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