Guess what? In 20 days I’ll be in or flying to Thailand! So weird to
think about that.
This week has been pretty good, and really interesting.
Wednesday we got our Thai name tags! They look really cool, and in
Thai your pronounce my name “Elda Andason” because Thai doesn’t have
any hard “er” sounds lol. We also had a lesson with พี่บุนมา (bunma)
Wednesday, and the prior lesson we asked him to talk with his brother
(who is currently a missionary) about how he developed the faith to go
forward with baptism, and how he was able to do it in a way that
didn’t make his parents mad. So his brother got permission from the
mission president to actually call him, and after talking to his
brother, บุนมา said he wants to be baptized again! We were so happy,
and we set a date for this coming Saturday!
The rest of the week was pretty normal, except for I saw Jason Price
(now Elder Price) on Thursday (if some of you guys don’t know him,
he’s a pretty cool guy, just so you know lol). He’s here until his
visa for Mexico clears up. Also I was able to bless the sacrament this
week, which was really fun. It was really nice to do that again after
Two super funny moments this week:
So during a lesson, Elder Holm was trying to say that “God wants you
to respect your body”, but the word for body in Thai sounds like
rang-guy, but he accidentally was saying rang-kuy, using a “K” instead
of a “G”, which is actually the word for a specific body part of a
woman. Don’t worry, we cleared it up really fast with our male
investigator, who was a little bit confused at first.
Also during a different lesson, I was trying to pray and say “thank
thee for the opportunity to discuss the gospel with...” the word for
discuss in this sound like “koo-ee” but I accidentally said “goo-ee”,
which is really close to a cuss word in Thai, so I guess I accidently
cussed in the middle of my prayer. Oops.
Hey, but God knows all your thoughts and intentions, and even though
we mess up, He still loves us through all, and wants the best for us
always. Even though we may mess up while trying to speak a different
language, or while trying to speak kindly to another person, we can
always take comfort in the fact that if we can ask for forgiveness and
move on and continue to do our best no matter what. That’s what the
Atonement of Christ is all about.
In the book of Mosiah, chapter 26 is the Lord talking to the prophet
Alma and says:
29 ...and if he confess his sins before thee and me, and repenteth in
the sincerity of his heart, him shall ye forgive, and I will forgive
30 Yea, and as often as my people repent will I forgive them their
trespasses against me.
Just remember to sincerely do your best, and God will help out with the rest!
Have a good week guys!