Monday, October 9, 2017

When it rains!

This last week has been full of rain and great teaching opportunities! It has rained almost every day and in turn cools the area! I have actually slept with a sheet over me for the past 4 nights! So that is pretty nice to have some colder weather! 

This week we had so many awesome lessons! Lessons that are really powerful and recharging! We have been working with this member named Brother Pryce. He served a mission here around 7 or 8  years ago! He is now in the stake. He is a machine at sharing the gospel! He is really bold! We had a lesson with one of his friends and she just wasn't really having any of it! He boldly testified of how he came to know this gospel to be true! She shrugged it off and he boldly brought her to church the next day! Turns out she loved church! She was participating in all the classes, talking with everyone, and really just wanted to learn more! The Spirit can truly work wonders! We were able to see that with another investigator, a referral from the same member.  He showed up to church unexpectedly and loved it the same way! It was such a great and spiritual Sabbath day yesterday and I am just way grateful for the Lords help in the work! 

Every day is a great day to be in JAMAICA! EVERY DAY I am coming closer to Christ and also helping others to find Him and that brings JOY! 

Elder Hansen

Monday, October 2, 2017

October 2, 2017

It has been a great week with General Conference and getting our investigators closer towards baptism! We have been receiving a lot of referrals from members that are truly ready for the gospel! Every time we receive referrals it just reminds how effective and fun member missionary work is! So that being said help the missionaries around you to teach those who are prepared! The missionaries will much appreciate and God will much appreciate it as well! Enough blessings to come as we share what brings us so much joy!

General Conference was way good! I learned a lot! The speakers seemed to have a focus on the Book of Mormon, families in the gospel, and our pathway back to living with our Heavenly Father! All of the talks were really inspiring! I really liked Stanley G. Ellis' talk on how hard times are a constant in life, the variable is how we will react to the hard times. Its so true the question isnt, "Will there be hard times" but more of, "How should I react to this hard time". Its a lot harder done than said but with the help of our loving Savior we can do all things and he will be there every step of the way as long as we look to Him. I know that is true and I know that Christ wants to help us! We just need to exercise our agency in the right way!

On another note "Mama Eddie" the member who feeds us every Sunday, fed us some delicious turkey neck and rice! Turkey neck is so good! You just eat the bones and all! High in protein and calcium.  Good stuff! And another good week ahead of us! bless up!

Elder Hansen

September 25, 2017

Some highlights to the week:
-Had Zone Conference on Wednesday. We taught on how becoming more like Christ will help us to in all aspects of missionary work.
-Got to visit sister Lawrence one of our investigators that is planning to be baptized on the 7th of October. She has so much faith. her son who is a recent convert of about 9 or so months has gone wild. he worships solacie and just curses bad things about the church and about us. But this doesn't stop sister Lawrence! She is still reading the book of Mormon, praying, and getting to church!
- This morning we traveled to the blue mountains. To go for a nice explore into the mountains! It was great! We got into the middle of the mountains and into these tiny roads and towns! Where no white man has ever traveled probably! haha The looks from the people are hilarious but they are so friendly and welcoming to us! We then came across a military base. As we were traveling through the base we took a wrong road somehow and got real lost in this military base. We were driving all over the place trying to find the main road and couldn't... finally someone found us and helped us out! haha so that was a way fun experience! Jamaica is so beautiful and it was nice to get into some cooler weather and see all the mountains!

Overall a great week! Every week is great getting to the Lords work and help others to find the gospel of Jesus Christ! My testimony of Him and of His gospel is growing everyday and I love it! Bless up to all!

Elder Hansen

Friday, September 22, 2017

September 18, 2017

Well another great week has passed! We are still busy with everyone we have been working with! On Sunday we had an investigator that lives an hour away show up and hour early for sacrament! It was so awesome! We get a call from her telling us that we are late to sacrament!  She is awesome and she loves coming to church! She has been 3 of the last 4 Sundays and has to travel an hour by taxi to get to church! Just goes to show if any one has the desire to come to church they will come! Real desire means real action!

We also had another Missionary Leader Counsel in Kingston on Friday! We talked about how we can find JOY every day in the work no matter what! It was a great counsel and we will get to present to everyone on Wednesday at Zone Conference!

Everyday we are witnessing miracles whether big or small! It is great to be able to point people in the right direction for them to find eternal joy and happiness! That is through Christ and living his gospel. We might find temporary happiness with things of this world which is good! Don't get me wrong! Skiing and biking are great but living the gospel is eternal JOY! Everyday is a great day to be in JAMAICA! yea MON!

Elder Hansen

September 11, 2017

The week has been good! It's been real busy with transfers and driving missionaries all over the place. We were up in Ochi and then to Kingston, Portmore, back to Kingston and just a lot of traveling! But we were still able to get a lot of work done in helping our investigators progress! We are still teaching a lot of referrals received from working with the members and it is a blast! There will definitely be more baptisms coming soon and a lot more joy and blessings coming to the people here in Panish Town! 

Also, we had a cool experience to show these 3 people from headquarters around our area. They will be filming a video for missionary safety that will be shown to all the missionaries world wide. And a lot of it is going to be filmed here in Jamaica! So that's way sweet. We got to hang out with these 3 guys that all know the Prophet and 12 on a good friend basis. The main guy was also the creator and director of Meet the Mormons. They are all really good guys and they taught us a lot! They will be filming the beginning of next year so I wont be in the video but my companion definitely will be! They made him do a lot of role play acting and stuff! 

I was also able to finish the Book of Mormon this last week again! Every time I read the Book of Mormon I learn so much! Every time I read in it, I am really able to feel peace and learn how I can come closer to our Savior! I have grown to love reading because I am not a reader by any means but I do Love reading the Book of Mormon and I know that it is the word of God that will lead us to Eternal life!

Elder Hansen

Thursday, September 7, 2017


We have had such a GREAT WEEK! The best part was being able to have Brother McCorkell baptized! The Lord had truly been preparing him for this time and he was so happy to finally get to do it! His wife and kids were also very happy! A lot of happiness and JOY all around! And that is what its all about! Just bringing pure JOY to peoples lives! I love it! The baptism was super powerful! A lot of strong testimonies bore! 

Earlier in the week we got to help out with a members son who got killed. Jamaicans like I mentioned go all out on funerals and everything else with death. So for the grave digging we were all out in the middle of nowhere in the hills digging a grave and making a sepulcher for the casket . There was a lot of his friends and family that came to help and it was great to get to participate in that! The actual funeral will be on saturday coming!

The work is great! Transfer calls came and Ill be staying in Spanish Town for at least another 6 weeks! I love Spanish Town and the people here! Every day is  a great day serving the Lord!

Elder Hansen

OLD man names George!

This week has been a really great week of learning on how we can become more like Christ. As we study and apply his attributes into our life, our lives change. We are happier and find peace in everything.

 This week we have been able to help a lot of people as we focus on helping them with their specific needs. We have been busy doing service and teaching! Every day is a great and beautiful day in Jamaica! 

One particular instance that I loved about this last week is watching this OLD man named George Panton walk in the doors to the chapel on Sunday morning. He is a recent convert and hasnt been very active for the past few months. We were able to visit him and help him and he showed up. He had to walk 45 minutes to get to church. He wasnt wearing the most fancy suit and tie but just came in what he had! I really enjoyed and loved to see Brother Panton show God his faith and be so willing to do what He asks! 

With all the pictures. Last p day we took an explore into the hills and found some nice places! Really beautiful and quite for a change! I love Jamaica and more importantly the people who live here!

Elder Hansen