Sunday, November 30, 2014

November 30th... courage

K just so you all know I read this on bellainberlin's blog and am reposting it cause it gave me the chills... 

"" Many many years ago in Hamburg, Germany lived a young man by the name of Helmuth Hubener

Being wise beyond his years for a 16 year old. Helmuth was also a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.. Helmuth had a very broad outlook on life and talent for overseeing certain current circumstances one faced during the reign of Hitler in Germany.

Helmuth grew concerned with the power of the rising political party and was disgraced at how they treated foreigners ESP. Jews. Helmuth knew God viewed all his children equally and that such a political group would poison and destroy many lives.

He acquired a small radio ( very illegal during this time to own in Germany ) and every night when his grandmother went to sleep would listen to foreign news reports from the BBC for updates on the war.

His speculations were true! He saw right through the lies that Hitler was telling the citizens in Germany

For example: 

German broadcasts: Germany proves successful with the bombing of British air craft carrier. No survivors for Britain

The truthful BBC report:

Ship still afloat, noone injured.

Becoming more concerned as time went on and as the political group grew stronger. He became determined to expose Hitler for the liar he truly was.

Although only 16 years of age Helmuth began to print VERY bold messages degrading the political party in hopes to help his fellow Germans learn the truth..

Helmuth later let two of his best friends in on his plans as hope for reinforcement .. One young man being Rudi Wobbe.. Only 15 years old at the time.

Together these 3 young men printed red leaflets and painted the city of Hamburg red late at night hanging the bulletins along all the streets

 A crime that at that the time was viewed to be the most SERIOUS of sins for a German to commit.

A popular known saying was " he who fights for his country may die, but he who betrays his country must die"

Noone dared even whisper anything but pleasing thoughts about Hitler.

One day while at his Sunday church services Rudi Wobbe noticed his friend Helmuth..did not show up..

Their nightmare had happened.. Helmuth had been caught by the police and arrested.

Weeks later.. Rudi too was caught and arrested.

The story goes on that all 3 young men faced weeks of interrogation, beatings, and imprisonment in hopes to get them to admit their crimes.

Not allowed to communicate one with another or to recover in-between beatings.. They endured the harsh punishments and were later all brought before the dreaded " blood court" in Berlin.

The Blood Court in Berlin was where only the most serious of criminals were taken..

Here stood 3 young LDS young men to fight for their freedom as well as their lives. 

The first called to the stand was Helmuth Hubener. Witness reports on the trial explained Helmuths performance to be "unforgettable". 

Just a young boy he stood confident, and held his own openly and confidently degrading Hitler before his own judges.

Helmuth denied the help of his two friends, stating they were innocent and had nothing to do with what had happened.

Later that night after the trial, Rudi was able to speak one more time with his friend Helmuth. He asked him WHY he would do that!?

Why would he take all of the blame when all 3 were obviously guilty.

Helmuth answered:

 " I have faith enough to know that whatever happens to me.. God knows what I did was right.. and I need not fear"

A report the next day was delivered to Rudi Wobbe's Prison cell stating

Helmuth Hubener


Total time of execution: 11 seconds

Helmuths last words were found in a note he wrote home just minutes before killed.. Stating that he regretted NOTHING...only that before he is to be killed, that he will be forced to break the word of wisdom

( before execution, the victims are given wine to relax them )

The story of these 3 young men is a famous tale in Germany for War heroes. Hitler feared and was so threatened by the intelligence and testimony in these 3 LDS teens, one faced the most cruel punishment executed during the war.

There are to this day many books, monuments and people thankful to these 3 young men.

Including a film now available at Deseret book.. " Three against Hitler"

Rudi Wobbe lived on by the grace of God and spent the remainder of the War in concentration camps and imprisonment. Rudi later was later freed by British soldiers and returned home to Hamburg.

Just months later, he was called to serve and labor in the KASSEL, Germany Mission..

Serving in Kassel, Rudi Wobbe met and baptized my grandpa Wilford Diederich.
Helmuth Hubener had such a testimony of Gods plan for us he will willing to save his best friends life..

Although Helmuth Hubener never personally got to serve a mission, 

Because of his FAITH and TESTIMONY... His best friend lived on and brought my dad's family to the gospel.

If only Helmuth knew...

Now, in 2013

The granddaughter of Wilford Diederich would be called to serve and labor in

KASSEL GERMANY!!!!!!!!! ""

And now a quote from President Thomas S Monson... because he's so awesUM:
“Let us have the courage to defy the consensus, the courage to stand for principle. Courage, not compromise, brings the smile of God’s approval. Courage becomes a living and an attractive virtue when it is regarded not only as a willingness to die manfully, but also as a determination to live decently. A moral coward is one who is afraid to do what he thinks is right because others will disapprove or laugh. Remember that all men have their fears, but those who face their fears with dignity have courage as well.” 

I love being LDS :) 

Nov 9

ah hindi nyo alam
namimiss ko kayong lahat!! 
guess what? so maraming sinasabi hindi nila naiintindihan ang tagalog... kaya magenglish ako sa email na ito kasi magaling ang mga pinoy sa english. yeah so this week was AWESOME. you know how everyone talks about "adjusting" when you get home? yeah it doesn't exist. you're former life adjusts to the new you not you back to your former life. don't slow down. the Lord didn't invest so much into you just to get some others baptized. He also did it to convert you. so stay that way. I'm working to do that. So today me and my sisters went proselyting! ... like RS style... hahah as in we baked a bunch of pumpkin chocolate chip cookies and took them to people we didn't know in the neighborhood. scared. me. to. death. I dunno why its so much easier  talking to people you don't even know in a foreign language then you're neighbors you've known all your life but that's ok... we're facing those fears with faith :) we showed up at one house gave them cookies and they gave us pie. pwd rin iyan! :) hahah parang ang mga benefits ng gawain ng missionero eh? haha. but it really felt good to feel that fear from Satan and his minions and just go no. im going to go out and fellowship the ward anyway. Never let fear paralyze you. go forward with faith relying on the Lords power available to you through prayer. AND I TAUGHT MY FIRST LESSON AS A MISSION PREP TEACHER. best. calling. EVER. hahah i love my life. there's so many people to help and so much of the gospel to study. 
remember 2 tim 1: 7-11
ingat kayo! 
magrereplay ako sa susunod na linggo sa mga email nyo :) 

Oct 26

 mmm k so sa linggo na ito ito ang nangyari. meron akong kaibigan sa college noon. rm siya. pero ngayon naging inactive siya. pero hindi kong nalaman iyan noong umuwi ako. pero parang lagi nasa isip ko siya. naisip ko active pa ba siya or hindi. kaya nafacebook ko siya. sabi ko punta ka sa homecoming ko! tapos walang reply. kaya tinext ko siya. sabi niya. sa totoo hindi na ako aktibo sa simbahan. sabi niya may patotoo pa ako pero nawawala ang lakas ng pananampalataya ko. sabi ko AYOS! may patotoo pa. kailangan lang natin palakasin ang pananampalataya mo para magiging aktibo ka. sabi niya iyan ang ipinakapositibong tugon na narinig ko sa pagiging inactive ako. hahahah. pero tapos sabi ko kailangan mong magsimula sa pagbabasa mo. sabi niya sige gawin ko iyan kung magpaalaala ka sa akin na magbasa. sabi ko siyemps! iyan ang ginagawang ko sa 18 buwan! tapos nagpaalaala ako sa kanya at isang umaga tapos tinext niya ako at sinabi na I read a little. i didn't have time for a lot. but for the first time in a long time i felt a little bit of the spirit :) yayyayayayya SO-brang masaya ako. 

isang pang karanasan. nakapunta ako sa isang sayaw. so dati napakasaya sa akin ng mga sayaw ng school. pero itong beses masaya pa rin siya pero parang hollow ang kasiyahan ko. hindi siya lubos. fleeting. temporary. tapos noong nakabalik sa appartment ng adding ko (sleepover!) nandiyan ang room mate niya... hindi pa siya member... YEEESSSS. (rare iyan kc sa byu kami!) fresh meat siya! kaya inimbitahan namin siyang magbasa sa amin. tapos kinakausapan namin ang book of mormon. tapos nalubos ang kasiyahan. man... talagang swerteng swerte kayo na full time missionero pa kayo... (most of you). don't be trunky and use every day because nothing tops that joy! AND ISN'T CONFERENCE AWESOME. yeeeaaah. still catching up on watching all of it... eh. peace!
CHIRSTMAS! is coming

PS i started doing family history and its AWESOME :) mostly im just becoming a successful missionary by living what i learned. oh life is good

sorry i didn't respond to your individual emails! next week promise! :)

Oct 12

nagawiden! hahah basta ilocano. 
man... hindi nyo alam kung ganoong kamiss ko ang pinas... if that made sense haha. pero sasabihin lang sa inyo mahirap ang paguwi! haha pero ok lang kc ibinibigay ng Diyos ang mga callings sa akin at marami pang bagay at mithiing kailangan kong makamit. haha ginagamit ko ang google translate kaya paxenxa kung pangit siya. pero kailangan ko magpraktis ng tagalog para hindi siya mawawala. tapos pwd pa akong gawin ang gawain ng missionero KAHIT WALANG TAG :) sobrang madali lang :) parehas ang brt at pati rin ang inbitation na magtuto. MAHAL KO ANG MISSIONARY WORK :) pero "anyway" haha kanina narinig ko na may mga "rainbow people" sa utah. sabi ko sa dad ko ano ang rainbow people? sabi niya "siya ay isang pangkat ng mga hippies that travel from state to state..." bakit rainbow people? Anong nayayari sa mundo! haha loco loco dito. kaya kailangan natin ang ebanghelyo na ito. Hasten the work and value every day cuz it is really SO short!
dapat ninyo ipadala ang mga weekly emails nyo sa akin :) gusto ko silang basahin!
Love the people
Love the Lord
Sister Hansen

new email.... kaya ipadala nyo dito hindi sa mylds... haha medyo halata iyan pero sinasabi ko lang haha

Oct 5

well... this will be my lamest email yet
im going home
and i cried a lot. 
i love filipinos. SO MUCH
But i get to see my family so that's a perk :D
oh man do they need missionaries here
im going to be a missionary forever. 
the only optional direction to go is forward with faith not back
that's it
some of you can google translate this 
Ammok ti simbaan ni Jesucrist ket agpaypayso. ken adda tayo ti sibibiag a propeta ni Thomas S Monson. Ammok nga no agbalinto tayo natungpalen nalpas adda parabur nga umayto kadatayo. ayayatentayo ti ama nga nailangitan
ok im nose bleeding my self 
talaga totoo lahat sa ebanghelyo. sobrang malalim lahat ng doktrina galing sa tagapagligtas pero sobrang simple lang din. ummm ano pa. Nakita ni Joseph Smith lahat na sinabi niyang nakita. BUHAY si Jesucristo at siya ay ang annak ng Diyos and diyos din siya.  yung lang. mahal na mahal ko kayo pero mas mahigit ang pagmamahal ng Diyos para sa inyo :) hindi kaya nyo maunawaan. peace! hahah talna! at kapayapaan!

Sister Hansen

Sept 28

ARE YOU EXCITED FOR CONFERENCE. YOU SHOULD BE YOU LUCKY DOGS THAT GET TO SEE IT THIS WEEK. say a prayer of thanks. right now. you get to listen to the spokeman for Jesus Christ Himself. so for this week....

 for exchanges with sister elder. we met an athiest. this is the VERY FIRST true athiest ive met on my mission... 2 weeks before i leave. blew. my. mind. she just said God and Christ don't exist. Sister Elder asked then who created you and gave you life?? she said me (LIES FROM SATAN START WITH SELF GLORY "here am I, send ME, and surely I will do it therefore give ME thy honor" status) um that's false you can't give your self life any more than I can give myself the ability to fly. So that was bizarre. she just seemed so dark and depressed and with out hope in the world. She was even wearing black. It fit. She couldnt believe we were happy here in this country that she hates because its so poor. I assured her I'd never been happier. She still wouldn't believe me. She basically thought that money brings happiness and everything in this world is set. Your happiness depends on where you're born, etc. She's got no famiy she'll admit to and she's about the saddest with out any degree of hope creature ive ever met. I prayed for her. LIFE WOULD BE SO LAME WITH OUT THE GOSPEL. it literally would be like pointless to live. why live if we don't know why? or where we're going? oh people NEED THE GOSPEL. so much. but sister elder after she walked away was like that hurt! SHE JUST CALLED MY SAVIOR A NO ONE(all this said in her figiian accent) and i was like amen to that. (this after she bore a very very powerful testimony of Christ) I love sister elder. She's magaling.

but Anyway our week was AWESOME. no one would let us in and we got punted but that just helped us OYM all the more :) I LOVE TO OYM. It makes me feel empowered. Ill do that my whole life

also we were in a district meeting and i was as typical asking a lot of questions about business and announcements and how things should work then one elder (whom i really respect...  he's a good man) said jokingly why do you care you're going home? and some others pitched in similar comments and i just laughed it off and kept asking questions. but later in personal study i read this quote from elder scott i think that says a true friend is someone who makes it easier to live the gospel of Jesus Christ. And while everyone is asking me how im going to party this last week or saying why do you still care my family is the ones saying work till the end and don't think about us till you're home. thanks for being real friends family and always encouraging me to do my best :) you don't know how lucky i feel to be part of your family :) HANSENS WOOOOO

love sister hansen :)

Sept 21

yo yo yo 
party hardy gwenlardy

 hmm hmm hmm... i dunno what my life is... haha so we were teaching that family that ive mentioned before... and we prayed a bunch then taught them sabbath day which we knew was going to be a problem because they always sell peanut butter at palengke (market) and sunday is palengke day as in everyone comes to buy... well at first the tatay was like yeah i guess God is more important than selling peanutbutter... then he realized we were asking to give up working on sunday at the palengke on palengke day completely and you could just see it in his face as he searched for excuses and such to battle our doctrine.. well then we left and said its not so important if we should work on sunday or not whats important to know is if this is the true church of God and if the BOM is true because then you'll believe what we're telling you. So we left 3 nephi 13 and told them to pray to know. we come back 3 days later... 


 we didn't even get to say the opening prayer before he launched into matt 12 which really didn't have to do with it at all and talked about how the laws of God must conform to culture basically and to peoples jobs. He even said we can't tell a man working to earn money for his family that faith will fill your belly. faith will give you pamasahe. (money for fare)  i was so filled with indignant frustration at his false doctrine i cut in and said IT CAN. what of the 5000 fed with fishes and bread and of the widow with only a handful of meal and a tiny bit of oil (1 kings 17) and then i said brother have you ever prayed to know? he looked uncomfortable for a minute then said well sunday should really be like this... yada yada yada. i asked him again later if he'd prayed to know and again he shot off topic. we got literally 5 minutes in edge wise in a 45 minute bash. but we didn't argue cuz that wouldn't help anything. oh but man oh man... if i hadn't been trying to be Christlike I would have been ALL OVER IT. hahaha ;)  we just told them we'd come back next time. ONE DAY sister brewer and i feel they will be SUPER masipag members. as soon as they get over the pride and put their trust in God. Oh theyre so solid they just lack the faith. they just HAVE TO PRAY TO KNOW. im going to say that was in the top 3 most frustrating heart breaking lessons ive had... BUT THE WORK GOES FORTH. and I LOVE IT :) 
that's all for this week. ill let you know my other and many adventures more next week. oh and we had a bagyo (like a typhoon) and the elder in st domingo got flooded up to their chest. but we were dry and warm in the mansion. course we had our 72 hr kits just in case. the prepared shall not fear. go read President Monsons snipet in the begining of the most recent liahona. He is a Prophet of God. 
I love you all :) 
I love to preach and share the truth

Sister Hansen

I'm baaaaaacccckkk... like 8 weeks ago

k not my fault I spent 18 months with nothing more then a brick we used for a phone (which i loved regardless) and I could NOT figure out my blog for the life of me...
 i have a sister who knows the ways of the world... or at least technology. And I'm back in business. I'll catch you up on all my last letters :) 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sept. 14th

truth be told im getting lazy in journaling and writing letters. but im repenting now. 
ok soooo for this week... 
*flipping through journal to find interesting stories*
well last week after manila we got off the plane and we were catching a jeep so we could go to the mission office, well we accidentally heralded (what a christmas type word to use.. ps: its sept meaning people are putting up their christmas lights here and singing christmas songs at church sometimes) 2 jeeps, well whoops, but the one had been their way longer so we jumped in the old mans jeep, well the other driver got TICKED. and elder tate is just hanging onto the back of the jeep and this other driver drives up behind super close to hitting elder tate and honks and is freaking out. well we stop and he stops and our driver about gets in a fight with their driver. but some other drivers interceeded and elder bledsoe gets out to go try to be a peacemaker and everyone is like NO get IN the jeep. we finally take off again with the other driver redefining tail gaiting on our tails then he zooms around us and we don't see him for 2 minutes until we spot him parked on the side of the road. well sister rico starts screaming duck duck! so i figure he's got a gun and then we drive past and we here a thwack! i look up to make sure no one is dead and no one is... because he swung a broom at us... i was just like I THOUGHT HE HAD A GUN. and everyone else laughed at me. breaking up a rather tense situation. and in the end i still gave our driver a pamphlet. so moral of the story: road rage is of the devil. but even if you are in that situation you can still do missionary work. 
so just to be clear. IT WAS JUST A BROOM. don't go crazy because i thought he had a gun. haha. just so its not like when i had dengue and typhoid and everyone thought i got the bird flu.
other story we were planning for the day and i had this guy we randomly talked to on the road come to mind. so we scheduled him in as back up. well later that day its raining and we're walking past his house so i go lets try it! we do nothing more than walk up to the house and they IMMEDIATELY say come in sisters, then the guy goes and shuts off the tv and the other goes and puts a shirt on and we're just like what is happening. they tell us later they only were all there that day because it was raining and work was canceled. the Spirit KNOWS. so listen to Him. im learning that more and more. Miracles really do happen if you'll just follow up. i think i really just realized that this transfer. 
i love you all
i love this work
i love the Lord
Sister hansen

Sept. 8th

DDDAAAAH EVERYONE IS SPEAKING TAGALOG AND ITS BLOWING MY MIND. I CAN UNDERSTAND THEM. yes. want to know why? im in manila... as in kfc, subway, carpet, hot water, air con, americanized manila. for fingerprinting. all the out going missionaries do it. we flew on a plane that was cool. but want to know whats the coolest?? OUR FAMILY THAT CAME TO CHURCH. they are a blessed miracle. in my whole mission none of my baptisms have been people i actually oymed to then taught then baptized (as in the whole experience) but i found this family :) false. i followed the spirit who pointed them out to me. But it really feels cool to finally know what its like to become an instrument and recognize the spirits voice. but anyway. every time we teach them they just go off about how all our doctrine lines up and this last week not just the 3 teens came but the 2 parents as well. they are those who it was said they are looking for the truth but know not where to find it. they stopped going to church for 3 months at the other and prayed God would send them the right ones. BOOM. we invited ourselves in their porch. we teach. they feel the spirit. they come to church. they give us peanutbutter (did i mention they make peanutbutter for a living) I LOVE PEANUT BUTTER. but not a fraction of what i love them... that made no sense. bear with me. my love for them... there we go. also.. we saw one of the recent converts that dropped off the face of the earth show up in my area (he's the nephew of my first baptism who also disappeared) and im literally probably the only missionary still in the mission who knows who he is. THERE ARE NO COINCIDENCES -pres Monson. yeah i asked him how my rc is? oh... he's dead. WHAT. what what what??? when he disappeared and went to manila he died cuz his family was no longer taking care of him and he didn't have the best health... its still kinda like whooooa. i dunno what to think. this is rather a boring letter but ill really try harder next week. just know i am good. i LOVE THE LORD. I LOVE THE FILIPINOS AND THE PINES. and i love you all :) 
sister hansen

Sept. 1st

man... what a week
remember how i mentioned that family where the teenagers keep coming to church? yeah heres how prepared they are
ok back ground we just found out recently: the dad is a former priest of some sort. well the last 3 months theyve taken a break because they have been really confused about all the different religions. they mimicked one of them. they said their daughter went to one and *he throws his hands in the air* wooooo woooo woooo. is apparently how their worship goes. yeah well theyve been praying this whole time that the Lord would send His true church to them. well then we showed up and initially they kinda ignored us. then i asked if we could come in their gate. they took that as a sign. so we had taught most of them but we finally caught the dad at the end of a lesson with the mom. then we fired off an inspired question: brother will you say the closing prayer?
... i mentioned he was a former priest yes?
he prayed. 
yes i peaked. 
during the prayer he went OFF about the need for priesthood and how we need Gods authority and about how he KNOWS the book of mormon is true and how the world is going to be filled with this book and eventually we'll get into every nation and stuff. and im sitting there like a southern baptist in my head thinking AMEN! HALLELUJAH! hahah mostly about 90% of the prayer was truth. he gets done and theyre all in tears and they just spewed how they've been waiting for this and all this other stuff. i was like yes yes yes. will you follow the example of Jesus Christ and be baptized?? they accepted but they were working on some project that was going to take another 2 weeks before they could come to church. well we went back yesterday. somehow they got the project finished and they're coming next week. they also went off how the bom must be true  because the dad has translated a skinny pamphlet from english to ilocano and it took him 3 years. i was like it took Joseph Smith around 60 days! they were all ITS TRUE. i was like yes... but READ it first! and pray! haahahah. this is a last transfer miracle. that's about how this whole last week has gone. Heavenly Father loves me :) i saw vilma the mom and palenke (market) and she bought us bananas. they are so excited and SO AM I. 
miracles really are Gods daily work and can be your work too if you'll just follow the spirit. 
sister hansen

August 24

plus we just had an activity at the paradice beach of fort alacandria? questionable spelling... the beach where i had my very first zone activity. so this is just me and sister ieremia. chillin on the beach. we played rugby and volleyball. and won haha.  I AM JUST SO PERFECTLY HAPPY I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MYSELF. OH MAN. I FEEL LIKE WHEN I GET TO HEAVEN ONE DAY WHEN I HAVE ENDURED TO THE END IT MIGHT FEEL A SMALL BIT LIKE THIS. NOTHING COULD BE SO PERFECT AS MY LIFE RIGHT NOW
AND MARIE GOT BAPTIZED!!!! SHE'S BEEN AN INVESTIGATOR SINCE 2007 AND FINALLY IT HAPPENED. IT JUST TOOK SOME BUGGING PEOPLE ABOUT PAPER WORK AND WE SOLVED IT. SHE GOT MARRIED AND NOW BAPTIZED AND CONFIRMED. GAHAHAH. she is soooo different. the Atonement is so amazing. you don't even know. you take people and you think theres no WAY they will ever change and then they live the gospel and they DO. she physically looks different. she didn't do anything but the spirit is just with her and she is happy. i can not explain it. but the gospel is true and the Atonement changes. repentance is so cool. I know its changed me :) PLUS we had a family except the parents come to church for the 2nd sunday in a row. you walk into their lessons and like you just go whoa. when we asked about if they had questions at the end they asked stuff like how can we be saved? how do you baptize? is ishmael with all the daughters in the bom the same at the ishmael in the bible? who are the angels giving Joseph Smith the priesthood? Is coke bawal? is coffee bawal? (but its fine cuz their mom has a health problem so they don't drink that stuff at their house anyway) and like 20 more. i just sit their smiling the whole time. man sometimes when my faith really starts to waver like is oyming really worth it? (opening your mouth) then Heavenly Father shows mercy and leads me to this napakamagandang family. they're all coming around. 
I love what President Monson said in the oct 2012 conference
quoting a critic and a prison guard who rehabilitated prisoners " said one critic 'you should know that leopards don't change their spots!' replied warden duffy 'you should know i don't work with leopards. i work with men, and men change every day'" 
and also " courage is the word we need to hear and hold near tour hearts- courage to turn our backs oin temptation, courage to lift up our voices in testimony to all whom we meet, remembering that everyone must havge an opportunity to hear the message. It is not an easy thing for most to do this. But we can come to believe in the words of Paul to Timothy: "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testomny of our Lord." 
I love life
I love the gospel
I love you
But mostly I love our Heavenly Father, the Savior, the Spirit who guides
share the gospel

August 17

you would NOT believe this week
because it never happened
because i was lazy with my journal... ehhhh
it's ok. ill just go from my faulty memory (haha i sound like an old geezer)

well i suppose we did find alma the younger
ok heres the story
Im on exchanges in piddig (beautiful mountainous area with even more awesome people)  and we go to this family. the mom and dad are suuuuper active and they have 5 kids. the 3 girls are members the 2 boys are not. but man... i love them. we walk in and one of their non member sons is all WHAZ UPPPP!!! HHHEEEY MAN. haha he's like 30.  i giggled half this lesson and almost cried the other half. anyway back to how it went. we get in there and we were just going to share to the parents but then he was there and when we were all brother we're going to teach you! he grabs his face and says he has a tooth ache. i was all oh really? then he shoots both hands in the air and spurts out LIARS GO TO PIDDIG! yeaaah! but he didn't leave. and i was all brother have you ever been taught? nope daw. (ok not ONCE in 16 years has he been taught cuz he always ran out of lessons dati) so i go ok we've got one shot what do we share. RESTORATION SIYEMPS its our unique message to the world. so we start in on christs life and go through the restoration and i kid you not ive never come closer to crying in a lesson. the spirit was like KKKAAAABOOOM. IM HEEEEERRRE!! yeah you are. man he was feeling it too. he's tried virtually every religion so he's super magaling especially in the bible and stuff. but he was like prepared. at the end of the lesson i was like brother will you pray to know?? and he said like this and gets on his knees and throws his hands in the air and starts chanting something. hahaha no. brother will you really pray and he got serious and said yes. and then i said will you get baptized if the spirit says its true? affirmative. oh man. i can't explain how awesome it was. after the lesson his mom comes up to us and tells us the whole never been taught in 16 years thing and she just looks like she's going to die of gratitude. man we answered this mothers prayer of over a decade. you just feel how thankful she was when she shook our hands. i went out floating on cloud nine. WE WERE THE THUNDEROUS ANGELS in the alma the younger story. sent to answer the prayer of a faithful parent. k so we weren't exactly shaking the ground and speaking in a voice that could divide bone and marrow asunder (we'll practice teach that skill next week for sure) but it was definately a moment when you look up and youre just like wow. Heavenly Father loves His children. well thats about it
ill write some other cool stories next week. 
much love from the filipino
sister hansen
(not even lying about the filipino thing. i ate snails this week and was fine. then i ate a box of kraft mac and cheese... not even. it was 1/3 of a box. and that night i was curled up in a ball on the couch just saying mamatay ako mamatay ako hahah. curse mac and cheese. long live pancit and rice)

August 11

ok this weeks email goes like this
k no. but thats what was in my heart yesterday (sunday). you know what i hate? when people make fun of other people. it BUGS me. bad. no. ok heres how it went. we were at church and theres a lady in the ward who has a mental illness of some sort but it's not obvious. She tends to sleep through meetings, and wear shirts too tight and skirts to high to church.  in relief society we had a lesson on eternal marriage. one of the sisters made it a point to say that she was still single and waited for everyone else to laugh. then in the other class she was called out for falling asleep. then in sacrament all the members turned to eachother and laughed when she sang SUPER LOUD. stop. stop stop STOP. it was all i could do not to get up and rebuke the whole congregation. i was so mad. she's also the ONLY member in relief society there on time. she's also the ONLY member who is doing her family history. she's also the ONLY member who sings loud and proud the sacrament hymn. and the only member who talks to us before church starts and says sisters there are SO many Less actives down where i live. they are so kawawa. what the point of their membership if they are just going to be LA. let's go visit them. i said what time? she says saturday. i say DEAL. oh wait... the elders have a baptism on saturday. she says sisters it's ok. ill just go visit them anyway. they need people to help them come back. UMMM YEESSSS. We are commanded to LOVE our neighbor. that is the second commandment only to love your God. how can people say prayers and give talks about love then mock their brothers and sisters. that's not going to fly. Not with the Lord and NOT with me. we're going to talk to some leaders.
that was the fire and brimstone portion. 
we contacted these old lolas this week. they didnt really let us get a word in edgewise but the lesson wasn't for waste. because then their dog came waddling out and made my life. first ill just say what they said they feed their dog: bread. bread and milo instead of water and dog food. this poor poor dog hahahaha. it looks like someone stuff a good 3 or 4 full sized pillows into its torso. IT WAS THE FATTEST DOG I HAVE EVER SEEN. hahahahahaha i laughed and then asked if i could take a picture of it. i don't usually do that but this thing was HUGE. so fat and cute hahaha. 
also we had a WEDDING THIS LAST SATURDAY. it was masaya. it'll be more masaya when she gets baptized though and then they go to the temple one day. *sigh* so cute. i love life. everything is masaya. thats missionary work. if you want to be happy serve a mission. but don't just serve, give your whole self to the mission and the Lord will change you and make you masaya ;) 
go google translate masaya now. 
love you all
from your masayang sister
sister hansen

August 5th- k worlds shortest lamest email

(sorry everyone this is Rachel's sister, I fell behind on her emails because I was moving out to school and life just got crazy... but I will catch up on all of them right now! and good news she will be home in roughly 3 weeks!)

heh heh heh. 
im obedient. 
hence the title. 
ive got 10 minutes to win it 
ready go
well piddig came to our apartment on monday cuz there was a land slide that almost got to their apartment. i was just a little one though... daw. and i was just grumbling in my head like how long are they going to be here, are they going to eat all our food and what not. being selfish and lame. but then president pulls up with sister barrientos and all the sisters in the back. and all my murmuring feelings faded away. and he gets out and cheerfully says "We brought you the refugees!" and i was like "that's good cuz this is camp" hahah. man he and sister sacrificed their whole evening to rescue some scared kawawa sisters. and I love those sisters. so i gave myself a mental slap and welcomed them in. 
I love being a missionary
love sister Hansen

this weeks line came in a law of chastity lesson... haha isn't that just the lesson where all good missionary moments originate (if you've seen the district you'd understand) hahaha but we're teaching a bunch of kids and we're just like so in short the law of chastity is you have to be married before... and hannah (shes 8) goes before kissing!!! uh... hahah yeeeahhh... kinda. haha we were going to say live in but we just left it at that. \
also after a super good lesson where we just expounded doctrine and testified tatay pio turns to sister ieremia after she said something particulary magaling and goes you're so smart!.... pwede na magasawa! (basically means you can now get married) hahahahahaha i just laughed and laughed. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

July 28th Battle with princess

well this week we battled with princess again... and lost. here's what went down. princess was our invesigator right who was so golden the angels were singing as we taught her. but she was being taught by other missionaries too diba? yeah well we went to her house and it was over from the begining. shes like sisters these are all my beliefs now. im now one of them. and in my head im just like no no no no no no nooooooooooooooo. don't do it!!! so she tells us how Christ is just a person not a God in their religion and im like WO UNTO THE LIAR. i dunno who is feeding her these lies but i was filled with the spirit and we just started to testify of christ because it's all we could do. Mean while her LA cousin grandpa and grandma are just sitting there listening to this. And i kid you not had she not been past feeling ANYONE could have felt the spirit that entered the room. we were so desperate trying to save her soul I just felt this surge so i prayed and told Him I'm going to open my scriptures (this never ever ever works for me. but this time... it did) and read the first thing i see. Well i open to Mosiah 3 and the first thing i saw was verse 10. which talks about how christ rose on the thrid day and i read that until verse 13. Shes not changing though... so im thinking. no. we've lost. but then the LA (less actives) in the room start being like girl what are you thinking? haven't you read the bible? and virtually every one of them bore their testimony to her that Christ lives in their own way.

And i realized no we didn't lose. We strengthened the faith of 3 LA in Jesus Christ. And as long as We're on the Lord's side we can never truly lose. Cuz this is the truth. 

other good moments: We go and teach another LA and an investigator. so we follow up? did you guys read? "yes" mmmm... whatd you read about (our one investigator we'll call him bob) says confidently "wars!" ahhh... never heard that before. we don't let you get off that easy. who was warring? ".... i don't remember" well what book was it in at least "....*awkward silence*" sister ieremia goes i bet it was 1st nephi? and he goes"yeah THAT was it" hahahahah THERE IS NOT ONE WAR IN FIRST NEPHI. WO UNTO THE LIAR. hahahah i just started to laugh and they might have got the smallest bit upset but it was so funny. 
i also had a guy tell me he was a binata pa (still bachelor) like 3 times when i mentioned Lesson 2 plan of salvation. he's like im siiiinnngggllle and in my head im like (AND YOU'RE GOING TO STAY THAT WAY WAHAHAHAHA) haha i just left him a pamphlet. I love this work. its so much fun. PEOPLE ARE SO MUCH FUN. they make me laugh. may i be smitten to never stop serving ;) 
i love life
i love you all
sister hansen