Mauri!!! From Tarawa
Yep! I have been Transferred and now I am assigned to work in the BETIO 2 EAST with Elder Seffker as my companion. I am super stoked! Just a quick update before I answer your email.
1. How's your health? Any more tummy troubles?
My Health is good. My stomach has been great as I have been able to eat a more balanced diet in Aranuka.
2. Have you and Elder Brinkworth been able to find replacements for your bicycles?
Yes the Mission has provided for them and we have been able to resume work as normal
3. How is the work progressing in Kuria? In Aranuka?
Kuria, the church is definitely younger and members rely heavily on elders but the work is there and Less Actives are coming back which is good. Aranuka has a stronghold of members that have been to the Temple. Really an awesome branch with missionary work in their sights. I see more fruits reaped from the labors of past elders.
4. Any mission experiences you would like to share?
I want to testify that God, Our Heavenly Father knows his Children and knows what they need to receive the everlasting joy of the eternal gospel of Jesus Christ. I can write countless experiences of when I have been led. But three major ones stick out in my time when I was in Aranuka/Kuria. We arrived there and we were accepted by Taniera and Anna a couple that has been investigating the church for over a year and have come to church for 6 months. They were prepared to be baptized on the 3 February. A similar thing happened in Kuria when Tiau had been investigating the church for over 3 years but the timing has never worked through with the Baptism but we were blessed to have the baptism on the 3 March. We came back to Aranuka to find this girl, Marebu, that has a strong desire to be baptized and was supported by her parents she entered the waters of baptism with two others from member families that is Angelica and Teeira.
I testify that the gospel is true and that Jospeh Smith is a prophet of God. That we are in the final days that we constantly need to be preparing for that terrible and glorious day when our Savior will come and redeem the righteous. I testify of these things in the name of Jesus Christ, My Savior and Redeemer, Amen.
Betio 2 East
Betio is located on the Atoll of Tarawa - the main island of Kiribati. It is on the southwesternmost tip of the atoll.
My shoes are on the way to hit the dust. (My reply to him was, "So if your shoes are bad, what are you using now and why didn't you ask for some more? Do you need some to come home with?" He replied, "I'm still using those shoes and I have spares no worries. I just wanted to see your reaction.") Stinker.
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.