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Week 56

Sounds like everyone is having a good time at home. I am glad to see that Emma and Grandma are enjoying their time in the Golden State of California. I bet the weather is awesome. I sure do miss it. We had a crazy storm about a week ago! It was nice and warm here and the sun shined everywhere, but now after the storm blew over it has been getting a lot colder. I don’t like it one bit. I want it to stay summer all year round. This storm was the craziest storm I have ever seen. Our area is at the base of a “mountain”. The storm came over the “mountain” and blew dust everywhere to start so that it was almost pitch black outside. I kind of related it to when the Nephites had darkness for three days after the death of Jesus Christ. And then came the rain and the most lightning and thunder I have ever seen. It was out of control and it was striking everywhere. We still pressed forward hoping not to get killed as we continued with our missionary work. We received our transfer called on Saturday. We are both staying which we are really happy about, but we are going to be receiving a visa waiter. So it will be interesting to see how all of this goes down with all of our responsibilities as well as making sure we are good parents to our new child. We are excited none the less and really have no idea when he will get his visa to head off to his mission. Anyways, we are seeing a lot of good things come about for the big influx of missionaries.

So funny story for you mom. We had a meeting with President Ware and the whole Kennewick Stake Presidency and High Council. It was similar to the other stake meeting we had last week. So we did our things — it was an awesome meeting. Then Elder Hatch and I went to do something after the meeting at the church and then we are walking back to our car. We then see President Ware on the phone calling his wife for something. We then hear him say “oh wait they are still here maybe I can get a ride with them.” He asked if he could get a ride to the hospital where Sister Ware was visiting a missionary who was really sick. He only has one car and his wife had it at the hospital. We laughed and said we would love to give you a ride. So here Elder Hatch and I were driving down the road and in our 12 passenger van that we drive everywhere with President Ware, who insisted on sitting in the back, on our way to the hospital. We pull out of the parking lot of the church and head down the road. We then see a few blocks ahead a DQ sign. President loves DQ and insisted on us stopping for a quick treat. So we pick up some Blizzards and head on our way. We are just joking and laughing and having a good old time over to the hospital. The story would be funnier if you knew the kind of person President is. He is like a big lovable kid. You just feel the love that he has for us. It was awesome. Well that is all the time I have today. We gots to get running.

Elder Hansen WKM

 
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Posted by on September 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Week 55

Hello from Washington!

This week Elder Hatch and I have been discussing the productivity of our area that we are serving in. We have decided that everyone on our teaching pool except for one family needs to be dropped and we need to have more faith to find the people that are really ready to accept this gospel. We are really trying to use the ward members in everything that we do so that we can find the people that are ready and already have a friend to help them through the process of accepting the gospel.

We had the coolest opportunity this week to attend a meeting with the Kennewick East Stake. It was a meeting with the Stake President, his counselors and also all of the bishops in the stake. Our role in this meeting was to take them all on a tour of the church building. This is something we have really been focused on as a mission. Our goal is to take all the members on these tours so that when we have investigators come, the members will come and they will be ready. It’s really awesome. So here Elder Hatch and I are, sitting in a room with Priesthood Keys flying everywhere, then showing them around the church. It was kind of intimidating and really awesome at the same time. After the tours the Stake President the committed each of the Bishops in that meeting to find someone that the missionaries can then take on these tours and set up an appointment with them within two weeks! It was awesome. We are excited to see the blessings and miracles that we see as we keep doing what the Lord directs. We will have the same meeting this week with the Kennewick Stake.

If there is one thing that I love about being a missionary is the opportunity we get in serving at any and all hours of the day. We are so blessed to see all the things that come from that as well. We are striving to find new and different ways to serve here. I see the joy that follows and I have gained a testimony that we are truly serving God when we serve our fellow men. I know that to be true. I have always drawn strength from the Mormon Message “Hope You Know We are Having a Hard Time.” This message always pops into my head when we hit a roadblock along the way in our missionary life. It’s always something to think about when life gets hard. Serve others and we will see the amazing things happen. The Lord will pick us up and help us achieve everything He wants us to accomplish, not what we think we need to accomplish.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is real. I know that to be true. I also know that everything in this life was made possible by the Atonement. I love in the scriptures how Jesus teaches his apostles this simple but powerful doctrine. “Without Me, ye can do nothing.” I know that this is true. I also know that it’s something that we all need to internalize. We need to learn and rely on the things that He teaches and understand that He made it possible for us to receive all that the Father has. That is what this life is all about. I have learned that when we keep in mind His plan everything else that might get in the way of living his gospel vanish in an instant.

Mom, thanks for the jam. It was really good. I am grateful for the things that you do for me each day. I feel the prayers and see the blessings that come to our family each and every day as I serve the Lord.

Love Elder Hansen W.K.M

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Week 54

Meetings, Meetings, and more meetings this week but is sure has been fun. We have had lots of things to do this last week and we are trying to get it all done and teach all the people we have to see it was quite an adventure to say the least. We had MLC this week which happens on the first weekend of every month. It’s always nice to see what the mission is doing well on and what are the ways that we can improve as a mission as we set goals and make plans to help each person receive the restored gospel.

Today I was searching and studying about Charity and Service. Something that I learned from the spirit is from the scripture in Matthew Chapter 22:36-40. Jesus was asked what is the greatest commandment that we need to follow. He then answers that we must first love the Lord thy God with all of thy heart. Then we must love our neighbor as thyself. Most people stop quoting this scripture after that, but what I love is in verse 40. He teaches that upon these two laws all the laws and teachings of Him, or the prophets, hang in the balance. I was thinking a lot about this scripture. I learned that any and all of these laws were made out of charity and love from our Heavenly Father to help His children come unto him and become just like him. If anyone teaches or does these things after vain ambition or for the wrong reason, the law, and the teachings formed, will eventually crumble and fall. They are not meant for the salvation of man, but for the greed of wicked men. This helped me better understand the scripture that states that charity is the first thing that we need. We need it to teach by the spirit and to be able to get His work done. We need charity, I know that to be true.

We had a very funny experience yesterday. We were going around to different members homes to set up church tours with members of the congregation. We stopped by a family who had been on my mind since we had woken up this morning. So after Stake Conference we went and stopped by their house. They let us right in and we started to get to know the family a little more and we told them about these church tours we were doing. They got really excited! They were wanting to know about all of the people that we were teaching and they wanted us to get a hold of them right then and there and invite them over for dinner that night!! We were really caught of guard. We then told them that the investigator that we were planning on bringing to dinner was sick and so they would not be able to come. The family set up another time for them to have dinner with them and asked about the church tour again. We told them what it was all about and they were so excited they wanted to do it right then and there. We were so dumbfounded by how excited they were to do missionary work. They all started running upstairs to get their church clothes on and started pushing out the door to get the church tour set up! It was so funny and yet an amazing experience because we had been praying to find the members ready to do missionary work… I guess we found our answer.

Well that all I have time for today! I love you all. Thanks for all that you do and the support and prayers that you send my way.

Love Elder Hansen

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Week 53

So the other day we were walking in an apartment complex looking for a man by the name of Steve. We had discovered Steve from a potential investigators sheet and he was interested in the addiction recovery program because apparently he was trying to get over some addictions and really needed help. So a few weeks ago we had finally made contact with him and he expressed some interest and told us to stop by another time when he had a little more time. So we had tried by quite a bit looking for him and he was no where to be found. So anyways we were walking through this apartment complex heading up to his house and this little 6 year old girl comes right up to us from out of no where and asks “what you looking for” we both paused because it was kind of random and said that we were looking for Steve. She then said “oh I know where Steve is you can just follow me!”¬†We were a little skeptical about following her because she was like 6 and we thought that she would have no idea who we were talking about. She then insisted on us following her and so we both looked at each other and then at the girl and just started following her. She led us around a lot of buildings and then around another corner and low and behold there was Steve sitting outside of his friend’s house. We were able to talk to him for a little bit and he said that we can stop by on Sunday. It was so cool. If we just would have gone up to his house and he would have not been home and we would have not been able to see him. Heavenly Father provided a way, a very interesting way, but none the less a way to get his work done. What a cool experience that was.

This week has been a good one that is for sure. Elder Hatch and I are having a lot of fun together and are doing a lot of good work done as well. We are constantly seeing miracles all of the time. We are really trying to focus on working with the members of the church to find people to teach. We are striving to help them in anyway to have stronger testimonies of this gospel so that they are more willing and able to be better missionaries to their friends. We are seeing the fruits of our labors — it is awesome.

So here is a story about how I will go and do the things the Lord commands for Abby.

We had arranged to do a church tour with one of our investigators. We went about showing the church building to her and what not and we had arranged to show her the baptismal font last. We show her the font and talk to her about the different things it represents and what not. Elder Hatch and I had not planned on putting her on date for baptism, but I had a prompting that we needed to do so. I got the prompting and was a little caught of guard because we didn’t plan for it, but I had the faith that Heavenly Father would provide the way for me to do that. We kept talking and then I saw the moment that I needed to and I committed her to baptism. She accepted with an open heart and a willingness to do the things that she needed to do. It was a good experience. One I will never forget because I followed the sprit without question. I know it was the right thing to do.

One last thing I have learned this week is that when seeking revelation we need to have a few different plans of how to accomplish something or even make a decision about how or what we need to do and then take them or that decision to the Lord. I learned that we can’t just be faced with little decisions and ask Heavenly Father to always point us the right way. He wants us to use our agency and act and always look for his guiding hand. I love this gospel so much. Our Savior lives and I know that to be true. Keep looking for direction from Heavenly Father with the trials that he puts in our path. He will always lead in the right way no matter how big the mountain might be.

Love Elder Hansen

 
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Posted by on September 5, 2013 in Uncategorized