Monday, January 15, 2018

Week 76 - January 15, 2018 - Buena Vista, Virginia

Whattup whattup whattup y'all! It's your boi Elder Hanson just chillin over here in Buena Vista! It was a pretty good week here! We finally got our car back this transfer. I've gone a whole 6 weeks without a car basically and I just wanna say bless those who don't have cars on their missions. More power to ya. So now we can actually see more people throughout the day instead of having to walk everywhere haha! I'm loving it here!
I'm hyped for the Patriots! There's a member here that loves the Patriots and he updates me about them too. Wahoo!


Larry. So he's doing awesome still! He got really excited this week about his baptismal date for February 9th! It's the first time he's actually been excited for his baptism. He just didn't fully understand the reason why he needed to be baptized until we talked a little more about it this week. So keep praying for him! He's doing great!

We're currently working with the members here (there's a lot) to help us find more people to teach. Please pray that we'll be able to find more people to teach and bring them closer to Jesus Christ!


Yesterday, I got to watch the YSA conference yesterday with Elder Uchtdorf speaking. It was so good! I highly recommend looking it up when you can. He talked about how you can't connect the dots (events that happen in your life) looking forward. You can only connect the dots looking backwards. He was talking about how even if we don't feel like God's guiding and directing our lives, when we look back, we can definitely see that he WAS directing us all along. It was such a good talk! That's the challenge this week! Look up that talk! I promise you won't regret it!


So there we were. Just trying to bring people closer to Jesus Christ by tracting a street in Buena Vista, and out of nowhere, we looked to our left at this house we had knocked on before. What did we see? A life-size, decapitated Santa Claus. I guess when they say that Christmas is over, it's OVER. I'll send pics.

"I don't normally do this but part of me just really wants to wing it." (we didn't don't worry).

I sure do love you guys so much! Thank you for everything you've done for me! Keep on keepin' on and stay strong! Have a good one!

2 Nephi 32: 8-9

- Elder Noah Hanson
Whole Armor of God

Dew Pong

On Splits

We found a decapitated Santa

I Guess Christmas is REALLY over!

Week 75 - January 8, 2018 - Buena Vista, Virginia

Hey y'all! So sorry I don't have much time but I'll give you as much detail as possible and sorry if you see spelling mistakes because i'm typing like a frickin cheetah right now so bear with me. Transfers are this week and Elder Garrett and I are staying together for another six weeks! I'm super hyped! I love that kid!! Also it's really cold here. I know I talk about that like every week but I really don't like it when the temp says it's 20 degrees but the wind makes it like 0 degrees. Hahaha but we're just chillin. It's fine. 
Dad is being released from the Bishopric? That's going to be weird not having him on the stand, but hey he gets to sit in his fav spot again so woot woot!

Also, as most of you know, President Monson passed away. I'm going to miss him and his Christ-like manner. I know without a doubt that he was a prophet of God. He will be missed dearly but the Lord's work will go on and it won't slow down! God's in the details. The members here are coping better than I thought they would. The Plan of Salvation is real so that's been comforting to me.


Larry. So we weren't able to see him this week but he has been reading the Book of Mormon! That's been a struggle for a while but he's finally doing it! So he's progressing slowly but surely. Just keep praying for him and his progression!


When was the last time you went to the temple? Well, regardless of the answer, I challenge you to go this week! But bring a family name with you! 


So y'all know who Dwight Schrute is right? The guy from The Office? Anyways, Elder Garrett this morning decided to do Dwight's hairstyle. And he's going around like that the whole day today. I'll send a picture of him hahaha. It's so great!

I sure do love y'all! Stay safe and have a great week :) keep on keepin' on!

Moroni 10: 32

- Elder Noah Hanson
On Splits

Tracting in Buena Vista

Fun on splits

Elder Garrett

Monday, January 1, 2018

Weel 74 - January 1, 2018 - Buena Vista, Virginia

Happy New Year y'all!! It's honestly mind-blowing to me that it's now 2018...I can't comprehend time any more on the mission. I literally come home this year...ahhhh heck I'm not even gonna think about that. Anyways, this week was COLD. Like on a scale of 1-10, it's cold as 10 here. It's all good though. I just can't talk in the cold so it's a tad bit awkward tracting now because I slur my words together it's fine. The Spirit will back up my slurs. It's so cold I'm just numb all the time. haha Anyways.


Larry. So we set him back on date for baptism for February 9th. He is starting to understand that he needs to have a DESIRE to obey commandments instead of just obeying them to obey them. He's coming a long way! Please continue to pray to him. He's going through some struggles right now.


Got any new years resolutions? I know a lot of them don't exist after March usually but hey! How about a new years resolution to develop a certain Christ-like attribute? Like faith, hope, charity, virtue, knowledge, humility, obedience, etc. Pick one attribute and work on it for the rest of the year!


So we were on exchanges with the Lynchburg, VA elders this week and I realized it had been a while since I've played Dew Pong. So that's naturally what we did. We played...until  we all threw up. All 4 of us threw up. If you want me to send you a video of me tasting Mountain Dew after I had already swallowed, hit me up with an email. But if not, your loss.

Love you guys! Thanks for everything and thanks for the love and support :) keep on keepin' on!! 

Mosiah 4: 9

- Elder Noah Hanson
On Splits with Elder Rudd

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Week 73 - December 26, 2017 - Buena Vista, Virginia

Whattup y'all! So I know Christmas was yesterday but Merry Christmas! I hope all of you guys had a wonderful Christmas! I sure did! It was fun to skype my family and get to know how things are going back home. You guys mean a lot to me! Thank you for making this Christmas one for the books! Thank you to everyone for the Christmas gifts. You guys went all out! Also, crazy thought of the week: 2018 is in less than a week! What the actual heck? 


Larry. So we had to take him off date for baptism this week because he has to do a lot of stuff financial-wise before he can keep other commitments. But we're still seeing him and he's doing great! He's come to church 3 weeks in a row now! Just keep praying for him. He's excited about the gospel!


So on the mission, you keep track of how many new investigators you get, investigators at church you get, etc. And there are some people that think NUMBERS is what defines success as a missionary. It's not. Yes numbers are important, but not as important as the amount of spiritual experiences with other people you have as a missionary. My challenge to you this week is to keep track of how many spiritual experiences you have with yourself, other people, at church, etc. And continue to do that throughout the year of 2018. That is what's gonna make you truly happy as you grow from these spiritual experiences. Hopefully that made sense. Haha!


So remember how I used to keep track of quotes from my companions? Yeah I still do that. I've been doing them ever since I was with Elder Howe. Here is one from Elder Garrett this week:

"Wanna know what's cool about this area? You can text (801) numbers and the church won't think anything of it." Hahaha. Hopefully you guys get that one.

Love you guys! I hope you have a great week and a Happy New Year!! "Keep on keepin' on!" - Abby Bird.

"Oh it is wonderful that He should care for me enough to die for me. Oh it is wonderful, wonderful to me."

- Elder Noah Hanson
Skyping the Fam!


All of the great missionaries at leadership conference

Noah and Elder Prince

Elder Wilson

Driving with the missionaries

Noah's new hat!

On splits

Monday, December 18, 2017

Week 72 - December 18, 2017 - Buena Vista, Virginia

Heyyyyy y'all! K wait, hold up. It's already Christmas next week?? Guys, what even is time? It's crazy to think that 2018 is almost here. Y'all have any new years resolutions? You don't have to answer now because I don't either. But we'll see next week haha! 

So we had zone conference this past week and it was incredible. We learned a lot about how we as members of the church of Jesus Christ, celebrate the "Christmas Story" year round. Christ's life on earth IS the Christmas story. Yes, His birth has a huge significance to it, but the whole reason it has its significance is because of His mortal ministry on earth. His atonement. The establishment of His church. The fact that He lives. THAT is the Christmas story that we not only celebrate in December, but year round.


Larry. He came to church again! He's still progressing towards his baptismas date on January 6th! He's got a lot of financial problems right now though so please pray for him and his progression. He's a great guy that wants to learn the gospel and loves it. 

Barbara. So a miracle happened. So we learned at zone conference how to promise investigators the reasons for coming to church (which is to take the sacrament) and testify what it means to us. So Barbara has depression and she's never been very lively when we've taught her in the past. But when we testified to her about coming to church, she instantly perked up. She was laughing and smiling and enjoying her time talking to us. She offered us hot chocolate at the end and ah man it was great! She couldn't come to church this Sunday cuz she was out of town but she wants to come next week! Wahhoo! Miracles are real y'all.


Write down what part of the "Christmas Story" that you like the most and what means the most to you. Then afterwards, SHARE it with someone on Christmas DAY! Just to remind everyone what the true meaning of Christmas really is!


Hahaha okay so get this. So we're on exchanges with the AP's right? Well, while we were messing around in the evening hours, Elder Garrett was climbing up a wall in the apartment and he as soon as he put pressure on his foot against the wall, he put a hole in the wall. HAHA. I'm laughing about this because now everyone calls him Spider Man. We'll fix it don't worry but it was just the greatest thing ever. Haha!

Anyways, Merry Christmas guys! Y'all mean so much to me. Thanks for your love and support. Have a great week and stay safe :) We'll Skype on Christmas! Can't wait!

Mosiah 14

- Elder Noah Hanson

Happier photo

Christmas Card options

Noah with Elder Kent

Noah and Elder Kent

Monday, December 11, 2017

Week 71 - December 11, 2017 - Buena Vista, Virginia

Heyyy y'all! What a great/cold week it has been! Guess what?? We had 5 less-active members and 3 investigators show up to church yesterday! It was truly a miracle! Apparently, missionaries had been trying to work with these people for a while and we saw them this week and they all came to church! Heck yeah! I'm already loving it here in Buena Vista, Virginia! Also, I'm realizing more and more that I use "!" way too much at the end of my sentences...! Haha!

I really hope y'all are taking advantage of this LIGHTtheWORLD initiative. Every day in December is another great way to serve Heavenly Father's children and become more like Christ in the process. There's a reason the church is doing it again this year! It's truly a blessing to be a part of it. We will be having a big Zone conference this week too.


Larry. So I finally met him this week and he's so cool! He was one of the investigators that came to church yesterday! His biggest issue right now is the fact that he's not married and he needs to clear up some stuff with the law. We had to push his baptismal date to January 6th so please pray that he'll be able to make that date! He's very very ready for the gospel!


Continue to do the LightTheWorld challenge. I promise that even the smallest bit of service can make a huge impact on those around you!


So last week we had dinner with a member couple, the Thompsons. So anyways, at the end of the dinner appointment, Sister Thompson gives us her phone number so that we can call her about....something. Flash forward to Thursday when we were weekly planning. Elder Garrett and I found her number in our planners and we both just stared at each other for a solid minute trying to figure out WHY we freaking got her number. Then we both started laughing really hard cuz we didn't know what to do. So still to this day we don't know why we have her number. So pray for us to remember what she told us. haha Lolz.

Anyways, love you guys! I hope you guys have a good week and stay safe :) thanks for everything! 14 days till Christmas!!

Alma 13: 24

- Elder Noah Hanson
Fun Missionaries

Exciting study time

Snow in Buena Vista

Gretna Elders

Monday, December 4, 2017

Week 70 - December 4, 2017 - Buena Vista, Virginia

Whatttuuuuppp y'all! First things first, my new address is:

2754 Maple Ave. apt #E20 
Buena Vista, Virginia 24416 

Okay so like I told you last week, I got transferred! I'm now in Buena Vista, VA as a zone leader! Also known as "Mini Provo, Utah". Literally there are so many Mormons here it's crazy! I remember the very first night we went shopping at Walmart and like 15 people said "Hey elders" to us. Like what the heck?? It's gonna take some getting used to haha! But I love it here already! My new companion's name is Elder Garrett! He's awesome! He's been put like 9 months. He's from Idaho/Montana. He said he's moved like 10 times so I don't know where he actually lives haha! He's great and we get along really well! This zone has 14 companionships so its a huge zone. The ward is great and pretty big. The roads are wider in Virginia haha. Its pretty still here too. We play basketball every morning for exercise and its great.


Larry. So the missionaries had been working with him for a while before I got here. He's on date for December 23rd! He just needs to get married to his girlfriend Lory (who is also an investigator). We'll see what happens with them this week! :)


The challenge this week is to please continue doing each of the challenges that are found in the LIGHTtheWORLD initiative! How is it going so far?? :)


So like I said before, there's so many Mormons here it's insane! The other day, we were walking and these people started coming up to us yelling "hey missionaries!". In my head I'm thinking, "Oh great here we go again. Another bash". But nope. They come up to us and start talking about their missions in England haha! Yeahhhh it's gonna take a while to get used to being famous here.

Anyways, love y'all! Stay safe and stay warm! It's getting freaking cold now! Have a great week :)

"If you are a little better than you were yesterday, then that is enough." - Elder Bednar

- Elder Noah Hanson

Elder Garrett - Polar Bear?

On my way to Buena Vista

Noah and Elder Garrett

Merry Christmas

Morgantown Members