As we spent time with her this week and buried him, a feeling of peace and testimony came to me that this life is not the end, that there is a place and continuation of progress in the life to come.
This week has its highs and its lows: we finished up the bootaki in Matang, performed a funeral service for Tearabi's husband, and had a Sunday full of trials as events just didn't go our way. The bootaki ended officially on Monday night, so we went and participated, but of course it didn't end until midnight. Well Tuesday after getting back late from the bootaki on Monday, we slept in because we didn't hear the alarm to get up. Well Tioman comes on his bicycle and tells us that we need to go to Tearabi right now. When we asked him why, he wouldn't tell us and so we asked again and he said someone died. We then knew that it is was Tearabi's husband and that we needed to be there to help her. Tuesday we stayed with Tearabi and were there for her as we comforted her by playing Sorry and Kanitita and giving our love to her. She desired that he be buried as quickly as possible, so we woke up early the next day to help her dig the grave, but the turn out of people was amazing as they desired to help her and showed their love. What we did instead, was we went and bought the stuff that she needed for the food for the funeral. The spirit of the funeral service as neither Elder Fonseca nor I have ever performed a funeral or really have ever been to a funeral service was good. We tried our best and referred to the Church policy Handbook 2 as it has some direction. The testimonies or Maroro or pieces of advice that were offered to Tearabi, is that he lives and that he is happy and that there is life after this life.
You know you are doing something right when Satan tries his hardest to stop every action and tries to stop the work from going forward. This week we had a bootaki to welcome the new members that just came from Tarawa. So we hired two cars for Sunday services. Only one went, but didn't go until it was time for church and then it didn't stop at the people's houses. So only one person sat on that car! Next we went North since the car didn't come, and we had church in Teuabu and Temanoku (on the end of the island) and we were on our way to Koonono's house when the tire on the motorcycle popped. We tried to fix it but the hole was on the stem and the only tires on the island were in Matang (in the middle of the island) but by this time the store was closed, so we had to sleep in Temanoku.
My thought for this week comes from when Jesus Christ is visiting the America's and has just arrived. 3 Ne 11:11 "Ao nooria, Ngai te oota ao maiuin te aonaaba; ao I a tia ni mooi n te mwangko ae mao are ea a tia
n anganai te Tama, ao e a tia ni mimitong te Tama irou ngke i katoka iaou buren aonaaba, are I a tia ni kainnano iai ibukin nanon Tamau ni bwaai ni kabane mai i moana." I know that my Savior lives and that he cared enough to die for me. That the Atonement is the work that he has given as a gift to everyone and he has already made that infinite and eternal sacrifice for everyone. I atongi bwai ikai n aran Natin Iesu Kristo ara Tia Kamaiu, Amen.
The picture attached is the ba from the bootaki from Tearabi on Monday.
Currently the sky is up. Work is picking back up as events have finally ended. I love the work! I love testifying about Jesus Christ and His eternal work that He did so that we may return back to our loving Heavenly Father. My companion is awesome and teaches by the Spirit and when he testifies you can feel his love for the gospel. I'm doing great! Your Heavenly Father loves you and he wants to keep you safe as He desires us to return to him, to partake of the Fruit of the Tree of Life and then invite others to do the same. Here's something you can try every time you are mad. Instead of going off yelling, hitting, etc. Remove yourself from the situation and do something new. Develop a new trait by reading your scriptures, washing the dishes, singing a hymn, etc. But, the most important thing you need to do if you are changing anything and you need help is to ask your Heavenly Father. He is just waiting for you to ask Him and wants you to. He wants to bless us, but we must ask first as it says in 3 Nephi 14:7-8 Ask, and it shall be given unto you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh, receiveth; and he that seeketh, findeth; and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened. This promise is true to everyone.Heavenly Father wants us to ask. The major event that happened this week is that Tearabi's husband passed away this last Tuesday. As we spent time with her this week and buried him, a feeling of peace and testimony came to me that this life is not the end, that there is a place and continuation of progress in the life to come.
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.