Elder samuel haycock's
bringing the light of the gospel to the people of kiribati
Elder samuel haycock's
Kam na bane ni Mauri!!
This week has been interesting as I have been recovering, but it has also been rewarding. It has been cool to see the rewards of patience and hard work. Well it is hard sometimes to rest, because I don't like resting - but I know I need to in order to get better. As I have taken it easy and work in the morning and afternoon hours - resting during the hottest part of the day, I have found that I can still do my best.
Let's see what else happened this week...the power for three days would shut off while they do some work with the line. It has been interesting with it off.
The work is the Lord's work. There are times when the work is good and times where it is struggling. I believe we are coming out of one of those struggling times. We have finally been able to see some of the blessings of being patient and waiting things out. People have started coming to us or we are starting to receive more referrals from members and missionaries. It is really cool how the Lord directs His work.
Spiritual Thought, comes from 3 Nephi 22:17. "No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall revile against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord." I really love this scripture. It has given me strength to fight against the opposition of the world (Satan). I know that through my Savior I can receive strength as this song states:
Savior, Redeemer of my soul,
whose mighty hand hath made me whole,
Whose wondrous pow'r hath raised me up
And filled with sweet my bitter cup!
What tongue my gratitude can tell
O gracious God of Israel.
Never can I repay thee Lord,
But I can love thee thy pure word
Hath it not been my one delight,
My joy by day, my dream by night?
Then let my lips proclaim it still,
And all my life reflect thy will.
I love this song as He is the way we can be healed and we can receive strength. I testify to you that this is true. In the name of our Savior Jesus Christ, Amen.
Bikenibeu 2 West
Kam na bane ni Mauri!!
Well as you see how I stated in my subject line...I have Dengue Fever. Yes, it was confirmed yesterday as Elder Belshe took me to the hospital in Nawerewere to have my blood checked for Dengue Fever and to really figure out what has been going on this last week as I have passed out on my bicycle, feeling dizzy for multiple days, head feeling swollen, back and stomach pain. The nice thing is that my blood came back normal. I was just positive for Dengue Fever. But let me tell you that hospital was an experience that I will share after the mission.
Elder Gilmour is doing great and has been awesome in helping focus on the work as I have been afflicted with this sickness. I really appreciate his patience and love that he has shown to me this last week.
Nibley 4th Ward: That will be fun get it set up and we will visit the family too in Utah. It will also be nice to see lots of my friends come back from their missions.
Repentance is like turning around a boat. You have already given the order and it is being carried out, but it also takes time for it to be carried out. My encouragement to you all is that if there is something that you have not repented of yet; Repent! and get back on the path! Prepare yourself for the Sacrament to be ready to renew your covenant and to be able to start on a new page. I'm so thankful for this gospel and that we can repent of our sins. I know that God lives and loves us and as we choose to follow him we will be blessed and will have Joy in our lives. I love you all and wish you all a good week.
Bikenibeu 2 West`
This week I am hanging in there as these past couple of days I have been dealing with stomach pain and lack of energy but other than that. Low chill week. Not a lot of work went on as everyone was in Bairiki for the celebrations, (Kiribati Independence Day) however I was able to meet some members.
Quote of the Week: "None of us are truly clean, but we must do our best. As we petition the LORD for his blessing." Ephraim Hanks
I really liked this quote as it has helped me this last week to push through this week. I know that God Lives and that we are his children.
Elder Gilmour came back yesterday.
Wow! What a week... It's been hard this week as Satan is facing me on every front. It has been hard this week to keep a positive outlook on things. This week as you know that Elder Gilmour is in the Hospital in the Marshalls. The reason he was sent there was not because of Dengue Fever - that lasts about three days. (I spoke with Elder Gilmour's mom - he was diagnosed in hospital with Dengue Fever and is expected to make a full recovery in about a week) He is there because he possibly most likely has the start of kidney stones and pneumonia.
I was in a trio for half of a day, then I got Elder Sagapolu since he was also in a trio. The work has been hard as nothing wants to work out or go the way you planned or no one wants to listen. It is very frustrating. Hugh. But...the week is over so there is hope.
Tender Mercies: Don't worry about the pants - Elder Pratt left a pair or forgot a pair, so I have received a pair of pants and two white shirts now and it is so nice to have shirts. The other thing that has been nice is our Land Lord (mother) has been really awesome and has been helping me out a lot. (We asked about sending cash - Australian or American currency) Either or some of both it is up to you. I know that luggage will be taken care of because that is what the Mission will do. Thank you a lot for sending me a package. Yeah I love you all a lot!
Alma 36:3, 26
Well I am sending a small note to let you all know that I'm alive and really to tell you all I love you all. I am also sending a letter so I don't want to spoil it's contents. So I will answer your major questions.
My week was good/bad - whatever you want to call it - as people moving, things moving, companion getting sick, and having an awesome personal study. So yeah, that describes my week.
Companion, His name is Elder Gilmour, he is 21 yrs old. Before the mission he was trained as a HazMat in the Marine Corps. Really cool! He is from Missouri. Super quiet like me and we have just clicked! It has been a blast working together so far. I'm excited to hit it hard this next week. He has been four months out so basically I'm back up training him. His favorite treat is Reeses pieces or cookies and cream drops is what he said (I just asked him).
Package just make sure to send this week so I have time to pack please!!!!
Well I want to say I love you all and here is a scripture I want you all to think about Romans 8:1-4.
1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
I love this scripture because through following Christ, we can be cleansed. I am so thankful for the gift that I can repent of my sins and that I can be cleansed through the blood of Christ. I want to say I love you all. Ao I atongi bwai ikai n aran Iesu Kristo, Amen.
Bikenibeu 2 West
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.