Working in Bangbuathong

Aug. 31, 2015

BOSS9631Hello Family.

So this has been an interesting week in a interesting area. Bangbuathong, or BBT for short. Last Monday after emailing we went out and explored the town. We mostly just bought stuff for the house, and spruced the place up a bit. We then went to the church to teach a lady who thinks that Buddhism and Christianity can be combined haha. We then made our way over to a member’s house for an FHE/Birthday. We went to meet up with two of the older members who would take us there. On the way there a funny man yelled at us because he wanted us to fist bump him. We did and he ran away screaming. At the members house we shared spiritual thoughts and ate some awesome orange cake. They have about the ugliest dog I have ever seen living at that house. We had an awesome time, and then took a taxi driver home who smelled like he had not showered in 3 days. We got dinner, and then went home. On Tuesday we studied for a while and went to the mall to eat some Ice cream before our District meeting. The American inside me got the better of me and I ended up eating at KFC too. After our meeting we went to a members house who lives in a Muslim neighborhood. We had a good lesson with him, and basically worked with him on his

faith. We went over to the church and had a huge English class. I have been inviting all sorts of people to English, and I think it paid off. We taught about nature and played fun games. We then went out to dinner, got caught in a monsoon, and went home. We have to slip through a metal gate in an alley way every-time we return to our apartment building. The next day we went inviting all over the town. We found a silk shop and got watched like a hawk by the people that worked there. I was able to find a phone case for our new phone in a very sketchy phone dealership tent. We ended up in some weird shopping mall that is trying too hard to feel like the wild west in America. We went to a store to a place called the living mall to buy food for the house. We saw a dog fight, and went to the church. We were waiting for a Burmese man called Poo-A or something like that. His name is Burmese so I don’t know how to translate it over to English. He was trying to find his way to the church but gave up. While we waited for him we explored the top 5 floors of the hotel building that the church is in. The top 5 floors are abandoned and kinda scary. We then came home for dinner, and went upstairs to visit the other Elders because their apartment is in another part of the building. Elder Gardner locked our door. We have a keypad lock, and no key for the deadbolt. We were locked out with no way in. Luckily I always carry my lockpick set, and was able to pick my way back into the house. The next day we planned for a long time, and went out to eat with the other Elders. We ran over to this abandoned mall that is near the house. I tried to smooth talk the guards into letting us explore it for a P-day. They said no, and would not be convinced so that was a bummer. We then ate KFC again. We invited all the way to the church, by walking there. We waited for an investigator to show up, but she did not so we were able to get to know the member helping us teach. She will be a missionary in England in 2 months. We had correlation meeting in the church as a monsoon raged outside.. We then braved the storm and came home because it was late. The next day we went out to eat after studies, and decided to eat at the new mall that had just opened.

Our day started early though when fireworks went off at 4 am in celebration of a Chinese holiday. The mall is called West Gate. It is the biggest super-mall in Southeast Asia. It is MASSIVE. We went inside and got lost. We could not find the door. We saw dudes in robot suits, mascots, and Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty was there. We then invited and went with the other Elders to teach an LA at his house. We tried to help him with his smoking problems, and then went to the church. On the way there we ran into a little kid who looked like the Michelin man and called us racial slurs. It was funny.. We then had Book of Mormon class and talked about Lehi’s dream. The next day, Saturday, We walked all the way to an LA’s house that was like a 40 minute walk away. We invited all sorts of people on the way, and finally found the guy’s house. He was not there. We then walked back and invited everyone again. We walked by a guy we are pretty sure was dead, and found a cool fishing shop that sold some good stuff. We ran into the other Elders and Taught an RC of ours named Duke. She sells drinks on the side of the bus station. We then went to the church because Poo-A finally found the church! We tried to teach the Burmese man but he speaks little Thai. We gave him all the church materials we could in Burmese, and sent him on his way. On Sunday we had the baptism of a girl named Sister Bop. She speaks awesome English, and is a cool person. I gave a talk on repentance for her baptism. We then had lunch, and my black glasses vanished and I still have not found them. We then taught a dude named Note, and he brought his whole family! We gave them all baptismal dates, and they were awesome people! It was a great Sunday. Today we are going to check out that super mall for real this time, and just kinda resting. This place is strange, but I expect we will see a lot of happiness. See you next week. Tune in for more insanity at BBT.

-Elder Ridings

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