HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY MOM!!!
Sending birthday wishes to you as I'm here! Hope your birthday goes well. One tradition here when they sing the song: Happy Birthday to you! is the first chorus followed by Happy long life to you! and the third chorus being in Kiribati Ko na tekeraoi! ( you will have good luck). We have been here in Butaritari we are planning on teaching him (the man they found last week after praying) tomorrow. I did find out what my companion's favorite candy is. He loves chocolate with either peanut butter or caramel. In the picture last week, the older lady was flattening pandanus leaves for the Kiai. We are going to help her again tomorrow. You asked about how many shirts I have left of the 18 you sent me with. White shirts here in Butaritari is three, in Tarawa I think three. The hammock is very comfortable and stretchy.
I hope everyone is doing well and is healthy. This week we continued lessoning (teaching) with our investigators and we should be having four or five baptisms coming up at the start of next month which is exciting.
I'm doing great here and work is moving along. I'm still here in Butaritari because we are trying to finish up our investigators before we move for awhile. We plan on going the first week of July to Makin. I'm excited because that means a change.
My spiritual message for this week comes from 2 Nephi 4:34. I love this scripture as Nephi tells us what we should do so that we can receive eternal life. "O te Uea, I a tia n onimakiniko, ao N na onimakiniko n aki toki. N na aki katoka au onimaki iaon te iriko; bwa I ataia bwa e na maraia ane e onimakina te iriko. Eng, e na maraia ane e katokaa ana onimaki iaon to aoata ke e onimakina the korkora airon the aomata." It tells that we need to put our faith in our Savior Jesus Christ and as we do we will receive the help and power to do anything. This I testify of in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
2 Nephi 4:34 O Lord, I have trusted in thee, and I will trust in thee forever. I will not put my trust in the arm of flesh; for I know that cursed is he that putteth his trust in the arm of flesh. Yea, cursed is he that putteth his trust in man or maketh flesh his arm.
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.