So this last week Elder B'ataua got transferred and now Elder Seffker is my new companion! A little about him: he comes from a family of fifteen and he came to the mission the intake group after me, so I'm now the Senior companion. This last part of the week has been a little stressful as I have been faced with leading on the discussions, but my language has improved a lot as I have relied upon the Lord for help. That was the major event that happened this week along with church attendance increasing each week which is so good! Yesterday I had octopus again and it was so good because it was tarinaki (sun dried) and then cooked so it was soft - very good. My hope is this week, as I found out that I need to collect information for the potential Branch Presidents to be called here. So I will try and finish that as quickly as I can. That is one of the objectives this week.
Sorry this email is short but not a lot happened but I would like to end this email with a spiritual thought that has helped for these past two weeks as I have felt low. (Update: We heard in a separate email, that Elder Haycock is finally feeling better and is able to keep food and water down. He also reports that all of his cuts, sores and swollen lymph nodes are healed. We couldn't be happier! Thanks for your faith and prayers!)
My thought comes from "The War Goes On" by Elder Larry R. Lawrence. I would like to share my personal study.
There are limits to Satan's power
1 He cannot tempt little children
2. He does not know our thoughts unless we tell him. Do not murmur or speak evil of yourself or others.
This last statement is what I have been working on. As struggles have happened, I have caught myself murmuring a little bit. Then I realized if I did this, Satan brings it up again and again. I want to testify that as we pray and study we can receive help with our trials. I want to testify that there is a power working against us when we are doing what is right. His name is Satan, but he does not have power over us because we have a body and he does not. Through our Savior, we can receive help to our problems. I testify that God the Eternal Father and His Son Jesus Christ live and they love us and share that love with us. I would like all of you who read this to read Alma 7:24 The promise there is so true. I testify that we can receive eternal life but we must stand strong and endure to the end. I say these things in the name of our Savior, even 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.