Its been a busy week here in Bang Khae. I forgot how much more of a fast paste life it is here in Bangkok. I also forgot what it was like to be in a functioning branch. Ha ha
This week we had MLC. Which is Missionary Leadership Council. We all travel to Asoke and meet with President. The best part was, they fed us! We had pancakes for breakfast and tacos for lunch. I can't even remember the last time I ate a taco. I think some time in America. Ha ha I am also grateful I live in Bangkok right now. The leaders in Chang Mai have to travel about 12 hours in order to come to the meeting. And they had just made the trip for transfer meeting. Thats gotta be rough. With traffic though, its still about a 2 hour drive to get there.
Later this week, we then took what training we got from president to the other districts in our zone. We met up in Tonburi. Its kind of weird being on the other side of the training. Not too different though. Its fun going around because you get to see all the missionaries in the zone but there also isn't really any time to talk to people. You just go, have the meeting and then leave to get to the next meeting.
This week we had an activity at our church for the relief society in the Bangkok west district. It was pretty special. The senior couple sisters all prepared a lesson and we rotated rooms. The elders had the privileged of translating for the senior sisters. So I was able to hear everything in my native language for the first time in months. It was so nice. Ha ha English is also a lot more descriptive than Thai is. We will ask Thai people what a word will translate to and instead they just have to explain that word. For me, Thai and English do not translate. They are both great languages but they do not translate well. I can understand both fine but I am still incapable of translating one to the other. I was impressed by the elders ability to do so.
Other than these main events that seemed to take up most of the week, we spent time contacting and teaching. We have a couple of great investigators. They seem to be progressing well. While contacting, I feel like we met some really good potential investigators too. So I am excited to see what this week brings!
The scripture I am going to share this week is probably one that everyone has heard many times. I may have even shared it before... But yesterday the branch president asked us to help in primary. So we attempted to teach the children the primary songs but it was kind of hard trying to figure out how the Thai fits to the notes. Especially because the accompaniment came from the iphone of a member who was helping us. (It was a little fast). So we taught the kids the primary song about the wise man who built his house upon the rock and the foolish man who built his house upon the sand. When the rains came, the house on the rock stood still while the house on the sand washed away. Helaman 5:12 says,
"Remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall."
I don't want any of our houses being built upon the sand. We need to make sure we are building our lives on the rock of Christ. If we follow His teachings we will always be led to what is right and good. There is no other rock which we can build a sturdy foundation. Don't let yours be built on the sand. You don't want to be washed away.
Love you all and hope you all had a good week!
I got this nice note from her new companion today:
Your daughter is the BEST!
Know that she is the perfect example of DILIGENCE and FAITH!
thank you for the e-mail!
Brasong and Bae are in this. 2 of our daters we left behind.
Glad Sister Alley was there to finish the work. :)
The cupcakes for the RS activity.
The definition of grangjay. One cupcake left.
Sister Belnap, my new companion
My new area, Bang Khae
I want these mini scriptures!