Week 15. It Snowed in St. George!!!


Uncharacteristically cold and snowy in St. George, 12/04/2013.
Photo by Barb Armstrong

It snowed in St. George!!!

Everyone told me that it would be balmy and pleasant all year ’round in St. George.  Nope.  It’s decidedly chilly and the ground is white and wet!  And I am bootless! It’s an adventure. 🙂
But once again, I must report that all is well. Thanksgiving came and went and Christmas is almost upon us!
Sister Hansen with Sister West, Thanksgiving Day, 2013

Sister Hansen with Sister West, Thanksgiving Day, 2013, Photo courtesy of Michelle Wyson

I am excited for it, but I also know that I will probably be missing home and maybe even the winter weather of Rexburg a little. My companion, Sister West, being from Arizona as she is, gets cold easily, in the teens and 20s and 30s and I just think of the negative degree weather and mountainous snowbanks in Rexburg and feel relatively toasty. It’s all about perspective, isn’t it?
As the evidence of Christmas preparations go up all around us, I am getting excited!
Our Charlie Brown Christmas Tree

Our Charlie Brown Christmas Tree

The Visitors’ Center already has its halls decked, literally, and we even have our own little Christmas tree in our apartment, which Sister West calls the “Charlie Brown” tree.
Every Christmas, the missionaries in the St. George area participate in a Christmas program. We are putting on a Christmas concert! And I am proud to announce that yours truly will be playing the bassoon in said concert! And I will be arranging a piece that will be played on the concert for Violin, Viola, Clarinet, and Bassoon,  in order to accommodate the brimming talent in the Visitors’ Center.I am so excited to be able to use my talents in this way.
Christmas-time at the Visitors' Center

Christmas-time at the Visitors’ Center

I am so grateful for the God-given talents that I have, and that everyone has. God knows us so well and He put us in places and opportunities that will allow us to do what we are good at to bless others. Every single person I have met on my mission (missionary or otherwise), has something to give to the world that makes them undeniably special.  I know that they are where they are for a reason. I have been blessed with opportunities to use music as part of my personal missionary work all over the place. I play the piano in meetings, for special musical numbers, as part of arranging that piece for the Christmas program, and in many other venues. And I will soon be able to play the bassoon, as well, fingers crossed. I’ll let you know how that plays out! But I am so, so, truly grateful. The Lord knows us and will use us as His instruments (perhaps even literally! :D) to bring about joy, service, and the great and marvelous work that is preaching His gospel.
And tied to that is this: Every day I meet new people, either on the street, in the Visitors’ Center, at church, etc., and I have learned one important thing; Everyone is amazing. If you take the time to talk to people, everyone will have a story that could touch you, change you, help you, amaze you, etc. And every single person has those stories and those experiences and that amazing identity as a child of God. Everyone is so special and is just brimming with worth and importance! Truly, “the worth of souls is great in the sight of God,” (Doctrine & Covenants 18:10) but it can be great in our eyes, too. We know that “…the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.”  (1 Samuel 16:7)  We can choose to look on the heart, too, and let the worth of every soul we come in contact with be great in our sight, as it is in the sight of our Heavenly Father, our God.
I can promise you that if you look on the heart, and not the outward appearance, you are in store for some pretty incredible, beautiful, and worthwhile experiences and some amazing new friends! I invite you to try it! Take time to talk to one person you’ve never really talked to before, or never met, like you really care about them and who they are, and you’ll find that not only do you start to actually care, but that you will feel God’s love for you in greater abundance, and you will feel God’s love for them as well. That’s a lot of love, and it’s a lot of good. And that’s the Spirit of Christmas. The worth of souls. 🙂
The Christus Statue at the Visitors' Center at Christmas-time

The Christus Statue at the Visitors’ Center at Christmas-time

Christ was born that He might live and die for us. He died that we might live. We live that we might come to know Him, learn of Him, and become like Him. He was one of the greatest (if not THE greatest) advocates for the worth of the human soul. So, this Christmas, look for the worth in every soul you come in contact with, and remember how Christ feels about you, your family, the stranger you take the time to talk to, and you will have peace on earth and goodwill. Joy to the World! Christmastime is upon us!
Remember the reason for the season.  Check out the video here! 🙂
The Reason Behind Christmas

The Reason Behind Christmas

Well, Happy December, everyone!
Next week is transfers, so I will have an announcement of what changes have taken place! Be excited! Change is good!
Until next time,
Sister Hansen
P.S. Lately, I have fallen in love with the Bible Videos on lds.org. They’re videos that dramatize the story of the birth, life, teachings, death, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. You can watch scenes from the Bible!  They’re so beautifully done, a lot of the music is just stunning, and I could watch them all day long! Check them out and enjoy!   Bible Videos

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