The Work Is Moving Forward…..

Aug. 15

BOSS9267[1]Hello Family.

it was a pretty good week. Once again I got lazy and forget to write for last week. So this is a summary of 2 weeks ago, then expect the summary for this last week. Sorry folks! I am still a person who procrastinates. On Monday we studied and emailed, and got a phone call from a Thai sister in Salt Lake, telling us to go find her La friend. So we put that in our planners, and emailed for a very long time. We all ate at KFC, and shopped. We then took a truck to the nearby University to look for that LA, sister ___. We have taught her before, and she just got back into town. We went on a sketchy journey through the student housing at night to find her. We then met up and taught her in the lobby of her really nice apartment. She wants to be a missionary, and go to the temple. We told her exactly what she needs to do, and she wants to come back to the church. On Tuesday we went to the church at 9:30 am and got picked up by sister ___ and her husband. We went to the nursing home and picked up her father. He is a super old man with no legs and is in a wheel chair. We got him out of the nursing home, and ___ husband started to roll him down the ramp to the truck. Something happened and he slipped, so the whole wheel chair flipped. The old man flipped and smacked his head on the ground, and stopped moving. I was like “I did not just see him die in front of me, but look at his face!” He was just sitting there, eyes wide open and not moving a muscle in his face. We thought he was

dead but he started moving again. We hoisted him into the truck, and decided to take him to the hospital. On the way there the truck opened and his empty wheelchair flew out! It got run over by a semi truck. At this point I thought that we were all going to die, and tightened the seat-belt. We got the wheelchair back in the car, and thankfully made it to the hospital. We then ate food with him, and went to district meeting. We taught an awesome girl named ___. She was awesome! We then taught English, and taught an awesome dude named ___. He is an awesome dude that we have taught before. He has already accepted baptism, but his story is awesome. I invited him about 2 months ago, and he said he was not free until the end of June. I waited for June 20th to roll around, and then I called him. He met with us, and was awesome. He is a tattooed bike dude who is 23 and loves IMGP1471his 2 cats. He has been Christian for 9 years, and loves Jesus. So he is basically awesome. Wednesday we ate at a pretty good steak place before we went to the church and taught Sister ___ after he baptism last Sunday. She also has a very cool story. I    invited her about a month ago, and she said she would call us when she was free. Whenever they say that, they never call back. Several weeks later she called and said she was free to meet us, a miracle in itself. We met her at English class, andScreen Shot 2015-08-30 at 7.26.44 PM

taught her until her baptism last Sunday. We then had to go find an investigator out in the street named___ and her little 6 year old daughter. She was awesome, and accepted a date for baptism. We then left after our lesson, but ran into ___ and ___, 2 investigators we did not think were coming because 2 hours had passed since our appointment time. After that we invited our way to the mall and printed photos for our Area Book. Thursday we planned and then went out to eat with the other Elders. We had Zone training at the church when an LA member named ___ brought a friend of his named ___. ____ was awesome, and she accepted baptism right on the spot!. She agreed to basically meet with us every day until Sunday at church. She even pushed her La friend to come to church. We then took 4 old people to Brother King’s house to teach his great-grandmother. She was ok, but all of the old people basically pressured her into saying yes for a baptismal date so that they would stop asking her. We were then fed tuna toast, and went back to the church to teach a new guy named ___. He was a pretty cool guy, and wants to study and learn before he commits to anything. We had to split so that Gundry could teach ___, and So I could teach ____. We started teaching her about temples, but it slowly changed into a talk about faith, and the bearing of hardcore testimony. It was an awesome lesson, and she could feel the love we had for her. Friday we woke up and went to P1080461the government Center to renew Gundry’s visa. We then roamed for food, and took a taxi home. I was taught how to solve a Rubik’s Cube in the taxi, and we made it home. We met and taught ___ again, and taught ____, We then had sports day, and i taught ____ and her Sister ____. On Saturday we had to go to the church and shut it because the lady cleaning it said she had a ghost or something chase her. We had to La members show up to the church, and had a super hard lesson with them. Basically me and Gundry had to stop being nice to them and tell them how it is, and how they have no excuse to not come to church. After that depressing lesson we taught ___. After him we had an appointment with sister ____ and her family, so ___ drove us out there in his car at breakneck speeds, blasting metal music about Jesus. He got us there and we had dinner with the family. It was super sad because we learned they were moving away for 2 months, and that this would probably be the last time I see them or they see me. People got emotional, and I am going to miss that family. I just hope another Elder down the line can love them as much as we did. They took us home, and we said our goodbyes. We taught a lesson to someone where there was a little confusion in the law of chastity lesson. They thought we said you cannot have gay friends and that you should not associate with gay people. We had to clear that up a little bit, but it was pretty funny. We had a special Sunday where people did stuff for Mother’s Day here in Thailand. Everyone in church stood up and did this weird chant that talked about the king, and Buddha, and Apostasy. None of the Elders knew what was happening. It was weird. We then went out to visit a member way out in the country, and got taken home by a super cool taxi driver who really wants to learn English. It was an awesome week, and we had a ton of fun. Rangsit is going strong, and as you can see, things are still weird here.

-Elder RidingsP1080208

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