Monday, May 31, 2010

Thailand is really on the verge of something big.

Hello everyone!
This week has had some craziness. Mostly good craziness. I will start with telling you about all the investigators you have heard about. Saeng is still doing great. But someone in her family died this week so she has been at a funeral. We haven't taught her since Wednesday and she wasn't able to come to church yesterday. But she is still great. we aren't worried. We just miss her because she is so darn much fun to teach. I love teaching people who keep every commitment and pretty much have a spiritual experience every week to share with us. Yay. We have a new investigator that has a baptismal date - I told you about her last week. She was the one that basically invited herself. We walked up and handed her a pass along card and she was like "when are you coming back"? She is awesome. (Her name is Lang, by the way). She loves what we teach, has already read a bunch in the BOM, and has a baptismal date. We are really excited about her. We went out and visited May last week (she is the one that was going to get baptized but then didn't). She still has an incredible amount of faith. She also came to church on Sunday. She has to ride a bus for an hour to get here. I don't think she will ever cease to amaze me.
So we have a whole slew of new investigators again this week. We were out inviting one day and this lady stopped on her motorcycle and started talking to us - she basically said that she wanted to learn and before we could even say anything she gave us her phone number and address. We taught her on Saturday - she has four kids. We asked her why she had stopped us and she said that she had a good feeling when she saw us. Pretty cool huh? Her family is adorable. She has a son and three daughters. - age 17,15, 13, and 11. They all were there for the lesson and we are so excited. Sister Christensen and I tend to be a little optimistic - we are already planning their baptism :). But it could happen. They were quite promising.
I love you all! Have a great week! Carlie - good luck at graduation. Stop getting old. And stop getting prettier. It just isn't good for my heart. "See" you all next week!

Monday, May 24, 2010

The political unrest has been pretty crazy.

I know I have already told you about Saeng. Let me tell you again. She is absolutely amazing. She was at church again last Sunday and saw the Elder's investigator get baptized. She said that she felt strongly that she needed to get baptized too. She also said that since she met us she is happier. She is so awesome. We are meeting with her three times a week so we should be able to get through the lessons and get her baptized - she loves going to church and is already friends with all the members. She is really attached to a little baby in the branch - she carries her everywhere. It is just really good to see because the members fellowshipped her really well and she stays at church forever just talking to people and enjoying it. And that is great because she is from Laos and her family is there so I think she gets kind of lonely here. So church is really great and she loves it and she wants to get baptized and I am so excited and I love her and I could write forever and ever but I should probably stop.
I taught a lesson in a casino the other day. We invited a lady and then went back and taught her and we were sitting in her house and she told us that she runs a casino out of her house - so we look in the corner and there are all these game tables. I guess we will tackle the gambling issue when we get to that point. She was pretty legit though. Her name is Nong.
The political unrest has been pretty crazy. There has been a curfew country wide - nobody is allowed out of thier house after 9:00 until 5:00 am. We are in by then anyways but we have been coming home at about dark because we don't want to run into any problems. There really haven't been a lot in Korat. The day we were on Lock down someone burned a building down town, but since then we haven't seen anything - we have been safe. But we see tidbits on the news and see the blown buildings and it is crazy. All the missionaries are out of like four Bangkok areas and have been moved elsewhere. But I hear it has calmed down a lot. We had a fun time in the house that one day. Our house is TEENY so we were going kind of crazy.
We had a member in our branch get her mission call this week. She is going to be serving in Thailand. It was kind of funny though because the call letter and the handbook were all in English. We met with her and tried to help her translate it. In case you were wondering, I don't know how to say measles in Thai, or insurance, or briefcase, or any number of things. It was really funny. We had to look up every other word. But hopefully we helped a little bit. She is adorable. She has been helping us teach a lot and even came inviting with us the other day. I don't think anyone will ever say no to her - she is just too adorable and sweet. She has been a member since she was eight - one of the few in Thailand. I am excited because I will still be here when she comes in the mission.
I love you all to pieces and I will talk to you next week. It should be normal time - P-day will be back to normal. I love you!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Sister Webb, Sister Christensen, and Sister Hulme
OK. So news for the week. I don't remember how much I have told you, but we have a new investigator named New. She is about 30ish and has two kids. she is married to a German but he is actually her same age and speaks Thai so it isn't creepy like most farang Thai marriages. Anyways, We have taught her four times now. Last time we asked her to pray about Joseph Smith and when we went back and asked how it went she said "I didn't see anything but I could feel it in my heart". She is awesome. She didn't come to church yesterday. Church is the bane of my life. Why won't people just come to church? But I think we will get her there soon. A great little member family helped us teach last time and they brought their kids and they are already great little friends with the investigator's kids. So we will get her there. She has a baptismal date as well. Great stuff. Her kids are adorable. They are huge fans of us. Last time we were there they showed us every photo album they had. We were looking at pictures forever. I think we got their whole family history. The kids just really wanted us to see it, I guess.
It also seems that we have found our golden investigator of all golden investigators. I told you a little bit about her last week. Her name is Saeng and she is from Laos. We have only taught her three times but she said she believes it all and came to church yesterday - that was the first time she could have come. THe members were great and she had tons of friends and she stayed after church forever. It was great! She has read a lot in the BOM and prays every day and is fully planning on getting baptized. The Elders have a baptism next week so she will get to see one. We are way excited about her. It is crazy how you find people - I just talked to her at a bus stop for 15 seconds and got her phone number and all the sudden she is our strongest investigator. She is really humble and sweet. You can hardly hear her when she talks. She is just adorable.
Funny story of the week comes to you from Sister Christensen. She was teaching this cute little old lady about the fall. So we read the verse in 2 Nephi 2:20 - And they have brought forth children. Yay, even the family of all the earth. Then Sister Christensen asks "So what did Adam and Eve do together?" (You know - trying to be a good missionary and review the scripture and see if they got it). The little old lady bursts out laughing and then it occurs to us how bad that sounds. Dirty minded little old lady. We have been having a good laugh about that one. Sister Christensen and I are still having a blast. We just laugh all day long. She is one of the funniest people I have ever met. We are pretty sure that we will be together two moves, so that is exciting.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Korat is ROCKING!

Sister Webb with the man she sings to -- who pats her head
(which shows he feels like she is his child.)
Korat is ROCKING! ..... I have a new companion. It is....drumroll please....SISTER CHRISTENSEN! I pretty much love her. A lot. She is a huge high school musical fan so we hit it right off. She is from Orem and is in her 9th moves. We are having a lot of fun so far. I know I say that all of my companions and I are the same person but it is true again - I just think that most of the sisters here have similar personalities in a lot of ways, which is probably why we are called to the same mission. We are really having a blast!!
We taught Phii Boo who is still doing really well. She gets mad at us because she wants us to spend tons of time at her house. We try to tactfully say that we really have to go. She is crazy. But still golden. We did a lot of inviting and have got 11 potential investigators (meaning they gave us their phone number - most won't go anywhere) but we think some of them have promise. We got a new investigator named Sara - she grew up in America and has an English name. See, the fourteen year old investigator I told you about, finally came to church! And she loved it! She was all scared - it was fast and testimony meeting so she kept asking me if she had to get up and speak. She was sure we were going to make her do something scary. But there were two members there that are around her age and they really stepped up - they have both helped us teach in the past and they were what finally got her to church. It ended up being really good and we don't think that we will have a problem getting her there in the future. See has become one of our most promising progress-ers.
On Sunday Sister Hulme's family came to church - it was really fun. They are a great family. It was just her parents and her twin. They did a little musical fireside and it was good. Then today they took us to that national park and that was a blast. After the national park, we rode elephants! Carlie - eat your heart out. It was amazing. I rode on its neck so I was actually sitting on the elephant. All I could think about was how jealous Carlie would be. And don't worry - I am sending lots of good pictures. It was raining so it was the full Thai experience - on an elephant in the jungle in the rain.