Week 25

Hola Familia!!! 

Wow I can’t believe It’s already P-day Again!!!… partly because I had p-day on Wednesday, but also because this week by fast! Here are the Updates…..
Hna Holbrook and I in front  of our house.

Hna Holbrook and I in front of our house.

My Companions and I!!

My Companions and I!!

Hna Remirez and I!!

Hna Remirez and I!!

“I’m a member”– This past week has been filled with contacting and finding! Even though we didn’t have much success in finding new investigators- the Lord truly sent us a blessing and helped us to find inactive members in the unplanned and unknown moments of our day! One of these experiences was when we were trying to find the address of one of our refrences from a member, as we were standing outside making calls I saw a woman taking out the garabage that needed help with the door – I opened the door for her and when she came back she started up a conversation with us… Turns out she was a member that hadn’t come to church for about 10 years and her son- who wasn’t a member had friends in the Church and wanted to get baptized! When we had our first lesson with Her, Patricia, it became even more apparent how the Lord had directed us into her life. She expressed her gratitude for our lesson and the desire for her to be active and her son to be baptized. It’s also amazing how a small thing such as opening the door for someone can be such an indicator of Love and Kindess- and open the way for conversations. This totally reminded me of my Dad’s philosophy in Missionary work— First, Serve them. Next, Talk about their lives, what they need. Then, Share the Truths that you know and Love. And Lastly, Invite them to be a part of it. Invite them to be your friend!

People’s Progression– This week I’ve truly learned that each person progresses differently. As we continue to teach the Family Reyes (the family with 7 daughters) I’ve come to see how even in a family each one of the daughters has different needs and wants from the gospel. This week we finally put a Baptism date with one of the daughters, Rocio!! It was so exciting to hear her testimony and her desire to be baptized when she recieves her answer that the Church is true!!! I love teaching every member of this family and they have truly become part of my family! We are still teaching 2 of the other sisters and working with other less actives that are in there family! Even with their varied progression, I still have faith that one day their family will truly be eternal! And I can only imagine how excited their father is for that day!
Companions!! Wow! I love my companions!!! Hna. Ramirez is amazing! She teaches with the Spirit and has such a strong desire to be the best missionary she can be! The only thing that has been a little difficult is adjusting to speaking spanish 24-7! I have to admit, I got a little spoiled with Hna. Holbrook and let my spanish go a bit!!! But it’s good to have a native speaker again because she challenges me to speak better and also understand more clearly…. because she has a whole new accent… and to be honest I don’t always understand what she is saying…. hahah but I Love her so much!
Thank you for all the letters and prayers!!! Love you all so much and feel so blessed to have a family as amazing as you all!
Much Love,
xoxoxo
Hermana Hansen
Ps. If you have time read 2 Nephi 4 — especially verses 35&36… they are so powerful and just remind me that if we put our confidence in the Lord he will bless us with Strength!
xoxo!
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Week 24

Hola Familia!! 

Well, I’m Back in Peru and Loving it!!!
I’m still companions with Hermana Holbrook, but guess what? I also recieved a new companion!!! I’m now in a trio and I’m a trainer!! My “Baby” as we would say in missionary language is Hermana Ramirez and she is from Columbia!! She is so amazing and so prepared it’s insane! Yesterday in our first Lesson together she invited our investigator to be baptized and she accepted!! It was so amazing to see how fearless and ready to serve she was on her first day! I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to train and grow together with my new companion and Hermana Holbrook!
Having the opportunity to go home for the Funeral of my Father was both difficult and wonderful. It was great to see my family, but also hard to accept that my father wasn’t physically there with us. Even still, it was amazing to see my family and witness first hand how the gospel of Jesus Christ has helped each of us differently.–I’ve really come to recognize how important the gospel is in helping us through these difficult times.  As a missionary I have come to recognize and feel the spirit so much more in my life.- Seriously, It was amazing to be home, but at the same time feel that peace and joy as a missionary! It truly made me realize how blessed I am to be a missionary at this time in my life!
 During my talk at the Funeral of my Father I chose to speak on the Atonement and how it is through Jesus Christ that every Human Being will one day be resurrected-  that through Him, “there is no more death” Each time I shared my simple testimony of Jesus Christ I felt the Spirit so strongly- and truly felt the Love of My Savior testify that this is true. That Christ knows exactly how I feel in this moment- and he is here for me. I truly know that this is true and feel so blessed that I get to share this testimony and hope with the people here in Peru. Love you all!!!
I know my father was so proud of my decision to serve and that he will be with me every step of this Journey!!

Burial with my family

Burial with my family

View from the plane

View from the plane

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xoxox Hermana Hansen

Week 23

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With our Mi Familia Family History Books!!!!

With our Mi Familia Family History Books!!!!

Hola Family!

I don’t know how I can even begin to express the emotions and the experiences that I have had this past week. As a missionary I spend everyday teaching people that this life isn’t the end. That our families aren’t temporary. And that we can truly live with our families forever. I’ve always known that this is true, that through the Gospel of Jesus Christ we have this hope. But now, I know without a doubt that I will see my Father again. It’s not the end.
It’s been incredible to feel the strength and peace that I have gained through this simple knowledge and testimony. As I talked to my Mission President about the death of my father and the circumstances of where I am at this moment, I began to see that I am here- in Peru- for a reason. God puts people, trials, and experiences in our lives for a reason. Sometimes we don’t know why or we can’t make sense of why things need to happen- but when we truly rely on our faith, we can feel the Lord’s love in any circumstance.And I have truly felt this love and strength through these last few days.
 About 3 weeks ago my companion and I started teaching a family whose father had passed away suddenly at a relatively young age. As we finished the lesson one day I had this strange impression that I would be able to share their pain, their experiences, and truly come to know what they were going through… I thought, “That’s wierd, because my dad is alive…”. But now I see, now I know, that it wasn’t a coincidence….God had put me in their life to help them, and they had been put in my life to help me through this moment. Experiences like this one have been happening all week…. This week, we had the chance to go to the temple with one of our Converts that had been doing the Family History for her Parents! Normally we just wait outside the temple because it is really small, but as an answer to my prayers my companion and I got to sit inside and just really think and pray and ponder. I don’t think I’ve ever felt such peace and strength come to me. My tears began to stop and I just began to remember… remember my dad. All the things I loved about him, all the things we shared, all the experiences that were ours. I began to truly feel his presence and the things he would say to me if he were here….
I’m so grateful for the opportunity I have to be a missionary at this time and in this circumstance. It hasn’t been an easy week, but I have seen the tender mercies of the Lord working in my life and helping me little by little. I know my father would want me to continue my mission, to continue to work hard-  helping people truly come unto Christ, and feel the same peace and strength that I feel right now.I know this Church is True with all of my heart and I feel so blessed to have had the most amazing example and father.I Love you all so much and I am so grateful for your prayers and support.
Love you all so much,
Hna. Hansen

Week 22

Hola Familia!! 

This week went by as speedily as the rest!! I am loving Bolognesi and loving my companion, She is seriously the best!! I never thought I would get to have a gringa companion and now that I do I’m soaking in every moment of it!!! Seriously she’s the best!! Here are some of the highlights!
“You never know about soup….”- Our pensionista always makes soup for us and normally it’s really good, but sometimes its a little hard to know exactly what is in the soup…. for example this past week our pensionista was talking about how she prepared the soup of the day and low and behold we discovered that to make the broth it was a special process that involved fish heads and other various parts of the fish’s body… bon a petit!
Spanish is a Struggle- This past week my companion and I gave the lesson in Relief Society. Our lesson was on Family History and the importance of Temples! As I was talking about the importance about recording our family history I meant to ask… “how many of you are filling up your family history books!” when in reality I said… “how many of you are full?” of course we all burst into laughter!! – especially because it was fast sunday… haha
Families can be together forever!- This past week we continued to teach the family of Cesar, the member that had passed away last week, and wow! they are so prepared and wonderful!! I already feel like they are part of my family! During all of our lessons the spirit is so strong and you can just feel their desire to learn and to develop the love for the gospel that their father had. This sunday one of the daughters even stood up during sacrament and shared her testimony! She shared how she knew without a doubt that her family would be reunited and could live together once more!!! Her testimony was so powerful and a great reminder of the importance that simple truths can have in our everyday lives. Something so simple as the knowledge that “families can be together forever” can bless our lives and give us comfort and strength in the moment that we need it the most! I love this familiy so much and it’s amazing to see how the example of their father and his love for the gospel had such an effect on his family that now almost every member wants to listen to the gospel!
I love this work and I love Peru!! Everyday I’m here I just continue to feel a love for the people and the gospel that is just indescribable!
Love you all so much!!
xoxox
Hna. Hansen

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