First - answers to your questions from last week! A "retired" missionary means that they are not willing to change and they have lost their testimony of the truth. This last week, the "retired" missionary I spoke of last week, came with his wife and their child. Four of the other children followed them in coming to church. He is honestly almost there (in recommitting). In regards to being bad at getting up on time, it has gotten better as this week has moved along. You asked about The Kiribati games that I have learned with cards: te roka played like uno but the seven of hearts ends the game and can be played in companionships, another game called one two five is a lot like scum, but you can play 1 card 2 cards or 5 cards. The other thing different is that the suit of the cards have power - hearts having the most power, with the 2 being the highest. The last game that I learned to play and that you play with old people is te Kanitita (Canasta). Honestly it is such an easy game to play! Kiribati techniques I've learned for example are for when you are handwashing your clothes, you use the palm part of your thumb and use that to scrub. I've learned as well how to make some of the Kiribati shirts.
Three big events! The first was Fou's Eighth Birthday which was a lot of fun! We helped in decorating the cake and that cake was actually really good with the frosting that was on top. Then we asked if he wanted to be baptized this Saturday and he said yes!
Second was my first baptism that I performed Feb 11. We hired a car the day before to pick up the members in Matang to take them to the baptism at the JSS. Well Elder Fonseca and I waited at the JSS until two. When it didn't come, we borrowed a motorcycle and started the kids walking, told Teebwa to come on her motorcycle and carried Tearabi and Marebu's stuff for the baptism so that they can walk to the baptism. We didn't start the baptismal service until 4:00 which at this time the tide was really high. So after we had the talks it was time for the baptisms. Teebwa, an investigator, was to be baptized with Fou who had just turned 8, but the waves were so huge on taan rake, that we just did Teebwa on the ocean side. You know how you have to say their first and last name to baptize them? Well in Kiribati, their surname is their father's name. Well I didn't know her father's name so I asked her. She said "ten rebu" and I said "ten rebet", "tiaki" she replied "ten rebu". Then I said "ten rebu". I get her ready for the baptism and I say "Teebwa ten kiri ma te ...." at this time there was a big wave coming in and smashed us right before I said her last name. I finished the prayer and ordinance just fine and baptized her correctly. It wasn't until after the baptism when we were on dry land that she told me what I said. I found out because I didn't know what "kiri" was at the time. To put it nicely... (women's parts). No clue at the time what I said! We baptized Fou on the lagoon side where it was nice and calm.
Third, yesterday Elder Fonseca and I explored the etimwakuro of Nonouti. We went to Numatong, an island right next to it, abamwakuro, te nangnii. We left at three in the morning and didn't get back until five at night. We had so much fun!
(The spiritual thought is found in the Book of Mormon 1 Nephi 15:8-9,11. Laman and Lemuel are complaing to Nephi because they don't understand Lehi's vision. And Nephi speaks to them the following.
8 And I said unto them: Have ye inquired of the Lord?
9 And they said unto me: We have not; for the Lord maketh no such thing known unto us.
11 Do ye not remember the things which the Lord hath said?—If ye will not harden your hearts, and ask me in faith, believing that ye shall receive, with diligence in keeping my commandments, surely these things shall be made known unto you.
Te kanami Tamneira e menia Ana Boki Moomon, te Moan ana boki Nebwaai, Mwakoro tebwi ma nimaua, kibu waniua, ruaiua, ao tebwi ma teuana. Ngkai Reimwan ao Reimuera a ngurengure bukin a aki ota ana mii ae burabate Riaai. Ao Nibwaai I tuangiia ni Kangai "Kam atia n titirakina te Uea? Ao a taku nkoiu: Ti tuai; bwa te Uea e tuai ni kaoti bwaai aron aikai nakoira. Kam aki uring bwaai ake e taekin te Uea? - Ngke arona bwa kam aki kamatoai nanomi, ao n titirakinai ma te onimaki, ni kakoaua bwa e na reke iroumi, ma n teimato ni kaawakin au tua, ao e koaua bwa a na bon kaotaki nanon bwaai aikai nakoimi."
I ataia bwa ngkana ti bubuti Tamara are i Karawa ma te onimaki bwa ti kona n reke ara kaeka nakon ara titiraki. Bwa ti kona ni karekea te ibuobuoki mai iroun Tamara are i Karawa. I tangiringkami, I atongi bwai ikai N aran Iesu Kristo Amen.
I know that when we ask our Heavenly Father with faith that we can obtain answers to our questions and that we can receive the help from our Heavenly Father. I love you. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
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.