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