Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Christmas Skype & flooding!

Dec 29 2015




So this is going to be a small little email because of what’s happening here in York. So Christmas was super awesome, it was great to be able to talk to my family I loved every second of it. And it was fun to spend some time at the homes of members, both for dinner and just to visit the older people in the ward to give them some company was the greatest thing ever. That really does bring the spirit of Christmas when you visit the lonely and reach out, which really had an amazing effect on me and my love for the Savior. Then here in England we have something called Boxing day, which is the day right after Christmas, and that’s when all the stores have a really big sale to get rid of all the extra Christmas stuff and such. Well that day it was raining so hard, and it never stopped and it just kept coming down. So because of that I finally had to purchase a coat, because I was tired of being soaking wet all the time, and it just happened to be on Boxing Day so I got one for pretty cheap. So yes mom I finally have a coat now! But continuing on so that was no fun having to walk around all day in the rain. But eventually we got all of our shopping done, we got all the things that we needed, I got a suit, and a coat, and elder Von Cannon finally got him a new pair of shoes after using his pair for about 15 months! So that was a really fun day that turns out to make history. 

So nothing too exciting happened this week in regards to finding people and teaching investigators being Christmas week and all, but we had a lot of fun getting to know the members, and visiting the lonely over the break! So that was really awesome, and an amazing experience.



Now for the crazy part, so York right now is in a massive FLOOD! Homes are surrounded in water, people are out of their homes, the banks are down, and come up every once in a while, the ATM's, don’t work, and there are thousands of people without food or clothes. So the whole northern part of York is under water. It turns out that it rained so much on Boxing Day both in York, and in cities northward, that it all came down and collected in York. York is in a basin, so the water collects here in York and all the rivers have flooded, and now all the streets are flooded, as you can tell by our pictures. The streets are now rivers, the parks are now lakes, the rivers are now who knows where, because everywhere is a river now. So it has been difficult to get around, we have missed some appointments, because of streets being rivers, and we almost didn’t make it home one night because all the roads were flooded and we couldn’t get back to our flat! So right now the church has been turned into a relief center and there is food and clothes and such for everyone who is being affected by the flood. So we are helping out with that at the church this week with that. So this week has been pretty crazy and will continue to be crazy because it never seems to stop raining here so we will see what happens. But this week will be full of service which is awesome i love service so let’s hope it doesn’t get any worse!! That’s why this week was so crazy with emailing, because we are helping out with the church so p-day and everything has been cut a little shorter, but that’s okay, because helping people out is the best thing that we could do!


I love you all, and it’s very exciting over here in England and the Church is true!


Love Elder Hanks




Cars in England.....

  







A picture of my brother next to a cool car in Malaysia - Me next to a cool car in England!



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Dec 21, 2015 
So everyone I got some great news for you all......... Its Christmas this week. I know right its pretty crazy how fast this year has gone by. I start to think about the year, and it seems like yesterday that I finished my soccer game, went home and opened up my call. Now its December I have been out for almost 5 months now and its really flying by. I love this time of year its the greatest time of year for several reasons. One is because everyone seems to be in a better mood this time of year, because well there is nothing really to be sad about, people are off work, its Christmas, there are lots of parties and things going on which people love here in England. And its the best time of year to think about our Savior Jesus Christ and how he can help us in our lives. But its awesome, we spend a lot of time visiting the elderly people in the ward, who may be up for all the festivities of the year, and dont have a whole lot of family that they can spend time with. So we go around and visit with them and see if we can brighten their spirits. One thing that I have really grown to love is talking to old people they are seriously the best, they aren't mean,  they don't have rude humor, they actually have things to say, and have some pretty funny stories as well. 

Quick story..
Me and Elder Von Cannon had just got out of a tea appointment with one of the bishopric members, and we were in an area that had an older lady in the ward, who the bishopric suggested we go and visit, so we went over and popped by for a visit. Well her name is J..................... and she is the longest member of the ward, so we thought this would be fun. Well background info, Englishmen people don't like it when you knock on their door late at night, which really isn't that late its like 6 or 7 so not late at all. But anywho, we knocked and she comes to the door and yells through the door "who is it?" so we responded with the natural "its the missionaries" She let us in and we started to have a nice chat when we heard a buzzing sound. We looked up an saw this massive bee, like this thing is huge, and for any of you who know, I really don't like bees, (bad previous experience- hahaha! ) and we had to try and catch this bee for about 10 min, which was no fun, but its a good thing we were there or else who knows what would of happened! But its really fun - I like visiting with old people they are the best!
Northern Mission Christmas Party
So also this week we had our missionary party, with all the missionaries in the northern part of the mission. Which was super fun ! I was able to meet elder Chen and Liss again, which was awesome to see my old 2 companions. And also to be able to see Elder Ferrell - the lad that I came in with. So that was really fun, lots of fun things, and we were able to be in regular clothes all day long which felt so weird but it was awesome to have that time to feel almost a little bit normal.

Now for something that happened later in the week. It was saturday and we went out finding for the day and came back for tea, and then headed off to the church for MY FIRST BAPTISM!!!!!!!!!!! A............ got baptized on saturday and it was so awesome, I was able to baptize him and it was the greatest experience ever! It was awesome, although a little bit scary because President Pilkington was there and that added some pressure that I could of gone without, but that's okay because A.......... still got baptized and it was the best Christmas Present that I could of gotten this year!! Now I got to go get me some more!!!

Anyways love you all, and hope you all have an Amazing Christmas this year, look for an opportunity to serve someone by you, to reach out a little to bless the lives of others! The church is true!! 

Like our Christmas tree? Maybe we will have a nicer one next year! 
Merry Christmas!! 

Love Elder Hanks

MSo everyone I got some great news for you all......... Its Christmas this week. I know right its pretty crazy how fast this year has gone by. I start to think about the year, and it seems like yesterday that i finished my soccer game, went home and opened up my call. Now its December i have been out for almost 5 months now and its really flying by. I love this time of year its the greatest time of year for several reasons. One is because everyone seems to be in a better mood this time of year, because well there is nothing really to be sad about, people are off work, its Christmas, there are lots of parties and things going on which people love here in England. And its the best time of year to think about our Savior Jesus Christ and how he can help us in our lives. But its awesome, we spend a lot of time visiting the elderly people in the ward, who may be up for all the festivities of the year, and dont have a whole lot of family that they can spend time with. So we go around and visit with them and see if we can 

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