Monday, April 25, 2016

This country is so hot

Familia y Amigos,

How are you all doing?  Like I said last week I had changes, so Tuesday we went down to change meeting.  I was pretty convinced that I was going somewhere in Managua, and turns out that my companion is Elder Merrill! We were already companions for one change in Juigalpa but I am stoked to be back with him. We had joked about it a little but it was something that didn’t seem like it was going to happen. I am also here with Elder Martell and Elder Hall.  The name of my area is Altagracia I, in la Zona Universitaria. The zone is doing really well right now so that is awesome too.

But let me tell you this place is SO hot... Coming from San Marcos to here was a big change.  At like 9 oclock at night I sweat more than I have ever sweat playing in any lacrosse game. It is unreal.  I sweat just doing the simple motion of brushing my teeth.  Wow. The rain storms supposedly start this week so we will see how things go :)

This week was pretty good, me and Elder Martell have just been looking for some people, Elder Heileson left some good investigators so we are working with them and helping them for this month of May.

On Friday Elder Merrill and I went and visited some possibilities in Monte Fresco, one of the areas in my zone. Monte Fresco actually is on the road to San Marcos so that is cool, but we had to go down in this canyon a couple times and it was super exhausting. We got home super tired and just fell asleep.

Saturday we were able to have 2 baptisms that I walked in on.  2 people I had prepared in San Marcos also got baptized so that was awesome to hear. The rest of the zone also got everyone baptized and the zone ended really well this month.  I didn’t really have anything to do with the success but it is still cool to see the progress they had.

Sunday was church, got to work in the afternoon with some future missionaries, and got to know some of the members so that was great.  I am loving it here in this area and know that we will be able to have success in May. Thanks for all of your prayers, love you all!

Also, thanks to Gran and Papi for the package!!

Elder Hanson
An awesome fam in San Marcos

Home sweet home

Monday, April 18, 2016

Good bye San Marcos

Familia y Amigos,

Well I’m going to make this a short one because I want to go and say bye to some people here.  Changes are tomorrow (just this time) and I just found out that I will be leaving San Marcos.  It has been super awesome here, I love this city and the people, the ward the members and everything and I am going to miss it a ton.... but oh well!

This week was cool, we saw a couple of miracles.  One of the ones we saw was with this family we are teaching. We have been fighting with them for 2 weeks and trying to get them married.  One of the days this week I said a specific prayer and was praying all day long that we could find a way to do it.  We showed up to the house and the husband wasn’t there, but the wife was.  I felt like we should ask her a question.  I asked her simply what was stopping her from being married.  She said "I don’t want to get married in front of everyone Sunday, I don’t like a lot of people!" hahahah! It was awesome that we could finally find out why.  She committed to being baptized as well so I’m not going to get to see it but I’m sure I will see pictures. The husband of her also has a fecha (baptismal date) for the 7th of May.

Another cool thing, don’t know if I have told you this, but the Maria lady we baptized back in March (the 19th) is super awesome.  She has 9 kids and we are teaching 6 of the 9, each of them have their pareja (spouse) and kids, it is dope.  We are teaching one of her sons and he has been progressing really well. He has a fecha with his son, and his cuñada (mother-in-law) for the 30th of April. For the 30th we also have a family of 2 that is progressing really well, the husband stopped smoking and we are praying that he stops for good.

I’m leaving some really awesome people here and a lot of baptisms so I hope they are all able to reach their goals and stay active. That’s all I really got, I’m excited for this next area (probably will be my last :( ). It has been super awesome to see this zone start having success, and I am definitely going to miss it! I love you all! have a great week!!!

Elder Hanson
last time with distrito diriamba

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Stake President Meeting, Hipica

Me with a new chocoyo.
Familia y Amigos,

This week was pretty chill, not a ton of stuff happened, but all went well. Here’s what happened.

Tuesday I went and did divisions in this area called La Concepcion (or as the gente say La Concha).  It was a very interesting day.  The area is known as one of the castigo (punishment) areas of the mission and the missionaries there are not doing the best, so I went and tried to help out but not much got done.  It was a hard day but there wasn’t much we could do. The people were nice and I got a whole bag of oranges and a huge aguacate. Hahah that was fun.

Wednesday we dropped Elder Lambson off in Diriamba and worked the day in our area because we had a meeting with the Stake President and President Russell. During the day we felt like we should visit this less active that we had only visited one time before.  She told us that we were angels because the only 2 times we had come had been when she most needed it.  That was an awesome experience. It was a really cool meeting and we just discussed the progress of the stake.  The stake is doing great so there were no problems. They might put a rama (branch) in San Rafael del Sur as well which would be really cool!

Thursday was a normal day in the area, and Friday I went and interviewed everyone that we have for this Saturday. I love baptismal interviews because the spirit is always so strong.  Love doing them.

Saturday was the adult’s session of stake conference and there was a 70 visiting, Elder Arredondo and we were able to bring some investigators.  It didn’t turn out that great. We got everyone ready for church.

Sunday was the general session and the ward left late so we got the very back of the stake center seats and we couldn’t really hear and there were a lot of distractions. But it is all good.  We headed back to San Marcos and finished out the week of work.  But it was something called la Hipica.  Pretty much everyone comes in from out of town with their horses, they set up beer tents all over the park and everyone gets wasted (including the horses) so we tried to stay away from there.  It was huge. Pobre horses.....

Sorry none of that was too exciting but I hope that you all have a great week. Thanks for all you do!!

Elder Hanson

Me and the free aguacate.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Conference Weekend #4

Familia y Amigos,

How are you all doing?  I hope all of you had a great weekend listening to conference and were able to receive some type of personal revelation.  I was able to go to the majority of conference and we had a good number of people that came which was awesome. This week flew by so here’s what happened.

Monday night we taught a family that we have the word of wisdom.  The guy in the family told us that he smokes like a pack a day which was kind of a downer but he told us that he had a goal to quit smoking by the end of the month, which was that week.  He has really cut down on smoking so pray for him so that he and his wife can be baptized!

On Tuesday we had consejo (leadership conference), that was alright I woke up and realized that I was probably going to have a kidney stone again so that wasn’t too fun.  It ended up being true but whatever! We presented our presentation and everything went well, we had a pretty good month last month in the area so I was happy about that. It was good to see all of the friends as usual and it was a good consejo.

Wednesday and Thursday we just worked in the area, we have a couple of cool people that we area teaching that have been progressing well so that was good.  We are setting things up for the end of this month and for the next one as well.  We should have some success, which is always great.

Friday I went to Diriamba and animated some of the people they are teaching, and got to know them.  They are progressing well and this month they should have a good month too.  We also tried to get everyone committed to conference the next day.

Saturday and Sunday were conference.  Like I said we had a really good turn out and I was glad we were able to listen to what we did.  I listened in Spanish and I didn’t get the most out of it so I am downloading the talks right now, but some of the speakers I really enjoyed were Elder Holland, Elder Oaks, and Elder Uchtdorf’s talk in the Sunday morning session. As well as Elder Christensen’s talk. That was a good one too.

This week we have stake conference and it will be my 3rd time here in Estaca Jinotepe, which means that in my mission I have only missed one of them.  I love Estaca Jinotepe, it is the greatest. I hope you all have a great week, love you lots!

Elder Hanson
no pics this week, sorry!!!