Monday, September 29, 2008

September 29, 2008

This week has not been the most productive of all weeks but it still had a great spirit to it. On Monday we ate at the bishops house and had prepared the family home evening for his family. It was great setting some goals and I have now planned on how to accomplish those goals. Without setting goals in life and not planning on how to accomplish those we will never reach our full potential. We helped Brother Shoemaker with his fence some more. We have put up a bunch of it but we still have to finish with the wire. This week our air conditioner froze up so it was crazy hot. It took 2 days to thaw it out and luckily on Sunday we got it working again. We helped the relief society set up for there dinner before the General Relief Society broadcast which I heard was good. On Saturday we had a missionary going home. His parents came out from Hawaii to come and get him. We went over to the party and they had the Bama and Georgia game on. We saw that Bama Killed them so it was all good. We all said our goodbye's in sort of a testimony type meeting and everything was so heartfelt. I only new Elder Tovo for 3 weeks but just having him around and hearing of what he had to say has been able to enlighten me in so many ways. Unfortunately this coming week we might have to drop 4 investigators that want to be baptized. Since I have been here they have not progressed at all. It is sad seeing that they are putting everything before the Lord.
I love You all
Elder Regan Hansen

Monday, September 22, 2008

September 22, 2008

This week has been very spiritual for me. First I had zone conference and did many role plays, teaching lessons, etc... I was able to learn so much and also to see how much I have progressed in such the little time that I have been in Alabama. When we were there we set a goal of 6 new investigators for the next day. As we went home that night we spent just about 2 hours planning on how to accomplish that goal. Through many prayers and prompting we finally finished. We went up to Citronelle and talked with some referrals and ended up getting 3 new investigators. We came back down to Semmes and by the end of the day and putting all of our faith in the lord we found 9 new investigators. I know that if we all put our trust in the lord he will lead and guide us through anything that we need as long as we use the enabling power of faith so the spirit can direct us. This week total we found 12 new investigators. We have been able to see miracles upon miracles by putting all of our trust in the lord. On Friday we Baptized Devon and Emily Barton. I stood as a witness and I would have to say that it is in my top 10 most spiritual moments that I have had. On Sunday we blessed them to receive the Holy ghost and seeing Devon and her daughter after that they were like 2 new people. They have such a different appearance about them and they can both now progress more than ever. They can now in a year go to the temple and be sealed to the rest of their family for eternity. I can just feel that with all the changes that they have made and how much stronger their family now is they will continue to receive blessings as they continue to follow the lord and his servants. I also had to give a talk on Sunday about charity and pride. Through my studies I know that my talks and words have become more powerful and to the point to where the spirit can bear that witness to them. Through the spirit anything is possible as long as we have that faith in the lord that he will lead and guide us in all things.
Love You All
Elder Regan Hansen

Monday, September 15, 2008

Pictures From The MTC

September 15, 2008

This week has been a different in so many ways. We have not found any new investigators this week. We do have 2 baptisms though for this saturday 20th. I am so excited about it. I have been able to see the progress from this mother and daughter over the past to weeks and it has been such a faith growing experience. Seeing Deven oversome her smoking addiction and having those desires in her heart to have those changes and the desire to be baptized is great. She has been a great example to her daughter to strengthen her faith also. My testimony has grown so much in such little and my faith is increasing as well. I was able to bear my tesimony in the fast sunday at the start of this month. It was the best one that I have ever done and I felt the spirit so strongly as I expressed it that my legs started to shake a little bit. It was such a powerful message and many ward members said that it had touched their hearts. We are so close to have 4 more baptisms. 3 of them just need to come to church for a couple weeks and then we could baptize them but it is a struggle when we commit them to come and they say they will and they don't show up. The other she still has her smoking addiction but her desires are all there and she expresses how much she wants to be baptized. We had to go back up to Citronelle this week because they buried Brother Kimmins in the wrong grave so it had to be re-dedicated. As we were there we found out that the last treaty of the civil war occured there. I have some pictures that I will send in my next e-mail if I remember to bring my camera. Shortly my dad should have some mtc pictures up. We have been able to hand out 3 book of mormons this week and we are praying for their desires to want to here more of the gospel and feel of the blessings it will bring. I have realized how important these past 2 weeks have been to be exactly obedient. The blessings are so great from it that if I don't do something right that it pulls away the spirit so much that I have to work a bit harder to have it with me. As we pray we can see the desires of our hearts help others and it is a blessing upon a blessing. Be able to share this gospel it an invitation that everyone can make and I hope that all of you will fellowship someone you know even if it just saying hi to them. An example can go a long way.

Love Elder Regan Hansen

Monday, September 8, 2008

Semmes, Alabama (First Area)

I am right now in my first transfer with Elder Ramussen in Semmes, Alabama. The worst thing down here right now are the love bugs. There is just so many of them. As I have been down here we have received some referrals and have 2 new investigators. It was so exciting to see their appearance as we talk to them. We taught the Restoration the 2nd day I got here. After we taught it and Jessica said that everything sounded right and said she would pray about what we taught her was true I got so excited I could not help it. The next day we went to a funeral and just out of no where we were asked to talk at the second one. My companion gave such a spirit felt message about the plan of salvation the we ended up get 2 more investigators. 4 total for the 4 days that I had been here is amazing to me. We already have 3 baptismal dates set up. 2 of them are still working on their smoking addiction and the other we are working on getting to come to church because work in conflicting with the times. This coming week we could get 3 more baptismal dates set which would be great. We are going to try and get 4 new investigators this coming week too. I have not yet gotten a taste of the good southern food but I am thinking Wednesday that I will get that opportunity. We are getting ready this next week for hurricane Ike. We have heard that it is heading our way and should be here by the end of the week.
Love all of You
Elder Regan Hansen

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Arrived in Florida

Elder Regan Hansen as well as two Sister's and several other Elders flew out of Salt Lake City today, stopping in Atlanta Ga. for a three hour layover, then flew on to Tallahassee Florida. He called during his lay over and is excited to be out in Florida. With the Hurricanes that have gone through and around Florida he thinks that he will spend some time helping clean up and getting peoples lives back in order. We know he will do a great service to the people in Florida as he serves them and his Heavenly Father.