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Week 64

Hello from Richland,

Elder Heldt and I have had a very good week and a lot of very spiritual experiences, but first I am so happy to see that Jeff is really doing awesome and has found a fellowship. I can’t believe Alison is going to live up there. She and the cold don’t get along that well ha. It’s also cool to see the family grow and progress. I am very excited to see what life has for the younger sisters as well. When does Maddie start applying for school and what not. She has no need to worry about getting in to BYU because there is no one there anymore. Everyone left on a mission so they are taking just about everyone. It also sounds like everything at home is normal. So by the looks of it everyone and their dog knows about the move. I have already received some letters about it. I hope everyone is taking it okay.

I am glad to see that you got Sister Ostlers email. Yes, they are an awesome family and they have three boys still at home with them. They are really good kids and they are really fun to be around. Yeah, Christmas in a home might be nice. We will see. To be honest Christmas is just another day here in the mission. You just spend the whole time with members of the wards. Oh about the missionaries and the dinner. They will live. That has happened to us a bunch of times and so they will be fine. It’s sometimes nice not to have a dinner. You get to go home and have something simple and get everything in order for the rest of the night.

We are teaching some really awesome families. We are setting goals to have all of these people baptized and I feel like I am praying for them all of the time. I really love my mission. It’s crazy to think how fast it’s going. I just received an email from my roommate Jake who is serving in Russia. He goes home in 3 weeks. It’s crazy really. He will be the first and then a few more will follow and then it will all be over. But I still have plenty of time and I am happy about that. Lots of time left to serve the Lord and help him with his work.  The work of salvation.

We had MLC (Mission Leadership Conference) this last week. It was an awesome meeting. We learned a lot. I feel like I am always learning something new each day. President Ware taught about how we need to have a higher expectation. We need to have more faith and trust that He will help us get His work done. We are seeing some amazing things in the stake. We received news a few weeks ago that we are having another mission tour this week. Elder Kent Richards of the 70 is coming this week to meet with us. We are so blessed to have another general authority come and speak to us. Elder Heldt and I are being blessed to be able to meet with him on three separate occasions this week. Let me tell you everyone in the tri-cities are going crazy on missionary work. All of the ward leaders here are on fire. They are starting to really feel the fire and are excited to go out with us and help us with any and all the needs we have. They are trying as hard as they can to find people for us to teach.

We were called the other day by some members in the ward and they had a friend there that had a family member in the hospital that needed a blessing. We told them that we could go and help. So we drove down to the hospital in downtown Richland and we met the member family. They took us to the ICU unit. So this was my first time going to the hospital to give a blessing and what an experience it was. I can tell you that being a missionary in a hospital is an amazing experience. Elder Heldt and I both felt that the veil was very thin. We both knew that there was more then just us in that building. Comforting, Helping, Loving and watching over. We could literally feel it. We were both tearing up the whole time. As we were heading up to the ICU Unit we met another member who asked when we were done with the one blessing if we could go a few doors down to visit with her husband. We of course agreed to do so. So we walk into the first room and met the family — they were awesome. We gave the woman a blessing who had not woken up form an intensive surgery. The spirit was very strong. Tears were flowing all through the room. It was amazing. We then went down the hall and met the next family. It was a man who had failing kidneys and some other issues. He was awake and was so happy to see us there. He lives in Hermiston just on the other side of the River in Oregon. We talked with him for a while and then he and his wife asked for a blessing. We were happy to give them one. We then visited for a little while longer and then they got word that he was going to be moved to a room on another floor because he had become stable. He and we were happy about that. So on our way out we got stopped by some members of the family who we had given the first blessing to. They wanted a blessing as well. So we found a nice quite room and helped them. It was awesome. Elder Heldt and I both went out of that experience with an added testimony of the power of the priesthood. We were taken back at how God truly watches over everyone in this life. He loves each and every one of us. We are so blessed to be part of this plan. We all are. It’s an amazing experience I hope I will never forget.

Well, I think thats all I have for this week. I love you all.

Elder Hansen.

Oh and mom. I guess I have thought of a few more things for christmas. A watch. The watch I have is awesome, but the band keeps breaking so I am just going to wait until I get home to get it fixed with the right band.

 

Spencer and the Mission Leadership Council. The couple in the middle are his mission president and the mission president’s wife.

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Posted by on November 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Week 63

Hello from Richland.

It’s good over here so far. I am serving with Elder Heldt. He is from SLC. He is the biggest Utes fan I have ever met in my life, but it doesn’t bother me. I don’t really care all that much about that to be honest. We live with members and they are really cool. I think she is going to be sending a picture to you because she took one of us this morning. We are working with a lot of cool investigators so the more I get to know the area the more detailed the emails will come.

I can’t believe that dad got released. I thought it was going to be later in the month. Sounds like there are a lot tears flowing at home right now in many different ways. So many changes going on it’s crazy. Keep on following the commandments and I know everything will work out just fine.

So the moccasins are just for around the house. To keep my feet warm as I study and what not. I think I should be good for warm clothing.

Its been tough not being able to see Luis and the gang, but I know they are under good care with Elder Hatch. He was Micky mouse for like 4 years apparently. He loved the job. Disney loved him as well because he fit the mold so well.

Our mission does go all the way up to the border. It’s crazy big now. Yet the farthest  north I have been is Pasco…. So yeah I don’t really know what it is like up north.

So the first day I got here to my new area, Elder Heldt asked if I sang. I told him that I do a little bit but I am not very good. He then went on to tell me that we were singing in sacrament meeting for a going away talk for a missionary leaving later this week. Talk about getting thrown into that one. It ended up being really good. I like the song that we sang and the message was good as well. Everyone in the ward really liked it as well. So it was a good introduction to the ward. The bishops here are really ready to get the work going in their wards. We are really excited to see how we can assist them in that desire. I know we will be able to get the work done as we all become unified and work together.

Elder Heldt is an awesome missionary. He works so hard and he has the biggest heart I have every seen. I am going to learn so much form him. More then he thinks I will. He and I had a really good lesson the other day with an investigator named Me-el. He is awesome — he has a lot of deep rooted concerns, but we are praying each day that he will be able to understand how prayer will bless his life. I know that if he truly does this, he will see the Lord’s hand in his life. I am sorry this email isn’t very long. I am still getting to know the place and get my feet wet so next week will be better for sure.

If there is one thing I have come to learn this week, is that prayer really does work. I already knew this, but I have learned it on such a deeper level. I  am so grateful for the blessing of prayer.

So to wrap this all up I would like share one more thought. I am so grateful for my dad and all that he has done for me. I am grateful for the many sacrifices that he has made and the example that he has set for me. I always think to myself that if I could in some way shape or form be like my dad in the way that he serves and loves the people he is around, I would be able to help everyone accept this gospel. So I love dad. Thanks for all the things you have done for me. The many hours of patience and love you have spent raising me in the gospel.

Love Elder Hansen WKM

 

Message from Delene:

Your son lives in our home with his companion, Elder Heldt. They were trying to find computers to email you today. Since it’s a holiday of course the libraries are closed. If they could use mine, I’d gladly let them, but it’s against mission rule, and these two are not rule breakers!

So as they left I snapped this picture. You might not hear from them today, but they’re doing great. They’re trying to get into the family history library to use those computers. I hope they succeed.

Delene Ostler

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Posted by on November 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Week 62

What a week. We have had a lot of things happen.

So the baptism. It was a wonderful baptism and the spirit was strong. Very Strong. If there was one thing I have gained a testimony of it has been how there is truly power in the ordinances because it was there for sure. Luis was very excited to get baptized. He and his wife came and also his wive’s dad showed up as well. We were really happy to see him. We just casually asked if he wanted to come with Luis to church on Sunday. He responded and said that he didn’t have any nice clothing to wear, we told him you can wear whatever you want no one cares what you come in. It was cool to see him there. It was the first time in 40 years since he stepped into any church. It was cool to see him enjoy the services. So anyways Luis asked if I would be the one to baptize him and also to confirm him as a member of the church. So I felt very special that he asked me. It was an awesome service as well. So after the baptism as we were changing I asked him how he felt. At first he said he felt warm, then after thinking about it for a while, he said, I feel very refreshed. It was awesome. He then decided that he wanted to share his testimony with everyone at the baptism.  He gets up and he starts talking about how his whole life he was looking for something. He was looking for that thing that would bring him the things that he was looking for. He then bore testimony of how he has finally found what he was looking for. That thing that could change his heart and help him be at peace with himself and God. He was on the verge of tears the whole time. I knew he was feeling the spirit testify to him as well as to all of us in the room how important that decision was. It was so awesome — something I pray I will never forget.

We also had a really good lesson on Monday with another investigator. She has been taught by missionaries for a while, but has not been able to get baptized because of a Word of Wisdom issue. She has tried to quit but it has not worked simply because she did not truly understand the Word of Wisdom. We retaught her the Word of Wisdom and come to find out the missionaries had not really done a good job truly explaining what it was. When we retaught it she was ready to give it a try. We walked over to her house and she gave us all her coffee. That is one of my favorite parts of my mission is when investigators give us things so that it does not become an issue. She came to church on Sunday and told us that she was going strong still and had not had coffee since. She is going to be baptized on the 9th of this month. Hopefully that all will go great.

We were able to go to a really awesome meeting. We were invited to go to a Bishopric meeting in the Kennewick East Stake. We were asked to teach them the message of the Restoration out of the pamphlets. It was really intimidating to be honest. We did a role play with one of the bishops and he took on the role of one of his friends. We taught. The spirit was there. We all then discussed how we need to have each family in the stake have the missionaries teach this lesson doing the same thing. When Elder Ballard came he talked about how we need to be teaching the members as well as investigators this amazing message to help them with their missionary effort. It’s going to be a good chance to find more people to teach through the members. The Kennewick East Stake president is really on fire with this missionary work we are really excited to see the good things that come from it.

So I guess to wrap this all up I am getting transferred. I am going over to Richland. Very bitter sweet moment when I found out on Saturday. I love this area a lot and the members are really awesome. I am sad to leave but am excited to get moved to a new area where I can help other people. I know I am needed there and will do my best to help out anyway that I can. I know that this is the Lord’s work. He is at the head and we really cannot do this without him. I know that to be true. This is the work of salvation.

Love Elder Hansen WKM

Here are some pictures from the baptism. It was so awesome. Oh so funny story. We were talking to Luis and he said that he worked for Disney for a while. He was the Mickey Mouse for 4 years at Disney World. He also said that any picture you see of Mickey Mouse on top of the Epcot center, that is him. He also was the Mickey Mouse that cut the ribbon to open up Disneyland China. Then he was pummeled by a ton of little Asian kids. What a funny story.

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Oh and I forget to tell you about our Halloween experience. We were taken out to dinner at 5 by some members in the Meadow Springs ward. It was awesome. We were asked to be in by 6pm. So when we got home we did some weekly planning and then watched “The Testaments.”  A classic for sure. We only got 2 trick or treaters. We gave them candy, but other then that it was a really mellow night. We even got to go to bed early. That was nice to get some extra sleep. We also went to the Meadow Springs Harvest Party where we were asked to be the judges for all of the corn bread. I don’t want any more corn bread the rest of my life. It was so much food. What I have learned is that I don’t like really dry corn bread. I don’t like it when they put sun dried tomato in it as well. It’s good if it’s moist and normal. We all decided on the one that we liked and sent it in. We were so full we didn’t even want any chilli because we had no more room. It was a good Halloween

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Week 61

Well…. this has been a crazy week to say the least. We had a zone conference, 2 stake correlation meetings, and a huge mission conference oh and to top it all off 2 primary programs — my favorite. Things could not have been better though.

So here are some of my take aways from the meeting with Elder M. Russell Ballard, Richard J. Maynes and Elder Rissinmay our area 70.

So Elder Rissinmay started and he talked about our purpose as missionaries and told a really cool story about how he and his companion were in a blizzard and knocked on one more door. They met a man who did not believe in God at all. He was a survivor at Auschwitz concentration camp. He could not believe in a God after the things that he saw and went through. They taught about how he is real and invited him to read the Book of Mormon. He said he would and told them to come back 2 weeks later. He did, and he knew that it was true and wanted to be baptized. Many years later when he was on an assignment they made an arrangement to meet this man. He was still active, ever grateful for what they had done for him and was currently working in a temple in Germany. He talked about how we always need to just talk to that one last person or knock on that last door. It was awesome — the spirit was there.

We then heard from Elder Maynes. He was so funny. They all were really. They were cracking jokes left and right. So he also talked about some of the experiences he had on his mission and the importance of setting goals — goals that are high that will make us stretch. Then plan effectively and efficiently to achieve those goals. He talked about the importance of planning. It was a good reminder of the things that we all can improve on. What I loved about Elder Maynes is how real he was. He just got up there and was himself. It’s always good to hear these men speak without a teleprompter. They are a lot more lively. So as Elder Maynes was speaking he drops mention of a topic which he spoke on in general conference. He said something along the lines of building your faith is important as you study the scriptures each day. Remember I talked to you about it a few weeks ago…. I started to laugh because he acted like it wasn’t a big deal one bit. It was funny.

So Elder Ballard. Where do I begin with him. So right when he came into the room there was such a power to it. It was really cool. You could feel his priesthood keys, it was really cool. Right when he came in he said, “Wow this is a good looking group of missionaries. Okay, lets shake some hands alright.” We all got to shake his hand. It was awesome. After he then went on to tell us that we need to work on our introductions. We need to be bold with who we are and make sure people understand who we represent. He then later spoke on a number of topics. The thing that stuck out to me the most, was before he closed, he started reading 3 Nephi Chapter 11. He just started from the beginning. The way he read the scriptures, it was like hearing it for the first time all over again. He read all the way up to when the Lord calls up Nephi and teaches him about baptism and gives him the priesthood to be able to do that. Elder Ballard them paused, and said while wiping tears out of his eyes, of all the things the Lord knows about the cosmos, the first thing he teaches this people is about baptism. It was so important for him that he then teaches it later on the following chapters 13 times. Christ knew the importance. He knew that none of these people — none of the God’s children could return to live with him again without baptism. He then went on to teach us that we need to find, teach and baptize and that is what we always need to focus on. He also reminded us that we need to talk with everyone. He talked about we can’t just rely solely on the members of the church to find people for us to teach. We need to get out and know that last door and talk with everyone no matter where we are and what we are doing. Elder Maynes said a little earlier in the meeting how he has been travailing with Elder Ballard for a while and apparently when they were over in Europe just a few days ago, Elder Ballard talked with as many people as he felt and was spreading the gospel, and a lot of the people he had a chance to talk to were now taking the missionary lessons. So it can be done. We just need to talk with everyone we can. Help them any way we can. We might be sending a lot of people to different areas, but you will receive a referral from others as well. Just get out there and find, teach and baptize. The spirit was so strong. No one could deny the calling that he had and who he was sent from. I know that he truly is an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ. I know that he holds keys that we all need to receive all the blessings the Father has. I know that to be true.

So that was the meeting in a very small nut shell. So we have a baptism tomorrow. We are very excited for it. Luis is good to go and is very excited to receive all of these promised blessings. We are getting the program done and will be ready to see all the awesome things that will happen to this family.

So, the only thing I have thought of for Birthday-Christmas. Are some nice warm moccasins. That is all I got so far. I don’t really know what else yet. I will let you know if anything else comes to mind.

WELL, Thats all I got this week.

Love Elder Hansen WKM.

 
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Posted by on November 1, 2013 in Uncategorized