Thursday, March 7, 2013

Hola de la ultima semana!

So does anybody know anything cool about West Virginia? Recent social, economical, political issues? Demographics? Statistics? Weather? Interesting stories? ¿Chistes? ¿Chismes? ¿Algo? Gracias por compartirlo. I just received my travel plans, and I report to the travel office at 4am on Tuesday morning. Elder Lehman leaves at 6am on Monday. It's going to be hard leaving him, or letting him leave us. What an amazing role model.

You´ll probably find this link interesting: Elder Hicken's Mission Map

Español es tan divertido, y cada dia es mas dificil hablar Engles sin usando Español tambien. Pero, creo que en las meses anteriores voy a usar Engles con mas frequencia. ¡Ojala que no olvido como usar mi Español! 

(Spanish is so fun, and every day it's getting more difficult to speak English without using Spanish also. But, I think in the upcoming months I'll be using English more...I hope I don't forget how to use my Spanish!)

There are no Spanish stakes or even wards in my mission. All of us are reassigned there, except for Elder Lehman who is going to Independence, MI. Poor Elder.

I'm going to go get my farewell haircut at 11!

This week I came across Matthew 10:37-39.
He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.  He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
 What I took away from this is the importance of prioritizing. In Matthew 22: 37-40...         
 Jesus said unto [the Pharisees], Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt alove thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
However, as important as the two laws are, if one has them prioritized incorrectly, the Lord himself says the individual "is not worthy of me". With regards to Matthew 10:38, I consider my actions right now to be lifting up my cross, and following after the Lord. I am striving to be worthy of my Savior; to be worthy in His eyes. Furthermore, I intend to one day learn to lose my life for the sake of my Lord. To "forget [my]self and go to work," laboring in the vineyard of Jesus Christ, with my life, well being, subsidence, and sustenance relying on Him.

 I just want to share an amazing quote that inspires me so much every day:
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." -Marianne Williamson
What a wonderful thought. How inspiring. How empowering.

Alma 26:30And we have suffered all manner of afflictions, and all this, that perhaps we might be the means of saving some soul; and we supposed that our joy would be full if perhaps we could be the means of saving some.

I just want to bring one. That's all I ask, and it's more than I need. Every baptism is a gift from God to me and my companion.

In a recent devotional, the speaker shared a story about his first transfer, where his trainer (in a few more words than this) told him to look back on his mission once he was looking out the window of the USA-destined plane in 2 years, and ask God if his mission was 'acceptable'. I am determined to follow suit. And I am determined to receive a positive answer.

Thanks for all of the letters, support, and packages!


Elder Hicken

(P.S. Anybody have a spare West Virginia Flag?)

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