Monday, March 21, 2016

Week 19 in Field

As it turns out, I didn't just go to Korat, but all the way down to Bangkok to pick up my new companion! It was supposedly an 8 hour bus ride down there...but it took closer to 10 hours to get there and 9 hours to get back! 
We now have two new additions to our district: Elder Davis and Sister Sattatip! 

On Sunday Evening last week (March 13th), the members said their Goodbyes to Sister Coates! 

On Monday, many of the missionaries who were being transferred met up at the office to switch companions...
Soon after, we all set off for our areas!
Some of us had the opportunity to spend some quality time with each other at the bus station while waiting for our buses...
I had the privilege of seeing Elder Hilton again! I was so grateful for the opportunity to see him again and talk about Srinakharin! :)

This is Sister Sattatip! She's my new companion and is Native Thai! 
This was our first official day together in Sisaket! 

These are some of the investigators that we are currently teaching.
Sister Coates and I found them while inviting in their neighbourhood and have been teaching them here, at their home ever since.
As I have taught Sister Ddum, and Brother Gii... I have come to learn that there are two types of investigators.
Brother Gii is the first type of investigator. He is the type of investigator that is knocking on that door. He knocks away because he is truly, sincerely interested in learning more about the gospel.
He is willing to keep commitments, and receives answers to his prayers because he has opened his heart. 
His mother, Sister Ddum, is the other type of investigator. 
She is (and perhaps understandably) scared of change, and although she has already received a witness that the gospel is true, she is choosing to not act upon it. 
She's the type of investigator that is hiding behind a tree, peeking around the edge and observing the person knocking on that door.
She is 100% supportive of her son learning with us, and has already given him permission to be baptized...
But only after he has served as a Buddhist monk because it's a promise she made to her mother.
She doesn't want to start keeping commitments until after she has seen her son serve as a monk.
Whether she understands it or not, we know that she has felt the Holy Ghost testify of the truth to her.
We've seen it in her eyes, felt it, and she's even told us that she gets goosebumps every time we come over to teach her.
But, because all she's ever known her entire life is Buddhism, she is hesitant to change. 
She is lacking the faith and courage necessary to fully convert. 
As such, she hasn't really been able to get direct answers to her prayers for a confirmation of the things that she is realizing are true. 

And the work in Sisaket continues!
Spending quality time with investigators, LAs, RCs and other members! 

On Friday, we had a switch off in Sisaket!
And guess who my new STL is?!
It was so fun to be able to spend a day being her companion again!!
She is currently serving in Roi-Et (about 4 hours away from Sisaket)
And then on Saturday, we had a stake wide Relief Society Activity!
Sisters from 9 different wards/branches came to Sisaket to celebrate Relief Society. 

Missionary Booth

Partying it up in Sisaket with lots of food and dancing!

No one can stop the Elders from entertaining the crowd...

Isan Dancing!

STLs serving in Roi Et: Sister Burbank & Sister Blaylock
Sisaket Sisters: Me & Sister Sattatip 
This had to be one of the hottest days ever! All of us were so exhausted and sweaty from the heat!

Today, we celebrated Elder Davis's Birthdayy as a district at Swensen's! 
3 of our Elders couldn't resist teasing our waitress... poor girl... :P

Elder Hunt and Elder Bundy are baby trunky! 
This 6month old baby was the smallest baby I have ever seen...

I'm pretty sure all of us are going to be sick from eating boatloads of ice cream!

Clockwise: Elder Davis, Elder Hunt, Elder Bundy, Elder Weaver, Sister Sattatip, Me

And now it's time for another intense week!!
I know that when we put our trust in the Lord and have faith in Jesus Christ and good things to come, Heavenly Father will bless our lives.
We don't have to ENDURE to the end, we have HAPPINESS until the end and beyond if we are willing to keep the commandments that our loving Father in Heaven has given us.
He didn't give them to us to make our lives complicated...But he gave them to us so that He could bless us. 
When the storm clouds seem to be dawning, don't forget to smile!! 

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