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Monday, 3 April 2017

Hello! - Week 50


Hello :)

I am still directionally challenged! In my defence this area is not easy to memorise. There are like 500 different streets! It's different serving right in the city! But I am enjoying myself and me and my companion continue to work hard :) 

So, this week we had interviews with President Koster. I always enjoy that! So, mine was really good! He said to me "Sister Hann, you have no mean bone in your body." He told me to use my strengths of kindness and other things to help me in missionary work. I always feel so motivated after an interview with him. I love President Koster. He is the best mission President in the world. (Sorry everyone else, it's true). He really cares about his missionaries.

So, we have a few good investigators. Even though there are some problems as well. So, we have one investigator called Rhona. Her testimony of the Book of Mormon is so strong! She even applies it to her life! She loves Nephi and his story and she says that she wants to be like him. The problem is her husband is Catholic and he doesn't want them to change religions. It's hard but we just need to continue to build a relationship with him as well. 

We have this other investigator who has been taught many times before. His wife and children are members. We had a first visit with him the other day and man it was a good lesson. We taught lesson 1 again even though previous missionaries had taught him that. He didn't really remember it. As we were teaching I noticed his attention was not really in the lesson. I shared about Joseph Smith and the restoration of the gospel. Then after I shared it he still wasn't fully focused. I had the prompting to ask him a question. So, I said to him, "Brother, do you believe that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God." He boldy replied "no." I paused for a second then asked him why (I am glad he was honest). He said something about how he hadn't really heard Joseph Smith anywhere else... and he just didn't really believe it. I asked him if he really had a desire to know the truth. He paused and he said yes. He said he had prayed before about it but he never got an answer. We had a member with us and she talked about how we need to have a pure heart and a sincere heart. She shared with him Matthew 5:8: "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God." She said that this is what confirmed to her first of all that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God.. because so strong was his faith and pure his heart that he saw God and Jesus Christ. Second of all she said that if you truly want to know you need to have a pure heart and real intent. His reaction was great.. He looked up at the ceiling and was like "ohhhhhhhh!" Like as if this big light bulb had just come on in his brain haha. I think it is going to take a while to really help him to receive the witness but I believe he can and the time will come that he will :) 

One more thing. So my favourite scripture is Ether 12:27..  

And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.”

Since I have been here in the mission I love it even more! We all have weaknesses and that is just a fact.. and it is OKAY! The key is to be humble. If we are humble it says: "His grace is sufficient." We all know that we are not perfect and we never will be. All we need to do is be humble and try and change. When we try to be better and do the best we can His grace will take over. His grace does not make up the rest.. His grace is everything. Without it we could never overcome the weaknesses and shortcomings that we have. But because of it, we can make them into strengths. It doesn't mean we can just say.. okay His grace will save me.. I'm good. We can't slack off. Just do your best. That's all He asks. We can do it, we can make it :) 

Love you all!

Here are pictures! :) Take care!!

Sister Hann 


Pictures:

Me and my companion  
This is my house mate.. she is from Hawaii
My first Sunday in my new area
JACOB LOOK WHAT I FOUND (BIG J :P)
The neighbourhood watch
This was our service last week!
My Nanay :) (I saw her at the service)
My Nanay again
The kids love me haha
Sister Balladares is not impressed with the office elders posing haha (this is at the temple)
Most of our zone.. we are just missing 4 elders I think (not everyone was ready haha)
Me and my companion :) (this is at the temple btw) 




Me and my companion

This is my house mate.. she is from Hawaii

My first Sunday in my new area

JACOB LOOK WHAT I FOUND (BIG J :P)

The neighbourhood watch

This was our service last week!

My Nanay :) (I saw her at the service)

My Nanay again

The kids love me haha


Sister Balladares is not impressed with the office elders posing haha (this is at the temple)


Most of our zone.. we are just missing 4 elders I think (not everyone was ready haha)




Me and my companion :) (this is at the temple btw) 
























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