Everything is amazing here just about to starting my 3rd week at the MTC. I've gotten both packages and Dad's letter thank you for the much needed P-day clothes. I've not used any of my own personal money because I've had enough on my card from the MTC and they just add $6 to it each week so it accumulates over time. Which is nice. I'm going to send you a package this week with a couple of things from here at the MTC and the Hymn books in Kiribati so you canpractice there so when I get back you can sing some of the songs I'll also provide a Pronunciation Guide it makes you mind think about the pronunciation. The temple was amazing we did a sealing the first P-day and the last one we did an endowment session. The Satan one in this one was more of Flattery one. Yeah I think we are going to do Initiatory this go around or an endowment session. Hey could you send like 22 male cards with baptism and confirmation done and a female card. I would like to do some work while I'm here and I'll send them back when their done. I was unable to go to the same session (as Elder Sagara when he took out his endowment) because we did Sealings instead. We are adjusting to a new schedule. Next week we will actually have PCL during the afternoon instead of at night which is nice. We have have our first TRC appointment this Saturday and we are teaching Kiribati members which will be different but fun can't wait.
Here is a section of my Journal from this past week:
"4 September 2016
Today was my first Fast Sunday in the MTC. What a beautiful spirit that I felt today. We started off with a Mission conference. We were able to here from the MTC Presidency. Sister Snow started things off with most written commandment. She told us this it is to ASK and she tied it into these four questions (1) Why do I have to repent? (2) Why do I have to baptized? (3) How many will/should/can I convert? (4) Why do I need the Holy Ghost? (1) We need to ask the Savior for forgiveness. (2) If the Savior has to be baptized, then why can't we follow his simple invitation when he asks us to be Baptized. (3) None, it is when we ask the Holy Ghost to be with us that will testify of what we said is true. (4) He guides our every action but only when we ask him to. Next her companion President Snow addressed on how Christ became immortal and gave us immortality. He did this through four steps (1) pre-mortal foreordaining received a mortal body (2) Suffered for our sins (3) Gave his life (4) Broke the bonds of death. That all may be resurrected. Next we had the President's wife Sister Burgess. She taught about how we can grow our spiritual roots, so that we can withstand the adversary they are: (1) Sincere daily Prayer (2) studying the scriptures (3) partake of the sacrament (4) follow the Prophet (5) Keep the Commandments (6) Teach and Testify of Jesus Christ . President Burgess enlighten us by this statement "Be what you want to be." He stated the only way to do this was by (1) Understand how God looks at me (2) Internalize mission purpose (3) Faith to act (4) Understand that he has a plan for us. he invited a senior missionary couple who was in charge of the Missionaries at the Brussels Airport during the bombing. he gave us the story and told of his experience and told us that the ultimate goal for us is to make "His will becomes my will." And to allow heavenly Father to be in control. Moving on to the Sacrament portion of the day we had the neat privilege of seeing the Sacrament prayers Signed and to hear and see everyone's testimony in their Mission Language. Even though it was a different language the spirit still bore testimony that it was true.
6 September 2016
For Tuesday Devotional we had a special guest Elder D. Todd Christofferson from the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. I like how he said that the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles calls the missionaries Companions. in that we help them bring the gospel to the world. His main focus of the lesson was for us to "Teach Repentance". He expressed to us that if we exercise Faith it will help our repentance which makes us more obedient. Then allows us to grow our faith because we repented. He then brought the phrase "Baptism unto Repentance" which in our repentance Baptism is the Crowning event because it finishes our repentance but it is good for before our baptism and after. The Holy Ghost plays a significant role in this in that it is how are sins are forgiven by the Grace of the Savior. That thought never occurred to me that the Holy Ghost was in charge of that. Elder Christofferson left off with this thought "It is Greater to be TRUSTED than to be loved." It is so great that Heavenly Father trusts me to go to this mission.
7 September 2016
Toanakira is a beautiful spirit as he has helped me experience the Gift of Tongues. As I focused all of my energy on him on Toanakira (Brother Packer) it was like a switch turned on for a moment and I understood like we were having a normal conversation. However, I did not know how to respond but was able to say that we will be able to address these concerns later. I was able to set a personal goal with Brother Packer. What an Interesting experience to be able to Host New Missionaries. It brings back memories of when I first arrived. I was able to experience both sides of the spectrum. My first Elder was quiet and kept to himself and you could tell that he loved to read books and play video games, but was extremely nervous when in learning a new language, but shortly after we dropped off his luggage in his dorm we ran into one of his friends which allowed him to feel loved which was good. While on the other hand the other Elder I Hosted this elder was excited to leave his family and to wanted to get started right away, however, he is here for 9 weeks learning Korean. Elder Murri and I had a wonderful lesson with Biiri, whom we love, but our next step is to figure out why he will not pray in front of us. We had an awesome language study with the teacher because I'm finally starting to understand the sentence structure. And is actually easier to use than English because they don't have the verb "to be""
E Tangiringkami. I atai bwa e Tangirira te Atua. I ataia bwa e na buokira ibukin bwa e tangirira te Atua. Rinanon Iesu Kristo e Kabwara ara bure. I ataia bwa ngkana ti tataro ao ti kona ni bubuti ni kam atai bwa e bori koaua. I kakoaua bwa e maiu Iesu Kristo ao tarim. N aran Iesu Kristo, Amen.
Tiabo I Tangiriko
Elder Samuel Haycock
PS I'll send the Pronunciation guide late today.
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.