Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Week 21 - December 28, 2016 - Gallipolis, Ohio

Hey y'all! I truly hope you all had an awesome Christmas! Thank you ALL who sent me packages and letters wishing me a Merry Christmas! Truly meant a lot!! And always remember, that just because Christmas is over now doesn't mean we shouldn't think about Christ and serve like Christ did throughout the year! But anyway, Christmas DAY was pretty good! I got to skype my familia which was pretty sweet :) however, Christmas EVE was a different story. Also, I found out that I will be in Gallipolis for another 6 weeks since neither me nor my companion were transferred. Yeah! Now I can stay for hopefully the baptisms of people we have been teaching for so long.

So Christmas Eve, I woke up with a huge stomach ache. I thought it would just go away after a while but it didn't. Then (that's right, you guessed it) I threw up like an hour later. I had the stomach flu lolz. I literally laid in bed all Christmas Eve. haha. However, throughout this experience, I've gained a strong testimony on how the trials we face in this life are for our benefit. As I laid there in fetching agony, I thought of the lyrics to one of my favorite songs now, "Blessings" by Laura Story. At the very end of the song she says, "What if trials of this life are your mercies in disguise?" I know that Heavenly Father was aware of my situation and helped me gain that testimony of how hardships are for OUR good. Even when we don't realize it.

UPDATE ON INVESTIGATORS:

Kasey. She's doing great! I'm seriously so hyped that she's back! She is just struggling right now with her parents because they're druggies and she's not. And they tempt her DAILY. She's very strong though and very faithful so just keep praying that she'll still be able to overcome those temptations as she prepares for baptism on January 28th!

Donna. We are still currently trying to figure out a wedding plan for her haha. It's kind of weird to plan a wedding as a missionary. Like what the literal do you do? But it's ok! The ward's helping out! Anyways, she's doing really good! She gets married next week!!! WAHOO!!

CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK:

Listen to the song "Blessings" by Laura Story. It's honestly one of my favorite songs now. It helped me so much! It's also helped me understand how sometimes the Lord blesses us and we don't even realize it and that every trial we face throughout life are "mercies in disguise".

FUNNY MOMENT:

So this morning, our phone goes off and my companion picks up the phone and looks at the text. As I'm studying, he tells me, "Hey Elder. (Investigator) needs a Chastity pamphlet." I was like, "What? Why?" He said, "Well here's what they said. 'Hey guys. Y'all have a chastity pamphlet I could borrow? I really could use one right now.'" We both just sat there in silence for a solid 10 seconds. Then we both burst out laughing and then reply, "Sure.". Haha! 

Thank you all for your love and support for me! I love you guys so much and I hope you all have an incredible week! Talk to y'all on Monday!

John 16: 33

- Elder Hanson
My fun district at Christmas!

Thank you for all of my great gifts!

View of my street

Park near our home in Gallipolis

Monday, December 19, 2016

Week 20 - December 19, 2016 - Gallipolis, Ohio

Everyone,
Okay how in the world is it already almost Christmas? That's nuts! I guess it just doesn't look like Christmas here because there's no snow lol! But it sure is cold as fetch! Hawt dang! It makes it really difficult to stay motivated when it's cold BUT I've found that if I push myself just a little farther even when it's cold, then that's when the blessings come! I know that to be true! Anyways WOW it's Christmas on Sunday holy crap that went by fast. I'll be Skyping with you at 1:30 PM your time on Sunday. Can't wait!

I hope you guys have been remembering the true meaning of Christmas as you've strived to serve as the Savior did with this LIGHTtheWORLD challenge!

UPDATE ON INVESTIGATORS:

Hey good news!! Kasey's back! So apparently she was just struggling with Word of Wisdom problems and felt guilty talking about it with us and so she avoided us for a little bit. BUT we were able to contact her again and teach her! It went really well. She still wants to be baptized and knows that the church is true! Her baptismal date is gonna have to be postponed but I'm just happy we get to see her progress again! Keep praying for her that she'll be able to overcome any temptation that might be thrown her way!

Donna. She's great!! It's actually pretty fun right now because we're planning her wedding on January 7th! AH! I'm so happy for her! Thank you guys for your prayers for Donna. Keep praying for her though that she'll be able to have the strength and the good health to be baptized on January 14th!

CHALLENGES:

Dec. 19: Jesus Calmed the Storm and So can you! (review emergency response plans with your family)
Dec. 20: Jesus saw potential in others and so can you! (help someone who's struggling in any way, take a child to work with you)
Dec. 21: Jesus forgave others and so can you! (make a list of grudges you have and let them go, be kind to those who have wronged you)
Dec. 22: Jesus showed gratitude and so can you! (offer a prayer only full of gratitude, let someone know how they've impacted your life)
Dec. 23: Jesus was a Peacemaker and you can be one! (apologize to someone you've wronged , don't gossip for a whole day!)
Dec. 24: Jesus cared for his loved ones and so can you! (leave an anonymous gift for a family member or friend, enter all your friends' birthdays into your mobile device)
Dec. 25: Jesus's Disciples followed Him and so can we! (Turn some of the 25 day challenges into New Years resolutions, find a picture of Christ and hang it up in your room)

FUNNY MOMENT: (more like traumatizing)

At church yesterday, a member (who is little bit on the cray cray side), came up to us and said, "Elders, hold out your hands and close your eyes." Immediately I thought, "Oh fetch." But we did anyways and 5 seconds later I feel something slimy. I literally say, "What the heck is that??" I open my eyes and it's a dead 15 inch snake. He says, "I found it this morning in my air vent." It smelled SO BAD. Oh my gosh. My companion was traumatized and I was just in shock.

Thank you all so much for your love and support you give me each week and every day! Truly blessed with the best family and friends! Love you all and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

Mosiah: 3: 19
Alma 53: 20-21

- Elder Hanson
My Companion studying hard

District Meeting!

My District is awesome!

Not all serious at our meetings!

Using a fake dead guy to scare an Elder who was visiting

My companion getting the "dead" guy ready

Monday, December 12, 2016

Week 19 - December 12, 2016 - Gallipolis, Ohio

Hey everyone! Okay soooo this week was definitely one of those rougher weeks for sure. I'll tell you all why in a minute BUT I wanna start off with something positive! CHRISTMAS IS ALMOST HERE! What the heck? Gosh time flies! Passing out those "LIGHTtheWORLD" cards has honestly been one of the funnest things ever! Cuz you just basically walk up to someone and say "Hey do you want a Christmas card?" And 9 times out of 10 they'll say yes! Christmas is honestly the best. We actually did do a sub for Santa thing this week at some FedEx company haha! It was awesome! I finally (kind of) know how to wrap presents! Also, great to hear Jeff Grandia dressed up like the Grinch for the ward party there! haha

Have you guys been sharing the LIGHTtheWORLD video with other people? And have you been doing the different acts of service challenges throughout the month so far? I promise that as you do so you will grow to love other people more and more and we'll be just that much closer to bringing Christ back into CHRISTmas! 

UPDATE ON INVESTIGATORS:

Sooooo Kasey. I really don't like putting negative things in my emails but here we go. Kasey dropped us. Like literally out of nowhere. We taught her the Word of Wisdom on Tuesday and she knew that it was a commandment and gave us all of her coffee that she had. The next day she texts us 10 minutes before our lesson with her and says, "Guys I can't do this. I hope you understand". She's been ignoring us completely since then and we literally have no clue what happened. We had to cancel her baptismal interview and everything and it was just really tough. BUT I'm optimistic and I know she'll come around sooner or later! Everything needs to be done in God's time and I know that. Just keep praying for her.

Christine. So she's a new investigator kind of. We just haven't taught her in a LONG time! But we finally got to teach her on Friday night and we invited her to be baptized. She said "YES YES YES YES YES YES YES A MILLION TIMES YES!" Haha! It was awesome! We haven't set a specific date for her yet but we will this week so just pray for her that she'll be prepared to be baptized soon! She's truly an awesome lady.

Jenine and her family. So listen to this. This is cray. So Jenine and the rest of her family are new investigators and we taught them the restoration. But we thought we'd be teaching just her little family but nope. We taught 13 people total in that one lesson because Jenine and her daughters invited friends and neighbors to come listen!! AH! We're seeing them later today and we'll hopefully invite them to be baptized! It's fetching crayyyy! I'm so hyped!

CHALLENGE(S) OF THE WEEK:

Here are the challenges for the LIGHTtheWORLD initiative for the week :)

Dec. 12: Jesus taught others and so can you!
Dec. 13: Jesus showed Humility and so can you!
Dec. 14: Jesus clothed the naked and so can you!
Dec. 15: Jesus worshiped through song and so can you!
Dec. 16: Jesus showed compassion and so can you!
Dec. 17: Jesus cared for His Mother and so can you!
Dec. 18: Jesus Honored the Sabbath and so can you!

FUNNY MOMENT:

So yesterday, we had like 3 appointments fall through in a certain area and we decided to work that area for a little while and tract. So the very first door that we knock on, a very salty looking man answers. So we explain who we are and everything and then my companion asks him what his name was. He replies, "Does that matter?" It was sooo clear as day that he wasn't interested in the slightest so I just asked, "Is there anything that we can do for you and your family?" He replies, "Yes. Get off my porch and move on." My companion just turns around and walks away and so I smile and say, "Alright well you have a good day sir." He then replies, "Don't tell me what to do!" And shuts the door. I DIED laughing! Hahaha! It was so great. 

Anyways, thank you all for your incredible support! Thank you for being such great examples to me! Love you all and hope you have a straight FIRE week!

Moroni 9: 6
Ether 12: 12-19

- Elder Hanson

Monday, December 5, 2016

Week 18 - December 5, 2016 - Gallipolis, Ohio

CHICKEN NO SEAFOOD

Wow this week was stressful! But it was also very rewarding! It's insane to think that I've been out for 4 months! Whaaaat? Fetching cray. ALSO, we met this guy named Justin at a less actives house and he RAPS GOSPEL!! We taught him the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ and he said he believed it all and then right before we left, he stopped us and said "Hey! Y'all wanna hear somethin?" Then he started spittin straight gospel fire at us and was actually really good! If at all possible, look him up on youtube.

 My driving isn't as bad as I thought it'd be! lolll. I'm actually super fire at driving here even though the roads are narrow as fetch! Seriously, the roads in Utah are so wide it isn't even funny. That's awesome to hear how you had the missionaries over for dinner. Trust me. Missionaries LOVE IT when we get fed by members. So keep doing it!! Gronk's out for the year??? Fetch! That stinks. Brady is still fire becoming the winningest NFL QB of all time!!! Go Patriots!!

I finished the Book of Mormon! How are you guys doing with that challenge?? Crazy to think that I gave that challenge almost 3 months ago! Hopefully you've seen the blessings that come from reading the Book of Mormon and hopefully your testimony has grown about the truthfulness of it. 

UPDATES ON INVESTIGATORS:

Kasey. Okay so she is why this week was so stressful haha but I don't mean that in a mean way! She's still so FIRE and she accepted the invitation to be baptized! We originally set her on date for December 17th but then literally today we decided to move it to December 21st. We moved it because she has only come to church once and we'd have to teach her ALL the lessons by Friday this week. That would mean we teach her every day this week which wouldn't be possible. BUT she is for sure getting baptized on the 21st! So just keep praying for her that she can prepare well for that date! Yes!

Brian Coleman. So he's a new investigator we picked up this week through a member. We taught him the restoration of the gospel on Tuesday and he said he believed all of it to be true and wanted to be baptized! AHH! So we set him on date for December 31st! Hopefully I don't get transferred before then or I'll be as sad as I was when I found out Dobby died in Harry Potter. Anyway, he's so sik and he came to church yesterday and was really involved with everything! It was awesome!

CHALLENGE(S) OF THE WEEK:

So my challenges throughout December will just be the LIGHTtheWORLD challenges! They are new ways to serve like Christ did every single day in December! Hopefully you guys have watched the LIGHTtheWORLD video and can already see how doing service for others is a simple way to bring Christ back into Christmas!

Dec. 5: Jesus healed the sick and so can you! (sign up to be an organ donor, pray for someone that's sick)
Dec. 6: Jesus read the scriptures and so can you! (study the scriptures in the morning, post favorite scripture on social media, text a scripture to someone who's feeling down)
Dec. 7: Jesus fed the hungry and so can you! (Invite a neighbor to dinner, read John 6: 35)
Dec. 8: Jesus prayed for others and so can you! (say a prayer for someone struggling, pray as a family for loved ones)
Dec. 9: Jesus visited the lonely (invite a widow or widower to dinner, call someone you know is feeling lonely)
Dec 10: Jesus Helped people to walk and so can you! (help an elderly person cross the street, donate old crutches)
Dec 11: Jesus Ministered to children and so can you! (purchase a picture of Jesus for your child or sibling's room, teach your child or sibling about how much Jesus loves them)

FUNNY MOMENT:

Okay so most of you know that I'm allergic to seafood right? So anyway, we went to a chinese buffet on Saturday and our waitresses name was Junie. She barely spoke english. I tried to explain to her how they need to be careful when cooking my chicken along with seafood next to it so that it doesn't touch my chicken. She was SO confused. She finally just looked at me like I was stupid and said "You confused bout chicken? No worry. Chicken is not seafood." I finally just gave up and said "Ok." Haha! Don't worry I'm fine! My chicken was not seafood! 

Thank you all for your love and support! I love all of you so much and pray for you guys every day! Have a great week!

Ether 12: 27
Moroni 8: 3 (a message from me to you guys)

- Elder Hanson
My favorite "BIRD" tie!

Holding my end up in Gallipolis

Me and Elder Wasden on a split

Me and Elder Wilson - He's the Best!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Week 17 - November 28, 2016 - Gallipolis, Ohio

Hello everyone! How y'all doin? It's been a very rewarding/challenging week here in Gallipolis, Ohio! Fetch. It's getting so cold here every day now but it gets me excited for Christmas. It's chill (literally lolz). Our Thanksgiving dinners were FIRE!! I wanted to throw all over the walls but it was still great! No, I didn't eat anything too weird. I was actually hoping I would haha! But it's chill! It's good to hear that the family is doing well. How old is Annie again? Could you give her a message for me? "My cousin is less than yours." She'll know what that means haha. And I also forgot to tell you guys! My companion, Elder Christensen is the District Leader. So I guess that makes me Assistant District Leader...or the Assistant TO the District Leader. (Only people that watch The Office will get that reference so don't beat yourself up if you don't get it lolz). He's super dope! We get along great! 

I miss putting up Christmas decorations but it's awesome to see everone here do it! I love it here! It's so pretty. And YES I received my watch on Monday of last week actually, right after emailing you. I guess the mail comes super fast here lolz! Thank you so much! I needed a new watch so bad, goodnessss.

We are almost done with the Book of Mormon! How are all you doing with the Book of Mormon challenge?? Thank you to all those who took on this challenge and those who are planning to! I know you will be greatly blessed because of it and your relationship with Heavenly Father will increase and your Testimony of Jesus Christ will be strengthened as well! 

UPDATE ON INVESTIGATORS:

Casey. She is so FIRE! She is progressing really well and we were going to set her on date for baptism last week but she got REALLY sick! Like it was bad. She couldn't even hold a 5 minute conversation without throwing up 3 times. So yesterday, I gave her a priesthood blessing with our Ward Mission Leader. It was an amazing experience and was such an honor. Hopefully she'll feel better so that she can continue to progress! Pray for her that she'll feel better and will still want to learn more! She's incredible! 

Donna. So I told you guys last week how we set her on date for baptism on January 14th. She's very committed! She's almost done with all the preparations for marriage! WAHOO! Yesterday she started crying because she was so excited to get married and then be baptized! Keep praying that she stays committed to that date and that everything goes well :)

Chance. So he's a new investigator we started teaching. He's 17 years old and lives with his mom who has cancer. Its just the two of them. He's going into the military but needs to take care of his mom first. We invited him to read the Book of Mormon and then we shared the message of the Restoration. Then in like 3 days, we went back and he said he was 1/4 of the way done with the Book of Mormon! Whaaaat?? GG (good game) Chance! It was awesome! He said he loved it and wanted to know more! We're seeing him today so pray that everything goes well with him this next week :)

CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK:

So did you guys watch the LIGHTtheWORLD video on mormon.org? It talks about different ways we can serve others throughout the month of December and bring Christ back into Christmas. Every day in December there's a new challenge or a new way to serve someone the way Christ served. I'll list them off in my emails every week so you guys can participate in it! It's awesome! 



A Christmas Message from Mormon.org #LIGHTtheWORLD ...

mormon.org

Jesus Christ is a perfect example of serving others. We invite you this Christmas season to #LIGHTtheWORLD and to serve others as Jesus did.


-December 1: WORLDWIDE DAY OF SERVICE


-December 2: Jesus Honored His parents and so can you! (call parents, write a letter to your parents, etc.)


-December 3: Jesus Helped others to see and so can you! (point out a virtue in someone they don't see in themselves)


-December 4: Jesus worshiped his Father and so can you! (pray day and night, attend church, etc.)



FUNNY MOMENT:



So last night, Elder Christensen was on the phone with the Zone Leaders and literally out of nowhere he asks them, "Hey Elder Hanson would LOVE to recite D&C 4 at Zone Meeting this week. Can he do that? He's begging." I literally threw almost everything on my desk at him and then the Zone Leaders were like, "Oh yeah sure! Thanks Elder Hanson!" Elder Christensen just laughed and my salt level was off the charts! But then I realized I have D&C 4 already memorized so it's chill. Haha!



Thank you all for your amazing examples! I love you guys so much and I KNOW Heavenly Father does too! Hope you all have a great week :)


James 1: 5-6

3 Nephi 9: 14


- Elder Hanson
Elder Christensen

Handing out "Light the World" cards

Gallipolis lights

Monday, November 21, 2016

Week 16 - November 21, 2016 - Gallipolis, Ohio



Hello everyone! Wow this has been one crazy week with transfers, getting a new companion, finding people to teach, and seeing the progress of our investigators! First off, it's hecka cold here now. I have to wear a sweater over my shirt and tie now and I look like a nooooob. Haha it's chill though and it snowed for 30 minutes the other day. I love the snow though! Literally lolz. ANYWAY, yeah this week was amazing!


Sooooo how's the Book of Mormon reading coming along?? It's crazy to think that we are almost done with it! The reason I challenged you all to do the 8.5 pages a day Book of Mormon challenge is that I know God wants us all to be unified as followers of Christ. He knows how happy reading the Book Of Mormon will make you and He will bless you more than you can possibly imagine! 

Also, I have a new companion! Elder Christensen! He's sooooo sik! Just these past few days, he has truly helped me realize my full potential as a missionary. It means a lot! He's a hard worker, he's obedient, and we get along great so no worries here! He's been out 16 months. And yes, we have 3 Thanksgiving meals scheduled on Thanksgiving day so I think we're good haha!!

UPDATE ON INVESTIGATORS:

D----. She's doing great! We committed her to her baptismal date on January 14th! I know it's a little ways away but we know she will be ready with the marriage thing by then and she says that she is "DETERMINED to be baptized in January!" So keep praying for her that she WILL be ready by that date! 


B----. We were only able to teach him once this week. We did get to read with him Alma 7 which talks about baptism and following Jesus Christ. But for some reason, it just didn't feel right to ask him to be baptized at that moment. So... we are pretty sure we'll ask him to be baptized this week because he wants to follow Jesus Christ and is willing to do anything! Again keep praying for him that he will keep having the desire to follow Jesus Christ!


C----. Okay. HOLY COW! She is truly incredible! She came to church yesterday and we've only taught her once and that was on Friday! She said she just wants a church she and her daughter can call home. And yesterday at church she said that she did. She found home. Also, during gospel principles class, everyone was sharing their conversion stories and she basically shared her conversion story! She told everyone how she met us and how she already knows that this is where she wants to be! AHH! And we're planning on inviting her to be baptized today so we hope that goes well! Keep praying for her that she will continue to progress :) she's awesome!

CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK:

Okay so I've kind of already done this one but in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I would like you guys to write down a list of EVERYTHING you're grateful for. Literally anything you can think of. Then afterwards, share that list with a friend or family member and share why you're grateful for all those things! ALSO, on November 25th (friday), the new LDS Christmas initiative "LIGHT the World" video will be up on Mormon.org. I challenge you all to watch it! I've heard it's an incredible video!

FUNNY MOMENT:

So these past couple of days with Elder Christensen, I've been introducing him to investigators, members, etc. Literally every single time I introduced him to someone, they thought he looked like he was 18. Haha he's 19. And they would be like "And Elder Hanson, aren't you like 21?"  I would have to break the bad news to them every single time and say, "No. I'm a young one, 18." Elder Christensen got so frustrated at that and it was hilarious! This happened alot this week. Hahaha!

Thank you all for your amazing support! I love all of you so much! I am truly grateful for all of you in my life! I pray for you guys every single day and I can't thank you enough for your examples! Hope you guys have a great week and Happy Thanksgiving!

Helaman 3: 35
Helaman 5: 8-9

- Elder Hanson
Noah and Elder Christensen
Noah and his new companion Elder Christensen from Orem!


Thursday, November 17, 2016

Week 15 - November 16, 2016 - Gallipolis, Ohio

Herro everyone! Okay so this week was kind of a slow week for us. I got a little bit of a cold on Friday and Saturday. Then Elder Hallewell got sick on Sunday and all of Monday! And let me tell ya, being sick on the mission stinks! Literally lol. But yeah, so not a ton happened this week but it was still a week full of many miracles and cray cray events!

So TRANSFERS! Transfers are this week and I found out on Sunday that I'm staying here in Gallipolis, OH. But, sadly, Elder Hallewell is leaving. He's going to Flatwoods, West Virginia. I also found out who my new companion is going to be! Elder Christensen! From what I've heard, he sounds like a dope guy. It's going to be weird taking over the area. I don't really feel ready for it but I know it will help me stretch and grow! So I'm pretty hyped!

How is the Book of Mormon reading coming along? I literally just finished Alma this morning! Fetch! That section is long haha! But I loved every word of it! 

UPDATE ON INVESTIGATORS:

R----. Okay soooo on Wednesday, R---- texted us and said that she wanted a break from us teaching her for a while. We were kind of shocked to be honest. She was progressing so well and then she just randomly texted us that. I think she just needs time to figure it all out! I'm not too worried about her! Things will pick back up eventually :) just pray that she figures everything out so that we can continue to bring her closer to Christ!

D----. So she's pretty set for January. She says that she's 100% sure that it's going to take until January to figure this whole marriage thing out. We made a list for her of the things she needed to do in order to get married! She said that now that she had a list, it will be easier to be motivated to accomplish the things she needs to do! She is really hyped for her marriage AND her baptism so just keep praying for her :) she's doing amazing!

C----. So this is a potential investigator that we came across but I want to tell you a little about her. She's a single mom who has one daughter. She just moved into this house. She yelled at us to come and talk to her and so we did. She said that she really wants to find that "right church" for her and her daughter because she can't seem to find the right one. So we gave her a Restoration pamphlet and she seemed REALLY excited about it! Haha! It was awesome! So we're gonna be teaching her a lot more this week! So I'll give you guys more of the deets on how that goes on Monday!

CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK:

So there's this Mormon message that I saw this week that really touched me. It's called "Because of Him". It talks about what Jesus Christ did and how literally everything is now possible because of him! It's truly amazing! I ask you guys to please watch it! It's so good! I promise it will lift your spirits if your feeling down or it will make you feel even better! 

FUNNY MOMENT: (not really funny more like traumatizing)

Haha okay so we met this kind lady this week and she lives in this tiny house. So Elder Hallewell and I stepped into her house and....oh my fetch. Bugs. Bugs literally EVERYWHERE! Roaches, spiders (of course), centipedes. You name it. But the traumatization doesn't stop there. I walk into her bedroom and I kid you not, two fetching spiders fall from the ceiling and onto my face. I SPRINTED out of that house. I just literally couldn't do it. I starting tearing up and my companion was pretty scarred too. She's a really sweet lady but MAN! Ugh okay I can't talk about this right now. I'm terrified just thinking about it.

Thank you all so much for your amazing support! Hope you all have a great week :) Love you all!

Alma 32: 16-18

- Elder Hanson

P.S. I think I can literally feel myself getting fatter. Ugghhhhhhhhhhhh. It's fine.

Methodists are funny about the election

Speedway is the BEST!

Beautiful OHIO sunset

Monday, November 7, 2016

Week 14 - November 7, 2016 - Gallipolis, OhioWest

Hey everyone! Whoa! It's crazy to think that I've been gone for 3 months now! There have been times where it's been really slow but looking back now, it's FLOWN by! Like what the what?? I have absolutely loved every second of it so far! Yes, there are tough times on the mission but when I look back, I don't think of those rough moments, I can really only remember the AMAZING moments! Gotta just look at the positive side of things! And it's November?? Like what the actual? Guys, it's 2017 in less than 2 months and I'm not ready because I'm so fetching used to writing '16 when I write the date on things. Ugh the struggle is real. Anyways, here are some highlights of the week!

How's the Book of Mormon reading coming along?? We'll be finishing it soon in less than 2 months! That's crazy! I hope you guys have seen the blessings that come from the Book of Mormon as you've been reading! Keep reading! I still have a lot of bookmarks and stickers for you guys if you want one! Just hit me up with an email loooolz.

D----. Sooooo okay here's what's up with her. So on Wednesday, she was very firm with us and said that she was SET on January being the month she gets married....:(:(. We're not sure what else to do other than set her on date FOR January. Please pray for her that she will figure out everything she needs to in order to get married and then baptized! She's still going to church and progressing but she is READY for baptism! I know it!

R----. She's flippin amazing! She's reading from the Book of Mormon and everything and she's really progressing! However, she needs to get married before her baptism. She told us that she would really really need to pray about this one. Then out of nowhere, she told us she had a problem with the word of wisdom. We were like, "You're actually kidding." So that's another thing we're gonna work on with her! But she said she REALLY wants to quit so we'll see what happens :) just keep praying for her that she'll be ready by the 26th of this month!

B----. Nothing's really new with him. He's still reading from the Book of Mormon and we were gonna set him on date for baptism last week but we couldn't ever contact him. He has a new job so it's REALLY difficult for us to contact him. He's doing great though! Just, again, keep praying for him and his amazing progression towards baptism and coming closer to Christ!

CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK:

Create a mormon.org profile!! Mormon.org is a website that members of the church can create a profile and bear there testimony on their profile page which can be seen by ANYONE IN THE WORLD! So by creating a mormon.org profile, your testimony can be read around the world! Does that not sound awesome?? I STRONGLY encourage you guys to do so! And you can read other people's testimonies on there and answer questions that people might have! 

Mormon.org | What is the Mormon Church and Religion?
mormon.org
Learn about the Mormon religion and meet members of the Mormon Church. Modern Mormons talk about their faith and answer common questions.


Also, I find out on Saturday if I'm getting transferred! So the next time I write you guys will be on Wednesday next week! Because apparently that's what they do on transfer week. Haha! Just FYI!

Thank you so much for all of your support and prayers! You guys are truly amazing followers of Christ! Hope you guys have an amazing week :) love you all!

D&C 1: 38
Alma 32: 27

- Elder Hanson
WV Turtle

STOP Voldemort!

The West Virginia double

Another amazing Sunset!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Week 13 - October 31, 2016 - Gallipolis, Ohio

This week was very interesting to say the least haha! But it was also AWESOME as it always is! The weather is really starting to get colder and I'm struggling to type as we speak because my hands are shaking looolz. Anyway, the trees here are so pretty actually and they most definitely look like fruit loops! I'll send a sick pic of it later on. It's dope. Also, Halloween is so weird here. They trick or treat on the Thursday before Halloween, nobody is allowed to dress up as clowns (for obvious reasons), and people literally will just throw candy at you when you walk by their houses on trick or treating night. But hey, we got free candy and we didn't even have to ask for it so woot woot. Okay, so now the highlights of the week! 

First of all, how's the book of mormon reading been? UPDATE: I have bookmarks and stickers that have to do with the Book of Mormon challenge that President Salisbury gave all the missionaries! If you want me to send you one, hit me up with an email! Haha! They are really really cool :) 

UPDATE ON INVESTIGATORS:

R---. She's doing amazing! I don't remember if I said it in my last email but we set her baptism date for November 26th! We committed her to church last week but she got really sick and couldn't come on Sunday :( but we will invite her again this week! The only thing is, she needs to get married. But I'm sure she's totally down for that because she said she would literally do ANYTHING to be baptized on that date! So please pray for her that she will be able to do what's necessary to get married before that date :)

D----. So bad news about D---. She told us last week that she wasn't sure if she was going to get married by November 12th. She has A LOT financial concerns so she needs to sort things out first. She said she wants to get married in January.....uh yeah no. We really DON'T wanna push her date that far ahead! We are gonna try and sit down with her and ask her what she needs to do in order to be baptized by the end of the month AT LEAST! She's so ready to be baptized and Satan is literally doing EVERYTHING he can to stop her from doing so. So I ask again, please please please pray for her! She loves this gospel more than anything and wants to do what's right!

B----. He's doing awesome! He's still reading the Book of Mormon every day and he told us a couple of days ago that he KNOWS Joseph Smith was a prophet! WAHOO! We are really gonna try and set him on date TODAY! So please pray for him that everything will work out for him and that he will start preparing for baptism! We truly feel like he's ready to be invited to be baptized!

CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK:

What's your favorite Book of Mormon story? SHARE IT with someone! Share with them what your favorite Book of Mormon story is and WHY it's your favorite and how why it's important that we apply the story's principles to our lives! It will not only build someone else's testimony on that principle but it will also give you a greater love for that story and the Book of Mormon! :)

FUNNY MOMENT:

So on Thursday night, when the trick or treaters were out and about, we walked by this group of teenagers and they started laughing at us. We were like, "What the actual?". We didn't know why they were laughing at us. Then they said, "That's an awesome costume! Mormon missionaries! Hahahaha!" I was like, "Haha we actually ARE mormon missionaries!" Then they just went silent. And gave us candy and walked away without saying another word. Hahaha! Then like 4 more people said the same thing to us. It was AWESOME! Haha! We got a lot of candy lolz.


Our Halloween Costume! Mormon Missionaries!

Thank you all so much for your amazing examples in my life! You've all impacted my life one way or another, so THANK YOU! I love you all so much and hope you have an amazing week :)

Mosiah 24: 13-15
D&C 8: 8

- Elder Hanson

P.S. I hate that this whole clown thing is going down. We just received word that the clowns have REACHED GALLIPOLIS. Like fetch. Pray for me. Lolz. I hate clowns.
Ohio Fall

Amazing "Fruit Loops!"

More awesomeness

I love my apartment after a long day!

Yummy Pizza

Monday, October 24, 2016

Week 12 - October 24, 2016 - Gallipolis, Ohio

Wow, what a week! A lot of incredible stuff happened this week! Holy cow! It's getting colder here. Winter is definitely on the way! Like literally my feet are ALWAYS cold! It's kind of the worst but I'm super used to it now haha! ANYWAY, here's some highlights of this week!

First off, how's the Book of Mormon challenge coming along? I'm going to check up on how you guys are doing with that challenge every week because I KNOW it will bless your life and answer any questions you might have :) I know the Book of Mormon is true! I've felt it! 

INVESTIGATOR UPDATES:

So D----. She was REALLY sick this week. It was kind of scary actually. We called her 3 times during the week to check up on her and she sounded like she was just dying. We were only able to teach her once this week but it wasn't for that long! We just asked her the baptismal interview questions to prepare her for her REAL interview and that was it. Please pray for her that she'll feel better. She needs all the prayers and blessings she can get right now! Thanks guys!

B----. Okay remember last week when I told you guys about all the crazy stuff that went down with him?? Okay well he's back now! YES!! He actually continued reading out of the Book of Mormon the entire time he was gone! We were so pumped when he told us that! He said that he feels it's true and wants to learn more! He's so awesome! He's more at peace since we last saw him. He and his mom seem to be getting along better! So everything (as far as I know) is fine and dandy again with him! He wants to become a better person. So please keep praying for him! 

R----. Oh. My. Gosh. She is one amazing woman! Holy cow! Okay so we had a lesson with her on Wednesday night and taught her about the Spirit World. We went really in depth about the spirit world and I was actually getting really worried we weren't going to get the entire lesson in that night. But the lesson went really well and after we were done teaching about the Spirit World, she started crying and told us that we gave her A LOT of peace about her mom who passed away, not knowing much about the gospel of Jesus Christ. I then extended the invitation to Robin to be baptized and she said yes! WAHOO! Her baptismal date is November 26th! So please please pray for her that she will be prepared for that day! She really is an incredible person!

CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK:

Write down everyone who has impacted you the most in your life! Seriously! Write them down and write down HOW they've impacted your life. Then tell them. Tell those people that they've inspired you and blessed your life for the better and HOW they did so. It will mean the world to that individual! And I guarantee that they will tell YOU how YOU'VE blessed their lives as well! :)

FUNNY MOMENT:

First off, for those of you who don't know what "salty" means, it means mad! Hahaha! Okay. So I was on exchanges on Tuesday with an elder named Elder Crook. He's our district leader. We decided to go tracting at like 8 o'clock at night and we decided to try this house. This guy walks out and we soon found out that he was a baptist preacher! He then went OFF about how Joseph Smith...  I was like...."what"? Haha! We never got a chance to talk the entire 10 minutes because he was talking and then he slammed the door shut. Elder Crook and I just stood there in shock of what just happened. Elder Crook went on to say, "Oh my fetch. My salt level is OFF THE CHARTS!" He was sooo mad it was hilarious! He started mocking him and said "Elder Hanson. Didn't you know that Joseph Smith... Book of Mormon... Fetch!" Hahahaha! I love Elder Crook.  It was so funny!

Thank you all for the amazing support you've given me! I know this church is true and I know that my Redeemer lives! My tesimony of the Book Of Mormon is growing so strong.  Hope you all have an amazing week :) love you guys!

D&C 11: 10-12
Mosiah 7: 33

- Elder Hanson
On Splits with Elder Crook

"Onions have layers." - Shrek

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Week 11 - October 17, 2016 - Gallipolis, Ohio

Wow! This week was a crazy but an awesome one let me tell ya!  I've come to realize that apparently Halloween is a big deal here Haha! But the thing is, nobody trick or treats on Halloween! Like what the heck?? They, instead, trick or treat the Thursday before Halloween. Uhhhh k? Haha! Anyway, that's the fun fact for the day! Actually another fun fact: I gave my very first priesthood blessing on Friday! I gave it to a sister in my district. It was a really really neat experience! Then last night, I gave another one to a recent convert! It was so cool AND THE SPIRIT WAS SO STRONG! 

How's the book of mormon reading going everyone?? I Hope you all are taking advantage of this AMAZING opportunity to read 8.5 pages of the book of mormon every single day so you all will be done reading the B of M just in time for a "White Christmas" :) It will bless your life tremendously! I promise! That's good that you're reading mom and dad! Keep reading because it will bring you so much joy and peace because every word in that book comes from God!

Okay so update on our investigators!

B----. Ummmm we're not sure what to do with him anymore. Here's why. Hold on to your purses because this story is sad and crayy! So on Tuesday, we went over to his house and saw him sitting on his porch smoking. He looked really upset. Like REALLY mad. We walked over anyway and he told us why he wasn't in a good mood. His mom was really mad at him for no apparent reason and it just made him mad. SO we tried to calm him down by talking about prayer and how that can bring peace. He told us "Guys, I'll see you in a couple of days...maybe." Then the situation got heated like I've never seen before. I've never said so many prayers during a situation in my life! Please pray for him and his mom. He was really progressing and we KNOW THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRISTcan change him for the better. So PLEASE pray for them.

On a happier note... D----. She's doing great! We set up her baptismal interview for November 3rd! So we are going to do our best to make sure she's ready for that! Even though she's already FLIPPING ready! She's one amazing woman! Let me tell ya!

R----. We're gonna try and get her set on a baptismal date this week. She just has a hard time keeping commitments. She really wants to become more like Christ. So please pray that she keeps her commitments this week so she can progress and come closer to Christ!

CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK:

Share your favorite hymn with someone you know! Now I'm not saying you need to SING it, I mean you can if you want to but share what your favorite hymn is, WHY it's your favorite hymn, and how it has blessed your life!

FUNNY MOMENT:

Okay so Gus and his wife Crystal are having a baby. I think I already told you guys that. But anyway, we walked into their house on Friday and Crystal was just BAWLING on the couch! My companion and I literally just stood there not knowing what to do. Gus walks in and is like "Babe what's wrong??" She replies, "I sp-sp-spilled a little bi-bi-bit of my soda on m-my pants." I had to turn my head because I didn't want her to see me try not to laugh. Gus then replied, "Girl. You're pregnant. You're raging with hormones. You're fine. I love you." HAHAHAHA! I couldn't contain myself anymore. I started laughing when he said that and then soon everyone started laughing! haha!

Love you guys! And to answer some of your questions: I'm doing well :) I LOVE THE FOOD! I NEVER COOK! I'M EXERCISING! Overall, I'm sleeping pretty good! I'm driving now :) and no I don't have an ipad and I want one SO BAD! UGH! Good to hear about the Patriots :) Tom Brady is FIRE! There's a member here, Phil McCombs, who updates me on sports and it literally keeps me sane! So thank you BOTH for that! My companion hates sports.

I'm super grateful for family : ) That's something that I've come to appreciate on my mission so much. Like, Oh my gooness! I have the BEST FAMILY! Tell Kate Happy belated Birthday from me! Tell  Uncle John that I love him like crayy and I'm praying for him.  I hope you all have an amazing week :) lOVE YOU ALL! Thanks for your support and prayers :)

D&C 9: 7-8
2 Nephi 32: 8

- Elder Hanson
Slap Ya Mama! seasoning

Silly District - At least they are having fun!

Gallipolis Sunset