Sunday, May 22, 2011

Hi Family!
I actually should tell you to update that short letter I wrote before transfers. Is incorrect... the number of sister missionaries was coming from counting in my mind, and I left out a new Tongan that arrived last transfer. Yeah mostly all the foreigners got here the past 2 transfers. Pretty crazy all the different Sister ethnicity we have here. Then Also.. I heard wrong, Sister Saua got sent to Goa, which is not to far from Naga. She was pretty happy about that.
To answer some of your questions, I dream in all three languages. Interesting how it works. I started dreaming in Tagalog around January in think, then when I was really focusing on learning Bicol in March, I dreamed some in Bicol. Although now English has entered a lot of my dreams again, possibly due to me speaking English with my companion. Although my prayers are just in Tagalog and Bicol... English is just too boring.
So, you think Utah rain is bad? heh... Naga is now on alert, there will be a no. 4 Typhoon coming on Thursday. We have mission and ward preparation plans, due to the intensity, we may be evacuated. Luckily our house is raised a bit, last typhoon, the flood didn't quite reach us. Although this next typhoon is double the intensity. I think about all my investigators, last typhoon they were washed out of home, children trying to find higher ground to not drowned in the storm. I'll let ya know how it all goes, next letter.
Anyway, this week was great, even though there were a lot of misfortunes this week, trying to hinder the progress of our investigators. Although we are helping our investigators overcome any obstacle and come nearer to Christ.
For example, We have one investigator, scheduled to be baptized on June 18th. She was having some doubts to go through with the Baptism, because she just graduated from a Madre College School, and her profession should be a Nun. Although she knows all we've taught her is true, so she asked her strict Catholic family for permission to be Baptized. Her Parents were distraught at her decision, due to the waste of time and money they put into her nun schooling. Our investigator also is obligated to attend a Nun Activity in October with her family. If she gets baptized, her and her family cannot attend this prestigious Catholic activity. She thought just to not cause a disrupt in her family, she would wait until October, after the activity, to then be baptized. I was saddened at this news, only seeing Satan trying to push with wonderful woman's eternal progression further away. I thought for a moment, then explained to her that in life there will always be stumbling blocks in our eternal pathway. We can allow them to actually block our progression, or we can find the way how to climb over the block. Then explaining the importance of Baptism, and knowing that this is the right pathway for her, why wait? It would only hinder her from further following her savior. There would always be Catholic Activities, this year, the next year, ect..If she didn't decide now, this block would constantly stay in her pathway. If we know something is true, and its what God wants for us, lets not procrastinate climbing over the block. Even though it may be hard, overcoming the block is so much more rewarding then letting it interfere with our progression in our spiritual journey. We then left her Ether 12 to read, and ask her to pray to God again about being Baptized on June 18th to confirm what God wants her to do in her life. Then on Sunday, Sister Hill and I both talked in Sacrament. Our talks were both focused on doing the will of God, and how sometimes we need to make certain sacrifices in our life, to align our life in Gods pathway. Then we visited our investigator again that Sunday evening. She had a look of happiness on her face. She said that the past 2 days reading in Ether 12, she realized that she needed to show her faith to God, and even though being baptized may go against her families desires, she needs to set a good example for them, and then just hope someday they will be baptized into the true church as well. She will be sacrificing a lot in her life for the truth, but she knows her salvation is worth it. She did what we asked her, she prayed, and knows that she needs to get Baptized on June 18th.
That was just about one investigator, although we saw a lot of obstacles this week. Although, happy to say, in Faith, we helped each one of our investigators solve these concerns. This is when I really felt like a missionary. To realize how important our faith and guidance is for them. To never give up, but have hope and know that there is a way to climb over the blocks. I'm so glad we followed the spirit. Its so easy for missionaries to get discouraged and say, okay we'll wait for October. Or we can trust in God, and find a way to Build peoples faith in coming unto Christ.
Sister Hancock

Monday, May 16, 2011

Hey Family!
Yesterday, (as like everyday) I was reminded of why I’m on a mission. Picture in your minds, kneeling with a 40 year old women, while she offers her first heart felt prayer to God. Then when she finishes, looks at you with uncontrollable tears, grabs your hand and thanks you for teaching her how to pray. Its an indescribable experience to help some one learn how to speak to their Father in Heaven. To help someone learn that she has someone who loves her more than anything, constantly willing to listen to her, and help her.
Or while briskly walking from place to place, suddenly stopping in your tracts, feeling impressed to talk with a man sitting on some steps. Soon to find out, he lost an arm working with some machinery that malfunctioned. Since then, has been wondering why God would allow something like this to happen to him. He had been marred by an imperfect world, and was confusing it with Gods perfect love. Questioning if he could go through life anymore like this. I knew the Spirit led us to him, and led our entire conversation, to show how God has loved him his entire life, and never left his side.
Or its like moments, where unknowingly being guided by God. Yesterday, we were waiting outside of a house, for our district leader to complete a Baptismal Interview. Having a free moment, we approached a women with a goat. Now, I've never held a goat before, so we decided to strike up a convo with her by asking if I could try holding her goat. Now this being a full grown goat, it didn't really agree to being held. My companion held it with a rope, while I used all my strength in not getting poked or kicked. My plan didn't really go as followed, so I may have to start with baby goats first. Anyway, the goat ended up being a good ice breaker to talk with this women. We talked about her family, and ended up finding out that her 15 year old son recently died. She never had a sure idea about the next life, or if she would ever she her son again. When we looked her in the eyes and told her in complete confidence that God has a plan for her to see her son again, she couldn't hold back her tears of relief poured down her cheeks. She said she heard that we had a message about the resurrection and after life, although she was always to shy to confront missionaries on her own. So, in some sort of thankful way, I'm glad she so happened to have a pet goat to help us get acquainted.
The spirit is so vital in this life. Being willing to listen and follow its promptings in everything we do. I invite you to take time from life's busyness and ask God for ways to help someone (whether its your own soul or others) that day. Then be willing and prepared to listen. I know that God will help you become a more effective servant.
Well, due to a brown out for like 2 hours, my letter was cut short.
Love ya all!
-Sister Hancock

Monday, May 9, 2011

Monday, May 2, 2011

I’m sorry I don't have anytime to write this week, I am busy busy today and these next couple days. Transfers again! Sister Saua is transferred to Sorsogon. Furthest south point in the Bicol. She’s very scared. I'm not allowed to be assigned there, because of my color. Foreigners get kidnapped like fat kids eat cake. Anyway, I'm training this transfer. Its possible that she’s Americana or Philipina. 2 more Americans are arriving on Wednesday, which will make a total of I think 4 Americans 1 Samoan 1 Indian 1 Pakistani and 29 Philipina Sisters. I'll inform ya who's my new companion when you call me this weekend.
Sorry again for the short letter! I'll talk to ya soon.
Love ya,.
Sis, Rachelle