We finally got a gaggle of letters from Elder Haycock. They encompass the entire month of October...but it was wonderful to hear from him!
Letter dated October 2
Well, I don't know if you will get my last letter because I had every intention of sending it but I don't know where it went after I wrote it and sealed it. Well this last week had its highs and lows. Some things that happened this week: So the school here is having a competition against the other schools in the Tarawaieta. All of our member have been working since sunrise to 8 or 9 pm every day this week getting the school ready. I am so excited that the work will be done soon so we can get back to teaching the gospel more. On Thursday we went to Nabeina and we got invited to a birthday party on Saturday. (Kiribati people only really celebrate 2 birthdays - when they turn 1 and 21.) So this party gave us a way into the hearts of the people of Nabeina. The only problem we had this week is all our Melchezidek Priesthood holders were busy with fixing the school. This made us have problems finding people to go on splits with us. All the people we were supposed to meet with weren't home, so we spent a lot of our time rescheduling our appointments for later in the week. Saturday was an interesting day for Curren and I. It was also a frustrating day. We were told that this Bootaki (party) was supposed to start at 2, but it turned out that the cake stayed in Tarawa and the boats couldn't get out because it was low tide. So we were forced to wait on that until 4 and had a dinner appointment for the same time. Elder Curren and I divided and conquered both tasks.
Letter dated October 9
I decided I was going to combine this letter. Monday was a great combined day, it was nice to see almost everyone from my intake. Tuesday through Thursday was pretty much ordinary missionary days where we wake up at 6 am, excercise, shower, study, teach 8 - 10 lessons per day, have dinner, go to bed. Thursday night we had YSA from Eita 2nd Ward come and stay here for three days so we had a kainutu that night. Friday was a bigger day as they wanted to help with the missionary work. They helped us track 90% of the houses here in Kainaba. That night we had a game night with a fishing contest and a bunch of card games. Saturday we were priveledged to have the baptism of Taniera, a member who lost his records from Abemama. Really awesome baptism. Sunday was a nice taromauri and relaxing Sunday. Sorry that this note is short - just not a lot happened.
Letter dated October 16
Ngkami kam uara n te wirki aei? I am doing great and happy that help is coming this next week, I think I will know more on Wednesday. So for Monday, what a waste of a P-day. I helped Elder Curren with his test, fix his essays, grab stuff for Kainaba, and then we finally got to Moroni at 4:30 with just a half an hour to play games and to relieve some of my stress. But nope - it wasn't to be because he had to find a bar for his pullups so that time was wasted. Then we had a kainutu.
This week has been a little frustrating as we were super busy with two companionship's and just a little frustrated with how many times I've been lied to this week.
Thougts for this week comes from a list of scriptures that I have been studying. 2 Nephi 4:28, Jude 1:21, 2 Nephi 9:45, 2 Nephi 11:6 and 3 Nephi 12:48. The general theme that I have gotten is that as I rely on my Savior I can receive strength to do all things even when I'm frustrated with members, investigators, companions, branch presidents, etc. I know that he can give me strength. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Letter dated October 23
How are you all doing? Ngai, I rangi ni maraning n te bong aei. Well the breakdown of the week. I am sending four letters this week. Oops. Life has been crazy busy. Breakdown of Tuesday: normal work day with Elder Curren. On Wednesday we came in for Zone Conference. Super good. It was really nice to see almost everyone from my intake. Thursday was an adventure. We ended up missing the waa and so we had to bike from Kainaba to Temwaiku during low tide because we had to be at infield orientation. That was my first time training as I got a new "kid". His name is Elder Roberts. So I am still working on Kainaba with my "kid" and Elder Curren and his "kid" - Elder Payne - so now there are four of us. Friday we came back and had a bootaki to welcome the new elders. Super fun. Saturday was a full day along with Sunday. That pretty much sums up the week. I would like to close with my testimony that I know this church is true. That Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer. That through Him, I am saved.
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.