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


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