Highlight of the week was a companion exchange with this stud. Had a sweet day working over in Bangnaa.
Highlights of the day:
- Walking through and inviting in a neighborhood, saw a guy selling these chicken hearts for the cheap price of 10 baht for 6 pieces! Oh you know we bought them. And ate them. Hardest part to get over was the crunchy intestines and tubes. Fairly chewy, sweet Thai BBQ flavor. 10/10 would not buy them again hahah. Gotta do it for the experience.
- Had an appointment with an investigator and then she didn't show up but had sent a motorcycle taxi driver to return the Book of Mormon and the pamphlets that Elder Cecil had given her a few lessons ago....
- Went down a random road and see a guy staggering around with a cigarette and some alcohol and on the other side of the small road was what looked like a kind old lady. Elder Cecil runs to talk to the lady so I go and talk to the guy. Plot twist, the guy was super nice, gave us some water and was down to meet again later where as the women gave Elder Cecil a cold shoulder.
- Went out to go visit a part member family. They had kimchee! And watermelon! And a bunch of grass/leaves that tasted like carrots! So I ate it all. Watermelon, kimchee, and leaves because Elder Cecil is allergic to melons and the kimchee was too spicy and leaves cause leaves. He got the som tam (tam Lao! With the crab and rotten fish, super tasty!) and a lot of rice.
To summarize. Bangnaa is way legit and super fun and being a missionary in Thailand is like the best thing ever.
Back to Samut Prakan. Transfers are this week, no one knows anything yet. But I've got a feeling I'll stay here for another 6 weeks. Which would make my total time her 6 MONTHS! Super long. One of our investigators has passed his baptismal interview. Way sweet story, he's a self-referral that had asked to meet with missionaries. Went and taught him, and here's the best part...HE FOLLOWED THROUGH ON COMMITMENTS. Every assignment to pray, he did. To read, he did. And because of his willingness he knows what we share with him to be true. Not because he trusts us missionaries but because he asked God. And got an answer. Because this is all real.
"Yea, and how is it that ye have forgotten that the Lord is able to do all things according to his will, for the children of men, if it so be that they exercise faith in him? Wherefore, let us be faithful to him."
Also another personal favorite
"....Behold, I say unto you, wickedness never was happiness."
Just a bit more about the power of faith. It's strong stuff if we use it. IF we follow the commandments and do the things we need, we see the blessings. But as long as we continue in a path that's not so good, or that we think is good but is really bad. Nothing. You will never have the pure happiness if you're living with guilt. Anything that's hidden will come exposed one day. So yeah. Be happy. Choose the right.
Forward Ever. Stopping Never.