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Monday, October 19, 2015

October 19, 2015 - He's in Florida!

Alo Zanmim yo (Hello friends),

This week has definitely been a crazy one! We flew to Ft. Lauderdale and got in about 4-ish (p.m.). We were greeted by the AP's and President Richardson! He is super cool. Then after we dropped our luggage off at the Hotel we went and had dinner at the President's house and received some training.

The next day was transfer meeting and we all bore our testimonies and then afterwards everyone received their areas and companions! We are opening up the Area of Hollywood Creole and cover the entire zone for Creole! We also have a smaller English area just east of our apartment. My Companion is Elder Becker from Kaysville UT, and he is super cool! He's been out 15 months and just finished training another elder. He's also the district leader. After transfer meeting we went to the house and put our stuff away. It's a fairly small apartment and we live with the Zone Leaders.

The first day we went out and just knocked door to door. Since we are opening up the area and there haven't been Creole missionaries in this area for 3 years, we have nothing. No investigators, referrals, nothing. So we just go knock. We've knocked 3 hours everyday but sometimes more.

On Friday, I think we were knocking on FUNston street (because it sounded fun) and we knocked on the door of a man named Carl. Carl is a member that has been inactive for years because he's been in the hospital for medical complications. Anyway, he had been praying that we would find him and we did! He came to church on Sunday and it was awesome. We are continuing teaching him to make sure he's solid in the gospel.

The rain here is astounding, we probably got more rain in a day than Boise does in a year. Most of the streets were flooded.

There are quite a few Haitian members in the ward and we are trying to visit them. Believe it or not we Skyped with a guy named Rommel on Monday while I was still in the MTC and he's the Young Mens leader in our ward! I went to his house on Thursday and it was awesome! Another Haitian we visited was Mamie and she has 2 kids MadyCindy and Jeff (who looks like Parker). She was baptized a year ago and has an amazing testimony.

We also met with the Pierre family who gave us a warm Haitian banana and wheat smoothie thing that we dipped bread in, it was good but different. They are also an awesome family!

Our only investigator is a boy named Leslie who has gone to church over 20 times and wants to be baptized, we just have to get the signature from his mom. So hopefully he gets baptized this week! Other than that we have no investigators, so we have to go find some!

At church we have 17 Haitian members so we have Creole Sunday School, which is basically a large argument in a mix of French, Creole, and English. It's super cool though except they made me say the prayer... And BTW Haitians are super hard to understand!

Okay, one last thing...

In Mosiah 24: 14-15 the Lord says, "And I will also ease the burdens which are put upon your shoulders, that even you cannot feel them upon your backs, even while you are in bondage...
And now it came to pass that the burdens which were laid upon Alma and his brethren were made light; yea, the Lord did strengthen them that they could bear up their burdens with ease, and they did submit cheerfully and with patience to all the will of the Lord.

As we are patient in our trials the Lord will ease our burdens, and I know that this is true.

I am doing well and hope that all of you are as well, I hope you have a great week and I will talk to you next Monday :)

-- Avek Lanmou (with Love)
Elder Hansen
Florida, Fort Lauderdale Mission

Haitian-ing the Work

No pictures from Florida this week :(

We took this before he left, he's wearing his Dad's name tag :)

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