Finding, Teaching, Preaching…

BOSS5240I am crunched for time this week So I am going to give you a quick summary of what happened. I feel like I never have enough time for this!

So last Monday we went to a place called ” Bow Fight” which was way awesome! It is like an Airsoft or Paintball came except with bows and fake arrows! It felt like Lord of The Rings or something. We divided into 2 teams and started battling each other. Our team dominated! We won 6 out of 7 rounds. I will let the pictures and videos speak for themselves on my performance. SO Monday was awesome and we ate pizza at the house of a sweet member and she introduced us to a friend who is also interested.

Tuesday we had meetings, led by me, and discussed how we are going to make the English BOSS5320class better. We have so many students that we divide into 3 classes. After that we got ice cream and just went inviting. We ran into tons of people who only speak Burmese so we had a hard time finding anyone who could understand us. Eventually we made our way back to the church and taught an awesome English class with tons of people.

Wednesday we just walked all the way down to a mall that is like 8 kilos away. None of our people were free, and we had nothing to do. We met lots of interesting characters along the way, and got rained on super hard. we were soaking all day. We later rolled into Book of Mormon class dripping water and smelling like a stagnant lake.

BOSS5333On Thursday we went to the hospital to get an ingrown toe nail checked out. It was a super long taxi ride there, and a super long wait to see a doctor. They finally saw me and said that my own efforts at first aid and ghetto “in the shower” surgery had removed the offending nail so they did not do anything about it. They just gave me some antibiotics to use with the antibiotics I had already had for a modest price of… really expensive. So we just went home afterwords, planned, and had a Ward Correlation meeting because our whole day got spent at the hospital.

On Friday we had a day of finding LA people and making maps to their houses by using google maps. We also had an awesome sports day where we dominated at soccer. I was goalie because I did not want to wreck my foot, but that didn’t stop me from sometimes forgetting and bashing my bad toe in on the ball. I also interviewed an investigator of the sisters for baptism.

On Saturday we had appointments with people that fell through, but we also had some that showed up. We invited and visited people all day, until the baptism of brother Mai. It was a good service, but he forgot to plug his nose so he kinda freaked out under water. after that we called all of our investigators and got a good amount of people who said they BOSS4975were going to church.

On Sunday we had an awesome day of teaching and preaching at the church. We had 2 new people show up that we had invited, so we taught them and they are pretty solid. We also did some baptismal records and stuff and sorted things out. After that we visited a member at his house, went home, and I made pasta for myself.

Today we do not have much planned, so we are just going to go get a haircut and go shopping at the mall MBK. The one with Escape Room in it. So nothing too exciting this week, but I only have 8 more weeks left until I have to “get a life” haha. See yah later!

Transfered to Bankhae

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So this was a good week. Sorry I did not send a blog last week. Lots of stuff happened and there was not enough time!

BOSS5137SO last week I got moved to Bankhae, an area out in Bangkok East. It is close to Bangbuatong, one of my old areas. It has an amazing church, and an awesome ward. I got moved here with Elder Woodberry, a half Thai dude who loves running and parkour. Last week we got moved here and spent our time getting to know the area and the members.We gave our testimonies at the first sacrament meeting, and we think the members like us.

Last Monday we went to Asoke and played laser tag with a lot of members and missionaries. It was loads of fun! I Gopro-ed the whole thing. I got 9nth out of 32 people, so not that bad. After that was over we ate subway, road a boat through the city, and got a sock from the mission office that I had left in Nongkhai. So that’s a lose end tied up. After that we came home and had an awesome FHE with members at the church.

On Tuesday we taught some people and went searching for LAs around the city. We rode buses and stuff all over in the hot sun. After that we had a meeting at the church and taught some people. we also had an awesome English class. We had like 40 people show up, and we got it going way professionally to bring people back..

On Wednesday we went around the town looking for people again, and ate lunch with Kenny at the mall. After getting lost in there, finally finding him, and eating, we left the place and went looking for LAs that were very close by. We find houses no problem, but the people are never home! So we just went inviting for a long time. We had a Book of Mormon class at the church where we helped everyone make scripture cases.

On Thursday I was at Asoke all day because we had the last meeting with president. You have this meeting with president when you are about to go ho,e/ I took lots of notes because we talked about things like finances, families, and the future. We ate subway after and I got to catch up with all my friends. I cannot believe we are all going home soon. After that we took a long journey back to the house and finished our studies and planning. After that we had correlation meeting with the WArd Mission Leader.

On Friday we went to Thonburi because we had a zone training. I learned that I would have to get new glasses because you cant just store them on your head now. So we had an awesome meeting there, then came home. After that we went to the church in our own area and taught some people at the church. We had sports night and we played soccer in the rain. It was pretty intense.

On Saturday we went on a switch off all day and just invited and hunted for La people .We explored tons of sketchy places and we saw lots of scary people. Not much really happened. But we did find an LA who has been gone for like 15 years. We had an awesome lesson with him.]

On Sunday we went to church and had lots of people there. It was a good time at the church, and we had a fat cat roam inside that I had to get out. We then went LA hunting and ate at the house of a member named Git, who helps us teach a lot.

Today we are going to a place where you divided into teams and fight each other with fake bows and arrows. It is gonna be awesome! I will video tape the whole thing and take lots of photos. This week we are gonna invite way more so that we get lots of new investigators. Love you guys!

-Elder RidingsMBOSS5137

Good Times In Thailand

Hello Family.

This week was more of a slow one, and we have transfers coming up. I am pretty sure I will stay. But you can never be sure where the Lord will send you next.

On Monday we just emailed for a long time because there was lots of stuff we need to getBOSS4570
caught up on. We also made custom stamps! But I forgot to attach photos of them. I just made some logos and phrases. We also got some more food for the house and had FHE on our roof again. We had several members and investigators come, and even got a referral out of it.

On Tuesday we had our district meeting and ate ice cream with everyone. After that we invited and had lots of other little things to do, that were spaced very far apart. We called a lady referred to us by the sisters in Udon, and we were able to get an appointment set up with her. After that we had a very successful English class, and got more people this week than last week!

BOSS4623On Wednesday we spent a lot of time getting to a place called Mega Bangna, a huge mall. We got there early to meet with the referral lady, so we just looked around the place. I found another Toys R Us here in Thailand. we then met with the lady, named “O” and she bought us lunch. We had an awesome lesson with her, and got her to commit to coming on Sunday. After that we went to visit some LA people, and invited more dudes.BOSS4621

Thursday we planned, had a Ward Correlation meeting, and planned some more. After that we just invited and had Book of Mormon class. Not much happened

On Friday we walked around town and visited a member at her restaurant, and sheared a lesson with her. After that we want looking for the apartment of Sister Panda, the older sister of Sister Sun in Buriram, the one me and Lodwick baptized almost 2 years ago. We were able to find her place after an all day search, and along the way got in contact with an investigator we thought we lost 2 weeks ago. Her phone was just broken, not it is fixed and we can teach her again!

On Saturday we went and taught Sister Panda at her house. I BOSS4612talked to her about her questions and concerns, and mad her feel way better. It was awesome to see her again. I have not seen her for like 2 years, and Sister Sun really wants me to help her. After catching up and teaching hr we left because she had stuff to do. We then came home and ate dinner with a member at a really nice restaurant.

On Sunday it was a good day at church. Lots of people came including O, an La that we just got back, and other investigators, like the local crazy homeless man. Other that that we just had meetings, ate food, and came home to make dinner. We had our “Last Supper” together as a district because transfers is this week.

We are not sure who is leaving or who is staying, but if I had to guess I would say that I am staying. We will see what happens, but it is up to the Lord and our president. Bangna is awesome, and so are it’s members. See yah next week.

-Elder Ridings

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My Week in Thailand

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Hello Family,

So this last week was pretty good. I am gonna give a shortened summary of it.

On Monday we really did not do much. We just emailed, did some errands, and sent some custom cut suits home. We also hung out with Brother Best from Rangsit. I had some neckties cut for him in Nongkhai so I had to give them to him and get money for them. After that we had

FHE on the roof but not many people came because It started to rain.

On Tuesday we had our district meeting and I was assigned to be the English Leader. That means I got to get the English class up and running and better. We realized that the English class is a great source of investigators so I have been working on a schedule, assignments, and logistical stuff to get more people coming and coming back. We then got ice cream together and me and Elder Phanich taught , our Chinese investigator. She had some concerns, and we almost lost her. But after a hardcore lesson, we got her to continue learning with us. We then invited and had English class. We had tons of people show up, and with the work I put into it, everything went smoothly. We even got some appointments out of people with it.

On Wednesday we went and taught someone after fixing a problem with an Order we made to the office Elders. We then visited a member at her house and helped with some chores and such since she only has one arm. We had a very good lesson with her, and then we had to go back to our street and teach a girl over at a restaurant. After that we had nothing to do so we just invited around the town.

On Thursday we taught a girl early in the morning near a huge office tower, and we had a run in with a crazy old man who REALLY wants to learn English with us. We had an awesome lesson with Sister Ann then went home to finish our studies and plan for the day. After that we invited our way to the Book of Mormon class and gave our name-tags to a member who is an engineer. He is gonna make metal ones for us, so that we have something cool to take home from our missions.

On Friday we visited more people at their houses as it rained, since no one was going anywhere. Not much was really noteworthy until we went to one member’s house and taught his son. He has not been taught by the missionaries in 6 years, and it was an awesome lesson with him. He really opened up, and made steps to continue getting better. We then went home because it was getting late

On Saturday. We just invited all day, and taught sister Ann again in the middle of a KFC. We then invited around the town before going to a member’s birthday party. At the party i had the opportunity to talk to her mom and get her to be interested in what we teach. We were able to get an appointment out of her! She learned with the missionaries almost 30 years ago, so we are the first ones to teach her in a long time. It was super awesome!

BOSS4537Sunday was good. We had a very good meeting and lots of people came. After it was all over we mingled with the members and taught some of our people lessons. After that we took home an investigator who cannot walk well in a taxi, and then invited around the town. We had dinner on our roof with members. it rained but we just stayed under a gazebo and ate.

Today we really don’t have much planned. We are just gonna chill. things are going good here in Bangna, although slow. This is a harder area, but we are doing the best that we can. see yah next week.

-Elder Ridings