Thailand is getting a TEMPLE!

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Hello Family.

This week was awesome, with a ton of cool announcements, miracles, and ward unity. Last Monday we went to the air force museum and saw some awesome sites and planes. We spent the day at FHE playing basketball. I drained some shots, and we barley one with a 7 – 6 game. Monday not much happened. On Tuesday we taught sister Nah. She is a Christian lady with a brain tumor. She wants to be baptized before her surgery so we gave her a date for Sunday. After that we had district meeting P1060702and went to Swenson’s for ice cream. I bought a Swenson’s card because we got free ice cream and 10 percent off everything. It will last me the whole year! We then did a ton of inviting and went to the church to teach English. We had a very fun time and a lot of people showed up. Afterwards we taught Sister Rak. She feels like she wants to be  baptized, but she feels like the people in Lehi’s dream, being mocked for her beliefs. We taught a very spiritual lesson with her. The next day we taught sister Nah in the morning, and got her baptismal interview set up. We also gave her a blessing of comfort. P1060922 2We then taught a lot of people, and went and taught Book of Mormon class. Afterwards we taught Sister Rak again, and she is still not ready to be baptized, so I bore my most sincere testimony to her, but she would not budge. The next day we weekly planned. Later we saw some P1060781LA members. We invited a ton, and I got a lot of phone numbers. We taught a Lady named Bow and her whole family that same day.  She was awesome, and they want their kids to get baptized ASAP. We then invited the night away. The next day we went on switch – off’s and I went with Elder Gilam. We taught a girl named JomJam and invited people all over her college campus. We had nothing to do until 5, so we invited at all sorts of places. We saw some very strange people, got numbers, and did good work. It is sad though when I asked a dad “ Do you want to be a family forever?” and he looks down at his kid in his arms, looks at me and says “No”. Afterwords Gilam said “ At least he looked at his kid first.” We then taught Brother Lek and his family, and biked all over town looking for less active members. The next day we woke up early and met at the stake center P1060756for a huge Easter activity. President Senior talked about the importance of Easter, along with a few musical numbers. I helped hide Easter eggs, and saw the Thai members hunt for eggs for the first time in their lives! The adults were going crazy too! We went home and taught sister Nah, she has a money problem, so she has to work and can’t meet her baptismal date right now. On Sunday we had a ton of people show, including 4 confirmations. And then we had the baptism of Sister Ice! It was an awesome day. Today was even better. We went to Chonburi to the beachP1060885 with the ward! We took all of our investigators with a baptismal date and had an amazing time. Now we are back. This week was awesome, there were challenges and hard times, but it all worked out in the end. Last night we got a phone call at midnight. Thailand is getting a temple! I cannot believe I am here to see this happen! Thailand is changing, the work of the Lord is moving. The Temple will change this place, and change the people for good. I am glad to be here for times such as these. The work goes on.

Elder Ridings

Temple Announcement
President Thomas S. Monson announced the construction of the Bangkok Thailand Temple during his opening remarks at the Sunday Morning Session of the 185th Annual General Conference. The temple will be the first in Thailand where the Church was formally organized in 1966. There are now approximately 18,000 Church members in 38 congregations in Thailand. The Bangkok Thailand Temple will serve Latter-day Saints throughout Southeast Asia. Members currently attend temple worship services in Hong Kong, over 1,000 miles away.1
Nearly twenty years after the first stake was organized in Bangkok in 1995, the city’s second stake and a district were organized on June 15, 2014. Three additional districts operate in the country, headquartered in Chiang Mai, Ubon, and Udorn, which are expected to be reorganized as stakes in the coming months and years. In neighboring Cambodia, the country’s first two stakes were both organized on May 25, 2014. Stakes have also been organized in the surrounding nations of India, Indonesia, and Singapore. Several districts operate in nearby Malaysia.

WATERS OF NOAH

Hello Family.

P1060618So this week was awesome, with a ton of good work, crazy rainstorms, and some awesome baptisms. I feel very proud about the last 7 days. So on Monday we just shopped, ran errands, and went to the Royal Thai Air Force museum. It was closed at 4 though, and we got there at 3:50, so we decided to go back next Monday. After that we taught some people, got haircuts, and invited the rest of the night. I bought an accounting book to keep track of my expenses and see how my money is doing. On Monday we had a fun district meeting, where we burned pieces of paper and threw them off the church. On the papers were written the things we need to give up to be better missionaries. P1060480We then went hunting for less active members. We had to cross through the national memorial, where I said hi to some guards. On the way out, I did a 180 turn, and asked to take photos with them, they said yes. We then P1060363hunted around some more and taught some people. We ended up at an LA’s house but she wasn’t there so we had to come back another day. We came home and taught English. We had a really fun time, and taught some of our investigators after the lesson. The next day we woke up early and went to Zone Conference. It was centered on the Gospel of Christ, and the new “Because He Lives” campaign by the church. I want everyone to go to HeLives.Mormon.org and see what I mean. We also had personal interviews with President Senior. He said some very special things to me, that really made me think about my mission. We had an awesome zone conference, ate Mexican food, and then went home. P1060489That night we went inviting when it rained super hard. It flooded and the streets were full of water. I bought a poncho from 7-11, and we set out through the Waters of Noah to our house. It felt like the rain was pressing us down. The next day we taught some people in the church and then saw a crazy homeless man outside. We have seen him before, and he looks like an urban Jack Sparrow.P1060419 I have a video so you can see exactly what I mean. We then went to a lady’s house who has a brain tumor. We gave her a blessing We then invited, taught, and had an awesome time. The next day was a ton of inviting, teaching people, and having appointments drop on us. The next day we bought food for Sunday night, and invited our way to an LA’s house, we could not find him, so then we went to a member’s house and taught her kids,(see the masks) P1060449then we had to travel to an apartment complex and interview a lady for baptism. The next day was awesome! it rained so hard in the night it woke me up, and it was still raining in the morning We set out for church, by hiking up our pants, putting on P1060463our crocks, and going out into the street. The street was a lake, so we got our feet, and shins, wet! Church was awesome, but one of our people getting baptized said she would not be coming because of the rain, but luckily she showed up! After church we had the baptisms. Sister Bill, Sister Dye, Sister Eve, and 10 year old Joseph Junior. Joseph comes from a family where his dad is named Joseph (The one from the Bible). His Grandpa’s kids are Brother Mormon, Nephi, Sam, Ammon, Alma, and Sister Sariah. They got that one covered! After the service we all ate awesome food, and taught Sister Nah. She accepted baptism next Sunday. She is the one with the brain tumor. She wants to get baptized before she has her surgery, and she is worried she will forget all of us is it goes wrong. We gave her a blessing of comfort. After that we hunted down an LA named Brine, and we went home to make dinner. Today was fun, except Gmail was down so we couldn’t email our families!

That was a bummer, so we went to the Royal Thai Air Force museum again, and got to see everything. I took a ton of photos. Afterwards we were told the email was working again, so now here I am on round 2. This mission is awesome. I am becoming a better person, while helping others. The Ridings name is changing lives out here, but the only name that matters is the one on my chest, Jesus Christ!

-Elder Ridings DSC01850