Missionary Week!

Alright, so this week is what I would deem as a Missionary week! We were here all week minus district meeting, and no exchanges, so we were able to do appointments and service and finding  a lot! Good to work in iur areas. Rough outline this week. Tuesday we did sevice in the morning, then on the afternoon we had a lesson with our investigator Sarah. dropped my some less active Ena part member families, talked to quite a few and they were supper nice! One was a big patriots fan family and that was a cool connection with my mom from new England. English class this eek KO one came. Wednesday we had sevice at gleaned I cut and peeled onions, none eyes were on fire! Visited a less active named Dan, it was his birthday actually! Talked to him. About the sacrament. We all felt the spirit. Then we had correlation with our branch mission leader and a lesson with another less active. Thursday we helped at the food bank! Then we had weekly planning outside Becuase it was do gorgeous! Typed up district meeting, studies. Pretty much HHS day. Friday we had district meeting. On planing and studies. It was awesome! Then we visited our investigator Sarah, taught her the commandments. Having members at lessons to testify that the commandments help is awesome. Dropped by one or two wpeople, started using Facebook more this week to. Promote the book of Mormon n and Bible. As well our free English class hopefully some thigh happens. Saturday it was pouring rain iurfisde and we went tracting. Yes we end to owning on doors. One guy let us in! One of the first times someone has let us in tracting. His name is Velma and he has recently been going back to god, so he treats us knocking on his door as a sign from god. So we will be seeing him this week. Ended up calling all the former that had phones a few said we could call back thsi week. Met our investigator David. He is working hard in the greenhouses and is tired but loves meeting with us. Sunday there was such a bad clizzard all over Ontario rain here that most church’s cancelled. Ours didn’t, but we only had half power

Ice everywhere, near Toronto there were reported 1200 accident in one weekend. Some members came. We called people after, visited a few. Driving g carefully. Dinner ended up being at 8 but that’s ok doesn’t happened too often. Busy week. Oh lasto day we helped clean up and make looking a nice a garden at a members, got my hands dirty! It was awesome! Anyways, gotta go, loves to all, only 9 weeks left! It was also. My moms birthday this week happy rbitfhday to her! Also I hit 22 months. Loves!

Elder Albert hanks

Ps scripture 3rd Nephi 17 touched me this week.

Pps joke what lights did Noah use on the ark?

Flood lights!

Pics!

Some old pics of me and why we shouldn’t rbe allowed to play with sticks. Church, lights were out in the church bathroom so. We improvised, the storm did that to a tree. Loves!

Elder Hanks 2

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What a week.

I dont know wehere to start. small miracels: we now have two progressing inv, sarah came to general conernce with a member and now is going to be baptized on may 5th, last saturday of this trasnfer, so aesome! she is reading and praying alredy.  david has a rough work scduduel but he is had a day off on sunday and came to church! he was very welcomed by the members here.   we had 3 people at an esl( english class) on tuesday, even though we werent planning on starting it up until starudya ! haha that was a fun call.  we were able o visit a member in the hospital he was in icu and they told us they have no idea how we got in there its only supposed to be famiyl members and one at a time haha.  other then that i drove about 4-5 hours with my companion andte chatham elders to brampton thrusday night and i went to the tmeple!!!!! frist time in a year. it was amazing. wonderful spriti, i feel spriitually nourished. saw elder moldenhauer that night we slept at his apartment with his companion in etobiko.  friday we had zone coenference wher elder s gifford nielson of the seventy and his wife came and talked with us for hours! my new favorite scrioture is now john 3:16-17 with the atonement. we talked baout repentance, tha plan of salvation, testifmony, msisionary work, president russel m nelson is on fire with the revelation and helping the church grow into what the lords wants it to be, talk abtou  alma 17-27. ohhhhhhh so much good stuff!!!!!! not enoughs apce to writ ethe revelation. saw many missioanrie si know, many younger then me. my siter informed me that i have 73 days left. so yesits offical, only about 10 weeks left to serve the lrod full time.  then driving back fro about 4-5 hours haha/ i lvoe driving but i hate being th passenger. i drove fro the entire 9 hours. got lost in a differencet hosital looking fro a differnet member on saturday. but all os well we foudn teh way.  soooo much to write about!!!!! ahhhh not enough time, but its a good life to be a missionary. rough, tiring- but ther eis nothing else like tecahing peole about the resrtored gospel! loves,

elder albert hanks

ps scripure: John 3:16-17(hint replace your name with the word “the world”)

pps joke: what lights did noah use on the ark? FLOOD LIGHTS!!!

pps pics: temple, the beach in our area, missionaries in tronoto liveon the tiop floor! torotnto, brief slide of what the plan of salvation is all about.  and my companion dropped the paper towel roll….. hilrious!

Transfers, new companion, General Conference, and Easter!

First of all yes there is was a trasnfer and i am with elder stevens from leeds england. So another foreign companion! haha he is great, and a pretty good cook. He has been oout about 8 months- he is 18. So yes a small age didffernce but hey whatever. this week- was an adventure beucase our car had a bunch of scrathces that i found on the car but did not make- aka other missionaries did it and didnt fix it- so it went into the shop two weeks ago and we hadan extra one, but somehow at trasnfers our car was stolen from us by the mission office… soooooooo we didnt hav ea car until thursday afternoon. so we had chatham and london elders driing us to district meeting and to get our car on thursday. so we walked- and saw mostly spanish speakers on the streets. so ye swe are traching ourselves spanish with president permission, si. hmm what else. so we taught our investigator named david. he has a very hard work schedule, but a very strong desire to follow god. i invite dhim to be baptized and he said yes, he can feel what we are teaching him is true. hopefully we can figure out how to help him. aslo, general conference was wow wow wow wow wow so amazing. Too much to try and descrive, my current favorite was elder jeffery r hollands on ministering and what it truely means to minister- highly recomnd you study that one.  i was knocked off my seat a few times by announcements and changes. oh boy awesome! a member brought ehr nonmemeber friend/person who lives in her house to watch generla conferenc oen sunday, and we now have an appointment tomroow tp teach her the gospel! so one new tomorrow hopefully. blessings! using facebook is weird, but it is slolwly coming along. Most of all, miost improtant was that this last sunday was easter- which to quote elder ucthdorf was the most important day in history when christ overcame death and ros frome the grave.  He overcame death for us.  he loves us all very much and indivdually. Loves to all, ill trll what more miracles happen this week next time. butwe have zone conference and and a temple trip ths week! loves to all

elder albert hanks

ps scriptre- justnwatch/read/listent o genreal conference!!!!!!

ps joke- why did the banana avoid the beach? becuase he didnt want to peel

pps pics: me and elder lee, the temple at trasnfers- drove to brampton to get my ocmpanion, crampeed car with 4 missionaries and 2 sets of luggage, a cool ligth in the moring? the shiny car, ,e and my new companion, and a cool picture i found.

 

 

 

Alright short but crazy transfers

so in short this is what happeneed this week. my companion was feeling pretty sick this week. had a few appointment,s knocked a few doors. went on exchanges with elder hilyer from alberta. tons of fun, we helped a lady move on saturday morming. church was good. we were unable to get inv at church this trasnfer, and we are down to one trasnfer, but this trasnfer we will see miracles! i am staying in Leamington again with a new companion, elder stevens. i think he is from engladn im not sure. he is in toronto right now! Facebook is really interesting to use as a missioanry, but my sister grace is going on a mission to the phllipines and she leaves in july! not much else to report. anways, hope all is well. i will be driving to toronto tonight, picking up my new companion tomorrow! loves to all,

elder albert hanks

ps scripoure: alma 17-18 is quite the missionary story

pps jokes: why did the invisible man turn down the job offer? he just couldnt see himself doing it.

ppps pics: i did my first roast this week! i made some korean food- its called kimchee. me and elder hilyer. my companion was really tired. and supposedly that is the entire korean alpabet.. i dont think so haha.

 

212D2DAC-68F3-4330-AA46-5CE8D3385596.jpegHello all!
So quickly, big things that happened this week. One. My face is no longer agreeing with me shaving every day. Two. The sun is shining, but I’m still aprehinsive about calling it spring yet. 3 we had a dinner appointment pretty much every day this week. And we had a ribs not once but twice this week. It was nice! Me and Elder Lee unfortunate had to drop some investigators that were not meeting with us. Our to the one unfortunate got sick this week and Becuase of that he didn’t make it to the meeting or church. That was the miracle one from last week. I did go on exchanges after interviews this week with president. Which were awesome. Else Lowry served in north bay before I did. So we had some good talk. He is a solid guy. We dropped by a former who was a member in north bay. Coincidence for both of us to be there… Not! The lords hand is in it. She is now a new inv. Miracle! Gave away another BOM this week as well. She didn’t want to meet but enjoys reading
This was I. Chatham. We are almost done with putting our area online. Anyways, today we are going to Chatham to get some car work done and hang it with them. Fun to see other elders. Last week of the transfer. So weird! I hit 21 mobths this last week, time flies when you are win the device of the lord. Sun is shining. Gotta go, loves to all. Hope you all had a great saint patricks day. My Korean companion had no idea what the holiday was about. Love ya!
Elder Albert hanks
Ps scripute- 3rd Nephi 12 was inspired this week for. Me.
Jome: why did the invisible man turn down the job offer: he couldn’t see himself doing it!
Pics- yeah it’s great to be us. Love my haircut?
Loves!

Facebook!!!!

So yes i will say it was a noraml mssionary week with the exception of 3 things, which i will talk about in this weeks blog. 1)zone conference 2)facebook and 3) our new investigator! so first,

zone conference- it was the london, hamilton, and kitchener zones. saw some old frinds, msot of them are younger then me or are finsihing their missions soon… add that to the list of how im getting old.  but we talked about the part in the book of alma 49, where the lamanites, or in our case satan and his followers, seek to attack us, but because we have prepared and fortified ourselves spiritually we are bale to beat them back wiht almost no damage to ourselves.  so, wiht the phones, if we prepare and use them the way god has asked we do, satan will not be able to tempt us! got some training, talked about conversion. drive back was bad weather, didnt make the onramp turn becuase we couldnt turn the car sinc ether was ice haha but we are safe.

face book- yes we as missionaries are now allowed to use facebook for our prosleyting purposes! so what tat means- i can post, be friends with anyone, message people in our areas, like post and comments and such, but the rules still apply abpout communicating wiht family and friends during the week dirrectly- so if i dont reply to a messgae send ont facebook or messanger please do not be offended but i will do my best ot ackowledge you on mondays in emails. basically messagner would be the same as texting family, which we are not supposed to do. but if you psot something, i can see it during the week.  if i am focused on my purpose i can use it fully. so you can see what i do and say during the week more, make you all feel more connected! its a great ool the lord has given. if you are interested in our phone restrictions go to missioanry under the gospel library app and look at the safergaurds for using technology booklet.  its very helpful.

new investigaor- his name is daniel, he was found through facebook from sisters in bowmenville even before i had made an account! they sent us the referall, he was still up to meet, we met him staurday night- our ward mission leader brother fiss drove him in- he had a question about what happens after we die, so we taught him the plan of slavation- one of the most real and spiritual investigator lessons i have had in a long time- it was amazing! i guess i do know the content and can teach with the spirit, i just needed to trust the lord that he will provide people ready for the gospel! he will hopefully be coming to church thsi week.

thats the highlights for this week.  if you want to add me on facebook please do to see what we do during the week! after the mission i will see if i can compbine my old account with my new account, btu for now i have one designated for being a mssioanry. lvoes to all. oh, and i have been informed i have 100 days left exactly- jsut a fun fact. 100 day sto preach the gospel full time!

also, shout out to my sister izzy her birthday is this week!

elder albert hanks

ps scriptre: alma 12 was a powerful chapter i read this week

jokes:

Q – what do you call a laughing motorcycle?
A – a Yamahahahahaha

Q – what season is it when you are on a trampoline?
A – spring time!

Q – what has one head, one foot, and four legs?
A – a bed.

pics: might not be as many as usual, but facebook might have some too:

my companion got a hold of my phone and took pictures, trying to get a good facebook profiel, and me and my boy elder coffey.

 

Getting old, destroying chicken coops, and a blizzard

yes all of that happened this week.  so getting old first- i started making a list of how i know i am old.  1- you no longer have tan legs becuase you always wear long pants. 2- yuo start not wanting to replace or buy new things because its not worth it to buy new stuff. 3- you have listen to almost your entire music collection at least 50 times. 3- its easier to count down now instead of counting up. 4- every missionary you meet(almsot) is younger then you- and you know all the older ones. 5- you have to start worrying about college…  glad i dont have to worry about dating yet! so thats the list currently. anyways, the next part- we did a ton of service this week.  one member needed our help to move junk out of his garage into a dumpster because he did early spring cleaning because his basement flooded.  so i got asked to fo out bak and destroy a chcken coop! which i did. my companion sent me the brieg video. and YES i got to use a sldgehammer.  it had some weight to it.  no new investigators or potential investigators this week. however we did give away two BOMs to people that were not interested but took the Book. we will let the spirit do the rest of the work. so i went on echanges with elder dixon from centerville utah this week. he is b far the mst spiritually in tune and spiritual msisionary i have ever met. he is a zone leader and used to be a fasri/persian speaking missionary.  we only had an hour to find- picked two former inv, visited one then walked to the other, all the while knocking some doors and talking to people. we talked to so many different people it was crazy- 3 or 4 ethnicities and 4 or 5 religious background! cool.  super fnu exchange.  oh ad thrusday night our plasn were intereuppted becuase there was a blizzar- we went from spring to a winter blizzard and snow everywhere ina  matter of a few hours.  it was crazy- one [hoto sorry not mroe.  fast sunday was good- it knocked me out though, i think more then usual. Oh wells, ill have to rpepare better for next time. there is sunshine now- its a good life! gotta go, love yall!

elder Albert Hanks, Esquire!

ps scripture: 2nd Nephi 27 is a good one, very insighful this week.

pps- jokes- what does a baby computer call its father- data!

My dog used to chase people on a bike. It got so bad, I had to take his bike away!

pps pics: snow- kinda dark. me and elder dixon- goofballs! and this summs up my district. i think its time for a haircut…

I went as far south as i can go!

Yes i did! today me and elder lee went to pelee point in ontario! it is the souternmost point of ontario, and on the same latitude of rome and barcelona! it was fantistic! still ice chunks in the water, but we had a great time! anwyas this last week- we did a good amount fo service- at the food bank and we also help cut carrost one day. visited some less actives- one is from cambodia and she is going back there soon, she needed our visit this week the spirit helped to uplift her.  miracle this week- last transfer elder lee tracted into a thai family and we wer finally able to visit them agian las tsaruday! the parents onl speak karen(karin?) something like that, kids speak english- so we talked about the BOM through te daugther. they are awesome! that was a cool miracle- also knocked some doors- had someone try and tear us down about how what we teach is a lie- sad to see, but it shows we are doing what we are supposed to be, and since we are despised we will be blessed later on. We are on the Lords errand. all we really incvite people to do is to read the Book of mormon and to pray about it! but many will not. its sad, btu we keep going. other then that- church was good. elder lee got sick this week a little, small cold, but he recovred quickly! leamington is a good farming town.  i wonder wehre the trees are- i miss them haha! anwyas, pretty much all to report. oh funny story elder lee and i went t the car at like 8:30 to get something- and he forgot to card to get us bakc into the building! soooooo we had to buzz one of our neighbors to let us in, we felt so foolish! hah you live nad you learn. anwyas, i just want to testify that God loves each and every one fo us- if he did not, i would not be out here. lvoes to all

elder albert hanks

PS Scriputre- Moroni 6 talks about why we need church.

ps joke: why did the dog cross the road?

becuase the chicken wasnt avaliable!

pics: a lot from the point today!

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!

 

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!