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