Me, Guitar and Amanda, just a few more people in my family here.
Ahhh, this week. Felt like it was many weeks long. Time on the mission, it's like this sometimes. On Monday we watched Meet the Mormons in an anxiously-anticipated missionary family home evening. It was a great movie and the entertainment of President Senior embarrassing and making fun of Elders never gets old. We were struck by how similar Nepal is to many places in Thailand, so if you see that movie you have just a teeny idea of what this country is like.Then Wednesday...zone conference! Always fun, even if I got unexpectedly called as the chorister. I don't like getting called to do public things like that, but...you know, you learn to do it and smile. Or just make faces at your elders in the back row the whole time. At zone conference, we also learned about the "Because He Lives" media initiative from the Church (at Helives.mormon.org). I loved seeing all the missionaries I've grown to love and feeling that unity in our purpose.
The rest of the week was a blur of thunderstorms and referrals and families. Wednesday night we waded through a pouring rain and a foot of flood waters to get home after a freak thunderstorm and flash flood. Thursday we taught a lesson to an investigator who's convinced she already been baptized in this church (but she hasn't. for sure. we checked). Saturday we cleaned the church, helped a tri-ward youth activity and accidentally offended our investigators and some members. The church is the same all around the world, and thai members are truly amazing, but still human. We all are. If this were any church but God's, it would have come crashing down back in the 1800s when Joseph Smith died. But this really is the Church of Jesus Christ. He already has a plan for Thailand's temple, He already knows who He's preparing to join His Church. We just have to work and have faith that God's got it all under control.
Lots of investigators, now we're just struggling with the progression! Ahh, the struggle to balance. Life is good.