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hey goons whats up!<3

christmas season here in udon is getting pretty spirited, we took a nice pic in front of the biggest and possibly only christmas tree ive seen in udon. 

quick question- where did that picture of barni come from? who posted it? such a great dude. 

Yeah so this week has been great, the work just keeps flowing on- the transfer is already over which is pretty crazy. it ends a week early because of christmas so we'll have transfers this thrusday, and my short time with hancock will most likely be closing to an end. It has been a great 5 weeks of sweat and tears though- tears because i had the sweet opportunity of learning to cook some delicious "Drunkard Spaghetti" some way delish thai spaghetti dish while i was on my switch off down in gumpawapi. i was cutting the onions and i've always heard of that myth or whatever its called that when you cut onions you cry, but its the first time ive ever experienced. so that was cool- makin history over here. 

this week was also "bike for dad" week, which was a big celebration for fathers day (really the kings birthday), and so there was some fun festivities going on for that as well. people would ask us if we would be biking for dad this weekend, and of course we were haha, just another tpyical day cruisin around on hour shiny 2 wheel rides haha. 

Acool story this week is about a new investigator named Joy- we contacted her about 2 or 3 weeks ago near one of our LA's house. Then she was somewhat interested but pretty busy so we got her number, taught her a little lesson about prayer and who god is, and then we took off. we stopped by her house a couple times throughout the next two weeks and she wasnt ever there. then this last week we were in the neighborhood again, and her little shop was open. so we walked in, got some icecream, and sat down to catch up with her. Turns out she remembered our names after those 3 weeks from just meeting with us once, pretty cool, but then even better was that she has been praying everyday since then. way impressive, so anyways thats her story, which is of course, to be continued, hopefully all the way to the baptismal font and beyond. she is way full of faith. i think hancock put it best when he said shes gonna be the future relief society pres or something. her faith (even though right now its in buddhism for the most part) is so steadfast, she told us she loves "doing boon" which is like paying for blessings practically as buddhist people will donate money to the temples so monks can live there and what not. and so anyways she is talking about how much she loves supporting the monks, right as there was a monk walking in her little shop who was buying cigarretes, and then walking back to the temple- hahaha which is, just like for us christians, very against what buddha taught. 

we had 2 other homies named "name" and "oom" who we had invited from this night market earlier this week, that came to the church this week on tuesday. at first they came thinking they were just learning english hahaha, i guess i didnt explain well enough that we teach english on tuesday, but only from 6:30 to 8, so regardless the beginning of the lesson was a little more difficult to get going, but by the end of it we had them hooked on the idea of a savior. so we set up another appointment to meet the next day, they had prayed, and this time they accepted a date for baptism. of course there is still a lot of progress to be made, but i love seeing those miracle investigators- they even brought 2 of their friends to come this last time we met too. its not always that easy but it sure makes you happy when it is- God truly has prepared his children.

We had a way fun lesson with our RC's mom this week as well. She is in the whole idea that "every religion teaches us to be good" which is basically an excuse that she doesnt need to change from buddhism. we gave her a tour of the church, and it went well, then we end up sitting down for a few minutes to teach her as well and shes still throwing down the whole "all religions are good" idea. I think these are some of my favorite lessons to teach, because you can testify so powerfully of why it is so important that we have a savior, why we NEED jesus christ. i also always think of one of my favorite pres. senior quotes, "i would rather die full of faith [living a full great and happy life] and be proven wrong, then die completely without any hope or faith, and be proven right." from any perspective you try and take it from, believing in jesus christ, is just so clearly the best option. its the way to a happy and fulfilling life, and if faithful, a happy family, and eventually on to eternal life. so anyways we got her with that, and she admitted that it did sound pretty good. so we'll see if we can help her get that motivation to make some changes in her life to prepare to follow christ into baptism- we haven't met with her yet again this week, but hopefully God's working on her and she'll come around. 

Last story- A cool contact we had last week named "Aew". shes a christian already, and off the contact she wasnt super interested in our message it seemed like, but she really enjoyed me talking to her sister on facetime. we got that little friendship formed, and i challenged them to come to church this week. she didnt show up. this saturday on my switch off with elder curtis, we were having a day just completely full of fall through appointments, and falling back on just riding around inviting. we are about to head back to the church for a correlation meeting in another 30 min or so, and we happened to be near Aew neighborhood. as we are cruising quickly down the worn out street on our bikes, with the sun slowly setting on our exhausting day, i got the impression to turn left into her street and see if she was at home. we do, and have the chance to meet with her, and we teach her. It was one of the most powerful 10 minute restoration lessons i have had in thailand. she connected so well with joseph smith in her experience of wanting to know which of all these christians churches are true. she asked us for a book of mormon before we could offer it. here in thailand most of the christian churches are kindof like old-time catholic churches before john wycliffes time where the preachers will read from the scriptures, but most members in the congregation dont have scriptures for themselves, because they are pretty expensive. so she was way excited when we told her it was free. The spirit touched me way powerfully in that lesson and we know she felt it too. so that was another great miracle of the week. 

I love being a missionary, and Udon is such a great place to serve. i feel blessed, espcially these last couple weeks as the weather has just been so prime. we walk out and its sunny but with a nice crisp cool breeze that hits you right as you walk out the apartment. 

Jesus christ is our savior! He lives! its wierd being here in thailand where the chirstmas spirit just isnt quite the same, but thats alright. we still have the two greatest testaments that he lives, the bible and of course the book of mormon. way grateful for modern day revelation, and the love and guidance that our prophet and apostles give to us. the church is true, and thailand is amazing<3

i love you all

elder chamberlin

Pictures from December 14, 2015

Udon Lantern Festival Week - November 30, 2015

Hey family<3

This week was awful

hahaha gotchya it was actually way great as usual. At the beginning of the week, we had a special visit from president johnson, and he wanted to show up for district meeting. he said something to the effect of "i wanna see you in action" haha so there were high expectations for a way good district meeting this week. i was a little stressed about that the night before, BUT it turned out to be the best pump-up, spirit-filled district meeting i've seen so i was way stoked to start the week off with that. we had interviews with pres. johnson, who is just such a great guy. i loved working with him in asoke, what seems like yesterday but i guess it was close to 4 months ago now that i left the office. It was fun having president here, and that day also just so happened to be the lantern festival. The purpose is to say sorry to the River Goddess or something like that, for all the dirty stuff that gets put into it. and so they light these little floating things and float them off into lakes and rivers all over thailand, and some places they light them off into the air. it was fun having that, but the better part was the insane amount of people that gather at the Nong Pracag lake here in Udon, so the inviting was very prime. i wanted to get permission from pres to stay out all night inviting because it was so good- 

miracle- our investigator Mac. turns out he got a job and he is living like 2 hours outside of the city, but he made it to church on sunday, and told he that he still wants to get baptized next week, even though we hadnt been able to contact him for like 4 days. he got a new job and is way busy which is a good thing. but it is sweet to see his faith as he still makes the sacrifice to come to church and partake of the sacrament. so he is way good.

we had lots of cool finding miracles go down as well- one that i love was early in the week when we were going out to visit a returning LA, we get lost, and one thing leads to another and we meet this lady who said she was down to meet with us again. at first, she didnt seem that golden, but we came back and visited her with the boss member, sister Pon, and just had such a good first lesson with her it was awesome. She wants her daughter and her whole family to come to church, and so i was bummed when this sunday they couldnt come because they were harvesting rice, but she said next week fasho- so thats sweet. A way cute little family, with tons of extended family living in that neighborhood, so miracles awaiting. 

One of the sweetest miracles that happened was on sunday. an LA that none of us missionaries recognized, she came to church, and introduced us to this lady and her daughter that she brought to church. i start talking with her and learn of how much God has prepared her (sister Bom) long story short, she already has a powerful testimony of prayer, and she has 5 kids. her husband is from america but is gone most of the year working. she came to church for the first time, loved it, and so we are meeting with her this week to go teach her family, and the LA that brought her wants to be involved in teaching her the gospel. So way excited to see the miracles of this family getting baptized and this awesome sister nang be reconverted to the gospel along the way. such an awesome miracle, words cant describe

well lets see- i got a picture of two investigators, some of the sickest people ever, that i taught in Korat, get baptized. so i was wayyyy stoked to see that- a way great feeling seeing the influence you have even after you leave. i love those guys so much- han, and mild. brother Taw got baptized the other week too- ah so good. 

this week we have a lot going on. the ZLs are crazy busy and have to go down to bangkok for training stuff, so we are teaching some of their people, i have to go over to Gumpawapi for another day this week and do a switch off there, (really i should say i get to beacuase its gonna be way fun), and we have zone conference stuff happening this week as well. another cool miracle from this morning- we went to go do some exploring in gumpawapi today with some of the members (one of which is an RM from temple square, one an RM from thailand, and one who has a call to serve in oakland CA) and we ate dinner with the grandma of the two RMs (there names are Geng, and Gaew which sounds way wierd but their cool thai names and super awesome people i love these guys) and anyways we eat at their grandmas house, and i sit down with the gma after we ate our quick lunch, and i talked to her for a bit, got to know her, and shared a scripture with her randomly. she said she would be happy to have me come again and share more about this message- she even yelled over to one of her daughters that lives with her, that i shared a scripture with her, and how she loved it, and that shes having us, the missionaries, come back on wednesday (when i have the switch off here in gumpawapi) to teach them. After this whole thing happened Gaew told me about how miraculous it was how much her gma's heart opened up, and so shes way excited to come teach her with me. The branch here in gumpawapi is way small, and the 2 missionries serving here just re-opened the area this transfer, and are apart of our district. anyways- it was all way cool, and i guess in summarizing, God is truly preparing people. He loves each of his children and I know that he loves each of us. Theres nothing greater than the joy of bringing the gospel to familes. families are forever ;)

its gonna be another way full week- im stoked for it. i love you guys, and i love being a missionary. i love udon and i love the amazing people i get to meet and serve and work with each day. it makes me think of mosiah 18:21 and then i think 22 as well. let us be knit together in unity and love. i love you family and friends you guys are awesome- strive to makes someone's life better this week. thats where true joy is found! much love from the other side of the world over here in Udon Thani, Thailand. 

Elder Chamberlin<3