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Week 104

The past few days have been quite emotional that is for sure. I am not sure what to think. I run a gamete of emotions each day. Yesterday was an awesome day to finish off on. We had 3 investigators come to church. There was a homecoming of a sister in the ward. She came home from her mission in Taiwan. So there were a few non-member friends that showed up as well. So we were running around everywhere trying to meet everyone. Bishop asked that I share my testimony in sacrament meeting. At that point the cat was out of the bag that I was going home so that made it even more crazy as every other minute we were stopped and the members expressed how they enjoyed serving with me here in this area and that they would meet me. I felt so overwhelmed with emotions. I am so thankful that I get to serve a mission. I am also thankful for people who are in tune with the spirit. While the sister was giving her homecoming she could see that there were investigators sitting by us. She talked about how we can recognize and understand the promptings of the spirit. It was perfect. Exactly what our investigators needed to hear. She even brought up a question one of our investigators had about the book of Mormon in what she was reading. It was awesome. We also had someone just walk into church and asked if he could meet with us so he could learn more about the church. They are going by on Tuesday. Sadly I will not be there. I was bummed, but happy that they will meet with him. Elder Daw and I have had a blast together. Well, I guess thats all. I am sad to be leaving such an amazing place as the Washington Kennewick mission. I got the book of mormon by the way. I gave it to a family a few days ago and the missionaries will go by and see them next week I think. Just how I wanted it. I wanted to give it to someone I would not see again. 

Well I guess that is all for the week. See you in about 30 hours or so. 

Here are my bags ready to go.

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Posted by on August 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Week 103

This week has been full of a lot of things. We had a week full of things to do. On Tuesday we traveled down and went to another districts district meeting. It was good. Its good to see the other missionaries in the zone and talk about things that they need. We had a blast. Then on Wednesday we went to our district meeting. It was the last district meeting of the transfer and so of course it was my last one of the mission so our district leader decided to have a funereal for us. I will send you some pictures and I have a few videos that I will show you when the time comes. Its fun, my emotions the past few days have been very mixed. I have been happy that I have had such a awesome time out here in Washington. Its been the best 2 years for my life by far. But for the most part I have been sad. I don’t want to go. I still feel like there is a lot for me to do in the next few days. But I know the Lord will be pleased with whatever amount of sacrifice I have made out here in the Lords WKM. I love the people here so much. We had a really fun dinner this last week on Friday. We went to a family who owns 50 chickens. Elder Daw and I made it a goal to catch one of them before we left. I will send you some pictures of our adventures. We also had stake reports this last week. We have seen an increase in convert baptisms in the stake this year as compared to last year. We have been seeing so many miracles its awesome. I know the Lord lives and loves each and every one of us. We were in a lesson yesterday with a less active man who is just going through a really hard time. He is just tired of having to do so much at church. He feels very unworthy of all the blessing that God has for him. While he was talking about all of the trials that he is going though. My mind went back to the book believing christ. He believes in him, but does not believe all that he says and has to offer. We just kelp talking about how Heavenly Father sent his son for this exact purpose. To give us peace in this life. The atonement is real. I have been studying a lot about the atonement. I know it is real. I have felt the effects in my life each day. We talked about the atonement, He is still to distant to accepts what we have shared with him. I pray that he will soften his heart and let the savior work miracles within him. We have zone conference tomorrow. We are excited to see everyone there. There will be a lot of missionaries giving their departing testimonies tomorrow. I will be one of them. Many tears will be shed. Tears of Joy. This mission has been such a blessing in my life. I love you all

Elder Hansen WKM

 

Pictures of Spencer and his companion catching those crazy chickens:

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Posted by on August 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Week 102

Well, this week was an interesting one. We had some cool things happen to us. We received a referral from a member one day at church. He lived a few streets away from them. So we stopped by after having dinner with them and set up an appointment with him. When we went back he was not home. So we just kept trying by and finally we caught him.  We were able to have a good 10 minute lesson with him. We talked about his life and how he really wants to change. He was homeless for about 6 months of his life and has been kicked out of a lot of places. He dropped out of high school in 9th grade and is now trying to get back into school and change his life around. He went to church when he was younger and wants to get back into things. As we were talking he just paused and said, you know what! I just need to get baptized. I really want to do that. I just need to do it. I wanted to do it when I was younger, but my did would not let me. He was raised by his grandparents and has just had a rough go at life. So we are going to help him take the steps that he needs to change. I know the gospel is truly what is going to change him. I have seen it in others and a ton within myself. I love how when you let it, the gospel truly changes you. You have to let it though.

We had district meeting this last week. We talked a lot about how we can be more effective at talking with people and teaching right away. We did some real plays and tried to talk to someone in under a minute. It was fun but kind of difficult at the same time. We are all making better effort to talk with everyone that we see. I have learned that as we talk with more people we are way happier as missionary. We saw as the whole zone works and talks to everyone we find more people to teach. 

Well, we had exchanges this week. I stayed in the area and I had elder Decker a new missionary come with me. We had some cool stuff happen. I happy about that. We had a good lesson with one of our investigators and we had a member join us. They always help as you know. We talked about faith and how we develop faith. We read Alma 32. I loved the last few verses of that chapter. I didn’t remember how Alma teaches how then once we gain the faith in Christ we need to nourish the seed in help it to grow. I has happy that we had that lesson. They are slowly coming along. We hope they will gain the courage to come to church. 

Well, I have lost all desire at this point to email, Sorry. So short. I will write more next week.

Elder Hansen WKM

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Week 101

I feel like I need to invite the family to do something for the next few weeks for email. I think its awesome the things that are going on at home. But I really would like to hear of the spiritual experiences that you are having throughout the week. The miracles that you saw as you acted in faith. I am curious to see as we pay more attention to these things how much more in occurs. Its really cool to see.

I want to share some experiences that happened this week that helped to strengthen my testimony of the Savior and his restored church. We were talking with the zone this last P-Day about how we need to really make it a goal to talk with more people each day. We set a goal that day that later that week every member of the zone was going to talk with at least 10 people about the gospel. It was really cool as we all went out and talked with everyone we could. So Elder Daw and I made it a point to get it and we eventually got 10 as we went throughout the day. We were just about to head home for the night and we saw a man pulling into his driveway and getting out of his car. So I quickly went over and started to talk with him. He quickly told me that he was not interested in anything that we had to say. I asked a few more questions to see if he just had a bad experience with missionaries in the past of something along those lines. He then just started talking about we were spreading lies and how we needed to stop deceiving people and things along those lines. He tried to tell us that we were saying false arguments about the bible and how everything that we share in a lie and it was made up by Joseph Smith. We were kind of stuck for a little while he went off trying to shake our faith. This is the part that I love. As he was saying all of these anti things the spirit was bringing back to my remembrance all of these truth of the gospel that he did not understand and how they could and were backed up scriptural. We never felt impressed to bash with anyone, but we are reminded by the spirit over and over on how this is true in situations like that. We got a few seconds to talk and we simply testified about the Book of Mormon and how you really need to read it before you try and disprove this message that we share. Elder Daw did an amazing job at that. He was so bold. It felt like what the scriptures say that we are raring young lions teaching the gospel. While we stood there it felt like there was literally and army of angels standing right behind us backing us up. It was an amazing experience. We left knowing that this was true even more then we did before. For anyone to truly know if this is true or not they really need to read the Book of Mormon. Its so important. There is so much power in that book. No matter what the anti people say about it. Its true. I know it with all my heart.

The next day we drove down to MLC. This was quite an emotional one for me. It was my last MLC. When its your last MLC they have you, at the end of the meeting, give your departing testimony. I was so nervous the whole meeting. Its was so good though. We talked about how to work with members more and what role they play in the conversion process. It was a big blessing. Elder Daw and I have felt for a long time that the zone needed to really understand the power of members. We set that as a focus for the zone at the begging of the transfer and we were now able to help the zone take the next steps forward. So the time clicked on and as it came closer and closer to my turn to somehow sum up what my mission has meant to me. It was a roller coaster of emotion. I was sad, happy, full of joy, and so many other things. The spirit was so strong. I walked up and president ware greeted me with a hug and expressed how much he loved me and was so proud of me and then I turned  and looked at all of the amazing leaders of this mission. The Lords WKM. I could not hold back the tears. I testified of our Savior and many other things. I was and is such a privilege to be serving a mission. I has blessed my life in so many ways. I love how this is a living church. The Lord understands that the world is always changing and we are always blessed to have that prophet to tell us what to do when we need to change and withstand the ways of the world. Its amazing. It was sad that I had so say good but to so many of my former companions this last week. I wont see them again before I they get home and we move on to the next phase of our lives. Its crazy. I love this so much.

So later that week we had a zone meeting were we were able to teach and help the zone understand a little better how we can work with members of the church to unite us to the purpose of missionary work. We learned a lot. We have been really working on making the time at dinner a really spiritual experience. We are trying to direct the conversation to the savior and the Gospel and we have had some really spiritual experiences with the members of the church here in Yakima. One I hope I will never Forget. Okay so this is random, but I really need your help. I have somehow lost on of my SD cars with like 500 pictures on it from my mission. I have been looking everywhere for it. I need you all to pray that I can find it because I would hate to lose so many memories if I cant find it anywhere. I am bummed out about that right now. I guess it somehow fell out of my backpack somewhere. I don’t know where. I hope I find it.

We started teaching a new family this last week. The wife in from Colombia and the husband is from Greece. They have quite a crazy story of how they met, but they are awesome. The wife is actually a therapist. When she told us that I thought of Alison and how she does that too. That was cool. They are really funny. The husband when he lived in Greece owned his own restaurant. We are trying to see if he will make us some really good food. I said he would, I hope that is soon.

It sounds like you are having a lot of fun in Orlando. I am glad that you are getting so involved in the ward. That is the best way to transition into a new area. Just jump right in and start serving others. Thats what I have seen has helped. Just move on and help other people. You will begin to love the area in no time.

Elder Hansen WKM.

 
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Posted by on August 4, 2014 in Uncategorized