Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Merry Christmas week!

Dec 20 2016

Merry merry Christmas everyone. Can you believe it's already that time of year again! This is going to be a real exciting week for us I am sure, lots of visits to members and trying to find Chinese people somewhere! But let's get into this week first.

Little things that happened:
Finally started taking driving lessons again, having my test end of January. 
All our investigators left this week for holiday.
We have finally taught on the university again.
Did some caroling!   
Power went out for like 2 days.
Messing around a bit (all within the rules)

We had a great week, on Tuesday we got hired up by the Assistants to help set up for a meeting. We were finding around the university, about to go eat some tea, when the assistants called, (which normally for other missionaries isn't a good thing?) but I love it since me and elder Dobbs are such pals! So instead of eating we get rallied in to help set up the chapel for our big Mission tour meeting tomorrow so we were at the chapel until like 11:00 at night only to get back and have our power not working and six elders sleeping on our floor for the meeting the next day. It was great though, we got to mess around with sound checks and get a little sneak peak of the meeting. Hookups for being friends with the assistants.

Wednesday was awesome and we will have to end there so we can focus in on the good stuff. On Wednesday we had the Mission Tour, where President Keaton, the European area President came to our mission, and spoke to us along with President Turvey. Truly two very inspired men. Some of the highlights of the meeting were,
President Keaton talking to us, "you are the miracles of the Restoration." Never would of thought of myself as a miracle in anyway, but being a missionary gives me the opportunity to be one for someone else. I love it.
"You're a Mormon, we thrive on adversity! It's what makes us" Isn't that such a remarkable statement. Only in the Mormon church will you ever find someone who is dealing with a life-battling challenge and do it with a smile and positive attitude. That truly is a miracle/blessing of the gospel itself.
"Work hard and be grateful, or learn how to do it in 50 years, and regret not doing it today."
"Choose not to mind that this is hard. Choose to be happier all the time."
"You're in the training of a lifetime of service."
"Don't worry, but work hard. Don't be so anxious, enjoy this, but work hard."

I could go on and on with seriously hundreds of more, but for timing and for writing sake I won't. But I envied his speaking skills, his ability to follow the spirit and the way he taught us. It was such an inspiring meeting a great highlight of my mission for sure.

This week we had a remarkable experience with our friend R........ We had a lesson with her on Saturday and this was the last time that we would meet before she left in holiday so we wanted to make it good. So we thought and thought but we couldn't figure out what we should teach her. When all of a sudden we decide to show her Look not behind thee Mormon message. That's what we went in with. We should her the video and after which she explained how it was an answer to her prayer. About how she had something from her past come up and she wasn't sure to go back to it or move on. And then we showed her the video and she said she now knows her answer. It was an amazing experience. I love how the lord uses us to answer his children's questions. It was a remarkable experience. 

I am just so happy to be a missionary at this time of my life. What a remarkable time of year where our thought and feelings are turned towards the Savior. I truly know that Jesus is the Christ, our Prince of Peace, and Redeemer of the world. He is the way the truth and the LIGHT! I love being able to share his gospel with His children. Only through Him can we return to live with God again. I love him so much for all that he has done for me. He is the greatest gift! 
Have a merry Christmas.
Elder Hanks 韓長老

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Monday, December 19, 2016

We are smilin' over here people...!

Well everyone, I hope you all are enjoying the snow over there in America. Or whatever weather you may be having. Well we had a fun week this week so let's get started shall we.

This week was pretty slow on the lesson side of things because of not being able to go to the university to teach. NEVERTHELESS the promise in 1 Nephi 3:7 is true. The lord always provides a way, and for us that way was KFC. We had a couple lessons there, which were alright. Until the lord blessed us once again and we found out that there was a member in another ward who is on the administration for the university. Called her and explained the situation, she called us back within 10 min and we now have official permission to teach at the university. Such a blessing!

R......... our investigator is doing great. She like all our other investigators has been so busy with end of school year essays and tests that it has been really hard to try and meet, but recently we had a lesson with her and taught about temples and eternal families and we were able to reschedule her for the 14 of January. So we are praying that she will make that goal. 

This week we went on exchanges with the Zone leaders in their area. Their area is a small little village called Meltham. While on exchanges we had a lesson with this guy named D....... And D...... had the most action figures and posters of Star Wars I have ever seen in my life in one room. He is an avid fan, but also a great person. He will be so blessed when he joins the church.

Well we also had our Transfers this past Saturday and it was quite non-eventful. Only 2 people in the whole zone were changed. And one of them happened to be......
A different elder. That's right I'm staying here with elder Liss! And I couldn't be happier! We are going to have a lot of fun this transfer! So looks like I'll be here for Christmas! And it started off well by having all the missionaries speak in church in sacrament, so yes people that was for the 3rd time in this ward. Haha I love it!

Okay so cool thing that I found this week was in 1 Mosiah 1:6-7
6 O my sons, I would that ye should remember that these sayings are true, and also that these records are true. And behold, also the plates of Nephi, which contain the records and the sayings of our fathers from the time they left Jerusalem until now, and they are true; and we can know of their surety because we have them before our eyes.

7 And now, my sons, I would that ye should remember to search them diligently, that ye may profit thereby; and I would that ye should keep the commandments of God, that ye may prosper in the land according to the promises which the Lord made unto our fathers.

So I was thinking to myself, search, what does that mean. And if you define the word it means, "to try and find something by looking or otherwise seeking carefully and thoroughly." So my question then is, how often when we read do not only study the scriptures but we search for something. An answer to a question? An answer to a friends question? A solution to a problem? Advice on a situation?  I mean that's what they are there for right. So that we too may prosper! I challenge you all, that when you read your scriptures don't just study them, search them and they will bless and change your life as they have done to mine. I know the scriptures are true. 

Well that's it for me folks! Hope you all have a wonderful season of giving!
Love elder Hanks!


1. Us at our Ward Christmas Party! Left to right: Lucas, Bowen, elder Liss, R, and me.

2. Our exchanges with the Zone leaders. Left to right: elder Stiggson from Sweden, me, elder Liss, elder Omondi from Kenya.

3. The only house with lights on it in Huddersfield.

4. Shout out to my trainer elder chen, who goes home this week. What a legacy he left and I am excited to see him finish a faithful mission.

5. Our other Christmas decor.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Helloooo December!

Dec 5 2016

Can you believe it's December, wow my mind can't believe it! I hope you all are going out and serving in 25 ways over these 25 days. This week was quite interesting, a lot of things happened both good and bad, so let's start with the bad first. Being the Chinese elders most if not all our work is done around the university, our finding, and our teaching. All of our teachings have been on the university, in a place called the student central which is a big meeting area for students. We have taught there for every one of our lessons. Well this past Friday, a man with a badge, interrupted our lesson and kicked us out of the uni. I tried to talk with him to see if there was any way possible for us to stay, but he bluntly said
no and we were gone.

So currently me and elder Liss are searching for a place to now teach people, because we no longer have a place and it's not looking too good.

On the positive side of things.... on Zone p-day we had a competition/ tournament of games for the Zone. To see who was the top companionship, and well glad to say that yes Elder Liss and I WON! I know big surprise but it was actually pretty fun.

We have found a lot of new people in our finding this week, it was our focus of the week to improve our finding. So we have met a ton of fun people including a few, Phill Collins, S......, C......., L......... (pronounce that as you wish) and many more. Haha a fun part to working with Chinese people.

R.........our friend, (our new word for investigators) is doing really well. She was able to talk to her parents about the baptism, and she has no support from them. But she is continuing to meet with us and this last week we have had some really good lessons with her! So we are optimistic that she will still get baptized, at the end of this year or beginning of next year!

False Prophet John! So quick background, this is an English man who hates mormons, studies the bible intensely and every time you see him he stops you, and tries to prove us how we are a false church. This was my first time meeting him this week. I can't tell you all about or conversation because it would take an hour to explain. Therefore to give you the shortened version, I am not a believer in a "war of words" and Joseph Smith puts it. But I am a more firm Believer in
defending his name. And after quite the debate, False Prophet walked away in frustration after not being able to answer my questions. I don't think he will be bugging missionaries for a while.

This Saturday was awesome we had a Stake choir Christmas concert. It was so cool because they invited the Huddersfield Gospel choir, which is like the black Baptist choir. And it was so awesome, to actually hear the typical Gospel choir songs, with the clapping and hallelujahs, swaying and all sorts of things. It was quite the experience!

Well people I am sure that next week will be a more exciting week for us. Please pray that the uni will let us teach here, if not we are in big trouble! Love you all and hope you guys have a wonderful December with all the shopping, and whatnot that goes on in this time.

Merry Christmas! 🎄
Elder Hanks韓長老

1.  Our district!
2. A more serious district
3. Our Christmas decor!