Kam ni bane Mauri,
Happy Thanksgiving! The package did arrive, but it didn't arrive Thursday because something happened with the plane, but it did come on Saturday. I opened it and boy did you pack it well and full. I gave Elder Powell the Candy he wanted and ate that dinner with the Family that we were having it with. So funny to see the people's faces as they ate the sour stuff because hear in Kiribati they don't have anything that is sour. I heard at Thanksgiving Dinner that Hannah Cleared the Table. That's awesome. Well Here the Kiribati As I said in my last email they don't celebrate Thanksgiving. The thing they do Celebrate is White Ribbon Day. As we are the only Imatangs on the Island they really wanted us to come. This bootaki (gathering, Party) is for awareness to stop the Violence to Women. Which is cool but the way a bootaki works is it is opened by dancing done by ladies. Then the MC takes over and introduces kind of what is going to go on, but all bootaki have Maroro (An elegant speach given by the guests with some money), Lunch, tiueti (swiss) not sure on the spelling basically it is there version of a slow dance but you don't hold hands and you do what you partner is doing. and don't go very hard very boring dancing. As you can tell from this as I am not that good at speaking Kiribati it was really hard to know what was going on during it.
So the church has a campaign for Christmas this year called #lighttheworld. Do you have a message we could share for you or a picture for this? Is there something your mission president has asked you guys to do in conjunction with the church's campaign?
Church Campain #lighttheworld We have not heard anything about it, but Thursday's are usually our service day. "To make the world bright we need to follow the counsel of two words. Just Serve. In Mosiah 2:17 it says that "when you are in the service of your fellowman you are only in the service of your God". In Alma 37:7 it says "by small and simple things does he confound the wise". If we combine these two scriptures, if we give small acts of service, it is that small act that brightens their day and confounds the adversary and makes them and I want to serve another person. To share that joy."
1. What's been the best part of your week so far? Why? Best part of your mission so far? Why?
The best part of this week would have to be when I gave my first lesson and figured out for myself that I know that vocabulary and can form grammatically correct sentences. I taught about the Holy Ghost and How in order to complete our baptism we need to receive the Holy Ghost and be baptized by fire also. When we brought up this thing with the investigator the member had a hard time remembering if she received the Holy Ghost which is interesting because she should have received it the Sunday after her baptism. Of my Mission so far would have to be this past week as Elder Powell has pushed me out and is
wanting me to teach more of the lessons. I'm starting to grow my vocabulary even faster.
2. You've changed and grown up so much already, what are you most thankful for learning/experiencing? What changes in yourself have you noticed and how does it affect your missionary service? What goals do you have as a missionary for this week? This month?
Struggling through trying to express what I am feeling in a lesson while I am teaching the lesson. Things that I have noticed is that I am more receptive to the Spirit and try to follow all the promptings as there are many that I get throughout the day. My love for the people in how they laugh, joke, gossip, and always try to help us. It has opened the windows of many people as they see that we are open and not stuck up and want this and this. Goals for this week is to try and get one of our investigators to baptism and to have his brother do the baptism which will be cool. For me, my goal this week is to give more lessons as that is way to grow the fastest. This month I hope to be able to teach at least half of the lessons before Elder Powell and I go to Tarawa for Christmas.
3. What advice would you give to anyone who was looking for truth or peace? How has this knowledge changed you for the better?
First questioned I would ask is "E Uara am Tataro?" How are your prayers? Second question I would ask is are "E uara am wareware inanon Ana Boki Moomon?" How is your reading in The Book of Mormon? I would then encourage them to start reading Ana Boki Moomon, continue reading it, or if they have finished it, to read it again. Then I would give them this advice "Ko atia ni bubutia Tamara are i Karawa ibukin ana ibuobuoaki?" Have you asked your Heavenly Father for help? The promise of truth can be found in two places that I have come across. The first is in James 1:5 from the Bible and the second is Moroni 10:3-5 from the Book of Mormon. These two places give us great counsel about how we can gain truth. The best way that I have found peace is by being grateful for the things I have and when struck with a hard situation, I try to find the positive of the situation. I find myself happier a lot more of the time. Since I have gained this knowledge, I have been able to share it with others.
4. What was the hardest part of your week and how did you overcome it? What have you learned about yourself through adversity?
This past Sunday as we were not able to use the motorcycle. The difficulty of riding a bike from Rotimwa to Teuabu to have a tauramauri there. It just was a physically exhausting day. I just pushed through it and as I pushed through, it went lot easier especially when I asked for Heavenly Father's help. I have learned that I can do it because I have done it before.
5. What is message that you shared this week touched you the most? Why? What prompted you to share it and with whom?
"Tera te Onimaki?" What is Faith? I then shared Aramwa 32:21. E bon kakoauan bwai ko aki nooria te onimaki. It is believing in things that you can't see, but know they are there. After she understood this, I then shared e tiaki ti kakoaua te onimaki ma e ti mwakuri. Faith is not just believing, it is action. I ataia bwa ti kona n rikirake ara onimaki rinanon te tataro, wareware inanon Ana Boki Moomon, ti roko tauramauri. I ataia bwa e tangiriko te atua. I know that we can increase our faith through prayer, reading in the Book of Mormon, and coming to church. I know that God loves you. It was message from the heart that I shared and it is something that I know is true. Raiteta is her name and that was what her lesson was on so that is what I was prompted to share.
I tangirko Naba,
Well we have been having Companion prayer before our study and before we head but we haven't had it as much at the night as he showers and tries to get ready for bed. That is my goal this week is to have more companion prayers.
Teaching by the Spirit and Creating an Atmosphere - Chapter Four of Preach My Gospel is great resource as it entitled How do I recognize and understand the Holy Ghost? Some of things that help me when I am preparing for the day are summarized into 5 steps. 1. Open your study about the subject with a prayer. Ask for Heavenly Father's help in what you need to learn so that you might be able to teach by the spirit. 2. Study about the topic. Become learned in the topic. 3. Show Gratitude for the help he has given you. 4. Start Class with a prayer inviting the spirit to be there and as it is said in Kiribati. Ti butiko bwa ko na kakabwaiara te Tamnei ae Raoiroi bwa ti kona n reirei irouna. We ask thee to bless us with the Holy Ghost that we may learn by Him. 5. Listen to the spirit and testify of it's presence when you feel it as some people do not know what it feels like as it is different for every person. The best way I can put this is Just follow the promptings that is why they are there to help not just you but to help others that are in the room. These 5 steps are not just for teachers the students an also do these steps as it will help them gain a testimony of the truth that they are already studied.
Message Centered on Christ I am going to back to you on that and prepare something during this week.
I Love you too!! It's been a great week and I'll share a lot in Mom's email.
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.