Miracles! and Victoria Day

So in case youo were wondering, yes pday is today yesterday was victoria day here in cananda and as such everything was closed here. so our pday is now! weird when it is on tuesdays. Last pday we gave a blessing to someone int eh hospital- always a spiritual experience to give someone a blessing in the hospital. this week we found three new investigatros. one was from a free bible ad some sisters in brampton put up, another was a neighbor we talked to outside another referall from the spanish sisters,a nd the other one was a referall from a member! we tried to do abotu an hour of finding a day, havent always got that, but as we made that effort i can testify that eh lord has blessed us with people that are ready to hear about the gospel. another miracle- we were walking out from picking up dinner from a member and saw a mother and daughter walking up, and my companion asked them if they knew anyone that needed free english class- because we teach them on Tuesdays and Saturdays- and theri jaw dropped and looked at us like we were speaking japanese! becuase they have a friend coming here to cananda in two weeks from japan that wants to learn english, adn they were just alking about how they were going to find classes wehre they could help her learn english! there are no such things as coincidences! really cool. we have been doing a good amount of service, taught some lessons- yesterday we had three investiagtor appointments fall through, but one of our backup plans- becuase it is always good to have a backup plan- was for me to do my plan, th course to help me make plans for my transitin home, and i signed up for my first ever insititute class this august! crazy. but awesome. so much happens in teh city, hard to keep track of it all. we have a good district, i am not longer district leade but that is alright with me i am follow up trianig and that is tons of fun- it means it is elder mcleods second trasnfer. anways, loves to all!

Elder Albert Hanks

PS Scripture- helama chapter 5 is an exellent one

pps joke- im running out of jokes: what do you call a monkey that is in a mine field

a ba-BOOM

pps pics: me and elder mcleod helped clean out the stroage shed, and we got to rid ein the mission truck! SOOOOOOOOOO nice! pic of it from behind. and the zls elders ward and johnson got a hold of my phone- im focused on dring, dont worry.

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What a week! So begins the end…

Alright, so since last monday at our apartment(we live in a basement) we have cut the grass, cut down the top limbs of a tree in the yard, cut those down smaller and put them in piles/bags. tons of work, using a chain saw is fun! i wore protective eyewear. anwyas, we help out at two food banks during the week, one on tuesdat and one on wedsneday. we helped this week out at the temple doing service- i helped lay mulch on trees and the garde, the gloves we were using were black- trasnfered happened and we lost the tripan missionary elder marusiak wheo went to tornto- sad day! said to goodbye to some missionaries, many of them language missioanries that i came out with! haha.  we got a neew investigator thsi week she is doing well. as far as missionary work goes- we have a lot of referealls and potentials we need to contact this week, had one at church. soemone is supposed to be on date for june, hopefully that happens. elder mcleod is a good missioanry, hard worker. still new though, farther along then when i was new haha. talked to a guy in the lobby this week, he kept talking and talking and we couldnt get anything in- he knew his bible though! hopefully we can teach him the restoration soon. anyways, yesterday was mothers day and yes i got to skype my family! wonderful seeing them all. i am down to 5 weeks, if you can beleive it. under 40 days haha. i have started a course called my plan, its a 6 week course hour long each week for departing missionaries and helps them make plans and set goals for theri post mission plans. its gonna be sweet! short this week, but we will see some miracels this week, we have work to do! ill see you all soon,

elder albert hanks

ps scripture: mormon chapter 9 is a good one to read if you want to spirit to teach you.

pps joke: Why did the scarecrow win an award? Because he was outstanding in his field.

pics: me and elder gutirerez. the fam! the back of m chair broke- not my fault- got a new one- the temple! and a selfie. shaving every day barely helps now haha.

Im in Heartlake! Its my final area!

So, long and short of last week- we went crazy for a few days, service deweeding a garden and rotatilling it, canning meet, doing yardwork, foodbank, and we also gt to see detroit. Got our investigator her baptismal intereview, she passed and is progressing to baptism this transfer, even though i will not b there, did some finging time but unfortunatly most of the people out on the street only speak spanish, and my spanish is not quite able to hold a conversation yet! getting tehr, gonna learn it more after the mission. good time though, the week ewent fast. thursday mornign i was told i wa getting trasnfered to heartlake, whihc is one of the wards that meets at the bramption stake center and is right next to the temple! the ward meets at 1:00 on sundays, its a big ward, not surte how im goign to meet everyone!  but they are goo,d went on splits sunday moring since we had a bigg meeting onsarturday so they did early trasnfers! this ward as some good things going. anways, i was replaced by a native spanish speaker elder pineda, so that will be good for leamington. my companion is from calgary alberta, and there is another missionary with us for the weekend named elder Marusiak that is from the turkey mission- they had to pull thos emissionaries out recently due to politics, so he is here and goign to toront, but a trio- or three msisioanrie companions- was awesome, we didnt have to worry about the third male rule wehre we need a third male with us if we meet a single sister. but its been fun! but this weekened the ENTIRE MISSION, which never happens, had a meeting with president m russell ballard, acting president of the quorom of the twelve apostles! he wsa missiona president forever her ago, so he lvoes it here- he told us that we need to talk to more peiople and we will baptise more, turn our missions however long we have left, completly over to the lord, and that smiles are the passports to the soul! so smile! it will make your life better, he promises!  also if you want to get up in the mroing set th alarm clock somewehre you can turn it off from your sleeping position in bed haha.  anwyays, i got to shake his hand- so warm and inviting, so loving- good man.  wish i could meet them all together one day! this truely is the Lords work, and he qulaifes his servants! loves to all, ill try and post more later, but all the best, talk to ya next wek. wish me luck for my last 6 weeks!

elder albert d h hanks

ps scripture: read 3rd nephi 11- acutally listen to it- and try to visualize how you would feel to be there.

pps jokes: what kind of dinosaur is always anxious?

a nervous rex haha

ppps what the graden looked like before and after rota tilling, detroit in the background, us and sarah, what we looked like helping can fish- well, i helped put labels on the chicken cans, it tasted good! gos to those in poor countries who need it. oh yes we landed a nail in the tire thats the flat tire, psi read 10. we had to have a skype district meet, thats the district, me and some members, two of the three current aps took a selfie when i asked them to take a picture, elder hunters and elder ballard, me and elder stevens, a gorgeous sunset, me and bishop holdaway and brother ardelane from my first area in don valley almost two years ago, they were suprsed to see me! and the tripan- lvoe these guys, both from alberta- elder maruisak is from edmonton. lvoes

 

 

What A Week!

Where to begin. Not sure. Last pday we kinda just chilled. In no rush. Tuesday we had a few lessons planned, one fell through. We helped our investigator Sarah who is getting baptized on the 12th start a family history account. What else. Oh yes we had our free English class. We have one man from Mexico consistently coming. He is awesome, his English is improving. Wednesday we had some calls to. Make, not. Much happened in the afternoon. Dinner at the Sandor they are awesome. Helped them out. Then we drive to Chatham, and I did another baptismal interview. The man’s name is Chris, he is actually my age. But he has a very strong tesfimony. His baptism is this week. Love Chatham elders. Anyways, Thursday we had interviews in London. I also had to get my temple recommend renewed. And district meeting, talked about Christ like attributes. Then I went on exchanges with elder Hillyer. We got back to Leamington, a two hour drive, changed and went and helped a less active lady load up a truck with two other members. Not bad, most of it was boxed. The furniture was a lot. Anyways, Friday we had two lessons, a dinner appointment, supposed to meet one of our investigators but his phone stopped working… So we didn’t get to. Saturday we had a few lessons, dropped a book of Mormon off at a member referall, taught English class, watched a video on how to work with members. Sunday there was stake conference, it was broadcast from London. Good talks, a seventy named elder clay presided and gave a good talk. What else… Can’t think what else. Did a lot of planning. Trying to get our investigator to have her baptismal interview this week. Fingers crossed. Today we tried to meet up with mission Aires, but time is against us. Anyways, this Saturday when we go to Brampton, else Soares and bishop causse aren’t coming anymore, but pres Ballard is, we will also be doing early transfers. So if I get transferred I will be in a new area on Monday next week! About to start the new and final transfer. We’ll, service we are doing a lot this week. Loves!

Elder Albert Hanks

Ps scripture 2nd Nephi 4 is an exellent chapter that Nephi is telling us to be positive.

Pps joke: when does a duck wake up?

At the quack of dawn! 

Ppps: pics:

Not sure if I out the one of me lifting a tree, some cool barns! And my whole district.

Maybe my final mission haircut… 

 

Exchanges, pasta dinners, and shocking news!

So first the highlights of the week. i went on two exchanges- one with elder kaku to chatham and the other one with eldr deweese in leamington(he is a zone leader). so me and elder kaku taught 2 lessons, did a little finding, talked, and had to take inventory of the chatham supplies since the mission office called fo an inventory count- sucky but we had a good time. he knwos his stuff, lives being a missioanry! then i was with elder deweese in leamington- we visited a member in the hospital, had to pick up wendy’s on the drive, adn then we had two appointments almost bcak to back- one with w potential and one with a less active-  good one both.  elder dweese is a master teacher. then we had the young womens italian past dinne fundrasier. tons of people came, it was fun, and there was a deseret auction. record was $60 for a key lime pie- big on. but i was not the one that baught it! thast about a 1/3 of my money fro the month. we got a cheesecake with strawberries on it. exchagnes back the next day. saw sarah our investiagro twice this week- she had to bumped her date back to may 12th, but she has been taught almsot everything and want sto be baptized! so it is exciting. and the bombshell of the week!

on may  5th, presidents m russell ballard and elder ulysses soares(both apostles), pres. robert m gay of the presidency of the seventy, bishop gerald causee(presideing bishop), elder david p home( general authority seventy), and elder alain l allard (area seventy) will be coming to ontario. there will be a special missioanry meeting at the brampton stake center on the 5th, and then on sunday they will be presideing over 4 different stake conferences. not ours. but there will be all of those gerenal authorites in the meeting with all the missionaries- we beleive. hopefully we are not too far to make the drive, but with this many coming we doubt we will not be allowed to come. this is so exciting, amazing, and soooo last minute we found out on thursday. so yeah thats happing in 2 saturdays. other then that, should be having a few pots becomgin new this week, and most of them are one smembers are working with! people with member friends acceot the gospel so muhc quicker then if we jsut knock on someones door. so never be afraid to share your testimony! lvoes to all, gotta go! lvoe being a missionary. countdow: 8 weeks left/59 days. lvoes

elder albert hanks

ps scripture: alma 34 was one i read this week form a suggestion from my grandmother.

pps joke: why did the bee go to the barber shop?

to get a buzz cut haha.

ppps pics:so- didnt get to point pelee since there was flodding, btu did check out a beach- and we went miniature golding instead- yeah i won! that is a giant bunny. elder hillyer and kaku, my chatham elders. a house right on the lake0 huge- the phones we used to use, a tree me and elder stevesn felled last week, me in a sombrero- yes i look dashing- the pasta dinner(we might get some news out of it this week) me and elder deweese, and me gardening. lvoes!

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

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!