Six More Weeks

Hello Family.

This last week was pretty good, although a short one, due to the zone conference and such.

On Tuesday we went to a place called bounce, which is a HUGE indoor trampoline place. BOSS5581We spent an hour there and ate some Burger King. I took the new GoPro session with me and wore the chest rig for it. The footage was awesome! We were way tired by the end, and wrecked a bunch of little kids at doge ball. They loved it though. We then went to MBK and I tried to return Elder Woodbury’s broken voice recorder. they would not take it back, so I used all of my Thai power language on them. Eventually they gave in and let him swap it for something of equal value. We then made our way home and vowed to never go to MBK again. Buy name brand people, not Chinese junk. We then came home and taught English class. And I went to Bangbuatong to go on a switch off with Elder Mayo.

On Wednesday we woke up and did our normal studies. We went out look for La people and invited all sorts of people. We then went to the house of brother Yon to help him replace his grass. They were all way surprised to see me! After that we ate lunch at the mall and taught a girl named Ing, who I have taught a long time ago! She finally felt the spirit and is getting baptized this Sunday. It was a good lesson and she is really ready. I even got to meet Sister Duke again along the road. After that we went to the church and had a meeting with the old ward mission leader, who was way happy to see me! I then made my way home and finished up the day.

On Thursday we planned and studied for a long time as usual. We then left the house and went looking for people We also taught some lessons to Fai and May. We also went around to places we have never been before. Not much really happened. We then went to the correlation meeting and discussed the people we are teaching. Not much happened.

On Friday we went to the church and taught people at the church. We then hung around and called lots of people from our old English forms. Eventually we tried to Skype Bangbuatong to interview sister Ing for baptism, but they were having technical difficulties on their end so we planned to go to Bangbuatong the next day. After that we taught some Cambodians and played sports day with tones of people.

BOSS5593The next day after studies we went over the Bangbuatong as the weather started to get bad. We got to the church before anyone else. I was able to talk to some of the members who remember me that were chilling at the church. I Interviewed Ing. She was way nervous but passed the interview no problem. WE then went out and ate lunch together and went home. When we got back we just went looking for La people and got dinner for Sunday

On Sunday we had 3 new people walk into the church who we invited a few days ago, so we were able to have 3 new investigators. Church was way good, and we had baptisms as a district! It was way smooth. We then taught lots of people and went La hunting again.Met a lot of different people . We then went home and made dinner.

Today we are going back to the Bow Fight place to hopefully challenge the staff and win some t shirts. We then are just going to relax. Elder Taylor and Hinckley are getting their stuff ready. They leave for home this Thursday. It is pretty weird to look at because in another 6 weeks, 1 transfer, I will be doing the exact same thing.

Love you guys. See you next week.BOSS5600

-Elder Ridings

Being in the Army of God

BOSS5570Hey Family.

This is my second to last email of this transfer. We just had Zone Conference yesterday, and things were pretty epic.

Last week on Monday went back to MBK to replace my companion’s busted voice recorder, and go to the tallest building in Thailand. We didn’t get to the tallest building, but we did replace the voice recorder. I also shopped around for myself and got some things, such as a new GoPro session. I have 2 GoPros now and they will come in hand at some for the next few Pdays we will be having. After that we just came home. We braved the rain outside and invited people because we had nothing better to do. Sadly we figured out that this voice recorder does not work either…

BOSS5438On Tuesday after eating we had our district meeting in the church. We are doing a musical number at Zone Conference, and we decided to sing ” My Country Tis of Thee”. So we practiced that for a little bit and got our parts down. After that we taught people at the church and had a very good lesson with Sister Fai and her friend, May. They have amazing questions about it, and Fai reads 8 chapters a day. After that we taught a very good English class and me and Elder Woodberry gave the spiritual thought. Elder Mayo and Bro Night shower up from Bangbuatong for a switch-off with us on the next day.

BOSS5587On Wednesday I went with Bro Night as my companion and we did some major talking during the day. We just went inviting and La hunting and i tried my best to boost his confidence. I then went to the mall and used my money to buy a new, Brand Name, Sony voice recorder for my companion because I felt bad that he has gone through 2 broken voice recorders. After that we went to the church and taught a little girl named Bing, who we met at English the day before. It was a way good lesson, but she does not understand much. After that we went out to dinner together and Bangbuatong went home.

On Thursday we planned and went around the place looking for Las again. We found some houses, but no one was really home. We taught a few people but nothing crazy happened. We also got caught out in the rain again. We also went to give someone a blessing but they were not home. So after that we went to the church and had correlation meeting with the members and the Branch Mission Leader.

BOSS5488On Friday we had another awesome lesson with Fai and May. We shared tons of scriptures and talked about the importance of the temple and the plan of salvation. We then invited and taught an RC at the church before having an epic sports night. We had like 40 plus people show up and we played tons of sports. May brought her parents and they played too!. I had an epic nerf war with some little kids, and we played an intense game of soccer in the heavy rain that started. We won again. After that we went to McDonald’s and went home.

On Saturday we went to Asoke all day for a way good Meeting with church leaders and the members. I sang in the member’s choir and I carried that low bass. Not much really happened. We were just there all day, met people, ate food, and then navigated our way out of downtown Bangkok.

On Sunday we woke up way early and had the second part of the meeting at out church. We had investigators show up and they all loved the meeting. Amazing talks were given. After that we interviewed with president and I had a very good talk with him. It was so late by the end that we all went home and made dinner.

Monday was our Zone Conference. We woke up way early and went to Aoske’s church for an all day meeting. We had good training, awesome talks, and a very uplifting experience. The biggest part was when we had to give our last testimonies. For those missionaries who will be going home soon, and are in their final Zone Conference, they get up and give their last testimonies. Me, Elder Purser, Stone, Slabaugh, Magera, Bartchsi, and Hall all got to give up and give our last testimonies. Sadly our whole group was not there, but most were as you can see. We got up and made the long, lonely walk to that pulpit, and gave our last thoughts to the waiting crowd of missionaries. We were asked what we would miss. I said “Being in the Army of God”. We were then asked what we had learned. One by one we answered. I answered “Mercy”. Finally we were asked to give our testimonies. Everyone was getting emotional, but I am not an easy crier so my eyes were dry. But when I got up and testified of how true, sure and unshakable my faith in this Gospel is, I got a little fiery. I guess you can say it’s the old Southern Baptist in me. I told of how no group, creed, faith, organization, or theology could give me anything more than what the living Gospel of Christ has already given me. I told everyone in there to never give up, never shake, and in times of doubt, keep faith because it will see you out of the darkest roads. I then sat down, and thought of the beginning of this long road started, back in the living room when I opened my call. What a long, and somehow short, time ago. To lighten up the mood we then ate ice cream and played games! We then came home and immediately went to sleep.

Today we are going to a place called bounce. Which is an indoor trampoline place. I will be getting good use out of my 2 GoPros. Only about 6 weeks left. Never though It would ever bee this close. I have lots of things to say, but those can wait for when I meet everyone face to face again.

-Elder Ridings