Sunday, February 28, 2016

Mushroom House

... you know it really is more than a mushroom house. It represents love, charity, teamwork, serenity, all of the good values that the Young Women's theme so expertly focuses on - we built the mushroom house in unity this week.... in 3 hours. BOOM 

The Work: 
We built a mushroom enclosure yesterday after church with some members an an investigator. This solid member (Sister Bu) will be selling the mushrooms so that she can save up to go to the temple woohoooo! 

Our investigators are awesome! Really looking good. This week God has blessed us with a lot of people saying, "Yes we want to come to church"... "Yes we want to be baptized." We had 5 investigators at church this week people! And two (almost 3) have baptismal dates for these next couple of weeks! I know this isn't a whole lot to be excited about, but I get excited when people come unto Christ! Especially after not knowing who he is??!! I mean what a privilege to see that progression. Brother Mxxang our Laotian guy is AWESOME. Something he said when we asked him about his thoughts on the Book of Mormon...he said, "I know this is true... not because you said so but because I can FEEL so." Awesome. Our investigator Brother Saw who is Chinese is doing great. We have had to teach all of the lessons twice for understanding purposes, and we use very simple language but the most improtant thing is that he is coming closer to Christ through developing faith and repentance... and he is doing great. He wants to be baptized so bad! In other news, one of the LA members we have been working with is now preparing to serve a mission and is coming back to church! What miracles this week! Thank you God! 

Pah Nit going to church

The Culture: 
1. A very common snack: fried pigs skin. It doesn't taste that bad actually. But it makes your breath smell like death hahahaha. 
2. I have hit my head so many times this week just walking into doors and stuff. I am just too tall. 
3. Most people go to bed early (around 9 pm) and wake up around 5:30-6:30 to go to the morning market and get food. 
4. Ambulances are free here. So no charge if you get a splinter and call the ambulance to pick you up. :) 

1. Last night, Elder Torres (greenie here) was trying to pass off his "how to begin teaching points," and he accidentally said the worst swear word in Thai while passing it off to the Zone leaders hahahahahaha. We other 3 older missionaries were just dying hahahaha, and Elder Torres was like, "What guys? I don't get it." Hahahaha I was crying last night. 

Spiritual thought: 
This week I want to talk about perserverance. Now, in the scriptures we are told that our time here on this earth is a time of probation. Ok, now whether that means taking a multiple choice test to get into the celestial kingdom or not I don't know. I can't say for sure, but I think showing perserverance and diligence in the things we do is key to our personal conversion and key to the way we build our faith. If consistently following faithful principles builds our character, and fortified character expands our capacity to exercise more faith, we must continually hold on with an eye single to the glory of God. God's will is unchanging, and so if we align our will with his, and enjoy the ride... we get to the end/looptyloop/whatever you want to call it... and it is that much more rewarding. Because we know we have held on to the end. This week was a testament to that. I had so much fun, and I feel so happy with our work here in Chiang Rai. 

That's it for me this week. Love you guys.

Love the Lord and Laugh, 
เอ็ลเดอร์ สมีธ-ดริกส์
Elder Smith-Driggs  

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