16 And now, my son, this was t he ministry unto which ye were called, to declare these glad tidings unto this people, to prepare their minds; or rather that salvation might come unto them, that they may prepare the minds of their children to hear the word at the time o f his coming.
I reach day 200 tomorrow. Missions are fast. Lots of neat experiences I have had.
week was great. We have planned out and set some real good goals for
this transfer. We are already getting to work and doing lots to fulfill
commited Sister ทิพย์ to baptism last monday. She is the greatest
person ever. Everything we teach she loves and accepts it. She is so
humble and has received multiple answers that the Gospel is true. It has
been so neat participating in her conversion process. She loves coming
to church and all the activities we have every day. Stoked for her.
also have another investigator named Layara from Brazil. She is
interesting, but it is such a good opportunity to teach her. She is part
of the 7th day adventist church. It is neat learning about many other
churches. The more I learn, the more firm I am in our Church. Funny how
there are so many different sects and each one somewhat has truth but
only focuses on just a lil bit and distorts the rest. They had it close.
But only Christ's church contains the full Truth! It is also great
teaching someone in English. As much as I love Thai with all my heart,
it sure shows me blessed we all are to grow up with English as our first
language. I don't think there is any other language where you can
better express your true feelings and yeah there's a lot I could say
about that but it's a real special opportunity we have haha. Anywho, it
is neat seeing and helping in Layara's conversion process. Because the
church and Christ are so dear to her. But as we teach her, everything
makes sense to her and opens her mind to this whole new Truth. It's way
We're pretty busy. So busy we have been missing lots of personal and language study but we're going to try to do better at that.
จ๋า is this way awesome member in this area. She is so neat and
spiritual. When I first met her moving in I thought she looked way
familiar but had no idea why. She said the same thing about me. After
talking for the first time after like a week, turns out she served in
Palmyra, New York while I was there for EFY almost 2 years ago. She was
one of the guides when we went through the Joseph Smith cabin and the
Sacred Grove. Kinda cooooool.
Mckay a few days ago found a stack of unfinished baptismal records over
the last year or so. So we have had to finish those and get signatures
and information all over the city. It has taken work
and time. But it took us to an LA's house yesterday. After getting some
information she asked us to give her a blessing, and asked me to give
the blessing. It was so neat. Completely led by the Spirit because for
blessings you are supposed to use this way high-so Thai language. After I
finished there was a lot of peace and everyone was happy and I was told
I had no grammar errors at all so yay haha.
I am in Ubon with Elder Mckay. I love this place and my companion. He is from Huntsville, Utah. Way way way good guy. It's only been a few days but we've seen and done so much. It was sad to leave my last area but I am excited for the future. Ubon is a very neat area. It is in south eastern Thailand. It has a way different dialect from normal Thai but I have been adjusting kinda well. Lots new words to learn. Thailand is the best. We live with the Zone Leaders and it is the funnest time. We are all way good friends and working so so hard. We've made so many goals and dedicated ourselves so well. I have been reading talks and many other things about being a better missionary. I want to be a Consecrated Missionary. I am working at it hard and it has brought so many blessings and so much happiness to me. It is so neat how it all works. It feels so so good to be teaching many lessons daily and visiting and serving and doing so much each day. I am exercising often, eating good, bearing testimony often, achieving goals, really doing soooo good at the language, just everything. I am so happy and love what I am doing. One of my big things I've changed is making sure to talk to Everyone. Not letting a single person go by without talking to them. Every missionary has gotta do it. Sometimes its kinda scary and sometimes the results are scary too but it is so worth it. I love it. I love being consecrated, obedient, and continuously progressing at it. Anywho...
Pride minute is over haha.
We have quite a few investigators. Two of them we teach in english. They are so neat. All of them. Two of our investigators we committed to baptism just this week. It's been so neat. I love seeing real miracles. Real miracles By definition. I love it. (I feel like the word miracle is thrown around way tooooooo much haha).
Every lesson the Spirit flows and so much understanding comes to both us Elders and the investigators. It's amazing how the Spirit has really propelled my language especially in lessons. Just so much good haha.
I love this ward, I love all the new people I've met, we do so much with the members, investigators, missionaries.
I love my mission.
Sorry too much to talk about. And have only a few minutes.
Heading out to teach a lesson!
I'll make sure there is more time next week. I love you!
The Gospel brings me joy. I had a neat experience this week thinking about temples and Thailand. It is such a cool opportunity to be here for the preparation of a Temple and to take part in that!
My Faith has grown so much this week in every way as usual. I love my mission. Anything that even tries to sway me or make me question now only builds upon my testimony. Christ is working me in a miraculous way and I have so much happiness. Any hard time or harsh thought or stress or anything only lasts for just a second because Christ, the Book of Mormon, and anything else in the Gospel is right there to give me Hope and Light. I Glory In Truth, and I Glory and Love my Savior.
It was a slow week as usual here in Kamphaeng Phet, but I still do love this place. I have been thinking about transfers this week and know that if I move that I will miss this area so much. So getting a little nervous for that haha.
We celebrated Elder Woodbury's 1 year in Thailand mark and also my 6 month mark with lots of Ice Cream that was good.
Another thing lovely about a mission is that I dream so much. I have multiple dreams every night and all of them are so good. Also I something that hasn't changed on my mission is that I still sleep talk and walk; such as the other night where Elder Woodbury said I got up around midnight and threw my blanket at him as hard as I could and then went back to bed haha.
Let's seeeeee, we were riding home one day when I saw this man burning some stuff outside his house so I stopped and asked if I could help him with anything. We then spent the next hour and a half trying to fix his way old CompaQ as well as discussing the Gospel and it was a way good time. He's got some real good potential.
Brother Aim, who is the random Former Investigator who is in love with us, he took us to his work in this government compound and let us weld some stuff and see some cool things he has made. He's got lots of awards for traveling the world for competitions or something like that. I got to swing a golf club for the first time in a while. Felt great. I need to play some golf soon. He gave us these two big gifts he made out of metal. A motorcycle and a big robot. Nice guy.
We had a weird fast sunday. A drunk member who isn't even allowed at church punched the Branch President in the face. After church we studied and then headed up to Phitsanuloog. Wish it was easier to tell you how Thai words are really said haha. We spent PDay up here and will be spending another night for District Meeting tomorrow. This morning we went to ride Elephants but then we were only allowed to walk by them. Which was still cool but I guess I'll have to saddle one another day.
Every day am learning more and more about Joseph Smith and learning to love and appreciate him more than I ever thought I could. I have been so interested in his life, outside of what is documented and it is just so amazing what kind of person he was as well as what he has done for this world. Anywho.
I've been studying a lot in Doctrine & Covenants the last couple days. Lots of interesting neat stuff. One thing I had never noticed before but I should have was in the introduction. Something about the Book of Commandments for the Government of the Church of Jesus Christ. Our church is so neat. Not only is it complete Truth and Doctrine of Christ, but it is also its own Government. Easily the most organized and efficient in the world. The Church of Jesus Christ. It's soul purpose is to guide us on the path Christ set for us. Too many thoughts I'm going to stop there before I open a can haha.
Read all of the Book of Jacob this week. Lots stuck out to me in the perfect moments they needed to. But one I want to share most is from Chapter 5. Here is verses 70 and so on summarized. The Lord in the Latter Days brings in new servants to labor, but they are few...through laboring they have joy...and the Lord labored with them...and they had joy with Him.
The good will He gather at the last day.
Not much else to report on. Thailand is getting hot. I'm tired but still so happy.
Last Preparation Day we went to a funeral for a friend of some of the members. Every day there are just little things that prove to me that Buddhism is legit the great and abominable church. This funeral was probably one of the most satanic things I have ever seen haha. Loud fireworks, the strangest music, running around idols in circles, revving motorcycles as loud as you can, everyone smoking, fainting, dramatic scenes by the coffin about to be burned. My thought was, "It is so sad, these people think he is gone forever. They think he is actually gone forever." I wish so bad they could all just know the Truth. I wanted to go stand up on the temple and offer a prayer for everyone to hear. And ask Heavenly Father to take care of this young boy for these many many people who cared for him so much. Why is it so hard sometimes for people to understand our amazing message of Truth?
It is so hard to get past Buddhism, uneducated people, and the simple, yet very difficult language. But when we do bring the Spirit to people, it is amazing to see what happens. The enlightenment that takes place. People suddenly realize how silly Buddhism is. Haha.
One of the main responses we get from inviting and teaching is 'every religion teaches to be a good person.' Sometimes it gets a lil frustrating thinking about it. But overall, I love inviting and teaching even through all the rejection. I love bringing the Gospel to people. Sometimes I just want to put my arm around them and ask 'But does every religion teach Truth?' or something about families and going back to Heaven, etc. I'm working on doing that more. But dangit, sometimes it is just so hard. For most people, family isn't even a priority at all. People worship idols and pray to them and monks. Prostitution and whoredom is one of Thailand's main attractions. Everyone smokes, drinks, and is gay. Anything Christ teaches us, most Thai people are against. It is so weird. Anywho there's just a weird thought for ya haha.
We have been finding a lot of service to do at the school as well as playing soccer and basketball. It feels so good haha. One thing Thailand is pretty good at is soccer. It's like the only sport Thai people care about. I love going to play with them and getting to know lots of people and even inviting them to church activities. That's all haha.
Not a lot happened this week. I've decided my new favorite word in Thai. ศักยภาพ which means Potential. Really want to work on achieving potential. Through Christ everyone has so much potential and I think its so sad how often people don't go for it. But, it is always available.
We met more with Brother Aim. A really neat dude that does not want to learn at all but wants to see us successful for some reason. He's always sayin he wants to adopt me haha. He is a dude I randomly called on a switch off because it said he was a former investigator. But after getting to know him more, he has never met with missionaries or learned about our church. It's strange. Now he tries to come see us daily and wants us to go teach people at his work which we haven't gotten to yet but will for sure. He is a pretty successful man who wears darkened aviators and travels the world for engineering/welding business.
He is exactly what this Branch needs. A solid, not poor Melchizedek Priesthood holder. This branch is really struggling. The strongest members have all moved away. This branch has been left on its last leg with the missionaries. If we leave, it crashes. It is a neat opportunity, but somehow we have got to help this place become more self-reliant.
Anywho, we got the new announcement about the missionary schedule. Good news, especially for a very different mission like ours that could use more some decision making by the missionaries.
Taught some lessons, not too much progress. Had two random people show up to church on sunday, one wants to be a member haha. Just a short, not too eventful week sorry for the sad email.
I still love studies more than ever. Love learning more and more about Christ. Feel really confident in if I were to teach someone who somewhat had a knowledge of Christianity or even Christ beforehand. Know exactly what I would do to bring the Spirit to them in the best way I could.
Anywho... I'm going to make sure a lot happens this week haha. Next week's email is going to be your favorite.
Read Jacob 1-3.
Hey mom know you and father are a'sleepin but just one last thing that I just needed to share... i was downloading talks in Thai, and during that I just read the talk when Thomas S Monson announced the Thailand temple. It was so weird. Just so much came to my mind such as my love for Thomas S Monson and my love for Thailand and knowing the circumstances here more and remembering that day when they announced it not knowing I would be serving here and so so so much more. It was so powerful in a real special way for some reason and I just felt the Spirit so strong and just cried for some reason like my body couldn't withhold the joy and glory and all the thoughts that had just come to my head. The Holy Ghost is real. Even in this crummy lil internet run sitting next to a companion playing games and me getting a lil frustrated, I felt the Spirit so strong and still am. It feels so good. He is real. I don't know how to get it more across. I am so happy. I have so much more I need to do for Thailand. Just feel way overwhelmed right now it is so cool. I love being a missionary. This Gospel is so true. I miss the temple so much. But I am okay not going for a while so that others can have one for the first time ever. None of this makes sense but just needed to get some thoughts down after that. Anyways, I love you. Thanks for all you do. look heavenwards