July 18 2016
Alrighty everyone this week was an amazing week! right now its sooo hot that English people aren't wearing clothes Jk mom that was a joke it’s okay! And dad don't worry I am keeping elder Leavitt safe and away from the evils of the world! alright so let’s go into the week shall we, I hope you all had a great week like we did.
So first with J....., or Jehovah witness guy! So we went over to his house early on this week to see if he had made any progress with his reading of the book of Mormon because he had read some before for the first time and so we wanted to see how he is doing! So we go in have a lesson about faith using ether 12 to teach and read with him, when we are about to leave and then he says, "Wait you got to give me more to read, if I am going to be reading this book every night I am not going to read the same thing everyday!" You could say I almost started to dance right in his living room it was the best thing ever! now we got to work on his church attendance but we will get him don't worry! But yeah that was just the best thing to hear from an investigator for sure!
|A cathedral for Pday|
Interesting thing that happened this week. We had a lesson early on Monday this week with a less active named D....., who is now our missionary wingman! It’s awesome we just say wingman we need you for this and he comes! hahaha he has now been to church every week for the past month! Now he is working on some commandment issues but he is now an active member of the church again! Which is the best thing ever to see someone come back to church and receive the blessings or it! Anyways so we are up in this area, knock on this door and a guy opens up and says this, "I have been to your church before" not a usual response for sure but then he expounds. " It was your big white one in Preston and they wouldn't let me in, now what kind of church builds something like that and then doesn't allow people in?" so I quickly explain that it’s a temple of ours and the sacredness of it, and how we use the temple as one of the most sacred places to us. I thought I explained it in a good way, but obviously not when the guy responds with "that doesn't sound like a Christian church to me!" and then slams the door! Ouch! it hurt a little bit not going to lie!
|A cathedral for Pday|
Then another encounter however this one was a bit different. We were there knocking on some door when we got yelled at from behind and we looked back and there is this guy sitting in the nicest Porche ever!! He calls us over and tells us that he wants to give us some advice. by the look of his car I didn't object, but he continues to tell us that they only way we can ever really know who God is, is through prayer, and how we need to gain a relationship with our Father in Heaven. For a second there I thought he was teaching me the Restoration but he wasn't. And told us his whole life story about how he was born Muslim but came to England learned English and then became a Professional Boxer and now drives porches around for fun! But he started to ask us all sorts of questions until we stumped him when he asked, "how much do you get paid to do this, and why do you tell people they are wrong?" So I quickly responded with the fact that we contribute our own money, how none of us get paid and that we simply invite people to read and pray to find out who god really is. His jaw just dropped. After realizing what we were doing he offered us the craziest stuff ever. Free boxing classes everyday whenever we want, he wanted to take us out to eat at this crazy nice place in town and offered to give us a lift in his super nice porche! He just started to shake our hands and just gave us so much praise, (it felt uncomfortable really) but it was unique to have praise rather than the other harsh stuff! But that was awesome! so we are going back to see S...... K....., the Professional Boxer once he gets back from America! hahaha ooh the people you will meet on your mission.
|A cathedral for Pday|
Then to end this email I should of taken a picture but I didn't! We had to do one of the hardest tasks ever! It was lunch time and so we went down to grab some food! I was planning on having rice and chicken and veggies, cause got to be healthy right! well I go to open the freezer for my chicken and the drawer wouldn't open! it was frozen shut! I being the persistent kid that I am was determined to get my chicken out. So I finally got the drawer out and saw the excess amount of ice in the freezer and thought we need to defrost this thing quickly before we have to go. So we pulled all the food out, which wasn't much. Defrosted all the drawers with warm water and then we started to chip away at the ice inside to get rid of it all. After about 15 min of this I realize that we were running out of time and we needed to go faster so what did we do. we got creative! First came the bottle of hot water which slowly melting the ice away but not quick enough, so along with the bottle of water I had this amazing idea! You know how most irons have steam in them! hahah yes picture this in your heads! SO YES I got our iron and turned in on and loaded it up with some water! Stuck it in the freezer and closed the door as much as possible! And started to rapid spray the steam into the freezer, trying to make it like a sauna. Haha and it worked! We a solid 30 min we sat there filling up the iron and used the steam to melt it all away! it was awesome! Hahah I left the flat all wet from the water and the steam but it was a great time, definitely one to remember! Well that's all for me this week! hope you all have a great week!
love elder Hanks
July 11 2016
Hiya there everyone! hope that you all had a wonderful 4th of july last week. We had a successful BBQ with the missionaries in our zone and said goodbye to some of our missionaries who were going home from their missions as successful elders! So that was sad to say bye to them but overall the BBQ was a success all thanks to my wonderful mother! I love that lady she is the best!! But this week was an alright week for Elder Leavitt and I. We didn't find any new investigators this week but we are working hard to getting some more people to teach so don't you worry we will get them but I will share some experiences that happened this week.
|4th of July BBQ|
|4th of July BBQ|
First. J..... our investigator who is being taught by Jehovah witnesses. Once again agreed that our church "makes so much more success!" But this past week we went to see how his reading and if he had prayed about the book of Mormon, and he hadn't so me and elder Leavitt in our distraught! Were edified by the spirit and we both received and impression to share with Jed the first lesson again and at the end of it we shared a video called "testimony of the book of Mormon" by elder Holland and it was sooo awesome! The spirit was so strong that I almost started to ball in front of this former navy/army guy and elder Leavitt said that he had Goosebumps the whole time. Then we both bore our testimonies of the Book of Mormon and it was such an amazing lesson, the spirit was so strong there! AHHHH THE church is true and the BOOK of MORMON is amazing please read that book everyday it is the best thing ever!!!!!
|Our Sheffield area board drawings...!|
|this is what Sheffield looks like on a Sunny day!|
Then we had to say our goodbye's to elder Poho and Elder Bowen in our flat. It was a sad goodbye after living with them for almost half a year, its was a sad departure. But now the flat is really quiet and I am not sure that elder Leavitt is a fan of my singing but he has to deal with it for the next couple of weeks right! But its been alright its been nice to have a little bit of EXTRA space because the house is just way to big for us! but yeah sad day there!
Next up that happened was with this man named J.... Now J..... let us in with the kindness of his heart because it was raining and me and elder Leavitt forgot our coats as usual, and we were just drenched so he let us in. He started to ask us all sorts of questions which lead us to teach about the Plan of Salvation and at the end of us teaching him, normally we ask them questions to see how they understood but J...... recapped the whole thing like almost perfectly. It was awesome we were so excited to invite him to baptism and he even said, "Wow, this makes so much more sense!" I feel like that's going to happen a lot on my mission! But then all of a sudden he looked at his watch and said "oh no I need to go and kicked us out and then ran past us down the street before we could set up anything, like a return appointment or inviting him to baptism, but at least we committed him to read and to pray if our message is true! So that was really good.
Then I had an awesome experience just last night as we were walking back to the flat at night to go in for the night. We ran into this guy named P.....! now with P..... we met him about 4 months ago with elder Cottrell and he wasn't interested but we had a really great conversation with him and at the end of talking to him he gave me some of the best compliments an English person has ever given me, a man that I barely knew, but he told me some really great things, and one of the things he said, was a fulfillment of my Patriarchal blessing! It was awesome. God really gives us his promised blessings in his own time! I love this gospel and know that this is his church on the earth today!!
Please read your Book of Mormon it will change your life!!