Monday, August 31, 2015

Lots of biking! Week #66

Another great week here in Roiet! I seriously just love this place and my companion. It doesn't even feel like work anymore. Its just a series of fun days with my best friend. Yeah its still tiring but its so fun!
This week we met this really humble woman. We were actually trying to find this members house  but were stopping and asking for directions. We ended up sitting down and teaching her. She had just gotten in a motorcycle accident a few days before and had bruises all over her. When we taught her, she was just touched by the spirit. She looked hopeful. She is really interested in baptism. The only problem is, we went back a couple times this week kind of had to start over each time because of whatever medication she is on. The Elders were able to come with us on Saturday when we visited her to give her a blessing. She looked so much lighter and happier after. It was quite beautiful actually. The only problem is she can't come to church yet because of the massive amount of pain she is still in. We can't even make it through the whole gospel lesson before she needs to just go lie down and go back to sleep. We have made it through faith and repentance 3 times now and to baptism just once. But I hope that after that blessing she will be feeling better and be able to come to church!
Then on Tuesday, we biked about 60 kilos. (Over 37 miles!) It was pretty far. But totally worth it because of the miracles we saw! We biked out to visit our RC's Pa Maa in the hopes to teach their family (who are always home). Well it turns out the time we bike out there their family is not there. So we decided to contact around their neighborhood. As we were riding down this street these girls stop and Sister Brown recognizes one from the contact picture in our phone. She was a former investigator. So they led us with their motorcycles to their house. We sat down and the family at that house along with their neighbors just gathered together. It was so cool! We got to teach them all and they just loved the things we were able to teach! After we went to another LA's house who has this 14 year old daughter who had been learning before. She had 3 of her friends there and her cousin. As we biked home we stopped at the LA man's house who moved back to Roiet because the bomb in Bangkok went off across the street from where he worked. The spirit was so strong in that lesson he was crying. At this point we were still pretty far out and it was beginning to get dark. All at once these storm clouds blew in and it poured buckets! We were completely drenched. But that was honestly an answer to a prayer. I had prayed that because we had the plan to bike so far it would be overcast but not rain. Once we got out to Pa Maa's they were saying they really needed rain to help with their rice crops. So in that lesson we prayed for rain to come that night. Well the rain came strong. The next morning it was still pouring and we called Maa. She was so amazed that we prayed for rain and it rained! She then asked for us to all pray for the rice to grow. It was adorable watching her testimony on prayer strengthen.
Its weeks like this where time just flies by. It was one of the most physically exhausting weeks of my mission and yet one of the weeks I wanted to last forever.
On Sunday we visited another LA. She is the one who cried as we shared that scripture with her and talked about temples and eternal families. She hung up the picture of the temple we gaver her last time we saw her. We felt bad when we showed up because she looked busy. But we shared the scripture in Mosiah 4: 6
" I say unto you, if ye have come to a knowledge of the goodness of God, and his matchless power, and his wisdom, and his patience, and his long-suffering towards the children of men; and also, the atonement which has been prepared from the foundation of the world, that thereby salvation might come to him that should put his trust in the Lord, and should be diligent in keeping his commandments, and continue in the faith even unto the end of his life, I mean the life of the mortal body—"
After reading this she asked if we had time to stay and keep reading for a while. So we did. Mosiah 4 is a good chapter. I recommend it. It has some of my favorite scriptures. I want to invite all of you to put your trust in the Lord. I know that as you do so, your life will improve. The hard things will feel endurable. The impossible things will be possible.
I hope you all know how much I love you!

-Sister Nethercott
 It was an interesting... Pday. This member took us to a wat? Ha ha

 Rice fields!

 More from the wat

 We found this random restaurant in the middle of no where. They were really happy to get some business. But we learned why people don't eat there. It ended with me sitting between 2 drunk men offereing me alcohol. "You can't date or get married right now? 
I love you!"

 Biking for days

 Still biking Ha ha

 I love the Thai people!!!!!

 District in the rice fields



The neighboorhood we biked out to. I handed out some CTR rings.

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