Subject: March already? wow....
Hey Todd family!
How are you? Have you eaten rice yet, or not? We have eaten already.
That's just a standard greeting here. Things seem to revolve around rice. Granted, a lot of people think that we just eat bread and don't know how to eat rice. They always seem especially amazed if we are eating sticky rice. I love it! It's so great!
How are things for you all? Here in Ubon, things are going along just great! I'm really loving life, and loving every second of my mission!
I'm really excited to hear about Sarah and Christian. I hope and know that they will make the best of missionaries. I am so proud that in our families we can say, "In this family, we serve missions." It's as Elder Holland said, "What greater legacy could grandparents show their grandchildren than by deed as well as word saying, in this family, we serve missions?" So great!!
This last week was busy but great! Here's the rundown for our ผู้สนใจ, investigators. Right now we've got three with a baptismal date: Ton, Pong, and Can.
Ton is good. Right now we're looking at him getting baptized on the 24th. He's 22 and a really nice guy. He is willing to believe in our message. It's kind of funny. We taught him the restoration this last week, and when we asked him if he believed that Jesus Christ is the Savior and Redeemer of the world, he said, "Yeah, I think so. I mean most of the world believes in Him so it makes sense." We then explained that it's important for him to receive his own spiritual witness. So that's what we're working with. But he'll be baptized this month.
Then we're working with Pong and Jahn. I don't know how to spell her name in English. I really struggle trying to figure out how to write Thai in English. I struggle speaking English too. Sometimes I say things to other missionaries and they look way confused. I look at Elder Tolman and he says, "I get it." But our grammar is not very good, I guess. But back to Pong and Jahn. They are doing well. They'll get baptized on April 15th or the 16th. They are really starting to get it. Beyond that, there's not a whole lot new with them.
We do have this progressing investigator named Tuck. She is really good. I would call her an honest, humble, seeker of truth. Her daughter is really cute too. Her name is Pin Pin, and she's 5. I have learned the truth in Isaiah's words that "a little child shall lead them."
We were in the lesson and she grabbed one of our pamphlets, the Plan of Salvation, which has a picture of the resurrected Lord coming out of the tomb. She came and asked us what was on Christ's foot and why was there was a wound. She is so observant and it makes her mother think about important things. We really must be as the little children are and be humble, and submissive. It was so cool.
Soon we'll be experiencing that, right Pearsons? But there's something special about Tuck. She was at church yesterday and afterwards helped clean things. The members always eat rice together after church, and we just saw her in there washing dishes making friends with some of the ladies in the branch. It was really cool and a great blessing.
Another great blessing was in the form of a less active. We got a call from some of the missionaries in Udorn. They said that they had a less active for us to go find. He had moved to Ubon and had an unbaptized daughter. So we were on it like white on rice. We got there and started talking to him. We came to find out that he was the District family history specialist up in Udorn. It's cool because we are really pushing family history and doing it among the members. We are watching as the Spirit of Elijah touches the hearts and changes them. So anyway, he came to church yesterday, interviewed with the branch president and is getting his life back on track. We feel he will be instrumental in our vision of using family history to strengthen the branch.
We're so grateful for the Lord's blessings! Look for them in our lives. They're there.
Love you all!
Love, Elder Todd