Monday, July 2, 2012

4th of July Week

Ok so I will answer questions first even though not to many. So on the address for the mission use Petchaburi. they resent the e-mail with the correct spelling. 1645/6 New Petchaburi Road, Makkasan, Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400. So if I stay I can pick your package up on a P-day the office is about a five minute taxi ride and a 10 minute train/track ride on the airport link. Then you are there! Super easy. Super convienient for people coming from the airport. So we can stop there when you come.

So as for progressing investigators they are all doing good.  Mak, Ooy, and Taam will probably have to get pushed back a week or two just because they still are working on Sunday's.  We are working on it. And they are still doing good. It is nice to teach Taam in English because both his parents are fluent in English so it is a very good review for them. As for Sister O she is doing good.  She meets with us a lot and has lots of friends that she wants to learn. So after that we have Nun and On they are doing good  we teach them about twice a week and they are reading very good.

Ya we have a decent amount of new investigators.  Lots of time people here let you in because they feel like they have to or they feel bad for you. It is weird. So then they just listen to you, so it takes a while to finally see whether they are interested or not! It's alright.  It is reported as the hardest area in my mission, but I love it here! President Senior talked about D&C Section 133 very good missionary chapter. He talked about how in Asia we face different trials and stuff here. We fufill the prophecy of the gospel being preached to the 4 corners of the world. Along with the missionaries in Europe. Those missions are harder. The missionaries in South America just say here is a book about your ancestors and then they get baptized! haha. (This will go with the next paragraph better.) He just said that here we face different things in Asia and Europe. We just have to be diligent because there are people waiting and that you just need to keep on going out and fulfill God's promise to the world that everyone will have the opportunity to hear about the gospel. So no matter how hard it is or how many baptisms you get. We can only do so much, we can only offer the people the message and they have to choose whether to accept it or not.

So last night we had the new mission president meet and greet! He is a pretty funny person. I like him a lot and think that he will bring some good things to this mission. He has a lot of good ideas that he obviously has learned from other areas of the world and that will be good because Thailand still needs one more piece to the puzzle. But they are working on it. We got our first family history senior missionaries! So that shows they are pushing it, so they can get a temple. So President Senior cracked a joke about how do you trace your ancestors back to animals in budhist cultures. He is a funny one. I also talked with senior missionaries from Myanmar and they could have missionaries there by the time that I leave the mission. So very good. It would still be in our mission until they are big enough to seperate. But the church is growing.

So here is some fun facts about the mission. So we have a branch in Laos that has 130 members in it that has supplied 3 missionaries to our mission currently and 2 more coming. I know that Myanmar currently has branches in it that aren't able to take the name of Christ yet. But soon will be able to. Also that Todd Heaps (Played for the Baltimore Ravens) younger brother is a missionary here. I forget to mention that. He talked with me the first day about BYU and how he is going to play quarterback there.

Well I want to let you know how much I love all of you and thanks for the e-mails and everything. I know that this church and will say every week because it is true. That I wouldn't want to be anywhere else because I love the people here and they are awesome and I will work my hardest to help them receive the gospel. 

Elder Landon Simonsen

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