This week was awesome but a little bit slow. This weekend was the Thai new year, or the water festival, Songran. So, a lot of people, and a lot of our investigators went out of town. But that's all good, because we had a lot of time to focus on the investigators that were here in town, and also on inviting. This week, we used the English poster we made, and it was a big success! We just set it up at a busy park in the evening one day, and before we knew it, we had a crowd gathered around us asking us questions. It was awesome, and way more effective than going door to door. It's way cool to see how many people are interested in learning English for free. It makes me grateful that English is my first language 555.
Also, the day before we advertised with our sign at the park, we found an old guy named จารุเดช(Jarudate) and he was way excited to learn about the Book of Mormon. So we introduced it to him and said we'd come back to visit him Tuesday. Well, he must have heard wrong, and when we were at the park, he came up to us with a sad face and asked us why we didn't come to visit him that morning. He was actually devastated and was asking if we had forgotten him or something. We told him not we didn't forget him! We just made an appt to see him Tuesday morning, not Friday morning haha. He felt better after that and was happy that we had not forgotten him.
So last Monday we only had a pday until 12 pm because this weekend was the Songkran festival, so we had all Saturday as another pday to watch the general conference sessions in Thai with the branch, and also play Songkran! It was way fun! At first we had a hose and we just filled up a trash bucket full of water, and we took smaller bowls/buckets and would throw water at people and motorcycles that would drive by. Also, people would fill up HUGE barrels and buckets full of water in the back of their trucks and then have their friends and families just chilling in the back, throwing water at people as they drove around Phuket. We'd throw water and hose down those people in the trucks, and try to drench them because they would do the same to us it was awesome! A little bit later, Elder Robinson and I decided to just go bike around town and get drenched by people. So we did, and we found an entire whole street where people were playing! It was legit! We got so drenched, and there were people there who were also using แป้ง, which is like flour, and they would throw it at us. Some of the แป้ง had color in it. By the end of the day, my shirt was really colorful.
Sunday we taught our Chinese investigator named มล. (mone). Elder Robinson has been teaching her since before I got here, and we have considered dropping her. But, we were presently surprised as when we showed up to her house, she had the Book of Mormon in hand, and said she had read the chapters we had assigned, and she was ready and willing to learn. She even prayed for the first time in front of us! It was a great prayer! We are excited for her and her family to continue working!
This week I was studying how to teach people better and help them progress better towards making covenants with their Heavenly Father and landed upon repentance, and how to teach repentance even better. Repentance is so important, and there were some way good talks about repentance from General Conference that I loved so much. One was from brother Callister, and the other from President Nelson. Brother Callister talked about how we can know if we have truly repented or not, and President Nelson talked about how we should be repenting Daily to become better disciples of Christ.
Too many people consider repentance as punishment—something to be avoided except in the most serious circumstances. But this feeling of being penalized is engendered by Satan. He tries to block us from looking to Jesus Christ, who stands with open arms, hoping and willing to heal, forgive, cleanse, strengthen, purify, and sanctify us.
One quote I love a lot is from President Nelson. He says,
"Too many people consider repentance as punishment—something to be avoided except in the most serious circumstances. But this feeling of being penalized is engendered by Satan. He tries to block us from looking to Jesus Christ, who stands with open arms, hoping and willing to heal, forgive, cleanse, strengthen, purify, and sanctify us.
The word for repentance in the Greek New Testament is metanoeo. The prefix meta- means “change.” The suffix -noeo is related to Greek words that mean “mind,” “knowledge,” “spirit,” and “breath.”
Thus, when Jesus asks you and me to “repent,” He is inviting us to change our mind, our knowledge, our spirit—even the way we breathe. He is asking us to change the way we love, think, serve, spend our time, treat our wives, teach our children, and even care for our bodies."
I invite all of you to review these two talks about repentance. They are so good! Repentance is so powerful, and its fruits are cleaner and more beautiful than anything else we could. Try it out! I do it every day.