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Mama!!! and everyone else,
I love hearing about everyone and what they are doing.   The weather has been mostly good here and the work is going slowly but surely.  I am so surprised that the First Presidency sent out that letter.  I had a debate with a sister in the MTC about Hatch.  I like him… she didn’t.  But hey, we are both on our missions so, neither of us could vote.  I haven’t had any political debates since.  However, I am really excited for the election and it would be awesome if I could do the whole absentee ballot thingy.  Could you send me information on that?  Haha, um 99 to 6 eh? Way to go dad, next go for congress.  Actually, do that when you retire.  I like having you around.
Something I am grateful for: I am grateful for this opportunity that I have to act as a ministering angel for Heavenly Father.  I love contacting people, smiling to people, listening to people even though I really have NO idea what they are saying.  I love the happiness that comes from it.  Mom, you talked about points of being happy and how to be happy.  One of the things was to be immersed in what you are doing.  If I really think about what I am doing and how it fits in the plan of salvation, I can’t help but keep that to myself.  Similarly, when I share that joy with others just by being happy, because lets be honest, people can’t understand me when I speak, I am even more happy.  Its so strange but its an eternal principle.  Actually I think President Uchtdorf said something along the lines of “those who bring sunshine to others cannot keep it from themselves”  It’s SO true.
This week, we were waiting for a bus to go back home and we sat down in the terminal next to two old ladies.  One of the ladies turned around and asked me where I was from.  I said that I am from America and then she just started saying a bunch of stuff.  I could tell that it was about Americans and gum and chips but thats about it.  So, she got up and left, but I guess my mind was still on gum and America.  I have had three pieces of gum in my backpack from before my mission.  I know its kind of gross, but I offered some to my companion who just got excited and we chased down the old lady and gave her some American gum.  So, it turns out that all of the stuff that I didn’t understand was her talking about the war.  During the Korean war, Americans gave Korea gum and chips.  She said that because they were so hungry it was a big blessing. She said that she is now 76 and she will never forget the taste of american gum.  SO, when we gave her the gum, she had the biggest, cutest, probably toothless smile on her face and it made my heart melt.
I guess that is what made me think too.  Sorry this format is a little messed up.
Something that made me laugh, One of our investigators is taking the fact that we are serving missionaries seriously.  SHe said that she wanted us to teach her at work.  So, we showed up and she started telling me to go arount to the patrons of her work and give them coffee.  Um, that is SO not in our job descriptions.  It was funny and sister kim and i laughed about that all the way home.
Oh something else, we were getting on another bus and the bus guy asked if I was cold.  I said no.  Then he went off about how all Americans eat hamburgers and steak So, when I grow up I will be fat.  Its so funny because they think that steak is really all that we eat.
Mom, I am so grateful for what you said about the temple.  Really, I think the day I come home, the first thing I want to do after flying in, is go to the temple with everyone… and then go eat steak ;). I know that its hard to go and sometimes you are so tired afterward, but it is such a blessing.  One wardmember went to the temple last week.  He woke up at 3 am to go and got back at 9pm.  Really, we are SO blessed.  I feel like every missionary has stories about saints like that… and now I do too.  Count your blessings 🙂
I love you so much!!
Have a wonderful week!!
Love,
Sister Hansen
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Hello again!!

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Everything will work out my Dear Family I promise.  Life is challenging isn’t it?  I love it though.
Really, we had a pretty rough week last week because nearly all of our investigators dropped… Yeah, pretty sad, but we are doing alright.   We found a golden investigator this week though.  SHe is absolutely amazing… let me just give you an idea: When we first met her, she said she was looking for religion sister Kim gave her all of the pamphets she had and in our second meeting, she said she had read all of them.  Second, she has only read three books in her life which doesn’t sound like a plus but she said that the book of Mormon was the first book she has actually wanted to read.  Third, she said something that was really beautiful and It really made me think…
She has a really hard life and while telling us about it she said “I just want to hold hands with God”  I think we have all felt like that before.  I found it interesting how universal that feeling is.  It is similar to that longing to go home to something familiar and comforting.  What is awesome is that we can help. We have the truths and the promise that she needs. I am so lucky that I have this gospel and that I have never really had it challenged by anyone.  The Korean members here face that persecution a lot.  A lot of peope think that we are a cult and it is really sad.
Something that made me laugh:
So, everyone seems to be thinking about bath houses… Yeah I am going next week.  I promised my companion I would.  From what I heard, everyone is really scared to try it, but once they do, they love it.  Its so funny because its SO against my nature… I still might chicken out…
I think daylight savings was something that was started by Benjamin Franklin (at least thats what national treasure says) and I don’t think the principle made it to korea… Did you start that it Utah yet?
I love you all so much dear family 🙂  It will all work out in the end.  Keep going to the temple and keep your chin up.  Oh, I might not have been very coherent in my last letter.  So, the lady that was crawling across the street was getting medicine for herself.  She couldn’t walk or use her legs at all for that matter.  So she was dragging her legs along…man, I am so grateful that I have legs that still work.

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Mama!! Family, and friends…
Hello from Happy Seosan!!
We have had quite the week here and are SO busy all of the time and I love that.  Our baptism date fell through but we noticed some particular blessings that are still coming from the experience.  The first is that God knows us and he answers our prayers in a very personal way.  Although sometimes it takes some heartaches learning to find his will, we are in the end, so much happier.  We had been praying for her… we have had a hard time committing her to come to church and so we were praying for her.  I know that in my prayers I prayed that she would have a desire to come to church.  The next day, we received a call right after church and the first thing she said was “after I get baptized, do I have to come to church EVERY week?” to which our response was yes.  Well after that she was just frustrated and didn’t want to get baptized.  But then she told us that she couldn’t stop thinking about church and that she was wrestling with the decision to go all day.  Well, she decided to go and started to get ready when her work called and she had to go there instead.  She was really upset because she finally made up her mind to go and then she couldn’t.  So in the end, our prayer was actually answered.  I am grateful and I can see the hand of God so clearly in our missionary life.
funny moment:
So, There is this man who lives in the apartment below us.  The walls are thin or something because we can hear so much of what is going on in the apartments around us.  Well, every morning we wake up and start getting ready for the day. Every morning at after he wakes up, he sneezes 3 or 4 times.  Believe it or not, his sneezes are a little tender mercy.  They sound exaclty like dad’s sneezes.  I told this to sister kim and she said that they are exactly like HER dads sneezes.  So, every morning and sometimes night we giggle at the man who sneezes and we tell our dads that we love him.  Dad, I guess that means you sneeze like a korean.
Something I have been thinking about:
We had a humbling experience this week.  We were going to visit the afore said investigator at her apartment when we came across a grandmother crawling across the street.  Really it was quite a rude awakening to the purpose of our calling and really being the followers of the savior that our nametags say we are.  She needed medicine and because her husband is suffering from dementia she had to get it.  So we found her when she was halfway there.  Really it was one of the most humbling experiences I have ever had.  I love these people and they need help.  I am one of the few selected to be here at this time.