Mauri Au Utu!
I'm writing you all in one letter this week as my time is very limited as I went on another adventure in the ocean. We took a Wa to the Island of Birds called Numatong. I'll send pics.
We celebrated Kakiritimati last Tuesday, since we are not going to be here for Christmas. Something that is interesting about the culture here is when they celebrate Christmas it really isn't with the family it is with the Aro (religion). I love being able to roll with what comes! Our Christmas party had a lot of work done by Taraita as she prepared the kids, wrote a play that was never acted because the lead parts did not come to the picnic (because they were too shy or they forgot to get their food items ready). So what we did for the presents was Ni katoa Mweenga (every household) brought a gift which consisted of uoua te yards ni kunnikai ibukin te baa ao te toab n tebotebo (two yards of fabric for a baa and soap for showering). And if kids followed they had a gift that consisted of candy, gum, chips, and te katibu (balloon). Our gift to everyone was a bengbeng bar which is basically like a 100 grand, a twix, and a kitkat mixed together, really good. They really don't have Christmas Trees here, but they have a fir looking tree that they cut a branch off and stuck it in a bucket of sand and blew up balloons for the ornaments, I thought it was very cute.
Picnic: This is the last picnic (baptism for more than one person) for Elder Powell on Nonouti. We hired a car to drive us to the spot by the causeway. We ran into a little problem as the car didn't go when we wanted it to. There is a cause way with the ocean current that acts like a natural water slide it looked like so much fun. I wish we had these in America! Tokataake and Ritebwa were both baptized this past Saturday. We played a new game called te Riikoto which is basically like capture the flag but with like no rules except only one person who is designated can grab the stick from the other team. We performed two dances at this picnic. I'll have to send the flash drive in another three months with all of my pics and videos. The picnic was ended by a singoff competition between Moaa ao Toroman. Boy was that a treat! Wish I could've gotten the video, but both of our cameras died. Sunday we ran into a little problem as we already hired the car but it didn't go so we only had 44 people this last Sunday which is kind of sad.
Mom to answer your question from last week:
Package: It's a tie, I really liked those Mac & Cheese packages and the drink mixes. I really loved the plain lemonade flavor the best, maybe for the next package send some orange flavor please. What Made It?
pens, gum, candy, mac and cheese, gravy, cheese, powdered PB, raisins, apricots, pineapple, jolly ranchers, POTATOES, chapstick, drink mixes, oatmeal packets, fettucine noodles, and Hannah's notes. I
really loved the Catholic stickers on the box! I find it funny because when they send it to us they stick a big piece of paper on the box that reads THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS ELDER HAYCOCK. Nothing leaked and nothing was eaten by rats which is good. Peanut butter is very delicous and tastes a lot better and is really good in bannana's and cream oatmeal. Send more of this please!
The Spiritual Thought for this week comes from April 2016 General Conference and it is in the Priesthood Session entitled In Praise of Those Who Save by Preident Uchtdorf. The following stuck out to me Ni Kangai "In the Book of Mormon we learn of a people who had discovered the secret to happiness. For generations, 'there was no contention.... And surely there could not be a happier people among all the people who had been created by the hand of God.' How did they do it? 'Because of the love of God which did dwell in the hearts of the people. Whatever problems your family is facing, whatever you must do to
solve them - the beginning and of the end of the solution is charity, the pure love of Christ. Without this love, even seemingly perfect families struggle. With charity, even families with great challenges succeed. 'Charity never faileth." As I have faced many challenges this week with leaving Nonouti for two weeks and facing adversity on every side, I found peace with this council that when we humble ourselves and show this love to everyone it makes things run smoothly.
Travel plans: We will be flying this Thursday to Tarawa. I will call you from Tarawa on my Monday - your Christmas - very late at night as my time is 1:00 PM here so we are looking at sometime between 7-9 PM your time is when I will start trying. So fingers crossed that everything works out good! I haven't received your package yet we'll see if it came in the plane as we had troubles this last week with the gas for the plane.
I rangi n Tangiringkami,
Elder Ekaki (kika)
PS: Here's my list for foods I've eaten since I have been here:
1. Kika - Octopus
2. te Iibo - Sand Worm (very delicious when dried)
3. baiku - sting ray
4. uaro - Mantis Shrimp
5. oraora - raw fish
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.