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Week 60

What a week it has been. We have had quite a busy week. We are in full swing preparing for Zone Conference, Elder Ballard Conference and two stake coordination meetings. We are very excited to have an Apostle of the Lord come to our mission. It will be quite an awesome experience.

To answer your question:  Yes! I got the package. It was really funny. The kids are enjoying the Halloween toys and other things inside.

So a little update on our investigator on date for baptism for the 26th. We have seen so many miracles from this awesome man. He has quit smoking and has been building his faith every day. So the other day we were calling and getting the program all ready for his baptism and we go to schedule the building and low and behold it is booked all weekend because of the Elder Ballard Conference. He is going to be in meetings all day. So we had to push the date back to the 29th because that was the next available day. He was okay with that so we are still planning on a baptism. Elder Hatch, Miles and I are having a grand old time. We are working hard and trying to work with members the best that we can. We are seeing so many members step up to the plate and inviting their neighbors to do things. Whether it be on a church tour, or a lesson or just to go to the different harvest parties that are going on here in the wards, members are doing an awesome job with that.

Sounds like Ella had an awesome birthday. Disneyland is always a good choice. I bet it was all decked out for the halloween season.

So we have a funny baptismal story to tell you. So I think I told you about the kid in our ward that finally got permission from his dad to get baptized. Well the baptism was last night. We were asked to give the prayer and also to help with the confirmation. So we get there and everyone is waiting for the meeting to start. The meeting finally starts and the program gets to the talk about baptism. Well, the person who was going to be giving the talk was not there yet. They were running late. So the first counselor in the bishopric looks around and then decides that he will give an impromptu talk on baptism. So it ended up being really good. But everyone was calling under their breath for the missionaries to come up and give the talk. We started looking at each other and then the counselor got up instead. That was a sigh of relief. Then came the baptism. It took a while for the grandpa who was doing the baptism to say his name right. He had been named after his father who is Muslim so he had a different name. It was funny. Then the conformation went well. The whole experience to me was just really funny. Everyone was scrambling around frantically trying to get everything right at the last minute. Over all it was a good baptism.

So to end off today we have a good story. So a few weeks ago we were trying by some potential investigators in an apartment complex. We decided that if they didn’t answer we would knock on the door to the left and to the right so that we could talk to more people. So a door didn’t open so we walked over and knocked on a door to the right. A guy answered the door and said that he knew who we were. His wife was a member of our church and he felt bad that he had not supported her in her church. He said that we could come back another time when she was home. So a few days ago we stopped by. They were both home, the let us in and we started to get to know them. She talked about how she is a member but when she got to college she went less active and then never really came back. We talked about that and then showed them a Mormon message on the restoration of the gospel by L. Tom Perry. After the message, the spirit was really strong. We asked what they thought and felt as they watched it. With tears in her eyes, she said that she wanted to go back to church. She was feeling the spirit so strong. Her husbanded then to be funny said that it made him want to go to his church. We knew he was looking for a response, but Elder Miles talked about how we can be unified in the gospel no matter what church we go to. He was a little surprised about that. We then invited them to come on a church tour so that they could take one step closer to going to church. We kept talking about the book of Mormon and other things like that. The thing that topped it all off was at the very end we realized something. When we first walked in, they were sitting on opposite sides of the couch. By the end of the lesson they were sitting together in the middle of the couch holding hands. I saw that and the thought came into my mind of when President Monson, while he was a bishop, got a call later at night for a fighting couple. He then felt impressed the next day to take that couple to a sealing session. By the end they had put their differences aside and remembered what brought them together in the first place. Then the thought came to my mind that I needed to point out the unity the gospel just brought to their family.  So I said, “I hope this isn’t weird, but when we came in you were both sitting on the other side of the couch, but now look how you are sitting. I know that the gospel brings family closer together and will bring happiness into your life.” The spirit was there. It was awesome. She came to church yesterday. I was so happy to see her there. She also came to the church tour a few days prier to that. What a Miracle.

Love Elder Hansen

 

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Posted by on October 26, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Week 59

So —  this week has been nothing short of out of control in so many different ways. So about 2 Sundays ago we had a lady come up to us in church and say that she wanted us to come and teach and baptize her 8 year old granddaughter. We said that we gladly would teach her. At the time we just thought that she wanted us to teach her the lessons before she got baptized so that she would be ready. We do that with a lot of child of record baptism because the parents want them to understand a little better what they are committing to and things along those lines. So later that week we went over and started teaching her the lessons. Well come to find out that when she was born she was never blessed and her dad was not a member and her mom had been removed from the church long before that so she would be considered a convert baptism! We were really surprised ha. So we taught her all about the church and went through the lessons. It was fun to teach her, she was really shy, but loved it when we came over. When we first started teaching her she said that she wanted to be baptized on the 12th of October. We laughed and yet were ready for the challenge. So we found her, taught her and baptized her in a week and a half. What an entrance we made into the new ward we are covering ha ha. Good times were had by all. So yesterday at the conformation we were asked to take part as her uncle performed the blessing. After it was all over she stood up in front of the ward and gave Elder Hatch and I a huge hug. Ha the ward started to laugh and a few awwws were heard from the crowd. It was an awesome experience.

So later that day, we were sitting in a sacrament meeting and one of the teachers form the other ward came and sat down next to Elder Hatch and just started talking with him. We have made a fun friendship with this teacher and his twin brother. They are a little on the crazy side, but they are good kids none the less. So it was funny when he came in and just sat down by us towards the end of the meeting. He was talking to Elder Hatch about some things. Something about teacher stuff. They had just turned 14 a few days before and were getting ordained. So the teacher was talking to Elder Hatch and then all of a sudden a light bulb clicked in Elder Hatch’s mind as he pieced together what he was asking. He was asking if we could come and ordain him and his brother to the office of a teacher. Ha so next thing we know we are in the bishop’s office ordaining them to the office of a teacher. They are funny kids and we felt really special doing that. The reason that we did it is because their dad is not a member of the church. So that was a funny story.

So our investigator is getting closer to baptism. We are working with him to quit smoking and he is doing an awesome job. We have a program that the mission has that the church has put together to help people kick the habit. It’s meant for everyone so I should send a copy of it so that dad can take a look at it. It’s good. The missionaries who have used it and the person that does the program each day for 7 days has been able to quit smoking all together. We are seeing that happen with Luis as well. We are so blessed.  He is doing so many amazing things and we are so happy to be a part of something so special to him. He is still on date for the 26th of this month so we are praying all the time that he will be able to make it to that date. We know he can do it. We feel so much love for him and his family. He came to church yesterday as well. We were so happy to see him there feeling the strength that the spirit gives him for going to church.

So speaking of the 26th of October. We found out on Saturday who is coming to speak to us. It will be Elder M. Russell Ballard!!! We are very excited. Elder Hatch and I have a grand plan of getting him to come to our baptism later that night. I hope he can come. hahah How awesome would that be. We are all preparing to be taught by an apostle of the Lord.

We had a cool experience of teaching the youth at mutual last week how to teach the restoration to the family they are going to be having dinner with for their “missionary experience”.  I love teaching the youth. They actually like to answer the questions and participate and never take the lesson into some sketchy deep doctrine stuff like teaching adults. It was a lot of fun for me. It just reconfirmed the desire I have to be a seminary teacher. That would be the best job ever. Working with the youth is the best.

Well it sounds like everything is going well at home. Happy Birthday to Ella. You will be one year older and wiser too! Have fun at Disneyland for me. Maddy, you have no need to worry. God truly has a plan for you. You may not see it now, but you will as you follow the promptings. There is no need to worry because either one of those schools are going to be good for you and help you grow more spiritually.

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Posted by on October 16, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Week 58

Where to begin…. What a blessing it was to be able to be instructed by the Lord’s chosen servants. I am still overwhelmed by all that was shared at General Conference. I am still digesting all that was said, but a few that stick out to me at the moment that I really liked was Elder Maynes of the 70. I don’t know if I was a little biased because I have been able to hear from him in person and how he works very closely with us in this area or if his talk really spoke to me. I really like how he touched on how conversion is a process and how we need to understand that it is in the daily process of building up our spiritual stamina that we truly gain conversion. That was something that I really needed to hear.  I struggle at times with the growing. I get impatient and continually beat myself up over that. So it was something I needed to hear.  I loved every minute of conference. I was sad when it was over. We watched 3 of the 4 sessions at the church and one with a member family. It was good to have it at members homes, but Elder Hatch and I both agreed that we like it better at the church. The spirit feels so much stronger and there are way less distractions. I also really liked Elder Christofferson’s address. He did an awesome job yet they were all really good. I can’t quite decide yet which I like the most. I know that these men are truly inspired of God. They have been chosen and set apart by His priesthood authority. There is no other organization like it. This is Christ’s Church and I invite everyone who does not know this for themselves to find that out. I know where we came from, why we are here on the earth and where we are going after we die. We can gain all of this knowledge by reading the Book of Mormon and studying it out in our minds and then praying and asking God if this is real. I know you can receive an answer for yourself.

We have seen so many awesome things happen this week. We had a really cool experience to be part of a fireside for the Meadow Springs Ward. The ward mission in the ward organized this thing called the teaching experience. They found 6 or so non member families that were willing, for the sake of helping the youth, be taught the restoration by full time missionaries as the youth sit and observe the lesson be taught so that the youth could learn and see how it was done to better prepare themselves for their missions. It was so cool to be a part of that. The spirit was so strong and we truly got to see the spirit really work with the non member families we taught. We commited them to really read the Book of Mormon and ask God if it was true and they all accepted. We hope they really do. We are planning on going back sometime next week to see if they have had a chance to do so. We heard that it was a good experience for all that were involved with the fireside and the youth really loved it. One of the priests we take out with us sometimes came up to us after and said it was way better then tracting hahah. He loved tracting with us, but now he has seen a good lesson and wants to have more of those instead.

We also had MLC (Mission Leadership Council) on Friday. This meeting was a big step in the right direction.  As part of MLC we have a time where we set some goals for the mission. I did not really like this part all that much to be honest. It was full of contention and too many of the “I think” instead of what the Lord wants for us. As a mission we have had a hard time hitting our goals since the formation of the new mission. We have been spending a lot of time over what is keeping us from our goals. What we learned on Friday was that we needed to be more unified as a mission. In the throws of discussion one of the Sisters in the meeting said some things that we all needed to hear. She said that in order to hit our goal we need to be so much more unified with the what we set as a goal. She said there was so much contention in this room it is impossible for us to get anywhere without the proper spirit. We then all decieded that we needed to stop and say a prayer. After the prayer we all sat quietly and then from companionship to companionship something amazing happened. Almost every single one of us said they felt the same number for our baptismal goal for the month of October. It is 45. We all realized that we need to stop doing what we thought was going to help the mission, but what the Lord needs us to accomplish and will help us provide a way. One of my thoughts was of course leave it to the sisters to set us where we need to be.

We have also seen some awesome things latley. We have had three awesome experences with some of our investigators this week. We have had different members come up to us and say hey, I have a friend who is ready to be baptized. It was so cool to go over and start teaching these children of God. We are so excited to be members of the church and to be missionaries at this time. We pray each day for the ablility to see the miracles that happen each day and I testify that they do. He is out in front leading the way.

Love Elder Hansen. WKM

 
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Posted by on October 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Week 57

Well we had a temple trip today! That is why we didn’t get to email yesterday! I love the temple. I wish we could go a lot more on the mission. I guess that is something that I will get to do more of when the time comes. So it sounds like everyone is doing well in California. It sounds like Alison and Morgan are doing quite well and love spending time with their grandma… It’s kind of weird to say that.

So Washington is awesome. The weather is changing drastically and I don’t know how I feel about that. The leaves are falling and changing color and it looks like fall is officially here. The work is moving forward. We have been getting to know the new ward that was added to the area that we cover. It’s fun because they have had sister missionaries for a long time in that ward and now the elders are back everyone was very excited to meet us. They have lots of ideas and a great drive and desire to do missionary work.

We are very excited for the end of October and here is why. We received a voice-mail from president saying that on October 26 we will be having a member of the quorum of the twelve apostles coming to meet with us!!! We don’t know who it is yet, but the whole mission will be down here in Kennewick WA. I would love to see any of them to be honest. Some people are really wanting Elder Bednar or Elder Holland. We will see. We are all praying to prepare to sit at the feet of an apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ.

We had such an awesome week with our little visa waiter. His name is Elder Ogden and he was waiting for his visa to Denmark. He was 18 and is so prepared to share the gospel with the world. They came here last Tuesday and the next day they found out that they received their visa and they flew out this morning. It was fun to have language study. I picked up a little Danish which was awesome. It’s a very weird language but apparently it’s easier to learn than Spanish because there are only two different cogitations. They speak with the back of their throat. It was cool. We were sad to see him go, but we know that they are needed there and not here.

I can’t believe the ward kind of changed. It’s weird to think that, but if there is one thing that I have learned is the doctrine of sustaining your leaders! What is important to the stake president better be just as important to you as it is to him. So help welcome the new families and do all that you can to follow our leaders and more importantly the Lord Jesus Christ. This gospel is real. I know that for a fact. I know that when we feast upon the word of Christ, Learn, Understand and Apply his teachings we WILL find happiness. I know that there is no happiness outside of the Plan of Happiness. I am so grateful for that. I know that the Book of Mormon is true. I know that we need to feed the fire of our faith and read it each day to continue to have a testimony. It needs to be a daily process. It needs to be something that you treat as sacred and MAKE time out of every day you have to study the scriptures. Feed the Flame of your Faith each day.

We are working with a man who is really prepared to receive the restored gospel. He is on date for the 26th of this month. We are hoping we can convince the apostle to come to his baptism later that day. How awesome would that be!! He is married to a member, she hasn’t been able to get to church in a while, but we are helping them come to church and get back into the gospel. So we are counting down to general conference. Its like super bowl Sunday for missionary work. We can’t wait and are preparing as much as we can to relieve instruction from the Lord’s chosen Servants.

I am so grateful for this gospel. I can see the blessings that come from living it faithfully. Keep true to the covenants we have made. I know that is where we truly receive our strength.

Elder Hansen WKM

 
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Posted by on October 1, 2013 in Uncategorized