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Week 48

It sounds like everyone is truly loving summer vacation. The beach looks like it always does. Fun and relaxing.  So this week has been good. We had a zone conference this week and it was getting us ready to start giving powerful church tours to any and all who want to get a tour of church. We are very excited and have our first church tour on Tuesday with one of the people we are working with in our area. Her name is Debra and she is really excited to learn more about the gospel it’s awesome.

So yesterday we had dinner with a member of the Meadow Springs ward. It’s famous and it’s called Taco Sunday!!! They feed the missionaries once a month and its always on a Sunday and its always Taco Sunday! They have a competition on how many tacos an elder can eat and they have a plaque and everything! The record is from Elder Williams who went home a long time ago and it was 14 that he ate!! It was crazy. They tried to get us to eat as much as we could but there was no way that was going to happen. We get fed so much as missionaries it so crazy! I luckily have not gained any weight yet… but who knows what will happen. The members do us good here and there are no complaints about that.

We also had probably the weirdest sacrament meeting I have every been in in my life yesterday it was so funny. So they have just recently re-organized the counselors in the Bishopric and so the 2nd Counselor has been having a rough time conducting. I feel for him, but he just kind or struggles constantly looking back at the Bishop for help and guidance. It’s so good though. Anyways to yesterday for some reason both the Bishop and the 1st Counselor weren’t at church so he was there leading the meeting all by himself. Luckily the Stake President decides to join the meeting and so the meeting starts and everything is going well. Elder Paxman and I realize that they only have 2 speakers that were up there. So the third one never showed up. So for the last part of the meeting the 2nd Counselor just starts calling people to bear their testimony up on the stand. Then while someone was speaking some lady walks up to the stand and walks over to the 2nd Counselor and starts talking to him. Then he points to the door and they both just get up and walk out of the meeting. At that point the Stake President had some priceless looks on his face it was really funny. So at this point the meeting is already like 7 minutes over and so the last speaker sits down and everyone is getting ready to sing and then the 2nd Counselor get up and is like, ” we will have one final speaker come up and share her testimony.” So that same lady gets up and talks for like another 15 minutes or so… She talks about how she used to live in the ward and that she moved up to Canada and how its hard to get to church and what not. Then she just ends the testimony with thank you so much to the missionaries and thanks so much for all you do, and then just walks down and sits down at her seat. Then the meeting was closed. So we were in sacrament meeting for like 15 minutes longer then we needed to be. It was so funny.

So I was on an exchange the other day was some spanish missionaries. They are always doing so good with the work. I love going on spanish exchanges because its something different and I can never understand what they are saying. Anyways its so cool how the spirit works. Every time we go on exchanges at different points in the lessons they always ask if I want to teach and they translate. I love doing that. It’s always one of the more powerful teaching experiences that I have. I seem to always teach much more simpler and they spirit is always so much stronger. It just goes to show that no matter how fancy or eloquent your teaching my be, the spirit will always be stronger when you teach simply and nothing but pure doctrine. I always need to remember and take note of that as we go about our days teaching and preaching the gospel.

I love you all so much. I am so grateful for the love and support that you give me each and every day. Tell Maddy to look for how much the gospel of Jesus Christ is talked about and taught while she is at efy. Its the absolute most important thing for any and all of us to understand.

Love Elder Hansen.

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Posted by on July 31, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Week 47

Quite and interesting and eventful week to say the least…

So to start things off we are officially moved back into our apartment. It looks nice, yet a lot looks the same not going to lie. They cleaned the carpets but, they don’t look much different. I guess its impossible to truly hide the damage 7 years of elders could do to a single apartment. Other than that everything looks good and everything is back to normal.

About the bag, I just need you to send me the bag that I used from school. That is the side bag I was talking about. Okay so to start off this interesting week. We have been living in the mission home this past time as our place has been flipped and so we have been blessed to be around President and Sister Wear a lot. It’s been awesome. I have learned so much from him. He is on the go all day every day. I have learned so much of how much a mission president really does. I have gained so much love for him as I have seen him up late into the hours of the night and then we wake up and he is already awake doing more things that he needs to get done. It’s been quite a blessing to see.

So we got a call a few days ago from a lady in the ward. I answered and said hello and the lady sounded very upset. She then said that her dog was hit by a car earlier in the day and that see needed some help digging a grave for it. (Mind you this lady is in her 70’s) So we went over a couple hours later and she and her friend were inside just sniffling holding back tears as they told us the story. The sad part was when we pulled the car over on the outside of her house I opened the door and there was the dried up pool of blood on the ground. I then followed the trail of blood to see what all happened. SO anyways we get there and she got out a shovel and we tried to dig the grave in her yard but, there were so many roots in her yard from her plants that it was out of control hard to dig up. We finally got through the first layer of dirt and the rest was no big deal. We then dug it deep enough so that we could get the box where the dog was placed in from the vet and started to lower the box in the ground. It was so sad, the two lady’s there started to really cry and I just thought this is probably how Alison is going to be when Midget finally kicks the bucket… Sorry but you know its true. So then we had the job of making sure the box was deep enough in the hole. Elder Paxman said it was good but I was still a little worried. I was then the one to fill the hole back in. It was like the Joseph Smith movie when they had to lay their brother Alvin to rest and each of the family members took turns dropping dirt on his grave sight. Only I was the only one doing it and I was just tossing on the dirt on top but it was the same idea anyways.

So the next story I have is the kid we met yesterday by the name of Jackie. We have been trying to get in with Jackie for a long time because we have had these potential investigator sheets that date back to 3 years ago that we have been working through. So we had stopped by earlier in the week and his mom came to the door but he was not home. She told us to try by another time. So we tried back last night and low and behold Jackie was home. So I need to back up. So when His mom opened the door she was Asian. So the rest of the week we kept saying that we needed to get in with Jackie Chain we needed to get in to Jackie Chain. So anyways Jackie opens the door and he is 18 years old so it was really easy just to strike up a conversation about anything that we has into. When we pulled over in front of his house there was this nice new Lexus sitting in the driveway. We were joking saying that must be Jackie’s car. So we started talking and getting to know him and Elder Paxman asked if he was called Jackie Chan at all in school and he said yeah my whole life really but I have been used to it since about 3rd grade of so. He even said it would throw a lot of teachers off when they would call out my name in the roll. We then asked, Wait is your last name Chan, and he said yes that is my last name. SO no joke his name really is Jackie Chan. It was so funny so we talk a little bit more and he tells us that that Lexus out there is really his car and he got it a few days ago. We were shocked we asked how in the world he got the money for that car and he said that he got all the money from selling his collection of 200 pairs of shoes. We were stunned. He then is like come here I will show you. He takes us up to his room and shows us pictures with him and all of his shoes! It was out of control. He kept a few of his favorite pairs but other then that he had sold them all to some company in LA where they buy vintage shoes and sell them themselves. So these shoes he has are not the average shoes. He has been collecting them for like 6 years or so. He has the classic vintage Michel Jordan shoes. He even has the model from the movie Space Jam that are worth like 600 dollars. Out of control. We are planning on teaching him more the next time we go over because we didn’t have much more time that night. He is way cool.

It sounds like everyone sure had a fun time in Utah. I hope you all learned a lot in the different places where you were and got a greater understanding of the gospel and how you can live it more in your life. I am truly grateful for all the gospel has done for me in my life and how it helps me to grow every single day. Keep the faith. Know that with our Savior Jesus Christ we can do all things and without him we can do nothing. Nothing is ours. Its a blessing from our Father in Heaven and I know that to be true.

Elder Hansen W.K.M.

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Week 46

So the other day we get a call form the senior missionaries over housing that they want to meet us all in the mission office to talk about some things…. That’s never a good call. So we get to the office and Elder Rose said that it was time for our apartment to get a nice revamp. So he said what we need to do is to move everything out of our house into the garage so that they can clean the apartments and paint the place. The thing is this–our house is a town home full of nothing but bunk beds for all the new and departing missionaries to sleep in when they come in and leave. So that meant that we needed to move all of those bunk beds, plus pack up all of our stuff so that we can live somewhere else for the week while they do the work. So on Friday we spent most of the day doing exactly that. We moved 7 bunk beds, 4 or 5 dressers, 4 recliners, a couch, 4 desks, and so much other stuff that were not on the list. It was quite an adventure to say the least but when it’s all done the place will be much nicer. So that was the crazy story for the week.

We also had MCL this week. (Mission Leadership Council) We went over a lot of policies that are being changed and we discussed things that they were trying to agree on for the mission from the different policies that were brought from the missionaries from the former Spokane mission. We learned about the new dress standards for the elders and sisters — it’s awesome. They are getting away from back packs and having all the missionaries get side and sholder bags. So — I need you to send me something — I need my side bag sent to me when you get the chance. I was very happy about that. If you want to know the other dress standards of the church, they are on the church’s website and you can look at it all. So there are some big changes going on in the mission.

Well we just found out that we are having what is called a mid-transfer transfer… We are both staying but some of the other missionaries in our zone are getting sent up to the north part of our mission and some of the northern missionaries are coming down here to serve.  It’s going to be really cool to see the integration.

So it sounds like everyone at home is having a blast. I hope all is well. We are seeing a lot of success here in this area and we are being very blessed in every way. We see the Lord’s hand in our lives and are so blessed to see it in the lives of so many other individuals. We are so happy to be in the mission at this exciting time for the work of the Lord. He is really pushing the work forward and we need to all understand that he needs our help. Each and every one of us. Keep the faith. Live the Gospel of Jesus Christ every day and remember that it is really all about HIM. Without Him we can do nothing.

Love Elder Hansen W.K.M.

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Week 45

Well, This week has gone by way to fast let me tell you. I really have no idea where it went. We had a lot of things to do this week. Our fourth of July was a blast that is for sure. We are so blessed to be here in Kennewick. So close to everything so we get to see and do things that most missionaries don’t get to. So we had to be in by 7 on the fourth of July and so earlier that week we got a call that President and Sister Wear still needed some help unpacking all their stuff into the mission home so us and the assistants were asked to help. We get a text thought that we are not to come in our suits, but in service clothing. So we decided that we were going to surprise the mission president by “thuggin out” all for of us came with backwards hats ready to do some work. President opened to door and just started laughing it was so funny. It was funny as well to see him in a shirt and jeans ahaha. We then started unpacking a bunch of stuff and helping him put his collection of books on the shelves in his office. He has quite a bit let me tell you. He loves reading and has read so many books. He was telling us all about how his job was working for Deseret Book and what not it was very cool. I want to get so many books to read when I get home. So after we were done helping him and his wife get all of the last few things done we asked him if he wanted to play bocce ball with us… It was a long shot, but he had never played before and he said sure. So for the rest of the night we all played bocce ball in his backyard and just talked about life. It was so awesome. We then had ice cream and brownies which were good as well. They seem to be fitting in very well and starting to get their feet underneath them. They are so much different form the Greers but the spirit is still the same and the work will still go forth. President is filled with so much love and he keeps reminding the mission that we need to remember to just be happy and teach with joy. Sometimes missionaries forget what they are doing and it becomes very robotic. He wants us to stop that right away so we are all doing better about that.

We had a baptism on Friday it was awesome!! Their names were Austin and Maddy and they are 12 and 13 years old. It was so cool because a lot of the family came to watch from out of town because the next day they were having a family reunion. Their parents are members. The mom has been her whole life but was not very active and has since come back to church. The dad was baptized about a year ago and then the two kids followed right behind them! It was so awesome because the dad was able to baptize them which was so cool to see. Then on Sunday their Grandpa confirmed them and that was really cool because most of the family was there as well. Then the next thing you know after the sacrament a member of the stake Presidency said he had a one more thing to do. They then released the 2nd counselor and they called their grandpa to be the new one to take his place. The family had no idea it was so cool to see their reaction. It was a good Sunday also because president decided to come to his own ward it was so funny. The ward was talking about putting them on the focus family list because he didn’t come to his “home” ward the first week they were there. He was so happy to see the confirmation and he was noting but smiles.

Things sound like you had a wonderful time at the cabin. Paul sounds like he was him normal self as usual. I wish I could of seen that. Next time…. So I hope Maddie has a good time at efy. Tell her to take advantage of this spiritual experience. Feast upon that time of spiritual growth. Don’t get caught up too much in the throws of cows (Crush of the Week) and dumb drama and really learn what it means to live this gospel. What the gospel really is and how you can grow and progress and endure to the end.

Well thats all the time I have. Love you all

Elder Hansen WKM

 
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Posted by on July 9, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Week 44

The changing of the guard is complete! President and Sister Wear are here and ready to work. They flew in on Thursday and let me tell you they looked just as green as the new missionaries that come in each transfer hahah. It was awesome to see his excitement for the work. We were actually the first missionaries to meet them because of my sneaky companion. We ate lunch with Elder Cockerham one of the office senior elders who likes to take us out to lunch and Elder Paxman was able to get some key information from him. The sad thing was I was not even aware of what he was doing. He somehow got out of Elder Cockerham all the info he needed to know of when President and Sister Wear were coming. We found out that their flight was delayed by 45 minutes and that they will be running a little late all day. After lunch we went and helped some of the sisters in the zone paint their new apartment that they were moving into and then went and did some finding… apparently over by the mission home… Elder Paxman had this all down to a science. We were there around 12:45 or so and there was actually a potential investigator that lived right down the street from their house. They weren’t home so Elder Paxman was looking in the area book for the next person to try. About 3 minutes later or so guess who comes pulling around the corner. The Greers and the Wears and they saw us right away because we drive a 12 passenger van everywhere. They pulled over and got out. President Wear jumped out of the car and ran up and gave us both a big hug and shook our hands and then Sister Wear came as well. He was so very excited to see us and President Greer talked about how awesome we were to him.  Which was a lie, but anyways. He was so happy and then they needed to go. So we said our goodbyes and and before they left I asked if there was anything we could do for them. He quickly responded, “No, because I don’t have a clue what to do myself right now!” It was so funny.  Then he said, shaking my hand very rapidly kind of like Elder Calhoon from The Best Two Years,  “just Go Find Teach Baptize and Convert!!!!!”  and then sent us on our way. It was so funny. Later that night when the Assistants came home they gave us so much crap about how we totally snaked their opportunity to meet him first it was really funny. Apparently later that day Sister Wear was in tears at the mission office because she was so overwhelmed with things that she needed to do and didn’t know how to do it. So please pray for them both as they try to take over an entire mission.

So I got the shirts!! They were awesome thanks so much for them. Just in time too because it decided to get really hot this week. They fit just fine and they are just what I needed.  But I don’t need any more candy.  I am so sick of any and all food ever.

Sounds like your week at Girl’s Camp was a success. I am glad everyone enjoyed it. I hope they had a good testimony building experience. That is what it is all about. Well my time is short.  Thanks so much for all that you do.

Love Elder Hansen WKM

 
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Posted by on July 2, 2013 in Uncategorized