Zone conference, service, and a NEW Investigator!

So let me see- sorry about last week again i thought i had posted it but hey! that menas you get to look at two of them this week! so- let me see.  Tuesday- were mowed 2 lawns, ate dinner, i practiced a piano piece i will perform with elder peterson this sunday, and we started family home evening in our branch for singles! we showed a video, defenders of the faith, a Mormon message, talked about it, then played a dice game called tenzi- basically everyone has 10 dice and has to roll and get all the dice to show the same number! addicting haha.  then we drove to oshowa for zone conference. one of the elders we stayed with scared us pretty good- we are still kids at heart. Zone conference was good- talked about obedience, finding people to teach, and the gospel of jesus christ- very spiritually uplifting.  thursday we had correlation with a new branch mission leader, he is a fireball and has tons of ideas, we had a BOM scripture study class on a chapter in alma about Korihor, an anti chrsit- oh it was good! Alma 30. Visited a less active sister, had dinner at a members- i got sick a little, but i practiced the piano. Friday was interesting.  Did service- got to use a chiansw for the first time ahhhhh! got my district meeing preped.  did our studies, went to dinner with the sajaveks- they made us russian chircken- so good! got back, visited our investigator Jilles- he hasnt been readign teh Book of mormon we are trying to help him do that.  Saturday we did weekly planning, visited Brother French, mowed another lawn, cant remeber what else we did.  sunday- WE HAD A NEW INVESTIGATOR COME TO CHURCH! he was a potential from forever ago, we texted him and he came to church and is down to learn more!!! so sweet! the lord blesses, so we had an investigator at church and a new investigator! broke our streak of ntohing happeneding! thats the week.  Thsiweek will be good. Love yall!

Elder hanks

Scripture: read alma 30, proving that thereis a God!

A bank robber pulls out gun points it at the teller, and says, “Give me all the money or you’re geography!” The puzzled teller replies, “Did you mean to say ‘or you’re history?'” The robber says, “Don’t change the subject!”

Q: Why is a swordfish’s nose 11 inches long?
A: Because if it were 12 inches long, it would be a foot!

Q: Why does a milking stool only have 3 legs?
A: Because the cow has the utter.

Q: Why are atoms Catholic?
A: Because they have mass.

Q: What do you call a bounty hunter from the South?
A: Bubba Fett

Pics: You don’t get views liek that in Utah! also i got a package from home for mybirthday- i am spolied! oh and my companion takign a nap during lunch- yes he is wearing a bunny hat.


Birthday!- THis didnt post for some reason i guess… so here is last weeks- i typed it and everything!

OK so this week was eventful- basically the usual people we visited and such.  So that was good- only got slightly sick thsi week, i was able to work effectively every day. SOOOO my birthday was on Friday- yes i turned 20 years old.  It was a great day- the Hatch’s are a senior couple in Smith Falls that this was there last week, so at District Meeting on Ffriday we had it in Smith Falls and and then… WE HAD THE TACOS!!! The tacos that were delicious amd debilitating…. a great birthday! ok it wasnt jsut for me but ya know.  I got some shirts a towel, some times, and socks… everythign a missionary would need! The sisters also brought balloons for me, and i lit candles on an apple pie- even though i couldnt eat it haha.  It was great. Went on exchanges with elder olson from Alberta, it was sweet- helped some people move, we left them a BOM.  Sunday i had a hard day- tired and we were in all day doing studies and weekly planning and after church.  But i know that it needed to get done, so i kept going. Somtimes its a question if its worth it to get up in the moringing- but then i remember i commited to do this so i will fulfill my duty to god.  But thank you to all that sent me a happy birthday thing! it made me feel great. gotta go, love yall!

Elder Hanks

PS Jokes:

What do you call a Primary child that has been gagged and handcuffed?


What happened to the Primary Chorister who bought snow tires?

In the sun they melted, melted, melted

: Why is Peter Pan always flying?
A: Because he neverlands.

When Magnesium and Oxygen started dating I was like, “O MG!”

Q: What happens when a red and white X-Wing crashes into green water?
A: It gets wet.

Q: What do you call Chewbacca when he has chocolate stuck in his hair?
A: Chocolate Chip Wookiee

Scripture: D and C  6:36

36 Look unto me in every thoughtdoubt not, fear not.

Pics: Ltos of pics… one is a spider.  Loves


Yeah i don’t have a title for this one

So this last week- not a ton actually happened.  We tried to get ourselves planned for this transfer- what we are going to do to find, etc.  It was great.  Visited the people we usually do, they are doing well.  Rained a few times this week-  we think its from the Hurricane down in Texas, but we aren’t sure.  We were able to talk to more people this week, contacting a lot. it was good. Friday we got stuck on the way to District Meeting and were 1/2 hour late- so we ran behind. But it was a good meeting, we talked about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and how it can change us to become better people as we apply it. Then we went on exchanges and i went to Kingston with elder Kimball. he had sprained his ankle, so we were not able to be the most effective, but the last hour and a half we were able to go out and contact- all of the people going to college are moving in.  We talked to a bunch of people, and one of the last people we talked to was Colin- he was carrying a case of beers, invited us to his porch and we had a talk for over and hour with him and his friend Jamie about the Restoration, the church, the Book of Mormon,  and Joseph Smith- it was amazing! they loved everything we said, and the wanted to hear more, so i helped find 2 new investigators for the zone leaders!!! so sweet.  The rest of the weekend was the same, we had some good finding time and a good amount of people to church- about 30. Labor day we did service, contacted, had lunch with a former/played dominoes with him- he isn’t too interested but we are trying to help him have good feelings about the church. Some crazy thunder last night.  Well, hope everyone is doing well. Loves!

Elder Hanks

PS Jokes: Q: Why did the one armed man cross the road?
A: To get to the second hand shop.

A neutron walks into a bar and says, “I’d like a beer. How much will that be?” The bartender responds, “For you? No charge!”

Q: How many politicians does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Two: one to change it and another one to change it back again.

Q: Which Star Wars character works at a restaurant?
A: Darth Waiter

Q: Why shouldn’t you ask Yoda for money?
A: Because he’s always a little short.

What do you call fake spaghetti?

An im-pasta

Why did the mushroom go to the party?

Because he was a fungi

What did the tomato say to the other tomato during a race?


Scripture: This week i studied the first section of the Doctrine and Covenants- some powerful statements made by the Lord, i highly recommend a study of it.

Pics: The best baseball team ever- it is a sick jersey elder kimball had, he let me borrow it.

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Tacos and Transfers

So this week we took Pday easy and took about a 2-3 hour nap. mush needed.  Tuesday we drove to Smith Falls in the morning- we actually spent Monday night in Kingston with the zone leaders, we played a game called exploding kittens- and drove the hour and 15 mintues from tehre to Smith falls for District meeting. after the meeting the senior couple there invited us all over and they fed us their tacos- the best taocs any of us ahve had in our entire lives! SOOOOO good- one missionary ate 6 and got sick from eating so much- then we drove back to napanee- took us 3 horus with traffic. Nothing much on wednesday, a member fed us pasta and i was in and out all afternoon as we made cookies form members. Thursday we had correlation, then lunch,t hen scripture study class, then we visted a Returningmember, then dinner wiht a member- then we visiteda member, bnrother avery, who is workig to the temple for his endownments!! Friday we drove and horu out ot exchange with the smith falls elders and i got elder bertagnolli for the day!!!! my old companion from Burlington. almsot a year ago.  we did service, contacted, and visted a returning member- tons fo fun!!! lvoe that guy. satuday was the branch picinic and then we had a seior couple come and gert rid of all our horible broken furniture and things and they are awesome! they are the Spackmans form alberta.  Sunday was church, studies, delivered some cookies, and then did weekly planning… then waited for trasnfer calls, and nothing happened- so i am staying with elder peterson for another 6 weeks here in Napanee- that means 6 months in napanee. Good thing i love it here! well, thats all folds! im on my 11th transfer- gonna be great.  well, loves!

Elder Albert D H Hanks

Q: Where do you take a sick horse?
A: To the horse-pital!!!

Why did the chicken cross the playground? To get to the other slide!!

Q: What did the duck say when he bought lipstick?
A: “Put it on my bill.”

You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.

Did you hear about the Italian chef that died? Yeah, he pasta way.

Q: What do you call a potato that has turned to the dark side?
A: Vader tots

Scripture: I feel like i need to put Hebrews 11 for this week.  Havent even read it lately, but there is your assignment!

Pics: Mainly rhe tacos- i think the scale said i was close to 170lbs… soooo worth it!! also me and elder bertagnolli.  The hatch’s were tje senior couple. its great.  Love you all!


So let me see- last Pday we went and played laser tag again- lots of fun.  Tuesday was a good day, we had District Meeting- the Senior couple in teh District Fed us Hot dogs and Chilli!! then i stayed in kingston to interview one fo the Zone leaders investigators named lucas who will get baptized thsii week! he is chinese, and awesome! at the end of the he figured out it was the real thing- he thought the one i was doign was a practice! so funny, i was wondering why he was so relaxed.  haha. then the Zl came to napanee after we had had dinner with a member and interviewed our investigator greg- he passed no problem. Wednesday after helping in the food kitchen we exchanged with teh Brockville elder and i got Elder Wilkins! one of the Elders in my MTC district from FOREVER ago- it was great.  we vistied some people, did some service, met with greg, and then got to jsut talk for a while- its been 14 months since we were closely together and it was great to catch up- the mission has a way of turning little boys into men- man do we feel old!! thursday we had correlation with our Branch Mission leader brother wales, then we ate lucnh at Denny’s- first time, it was ok- then we had scripture study class, tehn we weent and did service.  had dinner with the melhusihs- they are amazing, they stay true to the gospel even in hard times.  Then we saw Brother Avery- he has been working a lot, and he told us that he recently had a personal revelation that satan doesnt get him with the big problems, like the Word of Wisdom, but he getshim in smaller chinks in his armor- like working on Sundays!!! he was like- from now on i will not accept work that will make me work on sunday!! YEAH!!! GO SPIRIT AND PERSONAL REVELATION! Friday was a compilation of getting ready fro the baptism, getting greg a white shirt that a member bought for him, and being sick- not a fun day. The baptims happened saturday at 1:00- a lot of things didnt go exactly according to plan, but greg was all smiles by the end- so that was good- but i might be closer to a type A personality soooo i had an anxiety attack by the end- still had to make a district meeting, then i kinda went to the apartment to relax- took a while. then we did weekly planning.   i was good. Sunday was stressful too, what with paperwork and makign sure greg got confirmed- i was asked to confirm him a member of the church and give him the gift of the holy ghost- he later told us that when i said recive the holy ghost he felt a rushing sensation through his body- so yes!! he si so awesome, i thnk he will make a great missioanry ina  fe years.  And we talked to a bunch of people on sunday night with our extra time- gave away aBOM, but no one intersted. I got an email this week and in it one fo my good friends that si serving in Russia said something he heard that answered one of my questions: to quote him, he said

“A quote I came away with that I really loved was, “Success is not the key to happiness; happiness is the key to success.” If you love what you do, you will be successful!”

So that meant a lot to me, very gratful for it- maybe it will help one fo you out! anyways, thats the week in a nutshell- so wen got a baptism, and satan tried really hard to make sure it didnt happen- but the Lord will alwasy win if we endure!!!! Love you all, good luck with bakc to school and everything!


Elder Hanks

Jokes: All star wars!!

Q: What is Jabba the Hutt’s middle name?
A: “The”

Q: What do you call a pirate droid?
A: Argh2-D2

Q: What do you call a Sith who won’t fight?
A: A Sithy

Q: Why did the Ewok fall out of the tree?
A: It was dead.

Q: How do you unlock doors on Kashyyyk?
A: With a woo-key

Q: What side of an Ewok has the most hair
A: The outside.

Q: What do Jedi use to view PDF files?
A: Adobe Wan Kenobi

Scripture: Been wondering how to apply the scriptures to myself, then i read this this week:

Alma 57:21- talking about the 2,060 young stripling warriors-

21 Yea, and they did obey and observe to perform every word of command with exactness; yea, and even according to their faith it was done unto them; and I did remember the words which they said unto me that their mothers had taught them.

Pics: Greg getting baptized, lazer tag, me and elder wilkins, The melhuish’s and their grandson Zach- love this guy!!

Zone Conference and new Tiwi

Ok so this week- not a ton happened on tuesday or wednsday, minus the fact that when we taught our INV Greg the law of tithing on Wednesday his neighbor heard about it and came a started yelling at us that we were stealing this families money.  yeah and when we tried to talk to her about how God has called another prophet and that 10% is nto jsut a made up number but is i the Bible more then once she jsut kept yelling at us- we think she was drunk as well. We retaught tithing in church on sunday, and he understands it better.  Thursday we had to clean our car inside and out- for Zone Conferece. Thursday we spent the night in belleville, then left Friday morning at 6:30 to get to Oshowa at 8:30.  We got the 4th bestcar out of the entire 4 zones- over 25 cars i belive! we also got updated tiwi bozes that tell us if we are goign to fast, driving tagressivly, etc- this one has a girls voice, less annoying. Zone conference was good got to see a ton of people i knew- crazy because most of the missionaries are younger then me! Im starting to get old on the mission… drove back and it was late and we hadnt eaten- was popping some popcorn to munch on the Zone Leaders texted challenging us to go talk to a bunch of people!n it was 8 oclock- so i gave up my hot bag of popcorn to go talk to people. Talked to some nice people- got some interesting responses as well… haha. Saturday we had interviews in Kingston with President, love that man. Got to talk to him about some things, got some ideas from Sister Shields.  Did some service moving some stuff. That was most of the day- i had to prepare a talk and gospel principles and a talk in sacramnet meeting.  Sunday tjhis is what happened- in sacrament meeting i was in chargeof the music- i couldnt play the hymns but i got the electric piano to play them- i gave a talk- so yeah! Taught gospel principles on the law of tithing.  that was good.  Third hour was young mens that was good. Greg has decided to have the Branch President Bapstize him, so we are now just workign out the detaisl and getting him interviewed and everything.  So excited- this week will be crazy. Well, gotta go lvoe you all!

Elder Hanks

Scripture: I read Alma 56 today talking about the Stripling warriors- my favorite story in the BOM i think besides Jesus coming to the America’s.  Very inspiring!


Q: Why do pilgrims pants fall down?
A: Because their belts are on their hats.

Q: What does a skeleton order at a restaurant?
A: Spare ribs!

Q: Which months have 28 days in them?
A: All of them.

Q: What do you call a dinosaur with an extensive vocabulary?
A: A thesaurus.

Q: Which two letters in the alphabet are always jealous?
A: NV.

Q: What is a jedi’s favorite toy?
A: A yo-yoda

Pics: Dont have any from this week, but here is the first day in the MTC pic (right) and a recent one- look the same? or am i more handsome now? haha

ok so a lot…

So long stroy short- i went on an exchange to smith falls with elder burton from bounitful!!!!!!! he is awesome i love him. sweet time, we visited some people and service.  drove in cool weather. we also went up north to the old folks place and helped to give them the sacrament.  i love them soo much.  also got stuck in traffic thsi week- hour and hald when it should have been a hald hour.  hilarious videos on that, we were bored.  tired this week- id some service.all kinds of crazy stuff. Too much to write about- went on antoher exchange with the zone leaders, i went with elder coffey to napanee, we went to subway for dinner. a member in smith falls took us to a chinese place- super good.  ahhhhhh thats it sorry time cruch this week, but it was fun- only got sick once!!!! well, lvoes! elder Hanks

PS jokes
Q: Did you hear about the guy who drank 8 Cokes?
A: He burped 7Up.

Q: Why did they have to bury George Washington standing up?
A: Because he could never lie.

Q: What do you call security guards working outside Samsung shops?
A: Guardians of the Galaxy.

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

Q: What do you get when you cross Darth Vader with an elephant?
A: An elevator!

Scripture: James 1:27 i liked this scripture this week.

Pics: me and my companion witha cutlass.  A sweet car we saw- i wanted to borrow it for a ride.  me and elder burton on left, me and elder coffey on the left.

Dances, Movies, Musical Numbers…

So this was one very interesting and fairly busy week.  Monday we played sports with the zone- i got nailed in the face with a dodgeball a few times, and one of them i was sitting down! just turned my head, looked back and pow- yeah.  Tuesday was District Meeting, we talked about becoming more Christlike missionaries.  Afterwards me and the Zone Leaders talked to some stuggling missionaries- luckily the Spirit was there and they were able to work things out.  I then went on exchanges to Brockville, 50 minutes the direction away from Kingston that Napanee is- sooo abut an hour and ahalf away from Napanee.  We had dinner with some members, then i was given the opprotunity to do a Baptismal Interview with one of their Investigators there.  Her name is Erin, and it was a very spiritual experince.  We talked about the questions, baptism, the church, questions she had.  Then she got baptised on Saturday!!!!! SO cool to hear about. Anyways, exchanged back the next day. had dinner with a member, visited with Greg our Inv.  Taught him the gospel of Jesus Christ- he loved it.  Visted some other Less Active members, trying to help them come to church- they did for part of church so that was good. thusrday we had correlation, scripture study class, Visited a lady that is starting up her own company- a less active member, has to find someone to cover work on sunday.  Then we went to Kigston to spend the Night with the Zone Leaders so we could go to a Dance performance performed by a BYU- Idaho Dance group, can’t remember their name. But they did all kinds of performances- ballroom, tap, story ones, dancing to stories.  The performance was called the Storytellers- you can look it up it was awesome.  We had some Less Active members come as well as some nonmembers. It made me and Elder Peterson both performing trunky- meaning we wanted to be on stage performing haha.  Friday we drove back to napanee and finalized our Movie night we were hosting at the Church- it was Ephraim’s Rescue. About Ephraim Hanks, who helped the Willy and Martin Handcart company when they got stuck. No i do not know if i am related sorry.  Saturday we visited a member who is working to the Temple so he can get his deceased wife baptized and he can be Sealed to Her for time and all Eternity!!! Then We had to prepare talks for Sunday, and since we were busy in the moringin the took up most of the day- elder Peterson went in depth. 20 minute talks are not east to prepare. Sunday- we perfomred a musical rendition of I Believe n Christ from the Hymn Book, i played the piano- right hand- ad elder peterson sang.  Then we gave talks. Also, the Hanks curse followed me- every time we have talks, its a big occasion and everyone shows up- i have never seen that many people in our building.  It was like ok well Hanks’s must give great talks. Had a potluck after church called Birthday Sunday, celebrating birthdays in the ward for the month, and after churh we wre exhausted- but still had to do weekly planning.  Talk about energy depervation.Also, a member mad eme gluten free chocolate cupcakes- sooooooo good! Our Inv Will be baptized on the 19th of August, as of current- will keep you posted- love yuo all!

Elder Albert D H Hanks


Q: Did you hear about the mathematician who’s afraid of negative numbers?
A: He’ll stop at nothing to avoid them.

Q: How did the ghost go on vacation?
A: By scareplane!

Q: When are holes beautiful?
A: When they’re gorges.

Q: Why is a river rich?
A: It has banks on both sides.

Q: Why did Anakin Skywalker cross the road?

A: To get to the Dark Side.

Scripture: John Chapter 14 is an exellent chapter to read, but my favorite is in John 15:13.

Pics: Ok so this is what happens when you are doing weekly planning on Sunday afternoon- too good not to take a picture. Me and Elder Sayers, the one from Brockville i went on exchanges with- he si from Cold Lake Alberta.  The invitation for the storytellers perfomrmance.  and Elder Peterson, so you can see a better picture of him. Love y’all!


Week One as DL

Soooo this is hurried but i will say i am echusted as the DL. a fiastco with transfers someone took the phone to hamilton tha neded to go to belleveille-  4 hours a way, we had to wait. tis week we mowed 3 lawns, tor apart a deck, got a progressing einvestigator wo will ge baptized this transfer- his name is greg- i threw together a district meeting the day after trasnfers, i will be doing a baptismal interview- i get no rest. its great bein dl, i feel like i can help so many missionaries! other then that we were just so busy we had no time to find anyone.  but it is workign great here!!! Elder Peterson is from alpie ut and he is awesome.  we get along great.  oher then that not much to report.  had to come to kingstont today in order to eamil since the one in napanne is clsed. well, gotta go hopefulyl i will write more next week! lvoe the mission!

Elder hanks

PS jokes:

Q: What’s red and bad for your teeth?
A: A brick.

Q: What did the mama cow say to the baby cow?
A: “It’s pasture bedtime.”

Q: Why did King Kong climb the Empire State Building?
A: He couldn’t fit in the elevator

Q: What did the banana say to the doctor?
A: “I’m not peeling well.”

Where do polar bears vote? The North Poll

Q: Why did the man name his dogs Rolex and Timex?
A: Because they were watch dogs.

What do you call a sleepwalking Nun? A Roman Catholic

Scripture: I just love the war chapters  i Alma Alma 48;17 is the best!

Pics: me elder strong and the belleville elders, and elder peterson- its his birthay today!

Transfers and a new Investigator

Well, another week has come and gone.  This week was pretty much the same as any other week.  we did some service, helped out some members, we actually visited some returning members and are helping them progress in the gospel. We are also trying to get the members out more, so we have been taking members with us to visit other members.  its has ben great. Also, while visiting a returning member part member family, one of the sons named Greg has expressed interest in being baptized! so we taught him the restoration,and while he did not make it to church he did make it for the last 2 hours of church, so fantastic! another new investigator this week, and he is very sincere and wants to be baptized, i think that can happen this next transfer.  he is 14. Been getting better, i have been able to function more and i am able to find more foods that i can eat- one member made me cookies using rice flour- they are good.  hmm i think that it. oh yes transfer calls happened and elder strong is going to be a Zone leader in the Barrie zone and i am staying here with a new companion called elder peterson- not sure on spelling- and i am goign to be the district leader. so thats tons of fun.  we will see how that goes, my first leadership since i have been on my mission.  Well, lve you all!

Elder Hanks

PS Scriputre: Alma 38 talks about Shiblon, one of the Sons of Alma. He is often overlooked- his older brother was Heleman (a later prophet) and his younger brother was Corianton, who gets taught quite a lot the chapters after. But Shiblon is just a hardworking, obedient son. SO if you ever feel overlooked, read this chapter and know- the lord loves you just as much as he loves an obedient prophet. So do your best- you may not be famous, but you will be blessed.

If athletes get athletes foot, what do astronauts get? Missletoe!

Q: What do elves learn in school?
A: The Elfabet.

What do you do when 50 zombies surround your house? Hope it’s Halloween.

What did the zero say to the eight? I like your belt!

What did the astronaut discover when he found bones on the moon? The cow didn’t make it.

What do you call a deer with no eyes? I have no I-Deer.

Q: What does a pirate pay for his corn?
A: A buck an ear.

Also, Russian Dolls are full of themselves;)

Pics: War paint from doing service;) thats dirt btw.

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