Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Week 50 - July 17, 2017 - Princeton, West Virginia

Whattup y'all!! Sooooo this week was very very interesting to say the least. It was very eventful but CRAZY at the same time! This week was full of miracles, testimony builders, and salty dogs!! I'll explain in a sec. Haha! But, overall, this week was great!

UPDATE ON INVESTIGATORS:

Lucia. So first things first, SHE PASSED HER INTERVIEW! She's gonna get baptized this week! However, we had a scary experience with the rest of the family. They had a lot of questions this week and told Lucia that if we couldn't answer their questions, then she can't get baptized. Needless to say, I was freaking out hardcore. But, with the spirit, we were able to help them out A LOT! She came to church yesterday and said that she wanted to get baptized for HER and not just for the family. It was a miracle! Just pleeeaasssee pray that she'll continue to have that desire to be baptized this week! She's sooo great!

Vicki & Gabe & Emma. So they didn't come to church yesterday :/ we aren't too sure why but we're seeing them tomorrow and we'll be able to figure it all out! Our next lesson with them is the Plan of Salvation so pray that that goes well!! They're awesome people :)

CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK:

So this week, I was able to meet my new mission president, President Lindhardt. He was talking about how relationships are strengthened where the spirit is present. And instantly, the challenge that came to my mind for y'all this week is to attend the temple WITH a friend or a family member. Whoever you want to strengthen your relationship with! Because you are GUARANTEED to have your relationships strengthened as you center your relationships on the gospel of the Jesus Christ!

FUNNY MOMENT: (actually pretty scary)

So I was on exchanges with my zone leader, Elder Prince this week and it was a good time! However, when we were tracting, we came across this really adorable dog that was just chilling on the driveway. I went to go pet it but then Elder Prince yells "No! I wanna pet it!" and he steps in front of me. When he did that, the dog jumped straight up and growled at him and then went straight for his ankle and took a good chunk out! It was insane! But I laughed way too hard at it too haha!

Anyways, I love all y'all! I hope you guys have a great week and keep being the amazing examples that you are! Transfers are this next week so I won't write until Wednesday.

D&C 3: 4

- Elder Noah Hanson
Elder Crook and Noah - before Elder Crook goes home

Sad to see Elder Crook leave

Princeton District

Monday, July 10, 2017

Week 49 - July 10, 2017 - Princeton, West Virginia

Whattup y'all! It's your boi Elder Hanson! For those who are wondering, I'm doing really good! We've been workin' hard and just trying to do everything we can for the Lord :) I went on exchanges with an elder in my district named Elder Willie! He's a great kid! He's actually gonna be part of my "funny moment" so stay tuned lolz. Plus, It was a pretty lame 4th to be honest haha. I thought I was gonna see a lot of fireworks going off on the 4th but literally there was NOTHING. I was super sad to be honest haha it's all goooood though! 

Something that I've been trying to work on a lot lately (along with the rest of my district) is remaining focused on the work! It's so incredibly easy to get distracted by worldly things. And I'll admit, Satan's been doing everything he can to distract me this transfer for some reason. It wasn't until I was reading through my journal a couple nights ago that I really started to realize what I need to do differently. I read a quote in my journal that said, "Don't give up what you want most in life for something you think you want now." It was kind of like a spiritual awakening for me. So a goal that my comp and I set is just to say "Remain Focused!" every day before we leave the apartment! It's helped a lot! But don't get me wrong, it's not like I've been distracted my whole mission, it's just been a temptation a lot this transfer for some reason. Anyways, yeah rant over! Haha!

UPDATE ON INVESTIGATORS:

Lucia. She's still doing soooo good! She came to church again yesterday :) :) wahoo!! Her baptismal interview is this Friday and we went over the baptismal interview questions with her yesterday and she passed with flying colors! We are SO excited for her! Please just keep her in your prayers that she'll be able to pass the interview! She's such a great lady! She is looking at a baptism date of July 22.

Vicki & Emma & Gabe. So we've been teaching Vicki for a while as you know but we were able to pick up her two kids Emma and Gabe! Gabe is 13 and Emma is 11. They're awesome! It's different teaching kids about the restoration but we were able to do it! Haha! They plan on coming to church this Sunday so that's exciting!! Just keep praying for them that they'll be able to make it :)

CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK:

So something that I've realized this week also is that we spend so much time thinking of the things we need to IMPROVE on instead of the things we are good at right now! It's not a bad thing to think of what you need to improve on but we need to take some time to think of what our CURRENT strengths are. So my challenge is to y'all is to take some time to think about your top 3 strengths. And then kneel and thank heavenly father for those strengths. 

Anyways, thank you all for your incredible Christ-like examples. Truly blessed to have so many positive examples in my life :) love y'all! 

"Don't give up what you want most in life for something you think you want now."

- Elder Hanson
Elder Willie and Noah

Comparing ties - haha

Elders in my awesome District

A real Donkey Kong tie!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Week 48 - July 3, 2017 - Princeton, West Virginia

Happy 4th of July this week y'all!! That's so crazy that it's already the 4th of July this week! Time literally flies! I'll admit, I'm gonna miss the fun traditions we do back home on the 4th but I know that I'm where I'm supposed to be and I'm more than hyped to be here! I'm also so grateful to live in this country and the freedom that we have! Also, people have been lighting fireworks all of June haha. People here are pretty impatient to wait to light fireworks on the 4th! But it's been fun to see all these AWESOME fireworks all around us when we tract haha! Also, I've been out 11 months already??? WOW! 

UPDATE ON INVESTIGATORS:

Lucia. So guess what??? She came to church!! It was her first time ever coming to church and she LOVED it! We also taught her the Word of Wisdom yesterday and she said that she had a problem with coffee but that she was willing to give it up because she "knows without a shadow of a doubt that Joseph Smith was a prophet"!!! Wahoo!! We're so excited for her! Keep praying for her that she'll be able to live the word of wisdom and be ready for her baptism on July 22nd! 

Vanessa (recent convert). So yesterday at church, she told us that she got a calling! She's now known as the official "greeter"! Haha! She's very shy so I think being the greeter will be good for her! She's scared to death but she's gonna do great! Haha!

CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK:

So this week for district meeting, we talked about the importance of the spirit in our lives. We all kinda came to the realization that it can be so easy to take the spirit for granted. So my challenge to y'all is to think of a way that you can invite the spirit more in your own individual lives! Set goals and make plans to do what you need to do in order to have and feel the spirit more in your life!

FUNNY MOMENT:

Okay so wow. Yesterday at church, I went up to greet my bishop and I shook his hand and said, "Hey Bishop Boone!" He looks at me and grins and says, "Hey Donkey Kong, how ya doin?" I just stood there in awe...even my freaking bishop knows that my nickname is Donkey Kong. Wow. Shout out to Elder Wilson.

Anyways, I love all y'all so much! Thank you for all of your Christ-like examples! Keep being awesome and have a great week :)

3 Nephi 27: 13-14

- Elder Hanson
The Cascades

My District

Cascades

The Cascades

Tracting cuz no more miles for our car for the month :-/