Monday, June 27, 2016

LA SUPER U!


William!
Familia y Amigos,

How is it going?  I hope that all of you were able to have a good week, this one was pretty chill for me.

Tuesday was a pretty regular day. We spent some of the day visiting the investigators with some members so that they could get a little more comfortable with the church.  At like 5:15 my comp sent me a text saying that at 6 we had a meeting with President Russell and the Stake President, but I didn’t see the text.  At like 5:45 I pulled out my phone and saw it, we had to run back to the house, change into my suit and luckily we made it there on time.  The meeting went well, we talked about how things are going in the zone and the stake.

Wednesday we had Consejo de Lideres, and it was at the chapel in San Juan instead of the mission home.  It went well, President bore his testimony (probably the last one) and it was a good meeting.  Things were kind of weird because I have been used to seeing the same people there for the past year.  There are a lot of new Zone Leaders so it was interesting.  I sat by Elder Nave and we had a good time.

Thursday was another normal day, not much happened.  We got everything ready for our baptism that was on Friday.

So Friday we had a baptism, he is the little brother of a recent convert that got baptized a year ago.  When she got baptized he didn’t want to get baptized so we were able to teach him and he has been doing awesome!  His mom is a member too, we are working on activating her and the whole family.  Before the baptism in the morning we had Zone Conference.  It was a good meeting and we were able to get everyone animated.  July is another 5 week month so they are expecting a lot.  We are hoping to break what we did in May, so it is going to be a lot of work.  We have already started getting to know everyone’s investigators.

Saturday like nobody was home, so it was a pretty long day, not much happened.  On Sunday our baptism was able to get confirmed, and we had a couple of people show up.  We have some cool investigators, but we are just teaching the commandments, so pray that they can be willing to live them! Also, a good friend from Bluefields, William, was in town so I got to see him and take a pic.  He just got his mission call, he is going to South Africa.  He is the first Nicarag├╝ense to ever go to Africa.

This morning we woke up early and went on an awesome hike to watch the sunrise, I have some pics here that I´ll send.  This week should be a good one, the new mission president should be here, so it will be interesting. I’m going to miss President Russell!

Love you all,

Elder Hanson

Baptism
Our hike this morning



Monday, June 20, 2016

Back in the tank

Elder Hanson and Elder Chacon
Familia y Amigos,

Hope you all had a good week, not much happened here, there wasn’t a lot of rain so that was nice!

On Tuesday I was able to work in my area and we got one of our baptismal interviews done.  It was kind of a jarron, but he passed so that was all good!  We contacted some people, didn’t find a ton but it was a good day.

On Wednesday I went to Monte Fresco to do some divisions.  It is an area in the zone that hasn’t been doing too hot so I was able to go and work with the elders there.  It was overall a good day, we were able to put a couple fechas and find some people to teach.  I also go to know their possibility for the week, and all went well.  Elder Copeland also left in the morning leaving me and Elder Heileson alone here hahah.  

Thursday I was back in the area looking for people to teach, not too successful.  

Friday we had district meeting and President Russell and Sister Russell showed up. That was a surprise, but everything went good.  A convert invited us over to eat, and later that day we were able to find some awesome people.  All the people we found on Friday went to church, which was great to see. Later in the night we had a ward activity, where we watched Meet the Mormons. We had some investigators show up, so that was cool.  We left the Capilla and Elder Alcerro called me and said he wanted to go visit some of the possibilities that we had so we went and animated a couple people. 

Saturday was a little stressful, we didn’t know if our baptism was going to pull through, but we had the faith it was going to happen.  We showed up to the house to take the whole family and they were ready.  It all turned out great, we had a lot of support from the members. 

Sunday we had a great turn out at church, and everyone got confirmed.  That’s pretty much all that happened. This was a pretty boring letter, sorry!

Found a good scripture this week in personal study, here it is Alma 13: 27-28

27 And now, my brethren, I wish from the inmost part of my heart, yea, with great anxiety even unto pain, that ye would hearken unto my words, and cast off your sins, and not procrastinate the day of your repentance;
28 But that ye would humble yourselves before the Lord, and call on his holy name, and watch and pray continually, that ye may not be tempted above that which ye can bear, and thus be led by the Holy Spirit, becoming humble, meek, submissive, patient, full of love and all long-suffering;

Have a great week!

Elder Hanson
A good view of the volcanoes.

Our baptisms this week.
President and Sister Russell are going home in a couple of weeks.
My convert from Bluefields got sealed in the Honduras temple.
Here is a picture in the courthouse getting married before their sealing.


Monday, June 13, 2016

Another wet week...


Baptism


Familias y Amigos,

This week was pretty chill, it wasn’t as rainy as the last one but we got wet a couple times.

The first one was on Monday night, because it had been raining they shut off the water.  When we got back to get ready to work there was no water, and someone in the house turned it on to check it but then forgot to turn it off, and just to our luck a bottle cap fell right over the drain hole so we got back in the night to a lot of water all over the house.  We swept it all out and nothing really got ruined so that was good.

We have a couple investigators right now that are SO close to being baptized but they are having a couple of problems.  We have a mom and her 3 kids that are progressing well, along with another 17 year old kid who wants to get baptized he just has a couple fears (and maybe some unconfessed sins) that we are trying to work through.  If you could include them in your prayers that would be awesome! We have a couple other people we are teaching, we have this lady that has 2 times in church and then picked up a Monday to Sunday job, she asked us this week when she could get baptized and we explained to her she needed at least 3 times in church to do it.  She says she is quitting her job this week so that would be great, along with the younger brother of a recent convert that we have.  The investigator pool is doing well right now, just a couple desafios (challenges) with the investigators that are keeping them from being baptized.

We also had a couple cool lessons this week with some converts, one of them was kind of thinking about leaving the church, so we were able to help her understand a couple more things and get her animated.

Friday we had a multizona (multi-zone conference), I wasn’t really with any of my close mission friends but it was great.  President and Sister Russell both had great messages and I was able to learn a lot. Sister Russell talked a little bit about enduring to the end, President about working with the members. It is their last multizona and we will be getting a new mission president here soon.

Saturday we were going to have a baptism, he is the older brother of a recent convert we have.  He told us that he wanted to get baptized but that his dad was drunk. His parents supported him getting baptized, but he knew his dad would be angry if he wasn’t there when he got home. The two kids are nephews of the Relief Society President so they had been helping us out with the teaching, bringing them to church and everything.  So any way he told us he would do it Sunday morning. We saw the dad in a fight later that night with the mom, it was really sad and there wasn’t much we could do. it is really sad to see here how alcohol controls a lot of these peoples lives. All went well in the morning on Sunday and the kid was really excited to be able to be baptized.

Sunday went well, it was a little rainy but not like last week, we were able to get a couple people there and it was overall a good day. Did some baptismal interviews and we contacted a couple people.  It was a pretty normal week.  I hope that everyone has a great week!  Love you all.

Elder Hanson

Monday, June 6, 2016

Let it rain...

Goodbye correlacion misional
Familia y Amigos,

It was a super awesome week, there were a couple changes here so here they are.

But before I want to tell Eli Happy Birthday!!! Hope it went well!

Tuesday we found out that Elder Martell would be leaving, and obviously that Elder Merrill would be going home.  I found out as well that I would be training.  We went and said goodbye to everyone with Elder Martell, but that night the rain started falling, and it was a super hard rain.  We had a cita (apt) we had to go to, so we were at the despedida of a missionary in the church.  Me and Elder Merrill decided to go to the cita and we ran to the cita in the rain.  We got completely drenched and had a great lesson, it was awesome.  

Wednesday was change meeting, we got there early and got to hang out with everyone.  I got my new companion, and turns out I am training Elder Peterson!  Me and Elder Peterson were together in Juigalpa with Elder Merrill and Elder Smith (I was training Smith, Merrill was training Peterson).  My other companion is Elder Chacon.  I was super stoked for the opportunity that I have to train him and we have already had a ton of fun and found a ton of people to teach!  That night we got wet in the rain again and were able to teach a couple of the investigators that we have progressing.

Thursday it rained all day so we got wet as well, just more teaching.

Friday was district meeting, they changed things up in the zone a little, we only have 22 missionaries now instead of 24. Me and Elder Chacon aren’t DLs anymore, so that is nice, but a lot of the zone is really new in the mission.  In the afternoon I went and did an interview with this girl from the sister’s area.  She was super ready but she was saying she wanted to do it later with her mom.  So the sisters went back to talk with the mom and it didn’t go too well. We just kind of left it for later, hoping that it would turn out well.

Saturday in the morning we celebrated a sister missionary’s birthday in the church with cake.  The girl that I had interviewed showed up with her mom so it was the perfect moment to do it.  We took them in the baptismal room and she committed to do it, we got her in the water right then.  It was awesome!  We didn’t have any baptisms in our area, but we are looking good for later this month.

Sunday is the most wet I have ever gotten on my entire misson.  We woke up early and got out to get our investigators.  I had the feeling on Saturday that it was going to be like that on Sunday morning so we set up plans for all of the investigators in case of rain. Everything went smoothly and me and Elder Peterson were able to bring 8 people even with all of the rain.  The asistencia was super low and people were calling missionaries asking if church was cancelled because of the rain.  We walked in drenched and it was horrible because the ac was on too, we froze haha.  Ex Elder Martinez was still visiting so we had some more good times sharing experiences from when he was here.

Today we have just chilled, it is still raining but we are loving it!  Thanks for all you guys do,

Elder Hanson


Happy birthday!