We got to Skype with Elder Haycock for a few moments on Christmas! It was heaven to see and hear him! He is VERY tan, just got a haircut - compliments of his companion, Elder Powell, and was so excited to talk to us. We are counting our blessings for the gift of internet, skyping and phones in general! He is doing well and reported that they are currently teaching over 50 investigators and he can't wait to get back to Nonouti to begin teaching again. That is a lot of work and it keeps him busy. He is returning to Nonouti later this week after spending nearly 2 weeks in Tarawa at a Mission Conference with all 82 missionaries serving in the Kiribati Region. I am so thankful to President and Sister Larkin (his Mission President and his wife) for sending us pictures of him and his fellow missionaries. It warms the heart to see them having fun and being happy. He also informed us that his companionship will change, as Elder Powell will be transferred to another island and Sam will be paired with Elder Fonseca. We are excited for this change and pray for their success with the investigators on Nonouti! Elder Haycock reports that his favorite food is Kiribati Pasta - ie. Sand Worms! He claims if they are completely dried, they taste like beef jerky..... I think we will take him at his word. He misses privacy, but surprisingly doesn't miss technology. We asked how his bicycle was holding up and he told us the seat has split in two. We asked if he could repair it with duct tape, he told us, "not really because the bolts holding the seat poke up between the seat cushions." Naturally one would ask if he just rode the bike standing up, to which you'd be surprised to hear that, "nope. I've just developed great callouses." I can't imagine riding 1 1/2 to 2 hours each way to get from one part of the island to the other like that - callouses or not! He expressed his love for all and laughed at his younger brother's change in height and voice cracking when he spoke and was surprised at how much his little sisters had grown up in 4 short months. Mid-way through our conversation, we lost audio on the Skype call and thankfully the missionary couple serving there, the Jenks, allowed Sam to finish his time on his allotted phone call, on their phone. Parting was sweet sorrow, but we are counting down the days until we get to see and chat with him again on Mother's Day!
Marshall Islands Majuro Mission - Kiribati Region Conference December 2016
Elder Haycock is in the top row in the back 11th from the right. This photo has all 82 missionaries in it and President Larkin and his wife in the center toward the left with leis on, and President Halek and his wife are in the center and toward the right with leis on.
Lunch time at Moroni High School in Tarawa. So happy Elder Haycock got to see some of the missionaries from his intake group at the MTC. Elder Murri is sitting beside him, with Elder Morphonios just to the left. The handsome young man smiling over Elder Murri's shoulder is Elder Fonseca - Sam's new companion.
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.