Week 21

On the Beach

On the Beach

My Zone

My Zone

Hola Family!! 

Wow I feel so grateful for my area, my companion, and the members in this area!! It has been a wonderful week!
Sports on the Beach- Wooo I love how our area is right on the Beach! It is so nice! So this week we had the chance to go play capture the flag on the beach with our Zone! It was so much fun, but my companion was so sore from running on the sand that she could hardly move! … haha I was pretty sore too! I guess that was our sign that we might need to work out a bit harder in the mornings!! haha
Blonde Hair and Blue Eyes- This past week we started teaching a single mom, Rosa, who has a 6 year old daughter who is deaf. As we began the lesson her daughter ran over to us and started motioning to our eyes and then touching our hair- trying to ask us why it was different. She was so puzzled and confused and as she continued to motion to her brown eyes and our blue eyes- her mom then explained that she had never seen anyone with blonde hair or blue eyes. In this moment my companion and I were overwhelmed with love for this little girl and I really began to realize how even though we all look different, we are all children of God!
Families are forever- This past week one of the members in our ward, Cesar, fell in his shower while he was getting ready for Church. As a result he had 7 aneurisms (spellcheck please) and was in a coma for a week before he passed away. Cesar had 7 daughters with his wife and was the only member in his family. Even without much support from his family he was always at church, early – which for Peru is unusual-  and ready to share his testimony with everyone he met. Because of the the sudden accident, my companion and I went and visited the family troughout the weekend before his passing. In each of our lessons with the family the spirit was so strong and each of the daughters shared with us how much our words and the message that “Our families can be together forever” helped them through this time. It is so incredible how the Lord puts families and people in your path when they need the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ the most. One of the 7 daughters even told us that she had seen us entering the Chapel one day and had felt an overwhelming feeling that she would meet us, or need to talk to us about the gospel someday.In addition to our lessons and prayers with the familiy, we had the opportunity to sing at the funeral service. As my companion and I sang “Mas cerca Dios de Ti” – or “Nearer My God to Thee” the room was filled with the spirit, the family began to cry, and I really felt the confidence that this is not the end for the Family Reyes. They will be together again someday.
I love this Gospel so much and the comfort and joy it brings into my life! I know that we can really live with our Families Forever and that this Gospel is how we achieve this reality!
love you all so so much!!!
xoxoxo

Hna. Hansen

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Week 20

with the Cristo

with the Cristo

Lima

Lima

Thank you!  Love my package!!

Thank you! Love my package!!

me and my campanion at the beach

me and my campanion at the beach

Hermana's in my Zone!

Hermana’s in my Zone!

Me with the Cristo

Me with the Cristo

Hola Familia!!
This week went by so fast!!!!

CRISTO!! – this last p-day we got to go visit one of the many giant Christ statues that are in the hills that surround Lima! After taking a bus and then hiking up side of the hill we finally arrived and the view was so amazing!! Our zone is right by the beach so we have such an amazing view!!! It was crazy to look down and realize that all those little colorful boxes are houses!!! It never ceases to amaze me of how many people live in Lima and also how huge Lima really is!!!
“Id al Rescate!”- This week our president and our Leaders had a huge push for working with the inactive and less active members in our Wards.The cool part about this new change in how we work as missionaries is that when we go to the house of a less active or inactive member, most often there are members in their family or people that they live with that aren’t members or have never talked with missionaries!! It is these people that the Lord has prepared to hear the message of Jesus Christ!

Miracles- These past three weeks has been really rough with one of the recent converts in our ward. Falling back in his addiction problems we were unable to have contact with him for 3 weeks! But after all of our calls and our attempts to visit him were in vain, we ran into him randomly as we were walking home from one of our lessons. He expressed how much it meant to him to see us and how much he missed the Ward and the way he felt in the Church. The next day he attended Church and we are now working with the ward to really give him the strength and support he needs! It really hit me how much of a miracle this moment really was- after 3 weeks of not being able to find him anywhere, the Lord made our paths cross!
Tired But Happy- This past week has been a week of lessons… really! With all of our work with Less actives and the continuing work with our investigators we were constantly walking, teaching and planning!!! It was one of those weeks where come Sunday night all my companion could say when she looked at me was…. ” Wow you look so tired….” but what really dawned on me was that while, yes… I was exhausted, I have never felt so happy and content in my exhaustion! I hope that makes sense…. but really. When you spend every moment thinking about others, thinking about what you can do to help improve the life of someone else you are happier. Every time we share a lesson and our Investigator or Less Active progresses in their faith, or reads their scriptures, or says that they finally feel the love of Christ in their lives we grow a little bit with them, and we feel the love of Christ more abundantly in our lives.
I love this work and I feel so blessed to be in Peru with the people that I know I’m supposed to work and grow with!!! Love you all so much! Have the most amazing week ever!!!
much Love,
hna hansen
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Ohh my goodness these photos and the stories of starbucks are such a crack up I can totally picture that right now! haha seriously haha it totally cracks me up!! I love the photo of steph! she looks so good! and Yay I’m so glad you have been feeling better — that is such a blessing! The new rule is just that we are not allowed to eat with members… ever. everything we eat has to be in either bottles or packages…. so all the members are super annoyed because we can no longer drink their chicha or eat practically anything. Mercedes came to church! It was so nice to see her!! wow I totally remembered her face and WOW thank you for the package! I have been really good at not looking haha and I’m so excited to open everything! WOW you sent a lot haha seriously my comp was making fun of me because you sent so much stuff…. but we were so grateful because we totally ate so much candy and also that caramel corn is the BEST THING EVER really mom you were too kind to send all of that stuff to me!!!! I loved it all!!!
love you so much! Hope all is well!!! Thinking of you often!!
hna hansen

Week 19

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HOLA!
Here’s a little run-down on my week!!!
Gringas- Okay, so let me just tell you how amazing my companion is! She is from Idaho and is such an amazing missionary! I’ve learned so much from her this week and have learned the importance of really letting the spirit testify to our investigators. Unlike me, she’s never afraid of silence and really focuses on speaking from the heart, and giving the investigators time to process their feelings and the principles of our lesson. I feel so blessed to have at least 6 weeks to learn from her amazing example! It is also so fun it is to have a companion that speaks ENGLISH! haha seriously, it has been so great to be able to communicate with my comp in both English and Spanish!
Prepared People!- This week was my first week directing an area!! The significance of this is simply that I have to remember the streets, names, and people in our area! So… as you could probably guess I was a bit nervous… but wow- have I felt the hand of the Lord in my life this past week! Everytime I had an impression to visit this investigator, or that contact, we ended up finding success and finding people that the Lord has truly prepared for us to teach!!! Two of these moments were with investigators that we had not taught and not been able to contact for about 2 weeks!! One of the investigators we taught was a woman who had been recieving the lessons about 4 or 5 months ago until her husband died. Everytime we had knocked on her door the previous months she had not been home or she had canceled our appointments. But after a thought popped into my head to just pass by her house, we ended up making an appointment and teaching her the next day. Throughout our lesson the Spirit was so strong and she was so grateful for everything we shared. It was amazing to see how much our message- the reality that she would be able to see her husband again, that this life is not the end – and our invitation for her to follow Christ impacted her! We had another experience with a single mother and one of her children- her 12 year old son. While we were testifying of the importance of baptism, and the preistood or power of God the spirit became so strong. As we invited her to be baptized with her son, the feelings of peace and happiness filled the room and she began to cry. She later said that she was so happy and excited that she could be baptized with her son! It’s been such a testimony builder to me to see how every person we visited this week was for a reason! I know that I was not alone in my planning and my thoughts for who to teach this week- I really had the help and the guidence of the Lord.
Conference- WOW conference was so so powerful!! It was so wonderful also because we got to watch it in English!! It was a bit comedic though because we had about 10 missionaries in the stake secretary’s office all crowded around his computer monitor! But it was so worth it!! I loved how tons of the talks focused on Prophets and church leaders and the importance they have in helping us in directing the Church! One of my favorite talks was the one from Lynn G. Robins which focused on caring more about what God thinks that what the people in the world think! I just thought that was amazing!!! It really gave me a new perspective on the importance of putting the Lord first in our lives!!!
All and all this week was wonderful!!! I absolutely love being a missionary and I would not trade this experience for anything! I still have moments when people have no idea what I said and the language barrier becomes more apparent, but these frustrations are nothing compared to the love and guidence I feel everyday to help everyone come unto Christ and feel his love for them!!
I love this work and I love all of you!!!
xoxox
Hermana Hansen

Week 18

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Hola Family! 

Image 12Wow!! This week really just flew by!!
No Conference? This past week has been crazy in Peru because it was their week of elections. The constant marches in the street or loudspeakers driving by with political speeches wasn’t the only interruption- in Peru the day of elections is practically a holiday and the government asks that all churches, groups, clubs, etc. cancel all meetings! So… needless to say while the rest of the world was watching conference we were teaching lessons and contacting people! It was the first time in my life that there were no meetings on Sunday- and it felt so strange!!! Entonces… All the missionaries and members are so excited for conference this week & hopefully I will be able to watch it in english too!!!! Wooo!
Templo. Templo. Templo. – This past Thursday we had the opportunity to go to the temple with our new converts- Rodrigo and Daniel!! It was so amazing!!! Becuase my area is so close to the temple-we’ve been doing a lot of work with family history and trying to help every one of our recent converts enter the temple! It was so amazing that Daniel and Rodrigo had just had their own baptisms on the 13th of September and now 3 weeks later, they were able to be baptized for their grandfathers!!! It was such a beautiful day and both Daniel and Rodrigo commented on the special feelings and peace that they felt in the temple!
Gifts and Goodbyes- This week was cambios!! And since my companion and I opened our area and had the same amount of time in our barrio- we had no idea who would have a change. It was torture!!! Everytime we had to tell a person goodbye it had to be from both of us! One of our Less Actives, Hermana Janeth bought both of us peruvian purses, her daughter made us a sign, and dinner for us!! – a quick backrgound about Janet…. She is a single mom and works 2 jobs just to support her daughter! When we first taught her she had no desire to go to church again (she hadn’t attended church for 5 years or so) on our 5th visist she finally made the decision to come to church! Ever since that day she has told us that her whole life has changed- and her relationship with her daughter  (she is 15)has been so much stronger. Her daughter even told us “thank you for bringing my mom back!” So needless to say when we opened the purses that she gave us we almost cried! For her to give us something when she had so little was so heartfelt. We also had a Hermana in our ward, Hna.Gloria, paint her house and put up signs to celebrate our birthdays because she didn’t know if we would be in the area to celebrate with her!!! — honestly the members and Investigators here are amazing and so it was a complete blessing that I get to stay at least one more cambio in Bolognesi! That’s right, still no change for me!!!
But… I did get a new companion!! Her name is Hna. Holbrook and she is from Idaho! Yep, that’s right… another gringa!!! haha she finishes her mission in 1 more transfer so it is such a blessing to have an opportunity to learn from her! She is awesome!!
All in All this week was wonderful!!! Hope all is well at home!! Love you all so much!!!
xoxoxo
Hna. Hansen