This week has been fun to review and reflect on what happened during my time in Butaritari. My feelings on being transferred at first was frustration - as I have not been able to, in my opinion, serve there long enough; but as I have thanked my Heavenly Father for my time that I have had there, it has helped me realize that He really is in control and everything will work out to His will. I have come to love the people of Butaritari, and I know that I can and will meet up with them again later. So... I am being transferred to a small island off of Tarawa called Kainaba and I will be working with Elder Osborne! I'm excited to work with him as he is a hard worker. I know our time is short together as he will be going home next month.
So while I have been staying in Tarawa this week, I have been primarily in Bikenibeu with Elders Darm, Tomlinson, and Tui. It has been so nice to see what happens when someone leaves to go home from their mission. While I was here, it was Elder Darm's last week and his final push for baptisms. He was blessed to finish with 8 baptisms of people who are ready and were prepared by the Lord. It has been nice this week to work with Elder Tomlison and see how he teaches and what methods he uses. I've learned a lot.
My spiritual thought is on the power of testimony: This week we had many baptisms and the power of a simple testimony is the strongest thing there is. I know that this church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and Jesus Christ's Gospel has been restored through the prophet Joseph Smith. I know that Thomas S. Monson is God's prophet and leads and guides the church today. I love my Savior and 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.