|Elder Hansen and district arriving in the Utah Ogden Mission|
Alright, I'm in Farmington Utah!
pffffffffff ha ha sooooo Mom you said I would probably have a lot of emails?? turns out I only got two and they were both from you! haha sure would be good to hear from some of my sisters maybe??? ha ha ha it only takes a quick minute or two to send a little email right? ha well anywayys!
Sooo much stuff has happened! I dont think that I can even fit it all in this email, but I will try to tell you most everything!
So, yeah . We left the MTC on Tuesday morning at 6:00 am . . we got up early and finished packing and checking out and all that stuff and then got on the bus to Ogden! I only got a couple hours of sleep so I was pretty tired but I was too excited to sleep much on the bus. We passed by Provo and Orem which was just sort of weird in general since I was at school only a couple weeks ago, but then we drove to South Ogden to the mission office! We got there and they gave us a lot of training all day about pretty much everything we would need to know about this mission and what we all need to be doing. Then we were told that the Odgen mission was going to be losing the bottom section from the edge of Syracuse (highway 193) and that anything bellow that was going to become the Salt Lake mission. I got a pretty weird feeling and it was pretty strong that I might be going down there when they said this. So when I had my interview with the mission president I told him about those feelings and that I would be willing to go down to that mission if that is what he feels inspired to do. Some missionaries were not very willing to go down there because they thought that since their call was to Ogden, they should be serving there, but I didnt mind. Anyway, we went out that day to go contact some people. It was sweet! We went to a homeless shelter in Ogden and just started talking to people. I was a little nervous and since I am usually pretty shy I didnt know how I was going to talk to people. But we walked up to the shelter and I had the feeling we should go down the ramp on the side and talk to the group of people way down there. I didnt want to, but my legs kept movin and we were suddenly down there talking to people. To make a long story short, we found a lady down there that had been evicted recently and in the process had lost her Book of Mormon! She was a member but she didnt have one, so in my hand was a Book of Mormon that she needed. It was a great experience to know that the Lord wants me out here and will direct us to find people who need our help! It was sick :) haha so yeah anyway, we slept at the mission presidents home and I slept in a tiny little fold out bed and the matress was like 1 inch thick . . so that wasnt too pleasant so I didnt sleep well then either. But I got up the next morning and got ready and we went back to the church for more training and to find out who our new companions would be and where we were going! Sooo long story short, I was the last name called and I was called to the Farmington area which is going to be in the Salt Lake mission as of July 1st and my companion is a 6'5" bro who reminds me a lot of Garrett Jones! He has dark hair though. His name is Elder Sam Miller. He is awesome. When we found out that we were companions we went up to the front and hugged and he picked me up! ha ha he is funny and like I said, oddly similar to Garrett Jones. Anyway, we have talked a lot and it turns out we like exactly the same things and are incredibly similar. We are basically the same person except he is like 7 inches taller than me. He is from Winslow, Arizona. Like the Eagles song Winslow. haha but yeah we get along really well. The work is pretty hard right now though because we opened a new area . . soo white washed . . and we cover two stakes. Farmington stake and Farmington West stake. It is crazy. We cover like 15 wards and 3 branches! So we met both stake presidents already and talked a lot with them because we dont have anything to go off of before. And we have talked to probably 8 to 10 bishops already. Soo yeah! we have just been tracting and contacting and finding constantly. By the way we are on foot at the moment but we are trying to go to the mission office today to pick up bikes. Soo yeah . . no car . . and the rumor is that the salt lake mission that I will be in will not have any cars either . . . . :( dang . . . . . just tons of walking! it'll be tight . .
Soo what else. Well we got to our area and we had to start from scratch . . but we are staring to get the work going! We had a lesson last night with a guy named James Lui. He is Korean I think and he is going to BYU in the fall. But he is a nonmember! We taught him the first lesson and used the spirit sandwich (something we learned in the training at the mission offices that is used throughout the mssion) and then commited him to be baptized. He said yes!!! :) so that was exciting. I hope he really does pray about what we have talked about and reads the Book of Mormon like we asked him to. We assigned him to read 3 Nephi 11 so hopefully he gets a lot out of this chapter! We are going to meet with him again tomorrow. So yeah!!
Errbody in Utah sees the missionaries walking around and honks and waves and yells! Its funny . . We are like rock stars out here :) but the people who dont like us, reallllly dont like us if you know what Im sayin . . Everyone we talk to that is not a member just says I dont want to hear it, Im happy where im at, and then shuts the door. its sorta lame, but we are still movin on and trying to help a lot of people. We are focusing on less actives also while trying to keep the baptism numbers up! Its cool . sooooo yeah.We have been flipped off a couple time too . . just in case you wanted to know haha but other than that I dont kinow what else to tell you people! haha I miss you guys! Happy Belated Birthday Jamie and Mom!!!!!!!! sorry I missed those. . . there was a lot going on over here! and I am sooo sorry to hear about Grace. That is horrible news, and I hope Paul and Jennie and all of their family can find comfort in what I am out here teaching. The plan of salvation is an amazing thing and I feel so blessed to know that we will see those people that have passed on again in the next life. It is comforting :) so yeah. Guess what?? I met a man named Brother Childe out here. He fed us on Memorial day (yesterday) and we found out that he is one of the people that President Thomas S. Monson sends out to look for new temple locations!!!! crazy right??? He is a really cool guy. Everyone out here is sooo nice and funny and sweet. It cool . . I already love the people. its sick. Anyway, . . . not much else to report . .
Love you all and miss you tons!
Hope everythjing is going well out there!!
Thanks for all the emails and letters mom! you are the best :) miss you
God lives and loves us, Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer. I know this gospel is true.
Peak The Strategy
P.S. Mom since I am changing missions the mission office will be different and so I will give that address to you when I get it. Then could you give it to friends and people or put it on Facebook?? Sweet, and I will try to send pictures soon. wordski . .