Monday, September 28, 2015

1, 2, TREE, FULL and Elder Ellis in Surin Land: "Green Ties and Green Eyes"

Surin Country side
Yeeheee, this week went by too fast. There's truly never enough time in the week to do everything. so much work to be done. so little time. Weeha. 
Sometimes we eat whole watermelons... Apartment study room.
Prayer is powerful. If you feel like you're getting into a routine and that your prayers aren't as genuine anymore pray for specifics. Count your blessings, name them one by one. Literally. Don't just say you're thankful for blessings, list those specifics. Give gratitude for everything. Love this life, love the challenges, love it. We've got one life, why not have a BLESSED time yeah? So second challenge. Be specific in your prayers, it's a game changer. You can never be too specific and our Heavenly Father loves hearing from YOU!
Bus stations... cause we travel by bus everywhere.
So yeah, we teach English. My companion's first language is Laotian. It's a great time. He was teaching about the "th" sound and said "Khon Lao and Khon Thai's have this problem where when they count they say 1 2 tree full, instead of 1 2 3 4." Thought that was absolutely hilarious. Sounds just like pidgin (Hawaii's second language, the order for official languages goes Hawaiian, Pidgin, then English...just saying)

Some free exercising in the park before sports night.
Elder Ellis in Surin Land. The members find it funny that my name sounds like Alice. Henceforth the name. Yeah. but onward to more stories about Surin. It rained. A lot. and by a lot I mean a lot. I think the roads flooded maybe 4 times this past week. The rains came down and the floods went up (on a monday...then again...and again...and again) Goes from 0-flooded way too quick. We can be teaching a lesson in the church and itll be sunny, then next thing we know 1 hour later, its downpouring and flooded. Go figure. Thailand is sweet. I love it. I don't even miss bodysurfing cause biking through the rain is that much fun!

Isaiah chapters in the Book of Thai.
Isaiah. Smart prophet, absolutely amazing with the metaphors and such. Now translate it into Thai. Yeah double the confusion hahah, good fun. Big words in the scriptures- see D&C 123:5 and let me know how much you understand.

Transfers this week
Getting bike tire fixed in the middle of nowhere...
So the joke here is that me (the greenie/unexperienced missionary) will be the only one out of the 4 elders in Surin to stay. Yeah. You'll hear from me next week. It'll be veryyyy interesting. Cause I'm still a bit lost hahaha. I seriously love this place and love these people in Surin. It's not a big city and it has quite a bit of countryside (see attached picture we bike out here pretty often because a lot of our Less active members and investigators are out in the countryside. It's beautiful) These people have so much love. There's so much we can all learn from the charity and love of the Thai people.

Spiritual Thoughts hmm....
Article of Faith 13-Articles of Faith are basic understandings of what our Church believes in. This one. Wow. Just so much power and strength in it.  
13 We believe in being honest, true, chastebenevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuouslovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.
Our new inviting cards, they basically teach the whole Gospel of Jesus Christ in a small little pamphlet, Pretty amazing.
I just want to challenge all of you (members, nonmembers, random people that stumble upon this blog) to go and try heed these words. Seek after and try to become more honest, true, chaste, etc. Do it. Your life WILL get better. It's the truth. But hey, don't take my word for it. Try it yourself. This may actually be the reason that I'm so happy pretty much all the time. I love this scripture. Like with all my heart. I seek after these things. I try my best to become and take on these attributes as best as I can each and every day. Give it your all, and just try to be a better person today then you were yesterday and pretty soon the impossible is within reason.

Also I'm teaching the Elders in the house Pidgin (Hawaiian Creole English). In honor of this... Have a good week! And shooooooots!

Elder แลลิส
Forward Ever. Stopping Never.

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