It doesn't even feel like a grind. It feels like im floating on water. Like as if I just spun off the top of the wave bodysurfing and got a clean line set in the wave and then pull another spin and then its sunset and the water is straight glass cause no wind, and then the lip throws right over my head and im just like surrounded by dancing colors and glass and like this analogy doesn't make sense to about 99% of the people on this email list but its the only way to describe how stoked I am here in Rangsit.
So yeah. Elder Aposhian is a boss. He speaks super clear tie. Elder Chandler (The other new missionary) makes the best animal sounds in the world, and Elder Mckay is a stud. What more could I ask for?
So to start the stoke, their have been a group of Vietnamese refugees that missionaries in Rangsit have been teaching for around 5 months. But they have been coming to church for around 3 years, just no one could actually talk to them and communicate or thought to ask if they were members or not. So they're in Rangsit. Get taught because a member can speak Vietnamese and a few other South East Asia languages fluently (Cause SE Asians are bosses at languages) and then they are taught. A family just wanting to get baptized. Have to wait for permission from high up on the chain...and then this past week they got it. They have been allowed to be baptized! FAMILIES! BAPTISM! PEOPLE CONVERTED TO CHRIST!
Hahahah, and then the other guy in the pic, he's a former investigator that had met the missionaries in Norway first, then again in Thailand. Learned English with them and and then his mom got sick. Long story short, he has seen miracles of healing and change in his life. Then Elder Aposhian invited him to come to English and he came asking to learn again. Not only does he speak English and Thai, but also Norwegian and a bit of Chinese. Such a smart guy! We have taken him with us to teach other investigators, Less active members, and also go out inviting at markets. It's legit.
I am in this real dream. Everything I've ever prayed, hoped, and worked for is here. This is the accumulation of hours...days...weeks..months worth of doing everything we could. So much work has been put into this area by missionaries before, we just can't stop the momentum. It's everything we want and need and then some more.
"At the same, time I can emphatically state that because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, ultimately, in the eternal scheme of things, there will be no unfairness. "All that is unfair about life can be made right." Our present circumstances may not change, but through God's compassion, kindness, and love, we will all receive more than we deserve, more than we can ever earn, and more than we can ever hope for. We are promised that "God shall wipe away all tears from [our] eyes; and there shall be no more death. neither sorrow, nor crying. neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away""
I know for a fact that the Atonement is real and it works. Every feeling of sadness or sorrow, those things will pass. I think that's why no matter what happens we should try to be quick to forgive and even quicker to love. There's so much power and strength that can be found. So just use it.