Monday, February 8, 2016

The 6 month mark!

Can you believe it!! I have been out on my mission for 6 months now!! Its so weird how much time goes by on your mission. Its been a crazy 6 months full of ups and downs and has been such a fun experience for me, and I have learned so much already while being a missionary for my Savoir. So lets get into the week shall we. 

So it started off really awesome, with this past p-day we went on a hike with a member, up to this place called the white horse, which is pretty famous here in York. I took a lot of pictures of things you can see while you are up there, so if you want to see all the pictures I am sure that my mom will be putting them on my blog!! But I will still be sending some don't worry! But that was such a fun hike, and good to get out and see the green hills of england!! England is such a beautiful country and has a whole lot of fun things to offer!! So that was really fun to get out and do that!!

So in regards to finding people this week, we had kinda a rough week to put it simply. Me and Elder Von Cannon did a lot of knocking and walking around this past week, and to our suprise not very many people had any interest. It seemed that this week must of been Catholic week, because it seemed to be that every persons door that we knocked on they seemed to be Catholic, and it made for some pretty rough times!! Along with that we had some pretty funny experiences with people. We also ran into a lot of scientists this week and we got into a small debate with a young university student. The whole time she was trying to prove that religion was wrong, and that there was nothing out there, but of coarse we know better than that. So we simply shared our testimonies with her and tried to help her realize that there was something Greater out there. Well she clearly had no interest to find out, but she ended the conversation with something quite unique. She asked me at the end, if I was willing to have my brained scanned in a lab, to see if I was having unusual brain activity. And she asked me if I heard voices in my head? It was quite unique and something that I have never experienced before, it was actually quite funny! 

Another fun Experience that I had this past week was when I lost the phone! :( It fell out of my pocket one morning on the bus, and so me and Elder Von Cannon had to try and track the phone down, and we used the other missionaries phone to try and call it a bunch of times. And eventually this guy named M...... answered the phone and we coordinated a place to meet up at the university to get the phone. Turns out he was a university student, studing history and well yeah, he totally became a potential, so hopefully we can meet with him, and we also got his number in OUR phone, so thats was a funny experience that we had this week!

Then the last thing for this week happened just the other day! We were out knocking on some door and as you can imagine. Us as missionaries get a whole variety of expressions at the door, some of them are good some are not so good, and well, this one was not so good. We had been knocking for some time and we weren't having much success. We knocked on this one door, and an old man opens the door and is covered in clay. So I asked the man what he was doing, and he said he was making pots. Now back in high school I took ceramics, so I know how to make pots and such, so I offered the guy some help and offeredto try it out, and he had a good old laugh, I think he must of thought I was joking....... but I wasn't!  I wanted to make some pots!
But then it lead to who we were and what we were doing and he didn't have any interest in us. But I know that we left a good impression on the guy and who knows maybe we will go back and try again because the guy was very nice! So we were close but not quite there, who would of thought that ceramics would help out in missionary work! Then we came across another door, and this older lady answered the door and she didn't look to happy to see us  as some people are!! Well, we got talking and she was very against our church and didn't want anything to do with us, so as missionaries the next best thing that we can do is to leave a good impression. So we said, "Ma'am I hope that you have a wonderful day!" and she told me "NO" and then slammed the door. I don't know who says no to having a good day, but she did. So that was a first for me on my mission and I think in my life!!

The mission is so fun and I love being here. English people are hilarious and hopefully we can have some more funny experiences along with some success here next week!!! Well,

I love you all and hope you all have a great week. The church is True!!

Love Elder Hanks

Feb 1 2016 
So this week has been a pretty good week I would say for me and elder Von Cannon. We didnt find a whole lot of people this week but plenty of other things have happened this week so lets get started shall we!! 

So first off, something really quick. My bishop in the ward that I am serving in, his name is Bishop M.... and he is in the same business as my mission President. And they both are very posh (wealthy) so this past Sunday we were able to go over to his house for the first time on the mission for a tea appointment, and well lets just say he isn't shy of showing his success. But he is a great bishop and does a lot for us as missionaries. But it was fun to finally go to his house and sit down with him and his family! 

This past week on Saturday we went by this guys house named D..... Now D...... we have met before but he wasn't too interested in what we had to say, but luckily this time he let us into his home. He is such a nice guy, and we taught him a little bit about our church and while we were teaching him I was a bit preoccupied. Every Saturday D..... stays home and watches his 3 year old son S...., while his wife is at work. Now this can make teaching him very difficult because his main focus is on his son Sean. But this last time when we went to teach him. And all missionaries they have this rule where missionaries aren't allowed to play with little kids, for safety reasons. But its the worst because I love to play with kids, so all I could do was hold out my iPad and he would place his legos on my iPad to stack them up. But it was good because I was able to play with S..... while Elder Von Cannon was able to teach D...... about the church and it was awesome. However it really made me miss being at home and being able to play with all of my little cousins, and even my niece Remie! I miss that a lot!! But its all worth it because I am here to bless the lives of families through this gospel! But that was a really fun lesson. (especially because I got to play with legos!)


Also this past Saturday we had another Service Project because of the floods here in York. This Saturday we went to a park to help clean up the residue from the water that had flooded. And as we cleaned up all the debris, we also had to fill all of the play pits with new wood chips, because the old ones were taken by the water and the rest were soiled and hardened, so they needed to be replaced. So I spent a solid 4 hours hauling a wheel barrow  full of wood chips to different play areas in the park. Never have I ever felt so energetic. I was running with this massive wheelbarrow full of this wood chips, and it was so fun. I love doing service so much and we got to meet a lot of cool people who came to help volunteer and help out. But that was such a fun day to spend half of the day working hard and serving people. Of course the rest of the day and all of Sunday, my muscles were so sore, that it was difficult to move, but that didn't bother me because, I knew that heavenly Father would provide a way to accomplish what we needed to! If you have any chance at doing service for anyone, whether its shoveling someones driveway or whatever, jump at the opportunity because it makes you feel so good!! 

A random small door...

Now I also would like to share with you an experience that me and Elder Von Cannon had this past week. On Tuesday night we had just finished our daily planning and we were closing with our prayer. As I was saying the prayer I asked Heavenly Father to bless us with the chance to get into one house tomorrow, that's it. To just get into one house, because we have never gotten in as a companionship. At the end of the prayer Elder Von Cannon said to me, "that was really specific, and unusual." Well,  thats all that I wanted for us at that moment. And so it came on Wednesday and we were out knocking all day long, and we were finding people, who said we could come back another time, or that they were busy but to try again. We had been knocking all day long and no one was looking to let us in. I was getting a little bit discouraged, we had just finished a street and were about to go try street contacting at the University, however as we were walking back to the university, I looked at this door number 84. I felt impressed to go and knock on the door, and as we were about to walk on by I decided to follow the prompting and we knocked on the door. A university student opened the door and we started to talk, his name is L..... and he said, "its pretty windy why dont you guys come in!" And there it was, the one person who we had prayed for had let us in. We taught him the first lesson and invited him to be baptized, he didn't accept the date of the baptism, but he said that he would read and think about it. But we are going back this week to see how he is. It was an amazing experience for both me and Elder Von Cannon. 

I want to promise all of you that god does hear and answer our prayers. If there is one thing that heavenly Father has blessed me with for sure, is the knowledge that i have about God hearing and answering prayers. I know that he does, and i challenge all of you to pray earnestly and i know that God will answer your prayers!!! No matter what it is you pray for, if you care, then he cares! This Church is true, and God answers Prayers! 

Love you all! 

Love Elder Hanks

Your basic English street

"Killing" off a missionaries shirt who was heading home... yes he was that much smaller than me....! 

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