Already 2 months down!

Hey everybody! 

This week I tried to send this to Nyia and Gillian’s emails as well because Nyia said that Dad was having a hard time forwarding the emails? Hopefully this works okay. 🙂 [Editorial comment from DAD – NOPE- Dad has no problem forwarding the emails. Dad is just getting thrown under the bus because as a general rule, McKann’s siblings have been rotten writers back, so they’re posing a few excuses out there and have been caught in the act! :-)]

THIS WEEK HAS BEEN NUTS.

I’ll start from last P Day.
So after we did all our fun stuff and whatnot, we went to a family’s house for dinner. It was the Leavitt’s and they actually lived in the 1st ward of the Edgemont Stake just a few months ago. But I had never met them! So that’s kind of crazy. It was awesome though. They made homemade Cafe Rio (which I always think is better than the real thing) and they had a beautiful home. We had to rush away afterward, though, because Sister Ferrin and I had to head out to Pittsburgh for transfers the following day. 

So, Sister Ferrin and I got in the family van (the elders in State College drive a van so they can cart us sisters around everywhere. Haha), and Elder Davidson, our old District Leader, drove. We had an awesome drive. We talked about a lot of things and Elder Davidson told us about why he’s on a mission. It was an amazing story. I was so inspired. Elder Davidson was such an awesome District Leader and I’ve definitely been missing him in our meetings but the new one, Elder Daniels, is also really awesome. Anyway, we got into Pittsburgh around 9:45 and dropped Elder Davidson off with some elders and then Sister Ferrin and I had to head out to Oakland (30 minutes away) to stay with the sisters there. Here’s a little side note: I LOVE PITTSBURGH. When I first came out, our luggage got lost so we didn’t really get to see the city at all. But when we were driving around Pittsburgh last week, I really almost wanted to cry because I could just feel my heart enlarge and I can feel it in my BONES that this is where I’m supposed to be. I really hope to get to serve in Pittsburgh before the end of my mission because it is really so awesome. 

Anyway, we got to the sisters’ apartment and we stayed up for a while because Sister Romero, who was leaving the next day, was up packing. We talked about so many things and I just look up to her in a lot of ways. She really knows the Lord and she says the BEST prayers. In the morning, we got up and she prayed and she’s like “Dear Heavenly Father.. GOOD MORNING!” and it was the greatest. I was a little more nervous to train than I thought I was going to be, and I wanted to get a blessing, but there wasn’t really time. But her prayer in the morning was so sincere and asked for some very specific things for me, and it really helped calm me down a bit. 

Here’s where this day gets ridiculous. We are taking all of her luggage out to the car so Sister Ferrin and I can take it to the church and go to the training/transfer meetings, and we go into the alleyway where Sister Ferrin had said we could park and THE FAMILY VAN WAS GONE. Nowhere to be seen! Oh how I wish I was kidding. So we had to call the fleet coordinator, call the towing company, call some zone leaders to come pick us up… Oh my heck. Yeah. This is real life. We waited for 30 minutes while two zone leaders came to pick us up and then had to drive 30 more minutes into this ghetto part of Pittsurgh where this SHACK of a towing company was. Then the zone leaders were like “well, we gotta go pick up the sandwiches for transfer meeting so.. see ya!” and they just LEFT US FOR DEAD. We had to wait a while until the towing guy came. Then he showed up by himself, and had us come into the office so Sister Ferrin could pay $180!! Ahhh. I would have offered to help pay but it totally wasn’t my bad at all.. Haha. Sorry SF. Love her anyway. But we walk in and left the door open since we were alone and the guy goes and closes the door behind us and LOCKS US. I LITERALLY THOUGHT WE WERE GOING TO GET …. ATTACKED. It was so ridiculous. But then we got the van and we were on our way. We totally missed the whole training meeting. Actually, we got there for like the last ten minutes and when we walked in, Elder Moulton and Elder Rasmussen (the new AP–Nana! This is the kid that you kept telling me to find. He’s way cool!) were teaching, and Elder Bartlett was at the back working the projector. He was laughing at us and gave us kind of funny looks because he knew we had been towed.. Strike that. EVERYONE KNEW WE HAD BEEN TOWED. I really don’t know how word flies so fast in a mission  but seriously mission gossip is crazy quick. So. No training meeting. Flyin’ totally blind here. Haha. Whaddup, kids.

So we did the whole “mingle and eat lunch and be really nervous because your whole life is about to flip a 180 in the next few hours thing” and then it was time for transfer meeting. I got to see all of the millions of missionaries I know! PSYCH. I don’t know anyway. I pretty much know: My MTC District, the missionaries in State College, and Elders DeRoest, Moulton, Rasmussen, and Bartlett. So. I’m popular, guys. I know. (HAHAH AS IF ANY OF THIS MATTERS) Oh guess what’s so weird?! A few of the missionaries that just came out DIDN’T GO TO THE MTC. Like.. They did their training online. Is that even real? Holy cow. So crazy! One of them is this kid from the Bronx and he seems way sweet. Haha. Anyway…then we found out our fates, got new comps, and then everyone has like a year long photo shoot in the parking lot. Really. I’ve got lots of pictures I can hopefully send today. 

Sister Yates is my new companion. It’s really weird not to be with Sister Ferrin. Sister Yates is super sweet and she says so many nice things and is very polite, but she doesn’t quite click with me [yet]. It’s been interesting. I’m really trying to love her. It’s tough just because we don’t quite mesh too well [yet – but we’ll do our best over time!]. 😦 But I’m pushing on and I know I’m learning a lot, and will continue to do so as the transfer goes on.

We’re back to a zero teaching pool. Haha. Maxwell dropped us. So…. That’s a bummer. But we are having a meeting with two of our member referrals this week so hopefully that will go well! 

Something so strange happened on Saturday. I was in a restaurant and a song by Maroon 5 was playing. And I was listening for a second and realized… I didn’t know it! What the heck! I’m already getting to the point where I don’t know what’s going on in the world. I can’t believe it. I’ve been out for two months, everybody! Today is my month mark. Happy Click Day to me. 🙂 But it’s so crazy. I’m only gonna do this eight more times. THAT IS NOTHING. I gotta get to work. Haha. 

Nana and Grandma–I got your sweet letters just within a day of each other. I was so grateful. I re-read them this week when I was a little bummed out. I was going to reply but it’s been so busy with training and having to go to Pittsburgh and everything so I hope you’ll forgive me if I don’t. But I really appreciated both of those.

And THE PACKAGE FROM THE SIBLINGS!! That was the best. You guys are all so sweet. Brenner’s said “Dear Mukann”.. Hahahaha. Things haven’t changed too much, it looks like. 🙂 And those truffles were yummy.

I got a letter from some anonymous person! It was so sweet and had a bunch of scriptures for me to look up on a “rainy day” and I want to know who sent it!!! There was a return address but no name. Dad. 3331 N. Cottonwood Ln in Provo? Where is that? Who sent me that nice letter?! I am the worst/most curious person ever. I’ll definitely be writing a thank you back if I get a minute this week.

I just gotta say again that I love the elders in this area. They are so sweet to me. When I got back from Pittsburgh, they were all like taking me aside and checking up on me and seeing how I was doing and asking if I need a blessing. Aww man. Those kids. They melt my heart. They’re such good guys. 

I wish I had more news. FREAKIN’ TYLER HILL IS BACK OUT ON HIS MISSION. He sent me an email today telling me the news and I was sitting here BAWLING my eyes out at the library. The people here probably think missionaries are unstable because we’re either emailing friends and family or we’re watching Mormon Messages. Haha. So many tears.

I’m excited to hear about Gillian’s blessing. Gill–send me an email or a letter with your favorite things about it? I’d love to hear how your experience was. 

I love you all. I’m doing well. I appreciate the prayers and thoughts and I’m so grateful to be where I am. This week’s been a little tough and I’ve been missing home a bit more than usual, but I’M SERVING THE LORD. And that is so awesome. I’m so blessed. 🙂 

I hope your week is fantastic. 🙂 I’ll try to send pictures in just a minute. Gotta email da prez.
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Love, 
Sister MUKANN Hanseen
10 Vairo Blvd #32D
State College, PA 16803

 

 Picture of Sister Ferrin and Sister Hanseen waiting for the Tow Truck guy
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Already 2 months down!

Times are a changin’

Hey everybody! I’ve been particularly excited to email this week. And I think since I’ve been so excited, Heavenly Father is like “hahahah sucker I’m gonna make you forget your planner/camera/journal when you go to email so you can’t remember anything!” No I’m serious. Heavenly Father is hilarious and he totally teases me all the time. It’s fine.

Anyway, I’m going to do my best and remember the good stuff that has happened this week! And funny stuff of course. 🙂

This week I was a total nut case. There are a couple of reasons for that. First, DAD YOU WERE TOTALLY IN THIS TOWN AND I KNEW IT ALL WEEK AND I JUST WANTED TO COME SAY HI! But really, I wanted to. On Friday evening, Sister Ferrin and I went to go and leave you a note but apparently you were gone. That was sad. It would’ve been cool to leave you a note. I’m glad you got to see the place though! Isn’t it beautiful here? I really do love it. 

And another reason is because we knew that transfer calls were coming at the end of the week. Literally every day I would say to Sister Ferrin, “in [x amount of] days we are going to know what the heck is happening next transfer. Then surprise, surprise, the zone leaders called on Friday instead of Saturday. They told SF she was getting transferred, and then that was it. So all day I was having like a heart attack because I didn’t know what was happening to me. And then, Friday night, we got a call from President Topham. He told Sister Ferrin that she is training in Lock Haven (about 30 minutes north) which is something we didn’t expect. Then he asked to talk to me. Here’s how it went:
Me: “Hey President! How are you?”
Prez: “I’m great, Sister Hanseen. How are you?”
Me: “Doing well!”
Prez: “That’s good to hear. Well, are you ready to train one of the new sisters coming out even though you haven’t finished your own training yet?”
Me: “Well, I’m willing!”
Prez: “Great. You’ll get travel logistics on Sunday.”

OKAY WHAT THE WHAT?! Yeaaaaah you read that right, folks. One transfer down and I’m already going to be training a new kid. I hardly know which direction I’m facing, let alone how to teach someone how to be a missionary… Let’s just say that I’m pretty sure that PMG and prayer are going to be my new BFFs this transfer, if they weren’t already. It’s going to be the strangest thing because there’s a sister here, Sister Kingsford, that came out with me. She’s still being trained. And then I’m going to be training someone?? Yeah. Sweet. Elder Vassallo was telling me that he feels inadequate because he came out with me and he’s not training. But I’m in State College where it’s like super easy to train because there’s two sets of sisters, and Sister Ferrin was getting transferred. I’m kind of just in the right place at the right time, and Elders NEVER train after one transfer, because there’s enough of them not to do that. There’s just a crazy influx of sisters. But I’m ready though. I’m kind of nervous a little bit but it will be good. If the Lord and President Topham trust me then I just need to trust myself, right? Sister Ferrin and I are driving to Pittsburgh tonight for transfers and I’ll pick up my little greenie tomorrow afternoon. 🙂 And then WHAM I’M GONNA BE A SENIOR COMP BEFORE I’VE BEEN OUT TWO MONTHS AND I REALLY MIGHT HAVE A HEART ATTACK AND DIE BUT IT’S OKAY. 

Okay. Just needed to get that minor spaz attack out of the way. 

I’m glad I get to stay in this area, though. I was praying really hard for that because I feel like there’s so much going on here and it’s really amazing. It’s filled with total kook boxes and weirdos but there’s also tons of really sweet, amazing people. I feel like I’ve known these people my whole life. I’m pretty positive that in the preexistence you meet all these people you’re going to come in contact with in real life because seriously… my heart feels so full of love for people! Davis told me in an email a while back that he thinks that God just lets missionaries’ hearts expand so they can fit all the love in. I totally agree. I didn’t know I could love this much. AND I LOVE A WHOLE DANG LOT ALREADY! Seriously. It’s great.

Well, it was super rainy here this past week. One night, there was a thunderstorm that was so loud it woke me up (GUYS IT WOKE ME UP. I DON’T EVER WAKE UP!) and then I was kinda ticked for two reasons. 1. I lost some very valuable sleep. and 2. I was half asleep so I didn’t think about the fact that I totally LOVE thunderstorms and I seriously regretted not getting out of bed and watching the lightning for a few minutes. But oh well. What’s done is done. But it was awesome. I love the rain. I’m pretty sure a lot of people get sick of it but I’m pretty confident that I am always going to feel like I’m best friends with the rain. Really. It’s so awesome. I love being outside in it, too. Sister Ferrin doesn’t particularly love being outside in it but we worked with it alright. 🙂 

I’m actually pretty bummed that Sister Ferrin is leaving. We get along so well and we seriously just laugh our heads off all day long every day and I’m gonna miss that. Hopefully my new companion will understand my stupid humor and will laugh with me at everything. I get the senior comp chair in the study room. AKA a huge lazy boy recliner. So there’s no way she can look at me during studies and laugh because I’ll just look foolish and awesome all at the same time. Luckily, Sister Ferrin is the Sister Training Leader over this area so she’ll get to come on exchanges with me and we can have a nice little reunion party! Yeah!!!

I’ve been thinking about everyone at home a lot lately. And I need to just say thanks so much for emails, letters, thoughts, prayers, the works. It means the WORLD to me and things seem to come just when I need them. So thank you. 🙂 

Oh let me tell you about the first time I’ve cried on my mission. It was so ridiculous. Last P Day, all the other missionaries were kind of acting like they were mad at us and we couldn’t figure out why and I felt SO BAD that I had maybe offended them for some reason and so I shed a few tears. It was a milestone. Water came out of my face. Anyway…

I think everyone should read this line from an email that Kyle sent me today: ” i want to stay in this area and finish baptisting some people that I am having to marry.” Hahaha I totally thought he was saying like he needs to be married to these people. Awkward. 

I am trying to think of things but I really don’t remember the other stuff I was going to say because I forgot my journal. 😦 And I can’t even send these hilarious pictures that SF and I took the other night. Elder Howell left  his Jimmer jersey at the church so we took it home and did impersonations of him and Elder Vassallo, and took pictures. We even hung up a sheet behind us and everything. Sister Ferrin was wearing a “PETA” shirt since Elder Vassallo tries to be vegan. But the shirt says “People Eating Tasty Animals.” It was great. I’ll send those next week. 

You guys are all the best! I really love and miss everyone. But holy cow I’ve already done one transfer. It FLEW by. Only 12 more to go. 🙂

Have a great week everybody!

[the photo below was sent by the Leavitt family who had the missionaries over for dinner – State College, PA, June 2013

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Love, 
Sister McKann Hanseen
10 Vairo Blvd #32D
State College, PA 16803
Times are a changin’

Apostle Week – with Elder Bednar

This week has been so incredible. I am truly starting to see the fruits of my labors, and I’m so humbled. I feel so blessed. First, I’m going to tell you about ELDER DAVID A. BEDNAR IF YOU DON’T MIND!!!

Okay. This was the best experience. We had Elder Bednar, Elder Rasband (presidency of the seventy) and two other members of the seventy, Elder Smith and Elder Hamilton. What an opportunity! This is how it worked. We woke up at 4:45 am (yeah…. kill me). The elders picked us up at around 5:50 and we headed to Harrisburg. We ended up getting there at 7:40… And the meeting started at 9:00. But we got great seats. 🙂 And when all the missionaries were coming in, guess who I met?! ELDER DEROEST. AKA second cousin. Oh man that was so fun! We took a picture so I’ll be sure to send it. 🙂 He’s funny. He called me “Sister Cousin” the rest of the day. Pretty fun. Anyway, all the missionaries are coming in and it’s freaking chaos. Everyone’s got other missionaries’ crap they left in areas and wanted back, and people are hugging and crying and taking pictures and naming their first born children after each other…. Okay not really but you get the idea. Anyway, once we all sat down and were waiting for about 30 minutes, something ridiculous happened. Sister Ferrin and I had all this room on our bench (4 benches back) and we were pleased with ourselves for getting there early and having that luxury. But then everyone and their dog just decides it’s totally legit if they got there at 8:45 and they can just come up and squish in our pew! OH MY HECK. I was kind of ticked, if I’m being totally honest. We were like sitting on each others’ hip bones and couldn’t even put our arms at our sides. So, I went to walk around and ask the people at the other end if they could possibly move down since we had been there first. They agreed and as I was walking back around I looked behind me and realized that I had just been the most embarrassing missionary ever because the AP’s were closely behind me… Followed by President and Sister Topham… Followed by… You guessed it. Justin Bieber.

Haha just kidding. ELDER BEDNAR. Like are you kidding me? I’m the most embarrassing person ever. Not to mention that I’ve already had an embarrassing moment with Elder Rasband before.. He came to our stake conference my freshman year and in the Saturday night session it was a Q&A. I wasn’t going to ask a question but then for the last like 30 minutes, my heart was thumping, I couldn’t breathe, and my hands were shaking (hey kids, that’s called the Spirit is SCREAMING at you). So when it was the last question, I totally JUMPED out of my seat and ran to the microphone in the aisle. I asked some question. And then they asked me to recite Mosiah 2:17 and Elder R. was like “When you are in…” and I said “the service of your God you are also in the service of your fellow men!” ……… If that’s not so embarrassing to you then go look up the scripture.

So I’m embarrassing, it’s fine.

Anyway, despite that, it was so awesome. We had been given three talks to study beforehand, and so the first hour and a half of the meeting, Elder Bednar asked us to tell us what we learned. I braved the prior embarrassment and I stood up and told him what I had learned about acting in faith for the little things, not just the “moving mountains” type experiences. And IT WAS SO COOL. Elder Bednar was looking me in the eyes, bearing testimony of what I had said to the other missionaries, adding some input, and thanking me for my comment. He told me it was a great comment. I would say that he was just being nice, but he’s totally not like that. If you want sincerity, talk to that man. It was an awesome experience. 

The last half was missionaries asking questions. It was so neat. I learned so much. One of the things Elder Bednar often encourages is that when you have a question or want to learn about something specific, get a cheap copy of the Book of Mormon and look for that throughout the whole thing. Mark it all up, and when you’re done, write a one page synopsis of what you learned about the thing you were looking for. For example: hearts, the strength of the Lord, grace, etc. And then put the synopsis in the Book of Mormon and write down the spine what that one is about, and keep a whole bookshelf. I’m totally going to do that. I can’t think of a better way to study the Book of Mormon. 

Here was the coolest part, though. At the end, Elder Bednar left us with an apostolic blessing. He promised us that as we knock, seek, and find, and as we press forward and persevere, we will NEVER fall away. It was so powerful. The Spirit was so strong. And I am excited to live up to that blessing. We all got to shake his hand and got a picture with him at the end. And I feel like I can pretty much conquer the world with missionary work after that experience!

Well, that’s pretty long about that but it really was the coolest thing that’s happened on my mission so far, so of course I had to share all the amazing details! (and to make you all slightly jealous. 😉 Haha.)

This week I’ve seen a ton of funny things happen and there’s also been a lot of miracles.

This work is pushing forward. The other day, Sister Ferrin and I were planning on tracting some nearby apartments. But, when we were on the bus, I thought that it would be a good thing to go and give a card to this man at the post office that is always super nice to us. So we changed plans, went downtown, and we were able to give him a card. He was so grateful. And we felt great about it. Then we were street contacting and we talked to a girl named Carly who said that her aunt is Mormon and that she wants to meet with us! We will be calling her tonight to set up an appointment! We got another potential named Scottie, as well as a girl named Jessica at forums. They all said they want return appointments! Everybody, if that isn’t a miracle, I don’t know what is. I can’t even believe it. What a neat experience to be able to follow the Spirit and be totally blessed from it! 

ALSO I FREAKING HAVE AN INVESTIGATOR WITH A BAPTISMAL DATE, KIDS. I’M NOT EVEN KIDDING EITHER. THIS IS REAL LIFE!!!!!!!

We taught Maxwell yesterday and he committed to be baptized on July 13th if he finds that this is true. Sister Ferrin and I had a neat experience yesterday morning. We were both praying about a date for Maxwell, and we were scared to tell each other the date we had been impressed with. So we wrote it down and closed our eyes when we turned our individual papers around and guess what? They were totally the same date!!! It was SO LEGIT. The HOLY GHOST IS A BOSS. It was awesome. So. #toteshaveanivestigatorwithabaptismaldatesuckas

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Here’s another cool experience. Remember that really nice bus drive that we talked to the other week that told us we have joy in our eyes? He’s the best. And last night when we were bus contacting and we were the only SOULS on the bus, he asked if he and his wife could take us out to dinner! NEWSFLASH: NONMEMBER AND HIS NONMEMBER WIFE THAT AREN’T INVESTIGATING THE CHURCH [YET] INVITED TWO MISSIONARIES TO DINNER WITH THEM. That is the best thing ever. We were so pleased and smiling as we went to bed last night. 

Okay. I’ve gotta just say this. You may think that all of a sudden I’m the most perfect person ever since I’m a missionary. You’re mostly right because I’m awesome and my hair looks GREAT in PA… Haha just kidding. But there are still some things that really bother me:

—When people use dictionary definitions in their talk. i.e. “I’ve been assigned to talk about faith. The Bible Dictionary/Webster’s Dictionary define ‘faith’ as:….” yeah. Stop it. Find your own definition of faith. That’s what we want to hear!

—Feet. I still want to die anytime anyone touches me with their feet. Sister Kingsford did that the other day and I almost slapped her. Once, I was really carsick and everyone was talking about feet to make me sick and I almost cried. Not kidding. It was so mean.

—When people are crying and they have a tissue so they blow their nose and then wipe their eyes with the same tissue. That is literally wiping snot into your eyes! That is so gross!

—When people sneeze/cough into their hands. It makes the inner germaphob in me wince and squeal. 

That’s all I can think of. This week, Elder Vassallo was trying to jump into his seat in the car all cool and totally just slammed his entire side of his body into the frame of the car. Also, ever since we lost that sleep on Saturday morning, Sister Ferrin and I have been seriously kooky. We laugh at everything and it’s so ridiculous. But it’s fun. Until today because everyone (minus Elder V.) has been acting SUPER WEIRD TO ME AND SISTER FERRIN. I don’t understand it! Like… Somethin’s up. But whatever. I love it here and I love all them and they’ll figure it out eventually. 

Well this has been a long email. But I love and miss you.

Love you family. Here’s my PMG quote for the week:

“Now is the moment in the timetable of the Lord to carry the gospel farther than it has ever been carried before… Many a person in this world is crying, knowingly and unknowingly, ‘Come over… and help us.’ He might be your neighbor. She might be your friend. He might be a relaltive. She might be someone you met only yesterday. But we have what they need. Let us take new courage from our studies and pray, as did Peter, ‘And now Lord,… grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word.'” –Spencer W. Kimball

Picture below – Elder DeRoest and Sister Hanseen – 2nd Cousins serving in PAImage
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Love, 
Sister McKann Hanseen
10 Vairo Blvd #32D
State College, PA 16803
Apostle Week – with Elder Bednar

It’s Apostle Week!

Everyone. This is a big week. I cannot stop thinking about how excited I am that Elder Bednar is coming to visit our mission. I really can’t even believe it! My planner can’t either. Across the top of my planner in big, bold letters on June 8th it says “APOSTLE DAY!!!!!!” It’s really going to be great. We were given three talks by Elder Bednar and told to study them. I’ve been studying them a lot and I feel like I get more and more out of them every single time that I read them. It’s really the coolest thing. It’s going to be awesome have our entire mission in one place at the same time. I’m looking forward to meeting a lot of the missionaries that I’ve only heard stories about from the other missionaries, and to seeing everyone from my district. I’m REALLY excited to see everyone from my district, actually. They’re the best.

 
This week has been kind of a strange one, if I’m being totally honest. On Monday, Sister Ferrin got called as a Sister Training Leader and so she had to go to a training meeting on Friday in Pittsburgh, which meant she left on Thursday night and didn’t get back until Friday night! I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was totally jealous. Mostly because I didn’t really want to get left back in State College with the other sisters. They’re great and I love them but I totally don’t get along with them as well as Sister Ferrin, and they do things weirdly sometimes. So I was so happy when she came back.
 
I actually tried to blackmail one of the AP’s to get him to make it so I could come to Pittsburgh with Sister Ferrin. He was on an exchange with the State College elders and came to forums. His name is Elder Bartlett (p.s. apparently his mom works with Brother Johanson, so when I got off the plane he was like “hey I know you,” and it was weird and funny), and I was talking to him at forums about it. Then he gave us a ride somewhere and there was a teensy bit of sketchy driving and I told him that I wouldn’t tell if he would get me to Pittsburgh. But alas, it didn’t work. Moral of the story: it didn’t work. 
 
I’ll tell you all one thing. It’s the best thing ever to get emails from people. Today I almost started crying when I saw all the people who had sent me emails, but I think it’s just because this week I was just having awesome memories of everyone at home and I was a TEENSY bit homesick. Nothing too distracting, but I was mostly just grateful for all the people in my life that I seriously love SO much. I feel so blessed to love so many people. That might sound weird but it’s totally true.

(BUT IF YOU SEND ME LETTERS I MIGHT LOVE A TEENSY BIT MORE BECAUSE HOLY CRAP IT’S THE BEST THING EVER TO GET LETTERS FROM PEOPLE. I’M NOT KIDDING.)

Anyway, this week had some awesome highlights as far as REAL LIFE MISSIONARY WORK goes!!!

We officially have an investigator!! His name is Maxwell and he’s actually someone who was on our formers list that had only been taught like twice about a year ago. We called him and set up a meeting and it went pretty well! He wants to meet with us again. The best part was that we asked him what it would mean to him if the Book of Mormon was true. He told us that then he’d have to live the way it told him to live. (AKA GET DUNKED, KIDS). It was the best.

We also got a potential who set up a return appointment with us on Thursday! We were out at forums (AKA standing in 91 degree weather in the hot sun with no shade when literally not a soul walked past) and everyone else wanted to leave. They were hot and tired and grumpy and nobody was there. But Sister Ferrin and I wanted to stay so we made everyone stay. Then, this group of girls walked up and they were TOTALLY legit and and way interested. She’s meeting with us as soon as she has a day off from work which will probably be about a week and a half from now, so I’m pretty excited about that. 

Here’s something though. Sister Ferrin totally might get transferred because STL’s need cars!!! I can’t even handle it. I’m so bummed. But I really feel like I need to stay in State College so I’m glad it’s not me that would get transferred. Although, up to this point, there’s been plenty of things we thought would never in a million years happen and they’re totally happening… So, President Topham just likes to keep us on our toes, apparently. 🙂 Haha. 

Nothing super funny even happened this week! Oh, we had a dinner EVERY SINGLE DAY this week. Isn’t that awesome? It was awesome. We’re working a lot with members of the branch and it’s way fun to go to activities like FHE and Break the Fast where we can really build their trust, and hopefully get some solid referrals in the future. 

I’m pretty much out of time for this email but I want to wish Gillian a freakin’ HAPPY BIRTHDAY KID. And tell everyone else that I really love you and I can feel your prayers. It’s the neatest thing to be a missionary, but I hope that you are all praying for missionary opportunities at home. It’s hard in Provo. But one of the best ways to do missionary work is to work with less active people and those who have fallen from the path. The Lord loves ALL this sheep, and it’s our responsibility to help bring them into the fold. One thing one of my teachers said last semester was something along the lines of “How do you ever get bored? Have you READ your patriarchal blessing? You’ve got stuff to do!”

That’s so true. There’s work to be done and people to serve and it’s really awesome.
Sorry this letter wasn’t quite as funny as usual. I forgot my planner so I don’t have all the stuff that I wrote down to tell you.

But I LOVE YOU ALL!!

P.S. If someone wants to send me the words to “Oh, The Places You’ll Go” I’d love you forever. Like print them out and mail them. That would be DIVINE. Anyway. You guys are the best. Go watch Mormon Messages. Have a great week!
  
Photo’s below are Sister Bateman and Sister Hanseen, and Elder Weatherston and Elder Adamson.

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Love, 
Sister McKann Hanseen
10 Vairo Blvd #32D
State College, PA 16803

 

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