Monday, October 26, 2015

Conferencia Multimisional (again), HAPPY HALLOWEEN

The Juigalpa Zone
Familia y Amigos,

What’s going on?? This week was actually a pretty good one here, we had some fun, more General Authorities came, so that was all good!  I will let you know about it.

On Monday nothing else really went down, we just finished doing some things we needed to do and got back to work.

On Tuesday I had to go to Boaco to do a last second interview. The guy was super awesome, and super prepared, but he lied to me in the interview!  When I left, he told the Hermanas that he wouldn’t live the law of chastity, that he couldn’t do it.  The guy was so pilas (awesome), but his baptism ended up falling through because he wouldn’t commit to live the commandment.  Boaco had some really nice weather, it was really cool, and raining, but it was a cold rain so that was nice.  We got back to the area, while I was gone we had gotten one of our possibilities for baptism interviewed.  He passed and was a little sketchy for his baptism, but we decided we were just going to pass by every day to visit him.

On Wednesday it was just a day in the area. We contacted, tried to find some new people.  We actually had a really good day.  Everyone let us in, they listened, we put a good number of fechas (baptismal dates) and the people all seemed like they were going to progress, haha. We tried to pass by for our possibility but he wasn’t there.

On Thursday it was a day in the area too.  I had to go look at a house for the District Leader so I lost a little bit of time there, the house ended up not passing the inspection so we are still looking.  We found the possibility on the street, he told us he didn’t really feel ready for his baptism, we couldn’t like sit down and talk to him, we tried to set up a cita (appointment), but he was going out of town to work until Friday night.  Things were not looking good at all.

On Friday we had zone meeting to see how things were looking for November, not looking good at all haha.  We have been encouraging, but there are 3 missionaries dying (ending their missions) here this change so their areas are not looking good at all.  To have success in the zone, we have to have every area baptizing.  It was nice to be together as a zone though, and we had a good class about commitments.  We found a couple of new investigators, but still things were looking bad for the baptism.  He wasn’t there on Friday night when we passed by, and we weren’t going to be able to talk to him on Saturday because we had a conference.

On Saturday we got up bright and early (didn’t sleep at all) to go to Managua for a conference that we had.  It was with Elder Snow, and Brother Turley.  I think that Elder Snow is the church historian.  Anyway Elder Alonso from the Area Presidency was here too.  He or Elder Ochoa almost always come.  I really enjoyed Elder Snow`s message, even though I was exhausted and a little dozing in and out.  He talked about here in Nicaragua, right now they don’t need just baptisms, they need us to establish the church.  They seem like they really want a temple here in Nicaragua, but they are seeing that the church isn’t super established yet.  Brother Turley also talked about planting seeds, how things aren’t always going to work out the way we want.  Then Elder Alonso got up and told us that we can double the number of baptisms that we are having if we use the things that we were taught.  Lots more responsibility haha.  The conference ended at 12, we took a mission photo and left at like 1. Then we headed back to Juigalpa.  We got back here at 5, changed out of our suits and got to work.  We went straight to the possibilities house, and he wasn’t there.  We called him and he said that he was going to be at his house in an hour, so we just sat and waited.  That ended up being 2 hours, he came to his house, he had to go run another mandado (errand) so we said we would go with him.  As we were walking, I asked him, "you know what today is right?" and he said "Saturday, and yeah, my girlfriend says she can’t come to my baptism (she gave us the reference and we taught him) but its ok"  So after the mandado we went to the church and baptized him. 

On Sunday, he studies in the morning, but we have to confirm him in the morning since its our branch.  So he said he was going to be home and we could come and get him at 8, but at 7:45 he called and said that he wasn’t home.  Great.  He told us that he was going to come to the church for his confirmation, but it is so hard to trust people, there wasn’t anything we could do.  He ended up coming!  The other elders baptized one of their investigators in the morning on Sunday also so it made for not having a ton of investigators in church.  It was good to have the baptisms though.

This week is changes, but I am almost positive that I will be staying.  Plan on another 2 changes here in Juigalpa :)  I hope that everyone has a fun Halloween, I can’t decide if I’m going to carve a pineapple or a watermelon, we will see!  

Love you all,
Elder Hanson
Having some fun at Zone meeting
One of our baptisms
The other baptism this week

Elder Vasquez and Elder Hanson

Monday, October 19, 2015

Your average Nicaragua week

At the house

Familia y Amigos,

How’s it going? It’s probably real surprising to hear, but this week was pretty routine, filled with contacting, finding people that are "positive" and working in the zone.  It was a rough week zonewise, all of the zones are having a really hard time right now completing with the goals that we put, so we are just trying, praying for miracles and doing all that we can.

Last Monday was good, just got back to working and tried to find a couple of people, not much happened.  Elder Naupoto and Elder Vasquez got ready to go to Bluefields, so the rest of the week the area was mine.

Tuesday we went out to Santo Tomas to do some interviews.  They were 2 chavalos (young boys), sons of a Member, who did not want anything. I wasted 6 hours in total just to go and have them sit there and not answer anything I asked them about their baptism.  It was fun :)

On Wednesday we just worked in the area and tried to find some people.  We contacted an area that Elder Salazar and I had contacted when he first came, and we had a little success, but not much because on Sunday the people didn’t want to come at all.

Thursday Elder Naupoto and Elder Vasquez got back, and went to Santo Tomas to try to recover the baptism, but it didn’t work, the little kids weren’t that great.  We didn’t have a ton of people interviewed for baptism and things were coming down to the wire. Just kept contacting and trying to find people.

On Friday it was a crazy day.  The Hermanas had some people that could be baptized so they went and found them and called me over for the interview.  They were all good, just the grandma didn’t want to let them do it.  She was saying "mejor en otra epoca" (it would be better another time)..... puuuuuu! No thanks! The baptism was scheduled for Saturday, but all of a sudden they decided to do it in the moment.  So we had to rush to the church, fill up the pila (font) and get someone to baptize.  It all turned out well, definitely a miracle they got baptized though!

Saturday was nice to have the other Elders back working in the area too.  We just committed people to church.  In the morning we had this meeting about a retention program the mission is doing, so we met as a zone.  It was Elder Vasquez`s bday so the whole zone threw eggs, he wasn’t expecting it at all!! 

Sunday was a little rough, but we have the faith we`ll find people this week!  That’s about all that went down, I don’t have a ton of photos but here’s an old one of me and Elder Hartley, and me at the house!  Have a great week, love you all!!  I thought consejo (Leader’s Conference) was going to be this week, but we have a multimision, AGAIN.  I’m so sick of bus rides hahahah.  Have a great week, love you all!

Elder Hanson :)

Me and Elder Hartley

Monday, October 12, 2015


Our baptism!
Familia y Amigos,

How is it going?? Things are going pretty well here, I had a good week, a nice trip to Managua and everything.

On Tuesday I had a Multizona (multizone conference).  Elder Naupoto and I were in charge of a class, and it went well.  We played a game that the people seemed to like and things went good.  President said we did a good job, so that was awesome.  We also played a minute to win it game that the APs did, so it was fun playing against the other zones.  President’s main message was about being misioneros consagrados (consecrated missionaries), and what we can do to be better.  He gave out a copy of the 4th missionary by Lawrence E. Corbridge, which is super good and I would encourage every missionary or future missionary to read it.  I have been studying that this past week seeing how I can be a better missionary.

On Wednesday we just worked normal, and tried to find people.  We are having a hard time finding people that are willing to go to church right now, so we are just doing our best and hoping the Lord will do the rest.

On Thursday it was the same.  Elder Naupoto and Elder Vasquez went to Santo Tomas to work with the Elders there, so the area was mine.  One of our now recent converts has a little sister with a birthday so we went and ate cake with them. That was fun.  

On Friday I went to Boaco and worked with the sisters there.  They are struggling but it’s hard to do divisions, because we have to leave halfway through the day to make it to our area on time.  It rained super hard so that felt good!

On Saturday we had a baptism!! Por fin!! (finally)  The girl that we baptized was super scared of the water.  She didn’t really want to do it, but her inactive mom showed up (we didn’t think she was going to come) and she got right in.  When she came up out of the water she was shaking hahaha.  It was nice to finally get her baptized.  I’ll send a pic.

On Sunday nothing really went down, just a lot of lying people that didn’t want to go to church. This fast Sunday was a lot less apostasy and things went good.   The goal this week is to find some cool people that will actually progress and want to go to church!  I know that we can do it, but some prayers would be appreciated!  Thank you for all you do, love you guys lots!

Elder Hanson

Cake with our convert's sister
A cathedral in Boaco

Monday, October 5, 2015


Great to be back in Bluefields!
Familia y Amigos,

This week was honestly one of the best weeks of my whole mission.  I loved it. It started really well and didn’t end the best but it was still awesome.  I’ll let you know about it.

Anyway on Tuesday we got up super early for the trip to Bluefields.  I didn’t miss that trip at all.  Your legs fall asleep like halfway through because the bus seats aren’t comfortable and then it is a boat on choppy water, while sitting on a wooden bench. But we got there pretty early, like at 11, so that was nice and we got to work.  The first day I worked with Bluefields 2 with Elder Page and Elder Peñalba, which wasn’t my area, but I still knew it pretty well.  We visited the Branch President who greeted me with a big hug, and a couple other people who I knew from the area.  It was super awesome.  It honestly felt like being home, just because I was there for so long.  Bluefields was still hot, but it had cooled down a little and the weather was perfect.  Things went well with those elders and in the night we got some of my favorite batidos (smoothies) so that was cool.

On Wednesday it was even better.  I got to work in Bluefields 1 with Elder Bradbeer and Elder Rushton.  We started out the morning going and visiting a couple of my converts.  We visited Ayoleth, who took us super long to baptize because of her marriage papers.  We have a book with all of the converts, and it says she isn’t active so I wanted to see what was going on.  Well turns out the missionaries didn’t even know who she was, they said they see her in church every week but just didn’t really know who she was.  That was awesome.  We went and visited Curt, who is active, has a calling, and goes every week in his white shirt and tie.  Asi es!!  We went and visited a couple of members, and when one of them saw me they said "mi gran amigo!" (my good friend)  It was so great to see the fruits of my labor, and that was probably why it made it the best week of my mission so far.  I ate some pan de coco and some picos, and we went to Noche De Hermanamiento (Fellowship night) where we saw some more members and said hi.  The elders there are working hard and are going to be baptizing 2 of my old investigators this week, so that made me happy too.  I even got to do the interview for one of them, which was cool.

On Thursday we got up and left at like 9 and got back at 4.  For those of you that didn’t know our house here in Juigalpa was really bad, it was super tiny and to pray on our knees in our study room we all had to get up on our chairs.  We were a little fed up with the house so we kind of started looking for a new one.  A member here, a returned missionary just said to us, you don’t really have any time to look for one so just ask the Lord for a house and He`ll give you it.  So that’s what I decided to do.  I prayed and asked the Lord for a new house, something kind of silly.  I asked last week on like Thursday.  So right after I got to Bluefields, a member called me out of the blue and told me that he saw a house that he thought would be really good for us.  He didn’t know at all that we were looking for a new house, but the new one is great.  We ended up moving on Thursday which took up the whole day, but it was good to finally get out of the bad house.  The family that found the house for us recently got sealed in the temple and just went inactive, but they went to church this week which was awesome too.

Then on Friday I just worked in the area, normal.  It was the only day all week that I worked in the area, so I’m sure you can imagine how things went with bringing investigators to general conference.

On Saturday and Sunday we had conference.  It went good, but it was a little hard to focus.  The problem with watching conference in Spanish is that you can still hear the English in the background so it is a little hard to focus.  My favorite talk was probably the first one of Priesthood session, by Elder Neil L Anderson on faith.  I need to have more faith so that we can complete with all of the things we need to do here, trying to get our goal of 2300 baptisms.  I hope that all of you were able to receive personal revelation also, and that you learned something from conference.

That about does it for my week, it was awesome and here are a couple pictures.  I love you all, have a great week!

Elder Hanson

Elder Bradbeer, Elder Hanson, Elder Smith, Elder Rushton, Elder Page and Elder Peñalba
Ayoleth is doing great!
Our new casa!
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