Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The work is moving forward Week #43

Hello everyone! Its been another great week here in Bang Khae.
I am not even sure what has happened this week. Ha ha it has gone by so fast. I guess I will start with last p-day. The Elders had plans to go to Asoke and get their custom made suits. Well it kind of sounded fun and even though sisters don't wear suits, we tagged along too. What an experience. One of the Elders has their cloth guy and the other Elder has their suit guy. So we started out in this big market that is definitely not a safe place to be a fire starts. We winded through all these little shops and up this skinny staircase and found the fabric guy. After looking through all the fabrics and helping the Elders out with some fashion tips we headed over to the suit guy. The suit guy has this little sweat shop kind of place. But don't worry, everyone who works there was really happy. And it is better working there than begging for money on the bridges. So the way that Elder Weaver found this suit guy is a pretty good story. He was at the store where most of the Elders get their suits made. As the tailor was walking out he followed him. After talking for a minute he got his number and then asked where his address was. I guess right then some very tall man in a turban walked out of the business and the tailor went pale and rode off on his scooter. So Elder Weaver called him and got the address of where the actual work is done. He cut out the middle man. Now they can get their suits for even cheaper. So we headed to the sewing sweat shop and the elders got measured and explained what kind of suits they wanted. After that, we stopped by the water gate market for a second and then headed  home. So yeah, I wasn't too involved in last p-day but it was so cool. It was fun being part of the Elders underground suit work.
This week was fun. We taught some of our progressing investigators. I really like them! I am excited for them and their continuing growth. But best of all, Sang Sang got baptized! Sister Belnap had contacted her mom at the mall last transfer. Her mom kind of just laughed and said no. Then two minutes later she walked back and asked, "can this help my daughter?" That next Sunday she brought her daughter Sang Sang to church. She then came to church consistently. Sister Belnap had told me a little about her. So when I met her my first Sunday here I asked her, "So are you getting baptized this next week or the week after?" And she said, "the week after will be better." Sister Belnap got way excited. And well yesterday she was baptized! Unfortunately her mom isn't quite interested. She wants this to be her daughters thing. But we will try and work on that. Let her know the church is about the family. Also, the Elders have been teaching this adorable family. They were baptized too! So it was a good day yesterday.
This week we also had a switch off. It was a 3 way switch off. Sister Blaylock who just came into country came here to Bang Khae with me. I thought it would be a good learning experience for her to see another area. Especially because she is serving in Asoke which is the most city you can get here. Sister Belnap went over to Asoke with Sister Peck. So with Sister Blaylock we visited some RCs, taught a family the restoration, and taught this man his first lesson and committed him to a baptismal date! It was a good day.
So yes, things are still going well here. The work is moving forward. I am excited that I am a missionary here in Thailand, Bang Khae, at this time. I know it is where I am supposed to be. This week we have zone conference. I am pretty excited for it. One of the things we had to read before in our personal studies to prepare was a talk given by Elder Holland called Missionary Work and the Atonement. It is one of my favorite talks! So reading it again was great. But one of the things that it talks about is why things aren't always easy. It mostly focuses on why missionary work isn't always easy, but it can be applied to anything in life. He says, "I am convinced that missionary work is not easy because salvation is not a cheap experience.Salvation never was easy. We are The Church of Jesus Christ, this is the truth, and He is our Great Eternal Head. How could we believe it would be easy for us when it was never, ever easy for Him?" Life will give us trials. It will have hardships. It will offer difficult choices. But that is how we are going to learn and grow. That is how we are going to become more like our savior. Salvation isn't cheap. That is why we must be willing to pray the price and do what is right, even through the hard things. Salvation, eternal life, and never ending joy will taste so much sweater if we pay the cost to receive it.
I hope you all had an awesome week! Love you!
-Sister Nethercott

Baptism! Yay! Also eternal families! The husband/father of this family has passed away. Now they can go his temple work and prepared to be sealed for eternity to live together forever!

 This is part of the p-day adventure. The fabric store...? Ha ha

 Where the "suit guy" works

 District papaya salad eating. 

 All the elders (minus one who was behind me)
 The mall! Its this weird mix between classy and tacky. Ha ha it also kind of reminded me of the mayan or the embassy suits hotel we stayed at when I was little. But it has a waterfall a river and cool tropical birds.

 This is the street I live one. There is this kind of jungle patch full of trash. I get here and Sister Belnap tells me the randomest things happen there. The very next day this man has this desk and chair there and he is carving these idols. Now they are making so bigger one. Ha ha it is very random.

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