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

Monday, March 28, 2016

March 28, 2016 - Spring Break, Easter, and Missionary Work

Happy Easter to my Family and Friends, 

Well, this is probably the hardest I have ever worked over a spring break, that is for a surety! Anyway, this week we taught 8 lessons which is 8 more than 0, which is what we had been teaching before! So on Tuesday after District Training Elder Wride came on Exchange and we had a good time with him, we stayed up late telling stories which was fun. That night we made Kit-Kat brownies and they didn't turn out in fact, they were actually gross... Then on Wednesday we started by teaching Odinel and I totally fell asleep during the lesson and Elder Prince had Odinel sing to me to have me wake up, so that was interesting, they thought it was funny though. :) That night we taught Oscar and he is super cool, we taught him the Plan of Salvation and he asked very deep questions about the Celestialized Earth and the Millennium! He is a very smart guy and knows the Bible very well. On Friday, we taught Oscar again right after lunch and had a very good lesson about the Spirit World and Resurrection and he has such great understanding.  He is a very elect investigator and we love teaching him! The rest of the day we knocked and then that night we got 4 packages of Oreos and some chocolate milk and had a party! On Saturday, we taught Odinel again and he told us that God had to be white because white people are smarter than black people.... we didn't know what to say so we just moved on, but Elder Prince and I had a good laugh about that. After that we taught a Haitian girl named Miruelle and we taught a great Restoration lesson! Unfortunately, she didn't come to church on Sunday. While we were knocking afterward that we got bombarded by our Cuban Abuelita! She invited us in for food and Flan and I was the designated translator because Elder Prince only knows about 4 memorized phrases in Spanish. Anyway, long story short she fed us and kissed us on the cheek... twice! On Sunday, we had a guy we OYM'd but had never taught come to Church, which was cool! We had dinner with the Ponce's and they made pot roast and strawberry shortcake, it was delicious! That night we found out about the missionaries in Belgium, Elder Prince knew Elder Wells in the MTC. It was very sad and scary to hear about that.

Okay my last thought, from Alma 22:14, "And since man had fallen he could not merit anything of himself; but the sufferings and death of Christ atone for their sins, through faith and repentance, and so forth; and that he breaketh the bands of death, that the grave shall have no victory, and that the sting of death should be swallowed up in the hopes of glory; and Aaron did expound all these things unto the king."

We cannot redeem ourselves, no matter how hard we try in this life the only way to Eternal Life is through Jesus Christ! Because of his Atonement, Death and Resurrection all men will live again! Every person that has ever lived will be reunited with their bodies, what an amazing Gift! And, if we follow the example of the Savior and use the Atonement in our lives we will be joint heirs with Christ in the Celestial Kingdom!

I hope you all had a great Easter and took some time to reflect on the Atonement of the Savior.

-- Sonje L'Ekspyasyon de Jezikri toujou 
(Always remember the Atonement of Jesus Christ)
Elder Hansen
Florida, Fort Lauderdale Mission

Haitian-ing the Work

I love that I can still get him to wear the bunny ears on Easter!

The surprise picture that sweet Sister Ponce sent to us on Easter!
Elders Hansen, Prince, Shreckengaust, and Scutt.

The Mater teeth were a nice addition this year! 
I knew Elder Prince would be a good sport about it. :)

The local wildlife

The too chocolately, hard wafer, Kit-Kat brownies.
Apparently, Kit-Kats don't bake well. They look good though. :)

At the homestead in South Bay.

Striking some manly missionary poses on the lawn. 
I wonder who took the picture?

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