HBD America!

How was everyone’s 4th of July!? Provo’s 4th of July celebrations are the best!

This week was pretty good! Minus the fact that most of the appointments we had set up with our investigators cancelled.. But we had a really good lesson with our investigator Jenny about the gospel of Jesus Christ and guess what? I asked her to be baptized! It was so scary and I was so nervous. She didn’t say yes, but she agreed to a church tour and continuing discussions. She is so ready, but her husband is catholic and she is afraid of the commitment. But hopefully we’ll get her 🙂
Sister Ibarra is the greatest companion ever. She is teaching me Spanish and training me and teaching me how to make Mexican food. The other day she made ‘poor Mexican’s food’ and she put hot dogs in scrambled eggs and it was actually really good haha. This is her saying, “Elders are the rice and beans but Sisters are the hot sauce.” I’d have to agree..
We helped volunteer at Garner’s 3rd of July celebration. It was a huge celebration at Lake Benson park and they had a stage and vendors and blow up things. It was a lot of fun. We went around handing out free sunglasses and stickers and things and schedules to the parents. It was rainy most of the time, but I didn’t mind. Since we were with members and volunteering we got to stay out past curfew and watch the fireworks! It was so great! It was a really good way for us to be a presence in the community and it gave us a way to talk to a lot of people!
We finally got more information about teaching English and are going to get all of the supplies this week on Wednesday at zone conference. We actually got a lot of Hispanics phone numbers at the 3rd of July celebration that were interested in learning English! The class will be an awesome way to meet people and bring them to our church.
We have a lot of potential investigators and we’re hoping to make them our investigators this week! Tonight we are teaching FHE to a part member family, the Garcia’s. Sister Garcia is a member and brings her kids to church every week but Brother Garcia’s not. He sometimes comes to church to support her but hasn’t ever committed to getting the lessons. He speaks Spanish so we’re hoping that tonight at FHE we can get him interested in receiving the missionary lessons. Him and his wife are so nice!
A family just moved into the ward and they moved from UTAH! They adopted 5 kids and then packed up all their stuff and moved here for the Dad’s career. One of the kids is 9 so they asked us if she could receive the lessons and they want to get the lessons as a family to support her. So we’ll be teaching them every week so that the daughter can get baptized!
I was reading in ‘Our Search For Happiness’ By M. Russel Ballard and I came across something I loved and wanted to share.
“The best thing about living a Christ-centered life, however, is how it makes you feel. It’s hard to have a negative attitude about things if and when your life is focused on the Prince of Peace. There will still be problems. Everyone has them. But faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is a power to be reckoned with in the universe and in individuals lives. It can be a causative force through which miracles are wrought. It can also be a source of inner strength through which we find self-esteem, peace of mind, contentment, and the courage to cope.”
I LOVE THIS! And I know that as I have tried to align my will with His will, I have had more success and happiness! Trying to live a Christ-centered life, even for just a few weeks has changed my perspective on so many things. I’m so grateful for Jesus Christ and all that He has done for all of us.
I know that as you try to have the spirit of Christ in your life everyday, that your perspective will change and that you will have a grater sense of peace and joy!
I love you all and I really missed you on the 4th! I hope it was wonderful!
Sister Hanseen

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