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