Monday, December 29, 2014

Our awesome Miri "White" Christmas!

The Chinese Winter Festival was last Monday was last week and the Chinese tradition is to cook a glutonose rice. It's like a boiled flour rice thing (don't know how else to describe it..) and it's really good! We tried to boil a big pot full but the water wasn't getting hot enough so we took it off the stove and put it in the oven. That worked but it was too late. The colorful flour mixed together and made a big mush. But the ones that did work were really delicious. I will make it for the family after I get home! Prepare your taste buds now!
                                               (This is what they are supposed to look like) 

Merry Christmas to all! What a great week my companion and I had!  We worked hard and visited many people in order to "Share the Gift" of Christ this year. Christmas day was a miraculous day as we started the day by making some Christmas rounds. I had previously made paper stockings for some of the missionaires in the zone and packed them full of candy and treats. We delivered them before they woke up and gave them a little Christmas surprise. It was a lot of fun for us. Then we opened our presents. Some of the presents I got was some fun little toys, candy, peppermint oreos -  which are so delicious by the way!  and socks (got to have them)!  The coolest thing I got was a large Chinese dragon fan (my secret Santa gift from one of the Sis. missionaries in my zone who had my name- so awesome! ) and a wood sword. So cool!  We later played fruit ninja with them.

But that's not the best part of the day. We have been teaching an investigator for the past couple weeks and all of our teaching has lead up to this day- an awesome  Christmas baptism for this daughter of God. She didn't know it, but she was fulfilling a dream of mine to have a 'White Christmas' with a baptism on Christmas day. It was a miracle and she was confirmed a member of the church yesterday in sacrament meeting. She is the branch's first baptism and confirmation in over a year!  So our members are so happy to have a new member in our branch.

We are looking forward to another baptism next week to start the new year of 2015 strong. We are so excited and he is too. We are hoping to get his wife and daughter to follow soon after.  I am loving my mission here in Miri. I consider it a miracle I was sent here to Miri when I was. There is so much good stuff happening here in our area. However, we are always looking to how we can improve. We are searching for new investigators and people to uplift.

I just want to thank my entire family for all the wonderful Christmas cards and presents I received. I loved them all and I will read and use them often. Also I want to thank the members of Elder Geilman's family who sent him stuff and he shared with me. They were delicious! What a wonderful week we have had and I hope to see more miracles come forth in the next weeks to come. 

Love you all and have a wonderful and prosperous 2015. (The year of the goat/sheep.)

Elder Hanks

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