Sunday, July 17, 2016

Week 49: Zone Conference and Sister Sangiab!

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY! I hope you all had a great week. It's been raining like crazy lately but we've still been able to get things done. Thai people just don't like the rain so it's been a bit of a challenge working around that. We had zone conference with the missionaries serving in the Ubon and Roi-et zone. It was a good experience because I was able to learn some new things that I can try to apply into my missionary work. President Johnson and his wife are so nice and I love being able to hear from them. President Johnson was talking about the importance of repentance and so he had an activity to go a long with it. Out of all the missionaries that he could've chosen to be part of this activity, he called on me. I got up to where he was standing and he gave me a cup of water. I was to stand in front of the meeting with my arm directly facing forward holding this cup of water. He then went on and continued talking to the other missionaries. As time went on, the cup felt heavier and heavier and more and more painful but I refused to put my arm down in front of these missionaries, even if my hand was shaking a bit. 20 to 30 painful minutes later, President Johnson took the cup from me. He related this activity to repentance. Sins can be a burden to us but as we repent, we won't have to carry that cup of water with us any longer. Being done with that activity was relieving so yeah, this principle is definitely true.

Aside from conference, Elder Lindley and I have a new investigator that we've been starting to teach. She's an old lady named S who lives near a couple of the members here in Surin. She's 86 years old and she's seriously so awesome! She used to go to the Baptist church. She also has a Cambodian caregiver that doesn't really speak Thai. Anyway, last Sunday she came to church and later on that day, we taught her part of the Restoration. We talked about baptism and she told us that she wants to get baptized! We're going to keep on teaching her and helping her understand the gospel so that she can get ready for her baptismal date. Even though she may be old, she is still a daughter of God and she deserves the opportunity to accept the gospel and get baptized. 

Brother A dropped us. He blocked our number which means he's probably not interested anymore. I still want to get him an addiction recovery book for his smoking problem though. Brother T accepted a baptismal date for July 10th, but that date is a bit shaky. He still needs to progress some more before he can get baptized. Which is okay. He'll get baptized when he's ready. Elder Lindley's a boss and it's been a blast serving with him. He's the first counselor here in Surin so he has some extra things he has to do here. I know that this gospel is true. I don't understand all of it, but I know that we are all children of God and that He loves us. As we draw nearer to Him and repent, we'll be happier and have fuller lives. 
Here's a picture of Sister S!

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