Monday, November 16, 2009

November 16, 2009

Yes my package most certainly got here, and I loved it! That was great! Thanks for the sweatshirt and everything! The candy is just about gone, and the pens are pretty well broken in! Thanks for sending it!

The sickness, well sorry about that, but it is here also, you know it has just been around a lot more lately, and everyone seems to be getting it. But I hope that nobody else gets anything alright!

I would love to get some pictures in the mail, because with email, yes obviously I have to delete them because they take up too much space. Sorry!

Yes things look very good for the baptism. It is a "spoon feed" from a less active member, who came back and is now wanting to help share the gospel with his girlfriend! It’s awesome! The lessons are way easy, she never has any problems, and is always ready for us, and the member tells her everything that she doesn’t know, and explains everything before and after the visit! I love that! It’ll be really good for the branch to have another couple here, I am excited.

Everything else seems to be going fairly well too, all that with the rest of the investigators that we have, and all the rest of the work is getting better, pretty normal.

But that’s about it! Have a great week!

Take care!

Elder Hanson

Sunday, November 15, 2009

November 09, 2009

So nice to hear from you, thanks for the mail. I finally heard from Newt this week too, so that was nice.

Things this week went pretty well too, you know we had a lot of people in church, and we were teaching quite a bit the past week. We are looking at baptism this month too! It was this less active guy’s's a long story, but we’ve been working with him for a while, and now it looks like we are going to bring in some more! We are all really excited.

We have been very blessed this week in general, and it is such a motivation
to keep it all going. We’ll have to see what the next week brings!

Rain is here, and is going strong...everyday, but my shoes that you sent me keep me pretty dry! But yesterday I wore my old ones because I thought I’d be alright...I was mistaken. Oh well, we learn through experience I guess.

This week we’ve got a Zone Conference with Elder Causé from the 70, so it
should be a very good experience, I am excited to learn, and ask questions,
and improve things here.

I don't miss the leaves! But I am glad that someone can help! Newt is pretty busy, and all that, but I am glad to hear that Morgan can help out!

Anyway that’s about it! Take care,

Have a good week,


Elder Hanson

November 02, 2009

Well Hello!

The week went really well! Thanks for the email; I was kind of worried about all that was going on there for a little bit. But I guess that little laptop had to go sometime eh?

I haven’t heard a thing from Newt, but I guess he’s probably a bit busy with all the mission stuff, so you know I understand. The thing is that I wrote him a letter not too long ago, I just don’t know if he got it.

The week went fast, we picked up this new elder who is living with us, he’s from Spain, and his English is pretty bad, so we have been speaking a lot of
Spanish all the time in the apartment. I have been really liking it you know, it is a good experience to get to see how much easier it is to express yourself throughout the mission. I have a really good time talking with him, and I am really glad that I am here in the city with him.

We got to go to a big Halloween party on Friday, and I dressed up like a Scot, with the kilt and all. It was pretty hilarious; I have photos, don’t worry. Then we went and watched a baptismal service Saturday night. It was pretty awesome, we had some investigators there, and they are looking very well. We set some goals with them to get baptized by January. I am sure that it will be great.

Church was really good too, we had a lot of new people there, and we had a good time. Today is going to be a bit slow because of the holiday; it is one of the biggest in Spain, the saints day. But it is good to have a relaxed p-day every once in a while.

But that is really great that the ward had such a big fast for the work. I know that the blessings were with us last night. I had the best lesson that
I have ever had on my mission. I know that it wasn’t just us in there, but that the prayers and faith of the members of the church help the work in all aspects.

Well I could actually see Shelly’s pics. this week! And they were really good! But the only thing was that the church put out some disclaimer right on my email saying that I should be careful with the email....I don’t know why, but whatever it opened!

I hope all is well in the family and at work too!

Have a great week!

Elder Hanson

October 12, 2009

How goes it?

Well I heard from Branson that Brandon got married! That’s good for him, did you go down to it and see the wedding at all? I would like to congratulate him, but I have no mail or email of Brandon’s...

Anyway, conference was great! But of course we didn’t see Holland’s talk, we only saw up to Sunday morning. But I thought the best talk out of all conference was M Russell Ballard’s talk about the father and sons. I love Ballard in the first place, I mean a car guy, and writes pretty solid books, and then I just like the way that he talks, I really enjoyed the talk from him.

But I don’t hear much from Newt. I sent him a letter a few weeks ago, but I never got anything back...but I hope all is well. I wonder about his papers, how are they going? Is he looking close to done or what?

This week went fairly well, we taught a Jewish guy from Israel. It was one of the coolest lessons I have ever had in my mission. He is way cool; he did his time in the military, and now is here living in Spain. He speaks perfect English, and is believing, but not that practicing of his religion. The Book of Mormon will have to be what changes his heart, and we have shared it with him, and he is excited to read. We’ll see how it goes this week. Otherwise things are normal here, the numbers are growing more and more at church on Sunday, it is incredible. I have never seen something like this.

Anyway, I am looking at possibly moving at the end of October, just to let you case you were going to send that memory card, but we’ll have to wait there too.

That’s about it for now! Have a great week all right!

Love you,

Elder Hanson

September 28, 2009


That is good that you don’t have to do too much to the boat to get it running or anything, just some stripes, that’s not too bad at all. About the civic, that’s too bad, I just am curious about the door panels themselves, or the steering wheel? Mine was growing pretty big you know, so that’s why I ask. Besides, what do you think you are going to do with the rest of the car? Junk it, or have newt steal parts off of it?

That’s fun about Powell, I’m glad you had a good time; it seems like a later run? I mean we are almost to October, but sometimes the late ones are good!

We are pretty excited for conference too, we are going up to Gijón, they have a standing chapel there, and we are going to watch everything there, it should be pretty nice! I am excited for the conference, as well as just excited for the investigators that will come too. We have been telling everyone about it, and it looks to be pretty good.

Newt emailed me; he seems to be all right, you know, happy to get his cash for his bike and all that mess, but pretty good. His accord sounds like a nice big Junker, but he seems to be happy.

Any news on Branson’s rig? Have you been assembling that thing up at all? Is he just putting in all new stuff, or cleaning everything well, or what? I  mean how show worthy is he making this thing?

Alright, well not too much new here, we had Zone Conference, and it was a good one! Things are still different with the new mission president, but I like them.

Take care; have a good time watching conference. I watch Saturday and Sunday morning sessions live with you, so remember that! It’s just that they go from 6 to 8 at night.

Have a good one!

Love you,

Elder Hanson

September 14, 2009


Well the week went all right, a bit hectic, but that’s pretty normal around here. Sorry about last p-day, we had a lot of stuff happen, and I was sort of all mixed up when I came to do email, and we were in a rush to get across town, so I didn’t do much as far as what I usually do on p-days, but I did get a letter out to Morgan, so don’t worry about that!

But things here are pretty good; we just are working normal and so on, I will be honest I got a little sick this week, that wasn’t too fun, but it’s gone by now. It’s just funny when you are sick, because everyone thinks that it’s the swine flu.

Anyway wow that’s nuts about Newt getting his papers in and all that stuff, he’s getting on that train pretty quick! I hope that he gets out of there soon, nice and close to his birthday, instead of halfway through the semester.

But do you know what mission J Gates is in? If it is in the Santo Domingo or another mission in the D.R.? I run into Dominicans all the time, and they are like the nicest people ever, I think he’ll enjoy that place, but I just thought I’d send a letter or something, and see how he was doing.

All is well! I am glad to hear that things are well at home too!

Take care,

Have a great week,

love you,

Elder Hanson

Tuesday, September 8, 2009


Thanks for the mail, I was very happy to get some this week eh! But wow the dogs seem to be pretty busy, and the same with the rest of the life!

First of all, thank you so much for the package!!! It was great, and yes I am very grateful, and indeed wear the new shoes now, but I am going to try and save as much as I can for the rain, I’ll wear the old shoes the dry days, and then the news in the rain to try and keep them in good shape!
Thanks so much for doing that, and with the hurry and everything, it is appreciated!

Sorry about the small priests quorum, but it’s funny to think about separated priesthood, I haven’t ever seen that here, we just have the class and hope for 5 members.

So do you keep in touch with Easter? Or who does? That does seem pretty good, and pretty exciting. The church is pretty big in France; they just can’t build a temple due to government laws, that’s why one got put on the fast track here in Spain. Their membership is much higher than ours, but they are limited. We had dinner this week with a lady who served her mission in France, and she told me a lot, I feel like I know much more now than before.

Anyway, I will for sure get a letter out to Morgan, and things should be alright!

Well I am quite tired, we just got back from a several hour hike to the top of this cool mountain, and we took lots of pictures, and just had a lot of fun.

Things have been improving, we found some pretty cool people this week, and we filled the church right up! We had to pull in chairs from the classrooms because we filled up all the chairs in the chapel! It was a blast, I do love going to church, even if it is stressful, and I still feel good after.

Anyway that’s about it, I’ve got to run, but have a good week!

Thanks for everything!

Take care,

Love you,

Elder Hanson

Sunday, September 6, 2009

August 24, 2009


Well well well, I am surprised to see how fast you got that letter! But yes the shoes here are junk! Both of them! But what did Mr. Mac say? Did they give you any problems? I do wear a 44. I was surprised to see the email, and that you had already got them and all; I mean that is really impressive, thanks for doing that so quickly!

Wow the dog sounds fun, and that looks pretty normal for a pup! Does he get along with the cat?

Yes, well being a trainer, it’s got its challenges, but overall I got lucky, and my greenie is really cool, and we get along quite well. I think the thing that I am working on now is showing him how to have a good time while working really hard. There never was any rule that said that you can’t have a good time out on your mission, so I am trying to let him have that. It is something that I didn’t really have with my trainer, when we did work, it wasn’t fun, and when we did have a fun time, we didn’t work, but I’ve

Figured out that you don’t have to have it like that, and I am trying to share it with my companion.

The branch over here is doing pretty well, we had a good day yesterday in church, we had lots of people, and we all ate in the church right after it was over. It is really good for the bonding of the branch, and for us too.

I have only been here a transfer and a half, but it is by far my favorite branch. The president and his wife are the two most giving people I have ever met, they are incredible. The president is a convert of like 5 years too!

It’s quite the example for us all.

How’s work? Anything new? Any news from Branson’s rig or anything? I haven’t heard much from him lately....

Anyway that’s about it!

Have a great week, thanks for the mail,

Take care,

Love you,

Elder Hanson

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

August 17th 2009


Thanks for the quick one, I don’t have much time either, but thanks for the mail! I loved the pics from last week, I printed them out! But anyway things are good here, nothing too new or exciting, but we’re working on it!

Have a great week! Have fun getting Newt out of the house!

Elder Hanson

(Side note) We are not kicking Nate out of the house. We are taking him to School in Cedar City; Southern Utah University. We're leaving this afternoon and will be back late tonight. Shoot me now...

Monday, July 27, 2009

July 27th 2009

Hi! Well that’s way cool you got to talk with President DuVall, he is one amazing person, I am curious did he say that he was looking for a car too? I told him to go and see you, so I am just curious to see if anything happened there.

But otherwise the rex (Honda CRX) project seems to be moving along, but are you really going to just put the hatch and the spoiler on the car black!? That would be pretty funny. But how much can you save from the other rex as far as dash or seats and stuff? I assume a lot of it is bent and banged up, but just curious to how much you can salvage.

Things this week flew by, we had Zone Conference, and that was great, it was a little different with the new mission president, but we had a great time getting to know everyone, and it was good.Then I went on comp exchanges to another city, Avilés, it is the smallest city in the mission, but I had a good time. Then we had little exchanges here in Oviedo, because we cant do them this week because I have to travel back to Santiago tomorrow to finish up my residency, and then the day I get back it’s transfers, and then who knows!

Things are moving right along though, we are finding and teaching more people all the time, and my companion and I are getting along really well, it's nice when you figure out what the strengths and weaknesses of each companion is, and you can just get to work, and help each other.But that’s about it for this week! Thanks for the mail! Send some pics of the REX!!!!!

Take care, have a good week!

Love you,

Elder Hanson

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

July 20th 2009

Holy Cow Dad!

Well that is good that everything is going alright on the project, but why did newt want to change the color? I liked the white! But, that should be cool to have all the things put all back together, it seems like a nice rig.

So how about the trips and all that? How were those? I haven’t been getting too many mails from anyone, and I’m just guessing that everyone is just on vacation!

So the city is pretty awesome, I do like the big park, we live right there next to it, and then we have the rest of the city that is really nice too.
The thing I like about this place is how clean it is, I mean Google maps doesn’t really show that, but it is awesome here, it is known to win the cleanest city in Spain award every year. You can’t take your trash out until like 9 pm, and they are just good on keeping everything else up too.

Besides that, the branch is good, everyone is a recent convert, over half of the branch was baptized within the last 5 years, but they are all really cool, and they like the missionaries, so that’s a plus.

The new mission president is way cool. We had our interviews the other day, and they went well, his wife is sisters with the Chappels, and so that was a nice ice breaker for the conversation, and otherwise they seem great. We have our first Zone Conference with them tomorrow, so we’ll see how that goes too.

Everything else is alright, and normal, it’s humid here, and we sweat all day, but you get used to it I guess. We had a wedding the other day, but we had to set up and serve everyone, but we did eat too, so it was alright.

But besides that, the rex (Nate’s Car) seems like a project and a half! Man, you’ve got to send me some pics of something! I think that would be pretty fun for Newt, I hope everything else goes alright.

Well, that’s all for today! Have a good week!

Love you,

Elder Hanson

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

June 29, 2009

Well Hello!

Yes we heard all about the deaths this past week, it’s what everyone is telling us, and how the US beat Spain in the soccer tournament, that was pretty big news.

But things are great here in the new city, my comp is really cool, and the city is big, and kind of crazy. A lot of bums, and drunk people yelling all the time, it is pretty famous in the mission for that I believe.

Anyway, you know what else this city has?... A lot of Schnauzers! Everyone has them, I have never seen so many, and they all are barking loud when they see other people that they know, I just think it is funny.

**Desmond** **Stockton**

We live here at:

C/ Martínez Marina 16 3 C

33009 Oviedo (Asturias)

So that’s about it! I’m very excited to get to work here!

Thanks for the photos, newt finally emailed me, and told me about the rex (HONDA CRX), and what the plans are. Branson forgot to email...something to do with the

Freddy situation I am sure.

By the way I never really got back to you on names...because I just really don’t like the names of Spanish people, or their dogs, but I do ask what the names of some of their dogs are still out of curiosity. But did you name the dog yet? If not, I’ll continue searching.

Anyway, that’s about it! Take care, have a good week,

Love you,

Elder Hanson

June 29th 2009 (to Shelly)


Thanks for the mail, and the info, and the pics!

Yes Will Davis did email me actually, that was really great to get something from him! I haven’t talked with the guy forever!

Things looked good on Pioneer Trek, it seems like you had a good time taking all the pictures of everyone!

But, I am on the slim side for time this week, new area, it’s all strange to me, anyway gave the address to dad, but here’s it just in case.

C/ Martinez Marina 16, 3 C

33009 Oviedo (Asturias)

Have a great week!

Take care,

Elder Hanson

June 15h 2009 (To Shelly)

Well Hello!

So, about the package, I wear a 15 1/2 neck, kind of like every other person in the world! It’s pretty funny. But if you don’t send any, no big, I’d be happy with just the package. But whatever, I’m moving anyway, you know it’s been a transfer since we talked! I’ll find out this week where I’m moving, and I’ll see if I can get an address before next week, but if not, no big.

But wow, no other mails from anyone, what happened with the CRX?

Good luck on Pioneer Trek, taking pictures would be pretty fun!

Hey and I know of a guy named Ashby, I’ve never met the guy, but his dad’s a mission pres in South America somewhere. How does Colette know him?

Well things are all well here! Have a good week!

Elder Hanson

June 8th 2009

Well thanks for the mail!

I got everything; I thought that I’d just respond on this letter. But that sounds like you had a good time in Texas, and that Nate’s graduation went well, and wow the story about the lawns that is nuts!

Well we all actually heard the story about the thing in Africa, PresidenDuVall told us in Zone Conference, and he said it was quite the example of strength, because the next day, they everyone continued on like normal.

But things are going pretty good. The rain is back, and it’s fairly cold, quite strange for early June. Anyway the week went by pretty quick, we had zone conference, I went to Lugo to do some comp exchanges for a little, and then we had pday pretty late, so that was fun. But besides that nothing too new or strange to report.

Just curious about the package, because if you still haven’t sent it, I think it might be better to just hold on, I think I might be moving soon, so just hold on, but if you send it tomorrow, or it’s sent already, well that’s different, but otherwise ya, just keep it.

I didn’t know if you had any further insights to the whole school thing, or the summer, but if you did, just let me know.

Otherwise, have a good week, take care!

Love you,

Elder Hanson

Playin' around

P day doesn't mean Preparation Day... it means PLAY DAY!
Pig Car?

May 18th 2009

Well Hello!

First of all nobody is keeping me updated on the restoration, and I’d love to see some pics, and hear what he’s done! I haven’t talked with him the whole mission, but if you wanted to give him my email, I'd love to email the guy.

But wow the political news is a little nuts huh? Things look good though, that was what I took from it.

Well things are pretty normal, nothing too new to report this week, so that is a bit sad. Thanks for the news updates, I do enjoy reading them once I go and print them off. Like I had to wait to do that with all the car company info, but wow that sounds like things are a sure mess, I hope that they get better.

Fill me on with everything else you know!

Oh yes and I would love to get into the spring semester, but the only thing is that I am just afraid for the cash. Like I know that I can go for the semester and everything, and maybe even for the summer, but to then do fall and winter, well that’s the problem I am looking at. So I don’t know if it would be wise to try and get in the spring semester, fix my 4 crappy classes that I didn’t do anything, (because if you just retake the classes it replaces your grade) and then try and get a scholarship to ride off of for the rest of the year? (All you need for a scholarship is a 4.0 and it’s like paid tuition) It seems a bit risky, so you tell me what you think, and we’ll figure out what we can do. Or if you find a big mountain of cash that would just solve a bunch of problems too. You know, whatever is the easiest!

Well that’s about it! Take care! Have a good week!

Elder Hanson

May 4th 2009 (To Shelly)


Thanks for the mail, I do love hearing about all that good stuff that has been going on! Well here’s the thing, I would be ok with the phone call at 3:00 but that is going to put me pretty late with the call, and the thing is we usually get our Sunday night phone calls all done you know, plus I just think it would be better a little earlier, but sorry to make you jump ship early, I hope that you understand though. The 12:30 is going to have to be it. Ok and to make sure that you have the number, it’s 607-513-044 and I’m pretty sure you have to dial a country code before hand, and it’s 34. So that’s about it for that!

Wow but as far as anything that I need, actually yes, I would love some more socks, even though you just sent me some this past little while, I am just getting rid of some of the crappy ones, but those are like last on the list. Fist would be the full sized journal pages, second would be the D&C soundtrack on CD, and third would be newer short sleeved shirts, I’m just pulling them out again, and wow I forgot that I got the most of them from other elders on the mission, and they are in pretty rough shape. But that’s too much to ask I think, so just wait until the phone call to really put together and send the package, because also it’s transfer calls this week, so who knows, even though I don’t really think I’m moving, that’s when they get you.

Well now look who’s rambling!

Take care though, thanks for the email, and I will mention a thing or two to Newt.

Have a great week! Happy Mothers Day (in advance)!!


Elder Hanson

Just a few pictures to break up all these letters!

No, i'm sure it's not alcohol...I bet it's olive oil or something.

April 26th 2009


Thanks for the mail, and yes I am having a pretty good time out here, but my videos that I have been taking lately are way better than those ones! So send me back the memory card, and I’ll send you the next one as soon as you want. But I’ve been thinking that if you just sent me a pen drive thing that might be easier you know? Just a thought, but you should try and send that as fast as you can.

Well things are pretty good here, you know the weather has lightened up a bit, and that always helps. The work is getting better and better, I think we taught the best lesson that I’ve ever been in this week, I hope things keep going that way.

We’ve been trying to speak as much Spanish as possible, and it is really helping me, I am glad that my comp is as willing to help me with all of it, and is determined enough to keep going.

The food has been quite boring this week; we’re almost towards the end of the month, which means we’re all out of money! Rice and Pasta!

We met a some ladies yesterday that came to visit the branch, one served a mission here, and we talked for a while. The other one is a Samoan lady who is married to a Tongan guy who knows Jeff Kaufusi! Small world. She said shewould say hi to him for me the next time that she could.

Well I do quite enjoy the news updates, I have to read them once I go back to the church, and that isn’t always every week, but you know I do read them! It is just tough to read them while on the computer.

Oh yes I am learning all these British words, like that a hood of a car is called a bonnet, and the trunk is a boot, and these sayings and that pissed is a swear word, and you know just funny little things that I’ll tell you about in the phone call! Tell me when you’d like to do it, and we’ll set that up ok!

Take care! Have a great week!

Take care of the roof! And yes send me some pics of the Mustang ASAP!

Elder Hanson

April 19th 2009

Well Hello!

First off, I have been taking lots of videos of us two, so don’t even worry about it, it’s classic I can’t even believe that I can understand the guy sometimes. We had Zone Conference last week and I was the one translating for people, it’s pretty funny.

Well I have been enjoying the fruits of the package! Thanks so much for the socks; they really are so nice, I can’t even tell you.

Everything else here is pretty good, nothing too new or interesting. We have had some rough weather, but I think it is on the turn around.

We have been working and studying better than I think I have ever done in the mission, it’s just hard to really express that over email, but you know I just feel really good, and blessed to be out here.

Having a convert of just a few years in the lessons and in contacts is such a blessing, and it makes me really think about a lot of things. He asks me questions all the time about the fam, and about how I grew up, and that makes me realize how fortunate we are/I am.

Well I have been learning how to cook more recently. None of us really know how too cook, but we both want to eat well; so I made some chimmy changa things the other day, they were really good!

We have had a bit of a rough week as far as people cancelling, or just not showing up to visits, but you know, that’s how the cards fall sometimes.

Oh ya, so yesterday when we were in church, the branch pres came up to me and asked me to give a talk in sacrament! Thanks for the heads up! I really can’t believe that I did it. I was pretty calm before, and during the talk, which is really strange, I never am that way. I think I have learned and have grown so much already, and I’ve still got another year. It’s incredible sometimes.

So it sounds like things are pretty good! Mom sounds...well you know, kind of what I expected. I guess no mothers day call?

You can call me on mother’s day, you know like Christmas. What time do you want to do that at? Feel free to change the day, whenever you would like to do it.

Alright, take care,

Elder Hanson

April 12th 2009


Well sorry for not getting back for a while, but we had Zone Conference, and then we had a really busy day yesterday, and now we’re here.

Anyway, I got your package! Thanks so much for that, and the socks are great! Thanks so much. By the way I don’t need any face cleaner, we found some, so don’t even worry. The candy was really good though; we are still going through it.

Well actually I didn’t get the package until Monday night, even though I got the slip like Tuesday. Well with the wonderful holidays that they have here in Spain, (they are all atheist, but they sure love to celebrate them Christian holidays) we didn’t have the post office open again until Monday. It was Holy Week, it was pretty good, but the streets were empty except for the old town, the place was packed with tourists, and everyone that we stopped was from out of town, but we had a good week still.

I’ll be sending the memory card home this week, so you can see some of the stuff we’ve been doing over here. But all is pretty well and pretty normal. I haven’t heard a single thing from Newt, and I am curious to see where he is going to school!

The weather is back to some pretty cold and rainy stuff, but oh well.

Otherwise my understanding of Scotland is growing, and I don’t have to ask my companion what he said all the time, but some things are pretty tough still. We have been speaking a lot of Spanish, and I had a few dreams in Spanish last night, my head is spinning a little bit.

Well that’s about it!

Have a good week, and I’ll be to emails normal time next week!

Elder Hanson

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

March 30th 2009


So things have been pretty crazy at work I guess huh? Well how’s the shop doing, just curious, I mean with Dave and all that back there? Is that still going all right? How is the detail bay? I mean with all the cars that you’re getting back, things might be busy it would seem!

Well some news, we got transfer calls this last week, and my comp is taking off, and I’m getting a new comp on wed from Scotland. He’s lived in Spain before, and knows the language, so he’ll help me there, because I’m afraid to talk to the guy in English, I know I am going to imitate his accent when we talk. I already do that to people that we meet that are from England, and that’s only when we talk for a min or two, so I can’t imagine when we are going to have to live together.

But things are going pretty well here. We’re in the same boat as you, we thought the nice weather was here to stay, but it most certainly was not. We had to get out the umbrellas, and the coats, and play that whole game again! We had a really good week; I mean we taught the most lessons I have ever taught in one week, which was pretty cool.

Church was a little slow because we had daylight savings, and our cell phone didn’t change automatically, and since we never watch TV, or make much contact with the outside world, we were just getting ready for church up in the piso, when a member called us and knew that we forgot to change our clocks, so we were a little late, but it’s ok because everyone else was too.

Well we’ll see how things will go this week, getting a new comp is always fun, a little scary sometimes, but fun.

Alright, well take care! Have a good week!

Elder Hanson

March 30th 2009

(I just thought this was classic Brett!)

A quick question,

How bad do you react to mushrooms? Because I had 2 meals with them in it this past week, and I thought I was going to die because of how sick I felt, and runs, and all that. I was just curious to see if you had an allergic thing to them that I might have too? Just curious.


(Mike does not have an allergy to mushrooms...he loves them) Brett just has a sensitive stomach. poor baby. :(

March 16, 2009


Ok, this transfer is coming to an end, and I’ll just buy a new one right after, when I send the card for this transfer over.

Well thanks for the news! That’s pretty nuts huh? How is Taz doing right now? Tell him hi for me when you can. Oh and by the way did you ever get that picture I sent to the CU that said Junkers on it? I still see posters that say that over here, and I just hear Branson’s voice saying "Junkers!" every time.

Well the hump day is on it’s way, I’m most likely going to get a new comp right before, and then we’ll celebrate it somehow, I don’t think any ZL is supposed to do exchanges or anything, but that is a way cool story, and you had a good ZL too.

Otherwise things are going pretty good here, We’re teaching a decent amount still, and we’re still finding people, and the member work is going alright too. That is interesting that you have the lessons like that, because we do the same thing at times. We’ll ask families if we can practice the lessons with them, but to be honest it is mostly for the Spanish practice, and for asking questions and things like that.

One thing that is interesting is how much we have been teaching in English.

We have several investigators that know a little, but we have a few that are fluent, so we’ll teach in English! I cannot tell you how much better it is to do that! It makes things so much better! But we still are working on the

Spanish all the time, it’s just a nice break.

I had to talk yesterday, and that went ok, mainly because we had a really good investigator in church, and then the first lady who gave her talk only talked about the temple and exaltation, and how terrible this life is but after it will be so much better for like 20 min, and that was just a little scary. So when my talk was on the decisions that we make in this life, and how to enjoy this life, it made quite the contrast.

Well, I hope that all goes well,

Take care,

Elder Hanson

March 16, 2009

Hey, sorry the mail thing is way slow, myldsmail doesn’t do live updates on the screen, like they have to come when you update the whole thing. Plus the

Crappy place I’m at right now has the SLOWEST Internet ever!!!

But it’s good to hear from you,

Elder Hanson

March 9 2009


Well it’s good to hear that all is well, sorry about Shelly, so send her my

Hello’s, (that’s how you say it in Spanish)...sorry.

Me and Hulka are in pretty good contact, and that’s good, you know to have a friend writing, I mean he realizes now how much you want letters. Speaking of letters, what is Newt up to? I just want to see some other pics of the lude (Prelude) and hear about all that.

I am glad to hear that work is going well, and that in the middle of all this you found that. Everyone here talks about the crisis, and you would maybe think that that would soften some people’s hearts to where they would listen, ok maybe it does a little, but I can’t really tell. Well things are going really well, and I hope that they keep getting better. We had a really good week, even though it was short, we just had a lot of unpredicted blessings just kind of fall into our hands. We really didn’t even have too much extra time because we were teaching pretty much all the time that we could, we only had to knock like a half of one morning.

Well anyway I am feeling much better this week than the last, I was so wiped out last week, but after a good nap, and a good day of lying around we both felt really good. Well now let’s see what this week has in store.

Quick questions, what was the deal with the memory card??? Did you want me to send you another one? And the $$$ deal with the bank. I’m sure when you look back on the months past you’d see that I was spending a lot more money in December and stuff, but as of this city, I really haven’t spent hardly anything. It’s been really nice; I hope to keep it that way. Just curious.

Ok, well you have a good one!

Take care,

Elder Hanson

March 4, 2009

March 04, 2009


Well thanks for the letter, and the update! Wow all the pics of miller; that was a pretty big deal. That’s cool to see all the people there though. Oh ya, and the Hulka letter was good, but did you know that him and I are writing letters pretty good back and forth? Plus he said his mission pres lets him email friends, so that is cool, so I am keeping up pretty well with what’s happening over there with him.

Things here are good, we are back in the rain again, but oh well, it was nice to have as much sun as we did. Zone Conference was great; I had a fun time, and learned a ton. Also, we got the new name of our next mission president, Richard Clegg...actually I’m not so sure on the first name, I just know it’s a Clegg, and they’re from bountiful, and that he’s a dentist. President DuVall made a joke or two about how he’s a candy man, and now they’re sending a dentist here, I thought it was funny.

Well we helped some investigators move this week, that was awesome, it was like the first time that we did that, and/or real meaningful service. It was sad, one of them is leaving to Italy, but we’ll keep in contact with him, and see how it goes. Otherwise things are doing pretty good. I’m just really tiered today, because it’s been a little while since a p day, and we had to wake up early today to go to some government building to get me legally registered to live here, I don’t like residency that much at all.

Well thanks for everything! I hope that all is well! Take care!

Elder Hanson

March 22, 2009

Well Hello!

Thanks for the mail, and the info about the area and all that has been going on. That is good to hear about Blake, I hope that he gets back on the right track.

That’s funny about the other missionary, because we as missionaries always make jokes about getting those companions, and how it really does have an impact on the work. I mean, we don’t have members here to correct what we might say wrong in the lessons, it is pretty much all on us, so if one of the missionaries is strange, it does take an effect on the work.

Oh yes and another question, what is the number of temples operating in Utah with this Draper Temple dedicated? Just curious. Everyone wants to know that always, so I thought I’d ask.

Well things here aren’t too bad. My comp is due for a change, and we’ll see this week. The work isn’t too bad, we have an investigator who is like a member; she gives us references, and is defending us in lessons. Pretty cool,

I hope we can get some stuff done here. Otherwise the weather is extremely nice, and walking isn’t too bad at all. We’ve had a good time this week; I just really don’t want to have to deal with the weather in the summer with how humid it is here.

Well anyway, I’ll let you know all the action that goes on this week, and if

I get a new comp. Well the other thing is when I get a new comp is usually when I change out the memory cards, so I’ll send you one when that all goes down.

Ok! Have a good week!

Elder Hanson

Friday, April 3, 2009

February 22nd 2009


Well yes things are very good here in good old Santiago. I actually am loving it here, and yes we have been very blessed with the work lately. Actually we had dinner with an investigating couple yesterday, the guy came to church, had a billion and a half questions, and then we went to their house right after, (she had some work thing). It was really great. The only thing is that he’s maybe moving back to Italy, (he’s Italian, but has lived here for a long time, and speaks perfect Spanish, and not to mention English) so we are sad for that, but it was way cool to talk with them. Mainly it’s just been the change. I don’t know how much I’ve told you of the story with them, but it was just a normal contact on the street, late at night, like 9 or so, and we talked for a little, he said that he wasn’t interested, and that he had studied the catholic religion for 13 years, and that he knew a lot, but hated religion, and didn’t believe in God. So we somehow got them to meet with us in the chapel, and so the next week we did, and they came, and all we talked about was prayer the entire time. That went very well, and he had been praying until the next visit, and was much happier, and extremely different. Well then with the visits on from there, it has just been better and better. He has tons of questions, and is reading a decent amount of the Book of Mormon. Well now, they are both very nice to us, want to learn more, and are having us over for dinner on a Sunday night! Not too bad! It’s been such a great experience, I can’t wait too keep teaching them.

Otherwise, nothing too out of the ordinary, just knocking a lot of doors, and talking to a lot of people. It is getting better all the time. 

But hey, it sounds like that business thing is going good, but that seems tough when you’ve got to deal with papers and all that.

Oh yes, another quick question before I forget, did you ever look at the money thing? The credit card from sears, or the exchange rate thing? I just am curious, not a big deal, but you know, just curious...

LHM died, that is big news. And kelvyn is ward mission leader? That’s pretty cool, but how do the full time missionaries even work there? Like they come once every few months or something, if that! Things are a bit different. I remembered that we used to have 10 people pass the sacrament....and 12 on other days. With our 1 person here, I forget what it was like.

Anyway, I sent Beth a letter the other day, and same with Hulka, so hopefully I’ll get something back!

Thanks for everything, take care.


Elder Hanson