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He's back!!!
HE'S BACK!!!!!

Monday, October 29, 2012


Well hey there.  How is everyone??    Jennie hasn't had her baby yet!!!!!????!?!?   well pfffffff.  ha ha let me know when it happens!!  Its weird to think that I won't even meet the kid until he is almost 2 years old!  Thats nuts..   But im so excited for you all!  Hope everyone is happy and doing well and having fun.
Alright.  Well this week has been the usual.  I can't even remember what happened . . .   ha ha
I went to a couple trainings this week.  One for just the zls and dls that President Winn just talked to us for almost 3 hours straight.   It was actually really good though. He is trying to help us work harder and more efficiently.  He has asked us to plan for someone or a time every single day to invite someone to follow the example of Jesus Christ and be baptized.  It is going to be really cool.  We will start to see a lot more people to teach and a lot more people coming unto Christ.  Its exciting!
The other training was a usually, weekly, district leader training done by our zone leaders... but President Winn showed up to our little meeting.  Ha ha so it was the two zls for cannon zone, and us three district leaders and President.  It was great.  Learned a lot more of my responsibilities to help every missionary in my district to come closer to Christ and build their faith in Him.  It is sweet.
Hmmmmmm what else. . . .
We had district meeting and I think that it went pretty well.  Its weird to be in charge of it though .  .      hopefully im doing an okay job. 
We picked up 4 new investigators this week.  So that was great!  We are teaching a lot more and everything is going well.

Alright.  Thats about it.   oh actually one more thing!  It was actually a really cool miracle.  We had been trying to talk to people all day with not much luck and then for some reason (the spirit?) we decided to drop by our ward mission leaders house without calling him ahead.  We knocked on the door and his son-in-law answered and said "Well that was fast!"  We were a little confused... then they went on to tell us that Bro. Mataele (our ward mission leader) , his wife was very sick and needed a blessing!  Bro. Mataele told us that he was three words into typing a text message to send us so that we would come over to give her a blessing.  Ha ha no need. . .  we were already at his door.  So that was pretty awesome :)  and she got better very quickly and even went to work that night!! So that was a nice miracle to see after a pretty frustrating day. 

So yeah.  . well I think thats about it.  Thanks for the letters Mom! Everyone have a great week!  Good luck with the baby stuff.  ha ha
Love you guys,

-Elder Hansen
Peak the Strategy

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


Well Hello!!! How are you all?? I hope everything is going well!  Has Jennie had her baby yet?!?!?!?!?! it should be this week right??? I can't believe she is already about to have her baby!  Ahhhhhh!  I wish I could be there with you all.
This week was nuts....  Monday night I got a call from President Winn.  Transfers were on Wednesday... and he told me that I would have the opportunity to be a district leader this transfer.... soooo yeah.  Im a district leader.  Still in the same area.  But yeah.  I get to be in charge of some peeps. . . .   its sorta stressful.... but its all good. ..    I didn't / don't feel ready to be in this position, but if it is what the Lord wants then I will do my best.  So yeah.
Other than that.   Not much.  Elder Driskell and I are still together.  Two brand new missionaries came into our district.  Elder Espinal and Sister Rogers.  They are great missionaries already!  They are both converts and have solid testimonies and are really helping other people see the blessings that the gospel of Jesus Christ has to offer.  It is sweet. 
I did my first district meeting.  It was just setting a lot of goals, getting to know each other, and sharing some miracles and experiences from our missions thus far.  It went alright. 
Overall, things are going well.  Our area needs a lot of help.  We need to find new people to teach this week.  But we can do it!  I love this gospel.  And it is true!  I am so glad to be a part of sharing it at this important time.  Anyway,

Hmmmmm what else......  well we went on a hike today as a district.  I organized it and got permission from president to go out of our area to do a short hike.  It was cool.  We actually went to the top of the mountain.  So yeah! It was cool.
Well  . . .   I think thats about it!  Sorry this is so short.  Im sorta boring... I'll try to make it more exciting next week! 
Love you all!  Be safe, have fun, and share the gospel.  (seriously... do it!)   

-Elder Hansen
Peak The Strategy

P.S.  Here are some pictures from the hike! hope you like them.    At the top of the mountain it was soooo flippin windy . . ..  so yeah . .  Thats why I look sorta weird in that picture . .  just FYI......

Monday, October 15, 2012

Juan . . . Peterson??

Hey there.  How is everyone doing??  Good?   Alright sweet. . I hope all is well in your lives. 
This week was crazy...   Like  . . yeah soo much random, ridiculous stuff.    
First off, last Thursday my bike got stolen . . .    .      .       from right in front of our apartment....  We came home to eat dinner but we only had 20 or 30 minutes to eat because we had appointments to go to.  The bike lock was upstairs and so we just left our bikes outside (like we had done like 100 or 200 times before) unlocked. . .  We came back out and my bike was just gone.  I thought it was our zone leaders just being funny err whatever, but upon further investigation I found that my bike had actually been stolen....   But the other bike was still there!  It was ridiculous.  So yeah  . .    Now we are on foot for a while until I get another bike or fix this really crappy broken one in our apartment.  Anyway,  then on Friday we went on exchanges.  And I was with Elder Weurtenburg.   He is sorta crazy . .  and pretty weird .. and not obedient.  Ha ha so we didnt get as much work done as we should have, but I pushed him so that we at least did some work and talked to people.  so yeah. 
The best part of our week was that Juan got baptized!!!!!  It was awesome!  There were a LOT of complications that were just so ridiculous that I didnt know how to handle them... 
Basically, long story short, he was baptized as Juan Peterson because thats what the church media referral place had told me his name was and he also told me himself that that was his last name!  But it turns out that Peterson wasnt his last name  . . . .      .          .. . .. .       . .    And he didnt even say that that wasnt his name when he was being baptized. .     It was ridiculous.  He is a really shy 14 year old kid so he didnt speak up at all.  He also had told us that he had gotten permission to be baptized from his brother, but he hadnt!  Sooo . . .  it was a huge mess. . .   . .  I was on the phone from 7:00 pm till 10:30 pm trying to figure it out.   I talked to Mission President a lot to figure out what we should do. We also went over to Juan's house and met with him and his brother and his wife (who are the legal guardians of Juan right now)  and sorted out the problem.   He didnt need to be re baptized, we just needed to put the right name on the record and make sure that when he was confirmed that it was by the correct name!  So, we figured it all out, and he actually got confirmed last night so that his brother could make it.  It was an overall good experience though.  :)  He is a great kid and he didnt mean to not tell or ask his brother, he just doesn't have the best communication skills.   So yeah.  
Anyway, It was good to see him be baptized and confirmed and I will never forget this experience!  It was quite a lot to deal with.
Well.   Life is good.  We achieved what they call SOE (which means Standard Of Excellence) this week.   It means that we got 1 person baptized and confirmed, have 3 people with a baptismal date, have 5 people at church, have 8 lessons with a member present, and 3 new investigators.   We fasted and prayed that we could achieve this on Friday and the Lord really helped us make it happen.  We only had 10 minutes last night before we had to go in for the night and we still needed to find 2 new investigators!  We stopped for a second and then walked over to an apartment, knocked a door of someone that I had heard we could maybe talk to, and him ad his brother decided that we could meet with them on Saturday to teach them!  So yeah, the Lord's hand is most definitely in this work.  
Well I gotta go, but I'll try to attach a picture form the baptism! 
I love you all!  Have a great week! 
God live and He loves us.
Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer.
The Church is true.
-Elder Hansen

Monday, October 8, 2012

General Conference!!

HELLO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well holy cow. . .   first off, the mission ages changed!!!!! That is probably the biggest change in the church that has happened since I have been alive!! It is such as blessing to have continued revelation now on this earth through a living prophet of God.   Soo cool . . . that means all my friends who are younger can leave earlier and all the girls from our senior seminary class could leave whenever they wanted!  Its freakin nuts!!!  I hope this creates a surge in missionaries and a raise in the bar for missionary work throughout the world, INCLUDING MEMBERS!!!!      They hit that pretty hard and multiple times at conference.  We all need to be missionaries.  No matter what.  It is a commandment (3 Nephi 18:25)      . .   I love hearing from the general authorities and receiving revelation for my investigators and myself at conference.  I am so grateful for it!
Anyway,   How are you all doing?!?  Good I hope!
This week was pretty crazy.  Helped do a lot more service, painted some cabinets for a lady, had exchanges with our district leader and found a lot of new investigators.   After all our many prayers and our patience and our work, the Lord blessed us this week to find 7 new investigators!!!  :)   It was amazing. .   5 of which were in one night!  It was such a blessing and I know it came through our faith and prayers and the faith and prayers of all of you!  All my Friends and family.  So thank you so much for your efforts.  They are greatly appreciated and they actually do amount to something! 
We also were able to take Juan (a 14 year old investigator)  to the Saturday afternoon session of conference!  It was awesome!!  I saw the Rice family from our home ward in Louisville!  It was funny to bump into them and talk with them for a minute!  I also saw Garrett Jones!  He ran up to me and picked me up! haha :)  It was so good to see him and talk with him!  AND I saw Brother Davis!  who knew that going to conference I would see so many people from Colorado!  And from our home ward no less!  It was cool :)    I also saw some missionaries from the Ogden mission and my trainer Elder Miller.   It was a great time!  And the actual talks in conference were amazing!!!  So many great things to learn from!  A lot of very BOLD talks by the 12 Apostles . .    It was so cool  . . And our seats were really close!!!!!  Like 10 to 15 rows back for the podium!!  Seriously.  We waved to the prophet and all of the apostles a lot when they came in and when they left.  It was such a great experience.  Well  I wish I had more time to talk!   But I am running out already. . .         But I am grateful for everything I have been given and the opportunity I have to serve as a missionary at this time.  It will be very interesting to see a bunch of 18 year olds coming into this mission and to try to help them become great disciples of Jesus Christ.   I am excited though :)   I love the work .  I love all of you!  I'll try to send some pictures next week or later today if I can get them to work . . . ha ha
God lives and He loves us!
Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer.
The church is true, and President Thomas S. Monson is a true prophet of God.
My best regards,
-Elder Hansen
Peak The Strategy.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Same old

Hello!  This week was a pretty typical week to be a missionary.  Worked hard, tried to find people the teach, tried to get someone baptized.  We did okay this week though.  No baptism still :/ which makes me feel like a horrible trainer since we haven't had a baptism since Elder Driskell got here.   But we found some pretty solid leads this week!  Some new investigators that seem like they could be pretty solid and some referrals that could lead to something.  So yeah . .  but it was a pretty typical week . .  Did a lot of service which was nice (and Mom my side is fine! ha ha it hurt for about a week, but it is great now. so no worries.)    Hmmmm what else. . . .   we actually got people to come to church this Sunday!! We had 3 investigators show up! so that was good.  Still not quite to the Standard of Excellence (SOE) which is 5 but its a start!  And now we have General Conference this week!! We are going to the Sunday PM session and maybe to a session on Saturday with an investigator!  So that should be sweet.  Im excited.  General Conference as a missionary will probably be a little different, but still pretty much the same.  I mean we get to hear the Prophet speak and the other General Authorities, but we will mostly be listening for how we can better help our investigators and how we can be better teachers.  Word.  hah.
Well not much else happened this week!  We got to go to the temple this morning! That is always freakin awesome! :) ha ha but other than that mostly just being a missionary!  We had a good training on Thursday about 12 ways we can find people in our areas! So we are going to do 7 of them this week, one each day, and hopefully find a lot more people to teach!  It'll be tight.
So yeah . .   what else . . . .     . .  .        I mean, on Sunday morning, riding our bikes to church we saw a random dude just not wearing any pants . . . .   Seriously. . .  He was just naked . . I was like PFFFFFF What da heck???!!  but yeah . . There are some pretty crazy people around here.     Its all good though. 
Well on that note, I love you all!  hahaha . .  but yeah. . I miss you guys, and I hope you are all doing well!!
God lives and He loves us.
Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer.
The church is true!
-Elder Hansen
Peak the Strategy
P.S. Mom!  Thanks soooooo much for the package!! It was amazing.  The cookies were freaking delicious!  ha ha note that I said "were" because we already ate them all! ha :)  but thanks soo much! I love you!!!  Oh and if you ever have a spare moment and would like to send me some Mormon Tabernacle Choir, I would like that, since that is all we can listen to....  ha  yeah . . oh well.     Thanks!
P.P.S.  Natalie!!  Thanks for your package as well!!!! It was sweet!  I'll use that photo albulm sometime, I just dont know what pictures to use or when or where i'll get them printed! ha ha maybe in my next area there will be a walgreens or something I can do it at.  Right now there isnt anywhere close so thats why I can't send pictures   . .   but thats why I email them! 
Speaking of which, here are some pictures! ha
They are both from the trek!  yeah  . . .pretty awesome :) 
sick . .