We are SO blessed to be given such incredible leaders to guide us through our mission...namely President and Sister Johnson. Our entire district went into the meeting with so many questions and concerns and left without a single doubt that God answers our questions through our leaders. It was amazing.
A main theme was "STRIVE." To work hard every single day so that you become what you want to become.
So yeah zone conference is the best spiritually, BUT also they make it super fun. We have incredible zone leaders and they are so focused on unity so we all woke up at 5 AM the day of conference (everyone slept in a hotel because it was so far away from our area) So we woke up and played volleyball as a zone for 2 hours and it was SO FUN. Then we had this cup game (see pictures) where we had to flip the cups a certain way, can't really explain it, but some people got way too into it...cough Elder Gundry cough....but it's the best. Being a missionary is the best, President and Sister Johnson are the best and Thailand is BY FAR the best mission in the world.
STAKE SPORTS DAY
So every year in March the Roiet Stake has a giant sports day where almost 9 wards/branches get together and compete. Lets just say Sisaket goes HARD. They haven't lost in years so we started practicing back in January (mainly for volleyball) Matching jerseys were a must as well as a Karaoke Bus to make the 4 hour trip to Roiet. (I cannot explan to you how much Khon Thais love karaoke) But we got there and it was so fun! Everyone brought their own giant drum to cheer their team on and there were probably 250 people there!
At the end of the day (after we had won in volleyball) they surprised us by announcing a last minute competition--tug of war. Elder Gundry determined that Sisaket would destroy, and by destroy I'm sure he meant 'defeat in a polite way,' every other team...again some people got way too into it..cough Elder Gundry cough....but in the end we won and it was so great. Sisaket is amazing and it felt more like a giant family reunion competition than a stake thing.
Just a random fact--I AM HALF WAY THROUGH THE BOOK OF MORMON IN THAI! Considering the Thai Book of Mormon has bigger pages and is more than 700 pages long this is quite the accomplishment! So crazy how my brain has now managed to not only read, but understand the language of noodle! ภาษาไทยเป็นภาษาที่ดีที่สุดในโลกนะ
Again, this email is way jumpy. Basically I love life. This past week I had one of those, 'I am so incredibly happy' moments and just made me full of gratitude that God loves me enough to let me be a missionary in Thailand. I testify that God knows you, He knows your heart your desires your dreams and your fears. Because of that He wants us to be our VERY best, just like any parent would. So do your part and STRIVE to be your best..."We become what we want to be, by consistently being what we want to become each day." (Elder Richard G Scott) Make the changes you need to and do it. เปลี่ยน
Love you all, have an incredible week STRIVING TO CHANGE
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PS. Transfers are this week...Elder Gundry is dying (ending his mission) but we don't know what will happen with Sister Dem and I...only thing we can do is trust in God and press forward! (and pray...pray very very hard)
UBON ZONE CONFERENCE
With Sister Dem
Oh yeah. I played the flute in zone conference!
Said ‘cup game.’
I was almost taken to the floor
“Elder Gundry got way too into it…”
STAKE SPORTS DAY
Said ‘karaoke bus’… you bet they sang from 6 am until 10 the entire way there
Also my companion is basically a championship ping ping player so there’s that
Our ‘cheer squad’ haha they are all so cute
We went to a big wat last Monday and came across this!
Not quite sure what it is…so here!
This man came to visit with his family. He served here 20 years ago
and was here when these members got baptized!!!
Farewell dinner For Elder Gundry
I am almost 100% sure that the members in Sisaket pride themselves in how much weight missionaries gain while serving here…2 pizzas, a box of KFC, a bag full of rice and a Tai dish…all given to us AFTER we ate at a member’s house.