Elder samuel haycock's
bringing the light of the gospel to the people of kiribati
Elder samuel haycock's
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
Later that night, we had a chance to have a quick email exchange:
Mauri, I have a little more time for questions.
Tell me about your P-day and new companion! Also, tell us more about the music competition you had last week.
Well I don't know who my companion is at the moment but I will know on Wednesday at Zone Conference. Pday is great because I can talk to you all! Not a lot went on today as we chilled out at the house. The music competition was a lot of fun and I had a lot of fun getting to know members and really being able to talk to them all. And be able to get to know them and have them start to love me more.
Were you asked to lead the music because of your ability to read more music? Or was it something else?
I kind of volunteered and they just loved how I did so they kept me to do it. Know that with faith all is possible.
That's awesome! I'm glad you got to share your talents! You are right about faith! It can move mountains. Tell me about the city you're in.
Bikenibeu is awesome but it is small and really doesn't have everything, but the work is there - you have to work at it.
When you say really small, do you mean area or population? How many people are near there? How many people are you teaching? Oh and do you baptize in the ocean here or is there a font?
I would say 2000 at most and our area is smaller. We are teaching about 30 people with 14 investigators. Super fun! But it is stressful sometimes. We have both. The Stake has said to fill the font now and it is clean now. It wasn't before.
Wow. What makes it stressful?
When people don't want to make and keep commitments or when they don't repent.
Everyone says Hi and they love you! You're teaching Seminary too?? So busy! Keep up the good work!
Tell everyone I love them too!! I have about 10 minutes left.
Good! I enjoyed seeing the pictures you shared. The worms still gross me out...but I know how much you like them. Haha! Tell me about the frozen chocolate milk in a bag...weird.
It is an awesome cold drink but I do have to say that it is weird having to drink out of a bag.
Do you just cut a corner and suck it out, or is it like a Capri sun?
You literally take a bite out and suck on it .
Crazy! I didn't think you would be able to find or get frozen stuff. I bet that's a nice change!
Almost every island has it but I just barely sent the picture of it.
I love you! I am so happy I got to visit with you tonight! Keep working hard, push through! You are doing great things!!
Love you too.
It really is crazy how fast time flies as. I am approaching my last transfer here in Kiribati. This mission is a special mission. It is not like any other mission. If I were to describe half of the stuff that goes on it would be disturbing. Honestly I am excited to see all of you. But I am really excited that I have two more months to keep helping people come unto Christ. We should have more baptisms coming up this next month as investigators are making progress. I am also excited for this week as our stake is throwing a Song Festival. Where all the wards compete against each other. It will be awesome and it has been nice to lead them and to put those music skills to use.
Needs: Space Saver Bags - yes, for clothes and other things. Pair of pants to come home in. My feet if you find 42 that size works the best - I don't know what size that is in US. If you would like to supply me with a little money for souvenirs I wouldn't argue. But if not I can get along without. As for a turtle shell, I wasn't planning on taking one home.
I would encourage all of you to read from Hope of Israel by President Russell M Nelson. Such a great message! I know that we have a prophet for these days. I know that he leads and guides this church. I testify of these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Bikenibeu 2nd West.
I got to hear from him later that night and he wanted to ask and answer some questions we exchanged via email.
How are you doing? How's your health?
I am just exhausted and have a head cold at the moment. It usually wakes me up at 1:00 AM and then have a hard time sleeping after. I have had it for two days now. I just wake up and I don't know what to do. But I do wake up with enough energy - just have a headache, runny nose and sore throat. I have also moved around a lot (in my sleep) more these past couple of days. It has been weird.
Tell us more about your companion. What do you admire about him? What are his strengths?
Elder Hansen loves to be right. He is 6'2", is very smart and has a fantastic memory!
Tell us about your home. Beds or hammocks or floors? Are rats a big problem still?
Our house imagine a run down house in America and you have it. One old fan that still runs and tile flooring. The five of us sleep in the same room on the floor. And yes, rats are a huge problem...ish. They have died down since we have had the cat.
Do you get around by biking or walking? Are your other flat mates fun to be around?
Biking!!! They are fun sometimes but frustrating because they break down once in a while (the bikes). I'm back with Elder Roberts which is awesome. I have to go. So I want to say I love you. Have fun!
Just a quick update about me I am doing great! and I am excited that I have the opportunity to talk to you all.
What have you been up to? I have been sharing the Gospel with the people of Bikenibeu. Such a cool experience happened this week! While I was lessoning with this lady, can I say, the Heavens were open and I saw her (in a vision) with her husband and her two children step out of the temple. It was so cool to see. I can testify that it will happen one day.
How goes the work? The work is there but it is slow at the moment, but I see it picking up soon.
What do you enjoy most about serving in Bikenibeu? Just being able to be in a ward and actually have a bishop that does things. It has been fun working with the Young Men as they are struggling in their assignments but I love helping them out.
Needs: If you could send some space saver bags - mine have broken and don't work right. If you want send me a pair pants that would be nice, but I can deal with my two pairs of pants right now.
Message from President Larkin:
Elders and Sisters
Senior Missionary Couples play a critical role in our mission and we have upcoming needs for several senior couples in both Kiribati and the Marshall Islands. This can be an exciting opportunity for couples who are at a stage in life where they are able to serve a mission together.
If you have family members who may be interested in serving in our mission, please pass on my Church email address - email@example.com - and ask them to send me an email.
If you do not have family members who are able to send, perhaps there are family friends/acquaintances who may be interested.
As you know, this is the world's best mission!
Thank you for all you do! We love you!
Alma 34:32-33 - I want to remind you that we must repent always and to not put it off as we are in these last days. I am so thankful for this simple gospel. I want to testify that these things are true in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Bikenibeu 2 West
Alma 34: 32-33
32 For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors.
33 And now, as I said unto you before, as ye have had so many witnesses, therefore, I beseech of you that ye do not procrastinate the day of your repentance until the end; for after this day of life, which is given us to prepare for eternity, behold, if we do not improve our time while in this life, then cometh the night of darkness wherein there can be no labor performed.
Letter Dated May 14th, 2018
Happy Mother's Day! (Aia Bong Tiina, A na Tekeraoi!) Well sorry I wasn't able to email you this week. The internet was down in our zone, and I wanted to be obedient, so I sacrificed writing an email. A quick update of what is happening with me. So first, I got transferred from Betio. Sad Day! Especially when you have loved the people and your investigators are starting to make progress to baptism. But, I know that is what the Lord wants. So I have been moved to work in the Bikenibeu 2nd Ward and have been assigned to be District Leader of the Bikenibeu District. Nerve wracking. This past week we had Zone Conference which was really good and it had a lot for me in what I was struggling with at the time. We also received the Doctrine and Covenants in Kiribati for the first time this past Wednesday. It has made my studies really nice.
"Tanimai Nakoiu n ami iango n taai nako, tai nanououa, tai maaku." - D&C 6:36
My thought is focused on looking unto Christ. I testify that as we focus our attention on Christ, we will be saved. I testify that we will be given the power to overcome trials and afflictions. I testify of these things are true in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Bikenibeu 2nd West
D&C 6:36 Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not.
No real email this week, but we did learn that he is serving currently with Elder Hansen from Idaho who has been out 18 months. He says that being District Leader is sometimes challenging when you want to see the work move forward, but are faced instead with complaints. He also asked for a brownie recipe and that was about it....except for all these beautiful photos.
Can I say time flies?? It is so crazy how fast the week flies and I'm so thankful that I have this time to send you all an email. Not a lot happened this week as it was all the same, but the exciting part is that we should be having two baptisms this next week in a baptismal font! Super exciting!
Spiritual Thought for the Week: Can be found in Preach My Gospel under the section of Patience pg 120. Something that I would encourage all of you to develop - as that is the only way we can handle others. I have been blessed with so many experiences this week as I have left everything up to the Lord's time. For example: this investigator figuring out that the Book of Mormon is true and when an investigator comes to church, to when they accept a baptismal commitment. I know this work is true. I know that when we are patient all things will work out to our benefit.
Bikenibeu 2 West
Patience is the capacity to endure delay, trouble, opposition, or suffering without becoming angry, frustrated, or anxious. It is the ability to do God’s will and accept His timing. When you are patient, you hold up under pressure and are able to face adversity calmly and hopefully. Patience is related to hope and faith—you must wait for the Lord’s promised blessings to be fulfilled.
You need patience in your everyday experiences and relationships, especially with your companion. You must be patient with all people, yourself included, as you work to overcome faults and weaknesses.
“Life is full of difficulties, some minor and others of a more serious nature. There seems to be an unending supply of challenges for one and all. Our problem is that we often expect instantaneous solutions to such challenges, forgetting that frequently the heavenly virtue of patience is required.”
–President Thomas S. Monson
“Patience—a Heavenly Virtue,” Ensign, Nov. 1995, 59
Activity: Personal Study
It is so crazy how much time has flown and all of the new changes that have came in this past week! As you have heard, as I have been assigned as the new Bikenibeu District Leader. All I can say is that at first I was overwhelmed - but can I say I am thankful for a Mission President that leads this work and that I can talk to him. I can testify in the power of a Priesthood Blessing. So many cool things that he shared with me and I can testify that I am loved by my Heavenly Father and that he knows me and knows how to stretch me. I am so excited for this change! So a little bit about our district... I am over all of Bikenibeu. There 4 Elders and 4 Sisters. That makes us 8 total in this district. Should be lots of fun! Sorry for not emailing you all last week. The internet was out in Bairiki. So I wasn't able to email. But I have sent a letter explaining what happened last week as time is almost up. I want to say that I love you all and will try and send some pictures to you all as internet is slow this week.
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.