Monday, February 15, 2016

White Winter & well, a couple of "Booooms!"

Feb 15 2016

So the title of this letter will come into play at the end of the letter so just be patient in regards to that ok! 
English snow storm
                                               

Alrighty then so this week was a very busy week for me and elder Von Cannon but a lot of good things happened this week so lets get started. 

First things first is this week we had our interviews with President Pilkington and that was really great, that man knows what he is doing and its going to be very interesting having a new president this summer. But the interview was really great, and the one thing that he challenged me to do was to get better at Chinese, so a greater emphasis is being put on our language study this next transfer and month. But overall great time with President Pilkington! 

Alright so this really interesting thing happened this past week. Me and elder Von Cannon were walking down the street the other day and something really quite funny and unique happened. We were walking and this black man comes up next to me and I know who he is. His name is J..... and he is twin brothers with this guy named S...., who is the investigator of the other missionaries in our flat. Now I knew S..... and J..... because of that one time I went on a split with elder Walter we ran into J...... on his way out, and as we went to go teach his brother S....... So  J....... tried to listen in but had no interest in the church. Well as we were talking, we of course got led into the church and what we believe and he asked us a question and elder Von Cannon nailed it right on!! And he says this exact phrase, now this is not to be taken pridefully or to make fun of the other elders but he did in fact say this "Wow, you guys are so much easier to talk to, and way more intellectual than the other missionaries, I love talking to you guys, you should come over and talk some more!" BOOOOOMMMMMMM!!!! It was sooo awesome!! It’s a small testimony that we are called to our missions for a reason, Some people are meant for us personally! So even though the other elders tried, it was us that was meant to meet him. so this next week we will be going over to teach him so that will be super fun, especially when S......,  his brother sees a different set of missionaries. I am super excited to teach him. 

Next thing is with our other investigator H..... Now H..... is chinese yes, but has lived here for the past 7 years so most of our talking is done in english, because H.... is almost better at it. But he is a university student here in York and is studying Biology, and Chemistry. So this H..... is a genius and loves science. Now we have been working with H.... from the beginning of me getting here to England for a really long time! And H.... has never been convinced that there was a God, or in the scriptures. And it has been a really hard and difficult road with H..... But a miracle happened and it came through science!!! Because H.... studies chemistry and  was learning about the codes of organ cells and such and H.... came to a realization. H..... said this, sorry lots of quoting in this letter!! H.... said, "After I found out the codes for some of this molecules and how it all correlates together, I thought..... How can there not be a creator, who organized this?" BOOOOOOOMMMM again, after 6 months, H...now realizes that there is a God out there. And now is starting to read in the book of Mormon. H..... still has a lot of work, but it was soo great to hear H..... say it!! What a great thing. 

Then we had an awesome experience. We were down knocking in this area called Fulford a small little town outside of the main city of York and it seems that there was just catholic, after catholic and we were having no success at all. So as we were walking to the next door I offered a small prayer and asked my Heavenly Father to "Please just give me one person who will be interested, just one!" Well we had to go to a tea appointment with a member so we were about to leave, but I thought we need to finish this little street, and guess what. The very very last door, a Taiwanese lady answered the door. We started to talk to her in chinese, and next thing we know, we had a return appointment for this next week!!! The last door was an answer to my prayers and not only that, but she spoke chinese!! What a miracle!!!

Bro. T
The last thing that happened this past week is with a member. There is this 96 year old man in our ward named P..... T...... Now let me tell you I love Brother T.... so much, that man is the greatest person ever. He has done so much over his lifetime and keeps telling us he is waiting for the time that Heavenly Father will unite him with his wife. Whenever you ask him how he is doing, he responds with, "still hobbling along!" It’s the funniest thing ever. So this past sunday we went up to his house to visit him, and he was telling us all of his life stories. It was the best, but then it gets better because as we are leaving his house we look outside and it’s snowing!!!!!! It was soooo awesome, and because it was snowing he gave us some English caps, for free!! So now I really look English!!! It’s the best thing ever!!! I love that man, and hope but also don’t hope,  that he will soon be reunited with his wife!! But an amazing week for sure!!!
True Englishmen now, thanks to Bro. T. 





The church is true everyone and God does here and answer prayers!!! 

Love Elder Hanks


Elder Hanks is learnin' to cook!  Yes, he really did cook this! 

not sure if this is sports related or something scary under the umbrella....! 

Who knew there was a Utah in England?! 


Oh these foreign cars...!! 





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