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

Monday, July 3, 2017

July 3, 2017 - "And the brother of Jared began to be old..."

Well ladies and gentlemen, 

It has been a week for sure! Hopefully I can give you a concise update on what transpired. On Tuesday we were out of miles so we biked all over Ft. Lauderdale and it was hot.... All of our appointments fell through but we ended up teaching a guy that we knocked into named Ductan (Dictahn) and he was the first Haitian I have ever met that understood the importance of a lay ministry! It was a miracle! Then on Wednesday... We had District Training which is always fun for me :) Then after some standard missionary stuff we had something out of the ordinary happen. An investigator brought his son to mutual! Renald Pierre-Louis brought his son Jeremiah to young mens! They have only been taught the Restoration... and that was 3 weeks ago! So that was awesome! Then on Thursday we visited Jacques and then ate with Sister Chestnut and all of here crazy Grandkids! Then all of our appts fell through again so we were knocking at 8:47 at night and we found the Etienne family! They are an older couple and Madanm Etienne's sister is living with them as well. They are the coolest family ever. We taught them on Saturday and they came to church on Sunday and we set them with a baptismal date for July 22nd (Good day right mom?) They call us angels and Madanm Etienne already chose me to baptize her. We took Jacques with us to teach them and he was talking me up I guess! Haha :)

Good times here in Ft. Laud! Sunday was a good day since we got the Etienne Family to church and that was the best birthday present I could have asked for! In other news, we got a new Branch President in the Sunrise Branch and to commemorate that (and subsequently my birthday) we had a huge Branch potluck after church and we all ate soooo much! All in all a pretty good week!

My last thought, "I would that ye would be diligent and temperate in all things." Alma 38:10

In all that we have to do as members of the church, our families and society, it is important that we have inspired priorities chosen through the lens of the gospel in order to know how and where to utilize our time. Once this is done it is of paramount importance that we are diligent but also temperate in what we do. As King Benjamin said " it is not requisite that a man should run faster than he has strength." but this doesn't mean that we can jog or walk, we still have to run! And just like with running, the farther and faster you run, the easier it is to do so. It is the same with our own lives. It is very easy to say that we are tired and then sit down, fall down or even lay down on the job! On my mission I have met many people that have no job, sleep all day and yet say that they are tired. If we decide to do what has to be done we will be able to do it!

I hope you all enjoy your 4th of July and try not to blow up your hands with illegal fireworks!

-- Love 
Elder Hansen
Florida, Fort Lauderdale Mission
Haitian-ing the Work

Happy 20th Birthday, Elder Hansen!

The Krew- Elders Belnap, Royal and Pippert

Yay! He got all of his birthday packages! Even his honey bee tie :)

He's told us about these crazy cars with the comically large wheels.
These are 34" wheels on this one. :)

June 26, 2017 - "the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me"

Hello Family,

I am going to be really quick today because we are super busy! But I have pictures so that makes up for it!
On p-day we went to the beach and played some ball! That was pretty fun but it was kinda stormy.

This week we did missionary work and found people to teach! Wooohooo! We had President Richardson's last Zone conference and it was great! Sister Richardson cried of course. In other news, my recent convert Jacques Leon from back in Hollywood is now the Ward Mission Leader in Ft. Laud 2nd ward!  And update on Jacky, he came to church and has a date for July 8th! So we will continue to work with him this week.

A few weeks ago I talked about how we found a lady named Patricia Lane for the English Sisters, well last Saturday she got Baptized and is the newest member of the Ft. Lauderdale 2nd ward!

Also to explain the title of the email, we sang a musical number in sacrament meeting, just the 4 missionaries. We sang "All Creatures of our God and King", it was interesting, haha!

Those are the highlights and here is my last thought from President Packer: 

"The flow of revelation depends on your faith. You exercise faith by causing, or by making, your mind accept or believe as truth that which you cannot, by reason alone, prove for certainty. 

The first exercising of your faith should be your acceptance of Christ and His atonement.

As you test gospel principles by believing without knowing, the Spirit will begin to teach you. Gradually your faith will be replaced with knowledge.

You will be able to discern, or to see, with spiritual eyes.

Be believing and your faith will be constantly replenished, your knowledge of the truth increased, and your testimony of the Redeemer, of the Resurrection, of the Restoration will be as “a well of living water, springing up unto everlasting life.” You may then receive guidance on practical decisions in everyday life."

As we exercise faith in the Savior and in our Heavenly Father, we will qualify for direction in our daily lives!

Love you Guys!

-- Love
Elder Hansen
Florida, Fort Lauderdale Mission
Haitian-ing the Work

At Fort Lauderdale Beach with Elders Royal, Pippert and Belnap

Playin' ball at the beach!

June 19, 2017 - "And he shall turn ... the heart of the children to their fathers..."

Hello everyone!

I hope everyone had a happy Father's day! This week was another week of missionary work. We went out and talked to a lot of people this week and we had a fun time while we were doing it. This week we really focused with Jacky on trying to get him ready for his baptismal date on the 24th. Unfortunately, he had to work last minute Sunday and we ran into some commandment issues, so we will see where we go with him. This week we took out Jacques Leon with us to visit some of the Less Active members and that was fun. For those that don't know Jacques Leon was baptized in Hollywood when I was being trained, so it is good to take him out with us. :) He wants to go knocking with us this week so we will see how that goes. It should be hilarious. This week miracle-wise we knocked into this old Haitian mommy which most of the time aren't that elect. Older Haitian women usually have their own churches and don't want to change, but this lady was named Bernita and she has been to church twice IN UTAH!! Most Haitians have no idea what or where Utah is but she has been there and been to church as well. Her son is an active member of the church over there, so we are hoping that we will be able to help her progress as well. On Friday we were in the biggest thunderstorm I have ever been in! The roads were all flooded in seconds and there was standing water everywhere! The lightning was right over our heads and I got soaked in the 3 seconds it took to get from the church to the car! That was an exciting experience. On the missionary work side of things, we weren't able to teach anyone this week other than Jacky and we weren't able to get anyone to church so that was too bad. One of the days this week, I forgot which, we went and saw a less-active member named Immacula. Right when we visited her we found out that they were moving so we helped them pack up their stuff in the pouring rain. That was fun. Then on Sunday night we went and visited them again because her husband is not a member. So we stopped by and low and behold, she made us food! This was the first time I had Haitian food since I left the Haitian Ward in Palm Beach! It was super good and we were very full! Then we talked with the husband named Makenz and we got to know him and talked about basketball. It was a good time. Hopefully we will be able to help him get baptized!

That was about it for the week, time for a borrowed last thought for Father's Day:

It's called "The Truth about Dads" on LDS.org

I hope you guys have a great week!

-- Love
Elder Hansen
Florida, Fort Lauderdale Mission
Haitian-ing the Work

The FFLM North Haitianaries

Doing some studies with the "revelation cap" on

June 12, 2017 - "...the Lord shall send thunder and rain..."

Hey y'all,

This was a pretty good week! We have had so much rain it has been unbelievable! There was lots of flooding all over south Florida. We almost gathered up all the animals into an Ark, but fortunately, the rain stopped and sun came out. We were able to see some cool miracles. Right before District Training on Tuesday, we went out and knocked for the 15 minutes that we had despite the pouring rain. We only knocked 4 doors but we found Patricia who loved the prayer and ended up coming to church! The Ft. Laud English Sister's are teaching her and she is excited about the restored gospel! Also, we were sitting in our second sacrament meeting on Sunday in the Sunrise Branch and we had no one committed to church, but miraculously, Chumly showed up! A Haitian guy that we met 2 weeks ago on a district knocking blitz in the Sunrise Sister's area! In addition to Chumly, Jacky came to church and he loved it! He was the one that went to church many times back in the Dominican Republic! In other news for the week, half of our ward is moving in the next three weeks so that will be an adventure! I also went on exchange with the Zone Leaders so that was a fun reversal of roles! Other than that it was a pretty normal week. We have been knocking doors, talking to Haitians and getting soaked in the rain!

My last thought, "From the newest ordained deacon to the most senior high priest, we all have lists of what we could and should do in our priesthood responsibilities. The what is important in our work, and we need to attend to it. But it is in the why of priesthood service that we discover the fire, passion, and power of the priesthood. The what of priesthood service teaches us what to do. The why inspires our souls. The what informs, but the why transforms."

All of us know more or less, what we should do, and for the most part we do it, but it is so eternally important to ask ourselves why? Why do I go to church? Why do I pay tithing? Why do I do home teaching? The list is endless. If we don't know why we are doing something, then that means we aren't doing it for the right reason. I invite all of you to ask yourselves why you do what you do. I promise that the Spirit will inspire you and help you transform your life!

-- Love
Elder Hansen
Florida, Fort Lauderdale Mission
Haitian-ing the Work

Just a glimpse of the rain

Elder Widney, my Zone Leader

"White people food"

June 5, 2017 - Be strong and of a good courage, for the Lord thy God, will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

Hello Peeps!

This week has been a roller coaster! So I will give you mostly the ups and not just the downs. So, this week I have been sick so that has thrown a wrench into the work. We went out everyday though! One miracle we saw this week was that while we were search for a family with some very vague directions that the previous Elders left us, we finally came to a point where we were completely lost and we were out of miles so we were biking. When we finally stopped and realized that we had no idea where we were going we realized that we were in front of a Haitian looking house, so we decided to knock. Jacky opened up and we were able to teach him and set him with a baptismal date! We had District Training on Wednesday and it went really great! Then since it was the last day of the month we were on bikes so we biked around and knocked trying to find where all the Haitians are in our area. We were able to find some spots but Elder Royal got a flat tire and we had no patches with us so we had to walk home... Then on Thursday we knocked some more and then got picked up by a random Less Active member that took us to a really great chicken place in the middle of Wilton Manors and if you want to know what Wilton Manors is famous for you can gGoogle it if you want, haha... :) Anyway, they were a super weird family, like really weird, but they were nice and dinner was good! Then we knocked some more. On Friday, I went on exchange into the Spanish area with Elder Pippert and everything fell through so we biked and knocked all day, in the rain!
Then on Sunday we unfortunately weren't able to get any investigators to sacrament, but we are beginning to figure out our way around in this new area so hopefully this upcoming week will bring some newfound success!

One last funny story, we were biking on Wednesday and Elder Royal was leading the way and I looked down for some reason, then when I looked up again I saw one of the cables used to stabilize power poles, you know the ones with the yellow plastic thing on them, well it was sticking up out of the middle of the sidewalk and I hit it with my right shoulder and flew off my bike spinning sideways doing a 360 and landed on my butt with my feet in front of me facing the same direction I was going. So that was pretty funny. I'm sure the people that drove by had a funny story to tell when they got home!

Time for my last thought:

Something that I was thinking about this last week was how often we forget who we really are! We get so caught up in the busyness of life that we forget that we are children of Heavenly Father who watches out for us and is there to help us. He promised Alma and his people, "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 this will I do that ye may stand as witnesses for me hereafter, and that ye may know of a surety that I, the Lord God, do visit my people in their afflictions." (Mosiah 24:14) God did not take away their burdens but he made it possible for them to bear it. If he took away our struggles there would be no growth. Through Jesus Christ we can overcome!

Elder Hansen
Florida, Fort Lauderdale Mission
Haitian-ing the Work

The people I live with Elders Pippert, Belnap and Royal
(We are loving the red Christmas tie in June)

May 30, 2017 - "cleave unto God as he cleaveth unto you"

Hello Friends and Family!

This week was a crazy busy week with transfers and whitewashing and all the other things going on! So, to give you all an update on what is going on here, I am in the Ft. Laud 2nd Ward and in the Sunrise Branch. We cover those two units which means that we go to church twice on Sunday, so that is fun. The wards are both pretty small but there are Haitians in both which is good. We were able to find some new investigators this week, one of whom is names Hosanna and she came to church and accepted a baptismal date for the 17th. Unfortunately, yesterday she told us that she was too old to be baptized again and was being really stubborn so we had to drop her....

In other news, let me tell you about my konpanyon, his name is Elder Royal and he is from Toronto, Canada! He is a convert to the church and moved from Potoprens, Haiti 5 years ago. We speak in Creole most of the day because I have found that is more effective. This is his second area and he was trained in Belle Glade by Elder Lewis, if you guys remember him from about a year ago.

Everything is going well here, we were able to teach a guy named Pierre yesterday and he seemed pretty interested in the Church so we will see where that goes.

My last thought, "Wherefore, my beloved brethren, I beseech of you in words of soberness that ye would repent, and come with full purpose of heart, and cleave unto God as he cleaveth unto you. And while his arm of mercy is extended towards you in the light of the day, harden not your hearts." (Jacob 6:6) 

This made me think of as our part of being disciples we need to reciprocate God's love for us. He is always there for us, His interest is always our betterment and He wants to give us everything He has! But how often do we "cleave unto God as he cleaveth unto you"?  It is our job to be as faithful as God is, to love him as he loves us and to give all we have to him so that we can receive of his fullness.

I hope you all have a great week!

-- Lanmou (Love)
Elder Hansen
Florida, Fort Lauderdale Mission
Haitian-ing the Work

Saying goodbye to Elder Child

My District

With Elder Royal and our new 2017 Chevy Malibu

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

May 23, 2017 -"...and now, if you believe all these things see that ye do them."

Hello Fam,

This week was an interesting week! The big new is that I will be transferring and I will be headed to Ft. Laud Creole and I will have my 6th Haitian companion! Elder Royal is Haitian-Canadian and we are white washing the area. I'm excited, it will be an adventure! The Highlights of the week were that we were able to get a recent convert gone less active back to church and that Webster (Cynthia's husband) got his temple recommend and Cynthia will be getting hers tonight! 

Another highlight of the week was the we knocked into Lloyd, a friendly Jamaican man with some colorful language who told us in a nutshell, "I've never seen a white man before, your shirt is white, but you aren't. Some people are just a little lighter than others!" So that was some good entertainment to break up the monotony of knocking on empty doors.

That was about it for the week except my last thought: 

This week I was pondering the difference between the righteous and the wicked and I have come to a conclusion. Outside of those few cases where those individuals that have "the Spirit of the Lord cease striving with them, and allow Satan to have full power over their hearts" most people desire to do what is right. What I wanted to know is what makes that difference? What I have discovered is that almost all people have an innate awareness of good and evil, right and wrong and the majority of people want to do the right thing. We all want to lose weight, be kinder, have a cleaner house, spend more time with our families, etc. However the difference between knowing what is right and doing what is right is self-discipline. It takes discipline and will power to do what is right! All of us are tired, all of us are busy, all of us are stressed, but the disciplined disciple diligently does his duty. Being a disciple takes discipline!

As king Benjamin said, "And again, believe that ye must repent of your sins and forsake them, and humble yourselves before God; and ask in sincerity of heart that he would forgive you; and now, if you believe all these things see that ye do them."

I hope that we can all be more disciplined in our discipleship so that we can overcome the natural man and do what matters most!

-- Love
Elder Hansen
Florida, Fort Lauderdale Mission
Haitian-ing the Work

These two photos pretty much sum up the transfer with Elder Foster...

Another Taco Bell run

May 15, 2017 - "...yea, they had been taught by their mothers..."

Happy Mother's Day everyone!

Well, this week was pretty low key not a whole lot happened, it was pretty slow finding so that was frustrating...

But I did get to skype home! And that was really fun!

I don't have a lot of time this week, but you guys aren't really missing anything! I hope that you all have a great week!

My last thought is this is a poem that I found...

To My Mother
I do not build a monument
Of carved white marble for your sake,
That only those who pass may read
And only they memorial make.
My life must be the monument
I consecrate in your behalf;
My charity must carve your name,
My gentleness your epitaph.
Above this record I engrave
No drooping figure;
There must be straight-shouldered courage.
Starry eyes must mark the scroll of destiny.
And may some fragment of your strength,
By God's great mystery, fall on me;
That through this monument of mine
May shine your immortality.

(Unknown Author)

I think that every mother would agree that the best gift that we could give to them would be to live a righteous life. May we all strive to be the best sons and daughters as a memorial to our mothers!
-- Love
Elder Hansen
Florida, Fort Lauderdale Mission
Haitian-ing the Work

Merriam the missionary! She is Webster and Cynthia's little girl.
She loves to wear Elder Hansen's name tag!

May 8, 2017 - "...come with full purpose of heart..."

Hello Friends and Family,

I'm sorry that my letters have been really short as of late, I will try to make up for it today!
So this was a busy week, but I think that I should just start by saying that it is normal!

Funny story of the week, we were knocking late Monday night after P-day and we knock into this guy, we don't know his name, but we offered to say a prayer with him like we normally do and he said, "Nah, not right now I guys, I'm really busy, I'm about to take a shower with my girlfriend." Then Elder Foster and I are a a bit of a loss for words, not really sure what to say, so I say, "That's cool man.... can we leave this card with you?" Then we left, so we now refer to him as "the shower guy" and he landed himself a spot in the book of worst excuses ever for not accepting the missionaries. You sure do have some funny experiences as a missionary. :)

So, to start off the week we had a really good District Training from Elder Hatch about how important sharing our testimonies with those that we teach is in helping them develop and gain their own testimonies! I loved it! Then we visited Cynthia and Webster and started teaching them the New Member lessons. We started with The Family: A Proclamation to the World and they loved it. Then she gave us Katsu Chicken (Japanese Fried Chicken, I guess) and that was super good! Then that night after ward missionary correlation meeting we visited the Dunklebergers, because they have a funny name, unfortunately they weren't home....

Wednesday we had another District Training and it went well. It was very long though. I forgot to tell you that for this month we have a new theme in the "Praise the Laud Zone," this month will be "Mucho May" so what we did was we bought sombreros and and fake mustaches and wore them to District Training! (pictures below)

On Thursday we went and celebrated Cinco de Mayo early with a dinner at Azteca Mexican restaurant and it was sooo good!

Friday was Mission Leadership Council and I loved it. It was really great and we had a good discussion. Then when we got home we went out with Brother Pablo like we do every week and we had some good visits! We just rescued a guy named, Allen Bridges and he is a super solid guy (he was less active, now he's not). I like him a lot!

Then Saturday we took Webster out on visits with us and it went really well! He is super solid and is very gung ho about the gospel right now. Then that night we were finally able to have an appointment with a potential investigator! We taught Jenece and she is a 26 year old Mom and she is Haitian, sorry Hollywood Creole, hehe :) and she really wants to find lasting peace.

That was about it for my week! but here's my last thought...

This week in my studies I found this, "And I do this for a wise purpose; for thus it whispereth me, according to the workings of the Spirit of the Lord which is in me. And now, I do not know all things; but the Lord knoweth all things which are to come; wherefore, he worketh in me to do according to his will." (Words of Mormon 1:7)

This is something that I thought about and I carried with me and thought about during Sacrament meeting. What I learned is that there are only two choices in life, trusting in God or trusting in ourselves. Part of trusting in God is not knowing all things but living by faith and relying wholly upon his merits, since we cannot merit anything of ourselves. When we put our full trust in the Lord he can do things through us that we would never be able to do by ourselves. For example, Mormon in putting together the Book of Mormon, he followed the promptings of the Spirit, even when he didn't know the reason behind what he was doing. He simply trusted in the Lord and knew that it was "for a wise purpose" and therefore allowed the Lord to "worketh in me to do according to his will". This is the Goal of True discipleship.

Elder Hansen
Florida, Fort Lauderdale Mission
Haitian-ing the Work

District Training - Mucho May!
We love the sombreros and mustaches!

We stole Elder Hatch's and Steveson's member money and took a picture with it...

Our Zone Activity invitation - oh dear...

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

May 1, 2017 - "What have you against being baptized?"

We asked Cynthia, "what have you against being baptized?" She said, "nothing!"

This was a great week! We were able to baptize Cynthia and it was great! We were able to get her prepared and interviewed and everything went smoothly!

Also this week I went on exchange into an all bike area so that was exciting. I almost got sunburned but just ended up with a nice missionary tan!

The work is going well here in the FFLM and for this month we were able to get 77 baptisms of our goal of 100 so that was exciting, we have some good plans for next month so that should be exciting.

Also we had zone conference and found out that they have done away with Zone Trainings worldwide so that makes my job easier, haha!

My last thought comes from Paul H. Dunn, "I remember a great phrase I learned from my father some years ago. He said, 'It matters not if you try and fail and try and fail again. It matters much if you try and fail and fail to try again.'"

I pray that we will always get up and not fail to try again!

-- Love
Elder Hansen
Florida, Fort Lauderdale Mission
Haitian-ing the Work

Elder Foster, Webster, Cynthia and Elder Hansen at Cynthia's Baptism

We received this surprise picture text from the Wheeler's (in our old stake)
who were in Florida visiting their friends the Richardsons! 
They just happen to meet Elder Hansen from their hometown!

The Fort Laud Zone

April 24, 2017 - "...let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God..."

Hey Fam!

This week was very busy as usual but we were able to see some miracles. We have been able to continue to teach Cynthia and she is getting baptized this Sunday after church!!! AHHHHH!!! So exciting!! On Saturday we were able to go on a temple tour with them and they loved it! I was able to see the entire Linton Branch at the temple after a temple trip! and Christlie was there so that means she was able to go to the temple! Everyone was super excited to see me. :)

We lost contact with Frank unfortunately... but other than that it was a stellar week! We had a slow week of finding but on Sunday we knocked into Christine and were able to teach her right there, so that was super cool! 

That was about it for the week! Sorry it is so short but here is my last thought, Jacob 4:13 "The Spirit speaketh the truth and lieth not. Wherefore, it speaketh of things as they really are, and of things as they really will be; wherefore, these things are manifested unto us plainly, for the salvation of our souls."

One of the gifts of the spirit is being able to have things manifested unto us as true. The spirit speaks unto us according to our understanding "for the salvation of our souls".

Love you all!-- 
Elder Hansen
Florida, Fort Lauderdale Mission
Haitian-ing the Work

Elders Foster & Hansen, Webster, little Merriam, and Cynthia

Visiting the Fort Lauderdale Temple

April 17, 2017 - "Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, He will give it you."

Well, it has be a crazy week full of deja vu being back in Hollywood, but it is good! I already know the Ward and the area so there is very little adjustment needed, I'm even sleeping in the same bed so that is crazy! I am enjoying the Ft. Laud Zone, but I definitely miss the Palm Beach Zone... However, the Hollywood Ward is totally different and it has improved 10-fold! We have a new bishopric, Ward mission leader and president of every single auxiliary! We also have some cool people that we are working with that were able to make it to church. Our biggest miracle was a Referral from a member in the Miami Beach Spanish Ward, his name is Frank and he is awesome! He is well versed in the Bible and recognizes that the things that we are teaching do not contradict the Bible but actually help clear up and explain it better. He will be getting baptized at the end of the month. We are also working with a lady named Cynthia, she is Chinese and is married to a Peruvian member that is coming back from inactivity. She is super cool and will also be getting baptized at the end of the Month! In other news, my new companion is white so that must mean he is from Utah. Well, if you thought that you were absolutely correct, he is from Salt Lake City. He is a Ginger. He speaks English and if you want to know what he is like imagine a Ginger version of Vector from the First Despicable me movie. There you go, that's Elder Foster! 

It is interesting, I am the one that transferred in but I know more of the members and more about the area, so we are getting through that. It is also interesting to contrast how much I have changed in comparison to how much Hollywood has. It is basically the same city but I feel like a different person! So I guess that is good!

On Friday, I went on exchange with Elder Petry and we had a fun time together. We have both served in Hollywood so we had some good times together. In Priesthood opening exercises they had me introduce myself and for some odd reason everyone clapped for me... That is definitely a first for me. :) Everyone seemed excited to see me and thought that I had already finished with my mission and was visiting. But alas I am not, so they were excited that I was back here. The ward is functioning a lot better now than when I was here the first time! That is for sure!

Easter was good, we got invited over by the First counselor in the Bishopric and had turkey and ham and potatoes and it was good to finally have an American meal! I think that is about it for the week!

My Last thought is this, sorry it's from that Zone training again...
  • We have come up with four steps (with the help of the prophets and apostles) to help us to better recognize and receive revelation from God

  • First off it is important to know that any work that is worth doing requires divine assistance and missionary work is one of those

  • The First Step in receiving Revelation is to Pray Always, Nephi instructs us, 
    • “ But behold, I say unto you that ye must pray always, and not faint; that ye must not perform any thing unto the Lord save in the first place ye shall pray unto the Father in the name of Christ, that he will consecrate thy performance unto thee, that thy performance may be for the welfare of thy soul.” (2 Nephi 32:9)

  • The Second Step in receiving Revelation is given to us in Doctrine and Covenants 9
    • “Behold, you have not understood; you have supposed that I would give it unto you, when you took no thought save it was to ask me. But, behold, I say unto you, that you must study it out in your mind; then you must ask me if it be right, and if it is right I will cause that your bosom shall burn within you; therefore, you shall feel that it is right. But if it be not right you shall have no such feelings, but you shall have a stupor of thought that shall cause you to forget the thing which is wrong” (v. 7-9)

  • The Third Step in receiving Revelation is to Diligently Go and Do, Nephi exemplified this saying,
  • “And I was led by the Spirit, not knowing beforehand the things which I should do. Nevertheless I went forth” (1 Nephi 4:6-7). Joseph Smith said, “If you follow the first prompting of the spirit you will be right nine times out of ten” and for that one time we are wrong often the substitute will be made very clear to us (Holland, The Wrong Road Mormon Message)

  • The Fourth Step is to patiently wait upon the Lord
    • Henry B. Eyring taught, The word wait in scripture language means to hope for or anticipate. Surely the great prophet Isaiah meant that, and I think he meant more, when he made us a glorious promise. But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. [Isaiah 40:31]”

  • Now you maybe be thinking, “Elder Hansen, why isn’t it easier? God wants to baptize and we want to baptize. Why does he just lead us to their doors?
    • I will let Elder Eyring answer for me, “The Lord doesn’t put us through this test just to give us a grade; he does it because the process will change us.

  • Review the four steps
    • “...Pray Always…”
    • “...Study it out in your mind…”
    • Diligently “...go and do…”
    • “...Wait upon the Lord…”

I promise you that if you follow these steps that you will receive revelation at every point of your life.

Love you guys!

-- Goodbye (That means goodbye in English, since I am a english missionary now) hehe
Elder Hansen
Florida, Fort Lauderdale Mission
Haitian-ing the Work

Happy Easter!

What cute little bunnies!

His new Companion Elder Foster, or is it Elder Vector?

Oh yeah! "Victor was my nerd name."

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

April 11, 2017 - "by small and simple things are great things brought to pass"

Hello Everyone,  

It seems like I say this every week but it has been a very busy week! Lots of stuff happened. First of all, I will be transferring back to my Greenie area of Hollywood, but as an English missionary so that's sort of a bummer. My companion is Elder Foster from SLC, Utah.

In other news, this past week we had a Zone Activity where we played "Quidditch" basically Ultimate Frisbee with water balloons. Then the next day we had Zone Training and I think it went well. Afterwards, as a prize for the March Madness competition, all the Areas that got 4 points got to hit us with water balloons so that was pretty cool. 

Also this week we amassed all of the recent converts from the last 2 years in the Stake and made a report for Stake Missionary Correlation meeting we had Sunday. It took like 6 hours but hopefully it will help the stake leaders and bishops be informed on where to focus their efforts. In addition to that this week I went on 3 exchanges, I think. And I used the Sacerdocio (the Priesthood en espanol) twice this week! I did a baptismal interview in Spanish and then on Sunday I gave a blessing to a cute little Paraguayan lady also in Spanish so that is pretty exciting. Also we went to Natacha's house and she gave us some good food! It was great. Then after that we went and visited a member that moved from Haiti and when we were walking back we got stopped by one of Elder Jean-Louis' former investigators from his time in Palm Beach so hopefully we can work with him so he can get baptized. As for our Investigators, Fadens and Sterline came to church and they are pretty solid, they are super cool so hopefully the new elders coming in can baptize them on the 22nd of April.

I'm going to be transferring and I don't really know what to say so I will just finish with my last thought. I thought I would just send you all a portion of Zone Training.

  • “How can I have a better experience at church?”

"Years ago I was sitting in a sacrament meeting with my father... [and] he seemed to be enjoying what I thought was a terrible talk. I watched my father, and to my amazement, his face was beaming as the speaker droned on... Our home was near enough to the ward that we walked home…I finally got up enough courage to ask him what he thought of the meeting. He said it was wonderful…. Like all good fathers, he must have read my mind because he started to laugh. He said: “Hal, let me tell you something. Since I was a very young man, I have taught myself to do something in a church meeting. When the speaker begins, I listen carefully and ask myself what it is he is trying to say. Then once I think I know what he is trying to accomplish, I give myself a sermon on that subject.” He let that sink in for a moment as we walked along. Then, with that special self-deprecating chuckle of his, he said, “Hal, since then I have never been to a bad meeting.”... He could listen to anybody... Dad would say: “Look, I can learn something from anybody. They have had experiences I haven’t had.” (Henry B. Eyring, 1988)

  • Now why is it so important that we make our prayers, studies and church attendance more meaningful?
  • “Our devotion to the Lord is equal to the depth of our discipleship” -Elder Hansen

Hopefully you can take something out of this. It makes more sense in a training situation.

I love you all and Hope that you have a great Easter this week

-- Love
Elder Hansen
Florida, Fort Lauderdale Mission
Haitian-ing the Work

Saying good-bye to Elder Jean-Louis and 
to their investigators Fadens and Sterline.

The Zone throwing water balloons at the ZLs.
That's Elder Hansen cowering on the far left!

Playing Ultimate Quidditch... action shot!

Elder Jean-Louis getting drenched!

Monday, April 24, 2017

April 3, 2017 -"...whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants..."

Bonjou Fre'm ak Se'm yo (Hello Brothers and Sisters)

Well, this week was super busy but there isn't a whole lot to tell you guys! On Tuesday, we had District Training in Elder Rackham's district and then after that I went on exchange and stayed with Elder Martinez because he is sick and has been sick for a while so we gave his comp a chance to go out and work... And It gave me an opportunity to do some planning for Zone Training, so for the first time in a long time, I studied the scriptures and words of the prophets and apostles for 5 straight hours, it was pretty dope. 

Then on Wednesday, we had 2 more DT's and when we finally finished we came home and taught Luc Edouard, Elder Jean-Louis' recent convert that moved into our area. After that we had Less Active visits with the Elder's Quorum and it was a train wreck of colossal proportions! Elder Hansen couldn't watch the whole Elder's Quorum drown so he took matter's into his own hands and sat down with the Elder's Quorum President and organized all of the people on the ward list geographically so that one companionship would have a clustered group of members to visit. So, that went well except for the part where the Elders Quorum Pres. just peaced out and left me at the church alone... but don't worry, I found a responsible adult to watch after me. ;)

On Thursday, we started making Zone Training, afterwards we went and visited Sterline and Fadens and set them with a baptismal date for the 15th, we will see if they will be ready by then. 

Friday we had Mission Leadership Council and that was really good, and then to finish off this weekend we alternated between watching General Conference and preparing Zone Training. So it was a pretty good week, but like I said, very busy.

My last thought, "Search these commandments [and conference talks], for they are true and faithful, and the prophecies and promises which are in them shall all be fulfilled. What I the Lord have spoken, I have spoken, and I excuse not myself; and though the heavens and the earth pass away, my word shall not pass away, but shall all be fulfilled, whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same." (D&C 1:37-38)

We have had a bounteous opportunity to listen to the prophets of God this past week end, however I invite you to not let their words pass by you but rather to have them pass through you. If you are wondering what God wants you to do over the next 6 months, I promise you that if you study them and prayerfully and humbly look for correction and guidance, that you will hear the voice of the God speaking to you and you will know with a perfect knowledge what He would have you to do.

If I had to pick one theme from this conference I would say that it is this, “Our devotion to the Lord is equal to the depth of our discipleship”. As we find small ways to deepen our Daily Discipleship, we will see the Book of Mormon promise "that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass" and we will overcome the seemingly insurmountable trials and difficulties. That is a promise.

Love you all!
Elder Hansen
Florida, Fort Lauderdale Mission
Haitian-ing the Work

P.S. Desculpame! No hay ningun fotos esta semana ;( (Sorry, there are no photos this week)
So, I have a challenge for you guys, when I get home the whole family will all be able to go to the temple to baptisms for the dead. So when I get home we should all go together and in preparation for that I give you all a challenge to find 30 names (five a piece) for us to take to do baptisms for them. Do you accept this challenge??

The twins at Zone Training, a surprise photo from Sister Burdick in the office!

We sent them some money for a nice dinner, they got Haitian empanadas or
Haitian pate, made with "egg and onion and chicken and peppers and stuff"

Elder Jean-Louis was very grateful and wanted to know 
if you were looking to adopt any other children, haha 

March 27, 2017 - "Do not spend [time] for that which is of no worth..."

Hello all,

This week was pretty busy so nothing has really changed. So to start off the week we had a dope MPL with our best member missionary Sister Carline Pierre-Jules. We taught Gertude and her kids Sterline and Fadens. They accepted the message of the Book of Mormon well. They are a super cool family and we were able to teach them many times this week and they fed us a few times too. The kids are cooler than the mom unfortunately, but they have been reading and praying! The crazy thing is that Sterline just moved from Belle Glade and she had lived there almost her whole life. I definitely knocked on her door (we checked) about a year ago when I was there. Pretty cool, I guess she gets a second chance to hear the gospel form Elder Hansen. :)

Sterline and Fadens came to church on Sunday but Gertude did not because and I quote, "I just gave birth so none of my shoes fit", lamest excuse ever! Anyway, we can tell that she is super comfortable with us because she has no hesitance on breast feeding her baby during the lessons, maybe it's just a cultural thing... I don't know.

Anyway, we had more exchanges this week as normal, I went to the Brazilian branch again and got fed a large Brazilian meal and I ate chicken Heart. It was pretty good.

Then on Thursday, we took one of the young men out with us, Paul Valcin, and he spent a whole day with us for a "mini-Mission". He seemed to have a good time, him and Elder Jean-Louis talked a lot of trash, also probably a cultural thing. 

Then on Friday, I went on Exchange with Elder Lyons, the newest AP and we had a good time together. He is from Logan and will be going to USU so we will probably be seeing a lot of each other.

On Saturday we prepared our Stake Report for our early meeting on Sunday. Apparently we did a better job than we should have because they asked us to do the same report but going back over the last 2 years... But miraculously on Sunday we had 2 miracle member referrals that came to church and so they became new investigators! It was great! Then we got fed 3 times randomly, none of them from our ward... so we were very full.

Okay enough of the boring stuff here is the less boring stuff, my last thought: 

"Time is the property we inherit from God, along with the power to choose what we will do with it... so great an inheritance that we should feel it is our capital... Your inheritance is time. It is capital far more precious than any lands or stocks or houses you will ever get. Spend it foolishly and you will bankrupt yourself and cheapen the inheritance of those that follow you. Invest it wisely, and you will bless generations to come. "

"...I've come to understand something that happened to me long ago. I must have been in my early teens... And I was in a hurry... but i felt, not heard, a voice. It was an impression, which I knew then was from God. It was this thought, and close to these words: "Someday, when you know who you really are, you will be sorry you didn't use your time better." I thought then that the impression was odd, since I thought I was using my time pretty well, and I thought I knew who I was. Now, years later, I am beginning to know who I am, and who you are, and why we will be sorry if we do not invest our time well...

"One of the things that makes you a child of promise is that you know God’s promises, and you know their purpose is to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man. You will invest your time wisely if you value the promises. And you will value the promises when they work in your life and in the lives of people you love. And they will work when you invest your time in accepting them and offering them to others. And real investment of time happens only with sustained effort motivated by faith... 

"You will gain confidence in your ability to invest your precious time well by gaining three other confidences. First, you must gain confidence that God keeps his promises. Second, you must gain god's confidence that you will always keep the promises, not that you choose to make but that he asks you to make. And third, you must help others gain confidence that God keeps his promises." (Child of Promise, Henry B. Eyring, 1986)
There are so many things that are vying for our attention especially in this media and tech age. We have so many "conveniences" that are supposed to make our lives faster and more efficient and therefore give us more time, however they often do the very opposite. There are so many "good" things that we could do, but that doesn't always mean that they are what we should do. Like Elder Eyring said, time is the property that God has given us and it is up to us to decide what to do with it. It is important for us to be constantly evaluating how we're are using our time because in the words of Elder Maxwell, "Sometimes hearts set so much on the things of the world must be broken."

-- Love​
Elder Hansen
Florida, Fort Lauderdale Mission
Haitian-ing the Work

With Paul Valcin their Mini-Missionary 

Elder Hansen and Elder Lyons, future Aggies!

Checking out the sunrise on the pier

Matthew's creative ZL folders