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Hi I'm Van Hansen

I'm an husband, father of 6, and a grandfather of 1; and fear the future when I fail to trust and follow Jesus. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the youngest of 6 children born to a dedicated Mormon couple. My oldest sister died right after birth, my fourth sister died in a car accident 2 months after her wedding, and I have had other trials and sadness in my life. I've watched my parents and other Mormons deal with adversity and heartache in a different way than most - they seem to remain calm and peaceful as if they knew something I didn't. So, now that I'm a husband, father of 6, and grandfather of 1 at age 48, I have tried to do the same. I've trusted in the Lord, served others and have felt His tender mercies as a result. I have come to realize that life is full of challenges and we can choose to have feelings of pity for ourselves, or we can focus on the wonderful blessings we have received from God. Our cups ARE "half full"! In fact, if we will share a portion of ours to fill up someone else's cup we quickly realize that our cup never empties. It actually "runneth over" through our Savior Jesus Christ. I know that someone needs me and someone needs you to help them. Let's go find them, love them and introduce them to Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

Initially, I was a Mormon because I was born into a Mormon family. I enjoyed being raised in my family and attending all of the Church's activities, meetings and events. I didn't know anything different! But, I didn't keep the Ten Commandments and follow all the "rules". I was a good kid for the most part and was always respectful of adults and my leaders, but I didn't seem to be bothered when I offended God by making wrong choices. I was popular, the high school quarterback, and a talented teenager. I guess I thought the rules didn't apply to me. When I turned 19 and was "supposed to" go on a mission for our churh I started to realize that I was making choices that were not consistent with what I was to preach and realized I would be a hypocrite if I went. So, for the first time I considered what I wanted to believe, how I wanted to act, and how I wanted to live my life. I made a list of 20 goals and characteristics that I wanted to master and have carried that list in my scriptures ever since. I married my high school sweetheart at age 20, and have enjoyed being married to her for 28 years. Some would say we "lived happily ever after", but I will tell you that we have had our fair share of sadness and difficulty. However, that personal commitment written down on paper has helped me to see past the short term pain and focus on my God and Savior who I know love me and care about me. They allow me to go through sadness and trials in order to help me be a stronger persons.

How I live my faith

I have been asked to serve in numerous positions in the church. I have watched children in the Nursery to being a leader, and it always has been a blessing in my life. I particularly love being with teenagers due to my experiences. At the age of 30, I was asked to serve as a Bishop over a local congregation even though I was underqualified, inexperienced and immature spiritually. However, I came to realize that who the Lord calls the Lord qualifies, so I served the best I could. I travelled for work, had four small children at the time and money was tight. It was considered some of the hardest years of my life. And yet, I consider them to be some of the most rewarding as well. I believe our greatest joy comes from first accepting Jesus Christ as our personal Saviour and living his teachings each day, and second from helping someone else do the same.