What a crazy week this week was let me tell you. We had Elder Pieper of the 70 come to our mission to do a mission tour and we had a 6 hour training with him and it was like drinking out of a fire hose and it was so good. He taught us so much about how we can help the people we teach act and learn on their own. He also talked about how we need to find the Elect. We need to find seekers of truth who are waiting to be baptized and are looking for the gospel. I am so glad that he came by because he answered a lot of our questions. You could just feel the spirit that he brought with him and he was teaching so powerfully because it was all by the spirit. He didn’t have any notes or anything. He asked us to all bring a question and he took 12 of them. The crazy thing is he answered every single one of those questions at once. He explained that there are only three forms of questions that people have and he gave us a formula on how to answer every question that you are given and they do most of the work to find the answer on their own. We are here to teach them how to fish and find their own answers.
So I woke up yesterday morning to the alarm just like every other day. I go to turn the phone alarm off and I saw that President Greer texted us at like 5:30 earlier that morning. He wanted Elder Snow to call him asap. So he called right away and was told that he is being ET to Pasco and he leaves Monday at 5:00 PM on a train. So I now have a new companion. I haven’t met him yet but I will meet him at around 11-12 today. So I am now taking over the area and I am kind of freaking out! I am going to have to rely on the Lord now more then ever. I am nervous but I know that I will be fine. I have only been out less then 2 transfers and I already am taking over the area. This is going to be interesting. I don’t know what going on over on the east side of the mission but they need good strong missionaries to clean up some things I guess and Elder Snow is the one for the job.
So the work is going crazy over here in the Meadows Ward. We have 3 people on date. Our next baptism is going to be on the last day of the month. His name is Kody and he is 14. We are really excited for that. We also have an investigator named Camille. She is a seeker of truth and is soaking every little thing we teach her up. She wants more and more and she is reading everything we give her and she comes back with more and more questions. We have her on date for January 5, 2013. We can’t wait for that to happen. I am so blessed to see everyone grow and change with this amazing gospel in their lives. I am so grateful for everything that we are blessed with. I wish I could put into words how much I love my Savior Jesus Christ. I am so grateful for his doctrine and his gospel. I know that this is THE way and the only way. I am so grateful for the blessing of being here in the Washington Kennewick Mission. I love everyone here and I know that when I put them before myself I really grow and love them just like the Savior does. I see these people in a different way. I wish I could help everyone here but I have to remember that it’s only one person at a time. I know that the Book of Mormon is true. I will bring us closer to him as we read the book and abide by what it teaches. When we do what right we WILL receive answers to our prayers. Like President Uchtdorf said, “When we do, is when we become.” When we do as the Savior taught we will become like him. We MUST follow his example if we are to receive all of his blessings. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be forgiven of the things that I do wrong. I am so grateful that I can repent. I have learned that repentance means change. Sometimes we aren’t doing things that are wrong, but we need to remember that there is good, better, and the best things we can be doing. Let us not forget that.
I testify that Jesus is the Christ! I know that He lives and loves each and every one of use. I am so excited for the seasons coming up. Let us not forget the true meaning of Christmas. Like President Monson said we can just take the first syllable out of Christmas and you remember the true meaning. It’s about Christ.
So about the rain. It rains every day here. I have gotten used to it. Its crazy it never really stops. I hope you all at home are grateful for the sun. I would love some CDs of classical Guitar music. I know that they have hymns in Classical guitar and also Christmas music. Maybe a sweater or 2. It gets colder every day here. The humidity really gets to you.
Love Elder Hansen
Elder Hansen with Elder Snow and Elder Fenn
Elder Hansen and Elder Snow with one of their investigators
Elder Hansen and Elder Snow with Grace on her baptism day
Another photo from Grace’s baptism day
Elder Hansen and Elder Snow with Grace and her family