March 6, 2019


Asoke Thailand


Elder Hoban

Week 42: transfers and lots of "coincidences"

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Hello everyone! This week and a half were wayyyy cool!

Starting with a funny story. One morning we went to go teach this guy named อุดมศัก (udomsak), and right by his house his neighbors were eating papaya salad and other delicious Thai foods. Thai people, being the nice people they are, offered us some and we are in. Delicious. In one of the salads was something called ปลาร้า, which is pickled fish. I've had salads flavored like this before, but never had the opportunity to eat an actual pickled fish. (Usually, they put just the sauce from the pickled fish in the Salad, not the actual fish itself). So I ate the fish, and come to find out, it's not so good tasting. So, to avoid embarrassing myself and the people who made the food, I palmed the rest of the little fish, and during the lesson with our original person, I tried to slyly chuck the thing out the house, into a dirt patch. But, the fish was sticky and oozing, so I misjudged and it smacked square into the side of the next house, with a loud THUNK. Luckily!

Had two final switch offs before the transfer, with Elder Speakman and Elder Ward. It was way cool, with Elder Speakman we went to visit this lady who hasn't gone to church for 10 years, and we invited her to church. Elder Hoban and I have been paying her quick little visit every once and a while, but that night with Elder Speakman we felt ready to ask her to come back to church. We did, and she started crying and said even though she wanted to, she just couldn't. Right now, she takes care of 6 toddlers! Four of them are her grandkids, and 2 are her neighbor's kids. She does that so their parents can work. Using her words, They are all pretty เด็กดื้อ (stubborn kids haha). She did, however, invite her son, who isn't a member, to go and check out the church himself. He was like, "Alright".

The next day (Sunday) we get a text from her son, saying he was on his way to church, and he was bringing his mom too!! We were like no way! That's awesome! We were so excited that they both came. We taught her son, and he was so interested in how this church could help his family. It was awesome! Such an amazing "coincidence".

Another sick "coincidence" this week as we were driving home from English class Tuesday night, we got a text from the assistants, saying there was a very sick member who needed a blessing, now. And as luck would have it, when he sent the address, we were literally right next to the hotel the guy was staying at. So we told the taxi guy to turn around, and we went to his hotel. His name was Sam, from Farmington, Utah (he wasn't familiar with my grandparents), and he just caught a really bad bug here in Thailand, and was way sick, and had to travel and work even more tomorrow. So we have him a blessing and left. But it was such a "coincidence" that we happened to be right next to his hotel the second the text came in to go and help him. It was awesome!

It also wasn't a coincidence. Man, with events like these, it's way too obvious God had played a role. It's way too obvious that His hand had done something. "For behold, I am God; and I am a God of miracles; and I will show unto the world that I am the same yesterday, today, and forever; and I work not among the children of men save it be according to their faith" (2 Nephi 27:23).
I'd invite you all to have faith in God, that's He exists, and that this is the only true church on the face of this earth. Even tho within this church are imperfect people, it's OK, because we are all here to improve and progress. Be patient, because Christ is the true head of this church, and He will show miracles unto you as you believe in Him :)

Love yall! Have an awesome week!
Elder Anderson


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