Tuesday, July 31, 2012

July 15, 2012


                                                                               July 15, 2012

Dear Mom, Dad, and The Family,

Malo lava Soifua ma le Lagi Mama!  (Congrats on living and the clean heavens).

By the way my English is leaga and I sometimes fill in words with Samoan ones as I can’t remember all the English I am looking for. This week was absolutely packed to brim with stuff to do and even with all we did, we still haven’t completed everything such as contacting people, talking with each companionship on some things to do and much much more with lessons and such!

We had a baptism this week.  They were the first baptisms in Magiagi.  The two kids I told you about, Lite and Sofeni.  We finished up Sofeni’s lessons on Thursday and then interviews for both on Friday with the baptism at 6:00 on Saturday.  Well, it was planned for 5:30, but we were on Samoan time. Ha ha. But it went really well.  Awesome baptism and a good turn out too.  Those two kids are legit.  Good listeners (of course if not they would get fasi), but they learned and hopefully grew from our teachings.  I really enjoyed teaching them. Cool kids.

Also have a baptism set up for this Thursday in Vailima.  It’s the girl T, I told you about. She is 14 yrs. old and solid. We taught the first three lessons this week.  She has even been reading steadily from the Book of Mormon. Reading every day. Also on Thursday when we taught she had come with questions for us about her reading. Awesome! She loves church and young womens.  She is excited to be baptized. Of course the bishop was excited, too.  We will finish us her lesson Tuesday, then her interview on Wednesday and baptism on Thursday.  Hopefully all works out.

Last of all, the big news—we went to the TEMPLE.  It was amazing. Awesome. Sekia, Musuia, unforgettable and much more.  I loved it.  First we had training as a zone at the office with President Leota who really emphasized having our hearts right, faith has got to be strong, and we need to visit, invite, report, and follow-up with everyone we see.  This all put together will help us accomplish our goal.  He asked us all what we thought and whether it was possible to obtain our goals or no.  All of us answered yes we could, so now we are to go forward and get it done. So then we went to the Temple and wrote down commitments to give to the Lord on what I will improve on and change so that I can always have the spirit and work well with my companion. Just 100 % obedience.  I love the temple and wish I could go more often. That is definitely a blessing in our lives to go there.  I love it!  It’s indescribable in words.  The Samoa Temple is so beautiful. All are just amazing places to be. The Lord’s house.  I got the chance to go with Too-Faalogo and Ormsby, too.  We were the last ones in the Celestial room, so peaceful.  Holy and Amazing.

We have some new investigators in both Vailima and Magiagi with some wards as well.  Crazy, but it seems where we live is where we have work.  Maybe the other wards may think they don’t have missionaries or something, but we keep on visiting when we can.  We still have investigators there, too.  Just do all we can.  It is so fun though to be busy.  We have some pretty promising people too, that we have contacted. So busy by the way, that on Thursday we did a split with the APs.  I went with Rodgers and Malaga went with Ormsby. Got a whole lot more done.

Well that is it for now.  Sorry, but gotta run. I love my mission, kind of don’t want to leave. Actually a lot, I don’t want to.  It is sad to think about so I don’t.  I just work and keep going until I drop.  Do all I can with what time I have left.  Thank you all so very much for the support, letters, prayers, packages, and love!  I LOVE YOU ALL SO VERY MUCH!  You are constantly in my prayers.  Keep strong.  Faamalosi Peal. And endure to the end. Tumau e oo i Iuga.  Ou te Alofa tele naua ia Outou! Faafetai mo mea uma.

Alofaaga,
Elder Cody John Walker

July 8, 2012


                                                                                         July 8, 2012

Dear Mom, Dad, and The Family,

Talofa Lava!  O a mai tou susuga?  Malo lava le faamalosi!
S is back from Australia, but gone back a little as her husband is very against it.  For two months he probably was very forceful and negative as she didn’t come to church, but told us she has the flu. So trust that is true and hopefully help her out. She said to keep in touch and set up time to meet so hopefully that all works out.  She was so set back in April, going strong but don’t give up hope.
We had a lesson with A.  She let us know apologetically that she couldn’t go through with her baptism because of her brothers.  She said she wants peace first. It was hard as she really wants to but just is too concerned with outward forces.  We invited her to go home and pray about it and see what God had to say.  Then go forward with that. She said we could continue lessons but eventually also said she would be baptized, but just not now.  Sad day.
Also taught L.  He is just waiting for his wife to give birth then they will get married and he will be baptized.  He can’t wait for that day.  Good guy.  Always so happy to see us.  Comes to church, reads, prays and us constant.  Such a steady investigator.  Awesome.  Need to teach him all the lessons.
L is going strong.  Cool little kid.  Also S, his house is just way far so he has trouble, but still planning their baptisms this Saturday the 14th. So hopefully all works out.  Planning to go see S’s parents this week. Need to talk to them. Pray all goes well there.
We have been having fun Fafagas this past week with the Magiagi ward.  So fun to talk to them and laugh and joke and enjoy each others’ company.  I will miss that. Good families!
We had a ZLC this past week.  That was way cool.  We went over the special meeting with Elder Pearson and are going to put to work those things and anywhere we go to invite change and repent, report that to the bishop, then follow-up.  Great stuff. Keeps us focused and busy.  Then the next day shared all of this with the zone in a 3 hour meeting.  Long, but really good. Great meetings.
We had planned visits with some of the auxiliary leaders in Pesega 5th with brother P.  their visits were more successful than ours.  Ha ha .  But we had time to talk to H who is a great guy.
With the transfer that happened on Friday and no sisters to be in Vaitoloa until Tuesday, the baptisms fell on us to help get it done.  We needed to teach the last lessons to one named G, a really honest, sincere guy who I just really looked at and saw him with the love God has for him.  It has happened before, but I really felt for G. We had the interviews and then the baptisms the next day. The baptism service was amazing.  Packed with so many people.  So many supporters. Awesome!  I could definitely see all the help that the new members have. There were 3 converts and one rebaptism. Then the funny thing happened. We had received money for our fafaga, but as we were leaving a lady came asking for the sisters as they had a fafaga ready for them. We said that they had been transferred and it worked out that we could go and accept the meal.  It was fun though, as we talked with an RM who served in Pocatello, Idaho.  He and his wife are planning to be sealed this November. The mom of the RM is sturdy as her husband had passed, but they were sealed so they will be together again.  Cool experience there.
Had Ward Conference in Pesega 5th. It went really well, a lot of people came.  President Faalego is really good. He talked on the basics of the church and whether we are getting it done.  Prayer, scripture study, FHE, church and other things.  These things will provide the foundation for our lives.  Did a really good job.  The counselor talked on remembering the past to better the future. Always important.
Contacted a girl named T in Vailima, should be a good baptism, she is used to going to church and has been going for a while. A good girl.  Also going to contact and start lessons with others so starting there.
That is the update for this week.  My comp and I are so busy we can hardly think.  Plan well, set goals, then go out and get it done.  I am so thankful we are busy. The work is exploding.  So exciting!
I know the Church is true.  It is the only true and living church on the earth today.  I know President Monson is the living prophet and holds all the keys to direct this church under the leadership of Jesus Christ. God lives and His Son, Jesus Christ also.  They love us infinitely.  I know Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer.  His teachings and life are our guide to peace in this life.  Follow Him!  I know the Book of Mormon is true through and through.  The most correct book on the earth and the keystone of our religion.  I know that Joseph Smith through the restored priesthood set up again the church on the earth.  E moni le tala lelei.  Keep strong, and Endure to the End!   I love you all so much!  Alofa tele atu mo outou.  Thanks for everything.
Elder Cody Walker


Friday, July 13, 2012

July 2, 2012


                                                                   July 2, 2012

Dear Mom, Dad, and The Family,

Talofa Lava Lou Aiga Malosi Lava! How’s it going family?  I hope all is well. Time sure flies.  Already to July. Crazy stuff.  So super busy here, it is great.
It was an awesome week. I can’t begin to describe it. First off, on Monday morning we had a special Zone leader meeting with Elder Pearson of the Seventy in Upolu. It was amazing and so inspirational.  I love it when he speaks.  He has so much enthusiasm and keeps everything upbeat.  He talked on Priesthood keys and how they are designated and also on essential ordinances for the Celestial Kingdom and also on having our vision broken down to unity, clarity, focus, faith, and urgency.  Also talked on having faith in ourselves and helping others do the same with understanding as well.  That is key.  Such a great meeting.  He is like President Leota pushing us to work together more with leaders and changes are happening.
We had one of the most spiritually powerful and just plain awesome lessons with F and A this past Tuesday. I wish I could explain it in detail but it would take too many pages.  Both of them felt the spirit as we talked on the Plan of Salvation and they expressed their desires to be with their families forever.  Then we invited them to be baptized and this is where it got emotional. A accepted right away with how her mom had passed on and she wants to feel belonging and loved, which she knows can come as she performs ordinances in the temple and helps unite her family and how it’s been hard for her not having that relationship.  Next came F whose mom also passed at an early age and whose dad is a pastor of another church and how his dad said if you turn on the church now you turn on me saying don’t ever change so that’s why it would be hard as he loves his dad and has always looked up to him.  Sister F came in explaining Christ’s love for us and it would be more to follow Him.  It was so emotional and I just was so amazed at how strong the spirit was and the way it worked through us to them.  A accepted the 14th and is still working towards that.  We had another great lesson with her, another emotional one and we talked about repentance and how she needs to forgive herself.  We shared Alma’s testimony and experience and she understood she really needed this before her baptism. Oh it was so amazing! F though was told he couldn’t meet with us again as of right now, but all is for a reason.
We have had more lessons too, with L.  He is doing great and progressing steadily.  He said they are waiting until after his wife gives birth to get married then have his baptism. She is due any day so it will be this month hopefully.  So awesome though how he bears testimony of how he knows this church is true.  M was able to meet again and we were able to help her with her problem with the Book of Mormon and this being the only true church with priesthood power.  She had been wondering why we so wanted to help her to be baptized in this church and so we explained all that. 
We started lessons and have planned baptisms for 2 kids in Magiagi coming up on the 14th as well.  L and S. Cool kids simple and fun to teach.  I love those two lil guys.  They like us too and love having us teach them.  So innocent, they are both 11 yrs. old. S is a bright kid and he picks it up fast and L is sincere.  Fun guys.
Had L’s baptism this past Saturday, and I had the blessing and opportunity to baptize her.  Also before that we taught her the 4th lesson.  It was a good baptism. L seemed happy. Her husband was a little sad that he could not perform the baptism, but he was still there to support her.  Hopefully he can get back on track and they can do things together and eventually be sealed with their new little boy. That will be an awesome day for them.
We are still having great fafagas, not just because of spiritual thoughts and conversations we have had, it has been so fun to actually help out and really fulfill the whole purpose these fafagas are for.  Hopefully changes are made in people’s lives. Also could affect others.
We had a very busy, but fruitful day on Sunday.  First, a fun thing (by the way, I was exhausted from this) is that we were busy with meetings, visits, zone business from 5:20 a.m. to 10:20 p.m., meaning 17 hours in a shirt and tie. J  First off a meeting with the Stake presidency of Pesega at 5:30 in the morning. Then sacrament meeting at 7:30 at Alafua, then right after that, we attended the ward council for Pesega. Then to sacrament meeting in Pesega 4th for L’s confirmation. After that back to the 5th ward for church, then to our fafaga at 2:30, followed by another meeting, this time with the Apia Stake Presidency, followed by a general stake priesthood meeting. We dropped off elders and picked up reports and then came home to plan until 10:20 pm where the day ended.  Crazy, but fun. Don’t even want to know what the APs and Pres. Leota go through.
I have got to run.  Hope to always keep busy. I love you all!  Thanks for the pix of Alexsis, it was so cute. Thanks for everything. I know the church is true and led by a living prophet.  God lives and loves us.  He sent His Son to Atone for our sins.  Jesus is the Christ. Joseph Smith is a true prophet.  The Book of Mormon is true.  I know families can be together forever!  Keep strong. Endure to the end.
Alofa tele atu mo outou uma lava!  Emoni le Talalelei.
Elder Cody John Walker

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

June 24, 2012


                                                                             June 24, 2012

Dear Mom, Dad, and The Family,
Talofa Lava!!   I hope all is okay and everything is going great.
We have been having some great fafagas these past weeks and some more good ones this past week.  Andrew, our Ward Mission Leader has been pushing and scheduling for us to eat with less actives and nonmembers or part members too. We have had some really neat experiences and good spiritual moments during these. Some who are less active have committed to change and come back and others who weren’t members have accepted to read and pray about the Book of Mormon. What more could we ask for with these members helping us and having full day nonstop missionary work which has been happening.  Mostly just spiritual thoughts but with these families and people who need help, it’s a really big help to the work and hopefully help us in helping others come to Christ, thus fulfilling our purpose.
Really quick, want to say goodbye to two senior couples I’ve grown to love.  First off, the Eriksons who for some time lived up in Manila and are familiar with Vernal.  That was fun to talk with them.  Loved these couple and had fun with them all.
We have been continuing with L who is just such a good, honest, sincere guy.  Right away he has talked to his boss to make arrangements to no longer work on Sundays.  Also they are starting their marriage plans so he can be baptized, which he has accepted to do.  Every time we teach he testifies he knows this is the only true church and wants all the blessings with it.  He is so committed to learn and grow more and more.  Awesome stuff, I will keep you updated on him and when his baptism is.
Next is A. Only had one meeting this week, but it was with W who came back and another young man named F.  He is an awesome respectful warm guy who already has a friend in the church in Pesega 5th Ward.  We had a great visit and talk on ordinances and all of them were in tune and listening intently.  We had a great discussion and bore strong testimony.  Sister F was there and she was equally awesome, sharing her feelings on the temple.  Really intense, but way strong spiritually with the Holy Spirit there.    
We had another quick visit with L, reviewing what we have talked about and pushed her baptism to the 30th as Bishop was out of town and more support would be there for her.  She was perfectly fine with it and happy, too. I think she wants another week of rest with having the baby and all.  We had another lesson too, with A.  Finally got a hold of her again and talked to her about the Book of Mormon and prayer.  She had never prayed out loud before and so we talked and came to understand that she didn’t feel it was personal when prayed in groups, but we asked her to say the closing prayer and she did. (She would never say group prayers before this.)  She did though and said she felt good and that she liked it.  We invited her to do that more and pray together with P.  A way good visit.
We had a ward conference in Magiagi this past week and us being there as well as the ward finding out we live there was what caused a big change and good stuff happening.  First off, our ward mission leader together with the Primary president introduced us to 3 kids who are not yet baptized, but go to church and are over 8 yrs. old. We start lessons this week.  Also many members have come up saying they have friends they want us to teach.  Just a total flip around.  They had had a drought with missionaries  and are just exploding together with the TTIP we did. The Bishop too, is on fire, it is exciting.  Probably might—no we will meet the goal for the year next month or catch it up.  Oh so exciting. Now just need to get Vailima ward going.
We had a good visit with the M family mainly just talking to Sister M who is a convert and strong.  She told us about her conversion and how she is now stronger than her husband. That is who we had planned to visit, Brother M, but he was sleeping.  He is the one we need to help, but like the scriptures state, “true doctrine, understood changes attitudes and behavior”.  So true!
Vaitoloa sisters had a grand baptism on Saturday. We went, as my companion was performing the baptisms.  It was a mom and her 3 girls who the father and husband is a member, just less active.  He showed up right at the baptisms, but was crying as the ordinance was done.  Then his three daughters sang in English and Samoan—“Families Can be Together Forever".  Perfect!  Brilliant sisters to have the daughters sing that.  Spirit was so strong and that man changed.
We had homemade hamburgers Thursday night as our fafaga fell through.  I made it and got some pix, but it just didn’t have the right seasoning.  But still good and food is food.
Nielsen came back, this time with his family.  Saw him at church at Alafua and Pesega 5th then again that night at the Taulas.   It was so much fun, I loved it.  Being together enjoying everyone. I miss them all.  Oh, great thing is Bro. T bore his testimony as his family was the program for sacrament mtg on Sunday.  Fun to see Nielsen again.  I miss him as my Soa.
Anyway got to run.  I love you all.  Thanks for everything!  The Church is true.  The Book of Mormon is true.  Jesus is the Christ. (way good book, too. I am reading it again.)  God lives and loves us. Families can be together forever.  Joseph Smith is a true prophet.  President Thomas S. Monson leads the Church today.  Faith, hope, and charity.  Got to have it.  Keep Strong!  And Endure to the end.  We have the priesthood that has been restored. The only one and that’s why we are a part of the living church. 
Alofa tele atu mo outou!
Elder Cody John Walker