Monday, October 27, 2008

October 27, 2008

This week has been very busy indeed. We have prayerfully planned every night and success has shown. With our planning we have added tracting and picking different streets to go down. We have had tons of success and found 7 new investigators this week by simply knocking on doors. It is amazing how such a simple act can bring so much potential. I thank the lord for all the guidance through these successful days of tracting. In Alma 13:24 it gives great example to us. It declares that many angels at this time are preparing people with the gospel. There are many people out there but we have to have the faith and put our trust in the lord to guide us to them through the spirit of the Holy Ghost. If we continue to strive to feel those promptings of the spirit we can each have personal revelations in our own lives. I know that even those people who didn't want to hear of the message now that we have planted those seeds and eventually they will come unto Christ. We tracted into a lady on Wednesday and she brought us right into her house. We talked a bit and found out that she had been taught the lessons with her husband 10 years ago. He had passed away in the past two years and she has found herself questioning her Catholic faith. Just from that example we can all see how just one little seed can bring forth so much fruit. We attended a funeral today which seems almost more than I can handle. In just 8 weeks I have been to 3 different ones. I love the message that can be given at funerals because it answers those questions that people have about the plan of salvation. I love to see the strength and the faith that the families all have after they hear of that message in the talks given. It brings them much peace as stated in John 14:27. I hope that through any struggles that we all have that the lord is always there to answer those prayers and to bring that peace in our lives.

I love you all

Elder Regan Hansen

Monday, October 20, 2008

October 20, 2008

This week has been a week of Increased Unity. My companion and I have made many changes that have strengthened our Unity and we can apply it to our teachings. With this new strength it will increase the power of which we can have as we teach. We have had the opportunity to have a Zone Conference this week. We did many role plays and we follow the guidelines of "Remember This." If you don't know where or what that is, it is in the back of Preach My Gospel. That is the culture of our mission and we are becoming preach my gospel missionaries. I can testify as what the apostles have said that "this book was created on the other side and was put together on this side." The power that can be used for the teaching of this is a blessing. As we had our role plays and teach ed from those things in preach my gospel it brings the spirit out more strongly. I have been able to see the growth that I have had compared to the 6 weeks that I have been out in the mission field. The spirit of the conference was so strong that it was radiating from all angles and as I bore my testimony on faith I could feel the spirit guiding my words. All of Us can pick people up and carry them with our faith. We can lift them to an understanding that if we act on that faith it will increase those Christ like attributes that we should all desire to increase and obtain in our lives. We also had Stake Conference and had Elder Jensen from the 70 come out. His talk was very powerful and always expressed his love for those who are investigating the church and those that are being prepared. We all need to do our part in missionary work and at church we need to fellowship those that are investigating. With that friendship they will feel the love of which we have and the love that the Savior has for all of his children. I would like to thanks for the love and support that everyone has given me and I truly know that your prayers are with me. I can feel the strength that all of you have for me but also for those that are being prepared by those angels. If we continue in the process of becoming more unified as a whole the miracles and blessings from that will be powerful.

Love all of you

Elder Regan Hansen

Thursday, October 16, 2008

October 14, 2008

I am going to say first we work on Holidays so if one falls on a Monday I will have P-Day Tuesday. We did have some service this week and helped a sister in our ward who raises miniature horses. I had the experience of helping see if they were pregnant or not. I have pictures but I will save them for another time. We also brushed them and shaved them. I never knew that a miniature horse could be so much work. I am glad that I was able to help because without us being there she would of not been able to accomplish the work which was needed. I found out today that I am not being transfered out of the Semmes area. I am grateful that I can continue to serve here and grow from it all. We found out last night that they are totally taking the missionaries out of the mobile area because the ward doesn't want to help the missionaries. It is the largest city in our mission. It is a step of faith for the mission president to set forth. I hope that through this step that the Mobile ward will understand the true importance of missionary work as we do as missionaries. I still do know as stated in the Book Of Mormon that the angels are preparing the hearts of many so the mission will still go on.
I love all of You
Elder Regan Hansen

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

October 6, 2008

We have been able to have some pretty good lessons this week with our investigators. There have been some that have been so powerful that we have shed the tears of joy and peace that come with this great gospel. We have talked to a couple who need to get married before they can get baptized. She has been struggling with the decision because she has a scholarship through her dad who was in the coast guard. Along with that she will lose it and the insurance benefits that she has. We have seen so much of a change that she prays that those will not be in her way anymore to be baptized. I think within the next couple weeks she might give up those two things and get married so they can be baptized. She has truly been humbled by the lord and expressed through tears at how bad she wants to talk to the bishop even though she is scared and wants to be baptized. I know that her boyfriend feels the same way but he is a very quite and shy guy. We have also been talking to a lady who told us she had no purpose in life. As we have talked to her for two weeks she has now looked us in our eyes and has such a beautiful smile that is now being revealed. She too has had many struggles in her life but the great thing about her is she truly reads and is wanting to learn. We have set up a Baptismal date with her. I have been able to see that peace, joy, and happiness that our gospel has brought to her. When I was sitting at conference these past two days I have truly pondered on everything. I have wondered about the conferences that I have not listened to and how much I could of truly changed in those qualities of which have been asked. I feel as if the most powerful message was given Saturday afternoon when Jeffrey R. Holland gave his remarks. That story touched me so strongly and as I still ponder upon it day by day I know of those angles who have truly helped me change in life. If it wasn't for the strong support of my mother and father I truly don't know where I would be. Just the talks that I can say that we have had make such the impact on my life and have truly changed me. I can remember when I entered the MTC. That I found 2 letters in one of my bags. As I pondered on all that my mom had wrote in hers I could truly feel part of the pain, of much that I have caused her and also the joys of which we have brought each other. When I read my dad and he expressed in scriptures relating of how proud he was of me I truly felt that love and strength that he has given me through the years. As I pondered over those messages that night and as I continue to read them I am brought to many tears. I know the counsel that if we continue our family prayers that we will be brought in more closer Unity with our families. I know that if we make those changes in our life as expressed in many of the talks that we will grow and gain experience and increase our faith in our Heavenly Father and our Redeemer and Savior Jesus Christ. I know that through giving our thanks for what we have and what the lord has helped us accomplish we can receive those personal revelations. I just want to let everyone know that I can feel the Support and Love that has been here with me through the tough and perilous time but I know that with my service that my friends and family are blessed continually through the power of the Lord.

I love each and every one of You

Elder Regan Hansen