Sunday, May 17, 2015

Week 17

Hello family
Mother's day last week was so great! I loved getting to talk with all of you on Skype and seeing your bright faces. Sorry I kept you up so late. I forgot that it was like 11pm there.
This week for me has been so long and so busy, which is nice but so exhausting. It was Sister Potestad's 23rd b-day and that was the absolutely craziest day. Right now, we have 5 people who we are helping prepare for baptism in June. We visit them a lot and it is so cool to hear from all of them as to their own personal progress. One family we have been working with left us this week and I was so sad to see them go. The daughter left for Thailand and then 2 days later her mom moved with her son. We spent the entire day helping them pack and move all their belongings to Pompanga where they now live. It was sad to see them go but they will be taken care of in Pompanga. Other than that, we seriously go from appointment to appointment. One day we had planned teaching all brand new investigators except for one appointment that was reteaching. It's so fun to teach new investigators and to find them here. Everyone is so willing to let you teach them and to let you share your beliefs with them. We met one family, in the coolest way actually. We were walking, just deciding whose house we could stop at to use the bathroom ( they call it the CR here) and we noticed this woman just watching us. Not too surprising since a lot of people stare as we walk since I am white, but as we were walking we just stopped and said hello. We asked if she had met missionaries like us and she said no. We asked when can we come back and teach you? She said teach me right now and eventually we got an appointment scheduled for the following day. We went back and actually got to teach her and her whole family. They had tons of questions for us and it was so fun to try and answer their questions.rWe taught one of our investigators, who is preparing for baptism, and is a little nervous about taking the full step. We invited them to join us at the baptism so they could see exactly how it will work for them, when we went to go and pick them up it was so cool to see them sitting outside waiting for us to pick them up and to take them with us. The baptism was absolutely perfectly planned for them. The speakers addressed all of the concerns about baptism that our investigators have and it was so cool to have them be there to witness it. When we went back yesterday, after church, we discussed it all with them, it was so cool because we have seen just how ready she is for baptism and how the spirit is touching her.  She has yet to really talk with us about it, so we invited her to share with us some of those things. She said that she is feeling that it is true and we invited her son to bear his testimony of why he joined the church. It was absolutely perfect and it was so spiritual to hear about the things that she is feeling and how she is wanting to continue to investigate the church and all the doctrines of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It was so cool as we shared with her about Joseph Smith again and to see her feel that she has been given such a great opportunity. The best part is that her son can be the one to baptize her and hopefully confirm her as well. It truly is the most amazing experience to be apart of this work and to be given the opportunity to witness the spirit testify of the truthfulness of the gospel to these people. I have been working on letters and cards to all of you as well so hopefully you will get them soon. We also have been working on updating all our record because it is so important to have them and to be able to have something for the missionaries behind us to go off of.
For Sister Potestad's birthday, it was really fun. The sisters helped us move our member and then we went to TGI Fridays for lunch and bought little cakes for us and President and Sister Mangrobang also brought cake and ice cream over so we have had a lot of cake this week. We put the huge candle in the cake and turned the lights out then when they got home sang to them and had her blow the candle out, it was so fun.
Next week, I get to work with Sister Potestad again on exchanges and we are going to try to go back to Oscars house. I am so excited. Well, I love you all, Mahal kita. Hopefully next week I will have fun stories to tell you not just boring weekly updates.
Sister Hansen

These are photos of my apartment. Sorry some of them are sideways

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