When you read this I hope you have gotten a good nights rest. My week was unbelievable as I was able to feel the Holy Ghost guide me, go fishing, and have a cooking disaster.
Holy Ghost experience: Miriam is the name of our investigator in Temotu. This last week was our second time meeting with her as she was busy with her two year old daughter the last time we saw her. She is so awesome and humble and you can tell that she wants to know the truth. When we met with her this time we gave her the commitment to start reading the Book of Mormon. When we asked her "E Uara am Wareware?" she responded "Ti teutana". We thought Oh no not again. But when she showed us that she was in 1 Nibwaai 4 (1 Nephi 4). We asked her where she started reading and she had started at the first page (Title page) and has read all the way to there and you can tell that she just loves the book and has felt the power of it. I am so thankful for the Book of Mormon and the power that comes from it. She is one of our most solid investigators that we have found since we have traveled down to Temotu. I just love how she is so committed and wants to change.
Fishing on PDay (preparation day = personal time) with Tom was unreal as I was able to go out onto the Ocean for the first time. Let's say that today I caught the most fish. The way they fish here is with your hands. You throw your line and let it go about fifty feet and while your letting it go the boat is moving forward to make the hook more life like and want to be eaten. As you can tell pulling it in is kind of problem as it is hard to pull it in when the fish is huge. I landed 9 fish today all over what seems like 20 pounds each with all the blood but really 10 pounds of meat each once they're cleaned. We tried to catch a shark but nothing was biting. We did however catch a barracuda so massive and very skinny. I'll have to send a pic later.
Cooking Disaster: We tried so hard this past Thursday to make chocolate donuts. Let's just say we are not making chocolate donuts again as we tried to fry them they just fell apart. It is very hard to cook on a fire.
Well Elder Powell Says we have to go because it's late, so I'll write more next week sorry for the let down.
I Love you a lot and hope you are feeling the Christmas Spirit,
Letter to Liz
The Weather is great I just wish sometimes it would rain a little more as we are in a drought and the Kiribati people are freaking out because that means the banana trees will die, along with some of the coconut trees which is not good for this environment. Actually at 4:30 this morning as we went fishing with Tom and enjoyed a spectacular sunrise - I'll send a pic. I just love the people they remind me a lot of my siblings and people I know back home. It's kind of sad this last week as most of them left for Tarawa to celebrate Christmas with their family. It has been an interesting adventure as the dogs hated us and now today they fear us so something is up. Awesome sauce with the Temple work! Keep it up! One question I have to ask is Have you found the Spirit of Elijah? Have you tried researching your ancestors? This week we have planned another picnic with two more baptisms which will be fun.
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.