Monday, December 22, 2014

And Then There Were 2

Dear family,

After playing a few intense games of survivor I am proud to say I am one of the last survivor.  Sadly both sister Clegg and sister Sister Alvaro have gone. But serious face now.  Sister clegg left this week and it was cool because we got to meet her family.  Her family is touring the philippine and they came up to bogo and met us, and gave us food which was nice.  They also did a fireside here which was cool because we got to attend.  It was kind of funny seeing very american people interacted with filippinos.  I officially feel more comfortable with filippinos then I do with american americans.  I might have turned filippino on you guys, sorry.

Other than that I went on my first split as STL this week.  It was really fun, I went with sister Lapena in san ram.  They area is super close to a really cool ocean so It was really cool being there.  Ours is close to the ocean but its not cool.  I am going to learn a lot from all of these sister which I am excited for. 

As for cool spiritual stories of the week, so we have an RC in our area named ann.  She was baptized in our area while sister clegg was assign here before  (both her and sister alvaro were assign here before, sister clegg 4 months ago and sister alvaro 1 transfer ago, but they came back to finish the last little bit of their mission)  Anyway she experience a lot of opposition with getting baptized.  Her mother was extremely upset about it and did some really horrible things to her because of it.  After sister clegg left she became less active, but when sister clegg came back she decide she would come to church.  And now she is extremely determined to endure to the end, she tells us all the time that she wants to work with us. It really cool how god knows all of his children and how his plan is all about seeking after the one.  I know that god loves all of us so very much, its cool to see the miracles around us today.

I love you all so very much.  I hope you are all doing wonderful and looking forward to talking to me soon. What its almost christmas?  CRAZY!  I love you all, see you soon.

Sister Hancock 

Sorry I forgot the picture until just barely.  The first one is me in san ram on splits.  The beach is so pretty there, and there was a ridiculous amount of boats in the ocean.  The second one is the actually had an american burger there.  I was in heaven.  I miss beef.  I haven't had beef in who knows how long.  It was a tasty experience!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Craziest Week Ever

Dearest Family,

Well these past few days have officially been the craziest of my mission.  For starters I transfered up to bogo on thursday, which is an extremely long ride.  Two hours after getting there we found out we were being evacauted out for the storm.  So we spent the rest of the night letting the sisters know we were being evacuated and telling people to go to the church so that they could have a safe shelter for the storm.  Thank goodness, and the answer of a lot of prayers and fasting here, the storm wasn't as bad as what they thought it would be.  But that could actually be false because it is really hard to get quality information here as a mission.  Before the storm I heard everything from it was bigger the yolanda to there was actually no storm coming, we literally had no idea what to execpt, but it was a lot more organized in yolanda.  

Anyways so we got here and we had a few days with nothing to do, we couldn't go on splits with the sisters here because transfers just happened and no one new their area (which is really important here in the philippines seeing as there is no addresses, its kind of different then in america).  So we ended up visiting our old areas, which was really good.  I went back to lapu-lapu and saw all of my converts there.  It is really amazing how much the have progress, I am so proud of them.  And hopefully I will be able to see the Ligan family's sealing because they said the wanted to invite me and the said it was happening in June, just before I go home.  Also apparently my arms have gotten fatter on my mission, but nothing else, I am a lot browner, and I am a lot better at the language, which is good to hear.  It is amazing what changes can happen in a year haha.

Then the next day we went to sister cleggs old area and I went on splits and we pretty much tracked, but I was thinking hopefully it will get me more prepared to be an STL.

Then the storm happened, which here it wasn't bad at all, it was really just rain, but we were at a loss of what to do with out an area in a storm, so we ended up helping planning for the chirstmas party this week.  Then we went to the mission presidents house for dinner and ended up sharing a message with his family (because his family was there for christmas).  That... Was Terrifying... And also probably the only time me and my quadpanionship will ever all teach together.  It was a cool experience.  Oh I love my quadpanionship.  It wouldn't work in any other situation, except this one, its great.

All of that, plus some of my companions going home super soon made emotions run high.  But despite the rollercoaster it was a great time.  We are all looking forward to going back to our area and checking out the damage.  Hopefully that will happen today, but we are still waiting on the area presidencies decision.

But anyways, we are doing well, and we are all in good health, and life is good.  I hope you guys are enjoying the chirstmas season in , and I hope you guys are well and happy.  Love you all so much!

Sister Hancock

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Biggest News Since the Age Change

Dear Family,

I am breaking a missionary world record... Next transfer I have a QUADPANIONSHIP.  Literally I have 3 other companions.  Sister Clegg, Sister Alvaro, and Sister Sears.  I kill sister Alvaro in the first week that we are companions, and I kill Sister Clegg the third week of our companionship.  I am also becoming STL in Bogo.  How we are going to work? I don't know.  How we are going to do companionship study, I don't know.  How are we going to go on splits with the sisters, I honestly don't know.  All I know is we are a quadpanionship.  I am literally shocked beyond belief right now.  All those questions will be answered in the next e-mail.

Also I don't know if you guys have heard about the typhoon could hit here tomorrow, BUT I just want you guys to know I am in an incredibly safe area, and close to the mission office so don't worry about me at all.

As far as this week, it has been a very good week.  We had a Recent Convert family come back to church, and the haven't come to church in over six months.  We were really excited.  I really will miss this area.  I really love the ward here.  The relief society told us her conversion story this week, about when she was baptized.  She told us her family beat her, but she kept going to church and stayed a strong member, and now she is seeing so many blessings from that.  Even though sometimes it is hard, we all need to hold on to the gospel because that is were all of our blessings come from.

Anyways I am kind of still in shock, so I can't really add much details, but thats my life, you will find more about it next week.

I love you all so much!  I hope you are doing wonderful!  Keep being amazing!

Sister Hancock