A FAMILY WAS FOUND
This past Thursday we had hit a slump of not knowing how to find new investigators and we had no idea what to do. When we planned in the morning we both felt like we should make a goal to find 3 new investigators that day and in order to do that we should go inviting at exactly 5:00 that night in order to find those people! We were in the middle of weekly planning around 4:20 when we got a call from a member asking if we were free at 5. Normally we have appointments set already all day, but because we felt prompted to schedule inviting at 5 we were able to say yes! (miracle 1)
We went to the church and she told us that she found a family for us to teach! This member (Jenny) is seriously the best, talks about Jesus all day everyday with everyone she comes in contact with, and while she was visiting a home for her job (she's some insurance agent) she asked them if they believed in Christ (casual question--haha not). Anyway they said they were interested in learning and that night she called us to go teach them! (miracle 2) They live far away and we had no way to get there besides a member who has a car...which is only a handful of members. We randomly called one member and she said she was free and when she came she told us that it was super weird that she was free because she never has free time, but right when she finished her list of things she thought 'what will I do now?' then we called her! (miracle 3)
When we got to their house it seemed like no one was home, but we looked over at just the right time to see the father way down the road so we were able to catch his attention (miracle 4) And then we sat in their house and taught a FAMILY. Married parents with 2 kids. This doesn't happen in Thailand!! MIRACLES.
Also turns out:
Also turns out:
Father: learned with missionaries over 20 years ago in a different city and has always wanted to go back to church but never knew where to look
22 year old Son: has been to a Christmas part at our church 2 years ago and has 3 friends who are members!
14 year old Daughter: has always been interested in religion and has studied the entire life of Christ, has always wanted to go to church but no one has ever been able to take her
Also, we found an investigator 2 weeks ago, taught him once, but he had to leave Korat for awhile for a funeral. Anyway he and the father are FRIENDS! And before Jenny invited the father to learn, our other investigator had already invited him. So when Jenny talked to him it was a second invite! (miracle 5) Also when this investigator left Korat he took his Book of Mormon with him...and read until 3 Nephi. (miracle #2,387,934) M. I. R. A. C. L. E. S.
We found a family through the hand of God. All I can say is that God wants this temple in Thailand and He will bring to pass whatever miracles it takes to prepare these people!!! (the two men in this family plus our other investigator are 3 more priesthood holders which Thailand desperately needs!!) All I have to say..."And thou shalt rejoice in every good thing which the Lord thy God hath given unto thee" (Deuteronomy 26:11)
PLEASE pray for the Nope Family (นพ) I know they will be such a strong hold in this ward and I still can't believe all the things that led to finding them--all thanks to a member opening her mouth for the missionaries. I am so very grateful to be here while we are preparing for this temple. I LOVE being a missionary and being able to see these miracles everyday!
Yesterday Sister Bun (เปิ้ล) was baptized, she was the one who quit drinking all her coffee in one day after she learned about the commandments. She is so cute and has 2 kids who she wants to learn as well and ah! So grateful to have met her :) (again another member referral!)
Week of miracles I'm telling you. Don't forget to 'rejoice in every good thing which the Lord hath given you' and have a wonderful week!
Much much love,
PS. Fun fact, if you get extremely sick with specific symptoms and call the mission nurse for advice she will freak out and tell you you have dengue fever....AKA I almost was diagnosed with dengue this week because I was SUPER sick, but I'm fine now and we were still able to make most of our visits this week so yay!
Sister Bun was so happy!
This golden Nope family:) minus the son (taking the picture) and including our other investigator (wearing the white, who invited the family to learn!)
The woman in front is Jenny—she introduced us to the family AND the investigator
who talked to them first!!
Just in case you didn’t know, the 7-elevens here are missionaries’ saving grace….Thailand has more 7-elevens than Utah has churches so we had a small party this last Tuesday to celebrate July 11 or 7/11
THANK GOODNESS FOR 7-ELEVEN
Look how fluffy this dog is!
The. Nicest. House.
Our bishop’s house is the nicest one I have ever been in in Thailand.
(It is like a step into America. Super weird.)
Love these kids :)
Thai kids melt my heart