Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Scriptures Will Bring Answers From Heaven!

Kotah would love to hear from you all! He can get your emails and if he has time he tries to get one back to you. He was thankful for all those who wrote this week. Right now, he doesn't have time to write everyone back, but he thinks of you and he loves to hear from you.


Well well well, this week was a really good week, it was super cool to see the blessings of the Lord, I will talk about that a little later in the letter.

This week I got another camera finally!!!! WAHHOOO!! Thanks mom and poppi! Soo let's hope that this one doesn't get robbed like the last one. . . . .

I am really happy to hear about everyone going on missions! And serving worthily! It was super cool to see the pics of Katherine and the Cottam family! In spanish, me alegra mucho a ver esta foto. :D I miss you all so much and welcome home, Katherine! I know you did amazing things and helped so many people on your mission.

It's been hot! On Saturday we hit a whopping 110 degrees! SUPER WOW!!! I almost died! Oh, be aware that changes are next week, so I might now write until late afternoon or evening on Monday or maybe even Tuesday, if I get changed. I do love it here, but I also have found that I miss the small towns now that I have been in the big city. I will serve where the Lord wants. That is so awesome that Dome and Blake are companions! They probably are there to have a little of a relaxed cambio ha ha :D

This week was great for super spiritual experiences, the one that I want to talk about this week is about being consegrated in the work of the Lord. I have had the ability and opportunity to see the blessings of being consegrated in the work. The definition of the word consegration is doing something that isn't easy for you to do, it is suffering a little bit to receive blessings of the Lord. So with the work of the Lord or in other words missionary work, we have to follow the words and do the things that we need to do to help the work move forth. When they are hard, and they guaranteeingly will be super hard, that is when we put ourselves aside and we are opening the heavens with a humble heart and being consegrated, to receive direct blessings from the Lord. Another thing that is in my mind and my heart right now; this week something was passing and I needed an answer. I started to ponder on what I should do, I started to read my scriptures and I prayed during the time. I got my answer that I needed, it was a miracle. I just want to bear my testimony to all of you that it is true that the scriptures will bring answers from heaven! I share that in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

So this week was great. I will write you all next week. This week I want you all to try this out; I want you all to go to the Book of Mormon with a question and have faith that Heavenly Father can help you. I testify that it will happen. Please have faith in the Lord and that miracles are possible! Go to the temple and do what you should! I LOVE YOU ALL!
Love, Elder Hancock


Mom, that isn't a win, ha ha because you don't speak french ha ha :D

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Just Be Yourself!

 I have TWO LETTERS this entry. I took the week off to enjoy our daughter home for her Spring Break. Thanks for understanding!

March 11, 2013


Soo this week was pretty crazy!

To start off, I am super glad to hear about the calling for Austin! It is super cool that he is going to Kenya! I knew he would go somewhere crazy like that! I hope you do some amazing things! Go through the temple as fast as you can so you can start to understand more about what you are doing. Hopefully, you won't be in the super humid jungle like I am and you will get the dry heat like Utah.

I kind of got robbed this week, I was in ciber, and someone took my camera. That is all they got! I still have all my money and everything else like that. Mom, sorry for scaring you, but I am fine, I just don't have my camera anymore. They did an investigation for the camera but no one has turned it in or anything like that, que triste! I am sorry for the loss of all the photos and momentos from the mission. I promise to take lots the rest of my mission, after I can get a new camera. I can get one here that is like my old one, but it's pink. Oh, also what do my new glasses look like? Do they look like poppi's?

I washed my ties today! Wahoooo no more stinky ties!! I was not sure how they would turn out but they came out B-E-A-UTIFUL!!! They are quite clean! :D

As for the other problem, I talked with my dl and my zone leader and I think he is going to teach our investigator now because they are in the same ward as us. We have splits with the district leader later today. It's hard but I am trying the best I can with it all.

How is it going with the work and everything? How is it going spiritually with the family? I want to say thanks for always being strong with pops and us, even when we are super dumb as your kids and as a family. I am glad that the family can always come to Heavenly Father and be better. I have seen a lot of families lately; how satan is ripping apart their families little by little. Just always be great and do the work of the Lord! That will be the thing that holds us all together in the times of war with satan!

So, I was thinking in who I am in the mission, and I had the profound thought; it was, don't try to be other missionaries, just be yourself. When you got your call, it didn't say, you are hereby called to serve as Elder Lopez, Elder Bruno, Elder whoever, in the mission Mexico Tampico. It said, Elder Hancock YOU are hereby called to serve. When you are with your friends, don't try to be them, don't try to drop who you are and what God gave you. He gave you those things for a reason! First of all, He has not given you the gifts and things you need to be this person, that person, etc. but the things He has given you are every single one of the blessings, gifts, rights, and abilities, to be YOU, to serve how He wanted YOU to serve. He doesn't want you to get lost and lose your special ability to be YOU. He wants you to keep those genuine qualities He has given you. He wants us to make those qualities better and to be able to shine as the light that we really are! YOU can be YOU every single day! Soooo just do it! When I had this thought, I was stunned at what the spirit was telling me! I was super happy that I could be me, not try to be super super strict, never smiling and not being happy. I could find the happy medium between the two, I could use the gifts God gave ME to do the better things. I could be happy in the mission while serving. This is the challenge that I have for all of you this week, I want you to be YOURSELF! You will be able to find the spirit coming to you more and more. Along with this, it eliminates stress that is not needed. Stress from others that is; we will still have stress to make ourselves better in doing what God wants us to do and that is good! Work hard this week! I say these things in the sacred name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

I am leaving now. I love you all with all my heart! Keep doing the good things, to do what God wants you to do! :D Have a great week and do what is right!

Love, Elder Hancock

P.S. I love to hear from you all!  I would love to receive letters and/or packages haha wink wink!

March 18. 2013


It's been quite the week! I had to make one of the hardest decisions of my life this week, but I am glad I did it. I know that I made the right choice and I have learned a lot from this experience. I just feel so exhausted! Wow! My body just shut down this week. I was just so tired from all of the stress of it all. I am feeling less stressed now that things are being taken care of.

For those who are getting ready to serve soon (and make sure you share this with Darby). Always, ALWAYS remember that there is always an amazing reason to be one hundred percent obedient. When you are that way, you may have some hard comps; don't get discouraged, you are the blessing for them to be with you, but it will sometimes be the hardest thing you have ever done, but being one hundred percent obedient is the best decision you will ever make.

I will try to go and get the camera this week. I still have the one card so I will use it in the new camera. Thank you for that and also for getting me the new glasses. They look good on poppi, I will try not to look dorky in them. ha ha jk :D

Tell Katherine hi and I know she did amazing things on her mission. It is crazy how her mission just flew by! I can't believe that I am working on the tenth month now, ahhhhhh it flew by!  Just think mom, in like two months we will get to Skype again. That should make you smile. ha

Well, I am going to go to cut my hair now. Have a great week and do what you need to! Go to the temple and find a job! :D Thank you for everything you do for me! Do great things and I love you with all my heart!

Elder Hancock

P.S. Mom this is for you

i love you more than you could ever imagine! aun en español te amo mucho! mas que tu puedes imaginar! wahooo!!! by the way i win, in spanish, te gané!!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Are We Willing to Submit To His Will?


This morning we we to see the pyramids here in Tampico! They were awesome! I took some pics and I will try to send some of them.

I am super slow at reading english now ha ha curse the spanish in my head. It takes me so long to read your emails and write back because of that.

I am sorry to hear of the job falling thru. I was fasting for you and this job, but I believe that the Lord did not want you to work there, but when I was praying to feel if the Lord would help you with things like work and all, I heard a voice in my mind that said, "yes, I will help them, in my time, in my ways, I will help them". It was good to listen to this voice talking to me like God was telling me this phrase to have comfort, and also so that I do not think or worry a lot in my mind about your work or what will happen to you!

Colton comes home this week! And you said Tyson Faumui comes home next week??!! Wow! Their missions were like two days ha ha.  America, the one who added you on Facebook, showed me the pics on Facebook of the day I left. I almost cried when I saw the the pics of me and poppi and me and mom hugging. It was the goodbye again, it kind of sucked. But now, it's hard to think that I almost have a year! It flew by and I am sooo amazed at what the Lord has done with me in this time! Everyone keeps telling me that months 9 to 11 are super fast, then month 12 is super slow, but then after one year, it flies by in the blink of an eye. It's just going too fast for me. I love it out here doing the work of the Lord. I've thought that when I get home, I probably will want to work for EFY and teach at the MTC and a plus side, they are religious jobs. :D

I want soooooo badly for Alex to go on a mission. I know that I still don't know like anything but I know a lot more than I would have known being in the house for these past nine months. I feel like I am just barely starting to see the potential that God has for me; just a little piece.

The Lord gives us responsibility and things depending on if we have desires or not. So, for example, if we get a no answer to a mission maybe it is because the Lord knows that we really didn't want to go, we are hearing the answer we want to hear. How we change that, we listen to the prophets. Think about all the people you would meet in the mission, the Lord will never just say, no don't go and serve for me, He will say, it is your agency to go and serve, I will be with you either way, but how much more blessed will you be if you do go and serve.This can be applied in all parts of our lives, not just a mission. Like Elder Bednar said, is our faith dependent upon the outcome we want or are we willing to submit to His will?

The work here is going good. I am learning and growing and working hard to do what my President has asked me to do in this companionship and this area. Lots are coming to church and I am super happy about that. Thank you poppi for what you said about the priesthood and helping my companions to act in the priesthood. That helped me a lot! I always feel the spirit when I hear from you and mom! I feel like we are growing more each day, closer to God! Please make sure you get away to the temple each week! There is strength in the temple! Thanks for teaching me the things I needed in my life to get me here. I am also learning a lot here in Mexico! I am thankful that God loved me enough to humble me and allow me to grow, as stated in the talk of Elder D. Todd Christoferson. Thank you for letting me make the choice to come on the mission, it allowed the Lord to humble me and make me grow in the the ways He wants. I am still growing, even being humbled every week, but I am seeing growth and help from above and from my loving family here on earth! Just, thanks for everything again, I feel like every time I give thanks, it helps me to be more humble. I like to be humble. :D

Oh thank you for the pictures! I love the family one and how Cooper is smiling too. He is super crazy! I hope he recognizes me when I get home and wow, poppi, way to make me feel the hurt! There were only 14 or 15 envelopes left. :(

I am leaving now. I love you all with my whole heart! Go to the temple and do what you need to do. Have a great week!
Love, Elder Hancock

Oh P.S. Mom this is for you!

i win :D