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Week 30

Hello from Pasco Washington,

Well this week has been a fast one that is for sure. I don’t like it one bit but hey, what am I supposed to do about it.

I am glad to hear that all is well at home. Ella, you crack me up with all that you do. Oh mom before I forget, can you send me that Easter Crescent roll recipe thing? I know I won’t get it until next week but I wanted to show a family we are teaching it for a FHE we have in the next few weeks. One thing that I have loved about missionary work is the opportunity we have to teach new families how to hold a FHE. Thanks to my wonderful parents who have been faithful at doing it each week. I can now teach others how to have a fun time and yet always have the spirit to be with them.

We are currently teaching a few really awesome families. We are teaching this one family and we went to see them last night because they didn’t come to church earlier that day. She said that she was too tired and couldn’t make it. She let us in and we started talking and teaching. We were talking about baptism and her 2 little daughters seemed really really interested in what we were talking about. So I pulled out the gospel art book that I have with tons of pictures of the Savior and other stories from the Book of Mormon. So at that time Elder Westover tackled some of the mother’s questions while I had these two little children captivated as we looked at all the pictures. Each page the 5 year old girl would ask if that was a good or bad guy hahah. I then got to talk about each picture and the story that followed it. It was so much fun. I then asked the older daughter who is 8 years old about baptism. I showed her the picture of Jesus Christ being baptized and then a few pictures about a little boy and girl being baptized. She was so intrigued by this. I then asked if she wanted to be baptized and she got so excited haha. I love this little family. It’s such a blessing to see the gospel change peoples lives in so many ways.

So Easter is coming up and I am so excited. President and Sister Greer have asked us to read a list of chapters they have picked out of the Book of Mormon to read in preparation for this amazing weekend on the Atonement. I will send you the list so that you all can read and learn from the spirit the things that you never knew about the Atonement. These next two weekends are going to be so awesome. I am so excited for conference it’s not even funny. I am starting a countdown.

So it sounds like your temple trip was quite an awesome experience. I have been wanting to go to the temple so bad. We get to go in like 2 weeks!! What’s cool about the tri-cities is that they are all set on hills. So you can see each city from where you are. So I can see the temple in Kennewick from my area here in Pasco so I think about it each day. I have been counting down to go! So close I can’t wait. So all is well here. This week is going to be good we have some good appointments set and I know that when that is the case its going to fly right by. It’s not cool but like I said, what can you do. Well, my time is up here. I love you all. Here is the list of chapters I invite you to study and grow a greater appreciation from*. One thing I love is that without the Doctrine of Christ there is no Atonement and without the Atonement there is no Doctrine of Christ. I know that Jesus Christ lives and has provided each of us a way to return home and live with him again. I am so grateful for this calling to proclaim that message to the world.

Elder Hansen

*Chapter                                             Author

2 Nephi 2                                           Lehi

2 Nephi 9                                           Jacob

Mosiah 3                                            King Benjamin

Mosiah 15                                          Abinadi

Alma 7                                               Alma

Alma 34                                             Almulek

Alma 36 & 42                                       Alma

Helaman 14                                       Samuel

3 Nephi 9 & 27                                  Jesus Christ

Ether 12                                              Moroni

Moroni 7                                            Mormon

 

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Posted by on March 26, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Week 29

Meetings, Meetings, Meetings, Exchanges, Exchanges, Exchanges… That is what happened this week. So much sitting and getting dumped on by the spirit. I love meetings as a missionary. They are always so good and so full of the spirit. I always learn what I can improve on as a missionary to help my investigators progress and truly accept the Gospel for themselves. On Tuesday we had a Zone Training meeting where the Zone Leaders gave a wonderful training. One thing I learned was how we can use the ward council more in our efforts in the area as well as how hope plays such a huge role in the lives of us as missionaries as well as in the lives of our investigators. Then on Wednesday Elder Westover and myself went to another training meeting. It was so awesome. 6 hours of learning form President Greer and the assistants. They are truly inspired men and you can really learn a lot if you prepare for the meetings that you are invited to. They talked about how we need to make sure we create good mission culture now. We talked about the good culture that the WKM has and then the bad culture that we are trying to eliminate here in the WKM. President and Sister Greer said something that was really cool to me. They said that we aren’t just trying to create good culture for the WKM, we are creating good culture for 2 missions. So go out there and do all you can to help the culture grow to prepare for the avalanche of new missionaries and new missions coming in the next few transfers.

So to answer your questions, the 42 principles are found in Preach My Gospel Chapter 3. These are the lessons that missionaries learn and teach. The amazing thing is, these are more then just lessons, these 42 principles are the gospel and the church. So internalize them.  That way we all know what we really believe and are founded upon. What it all boils down to is the Doctrine of Christ. So after my many hours of meetings that I had this week we had a lot of exchanges to go on. First we needed to exchange with members of our district. That went from Wednesday to Thursday. I went with one of the elders in the district to his area. It was good. They cover a lot of farmland so it was fun to see all this cool countryside. After that exchange we had some weekly planning to do which took a little while. I then had exchanges with the Zone Leaders who are the Spanish elders for a lot of Pasco. So I had round two of a TON of food mixed in with some Spanish and an amazing miracle that happened. We had an appointment with a young man who spoke English. It was so cool because a few days earlier he said that he wanted to meet with us because he finally got an answer and he wanted to be baptized. So we went over there and the first thing he said was that he wanted to be baptized. It was so awesome and you could see in his eyes that he was ready and the spirit was there. We then went back and the rest of the night I did not understand most of what was said, but I am starting to pick up on the language — it’s really cool. We went over to this lesson and Elder Evens, the zone leader I was with, was able to let me teach a little bit. I could tell what he was teaching. We went by this referral that they received from their BML. We started teaching the restoration. I could tell what was going on through body language and some of the words I could recognize.  He then looked over at me and asked if I would teach about the Savior’s Earthly ministry and some of the things he did. The spirit spoke to my mind and heart and I would say a line or to and then Elder Evens would translate for me. It was awesome to see that even though we were speaking different languages, the spirit was still the same. It was awesome. I love being a missionary and having this sacred calling.

So I came back to my area after that exchange for like 3 hours or so and then repacked my bags because I was going on exchanges with the APs. I always learn so much from going on these exchanges. It’s nice to talk with other missionaries and see how they like to teach different things. I am so grateful for these experiences. Missionary life is quite an adventure to say the least. Well I have to go. Glad to see all is well at home. Make it a goal to talk to one person this week about the gospel!

Love Elder Hansen WKM.

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Week 28

Hello from Pasco,

This week has been very rewarding for me. We were able to find 2 new investigators as well as teach a lot of lessons. We have been going around this week meeting with a lot of the members in the wards we serve to do a visit I like to call Flood the earth with the Book of Mormon. We are responding to the 70’s cry of getting the members involved in missionary work. We are showing the Mormon Message from Elder Holland on Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon. We talk about the elect. In D&C 29:7 it defines our role as missionaries and what an elect is. We talk about the power that the Book of Mormon brings. The Holy Ghost accompanied by the Power of the Book of Mormon and a strong testimony are our best tools as missionaries to use in finding the elect. We know they are out there. We are teaching the members the different ways that we use to give someone a Book of Mormon. I can testify of the amazing power that comes from reading the Book of Mormon. It is the most correct book on earth and really does have the fullness of the everlasting gospel. I know this to be true with all of my heart. I am so blessed to be here on a mission at this time in this part of the Lord’s Vineyard. I am still in awe of the fact that He actually trusts us to do his work. He can do a way better job, yet He knows the importance of this calling and all that is contained with this sacred calling.

It was so funny, now that you mention it, yesterday and the 9 hours of church we have on Sunday I was thinking about Principle 2 of Lesson 1 (look it up and study it) I was thinking about the different traditions we used to do as a family that helped us be unified in the gospel. I was thinking about the drives we used to take all the time. How we used to listen to the tapes of the scriptures and also the tapes of the kids in the tree house. (can’t quite remember what they were called). In one of the ward councils yesterday we were talking about this new training dvd thing that the church has just put out. I don’t know if dad has it yet but I am sure he does. It is about the blessings of the Priesthood and how that can bless so many people. We were watching it and it came to how the priesthood can bless your family. The bishop then talked about how he always likes to spend individual time with his kids and just be able to talk. I then remembered when dad would do that and how us kids would dread that moment. He talked about how it should never be a time for a worthiness interview, it is a time to help love and encourage. I then thought about how this was the same with dad. We were able to talk freely and there were no judgments in them. Pure love like our Savior Jesus Christ.

We are so blessed to know who our savior is and what He really did for each of us. My favorite time of the week really is sacrament meeting now. I love it because I can sit, think of others, feel peace (and on a mission it’s sometimes really hard to find that through the stress of the calling). I can worship our Savior freely and know that He truly is listening. I was thinking about how much I have learned on my mission, yet I know nothing. It’s the weirdest feeling in the world but it’s too true as people say, “the more you know the less you know when it comes to the gospel”. I am so grateful for all of the many blessings that come from obedience to the covenants that I have made.  It wouldn’t of taken me 19 years to have some understanding of what all this really means.

We are teaching a lot of part member families right now which is quite an awesome experience. This should be the main focus in missionary’s work because you already have the support of a loved one right there with you. We found 2 new investigators this week through part member families. Its crazy yet amazing how the spirit really works through you and others to soften the hearts of so many people. One of my new favorite scriptures is in Alma 13:27.  I think that’s the verse. It talks about how angels are softening the hearts of the people in our land at this time. They will be ready to hear the gospel. It’s such a blessing to see the power of prayer. We get to see so many miracles each day through prayer. We pray to know who we can see, feel the prompting, go and they are actually wanting a spiritual message and then to see the spirit works its magic in their hearts to accept this gospel. Prayer really does work and I know that to be true. When you pray He really does listen.

Sounds like all is well at home. One thing that impressed me is that you actually did something different for your date night. I bet that was a lot of fun. It sounds fun. Looks like when I get home we will be going strait to the big show. That story you told me about was awesome! I can’t believe they ran into someone from the play. I hope something amazing comes from it. I am also proud of that missionary who opened his mouth to proclaim the gospel to everyone and had the amazing blessing that came from it. Looks like I am going to be an uncle here real soon. Its such a weird feeling to me ha but I am excited. Oh funny story.  I was talking to one of the members of the ward about what he did for work. He said he was an accountant. I was like, “Oh that’s awesome — my dad is one too.” Then he asked if my dad worked for one of the big 4 and I said he did at one point. He then kept digging to find out where dad actually worked and I said that he worked for Disney. ( I don’t tell many people where he works because then they ask for free stuff and what not) He was like oh thats awesome. He then told me about when he was at BYU he had a man come form Disney to talk in one of his classes. I then remembered when dad did that a few years ago and started to freak out inside. He then asked if he was part of the internal audit department and I said yes. He then said that I needed to tell dad that he wants his job because its the coolest job in the world. hahha it’s such a small world. Dad talked to someone who I then met on my mission.

Well times running out. I have to still write President Greer.

Love you all thanks for all of the prayers and support I really do feel it

Loved Elder Hansen W.K.M… (for now)

 
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Posted by on March 12, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Week 27

Hello from Pasco

To answer your questions —  no,  I did not burn anything. Since there was no 29th in the month of Feb, I am still at 5 months and will stay at five months for the rest of my mission. I like that idea.

So I am now serving with Elder Westover. He is from PG Utah! I tried to tell him that I have family that lives there but when he asked what part of PG I could not tell him because I don’t really know haha. Elder Westover has been out for about 28 months now. He has a crazy story. He was born with bad hips so when he was about 17 months out on the mission he had to go home and get both of his hip sockets redone. He has since come back out and only has 3 months left on his mission. He is a great missionary and knows that making friends and loving the people you teach will open the door to missionary work.

The work here is going great. As I said before we had a baptism last Saturday and it was so awesome. Taylor (12) Dylan (10) were baptized. They were so much fun to teach! They loved learning about the gospel. They even took notes when we taught so that they could remember all that we taught them. They were sad when they found out that Elder McCleve had to leave. But we pulled a little surprise with President’s permission. Elder McCleve was able to come back to baptize Taylor. I was given the opportunity to baptize Dylan. It was such an amazing experience. It’s something that you can’t describe. The feeling of helping people want to join the church. The night before the baptism we went over to introduce Elder Westover and to do a final prep for baptism. I started off with the question of why did you want to be baptized? They both sat there for a second and then Taylor said, “I am ready to make my commitment to God.” What 12 year old says that haha. She was so excited when she saw Elder McCleve walk around the corner of the chruch building. I was so happy that it was a memorable experience. Then on Sunday they wanted me to confirm them a member of the church and help them recieve the Holy Ghost. It was awesome but something interesting happend to me. Right before the blessing I had a weird flash back type of thing where my mind remembered a part of the Book of Mormon. It was when Alma was baptizing all of those people in the Waters of Mormon. I then had a feeling/prompting that said ,”This is the same work and this is exactly the same thing/feeling they had as you have when finding teaching and baptizing!” I now have a greater understanding of Heavenly Father’s plan for us.

We also had an amazing experience yesterday. We were invited to go to a special meeting called Hastening the Work. It consisted of President Greer, Elder Mains and Elder Risenmay form the 70 and 8 stake presidents form the east side of our mission. They invited missionaries, bishops and their counselors, Relief Society presidencies and their counselors, WML and that was it. There were so many keys flying aroud that room it was out of control. They talked about what we can do as stakes and wards and missionaries to help the Lord keep the work going. It was so awesome. They had a Q and A session and it was so cool to see all of these inspired men ask questions. They talked about how the missionaries should never be knocking on doors because the members should be the one finding people to teach. They said since eventually every ward will have Elders in their ward they need to keep the Elders productive on the thing they were called to do. I thought it was such a good meeting. Elder Mains form the 70 said that when they look at growth in the church per stake — the stakes that have a higher baptism and confirmation rates are stakes that have a Stake President and all of the Bishops unified and are misisonary minded. So dad, be missionary minded and make sure the ward knows that they need to keep to their baptismal covenent and share the gospel with everyone. A Relief Society prez asked a question of how moms with children can share the gospel if they only have member friends and they only go to the grocery story. Elder Mains said that we need to put down our wall of fear and doubt and talk to everyone you can about the gospel.  It does not have to be much. Just plant the seed.

They also talked about how when you fellowhip someone, make sure they investigator is going to the ward they live in. If need be have the fellowshipper go to the ward where the investigator lives in. So make sure that happens also hahah.

So those pictures you recieved I am glad that you liked them. Yes I gave her your email mom. I knew you would love those pictures because I know you don’t think I take enough of them. So are you happy now?

Well,  thats all I really have to say today. I love you all. Remember to read, pray and study the 42 principles each day. I was acutally thinking about the 42 principles the other day. I already have every FHE Lesson planned for the rest of my life. I am just going to teach one of those principles each time its my turn because that is all you need to know. So I suggest you all do that as a family while I am gone.

Love Elder Hansen WKM

 

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RIP Elder Tuttle =(

 

 
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Posted by on March 6, 2013 in Uncategorized