This week I've learned more about myself and where my weaknesses are as well as my strengths. This week has been stressful as President Iotua came to fill out forms for the branch here in Butaritari as well as interviewing all of the Melchezidek Priesthood holders and filling out a form for each of them. He should be coming back after the Area Presidency signs the form saying that Butaritari can be a Branch. The goal for this week is to have a family baptized. Members here are so nice and loving and President Iotua shared a great insight of what they should be doing as members. He referenced them as birds on the ocean and that the missionaries are the fisherman and the investigators are the fish. That the members should be finding a family each month for us to teach.
(From my letter to Elder Haycock) I heard a funny little story about riding a motorcycle with your companion last week... Elder Seffker's quote, "I think we've got it figured out and stuff now, at first I was super sketched out because we didn't seem to have the balance figured out. But we've got it now and we were blessed to be safe. Any way, prayer is definitely real." I am telling you I snorted out loud when I read that! I am assuming you were driving and I am also guessing this was probably your first time being in charge of driving it. Boy would I have loved to be a fly on the wall watching that! Any other new adventures you'd like to share with us?? So a little bit about the motorcycle experience: yes, I was the one driving the motorcycle. Through prayer I had the help from my Heavenly Father. Elder Seffker is great and very good at accomplishing the task that he has at hand.
My thought this week comes from Alma 32 (verses 21 - 46) in this chapter of scripture, it talks about faith and how we need to grow it and as we grow it, we can do all things. This describes my week as it has been full of stress but as I have turned to the Lord, He has filled my mouth and has helped us to know what to teach. I know that these things are true in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Alma 32: 42 And because of your diligence and your faith and your patience with the word in nourishing it, that it may take root in you, behold, by and by ye shall pluck the fruit thereof, which is most precious, which is sweet above all that is sweet, and which is white above all that is white, yea, and pure above all that is pure; and ye shall feast upon this fruit even until ye are filled, that ye hunger not, neither shall ye thirst.
I hope is all is going well and that you are helping your mom out. I love you lots!
Haven't heard from you this week. Hope all is well. Love You!
I love you! I want you to keep trying your best. To keep moving forward even though we have trials we can learn from them. I love you lots!
Motorcycle driving is just like riding a bike as you get the hang of it it becomes easier. There is a lot more responsibility put on as now I have to lead the discussions and help answer questions. Just finished the work for the branch so it can be formed. I will share a story next week.
I hope school is going well. I want you to know that I love you and that Heavenly Father loves you too. Keep doing. your best, that is all He asks of us. I love you lots!
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.