Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Serve The Lord Where He Wants You To Serve


We had changes today. I am… STILL HERE in the area and I am staying as the District Leader. I am overwhelmed with the call to be the leader and it is still a shock right now. I have been stressing a little bit but I do know that Heavenly Father will help me do it. I also know that the basis of the mission is not to be the leader, but more importantly, to serve the Lord however He wants you to serve. So, if he wants me to serve in this way, then I will work my hardest to do it the best I can.  Please keep my name in the temple and in your prayers, that I can do this and do it the right way.

I am sad to hear that Elder Parry didn't get to meet up with you and papi, but I am glad that he did get to see papi play Brigham Young. Someday, you will get to meet him. He is a good man and I consider him one of my best friends. He has taught me a lot.

Well, I don't have a lot of time to write today. I am super busy. But, mom, I love you and I thank you for all you are doing.
I love you all and know that you are all doing the right! I am trying with all that I have to serve the Lord as He wants me to. Have a great week and papi start the tour de france!

Love, Elder Hancock

P.S. Sorry it's so short today, hopefully next week I can write more. I just had a lot to do today.

Monday, June 17, 2013

A Decision Now Affects The Future

Everyone, last week, Dakotah had a storm on p-day and so he didn't get to write home. So we were really glad to hear from him this week.

hola familia,

It's been a crazy week. I am acting as the District Leader for now. Next week is transfers though, and I have already six months here in the area, so I might be in a different area next week.

Thank you for the pictures of Nathan. He is going to love it here in Mexico! Tell Lander good luck next week! He and Nathan are going to be awesome missionaries.

Hey, Elder Parry and his family are going to come down to pageant this week or next week. He is super excited to see papi as Brigham Young. He said they will get ahold of you to meet you and say hi. He is one of my best friends ever! Let him know I love him a lot when you see him!

So, this week I have been studying how the decisions we make in our missions aren't only the decisions we make in the mission. I was thinking about the decision to work and not just sit at the house of members all day; that affects my family in the future because I will have to make the decision to go to work to supply for my family, to work to raise my children, to help them along to find the right path and to be able to love them the whole time. I love to think about how about how these decisions affect our future, if we follow them and make them in a correct way, then we ill have an easier time doing it again in the future with our children and families, if not, then that hard decision will still be standing in front of us and we will have to get over the mountain eventually.

Also, this week, I have been thinking a lot about the importance of really letting ourselves become converted to this gospel. First, when we do things, let them be from our hearts, let them change us. Don't be scared of the doctrine of the gospel, follow the counsel of the prophets with all you have and really put your trust in them to help you through. Another thing is that we can all use our priesthood more fully, I don't know if I have said this before, but I have been praying for opportunidades to use the priesthood, to be able to really minister to the people of my area. That doesn't just mean to go forward and to throw the lessons at others, but to really go to them, find those who need to be blessed, but to start that, to ask Heavenly Father who needs us today? What is the errand that you want me to do today? And to finish, actually having the honor to go and do like Nephi, to do the Lord's work, to go and to love others. I bare testimony that this will help all of you to be more and more converted in the work of the Lord! It is what God wants us to do, to use the power he has blessed us with to "run His errands". I love this gospel with all my heart, might, and strength! I fall a lot of the time but I am seeing just how much Heavenly Father is picking me up off the ground and helping me to do and be all that He wants me to be! Please remain faithful in the times of hardship and doubt. There is always help waiting for us! I love you all, I am just barely starting to understand just a little grain of how much Heavenly Father loves His children! You all have a divine role and a plan! Let Him help you with that plan! I bare testimony to all of you of all of this, as a servant of the Lord, in His sacred name, Jesus Christ. Amen.

On another note, we had a baptism this week! His name is Eduardo Ibarra! His family is a great family we have been working with! His dad baptized him.

I love you all!  Have a GREAT WEEK! Do great things!

Love, Elder Hancock

p.s. Mom… I LOVE YOU MOST!

walked on water for my year mark...ha ha ha

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Broken Space Bars and Power Of The Priesthood


The space bar and keyboard are tripping out so I am trying to work with them. Mom, you might have to fix the places it messes up before you send it out. It's my worst enemy right now. ha ha I am just realizing how many e's there are in the English language because the e is not working every time either. This may be short this week. I also tried sending pictures but they are having trouble going out today and so I will try again next week. I will hopefully get a better keyboard then.

I am having a good week and I love the work. The temperatures are above the hundreds. It is dastardly. ha ha I am glad to hear poppi is going to be Brigham Young in the pageant. He will do awesome.

Tell Nathan to get ready for the best experience of his life so far!!! If he is going to the Provo MTC; I heard that they are going to start to send them to the new Mexico MTC three weeks into their stay so he might get to do that.

This week I have been studying in the Bible a lot!! I have been learning a lot about Christ's example for us. He has always set the perfect example! In my insight this week, if you want to have more power in your priesthood, you have to be worthy, be doing the things like praying, reading, and going to church, but the other thing is having the willing want to serve others. This is super hard to develop, sometimes I feel like I am struggling with that a lot. Sure I serve, but I want it to always be out of pure want to do it, not because of just, it is what we do. There is a difference. I have thought about the power given, when you are being like Jesus, when the leper came to him and asked if he wanted to heal him. Jesus said I will, or to say, I want to. That has helped me to see the example of Jesus in my life, saying that he was willingly wanting to serve. Therefore, amongst other reasons, He had power to heal the sick. If we can serve our enemies even when we don't want to, it causes a change in our hearts, something we cannot explain, that is what gives us the more pure power in the priesthood. My challenge to all is that you can serve someone this week, but be it someone who actually NEEDS it. Then try to the see the change in the power of your priesthood. I testify that this is true with all the love of my soul, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

I love you all! Keep doing all you need to do! Have a great week! Go to the temple.
Love, Elder Hancock