Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Pictures

Sister Hanna's last supper with Amanda David & Jessica Kendall
Olive Garden
 
 
 
 From Shaumbra Shreve: Hard to say goodbye to such sweet sister missionaries! Thankful to each of them, Sisters Zegarra, Bailey & Hanna, for their faithful service to the Lord. They each greatly blessed the Salem YSA with their love and hard work!
 
 

Monday, December 26, 2016

Final Pday!

Welp,

This is my last email.

Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this experience with me! I couldn't have done it without you!

PEACE OUT, OREGON!

Love,
Sister Hanna

 
People go ALL OUT here for Christmas in Oregon. This tree was massive!



Christmas Eve dinner with Ashley & Allison Weaver
 


Sister Hart got me a really awesome gift for Christmas! It's a white picture frame that she had a bunch of YSA people sign. She stole a picture off of my wall and put it in the frame. I love it!


 
 
Christmas breakfast with Sisters Mickelson & Elizondo

 
 
Playing card games while the other two sisters were skyping

 
 
Last time I'll see Sister Munford until February! And then I'll have to call her Heather, weird!
 
 
 
Zone picture: I'm laying of the floor "dead" because I'm going home.

 
 
 

 
 

Monday, December 19, 2016

Pictures!

We had dinner with Daniel & Tara. We got to their apartment before they did so we went inside, rearranged the furniture, and took weird pictures!
 

 
 
My BFF Cecily from Monmouth came and surprised me!
 



It snowed again so we had a snowball fight in the church parking lot with our members!

 
Our district went Christmas caroling at the hospital.
 
 

Since it snowed and freezed over, getting our car out of our complex, which was at the bottom of a frozen hill, was terrifying. So on Sunday we didn't want to attempt to drive back down the hill for lunch so we packed a lunch and ate in our car.

 
On this day all the missionary cars were grounded se we had to walk everywhere. All of us missionaries walking down the street caused some funny looks!
 
 
 





 



 

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Pictures from Amanda David

When it's your night to feed the sisters and there's a storm out, you go get them!



We love having these girls over for dinner!

 
 
How many Mormon missionaries does it take to figure out the candle is a catholic candle?
 
 

Monday, December 12, 2016

Hello!

Not much of anything new to report on this week! Still working with a lot of our less active members, and we are continuing to see miracles from working with them! We're also still working to find new investigators.
 
Being a missionary during Christmas time is awesome! So many more people are open to talking with us! The spirit of Christmas, which is really the Spirit of Christ, is in the air and everyone can feel it! IT'S SO AWESOME! I received a package from my mom last week and in it was a bunch of mini Christmas nativities that we could pass out to people. Sister Hart and I had a lot of fun leaving them on random doorsteps and chasing people down on the street to give them one! It's so fun to watch people's eyes light up when they get a random Christmas present from a stranger! CHRISTMAS IS SO AWESOME! Thanks mom!
 
That's about it for this week! I have lots of fun Christmas pictures to attach with this email!
 
Love you all,
Sister Hanna
 
 
Exchanges
 


Snow!


 
Ward Christmas Party
 


 
 
District
 
 
In honor of it being my last District Meeting and me going home...this happened!
 
 
 
Merry Christmas from the Sisters in the Salem Zone!
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, December 5, 2016

Hello!

So a lot of what happened this week was Sister Hart and I volunteering at the Salem stake Nativity Festival! For the past 16 years the Salem stake has joined with other churches in the community to put together a community event that features hundreds of Christmas nativities from around the world!  They run the event for three days, featuring live performances and even a children's play room where they can dress up and travel back in time to Bethlehem during the time of Christ's birth. The stake received permission from our mission president to have the missionaries come in and volunteer as greeters and story tellers! So on Thursday and Saturday, Sister Hart and I were able to dress up and come in and play and tell stories to the kids! It was so much fun!

On the Friday morning of the Nativity Festival, the stake set aside a special time slot for the senior citizens of the community. All the missionaries in the stake came and sang Christmas carols to the old people! At one point, there were only two women in the audience, so rather than singing to them from the risers, we all went down on the floor to stand around the women and sing to them. It was so awesome to see the gratitude and joy in the eyes of these women, and I felt an incredible amount of the love that God had for these two precious daughters of His. Service is awesome! It really does open hearts and heal the broken ones.

I hope you all remember who Daniel is! He's our miracle less active member who has recently returned to activity and is ON FIRE!!!!!  He told us the other day that he wants to go on a mission! HE IS DOING SO GOOD! He's making all of the necessary preparations to go! It is truly a blessing and a privilege to witness him make so much progress in such a short amount of time.

Oh! Here's a funny moment from this past week! Sister Hart and I were tracting, passing out invitations to the Nativity Festival. We knocked on a door and asked if the person had ever heard of the event and the man replied by saying, "I've heard of Jesus!" It made not sound that funny, but Sister Hart and I are still laughing about it.

That's about it for this past week. Being a missionary is the best!

Love,
Sister Hanna 


 
 
Lesson with Nita

Monday, November 28, 2016

Hello!

So, since the last pday was only 4 days ago, there's not whole lot to report on this week. BUT! Something exciting did happen! The church released the Christmas video for this year! The church's Christmas campaign this year is #LightTheWorld. IT'S SO GOOD! It's all about service and finding small acts of service to perform everyday of December up until Christmas. The church will release short videos every day of December to give people an idea of what small act of service they can perform for the day. My favorite part of the video is when it quotes John 8:12 - I am the light of the world and Matthew 5:14 - Ye are the light of the world. The first scripture references Christ, while the second scripture references all of us. We all have the Light of Christ within us! We all have the responsibility to love and lift others! I'm SO excited that the church has decided to focus the Christmas message this year on service! As Elder Robert D. Hales said in October conference, "As the Savior's latter-day disciples, we come unto Him by loving and serving God's children."

Now everyone, go watch the video at Mormon.org! And if you've already watched it, watch it again!

Love,
Sister Hanna
 
 


 

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

So the biggest news that I have to tell from these past almost two weeks is that out investigator Tara committed to be baptized on January 21st! We went over on Wednesday last week and had a great lesson about the Restoration of the gospel! Since Tara has been reading the Book of Mormon, we asked her at the end of the lesson if she believed it to be true. With a smile on her face and no hesitation in her voice, she said yes! It was then that we asked her to be baptized, and again she said yes with no hesitation! It is SO COOL to see people changed by the gospel! Tara and Daniel, her returning member boyfriend, have begun a spiritual and physical transformation! The gospel even has the power to change people physically! Daniel and Tara both walk a little taller now and their faces are bright with the light of the gospel! THE CHURCH IS SO TRUE! AH!
 
That's about all I got for this week! We're off to play games with our relief society president and then Thanksgiving dinner at a member of the bishopric's house! I hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving!
 
2 Nephi 9:52 - Behold, my beloved brethren, remember the words of your God; pray unto him continually by day, and give thanks unto his holy name by night. Let your hearts rejoice.
 
Love you all!
Sister Hanna
 
 
This is why I love YSA! Because things like this happen! This is our ward mission leader, Dylan, and some of our members, Amanda and Jessica!
 
 

Monday, November 14, 2016

Hello all!

This week has been great! I know that I say that every week, but it's usually always true! And if it's not, I say that it is anyways because I am a happy person! 

Okay, so the best event from this week wasssssss (drum roll) Austin's baptism! He looked SO happy! I know I've said it before but the gospel has created such a change in this kid! When I first met him, he was super shy, not very talkative and he didn't participate in the lessons very much. But now, he is beaming with happiness and has made so many good friends in the YSA ward! He talks all the time now and he is always cracking jokes! IT'S AWESOME! The baptism was very spiritual, which is great because he had a lot of nonmember family and friends there. It was a day of rejoicing for sure!

We are continuing to see miracles in this area as we work with the less active members. On Tuesday, Sister Hart and I were walking down the street when we heard this girl yell from her car, "Hey! Are you looking for me?" We weren't, but we didn't tell her that haha. Anyways, she asked if we could come to her house and teach her the discussions! I'm sure that you can all imagine how crazy our missionary brains were acting at this moment! So we followed her to her house and found out that she's a member of the church already and has been inactive for 3 years. She explained that all of her family members are active members of the church. She said that she feels like she is in a spot in her life where she can take the missionary discussions to try and find peace and understanding. It was way cool! We're going back on Tuesday to teach her!

Another miracle that happened that same day was when we visited an inactive member of our ward. At the end of our visit we asked him if he knew anyone who could use a message of Jesus Christ. He gave us the name of his friend Joel. So we went over to see Joel and we found out that he's attended church before! We asked him what his experience was like and he told us that he had passed out in the gym afterwards! But the best part is that he believes that experience to be a holy one! So we told him about the story of Alma the Younger in the Book of Mormon! We also talked to him about prayer and asked him if her believed that God answers prayers. He said no, so we told him about the story of Enos as well. He was really interested in both of those scriptural stories and we committed him to read them. We're going back on Tuesday!

So I'm pretty sure I told you all about Tara last week. Tara is the girlfriend of a returning less active member who started reading the Book of Mormon. This week we had dinner with her and Daniel and we taught them the plan of salvation. At the end of the lesson, Tara agreed to a soft baptismal invite! AHHH! SO COOL!!!! God is throwing miracles at us left and right!

Missionary work is awesome!

Love,
Sister Hanna      
 
 
Austin's Baptism
 
 
 
Our STLs hear attacked us
 


Exchanges with Sister Mumford! REUNITED ONCE AGAIN!



 
 

Monday, November 7, 2016

Hello!
I can't believe it's November already! It's crazy. Another great week has gone by! Sister Hart and I are working to find some new investigators. Our only progressing investigator is getting baptized on Saturday! Austin has come such a long way! The ward is very excited to see him get baptized! 

We are teaching a lot of less-actives! Teaching them has been very fruitful! Most of them are progressing and returning to activity! It's so awesome! We also found out that one of our returning less active's nonmember girlfriend has started reading the Book of Mormon! She read to 2 Nephi in less than a week! He told us that she reads any chance she gets! We haven't started teaching her yet because she just wants to read for now. But, our member is anxious to have his girlfriend meet with us! We're seeing a lot miracles happen as we've started teaching the members!

Church yesterday was awesome! We had a combined third hour meeting with Kenneth Cope! Kenneth Cope is pretty popular LDS singer and songwriter. His music is really inspirational! He came and spoke to us and also sang for us! He was was very inspirational and he touched a lot of hearts. There were multiple people who approached him after the meeting to thank him, and a few of them had tears running down their faces. He spoke to us mostly about how we are children of God and that we have a divine and glorious future ahead of us. It was very cool that he talked about that, because earlier that morning I had come across 1 John 3:1-2 -- Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Behold, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. Each of us has the divine potential to be like Christ! We see ourselves in terms of yesterday and today, but God sees us terms of forever and He knows of the incredible potential that we all have. I know that Heavenly Father loves each of us SO much, and He will always be there for us at all times. 

Love you all!
Sister Hanna    
 
 
Our Halloween costume! And we switched name tags.
 
 
 
Movie night with Nita. We watched the Restoration video.

 
 
Our District 

 

Monday, October 31, 2016

Hello!

So...knocking on doors during Halloween is pretty interesting as a missionary. At the beginning of this week, Sister Hart and I were knocking on this door who's front porch was all decked out with Halloween decorations. Above the doorbell on this house was hanging this pirate skull thingy. We thought nothing of it, but when Sister Hart knocked on the door the skull started making this really loud noise at us! It scared us both! And it's a good thing no one was home because they would've opened the door to us laughing our heads off. And then last night, we were knocking on a door that had multiple Halloween decorations around it. We were prepared this time and slowly approached the door. But nothing when off. The man answered and in the middle of us talking to him, one of the decorations went off and I threw my hands up in the air and screamed. It was hilarious, and also embarrassing. I think the man was highly satisfied that he scared The Mormons haha!
 
This week went really well! We are working with a lot of returning less-actives!!! IT is so AWESOME to see people return to the gospel! Not too long ago our Bishop told us that he felt like the missionary work in this area would prosper through the less active members, and we've definitely see that come true! We've gotten most of our new investigators through our less active members as well as our recent converts! 
 
We had a really good lesson with our on date investigator, Austin. He's getting baptized in two weeks and on Friday, we went over to go over the baptismal interview questions with him. I was a little bit worried that he didn't have much of a testimony, especially about Joseph Smith. But, when we went through the questions with him, he was able to bear his testimony multiple times! I was worried for nothing! He's doing really awesome! 
 
That's about it for this week!
 
Love,
Sister Hanna
 
 
Apparently owls chase people in this park!