Wednesday, June 12, 2013


Hello All,
Oh the miracles of having a new companion! We've had four lessons this week (which is really good) and a new investigator! I don't have much time to write today, but I'll get in what I can.
Our new investigator is our first one from our "DC South Mission Rebuild", where we go out looking for "AR"s (refer to previous e-mails). Therefore, we found her tracting awhile ago (when I was with Sister Evans), but she never let us in until just this past Monday! MIRACLE. Byrd is an OLD woman. Haha really though, she's old. We think she may have minor dimentia (sp?) because she kept asking the same questions over and over during our lesson. But I'll never forget that when we started talking about having a prophet on the earth today, I told her "Why would God only allow those people on the earth during Biblical times to have prophets? He doesn't love them more than us, right? We know God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and so He has given us another prophet today!" Byrd looked at me and said "Yes, I could definitely see that!" She looked so happy! I asked her what it would mean to her to know if there was a prophet on the earth today, and she said "That would be really comforting. Really, really comforting." So even though her memory was terrible, the Spirit was STRONG in the lesson. We left her the pamphlet to read and pray about it then scheduled another appointment for three days later. But she cancelled :( So we'll have to go by sometime soon to see how she's doing! Her husband is ill and both Sister Udall and I considered asking her if he would like a priesthood blessing. We still haven't been able to ask yet, but as SOON as we see her, we will :) Pray that she'll accept!
As for Glen, we had a lesson with him and President Riggs on Wednesday! It will really well. President Riggs taught a great deal haha I don't think he planned to... it just kind of happened. But the Spirit, again, was incredibly strong. We realize now that we have to work much slower with Glen. We're trying to get him to read everyday to discover his answer, but because the answer isn't immediate, he struggles with the commitment. So we're going to get him to try and read with his wife each night! That way, they can read together and discuss what they read, then pray about it! I just hope Sister Angert is on board. Because she has been less-active for so long, I worry about her true desire to help Glen come to know if the gospel is true for himself. Please keep praying for them BOTH. This is definitely a combined effort to convert the both of them now. Because if we can't get her to see the gospel is important, then he'll never see it. So we'll keep working hard on receiving revelation for them as a couple!
And Linda... we wanted to see her at church so bad, but she never showed :( We had a great lesson with her on Thursday. She hadn't been reading or praying daily, so we had to read from the Book of Mormon with her, starting in 1 Nephi 1. She seemed to understand what was going on, so that was great! And we brought a member, Sister Hartt, who has a teenage daughter the same age as Linda's. She bore wonderful testimony about how she talks to God through prayer, but that God talks to her back through scriptures. Linda felt that to be very powerful! So we're excited to see her progression too, but hope that we get her to see how important it is to put God first!
We had a lesson with Mulu too - our second one so far! Hahaha she's been to church every week for over a month, but we haven't been able to find a time to teach her. Because she lives in Alexandria, we're working on slowly passing her onto whatever ward is there. But again, it will be a slow process. I'm excited to see her transformation though! I see each Sunday how the Spirit affects her and her beliefs. She's changing right before our eyes! I can't wait for the day when she accepts this as the true gospel.
Well, I must go now! Time just flies here on the mission. I'm so grateful to be a missionary and to learn the things I'm learning. I found a WONDERFUL scripture in 1 John 4, about how fear and love can't exist together.
18 There is no afear in blove; but perfect clove casteth out fear: because fear hath dtorment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. 19 We alove him, because he first loved us.
20 If a man say, I love God, and ahateth his bbrother, he is a cliar: for he that loveth not his dbrother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not eseen?
21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who aloveth God love his brother also.
If we REALLY love our friends or our neighbors, sharing the gospel shouldn't be fearful! It's just natural that we would want to share SOMETHING we love (like the gospel) with SOMEONE we love (like our friends or neighbors). BOOM. I know... easier said then done. But when we take it to God in prayer, we'll know exactly what to share and how to share it. I know that to be true.
Thank you ALL for EVERYTHING! Especially the love and support and the PRAYERS. They mean the world to me.
Sister Hansen

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