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Week 86

Well this has been good week for sure. I am so thankful for the Atonement. I have grown to love it even more this Easter season. We had some really good sacrament meetings yesterday. We have been in this competition the past few weeks with other parts of the ward singing in primary. It was formed after the March Madness competition and the winner of the competition got to sing with the primary in sacrament meeting. When the primary chorister told us we were part of the competition and that it was rigged so that the bishopric was going to win no matter what — we told ourselves that we were going to not let that happen no matter what. So the word got out each week as we first battled the young men, and then won. The next week we battled the primary and beat them as well and we made it to the finals last week. So we went up against the bishopric and there was a little twist in the contest. We had to sing a primary song while using a nose whistle. We went in first and did amazing. Then the bishopric went in and I guess knew that it was rigged and so they thew the contest and did really bad. So guess what! We got to sing with the primary last week. It was so fun! The primary always treats us like super heroes it’s so funny. The best part was that the primary chorister knew they threw it so he changed the rules and the bishopric had to sing as well. It was so funny. So that was one of the funny things that happened this last week.

So I did get the package that you sent me. It was awesome. Thank you so much. I just need to figure out what I am going to do with all that candy that makes me really sick. I don’t know what it is but the further I have gotten on my mission the more I have realized that processed sugar does not agree with my body all that well. So I have been giving most of it to Elder Walton throughout the day. He loves it. So it seems to be working out really well. I am glad that I got the yo-yo though. I am just going to add that to the long list of random things that I have picked up on the mission. Along with ping pong, doing play by play for basketball, flinging cards across the room and many other things.

So I would not be a very good missionary if I did not follow up to see if you shared that video that I left the link to? I want to hear how that went next week. The church paid for that to be put on the front cover of YouTube for Easter Sunday. I really want to know how much money that would be. The church is really pushing to use the internet and other things to share the gospel it’s so awesome.

So we had a baptism this last week. Actually 2 to be exact. Megan is the 11 year old and I have been able to teach her since I got into the area. I also started teaching Rowdy when I got here and then partway through us teaching him we handed him over to the YSA sisters so that he could have more friends and things along those lines. So we were excited to have those this weekend. I love seeing people enter the waters of baptism. It’s one of the most rewarding things that we have on this earth I feel. We get to be reborn. We get a new start. Each of us have the opportunity to change and be better each week as we do all that we can to remember and follow him.

So we have had a horrible thing happen to our companionship. I am getting transferred. I am so sad, but excited for the change. I am leaving the tri-cities as well. That is another weird thought. I am getting transferred up to Yakamah. Its considered the “Palm Springs” of Washington. I am serving with another missionary from California and he surfs as well so things are looking up! He has been out for about a year I think. I am sad to say goodbye to all of the amazing members that I have had the chance to work with. It will be a good change for me though. Something other then being in the same city for over a year. I feel like I am traveling down to the place of my death. It is so sad to think that so I don’t really think about that. BTW I am sending 2 boxes home. Full of stuff that I don’t need and that is taking up way to much stuff in my bag.

So we had an awesome Easter dinner. There were over 40 people there and that included a former mission president and a member of the temple presidency.  As we were about to leave they requested that we share an Easter message. It was a little intimidating standing in front of all those people talking about our Savior but it was an awesome experience. Those things I will never forget. I always feel the spirit when I talk about my Savior. I love him so much.

I am glad that your talk went so well. I was praying for you. I know you feel like you never do a good job, but you always do. Just remember that comparison is the thief of joy. I am excited to hear that Ella is getting her black belt. Elder Walton is also a black belt. So he was excited to hear you are testing for it.

Well I think that is all this week. Well this is the last time in the Richland BOMB zone.

Elder Hansen

 

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Spencer, Elder Walton, Megan and her family

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Rowdy and Spencer

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Week 85

Well this is funny that you should ask that question. I have been thinking a lot about this question as of late. We had our temple trip today and I had a very interesting thought come into my mind. I have been working through some things this last week of how to be a better servant of Christ and things along those lines. I go through waves of these thoughts every once and I while. I think we all do at times. So I went to the temple with these thoughts in mind. While I was sitting in the celestial room pondering on things the scripture that came to my mind was when it says — when you draw nigh unto me I will draw nigh unto you. That is not a direct quote by any means. So I have been thinking about how we draw ourselves unto Christ. I felt like I then needed to open up to 2 Nephi Chapter 31. I learned that when we use the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our lives and repent daily and live worthy of the Spirit, when we strive each day to do the right thing, learn of Him, understand who he is and love Him, you have just done it. You have drawn nigh unto Him.

How have I come to know my Savior? I feel for me that the biggest way that I have been able to do this is by truly being able to walk in his shoes. Now I know that I am not the Savior or will never amount to Him in many ways, but serving a mission has given me an amazing view into the life of our Savior. I have been persecuted for what we believe and stand for. I have been yelled at, mocked, laughed at, and “proven wrong”. We  have been called Satan, of the devil, devil worshipers, and a cult. We have been condemned to hell on many occasions and have had many prayers given in our behalf for our “salvation.”  We have had things thrown at us, people cursing us for the sake of our Savior Jesus Christ. We have been told that we don’t believe in Jesus. We have spent many countless hours on our knees pleading for help and strength to find the one. Prayed to get to know Him and studied his will. We have fasted and prayed oft for strength and love for the people that we serve.  We have felt his love flow over us. We have felt His direction and help. We have seen his hand every day in this work. We have been able to lift of the weary, strengthen the weak. Fill a room with the spirit. Quench the thirst of those who are ready for the gospel. Only by and through Him. We have been able to help people change. Help others gain faith in Him who never knew him. We have been able to see lives change and miracles happen as we have served in His name. We have been forgiven time and time again and helped others to feel that same strength and love that is only brought through Him. I have seen countless people grow to love him by living his gospel. We have spent many hours pondering over the scriptures and Preach my Gospel, practicing and re-practicing teaching so that we could be the best teachers that we could be. What I have learned is that if we are truly going to come to know Him we need to truly “take up our cross and follow Him.” We need to live what he taught. We need to truly follow Him. I have seen as I have been striving every day to have or develop the attributes of Christ that slowly over time I have changed. I have in all these moments grown to love Him even more. We need to walk as he walked and do as he did and live how he lived and loved how we loved. We need to pray every day for this blessing. When we do these things and lose ourselves for His name sake we will truly find our lives. We will be morphed and changed into what God intended us to be. We will become like him. I love the hymn I walked today where Jesus walked.  I could keep going on forever on this topic, but I feel like this should be enough. Feel free to share any and or all of this if you feel so inspired to do so.

As I have been thinking and getting ready for this weekend I have been overwhelmed with the feeling of gratitude for my Savior. If you have not already seen this I invite all to watch this video.  http://easter.mormon.org/?cid=HPTU041514694. This is the new Easter campaign for Easter. I know that he lives and loves each and every one of us. I know that He took away the penalty for our sins when we repent and come unto him. When we live and follow the gospel of Jesus Christ. I invite the whole family to share this web-site and any other church material you feel inspired to share with a friend of another faith, or someone who you feel might need it. Will you do that?

This work is real. I know it to be true. Keep following him and know that He loves you more then anyone else. Get to know Him!

Elder Hansen WKM

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Week 84

I guess you did not catch the amazing news this last weekend!! PRESIDENT GREER GOT CALLED TO BE AN AREA 70!!!!!  When they called his name I was jumping for joy and I was so happy. I love President Greer. He is going to be an amazing leader in the church and he has really changed my life in so many ways. I was so happy to see all the missionaries that still remember him just as happy as well. It’s so awesome.

I loved every minute of conference. I don’t even know where to begin. Well I loved Elder Holland’s talk. I have felt in a very similar way to what those sisters have felt. One thing that I have learned from my mission is truly how to love people no matter what they do and who they are. We were talking with one of the ward mission leaders that we work with and we loved how the brethren are always so unified on helping others make the right decision no matter what the worlds “standards” are.   I have had those thoughts my whole mission. It’s been amazing to see how when we follow the spirit we are blessed in so many ways. That is something that I have been really working on. I came with a question of how can I better follow the promptings of the spirit. It takes a lot of faith to do that. It’s what we do as a missionaries all day long. The Doctrine and Covenants tells us that we cannot teach unless we have the spirit so it’s really an important thing. I learned that I need to do my part at understanding the doctrines of the gospel well enough that the Lord can use me in any and all teaching situations. I need to love the people I serve and then act in faith and we will continue to see miracles. We just had one about 5 minutes ago or so. We had a lady come into the family history center and lives in our area. She was baptized at 8 but has not been to church since and wants to get back to church. We just got done talking with her and we were able to have an amazing conversation. She wants her husband to get baptized as well. So we will see where that takes us. I love when things like this happen. Oh by the way I am somewhat upset about the priesthood session. The year that I am not at school the men choir decides to go and sing at conference! It was weird to see them up there. I know a lot of them but there was also some new faces as well. Brother Brower did an amazing job as always and so did brother Kempten.

So I feel so much joy in my heart right now. This week has been a weird one for my emotions to tell you the truth. We had M.L.C. this last week. It was hard because we have departing testimony from the elders and sisters who are leaving that transfer. The groups are full of everyone that I know really well and have to say goodbye to. It’s tough but it’s good at the same time. It’s progression. It’s all part of life. Anyways enough about that.

So I am happy that the house sold. No need to stress or fret about that for now at least. I hope you have fun with spring break. You should have gone and watched conference live! I would of so loved to do that. I hear it’s amazing in person. I loved what President Monson talked about. We really do need to just love everyone. It’s always so much better when we approach it that way. Well at this point I am so overwhlemed with all the stuff I want to share. So It might take me a few weeks to share so sorry.

Well I am out of time need to write president.

Elder Hansen WKM

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2014 in Uncategorized