I’m so glad for this last week I have had, as I have visited everyone and have gone from tip to tip here on Nonouti! So the big events from last week... I will start with Thursday and then move forward as something happened each day. Thursday: We went to Taekan te Aro and then after that we visited people of Tebwatabuki. Then about six we went to Tearabi’s for dinner and because Ebeta’s kid was turning two, we were going to celebrate with her. It rolls around eight and Tearabi’s cooking is done, but she still hasn’t come, so Elder Fonseca and I begin eating. She finally showed up at 8:30 with a lot of food and so I had dessert! After we were done eating, the Sorry game starts and you just have fun going on and off. Friday: This was my day to go down to Temotu and to visit them and to let Elder Fonseca know who these people are if he wanted to visit them in the future. I was able to visit all of them and I took pictures with all of them. Then we returned back to Matang to make sure that the car was going to run on Saturday as well as hire the car from Atukia for Sunday for the people of the North. We finally got the car figured out when it was night and we were going back to Tekaie’s for a Bootaki with them as my last time having dinner with them. Saturday: Started at 5:30 in the morning as that was the only time we could get the car to go because the car was busy with picking up and dropping off people from Bingo with the Counsellor, so we hopped on the car and started picking up everyone in Matang. We had to wake up everyone as they haven’t woken up yet for the day, and the car needed to get North quickly. Anyway, getting everyone up was really fun and just a fun car ride because Moua (a little bit crazy and struggles with WOW and stealing things) climbed on and claimed that he was Osama Bin Laden! Besides that we arrived in Buaririki at 9, so we had some cake/bread in the morning that someone brought and then we all went to the Causeway. One for the kids to shower, but two to waste some of their energy and to just enjoy the day as the car will be coming later. It started off with the older kids jumping off and doing whatsoever pleased them. I captured some cool pictures of them in midair with the sport function of my camera. Then we took some group pictures to remember the occasion. Afterwards, Elder Fonseca and I were tired of the constant sun, so we left with the adults because they wanted to play Sorry with us. We played Sorry and the cards were not in our favour! We lost more times than we won and then it was time for lunch. When the kids came.... let’s say they were not very considerate and they used the boiled water to wash themselves off - wasting most of the drinking water. After that it was about 3:00 and the kids were full of energy again and so we played what is called Ririkoto which is glorified capture the flag where you assign someone from both teams who is going to take the stick and then everyone else on the opposing team tries to stop the person from getting the stick. When you play this game you want to play it on the beach or on a soft surface as tackling and holding are allowed! We played where it was low tide so it was a little wet and the sand just sticks to you everywhere. After that we washed ourselves off in the Causeway to get rid of all the sand. And then we played some more Sorry until it got dark and waited for the car to come as it was dropping off the people for bingo. The car didn’t end up coming until about 8:00 pm, but by then everyone was tired and upset and began to murmur a little bit as they were frustrated with it not coming on their time frame. We knew that the car would come because if it didn’t, he would lose his license to drive for the Island of Nonouti. Sunday: We slept in as we got back late from the picnic. We didn’t get to the house until 1:00 AM. After I showered, I started writing my talk until Fonseca woke up and got dressed and then we biked down to the driver and got him going as we wanted to be as quick as we could with getting everyone. We then got to Teebwa’s house and since we are Elders, we of course have to stay for the meal that was just prepared and have to come back for dinner that night. We started our church service at 1:00 and had good church meetings with the Spirit being the teacher and guiding what should be said. After the service it was time for the food and Marebu was the MC and she started it off with her Maroro basically coming to tears and telling me how much she loved me and for me to never forget Nonouti. She also said that I am from Nonouti now since this was my first place of work. After that the children sang for me. Then the food was blessed and the ladies sang some songs that I am going to get the lyrics to. We took lots of pictures with everyone. And then Elder Fonseca and I slept at Miire’s in the Queen Suite of Buki with mattresses! Such a good night’s rest!
I tangiringkami ao! I will tell you where I am going when I know,
Back to Front and L to R - Ritebwa, Tebouro's friend, Temarewe, Tiareti, Burian, Tebouro, Amwata, Toromon, Stoody, Tauraranga, Betty's grandaughter, Maria, Moua Sister, Timarau, Reiui, Namoieta, Ribauea, Tautebwa, Taraita, child of Marina, Tutu, Tokataake, Miire, Me, Tearabi, Biriteti, Betty, Marina, Fonseca, ao Marebu.
I hope you are helping your mom. I'm glad you had fun on your hike. And I want to send you my love with hugs and kisses.
Sounds like a fun Spring Break. My favourite part of serving here on Nonouti has been the opportunity to get to know these people and that I was able to be a messenger of the Lord, that I can help bring the gospel to the people of Nonouti. Also the opportunity that I could connect and build relationships with the people. I send my love to you.
I hope all is well! Ihaven’t heard from you yet in a while. Well, I want you to know to keep moving forward as our Heavenly Father is here to help us keep moving forward. I know that times can be tough but with our Savior Jesus Christ, we can receive help. I love you Josh.
Well its sounds like an adventurous week as you were faced with a trial of being alone and then overcoming it by relying on your instinct and the Holy Ghost. I want to tell you that your parents love you and they want the best for you. Even if it seems hard at times why they are telling you to do and to not do stuff. I want to encourage you to listen to their counsel as they are the ones feeding, clothing, and providing a place for you to sleep. I want to say I love you a lot.
I hope spring break went well. Tell me about it as well as tell how this photography class is going. I love you lots sis.
Thanks for emailing this week. I’m excited to leave, but at the same time scared of the unknown. But I know that the Lord will help me in this new area and that I’m supposed to be going there for a reason. I’m excited to read Jacob 5 as it is the Parable of the Olive Tree. Thank you for your counsel and I am going to continue to rely on the Lord for his help and strength as stuff is changing. I love you lots.
Let me answer your questions, with my hand, I will most likely have a scar, but because I cleaned it out right after it happened, no infections have come. It looks like it is better, but for your sake I will talk with Sister Shumway the mission nurse. Oro bin literally translated means hitting the coconut. Opening the coconut so it can dry and be sold. My feet have a mild heat rash as they have been exposed to the sun a lot this past week, but they are looking better.
Spiritual Thought for this Week:
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.