I found out today from the Jenks that I will be leaving Nonouti on Thursday March 23, back to Tarawa. I'll admit I am really sad to leave this people and I am going to miss them a lot - especially Tearabi as she has helped me the most here. Now that is out of the way, I'm writing to all of you in this email as I have found that it is easier just to send one big email to you all and so you can know what I am saying to the others.
I Love you. I really hope you are helping your mom and dad. I have a couple of questions for you what is your favorite color? What is your favorite thing to do? I would give you lots of hugs and kisses right now but I want you to give your Mom and Dad and all of your brother and sister hugs and kisses for me.
Sounds like your week has been a lot of fun. I wish you would tell me more of the story part of your week as that is what I look forward to in reading. This week: to keep it simple, like you I cut my hand with a hatchet while oro bin and there was a bootaki for National Women's day. That's about it.
This week has been fun as we continue to move the work forward. This week it would have to be the tari fish that has been semi sun dried - so it's still raw. I want you for this week to set a goal that you can accomplish by the end of your spring break as you will have all the time during this week to do it. One question I have is how clean is your room? And how close are you to recording Hallelujah?
The work is moving forward and I can't complain as we plan to have some of our eternal investigators baptized by the end of this month. This last week we had a little bit of rain as a small storm moved in and dumped and cooled down the day for a little bit. Right now supposedly we are moving into the dry season and so it is just going to keep getting hotter. We have two new investigators as one just go back from Tarawa and we are starting up his lessons again this week. I'm excited that you are getting back into soccer and that you are growing I hope it is just up and no out (right?) Friendship and Fellowship are two important things that make an investigator or member stay active in the church. As this last Sunday as I saw this with two strong members who offered their friendship to an investigator and now that investigator comes to church every week and is on track to be baptized by the end of this month.
Well to be honest I don't know what classes you should take because I don't know what your plan is after you graduate from High School. Are you still planning on going into massage therapy? If so I would try and get most of your general credits done so that you can have less schooling with generals and more time on your major therefore getting into the field as fast as you can. Yesterday we got some rain that actually lasted longer than a 10 minute shower. I am going to try my best (to enjoy my time here) as I am leaving this area. Most interesting thing that I have eaten would have to be the octopus tentacle - more specifically the sucker part on the arm, so good if beaten well or really chewy and hard to swallow if not.
I naani kukureirei ibukin te tai aio bwa I kona maroro ma ngke. It sounds like a lot has happened this week. I hope all went well with checkup and continues to go well. This week let's see I sliced my hand with the blade of the hatchet you use to oro bin and were honored guests for the the bootaki n National Women's Day. This week I have been pondering about my Savior Jesus Christ and the work he did for us. This week I finished the Isaiah Chapters and Jacob's lesson with the Nephites in 2 Nephi. And this scripture touched me this week from chapter 10 verses 23 and 25 e taetae nakon aomata ae Nibwaite Iakobwa e taetae ni kangai: "Mangaia ae kakukure nanomi ao uringnga bwa kam bon inaomata ni karaoi oin nanomi - n rinea te kawai nakon te mate are aki totoki ke te kawa nakon te maiu are akea tokina. Mangaia ae ke na kautiko te Atua man te mate nii mwaakan te mangauti, ao man te mate ae e aki totoki ni mwaakan te mwakuri ni kamaiu, bwa ko aonga ni butmwaeaki nakon uean te Atua, ae akea tokina, bwa ko aonga n neoia n ana akoi te Atua. Amen." I love these verses as they describe that we have this agency from our Heavenly Father and that our Savoir has completed His work on the earth that we may return to our loving father in heaven.
2 Nephi 10: 23-25
It sounds like yoou are having a fun week and I am excited to read the section and I am also excited to have the D&C in taetae ni Kiribati n te ririki aei. It is so cool that prophets prophesied before the Savior comes and testify of the work that he will do on the Earth. I have been reading in 2 Nephi when Jacob prophesies to the people of Nephi and the Isaiah Chapters. It is a testimony to me that our Heavenly Father's work is eternal and has been since the beginning.
Aomata Ni kabane:
Te reirei aio I reke ma au Kametebwai n te wiiki ae nako. Kibu aikai a reke ma Koauan ana boki Nibwaai 28:7-8. E taku ni kangai (This message I got from my personal study last week. These verses come from 2 Nephi 28:7-8. It says.) "Eng,ao a mwaiti aika a na kangai: Amwarake, mooi, ao kimwareirei, bw ti na mate nakon te ingabong: ao a na akea te bwai ae e na riki nakoira. Ao a maiti nab aika a na kangai: Amwarake, moi, ao kimwreirei: ma ko riai ni maaka te Atua - e na ti kariaia karaoan te bure ae uarereke;eng, kabebetea am kewe, babakanikawia temanna n aron tein ana taeka, kaikoaka kain rarikim; akea te bwai ae e na riki nakoim ni karaoan bwaai aikai; ao karaoi bwaai aikai ni kabane wa nakon te ingabong ao ti na mate; ao ngkana aron a bwa ti reke n te bure iai, ao e na oroira teutana te Atua, ao n tokina ti na kamaiuaki n uean te Atua." The message from this is that is what the world thinks and that sometimes we get caught up with this idea that if we sin a little we can repent later and if we are caught with sin we will be beat a little then saved. Nibwaai later goes on to say this ni kangai v9 "Eng, ao a mwaiti akana a na reirei n te aro aio, tuua aika a kewe man aki bongana ao ni burababa, ao a no onrake n te kamoamoa, ao a na kakorakoraia ni karabai mairon te Uea aia taeka; ao aia mwakuri bon bwain te roo." That no unclean thing can dwell in the presence of God but I kaoti nakoimi bwa e atia ni karoia te mwakuri ni kamaiu Iesu Kristo bwa ti kona n teirake ae itiaki i matana Tamara are i Karawa. Ao Ibukin bwa e atia ni mate ao mangauti tenibong imwiina ibukira Iesu Kristo bwa ti kona ni manga oki nakoin Tamara are i Karawa. I ataia bwa e bon ara Tia Kamaiu Iesu Kristo. Bwa e bon tariu ae ikawai. I tangiringkami ni kabane. I tangiria toau Elder Fonseca. ma I tangiria riki Tamau are i Karawa ao Iesu Kristo. I atongi bwai ikai n aran Iesu Kristo, Amen. (I testify to you that He already established the Atonement, Jesus Christ, that we can stand clean in the eyes of Our Heavenly Father. And because He has died and was resurrected three days later for us, Jesus Christ, we can return to Our Heavenly Father. I know that He is our Savior, Jesus Christ. That He is my elder brother. I love all of you. I love my companion Elder Fonseca. But even more, I love my Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.)
2 Nephi 28:7-9
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.