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Hi,
So, its not p-day, but we missed emailing yesterday.  We are doing
well here.  I am thinking I only have 2 more weeks left in seosan and
then I get to say goodbye to my greenie area.  I am supposed to set up
a time to call for mothers day… so when is good for you? I think you
are supposed to call me too.  So… yeah.

Last week I said we were going to the beach and when we actually met
with the member that was going us, she drove us to the house she grew
up in which is by the beach, but not at the beach.  So, yeah we went
to a farm last week and it was great. Yesterday we went to cheonan and
met up with the rest of the zone.  It was SO fun.  We rode bikes and
then went to the bath houses. Then when we got back we went to eat
dinner at a members and didn’t get to write… so sorry.

Something i am grateful for:  The weather is finally beautiful here in
Seosan and I don’t have to wear my winter coat anymore.

Something I have been thinking about: I have been thinking a lot about
how the Lord doesn’t give us any  challenge that we aren’t capable of
dealing with.  There is a lot that I have faced since being here that
I didn’t think that I could really do.  Its funny how different our
views of our own limits are so different from the Lord’s views of our
limits.  Especially when we gain companionship with him… that is,
when our will truly meets his and your intentions and motives change
from being selfishly motivated to just seeking to help others or just
trying to be a good disciple of Christ.  I have seen this in so many
missionaries in the field.  I don’t know when it happens but with some
of the older missionaries, it is just so apparent that their hearts
have truly changed.  I feel like it is so easy to be selfish as a
young missionary that can’t really do much yet.  It is easy to get
caught up in how much you don’t know or how inadequate you really are.
 It is something that I have struggled with a little bit.  But,
something a greenie in my area has taught me is that it doesn’t matter
how much you know at all. Yes, we need to be able to speak the
language, but it is more about who you are that what you say.
Something that has had a profound impact on me since I have been here,
is that people can love other people without speaking the same
language.  When I first got here, I saw it in my companion and in our
investigators.  Now, as I am still struggling with the language, no
matter how badly I mess up, people can still feel that there is
something different about our message and our purpose.  Its amazing
how much you learn when you are humbled and then look at your
weaknesses from God’s perspective.  None of us are perfect and only
through Christ will we ever be perfect.  I love that although my
challenges here are so direct, so is my exposure to the simple truths
of the gospel.  Having the doctrine of the gospel a constant focus of
my study makes the principles easy to recognize.  Whether I apply
these truths to my challenges is up to me.  Its really quite amazing.
I am honored to have this experience.
Thats a lot to be thinking about huh 🙂

Something that made me laugh:
We were proselyting and I walked up to some grandmothers selling
things on the street.  They made me feel like a pop star.  One of them
held my hand and introduced me to the others telling that I believed
in Jesus.  Then they all said “amen”.  Then I told them who I was and
then one of them made the shape of a heart above her head and said “i
love you”.  Haha yeah.  It was good.  Someone should make a
documentary of my life.  Its hilarious.

Oh, and you know how everyone that goes to Korea comes back with 15
celebrities that everyone told them they looked like?  Well they do.
I got my first one the other day.  It was from my companion.  She said
that I looked like Hermione Granger.  No, not Emma Watson. Hermione.
I had just gotten out of the shower and dried my hair.  Don’t worry
though.  Its a step up.  My first companion said I looked like a lion.

So… Micah is off to boot camp.  Is he going to be there next April?
Mom, I am so glad to hear about your hands.
I love you,
Thanks for the inspiration!!

 

 

 

 

Something I have been thinking about really quickly:
We only have 1 investigator right now.  Last week we met her and were
able to serve her.  I was just really humbled to be able to serve her
and I am so grateful for the opportunity to carry out our calling in
that way.  I am convinced that it is the best way to do missionary
work.  Before anything else, you have to show people that you care.

SOmething that made me laugh:
We have been proselyting a lot and funny things keep happening.  Last
week we were just street proselyting in the open market and some old
man walked up to me and just said BOO and walked away.  So strange and
so funny.  Then I had a conversation or at least tried to have a
conversation with a vendor. The way that old ladies start
conversations here is that they tell you that you are beautiful and
then they slap your bum… it was just so funny to me.  Culture is so
different in that way.   Koreans are just funny people.  I always
thought they were really serious and stuff, but they are really funny.
 They have a good sense of humor.  THe more I understand the more I
can pick up on.

  I love you so much and hope to
hear from you next week 🙂

So I was reading Mosiah this morning and I was just amazed at the
mercy of Jesus Christ and this wonderful plan that has been put forth
for us.  I read mosiah chapter 13 through 18 and I suggest you do too.
It is so amazing. Isaiah was an incredible prophet with a great
understanding and testimony of the mission of Christ.  Something that
really struck me while reading was  Mosiah 14:7 “He was oppressed and
he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; he is brought as a lamb
to the slaugher, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb so he
opened not his mouth”  In the MTC Elder Bednar talked to us about how
everything Christ does is for us.  We all know this, but it is
particularly enlightening to read of Christ’s acts and to really think
about the purpose behind which he does things.
Especially in talking about the resurrection.  In Mosiah 14:18-23 it
was so plain to me why Jesus rose again.  Why he suffered for our sins
and opened not his mouth.  Why he so willingly submitted to literally
every pain and affliction that he needed to take upon himself that we
might have eternal life.  Literally every thing he did, and the things
he bore with patience is incredible.
I hope on this easter Sunday, you think about that and the eternal
significance it has in your life personally.  I know that he lives and
that he rose again for our sakes.
A tender mercy I have seen.  Yesterday our branch watched conference.
Me and the other forigner missionary were going to just watch it in
korean and later watch what we could in english, but one of the
members pulled up the written talks on his phone and we were able to
read conference.  I couldn’t look at him to thank him because my eyes
were too full of tears.  It was such a tender mercy.  I am grateful
that I could read conference.  It was probably one of the most
powerful conference experiences in my life.  I loved it.
I need to go, but I love you very much.
Have a wonderful day!!
Love,
Sister Sara Hansen

Dearest Family,
It sounds like everyone is doing well… at least I hope they are.  Mom, I am hoping the skirts were a little bigger because i have put on a little weight.  I think… yeah its hard to tell… we don’t have a scale at our house so its really hard to keep track of.  I could weigh myself here at the post office, but only if I want the scale to announce it in korean to everyone in the office.  SO, I stopped that a long time ago.  If not, thats ok too.  I am guessing that the summer will help me loose that blessing from seosan.  Plus, my new companion doesn’t like to eat. SO, I think we are going to get along just fine. I really miss sister kim, but sister lee is so nice too.  Its hard for her coming into an area where everyone loved sister kim SO much, but I think she will be just fine.  I think she and I need to learn something more from seosan.
It sounds like conference was wonderful.  I am excited to read it.  I am trying to see if I can go out to another area to watch it in english next week.  But if not, I will listen to it in korean next week and read subtitles in english.  I am so lucky that I can hear the prophets and apostles and understand them in their native tongue.  I really never thought about how much of a blessing that is, but I am grateful.
Our three areas combined on saturday and sunday and had a meeting.  It was so wonderful.  President and SIster Furniss came and talked to everyone and it was just so good to see them and everyone in our three areas.  I was on cloud nine.
We also had a meeting with our ward mission leader last night.  We got a missionary fresh from the MTC in seosan last week and he met the mission leader yesterday.  I think he knows more Korean than I do… that is the greenie and not the mission leader, but yeah, they all know more than I do.. .so my korean definitely is not awesome.  Last night while we were meeting though, It was so amazing because I don’t really understand a lot, but while he was talking to us the spirit was so strong.  I didn’t understand everything he was saying but I got that feeling of wanting to be better, wanting to be a better servant, wanting to be stronger and wanting to just be better.  I found it interesting that  here I am a girl from Provo Utah, called to this small city in Korea to learn from this humble member of the church in South Korea.  The church’s base isn’t in Salt Lake, it is in the testimony and true conversion of each member of the church.  The gospel and its strength is in how much you let it penetrate your heart and direct your actions. It was so good. and my spirit was fed.  Sometimes I feel like what i am learning on my mission is to follow the spirit and not my logic.  Its a humble and fulfilling experience.
Something funny:
So, I forgot to mention (i think I forgot to mention) that we got a new investigator last week… we met in the bath house.  SHe walked up to sister kim and i and just started talking to us and telling us we were beautiful… um yeah, probably the most weird and awkward experience in my life.  But, we met again (fully dressed) and then again.  We ate lunch with her and when sister kim said a prayer over the food, she started crying.  Her heart is so soft and she is so accepting.  After lunch she wanted to just make sure we were healthy and strong so, she took us to the Korean hospital. The Hospital in korea is just like an accupuncturist.  I have been and I didn’t really want to repeat that experience so, I just kept telling them that I was fine and that I didn’t need to be checked… I hope I didn’t offend her.  I am scared to meet again.. It was so hard to argue my case when I really have no idea how to say anything in Korean, but they were content when I said next time. So, yeah I don’t really want to meet again.
Well that is all for now…
Much love,
Sister Hansen
OH golly Family I LOVE YOU!!
It sounds like you are all doing wonderful.  Today was transfers and I am staying in Seosan.  I will have another Korean companion and I am a little worried.  But, I know that this is where God needs me.  Once again. It has been hard because I am on the fourth floor of my apartment with no elevator, but, despite that, president still felt like I needed to be in Seosan… so I am.  Sometimes I am taken by surprise that I am on a mission and that I am in Korea.  Part of me feels like I know this.  I cant really explain, but my companion for example.  I needed her.  In so many ways, I needed her.  I feel like I have learned so much about people relations from her… really I don’t think she is human.  She is SO compassionate and SO understanding of absolutely everyone.  I am going to miss her.
I am so thrilled that everyone is getting involved in indexing and family history.  Really I can’t relay my joy to you adequately enough, but if you are doing it, you probably can feel that joy anyway.  Honestly I don’t think that you realize how happy it makes you until you have to miss a week of temple attendance or you are not able to index names for a while.  So I have heard about the peel family from both dad and Jacob.  Really what an amazing story.  Kudos to you for recognizing that as a blessing.  Mom and Dad, are you still going to the temple every week? I hope you are.
Kaela, thank you for the words of CS lewis… really I love that.  It really makes me want to give my all here.  I only have a year on my mission on April 11th and when I think about what was going on last April it seems like yesterday.  So, this is going to go by SO fast.
Something I have been thinking about: We went to one of our areas on Friday and we were on our way back thinking about our visit with a member and her friends.  I looked out the bus window and saw the stars. They were so beautiful and bright.  The bus was quiet and my companion and I were just talking about haha aquariums of all things.  But I was just so happy and satisfied about our work.  I just feel so much gratitude that I can be on a mission right now.  I hope I never forget that feeling.  The feeling of knowing that everything I am doing is in the hands of God.  I feel like he is making me what he needs me to be for the rest of my life.  Its so hard sometimes, I think the parts of our character that are the most dangerous and self destructive are the parts that are hardest to purge ourselves of. I know you all know what I mean.
SOmething funny:
Really I cant think of something funny…
Um we went to the bath house this morning.  Actually I think I am actually a korean person now. SO, I don’t think I will ever have a problem wearing a bathing suit in public again. I never thought I would react this way, but naked people are just naked people and when I go home, I think I will miss the bath houses.  Mom, isnt that crazy? Oh, and I am terrified for the summer.  WE went to the sauna, and sat down and my companion says that the sauna is what it is like in the summer for a week… the rest of the summer is just deathly hot.  I am terrified…
um, I think thats all for now.  I love you!!
IT was SO good to hear from all of you.
Mom, I don’t know what color of skirt I would need.  um maybe just some color… but not over board?  Or white… I have no white skirts I have no idea.  you know my style more than I do.  Thank you 🙂 I ripped one of my skirts the other day so… that will be nice.
I love you
bye