Leamington

So yes i went from freezing my behind off to the snow almost gone today! Lots of driving for trasnfers, stayingin Weston for the night, then the next day after saying hi to people at trasnfers i made my way to leamington! got here with my old friend elder lee, who was in my district in north bay a trasnfer ago! he is from south korea, so my most foreign companion so far! leamingotn is a farming community. lots of farms, open country. nice place- we have plenty to do though, members feed usregulary, we have some less actives we visit, and some potentials an former investigators we have been visiting. one potential let us in for 10 minutes and we taught about the BOM- acutlly caught us off gaurd that we were let in, s we will be better prepared when we go see him next weekend. monday yessterday was family day, so we got late notic pday was moved to tuesday this week. so yeah that is why we have pday today! left a day open yesyterday afternoon, so we had a bunh of peopl we visited- one spanish family let us right in and before we knew it we were being fed rice puding and chicken  tacos! funny thing was we had to get out of there to go to an early idnner appointment- that was chicken! oh we were ful.they love the mormons- nto sur eif they want to investigate, but they say we cn come back any time- possibly when there is an event we can invite them! ward mission leader here is the one that is the most dedicated to his calling, we have correlation every week at his place after they feed us dinner!  there has been a lot of rain here, and beucase we are right on the lake erie we get a lot fo fog. like cant see more then 50 feet in front of you fog. yup. ltos of service here- we peel carrots one day at a store and work at the food bank for a few horus a differnet day! so we do service, visits, still entering out area book online. so- we get onlin proselyting- including facebook- at the beginning of march.  anyways, cant think of much else to report- the district is small, us chatham elders, windsor sisters, and the zone leaders come to district meeting. anyways, ltos fo spanihs people here- so while elder lee learns english i try and teah my self spanish! see how that goes… no hablo espanol! yet. anyways, gotta go, love ya all.

elder albert hanks

ps scripture: DandC 121-123 are wonderful scriptures that answer a lot of the hard questions in life.

pps joke- how do you kill a bee?

with a bee-bee gun!

pps pics: me and elder lee, that is lake erie even though you cant see it- im not sure if there is chicago or Cincinnati accoss the lake, i think chicago- my desk- tons of space, the temple- man i lvoe and miss that place- and me and elder martin, who is now home, and elder chevee my travel companion form the the north to weston- he is from france!

 

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Double Exchanges and Transfers!

So yes this is how this week happened quickyl. nothing huge happened miracel wise, but we are seeing miracels every day- always look for the small ones. monday night we spent the night in sudbury. tuesday we had live dristroict meeting on using our phones right, and interviews with president, and elder kimball- who i was supposed to go on echanges with- is now the ap and went to brampton. i went on exhanges witht the sualt ste marie elders and got elder twigg for a day and ahalf. thursday we exchanges back in espinola- 3 hours away- stopped in sudbury and i went on exchanges with elder tarter to north bay while edler moldenhauer was in sudbury witht the downtown elders- who had a baptism this weekend! got elder moldenhauer back on friday. so elder modlenhauer was not in north bay from monday night to friday after noon, and togethe hours driving we drove about 24 hours- 12 each of us.  so yeah! usual people we visited. oh one story- we wer at the churhc checking something- sopmeone random walked in asking about family hsitory! so we gave him the family hsitory consultants number and then realzied after he left- the door was supposed to be locked and that was the only time all day we wer at the churc- there are no such thigns as coincidences! anyways, i am now going to be in lemington with my good friend elder lee from korea- and i am still a district leader! so this is trasnfer #6 as a district leder. anyways, thats mean abotu 7 or 8 horus in a car thsi week. i lvoe north bya, glad i served here. if lemington is my last area with the 3 trasnfers i have left, i intend to help the Lord work miracels here! anyways, gotta go, more next week! happy valentines day to all, loves!

elder albert hanks

ps scriputre: https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2017/10/by-divine-design?lang=eng

llink to elder ronald a rasbands conference talk on how there are no coincidences!

jokes( for valentines day)-
What did the valentines day card say to the stamp? Stick with me and you’ll go places

What do farmers give their wives on Valentine’s Day? Hogs and kisses!

What did the painter say to her boyfriend? “I love you with all my art!”

What do single people call Valentine’s Day? Happy Independance Day

What is the difference between a calendar and you? A calendar has a date on Valentine’s day.

What’s the best part about Valentines Day? The day after when all the chocolate goes on sale.

Do skunks celebrate Valentine’s Day? Sure, they’re very scent-imental!

What is another way of saying Happy Valentines day! S.A.D, Singles Awareness Day!

What do you call two birds in love? Tweethearts!

pics- as usual!

elder moldenhauer at his finest- love that guy- some selfies of a gorgeosu lake- yes its frozen- us and the sudbury elders at linch- elder tarter was very tired during dinner hour, moldenhauer and the sudbury elders, us and the sualt ste maire elders, elder twigg how are we supposed to hit that button? one of the bes districts ever- and president and sister shields- me and the elgendary elder kimball who is now ap, and me with awesome sunglasses!

manitoulin island!

So yes i had quite the adventure this week. first if all, pday last week was elder moldenhauers birthday.  we went for pountine! and looked at the mall.  oh and some me,bers got him so ice cream cake for his brithday;) go members! oh and family home evenign at the etches that night we sang ot him- i also played a piano that was made in 1905 i think- it had pump pedals! teusday we did the usal stuff and went tracting! met some nice people, a few atheists, but my toes and fingers were hurting, and i wasnt wearing boots- there was some nice ice! almost fell down liek 20 times in 30 minutes! our investigator bombed our appointment- dropped by a lessa ctive that let us in, very nice, but not interested at the moment. dropped by some formers in that way, and two we have been trying to see let us in! we had like 10 minutes so we talked about the BOM and set up a return appointment for this week. someone we are trying to help quit smoking started champex, something that helps people to quit, and she hasnt smoked in 5 days! she is sooo happy right now! wednesday we went on excahnges, i went to manitioin island fro a baptismal interview for a lady name charlene, she is amazing has been being prepared by the lord for ehr entire life to find the restored gospel! she knows its true, and is getting baptized thsi saturday! so get from north bay to the place on the island was about 4 hours traight, then 2 hours back to sudbury-0 got stuck ina  pile of snow, but elder rigby, who is from herriman and is who i was with, pushed and i drove and we got out! thursday we exchanged back, dropped by a potential- who slamemd te door in our face- did had dinner at annes, whos friend listened to our message and said she wou;d be interested in learnign more! unfortuantly she is no longert interested, but it was ana amzing elsson and th spirit was ther in power! at annes, pciked up a memer and drove to callander to meet wiht a retrunring member, who had had a family emergency and was not there. sad, but we got to talk to the member- who is actually recently returning- and that was the day. friday we had district meeting over skype, brother allan took us to boston pizza- i loved it! first time ive ever been tehr- gave someone a blesng- sidenote its improtmatn to rememebr that as amissioanry we alwasy have to be worthy of the spirit and the preiesthood we have been given, we never know when we might need it- ran into another less active we hav enever seen before, he took our number, had dinner. then we hosted sports night at the church! we had 1 investigator and 4 returnign mebers there! it was amazing! sautday the senuior couple zobells from temiskaming visite us, they are awesome, we parcticed teaching the retosration to them.  helped move a television for soemne- the one we picked it up from isnt a member, and he was impressed we were on time! very happy about it. so always be prompt! helepd our ward msision leader with family hsitory- well, elder moldenhauer did- visited another retuning member, then did weekly planning that night. fast sunday was good, gospel principles was on the creation- pretty god lesson. we taught the plan of salvation in young mens, only one young man and ehhad a ton of good questions even we were unable to answer fully! smart kid. ward council was goo,d they do an exellent job about what neeeds to be talked about and what doesnt. visited a member named brothe cutts in the hospital, took him the sacrament- he looked tired but ok.  dinner at th etches, visited anne, then finsihed studies. every da this week we have been trasnfering our paper records to onlone- its a long and mind frying process, btu it will be amazing in 6 months for future missionries, so we are working ahrd at it! made good progress. busy week this week. loves!

elder albert d h hanks

ps scripure: https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2017/10/gods-compelling-witness-the-book-of-mormon?lang=eng

this is a talk given at the last general conference about the Book of Mormon by Elder tad. r Callister. exellent talk.

ps jokes: Q – What do you call a magician on a plane?
A – A flying sorcerer.

Q – what kind of berry has a coloring book?
A – A crayon-berry.

pics: me at the 100 year old plus piano, me and elder rigby, doing numbers at the end of the month, sports night, me and an awesome family in the ward! and a pic of manitoulin island- there wasno sign so i mad due with a buildig hahah. elder moldenhauers cake, and the poutine- come on states cathc up! wher is the pountie! also,

GO USA IN THE OLYMPICS!!!!!

SMART PHONES!!!!!

So last pday we took it slow, i caught up in my journal, read some letters, and thenelder moldenhauer cut his hair, we went to family home evening- we had two retrunign members there!tuesday was crazy, visited anne and then had to dispose of our old broken fuotone frame, kept the mattress thougj, the temiskaming elders came we ate then left at 4:30 to drive to brampton, about 4 horus driving- took 5 hours becuase of snow. hahah. now snow down in brampton thouhg! stayed with the heartlake elders, elder burton being one, then zone conference the next day! we got our smart phones!!!! iots offical, i no longer have a dinosuar flip ohone! we have a smart phone each, a samsung.  it works- even though i thought i broke it cause a screen popped up, but its good now! saw some old missionry friends. mainly talked about accountablilty and using the phones correctly.  drove back, got home at 9:30.  thursday to sunday we have been trying to figure out phones, download apprioved apps, and of course enter our area book- whihc had all the informarion of area for missionray work- oline for about an hour to hour 1/2 each day- aka we are busy! and my braing is fried and nim not used to having a smart phone for a year and ahalf, its weird! i forgot how to type. anwyas, we helped an 8 year old get baptized this weekend named shirley, we cleaned the font on friday and then the baptism on friday- we had an inv comig but he cancelled last minute. i was asked to do the confirmation, so i gave her the gift of the holy ghost! it was special.  sunday churhc ws good.  we had some fingin time after a meeting after church, btu no one was interested formt eh name sof people we had that might be interested. anyways, its pday and elder moldenhauers birthday today!  he is 19- youngster;) i will be doign another baptismal interview this week, this time in manitoulin isladn- 4 hours away from here haha, so exchanges it is! loves to all,

elder hanks

ps scripture: John 5:39, good one i found today!

pps jokes: Why do we cook bacon and bake cookies?

A child asked his father, “How were people born?” So his father said, “Adam and Eve made babies, then their babies became adults and made babies, and so on.” The child then went to his mother, asked her the same question and she told him, “We were monkeys then we evolved to become like we are now.” The child ran back to his father and said, “You lied to me!” His father replied, “No, your mom was talking about her side of the family.”

ppps pics: freezing rain!!!! an i just figured out how to upload pics from my phone to the blog!!!! its the best…. selfies casue they are the best, tnad the baptism! also, we have these pink plastic glasses- do i look good in pink?

Exchanges, driving, meetings…miracles

So it was one heck of a week. last monday we cleaned our apartment- like deep clean! super clean now, easier to think in there. Had fhe and two of our inv were there as well! tuesday we watched president nelson and his counselors get announced, he is offically the president of the church now! if you ahvent yet please watch the videos fo the relase to the church and the press conference.  also dropepd by  lot of formers we had selected. on f them said to some bcak on thursday! so excited. visited anne, she had been a member for a year now! helping her out with quiting smoking.  she is doing really well, tons of progress.  had dinner, then we fisnhed cleaing up the computers at the fhc that had been clogging up the computers.  the family history ladies were very appreciative of it:) wednesday we drove 3 hours to meet the sault ste. marie elders for exchanges, had lunch, then me and elder garrett derove back to norht bay- got home at 4, dropped off a bible, caught a less active family we hav ebeen trying to see, had dinner with anne and our ward mission leader brother bgraham, then had an inv lesson with 2 of our inv lessons- tlaked about the book of mormon wit them. thursday we did delivered somethign to a rerunging member, had 2 appointments set up up- one iwtht eh formes, went by and his wife answered and we taught ehr simply tht book of mormon and about our church, she is looking for the truth and so we will be meeitng with them soon! 2 new investigators.  the other appointm,en canceled, droped by some potentials- nothing.  dinner at an ative members place, one of their daughters is going on her mission to BC! saw a rerturning member, she ahs been reading the book of mromon.  friday we drove to sudbury and haed district meeting together as a district- cant do it too often since we are so far way, but it was good. talking about how to helpe peopl,e keeep their commitments.  dinner at a members, a chaotic lesosn with some inv- one had his mother there and she only belives in the bible and would nto even consider the book of mromon, very hard to teach. saturday we dropped by a referall we got kinda out of the way- the person was not interested, so we visite d a member we hadnt seen in awhile- she was so happy to see us, she said it mad eher day- share the light with whoever you can! rest fo the day we had appoitnments and dinner, then we got a new coach! forgot to get a pic, but its awesome! our old futon coach broke- not usfal at all! sunday we had church, no inv came, ward council-t hey are planning a family hsiotry day next month- and weekly planning,. and dinner at a family in the ward, the stevensons, i love them! goood week. miracles. loves! also doing achallenge in the zone on missionry stuff called the olympics, gonna tell mroe about it nex week! when we have smart phones!!! loves

elder hanks

ps scripure: check otu the sutff on lds.org about president monson and the new first presidency!

pps jokes:

Q: What do you get from sitting on the snow too long?

A:  Polaroids.

 

Q:  What’s an ig?

A:  A snow house without a loo!

 

Q: Why did Frosty the snowman want a divorce?

A:  Because he thought his wife was a flake.

 

Q:  Why does it take longer to build a blonde snowman than a regular one?

A:  You have to hollow out the head.

 

Q:  What do snowmen eat for lunch?

A:  Icebergers.

 

Q:  If you live in an igloo made of snow, what’s the worst thing about global warming?

A:  No privacy.

 

Q:  What do you call ten Arctic hares hopping backwards through the snow together?

A:  A receding hare line.

 

Q:  Where does a snowman keep his money?

A:  In a snow bank.

 

Q:  What is it called when a snowman has a temper tantrum?

A:  A meltdown.

 

Q:  What do snowmen eat for breakfast?

A:  Frosted Flakes.

 

Q:  What do you call a snowman with a six pack?

A:  An abdominal snowman.

Pics: selfies!!!

 

appointments, exchanges, warm, and cold

So let me see- last pday i did an intense workout and my arms hurt like the rest of the week, but i felt great so yeah. helped a member shovel their driveway and then dinner and the family home evening with all the singles in the ward. tuesday we planned a good day- visited a online referall, tuned out to be a lessa ctive family that said to come back tomorow- cool mriacle, now we know we can help them out! member fed us lunch at an all you can eat fish and chips place- i had 6.  then a less active called us, wanted us to visit so we saw him.  did companionship study, then visited our recent convert anne, who fed us dinner- stuffed prk chops.  figured otu how the broadcast systen worked at our chapel, then visited a rertunign member, he is gettign moe motivated to come to church.  wednesday we spent the mornign helping a member shovel snow off his roof- no joke, it was cool. i was ont he ground dont worry mom.  he fed us lunch, we visited another less active that called us out fo the blue and wanted to m3eet with us.  did companiuon study, visite the less actives that said to come back- will see them soon.  had personal study, dinner party with lots of members at brother cutts, then got a member and visited a member who is alo returnign to church. as you can tell we do a lot fo retrunign member work. thursday we went to kate kountry kitchen for lunch with the downtown elders, elder staheli and elder rigby. went with elder staheli, he is from saint goerge utah.  got back, planned some lessons, vsited anne, ate dinner, visted another less active that called us out fo the blue, and then went and gave a blessing. me and eldr staheli talked that night.  tons fo fun.  fridau we had district meeting over skype, that went well, ate poutine for lunch, watched the funeral broadcast for president thomas s monson.  wonderful service, it is sad to lose a prophet of god.  he is with his eternal companion francis now, im sure he is happy.  exchanged back. on our way ack to norht bay, there had been a bad accident- 2 lane highway, ice(actually all the snow had melted the day before, ididnt even wear a jacket! and then it all froze- calleld a flash freeze.) 2 cars had collide.d waited until it cleared enough for traffic to go through. visited the allens for dinner, had currey.  then visited a member that also cameto churhc out fo the blue this last week. tons of miracles! saturday we did studies in the morning- it was nice- grabbed some things- i had a package ot pick up, then we visited a retrunign sisters that is not doing to well, then took a young man form the ward named reuban to see anne- it was great.  ate dinner, did weekly planning, then visited 2 of our investigators we havent visited in a while- one came to churhc the next day! i lvoe teaching lessons.  sunday we had church, had a linger longer after- we brought brownies- talked to the bishop for a while. visited a member quickly, he needed some help moving things- and my companion is tall! i had to take a nap, 30 minutes- think the stress and fatigue wore me down, but im good now.  finsihed studies, ate adobo for dinner- phillipono dish a member made for us, updated our area book completly, then watched the pres and siter ucthdorf broadcast to all the young adults in the world.  it was fantasitc- my favorite part was when he said eternal questions require patience, so dont be suprised is some answers dont come right away.  anyways, back to the cold weather. hope all is well, loves!

elder albert hanks

ps scripure- look at lds.org at all the thomas s monson material after his passing, watch his funeral; if you can. what a giant of a man.

pps jokes- why did the elephant cross the road?

its an elephant whos foing to stop it?

pps pics: i got gluten free food in a package… i felt like wearing a SUU hat this week, and elder staheli brought his camillian onese.  yup.loves

 

RECORD Breaking cold…

so yes we received confirmation from our mission president that it hit record breaking temperatures this week! we were told not to be outside for more then 20 minutes at atime, even all bundled up. Even with our limited ablilty to go out, these missionaries were blessed with success! pday was good, we had dinner with our recent convert and then had to do a survey for missionary stuff. Thursday we attempted to go contacting- and was chased inside to our car by the wind.  visited 2 returning members, they are doing well, did most of our weekly planning, had dinner at a members. after we taught the 8 year old named Shirley about repentance, since she is getting ready to be baptized soon! Friday we had a stelar district meeting- the zone leaders told us about smart phones! then we drove about 40 minutes out to deliver a bible- and the indiviual, a very nice lady, let us share the restoration lesson and give her a Book of Mormon! she said she would read it! had dinner at the allans, who feed us every week, had correlation with our ward mision leader. Saturday we helped out a recent convert- she had been a member alsmost a year- out a bit, tired to figure out if oru car has a block heater plug in it, visited some lessa ctives- one guy said we could come back! we visited the next day, very  nice! some potential for seeing him again! Sunday was church, fast and testimony meeting. the new cirriculum has started, that will be good to see how that goes! visited a member, shared the restoration video with him. visited someone in our building, older lady, thanksed us for the visit! oh and the 3rd miracle this week was that we had a member who has been les active for a while came and bore ther testimony and is going to start on coming back! and we got another media referal from someone that wants missioanry visits! hope all is well, we are doign well- cold, but well!

loves

elder albert hanks

ps scripture: Proverbs 3:5-6

PPS JOKES
Q: What do you call a fake noodle?
A: An Impasta

Q: What do you call an alligator in a vest?
A: An Investigator

Q: What happens if you eat yeast and shoe polish?
A: Every morning you’ll rise and shine!

Q: “What’s the difference between a guitar and a fish?”
A: “You can’t tuna fish.”

Q: What do you call a pile of kittens
A: a meowntain

Q: What do you call a baby monkey? A: A Chimp off the old block.

PICS: i did not build the snow fort- but took full advantage of it! and that is a lake thats frozen, there are fishing huts on it, and me to go into the cold! loves

happy New Year!

i cant even really remember big things happened last week. probably becuase i was sick for the first part. we had a bucnh fo appointments with members and returnign members. but some cool miracles. we got a call on wednesday from a member from BC who was doing a funeral the next day for his step father, and he wanted us there since he was the only member of the church there.  he said some words, it was a nice funeral, and i was aksed to say the closing prayer. it was a very tender, spiritual momment for me. oh yes we got a new investigator last week- we visited a returning member and she had a friedns there, we taught the restoration and he said he wuld read the book of mormon and pray about it! amazing to see, we werent expecting it but the lord blessed us witha new investigator- around the holidays as well! we have some potentials that said they would meet with us in the enw year, so fingers crossed it works out! sorry its short. happy new year- no we did not stay up to midnight, we were tired and had a busy day doing service th next day. oh funny story- we helped  a sister move some funrinture in her basemnt since there was a leek- probably frozen pipes- then we went and shoveled her back porch. we were excited to do it- rpoblems were it was up our knees, hasnt been done yet, toys all over in the snow, we werent wearing our boots, and i forgot my hat and mittens…. halfway done by time i realzied all this, soooo we kept going. oh and it was snowing andthe wind was blosing real good. she gave us hot chocolate thouhg:) thats the highlights- toady we ar taking it easy. anywyas, loves!

edler hanks

ps scripture- jacob 6.

pps why does a seagul fly over the sea?

if it flew over the bay ti would be a baygul!!!

ppps-pics me and my family at christmas!!! my last districts ugly sweator pics- im really good at photo bombing elder kimball- and there was ice on the inside of our apartment window- and our car was really clean!!!!

 

 

CHRISTMAS!!! and -30 degrees Celsius…

so, let me see where to begin. been a week and half because the last two days have been holidays in canada- Christmas and boxing day. so let me see last week was soooo hecktic i will just give some highlights. pday we just chilled.  Tuesday we had some appointment then drove to sudbury, ate dinner, then drove to barrie with the sault ste marie elders. stayed in the abrrie elders apartment.  saw elder coffey and elder strong! my old buddies- elder strong is goig home next week!!!!!!! weird- christmas zone conferencfe was good. gave each of ym district members their favorite candy! saw lots of people. most of the missioanreis there are youngert thne me- so weird!!! im getting old.  talked about preach y gospel a lot.  drove home, spent the night in sudbuy. 16 elders stayed the night there- all slpet in the same room, got ro bed on time too! got back on thrusady, had some appontments.  did sports night- fairly good turnout, some volleyball and basketball.  Friday we did weekly planninh, had christmas dinner wiht the allans, and visited one of our investigators- she is no longer interested in meeting with us, but she was nice and happy to see us. Saturday we visted a bunch of memebers, helped haul wood, then drove to an nursing home and caroled wiht the stevenson family. it was fun! sunday- we had church, just and hour block, nto too many people came either, made some brownies for some people, made cards, deliver some, spent the night with another family called the brady family. we sang songs, read scriptures, and ate food- they gave us a present each. then christmas! got tons of cool stuff, lots fo food and clothes, socks, some letters nad cards always appreciated.  I GOT TO SKYPE MY FAMILY!!!!!!!!!! mom, dad, grace, mary, izzy, and my brother kd, his wife nikki, and my nephew charles and my neice evelyn(who i have not had the privledge of meeting yet!!) so awesome. spent the rest of the day deliverng cards, doign some suprise service for our convert named anne, then had dinner at the stevensons for chirstmas.  yesterday- woke up with the flu!!!! and a stuffy nose. soooooo i slept a little more, did studies, went out for an hour to do some things, had lunch, slept for and hour, worked fr about and hour and a hald, then was fading fast sooo i slept for a little over 2 hours- my companion did a gingerbread house! had dinner at a members- first time i ahve ever had fondue.  then we visited a returning member. this mornign it was -30 degrees celsius outside- the car didnt want to move for almost 10 minutes! anyways, a little better, but it was a good holiday season. transfers this weekdend- see if anyyting happens. anyways, loves! happy new year,

elder albert d h hanks

PS Scripture: 3rd nephi 1: the book of mormon perspective on chirstmas day!

pps jokes

Q: What do you call an elf who sings?
A: a wrapper!

Q: Why is Christmas just like your job?
A: You do all the work and the fat guy with the suit gets all the credit.

Q: Whats the difference between the Christmas alphabet and the ordinary alphabet?
A: The Christmas alphabet has Noel.

Q: What do you call people who are afraid of Santa Claus?
A: Claustrophobic.

What do you call an obnoxious reindeer?
RUDEolph.

Q: Why was Santa’s little helper depressed?
A: Because he had low elf esteem.

Q: What nationality is Santa Claus?
A: North Polish.

What do you call a kid who doesn’t believe in Santa?
A rebel without a Claus.

Q: What do you call Santa’s helpers?
A: Subordinate clauses

Remember, Christmas isn’t about how big the tree is, or what’s under it. It’s about who’s around it

Pics: me on christmas, the candy for my district, our christmas set up, yes elder strong got a santa suit and i got a santa picture wiht him, and some pics of what i got for christmas from family and friends and peple here. yes we are spoiled.  and proof- candad is cold! loves

18 months!!!!!!!!!!

as of last friday- i ahve hit 18 months as a missionary. i offically feel old. where do i start- this was one crazy week. so let me see- last pday was slow and easy, tuesday- was a big old giant snow storm, aka not very good for finding. we did get out a little and visit some less actives and go shovel tracting- offereing to shovel peoples snow for free- that was about it.  One of our recent converts is doign really well, she has mad ea lot fo progress. she has almsot been a member for almsot a year.  wednesday- i dorve for about 6 hours to do an exchange with the sault saitn marie. thats like driving from bountiful utah to saint gweorge utah- for an exchange. only do that once a transfer!! but i went with elder robinson- form cedar city utah, and yes he is going to suu jsut like me!!!! gonna be sweet to see a familira face there. i had to use toe warmers all afternoon there thrusday ebcause it was cold and i forgot my boots- opps.  anyways, good tiem there. drove back to sudbury thursday night- almost 4 hours, snowimg at the beginning- and yes it looked like light spee from star wars!!! anyways, friday we had a live district meeting with my district- the sudbury zone leaders, sudbury downtonw, bracebridge sisters, north bay, and sault saint marie.  talk about finding and planning- funrole play just contacting people. wemt tp smokes poutine after for lunch. drove home to north bay- in a snow storm, going 10 under to be safe. visited some less actives on the way.  had dinner at a members.  saturday we had to do weekly planninh, and for the light the world that day we donated our extra clothes to the salvation army!!! we also had our ward christmas party-  we had a bout 63 people there, many of them less actives and non memers. we helped serve tje turkey and patatoes, ther est of it was potluck style and everyone got enough! i lvoe turkey dinner. we did a talent show after dinner, lots of performances. me an elder moldenhauer did a lip sync becuase we both are terrible singers hahah.  members loved it! sunday was church, we sang a lot of chrismas songs.  visited a family that was 30 muibnutes oput of town for dinner- got lost in the dark, btu they were awesome and we made it back in one piece.  today- jsut chilling. oh yes 2 miracles- one is a less active texted us out fo the blue and want sot come back to church, awesome! 2- members need our help and are feeding us a ton this week! guess chrismas time means make the msisioanreis fat! anyways, downside- our phone wont let us read texts- so we can only see the ebginnign part of them, so we are getting a new one this week.  gonna talk to my famiyl in a week!!!!!!! merry chrismas to all!!!!! happy holidays,

elder albert d h hanks

ps scripture: luke chapter 2. the nativity.

pps jokes;

Q: What cars do elves drive?

A: A toyYoda

Q: What do you call Santa’s helpers?

A: Subordinate Clauses.

Q: How did Scrooge win the football game?

A: The ghost of Christmas passed

Q: What is Santa’s primary language?

A: North Polish.

Q: What would you call an elf who just has won the lottery?
A: Welfy

Pics: what happened when we ad interviews last week- that snow was pretty much one day, snow plowed into a pile. lots fo elder and mission president shields! elder Robinson and me, aqward picture- cause why not- and a street named after me- again!