Mauri Mauri au utu!
Today is my last P-day in the MTC so a couple of heads up. Supposedly I am able to call you this next Wednesday at the airport in LAX so I'm going to try and plan on about 7:00 PM their time which means it will be 8:00 pm your time. Let me know if this works because I can call at a different time because my flight doesn't leave until 11:30 PM so yeah. Let's see what else... this week has gone by really fast already, it seemed like I was just getting into the MTC. The message of this week that I have received this week from the Holy Ghost is to have "No Regrets" as Sister Schwitzer put it. Which basically means as this is the last week of the MTC to put all my effort into it. This week has been challenging in it self as some of our zone has become relaxed and not exactly obedient. Yesterday we had another Skype TRC. This time we were able to teach two people as one of them didn't answer so we were able to leave video messages for him to view at another time. Elder Murri and I were able to teach Brother Farley's MTC companion which was weird but cool to here his responses. It's crazy to think that it is 19 hours ahead of us in Kiribati right now. This week we had infield orientation, in my opinion was little long and boring as it was really dry. Thank goodness Elder Murri had to audition that day because that took out an hour for that as he got ready to perform for the MTC Relief Society Presidency (Sister Burgess, Sister Bertoso, and Sister Snow). He has been invited to play on Monday for the Senior couple welcome devotional. That will be fun he is playing "I Know That My Redeemer Lives" Cello and Violin Duet with Piano. Which is pretty awesome and can't wait to support him. I didn't know that he played the Cello that well. Basically for this song he is Transposing the Violin part into a Cello part which is really cool contrast compared to the violin as both them share the melody. The one thing that I can take out of infield orientation is how important members are in missionary work as they are the reason for so many baptism in areas of member support. Yesterday was our second to last day of actual class with a teacher and Monday is final day as we have General Conference. Can't wait to hear from the General Authorities.
Tonight we had zone conference. At this zone conference we are able to sing songs from all the districts in our branch. I believe ara anene is Raomi Iesu God be with you. I'm so excited to sing the Tongan song I'll attach it so you can see why everyone likes it so much. The time in the MTC is ticking down.
E tikaraoi ngkana I tibwauaia te kibu?
Iai te kibu inanon Ana Boki Moomon Ana boki Aramwa mwakoro Tenibwi ma itiua kibu itua.
"Ao te Uea ae te Atua e bon mwakuri ma te kantaninga bwa e na karokoa ana babaire are kakannato man akea tokina; ao man bwaai aika a uarereke ao te Uea e kaminoia aika a wanawana ma ni karekea kamaiuaia aomata aika a mwaiti. (Aramwa 37:7)"
In this scripture it talks about how the small and simple things confound the wise. I love this scripture and as I pondered on what has been happening this past week this hit me the hardest as by the simple acts of kindness we can show that we care and love them. I challenge you all to try and have 100 simple acts of kindness to one another and especially at school.
I was able to have an awesome experience in the temple as our whole district was able to participate in a Temple Endownment Session. As I was sitting in the Celestial Room and all my companions were in the room. I came in and sat down and then when there was a spot open next to my companion I sat down next to him. And all the work they did for my ancestors they brought them and set them on my lap. The coolest feeling came over and I could feel Heavenly Father checking it off in his book and that those ancestors that I did the work for were there for me and my companions. I am so glad that I had the names because I know that they will help my companions in the Mission Field when they are in times of needs. The one name that stuck out the most was Clarence Robert Alston. That was when it hit me hardest and I couldn't keep it together, but I'm so glad that I could be apart of their work in the temple. So I'm going to try and finish the last little bit of work up this Tuesday as I have another day to pack.
I ataia bwa e tangiriko te Atua ao e tangiriko n manga oki nakoin te Atua. E ota bwa ti aki kororaoi. I ataia bwa ti riai n tatataro nakoin te atua ao bwa e kaeka ara tataro. I kakoaua bwa ngkana ti tataro ao ti kona ni bubuti ni kan ataia bwa e boni koaua. Ao ti kona ni karekea kaeka man te Atua. I ataia bwa rnanon onimakinan Iesu Kristo, ti kona ni karekea bwara ara bure. Onimakinan Iesu Kristo anganiira te kan n rimwiiakaia Ieasu Kristo. I kakoaua bwa e tiringaki Iesu Kristo iroun ara bure ibukina aonaaba. Ibukina bwa e mate Iesu Kristo e kairiira ni manga oki nakoin Tamara are i Karawa. I ataia bwa e kamaiuaki Iesu Kristo irouia kain te aonaaba bwa ti aongaa ni manga oiki nakoin Tamara are i Karawa. I kakoaua bwa e maiu Iesu Kristo ao Iesu Kristo aika Tia Kamaiu ao Tia Kaboira. I kakoaua bwa rinanon Mwakuri ni Kamaiu ti kona n karekea bwara ara bure. I ataia bwa e koaua Ana Boki Moomon. Bwa Ngai ana mitinare te atua ibukina ana Ekaretia Iesu Kristo Aika Itiaki ni Bong Aika Kaitira. I ataia bwa weteia te burabeti Thomas S. Monson ibukina ara bong Te Atua. I ataia bwa e nooriia Tamara are i Karawa ao Iesu Kristo. Bwa rinanon Iotebwa Timiti a koakia ana Ekaretia Iesu Kristo Aika Itiaki ni Bong Aika Kaitira Iesu Kristo ao te Atua. I atongai bwaai N aran Iesu Kristo, Amen.
Kam Uara? (You all How?) Life is great here at the MTC its crazy to think that I am already halfway over my stay here at the MTC. I believe we get our flight plans a week from today. Hey it's my companions birthday on the 25th of this month. this week I received new garments from grandma and grandpa along with a Nalgene. This week for devotionals we had two more Apostles come and talk to us we had Elders M. Russel Ballard and Quinton L. Cook. They taught us some great insight. I've also been participating in the choir and this last week we sung Nearer My God To Thee and we also filled out this Survey but I really think that it is for General Conference which would be cool because we are still here for it. Hopefully we get to sing in it. Hey Thanks for the Temple Cards and mail and the dear elders those are printed that same day and delivered to our mailbox. A couple of things I need is some Toothpaste and some snacks or light things I could share. Hey I'm sending a package today cause I figure that when I would have sent it you would not have gotten for a while but now that you are in the new house I'm going to send it today should be there by Monday the earliest but most like Tuesday. I also wrote more in the package so I'm keeping it brief. For the next assignment I want you guys to find out the difference between Savior and Redeemer, and if we need both them. Then e-mail what you find out.
TRC - Teaching Resource Center
PCL - Personal, Comapanion, Language Study
"The Best thing this week would have to be when yesterday when I was able to experience. We were teaching our teacher Brother Farley acting as an investigator named Biiri. He encouraged us to use the spirit more today and wanted us to come prepared to teach him. Earlier in the day Elder Murri and I came prepared with our lesson mostly memorized and we began by asking him questions. It was so weird it was like I was skipping over English completely and was able to understand him and start formulating my response straight into Kiribati. We taught Biiri what repentance is and how we repent and the spirit was so strong in that room I'm pretty sure he felt it to."
Funniest Moment would have to be when I still trip up the stairs going to and from classes cause you know my room and classroom are on the fourth floor of both buildings. However, we have this teacher in the evening his name is Brother Farley and he is always serious all the time but we did find out that he likes snakes, coconut trees, Chacos, and loves to hike. Elder Jackson got a photo the one time he was laughing and he printed it out and wrote underneath. "MISSING last seen walking into the woods" I have to explain this a little bit he was telling us a story about a boy who went walking into the woods but then never finished the story. Let's just say when he walked into class it took him a moment to notice it but once he did the whole class was laughing and he had a hard time keeping the laugh in and so he went outside the classroom and you could tell he was laughing. Lo and behold I didn't know he had more than one. On a another on he wrote "When you find a Coconut tree", "When there is a 40% sale on Chacos", and "when you see someone else with an Osprey Backpack". Let's just say when he found all of these he laughed with us and found it amusing and was glad that we made him laugh. That was probably the best Teaching period we had that day.
Biggest Truth would have to be when Brother Packer did some CMS (coaching missionary study) where he pulled each one of us out one by one and we basically have a conference with him. We have already met once but the goal from last week kind of failed and so he came with a new way to set this goal. First you have to have a vision of where you want to be. Then you set a purpose which helps you accomplish your vision. Long Term Goals are next which help you fulfill your purpose, and then finally some short term goals that help your long term. Basically my vision was to be able to speak to people and be edified and not afraid or nervous while doing it. This was a big eye opening answer because I have always have had that problem.
I ataia bwa e tangiriko te Atua ao ota bwa ti aki kororaoi. I kakoaua bwa ngkana ti tataro ao ti kona ni karekea kaeka man te Atua. I ataia bwa rinanon riarannano ti kona ni kabwara ara bure. I kakoaua bwa ngkana ti tataro ao ti kona ni bubuti ni kan ataia bwa e boni koaua. I ataia bwa e koaua Ana Boki Moomon. Bwa e burabeti Iotebwa Timiti ao Thomas S. Monson. I ataia bwa e manga kaokaki euangkerio rinanon Iotebwa Timiti Tamara are i Kamara. Rinanon Mwakuri ni Kamaiu ti kona n namakin e tangiria Iesu Kristo. I ataia bwa e Tia Kaboria ao Tia Kamaiu Iesu Kristo. I kakoaua e Maiu Iesu Kristo ao ibukin bwa e maiu Iesu Kristo bwa ti kona ni manga oki ni maiu ma Tamara are i Karawa. N aran Iesu Kristo, Amen.
I Tangiringkami, Tia bo
Elder Samuel Haycock
PS I'll upload some new photos to the folder.
(Samuel was able to see his best friend Scott Johnson at the MTC which is a small miracle in itself! Good luck to Elder Johnson as he prepares to go to France on his mission.)
Everything is amazing here just about to starting my 3rd week at the MTC. I've gotten both packages and Dad's letter thank you for the much needed P-day clothes. I've not used any of my own personal money because I've had enough on my card from the MTC and they just add $6 to it each week so it accumulates over time. Which is nice. I'm going to send you a package this week with a couple of things from here at the MTC and the Hymn books in Kiribati so you canpractice there so when I get back you can sing some of the songs I'll also provide a Pronunciation Guide it makes you mind think about the pronunciation. The temple was amazing we did a sealing the first P-day and the last one we did an endowment session. The Satan one in this one was more of Flattery one. Yeah I think we are going to do Initiatory this go around or an endowment session. Hey could you send like 22 male cards with baptism and confirmation done and a female card. I would like to do some work while I'm here and I'll send them back when their done. I was unable to go to the same session (as Elder Sagara when he took out his endowment) because we did Sealings instead. We are adjusting to a new schedule. Next week we will actually have PCL during the afternoon instead of at night which is nice. We have have our first TRC appointment this Saturday and we are teaching Kiribati members which will be different but fun can't wait.
Here is a section of my Journal from this past week:
"4 September 2016
Today was my first Fast Sunday in the MTC. What a beautiful spirit that I felt today. We started off with a Mission conference. We were able to here from the MTC Presidency. Sister Snow started things off with most written commandment. She told us this it is to ASK and she tied it into these four questions (1) Why do I have to repent? (2) Why do I have to baptized? (3) How many will/should/can I convert? (4) Why do I need the Holy Ghost? (1) We need to ask the Savior for forgiveness. (2) If the Savior has to be baptized, then why can't we follow his simple invitation when he asks us to be Baptized. (3) None, it is when we ask the Holy Ghost to be with us that will testify of what we said is true. (4) He guides our every action but only when we ask him to. Next her companion President Snow addressed on how Christ became immortal and gave us immortality. He did this through four steps (1) pre-mortal foreordaining received a mortal body (2) Suffered for our sins (3) Gave his life (4) Broke the bonds of death. That all may be resurrected. Next we had the President's wife Sister Burgess. She taught about how we can grow our spiritual roots, so that we can withstand the adversary they are: (1) Sincere daily Prayer (2) studying the scriptures (3) partake of the sacrament (4) follow the Prophet (5) Keep the Commandments (6) Teach and Testify of Jesus Christ . President Burgess enlighten us by this statement "Be what you want to be." He stated the only way to do this was by (1) Understand how God looks at me (2) Internalize mission purpose (3) Faith to act (4) Understand that he has a plan for us. he invited a senior missionary couple who was in charge of the Missionaries at the Brussels Airport during the bombing. he gave us the story and told of his experience and told us that the ultimate goal for us is to make "His will becomes my will." And to allow heavenly Father to be in control. Moving on to the Sacrament portion of the day we had the neat privilege of seeing the Sacrament prayers Signed and to hear and see everyone's testimony in their Mission Language. Even though it was a different language the spirit still bore testimony that it was true.
6 September 2016
For Tuesday Devotional we had a special guest Elder D. Todd Christofferson from the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. I like how he said that the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles calls the missionaries Companions. in that we help them bring the gospel to the world. His main focus of the lesson was for us to "Teach Repentance". He expressed to us that if we exercise Faith it will help our repentance which makes us more obedient. Then allows us to grow our faith because we repented. He then brought the phrase "Baptism unto Repentance" which in our repentance Baptism is the Crowning event because it finishes our repentance but it is good for before our baptism and after. The Holy Ghost plays a significant role in this in that it is how are sins are forgiven by the Grace of the Savior. That thought never occurred to me that the Holy Ghost was in charge of that. Elder Christofferson left off with this thought "It is Greater to be TRUSTED than to be loved." It is so great that Heavenly Father trusts me to go to this mission.
7 September 2016
Toanakira is a beautiful spirit as he has helped me experience the Gift of Tongues. As I focused all of my energy on him on Toanakira (Brother Packer) it was like a switch turned on for a moment and I understood like we were having a normal conversation. However, I did not know how to respond but was able to say that we will be able to address these concerns later. I was able to set a personal goal with Brother Packer. What an Interesting experience to be able to Host New Missionaries. It brings back memories of when I first arrived. I was able to experience both sides of the spectrum. My first Elder was quiet and kept to himself and you could tell that he loved to read books and play video games, but was extremely nervous when in learning a new language, but shortly after we dropped off his luggage in his dorm we ran into one of his friends which allowed him to feel loved which was good. While on the other hand the other Elder I Hosted this elder was excited to leave his family and to wanted to get started right away, however, he is here for 9 weeks learning Korean. Elder Murri and I had a wonderful lesson with Biiri, whom we love, but our next step is to figure out why he will not pray in front of us. We had an awesome language study with the teacher because I'm finally starting to understand the sentence structure. And is actually easier to use than English because they don't have the verb "to be""
E Tangiringkami. I atai bwa e Tangirira te Atua. I ataia bwa e na buokira ibukin bwa e tangirira te Atua. Rinanon Iesu Kristo e Kabwara ara bure. I ataia bwa ngkana ti tataro ao ti kona ni bubuti ni kam atai bwa e bori koaua. I kakoaua bwa e maiu Iesu Kristo ao tarim. N aran Iesu Kristo, Amen.
Tiabo I Tangiriko
Elder Samuel Haycock
PS I'll send the Pronunciation guide late today.
I'm beginning to really love Fridays. Not because it's the end of the week, but because we get to hear from our missionary! In his personal letter to his brother Josh, he wrote, "Don't worry, there's only 103 more weeks to go and I am doing great." I love this!
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.