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.

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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.

Bowling, Interviews, and Visitors

SO last pday i went bowling after i ate sushi with other missionaries, and i spilled soy sauce all over my new white shirt- but it came out with carbonated water like it was nothing! it was so great! like it had never been there. bowling- well, lets just say i suck;) but its fun.  Saw our recent convert Gregory who is moving to Quebec this week- so sad, but the missionaries there know he is coming.  Tuesday we had a bunch of calls to make- and dumb paperwork, but we had Family Home evening wiht the singles and got to contact! We contacted almost every day- talked to a nice older couple, bob ad karen, who took a book of mormon. wednesday we had service, checked kijiji ads, and contacted a ton.  Thursday was the usal schedule- acually funny story other missionaires had their meetin at our chapel, and we parked in front of their cars so we had they would have to back up- and they attacked our cars wit sticky notes. it was HILARIOUS! the members at the scrioure study class got a kick out of it.  had stuffed bell pepers that night- oh so good!friday we had District Meetin and interviews with president- i love him, he was able to answer some questions i had.  Helped me to put my trust in the lord more.  then we went on exchanges with smith falls- elder burton from bountiful came to napnanee wiht me! Saturday was a lot fo driving, we helped clean out the shed at our chapel- so much extra thing that do not need to be ther! oh wells.  Met with our investigator kevin.  We taught him the restoration, he LOVED it and said he would for sure read the Book of Mormon and Pray about it! Church we had 51 people at sacrament meeting, and all time high since i was here.  About 20 were visitng family from out of twon though haha Elder peterson pulled a muscle in his leg, so we ahve to take is easier for a few days whiel he heals up.  thats the week! Love to all

Elder Albert D H Hanks

PS- Scripture- D and C 121.  So powerful.

PPS Jokes: Molecule 1: I just lost an electron.
Molecule 2: Are you sure?
Molecule 1: I’m positive.

When everything’s coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.

Why are buildings called buildings if they’re finished? Shouldn’t they be called builts?

I just bought a cured ham; I wonder what it had.

Pics: bowling group, our car that was “vadalized”-totally deserved though- us, gregory and his brother ethan(they had had a water fight just before), and a giant toad we saw!

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!

Jokes:
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?

Reverent

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?

Ketchup

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

Jokes:
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!

BAPTISM!!!!!!

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!

Loves,

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!

Jokes:

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