Sunday, July 2, 2017

Thailand Week 71: Udon

Where did the time go?
อุดร Zone Picture!

Last week was amazing!

It consisted with fun FHE with the members/investigators, switch off with Elder Daley from กุมภวาปี, switch off with Elder Blocker from สกลนคร, Zone Conference, branch inviting sessions, and a wonderful Sabbath day.

This past week, we were able to find lots of people... and the members in Udorn wanted in! We two different kind of activities this past week, one; sending messages to potential investigators/less-activites/member. The fun part was that we would swap devices and write a message for someone else's friend. It was really fun. It has the youth all giggling and excited. Going along with that, after church... we decided to go ahead and sing at a nearby park while a bunch of us did inviting. It was really fun. The members loved it. It was cool seeing old members pair up and teach as missionaries. It really built my testimony that a badge is not needed to be a servant of the Lord.

I felt really impressed learning about to teach commandments. Commandments are such a blessing in our lives. I remember back as a greenie, I was really hesitant in teaching the commandments because I was scared that our investigators wouldn't be able to keep them. I still get those moments sometimes here and then. But I have learned that... Because God loves us... He has given us commandments. I have gained a greater understanding in how I can help our investigators feel God's love for them as we introduce the commandments to them. I know that God only intends the best for us. I know that as we keep the commandments, we will find that there is more freedom in our lives. God only wants to bless us, and He can only do so as we do our part to keep His commandments.

Life is good. I have seem to realize more and more of what God wants of me as I continue to lose myself in the Lord's work. It's truly a blessing to be out here in Thailand to share with everyone the "good news" we have for them. I know that God is our loving Heavenly Father. Because He loves us, He sent His Only Begotten Son to earth to overcome the world. Because He loves us, He has restored the true church upon this earth through Joseph Smith. Because He loves us, He provides guidance through the living prophet, Thomas S. Monson. He loves you... and will always love you. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

I love you all!

- Elder Santeco

Sister Jane, Brother KhamPhan, and Brother Jay are all ready to get baptize. I am excited to see them enter the waters of baptism soon. :)

Elder Cook's Arrival in Thailand. :) This was a while back.


My first time singing in a Zone Conference. Hahahahhaha. 😳


Family Home Evening at a หมูกะทะ! Yum yum yum 😙

Sister Nuk and Sister Yim got their mission calls! They will be going to Australia! YAYAY! 😄

Inviting!!! :)






I love pizza. I love you all. I love God.


-☀🌮 

BYE! LOVE YOU ALL!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Thailand Week 70: Udon

Change

In Thomas S. Monson's first talk as a Prophet, he shares, "I begin by mentioning one of the most inevitable aspects of our lives here upon the earth, and that is change. At one time or another we've all heard some for of the familiar adage: 'Nothing is constant as change.' "

As the time goes on... we are bound to experience change around us. But aside from the physical changes that occur around us... I have learned that greatest change that we can make in our mortal life, here and now... is ourselves.

I have learned that progress and change only can happen according to a person's personal desires and actions. People around us nor neither God the Almighty can force us to change.

God loves us so much that He gave us the freedom to choose for ourselves. Never have God has forced us to do anything. We chose to come to this earth. We chose to receive a body and go through the pains and sufferings so that we may experience joy. We have the choice to learn during this earthly life. Even after we die, we will be able to make choices.

I know that God loves us. He loves us so much that He put away His own wants, so that we can have joy in doing what we want. I know that God desires us to grow and learn, but it is our choice to do so. There is a greater joy awaiting for us as we take action to change.

I want to change. I want to be better. And I know that deep and converting change is possible through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored through Joseph Smith. It's such a blessing to be able to change as we apply His teachings in our lives. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

- Elder Santeco


As for the missionary work. We have been doing well! We currently have 12 daters! 😱 We are truly seeing God's hand in doing the Lord's work. We also had MLC last week in Bangkok. Where we are all able to learn more about how to be more effective leaders. It was really inspirational. I loved it. This past week, I went to Nhong Khai for a switch off. While there... I saw the land of Lao. Haha. This week, we will be having Zone Conference, I am excited to see all the missionaries come together to learn and grow together! I love being a missionary. Time really does fly by fast. I need to write in my journal.

LOVE YOU ALL!

Last P-day that I had with the Bangna District. (Didn't get this picture until today) This is Brother Rak. We like burgers.

This is President เสือ. He is the happiest Chinese man I have ever met. He is an amazing asset in doing the Lord's work here in this Zone.

A little bit of nature. I love green.There's Laos!



Udon District got a baptism! Yayyyyy!

Elder Dugquem preparing the baptismal font.

This is Brother Jack. The COOLEST member that I have ever met here in Udon. He's always willing to help us out AND he dresses like a local hawaiian guy. That's a plus.

Elder Dugquem is such a boss.

​Brother Jack's wife.. Sister Thukata is an amazing cook.

I found stuffing! I also found liquid smoke! hehhehehhehe


​We are helping Sister เอิง wake up for church. She has a sleeping schedule which consist of her sleeping at 4 in the morning and waking up at 3 in the afternoon. So far, she has been able to wake up for church these past two weeks. MIRACLES.
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Here's a better picture. Baptism! :D Brother บ๊อป is amazing.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Thailand Week 69: Udon

Life is SO GOOD.

I am in Udon with Elder Dugquem! We are actually from the same MTC group, so it's really fun being able to unite once again and actually get to work together! He is half Thai and Filipino, but is born and raised in California. These past couple days, we did a lot of planning and working with the members. It really sets us up being able to focus on our callings and be united in achieving many things with the branch. Missionary work is so much fun. I have come to realized that the amount of time that we plan is such a small sacrifice to have an effective day, month, year, etc. I think I have a greater understanding about the importance of having goals/plans. :) Everything in missionary work has real life application! Or better yet, this is real life!

I am really excited. This transfer will be fun. :)

This past week, the Lord was so good to us. Ever since I came in on Thursday... we were EVERYWHERE. This is the most Elder Dugquem and I have ever had in a while! I love the members. I love the desire, the fire, and unity that they have here. I hope that I may be help to the branch/district during my stay here. :)

I know that Heavenly Father loves us. He has given us so much. He loves us so much that He allows us to change, grow, becoming more like Him according to our desires. He loves us so much that He allowed Jesus Christ, His Beloved son, to come to this Earth to be our Savior and Redeemer, so that we can have that joy as we change. As a Representative of Jesus Christ, I can promise that there is always hope as we look to the Lord. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

I am happy. :) LOVE YOU ALL!

- Elder Santeco

Happy Father's Day! I love my daddy. He's the most humble, faithful, loyal, hard-working, loving, humorous papa that I have ever had. He's always sensitive to the spirit. He is always serving others. He is always looking out for us, thanks to the GPS app that we have on our phones... he's able to do that! Haha. He is a stud. He has taught me how to value our families. Regardless of the mistakes and errors that we, his children, may have made... it warms my heart to see that he still loves us. He inspires to me to grow, trust in the Lord, and to always look outwards. Ignacio B. Santeco is the best father that I could ever ask for. I love you Daddy! I am proud to be your son. :)

- Elder Santeco

Happy Father's Day to Uncle PJ and Tj! :) You are lucky to have a responsibility to be a father and be an influence in everyone's lives. You both too constantly inspire me to do better. Love you all!

Elder Latimer. Hahahhahahhaha

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Last week's P-day... we went Ice skating and rode some animals around. I'm skating! :D It was scary.




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It was worth the 50 baht.
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This is Elder Dugquem. BEST BERRY DRINK I HAVE EVER HAD.


























Elder Mckay... with the Punohou shirt that Elder Ellis left here in Udon... Elder Ellis went home last week. :)

I had the missionaries in Bangna take a lot of pictures for me. :)











Sister Izumi got baptized as well! She was an investigator that the Sister missionaries picked up from english. She is AWESOME. She was ready ever since we met her. :) She is still always bringing friends to church every week. :D






Sister Dangwa is amazingggggg... :D

Brother DangMo! :D 


Sister Ma Lae! I love this family so much! :) I will always remember them!

Don't have much pictures of myself. Sorry. I keep forgetting to take pictures.
This is Sister Nimrak. She is a boss missionary. We went with the sisters handing off our investigators to them. It was a fun day riding with แม่ ติ๋ว (Relief Society President) in her three wheeled car. Her daughter sister เตย is currently preparing to be a missionary. She's also a boss. Sister Newton just finished being a greenie and is amazing! Udon is going to be great.