Elder samuel haycock's
bringing the light of the gospel to the people of kiribati
Elder samuel haycock's
We got a gaggle of letters from Elder Haycock today.
Letter dated MARCH 5, 2018
Missionary update....I am so thankful for a spare! I'll explain. Run down of the letter: Baptism, Spare, Spiritual Experience and a Spiritual Thought for the blog.
Baptism: I am so thankful for Heavenly Father's tender mercies. He gave us this daughter of God that was ready to be baptized. Her name is Tiau. She is a mother of a six year old daughter, is great friends with Reina, is divorced and done with the whole "man thing". She has been investigating the church for a couple of years but things have not worked out until now. I guess Heavenly Father has his own timing that we need to trust.
Spare: I LOVE my companion Elder Brinkworth - even if he loses my glasses in the ocean. Let me say that I am thankful I had a spare pair of glasses that I brought here with me. The only problem is I am missing a nose pad so I wear them with no nose pads to fit better. In my next package, can you send me something for him - like candy or along those lines. He is a good companion.
Spiritual Experience: Well, this one happened during my personal study. You know how sometimes you can be studying something, but you are learning something completely different than what you are reading? So I was reading from the book, "Our Search for Happiness" - I really enjoyed reading it, but I got a different lesson from it. My thoughts were drawn to "how well do I know Jesus Christ? Am I living His gospel? " Really it was a time I had to personally reflect on what I need to do better - a time of personal reflection. That means goal #3 and #4 are accomplished - I forgot to insert this - I finished the Old Testament again this past Wednesday, and I really liked the book of Daniel. He was so loved by Heavenly Father, and I finished Our Search for Happiness - a book I suggest everyone read.
Spiritual Thought: It comes from Alma 7: 14 - 15
14 Now I say unto you that ye must repent, and be born again; for the Spirit saith if ye are not born again ye cannot inherit the kingdom of heaven; therefore come and be baptized unto repentance, that ye may be washed from your sins, that ye may have faith on the Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world, who is mighty to save and to cleanse from all unrighteousness.
I really like this scripture because it is a daily reminder of what we need to do to be clean. I would like to change the last wording a bit to "and witness it unto him this day by going to church and partaking of the sacrament."
I know that my Redeemer lives. Through His blood I can receive cleansing from my sins. I testify that this Church has been restored through Joseph Smith, a prophet of God. I testify that God still leads and guides His church through a prophet today, President Russell M. Nelson. I know the Book of Mormon is the Word of God, and that power comes from it when we read from it. I testify that we can receive personal revelation through prayer. I know God lives and loves us and wants what is best for us. We can receive help through prayer. I testify of these things, in the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ, Amen.
Letter dated MARCH 12, 2018
Time to spice it up! I'm doing things a little backward - I am explaining my week with scriptural insights - so bear with me.
Monday, 5 March: Matthew 7:13-14
Tuesday, March 6: Matthew 18:1-4
Wednesday, 7th of March: Matthew 20:1-6
Thursday, 8 March: Mark 10:25-27
Friday, 9 March: Luke 2:10-14
Saturday, 10 March: Luke 6:35-38
Sunday, 11 March: Luke 12:5
Midnight call: So last night, after going to bed at 10, I was having a dream, when I was woken up by Noa. His wife needed a blessing. I got dressed in a white shirt and dress pants and went to see what was needed. She was complaining of pain in her thorax (I am assuming he forgot the word for chest haha!) I was able to give her a blessing. It is so interesting when the Spirit speaks through you. I had no clue what I was going to say before I started, but when I heard what I was saying, it surprised me because it was in perfect Kiribati.
This pretty much sums up my week. The plan is to go to Aranuka this Wednesday. Hopefully that works out. The work is moving along slowly, but surely. Other than the above experience, all that happened is just like any other week in working as a missionary.
I tangiria n kaoti nakoimi bwa I tangiringkami. Ao, I ataia bwa te aro aci, Ana Ekaretia Iesu Kristo ibukiia aika Itiaki ni Boong aika kaitina bon aban uean te Atua Ti kona ni karelsea te kamaiuaki iai iroun Iesu Kristo ara tia kamaina. Morariki E maiu Ao tikona n Neoa te Atua n arana. N na kaungaiia nanomi bwa kam na teimatoa n te tataro ma te wareware n Ana Boki Moomon. Bwai aikai a angi ni kakawaki. Ng Kana ti aki karaoia ti kaoti nakon te Atua ti aki tangiria ana Kakabwaia. Titebo ti ririba te Atua. I rangini Karabwarabwa ibukin ana Mwakuri ni Kamain Iesu. Ibukina bwa e atia ni mate ibukina ao tenibong imwiina e uti man te mate. I ataia bwa te Atua e tangiringkami. Ao Ngaia bon Tamara are i karawa. Ngaira natina. Ti riai ni ongeaba nakon ana tua ni kabane. Kam na kekeiaki ma n Teimatoa n ua te toki. I tangiringkami ao I mitiningkami. Ao I atongi bwaai aikai n aran ara Tia Kabomwi, Iesu Kristo, Amen.
PS - Translation will be found in the next letter...
Letter not dated, but definitely follows the above letter, so we are guessing somewhere 17th or 18th of March.
This week has been full of events. We were finally able to fly to Aranuka. Heavenly Father is mindful of his children. He has prepared some people for us to teach. The one thing I am really happy about is this one person named Ieumwa. He has finally grown up and is now acting like a man and caring for his family. He actually came to church this week - marking his fourth week of activity. I am so happy!
I had one really good personal study and have included a quote. I can testify that Jesus Christ cares for me. I have felt his love for me. Lately I have had many chances to use the priesthood to bless the sick. It is really an awesome feeling when the Holy Ghost whispers through you and you know exactly what to say in perfect Kiribati. The feeling of happiness is so amazing.
My spiritual thought comes from Ephesians 6:11-18. I testify of the importance of having the armor of God on at all times. I know that through our faith in Christ, we can do all things.
Translation of my testimony from last week: "I want to tell all of you that I love you. And I know this Church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the kingdom of God. We can receive the saving grace through Jesus Christ our Savior. Moreover, He lives and we can praise God in His name. I ask you that you will stay firm in praying and reading the Book of Mormon. These things are extremely important. If we don't do them, we show that we don't love His blessings - same as if we hate God. I am so thankful for His Atonement, Jesus Christ. Because I know that He has already died for us and three days later he lives. I know that God loves you and He is our Heavenly Father. We are His children. We must keep His commandments. We need to hang in there and endure to the end. I love and miss you. I testify of these things in the name of Jesus Christ our Redeemer, 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.