“The time of Hastening the Lord’s work is now.” – Elder Russell M. Nelson

Thursday, January 7, 2016

January 5, 2016 - A New Year, Same Area

Hello all,

This week was exciting but not a whole lot of things happened, which to the intelligent person seems contradictory, but to the tired missionary that is losing his ability to formulate thoughts clearly outside of gospel topics, it makes perfect sense. :) 

So this week Elder Murat 'stole' a sick suit form the mall, (for 78 dollars, stealing it turns out, is against mission rules) and I got some cool gray socks.... After that we went out a knocked tons of doors this week.

This Tuesday I had the opportunity to give my first ever district training.  I did it on 'desire' and was assigned to do it because Elder Murat felt lazy :)

Speaking of lazy, the whole zone was pretty trunky for transfers which happened last night. I stayed with Elder Murat but our area tripled in size! So that is pretty crazy.  They were trunky for a good reason though because 3 of the 9 districts were whitewashed, one area closed, and 3 missionaries went home! It was a crazy transfer call.  Also from now on we don't have a transfer meeting we just have transfer calls from the AP's. This is a worldwide thing from Elder Oakes.

On New Year's Eve we had to be in by 7:00 so I made pies and then ate sunflower seeds with Elder VanCott while our companions worked out.  Then we went to bed at 10:30 which is way better than watching a ball drop. ;)

On Sunday we had a typical fast and testimony meeting where in Elder Murat translated for this lady's 10 minute testimony and made his "Joseph Smith Translation" so it was doctrinally correct and then another lady told a 15 minute story about how she saw the back of Jesus in the hospital and loved "Joseph's Smith's Plan of Salvation". Nothing like a little false doctrine to start off your Sunday.

Then yesterday we did some service at Feeding South Florida and our group of Missionaries won Volunteer of the Month! So that's exciting. Also we went to visit the Mabou family in our ward and we were expecting a short visit but all of the sudden Sister Mabou brings out Griot (a fried pork dish) and Banann Peze (twice fired plantains) and Pikliz (a spicy pickled cabbage), it was so delicious and it burns your face off!

Last thought from D&C 14:7 "And, if you keep my commandments and endure to the end you shall have eternal life, which gift is the greatest of all the gifts of God."

If we keep the commandments and are obedient and do all of the things that our Heavenly Father has asked us to do we will have happiness not only in this life but also the life to come. We shall receive the greatest of all the gifts of god if we are obedient.

I exhort you to in addition to your New Year's resolutions to lose weight, stop drinking soda, and be more kind to everyone.  Also consider make a resolution to change something in your life so that you can be more obedient and ask the Lord, "What lack I yet?"

I hope you are all doing well and are having a fantastic 2016 so far and are looking forward to the Olympics and Presidential Election for this up coming year!

Mwen Renmen nou tout! (I love you all!)

Elder Hansen
Florida, Fort Lauderdale Mission

Haitian-ing the Work

The Elder Hansen & Elder Murat in paradise

The 'sick' suit :)

The happy family - Elder Murat is Matthew's mission step-dad and somehow 
Hermana Gailey is his aunt/step-mom and Hermana Jess is his sister?

Right after getting haircuts with Elder Lolani

He finally got to make the pies we sent him to make for Thanksgiving :)

Sporting his new mission apron!

He did it!  He made two delicious chocolate cream pies 
on New Year's Eve!

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