Sunday, October 22, 2017

Thailand Week 87: Khon Kaen (ขอนแก่น)

ขอนแก่น (Khon Kaen)

Elder Nielson is amazing! It was just obvious to me that he truly loves the Lord and His work. It has only been a couple days and I can already tell that he really wants to do his best. We made several changes in our daily schedule so that we could have more companionship prayers and studies. I've seen the blessings as we set just a little of time to read from the scriptures while we eat breakfast and before we head to bed. I am learning a lot from Elder Nielson. :)

This past week, I was able to meet with several members and investigators. All of whom are great. I'm excited to see how this week will turn out. I'll keep you all updated next week.

"And it came to pass that he was obedient unto the word of the Lord, wherefore he did as the Lord commanded him." 1 Nephi 2:3

Obedience is showed through our decision to do as the Lord commands us. I love how in Thai, it is เชื่อฟัง, which breaks up to two separate words... เชื่อ: to believe and ฟัง: to listen/do. I know that as we do all we can to be obedient to the commandments of the Lord. We will be blessed with peace and joy. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

I LOVE YOU ALL! :)

- Elder Santeco

My MTC teacher and her family! :D

 With Brother Taw and Brother Joe :)






Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Transfer #14/Thailand Week 86: Khon Kaen (ขอนแก่น)

I've again realized...


That time goes by so fast... I've been here in Udon for 3 transfers... and now I have another 3 left. 😰 President Johnson called me this past Tuesday and told me that I will be reassigned and will be moving to Khon Kaen (ขอนแก่น) with Elder Neilson. I'm glad to still be in the same Zone with Elder Lovelock, we'll still be talking/seeing each other pretty often. I'm excited. Yesterday, I had the opportunity to look back at how my mission has been... It's been amazing. But now it's time to rededicate myself and sprint to the finish. :) 

A lot happened this past week. It's been a real eye-opening experience to see how much the Lord has really blessed us. We all have our weaknesses, but all the Lord asks of us is to do our best... and follow the Spirit. :)

Today... We started out our morning with soccer... there's still quite a bit that I need to do... get a haircut/eat some lunch with the members/pack/etc. :) Don't have much time. But I love you all!

"Therefore, O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength, that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day." D&C 4:2
I know that this is the Lord's work and I am ever so grateful for the Lord's trust in imperfect people including myself to perform such marvelous work. I know that God does love his children. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

- Elder Santeco☀🌮

Thanks Brother เก่ง for the pictures!




 








District Picture...

Much Love from Elder Lovelock and I... 😙

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Thailand Week 85: Udon

Choose the Right เลือกสิ่งดี


"For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father." Mosiah 3:19
As the time as being a missionary goes by, I've come to understand more of why... Although some people may know that something is true, does not mean that they would follow it. It's the natural man. The natural man thinks he is a know it all, and doesn't need help from others, even from God.
 
Initially as a missionary, I've been quick to notice it in others, leading me to quickly judge others... but as the time went by, I've been able to reduce my "judgement" towards others and recognize the "natural man" more and more in myself. Thankfully, I can repent. I can overcome it through "the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father". I know that we all can overcome the natural man. Let us choose the right.
This past week has been filled with a lot of adventures. We had MLC on Wednesday. Switch offs on Thursday (with Elder Blocker from Sakon Nakhon) and Friday (with Elder Truman from Udon). We had General Conference on Saturday and Sunday.
 
Sister Ganjana is in Khon Kaen right now... we don't know what happened. Her daughter, Sister Ming wasn't comfortable telling us the situation through the phone. But she said she'll let us know what happened within this week. We knew it was best to be patient and not force information out of them at that time. However, we do know that both Sister Ganjana and Sister Ming has an amazing amount of faith and that will guide them to make the right choices in life. :)
 
I loved General Conference. It's always amazing to learn and grow as we listen to the words of the prophets and apply them in our lives. This past general conference has inspired me to become a better saint, built my confidence in my potential to grow, helped me recognized my weaknesses, and overall helped me realized of the great love that the Lord has for us. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Days Saints is the the true church of God. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

I love you all.
- Elder Santeco ☀🌮
 
I need to work on my college application. YAY! Hahahahah.
 
Our trip to ภูสิงห์. 
Brother เก่ง took us out... He's an awesome member. :D



This is Sister ปลื่ม (Pluem). She reminds me of Moses. Hahah.

This is Sister ตังเมย์ Tang May. Thank you for sending me some pictures.

 WHOOHOO! It's pretty scary.

We then hiked up ภูทอก
I was very sweaty. But I was protected from the sun with my AWESOME DOUBLE SHIRT COMBO with the LONG SLEEVES. :)



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Standing on top of one on ภูสิงห์​
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Cheeeehuuuuuuuuu!!!!!!
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Our road trips.



Doggie help. This dog helped us a ton as we lost our ways. It was cool seeing that she stay with us on our entire journey. :)
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FHE with Sister Bouy and her Daughter, Sister Dream.




Udon Missionaries Pictures



Love you all.
Quick Reminder: Next week's P-day is on Wednesday. Transfers is here.
 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Thailand Week 84: Udon

I'm on FIRE!

I got sunburnt. Elder Lovelock got roasted pretty bad himself. Haha. This past Saturday, our branch had a sports day! It was so much fun! We were able to play 3 main sports: chairball, volleyball, and soccer. My team, สีน้ำเงิน lost at all three games. We were pretty close though. At the beginning of the games, each team would elect one of their players and put them up in a bet. At end of each game, the loser would get powdered with baby powder. I was one of them. I have no pictures of the day... but I'll try get some from the members sometime today.

Sister Buoy is doing great. We are waiting on her husband to come home so that they could finish up some paperwork. Afterward, she and her daughters will be able to baptize! The husband is really cool. He works in Laos. But whenever he can, he'll come down to Udon and visit his family, even if it's just for an hour. I can tell that he really loves his family, and I have faith that when the time comes, he'll be able to baptize and become a faithful priesthood holder in his household.

Sister Ganjana, Sister Ming's mom got interviewed this past weekend and passed! She'll be baptized this upcoming Saturday, during the general conference breaks. :) She changed so much! I remembered the first time that I met her. She was sometimes unsure to act on our commitment, but as she did so, she soon came to realize the blessings that God has been offering to her. We've realized that her progression has been great due of her faithfulness to read and pray every day. She has started to diligently read the Book of Mormon approximately 2 weeks ago and has already reached The Words of Mormon this past Friday. She managed to fit in 20 minutes of reading the Book of Mormon a day, and loved it. It was such a blessing to see how her understanding grown of who God is and what it means to her to actually be a daughter of God. After she realized this, she willingly accepted to keep all the commandments. Miracle. It's been amazing to work with Sister Ming, a recent convert, in helping her mom enter the waters of baptism. She has been an amazing example to her mom. :)

I went to Bangkok this past week. I was able to do a switch off with Elder Hunt again. It was fantastic. Funny story: I had a bad stomach that day (I don't know what caused it), so I went to the bathroom pretty often. But each time that I did, we stepped outside the church and successfully get a new investigator. I went to the bathroom 6 times. We got 6 new investigators. Haha. It was a great experience to learn from other missionaries. :)

I am excited for this upcoming week. We'll be going back to Bangkok for MLC. But we'll be having a wonderful Saturday/Sunday watching General Conference. And we'll be singing at Sister Ganjana's baptism! Whoohoo! Life is good.

Last P-day, I went to Nong Khai and did a little shopping at the market over there. I bought a portable fishing pole. Why? It was 150 baht = a little less than 5 dollars. I'll be using it when I come home. Haha. Today, we will be going to Phu Tog (ภูทอก). I'm scared of heights. Wish me luck. :)

I know that this is the Lord's work. I know that the Book of Mormon is essential everyone's personal conversion. As we study, ponder, and ask of God if it's true, our testimony will grow and we will be able to stand in our holy places. I know that God loves us. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

LOVE YOU ALL!

Last P-day's adventures. Oh! And we rented a สองแถว to get everywhere. It was fun.






 



I spy with my eyes... a dog riding a motorcycle. Haha


It's always good to have an escape door. :D


Love you all! BYEEEE!!!!