Monday, August 20, 2012

Amazing Friend and Servant of The Lord

We want to take a minute here and spot light this amazing lady. Her name is Oriko Ewar, she is the mother of 7 children. Her husband suddenly passed away in 2010 and she was left here to raise her young family alone. 
This is her youngest son Encer -Below

I was watching a talk by Elder Hales yesterday when he said; the one righteous will save the few. Well that is Oriko for sure...
Oriko's calling in the Church is to teach Seminary. 

She doesn't have a calling from the Branch President per say, BUT... she does everything from substituting teaching young women's, to helping teach primary, to teaching Sunday school and on Saturdays, she makes sure the church is clean for Sunday.
She does all the Visiting Teaching in the branch to make sure all the ladies are well and know that we all love them.  She does this with  her companion and promise sister Malinta Alik (below) another beautiful sister or when her partner can't go, she takes the Relief Society President Marsina Joseph (top) another wonderful sister.
She recently got a job working at the Trukstop Hotel where we live. She works Monday-Saturday 7am-5pm. 
Now that in itself is a miracle and I will explain why... People in Chuuk work long hours and always work on Sunday. 
Before Oriko decided to get a job, many many things took place so bear with me. Her middle son was preparing to put his papers in for a mission, her other son just got married and is now having a baby, her middle daughter was going through some teenage rebellion and struggling a little, then out of the blue Oriko became really, really ill and just about died. 
It was very scary for the children and the rest of us. 
Here in Chuuk they don't have the medicine needed like in the U.S., it is social medicine, (be very grateful for your excellent healthcare). Oriko would not go to the hospital, she didn't feel good about it.  She told her children that if they would pray together, and have faith and if the Lord wanted her to stay with them, everything would be fine. It took 3 days of struggling, a lot of faith, prayers and a lot of tears but she pulled through and is strong again. 
Marvelous—astonishing; miraculous; of the highest. In the scriptures, the Lord asks us to do only one other thing with all our heart, might, mind, and strength. D&C 59:5 reads; 
Wherefore, I give unto them a commandment, saying thus: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, with all thy might, mind, and strength; and in the name of Jesus Christ thou shalt serve him. This sister does serve with all her heart, might, mind and strength.

So when she got the job she explained to them that she needed to be off work by 3 pm so she could teach and that she couldn't work on Sundays.  This is very bold for a Chuukese person to say.  They were impressed by her strength and honesty and hired her. 
When Seminary starts up again, she will be getting of at 3pm so she can teach the young people about Jesus Christ. 
To describe this lady is "purity of thought, and a sincere heart seeking the Savior's guidance daily".
By serving in the Church, you show the Lord your love for Him and your commitment to your baptismal covenant. And service helps to build the Lord’s kingdom on the earth. 
As He said:  “Be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great".
Her son Bwieki received his mission call and will be serving in the Hawaii Mission. He goes into the MTC, November 27, 2012. A Missionary is someone who leaves their family for two years so that others can be with their families for eternity.

“Behold, the Lord requireth the heart and a willing mind; and the willing and obedient shall eat the good of the land of Zion in these last days” 
(D&C 64:33–34).

Oriko had her husband and family sealed together for time and all eternity in October, 2011, in the Hawaii temple. She has a lot of faith and she teaches with conviction and unconditional love. Her students feel that from her and actually we all feel that from her when we are with her.  
To describe Oriko in one word would be "Christlike". We are all blessed because of her faith and honored to call her friend.  

1 comment:

  1. This is such a wonderful story. Thank you for sharing. I just loved it. Thank you Sister Tiffany for such great stories and amazing reports of the mission field out there.
    Sister Vehikite