Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Week 20: A little bappin' never hurt nobody!!

Another week come and gone. I'm starting to feel like this whole mission thing is moving way faster than I'd like and I'm not sure how I feel about it. This week has been a good one. I know I say that every week, but this week has really, actually been a good week. No strings attached. Just awesome things happening. After going to Bangkok AGAIN to get my visa renewed, I was told on the same day getting back that I'd be baptizing one of our investigators, Brother June. I can't remember if I've talked about him before but let me give you guys a run-down on Brother J. This guy is a stud. He's in his 20's and works here in Ubon. He's had a lot of family issues growing up, so the gospel has blessed his life in more ways than can be described in words.Anyway, he used to have a serious problem with the Word of Wisdom. He just couldn't quit drinking coffee! We would call him almost everyday and see if he had drunken any and he almost always told us that he had. We talked to him over and over again about how he needed to stop if he wanted to get baptized, but he just couldn't get himself to do it. I was about ready to give up on him. And then all of a sudden, after what I'm sure was years and years of relying on coffee, he stopped. He just stopped drinking it. It was a miracle. If there's any answer to how it was made possible, it's though the Gospel of Jesus Christ. One of the reasons I know I was sent to Ubon is because of Brother J. I feel like I've learned more from him than he's learned from me and I'm so grateful the Lord has placed me in his path.

After the baptism, we had to go to Roi-Et for Stake Conference. Honestly, the main reason I liked being there was because I got to talk to the other missionaries and members that went. I'm convinced that Thailand has some of the best people in the world- members, missionaries, and random strangers on the street. I know this comment doesn't do much for those back home, but it's true! Some of the best jokes and conversations I've been a part of have been here in Thailand. The people here make this mission what it is. Anyway, what stood out to me from this conference wasn't necessarily anything the speakers said, but what I got to see from the members and missionaries there. I saw how strong of a faith these people had in the gospel. There lives were changed through the Savior. I could see it in their overall countenance. They all loved to be happy. So in conclusion, I encourage you all to stay happy during this Christmas season! let others see how happy this gospel makes you! Out of all the things that can bring you down, remember the Savior and what He did for you so that you can be lifted up again. True happiness comes from the gospel. Nothing else. I love you guys and I hope you all have a great week!

Elder Rawlinson

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