Abandoned Building

BOSS0767So it was a pretty good week this week. We got tons of work done, did some cool things, had some cool meet ups with people, and had some sad news.

On Monday we just did computer work and fixed up some problems we had with camera and such, then we ran some errands and took a taxi to a bus station pretty far away. When Feist transferred to our area he lost his friendship book at the station, and we went there to get it. It took most of our time because traffic was terrible. We were able to get home and then went to a neighborhood and taught the mother in law of a member. We then invited our way around the neighborhood and got some numbers before slowly making our way home. On Tuesday we went and had district meeting followed by exploding coke and mentos off the roof of the apartment building. We then went and got ice cream but the other Elders brought Dairy Queen into the ice cream place. We then invited our way all the way to the church. So it was about a 40 minute walk. We talked to tons of people and homeless dudes. We saw a ruined apartment building off the side of the road. We decided to go check it out. We climbed through a forest of trash, and made our way through the building exploring. We took tons of photos and made our way to the roof. After our little journey we got food at a gas station, I found ring pops for the first time in Thailand, BOSS0727and then taught some people at the church.  We took a bus home and got the keys and then went back to the church to work on the computer. We did computer work and got dinner as the other Elders taught people and we had English class. It was a really good class and I was in charge of the games. So I made sure everyone had a good time. After that we taught a girl and went home. On Wednesday we met up with the other Elders and ate food with them at the mall. We then got some of the new Star Wars posters in Thai. We then taught Benz and Jaime,  in the mall. We taught a very good lesson, but they are both still too afraid to pray. They are scared they will get an answer. SO we tried our best to help them but eventually had to leave. We then invited our way around and talked to Muslim people at Duke’s place. She told us some cool stories of when she was learning about the church, and brought up some concerns we tried to help her with. After we taught her we got some dinner and then invited our way to a taxi and went to a member named Nang. His little kid loves super heroes, especially BOSS0733wolverine. He calls himself “Logan”  I made wolverine claws out of a cereal bx and duct tape. He loved them and went around the house slashing everything! After we taught his family he drove us all the way to the church and we had a meeting with some ward leaders. SO I can not remember if I mentioned this. But we were told we would be getting Sisters in the area, and that they would be here TODAY. We got a phone call and a change of plans happened. We would not be getting them for reasons. We then got dinner and went home. On Thursday we ate lunch and took a taxi to the stake center for a Zone Meeting. We showed up late due to traffic and had a pretty good meeting. We got some new teaching materials and then went home. We invited our way around the town and BOSS0799ate at a salad place in the mall that was amazingly good!  We got some treats for game night and played clue with people. Elder Walker won in the first round on the first guess. So we played again. After game night we shared some spiritual thoughts and then went looking for whey protein for Elder Walker. We found it, noted its location, and went home. On Friday we planned for the next week and we went to invite for a little bit. We taught an RC and then invited in a big neighborhood where we found an LA and taught him. After inviting some more we went to the church and taught Book of Mormon class. WE took a bus to the church and not many people showed up because of the rain. We then came home and invited some more with the time we had left. Not much happened due to the weather and everyone was running for cover. On Saturday We woke up and went to bro Nang’s house to cut the bushes, trees, and hedges in his front yard. He gave us some shirts to wear and I set about fixing the hedges, buses, and the garden. His kid was watching the new Avengers movie, and stabbing everything with the wolverine claws, still. After that he took us to a friends’ house, and introduced us to him. He is interested to learn more so BOSS0240we will be visiting him again. We then went to the bus stop and I bought a cheap t-shirt because we had more work today. We went to a far away members house, and went to help him cut some trees too. I left the shirt in the van by accident though. We helped some older members cut their trees, and they introduced us to one of their friends who was also interested to meet with us. We then left his house and went to a members’ house to teach his mother in law again. After that we went home because celebrations were in full swing fort the King’s birthday. On Sunday we went to church and got the sad news that Sister Aah had finally passed away on Saturday. Everyone was sad. We were told that the funeral was on Monday. After church we went looking for an investigator and ran into a member. IT was brother Hack, a short, 30 year old man who is a little ball of energy. He was riding on the back seat of a bike being driven by his twin brother who I had never seen before. They were wearing the same clothes, same haircut, and were the same man! It looked like 2 little, clone hobbits on the same bike. They were so happy and waving at us! We then visited an investigator and went to a member’s house. WE then went home and had a big pasta dinner. So today we are going to the funeral of Sister Aah so we do not have many plans today. It is super sad that she finally moved on, but was not unexpected. Her sister is taking it very well because she, like us all, knows where her sister has gone to rest. See you next week.

 

-Elder Ridings

Miracles, Long Walks and New Faces

BOSS0728Hello Family.

So this was another awesome week. There were so many cool little miracles that happened, and awesome meetings that I feel very proud on how this week panned out.

On Monday we went out and emailed. Before that, during planning, we heard tons of sirens and several gunshots outside. Nothing came of it. The other Elders got hit by viruses on their hardware so I had to fix them so I did not get time to write my blog email.

After emailing we went back to the Escape Room and did the final 2 rooms. I have conquered 4 out of the 6 rooms, and I would finish the last of them. So we went there and did the first room, slaughter house. We wrecked that room and got the best time they had seen for a long time. The other Elders decided to leave, so just me and Feist did the last room,”The Mummy Returns”. We also wrecked that room. We are just too good. Now I have done all the rooms, and never have to go back.

BOSS0140At the end the workers said that we had the fastest time last week, so we won…. Movie tickets. We told them we cannot watch movies, but we took them anyway to give to some members. We then came home and taught an LA lady and her cats about the importance of going to church. After that we had to walk all the way home from her house n the dark, and we just invited out way home. The next day we woke up, studied, and had district meeting with the other Elders upstairs in their room. It was a very good meeting, and then we went to get some ice cream together. So after ice cream we went inviting all over the town again. We saw sister Duke, got some phone numbers from people all over the town. We then ended up at a member’s house and we taught her brother. he was not too interested. We then went to the church and made some phone calls before English. It was a good class. I helped the girl who is good at English with a test, and we taught her and her mother. It was a good lesson, but we did not talk to much due to time. We then locked the church and left. As we were getting onto a bus we saw the other Elders HAULING towards the bus and they barely made it on. We had locked them in the church!   Luckily they caught up with us and we all went home together.

The next day we had switch offs with the Zone Leaders. We had Elder Paxton with us. We taught a person named Benz, as in the car brand, in the mall on the fourth floor. Benz is a dude, that thinks he is a woman. He is a shemale and a pretty convincing one too. All in all it was a good lesson, and Benz is interested. That was interesting. We then went with a member to teach his mom again. It was way out in the country and his mom was not too willing to listen to us this time. In this lesson the member went hard, and bore hardcore testimony and spoke in a way he has never done before. He got right to his mother’s heart, and it was amazing!!! She got interested, and started listening to us. We then invited around the town and got tons of numbers, and eventually went to the road so the Zone Leaders could go home. It was an awesome day.

We then went to the church and had correlation. The next day we did BOSS0375planning for a while. We invited to Big C and got food for the game night. I also bought a MASSIVE Lord of The Rings book in all Thai which I will be sending home. We then invited and went to game night. We had a good time at game night, and we shared a good spiritual thought afterwards. On Friday we invited all around the town and even roamed onto the set of an Indian movie. We also tried going door to door at some houses and got some people who let us in and listened to us. We traveled miles all day. We then visited this family we contacted the other day and they were super awesome! They have a baptismal date, and they all prayed with us. Their house is so close we can see it from our house! On the way to Book of Mormon class we ran into an LA on the walking bridge. Feist talked to him and let him walk away without getting his number, so we sprinted after him! We ran down the highway and eventually caught him. We got his address because he does not have a number and eventually went to Book of Mormon class.. The next day we planned and invited all day again. We walked all the way to this far away neighborhood so we just started walking in the general direction of the place. We went down strange roads and invited stranger people. We got some numbers, and saw some interesting sights. We eventually made it to the neighborhood and visited some members and LA’s. We then made our way back to the church and taught this less active couple before we taught Institute class. The teacher did not show up so we decided to do it. Pretty slow day, but still a good one. On Sunday we had a good day at church that was full of meetings. We taught some people after but not many of the people who said they would come today actually came. We then dropped off tithing at the bank with a member, and went to another member’s house to visit him. On the way there we ran into an LA who has been missing for months, purely by chance. Then as we were looking for the member’s house we ran into these little girls who said that their uncle has a book of Mormon and has learned with the Elders before! We gave her our number, and told her to give it to her uncle. We then taught a member’s family, and at the end we asked the only non-member in the room, his mother in law, if she wanted to learn with us again. They all said she has learned everything, and the only reason she did not get baptized is because she is afraid of water! So we are going back to see her. We did some awesome work this week, and I feel good about what we did. We had some good people who will progress for sure, and you will be hearing more of our success next week.

-Elder Ridings