Nothing too exciting happened on this P-Day. Did my laundry, played 4-Square for 2 hours (It's actually really fun, especially with friends). But here's something interesting. That day I had a chance to Skype Khon Thai's living in Thailand and share a message/lesson with them. It was somewhat a disaster. We ended up skyping with the stake presidency somewhere in Thailand and he was trying to trip us up by pretending to be an phuusoncay (investigator) in the middle of the lesson. It was literally chaos. Hopefully today I won't have that same experience.
Today we meet our first nccng(young, and in this case, new) Thai today. His name is Elder Saunders and he is from Australia. That's wicked awesome...mate. On that day, we also had our Tuesday Devo with Elder Hamula as the speaker. He spoke about faith.
It was a really good talk which focuses on the nitty-gritty of faith
Two things, so today we thought it was one of our Sister's birthday that day. So we gather all of stuff and made a birthday surprise for her, only to realize from an insider that she was tricking us and till this day she has never told us that she was only pretending. We will get her back with Operation Lion and a certain scripture from Exodus 20, or a more harsher one from 2 Nephi.
Secondly, so on this day my companion and I and a trio of sisters from the other Thai district got to meet some Gold Tag Investigators and got to talk to them and share a message about the gospel. (It's not really that awesome phrc waa khaw may ben phuusoncay cing). The first one we meet was the 70 year old Arnold. He told us about how his wife died and he believes that jesus doesn't forgive him. The other person we meet was Leah, who is from the Bible Belt and she has RA (Arthritis).
Nothing too special this day. We talked to Leah again today and we learned how she thinks that only through Christ's name and grace we are saved. However, she becomes really depressed and anxious when someone tells her to do something, like she doesn't believe in Work and doing things because of her emotional and physical restraints from Depression and RA. Thaa Kaw ben phuusoncay cing, I might have discuss these things to her.
1. Faith w/o works is dead
2. Parable of the Talents in regards to faith and works
3. I'll go and do
4. Thru Christ, weak things become strong
5. A really cool crayon story from Elder Wertz, another Thai missionary
6."Consider the Blessings" from Monson
This day we met with Arnold again and we talked about repentance and how people without the knowledge of the gospel will get a chance in the afterlife to learn. Besides that, nothing else.
Today we met another Thai teacher who usually teaches the other Thai district. Her name is Sister Painter. She's a...really interesting person. We also got a chance to talk to Arnold again, for the last time.
We went to Mission Conference, where the speakers mostly focused on talking about feasting on the Words of the Lord. We also got to watch a video of Japanese missionaries eating live octopus. Ewww. We on the temple walk again. That was nice. We also went to Sunday Devo, where the speaker, Brother Randall talked about his first disappointment when he was called to serve a mission State-Side, but also how he changed when serving and loving the people in California. The biggest message we learned that day was that you must have a conversion in your heart before your investigator can have a conversion in their hearts.
Well that's about it for Week 7. I will write again next week.
Love ya all
Elder Joseph Chanthakhoun