Date

June 23, 2019

Area

Phuket Thailand

Companion

Elder Ryberg

Week 58: zone conference and follow up appointments!

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This week was way adventurous. So, Wednesday morning we got up at 3:30 am to get ready to go to Bangkok. We got to the airport by 5:30 am, and we were through security ready to go by 6:00 am. Sadly, our flight was delayed 30 minutes and didn't leave until 7, but it was all good. We got to zone conference a bit late, but at least we got there! And it was a blast! Such an inspiring zone conference! I felt like I learned so much about missionary work there, about how to find and teach less active members. It was also so spiritually uplifting, and the next day I was ready to go out and find all the less actives in Bangkok!

After zone conference, as we were waiting for a taxi, Elder Dollery and I stopped a big white guy walking down the street. This guy was like over 6 foot three, and was jacked! But, Elder Dollery and I don't fear anyone except for God, so we stopped him and started talking to him. He turned out to be such a nice chill dude! He said he's from Germany but he's in Thailand for a bit waiting for his visa to return to Vietnam, where he said he's working. Well, he turned out to be Christian, and interested in our church! The problem was, we only had Thai book of Mormons, other than my personal pocket-sized Book of Mormon I've been using and marking up special. Well, he was so fire, and I felt impressed to give it to him. He said he'd read it! Our biggest regret though was that the taxi came right then, and we weren't able to get any contact info. We hope tho, that he'll read the book and look up the church!

On Thursday, I switched off with the district leader, Elder Dollery. He's in the group above me, and he was my first zone leader in the MTC. He's from Australia, and he's super cool and so hardworking. I was so extremely pumped to go switch off with him, but then tragedy struck! That Thursday was the day he needed to go renew his visa with his group! 😩
So we got up at 3 am that Thursday morning, and headed down to the visa office. Well, we were there until 1 pm ish. Bummer. Then, we taxied back to his area and we got a good 2 hours or so of proselyting. While it wasn't the power switch off we wanted, it was still way fun with the time spent waiting for his visa and the little time we had walking the streets. He's such a good elder, I learned a lot even from that little time.

Saturday we had a cool experience with inviting. We were inviting at an oceanside park place called สพานหิน and we stopped to talk to these two kids. They were way cool, one kid's name was bonus, and he was 18. He said that he was the leader of this gang of 10 other kids. Eventually, I asked him what he does with his gang. He thought for a second, looked at me, and then said, "not a ton we just sit around, smoke, and talk". Quite the gang! Well, we taught him about our church, and he seemed interested in learning, but not interested in any commitment to the learning. He did accept a pamphlet tho and said he'd try our praying to God so hopefully, he'll do that!

We also met a lady with her two kids at the park. She was so sweet! And she let us give her a book of Mormon to read. It was such a cool invite, because right from the get go we just felt like she was good, and we invited her to learn more about the Book of Mormon and the church and she was like"yeah!"

And the last guy we invited at the park, was a nice guy named Oak. He was about 30 years old and was just chillin on a bench after a run. We almost didn't stop to talk to him, because we had seen some other people in the distance we wanted to go talk to, and he was across the road. Well, we decided to talk to him and we crossed the road. He turned out to be awesome! We haven't made a return appointment with him yet, but he seemed genuinely interested in the Book of Mormon and how it could help out his family. Well, at that point in the day we had given away all our books of Mormon except for my personal Thai one that I've also been marking up special. Well, I felt impressed to give it to him. I made him promise me that he'd come to at least one English class in the future and I'd trade him for another book of Mormon. He said yes. I can't wait for that day to come😂

This week, we had a lot of first-time return appointments for people. A lot of them canceled on us tho. At first, we were kind of like, "ugh why! They all seemed so interested what the heck!" but then we thought about it. They were interested! Some of them had legit excuses to not meet with us those days, and some of them probably didn't other then they fell out of interest. But that doesn't matter. All that matters is that we tried our best, that we gave them a chance, and that we loved them while doing so.

Moroni talks about this love for others. He talks about the love that Christ had for others, and he calls that kind of love charity.
Moroni 7 says,
"45 And charity suffereth long, and is kind, and envieth not, and is not puffed up, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, and rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in the truth, beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
46 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, if ye have not charity, ye are nothing, for charity never faileth. Wherefore, cleave unto charity, which is the greatest of all, for all things must fail—
47 But charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him.
48 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ; that ye may become the sons of God; that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is; that we may have this hope; that we may be purified even as he is pure. Amen."

Moroni tells us to pray for charity, so that we can become more like Christ. Charity is such an important aspect for our lives, it's what motivates us to do good things for ourselves, our families, and for all others. I've been trying to pray for charity these last few transfers, and I've felt like it's helped me to love the Thai people even more! It's helped me want to get out of bed in the mornings(no matter how early) and it's helped me view all others through Christ's eyes. It's affected me for good, and I know if you pray for charity, it'll have a positive impact on your life too.

I invite all of you to pick someone or a group of people you know, that you may or may not know so well, and pray every night for charity towards them. I promise, as you do so full heartedly, you'll receive this charity in your live.

The Church is true! Christ leads it for us every day. The Book of Mormon truly is the word of God for us in these times. Read it, please. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Have a great week everyone! Stay awesome, my friends!

Love,
Elder Anderson




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