Sunday, January 24, 2016

WHY IS IT COLD HERE....But these are still the moments I live for

Hahah yeah. Last thing I thought I'd ever say. Apparently its been 15/16 degrees Celsius. Bone chilling cold when all you wear is a short sleeve collared shirt, a tie, and some slacks. Chilly. But on the real though.....

Visited this recent convert, he's a musician and makes these Thai instruments and sells them at the markets. Also his garden is absolutely heavenly and has all these edible fruits and leaves. Yummy. 82 years old, received the Melchizedek Priesthood. Bikes around 5 km to church every week. What a baller.

These are the moments I live for.

Out of all the things I've done, nothing. Literally nothing beats how happy I am out here in Thailand. I'm thousands of miles away from home. In a country where I still can't speak the language. But I am totally at peace. I have so much joy here. We got the great opportunity to go out and teach some amazing new investigators this week but I just want to share the story of two of them.

First- Brother Sirichai
This man is 87 years old, and a bit on the frail side, but wow. We walk in, introduce ourselves as missionaries here to share with him the gospel of Jesus Christ and he brightens up. He's had a belief in God and Jesus Christ for quite some time, but because of his condition lately has never had the opportunity to go to church. He is overjoyed every time. The happiness. I can't even handle it. He's always just wanting to learn more and more. His mind is sharp and his belief so strong. When we taught him how to pray and he learned he could really communicate with our Heavenly Father, just so much joy filled the room. Such a sweet spirit.

Second-Brother Rood
This man is 100% Buddhist but he has opened his heart to learning about Christianity. His Aunt had brought him to meet with us because he lives in another province. So on the first day we just get to know him but he had some questions about life. He feels like life here is just this daily grind. In and out. Background info on him, he is the only son in his family so after he finished schooling he works 24/7 taking care of the family farm. Not a small little farm either. It's absolutely huge. With animals. And gardens and everything. They got the works out there. Gnarly. So he's just sitting there. Contemplating about life. And we got the solution for him. The Plan of Salvation. The plan of Happiness. Teach him about this life. The purpose. What we need to do. And wow. He just goes and says "I feel like many people would reject this because it sounds too good. But no. I believe you. This all feels right. I don't know how to explain it. But it just feels right. Thank you so much for sharing this." Boom. It doesn't stop there. We teach him to pray and talk to God. And he goes and says his first prayer ever. And then he just sorta stops talking. But doesn't close the prayer "In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen." So his aunt is whispering the words and he just says so calmly "give me a second, this feeling. I don't want it to leave me." WHATTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT. Oh. Ah. Ahhhh.

These are the moments I live for. Better than a sunrise session at Sandys, body surfing into a barrel that's just glistening with perfection. Better than biking down Tantalus and almost hitting 60 mph (Strava or it didn't happen). Better than sleep. As much as I love all these things a lot. This is it yo.

This is it. These are the moments I live for. The moments of people coming unto Christ and learning that they are children of God. That God loves them.

So sweet. Like a pineapple. 

Ft. Pineapple tie hahahaha who do I think I am hahah

Elder แลลิส
Forward Ever. Stopping Never.

1 comment:

  1. What a powerful are amazing! The Lord is blessing your efforts to share his gospel!