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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

October 26, 2015 - Week 2 in Hollywood

Hello Friends and Family

This week has flown by! It seems like P-day was a couple of days ago! So last P-day we went to the Sawgrass Mall which is the 2nd biggest mall in America! It's over a mile long! We had delicious Philly Cheesesteak there and walked around for a little. Then we had a Zone activity at the Stake Center and played Dodgeball, Volleyball, and Soccer with all the Missionaries in the Zone and that was a lot of fun!

Okay, so this is a typical day for me here in Hollywood. We get up at 6:30 and exercise and then we study until 11, have lunch and continue studying and planning until 2ish. Then we go out and knock doors in our English area, sometimes outside of it looking for Haitians but they are too spread out to have any success. Then we try and go to any appointments that we have set up during the day but they usually fall through. Then dinner at 5 and continue knocking afterwards until 9 but most days we try and see a Haitian member at 8:00 or so and try and get some referrals. Then we plan again at night and go to bed at 10:30.

One thing about the people in Hollywood is that the have lower income housing but they all have super nice cars! It's unbelievable! They sacrifice a nicer home for a really expensive car. There are some cars that aren't as nice, older Pontiacs mostly, but they get super nice paint jobs and throw on comically large wheels! It's super funny!

So last Tuesday we had Ward Council and Missionary Coordination. It was super cool because the Hollywood ward has about 12 ward missionaries that are all super ready and willing to go out and teach with us!

This week we were still trying to find investigators but weren't having a lot of luck so we stopped at McDonalds for some ice cream and I ordered an Oreo Milkshake, but got an Oreo Frappe..... basically the worst day ever. :(

Thursday was "Do or Die" Thursday and we had to keep knocking all day till we found a family to teach. So Elder Becker and I chose Madison Street to knock and we knocked the whole street for about 5 hours and weren't finding anybody. Finally the last door we knocked we found Jenece and Deon and they are super cool! They came to stake conference on Sunday and are committed to be baptized on the 14th of November. Last Night we were able to teach a super awesome lesson to them and they are soo prepared to be baptized (once they get married of course).

Anyway, that was this week, we knocked a lot and 27 appointments fell through so we did some more knocking.

A couple of Floridian stories. We knocked into this chunky redheaded guy with a ponytail who answers the door, holding back his pitbull, wearing nothing but his turquois briefs, turquois gem necklace and a turquois neckbrace.  Then the next day we saw a guy at the bus stop just taking a pee right on the side of Hollywood Boulevard while he's waiting for his bus.... That's Florida for you.

Last thought, Alma 9:17, "And at some period of time they will be brought to believe in his word, and to know of the incorrectness of the traditions of their fathers; and many of them will be saved, for the Lord will be merciful unto all who call on his name."

The Lord will accept all who come unto him and humble themselves by submitting to his will, for God is no respecter of persons. It doesn't matter if your black or white, rich or poor, bond or free, he will be merciful unto ALL who call on his name.

Love you all and I think of you always,

-- Mwen Renmen nou tout (I love you all)
Elder Hansen
Florida, Fort Lauderdale Mission

Haitian-ing the Work

We finally got a letter and picture from the Mission President this week letting us know that Matthew got there safely!  Love the picture of my missionary and the one of Christ in the background!

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