48. TRANSFER!

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September 29, 2014
Hello folks,
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It’ll be a short one, but here goes.
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Transfer news: Headed back to St. George and to the Visitors’ Center.
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New Area: Bloomington Hills

New Companion: Sister Harper (from Australia!!)

Feelings: Mixed

Conclusion: All is well!
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This weekend is General Conference! Come, Listen to a Prophet’s voice and be uplifted, inspired, and changed!!

INVITATION:  Click on the picture at the top for the link to the invitation.

WATCH: Click on the picture below for a link to watch General Conference.

Love you all!

Sister Hansen

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47. Trust in the Lord with all thine heart.

Near Alton Utah.  Photo by Nanette Spencer.

Near Alton Utah. Photo by Nanette Spencer.

September 15, 2014

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Greetings, Earthlings!  (No, I’m just kidding.)
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How are you?
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This week has been good/hard/bad/happy/sad/funny/serious/exhausting/energizing/etc. Oh, well maybe that is every week. It’ll be a short one this week, but I wanted to share a story with you.

“There was once a man who woke up one morning and decided he wanted to do something great. He prayed to God to receive instruction on how to achieve his goal. God said, “Go out in front of your house. There is a large boulder. I want you to push it.”
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The man nodded his head and each morning he would wake up early and begin pushing against the boulder. He would push all the way
STOCK.pushing.boulderuntil nightfall came. This went on for several weeks and months. Then, one day, when the man was pushing against the boulder, the devil came to him. “What are you doing?” He asked the man. “I’m pushing this boulder” responded the man. “Why? You haven’t pushed it anywhere. It hasn’t budged even a millimeter, you’re not doing anything. Simply wasting your time.” The devil laughed.
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The man walked away into the darkness of his house discouraged. He fell to his knees and said, “God, I’ve been doing what you demanded. I’ve been pushing against this boulder. But it hasn’t even moved a millimeter. I have failed you. I’ll never attempt to do anything great ever again.”
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Suddenly, God appeared. “My son, I did indeed ask you to push the boulder. But you have not failed me by not moving it.  Stand.” The man rose to his feet. “Look at yourself. You are now strong and healthy. You have amazing stamina and energy. Your strength has increased by 10 times. You have not failed. You are now ready to do what I have planned. You are now ready to do something great.”
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Hang in there. The sun’ll come out tomorrow.
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Proverbs 3:5-6

 ¶Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

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I love you all.  Thank you for everything!

 

Sister Hansen

 

P.S. Feed the missionaries.  Give them referrals.  Share your testimony with them.  WRITE A MISSIONARY TODAY. 🙂

 

46. Make brownies! And apologize when it’s called for.

Rainbow Over Glendale

Rainbow Over Glendale

September 8, 2014

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Greetings!
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I thought I’d shake up my salutation.  What are your thoughts?  Hey, I know!  Everyone!  E-mail me your favorite “salutation,” and I’ll use one for each of the remaining weeks on my mission. Deal? Deal. Remember, my email is aliciah@myldsmail.net.

Anyway, this week has been crazy. But so amazing. We have been here, there, and everywhere!

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We had exchanges this last Tuesday. This just means that our Sister Training Leaders come and swap companions with us for a day so that they can help us improve the work we are doing, give us some training, and give us advice on improving personally.
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I had the supreme privilege of spending the day with Sister Calves. She is from France. And she’s so incredible. We hit the ground running that day. We made brownies that morning to take to a few families that we would be

Sister Hansen with Sister Calves in Glendale

Sister Hansen with Sister Calves in Glendale

visiting. We had an extra container of them, and good thing too, because it was part of a miracle that happened that day. So… let the story-telling commence:

Miracle #1: A few weeks ago, while out working, we tried to visit this woman that we had never met before. It was nearly time to go home, so the hour was relatively late. It was just before nine. We knocked, and when the door finally opened, you could tell that she didn’t really appreciate our presence, especially at that hour, and that we had knocked maybe one too many times. She was not happy, and reminded us of the time and bid us a good evening. We apologized and left, feeling like we needed to do something to apologize. Well, we were able to!  And so I come back to the brownies. I’d thought that might be a way to apologize. Who doesn’t love brownies? As Sister Calves and I drove by this woman’s house, I had the thought to stop and take the brownies to her right then. So, we did. We knocked and when she answered this time, she looked a little less than pleased and said, “Ladies, I’m just really not interested. And I have people I can talk to if I ever have questions.” I said, “We completely respect that! We just wanted to bring these brownies to apologize for coming so late the other night. We felt bad about it and wanted to say that we are sorry.” Her entire countenance changed. She took the box of brownies, and said, “Oh my goodness that is so sweet!” We offered our number and said she could call us if she needed anything: yard work, house work, a friendly face, etc. She continued to ask us how long we are in the area, and said that if she has any questions she would let us know. So… bake brownies! And apologize when it is called for. 🙂
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Miracle #2: I’m here to testify that the Lord answers prayers, but the answers do not always come as we think or expect.  So, Sister Calves is from France, right?  So she speaks French, right? 🙂 Right.  Well, there is a little cafe in Orderville called Soup Town (SHOUT OUT. It’s delicious. Stop by if you’re ever driving through).  We eat there often and there are occasionally tourists from France, Germany, etc.  So I thought, this is perfect!  Sister Calves is here and could speak with them!  So we prayed that people would come that Sister Calves could speak to, so that her language could be utilized. Well, not long after that, a family walked into the cafe. It was clear that they were European.  (10+ months at the Visitors’ Center with tour buses coming regularly has honed my nationality radar.) But I couldn’t yet tell if they were French. Sure enough, they were not. They were Italian. And they didn’t speak very much English. They were struggling to figure some things out about the menu and such, and another customer approached them. She started to tell them about her travels to Europe and somehow the French language got mentioned and the Italian man started speaking French!  Sister Calves LIT UP and began to excitedly speak to the man. He didn’t speak much French, but definitely more French than English. So she was able to help them just a little. Our prayer was answered!!  I love this, because it clearly teaches that even though it may not be the way we expect, when we pray with sincerity and with an intention to do the Lord’s will, we will always receive an answer. 🙂

These are just two of the beautiful moments that, strung together, made a very special day. Look for little miracles in YOUR days this week! And write them down! They’re everywhere, if you look. That’s a promise.

Much love and rice and beans,
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Sister Hansen
P.S. If you haven’t been checking out the talks/hymns of the week so far, please do it this week. 🙂   This talk is incredible, the Relief Society lesson last week was based on it and it changed the way I think of the Atonement. And this hymn of the week is brought to you by Sister Morris. 🙂
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Talk/Article of the Week: (click on image)
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Hymn of the Week: (Click on Hymnbook for lyrics and on Choral Version, for audio – probably NOT Mormon Tabernacle Choir)

Screenshot 2014-09-08 21.51.54#284 If You Could Hie to Kolob (Choral version)

 

 

Hymn Tune: Kinsfold Common Name: If You Could Hie to Kolob

Hymn Tune: Kinsfold
Common Name: If You Could Hie to Kolob

 

(Instrumental Version by the band Enoch Train!)

45. A year! Can you believe it?

September 1, 2014

Dear EVERYBODY! 🙂

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Hi! How IS everyone?
Sister Hansen and Sister Morris

Sister Hansen with Sister Morris

The last few weeks have been amazing!  We have had some crazy challenges, but we also have been seeing some amazing miracles. My new companion, Sister Morris is from Ephraim, UT. She’s funny, she’s quiet and subtle but a powerhouse, and she trusts the Lord. She teaches me SO MUCH. Sister Morris and I are laughing a lot, we laugh at ourselves daily, and we are working hard. There’s nothing that brings more happiness than hard work and reliance on the Lord.

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Miracle # 1:
In the past few weeks, a former investigator that we stopped visiting about a month ago kept coming to my mind. It was never big and clear, like, “GO SEE HIM.”  But always kind of a reminder, “Don’t forget him.”  The last little while it has gotten stronger.  And then last night as we were out contacting, we drove by this guy on a bike.  I could have sworn it was him! So we kind of awkwardly pulled over to the side of the road and waiting for him to drive by, to make sure it was him.  It wasn’t.  Haha!  But I am sure that I was supposed to see him so I could think of our investigator. Then as we continued on with our evening, he would not leave my mind.  So we determined to go see him.  MIRACLE.  We had a beautiful visit/lesson about God, love, trust, the priesthood, etc. and he accepted a baptismal date!  After who-knows-how-long a time of seeing missionaries and not wanting to make any commitments, he is now ready.
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I’m so grateful for the Spirit and the way that we were directed to have this miracle and give this incredible man, this son of God, another chance to come to Christ.  I’m thrilled for him.  And still pinching myself.  When I said, “How about September 27th?”  He said, “Sounds good!” And I am sure I looked like I’d been drenched in cold water… shocked.  He said, laughing, “Sister Hansen’s going to faint!”  I told him I might!  But I was so happy. 🙂
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Miracle #2:
I’ve been out a year!  Can you believe that?  I love it here. Maybe it’s not a miracle, but I am definitely bursting with gratitude for it.
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Our combined Sunday School lesson this last Sunday was about “Keeping the Spirit.” It was so good.  The bishopric of one of our wards gave the lesson, each of them taking a few minutes to speak on the topic. They encouraged each of us to work on keeping the spirit. Here are a few of their suggestions:
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  • Daily scripture study
  • Check your media choices (videos, music, books…)  Do they invite the Spirit?  You’ll know by the way you feel.  Not every rating (R, PG-13, PG) tells you exactly what the content will do to the Spirit.
  • Daily PRAYER  …  Check out this video that they told us to watch:

I Pray When...#didyouthinktopray

Love, and rice and beans,

Sister Hansen

 

POST SCRIPTS

1 – Hymn of the week:  Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

This hymn has been running through my head and heart all week long. It is bright, joyful, full, and simple. It is praise. It is prayer. And we have this gigantic mix CD of Mormon Tabernacle Choir in our car (and I mean, like, 130+ tracks). I’ve been trying to find it on there, and the quest for it has reminded me of my love for this hymn. The middle verses have some great “inspired questions” in them.  I would love to invite you consider these this week:

  • Hast thou not seen how all thou needest hath been granted in what he ordaineth?
  • How can you “ponder anew what the Almighty can do?”

Food for thought 🙂

2.1 – Conference talk of the week.  Check it out by clicking on the image of Elder Dyches.  General Conference is coming again in just a few weeks!

Elder Dyches...Wilt Thou Be Made Whole?

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2.2 Another one:

 President Boyd K. Packer - The Key to Spiritual Protection

2.3 Okay, Okay!  Last one:

Uncommon Boys by Elder LeGrand Richards

44. WE really aren’t in charge…

August 11, 20142014.08.11.Kathie.baptism.1993
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Hello,  everyone!  I am sorry to have been silent the last few weeks.  It has been a whirlwind of a month, so far. And it’s only the second week of August!
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We have had a grand week! Our investigator, Kathie was baptized!! It was such a great weekend. We had a small but meaningful turn-out at the baptism, and a small but meaningful miracle, besides the big one, which was that a soul was brought unto Christ and into the waters of baptism!  Our ward mission leader related the miracle to us after the baptism:
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He had been putting together the program for the baptism and was having a struggle with some of the formatting. Kathie’s favorite hymn is Amazing Grace.  We wanted to include that in the program, but it just wasn’t working and he was getting frustrated. He left it alone, determining to not worry about trying anymore. But then he felt like he needed to try it again. No luck, so he gave up once again. But it wouldn’t leave his mind, and he felt like he just had to keep trying. Meanwhile, Sister Haycock (from another ward) and I were planning a musical number for the baptism. She had suggested a few different songs and thinking that the ward mission leader would include Amazing Grace as one of the congregational hymns, we chose I Need Thee Every Hour. The day of the baptism arrived.  When we saw the program we were pleased that Amazing Grace was included, but at that point, we had no idea what a giant feat it was on the part of our ward mission leader.  It turned out that he had finally figured out a way to fix the problem, after determination, and following the promptings of the spirit not to give up.  Then we realized that only the words had been printed.  (It isn’t in our hymnal.)  We quickly brainstormed while the baptism was beginning, and decided that we would still perform I Need Thee Every Hour and then ask everyone to sing Amazing Grace out of the program as a surprise for Kathie. So we practiced the hymn with everyone while Kathie got dressed after the actual baptism, and then we sang I Need Thee Every Hour followed by Amazing Grace. The spirit was so strong!  It was both beautiful and bizarre to have the chance to sight-read Amazing Grace from of our ward mission leader’s laptop! The whole thing was just so good.
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Later on, the ward mission leader shared this with us, adding that he had wanted to choose I Need Thee Every Hour as one of our congregational hymns, but had felt like doing something else. Now we knew why. Sister Haycock commented that, “We really aren’t in charge.”  Thank goodness for the promptings of the spirit. Such a beautiful plan and power our Father in Heaven has for directing and caring about the details in our lives. It was so beautiful.
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2014.08.11.Moving.Day.1986In other news, we’ve moved…again.  I don’t know how many of you recall my last moving adventure when we left the Visitors’ Center apartments and moved to our area in Washington, but we’ve moved again!  The Smiths, a missionary couple that serves in the mission office, are my moving buddies. They helped me square everything away when we moved to the Washington apartment, and they came over to Kanab to help us move this time, as well. Sister Smith and I joked that I wouldn’t know how to move if she wasn’t there to help me.
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We are going back and forth today between our old and new apartment, cleaning, unpacking, packing, and doing laundry. It’ll be a little bit of a chore-filled day, but it’s actually very therapeutic to clean. It clears my mind and you can see what you are accomplishing. My good friend, Sister Schafer (from Germany), once told me she loves to vacuum because you can see where you have been and what you have done. I identify. Not all work is immediately gratifying like that. And it really isn’t supposed to be. So I guess this is just a plug for being grateful for the instant gratification that comes from cleaning. Now go do your house cleaning! Just kidding. But really. No, read your scriptures first and pray, if you haven’t done that already. Then clean. Ok, I’m done.

Anyway, next week is our transfers! I’ll have news next time as to whether or not I’m shipped out, staying put, getting a new companion, etc. It will be exciting! All I know is that I am involved in the greatest work I could ever imagine and I can’t think of a better use of my time.

When I was still at the MTC, I had an experience one night walking back from a devotional that opened my eyes to the enormity of this work (it at least opened my eyes a little bit). While we walked along the sidewalks of BYU’s campus and back along the road to the MTC campus, I could see nothing but a sea of missionaries, walking in the strength of great numbers, emitting an energy of wonder, strength, untapped power, beautiful imperfection, and trust in the Lord. I was all at once hit with the thought of how big this work is; so much bigger than I could ever imagine. I am one of 80,000 or so of my Father’s children who are preaching the same gospel, all over the world, doing the same work, and seeing miracles daily. And then, as I have watched my mother working with vigor and excitement to complete Family History work from afar, I think of how much wider even than 80,000 missionaries this work stretches. The work on both sides of the veil is ENORMOUS. It is so much bigger than me, and yet it is so personal.

I marvel at the hand of the Lord in the lives of everyone I see, every day. I stand in awe at the way He directs His work, and His workers. I can thing of no better cause to be dedicated to, and no better use of my time, talents, energy, and efforts. And right now I get to channel all of that into the work in the Kanab Stake. What could be better?!?

I love you all so much. Did you know that? You cross my mind daily, I use what I’ve learned from you all the time, and I am so grateful for all that you are and mean to me. I wish you all the best in all things, always. Truly.

Much love and rice and beans,
Sister Hansen

Hymn of the week: (click on the photo)

christus  I Believe in Christ

This has been showing up everywhere, and is such a tender mercy.   Shout out to Paul Grigg and Hannah Hyde Bayles!   I love you both, and I love this hymn.

I DO believe in Christ.

Conference talk of the week: (click on the photo)

Thomas.S.Monson.  True Shepherds by President Thomas S. Monson

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014.08.11.District Conference.

Sisters of the District: L-R: Sister Prince, Sister from the Washington East Stake, Sister Eyers, Sister Duval, Sister West, Sister Davis, Sister Hokanson, Sister Roth, Sister Allen, Sister Luebbert, Sister Groeneveld, Sister Donaldson, Sister Hansen, Sister Leota!