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Monday, February 1, 2016

February 1, 2016 - Well, it's Groundhog Day... again... and that must mean that we're getting rained on in Florida

So first off "hello", and secondly Happy Groundhog day.... tomorrow!

This week was another rollercoaster ride of missionary experiences and a tornado of.... well actually a tornado. Yes, there was a tornado in Ft. Lauderdale somewhere by us but it was just a little one that tore the roof off of a college and piled cars on top of each other, so everything was good there! Last P-day we went to the beach in our church clothes so everyone stared at us, so that was awesome. On Tuesday we met with James and his friend "Smiley" ( he did smile a lot)  was there and he is a Hebrew-Israelite, descendant of Moses through Aaron, yada yada yada. Anyway he was trying to bash with us and he was just really confused because he thinks that only non-white people will go to heaven and that we (well, I) was sent here "to be a scourge" to the black people. He also still lives the Law of Moses and other strange things like that. So that made us pretty heated. Then we also handed out copies of the Book of Mormon at the Book of Mormon Musical in Downtown Ft. Lauderdale. People really weren't that interested but some other elders went after the matinĂ©e on Saturday and handed out 25ish. So that's pretty awesome! We got a new investigator named Nicolette from Martinique and she was super cool, but now rejects our phone calls so she probably got Anti'd. Anyway, on Friday we got to go with Jacques to do Baptisms for the dead! He loved it and can't wait to go back. Elder Murat was able to do the baptizing for him and I got to do confirmations. It was an awesome experience! The Saturday we stayed home all day because Elder Murat was sick and has been all week so I cleaned the entire house! On Sunday we all gave talks in sacrament meeting. Mine was on becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ through service. Which brings me to my last thought.

Mosiah 2:17 "And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God." And Doctrine and Covenants 42:29 "If thou lovest‍ me thou shalt serve‍ me and keep‍ all my commandments."

When we serve others we show our love and commitment to God. Christ taught us "For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?"

As we dedicate ourselves to the Gospel and serve others we lay up for ourselves treasures in heaven!

-- I love you and wish you the best!
Elder Hansen
Florida, Fort Lauderdale Mission

Haitian-ing the Work

Taking Jacques to the temple to do baptisms for the dead.

The Fort Lauderdale Temple

They went to the beach on P-day in their 
Missionary attire and got a lot of strange looks. :)

Rockin' the Matthew Mowhawk!

I don't know what this is, but they've made some 
kind of collage out of this poster on the wall.

Brother Diamonte took them to Taco Bell on the way home from the temple

Poor Elder Murat was sick this week :( They used the extra time to prepare 
their talks for sacrament meeting and to speak to during third hour as well.

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