Monday, August 8, 2016

Time winding down

Familia y Amigos,

This week was decent, our baptism ended up falling which was a bummer but we had a couple miracles happen, we should have a couple baptisms this week.

So Monday through Wednesday not a ton happened.  We just worked in they area, tried to find some people but didn’t have a ton of luck.  Tuesday in the afternoon I got a text from one of the APs that they would be bringing me a missionary to work with me.  I guess there were E changes and he had done something, he ended up staying the night.  Worked hard with us, who knows what happened.

On Thursday we had a super awesome day.  The ward decided to have this thing called Noche de Hermanamiento, it is just like an activity where you bring your investigators and the new converts so the members can get to know them better, it was definitely a success.  We had a good lesson about tithing with one of our investigators that is preparing for baptism this week and it was a great day.  The best thing happened though right after our last lesson.  It was like 9pm and we were walking home, when all of a sudden we heard someone yell "hermanos, hermanos!" So we saw that it was one of our investigators.  She is the investigator that I was talking about a couple weeks ago that was progressing really well back in May, but she got a job and had to work on Sundays.  We continued teaching her and for the past couple months we had been visiting her on Wednesdays, her free day.  So the day before she had told us that they hadn’t given her the new job as she was expecting, and was kind of disappointed because she really wanted to get baptized and be strong in the church. Anyway back to real time, she called us over, and I was a little surprised because she usually works until like midnight.  I asked her if she got off work early, and she told us that she had quit her job that morning and was going to go to church on Sunday.  We set up an appointment with her for the next day and we were stoked!

On Friday we passed by, she was there and she committed to baptism.  We went over the baptismal questions with her and she was good, she has a strong testimony from the long time we have teaching her.

Saturday was a little rough, with the baptism falling, as well as a couple investigators dropped us but nothing too horrible.  It was a really slow day but we were able to get the majority of our investigators committed to church.

Sunday we had an awesome turn out in church, we got our investigators interviewed so this week we will just be busy locking them down.

It is crazy to think that the time has come here to an end, but I am so grateful for the chance I had to serve the people here of Nicaragua.  I love this place with all of my heart and am grateful for all of the experiences that I have had here that have not only changed me but also the people I have had the opportunity to teach.  I know and have seen the influence of the gospel in these people’s lives, and I know that God continues to lead and guide us through living prophets.  I’m grateful for my savior Jesus Christ, for his Atonement that applies to us in each day of our lives. 

Want to give a quick Bday shoutout to my mom, happy birthday!!! Love you lots!!

Thats all I can think of, love you all.
 see you at 7 in 7.

Elder Hanson

bad news... no pics this week. sorry!!

Monday, August 1, 2016


Cake the members made.
Familia y Amigos,

This week was super crazy, a lot of stuff went down and we didn’t have a ton of time in the area, but we made the best out of the time we did have.

Tuesday started the madness.  The APs called us on Monday night and told us that we would be having interviews on Wednesday, so we had to get it all set up.  So in the morning we had the news training meeting for Elder Peterson.  It went really well, he is doing a great job.  In the afternoon we had to run up to the stake president’s house and get his office key, President needed the office on Tuesday in the afternoon so we had to get that all ready, and then we got things ready for the next day.  We also had mission correlacion and ward council too it was just a super busy day.  We were able to have a super awesome lesson though, with one of our investigators that is progressing for the 6th of August.  We got him locked down for baptism so pray that it happens!

Wednesday were interviews, we had to be at the church all day making sure everything went well, I went around with Sister Brown and Elder Alcerro to check the houses.  I got to know Sister Brown a little more and that was cool. Everything went well. My interview with President Brown was my last interview, it went really well and was a spiritual experience.

Thursday was normal day of work, we didn’t find a ton of people but it was overall a good day.

Friday was a good day, we worked hard, found some people and then ex-Elder Copeland was in town so he came and passed by to say hi.  It was great to see him and his family.  He dropped off a package so thanks mom for that!  One of the guys that we found, his name is Leonardo, showed up to church alone. I really didn’t think that he was going to, but he ended up coming and was really interested!

Saturday was a good day as well. Some members were nice and bought me a cake for my bday, they also got me good with some eggs.  Its a Nicaraguan tradition to throw eggs at someone on their birthday.  I saw it coming but they did it good.  We got all of our investigators committed to church, had a couple of good lessons. Thanks for everyone’s birthday emails and everything!

Sunday we were able to get our investigators to church, they are progressing really well and we are continuing always to look for new people.  This week should be a good one, we will have the majority of the week to be in the area and find new people. 

That’s about all that happened, I hope you all have a great week, love you all!

Elder Hanson

PiƱata the members made.