  No problems I hope.  How’s life treating you all?  Just keep me posted. Also pixes are always a great thing but letters are awesome, too.  Thank you so much to everyone.  You guys are so so awesome.  A big Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers in the Walker family.  Also to Grandma Walker and Grandma Arrington.  All of the mothers in my life.  Faafetai tele lava!  Alofa tele atu mo outou uma!
Got to start this letter and get it sent, so here is a quick wrap of the week.  First off, I got my temple recommend renewed with President Leota and it is in Samoan. Just another sign of how fast time goes.  My first recommend was with the Ogden ward.
This week we have tried to go around and talk to more of the less strong families of each ward and had some neat experiences.  Oh first, my son, Too Faalogo is sick and had to be over here and still is and so during the day he was on splits with us.  His comp Tingay went with Elders in Lotopa so that was the whole week with them.  Anyway Too is fine, just can’t eat heavy fatty and fried foods without getting sick.  Oh cool thing, I got to talk to his dad in Australia for a little bit on Saturday so that was neat.  Cool and a great man.
We got a new investigator that seems pretty promising, M.   She is married to a RM.  She is pretty familiar with the church (sorry my handwriting is going down as well as my grammar in English) and had received some lessons done in Vaitoloa.  She wants to understand more and as she saw how we bless babies not baptize them, we will need to cover that principle for sure. Kind of hard to get her to open up, but she shows genuine interest, just have to say the right things guided by the Spirit and then she begins to talk.  Hopefully continue and get a baptismal sate set this next visit.
Really focusing now on just teaching everyone, even if it’s just a quick lesson to invite them back to church, read the Book of Mormon or something like that.  That is something my comp is really good at, he just takes every opportunity.  Like for example we went to M’s but only her cousin was there so we left, but felt like we should go back and so we did.  His name is R and he had already been baptized but was inactive a little.  We talked to him and got to know him and then invited him to come back and begin reading from the Book of Mormon and he said thank you for visiting him and talking to him he had “received happiness” as he said in Samoan, so that felt good to us.  Then we visited this girl who had been baptized in Australia but since moving here had not gone back to church, just stayed home. She was happy we came and we told her about the English ward and invited her to come and we could get her records transferred back her to Samoa.  She was excited and wanting to come back.  Good and glad we could help her.
We had just a little instance with the car while we were doing a split with Elder Rousseau and Toose. Just that the passenger side window got shattered by a rock from a weed eater while it was parked at the chapel.  I had gone with Rousseau in Vaitoloa while Toose had gone with my comp, but we had to end it early as that accident happened. Fast repair though and now we have the car back.  It was fun to be with Rousseau too.
Last on the list was sui papatosoga (baptisms for the dead) with W in Vailima ward.  I got to help with confirmations and be a witness as W was baptized.  Way fun and exciting for him. I got some pix so hopefully send that soon.
That’s a wrap for week. A short one, but I will get to talk to you all anyways. Ha ha .  I love you all!!  I know the church is true and that Jesus is the head of it.  He lives and is our Savior and Redeemer.  God lives and loves us.  The Book of Mormon is a true book and the most correct.  Commandments keep us safe and strong.  Keep strong!  Emoni le Ekalesia.  Thanks for everything.  Love you all!
Alofa tele atu mo outou,
Elder Cody John Walker  


Sunday, June 3, 2012

May 6, 2012


                                                                                                            May 6, 2012

Dear Mom, Dad, and the Family,
Hey Fam! How is everything going? Good?  As always I truly do hope so.  Hey make sure all that yard work is done before I come home. jokes, but seriously. Ha ha.  Enough of the rocks, right? How is the ward doing Mom and Dad?  How is Primary Mom?  And how are the missionaries over there, Dad? Is the work progressing and doing just fine?  Ours is jumpstarting here and it is only the beginning. It is so exciting. I wish I had just started my mission with all the changes and new things we are doing, it is so amazing to be a part of. Miracles are beginning to happen. Patience, hard work, obedience, praying, fasting and so on and so forth.  Keep strong and keep on trucking.
I guess the sad news first, we had to take S out of the teaching pool as she left for Australia Saturday to be with her husband for the whole month, not coming back for a month or so.  The thing that was sad is that we tried and tried to see her before she left, planning different days and times just to give her a message before she went and maybe some helps on how to be strong while in Australia and lastly find out exactly where she was staying to help her to find a chapel over there so she could go to church (maybe with her husband). Which would be great!  But no such luck. In fact it kind of seemed like she was avoiding us.  But try not to think that, just give her a break and hopefully she comes back and still wants to talk to us.  Pray and hope.
We had a follow-up lesson with W and hopefully planning to go with him and the Vailima ward to do baptisms for the dead this Saturday.  We just read a little from the Book of Mormon and encouraged/invited him to continue reading and learning more.  He is a good cool kid and will be a good missionary someday. He was busy the rest of the week as are a lot of people this month in preparation for the 50th Anniversary of Samoan Independence.  Busy time coming up is all I can say.
We contacted a girl from Vailima name J who has a “friend” on a mission in Hawaii and they are kind of writing back and forth and he, the missionary, invited her to learn more so she told her friend who contacted us and we met up at her work place and she was very open, but surprised at how quickly we contacted and talked to her.  She is a cool girl, just hesitant at the moment, but has been to church before so is familiar.  We gave her a Book of Mormon and told her we would keep in touch.
We had another ZLC as well as interviews with President.  The ZLC was good.  We planned a mission fast for unity, revelation and further promptings from the Holy Ghost, and the softening of hearts of those we teach and are looking for. It was a grand idea and I know miracles are coming our way.  We also talked on how we can help now with reactivating and helping people remain in the church.  Really good meeting. Very spiritual and powerful.  Interviews were awesome. A little different though as Pres. came to us in the van and that is where we had our interviews.  So cool to talk to him, I love Pres. Leota.  He talked with me about the work and then he complimented me on my handwriting! Ha ha  Seriously said I had good penmanship or whatever.  I think he is confused with someone else. Anyway it was awesome.
We met with L at McDonalds by chance and talked to her, but she said right now we need to just not meet to teach anymore until her parents calm down as she told them she was meeting with us.  We had a good discussion and talked and invited her to read the Book of Mormon and pray about it.  Hopefully  she continues to do that.
We had the starting visit with A and P . I think A will be baptized this month or next along with P.  Great couple and progressing so well. Just got to know what A wanted and then planned this week to start teaching.  Hope all goes well there.
That is a wrap.  I will talk to you guys soon.  Phone call!  But besides helping a family move, meeting again with S and P and a lot of work beginning that’s a wrap.  I will have a lot more to write coming up.  Oh it’s exciting.  I know the church is true. Jesus is the Christ.  God lives.  We have a living prophet.  The Book of Mormon is powerful.  I love you all.  Keep strong.

Alofa tele Atu mo Outou,
Elder Cody John Walker

p.s.  I got sick all day Sat.—chicken is the culprit –aargh!)  Love you all!

Friday, June 1, 2012

April 30, 2012


                                                                                                         April 30, 2012

Dear Mom, Dad, and Family,

Talofa lava!  O a mai outou!  So how is everything?  All good?  Any new news or anything happening I don’t know about?  I will always ask because I love you all and even though I am far away I still want to help and be involved with family matters.  Still am focused on the work, but ya you know what I mean. Anyways I better get started on the update.
I got to golfing last Monday with my comp and man I stunk it up. I couldn’t tee off to save my life.  Surprisingly though I was able to putt decently. It was fun though, just my comp and I and we walked it to get some good exercise.
From President Hamula’s conference that we had, our new thing now is pushing to help not only new members, but ALL members, especially those less active to receive all their covenants necessary for salvation. This includes partaking of the sacrament every week, temple covenants (endowment and sealing) which all are important.  Oh and for all young men and men to receive the priesthood.  So ya, we are beginning to focus on that and President Hamula said the baptisms would flow from that.  Right now we need to strengthen what Samoa already has and with all its members temple worthy and if not of age to be endowed, then doing baptisms for the dead.  And young men preparing for missions and girls if they want to. The list could go on, but that’s a very good point and factor. How can we baptize these people into wards where they are expected to be strengthened by themselves and then be the strongest and most worthy? Can’t be indifferent these days in the world where Satan is so strong, they need to set foot on a firm foundation which is the ward where they are baptized and of course the gospel. It’s the new vision or the reformed vision to strengthen the stakes not just increase numbers. We are now going to work with members and get everyone we can to the temple.  This I know as well will bring baptisms and then all of us together will endure to the end.
So as a preparation, we went out to try and meet with less actives and ask the Bishop as well who specifically to visit.  He gave us a good family we could maybe have a baptism there.  So we had a good visit with this family in Maomoa that Rodgers and Smithing had baptized. They of course are far away from the chapel and their problem is it’s too far to walk, so that’s a problem. The other elders use to give rides, but when they got transferred that stopped and also now it is not allowed to give people rides.  Anyway we talked with the mom and dad about Conference (General Conference) and they at first told us they had watched every session, but when I asked about President Monson’s talk they admitted that they hadn’t made it to that one, so I just expressed my thoughts and impressions about the Prophet’s talk and bore my testimony to them.  My comp also bore testimony and we invited them to be stronger and continue going forward.  A good visit! Also got a referral that we gave to the sisters.
What was fun was on Wed. we went to the K family to return dishes to D from Sunday and there was a lady there from Faleasiu.  We began talking and I came to find out she is family with Fesolai Moega and Maria who Asuafi and I baptized over a year ago.  She was still of their old faith and so we began talking and she asked us to share a little bit so we did half English half Samoan.  She already had a Book of Mormon so we gave her a pamphlet on the Restoration.  We asked her to read and study it to know only a portion of what we believe.  She accepted and wanted to meet with missionaries so we referred her over to those Elders.  Hopefully all works out.
This past week it was interesting, instead of in New Zealand, they held the Mission Presidents conference here in Samoa. All mission presidents from the Pacific Area came to Samoa for a week conference with the Area Presidency.  A lot of important people here.  We met with one of them on Monday, President and Sister Simmons from the Sydney, Australia Mission.  She took our picture and may have sent it to you. Anyway it was a busy week for the Presidents and others and on Thursday our zone and the north zone got chosen to sing a song to all of them right before the meeting that day.  We sang “Oloo Fai Neile taua” (We are now in War).  And it turned out pretty good.  Fun and a great experiences. Awesome experience.  It was so cool to see and talk to some of them.
With that, the Tongan Mission President’s wife on her way here talked and invited a lady on the airplane to read the Book of Mormon.  So we went by her hotel and dropped one off and she was surprised, but impressed at our determination.  She said she would read it as she traveled.  Great experience.
Then from Friday to Sunday, I got to go back to Savaii for three days!  We were chosen to go and help teach the TTIP and follow-up and Fellowshipping to a ward and lucky me that Elder Rodgers put me in Sili/Papa!!  Yep, I got to go back to the good ole village of Sili.  We taught in Papa on Sunday which went pretty good and hopefully the people catch the spirit. (Also cool is the bishop asked us to bless the sacrament).  The teaching went alright as we delivered it, also there weren’t that many people either. But we did what we could and many people like it.  But all day Saturday I went with Elder Logoai and visited a lot of houses of families I knew.  It was a lot of fun and great to see them.  We even got to give two strengthening lessons to two people, (two guys that had some weaknesses).  But I love that area and those people. So awesome and fun to catch up on things.  I miss all of them, but will always remember them.  We came back on Sunday, so short of a time, but at least we got to see them and I have a lot of Koko Samoa promised to me.  That may have been the last time I will be able to go to Savaii. Kind of sad to think about. Just keep working. I will see them again.   A lot of the baptisms we had there in Savaii are enduring, all but one. Also is you remember, L of Sili 2nd ward, she was baptized!  Oh and A, whose baptism we were able to attend on Saturday and I gave the spiritual thought and then also R whom we taught over in Papa, was baptized not too long ago.  So awesome to hear.
That’s a wrap. I know without a doubt the church is true and Jesus is the Christ.  He is the Head of this Church.  His Atonement is infinite.  It has no limits.  God lives and loves each and every one of us. We can be eternal as families forever. Keep the commandments, that’s the key to happiness. The Book of Mormon is true and the most correct, most powerful and most important book on the earth.  It changes lives.  President Monson is a true prophet.  Follow him.  I love you all so so much! Alofa tele atu mo outou.  Thank you so so much for everything. HAPPY MOTHERS DAY MOM!!  I will talk to you all soon. Keep strong.
Alofa atu,
Elder Cody John Walker