Week 67

windy day at quinoa!

windy day at quinoa!

I love my Companion!!

I love my Companion!!

Quinoa!

Quinoa!


Hola Familia!
Wow cannot believe another week has passed by! Here is the rundown of the week!

President Comes!- This week our President and his wife came to Ayacucho!!! We had a Zone conference, interviews, and then Stake Conference! It was a fun filled and crazy weekend! One of the things that truly impacted me was when he talked about how in the scriptures the prophets “Shout Praises.” He then asked us if we, as servants of the Lord, “Shout Praises” when we teach and talk. It really made me reflect on how amazing this gospel truly is! How could we not “Shout Praises” as we testify that families can be together forever, that we can be cleansed from sin, that we are never alone! Every part of the gospel is something we should rejoice in! It also made me realize how happy I am that I have this opportunity to share this wonderful gospel and “Shout Praises” everyday!

The Miracle of the Book of Mormon!- Okay so this week my companion and I saw a miracle! We have been teaching Yolanda for the past 2 weeks! She is wonderful but she never really seemed to fully comprehend the importance of the gospel and it was very difficult for her to understand the scriptures. But this week everything changed… as we begun our lesson with her she told us that she had read the Book of Mormon, she explained the entire chapter to us perfectly! She told us that her comprehension was improving and that she felt such peace as she read the Book of Mormon. She even prayed to know if the Book of Mormon was true and received answers that it was in fact the word of God. As she explained to us many mini-miracles that she had recognized in her work and home, she testified to us that God was mindful of her and that this was his path. Sunday morning when we went to pass by her house to go to conference she was all ready and we even got to church early! (that never happens in Peru!) It was so cute to see her excitement in listening to the talks and singing the hymns…. she truly had transformed in her attitude about everything! This helped me to remember the power that the Book of Mormon has. It truly has the power to change people, to lift spirits, and help us recognize the mini-miracles that happen each day!

I love this work and I feel so blessed to be here as a missionary at this time in my life! I love this work so much and testify that the Lord knows us all personally and knows what we need, when we need it!

Love you all!!
xoxoxo
Hna. Hansen

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Week 66

I Love the Temple!!!

I Love the Temple!!!

my new companion!Hermana Ybañez from Argentina!!!

my new companion!Hermana Ybañez from Argentina!!!

outside our house!! Love Ayacucho!

outside our house!! Love Ayacucho!


Hola Familia!!!!

Wow! This week flew by! Here is a little rundown of my week….

My New Companion!!- My new companion is Hermana Ybañez!! She is from Mendoza, Argentina and is seriously amazing! She is so prepared and so in tune with the spirit! I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to be her trainer because I honestly feel as if she is training me!!! It’s also so fun because she loves English and so we’ve been really working on our language skills together!

Temple!- Okay I have been so spoiled! Because I was in Lima and we had to wait for our bus again, we got to go to the temple!!! As I was sitting in the temple it hit me that so much time has passed since I first entered this beautiful temple in Lima. Since that first time I have had so many amazing experiences within those walls and each time I come to understand more and more how close our Heavenly Father really is to each of us!

The Restoration- Wow! This week we had an amazing lesson with Isabel, Efrain,Piero, and Fattima, a family that we contacted about a week ago. As we began to teach the message of the restoration… the father, Efrain began to share with us his doubts, questions, and concerns. Noting the confusion in his face, we began to teach the restoration…. applying every part to his needs and his concerns. As we reached the story of the First Vision…. I recited it from memory and a spirit so strong filled the room. The peace we felt seemed to melt away the doubt and confusion. As we explained that Joseph Smith received an answer to his humble prayer…. Efrain asked us…. How can I know that this is true? How can I have this knowledge that you both have? As we invited him and his family to “ask of God” and read the Book of Mormon, their desire to recieve their own answers from God was so apparent. Efrain even mentioned…”wow, I guess I need to read this book then…” His simple realization of the need to read and ask for himself was a result of the Holy Ghost. It doesn’t cease to amaze me how the Spirit can enter the hearts of the children of men and help them feel not only the love of God, but also how He can help us recognize what we need to do to receive answers from God.

I feel so blessed to be here in this area with this companion at this time! Even though this week proved difficult with limited time, and few lessons…. I truly recognized that the Lord utilizes us all in different ways. Sometimes we are planting seeds, sometimes we see the fruits of our labors immediately, and other times we just doing all we can to serve him and his children.

I love this work and I love each day I have as a servant of the Lord!
Love you all!
xoxox
Hannah

Week 65

MOTHER DAUGHTER GRANDAUGHTER

MOTHER DAUGHTER GRANDAUGHTER

sweeping a dirt floor for service!!!

sweeping a dirt floor for service!!!

Cannot believe that Hna Guelet is finishing her mission today!!!!

Cannot believe that Hna Guelet is finishing her mission today!!!!

N amiko is going on a mission!!!!

N amiko is going on a mission!!!!

My Zone!!!

My Zone!!!


Hola Familia!!!

Wow!!! this week was crazy! So many amazing things happened this week- here’s a rundown!

Cambios!- This week was cambios!! We received the call saturday morning that Hermana Turley would be changing to lima and I would be staying in Ayacucho to train!!!! I Can’t believe that I will be training again- and staying in Ayacucho!! Even crazier is that when we arrived to the office today President called us and told us he needed to talk to us right away. As we waited in his office- Hermana Araujo my “daughter” who I trained in Cañete about 6 months ago- who had gone home for bad health- entered the room!!! She started bawling and then got reassigned to be hermana Turley’s companion!!! It was so great to see her again and I am so happy that she back in the mission after 6 months of treatments!!!!!

Mini-Miracles- Today was a week of mini-miracles. One such miracle was on Friday! After all of our appointments had fallen through, my companion decided we should walk to the end of the world to visit a less active who had never-ever been home in the 6 months that hermana Turley has been in Mariscal. After finally arriving and knocking, we were let in and got to meet Yolanda! She was finishing up cleaning the house and looks stressed and worn-down. As we began to teach, the spirit became so strong. We talked about the Love Heavenly Father has for each of his Children, and how we are never alone. As we taught, Yolanda began to cry… she told us that it was her birthday- And all day she had been praying to feel the Lords love, and not feel so alone on her special day…. I almost started to cry as I was reminded that we truly are servants in the Lord’s Hands. That when we visit others, we are doing the Lord’s work.

Namiko!- It was also so amazing this week because I got to see Namiko Reyes, who was my rescue from Bolognesi! She has just opened her mission call to go to paraguay and she will be leaving on Oct.8! It was such a blessing that I got to go to church in Bolognesi this sunday so I could say goodbye and give her one last hug before she begins on her own amazing mission experience! I just know she will touch the lives of many, and I cannot wait to hear about the miracles she will see everyday as a servant of the Lord!

Temple!- This week was also Concilio so I got to go to the Temple!!! One of my favorite moments was when I was able to sit in the sealing room for a little bit. Looking into the infinity mirrors, I was touched by the reality that Families are Forever! I was overwhelmed with joy that now my sister has begun her own eternal family! And even though I wasn’t physically there at her wedding, being able to enter into the sealing room a few days later, halfway around the world was an amazing blessing for me!

I know this work is important and I feel so blessed that I have the opportunity to serve here at this time!!!

Love you all!
Hna. Hansen

AHHHH I love all the photos!!!! I am writing from the office so I am showing everyone the photos and they are all impressed with how beautiful candice is and how amazing all the wedding photos are!!! seriously they are all gorgeous!!!!!! keep sending photos!!! I love seeing them all!!!! seriously!!! cannot believe time has flown by!!! I am waiting in lima now to get my new companion!! I will be training!!!! ahhhh again!!! sounds like everything went well with the wedding… … I am not trunky! just cannot believe that I only have 3 months left. it is surreal.

love you so much!!!

xoxox
Hannah

Week 64

My Companion and Me at the Temple!!!

My Companion and Me at the Temple!!!

AHHHHH thank you so so much!!! I loved everything in my package... my companion is also so grateful!!! We have been enjoying every bite of it!!!!

AHHHHH thank you so so much!!! I loved everything in my package… my companion is also so grateful!!! We have been enjoying every bite of it!!!!

Las Hermana's

Las Hermana’s

pic of the goodies!!!!  THANK YOU!! I cannot say it enough!!!!

pic of the goodies!!!!
THANK YOU!! I cannot say it enough!!!!


Hola Familia!!!
This week was great! Here’s a rundown of the Happenings in Ayacucho!!!

Walking!- I am still baffled at how huge my new area is! The other day we climbed 232 stairs!!! I think maybe the Lord is telling me I need to get back in shape! But it’s been so fun to be with Hermana Turley! She is amazing and because she walks so fast…. it really pushes me to “pick up the pace” haha

Elder Bednar Comes!!- Wow! Our mission had the amazing blessing of traveling to Lima to listen to Elder Bednar speak!!! It was amazing! First of all Elder Bednar is suprisingly funny…he was making some great jokes and was smiling and laughing as he was talking to us! It was such a memorable meeting because we didn’t listen to talks, but instead had a conversation with Elder Bednar, his wife, and some of the area presidency! The spirit was so strong and the atmosphere almost overwhelming as 3 Lima missions, and the MTC… over 700 missionaries gathered together to listen to an apostle! Many missionaries participated, sharing their feelings and later asking questions. It was amazing how strongt the spirit was as we were not talked at, but instead involved in the teaching process! It truly was a spiritual experience filled with impressions of the spirit, and as Elder Bednar said, listening to “the things that were not said, but you heard.”

Miracles!!! – It was sunday and as we were heading to church, my companion and Ibeginning to worry that none of our investigators would come to church! We had called, passed by houses and everything, but they had been sick or unable to…. as we ran to church I said a little prayer… that we could have at least one investigator in church. The meeting started and still no one arrived… it wasn’t until after sacrament meeting that we realized our prayers had been answered….. A member in our ward had brought her friend, Elva and her 12 year old daughter to church! We ended up talking to them and setting up an appointment to visit and teach them this week! It was amazing to me to see how when we really do our part-we do all that we possibly can- the Lord will answer our prayers… he will literally open the windows of heaven and pour us out blessings! My companion and I experienced that first hand this past week, we saw that sometimes miracles aren’t only huge incredible moments, but they are also the small answers that we recieve when we ask and act with faith!

Love you all so much!
xoxox
Hannah