Week 63

This is Hermana Turley my new companion. 2 weeks ago in Quinua together.

This is Hermana Turley my new companion. 2 weeks ago in Quinua together.

My new companion Hermana Turley! This is us in Chorrillos together last December. Who knew we would be companions now!

My new companion Hermana Turley!
This is us in Chorrillos together last December. Who knew we would be companions now!

this is from a few  weeks ago... but just so you can see my new comp!!! Hermana Turley!!!!

this is from a few weeks ago… but just so you can see my new comp!!! Hermana Turley!!!!

Guillermina's baptism!!!!!

Guillermina’s baptism!!!!!

Guillermina's baptism!!!!!

Guillermina’s baptism!!!!!


Hola Familia!!!
Wow! This week was crazy!!! Lots of Changes, Miracles, and Walking.

Cambios… before Cambios….- This week I got a call telling me that I would be having an Emergency cambio to Barrio Mariscal Caceres!!! The Mariscal Caceres ward is the area right next to mine, so luckily I still get to stay in Ayacucho!!! It was crazy packing up my things and moving to my new area… while still being so close to my old area!!!! My new companion is Hermana Turley… who was our companion for three weeks while she waiting for her new companion to arrive… all and all it’s just a crazy transfer!!! My new area is SO HUGE. It’s way bigger than any other area I have been in and so I’m getting used to walking a ton! But I love being with Hermana Turley and we can feel that our time together is going to bring miracles in Mariscal!!!

Guillermina!!– This week Guillermina was baptized!! Even though I wasn’t officially in the Garcilazo Ward, I was able to attend and be with her for that special day!! One of my favorite parts of the program was hearing her testimony after her baptism- After years of waiting for her father’s permission, he finally agreed to let her be baptized! It was amazing to see and hear her faith and complete confidence in the Lord and His plan for her, even when her father didn’t feel the same way. After lots of lessons, family challenges, and overcoming fear… she was finally able to make this important step in her life! The amazing thing is, baptism is only the beginning, I cannot wait until Guillermina can someday go to the temple, maybe even serve a mission, and one day have her own eternal family!
It truly was a beautiful event to see someone I love so much take the first step in finding lasting and eternal happiness.

Miracles!!- So like I said in Mariscal we walk a lot….. this week had been a real struggle to even have lessons. We had been doing all we could to find new investigators and have lessons, but things weren’t coming easy! It was Sunday night and we had only had one lesson and had been walking all day…. At the end of the night the name of a referral, Betsy, came to my mind. Without any set appointment we went right away! When we arrived at the house she told us that she was busy and we should come back a different day…. as we walked away from the house we suddenly heard shouting… she was yelling to us to come back! Her husband had wanted to listen to us. My companion and I were shocked. That never happens. She let us in and we began to teach Betsy with her husband Wilmer! As we began talking about eternal families and they blessings that they desire for their family, the spirit became so strong. They both have strong desires to build a relationship with God and to help their family grow stronger in the gospel of Jesus Christ! This lesson was such a miracle to me! After a week filled with walking, and few lessons… the Lord gave us the blessing of finding an amazing family!! I know that the Lord is always preparing people to receive the gospel in their lives! I feel so blessed to be an instrument in his hands to help all come unto Him!!!

Love you all!!!
xoxo
Hermana Hansen

WOW!! cannot believe the wedding is around the corner!!! seriously so crazy!! I sent a letter with an hermana that had a bunch of tips for candice before she went to the temple… but I don’t know if she sent it yet!!! I’ll write her a little bit today because there is so much I wish I would’ve know before I entered the temple! Looks like everyone is having a fun summer! the grandkids are so cute!!!!! and I totally can see that you are the best grandma ever!!!!!! seriously the best!!!! hahahh that dinner looks so good!!! is that the backyard of christian and steph???? Don’t forget to send a bunch of photos!!!! I want to see everything!!! It’s crazy because I have totally found peace in the fact that I will not be there… I know I am supposed to be here at this time and I know that them getting married in the temple is THE MOST IMPORTANT THING!!!!!!!

Love you sooooo much!!!!
xoxox
Hannah

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Week 62

Ayacucho!!

Ayacucho!!

My Companions!!

My Companions!!

Hanging out with the Cuy!!

Hanging out with the Cuy!!

Hola Familia!!!!

Wow! This week has been crazy! Here is a rundown of the week!

Miracles! – This week we were struggling a bit to find new investigators. Starting out the afternoon with 3 canceled appointments, I was starting to feel a bit discouraged…. As we left the 3 house that rejected us… I said a short little prayer. Expressing my worries to the Lord…. ” Please help me to know what to do to find new investigators” about 2 minutes later I recieved a phone call…. it was Jesus, a reference we had received from a member but never had been able to teach them…. as I began to talk with Jesus he told me that he and his mom were home and wanted us to come visit them right away. Wow. After trying to find their house for 20 min… we finally found it and were able to teach Jesus and his mom Julia! Even more amazingly Julia came to church this Sunday and expressed to us the peace and happiness she felt in the Church Meetings! I know that the Lord listens to our prayers…. I know that he knows what we need before we do, and that He is always preparing people for us to teach!!!

Random Findings- This Sunday we received a reference of a 13 year old girl who wasn’t a member but had received a blessing as a Child. Not knowing anything about her, we just took her information and went out to find her! After all our appointments had fallen through, the thought came to my mind. Go visit Dafne. After finding her house we rang their loudspeaker….. the voice that answered was a man’s voice and his response was not too welcoming…. he asked us who had given him this address and did not sound too happy to be talking to us…. He sternly told us that he would come down to talk to us in person to see what our motives really were…… To be honest my companions and I were pretty scared to talk to him…. but we decided to stay and talk. As we began to talk to Dafne’s father Hugo he began to soften his heart. A little grudgingly he decided to let us in to share something small. His wife, Elizabeth also joined us and we were able to share a short message about Jesus Christ and how their family can one day be eternal! We soon found out that both Hugo and Elizabeth were members who had gone inactive before their daughter Dafne was to the age of baptism! This lesson was amazing! The spririt was so strong and I could truly see each one of them dressed in white entering the temple one day! It was such a testimony to me that the Lord is directing his work! Everytime we recieve a name of someone to visit, it is the Lord directing us to the people who need the divine help and hope of Jesus Christ!

I love this work and know that I truly was called to be here in Peru at this time!!! I feel so blessed to be with my two amazing companions and I learn so much from them each day!!! I know that this gospel is true!!!

Love you all!!!
xoxox
Hermana Hansen

Week 61

Finally got my invite!!!!

Finally got my invite!!!!

mc hammer pants are big here.... hahah

mc hammer pants are big here…. hahah

Quinoa!!

Quinoa!!


Hola Familia!!!

This week was wonderful!! I am still loving Ayacucho and loving my companions they are amazing!!! Here is a rundown of the week…..

Concilio!- This week was the week of Concilio!!! …. so also the week of traveling! The 10 hour drive wasn’t actually that bad! This leadership council was awesome! It really focused on how we can teach, and learn in the Lord’s way! It was wonderful to listen to President and at the same time have discussions with missionaries from all over our mission!!! It’s amazing how when you let him, the Holy Ghost can direct a meeting!

Miracles!- This week we were visiting a Rescue named Yanina! As we began our lesson on the Plan of Salvation, she told us that the father of her daughter would be arriving soon so we would have to give a short lesson!! We had seen her ex-husband many times before and he had never wanted to listen, and never really even wanted to talk with us! About 3 min after he called there was a knock at the door, and Jose Luis, her ex-husband arrived! To our surprise he decided to enter and to listen! We had such a wonderful lesson about the plan that God has for us and at the finish Jose promised to read The Book of Mormon and come to church this next Sunday! The even bigger miracle was when he offered the closing prayer and asked the Lord for help to recieve answers from God and change his life!! WOW! My companions and I were so taken aback by his desires to truly follow Jesus Christ! Wow! It was truly a tender mercy and we cannot wait for the following lesson!

The First Vision!- Okay this week my companions and I were asked to give a little workshop on the First Vision in our Zone Training! WOW! It was so amazing to focus on the First Vision and really think about why it was so important that Joseph Smith saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ that Spring day in 1820. Before my mission I don’t think I really understood the importance of this incredible event… but now this amazing event has so much more importance and significance in my life. The first vision was the beginning of the restoration of the Gospel, the beginning of having the authority of god or preistood power in the earth, it was how we eventually would recieve the Book of Mormon, and it is how we gained knowledge of the divinity of God and the Love he has for each of us. As we were preparing our workshop, I began to reflect on the Question – What would my life be without the First Vision?

Everytime I say the words of Joseph Smith describing his experience in seeing God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ, I am reminded that this is Why I’m a missionary. This is How my family can be together forever…. this is why I will see my father again. This is Why the gospel of Jesus Christ brings Joy and happiness in my life!!! I know that God loves each of us and that he still answers prayers, and still gives us guidence each day! All we have to do is ask, and he will give us the answers that we need.

Love you all!
xoxox
Hermana Hansen

Week 60

my companions!!! hermana Trejo and Hermana Esser!

my companions!!! hermana Trejo and Hermana Esser!

Doughnuts!!

Doughnuts!!


Hola Familia!!
This week was crazy!! Here is a rundown of how my week went!

Bus Crash- So this week as we were on our way to one of our lessons, the craziest thing happened! We were riding the bus as always…. when our bus crashed! It was a pretty powerful collision because almost everyone in the bus was thrown to the floor…. including me and my companion! What was even more crazy was after the crash the car resposible began to speed away, so the bus began to chase after it! It was so insane! I felt like I was in a movie or something! Finally, after riding in this bus gone rogue for 5 LONG minutes, we were able to get off the bus and WALK the rest of the way to our appointment! My companion and I were so blessed that we only had a few bruises and scrapes and nothing serious!!!

We’re 3! – This week we recieved our new companion!!! Hermana Esser!!! She is from Arizona and is amazing!! Being together with her and Hermana Trejo is such a blessing and so much fun! I am learning so much from each of them and I’m loving every moment of it!

The Book of Mormon!- This week I was struck even more-so of the power of The Book Of Momon! In one of our lessons this week we were teaching a young family, Angeli and Walker, for the first time! As we began the lesson it became clear that Walker had many doubts and many questions about God, Jesus Christ and Religion in general. After listening to his doubts and questions, we turned to the Book of Mormon. It was funny because I told him that all the answers were in this incredible book…. he kind of looked at me with a skeptical look on his face…. but as we began to read different verses of scripture… his face completely changed…. he told us “wow…. this book does have answers”. It was such an amazing moment for me to see how the Spirit and the Book of Mormon truly work together to help us find the answers to the questions of our souls. I love the ability I have as a missionary to share this amazing book everyday! It is so amazing to see how the Lord speaks through his scriptures!This was one of my miracles this week, seeing how the Book of Mormon and Inspired questions can open the hearts of everyone!

I love this work and feel so blessed to be here in Ayacucho at this time! I know this gospel is true!

Love you all!
Hna.Hansen