Thursday, December 31, 2015

Awesome People and Awesome Stories

Happy New Years!
New Year.

On to some awesome stories of awesome people

Referrals are miracles. Buriram is a place of Miracles. Thailand = Miracles. 

So grateful for this opportunity to teach this amazing sister! Sister ดา is the boss of one of the recent converts in the ward. Our first time we had met with her we weren't too sure what to expect. Buriram had 4 elders before but now we were down to just me and Elder Powers this transfer. And she was previously a referral to the other set of elders here. So we honestly had no idea what to expect. We had just thought "Hey, looks like she doesn't have a baptismal date. Let's try and give her one." She had come to church a few times before and then recently accepted to start meeting with the missionaries. So we go and meet with her with some members. When we give her a date to get baptized in 2 weeks, she stops us. And just says "If these things are important as you elders and church members say, I think I need to be baptized sooner. What about this week Sunday?" BOOM. 
Done. We can do that. We got you. No problemo.

Here is a picture of how awesome our Primary is. They got up on stage and danced for Christmas. So much energy so much excitement. Children.

This is how Thai people celebrate Christmas. With Karaoke. And a dance party.

"The Best is Yet to Be"
In honor of this New Year, here's a talk from Elder Holland.
We experience a ton of things in a year. Often even the day to day things that influence us could possible shape our lives. But hey. What about those other things. What about those things that we had to struggle to overcome? Do we let them define us? No. We look back at those times to gain experience but we don't let those things hold us down. There's nothing wrong with reflection. But what we shouldn't do is let past experiences limit us.
Just a quick tidbit from the talk
"As a new year begins and we try to benefit from a proper view of what has gone before, I plead with you not to dwell on days now gone nor to yearn vainly for yesterdays, however good those yesterdays may have been. The past is to be learned from but not lived in. We look back to claim the embers from glowing experiences but not the ashes. And when we have learned what we need to learn and have brought with us the best that we have experienced, then we look ahead and remember that faith is always pointed toward the future. Faith always has to do with blessings and truths and events that will yet be efficacious in our lives."

"Yo dog. My name is Victor. The boys call me West Win. I ain't no West Lee. That's some Chinese stuff yo!"

Last lesson of 2015 happened to be in English to this awesome fellow. Came to Thailand to get away from the madness and trouble in South Africa because he had some friends tell him about how peaceful and safe Thailand has been for them. Therefore he comes to Thailand. He was in Bangkok where some sister missionaries had originally contacted him, but then they found out that his house is actually here in Buriram. After a few days of trying and never being able to meet with him, we get a finalized appointment and he shows up. Yeeee stoked. Teaching in English is a lot harder than I thought. But then again, the real language we need to speak is the language of the Spirit. He's been scared of going to church here in Thailand because he will enter the church and then not understand anything. While we were teaching him. Wow. Just such an amazing feeling. Here is someone genuinely searching for Christ. Having this desire to change his heart and move forward with Christ's help. Breath taking amount of desire
Triple Shakas yo!
So quick story about this sister. She randomly had walked in to the church and asked to learn English because she had saw the "Free English Class" sign we had in the front of the Church. At the time, it was the last week of the transfer so the Elders didn't get an opportunity to really teacher. So like we had said, because there are only 2 elders in Buriram and before there were 4, our companionship was crazy busy. So we worked and taught her every day the past week trying to prep all our different investigators to get baptized. Also PLOT TWIST. Shes not even from Buriram. Actually lives in Korat, but was just here in Buriram to see her sister. So she's getting baptized in KORAT! By ELDER KREBS. Yeee same MTC District.

Why is Thailand so amazing?

Happy New Years all.

Elder แลลิส
Forward Ever. Stopping Never.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Thisspacebar only worklikeshalf thetime..... /TRANSFERRED TO B..U......R...........

Sitting in this internet cafe litterally pounding on the spacebar just to getit towork. Ugh.
Forgive me for thetotal lack of spaces in thisemail. Neverenoughtimeeee

Also Thank you all for the cards and food! Got to pick up mail at thispasttransfer meeting andyeeeeeeee
Mahalo Nui Loa!

So Igot transferred out of Surin. Get ready for the plottwist!

Transferred to.........
So literally like an hour west/60 km away from Surin. So close that we are still in a district together and Iwill still be able to go to Surin for meetings and trainings. Hahahahaha. Plottwist.

A bit about the area
Buriram-Home to Thailands best soccer team,Buriram United
We also have a huge race track and people here sure love their motorcycles.
Although I am still in the Essan, thiscity is waybiggerthan Surin. So much people. So many people. Just yeah. Cant getoverhow much more peoplethere are here in Buriram.
Its gonna be a great transfer. Iknow it.Big thingsaregonna come out of Buriram!

​Me and my new comp Elder Powers!
Yeee Fun facts:
His first language is French, he grew up in northern Maine right next tothe borderof Canada!
He is about to hit his year mark on the31st of December!
He's a baller of a missionary and speaks Thai like aboss!

This poster we tooka picturewith is basically a hugeinviting card that says (translated for your benefit) "Want to be cleaned from sins? 

​Legit condos for us missionaries here in Thailand. Buriram's house isway nice,andway solid for a two elder area.

Hopefully these pictures come through....

Some interesting thoughts?
No matter where you are. You will be successful. Also we need to recognize that although things may not be going according to our plan. They are going according to HIS plan. And that's all that matters. Because in the end, everything will work out and be alright. Because a Savior was born, we can find ASSURANCE in the darkest of times. Enjoy these videos!

Happy Holidays. Never forget the reason for the season!

Elder แลลิส
Forward Ever. Stopping Never.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

VIDEO - Merry Christmas from the Thailand Bangkok Mission - TBM (The best mission!)

The World's Best Missionary Transfer Meeting...EVER
Merry Christmas from the Thailand Bangkok Mission - TBM (The best mission!)This is without a doubt the world's best missionary transfer meeting. Not only is up fun and a great atmosphere, but the Spirit was there and everyone was uplifted.
Posted by ศาสนจักรของพระเยซูคริสต์แห่งวิสุทธิชนยุคสุดท้าย(มอรมอน) on Friday, December 18, 2015

Video from a member in Thailand. If the video does not show up visit...

Sunday, December 13, 2015

So where in Bangkok is Omni?

After Enos!

Hahaha...cause like Omni is in the Book of Mormon but this other missionary thought it sounded like a Thai area....oh ok. alright. Maybe it wasn't that funny.....

Ok...​Finally got a solid pic of the trio. Literally you are all looking at the best (and only) trio in Thailand. 

Taken at stake conference where I also got meet up with this awesome family Members of Nuuanu ward, my home ward back in Hawaii. How legit was this!

So yeah. This week huh. We had a zone conference over in Ubon for the day, after that wow. Tons of humbling work. Investigators going off the radar. The typical. But you know what? Everything will be alright. Hope. Time keeps on moving and so does this work! I would never trade what I'm doing here in Thailand for anything else.

These two chapters. They can change your life. And I am completely serious. Study them. Humble yourselves. Take a moment and refocus on what things are really important in life. And what things need to change. I am giving out commitments. If you make the effort to read and prayerfully study and apply these chapters to your life. Wow. The results will be amazing. But who knows. I'm 18.

Some things to ponder on....
 26 And now behold, I say unto you, my brethren, if ye have experienced a change of heart, and if ye have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, I would ask, can ye feel so now?

 27 Have ye walked, keeping yourselves blameless before God? Could ye say, if ye were called to die at this time, within yourselves, that ye have been sufficiently humble? That your garments have been cleansed and made white through the blood of Christ, who will come to redeem his people from their sins?

Live each day to the fullest. Choosing the right, loving one another.

So because we were in Roi Et for Stake conference...this happened. They had an investigator who had accepted a date that just so happened to coincide with Stake Conference. So Elder Frodsham and Elder Dailey did what they could but because of some logistic issues, getting to the Roi Et chapel wasn't a possibility. So they held a pool side baptismal service. 


Take it easy. Stay Happy. Constantly have gratitude in your hearts!

Silk Factory
Stay safe this Holiday season!

Elder แอลลิส
Forward Ever. Stopping Never.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Huh? It's already been a week? I'm running out of time on my mission!

Time is flying so fast. I don't remember much what happened this week. Honestly. I can't. It was a blur. We went out and tried to meet with a tonnnnnn of people. But people don't always want to meet with us. But the work moves on and we keep on giving it our heart.

So because nothing really happened other than working our hearts out here's some interesting thoughts I've had and a talk that I absolutely loved studying this week. 

So what is hope? It's way more than just a simple wish. It gives us a vision, a point that we go and try to reach. Hope is this abiding trust in God and His ability to help us. We are His children, He loves us so much. But at the same time, we came here to gain experiences. You don't just have experiences handed to you, you gotta go out and do stuff and face challenges. Whenever you think you can't overcome a challenge, that's not true. God has prepared a way for each of us to overcome anything and everything. All it takes is a bit of patience, enduring, and HOPE.
Read the talk. Ponder the words of President Uchtdorf. Great Stuff.

Wow. That was a short email. I guess I didn't have another interesting thought. Not much more to say. The work moves on. These people are actually amazing and I love them so much. Grateful for all of these opportunities to learn and to especially serve. 

Oh hey language study. So there's a huge Cambodian influence here in Surin. And one of our favorite LA's we are working with, Bro. Name, is from Cambodia. Therefore we have started a mini notebook of useful Cambodian phrases and words. Who would've guessed I would pick up some Cambodian while serving in Thailand?

Attached is us eating pizza at this pizza parlor we found in a back alley. Pretty good stuff, and made by a real Italian man. He met his wife while they were living in Italy. So she speaks to him in Italian. And would speak to us in Thai. And it was all very confusing, and funny. Yeah. Pizza was a great lunch break as we were heading home from service!

Keep it up keep it up keep it up!

Elder แลลิส
Forward Ever. Stopping Never.