Kam ni bane Mauri,
Happy Thanksgiving! The package did arrive, but it didn't arrive Thursday because something happened with the plane, but it did come on Saturday. I opened it and boy did you pack it well and full. I gave Elder Powell the Candy he wanted and ate that dinner with the Family that we were having it with. So funny to see the people's faces as they ate the sour stuff because hear in Kiribati they don't have anything that is sour. I heard at Thanksgiving Dinner that Hannah Cleared the Table. That's awesome. Well Here the Kiribati As I said in my last email they don't celebrate Thanksgiving. The thing they do Celebrate is White Ribbon Day. As we are the only Imatangs on the Island they really wanted us to come. This bootaki (gathering, Party) is for awareness to stop the Violence to Women. Which is cool but the way a bootaki works is it is opened by dancing done by ladies. Then the MC takes over and introduces kind of what is going to go on, but all bootaki have Maroro (An elegant speach given by the guests with some money), Lunch, tiueti (swiss) not sure on the spelling basically it is there version of a slow dance but you don't hold hands and you do what you partner is doing. and don't go very hard very boring dancing. As you can tell from this as I am not that good at speaking Kiribati it was really hard to know what was going on during it.
So the church has a campaign for Christmas this year called #lighttheworld. Do you have a message we could share for you or a picture for this? Is there something your mission president has asked you guys to do in conjunction with the church's campaign?
Church Campain #lighttheworld We have not heard anything about it, but Thursday's are usually our service day. "To make the world bright we need to follow the counsel of two words. Just Serve. In Mosiah 2:17 it says that "when you are in the service of your fellowman you are only in the service of your God". In Alma 37:7 it says "by small and simple things does he confound the wise". If we combine these two scriptures, if we give small acts of service, it is that small act that brightens their day and confounds the adversary and makes them and I want to serve another person. To share that joy."
1. What's been the best part of your week so far? Why? Best part of your mission so far? Why?
The best part of this week would have to be when I gave my first lesson and figured out for myself that I know that vocabulary and can form grammatically correct sentences. I taught about the Holy Ghost and How in order to complete our baptism we need to receive the Holy Ghost and be baptized by fire also. When we brought up this thing with the investigator the member had a hard time remembering if she received the Holy Ghost which is interesting because she should have received it the Sunday after her baptism. Of my Mission so far would have to be this past week as Elder Powell has pushed me out and is
wanting me to teach more of the lessons. I'm starting to grow my vocabulary even faster.
2. You've changed and grown up so much already, what are you most thankful for learning/experiencing? What changes in yourself have you noticed and how does it affect your missionary service? What goals do you have as a missionary for this week? This month?
Struggling through trying to express what I am feeling in a lesson while I am teaching the lesson. Things that I have noticed is that I am more receptive to the Spirit and try to follow all the promptings as there are many that I get throughout the day. My love for the people in how they laugh, joke, gossip, and always try to help us. It has opened the windows of many people as they see that we are open and not stuck up and want this and this. Goals for this week is to try and get one of our investigators to baptism and to have his brother do the baptism which will be cool. For me, my goal this week is to give more lessons as that is way to grow the fastest. This month I hope to be able to teach at least half of the lessons before Elder Powell and I go to Tarawa for Christmas.
3. What advice would you give to anyone who was looking for truth or peace? How has this knowledge changed you for the better?
First questioned I would ask is "E Uara am Tataro?" How are your prayers? Second question I would ask is are "E uara am wareware inanon Ana Boki Moomon?" How is your reading in The Book of Mormon? I would then encourage them to start reading Ana Boki Moomon, continue reading it, or if they have finished it, to read it again. Then I would give them this advice "Ko atia ni bubutia Tamara are i Karawa ibukin ana ibuobuoaki?" Have you asked your Heavenly Father for help? The promise of truth can be found in two places that I have come across. The first is in James 1:5 from the Bible and the second is Moroni 10:3-5 from the Book of Mormon. These two places give us great counsel about how we can gain truth. The best way that I have found peace is by being grateful for the things I have and when struck with a hard situation, I try to find the positive of the situation. I find myself happier a lot more of the time. Since I have gained this knowledge, I have been able to share it with others.
4. What was the hardest part of your week and how did you overcome it? What have you learned about yourself through adversity?
This past Sunday as we were not able to use the motorcycle. The difficulty of riding a bike from Rotimwa to Teuabu to have a tauramauri there. It just was a physically exhausting day. I just pushed through it and as I pushed through, it went lot easier especially when I asked for Heavenly Father's help. I have learned that I can do it because I have done it before.
5. What is message that you shared this week touched you the most? Why? What prompted you to share it and with whom?
"Tera te Onimaki?" What is Faith? I then shared Aramwa 32:21. E bon kakoauan bwai ko aki nooria te onimaki. It is believing in things that you can't see, but know they are there. After she understood this, I then shared e tiaki ti kakoaua te onimaki ma e ti mwakuri. Faith is not just believing, it is action. I ataia bwa ti kona n rikirake ara onimaki rinanon te tataro, wareware inanon Ana Boki Moomon, ti roko tauramauri. I ataia bwa e tangiriko te atua. I know that we can increase our faith through prayer, reading in the Book of Mormon, and coming to church. I know that God loves you. It was message from the heart that I shared and it is something that I know is true. Raiteta is her name and that was what her lesson was on so that is what I was prompted to share.
I tangirko Naba,
Well we have been having Companion prayer before our study and before we head but we haven't had it as much at the night as he showers and tries to get ready for bed. That is my goal this week is to have more companion prayers.
Teaching by the Spirit and Creating an Atmosphere - Chapter Four of Preach My Gospel is great resource as it entitled How do I recognize and understand the Holy Ghost? Some of things that help me when I am preparing for the day are summarized into 5 steps. 1. Open your study about the subject with a prayer. Ask for Heavenly Father's help in what you need to learn so that you might be able to teach by the spirit. 2. Study about the topic. Become learned in the topic. 3. Show Gratitude for the help he has given you. 4. Start Class with a prayer inviting the spirit to be there and as it is said in Kiribati. Ti butiko bwa ko na kakabwaiara te Tamnei ae Raoiroi bwa ti kona n reirei irouna. We ask thee to bless us with the Holy Ghost that we may learn by Him. 5. Listen to the spirit and testify of it's presence when you feel it as some people do not know what it feels like as it is different for every person. The best way I can put this is Just follow the promptings that is why they are there to help not just you but to help others that are in the room. These 5 steps are not just for teachers the students an also do these steps as it will help them gain a testimony of the truth that they are already studied.
Message Centered on Christ I am going to back to you on that and prepare something during this week.
I Love you too!! It's been a great week and I'll share a lot in Mom's email.
Let me explain the meaning behind those three words that I used for the subject. Obviously Culture is easy to explain, but let me give a little culture lesson for everyone that is reading this. Since we are ministers we are seen just below the mayor so if we ask for something, which we try not to do, we can have it done. Plus we are imatangs (white people) and so we then get pushed to the top. At every single house they want to feed you something and it is very rude to reject or to tell them that you are full. They expect you to eat a lot of food and for me that has been hard these past couple of weeks. Possible problems from being on the top of the food chain is that everyone "must" listen to you and so we get a lot of fake investigators which is devastating but true.
Number 6. We had 6 baptisms, 4 of which we know for sure are convert baptism, 1 is child record, and the other we are not sure if it is a re-creation of a record of convert because she was baptized in the 80's, but Tarawa doesn't have the record on file so we'll find out later. That was fun! We had a picnic which is basically where we hire the car to drive from the south to the north and have the baptisms in the causeway. (The area in the picture behind Elder Haycock and Elder Powell)
POP! Is the motorcycle tire that popped yesterday just outside of Temanoku which meant that we had a very low stat church attendance as we didn't have a motorcycle to ride in front of the car to tell them that the car is coming to pick them up to take them to the church service. Well any way, we talked to Koonono because he is supposedly really good at fixing it, which is ironic because he doesn't even have a bike. Turns out his brother is really good and he is the helping hand. Well we borrowed a bike to do the church service up in Teuabu because we had to confirm a member up there and we get back to Temanoku and have the church service there and we had some investigators there that usually don't come so that was awesome. After the church service Koonono and his brother go to see what is wrong with the bike and try to fix it. After four hours they come back and tells us that the rubbers are not lining up properly, meaning that if driven on it could mean more problems. They went to another guy and fixed the tire. By this time we have taught two other lessons when they come riding in with it fixed. It was now six and we still had to confirm five other members, so that put a lot of stress on Elder Powell. Luckily one of the people needing to be confirmed stayed in Matang or else we would have had to go to Taboiaki.
Comfortable bubble. I have days that I break it and days that I don't, so I try more often to break it and speak loudly so they can fix my mistakes. Good news! Elder Powell is staying here until January so he'll be here a total of 9 months when it gets to January. One other thing I don't know if you have heard, but they are trying to plan on bringing in all outie island missionaries for Christmas. I don't know what for yet. Temotu this week: we taught them Koki and Bong again. Wow what sweet spirits and their willingness to try to change. I can see them being really strong members. Well the package should be here by Thursday at the latest that is what Elder Powell said. (from my letter to him: I'm a bit worried about Hydrogen Peroxide shipping to you because if it leaks....everything will be ruined. Is that something you can get from the Jenks? I can email them and ask if you want. I would think the mission nurse could get that stuff to you guys. By the way, what did you mean when you said, "to clean out wounds of the ever so more popular 'doctor' "? Have you got sores? Do you need more ointment like mupirocin? )True that with Hydrogen Pyroxide! It would be nice to have. I'll ask the nurse if she has any. Elder Powell said that since I have come here, the use of my first aid kit has increased, as we have cleaned the wounds of many members, less actives, and investigators. Knock on wood I have not had a boil yet. So I have not had to use the mupirocin.
1. Best part of the week? Why? What did you learn from it?
The best part of the week would have to be when we could see the fruit of our labors. The baptisms this week came with some difficulty as Satan tries to stop and thwart the work from moving forward. I learned that if you keep moving forward and trying your best it will all work out.
2. Greatest message you've shared this week? To whom? Why? How did you feel after sharing it? How did they respond?
When I shared Aramwa 37:7 (Alma 37:7) this week with a member. After, as I tried to explain it in broken Kiribati and then bore simple testimony of how I know by small and simple things Heavenly Father brings to pass the great things and confounds the wise. I shared this with Teorabi because I felt impressed that is what she needed to hear that week. I felt great for trying my best effort to share what I knew was true. She laughed at my kiribati as it wasn't perfect and at some of the words I said, but you could tell that she was touched by the Spirit.
3. Hardest moment of the week? Why? How did you persevere? What did you learn from that moment?
As I explained earlier that the tire of the motorcycle popped and created a lot of stress on Elder Powell. Well we started off differently this time, we actually had a companion prayer which was awesome because it put us in the right mood for the help and guidance we needed from our Heavenly Father. I know that Heavenly Father Helps in all situations whether they big or small.
4. What service opportunities have you had this week? How has it developed your love of the people of Nonouti? What have you done to help serve your companion? Has this helped in bringing the Spirit to your companionship when you teach?
Not as many (opportunities) but we did dance with Marebu which brings happiness to her as she is a widow, but loves to dance. So she helps us by teaching us the dances. I love the people of Nonouti. I have developed a different sense of time here. There is fast, slow, Kiribati time, and then Fiji time. Which tells you a little about their culture. This week serving my companion would be just having an ear to listen to his complaints and offering my help when he needs it. We don't fight or have any grudges I think.
5. What would you say is the biggest conversion factor for you? How has serving a mission converted you to the gospel? Any experiences you'd like to share?
So far the biggest conversion factor would be the Book of Mormon and how it has blessed my life. It has opened my eyes that I may see wonders beyond imagining. The gifts of the spirit are real as they are used to understand how a person is feeling. I haven't shared this yet I don't think, but two weeks ago, I finished the Book of Mormon again and wow! the power from it! My prayer with my Heavenly Father after that I have never felt His love so strong for me as He just poured out His spirit with me. So wonderful! I knew then without a doubt, my faith unwavering, that the Book of Mormon is true and that the promises in the Book of Mormon will come true and that His coming (again) is near. It made me think of Enos and his prayer and I definitely prayed for my repentance and then for my brethren and then for my enemies. I have never tried this before, but the power and spirit of it was so cool. It was cool for the first time to be able to have a conversation with God. I mean I would say something and ask and he would answer and ask a question and then I would respond. Wow what a beautiful Spirit.
I rangi tangiriko naba, (I love you lots too!)
PS A couple of things that would be nice is some more pens as Elder Powell keeps borrowing mine. I would like a Purple pen if possible. Well that's sums up this week can't wait to hear from hear from you guys again!
Wow! What an adventure this week has been for me as I have learned a lot and started to try and break that bubble of comfortable. As I have relied more and more on the Lord for His help He has rewarded me ten fold and then when I am thankful for His help, He rewards me even more. I'll get to answering the questions, but first let me talk about Temotu. (This is an area of the island of Nonouti that they've been given permission to start proselyting in) I love Temotu a lot especially these last two weeks. We have gone down there as people are beginning to open up and be more receptive to us and the gospel. Cool experience this week in Temotu. We borrowed a reberebe (motorcycle) to shorten the two hour bike ride from Taboiaki to under an hour so we could have more time to hopefully proselyte more. We got down there about two thirty because of weekly planning that we did earlier that morning and didn't leave the house until one. Moving forward, we taught Moantau a 70+ year old man who was progressing last week, but I think he might have partial all-timers as we had to teach and answer the same questions three times. He is however reading the Book of Mormon which is pretty sweet. Next we taught this nineteen year old kid who wants to be Mormon, Kaintiku. He is definitely progressing. After we met with him we were trying to find this lady we found last week that is a nurse, but she wasn't there. But we were able to share a scripture with her daughter, I think. But here is the cool part, as we were leaving to head back up to Taboiaki. Elder Powell and I both had the impression to put the kickstand for the reberebe back down and to talk to this older gentleman. As soon as we put the kickstand down he motioned for us to come over and talk to him. So we go over and talk to them and as we are talking to them, the Spirit was just simply beautiful. We taught them the first lesson which consists of the Godhead and how we are his children and how to pray to receive truth. They were super excited so from this visit we received THREE new investigators! Koki and Bong, Miriam their daughter who still listened to our lesson but at the moment had to take care of her daughter Tien. We will see next week if they will keep there commitments, but so far Temotu has been such gold mine.
1. What's the greatest message you've shared this week? (please provide a translation in English) Who did you share that with? How did you gain this knowledge to share with others? Greatest Message I shared would be my testimony about the Book of Mormon and the Promise that comes from it. I ataia bwa e koaua Ana Boki Moomon. I ataia bwa Ngkana ti wareware inanon Ana Boki Moomon ti kona n namikin te rau ao te kimwareirei. I berita bwa ngkana ti wareka Ana Boki Moomon ao imwiina ti tataro ti na karekea te koaua. I ataia bwa e tangiriko Tamara are i Karawa. Bwa e maiu Iesu Kristo ao bwa e korakai ibukin ara bure bwa ti aonga ni manga oki nakoin te Atua. I know that it true the Book of Mormon. I know that when we read in the Book of Mormon we can feel peace and joy. I promise that when we read it, The Book of Mormon, and after we pray, we will receive the truth. I know that He loves you, Our Heavenly Father. That He lives, Jesus Christ and that He suffered for our sins that we may return to Him, God. I shared this message with Moantau and Kaintiku as that is what we taught them. After finishing the Book of Mormon in Fiji I have had such a desire to share this truth that this book is true and that they can receive peace and joy from it.
2. What was your biggest struggle or hardest moment this week and how did you overcome it? The fact that this might be my last week with Elder Powell as he has been here so long and transfers are up and we are receiving nine new missionaries (in the mission, not on the island) this week to help in the work so the fear of the unknown this week has been a bit of challenge but the way I've prepared myself is to try my best and to speak Kiribati as I will most likely be the senior companion in the next companionship since I've been here the longest and know the investigators.
3. What was the best part of your week? Best Part of the week would have to be the AHA (lightbulb) moments that I can understand when people speak because I have been struggling in this aspect - as do most people when they are learning a language. The cool part with this is I'm starting to know what to say back and how to respond to their questions or help them with their problems.
4. What service opportunities have you had? What are you doing to lighten your companion's burdens? How is that going? Giving service here is no problem! This past week we had three big service projects. What I mean by big is that it takes longer than an half an hour. We helped Beretika ma Nno with taking out the coconut from the shell - very fun. Tibwere we helped pull out weeds. Thursday of this week we danced with this sweet old lady Marebu who teaches us how to dance and we give here company and an ear to listen and she loves to talk and tell stories. To lighten my companions burdens I stay positive even if the situation is stressful and try to show my love and support for his decisions. He is most definitely happier as far as I can tell.
5. What is the funniest or most enjoyable moment for you this week? Why? The most fun I have is when we have enough time to play Sorry after a lesson because it is a time to relax for a minute and fellowship with the investigator, member, or less active. There are couple of different rules for Kiribati Sorry. First off the differences you are on teams with the person across from you and instead of just flipping the top card, you get five cards in your hand to help you make a better decision and to try and strategize. As I have played more and more I've gotten really good. Most of the time I'm not with my companion on my team so it's always a competition between us of who can win. So far he has three or four more wins - but I am making a comeback!
Are there any American toiletry items you need that you can't get there or would like? Is there anything you'd like to give Elder Powell for Christmas or something he needs? What about for the "grandmas" who are taking care of you or the people who are letting you stay with them? Anything I could make like crocheted wash cloths? Or something like that? My bicycle is slowly dying and it needs some repairs. But I'm not too worried as the seat is still in good condition. The thing that would be helpful is a bolt and nut that fit in back to keep the carrying thing in the back in an upright position so I can use it properly and be able to carry packages and other items. I would like some shampoo as it is starting to run low, hydrogen peroxide to clean out wounds of the ever so more popular "doctor", and sunscreen as I left the big bottle in Tarawa and brought my travel one because I was worried about weight, but found a way to cheat the system next time. Funny thing about Elder Powell - he will most likely not be here for Christmas so if you would like to send him a separate package he would like a box of cereal like cinnamon toast crunch. These older ladies Teorabi would really love a flash or a mini sd card doesn't have to be super big if you do send out a flash but some American music on it - the stuff that is more upbeat, Marebu would like American candy, Rosaly would also like American candy, and Taraita would like some small items for her four little kids that are at home with her. I think all of them would appreciate crocheted wash cloths.
I rangi n tangiriko,
Letter to Dad
Wow! Sounds like an awesome two weeks! I'm glad that He is blessing you. This coming Saturday we are going to have a picnic baptism - meaning that we are going to have at least five baptisms this week which will be awesome! The Power of the Book of Mormon - as I finished it this last week and took Moroni's promise and asked with a sincere heart. Just the reassuring feeling of knowing that it is true was awesome and being able to simply talk to my Heavenly Father has been the fruit that I've reaped this week. Here's the Challenge for this week - Just stay positive, no negativity!
I rangi n tangiriko,
Letter to Sarah
I'm great how about you? I love my companion. I'm not going to lie it is hot. Will you tell dad that they don't celebrate Thanksgiving but instead the woman gather and have a botaaki (party). I have not gone dolphin hunting yet. We were supposed to go this week but we will have to see if it will work next week and maybe we will catch some sharks too. Keep up the good work can't wait to talk to you next week.
I rangi tangiriko naba,
Letter to Liz
Imwain I waki Mauri moan,
Wow your week sounds like it has been fun and full of testimony building moments. The funniest thing that happened this week is the number of people who tell me that I'm going to find my buo (wife), I just laugh. Wierdest thing for me would be the clams but other than that pretty good eating here. We were supposed to go dolphin hunting today but he was hired so we are going to go next week hopefully, maybe catch some sharks too. Dogs bark is worse than their bite. They are so scared if you turn around quickly. Here is my challenge to you I want you in the next three months to have read the Book of Mormon all the way through. I know it is hard with the seminary reading too but I can promise you that when you spend that time reading the Book of Mormon you will have the Holy Ghost with you and he will Help you with your homework. Not necessarily give you the answers but will help you remember the information so that you will be able to finish the assignment.
I rangi n Tangiriko,
Letter to Josh
I marurung, teutana ao teutana Ti riki n ai aron Iesu Kristo. I am Healthy, Little by little becoming like Jesus Christ. That's cool! Any cool spiritual experiences that you want to share? How about this tomorrow is FHE I want you to help your brother Nate with the spiritual thought and want you to share what you felt at the temple both at the service and baptisms.
Letter to Nathan
One quick question have you thanked your Heavenly Father yet? I want to testify you that He is waiting for you just to simply talk to Him. He wants to pour out blessings on His children and the only way He can do that is if we ask Him. My challenge for you this week is to read Moroni's promise about how to pray. Then I want you to start today to pray every day both morning and night and then I want you to report to me how you felt and how it has affected you life. I know that when we pray you can receive answers to your questions and ask for that help that you might need from your loving Heavenly Father. I atongi Bai ikai N aran Iesu Kristo, Amen.
I rangi n Tangiriko,
Mauri Tina( Hello Mom)
This week has also flown by really quick as I have had a lot that has gone on, both good and bad.
1. Was your investigator able to be baptized this week like you had hoped? We all prayed for his speedy recovery. How was the baptism? What was that like for you as a missionary?
Yes I'll have to try and upload some pics. It was awesome even though it was small, however we had a nonmember there and you could tell that he felt the spirit like we did. As a missionary it was awesome to see someone so ready to be baptized to be baptized. After Wanita's baptism we went to Tokarere's house to play some Sorry and to eat some food.
2. How was learning to dance? We know you have the moves, but what do the natives say about your dancing abilities? Haha!
Dancing was awesome I feel so bad for Elder Powell as he really struggles with the whole doing two to three things at once. The Natives are impressed at how fast of learner I am and I have down the dance that we learned Monday since Tuesday. Elder Powell still struggles with some parts. Here are the lyrics for the dance we learned I don't know the English (translation) because it is musical minded. So not all the words are in Kiribati only the composer knows the true meaning.
"AU TAI NAKO
I BWAWETEA NI MWANEWE NIKUANAU
E RIRIERE ETAUTI MOAKI
KARIRI A TE NANO
E KINIKINI KUNA
E TAOA TI TE NAETA N NAINA
I MOI MOAA
E KOATI TE WANINGAINA
E TEIA BWENNA BWENA
RUAITI BOO UE
TANINGAIA TE NANO
BIBIRANAA TEIERI TEUNAA ... KA
KANIMA RIKI MWANEKANA
I ATAIA N UAANA E TOUA TE TATII
IETA I NANO
EITI BWENEBWENE BEROROA TE TIIKA
E TAOA TI TE NAETA I NAINA
I MOI MOAA
The dance is pretty simple besides this one part where you go back and using both of your hands in different directions this is where Elder Powell really struggles. He will get it though with practice.
3. How's the language coming? Are you starting to understand the people more frequently? Are you teaching and leading discussions yet?
Definitely a lot better than it was a month ago. I have taught a little here and there but not a full lesson yet. I am starting to understand the people more and more as I question what that word means and they tell me what the word means. Yeah but my language is growing little by little.
4. How was your first fast Sunday? Do you do anything different on fast Sundays because of more time from not having 5 sacrament meetings?
Well usually when it is the first Sunday we hire two cars to pick up the members both from the North and the South. However this week our faith was tested and both cars did not go, so we had fast and testimony meeting in Matang but then hired a motorcycle to have three other church services because of the lack of the car running. So that was a fun Sunday. My first Fast Sunday was a little stressful as my companion was stressed about things not working out the way they should but the Spirit was still here and I did bear my testimony. I did Fast this week, but one thing they do different is that you are allowed to drink because of how hot it is - they don't want missionaries passing out.
5. Our ward will have fast Sunday next week because of stake conference this week. Is there anything we can fast for specifically that would help you or your companion?
Technically I'm not supposed to ask you to fast for any special reason but if you are, just some more help with language would never hurt. That would be great.
6. Is there anything you or Elder Powell would like or need for Christmas? We need to send another package to you soon for Christmas. We sent one on Monday, so be looking for it in the next few weeks. I'm hoping it's there before Thanksgiving...haha!
I would like some see through post it note tabs, some American candy like candy corn if that is still out if not some Swedish fish or gummy bears. I'll let the Jenks know that there is a package on the way so that they can look for it at the airport.
7. What's the greatest message you've shared this week? (please provide a translation in English, of it's your testimony, because we are having a very hard time translating it and sharing it on your blog)
Imwain I waaki, Kam ni bane ni Mauri! I ataia bwa e tangiringkami Te Atua. I ataia bwa e buokira ma bwai ni bane Te Atua. Ma ti riai ni bubutia ibukin te buoka. I kakoaua bwa e maiu Iesu Kristo ao bwa e korakai ibukin ara bure bwa ti aonga ni manga oki nakoin Tamara are i Karawa. I atongi baikai N aran Iesu Kristo ara Tia Kamaiu, Amen.
English: Before I start. Hello to you all. I know that God loves you all. I know that he will help us with everything. But we must ask him for the help. I testify that Jesus Christ lives and He Suffered for our sins so that we may return to our Heavenly Father. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior, Amen.
8. What was your biggest struggle or hardest moment this week? How did you overcome it?
Hardest moment for me this week would have to be this past Sunday as Elder Powell complained about everything for good 30 minutes (because the cars didn't pick up the people like they're supposed to). The way I overcame this was by just simply listening and keeping a positive attitude in hoping that there was a reason why we had to have more than one church service. The other time this week was the struggle I had with my bicycle when we were going to Teuabu to do a Taekan te Aro (Chuch Lesson)
9. What was the best part of this week for you and Elder Powell?
When we went down to Temotu yes even though it was a long bike ride and we didn't get that many lessons in we are starting to open this area for the church and we might start having a church service there soon if we get enough investigators! So far we have two new investigators since I have been here.
10. Any funny experiences you would like to share?
Well for one morning for exercise this week I decided that I was going to dance some samba. Elder Powell told me after our exercise time the expressions (from the natives) that I was getting and how they were laughing.
11. Any problems with dogs chasing you? I've had dreams about it all week...
Well once or twice but if you turn around very quickly and act bigger they usually run off and if that doesn't work they told us to throw rocks at them, but no major dog problems.
This week we went to a graduation here basically this graduation is like when the students move from South Cache to High School. So the transition from 9th to 10th grade. Very interesting dancing and music
a lot of old American Songs. Yeah that pretty much sums up the week.
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.