Happy Fourth Of July Y’all

P1080083Hello Family!

So let me open up this email by saying the unthinkable has happened in the Rangsit District, for a second time. NO ONE IS MOVING. Everyone will be staying here for another 6 weeks. I am so relieved because there are so many lose ends to tie up, and so many to teach. The work rolls forward. Also, by the way, so now that this week is over, and the next week still exists for us here in Rangsit, lets get onto the week. On Monday we really did not do too much. We emailed for 4 hours. We then went and ate at subway before shopping around a bit. I ran into a guy who sells crocodile leather stuff, but I did not have time to peruse his wares. We went out inviting, and taught some people at the church. We really did not do too much. On Tuesday we had district meeting, and then went out to eat ice cream. We invited and had to go to the church to teach a recent convert of about 8 months. She is having trouble with her mom and dad. They are having issues and fighting each other. I gave her the best advice I could, and I think it helped her feel a lot better. We taught an investigator P1080106named Sister Kat before English class. We had a fun class, and I asked a member for translation help. Remember that guy who said he was an Arbiter of the Lord? Well he wrote down the word and I translated it. I actually translated it wrong, so a member told me what he was. He was not an Arbiter of the Lord, he was a NAGA of the Lord. Nagas are a serpent that comes from Buddhist beliefs. So the story just got a little more epic. After English we did not have anyone to teach, so we just invited. We saw a lady collecting trash and recyclables to turn in. She had a massive bicycle-cart that looked like something straight out of Mad Max. She had a herd of 20 dogs following her. We decided to get off the road until she passed. We were able to call and share some thoughts with RCs. On Wednesday we studied and then went to the stake center to meet President Johnson. He 1908110_1653143008232652_5638341927412241196_ncame and introduced himself and his wife, and showed us pictures of their life. It was awesome, and he is TALL. We got to take a photo with him, and shake his hand. We then came home and taught the Book or Mormon class. We taught Sister Nurse and she says she still does not feel ready for baptism. We tried to P1070810help her out, and she seemed to be a little better. On Thursday we planned, ate and then went to the church to teach. We taught Kat again, and got really close to finishing all the lessons. She understands everything pretty well, and has no problem with the commandments. Right after that the Sister with family problems came again, and we had a very good lesson for her. We gave her more advice, and I gave her the Facebook of someone who could be really helpful for her. We then taught a dude, but he was as high as a kite, soooo I don’t know how solid it was. We went out to invite and saw Jack Sparrow again. He has been AWOL for some time, and I had assumed he was dead. Nope. He still lives, and is still crazy. On Friday we ate and once again taught the Sister with family problems. She has a plan to have family nights on Sunday and some pretty good ideas for building family unity. I was proud of her. After that we took a long bus ride to Brother Man’s house, but once again he was not there. We made some phone calls to make sure people were coming for Sunday. Within 15 minutes all of the 4 baptisms we had planned told us they could not come. They had excuses, work, or just did not feel ready. It felt like I had been slapped in the face. It was a terrible feeling. I kinda lost all motivation for the day. We decided that we would walk to our next appointment because we had so much extra time. As we walked we actually got a good amount of numbers. We had one cool experience where Gundry invited a couple but they just ignored him. They then had to walk past me as I was talking to one lady. They saw that I was speaking Thai to her and must have realized that Gundry spoke Thai to them, not English. They went back and asked him what the picture on the baptismal card was, and we got their numbers. We made it to Sister Nah’s house and had to teach her off her back porch because a male member could not help us. We taught off the porch into her house because we technically can’t enter the house without a man. It was an awesome lesson. We ended up re-teaching the Restoration, since they are converts. The next day was my favorite day of the week, P1080104THE FOURTH OF JULY. I took some appropriately patriotic photos on our roof with me and the American flag. We went and ate Subway because today is American Day. No rice in this food! We then went and invited. We went to the college and taught Fern and Gow, two of our baptisms. They told us they could not come this Sunday. They are still doing well in terms of Gospel progression.  We went and got dinner, and 7-11 because of time, and rushed home. We saw Mad Max-cart lady again. On Sunday we had a good day, including investigators showing up. We had the baptism of an Old lady who was super Buddhist. She was awesome.. We visited a member at her house and invited. Today was an awesome p-Day. I will talk about it more next week.

We played airsoft with members and it was a blast. We were also told that no one is leaving for transfers. A huge sigh of relief went through everyone. We are all so happy to get the opportunity to continue on here in Rangsit. Life goes on. Being a missionary is awesome. See you next week family. The wild Thailand train keeps getting crazier.

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