Well, it is official. I am going home on Wednesday. To summarize this last week, big items- i had my departing interview on Saturday with president shields. it was nice, he was straight forward on how life is going to be after the mission, i have served honorable, stay active in the gospel. We reviewed the entire my plan course i had set up for my goals and plans after the mission, from gospel activity to school and work and dating and temple marriage. he gave a blessing to each one that had the departing interview, it was helpful. We went walking and contacting for 6 hours on wednesday, tons of fun talked to quite a few people. No one was interested, but i felt good having put in a good effort finding. I went on my last exchange with elder marsden my district leader to etobiko, we did a free bible stand that was fun. I drove a 2018 nissan Rouge for the first and probably last time. it was fun. other then that, service, and English class party. Oh, the mandarin elders were teaching a mandarin speaker named ming and she got baptized Saturday morning and was confirmed! I helped by conducting the music. Wonderful time. a few member appointments. my, how time flies. It was a fulfilling week. Hopefully i get to knock on a few doors tonight before i head into departing meetings tomorrow and fly home. It was a week of miracles. because every day we are alive and breathing is a miracle. Anyways, thats my week.
But i will bare a little testimony. over the past few months my testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ has deepened and strengthened. If we are living the gospel, we are striving every day to become better and more christlike. We need to always be serving others. i am so grateful for my mission. the life lessons it has taught me, the faith i ahve experienced. Every heartache, every sorrow, every joy, every moment on my mission has prepared me to be a man that the lord can count on to minister to his children. My full time mission is drawing to a close, but i can say that i will always be looking to be a missionary. Sharing the gospel. helping people draw closer to christ by helping them recieve the restored gospel through faith in jesus christ and his atonement, repentance, baptism, recieving the gift of the holy ghost, and enduring to the end. My mission has been the greatest teacher of my life- not sure if its my best two years of my life, but i can say that it has been the best two years for my life. and i have faith that with my new trajectory and following chirst, every year can be my best year ever. I love you all- i feel th love of chirst for his chidlren, at least in part. Always seek to draw people closer to god by loving them. I say these things in the name of jesus christ amen.
Elder Albert Duane Harris Hanks
ps my mission scripure: 3rd nephi 5:13
“13 Behold, I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of him to declare his word among his people, that they might have everlasting life.”
pps joke: What did one ocean say to the other? nothing, it just waved.
ppps pics: Me and the swendsons, elder marsden, president and sister shields, some cool pics i found of the savior, me and toronto, a cool park we found, and of course one of my favorite places in the world- the temple!
Loves, I’ll see you soon. Elder Hanks signing out.