this week has been capital D, Dope! it's been really really good. If you have seen the video that the Thailand Bangkok Mission made like right as i was leaving to the MTC in novemeber called "Bovember 2" or "Why we do what we do" something like that, that's basically what i'm doing. i watch the video to get pumped up and then go invite and Terminal 21, a giant mall place. elder wolfley got some way sick footage of us inviting haha, so who knows we might be premiering in a new Thailand Bangkok Mission facebook video. it's way sick working and serving in the heart of bangkok i love it.
I had a switch off with our Zone Leaders this last thursday and we had like a 5 hour block of just straight inviting at terminal, my mouth was literally so dry, and my voice was nearly gone, i felt like i had been at some amusement park all day- but it yielded so much results! first cool miracle of the long invite sesh of inviting people to cleanse their sins was this one girl about 22 yrs old that came up to me out of the huge crowd, grabbed my invite card out of my hand, and so i asked her if she wanted to be clean from sin, she nodded yeah, then i asked her if she wanted to go to church sunday to learn how christ can help us change, she said yeah, and then she is like "can we meet tomorrow? i want to bring my sister too" of course i said yes, we met the next day and these two sisters (one with a 2 yr. baby boy) and now they are preparing for baptism on the 5th of july. they are both soo good. and i love seeing God prepare the way for me to find those of his children that are just so ready to follow Him, and change their lives, and see the blessings that come from it.
It has been good- we have a lot of people that we are teaching right now, in comparison to how it was when i first got here (no one) and we've got 4 people with dates to get baptized these next couple weeks. Seeing the joy of our investigators just makes everything worth it- even the middle fingers from angry white people that don't like us inviting people to learn about jesus christ haha. we've made some pretty good friends that see us all the time at terminal 21 :)
Elder squire is a great dude, funny guy. We just had a little family from st george that is here traveling around thailand- they walk into the mission office, so sorry thats why im emailing so late.
I think favorite part of teaching is when we are sitting down with these thai people, and when you bear testimony of things that you know are true, and things that will benefit their lives forever, and then you see it just sink into their heart, and you seek the sincerity in these peoples eyes, theres just nothing better- its the coolest best feeling in the world feeling the spirit as you teach, and seeing those you teach feel it as well. this gospel is so true!
yesterday we were out inviting, and there was this one thai kid about 20 who called me over and spoke perfect english, he asked if he could ask me a couple questions. so i started talking to him and he reminded me soooo much of my boi blake (miss you man). he asked us why we are missionaries, what we are doing here, what church do we belong to, and then one question led to the next and i ended up teaching him in like 45min to an hour everything there is to teach from the restoration of the gospel, to the plan of salvation, to the gospel of jesus christ, to law of chastity and word of wisdom and why commandents are so important and so sweet, to temples and eternal families, to prayer and why we pray, to how mormons feel about science, and what we think about homosexuality, to what God looks like haha. But this dude was just so sincere and wanted to know this deeper more profound questions to life. And it was kinda the first time i was able to realize how much i've grown since leaving on my mission, or maybe just how much more i can feel the spirit guide me, because there were just so many dope comparisons, and stories, and parallels, and answers that came to my mind as i was teaching him all this stuff. idk it was an interesting experience, he thanked me for having the deepest talk with anyone hes ever had in his life. hahah it was way sick and it reminded me of all those late night talks in the jacuzzi back in the days with my boys. anyways im praying for him to come thru and get baptized we'll see if he makes it to church this sunday though first.
I also met a couple from germany (a thai husband with a german wife) i got to use my little bit of german that i remember (which is just i love you hahaha) they thought it was pretty funny but they were interested enough in what we were doing and who were to learn more about christ, but they said they were going home to germany the next day. i told them not to worry i got a homie out in germany who im sure would be happy to meet with them (i got you elder clarke ;) ) and so that was sick sending a referral over to germany.
this week our AP's Arne and Wolfley have been all over thailand with president for zone conferences so they've been missed, and the house at night has been quiet. It's just been me and squire holding down the fort.
Last thought, i met a sick black guy from england the other night, and he wasn't too interested about christ, but he was just a way solid dude- i met him as he was buying an umbrella at 7/11. as he was heading out, they didnt know how to tell the taxi driver where their hotel was, so i helped them out a bit, talked to the cab guy, and then as they were leaving he was way thankful, and was like "cheers mate!" i thought it was way sick and decided im gonna start saying it.
Or there was also one other way cool inviting miracle of a girl coming up to me and asking me if i knew how to become christian. like she said she is buddhist but has been going to a christian church for a long time now, she wants to be christian but just doesnt know you make that change. with a big smile, i intro-ed baptism ;) lots of sweet miracles this week- a lot in inviting. i have grown an even greater testimony of the importance of just getting out and "being with the people". even if the people you invite seem like they are ALL uninterested, every 1 out of 100 or so you just see miracles happen i love it. and God just places people in your path to meet you. I love seeing people change their lives, and seeing the crazy amount of peace and joy, comfort and hope that just comes into their countenance as they learn to follow, and learn to become more like our savior. MISSIONARY WORK YEAH! so dope! alright well, thats most of the good stuff from the week. love you and miss you all- Cheers!