The last several weeks I have been able to work with Brother Kris. He is a really great guy and we have become real good friends. Kris was baptized in 1998, the year I was born. He is intelligent and always looking for answers to every question in life. He is similar to most everyone that ends up deciding to be baptized, people searching for more in life. Sadly, leading up to him removing his membership records from the church in 2011, Kris got caught up looking for answers in the wrong places. For several years he has been caught in the teachings of mankind, rather than the teachings of God. He is convinced that no religion is real. Fortunately, this is a really good and actually very fun experience for me. We talk a lot, we get dinner together, and overall we are just really good friends. Kris and I have similar minds and thoughts. I am so grateful for the blessing I have had to have found my true understanding of the Gospel and God's plan for us. Whenever I discuss anything with Kris, it feels as if I am a few steps ahead of him... in a good way. Like I am his guide on his way to his understanding. God meant for me to meet Kris, and he's got a real rocky road. But he is doing so much better. One blessing God has given me is to see other's potential. Like I can visualize what a person can be, if they follow God. Kris is going to do amazing things for the church in Thailand.
One thing I love to think and share with others is this:
I feel that God gives us hundreds of reasons to believe, and then will throw in a couple or a few reasons not to believe...to see what we will choose. To see how smart we really are and if we can actually act for ourselves in the right.
We had a lil of a rough week these last 7 days, but its only motivation to do more and do better. Still got so much good going for us. Blessings. Elder Xaiyavong is so amazing. I love hearing his conversion story and about him and his life. Pillow talking in two languages I couldn't speak a 11 months ago is a great time.
Because he is such an early convert in the church, he is pretty shy. Him and I are still normal boys and have fun but out inviting or doing other stuff, it's kinda like I'm an army of one. I'm not even the most courageous person myself and if you know me I don't really enjoy doing anything alone. Anywho even just inviting lately I have grown really close to my Savior. Sometimes I get exhausted and tired of rejection and just get real shy and closed off. One time that happened this last week, but in that moment I felt the love of my Redeemer come to me and give me strength. It's got a more literally story I want to share sometime but I am running out of time and it won't make sense if I just type it down from my mind right now. Thank you for your thoughts and love mom and dad. I know I am protected and watched over here. I love being a missionary.
I love you!