Monday, March 5, 2018

ET Phone Hooommmeee

Date: 03-5-2018
Companion: Sister O'Very
Area: Vancouver East Stake, Prune Hill Ward


Okay fam, it's been the craziest week here. Monday, after I sent my email President calls us and tells us there's going to be some changes, and Sister Jones was going to a different area.. and my new companion would be...

Drum roll please....


So BAM. That happened.

I've learned a lot about prayer this week. Heavenly Father truly is our loving Father and He will always let us experience His love for us. This week I found out through lots of prayer how much He loves me.

If you don't know that God loves you, if you don't feel He's there, if you feel alone, I invite you to find some time to be by yourself, find a quiet place, to kneel down and say a prayer to the most powerful being. This most powerful being has asked us to pray to Him. To talk to Him, especially in our time of need. Just like you love your kids, or your parents love you, He loves you and is anxious to hear from you.

I love y'all a lot.

Also I got to teach my cute little cousin twice this week and I've never been so happy. 😊😊😊

- Sister Emma Hansen


1.  Discussion with Elder Webb, Elder Taylor, cousin Marley, and Aunt DT
2.  District
3.  Tag Photo
4.  Discussion with Elder Taylor, Elder Webb, Doug & Linda Taylor, cousin Marley, Aunt DT, and Grandma Adair

Monday, February 26, 2018


Date: 02-26-2018
Companion: Sister Jones
Area: Vancouver East Stake, Prune Hill Ward

HELLO FAM! how crazy has life been!? As y'all know I got transferred again and I'm BACK WITH MY GOOD OL' PAL BETSY JO SCHOTT!!! So life is good here in the Prune Hill ward. (Different ward than last time, same house as last time)

Literally this area has some of the nicest houses I have ever seen. And there were some dang nice houses in Portland. But this area is entirely full of MANSIONS. I SWEAR.

Couple of things I've been studying this week:
The spirit. Holy cow the spirit is incredible. Preach my gospel says the way to become converted unto the Lord is through the Book of Mormon, combined with the holy ghost. This may surprise you all, but this is true for members as well. (Go read Elder Benars talk "converted unto the lord")

So how do we make sure we can feel the spirit more in our lives? How do we help ourselves find the happiness that comes from the presence of the holy ghost? We stand in holy places! Does this mean we can only feel the spirit at church? Or at the temple? Or Wednesday night's at mutual? (Yes that is a holy place) NO. those are not the only places we can go to feel the spirit. Make the place you're Standing in, a holy place.

Go back to the basics. Say a prayer. Read the scriptures. Go to church. Serve others. Tell someone they're loved. As you do the things the Savior did while he was on earth, you become the holy place others could come to so they can feel the spirit.

Another way is by being obedient to all of God's commandments and your promises with Him. God gives us these commandments for a reason and I know I've said this 8,000 times but I'll say it 8,000 more. The directions God gives us are to keep us safe. Not hold us back. Obedience brings us blessings!!! It's like someone telling you to get on the roof of a building and giving you a ladder and you refusing to climb the ladder, but getting angry because you're not at the top. Obedience will allow us to feel the spirit and change our lives for the better.

I know these things to be true. I cannot emphasize it in any other way and there is no way for you to know unless you try it. Stop being lazy. Stop watching those r rated movies. Put the cigarette down. Put the tobacco down. Throw away the coffe. But it's not enough to just stop doing the bad things. You have to start doing the good things. Pray. Read one verse of scripture. Go to sacrament meeting. I promise it will change your life and you will find that happiness you are so desperately looking for.

Love y'all.


- Sister Emma Hansen

2. I live in the prettiest place I don't care what you say.
4. Tell us we're pretty
5. I couldn't even take a goof picture with sister Smellie cause I'm gonna miss her so much.
6. I❤the barahonas
7. Crystal
8. Sevaya

Monday, February 19, 2018

Goodbye Portland :)

Date: 02-19-2018
Companion: Sister Keetch
Area: Portland Stake, Sunnyside Ward

Honestly, I don't have much for this week except this. We hold a weekly book of Mormon class and this week we were reading about Alma and Amulek and I just think Amulek is such a great person and we can learn a lot about his story. In Alma10:4-5 Amulek tells the people that he is widely known and that he had lots of possessions, but that he wasn't following the ways of the Lord. He says his heart was hardened. But then he tells them about how an angel appeared to him and told him to wait for Alma and to feed him. And then the Lord uses Amulek and a HUGE instrument to help bring people closer to God. He's teaching, testifying, throwing down doctrine at Satan!! And I just think it's the coolest thing ever. Amulek wasn't this guy who had a huge moment where he felt like he needed to change everything. Amulek wasn't a guy that was evil and was called to repentance. Amulek wasn't this poverty stricken man, forced to he humble. Amulek must have been doing SOMETHING that allowed the spirit and an angel to talk to him. And as soon as they did, he changed his ways. He was very exact. He made his decision and he stuck to it. He was just this ordinary man, living life, and because he was willing to listen, he changed his own life and others for the better.

Everything we do influences other people. I've been thinking about that a lot lately. There is never a decision of "well it's just me." "It'll only hurt me" "It'll only benefit me" no. Everything you do can and will be seen or heard by others, or will effect others. If you're putting your eternal salvation at hand, you're not just affecting yourself. Your affecting your family because "families are forever". If you think others aren't always watching you and learning from you, you're wrong. If you think you can't make a difference, you're wrong.

Recently, I was trying to figure out why God wanted me to go to the semester of college before I came out on my mission. I've often thought back to it and been frustrated with myself because I could've gotten a job and saved up money. I don't remember hardly anything I learned from my classes. I'm not in contact with anyone that I met while there. I could not figure out why I needed that experience in my portfolio. But today, one of my roommates emailed me (I haven't talked to her in about 15 months) and she said she was 3 weeks into her mission in Chile. She said she had felt influenced by my decision. It was so cool to see God answer my prayers and tell me why that happened.

Remember, not everything is about you. You effect others as well. Think about that the next time you do or don't do something.


- Sister Emma Hansen

P.s. I'm leaving Portland I'll let y'all know my address next week!

1. District + Sister Bevan

Monday, February 12, 2018

I'm holding a dog named Coyote, I know you are all jealous, it's okay.

Date: 02-12-2018
Companion: Sister Keetch
Area: Portland Stake, Sunnyside Ward

Lots of stuff happened this week. All I can say is that when its 8:45pm and we're in Portland I'm very glad that we have a car with an alarm on it.(: All is well.

And I have a testimony in setting goals and working towards them. Sometimes we set goals and we don't always achieve them. And it doesn't mean that we're failures. It means that God has a different plan for us and what's the most important thing we can do is not always to achieve the goals we set for ourselves, but to achieve the goals God has for us. That's what you should really be aiming for. And the only way to achieve Gods goal for us is to figure out what he needs us to do. And we can do that by praying, reading the scriptures, going to church and other meetings. Go back to the basics and remember that God loves you. He has a plan for you and when you try to go on your own path instead of God's, you're choosing to have a harder life with less blessings.

Count your blessings instead of looking at the negative. Love y'all


- Sister Emma Hansen

1. Sister Hansen & Sister Keetch "Standing Tall"
2. Sister Hansen & Sytske Smellie
3. Sister Hansen & a pup named Coyote

Monday, February 5, 2018

It was Twilight, and Jedi Master LeDuc came in clutch

Date: 02-05-2018
Companion: Sister Keetch
Area: Portland Stake, Sunnyside Ward

Alright everyone. I'm wearing my Mulan shirt today for p-day which means we're getting down to business.

God has a plan for each one of us. God also loves us. So God isn't going to create a plan that would make us suffer. God created a plan that would allow us to be as happy as we could possibly be. So just like when you have your own kids or when your babysitting and the child won't just stop getting into things they shouldn't get to, you put rules in place so they can be happy, and be protected from danger. Follow the dang commandments people. That's why they're in place. To protect you. If you're wondering why life isn't as good as it used to be, or why you're not as happy as you'd want to be then pick up a Book of Mormon. Read it. And Pray about it. It's that easy to find happiness in your life.

That's my message for y'all. Stop being dumb. God loves you. I love you. Not as much as I love Kaeli Townsend though, sorry to disappoint everyone that isn't her.

Also, Makayla Barahona is my best friend.

I hope y'all have a blessed week.

☀️find the dang joy that's right in front of your face☀️

- Sister Emma Hansen

Mam Note:  sounds like Sister Hansen is getting a bit feisty, huh?

1. & 2. Sister Hansen, and former WVM Sister Kaeli Townsend
3.  Makayla Barahona and Sister Hansen

Monday, January 29, 2018

How you liking the rain, Arizona?

Date: 01-29-2018
Companion: Sister Keetch
Area: Portland Stake, Sunnyside Ward

Hello hello hello everyone!

It is constantly raining here now and I love it so much, but I love it more because I'm now in a car and wow, machines make all the difference when you're trying to get to the other half of your area in 2 minutes even though it take 10 minutes to drive there. Also machines can help your skirts begin to fit again, by making your legs their normal size. Which is nice because skirts are good (I guess?). Also if you can name the movie I quoted I will give you 2 quarters (im looking at you Jedi Master Leduc). 

I don't know if I can ever explain how happy it can make someone when they help someone else make a decision to come closer to God.

This Saturday Bonnie, Noe, Brian, and Tony were all baptized! I've never had the privilege of watching a family make this step together and I'm so glad God has given me this opportunity.

Being able to be apart of their conversion has been such a tender mercy for me and has strengthened my testimony so much. It has also helped me to find SO MUCH joy! In chapter 26 of Alma, he talks about how much joy he has been able to feel in bringing people to a knowledge of God, and Jesus Christ, and how this knowledge of them can help us find happiness and peace in our lives.

If you want to find more Joy in your life, help others have a relationship with Jesus.

A couple of other things that happened this week:

We got to go to the Temple. God is good.
We had zone conference and I got to see my pal again.
We went over to sister Smellies and i buried myself in her foam pit. Not quite sure if it counts as swimming or not so don't tell anyone....

We had a lesson with a recent convert and she has the cutest baby and I just wanted to hold him.

GOD IS GOOD FAM. Alma 26: 16 "I cannot say the smallest part which I feel."

P.s. I ate 300 cookies and I'm not even mad about it.


- Sister Emma Hansen

1. Sister James & Sister Hansen
2. & 3. Bonnie, Noe, Brian, and Tony baptism (with Sis. James and Keetch)
4. Temple Trip
5. Sister Hansen & her pal Sister O'Very
6. Swimmi . . . . er, I mean jumping into foam pit
7. Sister Hansen, Sister Smellie (Smay-lee) and Sister James
8. Cutest baby!

Monday, January 22, 2018

I love weddings, drinks all around (sparking cider of course)

Date: 01-22-2018
Companion: Sister Keetch
Area: Portland Stake, Sunnyside Ward

1 year on the mish. 2 decades old. 1 wedding. 4 baptisms (hopefully)

I turned 20. Which is gross because I have the maturity level of a 12 year old boy. I've been on the mission for a year which is also gross because I still feel like I just got out of training about 2 weeks ago.

BONNIE AND NOE GOT MARRIED THIS WEEK?!? WHAT THE HECK! it's been so crazy to see their desire to come to Christ and be sealed in the temple as a family for eternity. In the marriage ceremony our bishop told them they would have another wedding in a year and Noe says "I'm going to do everything I can to make sure we get to that temple in a year" and I've never felt the spirit so strong.

Two really amazing things happened this week and I feel like I've been able to talk with Heavenly Father.

1. I got a little bit frustrated Friday because I felt as though we could have been being more effecting at the time. But I could tell that what we were doing at the time was helping Sister Keetch. We ended up only having a little bit of time left and we decided to heart attack one of our investigators. As we were walking out of the complex this little girl who is 10 years old, walked up to us, asked if we were Mormon missionaries and when we said yes, she began to bare her testimony of how she knew what we taught was true and that she wanted to get baptized but had lost contact with missionaries when she moved back into her mom's house. The spirit was strong. I knew from this that God was telling me it was okay. That we had been effective and that He was happy because of us. If we had "been more effect" like I felt we should have, we would have missed this girl.

2. Bonnie and Noe and their family hadn't shown up to church and it was about 20 minutes in. If they didn't show up then they wouldn't be able to he baptized. I was pretty frustrated and feeling really defeated. I begrudgingly told god "fine, we'll do it your way." And then I got mad at myself. If I really was submitting myself to the will of God, then I wouldn't be mad about it. So I prayed again, sincerely telling Him that we would do whatever it is that he needed this family to do. And right then and there, for some random reason my eyes went to the door and in walks the family. I felt God say to me "thanks for trusting me." And I now realize that God just wants us to trust Him. He has a good plan for everyone and he doesn't just want us to do something out of spite. He wants us to do follow His will because we know that it will be the best plan of action.

I love you all so much!

P.s. they're getting baptized on Saturday please pray for them!