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Week 78

Hello from Richland Washington,

We had a very spiritual week this week. We had zone conference this last week. It’s always such a blessing to be able to hear from President Ware. Each and every time he speaks I feel the spirit. I know that he truly is called of God and that he is called to this mission to help us progress the Lord’s work in this part of the vineyard. We had some awesome training about planning and how we need to awake and arouse our investigators to act in faith and keep commitments. I was actually asked to give that training. Elder Snow and I talked about the differences between how Satan works and how the Lord works. We referenced 2 Nephi 28: 21-32. This is how Satan works for us. Pay attention to the action words that are used in these scriptures. We talked about how Satan slowly leads everyone to be complacent and how we need to make sure this does not happen to our investigators. We then took them to Alma 32:27-28 and talked about what the restored gospel of Jesus Christ does for us. Pay attention the the action words that are used in these 2 verses. We talked about how we need to teach this message to everyone that we can because this is what will awake them. Elder Snow talked about what the real meaning of the word awake means. It means to bring back from an unconscious state. We then talked about how everyone born on this earth knows this message, they just can’t remember. We talked about how the message we share brings them out of that state of unawareness.  It was powerful. Later on that day President asked if he could do a comp study with us and 4 other missionaries in the zone to help them overcome the concerns that they have been having the past few weeks.

What a blessing it was. We were able to talk for a long time about goal setting and things of that nature. We talked about how we have power when we raise our eye of faith. The spirit was so strong. I was so grateful that we were able to be invited to that meeting. President was able to help answer a lot of their questions and asked us to answer a lot as well which was hard at times, but the spirit guided us on things to say. Here is one thig that we felt impressed to speak about and something I have been thinking about these past few weeks.  So this is one of those things that I always knew but didn’t know at the same time. So the sons of Mosiah were Ammon, Aaron, Omner and Himni. They were once so wicked and rebellious that they were trying to destroy the church. They then were later cried to repentance by and angel of God. They repented and had a mighty change of heart. They then all went on missions and converted thousands of people. I have thought about this even. They were so wicked that the were trying to destroy the church. Many missionaries I have run into think that because they have broken so many rules they have disqualified themselves from being productive in the work and things along that line. They feel like they have to face the consequence and the consequence is lack of success. They feel like they needed to be forgive but that it’s going to take time. What I learned is that no matter how far away you have gone, you can and will be forgiven and be able to keep moving forward helping in this work. I loving finding these things. Some of the best missionaries in the scriptures once tried to take down the church at one point in their life.

I have really grown to love the scriptures. I feel the love of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ each and every time I read them. I love going with a question in mind and finding the answer that the scriptures bring. I had a thought during the zone conference about this very topic. In 1 Nephi chapter 8 and 11 that it compares the word of God to be like a Rod of Iron.  We learn that the word of God leads to eternal life. When we read them each day, ponder on them and apply what they teach we will really be lead to everlasting life. I love thinking about the promise in the scriptures. They are more real that I think at times. I have been learning a lot about that this last weekend. We had an amazing weekend this last week. We had as a mission 30 baptisms. Which brings us up to 50 I think for this transfer so far and we still have 2 weeks left in the transfer. We are looking at having 100 by the end of this transfer. We will see if we can do it. That would be amazing. We are so blessed.

So to answer a few more questions. When I get home I am going to study Finance or something along those lines. So now you can tell everyone what I am going to study. A little more detail about the moving to a different place. I have just felt impressed to do this because I need to meet new people and I feel the Lord needs me in a different place. I know this is going to put more stress on your life and so I hope I can help somehow. I am pretty sure that the place that Alison lived at before she got married added to the complex and is holding boys. Not sure if that is true. But maybe that is an option. If not I have a few more in mind that I can help you with this next Monday. I will think of some other places and see what we can do. I feel bad that I have to do this to you but I know this is what I need to do. I know I can probably get permission from President to get on during the week and help look for more if need be. I know Elder Paxman got permission to do that no problem. It sounds like the house is getting all changed up. That is good. So when is the move actually happening. I feel like I have no idea really what is going on. Don’t worry about bugging me for school. I have come to grips that its just time to deal with this and so I am ready for whatever questions you have to throw at me.

Love Elder Hansen WKM

This week we also got some pictures from the family Elder Hansen is living with. There are some from Christmas and some from Valentines Day.

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Posted by on February 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Week 77

Sorry this letter is a day late, but it was a Holiday yesterday, so we could not email. This week has been really good. We have had so many things to do. We had a zone training meeting to get together and then stake correlation the next day. It was busy but it was fun at the same time. We are so blessed to be here at this time. The stake presidents are trying with all their might to help the work move forward in the area in which they serve. We were able to make a game plan of how to help each ward get more involved in missionary work. We have been seeing some missionaries in the area stepping up and really seeing some amazing things. They are finding so many people to teach. They are really working on helping everyone they can receive the restored gospel. They have been excising faith and they are receiving answers. Its awesome. I am always glad to see when missionaries succeed.

We have been working with a mom and daughter. The mom is a member and the daughter is not a member yet. The mom was baptized a while ago and was less active most of her life. We have been trying to help her quite smoking. She has come such a long way from where she was before. She has been receiving so many amazing answers. She started reading the book of Mormon with us and has had a very strong desire to understand so that when she reads with her daughter, she will be able to help her understand. What I love about my mission is seeing the change that the gospel brings to everyone who tries it. I know that it works. She is a perfect example. She told us one that 10 years ago when she would see missionaries come up to her house she would blare motley crew and wear a crewed t-shirt. Now she has change. She loved coming to church and living the gospel. She has found happiness by living the gospel because when we feel the spirit, we are more happy.

We had another good lesson last night with our investigator who is on date for baptism. She had even more good news. Her mother in law called the church over a month in advanced and scheduled the building. She is so excited to get baptized and is receiving more and more answers that the Book of Mormon is true. She just finished the 8th chapter of 1st Nephi and said that it was amazing and unbelievable. She has grown in the faith and does all that we ask. She has been prepared its awesome.

We have been working with a man who has recently lost his job and is going through a bit of a struggle. We only have lessons on the doorstep thus far, but we ask him to do things, he does. We have seen him over weeks grow in happiness. He seems more at ease and as long as he keeps doing what he is doing, he will find the things that he has been searching for. He has been asking a lot of questions about His path in life and how he can find it. We have taught him a lot about prayer and how to recognize answers to prayers. He has started to see them. Its slow moving, but it is real true progression. That is all that really matters.

Looks like you have had a fun time this week. Grandpas picture made me laugh so hard. It fits him really well. Swimming, I cant believe it. No swimming up here I can tell you that. So to answer you question. Do a 2 semester lease. Request room 109. I think that is what we are all doing right now and I think everything will pan out that way. I know Jake is already in the room and I think that is where he is going to stay. So I hope I can get in as well.

One last thing. Family, Keep the faith. It might be hard for you right now with the move coming up and what not. Just remember that Nephi and his family had to move to a far away land as well. They left everything. So surly you all can make it their no problem. Don’t worry about me out here in the best place ever. I am doing just fine. The move is not on my mind at all. I pray every day to keep my mind on the work because this is what is most important right now. Everything else will take care of the rest

Elder Hansen WKM

 
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Posted by on February 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Week 76

Elder Walton and I are both calling this email… footprints in the snow… a knock off version of the famous footprints in the sand poem that is quoted at least 20 times a year in sacrament meeting. We got a good amount of snow this last week. It was quite an experience to say the least. It was really refreshing to tell you to truth. We were able to shovel the snow and help many people. But more of that later I need to start at the beginning.

This month we saw on the calendar that we had some training from Salt Lake. None of us knew what that meant. We were all curious. So come to find out that we had 2 people from the missionary head quarters in Salt Lake City Utah come to look over and see how the mission is doing. So on Tuesday night we get a call from the Assistants. They started asking really strange questions on how our Wednesday night was looking — if we had any appointments and how solid they were. Very concerning questions no doubt. Then then told us the next day we were going to have one of these men from Salt Lake come out with us and work with us the rest of the evening. We instantly were freaking out. We were talking about how this guy is going to think we are the worst missionaries ever and all this and that. Needless to say we were very nervous. The next day we just counted down the hours up to the “day of reckoning”. So the time comes and we drive to the mission home to go and pick up our friend. We open the door and are greeted by President and Sister Ware, and then the two men. Instantly Japanese was being thrown around the room first by President, then by Elder Walton and then by the man who was coming out with us. His name was Brother Mills. President Ware introduced and explained what we were doing and we were off to go to missionary work. We got to know Brother Mills that night. Just to let you know, he is in charge of all the operations for ALL of the international MTCs. He served his first and second mission in Japan as a mission president. He was taller then me and so me and Elder Walton were both really nervous, but it turned out that he was the nicest man ever.  He was really supportive and actually gave some really good comments in lessons we had that night. He knew the scriptures like the back of his hand and he was awesome. That night we had some good lessons and taught one of our investigators who is on date for baptism. We talked about the Word of Wisdom and she was already living it so it was not a problem at all. We were really excited about that. We then went and taught a less active lady and had a really nice lesson and a very spiritual experience reading from the Book of Mormon.  He then joined us for our planning for the next day and then the next day came back and had companion study with us. We talked about our investigators and how we could help them. He had some really good insight. He really knew his stuff. So all and all it was an amazing blessing to be chosen to have him come along. We learned a lot. It was awesome.

So Friday we had MLC. Brother mills was there as well teaching us as a leadership how we can help our investigators really progress. It was awesome the spirit was there and we learned a lot. We talked about how we need to teach to the commitment that we are going to leave them, because that is what is really going to build their faith in Christ. It does not really matter what we say, because the spirit is the real teacher, and when they act in faith that is how they gain the testimony of things. So we need to stop worrying so much on how perfect we taught and what not, we need to worry more about if they understood why they need to keep the commitment that we gave them. It was a very good learning experience. President and Sister Ware are awesome. They are so inspired and really look forward to helping us in any way. We feel their love all the time.

So on Thursday it was cloudy outside, we had meeting with the district leaders in preparation for MLC and then we all went to lunch. During lunch little white flakes of frozen rain started falling to the ground. And didn’t stop for the rest of the day and into the night and then the next day. We got a fair bit of snow. It was really fun actually. Two kids who live in the warm parts of the country, with little to any snow experience, driving around a city that does not handle snow very well. Let’s just say it was a new thing to be driving in the snow but we learned real quick and were on our way. It kept snow each night and on Saturday night it snowed a lot apparently. Granted I really have no idea what a lot of snow is but apparently it was enough that the Stake President canceled church. That is right — we did not have church yesterday because there was snow on the ground. It sucked really. I hate not being able to take the sacrament each week. Oh how much I need it. We then received a voice mail from President that talked about how we should spend this time in peaceful remembrance of our Savior and go out and help our investigators with what they might need. So we went and tried to make contact with all of our investigators and help remove all the snow off of their driveway. We were able to help about 3 of our investigators and they all insisted on feeding us hot chocolate when we were done. So we had a lot of hot chocolate yesterday. It was fun to help people and build the trust of members. We are always on the look out to help anyone we can. By the end of last night we were both feeling tired because of all the snow that we moved. It was a good day. I am also glad that I still had my snow boots that I have lugged around my whole mission. I have thought many times that I need to send them home because I don’t need them. I guess I did.

Well I think I have rambled on enough. I am glad all is well at home. I love the Doctrine of Christ mom. It’s my favorite thing to talk about. Read 2 nephi 31. It’s the best.

Elder Hansen WKM

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Week 75

Hello!

Elder Walton is the best missionary ever. He does everything right — it’s out of control. He has been out 7 months or so and is a stud of a missionary. He was born in Japan, then when he was 7 his family moved to Georgia USA. So he has the funniest accent ever. Half the words he says sounds like a person from Japan would say and the rest is with a little bit of southern in it. It makes me laugh when members meet him for the first time and they can’t understand him when he says where he is from. He went to BYU before he came out and he is going to be a nurse practitioner.  We are having a blast together. He is the Asian persuasion that is sweeping the nation. It’s been a crazy week dealing with transfers and what not. Having to run missionaries here and there. By the end of the week we were spent. It is always so good to feel that way as a missionary. When you work hard, you are always filled with joy. We have seen some amazing miracles this week — we are so happy about them.  As you all know by now the Seahawks won the Superbowl. We were out when the game ended and the city erupted in illegal fireworks. People were yelling and it was crazy. So its over now and everyone can go back to their normal lives . . . Then March Madness will come and we will see what happens then.

Okay time for the miracles. Elder Walton and I were walking down the street doing some door knocking. We knocked on a door and a man opens the door. He talks to us for like 2 seconds and then invites us in. My main reaction was okay who is this member that I have yet to meet. We run into that all time. Sometimes they are less active members that have been hiding from the church and are now found, which is always funny. He asks us to sit down and asks if we would like some water. I say yes, and he gets us some water. He then asked if we do a lot of work inside homes, because he knows that we do work outside because apparently missionaries had helped them with some yard work years ago. We told him we could help him with whatever he needed us to do. He said he didn’t need anything and we started to get to know each other. After a while we decided to ask him a few questions and then tell him our purpose as missionaries. We had a good talk. He was a funny guy.  He asked us a question that I have gotten a few times on the mission that most of the time I hate because it’s usually in a bashing form, but he sincerely wanted to know the answer. He askedus that if God can do anything can he make a boulder that is too heavy for him to lift. I laughed at the question and we thought about it for a second. We decided to give it our best shot, but in the end we just told him to ask God himself because he could answer it better then we ever could. He liked that answer. I am excited to see what he says. We then started talking about who God is and how he really loves us. He mentioned how his wife was very angry at God because they lost a kid when he was 6 months old. We felt impressed to then teach him more about the Plan of Salvation. It was a very spiritual lesson. We are planning on going back tonight and teaching him more. It’s amazing what we are blessed with.

Next awesome story. We were tracting yesterday and came across a family who lived in another ward but they were a part member family. We were so excited because they gave us time to talk and get to know them. We were able to teach them about how they are needed back at church and the blessings that follow. The spirit was felt. We let the Sisters know that we have a family that they can go and see.  The gospel will really bless their lives.

So to answer your question — I know sister Harris. She was in my zone in Kennewick. When I found out where she lived I asked her if she knew the family and she couldn’t remember. I told her that you were born there and what not.

So you got rain yesterday! That truly is a miracle.  We even had members here fasting for the rain in California. So I am so happy to see the Lord answer the prayers of all the faithful Saints down in California.

It’s crazy to think that you are getting the house ready to sell. It doesn’t feel real to me that it’s really happening soon. It’s going to be a big change that is for sure — going to the flattest place ever. I am a little worried that Midget is going to get eaten by an alligator because the house you will be living in is right on a lake. Crazy.

We were invited to go to a meeting with new missionaries and their trainers this last week. These meetings are always good because President Ware does an amazing job teaching us about different things. It’s also fun to help the new missionaries learn to talk to people in many different situations. They always are a little nervous, but they always end up doing a good job. One of the new missionaries came up to me at the break of the meeting and told me that he found my blog the moment that he found out he was heading here and said that he had read everything. Ha I found it funny. I feel like I say the same thing every week. I guess I helped him get excited so that was cool.

So it’s kind of funny actually. Their are 8 people in the ward that we serve in that served in Japan on their mission. Plus President Ware. It’s crazy to me. Some of them came up and talked to Elder Walton about Japan. Most of them forgot the language and so they couldn’t talk all that much. It was still really funny to see.

Well, time is short, I love you all. Don’t forget to read and pray and start your day in a spiritual way!!

Elder Hansen WKM

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2014 in Uncategorized