Monday, December 29, 2014

Merry Christmas!!

Hope everyone had a great Christmas and was able to enjoy time in family and friends. I definitely enjoyed skyping with you guys a lot, it is always a special moment for a missionary to be able to share his feelings and testimony with his family. Thanks so much for listening and being so supportive! Can't thank you guys enough. It sure was a great Christmas and I feel so blessed to be a missionary, we saw so many miracles this week I can't even explain them all! I hope you all were able to feel the love of our Savior and really understand that miracles exist these days!

Well I don't even know where to start this week. But I think Ill just start by saying sorry but I don't know if I'll be able to send you many pictures while Im here, so far all the computers I've tried aren't able to send pictures haha.. but what can you do right. This cyber we are in right now is in the roof of a little shop and right now it is probably 40 degrees in here! It's gross.. but I am absolutely sweating so bad right now haha.. gotta love it! Catan is super amazing I have already come to love it a ton. It is just such a unique place and has such a special feel to it.

Church yesterday was super amazing, we had a couple great families and investigators show up! Gaston and Monica and their 2 little daughters (Lucmila is 10 and Agustina is 6) went for the second Sunday in a row! They are so awesome. They have plans on getting married so we are working a full with that right now, we are hoping that they will bet married and then be able to be baptised in February! love them so much. We also had a couple other investigators go that are progressing towards baptism in January. Itati and Juana both went yesterday so we are helping them a lot and hope that they will be able to keep all their commitments.

This week was definitely up and down. So we went to visit Angel and Francisca the other day and they had been in a fight and she ripped up their marriage papers :( so that was definitely a super hard moment for us, we were broken. We had a really good talk with them though so we will see how it goes from here on out, just have to be patience and trust in the Lord and in His time. They are super special people and have a special place in my heart, so we are going to do all we can to help them.

But the craziest thing happened right after they told us they ripped up their papers. So we left their house and we were a little bit down on ourselves. So we were walking along the street when a lady yelled out "Elders" so we quickly stopped and looked to see who it was. It was a lady and her family who we had never met before, so we quickly went over to introduce ourselves. As we got talking with them she told us that she is a less active member, and for just under a year they have been living here in Argentina. She told us that for some time she had been wanting to go to the church but just couldn't find the strength to do it. She also told us that she wanted to get married to her husband and that for some time they had been planning on it, but that it was also super hard for them to take the time to do it. So last night we went to their house and had our very first lesson with them, and we talked about the Proclamation to the Family, and it was such a special lesson! She was in tears, and her husband who isn't a member said that he would love to get married and has always thought about being baptised!! Such a miracle! So we are hoping we can go with them next week to help them set a marriage date! They also have 4 kids who are all super cool! So that's just an awesome miracle I wanted to share with you all :)

Hey but I hope you guys have a great week! Tomorrow we are going to the temple as a mission and I am more then excited. I hope you guys are taking advantage of having the temple so close and going lots :) It really is such a blessing and I know that we are blessed so much when we are inside, and that we can receive so much help and revelation from God. I love you all, thanks for everything you do and happy new years! Hope this year can be even greater then 2014. All the best!!

Love, Elder Hansen.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Hey everyone!

Well what a week it has been here in the mission! Things finished out in the office on a pretty high note, the mission christmas party was definitely a success! We started off with the regular transfer meeting, then we sang some Christmas carols, played a game, ate lunch, had a musical devotional, and watched a movie! It was awesome. The music that Hermana Robertson put together with some of the missionaries was definitely very inspirational, I sure wish I could sing haha. We watched a movie called "Ephraim`s Rescue" and oh boy was it ever a tear jerker, it definitely had me a little teary eyed. I would recommend it to all who read this. It made me realise and really understand how much the pioneers sacrificed, and how much I have in my life and how good I have things. I has definitely changed my attitude on walking 15 kilometres a day, I can't imagine what they did. You should definitely all watch it, it's incredible!

Well now the fun part. So in the office we always know the changes about 4 days ahead of time to be able to prepare everything. So the assistants had put me in one place, and to tell you the truth I didn't really believe them because its normal to hide the change to the office elders that are leaving. So for 4 days I was just dying to know where I was going to go. So Wednesday the transfer meeting came along, and it was announced that I would be serving in Gonzalez Catan with Elder Emry! I was so stoked. Catan is one of the most "prestigous" I guess you could say, areas of the whole mission. It has a rep for a couple things. Great members, lots of success, and for being very dangerous (but don't worry mom) haha :) . I was also super stoked because Elder Emry and I served in the same Zone when I was in Marcos Paz, so we already know each other super great. It has been an awesome couple days here, I absolutely love it! There have been a ton of great missionaries come through here and the ward is super strong. I'm in Catan 3A, and Elder Valdes actually served in Catan 3B. So same ward but different area of the ward. I also feel pretty humbled to be able to serve the other missionaries as well and it's going to be a great experience. 

We have a couple great families we are working with. One is going to get married on the 9th of January if all goes well! And the other family is working on their papers to get married. The family that's working on their papers actually came to church yesterday for the first time! It's Gaston, Monica and then their 2 little girls! they are super awesome, just such a happy family. This area is definitely one of the most humble places I have been in my whole mission, if not my whole life. But it is truly a blessing to see how much these people love their family, and how much they love their Savior. It is a blessing to see how they can look past the material possessions and really understand what happiness is. I can't even explain it. But I am super happy.

I was actually pretty nervous Wednesday morning. Partly to see where I was going to go, and partly to have to leave to the mission field and walk all day long! haha. After being in the office for 5 months I thought my legs were going to die. but the Lord definitely has blessed me so much. I feel so excited every morning, but walking outside all day definitely gave me a pretty nasty sun burn haha.

I don't think I have ever felt such a strong desire to share the Gospel in my whole life, I really feel like this is such a special time in my mission.. and a special time for everyone. I can't describe how much I love my Savior, for His love, His patience, and His willingness to help us. I know that He lived and died for us. And I know that He lives today and continues to be the perfect example that we can follow. I truly do believe in miracles, and I consider being a member of His restored church one of the greatest miracles in my life. I hope that we can all truly remember Him this Christmas. Not just think about Him, but remember and study His life, come closer to Him and understand better His Atonement. I know that if we do that we will feel an indescribable happiness. This is my testimony.

I am going to keep this short because we will be talking on the 25th! So excited. Hope you guys have a great week and I will see you all  in a couple days, give everyone my love and the best Christmas Wishes!

Love you all, Elder Hansen.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Elder Digovanni (of the seventy) and his wife in their classic Bethlehem costumes!

This is a picture of what the gym was like!

Us with Modesto, he didn't quite get the Bethlehem theme but he sure was rockin that outfit!

With my good pal Mateo

Mateo, Facundo, and Agustin and I in front of their Christmas tree! Such capos.

Hey everyone, 

Thanks so much for the great letters! Sounds like things have been good back home between sports and mom kicking back on the beach. I think I may have explained things wrong but I am still in the offices.. it's next Wednesday the 17th that we have changes. So that's when we will see what happens! I'm pretty nervous but also super excited, it's gonna be awesome! Time to get to work :)

Things are crazy as ever here in the office haha, finishing up the plans for the changes. We have 26 missionaries leaving and about 22 coming so that's a ton of work and a lot of trips to the airport. We also are having that Christmas party next Wednesday. I feel like mom. I have been doing some serious shopping these past couple days trying to by stuff for 240 missionaries! Oh the things that one learns on the mission, priceless! I am def gonna miss it here but It's going to be great to be out in the field, I started packing my bags today so it started to feel real haha.

Well this week has flown by again and I just want to share two miracles that we saw this week :)  We started our fast last Sunday after church, and we fasted simply to help someone progress towards baptism, and just as we left the room where we were praying a guy walked in the church. He was wearing normal clothes and had his motorbike turned on outside, but he came right up to us and asked if we were the Elders here in Caseros. As we continued to talk he told us that he used to listen to the missionaries about 2 – 3 months ago when he lived in a different area, but about 2 months ago he had separated from his girlfriend and came to Caseros. He then told us he had felt the need to talk to the missionaries and went looking for the church. When he found us! He actually lives in another area so we passed his address on to other missionaries but we are hoping he will progress with them! 

Also last Sunday we were walking down the street when we walked by a fence with the gate open. As we walked by, their dog started running behind us, so the owner came running after the dog. As he got closer to us he said to Elder Moore in English “Hey, how are you? Where are you from, Utah? Or Smith city?” When he said that Elder Moore kinda laughed, but then quickly asked him how he knew about Joseph Smith, which led to a conversation, and then we went back and met his family! They are super cool. Married, have 2 little kids and are so nice. He came with us to the church on Thursday to play soccer which was unreal! And we are going to pass by their house tonight to try to have a lesson with them. They are great, we are hoping they will come to church tomorrow! Crazy how the dog just happened to come running behind us. Some may call it coincidence.. but I have learned just how perfect the Lord´s plan is and how he uses every situation to give us chances to share the Gospel.

Last night we had our Ward Christmas Party which was the highlight of the week! There was a lot of less active families and non members that attended which was super awesome, we met a lot of great people. I think there were over 100 people that showed up, pretty awesome! We are definitely going to use this to work with the members to find new people to teach. The activity was based around Bethlehem. It was all decorated with antique looking stands which each of the different organizations did. So everyone came to the activity dressed up like they did back in the day, it was pretty cool! I will be sure to attach some pictures below. I love this ward, the people definitely have a special place in my heart and I am going to miss them a ton. We also got to stay out till 10:15 so that was pretty crazy. haha.

Well fam I hope you guys are doing great! Lots to do today but the next time I will be writing you will probably be Monday the 22nd. 3 days before Christmas! So crazy. Love you guys so much, thanks for being such amazing examples to me. You have really helped me so much through my life and I am grateful from all my heart for all you have done.

Have a good week, bring on the snow in Argentina! I wish...
Love, Elder Hansen.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Best christmas wishes to all lets givumm the greatest gift of all whoot!

Here's one of the best parts of being in the office. After 2 hours of planning a Christmas party for 240 missionaries President and Hermana Robertson treated us to a nice American Thanksgiving Dinner... unreal!!

My ping pong skills are terribleee now! haha

The pool at the mission home that we can't use. For the president's family only.

Hey fam and friends!
Thanks so much for the great letters this week. I am still sitting here in the chair with my jaw dropped to the floor after seeing those massive dunks by Carter haha.. good for you buddy! So proud of you. Hope you don't mind that I am showing everyone here in the office haha. Sounds like things haven't stopped for one minute. Mom going to Hawaii, Dad and Carter a full week with sports and Jo working as always! You guys are the best :) Thanks for always keeping me updated and for the support. Crazy that this will be my last full week here in the office. There is so much to do it's gonna be crazy! We have to finish planning the Christmas party for 240 missionaries.. joy! haha. It's gonna be fun though we have some great stuff planned out.

Speaking of that.. Can't believe that Christmas is coming so soon, I love Christmas in the mission it is such a sacred and special time of year to share the Gospel with everyone. It really is a time where the Lord blesses us as missionaries with so many miracles, and I feel that He touches the hearts of the people just a little bit more. I hope we can all remember that and desire to share with a loved one this Christmas season. Today I was reading President Uchtdorfs message called "Fill the World with Christ's Love" and this part really stuck out to me...

"Jesus the Christ, who knew perfectly how to give, set for us the pattern for giving. To those whose hearts are heavy with loneliness and sorrow, He brings compassion and comfort. To those whose bodies and minds are afflicted with illness and suffering, He brings love and healing. To those whose souls are burdened with sin, He offers hope, forgiveness, and redemption.
If the Savior were among us today, we would find Him where He always was—ministering to the meek, the downcast, the humble, the distressed, and the poor in spirit. During this Christmas season and always, may we give to Him by loving as He loves. May we remember the humble dignity of His birth, gifts, and life. And may we, through simple acts of kindness, charity, and compassion, fill the world with the light of His love and healing power."
I love the simplicity but importance that comes with Christmas. How the Lord came in humble circumstances to serve the humble, lonely, and the poor, and how all He asks us is to share this love with others. With this program of "He is the Gift" the church is really inviting us to share this simple but life changing gift of our Savior with everyone. So we have special Christmas cards that we have, and we are trying to give out at least 10 everyday.. and with this we are trying to think of creative ways to catch peoples attention. One of my favorites we have been doing is simply asking the people what is the one thing that they want most for Christmas not caring about how much money it costs. As they think and express their ideas we then share that we have something even better and more valuable for them, a message from our Savior Jesus Christ. It has been working pretty well. We found a couple new people to teach this week through this! We are also going to buy wrapping paper today and then we are going to wrap up Book of Mormon's and hand them out in the street! haha. It's going to be cool. The options are endless.
We also saw another special miracle this week. So Teodora was working for a sewing company but she just quit last week because she wants to work in her house. So she asked us if we knew anyone who would like to work with her because there is a ton to do. This is when we remembered about our investigators Nikolas y Emilce. Emilce has been without work for along time now and hasn't been able to find any.. and we promised her we would look. So it just happened Teodora needed someone, and Emilce was looking.. what a miracle! So we talked to Emilce and gave her Teodora´s number and they are planning to meet up and talk about working together! We also talked with Teodora about the great opportunity this would be to talk about the Gospel with Emilce.. and she was super excited to do it! It's amazing how the things just work out perfectly, and how much the Lord really watches out for His children. It was such a special thing for me.
Besides that things are going good, lots of work to do but my hijo Elder Moore is super bueno and he is learning really fast. He pretty much has it all down. It's definitely going to be different when I get out of here but it's going to be a blessing. I have learned a ton in the office and I'm excited to put it to work and truly be able to dedicate all the time I have in the Lord's harvest. I hope that this Christmas season we can all do just a little bit more, and think of just a little something extra we can do to make the world a better place.
Hope you guys have a great week. You're always in my prayers :)
With Love, Elder Hansen.