Tuesday, July 18, 2017

This missionary stuff is HARD

Can't believe that I have already been here for a week tomorrow! My companion's name is Sister Rose! And yes this is the same Sister Rose that I knew at Snow College! We have been working so well together with the lessons that we have been teaching. The first day our teacher (Sister Willey) said "Ok guys so this lesson is going to help you with your investigators that you will be teaching tomorrow." EXCUSE ME TOMORROW. Let me remind you that this was our first day. We were all a little shocked but in a good way. I guess that's one way to do it. JUMP HEAD FIRST.

We have 16 people in our district which is apparently really big, and the day we enter the mission field was the biggest day of the year! We were 400 over the limit in the biggest room at the MTC. 

Top Row Left to Right: Elder Larson, Moake, Hermansen, Kessler, Bird, Steadman, Brunson
Second Row: Elder Palepale, Sister Rose, Hansen, Mccann, Hoffman, Elder Blackmore, Gunn, Bringhurst, Johnson

The District Consists of:
Elder Bringhurst & Blackmore (Zone Leaders) Hawaii Honolulu
Elder Brunson & Moake - Indiana Indianapolis
Elder Steadman & Larson - Indiana Indianapolis
Elder Kessler & Palepale - Modesto California
Elder Gunn & Hermansen - Indiana Indianapolis & Modesto California
Elder Johnson & Bird (Elder Johnson is our District Leader)  Hawaii Honolulu
Sister Mccann & Hoffman (STL's) Hawaii Honolulu
Sister Hansen & Rose Modesto California

So our first Investigator's name was Taylor (she was just our teacher acting as Taylor but it felt soooo real). Our lessons started out pretty good with her and it was good to see how Sister Rose and I worked together. But our second lesson was so full of the spirit and Taylor felt it as well. We shared a ton of stuff with her but by the end we were just going off of the spirit and the lesson was bomb. We taught her to pray and asked her to pray for us at the end of the lesson and it was such a beautiful prayer. The spirit was so strong. On the third lesson the next day we committed her to baptism. And again even though it wasn't real, IT FELT SO REAL. Sister Rose and I felt so good after we left that room. 

YESTERDAY WAS SO HARD. I was told that some days you would say to yourself "What have I got myself into" that was yesterday. With all three investigators we just couldn't get the message across that we wanted to and we left feeling discouraged. But we prayed and kept working. This missionary stuff is HARD. But I know that it will be worth it in the end. 

Let me just rant about the MTC choir for a second and a half. WOWOWOWOWOWOW. One practice and it already sounded like that!?? Dang I am so excited to sing for the devotional tomorrow and even for next week So excited about that.

So far the MTC is so wonderful, I have already been called the Volleyball sister so that is an accomplishment. The tours for the MTC has started and there has been so many people already. We aren't aloud to talk to the tourist because we need to stay focused. I love when I get things from Dear Elder so keep it up! I'd love it if you would send pictures... and soap. But mostly soap cause I need that.

More next week!
Keep on Keepin on!
Sister Hansen

p.s. Hopefully I get better at this whole Email thing...

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Hey, so I'm alive!!

1st day at the MTC was a success. AND GUESS WHO MY COMPANION IS?! Sister Rose the girl from school! When I saw her name on my envelope I literally asked my host if that was real, I couldn't believe it. So there are 16 people in my district, four girls and twelve boys. So it is really big. Also they said today was the day when the most missionaries came to the MTC. We are the top of the wave. Around 700 missionaries came today.

Ok well I will let you know more on my P day! All is well!

P.S. I AM A MISSIONARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

MTC Drop Off

[From Allison's parents]

We are now experts at the MTC drop ritual after dropping off Allison's sister, Jennifer, 18 months ago.

Allison set her alarm for the official missionary wake-up time, 6:30 am. She showered, got dressed, read her scriptures and finished packing. We ate breakfast, then she began tapping her feet and glancing at the clock. We didn't need to leave until 11, but Allison was wound up tighter than a spring. She brought her luggage up the stairs at 8:30. She was ready to go. She demanded it, so we left for Provo a few minutes after nine.

We had time to kill, so we stopped and looked at boats, then stopped at Walmart to get some final items. At the last second, she broke tradition (we usually lunch at Zupas), and we went to Cafe Rio. Not surprisingly, Cafe Rio was also full of departing missionaries and their families. We met missionaries departing for Georgia, Arkansas and two different missions in No. Carolina (one was headed to Raleigh which is where Gary's cousin is the mission president), and we didn't even ask everyone.

Allison and her mother were too excited to finish their lunch. When Dad finally finished his, we departed for the Provo temple. We joined at least a million other families taking last pictures with their missionaries. We met two different missionaries on the way to Farmington, NM. One family had inside information that 34 new missionaries were expected today for that mission alone. Allison also met some missionaries playing volleyball on their P-day that are headed for Poland in a couple weeks.

When the clock struck 12:50 pm, we loaded back in the car for the drop-off. At the curb, Allison like her sister before her, was impatient to go. No tears from her, but her mother made up for it. After a quick hug from her mother and father, she walked away. The next time we see her, she will be 18 months older and wiser.

Good luck Sister Hansen. We love you!

Email the new missionary at: anhansen@myldsmail.net

Monday, July 10, 2017

FAREWELL DAY!! Just like Billy Joel says "I'm Movin Out!"

Super Stoked to be the second Sister Hansen out in the field for 2 weeks!

A dear friend of mine, leaving just a week after me (July 19th)
heading out to Cincinnati Ohio!

My tumble buddy!
Ivy just returned from the Italy Milan Mission
and wishes she was back out there

Don't know what I am going to do without these girls!
Nicole: Weber State Sara: Macon, Georgia Maddie: Weber State

Good News: My best friend fits in my luggage
Bad News: Cant take her with me because she has a bigger step in her life to make, eternity with her man on August 17th!
Typical best friends. LOVE THIS GIRL

My roommate Megan! Still a tall red head!
Love her to death!

Family, family, family!

Cousins! I love this family so much!

Grandma Hansen

Grandma and Grandpa Fisher

Peace out K-town
Thank you to everyone who was able to make it out! I appreciate all of you! Everything came together beautifully and I am so happy about the turnout. Finished with the talk and now to the real stuff, I am so excited to get to the MTC on WEDNESDAY!! Freaking out but a good freaking out. And you know what it means if I am headed to the MTC? That means just a short time until my family gets to welcome home my sister from Mongolia! Then I get to see her the 29th. Big things are happening. Thank you again for the love and support!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Opening the Call

Receiving this picture over text while I was working made it a little hard to focus... for the rest of the day I kept forgetting to breath and all I could think about is ripping into the envelope when I got home.

After work, I called up a good friend (Megumi) to come babysit me when I picked up the call. The ride from her house to my mailbox was very... noisy, you could say. I was screaming until I opened the mailbox then was immediately freaking out even more. We walked inside and Megumi decided to take my call home with her until I was going to open it (what a good friend... I think). After what happened with my sister, no one trusted me.

Click HERE to watch
My pre-opening guesses were Louisiana and Greece (For no particular reason). But, when I first saw CALIFORNIA, I thought "NO WAY" I was pumped right off the bat. If you watch the video my eyes just widen when I read it. Ultimately, I kind of wanted but was nervous to learn a language. After seeing some of the stuff my sister encountered in Mongolia, especially food and weather, I had to put my whole heart and trust in the Lord and know that where ever he sent me would be the perfect place. Researching the mission I really do believe that he chose the PERFECT place for me.

By the way, the audible OOOHH when I announced my MTC date was due to missing my sister by 16 days...

Lucky for me I was not the only one going through this process. In fact Five people from my ward turned in our mission papers THE SAME DAY. These pretty ladies are great friends of mine and I am excited for what the next couple of years bring.
Alli (Brazil), Mary (Canada), Me (Modesto)

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Decision Time

The summer before I went to school I was often attending a lot of my friends mission call openings and farewells. I had little thoughts about going on a mission but it never really occurred to me that I was going to go until August 4th of 2016. I was over at one of my friends houses (Megumi Anderson) and we were just sitting in the kitchen talking about everyone leaving and missions in general, when I told her that I was considering going. As I verbalized that it REALLY occurred to me that I did need to go. I then pulled out a scripture that a friend of mine showed me while we were in the Salt Lake Temple (Tate Shepard - Jamaica). D&C 122:7 This scripture is one my friends like to call a "mic drop scripture"

I then began passionately talking about how I felt about this scripture. After I finished talking about this scripture, Megumi simply responded, "Allison. You need to go on a mission," and I immediately said back "I do." So on this emotional roller coaster about whether to go or not, I KNEW I needed to go on August 4th of 2016.

I came from a special group of young women in the Kerrybrook ward. This picture is of the girls I grew up with in the ward.
Many are already serving or leaving to: Washington, Canada, Brazil, Cincinnati, Brazil, Cali, Indianapolis, Georgia, Japan

As I was up at Snow College this last year, I found a new/strong love for the temple (which was only a hop and skip away from campus) Being able to go to the Manti temple every week really helped me throughout school and other things, ESPECIALLY my mission papers. Going to the temple really kept my head up and reminded me what The Plan is for us. The Manti temple is beautiful, and I strongly recommend going there if you have not.

Austin, Matt, Malia, Me

My awesome sister, Jennifer, currently serving in Mongolia.

At the beginning of my mission process I set my availability date for August 20th, just enough time to spend with Jennifer before another year and a half of not seeing each other. As I kept moving forward with my papers and interviews, I woke up one morning with the thought... "Dang, I can't wait that long." So my next interview I moved my availability date to May 20th. I depart on July 12th to the Provo MTC, 16 days before Jennifer gets back.

This missionary stuff is HARD

Can't believe that I have already been here for a week tomorrow! My companion's name is Sister Rose! And yes this is the same ...