We received the transfer calls last night. Elder Xaiyavong and I will be carrying forth the work here in Minburi for some more time. I am happy.
My trainer and his group of 14 Elders will be heading home tomorrow. I am sad. I was real good friends with most of them.
One of them, I served with back in Ubon. Elder Wankier served the last two transfers in my greenie area. He is one of the best workers I have ever met. Anywho we called last night and he updated me on that area. He said 3 of my RCs have been really helping the work and have caused another several baptisms down there. Including family. I love missionary work. A member from Bangkhen visited Minburi this last sunday and said that so many people miss me there. That like made my day. I always thought that I didn't really have an influence because of the emergency transfer that took place so I had to move quickly. But anywho I am just so happy to hear all the good going on.
In Minburi we find lots and lots of investigators. Bangkok just has so so many people and inviting is always good. So with finding lots of investigators, we get to teach the Restoration a million times and then they decide if this is for them. Our Restorations have been getting pretty spiritual and powerful. I love teaching the Restoration. My favorite thing ever is reciting the First Vision and feeling the spirit just fill up the place. This transfer, President had asked us to do a study on the First Vision and choose 3 points that are most important to me. This was preparation for Zone Conference which took place in our zone last week. It was so good.
For my three points I chose:
1. The Gospel blesses Families
2. Jesus Christ's church and ministry
3. The First Vision
I chose these because I am a two way witness that this Gospel is meant to strengthen and uplift families. I have seen it in my family, and in families that I have had the opportunity to help in Thailand.
Jesus Christ's church and ministry is important to me as it is to most everyone else in this world. Christ led the way. He provided a way. He did the all for us. He loves us. We love him.
The First Vision is important to me. Why it is important to me is because it is proof that Christ lives. Yes it does represent the Restoration of the True Church. But more than that, Christ really does live. This shows the Jesus Christ really was resurrected. He really did overcome death. The Atonement and the Resurrection are real. All Christ did and taught, it is all true. He continues to live and love us today. I am grateful for Joseph Smith and his action to both Restore the Gospel but also prove that it is true. I love this Gospel. I love learning about church history and all the sacrifices and amazing things the Saints of those days did for this True Church. I cannot even come close to the sacrifices they gave, or that He gave... but I will try my best.
I am happy. I'm tired and I get lots of headaches from it. We get rejected pretty hard. It's hot. We are constantly experiencing affliction and disappointment. But it's sooooo good. 2 Nephi 2:2 I am learning and growing and God is helping my weaknesses and I. I read a very good talk a while back that has really helped me in my mission. He says something like "you stroke, when you don't want to stroke any more." These words are almost always in my head. Those moments when I don't want to go any more, but just keep pushing...that is when I feel God's love. That is when I feel my relationship with the Savior strengthen. I want you to do the same.
Sister ทิพย์, back in Ubon, her favorite scripture is 2 Nephi 4:27-28. These two verses are her favorite because they changed her life. These verses taught her what real repentance is. Her first time truly repenting came from after reading these verses. Today, she is building the Kingdom of God in Ubon. She loves her Savior. I can't say it enough, repentance is real. Repentance can be used in all aspects of our lives. We become better. Repentance is from Christ and His love for us. Desire to feel of His love and you will.
Anyways that's all for today. The family reunion looks like a very great time. I'm glad that took place. Good.
I have been able to accomplish several goals I set back when I was a greenie. One of my goals yet to be completed though is to get the Laos temple built before the Thailand one. That is all.
I love you, you are the best