Wow! What an adventure this week has been for me as I have learned a lot and started to try and break that bubble of comfortable. As I have relied more and more on the Lord for His help He has rewarded me ten fold and then when I am thankful for His help, He rewards me even more. I'll get to answering the questions, but first let me talk about Temotu. (This is an area of the island of Nonouti that they've been given permission to start proselyting in) I love Temotu a lot especially these last two weeks. We have gone down there as people are beginning to open up and be more receptive to us and the gospel. Cool experience this week in Temotu. We borrowed a reberebe (motorcycle) to shorten the two hour bike ride from Taboiaki to under an hour so we could have more time to hopefully proselyte more. We got down there about two thirty because of weekly planning that we did earlier that morning and didn't leave the house until one. Moving forward, we taught Moantau a 70+ year old man who was progressing last week, but I think he might have partial all-timers as we had to teach and answer the same questions three times. He is however reading the Book of Mormon which is pretty sweet. Next we taught this nineteen year old kid who wants to be Mormon, Kaintiku. He is definitely progressing. After we met with him we were trying to find this lady we found last week that is a nurse, but she wasn't there. But we were able to share a scripture with her daughter, I think. But here is the cool part, as we were leaving to head back up to Taboiaki. Elder Powell and I both had the impression to put the kickstand for the reberebe back down and to talk to this older gentleman. As soon as we put the kickstand down he motioned for us to come over and talk to him. So we go over and talk to them and as we are talking to them, the Spirit was just simply beautiful. We taught them the first lesson which consists of the Godhead and how we are his children and how to pray to receive truth. They were super excited so from this visit we received THREE new investigators! Koki and Bong, Miriam their daughter who still listened to our lesson but at the moment had to take care of her daughter Tien. We will see next week if they will keep there commitments, but so far Temotu has been such gold mine.
1. What's the greatest message you've shared this week? (please provide a translation in English) Who did you share that with? How did you gain this knowledge to share with others? Greatest Message I shared would be my testimony about the Book of Mormon and the Promise that comes from it. I ataia bwa e koaua Ana Boki Moomon. I ataia bwa Ngkana ti wareware inanon Ana Boki Moomon ti kona n namikin te rau ao te kimwareirei. I berita bwa ngkana ti wareka Ana Boki Moomon ao imwiina ti tataro ti na karekea te koaua. I ataia bwa e tangiriko Tamara are i Karawa. Bwa e maiu Iesu Kristo ao bwa e korakai ibukin ara bure bwa ti aonga ni manga oki nakoin te Atua. I know that it true the Book of Mormon. I know that when we read in the Book of Mormon we can feel peace and joy. I promise that when we read it, The Book of Mormon, and after we pray, we will receive the truth. I know that He loves you, Our Heavenly Father. That He lives, Jesus Christ and that He suffered for our sins that we may return to Him, God. I shared this message with Moantau and Kaintiku as that is what we taught them. After finishing the Book of Mormon in Fiji I have had such a desire to share this truth that this book is true and that they can receive peace and joy from it.
2. What was your biggest struggle or hardest moment this week and how did you overcome it? The fact that this might be my last week with Elder Powell as he has been here so long and transfers are up and we are receiving nine new missionaries (in the mission, not on the island) this week to help in the work so the fear of the unknown this week has been a bit of challenge but the way I've prepared myself is to try my best and to speak Kiribati as I will most likely be the senior companion in the next companionship since I've been here the longest and know the investigators.
3. What was the best part of your week? Best Part of the week would have to be the AHA (lightbulb) moments that I can understand when people speak because I have been struggling in this aspect - as do most people when they are learning a language. The cool part with this is I'm starting to know what to say back and how to respond to their questions or help them with their problems.
4. What service opportunities have you had? What are you doing to lighten your companion's burdens? How is that going? Giving service here is no problem! This past week we had three big service projects. What I mean by big is that it takes longer than an half an hour. We helped Beretika ma Nno with taking out the coconut from the shell - very fun. Tibwere we helped pull out weeds. Thursday of this week we danced with this sweet old lady Marebu who teaches us how to dance and we give here company and an ear to listen and she loves to talk and tell stories. To lighten my companions burdens I stay positive even if the situation is stressful and try to show my love and support for his decisions. He is most definitely happier as far as I can tell.
5. What is the funniest or most enjoyable moment for you this week? Why? The most fun I have is when we have enough time to play Sorry after a lesson because it is a time to relax for a minute and fellowship with the investigator, member, or less active. There are couple of different rules for Kiribati Sorry. First off the differences you are on teams with the person across from you and instead of just flipping the top card, you get five cards in your hand to help you make a better decision and to try and strategize. As I have played more and more I've gotten really good. Most of the time I'm not with my companion on my team so it's always a competition between us of who can win. So far he has three or four more wins - but I am making a comeback!
Are there any American toiletry items you need that you can't get there or would like? Is there anything you'd like to give Elder Powell for Christmas or something he needs? What about for the "grandmas" who are taking care of you or the people who are letting you stay with them? Anything I could make like crocheted wash cloths? Or something like that? My bicycle is slowly dying and it needs some repairs. But I'm not too worried as the seat is still in good condition. The thing that would be helpful is a bolt and nut that fit in back to keep the carrying thing in the back in an upright position so I can use it properly and be able to carry packages and other items. I would like some shampoo as it is starting to run low, hydrogen peroxide to clean out wounds of the ever so more popular "doctor", and sunscreen as I left the big bottle in Tarawa and brought my travel one because I was worried about weight, but found a way to cheat the system next time. Funny thing about Elder Powell - he will most likely not be here for Christmas so if you would like to send him a separate package he would like a box of cereal like cinnamon toast crunch. These older ladies Teorabi would really love a flash or a mini sd card doesn't have to be super big if you do send out a flash but some American music on it - the stuff that is more upbeat, Marebu would like American candy, Rosaly would also like American candy, and Taraita would like some small items for her four little kids that are at home with her. I think all of them would appreciate crocheted wash cloths.
I rangi n tangiriko,
Letter to Dad
Wow! Sounds like an awesome two weeks! I'm glad that He is blessing you. This coming Saturday we are going to have a picnic baptism - meaning that we are going to have at least five baptisms this week which will be awesome! The Power of the Book of Mormon - as I finished it this last week and took Moroni's promise and asked with a sincere heart. Just the reassuring feeling of knowing that it is true was awesome and being able to simply talk to my Heavenly Father has been the fruit that I've reaped this week. Here's the Challenge for this week - Just stay positive, no negativity!
I rangi n tangiriko,
Letter to Sarah
I'm great how about you? I love my companion. I'm not going to lie it is hot. Will you tell dad that they don't celebrate Thanksgiving but instead the woman gather and have a botaaki (party). I have not gone dolphin hunting yet. We were supposed to go this week but we will have to see if it will work next week and maybe we will catch some sharks too. Keep up the good work can't wait to talk to you next week.
I rangi tangiriko naba,
Letter to Liz
Imwain I waki Mauri moan,
Wow your week sounds like it has been fun and full of testimony building moments. The funniest thing that happened this week is the number of people who tell me that I'm going to find my buo (wife), I just laugh. Wierdest thing for me would be the clams but other than that pretty good eating here. We were supposed to go dolphin hunting today but he was hired so we are going to go next week hopefully, maybe catch some sharks too. Dogs bark is worse than their bite. They are so scared if you turn around quickly. Here is my challenge to you I want you in the next three months to have read the Book of Mormon all the way through. I know it is hard with the seminary reading too but I can promise you that when you spend that time reading the Book of Mormon you will have the Holy Ghost with you and he will Help you with your homework. Not necessarily give you the answers but will help you remember the information so that you will be able to finish the assignment.
I rangi n Tangiriko,
Letter to Josh
I marurung, teutana ao teutana Ti riki n ai aron Iesu Kristo. I am Healthy, Little by little becoming like Jesus Christ. That's cool! Any cool spiritual experiences that you want to share? How about this tomorrow is FHE I want you to help your brother Nate with the spiritual thought and want you to share what you felt at the temple both at the service and baptisms.
Letter to Nathan
One quick question have you thanked your Heavenly Father yet? I want to testify you that He is waiting for you just to simply talk to Him. He wants to pour out blessings on His children and the only way He can do that is if we ask Him. My challenge for you this week is to read Moroni's promise about how to pray. Then I want you to start today to pray every day both morning and night and then I want you to report to me how you felt and how it has affected you life. I know that when we pray you can receive answers to your questions and ask for that help that you might need from your loving Heavenly Father. I atongi Bai ikai N aran Iesu Kristo, Amen.
I rangi n Tangiriko,
Elder Samuel Haycock
I am called to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. This blog is about my adventures in sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ for the next two years in the Republic of Kiribati.
Rachel Haycock - I am the mother of 6 amazing children and the lucky wife of a dear, sweet man. I love to write, read, cook, teach and sew. I hope you feel the Spirit of the Lord as you read about Elder Haycock's adventures in sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.