Kam na bane ni Mauri n te Moanibong aei,
My week this week has been full of ups and downs, but as I have relied on the Lord, He has helped me overcome these difficult times. I would like to describe my week in seven parts.
1. Skype - I'm so thankful that I could see you all and hear your voices. Sorry you couldn't see me.
2. New Investigators - this week we found 4 new investigators! Not a 100% sure if they are genuine yet. We will see if they will keep the commitments or not.
3. Cats - During this week a hole appeared in our house. As I was sleeping one night I woke up because I heard something hit the rocks and then heard it scurry off. I had to use the restroom at this point and got down and used the restroom and came back to see a cat in the house. I scared it away and thought nothing more of it until I saw it again next to my bunga. I was really upset and couldn't sleep the rest of that night. (Many of you are probably reading this and thinking - "Dude it's just a cat." But Elda Ekaki has not had very good experiences with cats at night. When he was around 8 years old, he took the garbage out just after dark and while putting the garbage into the can, a tiny kitten pounced on his back and hung on for dear life as kittens usually do. This scared him so much and he is still skiddish towards cats to this day. Personally, I'd be more worried about fleas.....)
4. Chow - I woke this morning and looked in our cupboard because last night I heard the rats eating something. Sure enough the Chow noodles were eaten a little bit. Upset because that means it wasn’t locked properly.
5. Goal for this week - Today we are going to clean the house because Elders before us don’t know how to keep a clean house. So that is goal for today.
6. Ice Cream - I attached a picture. There is in fact ice cream here on Butaritari! On Saturday we celebrated Hannah's 4th birthday with ice cream. Happy Birthday Hannah!
7. Bike to Kuma - We went to Kuma again but this time in the rain and crossed a causeway with seven bumps on it henceforth I called this week SEVEN.
My message for this week I got from my personal study last night. From President Gordon B. Hinckley "With faith, accept the challenge; plead with the Lord for help; then go to work." I've noticed as I have done this I have received that help that I desired - usually it was peace, joy, or just strength. However I didn’t notice this until after this week was over. My motto for this week comes from President Gordon B. Hinckley again from 2 Timothy 1:7-8 "God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord." I testify that as we exercise our faith that we will receive strength. I'm so thankful for the Lord. and his love for me. I testify of these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
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.