February 23rd Letter

Dear Family and friends,
Winter in Missouri is beautiful. One thing I am grateful for is the drastic season changes in Missouri. In Lima we have hot hot hot, hot hot, cold, and that’s it. It’s horrible! You know me, I always love the winter more!  Yesterday our ward fasted because this next week is our stake conference. I will be in the choir!!! In the testimony meeting, a young man who is about to leave for his mission shared a thought about fasting. If we read the scriptures while fasting we will feel the spirit so much stronger. Answers to prayers and doubts will be answered because we are making a sacrifice to put the Lord above all.  Fasting has helped me lots in the mission.  As missionaries we use it as a tool to receive answers to prayers and to help those we are teaching. I have a strong testimony of the fast when we do it in sincere prayer and intention.
We are so blessed to have a beautiful huge heated and air conditioned house and cars and money. I am very grateful that we live in America because here it is bad. People have very little here and have to deal with and live in conditions that are very bad. We are so lucky. Its our responsibility to share what we have with others that need it, because we have lots. It’s such a blessing to live among these people and see how willing they are to share food or things that they have with others even when they don’t have much.
This week we moved apartments. We now live with a less active lady and her daughter. We hope to help them to get active in the church again! We had to repaint our apartment to get the guarantee money back from our landlord. It was fun because the bishop and elders helped us and afterwards we dumped water and paint on them hahah.  Our investigator didn’t come to church yesterday so his baptism date fell. We were very sad but continue to work with him and encourage him to choose the right. I can’t understand what he’s going through because his friends and almost all his family have abandoned him but trusting that the Lord with help him helps keep my faith hope up for him. He is a good man and needs the Gospel more than ever in his life.
We should never take the Gospel for granted. The family we have within the ward and church is one of our greatest blessings. I have come to love and rely on the leaders in this ward because I can see that they truly care about the people here.
There are many new changes coming to our mission. They are going to open a new mission in Peru, we can’t wear backpacks anymore, elders and sisters can’t share a ward now, and the whole mission isn’t going to gather together for transfers anymore. It’s a little sad but we will be obedient! I am looking forward to another camibio here in La Marina I really love this ward!
Have a great week!
Love,
Hanna
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