Sunday, August 6, 2017

Great Examples!

July 31, 2017

Annette Waight the one we found through the Levy Family is doing so good! She was so ready to be baptized and the ward welcomed her with welcome arms! IT is always exciting to get to watch persons be baptized! The emotions they have and the progress they have made in the Gospel! 

Elder Willard and I are having a blast! Every day is a GREAT day to be in Jamaica! The work is still going so good here in Spanish Town! The ward is strong! The members are excellent and we are really developing some great friendships with all the members! Since developing this relationship and working with them to share the gospel we now have 2 confirmed meal appointments a week! Hahaha! There are so many blessings that come from working with the members including eating chicken foot soup and turkey neck! I love the food! It is nice!

One lesson I learned this week while reading in the Book of Mormon is how Ammon set a great example about how to act when people don’t like you or you don’t like them!  When he meets King Lamoni’s father, the father wants to slay Ammon because he is a "Nephite" but despite their little dispute and Ammon showing him who is boss he always loved the father and King Lamoni. Because of that love and care towards them Lamoni’s father wanted to learn more and in turn most of the Lamamite kingdom was converted! I think it is just really cool to see the impact that played on so many lives as Ammon really showed how to Act like Christ! 

Everything a gwon Great! 

Elder Hansen

Joy in Spanish Town!

July 24, 2017

This week has been once again another great and successful week! I have never worked with the members so much in my mission! I love it! It is so much fun to work with all the members and find success with them! When their friends and family are baptized that strengthens the members faith to go and share the gospel with even more people! So there is a lot of JOY in Spanish Town right now! Elder Suwyn and I have truly loved serving with each other but we got the transfer call that he will be going to Santa Cruz and I will be receiving Elder Willard. Elder Willard is a brand new missionary. He’s been out 5 weeks but he is a boss! He actually is already living in Spanish town really close to us in a different area so we are regularly with him! So I am really excited to work with him also! He is from American Fork. 

We went on another excursion to find this former investigator up in the middle of nowhere. That’s where these pictures come from. But man Jamaica is really beautiful! I love getting out of the cities and getting more into the country to see the humble but happy and joyful circumstances people live in! They are happy to be alive and give God thanks and praise every morning they wake up! As should we all!

Elder Hansen

Friday, July 21, 2017

Another great week! Devon's Baptism!!!

Another great week accomplished! The work is going so so good! The members are doing so great at sharing the gospel and we are receiving referrals from them weekly! Because of that we are very busy and the time is going by too fast! 

As for Devon’s baptism, it went really good! He was so prepared and ready to do that! He was so excited and talked to everyone about his baptism! I always say this but it such a great experience to work with someone from the point of meeting them and them progressing to be baptized! The Atonement of Jesus Christ is so real! I know that because I have not only seen repentance work for me in my life but I get to watch how repentance will completely change others way of living and who they are to be more pleasing to the Father! That is a really joyful process and then to get them go under the water! It really brings a lot of JOY! I love it! I love these Jamaican people as well! It is so much fun getting to work with all the families in the ward and watch them put the Gospel to work! The Gospel of Jesus Christ is true!

Picture of the baptism! 

Picture of the drive to Linstead each week!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Jordan's Baptism

The work a gwon! We have had a blast this week with Jordon’s Baptism, a few tradeoffs, working with the members, investigators and also putting a new roof on a church sisters home. 

Jordon’s baptism went really well! He was way excited about being baptized and was really able to feel the Spirit as he followed the Savior!
We have an awesome investigator we found last week through a member. Her name is Annette and she was on date for the 29th. When she came to church she came up to us and told us she wouldn’t be able to make her date to be baptized... She then went on to say how she could be baptized on the 30th! She is so awesome and is really ready to follow the Savior! It is really cool to see how the Lord works in his timing! She had met with missionaries years ago and wasn’t ready but now Annette is excited to come to church and do all that she can to keep the commandments!

We also got to help a member replace her zinc roof with a newer zinc roof! So that was a good time and she was so appreciative of the help! 
All in all a great week! We have got a lot done and it feels good to lie down at night and be dead tired! I love the work of the Lord!

The pictures:
The house is where the wall is being built to live the law of chastity the man is brother brown!  A member that always comes teaching with us!

Jordan's Baptism

The house and the law of chastity wall

Sunday, July 9, 2017

2 NEPHI 5:27

The week has been great! Every week I say that and it’s true! This week we have seen a lot of miracles working with the members! We are just here in a gold mine! There are a lot of part member families and families that are willing to share the Gospel with their loved ones! So we have been doing A LOT of member work and it is fun!

One of our investigators named Devan is the boyfriend to a member and they live in the same house... So we told him that he could be baptized if he lived in a separate room and separate bed than his girlfriend. That’s what President Pearson told us was ok. So we go to see him and he was building a wall between the two beds because they live in a one room house that is probably 15 by 15. So he was so excited to show us this wall that he was building so he could be baptized!! It was so awesome and put a huge smile on my face to see this man really willing to do all he can to follow God! Devan came to church and even brought one of his friends with him!! He is on fire with sharing the Gospel! He will be baptized on the 15th of July!
The picture is of a couple of boys that are one of the members kids in this area! The older one we have been teaching for a couple weeks and will be baptized on Wednesday! He is really smart! 

Through studies I found this awesome scripture in 2 Nephi 5: 27; "And it came to pass that we lived after the manner of happiness".  Nephi and his followers chose to be happy because they did what God asked of them! So it is with all of us! We can choose to be happy!! I am happy and enjoying every day!!

Elder Hansen

Monday, June 26, 2017

Every day is great in Jamaica!

Spanish Town is awesome! Everyone always says Spanish Town is the best and I never thought so because of how hot, flat, and dry it is here but I really love Spanish Town! The members here are so much fun to work with! We have been doing a lot of member work and we are seeing the blessings that come from that! We put 3 people on date for July and 2 of those are both from part member families! So the work is great and we love it!

We also had Zone Conference this last week and there was a lot learned! We continued to talk on attitude and mindset. The importance of having a positive attitude and the right mindset for missionary work especially for accomplishing our goals! We need to believe that we can accomplish the goals we set and then go to work so that the Lord will bless us. With also having the correct motives behind the things we do! It is true! I love the people of Jamaica and every day is a great day in Jamaica! We find happiness in everything even if it people calling us "Whiteey" or whatever else!  Have a great and positive week!


Elder Hansen

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Spanish Town is nice!

Well this week has been another great one! Spent most of the week in Mobay and then on Saturday we traveled down to Kingston for MLC and traded off with Elder Suwyn as my new companion! Elder Suwyn is way cool! We have always served around each other in the same zone! He is from Vernal Utah and has been out for just over a year! He is a solid missionary and we are really excited to be serving together! 

Spanish Town is a lot different than Mobay. I won’t be seeing white people for as long as I am here! That’s a good thing because white people that aren’t missionaries scare us pretty bad! It’s weird but it’s true, so Spanish Town will be nice to be fully engulfed in the culture!  The ward here is also really strong! There was a 100 people at sacrament and they are successful people! I’m really glad and excited to work with the great people of Spanish Town!

Other than that the work continues and we are working harder than ever to just LOVE EVERYONE! It’s hard I’ll be honest! Some other people that belong to other denominations are so hard hearted that they don’t want to hear a single thing we have to say... but ... that doesn’t matter we just have to show love and truly care for these people! We have seen a change in the reaction of people as we are working on this! I know that Jesus Christ LOVED everyone and he wanted the best for each and every one! May we all try to have that same love for the people we are around every day! 

Try to figure out what the sticker is saying on the back of the car!

Elder Hansen