Sunday, December 25, 2016

Thailand Week 44: Lopburi

Merry Christmas!!!

This past week was amazing. It's my first Christmas out here in the beautiful country of Thailand! And I loved it!!!<3

I got to be a missionary, celebrate Christmas with everyone, and Skype with my beloved family. Seriously... life is good. 🤗


Love you all!!!

- Elder Santeco🙆

I just remembered that I was TAKING pictures...

so here are the only 3 pictures that I have. LOL


The three that got baptized are...
. ซ จีโซ
. ซ อยุธิดา (เบา)
. ซ เบญ
I love them all! :)

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Thailand Week 43: Lopburi

Sunshine in my soul <3

This is the week!!! Christmas baby!!! I am so excited. I get to spend my lovely Christmas in the beautiful town of Lopburi<3. Who knows? I may even spend my Christmas evening with my monkey friends! I think the fact that there are many people around the world celebrating this wonderful day, in remembrance that our Savior Jesus Christ is the Gift, makes it a million time more special to me. :)



This past week was amazing. Miracles<3 We are making things happen, not just on our own... but with the hand of our Savior Jesus Christ. My heart is full of gratitude and peace being given the opportunity to grow in the church and the gospel, to born of goodly parents, and not being the only weird child in my family. I am at awe knowing that I came to this earth so to gain experience and experience real joy.

We are hoping to see more baptism this upcoming week! Christmas baptisms! What's better than that?! That would the best gift ever! Haha. Seeing other act on their faith, and trust in God. :)

Some cool things this past week.
- Fixed a member's bike. "Thank you ACE hardware! MERRY CHRISTMAS!" - Please tell them this. :) Miss them all.
- Met many miracle investigators. 3 are daters. 
- Our Ward Mission Leader wants to do more! He wants to help us!
- We Elders are exercising daily! Cheehuu!!!
- The members are doing inviting sessions with us!
- All of the companions in our district have daters for the 25th! WHOOHOO!
- I found time to write in my journal after a good month. :)
- and sooo many more! Overall... We all love God. 😍

I love Thailand. I know that I have been called by a prophet of God to share the things that I know with everyone. It is such a blessing, to be a service to others. Seeing others in the state of happiness is just irreplaceable. 😄 
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I LOVE YOU ALL!!!😍  แต่มากกว่านั้นพระผู้เป็นเจ้ารทงรักทุกท่าน! He really does loves you. 🙋

#LifeisBeautiful

- Elder San🙆teco🌮 

We went to a winter festival... where all the graduated students went to. :) Then we went to see the peacocks again.



Then sunflowers!


This is brother Erk. He's awesome. He takes us everywhere.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Thailand Week 42: Lopburi

LIFE <3

I am just so happy. Seriously, life is just amazing. I LOVE IT.

Being out in Thailand as a missionary has blessed my life more than I have ever thought. Over these past few weeks, I feel like my capacity to love has grown to a point where regardless what happens... I always feel happy. It's amazing. It has opened my eyes to the blessings that God has given me and of His love for each of us. In addition to that, everything that I have been doing as a mission now has a greater meaning to me... because I am serving and reaching out to others out of my own ability to love. I am sincerely grateful that my personal testimony of my Jesus Christ has grown. He is my Savior and my Redeemer. He is the one that truly understands me for who I am. Same goes for you.

I love Christmas!!! Let us remember that He is the gift. He is the God of Miracles and of all things. He has the ability to provide hope, peace, and joy to all those that choose to follow Him. :) 

"And I said unto him: I know that he loveth his children; nevertheless, I do not know the meaning of all things." - 1 Nephi 11:17

I do not know everything. But I do know that He loves us. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Did I mention... That I love life? 555+

- Elder San🙆teco🌮

BONUS Commitment: Count your blessings. Write them down daily in your personal journal and then when Christmas comes around, read your list. <3 ... 🤗 

Let your hearts be filled with JOY AND LOVE! :)
Baptism <3 December 11, 2016
ซิสเตอร์ สุพัตรา ปล้องบุญมา (ซ ปอนด์ Pond)
บราเดอร์ บุญชนิด ขันโทมุกข์ (บ ไผ่ Pie)

THEY ARE AWESOME. <3




We played around with Elder Larson's Camera... Haha.


Hey fambam! I hope you guys will make another traditional new year's picture when the time comes! # 2017













YOU ARE THE MOST AMAZING DADDY EVER!!!!!
I LOB YU BEDY MOOCH!
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I MISH YU!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Thailand Week 41: Lopburi

LIFE IS GREAT.


I AM SOOOO EXCITED!!! I loveeee Christmas. 😍 Whoohoo!!!

Ever since I came into the mission field, I had the opportunity to help others and myself included to come unto Christ through scripture studies, prayer, and service. This is missionary work. It's changing me. I feel God's hand in my life. He is shaping and molding me to what He wants me to be. Honestly, it is such a blessing to actually have a real testimony of our Savior Jesus Christ. My mission has helped me gain a greater appreciation for our Lord and Redeemer. He is the gift. :)


This past week wasn't the most exciting. It consisted a lot of organizing and cleaning our phones, RC/LA/Member books and so on. :) Oh and mom! I also got the chance to clean up some mission stuff on Excel via One drive. It took a while for me to know how to work with Excel, but I eventually got it! Haha. When I do come home, I think I'll go ahead and take an Excel class. Haha. I love it.

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Missionary work is great. We are teaching, inviting, serving, and doing all that we can! Let's hope to get some baptisms soon! :)

Other than that. We had a Switch-off with ZL and Zone Conference (Christmas Devotional) this past Monday. Elder Larson was Santa Clause. Hahah. He is awesome.

This week will be a fantastic week! :)

HEY HEY HEY! I've been out for 10 months. 😵 It's seriously crazy how fast time passes by. It feels like being on a roller coaster that just never seems to slow down. It's hard work. But I LOVE IT.

I LOVE LIFE. I LOVE THE GOSPEL. I LOVE YOU!

- Elder Santeco 🙆

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD!!!!!!!

Sadly I took no pictures..

These are Elder Xiayavong's pics.

 That's my ลูก!!! Elder Larson!!! HoHoHOOOO!!! 🎅
Here are Elder Larson's pics. :D

I like this pic. Just me being in the background satisfies me. Hehe.

Service is fun. :)




This is the Tim Tam Slam. (1/3 of the whole process)


The whole process is called The TBM challenge which consists of 1 Pizza Company Large Pizza, an Earthquake from Swensons (8 scoops of Icecream) and a box of Tim Tams with milk. It's crazy. It is also very expensive. Haha. Yep. I'm not doing it.


Elder Larson tried the TBM. In the end, he had 3 Tim Tams left and just couldn't finish it. It was too much. He fought a hard battle. Haha.






Sunday, November 27, 2016

Thailand Week 40: Lopburi



Thanksgiving<#EVERYDAY


Thanksgiving was lovely. Brother เอิ๊ก hosted a neat dinner. :) The other members that came were ซ.ป๊อป, ซ.แก้ว, ซ.แพน, and ซ.อุ๊ via Skype. Haha. It was really fun but I didn't eat as much as I would if I was home. I hope you guys finish those leftovers!!!! :)




A LOT happened this week.

Monday: ไปเที่ยว!! We went to Bangkok, bought some fabric to make awesome ties and a pair of สบาย pants! I usually wear whatever going to bed, but I decided to have an official sleeping attire with a lovely plain pair of สบาย pants. I love it. :)

Tuesday: Met Sister Bew(ซ.บิว). She learned about Jesus Christ when she was a child and took interest in learning about Him again. So she looked up the church on Google, found our number and met up with up. The first lesson, she was glowing with an immense desire to come unto Him... it was amazing. It brought me joy seeing her great desires. She immediately accepted a date to baptize before Christmas. :) Google is amazing isn't it? More than that... The gospel is amazing.

Wednesday: Met with Sister Apple(ซ.แอปเปิ้น). She's progressing! She understands the doctrines of Christ really well, and she is willing to take that leap of faith to return to her dear Heavenly Father. :)

Thursday: Met with Sister Amp (ซ.แอม). She loved the Plan of Salvation. She seems to take a great interest because we "invite" her to know that the things that we share are true. She really does want to know if it's true and we know that she will receive her answer. :) She wants to baptize, but is currently going to school on Sundays... from 9 am - afternoon... 😯 for another 6 months. Therefore she won't be able to attend church for a wee while. But she is firm on the decision to baptize when she is able to come to church and be flexible with her schedule. :)

THANKSGIVING!!! YUM YUM YUM!!! 

Friday: We went to Bangkok again to do some of Elder Larson's paperwork. :) It was fun. That took a good amount of our time. Other than that, we were able to meet with one of my investigators (Which is now Elder Xaiyavong's investigator) Sister Sab (ซ.ซับ) She's doing great! She has a great desire. We were able to invite her to act on that desire by keeping her commitments. She was more than happy to do so. :) Then we ate some of her delicious Phad Thai.

Saturday: LA's LA's LA's! We spend all day working with LAs. It was really fun. Got the chance to do some masonry work as well! It made me think of home a wee bit. I really do love fixing up the house... :)

Sunday: Stake conference! FUN FUN FUN! Met Sister Bay! The Sister that baptize in Thonburi. Great news, Thonburi is now a WARD! Whoohohohohohoooo!!!
I LOVE THE WORK. I LOVE LIFE. I LOVE YOU GUYS!!!!

- Elder Santeco