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Week 26

Strange things are afoot in the Washington Kennewick mission that is all I have to stay. I see you have found out the news… Yes the mission is going to be split. The boundaries have not been put out yet but President will let us know when they do.  We found this out this last week on Thursday! Elder McCleve and I were freaking out to say the least. One of the blessings of serving in a 4 way companionship with the APs is that you get to find out even more information about things. So the way they are going to decide who ends up in what mission is on July 1 when the new mission president comes in.   Whoever is in the Vancouver Washington mission boundries will now be part of the WVM. Its crazy. It will all be inspired because we all know that President Greer is inspired and he will know where we need to go. So we will find out around that time what mission we will be in. The new mission president for the WVM is President Taylor. I don’t know much about him but we know he is going to be great. I sent you info about our new mission president that President Greer sent us today in an email.

So this week has also been so crazy because we got transfer calls on Saturday. We are receiving 30 new missionaries this week so there has been so much moving and changing going around. To start with we are losing one of the assistants. He is going home and so now we have a new one. Elder Dreager. I love Elder Dreager and I know he will do great. I am excited to work with him. We also have added a new zone. They have now made the Dalls Oregon into its own zone. Its crazy. We were at a baptism with our investigators last Saturday morning and President and Sister Greer were there. Right before they left President looked around and said well, its looks like I will have to call all of you in this room later today. So we were all worried because its always scary when President says that. You know assignments are going out. Later that day we get a text form President and he asked if Elder McCleve could call him asap. So after our appointment he gave him a call and it happened — he had been assigned to be a zone leader! I called it. I knew it was going to happen because he is such an amazing missionary. So that means I am getting a new companion. Elder Westover will be my new companion. Information will come when he gets into the area and we get to know each other a little more. What I do know about him is that he was out, then had to go back home for hip surgery and now he is back out. I hope he likes being in a car area again.

That’s not even all. We have a baptism this Saturday!! Dylin and Taylor! They were interviewed on Saturday and they are now ready to go. We could not be more excited. We are a little sad though because Elder McCleve will be missing the baptism. I don’t want him to leave because we were getting a lot of work done and having a lot of fun doing it. We saw a miracle last night. We were tracting about a week ago and we ran into this man by the name of Manuel. He said he was busy that night but we could come back next week and come a see him. So last night we did just that. Right when we were walking over to his house we see him drive up to his house. So we go and talk to him and he lets us in. We start talking to him and his girlfriend/wife (we don’t know what they are yet) was there. We talked to both of them. Come to find out that his dad and aunt are members and that a few days before we knocked on the door he was praying because he wanted to know the truth. He said that he wanted to know which church was right. Half of his family are members and the rest are Catholic. His girlfriend/wife, earlier in the day when we knocked, was saying that she wanted to start going to church. Later that night we knocked on the door and Manuel answered. We gave him a card and told him we would come back and left. He then walked over to her and said, here you go, handing her the card, and then said you wanted to go to church… It was awesome. We taught them about the Book of Mormon and how it will help them in so many ways to find the truth. We are going back to see then this Sunday. We are so excited to see them progress.

I have been thinking a lot about the blessings we have. Yesterday at the many hours of church we have I was thinking about prayer. We are all so blessed to know that Heavenly Father really does hear our prayers and he does answer them. We all just need to learn how to listen to his answers and follow them. I love our Savior Jesus Christ. I know that he lives and loves us all. He gave up his life willingly for us so that we all could return to live with him again. I know this to be true.

To answer your questions. I am warm. I don’t need you to send me anything. I am eating a lot but running to keep all the weight off. I might be needing to buy a gps if Elder Westover does not have one so if you see some money taken from my account you know why ha.

Love Elder Hansen

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Posted by on February 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Week 25

Oh how blessed I am to be a missionary at this time in this land. We are all so blessed with everything that we have. I am so grateful for the blessings of this restored gospel at this time.

So this week has been quite an adventure to say the least. Last week I went on an exchange with the zone leaders. They cover downtown Pasco which is all Spanish speaking. It was a very funny experience trying to teach people who do not understand English and you hardly understand any Spanish. (since being in Pasco I have picked up on a little Spanish just because you need it to communicate with some people around town.) So during this exchange I learned something about the Hispanic culture. If you don’t eat the all of the food that they give you, they get really offended. So we got a call form a family right before dinner. They said that it was their turn to feed us today. The thing was that we had already parked outside the dinner we thought we had and they had prepared us a dinner at the last second. The family said that they had prepared a lot of food. So we reworked our schedule and we now had 2 dinner appointments that night. So during the first dinner they made this really good soup with chicken and veggies. So I ate all of the food in the bowl and there was still a little liquid in there but I was full so I didn’t want anymore.  Then when the mother of the family left the room one of the zone leaders said you better drink that or she will get mad. So I quickly drank it all and so then I knew that whatever she gave me I needed to eat all of it hahah. So we came out of that dinner supper full. Then we went to our next dinner about 45 minutes later and guess what? We had so much food sitting there waiting for us. Two giant tortas fried with some liquid with pulled pork. They were so big and so we ate and ate and ate. I have never had so much food in my life. It’s out of control. I now know why the Spanish Elders gain so much weight. They are fed so much food. So that is the funny story for the day.

We had Stake Conference this week and it was so good. We had an awesome new member fireside before conference and it was a time for all the members who had been baptized in the last year to talk about the church and their story. The spirit was so strong. I have learned something about this gospel. It brings everyone eternal happiness. It’s something that will help every single person on this earth.

We are currently teaching two people who will be baptized on March 2. They are so ready to hear the gospel and they eat it all up.

During Stake Conference President Greer was asked to speak. He talked to everyone about the 42 principles found in Preach My Gospel. I love Preach My Gospel so much. I know that the 42 priniples need to be studied by everyone. These priniples are principles that will help us in our eternal life.  I know that to be true. I have been making a big effort on internalizing these principles. They are so helpful because they have been written by the Brothern and are inspired of God. I love the Book of Mormon so much.  I know it to be true as well.

Love Elder Hansen

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Week 24

Hello from Pasco Washington,

This week has been very very good. We had a zone training meeting this week and the zone leaders said that we are setting a new goal for investigators found in a week. In Pasco we usually find at least 30 new investigators a week, but they felt like we could show the Lord our faith and bump up the work. So instead of finding the dirty 30 we are now looking for the filthy 40!!! Last night the zone leaders texted us and said that we were about 18 away from our goal and so we needed to work hard and pray for miracles to happen. Well they came through. We did it! At the last minute, around 8:45 or so Elder McCleve and I found 3 new investigators and then we had about 6 left to find. Then about 5 minutes later we got another update and the Zone Leaders found a family of 6! We were so excited and the Lord really blessed us by helping us find the last few we needed to get our goal.

We had a very good Sunday as well. We were able to help the Olivo family, a family of 5 who were baptized about a week before I got into the area, receive the Priesthood. We gave the father the Priesthood and then he was able to ordain his two younger sons as well. The spirit was so strong and I was so happy to see this gospel really bless this family. They are so awesome and their youngest son will be baptized at the end of this year when he turns 8. He can’t wait and he is counting down. They are already really excited to go through the temple. They plan on going down to San Diego to do it.

We have been teaching a group of people from a local mission. Its a homeless shelter type thing for people who are trying to get back on their feet. We have been teaching a man by the name of Edger. He is so funny and is drinking in the gospel. He reads the Book of Mormon and loves it. He keeps telling us that he hasn’t gotten an answer that it is wrong so he knows it is true. We taught him the Plan of Salvation yesterday which he loved. I like to teach the Plan of Salvation with the example of you are in school and judgment is like your parent teacher conference on how you lived your life and what grade you get. We then say that the three kingdoms are A+ B+ C+ and how we lived our life is what grade we get. Edger then said, “What does it take to get the a A+, like what all do you have to do?”  We then taught him the Doctrine of Christ and reviewed the Priesthood authority of God. We then invited him to be baptized and he accepted! He said he wants to get the A+ and he is going to do everything in his power to get there. We are so excited for him. His baptism will be on March 9, 2013. At the end of the lesson he said that he wasn’t going to be coming to church this Sunday because he was going to say goodbye to his old pastor and we got kind of worried. He then said that we need not to worry.  Nothing he says to him will keep him from knowing that these things are true hahahah. It was so funny.

So I finally have some pictures to send — I hope you like them.

The houses that we work in are very big. Pasco is really interesting. It’s either super big rich houses on the Colombia River, or really poor places in downtown Pasco where all of the Hispanics live. Everyone here works in the farming industry in one way or another and they have big trucks and lots of tractors. The weather is fine. It’s warming up which is nice. I don’t really got home sick. If I do I stop and tell myself to remember Him and then I go back to work. So it’s not that bad. I hope all keeps on well at home.

Love Elder Hansen

 

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Posted by on February 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Week 23

Two emails this week! The first to his mom and second to his dad! 🙂

Hello again. Yes to answer your question I did get the package. It was funny, Elder McCleve and run every morning and we ran by the mail boxes on the street and said, “Wow, we have totally forgotten to check the mail.” So we went home real quick and grabbed the key and found 3 weeks worth of mail in it this morning. It was quite a funny experience. So the sun comes and goes. It depends on the day really.

Its exciting to hear that Alison is getting close to having the kid! I hope everything goes well. So the Knights are an awesome family. We live upstairs in one of their bedrooms with its own bathroom. We share the kitchen because they don’t let us buy our own food. We have to eat their food. They are so awesome. Sister Knight works in the temple and Brother Knight works for Anderson Hay company… I think it’s the biggest hay company in the world or something like that. Brother Knight is awesome. He has been a bishop, and now he is on the Stake High Council so the only time the tv is on is when we come home and he is watching the BYU channel or something along those lines. He loves to make the missionaries milkshakes which is cool. I have yet to get one because we always come home supper stuffed from dinner and it never sounds good to me ha. That is why we go running every morning.

I love being a missionary. When I have the opportunity to do so I will serve as many missions as I possibly can.

I love the Book of Mormon so much. I can’t read it enough. It’s so good and answers any question that you possibly could have.

We had a very funny week.  So there is a member of one of the wards who lives in a mission in downtown Pasco. He brings friends all the time to church and on Saturday we were able to teach 2 of them the Restoration and they loved it. The brotherhood of the lessons was so strong and they both wanted to learn more so the best is yet to come.

We currently have one person on date for baptism. His name is Dominic and he is supper funny. When we invited him to be baptized he was like Hummmmmmm… sure. (he is only 11 years old) Then we said that we would be holding a baptismal service on March 2 and will you prepare yourself for that day and he sat there for a second like he was checking his planner and he said yeah why not! it was super funny. I love that little kid.

I am so grateful for all of the support and love that you give me. I pray every day that all is well at home.

As for the bike. It’s with me here in Pasco because I might need it later on in my mission. I hope I get into a walking area again becasue I loved it.  It was so nice because you got to talk to so many people. I am grateful for President Greer and all that he does for me.

Well, got to go. I don’t have much time left.

Elder Hansen WKM

 

Hello Dad,

Life is going great here in the WKM. I love it here in Pasco. Amazing Mexican food all the time. Beautiful sunsets and of course lots of people to talk to… well sort of. They are all in their houses so we just go and knock on everyone’s door to find them.

Sounds like you have had a very good Sunday.  I love going to church while on my mission because you receive so much strength and guidance for yourself and for the people that you teach. We had 5 people come to church this week and they loved it. All the wards are currently going through their Ward Confrences and so we get to see the people form the stake all of the time which is really nice.

I know exactly how you feel when you can’t quite decide what you sould speak on. It’s like Heavenly Father is giving you the yellow light — meaning that you get to decide because either topic will uplift and edify someone in the congregation.

I love the temple so much. I can’t wait untill next transfer when I get to go again. I can’t wait because I hear the Colombia River Temple is amazing.

I am also so grateful for the growing testimony that I have of the Book of Mormon. We were doing some finding last night and we ran into some pastor. Right when he introduced himself — Elder McCleve and I both look at each other because we knew this was not going to be a good lesson. He invited us in and we make some small talk and then he went and grabbed his Bible and wanted to share with us one of his favorite passages. He then wanted us to share one of our favorite passages. We went straight to the Book Of Mormon and read in Either 12 on faith. He then disagreed with what we were saying and went on a huge rant on why we were incorrect about faith with works. He kept saying that all we need to do is have faith to be saved over and over. Elder McCleve and I smiled and let him talk. After a while he let us talk again and we just bore testimony of what we knew to be true. He didn’t agree but he was nice about it. He kept going back to different verses in the bible that talked about faith and things of that nature. I then said you’re right. You will make it to Heaven by faith alone. But to live with Heavenly Father we need to follow the example that Jesus Christ sent for us. He didn’t quite understand but didn’t give us enough time to explain more before we ran out of time and had to get going. The conversation wasn’t bad at all. We sat and listened and smiled. I felt such compassion for this man. I felt kind of like the sons of Mosiah who got to the point that they were shaking in fear for the people who would not accept the gospel. We find people like this all the time.

I am just so grateful for the 42 principles found in Preach my Gospel. President Greer told us that we don’t just study these principles on our mission. These principles are here for the rest of our lives because they are the principles of the gospel and the sooner we internalize these principles the sooner we can more fully live the gospel. I can testify that the 42 principles in Preach my Gospel are true and that no matter how much people will try and disprove these principles they can’t because they are the gospel. I gained that testimony last night when all that Elder McCleve and I taught were some of the 42 principles and we answered this man’s questions in one or two sentences simpley, calmly and clearly and he could not disprove them because they are the truth. I can testify that Jesus is the Christ and that these things are true.

I love you and am so grateful for your example.

Elder Hansen WKM

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2013 in Uncategorized