Wow! What a week this has been! The Lord is so merciful to everyone. A couple of experiences I want to share. Number one: I have started to teach more lessons this week as I have started to master the language. The greatest message I shared is tied by two. The first being about the Book of Mormon. We are teaching this investigator named Mawauane, very strong catholic, who has come right out and said that the only reason he really wants lessons is to learn English. We still teach him and hope that he will feel the power of the Spirit from this religion. Elder Powell just finished teaching about the Book of Mormon and I was supposed to give the commitment to read it. Here's what I said "Ni Kangai Ko Kukurie ni waki ni wareka Ana Boki Moomon ao imwiina tataro ni kaineti ma e koaua ke e aki? I berita bwa Ngkana ko wareka Ana Boki Moomon bwa ko na namikin te rau, te kimwareirei, ao karakea nano ni kan wareware riki. I tangiria te boki aio. I ataia bwa e koaua Ana Boki Moomon. I atongi bwai ikai n aran Iesu Kristo, Amen". English translation: (You happy to start reading The Book of Mormon and after you read pray to know if it is true or not? I promise that when you read The Book of Mormon that you will feel peace, the joy, and receive the desire to read more. I love this book. I know it is true. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.)
The second tie is I have been working on memorizing the whole First Vision Joseph Smith had. But I am memorizing it in Kiribati: "Ni kangai: I nora te buoa n oota, ae e tei raoi ietau, ae raka raneaneana nakon ootan taai n te tawanou, are ruorikaaki ni karokoa e roko iaou ... Ao ngke e rabunai te oota, I nooria aomata
aika uoman, ake akea kabotauaia, mimitongiia, ke ootaia, aika tei iaon te eea. Temana mai buakoia, weteai n arau ma kotea temana are irarikin ao e taku nakoiu ni kangai "Iotebwa, aio Natiu ae Moan te tangiraki, Ongo Irouna!" English translation: (I saw a pillar in light that is it stood good high above me, that it increased brightness to light at noon day, that it gradually descended until it came upon me ... and when it covered me the light, I saw them people that are two, that nothing is comparable, glorified, or bright, that is they stand on the air. One from among them called me by name and pointed to the other and spoke to me "Joseph this is my Son who is loved, Hear Him!"
A little about the people that I've recognized this week is if you show that you are excited and energetic they love you for it and want to help you speak the language even if you fail to speak it properly or perfectly.
That's about all for this week as we are waiting to hear from Tarawa about travel plans so that we can plan a Christmas activity for the members here while we are gone. A couple of things that happened this week and I'll upload the pics, baptism, new food, and 55 people present at Fast and Testimony Meeting on Sunday!
I rangi Tangiringkami,
I promise that when you read The Book of Mormon that you will feel peace, the joy, and receive the desire to read more. I love this book. I know it is true.
So tell me about the pictures. What food is it that is in the pics? It looks like bread pudding. Whose baptism? Why is it so dark? You and your companion and the members of the church there look so happy! Thanks for sharing this one! Your pants are pretty dirty, how are they holding up? Where are your shoes???
Bread pudding is kind of what it is. Elder Powell forgot the name, but it is basically flour, rice, coconut and a little bit of water and stuck in a rice bag and boiled into a bread. Katatia's baptism with his brother baptizing him was awesome. The reason is it dark is because it is six o' clock here that is when the sun sets. My pants are doing great! They are getting a little dirty but today we take them to get washed. No shoes because I'm in a Mwaneaba and it is very rude to wear your shoes in it but they are close by for when you leave.
I tangiriko naba,
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.