Mauri Tina( Hello Mom)
This week has also flown by really quick as I have had a lot that has gone on, both good and bad.
1. Was your investigator able to be baptized this week like you had hoped? We all prayed for his speedy recovery. How was the baptism? What was that like for you as a missionary?
Yes I'll have to try and upload some pics. It was awesome even though it was small, however we had a nonmember there and you could tell that he felt the spirit like we did. As a missionary it was awesome to see someone so ready to be baptized to be baptized. After Wanita's baptism we went to Tokarere's house to play some Sorry and to eat some food.
2. How was learning to dance? We know you have the moves, but what do the natives say about your dancing abilities? Haha!
Dancing was awesome I feel so bad for Elder Powell as he really struggles with the whole doing two to three things at once. The Natives are impressed at how fast of learner I am and I have down the dance that we learned Monday since Tuesday. Elder Powell still struggles with some parts. Here are the lyrics for the dance we learned I don't know the English (translation) because it is musical minded. So not all the words are in Kiribati only the composer knows the true meaning.
"AU TAI NAKO
I BWAWETEA NI MWANEWE NIKUANAU
E RIRIERE ETAUTI MOAKI
KARIRI A TE NANO
E KINIKINI KUNA
E TAOA TI TE NAETA N NAINA
I MOI MOAA
E KOATI TE WANINGAINA
E TEIA BWENNA BWENA
RUAITI BOO UE
TANINGAIA TE NANO
BIBIRANAA TEIERI TEUNAA ... KA
KANIMA RIKI MWANEKANA
I ATAIA N UAANA E TOUA TE TATII
IETA I NANO
EITI BWENEBWENE BEROROA TE TIIKA
E TAOA TI TE NAETA I NAINA
I MOI MOAA
The dance is pretty simple besides this one part where you go back and using both of your hands in different directions this is where Elder Powell really struggles. He will get it though with practice.
3. How's the language coming? Are you starting to understand the people more frequently? Are you teaching and leading discussions yet?
Definitely a lot better than it was a month ago. I have taught a little here and there but not a full lesson yet. I am starting to understand the people more and more as I question what that word means and they tell me what the word means. Yeah but my language is growing little by little.
4. How was your first fast Sunday? Do you do anything different on fast Sundays because of more time from not having 5 sacrament meetings?
Well usually when it is the first Sunday we hire two cars to pick up the members both from the North and the South. However this week our faith was tested and both cars did not go, so we had fast and testimony meeting in Matang but then hired a motorcycle to have three other church services because of the lack of the car running. So that was a fun Sunday. My first Fast Sunday was a little stressful as my companion was stressed about things not working out the way they should but the Spirit was still here and I did bear my testimony. I did Fast this week, but one thing they do different is that you are allowed to drink because of how hot it is - they don't want missionaries passing out.
5. Our ward will have fast Sunday next week because of stake conference this week. Is there anything we can fast for specifically that would help you or your companion?
Technically I'm not supposed to ask you to fast for any special reason but if you are, just some more help with language would never hurt. That would be great.
6. Is there anything you or Elder Powell would like or need for Christmas? We need to send another package to you soon for Christmas. We sent one on Monday, so be looking for it in the next few weeks. I'm hoping it's there before Thanksgiving...haha!
I would like some see through post it note tabs, some American candy like candy corn if that is still out if not some Swedish fish or gummy bears. I'll let the Jenks know that there is a package on the way so that they can look for it at the airport.
7. What's the greatest message you've shared this week? (please provide a translation in English, of it's your testimony, because we are having a very hard time translating it and sharing it on your blog)
Imwain I waaki, Kam ni bane ni Mauri! I ataia bwa e tangiringkami Te Atua. I ataia bwa e buokira ma bwai ni bane Te Atua. Ma ti riai ni bubutia ibukin te buoka. I kakoaua bwa e maiu Iesu Kristo ao bwa e korakai ibukin ara bure bwa ti aonga ni manga oki nakoin Tamara are i Karawa. I atongi baikai N aran Iesu Kristo ara Tia Kamaiu, Amen.
English: Before I start. Hello to you all. I know that God loves you all. I know that he will help us with everything. But we must ask him for the help. I testify that Jesus Christ lives and He Suffered for our sins so that we may return to our Heavenly Father. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior, Amen.
8. What was your biggest struggle or hardest moment this week? How did you overcome it?
Hardest moment for me this week would have to be this past Sunday as Elder Powell complained about everything for good 30 minutes (because the cars didn't pick up the people like they're supposed to). The way I overcame this was by just simply listening and keeping a positive attitude in hoping that there was a reason why we had to have more than one church service. The other time this week was the struggle I had with my bicycle when we were going to Teuabu to do a Taekan te Aro (Chuch Lesson)
9. What was the best part of this week for you and Elder Powell?
When we went down to Temotu yes even though it was a long bike ride and we didn't get that many lessons in we are starting to open this area for the church and we might start having a church service there soon if we get enough investigators! So far we have two new investigators since I have been here.
10. Any funny experiences you would like to share?
Well for one morning for exercise this week I decided that I was going to dance some samba. Elder Powell told me after our exercise time the expressions (from the natives) that I was getting and how they were laughing.
11. Any problems with dogs chasing you? I've had dreams about it all week...
Well once or twice but if you turn around very quickly and act bigger they usually run off and if that doesn't work they told us to throw rocks at them, but no major dog problems.
This week we went to a graduation here basically this graduation is like when the students move from South Cache to High School. So the transition from 9th to 10th grade. Very interesting dancing and music
a lot of old American Songs. Yeah that pretty much sums up the week.
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.