2 Nephi 9:52 Behold, my beloved brethren, remember the words of your God; pray unto him continually by day, and give thanks unto his holy name by night. Let your hearts rejoice.
This week has been like any other week with nothing really happening so I will reply to your questions as that is the best way to get the brain going.
Will you share with us your experiences this week or impressions you received as you taught or listened to investigators or the Spirit?
1. Her name is Kinoia (kee-noi-a) she is the wife of the returned missionary and the week prior we gave her the invitation to pray to know if Thomas S. Monson is the prophet alive now and if Joseph Smith restored the church. She shared with us that next time we visited as she prayed she couldn't stop crying and she also couldn't stop laughing. She asked Katia (ka-sa) why she was crying and he told her it is the Holy Ghost testifying to you that it is true.
Where have you seen the Lord's hand in your life this week?
2.This week as I have lost the energy to get up, and as I have prayed he gives me that energy and desire I need to accomplish the tasks for the day.
How are you serving your companion and those around you?
3. Today we are going to help Katia and Kinoia find some wood for their buia.
What are you most thankful for this week?
4. That My Heavenly Father Loves me and watches over me even when the times are tough and things are not working your way.
Looking back, in what ways would you say your testimony has grown from being in the MTC to now?
5. It is easier to express my feelings without having to think about the Kiribati. It has grown little by little as it has been tested and tried.
What do you love most about serving in Nonouti?
6. I love the people and it is going to be hard to leave this place most likely in three weeks as I am reaching my six month mark here on Kiribati.
My message this week is from my personal study this week: 2 Nephi 9:52 ni kangi "Taraia tariu aika kam tangiraki, uring ana taeka Atuami; kakaonimaki n tataro nakoina ni katoa bong, ao anga ami kaaitau nakon
arana ae tabu n te tairiki. Kakukurei nanomi." translated from what the Kiribati means what I understand "Behold my brethern that are loved, remeber his words your God; Faithful in praying to Him every day, and give thanks to His Holy Name in the night. Let your hearts rejoice." read the English. This scripture has been my inspiration for this week as times were hard and were not going as expected. When I did pray to my Heavenly Father asking for that strength He gave it to me and has helped me see my purpose as a missionary more that it is not just about getting a ton of lessons in the day but it is about fellowshipping, inviting, helping, and continually serving them even if that means you only get one lesson in that day but the impact that you left will help them to stay active in the church. As Elder Fonseca and I have changed our teaching, we have drawn closer to the people here on Nonouti. I ataia bwa rinanon tataro bwa ti kona karekea te ibuobuoki ibukin ara kanganga. Bwa e tangirira ni kabane Tamara are i Karawa. Bwa ti bon natin Tamara are i Karawa. I atia n noria te kakabwaia ma au tataro. E kakabwaiaki ma te korakora, marurung, ana tangira, te rau, te kimwareirei, ao te ibuobuoki. I kakoaua bwa Ana Boki Moomon e ana taeka te Atua. I atai bwa rinanon ana Mwakuri ni Kamaiu Iesu Kristo ti kona kainaomataki ma te mate n te rabwata ao n te tamnei. I rangi ni kukurei bwa I kona mwakuri ni mitinare. I atongi bwai ikai n aran Natin Iesu Kristo, Amen. ( I know that through prayer we can receive help for our problems. That He loves all of us - our Heavenly Father. That we are his children. I have already seen the blessing from my prayers. He has blessed me with the strength, health, his love, peace, joy, and help. I testify that the Book of Mormon is the
word of God. I know that through the atonement of Jesus Christ we can be freed from death both physical and spiritual. I very happy that I can be a missionary. I say these things in the name of His son Jesus Christ, Amen.
He was still online, so I replied to him with some more questions: I'm sorry your having such a hard time. What's been going unexpectedly? Is there anything we can do to help? Are you having a hard time getting up because you're sick or just exhausted? Are you getting enough to eat?
Time - there is just not enough of it. I'm exhausted physically and spiritually as sometimes we stay at the member's house until after 10 to help the investigators overcome their addiction with smoking. I have plenty to eat and usually eat four to five times a day.
I'm glad to hear that you're ok in that aspect - food and health. But a piece of advice is this....you can't keep drawing water out of a dry well. You must make sure you are taking care of yourself physically and spiritually. Sometimes it's a matter of rearranging your schedule or changing some priorities. Don't neglect those things or it will catch up with you, and not in a good way. I am thankful you've sought the Lord's help in this, and I will pray specifically for you and your companion in regards to health, safety, spiritual nourishment and rest as well. We love you and pray for you always. I know the Lord will qualify your efforts and bless you an hundred fold for your enduring trust in him. Hang in there!
I'm hanging in here as the work is progressing and the heat is increasing as we are moving into the dry season of the year. I'm doing great. My companion is so awesome and really pushes me to be the best I can be.
During my personal study this week I've been reading in 2 Nephi this week Jacob brother of Nephi was ordained a priest (a missionary of the church) He was told by Nephi to give this address and share this to the Nephites. Starting in Chapter 6 and goes to chapter 12 and then 12 to 24 where it shares Isaiah 2-14. The part that hit me hard this week is in Chapter 9 verse 52 in Kiribati it says "Taraia tariu aika kam tangiraki, uring ana taeka Atuami; kakaonimaki n tataro nakoina ni katoa bong, ao anga ami kaaitau nakon arana ae tabu n te tairiki. Kakukurei nanomi." translated from what the Kiribati means what I understand "Behold my brethern that are loved, remeber his words your God; Faithful in praying to Him every day, and give thanks to His Holy Name in the night. Let your hearts rejoice." read the English. This scripture has been my inspiration for this week as times were hard and were not going as expected. When I did pray to my Heavenly Father asking for that strength He gave it to me and has helped me see my
purpose as a missionary more that it is not just about getting a ton of lessons in the day but it is about fellowshipping, inviting, helping, and continually serving them even if that means you only get one lesson in that day, but the impact that you left will help them to stay active in the church.
Something new that I tried this week was the eggs of the Kule and turtle both of which are extremely good. The turtle tastes like steak and the eggs taste way better than the chicken eggs that we grew up.
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.