Miracles in Thailand

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Hello Family.

2 Weeks Ago:

So because of Skype last week, I will quickly summarize 2 weeks ago, and then write about this one. So 2 weeks ago on Monday, we took a taxi all the way down south, and had a huge zone sports day at a Catholic school. We played fun games like soccer, football, and even tennis! I was able to meet with old friends like P1070333P1070340Lodwick, Magera, Slabaugh, Darby, and Purser. We had an awesome time. The rest of the day was just inviting.  On Tuesday we went to brother Man’s house, and taught his family. We did not have district meeting because there was a special video the mission wanted us to watch, and we had to wait until Wednesday. We went to Man’s house, and gave his mom a blessing of healing before leaving the family with a message. We then invited until English class, and taught sister Gift. On Wednesday we watched a video by President Senior called “MAYricles” talking about miracles in the month of May. We were also told to make a short 10 second video thanking President Senior for his service, that would be used in a larger video. We took a video with the Rangsit Pig, P1070345which was hilarious! We then taught an RC named Nara, and got interviewed by college kids for their English class, which I also filmed. They asked simple questions like who we were and what our favorite food is. We then invited, and had Book of Mormon class. On Thursday we had switch of day, and I went with one of the Zone Leaders in our area. We invited the whole day, got a ton of phone numbers, taught Man’s family, and visited Nah in the hospital. She was leaving that day! Only 5 days out of ICU and her brain surgery. After a crazy day of inviting everyone everywhere we finally went home and swapped companions again.  On Friday we had to weekly plan, then after a Zone Training activity we went to Man’s house, and interviewed his family for baptism. Man wasn’t there, but his family all passed! We then taught people, invited, and went home. Saturday we met and reviewed with Man’s family, and had a 2 hour mission inviting time, where everyone in the mission invited at the same time. We then taught sister Ann, and got her ready for baptism. On Sunday we quickly got brother Man in a video, and got everyone ready for baptism. We baptized the whole Man family! The mom, son, and grandma. It was an awesome Sunday to wrap up the week.P1070403

Last Week:

So Monday you know what happened. We Skyped! After skyping and sleeping all day, we invited for the night because nothing was planned. I also bought a Thai computer keyboard for when I come home. On Tuesday we went inviting all around the town, and all the way up to Bangkok University, where I invited and filmed break dancers. We then taught English, and taught Sister Gift and her boyfriend for the first time together. We gave him a baptismal date! Next day was district meeting, and we taught a girl named Sister Clare who used to be Catholic and came to church last Sunday, along with Man’s family who was going home in another province for a little bit. We then taught Ann, and she is ready for the Baptism. The next day was all weekly planning, along with Interviews for Clare and Ann, they both passed! We then taught Gift, and went inviting where a homeless lady with a huge stuffed pink bear smacked me with it– Only in Thailand. The next day was awesome. It was switch offs so I went with Elder Gilam, and after La hunting, running from a pit-bull, and asking for directions, we gave up and visited Nah at her house Nah told us about miracles she had in her surgery experience. So we blessed her right before her surgery about 2 weeks ago, and then prayed for the best. She said as she was in ICU she stopped breathing for 15 minutes, and her heart stopped. As she started to lose consciousness, P1070351and life, she prayed as hard as she ever has. She then came back. The doctors don’t know how, but she came back. Then while she was recovering, she saw a figure in white by her bed at all times. She prayed for God to send the spirit to her, and then she saw this figure. Then she said 4 people, like missionaries, would stand around her bed and almost guard her. We have only visited her with 2 Elders at a time. She then left the hospital after 5 days, almost a month earlier than expected. She was also able to walk, the doctors told her she would not be able to walk again. Then one day we visited her at her house while she was recovering. She complained of her vision still being bad, only 5 feet at best. So my companion and I gave herP1070362 a blessing of healing, and started the lesson again. She then interrupted us and shouted ” I can see! I can see the street!” She was looking behind us, through her house to the street, and she could see it clear as day! It almost scared me, I didn’t know what to do! Healing literally happened Right in front of me. I have been told that healing depends on faith, and I have always said her faith was enormous. The effect was instant. It was amazing! The miracles are happening this month, and they are amazing. On Saturday we did inviting, filled up the church font, and got Clare and Ann ready for baptism. They both got baptized, and I baptized Clare! They then gave powerful testimonies. Clare talked about how a member’s testimony last fast Sunday touched her so much that she knew she was ready herself for baptism. We P1070414then taught some people after words, and had an amazing night. The next day we went to the church, and the other Elders had a baptism. We then had meetings, and then had to do records. We went out, and taught a member’s nephew at an apartment with 3 other people. Two were joking the whole time and left, but 1 stayed. He was awesome, and asked super deep questions. We are going back to teach him for sure. We then went to Nah’s house, and gave her the sacrament while leaving her with a chapter in the scriptures I though of in 3 Nephi where Jesus heals the sick. This week was amazing with miraculous events happening. Being a missionary is a life changing experience. Whenever I get down or sad, something else amazing happens. Thailand is changing, and we are the tools of that change.

-Elder Ridings

Another Successful Week in Thailand

Hello Family.

This was a good week. We got some awesome work done, helped people, and made pancakes to top it off. On Monday we just chilled with some errands being run and such. I bought a small set of dice for board games and some cards. I also bought socks. We came home, and met up with the Dam family. If you don’t know them they are an awesome family of 4 who have all accepted a baptismal goal. They took us to their house, and we made Somtham.

If you want to know what it is, just click on the word Somtham. It is a salad-like thing, and they taught me how to make it. We made a ton of food and we all sat down for an awesome dinner. After the food we taught them the Plan of Salvation, and the dad was super into having an eternal family. It was especially awesome near the end when the mom finished praying and said, “That felt really good”. We talked a while longer and went home for the night. The next day we had our district meeting and invited our way to Swenson’s ice cream. I also got my Garmin tuned up at the mall, so the maps are more updated when we got LA hunting. We then did some inviting, and taught Sister Rak right before English, and her sister accepted our invitation of baptism. We taught English and had an awesome time. In the middle of our planning, 9:03, the power went out for the whole city of Rangsit! We went outside, and explored around as people and cars freaked out. The power came on an hour later. On Wednesday We were going to meet with sister Nah before her surgery on Thursday, so we got a member and went to her house. When we got there she wasn’t home, and we learned she had already gone to the hospital! So we took the member home, and got on a bus and went to the local university hospital. She was there already, and was chilling with her family. We gave her a blessing, and got an appointment with her family. She had surgery the next day to remove a brain tumor, so we hope it went well. We then invited at the university and went to teach Book of Mormon class. After that we got some food. The next day we weekly planned, ate as a district, and went to invite. No one was free so we just invited at Future Park and around Rangsit. It was crazy. We talked to a drunk security guard, a man who believes in all religions and has a narrator voice.  We then saw a crazy homeless woman casting curses on dogs, before she started flapping her arms like wings on a bird and running at us. She ran past me, and slapped Elder Codling on the shoulder before running away. You can’t make this stuff up folks! We P1070233then taught Sister Gift the commandments, and invited the night away. On Friday we had zone training, followed by us coming home and biking almost 40 kilometers on our search for LA members. We then invited, and had dinner, a slow day. On Saturday we taught a RC in a rainstorm and talked with her about a problem she has been having with a member flirting with her at church. Oh brother!  She then told us she was making a calender of missionaries, and that I would be in it for the October entry. P1070254She got some information out of me for details, such as the Air Force stuff I do, and that according to her my hair is white and my eyes are grey. Looking forward to that! haha  We then came home, and all of the Elders got stranded due to a massive rain storm. After it passed we went out looking for the house of an LA but couldn’t find it. On Sunday we had a ton of people come to church, including the Dam family. It was an awesome Sunday, and we had a ton of meetings afterward. Sister Rak brought a friend, and he accepted baptism after our lesson. There was also another older white guy in church who had been a Thai missionary before. His name was Corey. We then hunted for an LA. We went through a sketchy neighborhood, got cat-called, but got an appointment with someone! We then came home, and I made a ton of pancakes for dinner. They were HUGE P1070255and tasted amazing. Today is Monday and we will be going to a goat farm today! This week will be great, and the time is flying away. Before you know it I will be home, but I love where I am right now. I could serve like this forever!

-Elder Ridings

Songkran Day in Thailand

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So according to my email last week I said this might be the final week, but it’s not now! Transfers came and gone and I will be here 6 more weeks. But this week was amazing with water, miracles, and an exploded bike tire. Monday was Sonkran Day! We got all of our gear together and went to Siam. There were tons of people there in costumes and with water guns. We ran around a huge street filming and shooting. I ran into a ton of missionaries there and even Lodwick! He was being interviewed by the news, and I just ran in and gave him a huge hug. We played for hours, having an amazing time. I was getting wrecked by water

because I was white, and I had a GoPro out at all times and everyone wants to be on video. We came back to Rangsit to play. There were a ton of kids playing in a pool at Rangsit, and I attacked them with my water gun, and they quickly swarmed the white guy! I made their day. They had a fire truck there, and were blasting the crowd, and me! After that we got home before 6, and played risk using a huge map of Thailand. We woke up early and had district meeting. For the fun activity afterwards we went to find the “Rangsit Pig.” For about 3 weeks President Senior has been telling us in email to go find the pig, so P1070134we found him! He is a massive, fat pig. It made everyone happy. We then hopped in a taxi and went to Bangkok Hospital. It’s an P1070128amazingly nice hospital. We got there and I got my skin checked out to make sure I haven’t gotten anything bad from being in the sun all day. It was the best exam ever! They checked my nails, palms, feet, and even inside my mouth. The lady spoke awesome English and got so happy when we started talking in Thai. She says when I come back again in 6 months we will speak Thai only. We then went to the mission office, and got some supplies and said hi to President Senior. We gave him a blessing with water as is tradition in Sonkran. We wash the older people with water on their hands, and give them a P1070149blessing as they give us one. With some coaxing from the members, He agreed. We then had to sneak our way home. Sonkran is in full swing for 3 days, but we only play Monday. So I have to use all of my paranoid city survival skills to avoid getting doused in water. We are still working in our missionary clothes with all of our stuff, so the Thai people will try to get us. I had to navigate around road blocks, pickup trucks full of people, and little kids with water guns all day. On the way home we were ambushed in our neighborhood, and they soaked Codling. I had papers in my hands, so I was NOT planning on getting wet, I dodged their water, and when they were refilling their bucket a kid tried to stop me from running away. It is a bad idea to try to stop an old offensive lineman while he is running full speed. The kid was knocked flat by me charging through him. He was ok, I checked. I did not even get a drop on me. We then played risk again. The next day was more sneaking, visiting, and dodging pickup trucks as the last day of Sonkran came to a close. We made the whole day without getting wet. We then tried to get a cabinet upstairs, but had no luck. We had Brother RakMag, Elder T, and Elder Williams all from Buriram stay in the house for transfers in the morning. It was an awesome reunion, and we had fun catching up. The next day was a normal day. I bought a Garmin for finding LA members. It has been super helpful in finding people, and is already paying for itself. The day was normal, besides a meeting with Sister Dye. She is not ready for baptism yet.  . We ate the “Black Magic Burger” at KFC to relieve stress from our hard work  and it was awesome! Then sister Bah from Buriram came to see me! She has red hair now! P1070175It was fun seeing her, and catching up. She helped us teach a new investigator. The next day we suited up and went LA hunting. I wore arm sleeves and sun screen since the doctor told me to. We got dogs chasing us, kids taking photos of us, and the sun blazing on us. We found a La who has not been visited in 5 years, and then I hit a hole wrong and my back bike tire exploded. So we got it patched up, and went to Zeer, the mall to find a new tube for the tire. As we were there a dude from a hotel sprinted across the street, asked if we were the Christians, and said he needs to know where our church is. He said he and his friend had seen a miracle, and wanted to meet with us. So thank goodness my tire exploded. The next day was a Normal Sunday with church and meetings. We figured out one of the members in the ward has 30 suits and 600 ties. I thought I had a lot of ties! We then went hunting for LA’s with members, and came home after all of our meetings. Today is a day of rest. We are doing errands and getting work done. Last week was awesome! I am so grateful to be in this mission, and look forward to every week. The time flies fast here, but our feet move us faster to the work. Can’t stop, won’t stop!

  • Elder Ridings

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