hey family whats good whats good! rad miracles this week fasho
so to start it off sister lek (small) and sister gam (cheek) got baptized this last sunday. they are SO good! sister lek is literally the best investigator i've ever seen, especially coming from a non-christian background. her testimony she bore after her baptism was so pure and so powerful about the beginning of her new life. her daughter and son in law and their daughter (sister cartoon who didnt get baptized this week but will) made it to the baptismal service and it was just all way good, and organized, and im way stoked how it all turned out. sister gam also bore really good testimony about the commandments and how even though she doesnt understand fully whyy tea is in the word of wisdom- she gave it up and is willing to keep the commandments in order to follow christ, to recieve blessings. we saw alot of miracles with these two awesome investigators. sister lek was addicted to coffee, has drank it all her life, everyday, and when we taught her about the word of wisdom she dropped it. the next day we met with her and she told us about her raging headaches she had been having but how she prayed to ask God to take away all the pains and addicttions to have to drink it. The next day she said it was a little better but she still had a headache- the day after that she was completely okay. no pain, no addiction, just completely free from that with an even more increased faith and desire to follow God- shes so rad! hopefully we'll see her family follow her example into the waters of baptism as well. when we visited her the day before sunday to try and introduce her family to christ, and to make sure they knew they were invited to church- sister lek told us and her family this, that would just make any missonary burst with joy- something to the effect of "we are just 19 year old boys and dont neccessarily have the most knowledge in the world, when we teach her all she can do is accept it, love it, and believe all things we teach, because she knows that when we are speaking, its not really us, but it's God speaking directly to her heart." i think her family felt the power of her words- i know i did it was way intense!
another cool similar experience- a sister in our branch, sister amy, told me again that when elder kandun and i had gone to go visit her mom who is pretty ill, we gave her a blessing, sat and chatted for a while, and then when we left, her mom asked her if it was the Lord that had just came and blessed her. its experiences like these that honestly just cant compare with anything else, like no greater joy comes than through missionary work, and bringing God's children back unto Him!
theres a lot of fire in elder wright and I with our goals and with this work here in p-lok, this week was the most successful week ive seen out here in thailand in terms of just working way hard and smart, working with members to get them pumped and get out inviting people esp. their friends and families, and just seeing the Lord's hand in his work.
found some new families to teach this week which are way solid and progressing, and had some fun "calling people to repentance" in the act type experiences. after teaching "jew" the dad of this family, his sons were juts posted right at the front of the house probably in their 20s and drinking some alcohol of whatever sort and invited me in like to drink with them- in like a sincere way haha. i taught them the word of wisdom on the spot and commited them to take my challenge to see if their health really would improve, if God would bless them or not. unfortunately they were still drinking the next time we came to visit haha but atleast now they know- we'll see if they come around. same experience with a big group of kids that were just hanging out at a park smoking. i like coming up and speaking english to people first in these kinds of situations bc then immediately they already have like a respect for me for some reason haha bc they cant understand me and then when i just throw down in thai, they are normally just speechless and just look at their friends for what to do or say haha, but the invite to church and to quit smoking was given so yeah- i'll leave it to the Lord to do miracles with them.
one of our new investigators sister duhan is like way gnarly already. finding her was a miracle in the first place. her number and name were already in our phone, neither of us knew her, and so we figured she was a past investigator or something. so our first visit we sit down with her at her somtum restaurant and it is like way apparent that she had never met with missionaries before. she knew nothing about joseph smith, the book of mormon, or anything about our church or where it was. so how we got her number only God knows but way rad. we sit down with her and we see her bible that she has- that has been read and marked and worn front to back- so much so that the front cover was missing and she had made another one out of a cereal box. like ive never seen a bible so well used and marked- old testament to new. that short lesson we had with her she gave us 3 referrals of family and friends that she has that want to learn about jesus christ. hahah so rad.
i guess another funny experience i can remember was we had sister gam come to the church earlier in the week, and there were NO brothers or anyone that could help us teach. so we were stuck in the awkward situation of not being able to go into the church to teach her alone, and with the Lord's hand again fersure in the work, i decided to find a guy of the street that would be willing to come into the church and "help us teach" haha. walked across the street from the church, asked the first guy i saw if he had 20 minutes free and was willing to come just hangout in the church to help us with our dillemma, and he said yeah fersure. hahaha he didnt really become interested or anything but it was enough to get our lesson in with gam.
as for some less miraculous but just funny stories, sister cartoon's friend that came to one of our lessons earlier this week (her name is bell and is just the cutest most innocent looking 6 year old) was repping a dress that had pictures of weed and bob marley all over it. hahaha typical thailand- you would be way surprised some of the things people's shirts say. especially just like way normal nice looking mom type ladies. they dont know what the english means but if you have english on your shirt your cool so you find some pretty wierd stuff hahah.
we also ran into this white due from england that actually flagged us down and said "hey arent you guys mormons?" in his thick english accent and so we pulled over and talked to him and he told us he was mormon. he is way less active and hasnt come to church since he moved to thailand some 8 years ago- but i finnagled his number out of him and said we would come visit his wife (who he said is way gnarly buddhist) and then he invited us to his house party he is having next week haha. he said there is gonna be a ton of free food and booze and then added i know you dont drink alcohol but itll still be free anyways haha. so we might stop by to see if we can pick up some new investigators we'll see haha.
way good packed week- elder wright and i are loving it out here and have some lofty goals for this branch this month. the members are so awesome, and God is good. i love being a missionary and am grateful to have a part in bringing his children to the knowledge of Him. i love you family, miss you friends<3 i hope everyone is good and happy because life is so good and so happy, especially with the gospel at the center of it.