So this week has been wild with a ton of weird stuff happening, and some good work done. Before you wonder, no, we did not have a baptism this week. The whole zone is having a hard time. If we keep working hard everything will work out. So on Monday we went to an amusement park called Dream World. It is like Disney World but Asian and smaller. We rode a ton of rides, got soaked, ate food, and took some good photos. We were there for a long time. Dream World seemed sketchy at first, but ended up being awesome. We went with a member named Kenny. He is living in California and loves to do stuff with Elders. He helped us with the whole Dream World process, and made it so much more fun. After that we went back to the church and taught a lesson with Sister Dye.
On Tuesday we went and invited for a while, and then met with Sister Cherry, a Chinese lady. She had drawn the elders as anime characters and gave them to us. She is moving so she will be going to church down in Asoke now. After teaching her we went out and invited some more and met lots of new people. We then taught English, and taught Sister Nam and Kat after English was over. We took a long time so the other Elders bought us food. On Wednesday we invited for a long time and got a ton of numbers from guys, which never really happens. As we were inviting, Elder Gundry talked to a blind dude for a while who played an accordion. We then went back to the church when an investigator for the other Elders showed up. They could not teach him so we did. He was interested in learning nothing other than the way to get better health. He would take no pamphlets and would laugh if we talked religion. So not wanting him to feel so smug I told him there was one simple way, old as time itself, to get better health. He was astounded. He begged us to teach him. So I taught him the way we can have better health. At the end I told him, “We call this the Word of Wisdom”. He asked why it was called that and so I said “Because Jesus taught it”- Gotcha. He eventually left and we made some phone calls. After that we went to Nah’s house and taught them. Her other twin that got baptized is awesome! The landlord kept roaming into the house smoking and trying to make us leave by being awkward in the room. We ignored him. After we had a good time teaching we went outside and waited for the bus. As I returned
a big grandma from the store came out and started dancing. I thought it was funny so I gave her a thumbs up. The next day we invited all day and went to Sister Third’s house. We once again taught her brother in law Brother Key, with Brother Nung translating the whole thing into Chinese. She is making a ring for mom, since she makes jewelry as a living. We then met Brother Wat and he gave me a new custom suit. I commissioned him to make it and he did! I owe him a big one. The next day we invited for a long time and got yelled at by security guards at the mall. We then went to the church and taught Sister Nurse and Gift. We had to split with the members to do it. The next day we invited for a long time and called a ton of people. We then called some RCs and invited more. For Sunday we had Ward Conference and it was a pretty normal day other wise. We had ice cream after. Some of the members, including missionaries, sang for the show. After it was over we taught about 5 people and went inviting. We invited at Major Cineplex, the huge theater next to the even bigger mall, Future Park. As we were inviting a security guard came up to us and started talking about the church. He knew so much that I asked if he was a member. He laughed at me and did not answer. He then went nuts telling us about the creation of the world until judgment. He said that God created animals first. Then the first animal to die and be reborn as a man was Adam. He then said that Adam wrote all scriptures in all religions. God wrote through him, but Adam did not understand what he was writing. He then said that Christ was in me, and then Elder Gundry, but not in himself. When I asked him why he said “ I am not man, I am not Angel, I am not Devil. I am a Arbiter of the Lord!” He then asked us to go home and rest. As he walked away he said “ Why have you noted waied? (Wai is when you show respect through the hand signal Thais do) Why have you not respected? Why have you not WORSHIPED!?” He then walked away and held his hands up to the sky like that one dude in the movie platoon, as the storm clouds gathered overhead us. Me and Gundry then talked about the apostasy we had witnessed when he came back. He told us that he felt “Judgment is soon, when Christ will create new temples for us” as he gestures to his body. He then told us to prepare for the day, and go home. We had invited enough already, so we left to avoid him. Thailand is a silly place. The work goes on here, and the fun keeps rolling. This truly is the craziest mission around. We will go back and find this “Arbiter” and maybe we will convert him truly. We are expecting baptisms this week. So maybe we will have some white photos this Sunday! Tune in next week to see what happens!
- Elder Ridings