Monday, January 30, 2017

3 week blog catch up! Ahhhh!

Jan 30 2017

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Exchanges, bitter cold and choosing to Follow Him

Hey, well this week has been a pretty fun week for us. I'm not a very good writer like others but I will try and make this worth reading for you'll, so let's get started shall we.

So this last Monday and Tuesday we went on exchanges with the zone leaders in their area of Meltham. I went with my good pal Omondi!  And we spent the entire day knocking and we had some fun experiences. We got in to one guys house, simply by asking to use his bathroom and then we taught him half the restoration before he had to kick us out to get ready for work, (it was like 3 in the afternoon). But still fun, then that was shot down out of the sky when the next door was a grumpy old lad who hated religion and Americans.  And said that Americans should of never fought in world war II  they had it covered and in my head I'm thinking,  *cough cough we helped saved your butts *cough cough 
But after some discussion we knew this old patriot of an English lad was not going to be opening his door or his heart and we left that man, and he didn't like me very much and pretty much ranted on everything I stood for. What a wonderful experience right. Opposition in all things even on places where you're born. But it was a fun day with my old pal Omondi. 

On Thursday we were greatly blessed to get a new friend. I sat on a bus Monday night and the only person in the bus was Asian. So ya know totally sat by her. Thought I was a weirdo sitting right next to her on an empty bus. But got talking and set up a time to meet. So L ..... we met on Thursday and she is from Vietnam, and Catholic but has never been baptized. So we taught her, she loves to talk, we finally got around and invited her to be baptized and she said that she would pray about it. I didn't mind. So that was a great miracle for us.

So I thought I would simply share something that I have been thinking a lot about over these past few days, based on a letter I received from a friend. And it's about the way that we follow Christ. It's a long though -  I apologize in advance. We all know the invitation given to us in Matthew: "follow thou me"
And we already know the importance of following him in the +100 invitations given throughout the scriptures. So it got me thinking on HOW we follow him. Let's take it in more common day scenarios. A child follows a parent, a friend to a friend, little brother to a big brother. How do they follow, well a child would hold his parents hand, a friend would stay right by his friends side, a brother would follow his brothers exact footsteps. All leading them to where they needed to go. Now imagine the opposite, a child stands further back and gets lost in the crowd, a friend makes the wrong turn and has to turn around, the little brother takes a wrong step and falls over. All are never fun scenarios. But there is a pattern in all of them.  Please don't just follow the Saviour, don't distance yourself just enough to where you can just barely see him. Put him by your side and do what he did/does and you will never go wrong. "for I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up." So let me ask you this, priesthood holders When was the last time you used your priesthood? And girls, when was the last time you reached out?

Love you all!
Elder Hanks 韓長老
After a long hard day of work. Just need to relax for a moment.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Jan 2 2017

What is up my friends! First off let's get this very important thing out of the way! Everyone make sure you wish my brother Ammon happy birthday on Saturday the 7th okay!

Alright well for this week the work was pretty slow because the university is still on break and 95% of the students are still gone,  it we make do and so let me share with you the highlights of this week.

Wednesday we had a fun experience. All 6 of us missionaries had a tea appointment at a members home in the afternoon. We got to the area a bit early, so we thought hey let's do a challenge to see who could knock on the most doors before we have our appointment. We all split up, I went with elder Stumpp, and we knocked on the first door, totally got let it! MIRACLE! B.... and S...... a sweet little 85 yr old couple, who also have been married for 60yrs people!!! Cutest little old people ever, anyways they let us in and immediately start showing off their family and all there achievements in life, as English people do. They even got a personal letter from the queen herself congratulating them on their 60yrs of marriage. X amount of time passes by and we are already late to our appointment because we can't get out of this house! Haha but it was a fun experience I think! Even though we "lost" the challenge for doors, I think we actually won for getting in on the first door!

Thursday we got to meet a fun lad named P........., he is a less active in our ward and hasn't been seen in a couple of months. So we finally got to meet him, we got in because we came bearing gifts of soda, candy, and doughnuts. Needless to say we totally got in! Talked to him for a bit and then he kicked us out. To say the least his house is very welcoming to arachnids. 

New Year's Eve, wasn't anything short of exciting, we had to be in early. So we came in at 6:30 and just ordered some food for us and played some silly games the four of us for the night but we were in bed early because it was a normal day for us the next day so we hit the sack and called it a year.

This year though has been an amazing one. Truly a one in a lifetime opportunity. This past year has been full of miracles, full of sorrows, growth spurts, cold days, rainy days, warm days and celestial days. This year has been so amazing, I have seen many amazing things. I've grown very close to my saviour and I am loving this gospel more and more, truly changing my testimony to true conversion. I can't wait to see what this next years brings for me!

Love you all, hope you made some good resolutions this year, the year of the chicken!  (gettin' my Chinese side in there!)

Elder Hanks韓長老
Sorry if there is a repeat in pictures!

Dec 26 2016

Well not much to report on this week. It was a great Christmas spent in members homes playing games and watching kids open presents!  What a spectacular time of year. Hope you all had a very merry Christmas and hope you all have a wonderful New Years!
Enjoy the pictures!

Elder Hanks 韓長老
Pictures: we got a lot!
1. Southern zones party! (Serious)

2. Southern zones party (crazy)

3. Me with Mr. and Mrs. clause!;) 

4. Elder Liss and I in our matching jumpers! (Total hit of the party!)

5. us with the assistants! Mikkola and dobbs.

6. me and all my old Sheffield Slovak friends! Plus elder dobbs!

7. the crew including elder Walters last appearance! (Front elder)