it is soooo sunny…

3:24:14 28It is sooo sunny and it was sunny this week so I made us walk as much as possible haha.

This week was way good also. Like every week has been really good and there are so many people we are finding that want to learn and they are all awesome.

I don’t really feel like writing a paragraph haha so here’s so random things that happened this week:

-Someone was playing shakira really loud at one of the apartment complexes we knocked so that was fun.

-Hermana clanton got sick and every time she coughed I rolled down the window but then I got sick too and rolled down the window every time I coughed, so it was fair

-knocking on doors at 9:00 pm and talking to a man that was in Egypt a day ago

-someone fed us cactus

-the bricenos got sealed in the temple on Saturday!!! And we went to their party for a little bit. It’s soo exciting though. They are such a cool family and now they will be together forever

3:24:14 13-horchata is pretty delicious

-cat selfies with ruby

-Hermana Chavez fed us lunch and gave us toothbrushes

-president g had all the missionaries in the branch over for breakfast on Saturday 3:24:14 3

– J came to church and said everyone was super nice

J is awesome!! She has been reading soo much in the Book of Mormon and has tons of questions. We added her on fb and then I was like woah we have a mutual friend. And it was a girl in the branch! So we totally brought the member to the next lesson. It was just so interesting to me to think about that the member had no idea this girl would be interested in the church. Like there are so many people everywhere that are ready to know about the gospel of Jesus Christ. And then we brought a different member the next time who she knew also and she was such a good member present cause she totally related to her. J’s parents are a little concerned that we read another book in addition to the bible but they support her trying to figure this out for herself. She is such a bright girl. She’s like 17 I’m pretty sure. I can never remember anyone’s age. But it’s way cool to see how excited she is about the Book of Mormon and eager to learn.

And then we met some other cool people that said we could come back and teach them more. Like it’s just so awesome. I love when people just take 5 minutes to listen to what we have to say before shutting the door. This message can benefit everyone!

I really love serving here. I am so blessed to be a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I love everything I am learning. This life on earth is so short in comparison to the eternities and it is soo important that we are happy everyday and we help others be happy too. Thanks for helping me be happy.  I love you!!

our district at Rico Taco

our district at Rico Taco

Also, Like Book of Mormon 365 on fb. It’s way cool!

a poolside email

a poolside email

god loves us and wants us to succeed.

On Monday we had zone pday soccer in Vancouver and on the way home there was barely any traffic and we drove with the windows down.

some members own a taco truck and we eat there on Tuesdays.

some members own a taco truck and we eat there on Tuesdays.

After pday we knocked some doors and a drunk lady said we were adorable. I decided I probably want to sell things door to door for a little while cause it would be really funny. As awkward as knocking doors is, it’s usually pretty funny. And then we went to Safeway to go to the bathroom cause i always drink water and so I always need to pee and now it’s just tradition. I wonder if the people recognize us cause we literally go there like everyday. Anyways so we were walking out and then we saw M and E!!!! The awesome people that got baptized in January. We invited them to come meet some people we had met but hadn’t had the chance to teach a lesson to. It was the coolest lesson ever. We talked about our purpose as missionaries and said when they come to know that the things we teach are the truth they will want to follow the example of Jesus and be baptized. And then M and E, the super recent converts testified about their baptisms and how it has blessed their lives. Like they were so real and honest and relatable. The family has a 12 year old girl who has been reading the Book of Mormon picture book and loves it and feels good when she’s reading and just wants to keep reading. And then a teenage boy who expressed fears about going to church because he is shy. But E totally explained that he was shy too and the church and baptism and the Holy Ghost have helped him a ton. And then the mom is incredible too. She has been looking for the truth and what to do. We taught them on Saturday also. And both lessons were the neatest. The mom said the closing prayer and teared up. Like being able to bring people information that can change their lives is such a blessing. I love it.

And then the other awesome family is the G’s. We tracted into the daughter who is like 18.  she was at her boyfriends house but she told us we could come to her house a different day. We did, and it was great. I think I wrote about it last week. But we taught them last Saturday and then we taught them on Wednesday and J had read 1 nephi 1-12 and like remembered all the stories and details. They too are so excited and eager to learn. Last night we had a lesson with them about the plan of salvation and invited them to be baptized and they said they will on April 26th!!!! Like suuuuch a cool family with tons of awesome questions. And the daughter goes to school with two of the girls who are in the church.

And then another awesome family is M and her daughter  (who doesn’t believe in god). We had a lesson with them on Tuesday and a member came and it was just fabulous. We watched “mountains to climb” and they reallly liked it. the daughter totally opened up and said she doesn’t like  church cause she feels excluded cause she is the only one that doesn’t believe in god. We are gunna teach them tonight about gratitude and recognizing all the blessings we do have. The mom is a strong catholic but she really likes that her daughter talks to us and likes us so she has been praying about Joseph smith and the Book of Mormon and she likes how she feels. Party time. Last week we invited the daughter to pray and then texted her the next day to see how it went and she was sad and said she got hit in the face with a volleyball so we wasn’t gunna pray anymore hahah. But hopefully she read 1 Nefi 1. Last time we told her to read it but she accidently read a page in the index hahhaha

Okay one more cool person, L… she has been reading the Book of Mormon at work and her friend saw and was like what’s that book so she lent it to her!!! We invited her to be baptized and her only concern was that she might move to Mexico soon so we assured her that we have churches all over Mexico too!!

On Wednesday we had zone conference and it was kinda sad cause it is time for Elder Collins to go home. But it was the best zone meeting ever. I love our zone. And then we surprised elder Collins with a giant burrito that we all brought ingredients for and then drank some jarritos. Our zone is great. And we drove home from that with the windows down also. The more window down driving the better.HCS 3-17-14 18

Hannah's spanish haiku

Hannah’s spanish haiku

A couple weeks ago it was the library’s birthday and they had stationary so you could write a note and I wrote a Spanish haiku and they put it on the display! I made the chili from a recipe you sent and it was delicious. We knocked on the door of a member that had epilepsy and he like started having a seizure in front of us and that was scary and we couldn’t decide if it was real or he was trying to freak us out. Either way I was freaked out.

Hermana clanton and I aren’t being transferred (yessssssssss!) but she’s sick and so I have been drinking a lot of Emergen C and not letting her touch anything and it’s working so far cause I haven’t gotten sick yet.  Like every Sunday the zone leaders send out a voicemail and they talked about us this week!!!! Cause we talked to at least 10 people everyday and taught 20 lessons and found 10 new investigators, Yeaaaa!!!

We had stake conference and all the missionaries sang and then just the Spanish missionaries sang but I basically just smiled and sang really quiet cause i didn’t want to sound bad at an audible level but people complimented me for smiling so that was good.

Anyways that was probably super boring to read  and not exciting, but it was way exciting to do. This week was incredible. There are amazing people here. There are amazing people everywhere. The church is true. I love it… I love Jesus Christ and I love being a missionary for him. everything worked out soo well this week. God loves us and wants us to succeed, this is His work.

hannah enjoying sunshine and a bag of lettuce :)

hannah enjoying sunshine and a bag of lettuce 🙂

Hermanas Clanton and Scow

Hermanas Clanton and Scow

 

I am trying to think of the best thing, but it was all so good!

I am trying to think of the best thing that happened this week but it was all sooo good. We talked to a ton of people and taught lessons and people came to church!!

Last week on Sunday we lost our phone but then a member found it and gave it to the elders so we got it back on Tuesday and had like sooo many missed calls/messages. But at the same time it was way nice to not be able to be contacted haha . Anyways that was a highlight.

Also okay we played sports with this whole family and it was so fun. B came. They are all related. And they are all awesome. Church gyms are so nice I wish I had used it more. But it was a good activity/family night + the misioneras. Pre sports we had a lesson with R and it’s incredible to see how much he has changed. The gospel is truly such a game changer. And he came to church again and liked it.  Now we are just teaching him the lessons again super slow hahah and in the prayer he thanked us for coming. The whole situation of their family is so confusing and like The gospel would help them so much and I think they are seeing that more and the difference it’s making for M. She is aweeeesome and is going to get her patriarchical blessing soon.

We have been taking out the ward missionary with us to our lessons, and I just love when members come to lessons. And everything they say is always so inspired. Like one of our investigators was worried cause he didn’t have nice clothes to wear to church and the member didn’t know that this was a concern and she was just like it’s okay to wear whatever you want. We won’t judge you. We will just be happy to see you there. Ask the missionaries if you can go out with them. As a missionary I feel bad sometimes asking members to come out because I know everyone has busy lives but there are so many promised blessings for doing missionary work. Also I have been reading the book by like Clayton Christensen about the power of everyday missionaries and it’s super cool and inspiring. If we share the gospel with the people we love and even the people we don’t even know, we can bring so much happiness into their lives and then at the same time we get blessings. God is sooo good and loves us so much. He wants us to succeed and just wants us to ask him for help and direction and he is so happy to help.

On Friday we had to get the car serviced which was way confusing and took forever but we got to eat chipotle outside cause it was sunny!! And then umbrella by Rihanna was just stuck in my head and I kept thinking of that time Evan did it on Just Dance. Umbrella with the umbrella. And then we were doing like planning stuff in the church and I may or may have not been singing cause I thought we were the only ones there but then we walked out of the room and the elders where there hahaha. Also when we walked we practiced singing a child’s prayer, like, the different parts. But I could not do it. I just kept messing up. I still am terrible at singing but the good thing is that Hermana clanton is really good.

They have been telling us for ages to talk to at least 10 people a day, which sounds easy but it’s kind of hard and then it gets scary at night when we are just like knocking doors in random areas. But we actually talked to at least 10 people for 5 days this week!! And it felt so good. But then on Saturday and Sunday we put it off again and it was just freaky so we taught some lessons. Hahaha, but anyway we were just super productive this week. I give credit to our haircuts. Just kidding. Credit still goes to God 🙂

I think I’m going to be 20 in 16 days. Ahhhhhh

Also thanks so much to the Austrians for writing me such rad letters! That was reallly nice. I wish I could have met them. But they said good stuff about you all. If I was an exchange student I’d want to live with you guys.

I love serving in this area!! I am seriously so blessed ohhh and on Saturday there was a branch party and it was so funny. The people here are so crazy in such a great way. I love them so much. I want to be in this branch forever…please. And all the people we are teaching are so cool. Like this is such a dream. I love being a missionary.

 

we are too blessed

We have been teaching a bunch of lessons to recent coverts and they are all so great. One girl is 18 and she was baptized in December. She has a baby and we have been teaching her boyfriend but he can’t get baptized yet cause he is waiting for things to work out at court for something he did a year ago. Anyways, she is suuuuch and awesome girl. She is nice and has such a testimony, we have been teaching her younger brother and he wants to get baptized but he kept not coming to church, so we went to his house before church yesterday hahaha we texted him before to make sure he was up and he said he wasn’t gunna come cause he had too much homework and he didn’t feel like he was right for the church. So we definitely still went over and talked to him a little bit. Cause this gospel is for everyone! God wants everyone to live with him again in heaven. We read some things from President Uchtdorf’s talk “come join with us” and he decided to come to church!! They have been trying to get him to come for like 4 months and he finally came yesterday and he really liked it.  Also the brother’s cousin is a member and she was crying hahah cause he was there. Like the whole family was soo happy and shocked he came. Their whole family is so confusing, maybe I’ll explain it sometime with a picture hahhaha but I love them all.  Also R came and he said he is going to come every week.  I am so happy they had a good experience at church and everyone in the branch was so welcoming and kind to them. The branch is soooo good…I really want to stay here forever. 

We went out to dinner with a member at Rico Taco and this less active member recognized my voice, she lives in Hood River and I visited her when I was on exchanges for a day. But that was cray and I was happy to hear the Hermanas are still visiting her.

image5Another night we had menudo pasoli which is like cow intestines or something.  I basically just ate the pasoli. Then we went and got frozen yogurt after to reward ourselves.

Also M and E are soooo good, like the most golden people you will ever meet. They were baptized in January. E bore his testimony yesterday at church. Like what the what, he is also going to seminary.  Like they are just incredible and love learning.  I am so blessed to be able to visit them and try to answer their questions.

 

 

 

 

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Zone conference was Wednesday and we got iPads. Oh my goodness they are so beautiful. And they make things sooo much more convenient. I forgot how awesome technology is.  We have been showing people Mormon messages and reading conference talks, and the ensign and like woah just so many awesome resources in one iPad.  Hermana Clanton has taken a sufficient number of photo booth selfies.  And then I remembered how many I took on the iMac. Haha. But really they are incredible.

Before zone conf we had to wash our car so we went through the creepiest car wash ever at like 8:40 and we did it wrong so a worker came in to help us but then it closed when he was inside and he started cussing a lot but everything was fine he didn’t get smashed or anything.

Also I got a haircut and Beyoncé was playing at the salon. State side missions are great. We are just emailing in clubhouse of the apartment and the radio is playing hahahaha and there’s a fire place and hot chocolate. We are too blessed 🙂

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