#Lighttheworld and The Christmas Devotional… and the Hospital

alright so let me see… where to begin. First and foremost it is officially December and that means the holidays- and the missionary work just got crazy! So with the #Lighttheworld campaign we are now sharing pass along cards with people where every we go, inviting members to watch the videos and share it online, and we are trying ourselves to do the acts of service every day. plus our every day missionary stuff. Also, every single missionary in the mission will be getting their OWN SMART PHONES WITHIN ONE MONTH!!!! effective jan. 4th 2018 our mission will be a smart phone mission- we can use online for proselyting, so i will be using facebook to share the gospel! access to online ward directories, gps, etc. we can play videos, use the LDS tools app. oh we are so excited. now we jsut ahve to buy them… anyways this week. Was all over the place. wednesday we we exchanges with the ZL- exchanges- met halfway, hour drive, ate lunch at a diner, then i drove 3 hours to do a baptismal interview for a man named Albert. yes i am not joking Albert interview Albert for his baptism. we go it all figured out, Albert was baptized in Elliot Lake on saturday- in a swimming pool since they don’t have a building hahaha. Exchanges back. District meeting on friday went crazy- the computers we are allowed to use kicke us off while in the midst of the meeting, so i was upset about that a lot. the meeting was supposed to be on following the spirit.  we alsowe supposed to helpa member set up christ,as on saturday, then he had a really dizzy spell and fell to the ground and hit his head. so we followed his wife to the hospital and spent some time there.  might be his pacemaker we aer still undsure, but he is fine. had to get stitches. then we hauled firewood for 2 hours oin staurday as weel.  churh was good, fast and testimony meeting. i taught gospel principles on th spiriti world. ward council was great. took the sacramane tiwht the young men t brother allan who had hit his head, he loved the visit! hospitals look very boring.  today- we will be shpooing and doing christmas stuff. this week we will be crazy busy. anyways, love y’all!

Elder Albert Hanks

PS SCripture go to mormon.org and check out the service ideas for a chirsmas advent callendar.

pps jokes: A blonde, a redhead, and a brunette were all lost in the desert. They found a lamp and rubbed it. A genie popped out and granted them each one wish. The redhead wished to be back home. Poof! She was back home. The brunette wished to be at home with her family. Poof! She was back home with her family. The blonde said, “Awwww, I wish my friends were here.”

Blonde: “What does IDK stand for?”
Brunette: “I don’t know.”
Blonde: “OMG, nobody does!”

Two blondes fell down a hole. One said, “It’s dark in here isn’t it?” The other replied, “I don’t know; I can’t see.”

pps pics this is my companion in a nutshell, a star night- should be stars- me on the roof at the ice castle 2.000, we were still home not breaking curfew, and aqward selfie as my sister would call it and mem and elder morris- form holiday utah. loves!

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let it snow let is snow let it snow

So yes in case you cant tell- it snowed.  highlights of the week- we had 2 phones when my companion and elder sayers companion drove to brampton monday, so they had no phone. aqward, but it worked out.  go my new companion, elder moldenhauer, he is from bear lake utah and has been out 5 months- we have lots of fun together, sometimes i wonder if we have too much! we gutted the apartment, threw a lot of junk out- fun fact we have a fully functional tent in our apartment! i got my new glasses, i look spophisticatyed.  sorry for speelign time is short.  anyways, we taught some sweet lessons this week- an awesome restoration lesson to an inv we showed him how to download the gopsel library app and listen to the scriptures read to him as its on his phone. we as a mission will offically be getting smart phones come january 2018- the msision forece is goign modern! more to come on that… it snowed probably close to 2 feeet this week, and it snowed at least a ltitle every day since elder m has gotten here its a joke it snowed every day we will be together- see how it goes. my current district is me, sudbury zl and dt elders, sault satint marie- which is 6 horus away driving btw, so exhcanges will tkae a while- and bracebridge sisters. sweet missionaries. anwyas, church was good.  snowed a ton yesterday afternoon. #lighttheworld initive has started on mormon.org, go check it out- serviece every day for december before chirtsmas! anwyas, thast ym week, really good, ltos fo driving, and snow1 lvoe yall,

elder albert ahnks

ps scripture- moroni 10 i finshed the bom again thsi week

pps whats the best place to find out about spiders/

a awebsite.

pics: oh yes friday night the ward set up a stable and wore costutms for a downtwon walk about- abotu 10,000 people walked throuhg, we sang carols and handed out flyers for the christmas braodcast on the 3rd. exellent time. and my new glasses- and my old ones.  and our homemade thanskgiving dinner.  quite good eactually.  a member invited us over for pupkin pie for desserete, so we wer not forgotten! loves!

Quick One; transfers

So this week we visited a ton of people, we actually went on splits with some members and visited some less active,  it was awesome to see the positive response they gave.  we shoveled a ton of snow this week.  all morning Saturday, we got about 2 feet of snow i would say this weekend alone. minus 8 celcius this week on the thermometer this morning. elder huffaker is going to smith falls and i will be staying in north bay and getting a new companion. will say next week how it goes- get him sometime tomorrow.  Other then that, went on an exchange with elder sayers this week in north bay, it was fun.  Good missionary.  anyways, time is short but i love you all will do better next week- but we are busy it is a great feeling to be in theservice of the lord. we also watched the ysa face to face last night- very inspiring and uplifting to all who watched it- not a ton of ysa where we are that are active though hahah. anyways, lvoes, happy thanksgiving to all in the states!

elder Albert hanks

ps scripture: the sermon on the mount- and the talk elder holland gave last conference on beign perfect eventually.

pps jokes: A guy took his blonde girlfriend to her first football game. They had great seats right behind their team’s bench. After the game, he asked her how she liked the experience. “Oh, I really liked it,” she replied, “especially the tight pants and all the big muscles, but I just couldn’t understand why they were killing each other over 25 cents.” Dumbfounded, her date asked, “What do you mean?” “Well, they flipped a coin, one team got it, and then for the rest of the game, all they kept screaming was, ‘Get the quarterback! Get the quarterback!’ I’m like, hello? It’s only 25 cents!”

Q: What did the judge say when a skunk walked into the courtroom?
A: “Odor in the court!”

If you call one of those psychic hotlines and they don’t greet you by your name, you should hang up!

Pics: me and elder sayers, the senior couple zobells, and snow- its wet and cold haha

A 70, driving, Chicken poop, and snow

so i will address the blog post titel in order.  first of all- we drove down to Toronto on Monday night to stay with the Weston south elders.  i miss the city- one day i hope to go back there. anyways, Tuesday we went to the Brampton stake center for a zone conference.  the guest was elder Pearson from the 70- he talked to us for about 5 or 6 hours- we had a break fro lunch in between. he talked a lot about faith, obedience, missionary work, etc. one thing i liked that he said is that we need to help people understand their divine identity as sons and daughter of our father in heaven- and when people understand that they have different value about themselves and then they choose actions and a way of life that is beneficial to us and pleasing to god. soooo cool!saw some old missionary friends,  most of the missionaries there are younger then me…. its sucks. i feel old. anyways, the elders we were driving home on Tuesday lost their phone, so we got into sudbury at like 11 o’clock at night.  anyways, drove back Wednesday. then we went into the normal routine, visiting people, contacting and tracting, working on updating old records.  but this week we found 3 new investigators! one is named emily, she is a single women that has a lot of hard things happening in her life, not a ton of religious background but is really shaken up and would like some direction in her life.  found her at a bus stop near downtown last week. anyways, the other two are mark and eli- friends of a member named sister hladin, we taught them the restoration and they followed along with the idea of god calling prophets and apostles and how the priesthood was restored in these last days. mark was able to make us it to church on Sunday as well. i wore a poppy seed flower on Saturday for remembrance day- it was knocked off sometime during the day, which made me sad but nothing i could really do.  Sunday we woke up to about 5-6 inches of snow on the ground- almost none the night before. sooooo we shoveled a lot of snow for people that needed help- and the walkways at the church.   Good church block though, and there was a potluck after called linger longer, good to sit and talk with the members. this week we have a few appointments. today for pday we are jsut going to chill though.  anyways, it was a good week hope all is well elsewhere. god truely does love us and he is always watching out for us. love you all, wish i could do more for you.

Elder Albert Hanks

PS scripure; ether 12:4 hope is the anchor of our soul

PPS jokes:

A man speaks frantically into the phone, “My wife is pregnant, and her contractions are only two minutes apart!” “Is this her first child?” the doctor queries. “No, you idiot!” the man shouts. “This is her husband!”

Why did the little boy bury his flashlight? Because the batteries died.

knock knock

Who’s there?

Banana

Banana who?

Knock knock.

Who’s there?

Banana

Banana who?

Knock knock.

Who’s there?
Banana

Banana who?

Knock knock.

Who’s there.

Orange.

Orange who?

Orange you glad I didn’t say banana?

Pics: BIG snow fall, pics of tornoto and a weird chair on the like 19th floor, me and my boy elder bybee, amd a smaller snowfall in the week. loves!

I’m a psychic… oh and happy halloween

so the reason for the title is last night i called the zone leaders with a question and i decided to greet the by saying happy birthday… elder morris is like “oh here you go” gives it to elder callor- tunrs out it was actually elder callors birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i wasnt even trying to guess. so i just told elder callor happy brithday without knowing it was his birthday! im a psychic. or i have the spirit of prophesy! anyways, so last pday we had lunch with the senior couple in temiskaming called the zobells. they fed us taco soup. we chilled afterwards, and then we went 5 pin bowling for about an hour. this was a district activity.  anyways, i suck at bowling. its offical- if anyone wants to beat me in something its bowling. then i stayed in temiskaming on monday night to do exchagnes with elder roundy- he is from north dakota.  we helped move a couple, make a horse head out of chicken wire for a man named dave, then the next day- which turns out it was halloween, i didn’t really do anything for halloween- sorry- we helepd the bisphop up there move some sand – i got to push a button on a dump trailer, i felt like my dad would be proud. gonna get pics soon of it. anyways, then we plastered the horse head.  im not very good at art- contstruction yes though. exchanges back- actualyl had to chase down the temiskaming elders becuiase i still had their phone, sooooo that was fun chasing missioanreis in the dark. not.  anyways,, the next few days we were busy visitng people, contacting, visitn gwith members- trying to help uplift and help them live the gospel.  cool stry, we were walking downtown and a lady comes up to us and introduces herseld. turns out it was a less active lady that has moved and doesnt have a pphone number- she said she had been praying that God would send the misisnreis to her, and he did! her name is marie, we visited her- hoepfully help her get the gopsel back in her life. once again god simply put us in the right place at the right time- and we didnt even really do anything! anyways, thats tjhe week- oh fast sunday yesterday, love fast and testimony meeting.  you can feel the spirit so much. anyways, loves! goign to brampton this week to have a 70 named elder pearson talk to us.  it will be good.  Happy remembrance day this week. loves!

Elder Albert Hanks

PS Scripture: D and C: 50: 17-24

 

17 Verily I say unto you, he that is ordained of me and sent forth to preach the word of truth by the Comforter, in the Spirit of truth, doth he preach it by the Spirit of truth or some other way?

18 And if it be by some other way it is not of God.

19 And again, he that receiveth the word of truth, doth he receive it by the Spirit of truth or some other way?

20 If it be some other way it is not of God.

21 Therefore, why is it that ye cannot understand and know, that he that receiveth the word by the Spirit of truthreceiveth it as it is preached by the Spirit of truth?

22 Wherefore, he that preacheth and he that receiveth, understand one another, and both are edified and rejoicetogether.

23 And that which doth not edify is not of God, and isdarkness.

24 That which is of God is light; and he that receivethlight, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day.

PPS Jokes:

A policeman stops a lady and asks for her license. He says, “Lady, it says here that you should be wearing glasses.” The woman answered, “Well, I have contacts.” The policeman replied, “I don’t care who you know! You’re getting a ticket!”

Why did the dog sit in the shade? Because he didn’t want to be a hot dog!

Did you hear the joke about the butter?
I don’t think I should tell you because you might spread it around…

Pics: So story on the lizzard- some members called ths stevenson family fed us last night, and they had lizzards- and told us to hold them, so one jsut hung on my clothes for a while. the rest of the pics are jsut chilling at the zobells, elder roundy gave some people a haircut.  take care. lvoes

extremely Busy

so let me jsut say this- this week we were busy non stop. tuesday i went on exchanges to sudbury with the zone leaders and i got to spend the night at the ice castle! they moved out on sturdya, so i got to serve in sudbury for a day- they jsut moved to a new place in sudbury. i was with elder callor from kaysville utah- fun time, vsited a lot fo people.  anyways, district meeting over skype was good on wedsneday, then when i got back to norht bay we went out finding again- had dinner at a returning member, she fed us chilli exellent!!!! then we tried some more people the worked on calling all the peope ont he ward list- kinda an update that the ward council asked us to do. thursday we helped haul and move wood for a memeber that cut ti witht a chainsaw. ate dinner when we got back, visited more people, then made more calls. friday we went finding all afternooon- and one college aged kid named riley let us right in! we taugh him the restoration and he thought it was cool! so that was sweet.  one new investigator!! also found other potentials.  had dinner at a members, then we visited a member named camilla- she is super nice and wants to start coming back to church. we were able to teach he a plan of salvation lesson, i think its my favorite one to teach.  saturday we had a ton of appointments set up, most went well some was our last one with investigators- but thats how it goes as a missinary.  dinner at a memebers- rainga ll week sos we were nto able to help them out with service.  after we dropped by a less active lady and her kids, and it was his brithday party- we talked to tehme a little and were able to share the video “lessons i learned as a boy” a mormon message that has gordon b hinkcley in it.  sunday- church was good. visited others, good day- thsi week we are busy, goign today to hang out with other mssioanres so thsi is rushed, but i lvoe you all! we have a 70 elder pearson visitn gour mission next weke it will be great! loves to all, i know this church is true! i wouldnt be here if i didnt knwo that for myself.

elder albert hanks

PS scripture: ether 12 :27 about why we have weaknesses

Joke: Q: What did the beaver say to the tree?
A: “It’s been nice gnawing you!”

Pics: me and elder callor- pictures of the ice castle, yes they had a captain amercia sheild and i had a matching shirt, and we went fishign last monday- didnt catch anythign though, oh wells! lvoes elder hanks

 

Bonjour! New Investigators???

Ok so i will do my best to tell you what happened this week- which was a lot let me tell you! So a good chuck of our week- out downtown north bay contacting, inviting people to hear the message we have to share about the restored gospel.  and in total, we have about 5 or 6 that gave us their numbers, and we have gottene 2 new investigators this week!!! one is a college aged girl named renada that is goign to school here, she was open is willign to read the book of mormon.  the other one is a 13 year old named owen who is the son of a member that is less active- we will be see them every week and he is interested in getting baptized! one potential the times on us meeting got mixed up, and she was going to come to church but got sick in the morning. So she will most likely become a new investigator thsi week! so miracles- elder huffaker was blown away at how many people said yes. we had a live district meeting with all the members from my district- the rouyn-noranda sisters, the val-d’or elders, the temiskaming elders, and the zone leaders in sudbury. smallest travel distance by car was jsut under 2 hours- the val-d’or elders drove 5 hours roughly in one moring to get here. we had interviews with president and sister shields- they also bought pizze for everyone- gluten free for me:) then the biggest suprise for this week- after interviews i drove to val-d’or quebec with elder tetaru from tahti to do an all weekend exchange becuase of the distance. he is so awesome- we have a lot of things in common.  on saturday we drove a little ways and helped the branch president up there work on his house- i didnt get a picure, but its a two story hosue and we were putting on wood and styrafoam for the house.  we were up on scafolding, so i was up about ohh 10-20 feet in the air. very safe though, very secure. good thing i am not afraid of heights hahah.  sunday- we drove to rouyn for church becuase it is a small branch up there and they alternate between val-d’or and rourn for church. i did a baptismal interview with the sisters investigator named danny- who passed his interview. elder tetauru translated in french becuase danny only speaks french.  so that was good.  sisters provided some lunch for us, then we drove two hours to meet the other two elders in temoskaming 2 horus away, then 2 more hours driving back to nroth bay. a long driving weekend- prbably close to 10 to 12 hours. good week though, lots of miracles.  this is the lords church. Loves!

Elder albert hanks

Ps Scripture- we read 3rd nephi chapter 11 with our new inv owen this week- very powerful about the savior talking.

Pps jokes: Why don’t they play poker in the jungle?
Too many Cheetahs!

Where do cows go on friday night?
To the MOOOOOvies

An American, a Vietnamese, a Mexican, a Brazilian, a Canadian, a German, a Turk, and a Russian walk into a fancy restaurant. When they got to the front desk, they were kicked out because they did not have a Thai.

Q. What’s an astronaut’s favorite social media website?
A. MySpace

pics: oh yes we went on a gorgeous hike last week. nice river and falls.  my district- warm socks from my granny, and a shirt- from my little sister isabella. suppsoed to be for my birthday a month ago, but thepostal service lost it for a while haha.  but i have it now and i love it!also me and elder tetauru- he is a funny guy. lvoes

North Bay

so let me see- north bay is a large area with a lot fo potential.  i cantell even from a few hecktic days here in north bay.  we have lots fo less and active and part member families we are working with/can work with. the ward is all for helping us- we are excited to get going on things that way. the ward mission leaders name is brother graham. he is a great man with a huge heart, will go teaching with us basically anytime.  church was good- about 50 people there, but lots of people have moved otu fo the ward recently so we are going to get thso numbers back up! thursday we spent most of the day helping a member put up a big glass screen door at a widows place- its took hours to figure out how ti was set up, drill holes, handle, storm breaker etc.  she had a huge smile on her face when she came to church though. anyways, tried some finding ideas this week- my companion is very bold, and thats always good, he has helped me in that way of talking to epople.  i hope i can help him out someway.  its getting colder.  no snow yet, maybe in novemeber.  going to push for some service, working with members- and always contacting and trasctinog when we have time.  its gonna be great.  there is always hope.  thats what the gospel of jesus christ promises.  there is always hope.  anyways, thsi week we have a live district meeting instead of a district meeting over skype becuase our mission president is comnign for interviews- so he may or may not be at my district meeting… AHHHHHHHH so scary to think! anyways, what else woudl everyone like to put on my blog? im not even sure who even reads the blog anymore.  i love cananda, and i will forever be grateful to serve my mission. i pray i may continue to be an obediant and faithful servant to him- even if i cant be the best one he has. anyways, this will be a good week.  lvoes!

elder hanks

ps scripure: alma 32:41-43, talking about faith.

41 But if ye will nourish the word, yea, nourish the tree as it beginneth to grow, by your faith with great diligence, and with patience, looking forward to the fruit thereof, it shall take root; and behold it shall be a tree springing upunto everlasting life.

42 And because of your diligence and your faith and your patience with the word in nourishing it, that it may take root in you, behold, by and by ye shall pluck the fruitthereof, which is most precious, which is sweet above all that is sweet, and which is white above all that is white, yea, and pure above all that is pure; and ye shall feast upon this fruit even until ye are filled, that ye hunger not, neither shall ye thirst.

43 Then, my brethren, ye shall reap the rewards of your faith, and your diligence, and patience, and long-suffering, waiting for the tree to bring forth fruit unto you.

jokes:

Q: Why did the girl wear glasses in math class?
A: It improves di-vision.

Q: Did you hear about the kidnapping at school?
A: Its OK. He woke up.

I would make another chemistry joke, but they ARGON.

Q: How do you make the number seven even?
A: Drop the “s.”

What kind of birds stick together? vel-crows!!

Pics: me and myu compnion, ill get some more of teh area next week. we are pretty tired.

KODAK Digital Still Camera

Thanksgiving, transfers, driving, and NORTH BAY!

So this last week happened in a blur.  had my final district meeting with my district.  they are awesome- smith falls got a new senior couple called the Moores- they are from alberta.  visisted some members since i was pretty sure i was leaving.  4 transfers in an area is a long time for an english spekaing mssionary.  anyways, church was good- performed a musical number- joseph smiths first prayer, i played the piano elder peterson sang. napanee is doing well- some really solid people we visit and they are workign towards the temple!  it will be great.  got the transfer call sunday night- i was called to north bay ontartio- its north and in the sudbury zone, which covers a ton of ground.  i am a district leader here- my district meetings are over skype! that will be intersting.  elder peterson left too- they white washed napanee.  so we left good notes and information for them.  monday was thanksgiving,  so it was not pday, so we helped our branch president move some stuff from the place they are selling to a place in town they are renting.  we also were fed a giant thanksgivng turkey dinner!!! it was exellent, they had a lot of family there too.  said our goodbyes, then tuesday morning we got up early and drove to newmarket- got stuck in tornoto traffic for about 45 minutes, escaped.  transfers were good, iw as in charge of making sure it all ran smoothly and everything- all done! me and elder bagley had lucnh in barrie with elder coffey and elder strong, it was on our way north, and then we drove 3 and 1/2 hours to sudbury! met my new companion elder Huffaker- its his 3rd trasnfer- talked to the zone leaders at their place, called he ice castle, then 2 more hours driving to north bay! thanks goodness for a gps… lets jsut say that. got in at 9 oclock at night. we live on the 6th floor. it was cold this morning! anyways, that was the week in a nutshell. pray i stay warm this winter!

loves, elder hanks

scripture: Alma 26:12- its is my companions favorite scripture!

jokes:
I drove my expensive car into a tree and found out how a Mercedes bends.

Q: What is tall when it is young and short when it is old?
A: A candle.

I decided to make my password “incorrect” because if I type it in wrong, my computer will remind me, “Your password is incorrect.”

Q: Why didn’t the witch fly on her broom when she was angry?
A: She was afraid she would fly off the handle.

Q: What do you call a man attacked by a cat?
A: Claude.

Pics: my previous district in kingston- and a goofy one, we were all ver yclose.  the ice castle- where the sudbury zone leaders live.  brother boomhower- awesome member in napane. we were goign to help move right after, thats why we are not in proselyting clothes,  and the exit for my FIRST AREA DON VALLEY! drove right past it with transfers.  i was soooo excited.  will get pics of nrothday and the wild north soon- meybe one of a moose soon. loves!

General conference!!!!

So the highlights for this week.  My companion had pulled a groin muscle but is better now, he got a fever for 2 days, and woke up with a charley horse in the middle of the nioght this week- so be is on the mend and we will ahve a great last week.  other hgihlights for this week- ummmm we had to drop our investigator jilles right now- he is not reading or praying, so we challenged him to do that until missionaries visit again in the future, i pray that he does. Famile Home evening this week was good, watched another mormon message.  mowed some lawns.  we were able to go to most of our meetings and lessons, but we were unable to be out becuase elder peterson had to rest.  but this weekend was general conference! so wonderful…. too much to describe in one blog post. best thing you can do to understand is to watch it. my personal favorite one was elder Dallin H Oaks, but there wwere soooo many other good ones. i am so grateful to be part of a church that has living prophets and apostles that recieve revelation from Heaven on how the Lord Jesus Christ directs his church today. I bear witness that The Book of Mormon is the word of God, and if one reads the book and prays about it then thye can find out from God if the Book is true.  I am so grateful to be a missionary  to share his restored gospel here in Cananda. I lvoe you all, and pray for all of you.

Love Always

Elder Albert Hanks

Scripture- all of gerneal conference! found on LDS.org

Jokes:  Q: Did you hear abut the hungry clock?
A: It went back four seconds.

Class trip to the Coca-Cola factory today. I hope there is no pop quiz.

My friend said he knew a man with a wooden leg named Steve, so I asked him, “What’s the name of his other leg?”

The energizer bunny was arrested on a charge of battery.

Q: What do you get from a pampered cow?
A: Spoiled milk.

I didn’t like my beard at first. Then it grew on me.

How do hurricanes see?

With one eye!

Pics: i got a haircut last week- oh and we got bikes to use now, some members donated them! makes life a lot easier.