Yes, everything made it to me. The Large shirts were huge on me and Kiribati people usually fit the size Medium. Pants are great! Thanks so much for the ties! Kiribati people are loving them! Probably the mac and cheese and the American candy have been my favorite treats so far. Things Kiribati people need for church is white shirts and ties.
Yep. I guess the cat is out of the bag. Yes I am training Elder Roberts! He is my considered my "son" since I am his first companion. It is huge adjustment for me, but it has been good as I have had time to reflect on myself and what I need to do. Oh yeah I remember those days when I first got here and struggled with the food and water. He is hanging in there and he taught his first lesson Saturday on Word of Wisdom. He did great! The work is still moving forward and I still teach 8-10 lessons a day for the last 12 weeks so far.
The lying problem is still here and we are going to resolve it this week. We have a full work week this week. The retention of new members is pretty good. Life works in opposites. If the work is good and in a really good place, then the opposite has to be big too. We are working with that this week. Programs are getting there. So far we have a primary teacher, gospel principles teacher, youth teacher, relief society, and elder's quorum.
I just want to end with my testimony:
I know that this church is true. That Jesus is the Christ. Through his Atonement all mankind is made free from death. I know how much God loves us and wants us to become like him we can only do this if we follow his commandments and standards. I am so thankful for a prophet who leads and guides the church. I know that Thomas S. Monson is a prophet called of God. That through Joseph Smith Jesus Christ's church was restored and will be here forever. Also through the power of Heavenly Father Joseph Smith was able to translate Ana Boki Moomon: Kakoauan Taekan Iesu Kristo to English so that Everyone can receive the message of the restored gospel. I know He lives and loves me too Jesus Christ. Through his blood I can be washed clean each and every day. To be baptized again every Sabbath as I can renew my covenant with my Heavenly Father. I testify that the Book of Mormon is true. I am thankful for the joy this gospel brings that through our faith, we can repent, renew our covenants and be baptized, receive the companionship of a member of the Godhead even the Holy Ghost, and the ability to have a goal to go to the temple to be sealed as a family forever. I know the Plan of Salvation is God's plans of Happiness for us and it is our way to have agency. I testify of these things in the Name of Jesus Christ, my Savior, my Redeemer, even my Eldest Brother, Amen
I will send pictures when I get to Moroni
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.