Monday, December 28, 2009

Regan, December 28, 2009

This past week has been really good but also slow at the same time because of the Great Holiday season that we had and those that are still coming.

Tuesday we went to visit a few of our new investigators if we were by the area. They told us they probably wouldn't be home but they wanted us to check up on them. We then headed up to Prichard and delivered a few referrals that we had before our appointment with Willie Brown. We traveled to Saraland and gave Sister Wilson's son a blessing. We also visited a few less actives we weren't able to see the week before. We finished the night of with FHE and that went great.

Wednesday I went on a trade off with Elder Burnham. He is one of our Zone Leaders and needed him for a baptismal interview for Kimberly. We went to visit Latasha but she wasn't awake when we stopped by. We then went to our Backup plan of doing some 5v5's around some less active members and we found a few strong potentials. We then went to Prichard on our way to Kimberley's and delivered another referral and as we were doing 5v5's we found Jessie Moore who we will be teaching this week. Kimberley's interview went really well after her Neighbors who are Mezonite Jews stopped trying to bring in the wrong spirit. We nicely talked with them and wished them the best of luck. Kimberly will be getting baptized on January 3rd. We ended the Trade off and went to the Baylor's for dinner which was great. They are a less-active, part member family.

Thursday we had a good time as we planned and had a really great companionship Inventory. Throughout the day we did some tracting and visiting to members. We spent the evening with Brother Serrano and Brother Adair. Brother Adair's non-member parents came down and we shared a message about Christmas with them.

Friday we had a great morning by serving at the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen. It was great to see the smile on every one's faces as we were able to serve and help so many. After we went over to Bishop Parkes home and spent some time with them and there family over lunch. We followed up with District Meeting that afternoon and really pressed forward in trying to work hard and effectively throughout the day by planning well. We finished the night with phone calls to our families.

Saturday our day went pretty downhill you could say. We had good plans but allot of them fell through so we did allot of tracting and contacting. We had a good time thought showing the Lord that we were willing to work whether certain plans went through or not. We also worked on updating the progress record and making calls to recent converts to set up the new member discussions.

Sunday went really well. We were able to have a great lesson on the Life of Jesus Christ with Kimberely and she was able to attend Sacrament meeting which helps her on the way to her baptism. After church we visited with a few less active members. We had a few great gospel discussions with them and invited them to come back.

This week even though it seemed as if it was going to slow down for the Holidays we were still able to press forward and keep our eye on the prize of working hard and helping others receive the same blessings that we are able to receive each and everyday.

Love Y'all

Elder Regan Hansen
Thank you for all your Love, Support, Encouragement, and Gifts.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Regan, December 25, 2009

Christmas Day Elder Regan Hansen was able to call home and talk to several Family Members. His mother spoke to him for over two hours, I just listened and made the occasional comment now and then. He was in good spirit, and is enjoying his time in Mobil Alabama. Attached is a picture that he sent of his Christmas Day Meal. In the morning they volunteered at the Salvation Army Soup kitchen and then visited ward members and the other missionary's in his district the rest of the day.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Regan, December 21, 2009

This week to me seemed as if one of the most effective weeks that has been so thoroughly planned. It has been amazing at the effective work ethic it has wrought and I am going to share it with the entire District.

This past Monday was a great P-day. We were able to get allot of different things done for the week and were able to get the car all cleaned up for Zone Conference. We had an evening at the Hearns and had some great gospel discussions with them.

On Tuesday we went to the Mobile Infirmary and gave a less active Sister in the Ward a Blessing. She has been having some complications from a Knee replacement surgery. We updated our referral binder and continued to set them up with also including member pages for each zip code so we know what referrals and less active members live by where we are working at so we can effectively see them and do 5v5's. Zone Conference was such a boost for me. All the questions that I had were answered because of the spirit and I really received a strong witness that what we have been doing allot of is what the Lord would have us do. I did receive some great things to work on that will continue to help our area grow even more. The Christmas Party the ward had was amazing and the Love was felt by and through all the missionaries.

Wednesday we had a great lesson with Latasha Tucker. We taught the Restoration and at the end of the lesson we were kneeling with her in prayer. It was such a beautiful experience. We then left her house and tracted for about and hour and found Tracy and Angie. It is amazing at how great 5v5 really are. That day we tried to visit 11 less active member and were able to contact 5 of them and do allot of 5v5's. We had dinner with the Applegate family and talked with Brother Holyoak about his farewell on Sunday. We then went and contacted a few more less active and made some referral calls and we were able to set up and appointment with Annette Shelton.

Thursday we had some great planning that I feel has been the best planning session of my mission so far. We were able coordinate and set up allot of things that will allow us to be more effective though out the day and also with helping our investigators. We then went and visited some less active and found Davis by doing 5v5 around them. We also had a great Restoration with Lennona and Gerrard who we delivered the Lamb of God DVD too. They were excited about the message we shared and have an appointment in a few short days.

Friday was an exciting day. We traveled up to Saraland which we only make it up to about every couple of weeks. We first visited Ryesha and Andrew Henderson. We are still working with him and he has accepted the invitation to learn more. Throughout the day in Saraland we visited 31 less active members and 5 active members homes. We found out that a about 6 had moved and quite a few of them had joined other churches. We had dinner with the Mathie family which was great. We then continued our visits and delivered a media referral to a less active member.

Saturday we had the Bishops Storehouse. It is amazing being able to see how the church is able to help so many of it members. It was great being able to do service and really see the joy in having a great fellowship with those members. After we went and visited some more less active in the 18 zip code and tracted around them. We were able to meet allot of great members and also some great people that we were able to contact through 5v5. Even though they were not interested there stories of overcoming trials were strengthening to my Testimony.

Sunday we had a great meeting at church. We didn't have any investigators at church but we had one of the families that we visited and invited back to church came back. She knows President Spencer and was able to see him. We are going to re-teach the discussions to her and give her son a blessing tomorrow. We had a potluck after church and many of the less active members stayed and joined in the fun. We then went and did more less active visits and also had a great lesson with Brother Serrano and Adair. Brother Serrano has come back into full activity and his desires are so strong and he has been learning at such a rapid pace in the short past 2 months. We have moved Kimberely's Baptism to the 3rd of January and will be teaching her this week and finding out why she wasn't able to make it to church.

Love You

Elder Regan Hansen

Monday, December 14, 2009

Regan, December 14, 2009

I forgot to bring my planner for this past week because of the new transfer but I will update everything that we were able to do.

We taught Kimberley a great lesson on the Law of Chastity, Tithing, and The Sabbath Day. We also reviewed the Word of Wisdom with her and she committed to them very strongly and has been living by the Word of Wisdom strongly for a week.

We have continued to teach Nick Barbela and he is doing really well. He came to church last week but was out of town this past Sunday. Brother People brought a friend to church so we had a great priesthood lesson with him and after Sacrament meeting we talked with him and gave him a Book of Mormon. We set up an appointment with Terrence and I am excited because he really enjoyed church.

We applied the prompting that I had received for every block of the Day to have some one's name who is less active or if we were teaching so we could constantly have a backup plan and stay busy. It worked really well and we are still continuing to work on it to allow it to flourish the work even more.

I can't wait to continue to have the Spirit of Christ in this Christmas season build up the Love and Joy this season brings. I am grateful for the opportunity to share the great message of our Savior Jesus Christ and about the Restoration in such a marvelous time of the year.

Love You

Elder Regan Hansen

Monday, December 7, 2009

Regan, December 7, 2009

Monday we had a pretty go P-day and were able to make a few calls as we were out and about. We were able to set up a few appointments and also confirm some. We had dinner with the Hearns which was really good. We went and visited the Byrd/Hughett family and they seem to be doing allot better since everyone is over there Sicknesses.

Tuesday we were able to prepare ourselves for the day by having a District Meeting and preparing for Zone Conference by using the new Packet that we received. We visited Latasha Tucker who is one of our Media referrals and had a really great visit. We are going to be teaching her family again this week. We visited with Trennese Hunt and delivered her Book of Mormon and had a great 1st lesson. We delivered a few more referrals that night before our Dinner appointment with Bishop Parke's family. We finished the night with Brandy teaching us with the Articles of Faith and had FHE with Sister Byrd and a few of the other singles.

Wednesday we started by updating our referral binder because we received quite a few more. We then went down so I could get my Flu shot because they were able to get some more in. We went and visited less actives and potentials in the Prichard and Chickasaw areas. We didn't have much success talking with members but we found Jesse Edwards and Carlene Sims who had been taught in the past by the Wards. We had our lesson on the Word of Wisdom with Kimberley Evans with Sister Quinn there. She committed very strongly to the Word of Wisdom. We are working on some times so she will be able to talk with you. We finished of the night with Nick Barbella who had just moved in. He is very prepared and opened to learning and as we asked questions back and forth the spirit directed us to read scriptures that really brought him allot of peace.

Thursday we had a great session of planning and were able to get a few appointments set up for the next few days. It also allowed us to update some formers that had been dropped or other that had moved away. We then went and delivered a few referrals and as we were out we did some store contacting when we were getting a few things. We had missionary correlation that evening and had allot of the PEC members there and set up how we are going to start the new member discussions for the Recent Converts this upcoming week.

Friday we helped the Theodore Elders with moving to there new Apartment. We were able to talk with a few people as w were out and had a few good talks. We delivered a few referrals as we were traveling to dinner and we were also able to visit a few less active member after.
Saturday we had a great day with helping with the Bishop's Storehouse. It always feel great being able to serve those who are trying to do what the Lord needs them to do. We visited with a few less active members and also were able to do some more service for a few other members. We then went and visited Michael for a few minutes and were able to set up a time to come back and visit with him some more.

Sunday we had a great meeting at church and Nick was at church with us. He had a great time and he was able to meet allot of members and also hear some great testimonies. We then went and visited with some less active member and referrals that we had some appointments with. We made a few calls and stopped by Michael's to invite him and his family out to the Christmas Devotional. We ended the night with the Devotional which was a very spiritual uplifting evening.

LOve Y'all

ELder Regan Hansen

Roll Tide!!!!!!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Tyler Nov 30 2009

hello family,

Well this week has been pretty interesting and kind of fun with the people that we have come in contact with. It seems like a long time ago but we had our zone conference with Elder Hinckley last Monday. I was disappointed how long we were able to see him because the plane flight from Capetown was postponed because it needed some parts so they weren't able to make it until about 4:30 in the afternoon. It was great though we had to do some ten minute role plays with him and also commit the individual for baptism. I think everyone was quite intimidated when there was a general authority right behind listening. He came down to see all of the MTC's and stopped at the MTC in Johannesburg before coming to the mission. He was a missionary with The MTC President Cannon of Johannesburg in the Germany mission. I enjoyed the stories that he and his wife shared and shared a lot of their experience being mission president in Salt Lake City. He asked a lot of questions and we asked a lot of questions to the work and you can tell that he just eats, sleeps and drinks the preach my gospel. That night we had a little family home evening after the first session where we invited all the young single adults to attend. There was quite a few who came but Elder Hinckley talked for a short time and really encouraged Windhoek to get going and encouraged the youth to invite their friends and send referrals to the missionaries. I was really impressed with the love that he has for the missionaries and his devotion to the work. I wish I would of had some more time for personal interaction with him and also to hear from President and Sister Probst and talk with them. But it was really short because of the delay. Well I believe with all the things that have happened the highlight for the week was to be able to speak with Antione Lutombi and see his progression in the Book of Mormon. We left a Book of Mormon with him last week and he has read up to 1 nephi chapter 12. He had some questions about the vision that nephi had so we were able to answer the questions precisely. We have many new and improving investigators who want to read the Book of Mormon so it made the work here go a lot easier. I need to be going but we had exchanges this week where I was able to go with Elder Oleole and Elder Mbatha from Durban, S.A. We had a pretty fun day with all the crazy individuals that we met tracting but I will have to share the experiences at another time. Well have a good week.

Elder Tyler Hansen

Tyler Nov 23 2009

It is just getting hotter and hotter here every day. This week has been good a lot of the people who live in Windhoek who are from Botswana are going back home. The exams in school are done for those going to university of Namibia so many people are leaving for home like Tswano. Well this week has been pretty normal teaching and progressing people. It is nice now to be able to have good investigators who will hold appointments and we have appointments booked clear until Friday so it is good to keep effective. We have left commitments for Sakhie and his family to come to church for the past three weeks but he never shows so I believe were going to leave the drop lesson next. I was excited about him because he said he has some good questions for us concerning the Book of Mormon but we can never stay in touch. We hope to set a baptismal date with a guy named Techafara but we cant seem to find the concerns that he has about being baptized because he has been taught everything. This week the senior couple held a YSA activity for the people of Katatura branch and Windhoek branches. We spent quite a bit of time handing out fliers to members who would be able to attend but they said it was really nice to have at the chapel to hold dances and parties and basketball to help the people get married who are members of the church. I miss that kind of stuff. This week there was a big fire in ext. 1 where the Jones live and it is a good thing that many of the houses have cemented walls which held the fires out of peoples yards. It was directly behind the Jones house but it jumped one the wall and burned someones bry/barbecue area. I am grateful for the the American emergency crew of America but it took Windhoek like twenty minutes the Jones said to get to the fire with the two fire trucks that they had. They do a lot of burning around here for one of the reasons is so criminals cannot escape and hide in the bushes but this fire got quite a bit out of hand. I think the miracle for the week was to see a young kid named Moses take the Book of Mormon and read have the excitement that he has. He loves the bible stories but when we brought the Book of Mormon by to him he was really excited to dig into it. Well today is our zone conference with Elder Hinckley they said the plane was a little late coming from Cape Town this morning so the meeting might be postponed a little bit. I look forward to seeing him and am excited to feel his excitement about the gospel so we will see him this afternoon. He is also holding a family home evening with the Windhoek branch so him and President Probst are pretty busy people teaching missionaries and eating, sleeping preach my gospel. well have a good week
Elder Tyler Hansen

Monday, November 30, 2009

Regan November 30, 2009

This week had been really good. We were able to get allot of things accomplished even through the Midst of Thanksgiving.

On Monday we had a few appointments scheduled but they called and rescheduled them with us which was good. We had our usual P-day and finished that night with the Hearns and a very spiritual evening with them.

On Tuesday we went and visited a few referrals in the Prichard area and visited some less active and part member families as we were there. We went and had a lesson with Kimberley Evans and Eric Hearn was with us. We discussed the Plan of Salvation and I am truly grateful how the spirit works in teaching us all as we ask simple questions and bear simple testimonies. Her testimony is continuing to grow each and everyday. Her Baptism is still scheduled for December 20th. We had a great family home evening lesson with a few members and a recent convert that recently moved here from Minnesota who has the greatest desires to learn.

On Wednesday we went and visited more referrals in the Prichard area and a few past investigators. We were able to find Christian Thomas as we were there. We then spent some time calling all of the Media referrals that we have and what a blessing it is to have 2 phones to call with. We were able to set up some more appointments which was great. Nick is one of the referrals that we received and we called his friend to get some background. He has been regularly attending church in Colorado and recently moved down here. His friend said that he is very close to Baptism and they have talked about it so we are going to be meeting up with him tonight. I am excited to be able to ask him questions about his thoughts and feelings of what he has been learning so we can see how we can best help him. We had dinner with the Madison's and finished our evening by visiting a few potential investigators.

Thursday we had district meeting first thing which really prepared us for the day. We had lunch with the Long family. The husband is not a member and had some rough contact in the past but as of recent his heart has been softened and he is trying to make sure he doesn't have to work so he can start to come to church again. We went and visited a few other less active and member families for the rest of the day.

Friday we visited referrals in a few different zip codes and did 5v5 around them. We then had lunch with the Emmertson family which was really good. Throughout the day we continued to deliver referrals and do 5v5, as with visiting less actives that lived around them.

Saturday we went to the flea market to do some contacting and we talked to a few less active members as we were there. We then spent allot of the day delivering referrals. We were able to have some great lessons with a few of them but weren't able to find times in their schedules that would work out. We have under 10 referrals right now which is amazing but that is not counting the ones that we have had to forward to other areas. We had a great lesson that night with Brother Serrano and he has been keeping his commitment of reading and praying and there has been a drastic change in him the past 2 weeks.

Sunday we had a great day. Sister Quinn a recent convert from Minnesota brought Kimberley Evans to church and we had a great lesson in gospel principles discussing about the apostasy and the restoration of the gospel. She also invited her fiance and his grandson who are not members to sacrament meeting and we talked with them for a few moments. After church we visited the Baylor family and got to meet them and some of there kids. They are a part member family but have some great potential to come back. We also visited the the Byrd/Hughett family and they are doing well. The daughter has been very sick so they haven't made it to church but they are all planning on being there this coming Sunday.

This week has been full of great success even though I thought the Holiday might slow it down but really it just helped us stay committed and understand that where our focus was at in serving the Lord.

Love You

Elder Regan Hansen

Monday, November 23, 2009

Regan November 23, 2009

I have enjoyed this past week so much because the fire that has been burning inside of me to work hard and be effective has increased and is burning deep within my soul and thoughts.

On Tuesday we had a great District Meeting where we were able to do some role plays that really prepared us for lessons that we had for the rest of the week. We went and taught Kimberley Evans and asked the great question of "What are your thoughts and feelings?" It opened the door for the Holy Ghost to guide our questions to her and she continued to strengthen and bear the testimony of which she has gained and is growing. We set a baptismal date with her for December 20th. We finished of the night by visiting a few potential investigators and gave Brother Adair a blessing.

On Wednesday we updated all the new referrals that we had got and then went out and tracted near our apartment. After lunch we continued to deliver referrals and tract throughout the day also visiting less active members on our travels. We finished the night of by calling referrals and trying to set up appointments for the following days.

On Thursday we had a great planning session that day and were able to finish updating referrals to be written down and decided on certain days what referral areas we would go to and try and set up appointments and tract. We went and visited a couple referrals and tracted around there houses before we went and visited Brother Serrano and Adair. The spirit brought a strong message into there home and we shared about enduring trials. They have continued to read and pray every night. We then went to Brother Jordan's and had correlation with the Bishop and discussed the needs as they continue to discuss and build the new Missionary Plan for the Ward.

On Friday we spent the day up in Saraland and tried to visit and tract around as many less active members as we could. We were able to talk to quite a few members and invite them down to church. We had dinner with that Mathies and did some service for them before and then traveled and visited with Brother Peoples. He has been reading and praying every night and his countenance has changed dramatically since we last visited with him.

On Saturday we started the Day of by cutting down some trees and splitting them so we could get firewood for Sister Koker. It was great being able to work hard and see the smiles on there faces as we deliver the wood. We came back and went and visited a few referrals by us and were able to set up a few return appointments with them. That night we finished by calling some new referrals that we got and planning them out into our schedule.

On Sunday before Church we had a great lesson with Michael and his wife Brenda. It brought the spirit is strongly and we were able to pick her up as an investigator and will be teaching them on Wednesday. Andrew Henderson was at church today and we had a great lesson in gospel principle with him. After church was a little potluck and we were able to meet some member and non-members that we haven't met yet. After we went and visited Michael again and helped him sort out a problem that he had run across. We visited with the Kluggs that night which was great.

Love Y'all

Elder Regan Hansen

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Tyler Nov 17 2009

hello family,

Thanks a lot for the pictures and emails they look really great. Well I wasn't able to take any pictures this past week but never the less it has been pretty good. yesterday we had the branch conference in Windhoek and President Probst gave some really great council to the branch about the excitement of the church. He just recently had a mission presidents seminar with Elder Anderson of the twelve and was very excited about the things they had said. He said don't underestimate the power and glory of this church he said Africa is at it time to blossom like South America. He gave a lot of inspired counsel about hometeaching in the branch I liked one of the comments that he made, he said if you cant take care of your neighbor how do you expect to take care of worlds. He is really excited about the work and I know for myself that he is called of God, it is always good to have him come up and see and speak with him a bit. This past week has been pretty good as we have been able to find quite a few good new investigators and also have support of the branch in helping bare testimony. I don't think that is a problem whatsoever in the branch and that is the help of the fellowshippers like Bro. Don, John, Ozario, and anyone they are always willing to come out and help the missionaries out. We were able to see one of my favorites, Shippo this week, he was a little concerned about the Book of Mormon being not from God but he had some great questions to ask us regarding the spirit world and the restoration of the gospel. I like seeing him because he has great questions to ask and it is always fun to answer peoples concerns when they have them. I am grateful for the health care in America Shippos brother had quite a birth defect when he was younger and while we were there he wrecked his bicycle outside and had an injury to his head. The doctors before did a surgery on his head where they took a lot of his skull out and so on the back of his head he has just his skin to protect his brain. The doctors thought he would just die it why we think they didn't put a plate back on to protect his brain. He had wrecked and was blessed he didn't hit the part of his head that was tender to the brain. He had a bad scrape on the back of his head that just missed the tender part. Elder Haugen had a first aid kit so we were able to help him out a little bit but we hope we can encourage him to go back to the doctor to have a plate put back in to protect him while he is in his growing up rougher years. We were hoping more people would come to church with the commitments that we left with people but we will just have to keep encouraging and inviting to read the Book of Mormon which will give them the spirit in their lives to come. I am personally excited for Techafara and the progress that he is making. Clever a member in the branch is a great support to him and exemplar. This week will be good to be encouraging the investigators that we have at this point that have potential. I believe all they need is some tender love and care and time to help them become what their potential is.
Thanks for every thing and have a good week.

Love Elder Tyler Hansen

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Regan November 17, 2009

This week went well and luckily we were able to find some computers that are allowing us online. Also full of Tender Mercies from the Lord.

On Monday we had a good p-day and got things prepared for this upcoming week. We were also able to clean a bit and get ready for the November cleaning.

On Tuesday we were able to plan a bit since the storm came in. We visited Kimberley Evans that day and focused on her Praying to know if the Book of Mormon is True. She is preparing well for us to extend a baptismal commitment soon. We also stopped by to see Andrew Henderson but he wasn't home so we will be seeing him this week. Brandy a recent convert taught us for about families and then we had FHE which went really well.

On Wednesday we had a few appointments fall through so we delivered referrals and tracted around there houses. We visited quite a few less actives on our way back down and had some great success with them. We also visited Silvia McNeil and taught her the restoration and will be teaching her again today.

Thursday we did a little bit more planning to set up what zip codes we would be working in because of the referrals that we get. We visited with Michael that day for a bit. We then got out and tracted for a few hours which was great even though we didn't have any success. I do have the faith to not see results. That evening we visited Brother Serrano and helped him to continue his understanding of forgiveness and also how to Mark the Book of Mormon.

Friday we had a great Zone Conference and I truly was uplifted. Many of my questions were answered and a better understanding has come since I have began to apply those steps of understanding. I am so grateful for Revelatory Sessions where the Spirit and Love are strongly present. We visited member referral that we received and set up a return appointment and also found Eleynor Coleman as we tracted around the referral. That evening we went and visited past investigators that we had found in the Area Book and visited a few of them. We found Aerika because of that and will be teaching her tonight.

Saturday we began our day at the Bishops Storehouse and Michael met us up there. Even though we have not been able to teach him yet the Tender Mercies of the Lord have allowed us to stay in daily contact with him. He enjoyed being able to serve everyone around him. We did service for the Wysers after that and they were truly grateful. I love doing service. We then went out for the rest of the afternoon and tracted as we were delivering referrals.

Sunday went well even though none of our investigators were able to come. The primary program shared a great message to the non-members and part-member families who were attending. We finished the day by visiting more referrals and less active members. We also talked with Michael and will be teaching him and his family shortly.

Love Y'all

Elder Regan Hansen

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Tyler Nov 9 2009

I hope this week has been good for you, This week has been pretty good for us here. Me and Elder Haugen are together for another transfer. I believe the highlight of the week was getting a message from Tswano about her prayers being answered. She was having some difficulty a while back with her family not being too accepting of the church and recently her mom apologized and basically said sorry to her about ruining her eternal life so that was pretty cool to see. It just showed me that God works in mysterious ways and knows everyone, everywhere because of his glory. It is good to see the little miracles in life that keep me tinkering along. The baptism of Tswano went really well this week and their was one other from the Windhoek branch and three from the Katatura branch so Namibia is slowly progressing. Another highlight of the week was to see both the mom and daughter of the Lethogoje family finally make it to church. Sis. Lethogoje knows the Book of Mormon is true so we can work with that. We will continue seeing them and they have great potentials for the future. In Pioneers Park we have been visiting a great family that we found a couple days before halloween named the Imalwas. We have been mainly seeing Sunnypo and Magneline. Sunnypo is a younger girl who is in like 11th grade and she received the Book of Mormon a while back and she is now reading it. She has a lot of good questions concerning it and knows it is true and will help her in her life. She is studying for her exams and this week she asked for advice using the Book of Mormon we were able to share some valuable scriptures to help her in the studies. Her testimony of the Book of Mormon is flourishing but Magneline we can help her more to find the desire. Well for the most part the week has been well.

Here are some pictures of the smiley (lambs head) that we had at the Simattas. I didn't eat too much of it but the tongue was ok. Theres pictures of the baptism of Tsawno and also a lizard at the Germans house where we email. The most common language spoken is English but there is a lot of Africaans, German and Portuguese and also many tribal languages like Herroro, Vombo, Oshuvombo, and Damara there is a lot of languages.
Thanks for the love and support

Love Elder Tyler Hansen

Monday, November 9, 2009

Regan, November 9, 2009

This letter this week will be very short because we are making sure we have everything for the storm that is headed this way. It says the wind could be around 50-75 mph and power could go out but as for now it seems to be getting even milder and it isn't supposed to hit land until Tuesday.

This week we found quite a few people from tracting put not a single appointment went through so we just continued to tract and deliver media referrals. We just wanted to work hard and show the Lord how much we Love him. We also were able to visit many less active ward members which is allowing the ward to trust us even more which is their main focus on getting them more fired up to do missionary work.

At church we had many blessing come from dedicated service. A part member family came to church and we taught Andrew. After when we were going to leave a brother name Michael came in needing to talk with the Bishop. He ended up talking with us and the Stake President and we are now going to teach his family this coming week. Being Dedicated in the Lords service has been great and I am grateful for the re-confirming witness that I am able to receive as I continue to work harder and strive to be more dedicated.

Thank you for all the Emails and Love and Support through letters.

Love Y'all
Elder Regan Hansen

Monday, November 2, 2009

Tyler Nov 2 09


Thanks for the pictures that you sent. This week went pretty well it is just hot here. I don't know where to start but Tshwano still is doing well. She has talked more with her family this week and she was kind of depressed on Saturday night because her family wasn't to accepting of her decision to be baptized. I believe she will do some more talking with her family about the church but I Know that she is the pioneer in her family to opening up their gate. We were hoping a lot of people would come to church this week with all the commitments that we left but only 4 came. This week was transfers and they pulled two more missionaries out of the Windhoek branch so now it is just the four of us. There are 6 in Katura and 4 in Windhoek now. Our area is getting very large now and covers about half of the southern city of Windhoek, we have a lot of people to home teach. We have been able to locate a lot of the less active in the city and have continued to see them. We met with Johanna this past Friday she is attending the University of Namibia and is a niece to the Shikango family. We took Karobo and Leon on with us from the branch to help fellowship but she never made it to church this past week. We were hoping we could find some good investigators on halloween evening but not a lot of people were home. We found a lot of upset people for some reason. There is a guy that stays in Cimbasia who was recently baptized in June but he is dodging all of our calls and attempts, to come and visit him. But we are continuing to find some good people to teach. I think the family that I was most excited for was the Lethologoje family They have been in contact with missionaries for the past couple of years but we followed up with them and they seem to be really excited about the message of the restoration and the Book of Mormon. We were hoping they could make it to church this past week but they didn't come. We will see them this week but I am thinking that maybe transportation could be a problem since they have like 5 vehicles and none of them run at all. Well for miracles of the day, Elder Haugen dropped the phone in the toilet today and it still continues to work but I don't think I'll be speaking on it with out some major bleach cleaning . Thanks for everything have a good week.


Elder Tyler Hansen

Regan, November 2, 2009

Monday I found out I was getting transferred but I really wasn't surprised at all. I really have come to love Crestview but I did love Mobile area when I was there is the past and I still know some families out there. So to an extent I am excited to see them. We had dinner with the Walker family and said our good byes. We then stopped by the Royce's and informed them on what was happening.

Tuesday it was pouring rain and our service projects got canceled on us. We had a last district meeting with the District and really had a great spirit felt meeting that allowed me to have an overwhelming feeling of love for the great families that I have been able to love and help. We then started getting things packed up because of the rain and things being cancelled. We also made sure that everything was updated and started to leave notes and things that would be important to help the new Elders and Sisters know about the area. We had dinner with the Toolan's and said our goodbye's. We then went and visited the Royce family which was really hard because I love them with all my heart. I know that the Lord will take care of them and he brought me much peace and comfort at these times I would need to adjust.

Wednesday were transfer and I was on the transfer van bright and early around 10 to travel to Mobile. It was great being able to see many missionaries that I hadn't seen and especially my mission father, Elder Rasmussen. I met my district when I first got to Theodore area then Elder Bawden and I traveled to get unpacked and the Halloween Social that was happening that night in the ward. I got to know a few more people that night and talk to some that I already new and that helped out allot.

Thursday we started off by planning allot. Since I am new to the area I received a good basis on the area and those things that take allot of our focus such as referrals. We then went and delivered referrals that went well but we didn't have success in finding. We talked with Sister Binkard at Wal-mart when I was getting some supplies. She is a less active member that we had been talking about earlier that neither of us knew.

Friday we had a Mission Conference with Elder Ringwood of the 70. I received some great impressions that I am already striving to incorporate into my daily missionary service. It was great to also meet allot of new missionaries. That night we had dinner with the Mathie's and they are a funny couple. They are truly in bright spirits even with the trials that they are facing. We also visited Brother Peeples and had a very powerful lesson with him. He has been struggling allot and wants to come back to church. The Love of Christ was so strong and present that my heart has truly been touched and I have come to really Love him and the Testimony that is so powerful and strong. We gave him a blessing so he could receive some guidance. He came to church on Sunday.

Saturday we helped with service and helping with the Bishop's storehouse. It was great being able to help and serve those who needed those things. We attended a Baptism in Theodore that Elder Andrus and Fox had. We then went and delivered referrals and that night we had dinner with the missionaries in the area.

Sunday I was able to meet Bishop Parkes and his counselors. He is really a good bishop and everything is on track with the 20 lessons that I really feel there will be some great success in helping many. We immediately started on delivering referrals and taught a lesson to Anthony and it went well. We will be teaching him later this week. We also set up some appointments with other referrals that we had received.

Love Y'all

Elder Regan Hansen

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Tyler Oct 27 2009

hello family,

Thanks for the emails. I hope everything is going well. This week has been ok. We were able to see many lives progress as they have read from the Book of Mormon. I just wish more people would take the time and read from it to feel of its spirit and help them to walk in greater obedience to Gods commandments. As we have continued to follow up with many families in Rockys Crest we had the opportunity to help Karina this past week overcome some of her difficult situations in her life. We have been teaching her husband End a little bit but one day when we followed up with the family there was a little bit of spouse abuse going on. Karina was in tears and basically sleeping outside the house. We helped her through using the Book of Mormon in using Alma 13 and 14 and really emphasized on the family proclamation it was kind of depressing. I hope that we shared something with her that could help her throughout her day. We have been following up with a lot of less actives and trying to help reactivate them. There is a lot of members in the branch with about 300 members, 120-140 actually come to church each week. We have really put an emphasis on Edison who is a recent convert of a few months who is starting to go less active. He is really dodging us but we hope we can help him in his life. A lot of the less active members that don't come actually live out of Windhoek and live in the northern parts of the country so it is difficult to track these people down where there are no missionaries in the rural areas. It is neat to see the growth of Tswano as she continues with her desire to read and pray about the Book of Mormon and continue to progress towards baptism. She has talked with her family in Botswana, and she knows this is the right decision she is making in her life so she continues to be a champion. Well transfers is coming up this week, and we look forward to the upcoming zone conference of having Elder Hinckley come and visit us. Well have a good week.

I love you all
Elder Tyler Hansen

Monday, October 26, 2009

Regan October 26, 2008, Transfer to Mobile Alabama

On Monday we had a great visit with Sister Woodard and continued to help her desires to be focused on the temple. We had dinner at the Toolan's and made dinner for them. I great spiritual thought was shared and the spirit was strong.

On Tuesday we had District meeting in Defuniak and had some great role plays and learning really come to me. We then went to visit Sister Mercer but she wasn't home. On the way back to Crestview we visited quite a few less active members. We had a few visits fall through so we tracted which went pretty good. We went on trade-offs that night and Brother Parker and visited the Monroe's.

On Wednesday we went to Holt and delivered a referral and visited a few other members as we were there. We came back and tracted a bit and it went alright. That night we started to teach the Parson's the lessons again and they really opened up to the questions of the spirit.

On Thursday we did service for allot of the day for non-members. They really were grateful for our help. We cam back and planned for the upcoming week. That night we had activity night. We had a few less-actives and a few non-members there.

On Friday we got to a little bit more planning because it was down pouring rain and lightning and we couldn't tract. We then visited less active members and invited all of them to the Halloween Bash. We had dinner with the Wing's and had a great visit. We then went and visited the Walkers and invited them out to church.

On Saturday we went and visited a referral and tracted but didn't have much success. We went with President Miller and visited allot of people in Paxton with President Coleman and Brother Blocker. We went and visited the Reeves and invited them to invite their neighbors to church. We then visited less-actives and invited many of them to church.

On Sunday we had Junior at church but we also had allot of less actives and non-members there. I went on a trade off with Brother Bond and visited the Carr family. We had lunch at the Tews and dinner with the Fisher family. In between we saw the Royce family and also visited a few less active members.

Love Y'all

Elder Regan Hansen

Oh and I am getting transferred back to the Mobile Area. I know quite a few members there and I am going to Mobile. I am also going to be a District Leader again.
my new address is

Elder Regan Hansen
157D Norton Place
Mobile, AL 36607

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Tyler Oct 19 2009


Thanks for the emails. I am sick of the white people around here with the Germans and Afrikaner's. They are ignorant people but they are making me more patient in my life. Our area mainly consists of large houses fenced with large electrical walls and fences. We have no townships to go to. We speak to a lot of people through their intercoms. The sin of apathy as I see around here and the world just continues to widespread. I had exchanges with Elder Louder from my transfer and we had a pretty nice day we were able to have some good lessons with visual aids that helped the people understand the primitive church of Jesus Christ. We taught Bro. Morroro and his wife Abigale who is a member with Elder and Sister Jones. He was stabbed in the hands a few weeks before I came but he seems like he healing up quite well. He is a teacher at a university and so I think being taught by a couple of young guys he is a little prideful about. We were able to clear his concerns about authority and so we hope we can resolve his issue with him being baptized in another church. He attends church just about every Sunday with his wife so through his faith and obedience he will someday be baptized. I often look at the many women who lead the church and a lot of the reasons this branch functions is because of them, their husbands are to prideful. We have been working with a girl name Vivi. She is from Angola and she is going to the University of Namibia here. She speaks mainly Portuguese and doesn't know English to well. She has such a great desire to learn but we are having a challenge since she can't understand English to well. There are a few people in the branch that speak Portuguese and we have brought Ozario with us frequently to help. I believe the greatest thing that we can do for her is get Sis. Mahitu who knows the gospel and Portuguese to befriend her. She has a copy of both the English and Portuguese Book of Mormon, so we hope we can help her more this week. On Saturday the zone had two baptisms which was really neat to see. Toini Amunyela and Loini Ndahalele they were very excited for the ordinance and they were very happy, since it had taken them years to make this step in their life. Toini Amunyelas sister and I actually went to the mtc with last year and she said her sister has been a great impact on her life so it was pretty cool to see. We hope to follow up with some good white families that we were able to see last week so I hope things go well. The only concern that I have is if the white people are a little racial since most of the branch is black, but if they develop a strong enough testimony it should not matter I just hope that we can find these people who will be strong members in the future. Tswhano continues to be a champion and so she is very excited I just wish all of our investigators were like her. Well this week should be pretty fun on Tuesday I get to on an exchange with Elder Cobia so it will be a lot of fun. The Book of Mormon is amazing I just wish more people would except it and read it and not shun away from it, and despise it as something not from God. Thanks a lot for the emails have a good week and send some pictures.
I love you very much.

Love Elder Tyler Hansen

Monday, October 19, 2009

Regan, October 19, 2009

This week as been really great. Every evening after our service throughout the day I was exhausted and tired and really felt the great Joy of working hard and effective throughout the days. Whether or not success came abruptly or very slowly the Love was truly felt. This week we decided if we didn't have teaching appointments that the time we had open we would tract and show our love of serving the lord through the diligence of knocking on doors.

Monday we had a great opportunity to travel with the Ward Mission leader in the 2nd ward Brother Beattie and went and toured a few gunships at Hurlburt Field and a few other things on P-day. We came back and started with some service at about 4 for some less actives who have been struggling and there was great ward support. We immediately then went to a lesson with Liz. We discussed Obedience and Baptism and committed her to continue to read and pray. We asked her to specifically pray to know if Baptism is the next step for her. She has been attending seminary a few times a week with friends. We then had dinner with Holly Tew and family.

Tuesday we had a great district meeting. We were able to Role play teaching which really prepared us for some situations that we ended up having. Immediately after we tracted Sikes, Tyner, and Hampton drives and we talked with Roger, Kelly, and Maria. We were able to set up return appointments with all 3 of them. We traveled and visited Brother Brant and helped him with a few things. We then went and continued to tract on the same streets and were able to talk to many of the Lords children. That night Brother Von Jones and I went on a split and visited Jody and Tina Johnson. We had a great visit and answered some concerns they had as we were reading in the Book of Mormon. They are less-active and have strong desires to go to the temple.

Wednesday we started the day by tracting near a less active members home and didn't have any success. I was just happy being out there and serving the Lord even if it was just knocking on doors. We had lunch with some part member families in the 2nd and 1st ward who are related and were able to talk with Clyde who we had previously been teaching. We went and discussed with Curtis and Vanessa the Restoration and asked them how they felt but they didn't open up to much. They have been busy because they will be moving soon. We then went and tracted on Candlewood ln. and part of Lake st. We talked to a few people we had contacted around before and had a few promising results but no return appointments. Later that night Elder Barlow and I went out with Brother Shepard and visited the Taylor's, Dunn's, and the Meek's families. We have set up to teach the Taylor's the lessons.

Thursday we went to the Wood's and taught Brother Wood a little bit about the Plan of Salvation. He was not very receptive so we decided that it was time to drop him and we are going to let him know that this week. We then went to a few appointments which ended up falling through so we continued to tract Forrest ct, and lake dr. We talked to some great people and had some great discussions but weren't able to set up appointments. We then went and planned for the day because of everything that we had going on and that went well. We had dinner at the Hatch's and they are a part-member family. I then went on trade-offs with Brother Wing and visited Sister Monte and tried to visit President Hill but he was working at the time.

Friday we had an appointment with Jo but she had an emergency that came up so we visited the Hutchins and made sure that they were doing alright and to see if they needed anything. We traveled to the Fehlman's and split more wood and it was great because of the cooler weather. We discussed Joseph Smith - Mathew with Brother Fehlman. We stopped by Devon Brown's home who is a recent convert of the Sister and had been struggling but we were not able to get a hold of him. We visited the Royce family and they are doing pretty good. They are getting ready for Maeson's birthday party this coming Saturday. We had dinner with the Seager's which was good and we will be taking a Spanish Book of Mormon to Brother Seager to give to a friend. We stopped by the Walkers quickly to see how they were doing and invited them to church.

Saturday we traveled to Paxton. At 10:30 President Miller came up and he and Elder Barlow went and visited less actives, while Elder Jensen and I tracted around the main city of Paxton. We talked to a few people that said to come back but didn't get any return appointments. We left and traveled back to the Royce's house to do some service to help them get ready for Maeson's party. We finished the night and visited the Parson's and have set up to teach them the Lesson also.

Sunday we had our normal meetings with correlation and church. The Gorby's came to church with their grandson and we also had Junior to church as well. We then left church and visited with the Royce family and discussed a few scriptures. We had Lunch with the Coleman's and then traveled with no time to spare and visited the Devine family. Brother Devine is a perspective Elder and they are working their way to go to the temple. We immediately traveled to Brother Junior Dukes home and taught him about Tithing and Fasting. It went really well and he committed to doing those things. We came back to the apartment for dinner and talked with a neighbor about the church and answered some questions that he had.

Love Y'all

Elder Regan Hansen

Tyler Oct 12 2009


Thanks for the emails. The colored people have a fair skin color. Many years ago the blacks and whites started breeding and so it is a mixture of black and white. The people throughout the years have now just prospered as a colored race of people. Their primary language is Africaans but they are pretty funny people. Well one of the many things I learned this week is a task that takes a just few minutes in America takes all day to do in Namibia. On Saturday we cleared out a grass pile with shovels and so we loaded grass into a small bakkie truck. It took us pretty much the whole day but tools in America makes things a lot easier. As you know moving grass with a shovel is not easy, so it took patience. This week has been good I don't look forward to the 100 degree weather though. We have been reactivating the Simataa family, this family is pretty sweet. We went and seen them Monday night and we reviewed the plan of salvation with them. The mother who has been struggling to find an interest, we shared many things that was interesting to her. The family mainly consists of three single adult girls and two boys. All the girls have been baptized but we hope to find some interest in the father who is away a lot. Even though he is not a member of the church he is still a great person who has a deep abiding care for his family. The night that we were there they told us of an incident that happened the night previous. The father was gone away on business a lot and he was away in Botswana. Sis Simatta last Sunday evening that during the night she felt that something was behind her from her feelings. All of her family was home and she was really concerned about the promptings that she was receiving. As she looked out the window of her house she saw a man at the corner of her eye get jolted off of her fence ran away from the house. She has some big dogs and they were barking furiously and she has security fences all around her yard but the person that was trying, to break into her house or something. As she was frightened minutes later she received a reassuring call from her husband in Botswana who had a feeling to call the family and see that everyone was alright. I am amazed at the unity of this family and how they support each other even though the father is not a member. Natasha will say that there dad asks them if they have read their scriptures each night before they go to bed. It is just neat to see how the family works in unity as they continue their lives and the spirit of comfort they feel. This week I have also learned a little bit about obedience and the blessings that come from it. Usually our lunch hour ends at 2 and sometimes we can be disobedient and don't go until 2:30 but this particular day we went to a less active guys house named Edison just right after lunch at little before 2 o'clock. We taught him a short lesson on eternal marriage and as we were teaching him, his roommate came in the door and went into his room and he said he wants to get some rest. He said as he walked by us he said he was prompted to come and talk to us. He was an Africaans white guy named Eyen he came in the room and we just started talking about beliefs. He said he had made some mistakes in his life, but he was a humble guy to speak to. He had some strange doctrines and beliefs, but was willing to hear what we had to share. We had a good lesson and we were able to give him a Book of Mormon in which he said he will read. I know that if he reads the Book of Mormon his life will change because he thinks logically. It showed me that day that If we would have been late we wouldn't have been able to speak to Eyen, so it was a testimony to me about being obedient with exactness to the rules will bring blessing that cannot be seen. We have been teaching a girl named Tswano from Botswana. She is about 22 years old and going to nursing school here in Namimbia. She has finished 3 of her 4 years of her nursing and is going to return back to Botswana with her family at the end of November. She found the church in Windhoek because she couldn't see how her baptist church was true and so she came in for a visit. She is probably the one that has brought the greatest excitement to the work because she is humble and willing to learn. To often we try to find people to teach instead of teaching so she is pretty sweet. We have a baptismal date set for the 7th so we look forward to that coming up. She talked with her family and has prayed about it and she said this is what she wants to do with her life. She didn't know if there was a branch in Botswana or not but we told her their was and she was able to speak with the branch president their in Botswana and so she is very excited. Well next transfer is coming up and I have heard that President Hinckleys son Elder Richard Hinckley will be coming to the mission. I am pretty excited about it. I hope he comes up to Namibia But I am sure he will. Elder Haugen said he want to ask him the question what did Christ write in the ground twice when he was speaking to the adulterous women. Well I hope everything is well. Have a good week and send some pics.

Elder Tyler Hansen

Monday, October 12, 2009

Regan, October 12, 2009

On Monday we had a great P-day and ended the night by going to the White's for dinner and are working with their family on inviting their friends to the Gospel.

On Tuesday we talked with Brother Wroten who is 19 and been less active since he was about 9. He opened up and let us know that he has a hard time understanding the scriptures so we are going to help him with that and he said he would start coming back to church in a couple weeks. We then went and talked with Sister Mason a less-active member who has been having some health problems recently. We stopped by Brother Brant who is a great example of a truly dedicated member because he is 98 and still drives himself to church every week. We then went on trade offs that night and Brother Horst and I visited Sister Ward and taught the 1st lesson. She ended up coming to church and enjoyed it.

Wednesday we had a great Zone Conference which I was very uplifted and it left me pondering over many great things. We then had dinner with Sister Holly Tew's family and talked about a part member family they are wanting to invite over to dinner the next time we come over. We then went on trade-offs and Elder Jensen and I went and visited Brother and Sister Reeves while Elder Barlow and Brother Beattie visited Brother Matt Sheppard.

Thursday we were able to plan a little bit before we went and visited Sister Atisme and she is trying to see how she can help her husbands heart be softened to where he will accept the Gospel. He has had a few difficulties in the past with things that he has either heard or read. We then went and taught Debbie one of Sister Toolan's friends but we are still not sure how well she is going to commit. We had activity night that night and had 5 non members there and are working on setting up appointments with 3 of them.

Friday we went and visited Jo Nguyen and discussed questions and the topics that the spirit directed as we asked her about how she felt. We discussed Alma 32 and asked her how she felt about the story within. She felt that it was all true and we committed her to continue to read and pray. We went and visited Curtis and will be setting up an appointment with him later this week. We then went and visited the Ballards because they have been having a rough time and helped bring some peace into their lives. We also tracted throughout out the day and found some great potentials and also found Agnus who we will be seeing this week.

Saturday we spent most of the Day doing allot of great service. We were able to get out and help the Pearman's, Robard's, and the Jones families. We also went and continued by helping Brother Toolan with allot of different things that needed to be done around the yard that he needed help with. That night we visited the Walker's who are being re-activated. They are doing well and it is great.

Sunday we had our normal meetings and had 4 investigators at church. Brother Dukes, Brother and Sister Gorby, and Chris. We also made a few calls and were able to set up appointments with Liz, Johnson's, Sister Ward, Steele's, and Brother Hunt. All of which are either investigators and less-active members. We had a fireside that night which Liz one of our investigators went to. It went really well and the spirit was so strong.

Love You

Elder Regan Hansen

Monday, October 5, 2009

Regan, October 5, 2009

This past week has been really great even with all the sicknesses and trials that have been thrown right at us. I am especially grateful for the commitment that I made to read the Book of Mormon while marking the Promises in the 2 months that was asked. I feel such a deep compassion and love for the Book of Mormon. I have felt my faith increase and my understanding grow as I have dove into it's pages. I have felt the firm understanding of the importance of Prophets and Apostles and the Priesthood Power. I can truly say as Elder Holland so testified yesterday that I know without a shadow of a Doubt that the Book of Mormon is the most Powerful and Rewarding Book that brought me closer to the Saviour and I now that it is True. This past week as you know has been a little different as Elder Barlow was in the Hospital but the Lord always prepares a way for us to do his Will.

On Monday we did a little bit of service during our P day and had quite a few great visit with members.

On Tuesday we had district meeting which went well and we continued to personalize and apply Book Of Mormon stories to help investigators. That night we went on trade-offs with Brother Beattie and Brother Corbin and got to visit many less actives that we are setting up to teach the lessons to again.

On Wednesday we talked with the Gorby's and had a really great visit and were able to discern a few of their needs as we are going to continue to teach them about this great gospel. I ended up going to Doctor Roberts office and found out that I had the Swine Flu so we had to go back to the apartment and I rested and studied for awhile.

On Thursday we picked up Elder Barlow out of the hospital and went back and planned for the upcoming week. We made calls within both wards to try and set up appointments with less active and part member families. We were not able to leave the apartment until about 5 when I got permission to go out because I had to wait out the Contagious period. We had some great visits with members and had a good activity that night.

On Friday we started of the day visiting Jo one of our media referrals and had a great discussion with her. I truly do feel that the Lord has prepared her to do something special. She is truly knowledgeable and ready to accept the gospel as she receives that confirming witness from the spirit. We tracted for a few hours and had no success but it was great just being able to enjoy doing the Lord's work. We visited Sister Price a less active member and will be teaching her the lessons again very soon. That night we went on trade offs and visited less active members and invited them and our investigators to conference.

On Saturday we enjoyed conferences and the messages were great. God's Love was apparent in the talks and in our hearts. We visited a few of our investigators who had been watching from home and just followed up with them on some of the talks and questions they had.

On Sunday we enjoyed conference once again and I loved how the messages of Obedience struck into strengthening all aspects of our lives including all the different traits involved with Virtue. I received so many great promptings and only wish that conference could just continue. I received a great confirming witness of those promptings and have already begun to really apply and deepen my understanding of them. We taught Junior later that night the 10 commandments and the Word of Wisdom and he committed to them with no hesitation.

Love Y'all

Elder Regan Hansen

Tyler Oct 5 2009

Huie mora is good morning in Africaans. I love the Africaans language but I am moving to much with different kinds of people to pick much of it up. Well this has been alright I finally made it to Namibia and I was able to watch the conference on satellite broadcast. I don't have to pay for the time on the computer so I can type a little bit more now. This week has had a lot of things happen though. On Monday we had a combined p-day with both the Cape South zone and the Cape North zone where we played some dodgeball at the Mobray chapel in Cape Town. We also watched a great movie that tied in with zone conference the next day called, defeating the giants. We did some work that night in Maccassar with the colored people and Elder Hajarijoana spent some time with the Conrade family. On Tuesday we had our zone conference at Somerset West where we talked about aligning our will with Heavenly
Fathers and how Moses did such as in the pearl of great price. President Probst ceases to amaze me with how he applies principles of the gospel. We discussed a lot in just the first book of Moses how many principles in the gospel can be applied and how especially we are blessed to have this extract which Joseph Smith translated during the difficult times that the church was facing in 1830. I am grateful for Moses and the man he was to give up his earthly possessions to see all that the Father has and the glory that was given to him by the Father, when he was willing and most especially how we apply his teachings into our lives. It was a great lesson and I was able to participate in both of the zone conferences with Cape South on Tuesday and the Namibia zone conference on Friday. Elder Hajarijoana and did find a nice family the Cats family, we were able to teach them that night after the zone conference and then go to the ward correlation in Sommerset with Brother Andrew White. On Wednesday in the morning we went to the doctor Elder Wilson had to get a hep shot, I had to go to the eye doctor I had an infection in my eye that was getting bad. We had some difficulty finding a doctor that I could just see to get some droplets but we finally found somewhere that wasn't booked. I was hoping I would never have to see a doctor but it was still something pretty minor that could of gotten worse. We got the call Wednesday afternoon saying our visas had come and we would leave the Thursday afternoon. We did some tracting in the Ferngrove area by Macassar and we did bless a lot of people in the area and set up some return appointments for the other Elders when we would leave. On Thursday we had to go shop with the other Elders and then meet at the Somerset chapel so we could go with the office elders to the airport. Our flight was at 3:20 and the three of us me, Elder Hajarijoana and Elder Cobia that went to Namibia. We made it to Windhoek at about 5:30. their was a lot of turbulence and it seemed like their was a sand storm outside, it was the bumpiest plane ride I've ever been on, even the flight attendant said it was pretty bad with all the flights she has been on. President and Sister Probst was there to welcome us and we went from there straight to the chapel in Windhoek. Windhoek is basically in the middle of a desert and it is a town of about 300 thousand people. The country itself has only about 2.2 million. It is hot here and I got here just in the start of summer so it will hit about 100 degrees. Since I have been here, I am surprised that there is not one member of the branch that was really white or africaans. There are a few coloured people in the branch but it mainly consists of blacks. In Namibia their are the two branches one in Katatura and the other in Windhoek. They are both mission branches and President Charles is our branch president he is a returned missionary from Johannussburg and has a young family. Bro. Licious is our branch mission leader and the guy is pretty cool. The Namibia zone is smaller with only 12 elders in the country and 6 missionaries per branch. Elder Haugen is my companion and he is from San Clemente, California. We have a sweet area. The Windhoek South area and the President of the country is just a few miles from our flat. Since I've been here there are a lot of different languages that are tribal, from Shona to Portuguese but not any Xhosas. I will have to update you more on the languages and people as we continue to visit and see them. The food here is more expensive and it is a little more high class than South Africa as I see the wealth distributed. We had our Namibia zone conference on the Friday and then watched on Saturday at 6pm the Saturday morning session. On Sunday we watched the priesthood session at 11am and then the Saturday afternoon session at 2 pm. We taught some investigators like Swano from Botswana at the church from the time of 4-6 and then watched the Sunday morning session at 6pm. We weren't able to watch the Sunday afternoon session unless we could of stayed until 10 so I will just wait and buy the dvds. The conference was sweet though I can apply a lot of things in my life. Well have a good day.

Elder Tyler Hansen

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Tyler Sep 28 2009

goie mora,
good morning,

Well it sounds like you had a good week. This week hasn't been to bad. we are still in Somerset West just helping the Somerset Elders. Elder Hajarijoana and I are still waiting for our visas to come and I have a feeling I might be in Somerset West for some time I wish I could go back to Hermanus. Elders that have gone to Namibia have waited almost the whole transfer sometimes for visas to come. Things are going well though. We are in a small boarding in Sommerset with the four of us here. The area is huge that we cover and this week we have tried to get more of a teaching pool so all four of us can stay busy all of the time. We basically have half the area of Somerset West and also the town of Stellonbosch to cover. Somerset West area is considered one of the wealthiest parts of the whole cape so it makes white area tracting more difficult. We have mainly been working with the coloured people in Maccassar. It is a rougher part of town but through being guided we can find the prepared people who will hear our message. In Stellonbosch we have mainly been working in the township of Khaymandi and working amongst the coloreds. a lot of people in Stellonbosch are either retired or university students so we don't spend much time in the commercialized area. It is great to be able to work with the recent converts of the ward and see how they are converted to the atonement in their lives. Brother Delouw is a champion. He used to be a Muslim but he has been forsaken by his family and friends to be apart of the Church of Jesus Christ. He doesn't have a job or anything to do so he stays home and reads church literature. He works with us quite often to help us teach the people in the area. This upcoming week we will have zone conference where we will learn how to set goals to help benefit the people in our areas and how we can use our time more effectively in Somerset West chapel. well I hope you all have a good week.

Elder Tyler Hansen

Monday, September 28, 2009

Regan September 28, 2009

This week has been very Interesting with Elder Barlow getting sick but also seeing that the work will continue to Endure through anything that my be thrown in our way.

On Monday we had a great p-day getting prepared for a few lessons that we had that night. I went to the Corbin's home and taught her the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Word of Wisdom. We also committed her to pray to Know if baptism is the next step for her. Elder Barlow and Jensen went and visited another couple and less actives that lived close to them.

On Tuesday we traveled to Defuniak and had a great district meeting. I received some great direction. As we traveled back we tried to visit all the less actives on the way back and we were able to talk with few of them. We then went to the Royce's home and talked with the kids and read a bit of scriptures with them and continued to encourage them to read and pray every night. We then went to the Toolans to get a few things so we could prepare for our splits that night. We all split of and visited 7 different less active families in the 2nd ward.

On Wednesday we started off by seeing Misty in the Hospital because she had some complications with some medicine that she had been taking. We then went and visited Sister Thompson and had a great visit. Elder Barlow started to feel a little under the weather so we let him sleep and just made calls and set up appointments. We did on a few trade offs later that night and were able to visit a few more less active families in both wards and had great success with them.

On Thursday Elder Barlow was still not feeling well so we planned and I spent about 4 hours making calls before we took him into the Doctors. We then tried to get him to get his X ray but they had already closed so when we were getting his medicine at Walmart we contacted a little bit.

On Friday he hadn't improved so we took him to Doctor Roberts office and then we took him to the Hospital and got him admitted. That night we went on Trade-offs and Elder Jensen went and visited the Angeles family, while Elder Tolley, Anderson, and I went to Brother Phillips home for his Baptismal Interview.

On Saturday we started the Day of with Brother Phillips Baptism which went well and the spirit was so strong at the service. We immediately left to do service at the Fehlman's. Sister Fehlman is doing allot better and she was out walking around again. We followed that with a visit to the Sheets and mowed her grass and cleaned our her garage. We then visited Misty and she is doing allot better. After we went and visited Elder Barlow in the Hospital and took him up a few things.

On Sunday we had our normal meeting with the ward leaders and had a great time at church hearing all the little kids bear such a sweet, pure, and powerful testimonies. Oh how amazing they truly are. We had 5 investigators at church and were able to get an appointment set up with the Gorby's so we will be teaching them on Wednesday. We went and taught Brother Howe and his Sister the Restoration. They are less active members. We then split of and visited the Devine's and also taught Junior Dukes about the Holy Ghost and Enduring to the End. We then had dinner with the Mozina's and went and administered the sacrament to Elder Barlow.

Hey if you could please put Elder Michael Barlow's name on the Prayer Roll at the Temples that would be great.

Love Y'all
Elder Regan Hansen

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Regan, September 26, 2009

Elder Regan Hansen and Elder Jensen, in Elder Barlow's hospital room. Swine Flu has hit the Tallahassee Florida Mission. Sister, Jeri Toolan sent me these pictures that she took at the Crestview Hospital, September 26, 2009. She also sent a text message to Elder Hansen's brother Austin to let him know.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Tyler Sept 21 2009

Hello family,

Thanks for the emails, it sounds like it has been a busy week. It is good to here that Aiden and Ashley are doing well. Mom thanks for being an angel and for the letters, they help me get through the tough weeks. Well this week has been kind of strange and new. I got transfer news on Tuesday and I am going to Windhoek, Namibia. I was expecting to fly out on Thursday early in the morning but because of the delay of obtaining our visas Elder Hajarijaona from Madagascar and me are staying in Somerset West. Elder Haj and I will just stay companions in Somerset West until we leave to Namibia which could be this week to three weeks time. I was sad to leave Hermanus though. I didn't even get to say goodbye to anyone because of the quick news except for the Beals and President Mackinnon. President Mackinnon say Hermanus is the Celestial kingdom in which I truly believe. Anywhere else must be of exaltation or of a lesser degree but I feel it is an honor and privilege to serve there which is a seldom opportunity. Yesterday I was able to attend the Cape Town stake conference which I didn't think I would be able to because of the news but it was great to attend and feel the spirit there and see the recent converts of Hermanus attend as well. President and Sister Probst spoke at the conference and the chapel was full with many filling the relief society room. Something that President Probst said in the conference that I liked was promised blessings only come through unforced obedience, the full blessings do not come through forced obedience, the kingdom of God can only be obtained by aligning our will with Gods will. I love to hear him speak, he is a man of God. We are staying in a four person boarding and mainly working the areas of Maccasar and Stellonbosch. We have had some success and some miracles this week which has been good. Well have a good week.

Elder Tyler Hansen

Regan September 21, 2009

Monday was a really great day. Not only it being p-day but that night we were able to have a lesson with Regan and Liz. We taught the Restoration and how to mark the promises in the Book Of Mormon. They both caught on really quick and were excited about the promises that it had to offer. We then went and visited Brother Sanders our ward mission leader in the 1st ward. We discussed ways to involve the members and really focused on a direction on how to best have stronger unity with the leaders.

Tuesday we traveled to Defuniak Springs for district meeting. We did a few role plays and really were able to prepare ourselves for later on in the day with the appointments we had. That night I went with Brother Cooksey to his house to teach Brother Phillips about temples and go over the Baptismal Interview questions. He will be getting baptized this Saturday and it is exciting. He is very focused on the next step of going to the temple and being sealed.

Wednesday we went to transfer spots to see Elder Gudmundson off and meet Elder Tolley's new companion. We then went and tracted in an apartment complex and found 2 great people. We set up an appointment with both Jamie and Billie. We then went to the Royce's home and did some service and helped with some Yard work. We went over to the Corbin's home and had an amazing Plan of Salvation lesson. The spirit directed us to pray with her and the spirit was there very strongly. We are considering committing her to baptism shortly.

Thursday we planned and got 7 appointments set up with Investigators and less active members. We will now be splitting 3 ways this coming Tuesday so we can go and teach all of the appointments and we have great ward support with the High Priests. We had dinner with the Seager family and then went to activity night and there were 4 non-members there.

Friday the morning time was slow because I went to Doctor Roberts for a visit. We then went and visited the Baker family in the 1st ward who are a less active-part member family. We shared a great message our of 3 Nephi 11 on the verses we have been studying lately and we are hoping that instills a desire with Terenzio to want to learn more. We had a lesson with Brittany and it went well. We taught and then watched the Restoration DVD. That night her and the Toolan family watched the Testaments DVD with 2 other non-member friends.

Saturday we traveled to the Fehlman's and chopped some wood up for about 30 minutes then we discussed Abraham 4-5 with him. It has been great being able to read and study in the Pearl of Great Price with him. We then went with Brother Beattie and helped Sister Rodgers move into her new home. We had dinner with the Harrison family which was great and we are happy that Sister Harrison is coming back to church and fired up about her new calling in Family History.

Sunday we had 4 investigators at church and 2 of them came for the 1st time. The Coopers called us on Saturday and said they found our pass-a-long card with our number on it and called to see if we could get them for church. We got them a ride and we also set up an appointment to teach them today. Misty Royce and Junior Dukes were also at church. That afternoon we taught Junior Dukes about Repentance and Baptism. He is progressing well and he picked out his day to get baptized on December 31, so we are keeping weekly contact to make sure he is still reading and growing so he does not fall away from his goal. We had dinner with Brother Breen who is less-active and met his girlfriend Megan. We will be teaching her in the future which is exciting.
This week had been really great. We had our short comings, but we were able to work through them together and become better in the Service of our Lord.

Love Y'all

Elder Regan Hansen

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Tyler Sept 14 2009

Hello family,

Sorry I didn’t write last week I was kind of frustrated with how the week went. I just get tired of all the lies and rejection we receive each day it gets old fast. I am grateful for the Beals though they have been a blessing in my life while I have been here and we continue to help each other through different circumstances to help us through the difficult times of being depressed. I understand that the hard times just make someone stronger. I have grown a lot in Hermanus by relying on Heavenly Father. Hermanus is far away from everyone else and the challenges we encounter are different in there own unique way. Member referrals aren’t working very well in the area but we have continued to have good success in the dvd handouts finding faith in Christ and families can be together forever. We have been able to see many people change their hearts because of these dvds and message of the restoration. This week we had Sebuleles baptism, it was great to see that he made the decision in his life to make this choice by asking Heavenly Father in prayer and receiving a specific answer from his specific question. I had the privilege of talking at the occasion, and we didn’t have another flood. Sebuleles uncle Wellington baptized him and it was a goal we wanted to see because of the example that Wellington has portrayed on his nephew Sebu. It is great for me because I have been able to teach him all the lessons to baptisms and witness his growth. We found two great guys this week from Malawie and I can just tell by the way they speak and their interest in the gospel that they will be baptized in the near future. Their names are Rolex and Charles, they are brothers who both have the desire to know more. We have tried to find more success in the white areas of Hermanus like West Cliff and North Cliff, but it is just a matter of finding the prepared people by being guided by the spirit of where to go. When a missionary brings up the word Joseph Smith or Book of Mormon all the interest of the person just shuts off, but it is great when you can enter into a white persons home and share a message with them. Because of racial issues of the africaans people, many of the black Elders have a hard time entering the homes ,which I have seen with Elder Manuwere since he has been here with us. There are a few homes that we haven’t been able to go into since Elder Manuwere has been with us. He is a great missionary though and teaches excellent despite the racial problems. I am grateful for the prayers of the many people you can truly see they help when in doubt. Well this week is looking a lot better and for us. We have many appointments and also transfers are this week. I am hoping I will get to stay here for six months even though it is sometimes difficult.
Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.

Love Elder Tyler Hansen