Sunday, August 13, 2017

Transfer #13/Thailand Week 77: Laos

I'm leaving Thailand

This past week was so good. We had Zone Conference and interviews with President Johnson. My favorite part of the zone conference was at the end of the meeting. I always get this feelings within me as I hear or share a personal testimony. I have gained a greater understanding of how powerful it is to always have Jesus Christ's name on our lips, and testify of Him. At that time, I felt that I "had no more desire to do evil". I've noticed, by always thinking of our Savior, Jesus Christ... evil thoughts will not dare creep into our minds. I know that God really does love us.

Sister Jane is doing great. She brought up that she has several friends that asked her about her changing religion. We saw as a perfect opportunity to help her build her testimony by sharing with others. Of course, with that a lot questions will be asked. So we did role plays with her. We also have been giving her questions that her friends may one day ask. We then would share and discuss what we came up with. She's loving it. It was hard for her as her mom did not support her with changing religion. Eventually, Sister Jane's attention towards herself shifted towards her mom. She then felt like she knew how her mom was feeling and had a greater desire to show her the beauty of the gospel. The gospel is amazing.

Change is amazing. With change, there's room for love. When I feel God's love, I feel at peace. I know that the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-days Saints is the true church of God. I know that the Book of Mormon is central to conversion. As we read, ponder and ask, we will know of it's truthfulness. I know that I am called to do the Lord's work. I love God. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

- Elder Santeco
I'm going to Laos. Hahahahhahaha. I have to do some visa work. BYE!

Sister Capin is dying. This is her last transfer. BYEEEE
Elder Blad as well. LOVE YALL!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Thailand Week 76: Udon

God loves you!
We dead. Waiting for our bus... which leaves at 10:45 pm. Haha
This past week took a great toll on our bodies. We had an amazing MLC in Bangkok. But we traveled to Bangkok and back, on a bus. We traveled down to Bangkok on a bus because Elder Lovelock wasn't informed to get his passport from the Office. Then we had to travel back up to Udon by bus because there were no available tickets the day off. We were both physically worn out. Haha.
Just after we got back from MLC, we had a full day of work and finished the night off with some steak. It was a restaurant that sells a steak for 39 baht ($1.30ish), and Elder Lovelock decided to give it a shot. I didn't eat any because I already had food at home (Chicken with that AMAZING kalbi marination sauce from home. Thanks mom). The following day, Elder Lovelock was throwing up and having stomach problems. We then went to the Hosptial and was stuck there for most of the day. Towards the evening we headed home. During that time at home, I was able to clean. I like cleaning. Haha. Elder Lovelock has gotten better now, and is able to have a regular diet now. Lesson: Be sure aware of what you're going to eat.
Sister Jane got baptized yesterday! It was an amazing baptismal service. So spiritual. It touched me as Sister Jane cried just before she entered the waters. I love baptism. It is a blessing to be able to see Sister Jane go through the, repenting, and growing. I know that she felt at peace knowing that she is able to make this covenant with her Father in Heaven.
Elder Lovelock and I have been talking a bit on how we could improve our first lessons/inviting. We came to the conclusion of helping others understand who God, our Heavenly Father is before we talk about Jesus Christ. Reason being is that there is a lot of Christianity churches around, and so when people hear that we teach about Jesus Christ they would usually assume that our message is the same as everyone else's. Sadly, resulting with many unwilling people to even try to learn of our message. But since we have changed our strategy, we were blessed with lots of success these last couple of days by helping people realize the nature of God and then the necessity of having a Savior, Jesus Christ.
I know that God is our literal Father in Heaven. He loves you.
In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
With all my love,
Elder Santeco
Elder Lovelock hurt me. Hahaha. But I forgave him.

Elder Lovelock at the hospital.
I felt so bad for him.


Friday, August 4, 2017

Zone Leader parent Letter

4 August 2017
Dear Brother and Sister Santeco,
The Lord has called your son, Elder Gabriel Jirapoomdaje Santeco, to serve as the Zone Leader of the Udorn Zone in the Thailand Bangkok Mission. As a Zone Leader, Elder Santeco is a member of the Mission Leadership Council that meets monthly at the Mission Office in Bangkok. He will be responsible to work directly with District Leaders in his Zone to promote the Doctrine of Christ in the Scriptures, the method of missionary work in Preach My Gospel and inspiring missionaries in his Zone with the spirit to advance the work of the Lord in Thailand. His assignment will require him to travel to the Districts in his Zone to provide Zone trainings and companion exchanges with District Leaders. He will offer them encouragement and help wherever needed in their missionary labors.
Elder Santeco is a dedicated and obedient missionary. His strength of character is a great example to the missionaries with whom he works and I look forward to working more closely with him. Thank you for all you have done to prepare him for the great trust the Lord has now placed upon him.
Sister Johnson and I thank you for your son and for your continued faith and prayers in your son's behalf.

President Kelly R. Johnson
Thailand Bangkok Mission