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Week 17

We got to talk to Elder Hansen on Christmas day! It was a fun time had by all. Here is the email he sent a few days before:

It sounds like you are all having a very very very fun Christmas. So about the video chat tomorrow. We were thinking that we would skype around 6 pm if that works for you. I will be able to call tomorrow and set up exactly what we are doing so that will be nice as well. We can work out all of the bugs then. So it looks like you went down to see the freak show in Hollywood which seems like you had a good time. Was it live or was it a video? I don’t really want to say much more so that we have more things to talk about. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas. Say hi to all who you see and don’t forget Christ in Christmas. You will get a phone call tomorrow some time later in the afternoon to set up our connection and what not. I love you all Merry Christmas. Eat lots of tri tip for me while you are there.

 

We were able to talk with him for an hour. We talked about the work, how his Christmas was, and his everyday life activities. He told us that he shops at Winco, eats cereal for breakfast and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch every day (we even asked him if he gets bored of eating the same thing every day and he said “nope!”) and then goes to a member’s house for dinner. He hasn’t gained any weight which he was really proud of. His mission president’s wife said that most elders gain, on average, 20 lbs during their mission.

He said that they walk everywhere because they get too wet riding their bikes. He also said that it rains there every day and he hasn’t seen the sun since he’s arrived. It is hard to imagine that as I sit here typing this in sunny California!

He also told us what they do on p-day. They wake up, do their studies, go and do their weekly emails, go to Winco, and then go play basketball. He said the play with their zone, which is about 20 people.

We also learned that his area is all within a 2 mile radius and that there are 70 apartment complexes within his area boundaries. Therefore, the majority of the people in his ward live in apartments.

He told us that they gain most of their investigators through tracting. They do get some through member referral, but his experience so far has found more fruitful investigators by knocking on doors.

Unfortunately, we had a few technical difficulties during our Skype session. The Skype kept freezing, so we had to talk on the phone and just let the video be a whims of it’s will. It got to a point where either he could see us on the video or we could see him, but never at the same time. We got to talk to him, though, which is all that matters. Here are a couple of pictures of our Skype time:

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We loved being able to talk with him! It seems that he is happy and doing well. It has been sad to not have him here with all of us for Christmas, but there is no other place we would rather him be 🙂
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Posted by on December 28, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Week 16

First off, sorry my E-Mail is a bit late. We got a call from the zone leaders on Wednesday of last week and they told us we had a temple trip and so our P Day would be moved to Tuesday so that we could go. I hoped none of you freaked out at home. So it sounds like Christmas is starting to pick up at home. It’s been kind of mellow here in Vancouver. We just got our first dusting of snow on the ground and it’s more like cold slush everywhere not real snow. So yes it’s cold here. On Sunday night we were walking around talking to people in the strongest rainstorm I have ever been in. We were about an hour walk from our apartment when a big gust of wind decided to destroy my umbrella and so at that point Elder Mellies and I decided that we just didn’t care any more about trying to stay dry and we just got soaked. It was quite fun because about 20 minutes later or so we talked to this guy by the name of Bandana Peter and he was really funny. He was super drunk and you could smell the alcohol on him but we gave him a Book of Mormon anyways in hopes that when he sobers up he will read it and want to learn more.

Thank you for the Birthday/Christmas Package! So birthdays in the mission are just as dad explained it. It’s just another old day doing work. There was nothing too special and I like it that way. I was thinking about birthdays a few weeks ago and I thought to myself — why do we even have birthday parties for your birthday? All you did was sit in a nice warm place for 9 months and then put up a fight to come into this world. I think the mothers should be thrown a party because of all they work they go through to bring kids into the world that won’t even like them for like 18 to 20 years and then decide that they should of listened to them and start liking them again. Am I right on that one?  Sister Greer agreed with my theory. They called me and talked to me yesterday to wish me a Happy Birthday.

So about my new companion. His name is Elder Mellies and he is from North Ogden Utah. So yes the companionship is back with a Utah Elder. It was nice to have Elder Crandell because he and I were not from Utah so people seemed to be more inclined to talking to us because we were not from the mother state and were normal. He has been out 16 months and he is a good worker. He wants to go into sales after his mission and is currently at Weber State in Utah. He plays the trumpet and is in the marching band.

So about Christmas Day. We will be spending it at a member’s home and they have skype so we will be able to do that. I am not sure what time that will be at quite yet. I will let you know on Monday and so we can be ready. Plus I can also call you that day and say when I am ready and then we can link up and talk then. So the final deets are yet to come. We don’t quite have an idea of what the family’s plans are for that day. Oh and we get to talk for an hour — President said we have had the time extended. So that will be good.

Sounds like all is going well at home. Maddy seems to be getting a lot of chances to share her talents. Make sure she is singing properly so that she does not kill her singing voice. That would be no good at all. I hope Abby starts feeling better. That’s never fun to be sick. I have come up with 2 options for Midget. 1 he can come and stay with me for the Christmas Season, 2 He can come and stay with me. So I think that sounds like a good plan to me. There is a family in the ward that has a dog that looks and acts just like Midget that we have had dinner a few times with and I get really excited when I see them on the dinner calendar because that means I get to play with the puppies. The father is a former bishop and reminds me a lot of dad.

Well, I am glad all is well and I am excited to see you in just a week from today. Get ready to talk!

Elder Hansen

 
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Posted by on December 18, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Week 15

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This is Elder Crandell! We have had such a fun three weeks! We got a lot of work done together and we laughed all day every day. So on Saturday when we got the transfer call we were not happy that he is being transfered and I am receiving a new companion.  I don’t really know who he is so it’s going to be interesting. I know he will be great and we will have just as much fun as Elder Crandell and I.

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This is Elder Joslin and Elder Schroder… I am sad, They both die tomorrow (go home).

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This is Cody! His baptism was quite an adventure.

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Yes, I got your package with all of the Christmas decorations in them. I hope you like the picture. We actually opended them this morning and decorated it after our studying. I love the music and I am so excited to listen to all of this different music. I love music even more now that I am out here. It’s sad though because all of the non-Christ centered music makes my skin scream. I don’t like it any more. I love the Christ centered music and that’s it. We also had our ward Christmas party this week and it was soo good. They did the nativity but there was no talking and very peacful music! I loved it the spirit was so strong. Oh we found 2 new investigators this week and they came to church! They are so awesome I am excited to see them progress. I love doing the Lord’s work and I know that this is His work. I love the people here more and more. They are His children. We all are.

I love all you at home. I will send a letter with all of the mercies that have happened this week. I don’t have much time left.   I love you all.  Merry Christmas!

Elder Hansen

 
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Posted by on December 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Week 14

Why hello there. Sounds like Christmas is in full swing at home. It is not really quite here yet in Washington but it is getting there. We got to help a member hang up her Christmas lights which was fun and I got way into it. Even though it was only one strand of lights across the house I made sure it looked as good as it possibly could. She is like our mom out here and she takes good care of us. Her name is Patti and she is so good to us. She gives us rides places when we need them and she feeds us when no one signs up for dinner and stuff like that. She is also a quilter and she wants us to come over some time and quilt with her which should be fun. Plus, then I will know how to fix my own quilt when it starts to rip apart and what not.

The baptism was quite an adventure let me tell you. SO the zone leaders were down in Kennewick for their ZLC so they had some other missionaries give us a ride up to the church but they got lost trying to find our apartment and they came 1 hour late to pick us up which means we only had an hour and a half left to fill up the font before the baptism started. So we were running back and forth with buckets filled with water from the kitchen as the font was filling up so that we could get as much water as we could in there before the service started. It was so funny because we had 3 serving carts full of pitchers and buckets and a big cooking pot full of water and we were dumping it in as fast as we could as the font was filling up as fast as it could. It got filled and the service was great! The spirit was so strong and he was so happy to finally be baptized after like 4 years of looking into the church.

I am so happy that all is well at home. I know that as you continue to do all that you can to bring others into the gospel the stronger the spirit will be. I pray that all goes well with the heart surgery and that Brother Kramer comes out a winner.

Love Elder Hansen

P.S. Yes I got the Jam and drivers license and it’s so good! I just have one question whatever happened with me and my jury duty?

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2012 in Uncategorized