Still in this dream world....I haven't been this happy every single day. since like ever. I wake up some mornings dead tired and just straight giggling....Like what is even going on?
It's a bit hard to explain how many miracles have happened to make this picture work out. Starting off with the three women and then the guy behind them. They've been refugees in Thailand for a long time, but have known about the church for around 3 years. They had gone to church almost every Sunday for 3 years, but because of the language barrier, no one bothered to ask if they were baptized or not. Then they move to Rangsit, and the elders in Rangsit get some stuff flowing, find out that there are a handful of members that speak Vietnamese and Cambodian and here we are. 3 years and 6 months later. They've received permission from way high up to get baptized. And they bore some solid testimonies. Each of them so grateful for this opportunity to be baptized here in Thailand. From one of their testimonies "I had repented every day for these past years since I have come to know the truth of the Book of Mormon, and now I know I have received the remission of my sins."
3 years dude.
Then the younger boy is a baller! Elder Aposhian invited him a few days ago, Tae! Tae is a college student and has seen miracles on miracles on miracles. He first met the missionaries in NORWAY. WHAT. Yeah, met them, they invited him, but he was like meh. So then back to Thailand. Is looking for an English class for his mom, connects with missionaries again, is progressing so well, then his mom gets sick and he disappears. And then a year later he gets re-invited, says nothing about knowing missionaries before. He's invited off of English. Then basically says "Hey, I need to get baptized, I've put it off for a year." Did we mention he's studying at Thammasat, and is fluent in 6 languages right now? This is one amazing person.
I LOVE THESE PEOPLE.
Now onto the other two guys that helped us baptize them all.
The super Chinese looking one...well he's from a Chinese hill tribe and has waited for more than 5 years to be baptized. He was baptized a few months ago here in Rangsit with his wife.
Then the other Thai person, well get this. He's been invited 3 times. In three different places and has literally been taught all over Thailand, until he was finally baptized here in Rangsit.
I LOVE THESE PEOPLE.
Members were way excited to see their friends finally get baptized.
We ordered Mcdonalds....because thats what you can do in Thailand. When we called in the order they had the missionaries phone number in the system and knew exactly where to go. I love Asia. And also like I said, we have a ridiculous amount of these baptism cards...Idk why we have so many of them it's a bit absurd......
I'm telling you, we find these cards every where. Even when we're trying to work on baptismal programs in Vietnamese, they're every where.
Just gonna throw in this last bit.
"And also, the voice of the Son came unto me, saying:He that is baptized in my name, to him will the Father give the Holy Ghost, like unto me; wherefore, follow me, and do the things which ye have seen me do."
One of the favorite scriptures of an investigator that will be getting baptized next week. We had him help us teach some other investigators and he knows what he needs to do to change and be baptized. He truly understands that baptism is much more than just "ล้าง บาป." He knows the importance of these steps, and he knows and is starting to understand the goal. Baptism without confirmation is useless. Seeing people's understanding grow and truly being converted before baptism is just amazing.
Like it feels like a dream. But it's all real. All of it.
Forward Ever. Stopping Never.