Monday, March 10, 2014

A Sweet Sabbath

As far as I know this should be my last P-day with Sister S. However, we haven't heard any news yet as to which day the transfer will be. But we do have zone conference this week on Tuesday in Asoke! Way excited! I love when we all meet together and learn! So much fun!

Last Monday we went to Sister Goy's graduation at Rangkamheng University. It is a really big university and had one of the biggest graduating classes last week! Sister Goy really wanted us to come and take pics with her at the university. One thing I love about Thai people is that they are so extremely supportive of each other in everything. 

Well, this was a wonderful week!

Yesterday was especially miraculous for many reasons. First of all, there were 140 people at church yesterday!! I think that may be a record for the mission. I've never heard of that before. Normally we have between 100 and 110. Our goal is to build up the ward to have 150 people steadily coming so that they can split into two wards and increase the stakes, and then have a temple. We're on our way! Also, six of our investigators showed up to church! And, most excitingly, our investigator, Sister Pat was baptized. She was so happy! Also, four other investigators of the elders were baptized. Such an awesome Sunday. It was probably one of the craziest Sundays ever trying to work everything out. As usual, there were problems with the font and we had to fill it with buckets. haha We had issues with baptizers not showing up, but in the end it all worked out wonderfully and it was such a nice day! Everyone was so happy and cheerful. There was just such a good mood at the church yesterday! Baptism days are so happy because we're welcoming these people into our ward and church family. There is so much love and support here!

I think that hot season has definitely set in here. I'm a sweaty mess all day long, and it's only going to get hotter. I don't know how the graduates survived graduation in their robes in this muggy heat! It's funny to think about how much I hated the heat before I came to Thailand because now I don't even mind it. I would not want to live in this climate forever, but for the time being it's not even bad. It's probably a little blessing from Heavenly Father! 

Brother Somgiad is doing really well. I just loved an experience he shared with us. One day he was driving in his car and he realized that his glasses were missing. He told us he really needed his glasses because how would he read without them. So, he said a little prayer and then had the idea to go to Tesco. He started walking down the meat aisle and found his glasses on a shelf! I just love that he thought to pray for help and that Heavenly Father gave him that experience to increase his faith. So awesome! Our prayers are heard and answered! Also, he brought his 16 year old nephew to learn with us. Hoping that goes somewhere. He didn't accept a baptismal date, but hopefully next time. 

This week we had a lot of good experiences out inviting and street contacting. One lady even agreed to meet us at the church after we'd finished. We gave her a church tour and taught briefly. But then we realized she was Islamic, so we have to get special permission from P. Senior to teach her. (It can be life threatening to change religions if you're Islamic, so we have to get special permission on a case-by-case basis). Also, we met two French girls completely lost and helped them get to their hostel. They were so cute! I also had an Indian man ask if I was married yet, as well as two Cameroonians ask for my number. haha 

This week we visited a less active member who makes dresses and sells them in America. They're very pretty. It was fun to visit her. She came to church, too!

This week Sister Steele was in the hospital with Dengue Fever. She's totally fine now, but we went and switched-off with them a couple of times so her comp could go do work in their area. I stayed at the hospital one time and it was so fun to talk with her. Sister Steele is so awesome. She is one amazing missionary and she is so cute to talk to. It was just really refreshing to catch up with her and get advice, etc... 

That pretty much covers the main events of this week!