Monday, September 7, 2015

Southern most point of the Asian Continent

Sept 6 2015

I don't have a ton of time to write today, but here are the fun things of the week so far. 

On Tuesday we got to help a member who is a little less active move houses. It was so fun because Elder Lloyd and I went with the other elders from Masai; Elder Leavitt and Elder Tessors, and we had so much fun. Our brother, who's an awesome Indian brother - was so grateful for our helping him and we loved it. It's great to finally have a service project and that's sometimes what we just pray for. We want to do more service but rarely do we get it so we were so happy! 
A miracle I want to write about goes like this.
Back in July Elder Lloyd and I were on our way home when we saw this kid wearing basketball clothes going to play some ball. We walked with him a little bit, but only got a minute to talk before he turned about began to enter an apartment complex, so we pretty much gave up when I felt the immediate and strong prompting say, "You tell him your purpose now!" I called out, "WAIT!" He turned a little startled, but I ran over to him and said, "Look, I know you are about to go play basketball so sorry for interrupting you, but I just feel like I need to tell you that we are representatives of Jesus Christ and our purpose is to teach other people how they can be closer to him. Can we share with you our message sometime?" He looked at me and said, "Okay." We got his number that day and never was able to get a set date set up; that is until yesterday. We were scheduled to meet with him at 5:00 pm at the church. Just to confirm the appointment I called him in the early afternoon and he confirmed for the appointment, but he said something else that surprised me. He said, "Actually, I recently saw a movie about you." I said, "What?" "Yeah," he went on, "it's called 'Freetown'." I asked, "Freetown? I've never seen that." He replied, "Yeah, it's about you guys. In it there are two guys wearing white shirts and ties with a black tag that has their name on it. Your name has 'Elder' right?" I was shocked, "Uh, yeah. See you at 5:00?" "Yeah, see you then." 
I told Elder Lloyd and he was a little worried, as I was that the movie was some sort of bad film, but if you do your research a little it's actually a really good movie. I think it was that film that helped bring the Spirit when we taught him and asked, "Would you like to hear the special message those two elders were teaching in that movie?" We taught him the Restoration and it was a powerful experience. 

The work is so awesome!!! I love it! I love Elder Lloyd! He's amazing! It's his birthday soon so if anyone has any ideas what to get their companion let me know!

Elder Hanks

Aug 31 2015
Today is Malaysia's Independence Day so the branch organized an activity to travel together to a national park located on the very farthest tip of the Asian continent. It was way fun and we had a great turn out! There were many fun little stories that happened including my doing a handstand and my shoe fell off and almost fell into the ocean. Elder Avery getting chased by a very crazy monkey, and eating a delicious lunch. 

With Pres. & Sis. Simmons
In other news our mission president came to visit our branches here in JB and we had awesome interviews with him. I learned so much from them about other meanings of pride that I have never thought of and what it really means to worship our Savior as the people do in Lehi's vision of the tree of Life.

What I really learned about pride that I liked is this: When we think of pride the saying, "I think I am better than...." comes to mind. Pride is a feeling that we have when we put ourselves above others and the scriptures say that pride is a great evil that is capable of bringing down even nations. But in some cases the phrase, "I'm not good enough for..." is also a way of having pride, especially when this sentence may be finished in, "...the atonement of Jesus Christ." or " pray to Heavenly Father." because when we say this we are actually saying, "I think I know better than Heavenly Father." It is He that has told us that we are ALL forgiven through the atonement of Jesus Christ and we can always pray to Him no matter our history. We do not know more than God, and that is why He gives us His word through His prophets, the scriptures, and His son. It's just because He loves us.
our awesome branch activity! 

Furthest point south on the Asian Continent

A cool miracle that I had this past week was like this. On Saturday Elder Lloyd and I had an appointment fall through and had some free time. We rode our bikes around looking for finding opportunities when we saw a younger man walking. We rode up and said, "Hi!" he looked a little confused but was friendly. We introduced ourselves and bottom line, he showed interest to learn about Jesus Christ and said we could meet up sometime. On Sunday, the next day, I called him and asked if we could meet later that night. He said he would ask his mom and get back to me. Around 7:15pm we were getting ready to teach one more lesson when he called me. He told me that he was sorry. He asked his mom and his mom told him some bad things about us and wouldn't let him meet with us that night and he should just focus on his studies. I just listened and then asked him what his mom said. He hesitated, but then shared that his mom told him that we did not believe in Christ, that we worship some other god. I listened again for a minute and then said along these lines, I'm sure Heavenly Father was helping me, "I understand and I know that your mom loves you so much, that is why she would talk to you about this. She wants what is best for you, but there is one thing that you should know; we believe in Jesus Christ. We love him and know that he is our Savior. He died for us and gave everything for us. We study his words and want to be close to him. ...." there was more said, but I forgot mostly what was said after that. After I finished speaking I heard a, "Oh! Well, there must have been some misunderstanding. When is your church open?" I invited him to English class this Friday and church on Sunday; he said he would come. 

Chinese yo- yo

I know that simply sharing a testimony with someone can change their lives. Share your testimony with others, it will change their life forever. And for forever you will talk about that day you decided to share with those who heard.

Love you all!

Elder Hanks

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