Letter dated September 18, 2017
Wow, what a week this has been as we have found 10 new investigators! Nothing really too exciting happened.
Monday we went into Tarawa to finish up some of Elder Curren's college applications and to put in Tiingau's birthday. So...turns out we took the wrong person's information with us. Turns out it was the wife of Taorita that we needed to put in. So that was wonderful. (sarcasm) Tuesday was a high investigator finding day. As well as Wednesday. Thursday was like an other day of work as you see your investigators start to progress. Friday was a little slow as no one was in their house because of the waa. We also helped to build a seawall behind the Primary. Saturday all of our investigators came back like at 5:00 to 6:30 PM, so we taught 7 lessons in 2 hours. That was fun. Sunday was great. Namwaroro gave his wife a piggy back just so that both of them could come to church. They are on their way to being ready for baptism. Elder Curren and I went on splits so that Nabeina (little villiage to the north) could get church this week too.
My spiritual though for this week comes from a book by Thomas S. Monson - "A Future As Bright As Your Faith":
Persevere and Endure: "The natural branches began to grow and thrive exceedingly and the wild branches began to be plucked off and to be cast away; and they did keep the root and top thereof equal, according to the strength thereof." - Jacob 5:75
We know that there are times when we will experience heartbreaking sorrow, when we will grieve, and wen we may be tested to our limits. However, such difficulties allow us to change for the better than we were, more understanding than we were, more empathetic than we were, with stronger testimonies than we had before.
This should be our purpose - to persevere and endure, yes, but also to become more spiritually refined as we make our way through sunshine and sorrow.
This though has been a huge help this last week as I have persevered through the ups and downs of things not working in the local government and other challenges. I have a testimony of my Savior, I know that through Him I can do all things. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Letter dated September 25th, 2017
Ngkami, kam uara? I am doing great this week! This last week has been fun and hard as we will have to fix some of the church structure this next week. Baptism this week was awesome! Eretia was able to get baptized this past Saturday. She was an awesome investigator, knew everything was true. She was so cool. While she was an investigator, she helped with the youth by having a barbecue for all the youth and she brought all the food. It has been a very fast week - we got a lot done, but there is not a lot to talk about.
My spiritual thought comes from 1 Nephi as I have been studying it deeper. I love Nephi's example even though he was young, he put his strength and trust in the Lord. Because of this he was blessed. I have noticed this also. Instead of complaining, if I ask the Lord for help, He gives it to me. I know that my Redeemer lives. I know that Heavenly Father loves you all. 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.