Beautiful Thailand

Hello Family. unnamed-1

So sorry I did not write a blog last week. I got a little caught up in stuff so I did not have the time to write it. Here is the summary of what happened.

Last week on Monday we did our emailing in a new place that was full of mosquitoes so that was fun. We ran errands, got tie making material, and I practiced card tricks all day. We got tons of cool fabrics for ties. Easter looking fabric, Joker colors, black out colors, unnamed-6everything you need to look fly. I also bought some knock off Legos there that look like the legit thing, just fake and in Chinese. We then bought supplies for the house and just chilled. Our landlord came by the house and complained that the money for the house was not in yet so we told him we would call the office. He eventually left and we biked to the church to teach Nat and his girlfriend Dah. We taught them some commandments that they had no problems with. They were kinda happy they learned these commandments AFTER the new year. We then finished off the night with some inviting and ate some 2 dollar steak. Only in Thailand.

On Tuesday we were going to go to the stake center in Udon for district meeting, but the Zone Leaders called and said since we are having a Zone Training on Friday we did not have to go. Since we planned for that we got wrecked on what we were gonna do in all that free time. We then got a phone call that our neckties will not be done for a month, and on top of that I was getting sick. So we went to the Tie guy and told him we did not pay him to take this long, and that it needs to go faster. He listened to our persuasions. We then went to an RCs house and taught them, until a pack of 6 dogs suddenly turned on each other and started fighting. As we watched the fight a 4 foot old woman came flying out of the trees and beat the dogs with a bamboo pole as tall as she was. The dogs scattered, and one fell into the nearby creek our of terror. Sadly I could not get my camera out in time. We then went inviting, I bought more fake Legos, and we went to the church for English class. We unnamed-4had a lesson with Brother Nat again, because was gonna get baptized this Sunday with his girlfriend. We then received a call from his brother saying he is in the hospital because he fell out of tree. Well there goes that baptism. We then had a good English class, at with members at a restaurant by the river, and went home.

On Wednesday we had lunch with the Branch President from Udon. He is a funny guy who speaks amazing English and loves “your mom” jokes. As we waited for him to show up I sent a package home. The Branch President’s name is Tiger in English. After a good lunch with him we went to a huge market and invited there. We then went to an RC house and taught their family. They took us to a white guy’s house who wants to learn Thai. His name is Gary and he is from Texas. He is a nice guy, but obviously is suspicious around us. We invited him to English and he said he might go. We then went to a member’s house and helped her organize recyclables as we talked about a neighbor who she wants us to teach. We then went to an LA’s house and brought candy to her kid who is special education. We had a good lesson with them and then went to another LA’s house. She was not there, but those puppies we washed were all running around, and away, from us. This big dog came up to us. He was super scary but ended up loving me so he was not a threat. We then went to the church and had an institute class, and went home.

unnamed-3On Thursday my sickness had gotten worse so I was stumbling everywhere. We did our planning and had lunch. I took some medicine and then we went to the church because we had a meeting with an LA. She showed up and helped her with a English project. We then went to an La’s house and helped her sort rice. We ran by an investigator but she was not there, and then we went by another LA and said hello. We called Nat and he is ok. He did not break anything but it is sprained and super bruised. We then got dinner and came home where I then passed out.

On Friday I was feeling much better. We went to Udon and ate at the McDonald’s before the Zone Training because Nongkhai does not have one and we never know when we will be back. I gave Sister Mon her SD card back because I fixed it and recovered her photos. She was super happy and I made her day. We then had Zone Training and they told us there was a big announcement. We then watched a video with Elder Oaks in it, where he said transfer meetings were not authorized. The video ended with the words RIP Transfers. People lost it, I tried to flip the table but people stopped me before I got a good grip on it. Those Transfer meetings you see in those videos, where everyone meets and gets there new companions in a super hype way, are now over. You will now be told where you are going, and who your companion is, and then you go, sometimes ALONE. That is scary, and

missionaries will get lost.  We then came home after a SECOND round of Mac with everyone.  We met with a few people and then taught Book of Mormon class. We then ran to the LA with the puppies but she was not home again. So we got dinner and went home.

On Saturday I was over my sickness so I felt way better. We had a meeting with Sister Bang and that neighbor she wanted us to teach. So we got there at 9 am and they told us they were not free, because it is “Kids Day” so that was a bummer. We then went to the church and taught an RC. He brought a friends with him but the friend was not interested. We then got food and finished our studies at home. As we ate lunch  this black guy we had seen before sat down with us to eat. His name is Ray, and he is from Mobile Alabama. We had an awesome time with him, and he was a nice guy. We then went to the market by the river to invite. I got MORE bootleg Legos, and saw lots of white folk. We then taught an investigator at the church, and learned she lived right next to the church. So we told Poy we would teach her at her house next time. We then cleaned the church because it was late, and had game night with members. We then went to Tesco and got pizza, bought slick neckties from this new place we found, and came home.

On Sunday we had a fewer number of people come than normal. Not many investigators unnamed-7came either. We taught a class and not much really happened. After church was over we had meetings and then went to an  lady’s house to paint it again. We finally got all of the white paint done on her house, and it looked really good. We were glad to be finished, until she says next week we can come back and do the doors and windows! We then came home, ate dinner, and cleaned the house. This house is so dirty so the work is not done yet. “I am done with living in filth! So hopefully next week it will be done. So this was a good week. I still love it here, and still love the work. Not much time left either so I a m making the most of it.

-Elder Ridings

 

Some Catching Up To Do….

BOSS1585Hello Family.

So with Christmas, moves, and general missionary life, I have not written one of these in a long time, so lets start with a summary. I was moved out of Bangbuathong along with 2 others, and transferred to Nongkhai, a small town on the border of Thailand and Lao, complete with a ‘Thai – Lao Friendship Bride” connecting them. At transfers my mission father, my BOSS1248trainer Elder Lodwick, Finally completed his mission, and made the journey home back to Tennessee. At transfers i gave his “Eulogy” and talked about what he did for me and so many others in being the best we can be. He is gone now, but I am still here, so lets get started.

After getting here, doing a few days of work, meeting members, and having a great time we got to Sunday. Because no one here plays piano since the old Elders left I got designated Ward DJ. I put hymn CDs in the stereo and play them over the speaker while the members sing. it is pretty fun actually. We had no Pday on Monday because it had been moved to Christmas. So then we worked throughout the week and did service, visited people, had a fantastic Christmas party, and made it to Christmas day, so that is where we we start this off for real.

On Friday the 25th, it was of course, Christmas. We had to search for an internet place that was open because most places were closed. We then prepared the computers and skyped our families! It was awesome, and great to see and hear them. This is my 3rd skype, I only have one more to go, next mother’s day. After we skyped we went out to a crocodile farm and walked through a statue farm with the family of Elder Beaty, a returned missionary. We hung out with him and several members, and took cool photos. At the statue park we walked around and took cool, funny, sometimes stupid pictures. We also got to bang on some Gongs in this tower. The gongs made the sound like a sub-woofer in a car. We then went to this huge fabric market and bought tons of fabric to make into ties, which we then took to the the Thai tie guy to make into Thai ties. We then went back and finished our emailing and got haircuts. We then went out and ate pizzas with some members, and went home to eat some more pizza as fireworks went off around the house. It was a good, final BOSS1310Christmas in Thailand.

The next day we went back to the tie place and dropped off more fabrics and bought some new stuff and lights for my bike at a place next door. After that we went to a recent convert’s house and taught her family. After the lesson was all over we helped harvest coconuts from a tree with a long pole and a knife on the end. We then had to rush back through this little road on the rice patties, and went to the church. We taught a new investigator named Nat, who we met with his girlfriend last week. We then taught some more people at the church,bought food for sports night, and had sports night. We played fun party games inside and played soccer in a room upstairs. We even had some LA members come. We then went inviting at this Saturday night market while some big Korean culture celebration was going on. Last time I checked we were in Thailand, not Korea. I bought some cool stickers for my friends ship book, and then found some more cool stickers I put on my bike. We saw some members selling stuff, and then went home because a few raindrops started to fall so everyone bailed and went home.BOSS1386

On Sunday it was a pretty normal day. We had 6 investigators come to church, and a lot of La members. A good amount that this area has not seen in a long time. So after church we and some meetings and then went LA hunting. We visited an LA who said she would come to church but did not come to church. We visited her, found some LAs that no one has seen forever, and then a member took us to a former investigator’s house who is still interested to learn. It was a pretty successful day, and we got work done.

BOSS1583On Monday we went to the fabric market and invited there, and then I had to get some more bike stuff at the shop. We met with an RC at the church and he brought a friend with him who was interested in learning. We then went inviting at the Tesco nearby, and talked to an LA who works at the pharmacy there. After being there for a while we went back to the church and taught Nat and his girlfriend with a friend they brought. He was not too interested to learn though. After teaching them we went to this big ice cream place and had the farewell party for bro Ice, the Ward Mission Leader. He is moving home for a few weeks to work. After that we went home.

On Tuesday we cleaned the house and ate at a member’s house and taught his family. His son, bro Night, will be entering the mission field here in Thailand in 4 months. We then invited people and visited an RC at her house a huge distance away. She needs some help painting her house, so we planned for the next day. We then taught English and taught an RC after. pretty slow day.

On Wednesday we had the Zone leaders come and work with us. We ate food and then we painted the old ladies house. We painted the outside walls white, and cleaned the place up. There was a guy playing guitar next door which added to the experience. After that we taught Nat again at the church and went inviting. We took the Zone Leaders to the bus station and set them off, and then we ate dinner. After that we went home.BOSS0993

So on Thursday we woke up and planned for the week. We then went and visited an LA lady. She has tons of puppies that live outside and get wrecked by bugs and the weather, so we offered to wash them. We went home, changed our clothes, and for some reason we had dog shampoo in our house so we brought that with us. We then cleaned, chased down, and fixed up the little puppies. They did not like it, but they looked much better and happier. After teaching her a lesson we got dinner and went home at 6 because of our curfew. We ate food at home, cleaned the house, and watched movies. At midnight fireworks started to go off all over the town, and we could see fireworks going off across the river in Lao. It was a pretty cool thing to see.

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So today we will be hanging out with Kenny in Udon and going bowling or something. I love this area, and things are going fantastic. Expect more success stories next week!

-Elder Ridings