As we were putting the finishing touches on preparing our home for sale, Samuel received a call from our Stake President. We thought it would be a routine follow up regarding his upcoming interview for the Melchizedek Priesthood, but we soon found out that was not the case. He called to talk with Samuel about a letter he received from the Area Presidency and new Mission President regarding a change to his MTC arrival date. Instead of reporting to the MTC (Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah) on August 3rd, he would have his date pushed back 3 weeks to the 24th. Samuel thanked President Farnsworth and hung up the phone to tell me. I asked him how he felt about it. He said, "I feel at peace Mom. There must be a reason for it." We later found out that it was to help the missionaries coming into the Marshall Islands Majuro Mission to be able to be met personally by the new mission president, President Larkin. With such a large area to cover - hundreds of miles, it was necessary and very wise to allow for the Marshallese speaking missionaries to report on August 3rd, and the Kiribati speaking missionaries to arrive on August 24th. Tender mercies of the Lord! What could have become a deterrent and worry in having to wait a bit longer to begin serving, became a blessing and determination to serve well.
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.