Monday, March 28, 2016


March 28 2016

AHH I have 100 things to write about today. Alright here we go. 

Wednesday we had a little zone activity.  The zone leaders walked us up to one of the killer hills in Cusco.  They explained to us that we needed to get to the top of the hill, but we had to do it with carrying our companions.  We could take turns carrying each other, but we couldn't move forward without one or the other on the back of the other.  I took a minute and looked at my solid 5 foot Peruvian companion...and realized that I would be hiking the whole thing with her on my back. Good stuff. But hey we made it! All the way to the stinkin top.  And ah the view was so worth it.  At the top we talked a little bit about how sometimes we need to struggle to be able to enjoy the journey.  That in the end, trials just make life sweeter. I love that principle.

We had some really great lessons this week, with some awesome families.  One of them the mom only speaks quechwa, and the dad can speak spanish mas o menos. I decided to crack a joke with the little quechwa that I know. Lets just say it was a hit.  They loved it.  More then anything I think they were just laughing at the gringa that was trying to speak quechwa.  Pero no importa, they loved it. Mission accomplished. 

We were introduced to the most PERRRFECT family ever.  Beto y Sida, and their three little kids.  Sidas mom had been a member, however Sida didnt want anything to do with the church. About 5 months ago her mom passed away.  We had 2 lessons with them, and we were able to see that they are so prepared.  They came to church this Sunday and really liked it!  Yippee Skippy. :)  We had another family history session with our less active member Edgar.  At the end, he told us about a dream he had had the other night.  He decided that he really wanted to know that what he was doing was good and valid.  So he prayed and asked to have a confirmation of the family history work that he was doing. That night he had a dream that he was in a really clean river with lots and lots of fish.  And he was in the middle of the river fishing, catching fish by the bucket loads.  He woke up and said that without a doubt that was his confirmation.  He has come to church twice now, for the first time in years.  I love family history.  

The Womens Conference! Hope you all were able to watch it.  I loved the themes of love, and service.  I thought alot about the example of the mirror and the window.  If we have mirror in front of us, it's impossible to see those around us. Only ourselves.  I thought about those things that were "mirrors" to me.  My cellphone, the TV and all my other selfish desires.  I became so incredibly grateful for the chance the mission has given me, to rid myself of all the mirrors in my life, and use a window to love and serve others.  

So yesterday was Easter!  I love Easter SOOO much, and I realized that the people here really have no idea what Easter kinda bummed me out.  Also side note, I tried explaining to someone what the Easter Bunny was the other day, and it kinda just came out creepy and weird.  Anywho, so for Semana Santa, they have the tradition of eating the 12 plates of food.  This is not a joke when I say they literally eat 12 plates of food.  I'm not sure how it was possible but it was done.  Sunday we had a big 2 Zone activity in Cusco.  We had stations set up in the church, with missionaries explaining about Family History, Easter, The Plan of Salvation, and so on.  The other missionaries went out and contacted with the new Easter video.  It really turned out to be such a success.  We ended up with a TON of references, the majority of them being families.  
I really have loved this week so much! The time that we have to remember our Savior and His sacrifice for us.  

Mosiah 16:7-9 "And if Christ had not risen from the dead, or have broken the bands of death that the grave should have no victory, and that death should have no sting, there could have been no resurrection.  But there IS a resurrection, therefore the grave hath no victory, and the sting of death is swallowed up in Christ.  He is the LIGHT and the LIFE of the world, yea, a light that is endless, that can never be darkened, yea, and also a life which is endless, that there can be no more death."

Nothing nothing NOTHING, brings me more happiness then that.  I want you all to know that I know that our Savior suffered, bleed, and died for each one of us.  He was crucified, and layed in a tomb. And on the third day, He rose from the dead.  I know He lives. I know that with all of my heart. I know that He guides His church today.  And I love this short time that I have to share with others, the knowlege that I have, of the Plan of Salvation.  That there is life and hope after this earthly life.  That one day, we will see our family, friends, and those we love so much once again.  What a beautiful message of hope we have. I love my Savior.  And I will be forever grateful for what He did for us.  

Well I truly love you all. Hope you had a FABULOUS Easter weekend, and hope you have an even better Conference weekened!! Hooray!!  #5days
Con Amor, 
Hermana Hansen


Thursday, March 17, 2016

March 14 2016 MOTHERHOOD ISN'T TOO BAD! :)

March 14 2016

Well I made it through my first week as a mother! She seems to still be alive, so yeah feeling acomplished this week :)

My companion is Hermana Bayona from Chosica Lima.  She says the change from Lima to Cusco is pretty drastic. Poor girl is freezing all the time. It doesn't help either that she hasn't an ounce of fat on her. This week we had one of our classic Cusco down pours.  She just about got washed away. We will just plaster on a few llama sweaters. :) But wow she's just a darling  sweet little Peruvian  She came in with a huge desire to get right to work, and work hard. Which is all I ask, so Im a happy Momma.  This week we had interviews with President in our houses.  Not going to lie, it was a little weird having President sit on my bed and give me an interview...but hey I love interviews with Presidente!  They really come in the time that I need them.  SOOOOOO grateful for President and Hermana Harbertson.  

One of our older investigators showed up at church this Sunday! AH I was SOOOO happy!  Little miracles.  We haven't been able to teach him for awhile because he works outside of Cusco.  I have been super sad about it because we had had some great lessons with him and was ready to progress!  But wow he just showed up this Sunday like nothing had happend. Hadn't skipped a beat.  I have heard many times that miracles happen while you are training. I can definatly see why they say that.  
Random Side Note:  I just want to apologize that I cant spell to save my life in these emails. I couldnt spell before my mission....and now...ugh its a true struggle. 
Also....  There are an outrageous amount of spiders in our house.  One of which was in my bed last night.  Those of you who knew me before the mission, know that I HATE killing spiders, and that I had the habit of just putting a cup on top of them and wait for someone else to kill them.  I hope you are all very proud of me in knowing that I have become an expert spider killer...well any large weird peruvian insect killer for that matter.  #blessingsofthemission.

"Generally speaking, the most miserable people I know are those obsessed with themselves, the happiest people I know are those who lose themselves in the service of others." 
Gordon B. Hinckley

I cannot tell you all how true that really is.  I really have never been so happy in my entire life. And sometimes I have wondered why?  Having fleas in your bed 90% of the time and being chased by dogs all day may not sound ideal.  I am missing birthdays, babys being born, friends being married, being with my family.  My feet are burned black from the sun and lets me honest eating rice twice a day isnt doing me any favors. BUT IM SO HAPPY!  Why? Because I am learning to love my Savior, and in turn learning to love others.  And that just brings happiness. Its simple people.... it truly is. 

I love you all VERY VERY much.  Thank you all for everything! You are in my thoughts and prayers. Keep on Keeping on. 
Con Amor,
Hermana Hansen
ALSO Happy Birthday shout out to KATIE!!

                                                 SAYING GOOD BYE TO MY DEAR HERMANA FRAME

                                                        MEET MY HIJA!!   HERMANA BAYONA!



                                                 OUR 1ST NIGHT CONTACTING IN THE PLAZA DE ARMAS


Monday, March 7, 2016


March 7 2016
Well first of all so you dont all get worried about the title of this email...its a missionary term. Fear not.
Welp, this week is changes, and changes we will have indeed!  I will be staying in San Jeronimo for the next little while, and training a new missionary.  In the mission, our trainers are called our mamas, and those we train are called our hijas....therefore....IM EXPECTING!!!! GAHHHH!!!!  Im feeling  flooded with emotions.  Sooooo excited for this oportunity to train.  Training won't be easy, and I feel super duper inadequate, however I know our God is a God of miracles.  I am so blessed to have this opportunity to learn and grow, and hopefully help another sister missionary fall in love with her mission like I have.  Hermana Celan will have a change to Quillabamba, and she will have a mini missionary as her companion. (That's a young person from the area waiting to leave in a mission).   She is going to a VERY beautiful part of the mission....also full of mosquitos...I will be sending all my bug repelant with her.  

Well this week we had Leslys baptism! Its the best way to spend a Saturday :)  While she was getting ready, she kept saying, why do I feel so happy, why do I feel so happy! haha She was super cute.
  Hermana Celan and I were walking around in an area that we were not to familiar with looking for a reference.    We had been walking around for a long time, with zero success.  Well, who drives past us, Presidente Harbertson.  I know for a fact that I had the face of "I seriously have no idea where I am."  Super.  We tried for a different route and continued our search, about 20 minutes later, Presidente Harbertson drove past again, this time laughing.  You two look a little lost he said.  Haha well what can you do.  I am 3 changes here and still getting lost in this huge sector.  We shall see how this training goes :)

My heart is truly full of gratitude today.  I am so grateful for the tme I have had here in San Jeronimo with Hermana Celan. We have grown so much together in the time we have had.  I am very very sad to see her go.  However, I am SO excited to meet my hijita!!  I love this mission, and I am anxious to see what these next few months have in store! I love you all very much! Talk to you all next week! 
Con Amor, 
Hermana Hansen

Jacob 5:72 "And it came to pass that the servants did go and labor with their mights and the Lord of the vineyard labored also with them..."



                                                                             LESLY'S BAPTISM!!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016


February 29 2016 we are...Monday...once again.  I hope I dont make it sound like I dont like writing and hearing from you all every week.  Because I do! But its a little unfair how fast these weeks go by.  Not fair at all. 

Sorry this email is going to be lame again this week....I keep thinking I will get better at this emailing thing, but its certain that I am getting worse.  

1.  Gonzalo came to church!! YES! We had a super great lesson with him the other day.  We started talking about the love of God, when he stops us and asks if he can say something.  He then begins to explain that all his life he has suffered from anxiety and fear. He said that he has a hard time ever being alone.  After our lesson, he returned home and no one was there. Instead of feeling that anxiety and fear that he has felt all his life, he said he felt a peaceful and warm feeling.  He said, " for the first time in my life,I didn't feel afraid.  I dont think this is a coicidence. "     Well, I dont think so either. :)

2.  The other day people offered us lunch 4 times.  Anyone who knows me knows that I have an unusually large stomach.  One of those moments where I knew, that God was preparing me for my mission way before I even knew.  

3. Our sweet grandparents that we adopted, Margarita and Ernestino (Ernestino is 82, and a recent convert.)  They will be traveling to Lima in 2 weeks to be sealed for time and all eternity.  And there just simply isnt anything more beautiful then that.  The other day we went over to help clean and cook.  Margarita was sooo excited.  Then proceeded to explain that Satan was working hard on them.  I asked why what was going on. She then said, I cant find my pants to travel to Lima!  Dang it Satan.  She assured me that he wouldnt get the best of her. That a girl Margarita.  

4.  Went exploring today for Pday!  I am just too in love with Cusco.  I love that I get to serve in an area with so much connection to the Book of Mormon.  I love that book.  And you should too.  

This week for personal study I have been reading in the first few chapters of Mosiah, which really have become my favorite.  Mosiah 5  12  13, it talks about having the Savior written on our hearts.  I have decided that these verses have become my mission motto, and my life motto.  I hope to live my life in a way, where I can truly say that I have Christ written on my heart, mind, and mouth.  I want to honestly and truly come to know the Master whom I am serving.  So when the day comes to return to my heavenly home, I will be able to say that I truly know the Savior whom I have served, and He will know me.  

Mosiah 4  10  And if you believe all these things see that ye do them.  Christ doesnt just want believers. He wants doers.  Let us all strive a little harder to truly come to know our Savior, Redeemer, and Master.  Let us all strive a little harder to have His name written on our hearts.  Let us all strive to become the doers that He needs us to be.
I LOVE you all. I cannot thank you all enough for everything you have done for me.  I hope you all have a great week!
Con Amor, 
Hermana Hansen



                                          A DAY IN THE LIFE OF MY MISSION!

                                                      EXPLORING CUSCO ON P-DAY