This will be the next to the last letter from Hannah.
She will be arriving home on Dec 1st. at 1:06 pm
We’d love you to join us to welcome her home when she arrives at SFO.
If you can make it her flight information is
Delta Air Lines DL 1680
Departure 01 December 10:50 AM Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson Atl (+) Terminal: S
Arrival 01 December 01:06 PM San Francisco San Francisco Intl (+) Terminal: 1
Duration 05:16 (Non stop)
Booking status Confirmed
Class Economy (Q)
Baggage allowance 2PC
Equipment BOEING 737-
Wow! This week went by faster than most! Here’s a rundown of what happened!
Families in the street!- Okay, so about 2 weeks ago my companions and I contacted a super-cute family in the street! They were great but they didn’t want to give us their contact information and even though they were a bit stand-offish, they were super friendly. As we walked away from the contact, my companions and I felt bad that we hadn’t been able to get their info. But as we were walking away a thought came to my mind…. if we are meant to teach them the Lord will put them in our path again…. and that is exactly what happened yesterday! As we were walking through our area we saw the same family!!! Obviously we contacted them, and they were notably impressed that we had run into one another once more. This time they gave their information to us right away and we have an appointment to go visit them this week! It was a true testimony to me that the Lord is preparing people, he listens to our prayers, and is guiding us in each moment!
Marriage Proposals!- This week we had an awesome lesson with Gladys and Nicolas. We decided to base our lesson on “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” to help them realize the importance of families and marriage. Nicolas and Gladys have been living together for 10 years!! Gladys told us that she has never had desires to get married, and she still didn’t really understand the point of it all. To respond to her doubts we began to read a few paragraphs of the proclamation. As we read we could see Gladys was beginning to understand, She explained that she had never thought it was so important to God that we have families based on the vows of marriage. We then explained that through marriage our families can be sealed together forever, we can literally live with our families even after this life. The Spirit was so strong and I began to think about how grateful I am that my parents decided to be married and sealed for all eternity. That all my life I could witness, and see an amazing example of what temple marriage is and how it can bless our lives. As we invited Nicolas and Gladys to get married the cutest thing happened… Nicolas turned to Gladys said her full name and asked for her hand in marriage…. she accepted and they gave each other a little kiss! Ah it was such a sweet moment and truly was a little miracles!! I can only imagine how Nicolas’s son, whose serving a mission in Columbia, will feel today when he receives the email that his parents are engaged!
I Love this work and I feel so blessed to have this amazing calling! I know the Lord is preparing people each day and I know that through our small actions we can truly make a difference!
Love you all!
Hannah will be home December 1, SFO
This week was amazing!! Here is a little highlight of the week!!…
Finding a Family!- This week my companions and I went to find a reference that I had received in my email last week! Irene had come in contact with the missionaries in her mother’s house. Her mom had been baptized about a year ago and she had seen the changes and the help her mother had received from the church- wanting this change in her own life, she had given her information to the misisonaries! When we arrived at her house, we also invited her husband to join us for the lesson. After waiting for what seemed like forever, her husband finally arrived and we were able to meet Alex. At first Alex seemed a little bit more difficult- with his arms covered in tattoos and his face with an expression of ” I’m not interested” my companions and I were praying that the Spirit could touch his heart. Our first lesson with them was great- They both had great desires to follow Christ and even with their 1 year old son… who is the most noisy, crazy child I have ever seen… they were able to commit to reading The Book of Mormon. It was super funny because Irene told us that she was going to follow in this path one way or another and if Alex wanted to follow her that would be his choice… a bit caught off guard Alex affirmed that he was with her and he wanted this for his family too! So when we asked Alex to say the prayer at the end of the lesson, he agreed. As we all kneeled together to pray there was a sweet Spirit in his prayer… as he finished he shared with us that it was the first prayer he had ever offered in his life! Wow! Nothing compares with seeing a father kneel with his family for the first time in his life and humbly ask for help and guidance in his life and the life of his family! This sweet spirit only continued in our next lesson… they had read the chapter we had left in the Book of Mormon and as we taught the restoration they were able to listen and comprehend despite the noises of their little earthquake of a child. And as Alex knelt for the second time in his life to offer another closing prayer, we were able to see him smile! We could see something different in his face- happiness. Alex told us that while reading the Book of Mormon and praying, he had felt like it had “filled him up”, he had felt a peace and comfort. For me this was an amazing miracle. That someone who at first was so standoffish could later be the one asking us when we could come back for another lesson! That he could be the one praying and wanting to act and learn more! They even went to church on Sunday!
I’m so grateful that we were able to find this family that the Lord has been preparing. I know that there are people waiting to hear this restored gospel and I feel so blessed for the opportunity I have to teach and love them! I love being a missionary. I love testifying of Christ! I love seeing how the gospel of Jesus Christ Changes lives!!!
Love you all!
Loved seeing the photos!!! Looks like everyone is doing great!!! I will be using the southwest card to purchase whatever I will use! I will be paying you back after!! ahh that is so crazy that ellie is due so soon and that thanksgiving is next week! … even stranger is that I will be able to tell you to save me some stuffing….
You’re so right. it’s so strange to think that the mission is coming to an end. I’m trying not to think about it much and its actually wonderful because we are working so hard I don’t have to distract myself too much! I will totally write down my testimony so I never forget it! lately I’ve been writing a lot more in my journal… getting kind of sentimental and all!
thanks for your letters each week! I cherish them!!!! LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!!
On the roof of the house!
This week was a bit rough, but also filled with miracles and great moments! Ah I just love being a missionary! Here is a rundown of the week….
Leadership Council!- Ah this week was my last leadership council! It was such a blessing because I got to see lots of my companions who are serving outside of Lima! The thing that impacted me the most was seeing Hermana Ramirez who I trained when I was at the beginning of my mission. I still remember going to pick her up on her first day in the mission and and now she has a year! We both couldn’t believe how fast the time has gone by… how fast the mission flies. It’s so amazing to see how she has become such a great leader and example in the mission! ahh! I also got to see my other “hija” Hermana Haupt!! It was so great to catch up while also listening to the new council from our president!
Familia Ticona.- Quick update on the amazing Ticona Family! This Sunday for the first time ever Maria came with her husband Christian!!! It was amazing to see Chrstian acting and exercising his faith! He enjoyed the meetings and even though he ended up getting stuck in nursery for a bit… he enjoyed the snacks haha and said he’ll be coming back next week! They are still talking about a marriage date, but I know with all of my heart that one day they will be an eternal family! And even though I may not be here to see it all unfold, I feel blessed that I get to be here to help them in this amazing process!!
Miracle! – This week was a bit rough at first because we had not found new investigators all week! It was 7:00 Sunday night, and we still had not found anyone! But it came to our minds to visit a less active, Nicolas, who lives with his girlfriend who is not a member. To our surprise they were there and for the first time ever, his girlfriend, Gladys, decided to listen! Our lesson was great and we were able to see that Gladys has true desires to receive answers about the church and do what she can to have an eternal family! ahhh it was such a miracle to us that we were able to find a new family to teach! My companions and I left the lesson grateful and estatic that we had been able to witness a miracle … that the Lord had helped us when we had done all we could!
The Power of a Testimony- Juan is such an amazing investigator. In each lesson we can see his faith growing! This past week we had the opportunity to teach the Plan of Salvation! As we were testifying of eternal families Juan looked straight at me and asked me “do you really believe that this plan is true?” I responded with a quick yes and then began to explain, why or how I know. I told him that I believe every person has experiences in their lives that help them realize that the Lord has a plan for each of us, for me this realization happened recently. I had learned about the Plan of Salvation from a young age and I had believed it. I believed that my family could live together forever. But when my father passed away about a year ago, the plan became much more personal and meaningful. It was no longer my family can be together forever. But it was I know my family will be together forever if I do my part. I know I will see my father again. I know I will be able to see my parents together again. I know it! And for me my answer or confirmation of this plan comes each time I teach it! Each time I testify of this wonderful future our Heavenly Father has prepared for us! Each time I testify of Eternal families I feel this burning confirmation in my heart that it is true and that my dad is there waiting for me! …. as I shared this experience and my testimony with Juan the Spirit filled the room…. it was so powerful it just hit you. It was such a tender mercy to me that I was able to share my testimony with Juan in this moment. As this past week was the year mark of my father’s passing, sharing this testimony helped me realize how much this Plan is a part of my life and helped me remember that because of Jesus Christ “there is no more death”
I love this work and I know the Lord blesses us when we do our part! I testify that the Lord has a plan for each of us! I love this work and I love this gospel!!
love you all!!
(response from my letter)
awwww it looks like the perfect way to remember such an amazing father and friend! My emotions too are all over the place… it feels so weird that a year ago our lives changed for good… I also think that remembering dad’s passing at this moment when I only have a few weeks left is also really hard because I feel like here in the mission … that is my life and I feel the help and guidence of Dad often. I love being a missionary and I feel so blessed to be with these companions at this time… the Lord truly knows what we need when we need it and I testify that is 100 percent true! I will make sure to write my testimony as I know this time in my life is when I had the chance to focus 100% on my relationship with the Lord. I feel so grateful for these 17 months that I’ve had and the 3 weeks I have left!
Love you so much!
ps I was thinking it would be fun to buy something for all of the hermanas in the mission as like a christmas present…. Is it okay if I use your card and pay you back! I just know lots of missionaries don’t recieve things for christmas and it would be cheaper to buy here and give to my companions to send around christmastime!
love you so much!
ps you look so good and skinny!!! I however an getting fatter in lima! ahhhh
Wow! This week went by so fast!! Heres a rundown of what happened this week!!
Familia Ticona! – The Familia Ticona was a family that the hermanas that were here before us had been teaching on and off for the last month. As we prepared to get to know the family… reading their teaching record… my companions and I were a bit worried about teaching the father… the hermanas had said he was a bit “cold.” However in our first lesson the father, Christian, opened up to us. Shared his doubts, concerns and desires to have an eternal family. The Spirit was so strong and we could truly see the Spirit working through him! Each lesson since then we have come to build an amazing relationship with this family. Even though Christian speaks sternly, he’s becoming to understand there are many blessings his family can receive through the restored gospel. He’s also hilarious. He says what is on his mind- flat out. This has created many great moments in our lessons…. One of my favorite lessons with them happened last week. As we talked about Joseph Smith and the first vision, we began to testify of eternal families. That because of the authority of God that has been restored upon the earth we can be with our families forever. As we explained this incredible truth, we could see Maria and Christian change. We could see them come to understand the importance of having an eternal family. Like many families in Peru, Maria and Christian aren’t married. And as we talked about how marriage is the first step to having this eternal family…. Christian, as always, weighed in. He told us he had never thought of marriage as important, but now he understood. Now he wanted to make this change in his life. Even though they are still talking about a marriage date, this lesson was a miracle for me. That this wonderful family could understand some of the steps they need to take to become an eternal family! That is really what this life is about. Having eternal families…. doing all we can here, so we can be together there…. in the kingdom of heaven.
I love this work! I feel so blessed to be here with my two amazing companions! I am learning so much from each of them! We truly have a blast together and I feel so lucky to be with them here in this area at this time! We’re getting to know the area a little more, but we still get lost once a day! haha we’ve truly begun to rely more on the Spirit and we’ve truly begun to see the hand of the Lord in our lives each day!
I love being a missionary. I love testifying that families are forever!
Love you all!