This week we went and visited the other islands here on Butaritari. So I attached some pictures. While we visited these islands I was able to check off two items off my bucket list (1) see dolphins in real life and actually see them jump so cool! and (2) be caught in a rainstorm while on a boat. This week are planning on having a family baptized but we will see if the father has stopped smoking if not we will probably push it to next week.
This week has been full of trials but as I have turned to the Lord Jesus Christ for help He has been so merciful unto me and has helped me to overcome these hard times. These trials have included: where my lymph nodes are huge stones - form kind of like when you have your wisdom teeth pulled and swells there, my stomach not wanting to keep anything in and just pooping it all out, and then struggling with how
my companion does things (he loves to do things only one way and struggles a little bit seeing the big picture, which means a lot of biking). But, as I have prayed fervently and humbly, I have received help from my Savior Jesus Christ.
My thought this week comes from this scripture that has helped me 2 Timothy 4:7 "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept my faith." I have really liked this scripture this week as I read it during my personal study and has been the biggest help especially the part "I have kept the faith". I have been constantly asking myself am I keeping the faith? Am I keeping the commandments? Do I pray morning and night and throughout the day? Do I study my scriptures? Have I repented of my sins? Do I use the Savior's atonement to help me find relief? These questions have helped me to have this patience and to have my spiritual bank full that I may be able to help others come unto Christ. This phrase has helped me when I have felt low this week. My question to you is are you keeping the faith?? I want to testify that our Savior Jesus Christ has atoned, died on the cross, and IS RISEN. I'm so thankful for the Atonement of Jesus Christ as it has been a light in the dark. I know that He lives. I know that Heavenly Father loves us and knows us by name. I'm thankful for this Easter Season as it is a time to remember that our Savior lives and loves us and has given us this free gift to all that we can choose to accept and use. I testify of these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
PS please send my congratulations (to Joe on his mission call to Guatemala)
2 Timothy 4:7
Am Titirake (your questions)
I hear the Jenks are heading home soon. I'll be sad to see them go. They've been so good to the missionaries! Do you know who is replacing them? I'm a little sad that they are going and that I won't be able to see them off as I will be here. I have no clue but I imagine it has to be someone pretty close in the way that they handle things.
I got a picture yesterday from the gal who cleaned your teeth. Your eyes are closed and your smile is hilarious, bit you look so happy and healthy, I don't care if it's a great picture or not! I just really appreciated it!
I do have a good question for you though....is religious persecution really prevalent on Butaritari? And if yes, how do you combat or overcome it?? Are you settling in and becoming familiar with the island and it's people? There is definitely some persecution but not as prevalent as in other areas, the way members handle this is be facing it head on and having friends that are constantly checking on each other. This last week at church we had it combined in Kuma the farthest village north. If we had everyone come we would have over 70 but this week we still had 53 in attendance. I was so happy to see everyone face and there is a lot of active Melchizedek priesthood holders so the goal this year is to establish a branch. It has become a lot easier since I have had it explained.
Tell us more about your companion. What is he like? My companion loves to do things in one way and that way was established before I got here and it has been hard to adjust to doing it his way and not adapting to what our investigators need.
Did you get some band-aids yet? I'm sorry I blew the whistle a bit, but just felt a strong prompting that you would need them long before the mail would get to you. Please take good care of yourself! Two things I've noticed in the recent pictures....1. Is your watch band broken, or is the Velcro bad? 2. How is your acne? Your face looks like it's painful and very oily. What are you using to clean it? Yes I got some bandaids, thank you for your concern. My watch is dying sometimes I will wake up and have to reset the time in my next package if you could send one that is digital but still small that will be nice. My acne very little to none the best thing that has worked has been soap and water and I have been trying to wash twice a day.
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.