Thursday, October 19, 2017

Week 63 - Morgantown, West Virginia - Oct 18, 2017

Ayyyy y'all!! So as you can guess from my subject title, we had transfers this week! And good news! I'm staying in Morgantown for another 6 weeks with Elder Prince! I truly feel like there's a lot more I can do here and so I'm very happy I'm staying. We've got a lot of good people we're teaching and I'm hyped to see all of them progress! 

Also we did pumpkin carving this morning with a bunch of missionaries! It was really fun! I struggle at pumpkin carving. I tried carving "DK" (cuz donkey kong) and it kind of worked out. I'll send a picture of my art skillz and you'll see what I mean. Haha! Everybody else's are sik! And then there's me...haha. Oh whale.

UPDATE ON INVESTIGATORS and LESS ACTIVES:

John and Kristy. They're doing good for the most part. We just need to actually sit down and teach them. They're having some struggles but we're hoping to teach them this week! Just keep praying for their progression cuz there really is SO MUCH POTENTIAL! 

Julia. She's doing great! We saw her this week and she's still as awesome as ever! She's planning on coming to church this week :) so that's exciting! Just keep praying for her as well! We're trying to figure out how we can get her husband who has a hard time speaking english involved. Pray for that as well. Haha. 

CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK:

Who has blessed your life recently? Tell that person how much you mean to them and what they've done to bless your life! As you express your love to someone, you'll be spreading Heavenly Father's love as well. "The gospel is what connects hearts and relationships." - Elder Cook

FUNNY MOMENT:

So we did another booth a couple of days ago to try to find some people to teach! And at the booth, we tried pulling people in by saying "Hi how are you?" or "Do you have a few moments we ask you a question?" And there was one girl and her friends that walked by me and I was like "Hey how y'all doing?" and one of the girls just stared at me weirdly and then whispered to her friends "That's a weird looking tie." 
I was like......you're kidding. College people here aren't the nicest all the time. hahaha. 

Love y'all! Hope you guys have a safe and fun week :) talk to y'all on monday!

D&C 31 (my favorite missionary section in the Doctrine and Covenants)

- Elder Hanson

FOOOOOGGGGGGG!

Fog Pic

Morgantown Zone

Cammo Bros

Fall is here

The creeping Fog

Cammo and Fog

Pumpkin Carving Skills


Monday, October 9, 2017

Week 62 - October 9, 2017 - Morgantown, West Virginia

Heyyyy y'allll! Wow! This week FLEW by! I can't believe it's already time to write another email! Hahaha! I don't even know what time is anymore cuz I feel like it isn't a thing on the mission. Like Elder Prince and I both realized that we only have 10 months left!! Whaaaaat? Holy cow! Time truly does fly by when you're having fun sharing the gospel with others :)

UPDATE ON INVESTIGATORS AND LESS ACTIVES:

John and Kristy. So John is a member but Kristy is not! A member of our ward referred them to us and we were able to teach them! Kristy is a Baptist but she seems pretty sincere in learning more about the gospel so that's exciting! We're gonna see them again this week so just pray that she'll be able to read the Book of Mormon and feel it's truth! :)

Schnopps. The Schnopps family have not been to church in a while and they used to have missionaries over all the time! But we got there and felt that the relationship that they had with the missionaries was just completely gone. We're gonna try to figure out how we can gain their trust again in us and build that relationship with them. So pray for them as well that their hearts might be softened as well!

CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK:

So this one is gonna be tough for some but it'll be worth it! Haha! So being in Morgantown I notice that a lot of students have their faces literally in their phones all the time! It's kinda sad actually. So my challenge to all of y'all is to turn off your phones one night this week and just spend quality time with your family or close friends. Don't get distracted from what's really important in the eternal scheme of things!

FUNNY MOMENT:

So yesterday a member was holding a baby named "Justice" while she was talking to me. And I noticed the baby was smiling a lot at me and I just turned to Justice and said "Hey Justice!". 
The member turned to Justice and said "Whoa! She never smiles at boys! I guess she has a crush on you! Breathe it in Elder Hanson! It's not like any other girls in Morgantown are gonna want ya." 
Ouch. Hahaha I didn't even know how to respond to that. I mean I'm not trying to impress anybody anyways but come on lady!

And, Also fun fact, so this kid was selling football flags for his school band and so I bought one ($10) and it was a New England Patriots flag! But when I got it this week, it was a freaking Green Bay flag. I was NOT HAPPY! haha

Anyways, love you all so much! Thanks for everything and all the support :) truly blessed! Stay safe and keep on keepin' on!

D&C 88: 84

- Elder Noah Hanson
10 Months left!

On the way to the Holler!

We made tons of French Toast


Monday, October 2, 2017

Week 61 - Oct 2, 2017 - Morgantown, West Virginia

Whattup y'all! Wow! I don't know about you, but general conference was DEFINITELY something I needed this week!! It's always such a neat time to hear from the leaders of the church because you KNOW they're inspired by God. I think one of my favorite talks was Henry B. Eyring's when he talked about "fearing not to do good." There are so many opportunities to serve those around us! Our service to others is a reflection of our love for our Heavenly Father and His beloved Son, Jesus Christ. Ah! I loved conference!! 
I am hyped that Utah State beat BYU. We bet a member here that the Aggies would win. Wahoo! haha

UPDATE ON INVESTIGATORS:

Jeremy and Cassie. Soooooo okay. They both got bronchitis this week from their baby...yeah. It's been a tiny bit of a struggle teaching them but we are seeing them tomorrow evening and so hopefully that works out! Just continue praying for them. They really need it right now. 

Something that Elder Prince and I are doing more often is trying to FIND. We have investigators but not a lot of them are progressing and we want to be as effective as
possible when we proselyte so pray that we find those who are TRULY ready to hear the gospel :)

CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK:

What was your favorite general conference talk? Post a link to it or post your favorite quote from it on social media! It's a great way to get people to start investigating the church or see what they've missed out on! It's also a great way to share your testimony!! :)

FUNNY MOMENT:

So we had MLC (missionary leadership council) this week and Elder Prince and I wore these crazy socks with sharks on them because for those of you who know me, I love wearing crazy socks and I don't know why. But ANYWAYS, so we go to the meeting and 
everything is fine and dandy but then a missionary comes up to us and tells us that we shouldn't wear those socks. I guess it was a bad thing to wear my socks....? I don't know hahaha it was a little funny but HEY we didn't really know. Haha!

Anyways, love y'all! Hope you guys have a safe and fun week :) keep on keepin' on!

"Go about doing good!" - Henry B. Eyring

- Elder Noah Hanson
Falling asleep on the way to MLC

Elder Cornwall's squid hat

At the doctor

Splits with Elder Webb

Noah and Elder Prince

Monday, September 25, 2017

Week 60 - September 25, 2017 - Morgantown, West Virginia

Heyy y'all! This week has been a little different than my more recent ones haha. As you guys know, I don't like putting negative things in my emails because missionary work is a positive thing! But I thought I'd let you guys know what's kinda gone through my head this past week:

So as a missionary, it's common and easy to get down on yourself. For a lot of reasons. And recently I just haven't felt like I've been living up to my potential lately but at the same time I feel like I've become the best missionary I've ever been. This past week, I was really struggling with those thoughts. However, I know that Satan was really trying to just get me distracted from the work and unfortunately, it kinda worked. Once I realized that, I started to realize that God doesn't care about where you've been in your life but He cares about where you are RIGHT NOW. And right now, I know that the work needs to be hastened. I'm never gonna let those kind of thoughts distract me again because I know what God sees great potential in all His children. HE'S the one that created us. That knowledge alone tells us that we really can become what He wants us to be, but only if we LET Him.

We also went on a fun hayride and service project this week with the Cheat River Ward. Great way to get to know the members better!


UPDATE ON INVESTIGATORS:

Jeremy and Cassie. They're both doing fine. Not much is going on with them right now. Unfortunately, we didn't teach him the stop smoking workshop but that's the plan in the near future. Right now we're just trying to figure out what both of them need right now :) so pray that we'll be able figure out how to best help them this week!

Julia. She's a new investigator who's awesome!!! Like she's straight fire!! Her husband barely speaks english. But that's OK. She's someone who was truly prepared by the Lord and is ready to receive the gospel :).

CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK:

So this week General Conference. First of all, WOW that's crazy. Second of all, the challenge this week is gonna be the same thing that I challenged y'all to do the past conferences, TAKE NOTES. Because these speeches that we're about to listen to are coming DIRECTLY from the Lord. Write down how you can align your life more with Christ's. So stoked!

FUNNY MOMENT:

So Elder Prince got this laser that shoots for like 10 miles! This is funny cuz we really like to play with it especially when it gets dark and we're just outside tracting or something. It's kinda fun to mess with cats, dogs, and other specimens...like people. Haha!

Love y'all! Stay safe and know that I am so thankful for your incredible examples in my life! 

D&C 121: 7-9

- Elder Hanson
Hay ride with the Cheat River Ward

Hay ride with the Cheat river Ward members

Sick WV hats at the Mall

Harry Potter in WV!

Sooooo tired


Monday, September 18, 2017

Week 59 - September 18, 2017 - Morgantown, West Virginia

Ayyy y'all! Soooo this week was pretty good for the most part! We're teaching quite a bit and getting to know more and more people! We also had a little bit of a scary experience on Wednesday. So before Elder Prince got to Morgantown, he got bit by a brown recluse spider and it got to the point where we decided to go to the ER on Wednesday because there's this hole in his leg now. He seemed a lot more calm about it than I was haha. I just hate spiders with a fiery passion so yeah. But they ended up just giving him some antibiotics and he's doing a lot better now! Haha! So I mean that's good. This experience has solidified my hatred for spiders hahaha. 

OK SO AS PROMISED! I'm gonna talk about the Elder Cook conference last weekend! Holy cow! It was sooooo good! He talked a lot about how as members of the church we need to work as a TEAM if we want this great work to progress. It's really true. That's one of the reasons I do the "CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK" portion of my emails every week. Because as we work together to move this work forward, we can all grow closer to our Heavenly Father TOGETHER and fulfill His commandment of sharing the gospel of Christ with those around us.

UPDATE ON INVESTIGATORS:

Jeremy and Cassie. So this week, we're gonna teach Jeremy what's called "the stop-smoking workshop". It's designed to eliminate the urge for the use of tobacco in a week! He just has to follow the certain steps to accomplish it. So please please pray that he'll be receptive to it and be able to stop smoking so that he can be that much closer to being baptized!!

CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK:

So in 2 weeks, we get to hear from our beloved Prophet, Thomas S. Monson and the 12 Apostles and members of the Quorum of the 70. So the challenge THIS week is to PREPARE for the messages that are gonna be shared. Look up previous conference talks to spiritually prepare yourself and to remind you about the important messages that were shared. 

FUNNY MOMENT:

Ok so just about everyone in this zone knows that I love Harry Potter right? So we were on exchanges with these elders in our zone and we were at a Taco Bell (I've eaten there like 3 times this week). I sat down with the elders and one of the elders named Elder Curtis leans in to Elder Prince and says out loud (to make sure I heard), "Hey you know what's really stupid? Harry Potter." I was pretty salty at first because I thought he was serious but then I realized he was just being a ding dong. Haha! Then they got me talking about Harry Potter for like 15 minutes after that.......I have a problem.

Anyways, LOVE Y'ALL! I hope you guys have a safe and fun week! Don't do anything I wouldn't do! And if you do, take pics! 

3 Nephi 1: 13

- Elder Hanson
Brown Recluse Spiders - Yikes!

Elder Prince during study time

Elder Cornwall and Noah

Elder Decker and Noah

Monday, September 11, 2017

Week 58 - September 11, 2017 - Morgantown, West Virginia

Hey y'all! This week was pretty good overall! Elder Prince (king kong) has officially arrived in Morgantown and it has been.....AWESOME!! We've been working really well together and we get along too so that I mean that helps I guess. Hahaha no seriously though things are going really really well!!! Weather has been good. No hurricanes lol. Our missionary booth last week was at WV University. It was a little awkward at first but it was fun! I'm still awkward though haha.

So the Elder Quinton L. Cook conference was awesome! I now have a firm and sure testimony that he truly is an Apostle of the Lord! I'll let you know more details next week! I don't have a ton of time but yeah the deets will come next week! I promise haha! IT WAS JUST AWESOME!

CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK:

So I've done this one before but it's something that I think is needed in every day life. Think of someone that has wronged you in any way. Right now it might seem difficult to forgive them but I have a strong testimony that not forgiving someone only hurts YOU. The point of this life is to be happy. And when you forgive, you feel that peace that comes from the Atonement. That's a promise! 

FUNNY MOMENT:

So as y'all know, my nickname is Donkey Kong. And if you don't know that by now then wooooow that's ok. Anyways, so Elder Prince's nickname is KING KONG. It was decided a long while ago. And now the Kong's are reunited for time and all eternity. Anyways, that's not as funny as my other ones but I think it's hilarious. 

Love y'all! I am so grateful for all of your examples in my life! Be safe and keep on keepin' on!

D&C 121: 7-8

- Elder Hanson
Elder Prince

With Elder Wilson and Elder Prince - Nice Ties

Zone Leaders - Hanson and Prince

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Week 57 - September 6, 2017 - Morgantown, West Virginia

HEY Y'ALL! This past week and a half has been great! So transfers are this week and sadly, Elder Howe is leaving me. This transfer has gone by so fast! Definitely the fastest transfer of my mission so far! I'm staying here in Morgantown and my new companion is ELDER PRINCE!! I've talked about him a couple of times in my previous emails cuz he was my zone leader when I was in Princeton! He's my new companion and I'm more than hyped!!

Also, Elder Quentin L. Cook (Apostle) is coming to Charleston this Saturday to talk to all the missionaries!! Wahoo!!! I'll let y'all know how that goes next week :) I'm so hyped! We also went to Cooper's Rock State Park today!

UPDATE ON INVESTIGATORS:

Jeremy and Cassie. We're not too sure what's going on with them. We haven't been able to see them for a week now and we don't know why...he's been struggling with the Word of Wisdom lately sooo if y'all could just pray for them and that we'll be able to see them and help them out in any way that we can!

CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK:

So something that I've seen throughout my whole life is that whenever someone asks for a volunteer to say the "opening prayer" or "closing prayer", there are literally like no volunteers. I've always wondered why that is. I mean, you'll get a chance to talk to the most supreme being who loves you more than you can comprehend, in behalf of everyone. So next time that someone asks for a volunteer to say the prayer, RAISE THAT HAND!

FUNNY MOMENT:

So we were teaching this guy named Scott and he had a box full of random stuff next to him. At the end of the lesson he asks me if I collected anything back home and all I said was, "Well I have a few Harry Potter wands". And he's like "Oh!" and he just whips out this Harry Potter snow globe from the box next to him and gives to me! I was more than excited to say the least! It plays music and everything!! 

Love y'all :) hope you guys have a great week and stay safe! Kiss kiss.

Elder Noah Hanson

"Don't you quit. You keep walking. You keep trying. There is help and happiness ahead-a lot of it." -Jeffrey R. Holland
Our Booth at West Virginia University

Cooper's Rock

Cooper's Rock

One of these things is not like the others

Splits with Elder Aubrey

Elder Aubrey and Noah

Yes, holding a snake!

Cooper's Rock